Posts Tagged ‘One Day International’

Symonds out for India Series, opt for pace

September 13, 2008

Australia will be counting on their pace attack, not spin, to beat India in their four-Test series that begins next month, chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said on Friday.

Australia named the uncapped Doug Bollinger and Peter Siddle in their 15-man squad to provide back-up to the front line trio of Brett Lee, Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson for the series.

“It’ll depend on conditions, they are spinner friendly, but when we won there last time (in 2004) we won because of our quick bowlers and we think it’ll be the same this time,” Hilditch told reporters in Adelaide on Friday.

Selectors also included uncapped legspinner Bryce McGain, who could make his Test debut at the age of 36, and offspinner Jason Krejza in the squad to replace the now retired Stuart MacGill.

All-rounder Andrew Symonds, dropped from the side for the one-day series with Bangladesh in Darwin earlier this month after he missed a team meeting and went fishing instead, was not included.

Hilditch had said earlier in a statement that Symonds would not be considered again until the national selection panel were satisfied he was committed to playing for the team.

The 33-year-old, who was almost sent home from the 2005 Ashes tour of England when he turned up for a match still under the influence of alcohol, has been replaced by fellow all-rounder Shane Watson.

“You miss Andrew Symonds, he’s a great player, but this is just the way it is at the moment,” said Hilditch.

“At the moment it’s all about Andrew’s welfare and that process will take as long as it takes.”

Captain Ricky Ponting (wrist) and opening batsman Matthew Hayden (Achille’s tendon) have been included after they returned home injured from the tour of West Indies.

Ponting had surgery while Hayden underwent an extensive rehabilitation programme, with both missing the recent one-day series in Darwin.

The first Test begins in Bangalore on Oct. 9, followed by matches in Mohali (Oct. 17-21), Delhi (Oct. 29-Nov. 2) and in Nagpur (Nov. 5-9). Hilditch said the series was becoming as important to Australia as the Ashes series with England.

“It’s an iconic series, I don’t know what the players would say about which is more important, we always traditionally say the Ashes and that will always be up there, but this is really up there for the players,” he said.

“We’ve only won there once in 30 years so this’ll be a real test for this team and we’ve picked it to specifically try to win this series.”

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

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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.

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Sandesh Kumar

Australians fit and ready for India Tour

September 7, 2008
Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke all set for India Tour.

Australia’s cricket stars said they were fit and raring to face India after their leisurely one-day clean sweep against Bangladesh.

The world’s top team embark on a gruelling tour against their fierce rivals in a fortnight, just months after India’s tour of Australia flared into controversy.

Stand-in captain Michael Clarke said Australia were super-fit and pumped up to the expected heat after the 3-0 series win in tropical northern Australia.

“Our performances have been spot on and I think our preparation has been unbelievable, really good.”

Ricky Ponting is expected to recover from injury to captain Australia with fast bowler Brett Lee and opening batsman Matthew Hayden also back in the side.

Hayden’s description of Harbhajan Singh as an “obnoxious weed” was one of many low points during India’s visit, with other controversies centring on race and bad sportsmanship.

Troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who was also involved in a bust-up with Singh, is still not confirmed and told to get psychological help after missing a team meeting to go fishing.

Batsman Mike Hussey said Australia had gained plenty of confidence and valuable match practice against Bangladesh.

Australians are expected to announce their squad next week. They leave for India on September 21 with the first Test starting in Bangalore on October 9th, 2008.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

South Africa reject tri-series proposal

September 7, 2008

South Africa reject tri-series proposal

With South Africa pulling out of the possible tri-series, Pakistan are now looking to organise a one-day series with Sri Lanka

The proposal for a tri-series in South Africa, also involving Pakistan and probably Sri Lanka has been rejected by Cricket South Africa, who said their top players need to rest after the recent tour of England.

“Cricket South Africa [CSA] have today informed us they can’t arrange the series as their players have had a long and hectic tour of England which ended on a disappointing note for them,” Shafqat Naghmi, the Pakistan board’s chief operating officer, said. Naghmi was also told by a CSA official that “South Africa’s leading players were not interested in playing in a series immediately after their tour of England”.

South Africa’s coach Mickey Arthur had expressed concerns that fatigue was hampering his team’s progress after their 4-0 loss to England in the recent one-day series and warned the administrators against “flogging a dead horse”.

The PCB was trying to arrange the tournament to fill the gap created by the postponement of the Champions Trophy which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September. However, five of the participating nations said they would not travel to Pakistan because of security concerns, forcing the tournament to be put off.

“We have the option of inviting one or two teams for one-day matches but will only go ahead with them after getting a clearance from the Interior Ministry,” Naghmi told .

Pakistan are now trying to set up a one-day series against Sri Lanka.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi