Sunday, July 27, 2008

First Champions League to be held in India

The first Champions League will be played in India this year, said Lalit Modi, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) official and the Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner on Monday.

The matches will be played in three venues - Jaipur, New Delhi and Mohali from September 29 to October 8.

Eight teams are expected to participate in the event that will include the teams securing the first and the second positions in the domestic Twenty20 events of South Africa and Australia, besides the winner and runners-up of the IPL.

Apart from this, one team from Pakistan will also take part in the tournament and the PCB has ensured its complete cooperation in this regard.

However, because of the differences that occurred between the India and the England boards on some administrative matters of the Champions League, no team from England is likely to take part in the competition.

But Modi is not too worried about the issue and confirmed if no team comes from England then any team from Sri Lanka or New Zealand would fill the gap.

The details of the event is scheduled to be finalised in Mumbai on Wednesday at a meeting that is suppose to be attended by officials from the BCCI, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA).

The idea of the Champions League was first proposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India when they launched the Indian Premier League. The Champions League is supposed to be an annual event which will have two domestic teams from each Test-playing nation competing in the competition.

Sri Lanka add Prasad to Galle test squad v India

Sri Lanka have called up uncapped paceman Dammika Prasad as an additional bowling option for the second test against India in Galle starting on Thursday.

The 25-year-old played three one-day internationals in 2006 before suffering a series of injuries but has since impressed with the A team and recently against the Indians, claiming 4-58 in a warm-up game.

Prasad, however, is unlikely to play with Sri Lanka expected to retain the same side that won the first test by an innings and 239 runs.

Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chamara Silva, Thilan Thushara, Chamara Kapugedera, Dammika Prasad.

Friday, July 18, 2008

India clinch Asia Cup hockey title after dramatic fight back

Chak de India all over again at the Gacchibowli Stadium here on Friday evening as Diwakar Ram scored a ‘golden goal’ to see the hosts retain the junior Asia Cup hockey title, beating South Korea 3-2.After missing two penalty-corners in the scheduled time, which ended in a 2-2 draw, all eyes were on ace drag-flicker Diwakar Ram, when the hosts were awarded a penalty-corner in the fourth minute of extra-time. And the cool as cucumber Diwakar did not lose his focus and shot the ball home in style. Diwakar completed a ‘Perfect 10’ as he has scored two goals each in the five matches he’s played.Nam Hyun Woo scored both the goals for Korea, while S.V. Sunil and Diwakar Ram restored parity for India in the scheduled time. Down two goals to nil at the 59th minute mark, the Indians staged a remarkable comeback with captain Gurbaj Singh setting the tone with an accurate hit inside the circle. Following a goalmouth melee, S.V. Sunil sounded the boards with ease in the 60th minute.

This allowed the Indians to press hard, and in the 63rd minute, ace drag-flicker Diwakar Ram levelled the score with a zooming hit into the right corner of the goal.
Earlier, as expected, the Koreans maintained their rhythm from the word go and didn’t allow the Indians much leeway in the midfield.
Two minutes later, Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh denied Korea’s Bae Jong Suk a chance with a brilliant save.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

India refuse to change England tour itinerary

India will not alter the schedule of England's cricket tour later this year despite protests from the visitors about being made to play in smaller venues, an official said on Tuesday. On Monday it was upset that India's regular Test venues like Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Mohali were not given matches during the six-week tour.

India want the two Tests in December to be played in Ahmedabad and Mumbai, while the seven preceding one-dayers were spread across various centres like Rajkot, Guwahati, Cuttack and Jamshedpur.The itinerary for the England tour has been finalised on the basis of this rotation policy.

The website, which belongs to the official broadcaster of the series, Nimbus Communications, reported that Shah was unhappy that the ECB had made its protest public. ECB has chosen to air its grievances over this policy in the media, whenever the Indian team has toured England, some of the venues have not been up to the mark in terms of facilities for Indian players and supporters

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sri Lanka win Asia cup .

Asia cup final held today. Two finalists are India and Sri Lanka. Some time I have predict different item. About Asia Cup it’s my first and last prediction. Those who read my blog they know before I’ve some predict about EURO 2008 and all of my calculate became turn true. I‘ve huge experience about cricket because since 1987 world cup that’s was held India-Pakistan I was related with cricket as an audience.
As a Bangladeshi I’ve huge Interested about Cricket and my experience Sri Lanka should absolutely win Asia Cup by beating India because last ten years India not beat Sri Lanka any final and last six final they meat Sri lanka won four and two match not be finished because of bad weather .
The excessive fan of India knows why India not win Asia cup. They are fantastic team and its true they have able to achieve the trophy but every one knows about them in Final. If you called any match final maximum time India lost. If you calculated how much they played final in various tournaments and how they win. I’m unhappily said 1983 world cup and T20 final rest of the maximum time they lost final its world cup or other tournament.
So the opponent should happy when they get India final any kind of tournament. India is stronger than Sri Lanka now but I told you Sri Lanka beat India and win Asia Cup InshaAllah.

Asia Cup: India wins toss, elects to bowl against Sri Lanka

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss Sunday and opted to bowl first against defending champion Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup at National Stadium.

India made one change from the team that won its last Super Four game against Sri Lanka on Thursday with middle-order batsman Robin Uthappa replacing fast bowler Praveen Kumar.

Sri Lanka brought in main bowlers — left-arm paceman Chaminda Vaas and spinner Ajantha Mendis — who replaced fast bowlers Kaushal Weeraratne and Dilhara Fernando.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dhoni leads India to 308-7 against Pakistan

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led from the front with a fighting 76 to steer India to 308-7 in their Asia Cup Super League match against archrivals Pakistan at National Stadium here on Wednesday.

Dhoni hit four boundaries during his 96-ball knock and added an invaluable 112 runs for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma (58) and another 41 for the seventh with Irfan Pathan (38 not out) after India won the toss and batted.

India nearly spoiled a robust start after being restricted to 129-4 but Dhoni and Sharma ensured all was not lost, initially pushing for singles and then opening up later.

Virender Sehwag (49) and Gautum Gambhir (35) shared a rapid first-wicket partnership of 88 in 63 balls as India threatened a big total before the home team hit back by taking three wickets in the space of just three runs and nine balls.

Paceman Rao Ifktihar, who finished with 3-51, had Gambhir caught at cover-point before pace partner Abdur Rauf struck twice in his sixth over.

Rauf, playing only his second one-day match, forced an edge off Sehwag to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed before dismissing the in-form Suresh Raina (one), caught hooking in the deep.

Yuvraj Singh too threatened to take the attack apart during his 32-ball 37 (four boundaries and a six) before he edged Iftikhar for Sarfraz to take a diving left-handed catch.

Sharma and Dhoni steadied the innings through their 139-ball partnership. Iftikhar returned for his second spell to have Sharma caught at long-off. Sharma hit four boundaries during his 71-ball knock.

Dhoni miscued a heave off Sohail Tanveer in the penultimate over and was caught by Sarfraz.

Pakistan, in a must-win situation after losing to Sri Lanka in their opening Super League match on Sunday, suffered a big blow when captain Shoaib Malik failed to pass a fitness test after suffering dehydration.

Misbah-ul Haq led the team in Malik's absence as Pakistan brought in Nasir Jamshed for Malik. Pakistan also included paceman Rauf and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in place of Wahab Riaz and Mansoor Amjad.

Ajmal, 30, made his one-day debut.

India, who will qualify for the final if they win this match, made four changes. Opener Sehwag, paceman Praveen Kumar and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla -- all rested in the last match -- returned with the fit-again Irfan Pathan.

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