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  Cheteshwar Pujara to play for Yorkshire in English County Championship
Posted by: nairrk - Today 08:57 AM - No Replies

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London: Ignored by all eight franchsies during the auctions for the eighth season of IPL, India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will make use of that time by representing Yorkshire in upcoming English county season.

The Saurashtra lad will be second player after Tendulkar to represent Yorkshire county. Tendulkar, incidentally was Yorkshire's first overseas signing. Pujara will replace Pakistan's Younis Khan, who will be busy touring Bangladesh with Pakistan's national side.

In fact, Younis had first declared himself available for entire county season but then subsequently had a change of heart as he made himself available for national duty.
Yorkshire management decided to cancel Younis's deal and signed Pujara immediately.

"Pujara is a superb player, who is hungry to perform in the English game. He is a classy right-hander that likes to dominate the crease and he will be a big asset for us during the early part of the new campaign," Martin Moxon, Yorkshire's Director of Cricket, was quoted as saying, by ESPN Cricinfo. Moxon also admitted that they were disappointed that the Younis deal didn't materialise.

"It is very disappointing, at this late stage, to pull out of the agreement with Younis. When the deal was agreed initially, it was on the understanding that Younis would not tour Bangladesh with Pakistan. Younis made it clear to us on Sunday that he would find it difficult to turn down should he be selected," Moxon said. "At this late stage that is no good to us. We had to make a decision and as result we have decided to cancel his contract," he added.

Pujara, on his part said, I''m very excited and honoured to be signing for Yorkshire. The club's history is fantastic and being the current Champions is a testament to the quality of the club and staff.

"I was looking to return to the UK after my previous experience of county cricket, which I greatly enjoyed and when Yorkshire made the offer I didn't think twice. To wear the same white rose Sachin Tendulkar did is going to be a great feeling for me. I hope I can contribute to further success," said Pujara, who has scored 2073 runs in 27 Tests at an average of 47.11.

Cheteshwar Pujara to play for Yorkshire in English County Championship | Zee News

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  Sri Lanka urge Kumar Sangakkara to reconsider retirement
Posted by: nairrk - Today 08:48 AM - No Replies

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Sri Lanka's sports minister urged Sangakkara to play on for another year.

Sri Lanka's sports minister on Wednesday urged the world's number one batsman Kumar Sangakkara to reconsider plans to retire from Test cricket and urged him to play on for another year.

Navin Dissanayake told reporters that he hoped a government-ordered overhaul of Sri Lanka Cricket might persuade the 37-year-old to stick around a bit longer after he again underlined his class at the World Cup.

"As sports minister, I humbly appeal to Kumar to reconsider (retirement) and play for the country for at least one more year," the minister said in Colombo. (Sangakkara Hopeful about Sri Lanka's Cricket Future)

Dissanayake said he hoped that the appointment of an interim management team, headed by former Test player Sidath Wettimuny, would demonstrate the new government's determination to "clean up" the governing body which has been beset by accusations of corruption and mismanagement.

"I spoke with him (Sangakkara) in New Zealand during the World Cup," the minister said in Colombo. (Farewell Sangakkara, Mahela)

"He was very disappointed and unhappy (with the cricket administration) and now that there is a change, I think there is a possibility that he will change his mind."

The minister said he had "asked Sidath to talk to Kumar" about staying on after the left-hander's outstanding performances at the World Cup.

Sangakarra scored an unprecedented four successive ODI hundreds during the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, racking up a total of 541 in seven innings at an average of over 108.

As well as being the number one batsman in the world rankings for Test cricket, the former captain is also the number two in the ODI rankings.

Although Sangakkara had announced before the World Cup that it would be his swansong in one-day international cricket, he caused a stir during the tournament by speaking of his intention to quit Tests within months.

"There are Test matches in June and July, and I will be done by the end of August," he told the ESPNcricinfo website. "A series or two in June and in August, and that's it." (Sanath Jayasuriya Hails 'Unbelievable' Sangakkara)

Sri Lanka are due to play both Pakistan and India over the summer, although the exact dates are yet to be finalised.

Sangakkara has already signed up to play for English county side Surrey in 2015 and 2016, complicating the prospects of a U-turn. (Sangakkara Firm on Retirement Plan)

He has scored 12,203 runs in Test cricket, more than any other active player, putting him at number six in the all-time list.

There was no immediate comment from Sangakkara to the minister's appeal.


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  McCullum named New Zealand Player of the Year
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:48 PM - No Replies

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McCullum led New Zealand to great heights in the 2014-15 season.

Brendon McCullum has been named New Zealand's Cricketer of the Year on Wednesday in an awards ceremony hosted by New Zealand Cricket in Auckland.

The Black Caps captain, who led New Zealand to quite a few successes in the 2014-15 season across all formats, including a place in the 2015 World Cup final, was presented with the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal.

