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  Bangladesh Premier League 2016 - Team of the tournament
Posted by: ShivRaJ - Today 10:01 AM - No Replies

Bangladesh Premier League 2016 - Team of the tournament

After topping the league stages and dominating the competition, Dhaka Dynamites beat Rajshahi Kings in a one-sided final to claim the Bangladesh Premier League crown for the third time in four editions. Now that this season is in the rear-view, here's what we think is the best BPL 2016 XI (The ground rules are the same - only 4 overseas players allowed):

1. Tamim Iqbal [476 runs, S/R - 115.81]

A pick which barges into the team unchallenged. With six fifties out of the 13 matches played and an average of 43.27, Tamim Iqbal had a prolific BPL 2016 and finished as its highest run-getter. Consistency at the top in the T20 format is a huge asset for any team. Plus, a captain leading the way rubs off well on the rest. Tamim had to shoulder much of the responsibility of a misfiring batting order and did it with aplomb.
2. Mehedi Maruf [347 runs, S/R - 135.54]
An approach congruent with his franchise's title, Mehedi Maruf was quite the revelation for Dhaka Dynamites. Possessing the much sought after ability of clean ball-striking, Maruf racked up 20 sixes - the most in the competition. His average is a very respectable 26.69 for someone who can change the game single-handedly, like he did on the very first day of the season against Barisal Bulls to set the campaign rolling for his team.

3. Mahmudullah [396 runs, S/R - 118.20, 10 wickets, Economy - 7.41]

Another captain who can take a lot of credit for much of his team's success in the tournament. Khulna Titans didn't boast many big names. They were playing their debut season. But Mahmudullah got them believing. Scoring 396 runs in the tournament at an average of 33 is an amazing effort considering he bats in the middle order. Then there are the useful overs of off-break you get out of him. He's gone at less than 7.5 rpo and has 12 scalps to his name. Adds immense value.

4. Sabbir Rahman [377 runs, S/R - 117.81]

Just watch him bat and you'll know why people get excited talking about the 25-year old. His 61-ball 122 against Barisal Bulls, though in a losing cause, was a thing of beauty. Then there was his ridiculously unflustered 43 off 52 balls in the 2nd Qualifier where he finished the game off for Rajshahi Kings and showed lots of maturity in a pressure game despite an extremely slow start. He's starting to realize his own ability and is delivering on it.

5. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) [341 runs, S/R - 134.78, 7 dismissals]

His appearance doesn't indicate it but Rahim is now a Bangladeshi veteran who knows how to get the job done. He's right up there in the run-scoring charts while being safe as houses behind the stumps. Can be very deceptive at the crease. Wouldn't look like he's done much at all and then a glance at the scoreboard will tell you that he's up and running.

6. Shakib Al Hasan [226 runs, S/R - 126.25, 13 wickets, 6.84]
Despite not being at his best, Shakib has chipped in just about enough to merit a place in the team. As you'll go on to find out, the four overseas players are set in stone and among the local Bangladeshi talent, even a below par Shakib is better than the rest in terms of all-round abilities. Primarily, it's the control he's provided with the ball and the variety he offers being a left-arm spinner to make the attack look complete. Batting wise, he was a pale shadow of himself but his strike rate can be handy coming in the lower middle order.
7. Darren Sammy © [276 runs, S/R - 174.68]
The undisputed captain of this team, Sammy can't be any more inspirational if he hulks up into a mutant leading the Earth's defences against an alien army. What he's done for a new franchise like the Rajshahi Kings is quite astounding. That's not even taking into consideration his actual work on the field. The St. Lucian scripted perhaps the most thrilling comeback win in the competition, blasting a whirlwind fifty in the Eliminator when his team were down in the dumps. There's a reason he has a stadium name

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  David Warner enters elite club after scintillating century
Posted by: ShivRaJ - Yesterday 04:08 PM - No Replies

David Warner piled on his excellent run in One-Day Internationals this year scoring his second hundred in two one-dayers against New Zealand. Australia posted 264 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the back of Warner's stupendous 156.
The records Warner broke during his marathon innings:
7 - Centuries for Warner in 23 ODIs in 2016. The last to score seven hundreds in a year in ODIs was Sourav Ganguly in 2000. The only player to score more in a calendar year is Sachin Tendulkar who scored nine in 1998.
4 - Scores of 150 or more for Warner in ODIs - joint second-most for any player with Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle and Rohit Sharma. Tendulkar has the most such scores in ODIs - five.
6 - 150-plus scored for Warner in List A cricket - joint-most for any player along with Gordon Greenidge. Two such scores came for New South Wales and four for Australia.
156 by Warner is the fourth-highest individual score in ODIs at the MCG. The players with higher scores are Mark Waugh (173), Shane Watson (161*) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (161*).
59.09 - Percentage of runs scored by Warner in Australia's total of 264. The only higher percentage contribution for Australia in a completed ODI innings is 60.73 by Damien Martyn against New Zealand in Auckland in 2000 .

- Scores for Australia higher than Warner's 156 against New Zealand in ODIs. Matthew Hayden scored 181* in Hamilton in 2007 while Steve Smith scored 164 at the SCG six days ago. Andrew Symonds also scored 156 in Wellington in 2005.
119 - Difference between Warner and the next highest score in Australia's innings (Travis Head's 37) - the biggest difference for Australia when they batted first in an ODI. The previous biggest difference was 117 runs between Matthew Hayden's 158 and Michael Clarke's 41 against West Indies in North Sound in 2007 World Cup.
3 - Instances of a batsman getting dismissed run-out in ODIs after scoring 150 or more, Warner doing it twice. Warner was run out for 173 against South Africa in Cape Town earlier this year. The third batsmen in the list is Hamilton Masakadza who scored 156 against Kenya in Harare in 2009 before getting run out.
1 - ODI totals lower than Australia's 264 to include a 150-plus score. Sourav Ganguly scored 153 out of India's 261 for five against New Zealand in Gwalior in 1999 .
1388 - Runs in ODIs for Warner in 2016, the fourth most for an Australia player after Matthew Hayden (1601 in 2007), Mark Waugh (1468 in 1999) and Ricky Ponting (1424 in 2007).

