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  Brian Lara slams WICB's move to drop Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Posted by: mmadhankumar - Yesterday 06:24 PM - No Replies

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West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has severely criticised the Cricket Board's (WICB) move to axe Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the national team and has called for an honourary send-off to the veteran batsman by including him in two-Test home series against Australia.

The selectors, led by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, left out 40-year-old Chanderpaul from the 12-member squad for the first Test against Australia, citing lack of form of the left-handed batsman over his last 11 innings, in which he averaged only 16.

But Lara feels the decision was just another example of the way the WICB disrespects its players.

"This has nothing to do with numbers or averages. What are they saying that Chanderpaul was given the last 11 innings to get the desired number of runs to break a record? This has absolutely nothing to do with runs or numbers. It has to do with respect and Chanderpaul has earned the right to say goodbye in an acceptable way," he said.

"In fact, he should be allowed to do it in his own way," Lara was quoted as saying by 'Trinidad and Tobago Guardian'.

The snub effectively means the end of Chanderpaul's illustrious career, in which the talented cricketer has scored 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37.

Lara has urged the WICB to reinstate Chanderpaul for the two Test matches against Australia and the series be looked ipon as his final series.

"In that way, there will be no hostility and whether he makes a double century or a duck, it doesn't matter, it will be his farewell series and the entire cricketing world will know that," the former West Indies skipper said.

"He deserves it. The WICB and the Caribbean owe it to Shiv to send him off with dignity and respect. He has earned it," he insisted.

Brian Lara slams WICB's move to drop Shivnarine Chanderpaul | Zee News

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  Zimbabwe's Chigumbura slapped with two-match suspension
Posted by: mmadhankumar - Yesterday 03:18 PM - No Replies

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Elton Chigumbura's Pakistan tour came to an abrupt end after the Zimbabwe captain was slapped with a two-match suspension for his team's slow over-rate in Tuesday's first One-Day International in Lahore.

Zimbabwe were found to be three overs short of their target at the end of the match which they lost by 41 runs despite Chigumbura's maiden century.

Under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, falling more than two overs short is considered a "serious over rate offence" in one-dayers and match referee Roshan Mahanama handed Chigumbura two suspension points.

"...the imposition of two suspension points means that Chigumbura will now miss Zimbabwe's final two ODIs to be played in Lahore on Friday and Sunday," the ICC said in a statement.

Other Zimbabwe players were docked 40% of their match fees.

Zimbabwe, the first test playing nation to tour Pakistan in six years, lost both the Twenty20 Internationals preceding the ODI series.

Zimbabwe's Chigumbura slapped with two-match suspension

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  A team of rockstars needs a manager not coach: Kapil Dev
Posted by: mmadhankumar - Yesterday 03:18 PM - No Replies

As India look for a new coach to replace Duncan Fletcher, Kapil Dev, while talking exclusively to CNN-IBN, gave some vital cues, adding that he is too old to do the job.

"Not at all," the former India captain and coach said when asked if he would consider a coaching offer. "I have done my bit. I think when you have stopped playing for more than 20 years, it's very, very late."

The 1983 World Cup-winning captain was appointed India coach in September 1999 succeeding Anshuman Gaekwad. But his stint wasn't a memorable one.

India had not lost a home Test series since 1987 and when the South Africans toured India in 2000, that streak was ended as India succumbed to a 2-0 series defeat.

Kapil was just 40 then, but 16 years later, at 56, the legendary allrounder is in no mood to push himself into that role again. Instead Kapil is of the view that the Indian team needs a good man manager than a coach.

"The game has changed. I think if somebody stopped playing 5-7 years ago, those type of people should come back [to coach], who can see the change taking place. When somebody stopped playing 20-30 years back and if he comes back, I think it's very difficult for him to adjust," Kapil said. "I'm not even remotely involved in any sense. So no, I wouldn't like to do that job but thank you for asking."

Fletcher's contract with the BCCI came to an end with the World Cup 2015 and the BCCI has already started hunt for the Zimbabwean's replacement.

Amid that hunt, the names of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly started doing rounds as the next India coach, but both have denied to comment on that. However, BCCI sources haven't entirely ruled out the responsibility, with some even suggesting that Ganguly may replace Ravi Shastri as Team Director.

But Kapil is of the view that not too many big names should be associated closely with the team. And he insisted on the need of manager than a coach.

"I would not like to see so many former cricketers get involved with one team. Yes you need a good captain and you need one former cricketer, who is not a coach but manages the team. I think when you have such a high-profile team, where cricketers are superstars and rockstars, it's very important to manage them," Kapil explained.

"So you need a person who can manage the players. That's very important. I think in this era, you don't need a coach. You need a colleague who can help you out if you are down and out."


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  Taufel wants change in attitude to Indian umpiring
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 01:13 PM - No Replies

Simon Taufel has expressed disappointment at the general perception prevalent not just among fans but importantly also among the Indian players that the Indian umpires were not meeting global standards. Taufel, currently training Indian umpires as part of his brief as ICC Umpires and Performance Manager, said the umpires from the country have made "tremendous progression" despite there being no Indian presence on the ICC's Elite Panel.

Taufel was blunt in his remarks against the Indian players who he felt did not give the required respect to the umpires. "We would love the players to appreciate and show equal empathy for the difficult nature of our job, appreciate that better umpires get it right, that we are human beings after all," Taufel told ESPNcricinfo in an interview in Kolkata, last Sunday. "We do it because we love it and because we want to add value."

