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  PCB makes $2.6m profit from inaugural PSL
Posted by: Shivraj - Today 07:22 AM - No Replies

The inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) held in the United Arab Emirates has helped the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) make a profit of $2.6 million, chairman Najam Sethi announced on Tuesday (May 3).
"Fortunately we had a $2.6 million dollar profit but since the franchises incurred some losses we decided to give $2 million to them and reduced our profit to $0.6 million," Sethi said.
He revealed that $6 million in total was earned from television rights and gate money. The five-team tournament proved to be a huge success with top international stars Chris Gayle, Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen participating in it. Sethi has now hinted that a sixth team could be added to the competition next year owing to popular demand.
"PSL was successful and there is huge demand to add one more team," he added.
He also said that the tournament would help Pakistan's young cricketers develop as they get to rub shoulders with international players and cited the Indian Premier League's influence on young Indian cricketers as an example.

PCB makes .6m profit from inaugural PSL - Cricbuzz

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  Cannot be a friendly fast bowler; you have to be mean: Tino Best
Posted by: Shivraj - Yesterday 10:09 PM - No Replies

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was at the crease with Tino Best when one of the well-known cricketing sledges was coined. The incident transpired in 2004, when Best tried to slog the ball off Ashley Giles into the glass windows at Lord's. Twelve years hence, that sledge from Andrew Flintoff 'Mind the windows' is now what Best's autobiography is called where he has made some rather brazen revelations of a career filled with highs and lows.
It all started when Best had enrolled in an army sports program at the age of 16 and aspired to join the British Army if cricket hadn't materialised. The Barbados Defence Force Sports Program boasts of five disciplines: football, cricket, table tennis, athletics and boxing, which enables aspiring cricketers to pursue the sport on a professional level.
"Not sure about everyone playing professionally, but they provide the basic stuff to get ahead," Best told Cricbuzz. "If that doesn't work out, then you go into the full-time army. Cricket happened and my career started taking off when I was about 19 and a half when South Africa came to the Caribbean in 2001."
An army routine ensured discipline and fitness transcended more into a way of life than a habit that had Best as fit as a fiddle, much after his playing days which was seen at the Masters Champions League in February for the Sagittarius Strikers, where he clocked 145 kph consistently. With a gym at home and regular workouts, Best's buff, toned structure at 34 with just spurts of T20 cricket to indulge in, reinforced his stand on fitness.
"I started running and lifting weights at 16, when I joined the program, and then it became a lifestyle. I have been consistently fit since. I now have a 16-year-old son and have a gym at home in Barbados. I train him. It's a healthier option. If you're fit, you're confident and you can do anything. It instills self-belief and having a bit of belief in yourself helps in life; fitness is one of those things," said Best.
Starting early is perhaps what infused fitness into Best's lifestyle without having to force it in something that is important for athletes to build their stamina and steer clear of injuries. "We as cricketers don't understand how important strength and conditioning is," said Best with a slight shake of his head. "I think strength and conditioning should start when a kid is 15 so that by the time he's 20, he doesn't have injuries. I've had one serious injury my career where I was out for five months. I think instilling in youngsters the importance of fitness is vital. At 19, 20, if you have to start doing something you've never done before, it's going to become a burden. You're not going to like it.
"If someone between 10 and 15 came to me and asked me for advice, I would say: enjoy the game. Enjoy running in and bowling as fast as you can. Keep your head still, look at the target and bowl as fast as you can. Watch videos of other people who bowl fast as well. Fall in love with it. I wouldn't get technical with them.
"If someone 19 onwards came, then I would get a lot more technical. Keep your head still, stay strong, get a proper trainer, lift weights. If you make $100 playing a cricket match, invest $25 of that on a good trainer who can train you to be explosive. You have to invest in yourself to be a top cricketer," he elucidated.
In a career that spanned a little more than a decade Best had sparks of brilliance from time to time, but inconsistency was a feature just as stark. He was quick, aggressive and pumped up, but he was denied the chance to dish out steady performances due to erratic selections. "To be honest, I just wanted someone to give me a proper look-in," rued Best. "They'd pick me now, pick me then, pick me here, pick me there...I think if I had a proper run, I would've had a lot more Test appearances and wickets. I played 25 Tests, 26 one-dayers and six T20Is in 12-13 years. It's kind of inconsistent, but not on my part as I was always dominating first-class cricket in the Caribbean. I wish I had played more Test cricket with Fidel (Edwards), as I feel like we could've complemented each other if we had the opportunity, but such is life."
Best was recognised as one of the better talents in the country, bowling at a good pace but he received no coaching until he played his first Test match in 2003 at Bridgetown against Australia. Yet, he managed to produce noteworthy performances, albeit erratically. "Everyone would say, 'Tino, you're fast and erratic,' but I was never coached. 'You can bowl at 95 miles an hour, let me just throw you into international cricket' that's how the Caribbean is...just raw talent. I figured out that if I had my action in order, I would've done a lot better."
The absence of a coach and the knowledge gained as a result, holds Best in the ideal position to impart the same to aspiring cricketers who are still finding their feet in the sport. When asked if coaching was on the cards, Best was forthright.
"One of my aspirations is to be a strength and conditioning fast bowling coach," he cooed. "I have so much knowledge that has been passed on to me from people like Wayne Daniel, Wes Hall, Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar and a lot of great cricketers, who have passed on their knowledge of fast bowling. I'd like to be able to share that with kids and also because I love training.
"People often ask me, 'Tino, you're nearly 35 and you're still bowling at 145 kmph, what is it for you?' It's just the desire. I just want to let kids understand that fast bowling is one of the greatest adrenaline rushes ever. You have to have the desire to do anything in life, but I believe that bowling fast is something special. Everyone always say, 'fast bowlers are nutters, fast bowlers are crazy', but you got to have a little bit of madness. On the field, I'm really wired in, off it, I'm really chilled. You cannot be a friendly fast bowler; you have to be aggressive and mean. That's the funny part of being a cricketer for me - the Jerkyll & Hyde theory," he chuckled.
Best's aura off the field is one of extreme calm and frolic stemming from his Barbados roots where rum flows like water on the end and the festivity never stops. Along with the fun, however, came the faith and ideals that Best lives by, evident from the various tattoos that his skin parades.
"I believe in God - Jesus Christ. I have another one which is an eagle. If I died and came back, I'd love to be an eagle. It's the most powerful bird flying the skies and being above the rest. The next tattoos are the names of my son and daughter with a dove. The dove signifies that is they're (my kids) two beautiful souls and the eagle protects the dove."
His kids being of paramount importance was palpable as the conversation progressed with every question bearing reference to them in one way or another. For instance, even one of Best's most memorable incidents on a cricket field featured his son.
"I was playing a Test against Zimbabwe at the Kensington Oval three years ago and I was attempting a catch which was a skier at mid on," Best recollected. "It was an absolutely easy catch and I spilt it. My son was at the game. When the crowd settled down, my son yelled out: 'Dad! You just dropped a dolly.' Everyone on the field started laughing as they recognised the voice and it was absolutely funny. I was thinking, 'I'm going to whip his b*** when I see him', but it was special because my son got the opportunity to see me playing Test cricket. I had the opportunity to see my uncle Carlisle Best play for West Indies and score a hundred as well, so it was real nostalgic for me. It was funny, but also a very proud moment."
The good, however, always comes with the bad such is the circle of life. In the life of a West Indian cricketer, one element that has been on the negative flank has always been the dispute among the players and the West Indies Cricket Board. Best, however, has a solution to the problem, albeit an unconventional one.
"It's been going on for 25 years now... I think they're going to continue to struggle for now but hopefully the new president (David Cameron) or whoever takes over irons out the issues," said Best. "The players and board need to be on common ground and be understanding. In any company, you're going to have some in-fighting and disagreements, but it all comes down to the point of being mature about handling it. I seriously believe that the WICB needs some women on it. Women shed different light on everything in life."