David Warner enters elite club after scintillating century - Cricbuzz

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  De Villiers gets Steyn's vote
Posted by: ShivRaJ - Yesterday 04:06 PM - No Replies

Three weeks after Linda Zondi, convener of selectors of Cricket South Africa, put his weight behind AB de Villiers being the first-choice captain, Dale Steyn too has echoed the same about his fellow teammate.
Steyn, who was there at an exhibition match between South Africa's cricket and rugby teams at Newlands, said, "I think so, he (de Villiers) is the captain. He is definitely the captain. I know Faf has done really well for us right now, but AB is the captain.
"He has earned that spot. He has played for a long time, and he said he wants to do it and he got the opportunity to. Unfortunately, he got injured, but he is the man at the end of the day.
"When AB steps back into the side, there should be almost no question about it. I know there have been eyebrows raised because Faf has done well, but there should never be any question about who the real captain is or who the captain is, and he should just step back into it and continue what Faf has already started," said the 33-year-old pacer.
Meanwhile, Graeme Smith, former South Africa Test captain, emphasised on the importance of de Villiers recovering completely and getting back to play first.
"Having had an elbow injury, it's not an easy thing to recover from. It takes time, getting those tendons strong and all those muscles. That's your primary arm that you use when you bat. He should focus on that. The sooner we can get him playing cricket for South Africa, the better," said Smith, who captained South Africa at a young age of 22 years and 82 days, against Bangladesh in 2003.
The 35-year-old former opening batsman also spoke about how it had become increasingly tough to lead the side across all formats of the game. "It's very difficult to captain all three formats, and the T20 format is a difficult one because you don't play a huge amount of cricket. So is that the right time to rest your captain, with the workloads he is going to have in one-day and Test cricket?" asked Smith.
De Villiers had voiced his concern about the rising workload that comes along with playing so much cricket, and had also dropped hints last year, about how that could push him into an early retirement. Smith also underlined the importance of keeping the captain fresh.
De Villiers has been out with an elbow injury, having last played a One-Day International against the West Indies in June this year. While he didn't feature in the Test series against New Zealand and Australia, he is expected to be fit in time for the Port Elizabeth Test, although he has had only one net session thus far. While de Villiers has been away, du Plessis has successfully led the side to series wins against New Zealand at home and away in Australia.
De Villiers gets Steyn's vote of confidence to regain captaincy on comeback - Cricbuzz

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  Supreme Court adjourns BCCI hearing till December 14
Posted by: ShivRaJ - Yesterday 04:05 PM - No Replies

For the second time this week, the hearing in the BCCI-Lodha panel case was put off. The hearing was earlier scheduled for December 5, but had to be postponed as Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, was unwell. The hearing has now been adjourned to Wednesday (December 14).
In the Panel's report submitted to the Supreme Court on November 21, it had stated that office-bearers of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and state units do not meet the committee's eligibility criteria and should be disqualified.
It further suggested that former Union home secretary, GK Pillai, be appointed as observer. However, in a Special General Body Meeting (SGM) on December 2, BCCI reiterated opposition by all but three state units to key reforms suggested by the committee.
The BCCI continues to oppose three key Lodha recommendations - the age cap of 70 for officials, cooling-off period of three years between terms for officials and the one-state-one-vote rule. At the SGM, the BCCI did not take any decision on the recommendations but it has been learnt from sources that state associations have been told to keep a Plan B ready in case the verdict is not favourable from the apex court.
With another adjournment in the hearing, it looks like there is still some time before the the controversy dies down. For the Indian cricket fraternity, on the other hand, the wait gets prolonged.


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  Sussex signs Vernon Philander for first half of 2017
Posted by: ShivRaJ - Yesterday 04:03 PM - No Replies

Sussex Cricket Club has signed Vernon Philander, the South Africa all-rounder, for the first half of the 2017 season, during which he will feature in the first six County Championship matches and the group stage games of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Philander, who bagged at least one fifer in each of his first three Tests, is not new to the county circuit, having lent his services to Middlesex in 2008, Somerset in 2012, Kent in 2013 and Nottinghamshire in 2015.
Philander, who has been an integral part of the South African setup since his Test debut, said, "I'm really looking forward to getting to Hove and playing for Sussex for the first couple of months of the English season. Although I haven't come up against Sussex much in my time playing in England, I've always heard good things about the club and setup.
"Hopefully I can put in some good performances to help the team in both red and white ball cricket, and pass on my experience to some of the younger players who I've heard such positive reports about," added Philander, who has a penchant for fifers, with as many as ten of them in Test cricket.
The 31-year-old has featured in 37 Tests, 30 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 7 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) while picking up 142 Test wickets, 41 in ODIs and 4 in T20Is respectively. He has five Test fifties to his credit too.
Mark Davis, the head coach of Sussex, said, "I am thrilled to have Vernon joining us for the first two months of the season. He is one of the leading bowlers in world cricket and to have him bowling in English conditions is a very exciting prospect from the club.
"His international experience with both bat and ball will be invaluable to our young players and we are looking forward to him joining us in April," added the coach who seemed upbeat about his team's prospects after the new signing.

Sussex signs Vernon Philander for first half of 2017 - Cricbuzz

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