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  Asian Games: Minnows on show as cricket big guns stay away
Posted by: nairrk - Today 02:19 PM - No Replies

Cricket's minor nations get a rare chance to shine on the big stage when the Asian Games Twenty20 competition opens on Saturday in the absence of powerhouses India and Pakistan.

Defending champions Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only two Test nations playing in the 10-country men's tournament that follows the women's event at the Yeonhui cricket field in Incheon.

India, who also snubbed the inaugural competition four years ago, again chose to stay away due to their cricket's board reluctance to be part of multi-discipline Games.

Pakistan are fielding only their women's team, which won the gold in Guangzhou in 2010, as the men prepare for the series against Australia starting in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Bangladesh, who won the men's competition four years ago to give the nation their first ever Asian Games gold medal, are at full-strength except for skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who has taken time off to get married.

The Tigers welcomed back star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who served out a disciplinary ban, and seamer Rubel Hossain. They replaced Sohag Gazi and Al-Amin Hossain, who were reported for suspect bowling actions recently.

Sri Lanka are led by Lahiru Thirimanne, who was part of the national squad that won the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh in April.

But is the sports minnows and their unbridled enthusiasm that promises to light up a tournament that the Korean organisers wanted scratched before the Asian Cricket Council stepped in.

Kuwait make their Games debut with home grown cricketers that include the rare instance of a father, Mahmoud Bastaki, and his son Fahad playing in the same team.

Hong Kong will consider themselves medal aspirants following their shock win over hosts Bangladesh at the World Twenty20 and prepared themselves by touring Sri Lanka.

South Korea make their cricket debut after hiring Bangladesh's former English coach Julien Fountain to teach baseball players the nuances of the willow sport.

"One important tip to them was to play with a straight bat," Fountain said, after observing most batsmen slogging in true baseball style."

Afghanistan, who have qualified for the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February-March, will miss most of their top players who are currently touring Australia.

"The tournament is wide open," said former Bangladesh captain Aminul Islam, who works with the Asian Cricket Council. "One short passage of play in T20 can decide a match so no team can be underestimated."

To even out the competition, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Hong Kong have been given a bye into the quarter-finals where they will be joined by four minnows after a league phase.

In the women's event which starts on Saturday, defending champions Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Japan will await four teams from the league in the quarter-finals.

Asian Games: Minnows on show as cricket big guns stay away - Yahoo Cricket India

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  PCB planning to import illegal bowling action detecting software from Oz
Posted by: nairrk - Today 02:15 PM - No Replies

Karachi, Sep 19 (ANI): Domestic cricket head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Intikhab Alam has said that the board is planning to import a software from Australia to detect bowlers breaking the 15-degree elbow extension limit allowed by the ICC, as he feels that illegal bowling action is a worldwide problem.

Intikhab said that besides setting up a biomechanics lab at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore with 22 high-speed cameras and related software Pakistan is also planning to import a software from Australia to detect bowlers having illegal actions.

Intikhab said that the software includes using a wrist scanner on the bowler and computer software and cameras, The Dawn reported.

He also said they were planning to have Saeed Ajmal undergo bio-mechanic tests with a corrected bowling action before the World Cup so that the ace off-spinner is available for selection for the mega event next year.

Intikhab further said that the PCB would use all modern methods, including a functional biomechanics lab, to stamp out the menace of illegal bowling actions in domestic cricket.

PCB planning to import illegal bowling action detecting software from Oz - Yahoo Cricket India

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  Dhoni storms out of hotel along with team after being denied home-cooked biriyani
Posted by: nairrk - Today 02:12 PM - No Replies

Furious MS Dhoni storms out of hotel along with entire CSK team after being denied home-cooked biryani

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Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni led his entire team out of a Hyderabad five-star hotel on Tuesday, after the hotel authorites prevented them from consuming some home-cooked biryani, which was sent by Dhoni’s Indian teammate Ambati Rayudu, according to media reports.

Dhoni, furious at the staff of Hotel Grand Kakatiya for refusing to allow the team from enjoying some delicious Hyderabadi biryani, immediately made the team management cancel the booking and made the team move to rival Taj Krishna.

In what is a sign of Dhoni’s clout over the management and staff, N Srinivasan and some BCCI officials also followed Dhoni & co. to Taj Krishna.

Although Rayudu, who had sent the biryani, was himself away in Raipur playing for the Mumbai Indians that evening, it is believed that Rayudu had requested for the biryani cooked at his home to be sent to the hotel.

The Grand Kakatiya staff later confirmed that the Chennai Super Kings moved out on Tuesday afternoon, but they refused to reveal the reasons for the team doing so.

"You should ask the Chennai team management what happened and why they vacated," said Suhasini, a member of the hotel's public relations team.

"We're a five-star deluxe facility and there are five other such hotels in the city. One is free to pick one's place of stay," George Verghese, the general manager of the hotel, was quoted by Mumbai Mirror.

"I am bound by confidentiality agreement with our guests and cannot vouch for your information, although I cannot stop you from writing it."

A top BCCI official, who did not wish to disclose his identity, also confirmed to the Mirror that CSK did change their place of stay, but he refused to divulge further on the matter.

"We don't know if biryani was the cause of the shift. I'm told Dhoni was not happy with the hotel," he said.

When Mumbai Mirror attempted to get a response from CSK spokesman Russel Radhakrishnana, he said, “If you have information about such incidents you may write so. All I can say is we were not happy with the hotel and we moved out.”

