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It’s England touring India, after Australia!!

November 10, 2008

Dear Readers,

Now it’s turn for England to pull up their socks, against India. Here is the complete details of 7 ODI’s between India and England:

November 2008
Fri 14
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
1st ODI – India v England
Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot
Mon 17
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
2nd ODI – India v England
Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground, Indore
Thu 20
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
3rd ODI – India v England
Green Park, Kanpur
Sun 23 D/N
14:00 local, 08:30 GMT
4th ODI – India v England
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Wed 26 D/N
14:00 local, 08:30 GMT
5th ODI – India v England
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Sat 29
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
6th ODI – India v England
Nehru Stadium, Guwahati

– CricVille –
Sandesh Kumar

Digicel proposes to end contract row

September 13, 2008

The row between the West Indies Cricket Board and its sponsors, Digicel, took another twist on Thursday with a proposal from the company to settle its dispute with the board.

In August, Digicel filed an injunction in the High Court in London seeking to have the WICB withdraw all approval for the Stanford Super Series which, it claimed, encroached its “exclusive sponsorship rights”. The move came in the light of rumours that Stanford was close to signing Cable and Wireless (Digicel’s competitor and a former sponsor of the West Indies team) as a sponsor for the series.

The court put the matter to arbitration, and the results of this are due in October. Digicel said it proposed a “compromise solution will involve the waiver of a considerable number of legal and commercial rights owned by Digicel by virtue of its sole and exclusive sponsorship agreement with the WICB”.

The conditions of the offer are that the Stanford side in the 20/20 for 20 match against England on November 1 wear official West Indies kit with Digicel branding; that no telecommunications company be involved in the event; and that Digicel’s costs be paid for by the board.

While this might appear one-sided, Digicel claims that in return it will be “foregoing a large number of valuable legal rights and entitlements including broadcast rights, exclusively branded pitch mats, sight screens, perimeter boards, promotional opportunities, advertising, content rights and various other avenues for commercial use that it currently owns by virtue of its sole and exclusive sponsorship agreement with the WICB”.

“Digicel would call upon both the WICB and Stanford to engage constructively on this matter and to put cricket in the West Indies first. Digicel’s compromise solution is a very credible alternative and provides something for every party concerned.”

Insiders believe that the WICB might have little option but to agree to the bulk of the demands, because without the board’s backing, the series could be deemed unofficial which, given the precedent set with the ICL in India, would create numerous issues for the players involved.

As far as the ECB are concerned, however, the matches were approved by the ICC back in June, and so they have no doubts about their status.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

TV rights for Champions League sell for $900 million

September 11, 2008

The status of Twenty20 cricket as the sport’s most lucrative avatar has been confirmed with commercial rights to the Champions League being sold for US$900 million to broadcasters ESPN-Star Sports (ESS). This makes the Champions League, promoted by the national boards of India, Australia and South Africa, the highest valued cricket tournament on a per-game basis.

The ten-year deal, which includes an additional $75 million for marketing the tournament, gives the network the global commercial rights to every Champions League match from this year’s inaugural event in December until 2017.

The organisers confirmed the deal when they opened all the bids in Dubai on Wednesday. ESS was preferred ahead of DIC, who offered $751.3 million, and the Abu Dhabi Sports Club, whose bid was disqualified for being conditional.

The deal marks ESS’s entry into the specialized Twenty20 market; it had lost out on the bid for the Indian Premier League after what seemed like a miscalculation on its part. The IPL rights were eventually sold to a consortium, including Sony Entertainment Television and the Singapore-based World Sports Group, for more than $1 billion. It had seemed like an outrageous price to pay at the time; now, after the overwhelming success of the inaugural IPL, it seems a steal.

ESS are the ICC’s television rights holder until 2015 – they acquired the rights in 2006 for $1.1 billion over nine years – but the postponement of the Champions Trophy, originally due to start in Pakistan tomorrow, left them facing a long spell without a major series.

The Champions League this year will feature eight sides from India, South Africa, Australia, England and Pakistan, before expanding to a 12-team competition in 2009.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar

India refuse to play Champions Trophy in October 2009

September 10, 2008

The Indian board has rejected suggestions made during the ICC’s chief executives’ committee meeting in Dubai on Wednesday to conduct the Champions Trophy in October 2009 because it will clash with the “very important” one-day series at home against Australia. The issue now passes to the ICC Board, which meets on Thursday.