Relations between players and the umpires have always been frosty, but Taufel managed to keep his head high based on the high percentage of correct decisions he made. However, most umpires have received flak, at times in public, from the players. One prominent example occurred recently when Chennai Super Kings' captain MS Dhoni called Richard Illingworth's decision "horrible" after the England umpire had ruled Dwayne Smith lbw erroneously.

The players, Taufel said, need to provide constructive feedback and not just grumble about the shortcomings of the match officials. "When the umpires do well they won't get noticed. When the umpires do something wrong they stick out," he said. "So within the cultural aspect here in India I'd love the players and the captains to realise they need to be part of the solution to improve Indian umpiring and not part of the problem. At the end of the day, you can tell a winning captain's report from a losing captain's report. Umpires either have given too many lbws or they have not given enough. What we are trying to promote is transparency and integrity. The BCCI tried to address the issue several years ago by putting in video cameras. That is important.

"Don't tell us they missed three caught-behinds and three lbws. Tell us he seemed to lose concentration and focus in the last session on day 1. That he was not in a good frame of mind to communicate effectively. That he was in a bad position to make that run-out decision."

Asked whether players taking up umpiring could change the mindset, Taufel said that could definitely prove useful. "What I would like to see more in India is players respecting how difficult umpiring is; maybe try it themselves. It would be great to see a Rahul Dravid or a Sachin Tendulkar donning a white coat," Taufel said.

Taufel said that historically the match officials, the third team in any match, has never been acknowledged. And that is just not the case only in India. But everyone involved has to start altering that long-standing trend. "Everybody has a role to play. The media in the way it promotes positiveness of umpiring and match officiating. The players in the way respect the role and they conduct themselves on the field and the feedback that they give us. The administrators in creating an environment where people can excel and the pathways are clearly defined. And public in the way they talk about umpiring and in the way they encourage people to be involved in the game as well. We are not soft targets. We are participants in the game."

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"We would love the players to appreciate and show equal empathy for the difficult nature of our job," Simon Taufel said

Since the Elite Panel was constituted by the ICC in 2002 only one Indian - S Venkataraghavan - has been on it. It has been a matter of debate frequently, but without many answers. "The goal is not to put an Indian umpire on the Elite Panel. It is a nice by-product," Taufel said. "The goal here is to improve and to shift umpiring in this country and position ourselves and deliver best umpiring to people who play."

As an immediate example of the progression of the Indian umpires Taufel pointed out their growth in the IPL. This IPL itself out of 26 match officials 17 were Indians including 14 umpires and three match referees. "When I joined the IPL in the second season (2009), there were no Indian umpires in the play-offs. Here we are six years later we have got the highest number of Indian umpires involved in the play-offs. The other night we had two Indian umpires on field in the Eliminator.

"That tells me, tells the rest of the world and tells the Indian umpires that people who are selecting them for those matches had faith and trust in the performance abilities of those umpires."

Taufel pointed out that the IPL is also a good yardstick to measure success only because it throws various challenges in the path of an upcoming umpire. "I feel the IPL is a tremendous opportunity for the Indian umpires to work with the best in the world and learn from them. There's great media scrutiny, huge crowds and the top players are involved. We can see how they respond and reinforce what they are doing well. They are doing well largely and it is about giving them self belief."

Not just the IPL, but even at the international stage the Indians umpire is now gaining a foothold. "There have been a lot of success stories over the last few years. We have had Indian umpires officiating at the World Cup and we have two umpires going to the World Twenty20 qualifiers. Our focus is to improve Indian domestic umpiring. We have produced four quality International Panel umpires. They are doing extremely well and one of them (S Ravi) is officiating at Lord's in a Test match. It is his fifth Test match. He has been to a World Cup and put his name up for selection. The rest is up to the selectors."

At the time of the interview Taufel had been highly impressed by Ravi going through the first three days of the Lord's Test without being noticed (a measure of success in the Taufel book of umpiring). Ravi is part of the group of four Indian umpires who are overseen closely by Taufel. Anil Chaudhary, C Shamshuddin and Vineet Kulkarni are the other three. According to Taufel, who started working with Indian umpires from 2006 when he came as part of a Cricket Australia team, one of the big changes he has noticed in the Indian umpires is they have become more honest about their work and that only helps in the assessment and growth.

Taufel wants change in attitude to Indian umpiring | Cricket | ESPN Cricinfo

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  Nepal to prepare for World T20 qualifier in Dharamsala
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 10:32 AM - No Replies

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The damage at the Tribhuvan University ground, Nepal's premier cricketing facility, following the earthquake on April 25

Nepal's World Twenty20 probables will train in Dharamsala, at the facilities of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, from June 5 to 20 to prepare for the World T20 qualifier in July. The decision is in line with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur's commitment to offer help to India's neighbouring country, which is recovering after a devastating earthquake last month.

A 22-member squad will participate in a 15-day camp, to prepare for the qualifier which will be held in Ireland and Scotland between July 9 and 26. According to a BCCI insider, Dharamasala was finalised as the venue for the camp not because it is Thakur's home turf but due to the fact that the conditions were closest to those in Ireland and Scotland in July.

It is understood that if the Cricket Association of Nepal requests, the BCCI will also make some of its certified coaches available to help Nepal cricketers fine-tune their skills.

Nepal made their mark in international cricket by qualifying for the 2014 World Twenty20. However, they couldn't get past the group stage, finishing second after Bangladesh in Group A with two wins in three games. The team was granted T20 international status in June 2014, along with Netherlands.

Their preparations for the 2015 World T20 qualifier were dealt a severe blow after the earthquake on April 25, which claimed more than 8,000 lives.

Nepal to prepare for World T20 qualifier in Dharamsala | Cricket | ESPN Cricinfo

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