Jul 152017
BCCI takes U-turn over appointments

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a U-turn over the appointments of Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as overseas Test batting consultant. The appointments were announced on July 11. The chairman of the committee of administrators (CoA) has said those were mere recommendations that needed action from the CoA “in consultation with the head coach”. Ravi Shastri, India’s new head coach, meanwhile, is set to get his own support staff as that has been decided “in consultation with the head coach already”. As for Dravid and Zaheer, yet another committee has been formed to decide if they are needed at all, and terms of engagement if they are. This is yet another process after a month-long farcical drama finally ended with a definitive BCCI release on July 11. It said, “The BCCI announces the appointment of Mr Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach, Mr Zaheer Khan as the Bowling Consultant and Mr Rahul Dravid who will be the Overseas Batting Consultant (Test cricket) for the Indian Cricket Team.” It was followed by praise for the appointees and gratitude for the cricket advisory committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The release was signed by Choudhary. On July 15, the CoA met some BCCI officials in Delhi, and then its head Vinod Rai confirmed the U-turn. “There is no such thing as a contract yet,” Rai said, when asked if the appointments of Zaheer and Dravid had been put [Read More…]

Jun 152017
India pick Pant, Yadav for WI tour

NEW DELHI: Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav were picked on Thursday for India’s limited-overs tour of the West Indies comprising five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 starting June 23. The two youngsters replace opening batsman Rohit Sharma and allrounder Hardik Pandya from the 15-man Champions Trophy squad, which is defending its title in England and Wales. Pant, who has played just one T20 international for India, and Yadav were already on the radar after being named among five players kept on standby for the 50-over tournament. The duo have been rewarded for their excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive displays in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Pant, 19, hit two fifties for Delhi Daredevils in the recent IPL edition, following on from a 326-ball 308 in the domestic Ranji Trophy last season. His aggressive left-handed batting and ability to handle the pressure of a high-stakes match impressed chief selector MSK Prasad, who described him as a “player for the future”. Yadav piqued interest in his Test debut, clinching four wickets in India’s series victory over Australia in March. The 22-year-old from Kanpur in northern India also put in a strong showing for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders. The Virat Kohli-led India will leave directly for the Caribbean Islands after wrapping up their ongoing Champions Trophy campaign. India though do not officially have a coach for the West Indies tour, with Anil Kumble only contracted until the end of the Champions Trophy. [Read More…]

Jan 042017

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to step down as India’s ODI and T20I captain. NEWS ALERT – Mahendra Singh #Dhoni steps down as #Captain of #TeamIndia. He will be available for selection for ODIs & T20Is vs England pic.twitter.com/2xM0eisdjq — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2017 The 35-year-old will, however, be available for selection in the ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming series against England, which commences from January 15. M S Dhoni: The Untold Story defines moments of cricketer’s brilliant career “On the behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank MS Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats,” said BCCI Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri, according to Cricbuzz.com. “Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket.” Dhoni admits finishing blues after India beats New Zealand Mahendra Singh Dhoni steps down as ODI and T20I captain of the Indian Cricket Team — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 4, 2017 The post Dhoni steps down as India limited-overs skipper appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 202016

NORTH SOUND, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: West Indies and India commence a four-Test series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday with the visitors heavily favoured to extend a 14-year unbeaten run against the hosts. Such is the gap in performances between the two teams that anything less than a 3-0 triumph by the Indians will see them lose rating points in their quest to close the gap on Australia at the top of the official international Test rankings. Despite an outstanding 2016 for the West Indies in shorter forms of the game, which has seen success at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, triumph for both the men’s and women’s teams at the World T20 in India and an encouraging effort in reaching the final of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series on home soil last month, they continue to struggle in the traditional Test arena. Australian cricketers to play domestic games using pink ball They lost 2-0 in both their last two series in Sri Lanka and Australia at the end of 2015. Periods of competitiveness were too fleeting in those matches, highlighting the chronic inconsistency of the Caribbean side which has left them languishing eighth in the world Test rankings with only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe below them. West Indies selectors have taken the bold step of dropping experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin for Shane Dowrich, who made his Test debut as a specialist batsman against Australia in Dominica a year ago. New Zealand cricket chief wants four-day Tests [Read More…]

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