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  South Africa slip to sixth in Test rankings
Posted by: Shivraj - Yesterday 10:07 PM - No Replies

The International Cricket Council's annual update on Tuesday (May 3) revealed that South Africa have dropped three places down to be placed sixth in the Test rankings. The Proteas have lost 17 points and are sixth with 92 points to their name. Australia, India, Pakistan, England and New Zealand are the team above South Africa.
Considering the rankings work on a four-year cycle, the results from the 2012-13 season weren't considered. This proved to be South Africa's downfall as their wins over Australia, England, New Zealand and Pakistan in that period didn't count.
West Indies suffered a similar fate as their wins over New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe didn't count. They are still placed eighth in the rankings but have lost nine points. That has significantly reduced the gap between them and ninth placed Bangladesh to just eight points currently.
Australia, who became number one in February this year after defeating New Zealand 2-0, have extended their lead at the top to six points. They will have a chance to widen the gap with second-placed India when they take on Sri Lanka in July. India currently have 112 points and are slightly ahead of Pakistan (111), who were benefitted by the 2014-15 results losing 50% of its impact in the update.


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  India to tour Zimbabwe for a short limited-overs series
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 05:07 PM - No Replies

Zimbabwe are set to host India for a short series of three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals, beginning from June 11th, Zimbabwe Cricket announced on Tuesday (May 3). All the matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club. The original tour schedule consisted of one Test and three ODIs, but the lone Test has been scrapped in favour of three T20Is.

The removal of the one-off Test comes on the same day as the release of the revised ICC Test rankings - where Zimbabwe have been scratched off from the list, for having failed to play a minimum of eight Tests during the new rating period - for it to be allotted a ranking position.

"After finalising all the formalities with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, we are pleased to announce the incoming tour scheduled for this June," Wilfred Mukondiwa, the Zimbabwe Cricket managing director, said in a statement.

The three ODIs will be played on 11th, 13th and 15th June and will be followed by the T20Is, on 18th, 20th and 22nd. India have been regular visitors to the Southern African nation and have travelled thrice since 2010, with all tours featuring limited overs matches.


11th June - First ODI

13th June - Second ODI

15th June - Third ODI

18th June - First T20I

20th June - Second T20I

22nd June - Third T20I

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  Virat Kohli Nominated by BCCI For Khel Ratna, Ajinkya Rahane For Arjuna Award
Posted by: mmadhankumar - Yesterday 02:15 PM - No Replies

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India's Test captain Virat Kohli has been nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The BCCI has also recommended Ajinkya Rahane for the Arjuna Award.

Kohli is currently leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. After a prolific international season, where he finished as the Man of the Series in the ICC World Twenty20, Kohli is the 'Orange Cap' holder for scoring maximum runs (433) in IPL 2016 so far.

Rahane has been one of India's batting pillars. He is currently playing for IPL debutants Rising Pune Supergiants and with 280 runs is sixth on IPL 2016 top scorers' list.

If Kohli wins the Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour, then he will be the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007) to get it.

According to reports, Kohli will be up against Incheon Asian Games gold medallist shooter Jitu Rai, golfer Anirban Lahiri, athlete Tintu Luka and squash player Deepika Pallikal.

BCCI's recommendation for Khel Ratna has come after four years. In 2012, the Board had suggested Rahul Dravid's name but Olympic medallists wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shooter Vijay Kumar won the coveted award. Dravid was given the Padma Bhusan in 2013.

Virat Kohli Nominated by BCCI For Khel Ratna, Ajinkya Rahane For Arjuna Award - IPL 9 News

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