ICC calls for a stress free cricket in Indo-Aussie series

October 9, 2008

The apex Cricket governing body of the world cricket made an appeal to play the upcoming test matches between India and Australia without any tension or unfriendliness. The principal body for the game of cricket wants to make sure that all the bad blood created due to some untoward incidents in Australia last summer must be left behind and cricket must be played in a true gentleman spirit.

The International Cricket Council(ICC) kept its promise by not nominating umpires Mark Benson and Steve bucknor to officiate in the forthcoming test series due to begin from 9th of October. The twosome gave some controversial decisions in the contentious test match played in Sydney and which almost forced the Indian cricket team to pull out of the left over test matches. The match also the ugly head of racial discrimination being raised once again.

Before the start of the test match in Sydney, the two playing teams agreed on a principle that the teams will go by the version of the fielder who has got hold of the catch. However, Ricky Ponting made it clear about the functionality of this principle in the test series to be played.

According to ICC roster, Asad Rauf and Rudi Koertzen from Pakistan & South Africa will be umpiring in the tests to be played at Mohali & Bangalore whereas Aleem Dar & Billy Bowden will officiate in test matches at Nagpur & Delhi. Match referee for the whole test series would be Chris Broad from England.

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Zee promoted ICL planning to patent T20 as its brand

October 6, 2008

Indian Cricket league promoted by Zee Group is now looking to copyright T20 cricket as its trademark for its forthcoming second season. The decision of rival cricket league has not gone down well with the BCCI and International Cricket Council.

Sports division of the ZEE Group known as ‘Essel Sports Private Limited’ has submitted an application for the legal registration of T20 as it’s copyright. The list of application was made open in the month of August by Controller general of Patents, Designs and Trademarks. According to the rules, any sought of opposition to the application has to be made within couple of months

The fastest version of the cricket, that is T20 cricket has assumed such a gargantuan proportion in a cricket crazy country India that at the moment we have two distinct T20 cricket leagues ensnaring each other in the promotion. The best part of this rivalry between Indian Premier League(IPL) and Indian Cricket League(ICL) is that we are getting to see some of the players coming out of their retirements to have a go in the T20 cricket.

However, according to the sources from Board of Cricket Control in India, the governing body of world cricket ICC has already registered T20 Cricket as its trademark but is unsure whether the clause applies to India. We have already witnessed the excitement and drama that comes with the shortest version of cricket but what lies ahead is the war of words over the control of the T20 Cricket as a brand.