The team moved to Bangalore on Thursday. Their next match is against Dolphins in the city on September 22.

Furious MS Dhoni storms out of hotel along with entire CSK team after being denied home-cooked biryani - Yahoo Cricket India

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  Tendo: The best associate cricketer of our times
Posted by: nairrk - Today 02:00 PM - No Replies

In an era with some of the finest players of all time, there was one player whose achievements have gone somewhat unnoticed, because he did not play for a Test playing nation. Ryan ten Doeschate is definitely the best associate player of his time.

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In the past 20 years or so, the cricket world has seen some of the all-time greats. Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, etc., but amidst these greats is another player, whose efforts have not been noticed as much, because he did not play for any of the Test playing nations.

Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, only the 30th player from his nation to play ODIs, has been playing international cricket since 2006, and domestic cricket in England since 2003. He has been named “Associate Player Of The Year” on 3 occasions, more than any other player. Today, he is a regular in the various T20 leagues around the world.

Ten Doeschate, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was signed by English County, Essex, after their then coach, Graham Gooch was impressed by his performance in a game in South Africa, where the Dutchman was playing for the second team of Western Province. He first excelled with the ball, and later with the bat. Because of his Dutch citizenship, he was eligible to play in the English domestic league, and was signed by Essex thereafter. Since then, he has been a regular in the side, and an integral part of their efforts in County Cricket.

Big performances in ICC tournaments

He played for the Dutch national team in 2005 and 2006 in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, where he struck unbelievable form, scoring big regularly, including a record-breaking 259 against Canada. He was named in the Dutch squad for the 2007 ICC World Cup, and in a warm-up match against a strong India side, he took 5 wickets and scored a half century. But the best moment in Ten Doeschate’s international career was probably the opening match at the 2009 World T20.

Playing against hosts England, at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s, he took 2 wickets and remained unbeaten on 22, as the Dutch shocked England. As a part of the Dutch team in the 2011 ICC World Cup, he enjoyed a good run, scoring 2 centuries, including one against England. He was one of only 3 players to score 2 centuries in that edition of the tournament.

Since then though, Ten Doeschate has not played much international cricket, as he focussed his efforts on the various domestic teams he plays for. One cannot blame him, as the level of cricket in these competitions are far better than anything the Dutch would be a part of.

T20 specialist

Playing the T20 leagues in England, South Africa, Australia, India, New Zealand and Bangladesh, he has been an integral part of any team he has represented. Aside from being a terrific batsman and a more than handy bowler, he is also a terrific fielder, making him the complete package.

So what do the statistics say about Ten Doeschate’s career? Having played 33 matches, scoring over 1,500 runs, his batting average stands at 67.00, which is, by some distance, the highest batting average for any player with a minimum of 10 innings, which is generally taken as the yardstick.

Of course, most of the matches were not played against the top teams, so this may not provide the correct picture. However, looking at his record against Test playing nations, it is 51.67, which is still excellent, albeit over a smaller number of innings than most batsmen. His List A average is 45.83, which is amongst the top 20 of all time, and given that most of his domestic cricket was played in England and South Africa, where the standard of cricket is quite good, this is a very respectable average.

Today, at the age of 34, ten Doeschate is considered to be one of the most experienced players in domestic competitions, and has done justice to this for any side he has played for. Being born in South Africa, he was eligible to play for the national team, but took a decision early on to play for the Dutch, as he considered his chances of playing for South Africa rather slim.

Even though he has not played a whole lot of international cricket, he has plied his trade against some of the best in the world, and has been successful in pretty much all conditions. With his record, one cannot help but feel that he would have probably had a good career had he chosen to play for South Africa too, but there is no doubt that he has been the best player of his generation from the associate nations.

Tendo: The best associate cricketer of our times - Yahoo Cricket India

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  Pak selectors considering dropping Younis from ODI squad
Posted by: nairrk - Today 01:53 PM - No Replies

Karachi, Sep 19 (ANI): Pakistan cricket team selectors are reportedly considering the option to drop veteran batsman Younis Khan from national ODI squad while asking captain Misbah-ul-Haq to bat at the crucial number three position.

The Pakistan squad for the Australia series in the UAE is to be announced next week, with the series to start with the one-off Twenty20 in Dubai on October 5.

The 36-year-old Younis, who has been confined to Test cricket since early last year, was included in the ODI party for the last series against Sri Lanka where he featured only in the first game of the three-match rubber, scoring three runs in that game at Hambantota, The Dawn reported.

The right-handed batsman in an emergency had to return home owing to the demise of his nephew. Now the selectors have almost decided to axe the 254-ODI veteran from the game's shorter version, citing his poor run of form in ODIs.

With a stack of 7,017 ODI runs featuring six centuries and 48 half-centuries to his credit, Younis remains the most experienced batsman in the present lot of Pakistan players. But the unusual dip in his ODI form has perhaps compelled the selectors to look for other options as the all-important 2015 World Cup nears.

Meanwhile, sources said that the selectors have not succeeded in convincing Misbah to bat at the vital number three spot. They said that for his slow but responsible batting style, Misbah can produce a better show at one-down position, which many believe is crucial in any format but the skipper is not yet convinced.

Sources close to Misbah also said that the skipper believes he is already under some pressure as his performance in the last series against Sri Lanka was sluggish, so a major change in the batting order at this moment, and that too against Australia who are one of the world's best teams, may put him under added pressure, which he cannot afford until the World Cup.

Pak selectors considering dropping Younis from ODI squad - Yahoo Cricket India

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