November 8, 2008
If we go by the words of commissioner of Indian Premier League Lalit Modi, the rebel cricket league ICL do not confirm to the established rules related to world cricket. According to Mr. Modi, the future prospects of Indian Cricket League getting the official sanction from the ICC as well as BCCI are near to impossible.
Due to the tight schedule of the cricketers and lack of alternative window for adjusting the international calendar, the task of recognizing ICL from its season 2 seems impracticable.
In addition, Lalit Modi is also the vice president of the BCCI apart from being on the group of International Cricket Council especially setup for re-evaluating rules regarding all forms of cricket. He also said that all the tournaments of the same category will be treated in the same way as ICL have been dealt with.
Elaborating further on the future plans related to T20 cricket, Modi said that final two teams from IPL first edition will take part in the inaugural 2020 champions’ league. The best two teams, i.e. the winner Rajasthan Royals captained by Shane Warne & Chennai Super Kings led by M.S Dhoni have confirmed their participation in the league. 20-20 Champions league is going to begin from 3rd of December, 2008 till 10th of December.
Elaborating further on guidelines related to transfer of players for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League will start from the month of April in 2009. The auctions for the season 2 of IPL will start from 6th of February in Mumbai.
The profits and transfer fee can be mutually be negotiated between players and the owner of the franchise team. An additional sum of over two million dollars will be awarded to the interested franchise for the fulfilment of the transfer of players both domestic and international.
November 7, 2008
Mumbai Champs recorded the first victory in the second season of the Indian Cricket League by defeating Delhi Giants. Cricket 360 sponsored the twenty fourth match of the ICL 2. The two teams were placed in the last two spots in the points tally and both were in the poor form. A victory in the match was dreadfully needed by champs and giants to stay in the hunt.
From the starting itself, Mumbai team was unable to register a single win and were consequentially defeated five times in a row. After winning the toss, the Delhi team chose to field first and looking forward to register their inaugural match in the second season of ICL.
The Mumbai Champs started their batting on an optimistic note and scored runs on a brisk pace. However, they slowed down a bit and achieved a target of 44 runs. In the process, they lost two wickets in the middle of seventh over. The batting of Mumbai champs was put on the fast track by Jhadav and Raza who together put on 116 for the third wicket partnership after the end of fourteenth over. Individual score of both the players was 43 for Raza and 59 for Jhadav respectively.
In the last few over, batsman from Mumbai champs Khirid amassed 60 runs for the team. The bowling attack of Delhi giants was outplayed in this match. The batting of Delhi giants began on a slow note as they were struggling to find suitable openers for the team.
They were able to record a win their previous match because of stupendous bowling of Murtaza. After the end of thirteenth over, Delhi giants’ cricket team was standing at the score of 87 runs for the loss of five wickets. In the end the Delhi team lost the crucial T20 match at the total of 116 with Khirid of the Mumbai champs being adjudged man of the match for his all-round performance.
November 6, 2008
Ex-captain of Pakistan Cricket team Inzamam-ul-Haq criticized the ill-conceived view of MCC authorities regarding their doggedness to modify the outcome of the controversial test match between England & Pakistan. Inzy was the pivotal of the entire hullabaloo that was raised at that point of time. Back to 2006, Pakistan became the first side in the annals of the test cricket to surrender a test match to the opposite team. At present, Inzy is the skipper of the Lahore Badshahs which is one of the team in the rebel cricket T20 league.
Inzamam was the captain of the Pakistani team in 2006 Oval test match and plainly declined to lead the team to resume play on second last day of the test match held in Oval because of the allegations levelled against the team of Pakistan for intentionally altering the seam of the bowl. The act led the on-field umpires Hair and Doctrove to give the match to the English team.
As a follow-up to the post-oval incidence, the inquiry panel setup by the International Cricket Council absolved the Pakistani team of all the charges. In early phase of the year, ICC altered the so-called forfeited match to a drawn test match after sustained the unruffled pressure from the Asian boards.
Nonetheless, Marylebone Cricket Club popularly known by its abbreviation and also known as the guardian of the cricketing rules seemed despondent with the pronouncement of the apex body of the world cricket, so it declared ICCs’ decision regarding oval test to be null and void.
The decision of MCC also received a boost when International Cricket Council current president David Morgan supported the club’s’ decision and also expressed his displeasure at the oval test being declared to be a drawn test match.
November 4, 2008
Ex-cricketers from both Australia & India have defended the decision of Match Referee Chris Broad to impose a one test match ban on gentle Indian opener. Supporting the decision former greats were of the opinion that gambhir should learn from his prior experience of getting penalized and improvise on his on-field behaviour.
The face-off between Indian opener Gautam gambhir and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson occurred during current test match being played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi. The incident happened so while gambhir was taking a run, Watson deliberately mouthed not-so-good words to the Indian who in turn stuck elbow to the Aussie bowler. Watson was fined ten percent of his total match fee. The spokesperson for Board of Cricket Control in India said that the batsman would make an appeal against the verdict.
According to ex-Australian spinner Colin Miller gambhir’ behaviour was entirely against the spirit of the gentlemen’s’ game and also there was no need for the Indian opener to have physical contact with Shane Watson.
For the information of the readers, temperate Indian batsman was caught up in somewhat similar incident with all-rounder from Pakistan Shahid Afridi at some point in Indo-Pak ODI series. At that time, gautam nearly seventy five percent of fees was deducted.
Renowned cricket journalist Peter Roebuck has the opinion that gambhir act was a bit on purpose; however as soon as a cricketer deliberately have a physical contact he crosses the limit. Even former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri supports the ban by opining that this is not the first time gambhir has been involved in such an act and therefore must seriously mend his ways on-field.
However, ex- Indian wicketkeeper Saba karim was divided on the nature of the ban as according to him the verdict appeared to be one sided if compared with previous other instances in the world of cricket.