Batsman Kane Williamson won three prestigious awards - the ANZ Twenty20 International Player of the Year, the ANZ ODI Player of the Year and the ANZ Test Player of the Year. The 24-year-old also bagged the Redpath Cup for First Class Batting.

Left-arm pacer Trent Boult, who was the joint-highest wicket-taker at the World Cup on 22 scalps with Australian Mitchell Starc, was awarded the Winsor Cup for First Class Bowling.

"Incredibly humbled. [The award] is for everyone in the group. We now have a team that's heading in a direction that's pretty exciting.We've got some great blokes and some tremendous players. A lot is made about our lack of player depth. I don't buy into that. Us being small and dynamic enables us to be quite innovative and instinctive," McCullum said after receiving the award.

"We've created some memories that will last a lifetime [during the World Cup]. The next little while will be a huge challenge for us... We'll reconnect for England and what a tour that could be.Test success over there, if we're able to achieve that, I think that'll go down as something that we'll all remember for a long time.And pretty sure we've got the right personal for it," he added.

New Zealand Cricket Awards 201415 season

Sir Richard Hadlee Medal: Brendon McCullum

International Women's Player of the Year: Suzie Bates

Redpath Cup (Batting): Kane Williamson

Winsor Cup (Bowling): Trent Boult

ANZ Twenty20 International Player of the Year: Kane Williamson

ANZ ODI International Player of the Year: Kane Williamson

ANZ Test Player of the Year: Kane Williamson

Domestic Cricketer of the Year: Men: Andrew Ellis

Domestic Cricketer of the Year: Women: Amy Satterthwaite

Bert Sutcliffe Award: Ross Dykes


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  Starc grabs top spot in ICC ODI Bowlers rankings
Posted by: mmadhankumar - Yesterday 04:20 PM - No Replies

Australia's pace express Mitchell Starc has claimed the top spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers for the first time in his career following a stellar performance in the 2015 World Cup that also fetched him the player of the tournament award.

The left-arm fast bowler finished ICC's pinnacle 50-over tournament as joint-leading wicket-taker with New Zealand's Trent Boult with 22 wickets, including two for 20 in eight overs in the final against New Zealand, which helped him to rise two places and claim the number-one position for the first time.

Starc had entered the 2015 World Cup in seventh positon and during the course of the tournament, he gained 147 ratings points and currently sits on his career-best 783 rating points, The Dawn reported.

Boult also made gains in the latest rankings following his excellent run in the tournament. The left-arm fast bowler vaulted nine places to jump to career-high sixth position - a place he shares with Australia's Mitchell Johnson, who also moved up by two places.

South Africa's wrist spinner Imran Tahir has also finished the series in a career-best second position, having started the tournament in 11th position and leapfrogging nine places, thanks to his 15 wicket scalp in eight matches.

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, despite playing his last ODI in August 2014, ranked number three in the list.

The Top 10 ICC ODI bowlers are:

1. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
2. Imran Tahir (South Africa)
3. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)
4. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
5. Sunil Narine (West Indies)
6. Trent Boult (New Zealand)
7. Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
8. James Anderson (England)
9. Morne Morkel (South Africa)
10. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Starc grabs top spot in ICC ODI Bowlers rankings for first time in career with stellar performance in WC - Yahoo News India

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  Peeved by World Cup final snub, Mustafa Kamal resigns as ICC president
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 01:25 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: Days after he was snubbed from the ICC World Cup final post match presentation, Bangladeshi ICC president Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday resigned from his post.

Post the final match between Australia and New Zealand, Kamal said that the game's governing body denied him of his right to give the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony of the World Cup final on Sunday.

The trophy was handed over by ICC chairman N Srinivasan, despite the ICC's amendment of its rules in January 2015 to mandate that ICC president is supposed to give trophies at global competitions.

Kamal stirred a controversy when he termed the umpiring in Bangladesh's World Cup quarterfinal match against India as "poor" and threatened to step down after the match on March 19.

"It seems the ICC has become the Indian Cricket Council. I am not the president of the Indian Cricket Council," Kamal, who is also the planning minister of the Bangladesh government, reportedly told media after his team's 109-run defeat Thursday against India in the quarter-finals of the ongoing cricket World Cup.

The outcome of the match was marred by several controversial umpiring decisions.

Kamal also said that if ICC did not probe the matter and take measures against it, he would step down as its president.

When news of his resignation spread on social media sites, Kamal’s ministry issued a media statement terming the news as "rumour".

The statement said Kamal himself confirmed that he had not resigned from ICC.

Along with former cricketers and analysts, Kamal came down heavily on the "poor" umpiring in the match.

ICC chief executive David Richardson termed Kamal's comments "very unfortunate".

"As an ICC president, he should have been more considerate in his criticism of ICC match officials, whose integrity cannot be questioned," Richardson said in a statement.

With agency inputs

Peeved by World Cup final snub, Mustafa Kamal resigns as ICC president | Zee News

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