“We have said that the Champions Trophy in October will not be possible for us since we are hosting Australia at that time,” Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, said. “The one-day series against Australia is a very important fixture for us. It has been scheduled and we can’t do anything about it. All the boards will have to find another solution or window for the Champions Trophy.”

The BCCI is planning to hold the first of the seven one-day matches against Australia on October 13, three days after the conclusion of the Champions Twenty20 League, which it is organising along with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The ICC board had, on August 24, decided to postpone the Champions Trophy that was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan from September 12 after five of the eight participating nations expressed security concerns about the host country. David Morgan, the ICC president, said “it was considered prudent to postpone the event to October 2009, a time when we all hope conditions may be more acceptable for all the competing teams”.

The concept of an alternative structure to bilateral tours, including an enhanced Test championship, with the ICC taking a greater central “ownership” of the programme, was also discussed at Wednesday’s meeting. However, sources said it did not appear to make much headway during the CEC meeting with a number of boards unconvinced about the idea, especially about the extent of their ownership and role under such an arrangement.

The concept was kicked off during the ICC annual conference in Dubai in July, and Cricket Australia was entrusted with the job of coming up with a plan. The key considerations were: all three formats of international cricket should be protected and promoted with Test cricket identified as the pinnacle of the sport; “icon” Test series must be protected; ICC should look at ways of taking greater central “ownership” of international cricket outside its events or at least providing for more consistency in marketing/promotion; and the concept of a Test Championship and/or play-off should be explored further.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar

Chanderpaul is ICC Player of the year

September 10, 2008

ICC Awards 2008


Yuvraj Singh and Simon Taufel pose with their trophies at the ICC Awards in Dubai

West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the fifth player to be named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards ceremony in Dubai. Chanderpaul, who also made the shortlist last year, fought off competition from other nominees Mahela Jayawardene from Sri Lanka, as well as South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn to take the top award.

Steyn had the consolation of taking the Test Player of the Year award, while India’s one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the ODI Player of the Year award.

Yuvraj Singh became the inaugural winner of the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award in recognition of his amazing six sixes in one over off Stuart Broad during the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa last September.

Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lanka’s 23-year-old spin star, won the Emerging Player of the Year award. With his mesmerising brand of spin bowling, Mendis has exploded on to the international scene in recent months. In just three Tests against India in July and August, he claimed an amazing 26 wickets at an average of 18.38.

Six countries were represented in the 12-man ICC Test Team of the Year and three players – England captain, Kevin Pietersen and the Sri Lanka pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan – also appeared in the World Test Team of the Year in 2007. Sangakkara and Muralitharan also appeared in the 2006 side as well. Smith was named as captain of the team.

There were also six countries represented in the ICC ODI Team of the Year of which only two – Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar – also appeared in the 2007 side and only one – Brett Lee – made both XIs. Ponting was included in 2006 as well while Andrew Symonds was previously been named in the 2005 team. Ponting is named as captain of the team for the second year running.

Australian umpire, Simon Taufel, was named as Umpire of the Year for the fifth successive time. Taufel, 37, received his votes from the captains of the ten Full Member nations, as well as the eight-man elite panel of ICC match referees. “I’m delighted to win this award but I don’t set this as a goal at the start of a season,” he said.

England captain Charlotte Edwards, who last night steered her side to a 4-0 one-day win over India, won the Women’s Cricketer of the Year award.

Netherlands allrounder, Ryan ten Doeschate, was named as the Associate Player of the Year.

The Sri Lanka team were the recipients of the Spirit of Cricket Award for the second year running. The prize is presented to the team which, in the opinion of the elite panel of ICC umpires and match referees, has best conducted itself on the field within the spirit of the game.

“The past year has been another exciting one for cricket fans around the world in a time that included the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 and plenty of competitive Test and ODI cricket,” David Morgan, the ICC president, said. “These players have contributed hugely to our enjoyment. This is the fifth annual ICC Awards night and each year it is gaining in prestige.”

ICC Test Team of the Year Graeme Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardena (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

ICC ODI Team of the Year Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)