Due to the increasing level of interest in the game of cricket in sub-continent, which is the most densely populated area of planet, the number of stakeholders is also increasing. In todays world, the economies are tightly integrated with games. Up till now, football was the only super-power in the money-generation game. Now, as ESPN obtains the rights of telecasting ICC’s events for the next eight years at the price of $1.1 billion, Cricket has joined the ranks of big leaguers.
February 14th, 2007
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Teenage all-rounder Malachi Jones was named in the Bermuda squad which will make its debut in the Cricket World Cup (CWC) next month.
Jones, 17, only played his first match for Bermuda in November.
The squad contained no surprises. Irving Romaine was handed the captaincy in December because of the string of injuries to Clay Smith, who also made the 15-man squad. Romaine has one century in 17 ODIs.
David Hemp, the captain of English county side Glamorgan, was the most experienced player in the squad. Hemp was born in Bermuda but moved to Wales as a baby and completed his 100-day residency in late 2005 to qualify for Bermuda.
Australia legend Shane Warne has tipped Paul Collingwood to be a star at the World Cup after his fine tri-series.
Durham all-rounder Collingwood hit two centuries and 70 as England won their last four games, including the two finals against hosts Australia.
“Collingwood was the big star. He could be the player of the World Cup. He will go to the Caribbean full of confidence and because of his versatility will always be in games,” Warne said in his column for The Times.
The Senate Committee for Sports will summon top Pakistani cricket officials for a meeting in Islamabad next week over the “poor shape of national cricket”, a committee member said on Tuesday.
Senator Enver Baig told this correspondent from Islamabad that the committee would grill the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf for a delay in implementation of a new constitution as well as the “continuing mess in national cricket”.
Baig said that he would wait for the Committee chairman to convene the meeting for a few days before making a requisition early next week for a session with the PCB officials.
When couple of years back, Bob Woolmer came in to navigate Pakistan Cricket’s ship, he declared that his eyes were on World CUP 2007, But the populace saw that his eyes were constantly remained stuck to his laptop.
Prior to announcing the world cup squad, there was not even a shade of planning, organization, discipline, merit or professionalism. It seemed that the team was pre-decided and whatever hue and cry was raised was just an eyewash. Pakistan is perhaps the only team in world cricket, who hasn’t selected his player on merit. The team is merely consisted of unctuous Yes-Inzi bhai garbage, except couple of exceptions.
Rao Iftikhar Anjum, one of several back-up seamers called to South Africa during Pakistan’s troubled tour, looks set to get the call-up into the starting XI for the final One-day International (ODI) at the Wanderers here on Wednesday (today).
Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, hinted on the eve of the game at “two or three changes” to their side for a match they must win to level the series 2-2, one game having been washed out by rain.
While he wasn’t entirely forthcoming on some of the other changes, he was pretty direct when it came to the inclusion of Anjum, the 26-year-old swing bowler from Islamabad.
Pakistan on Tuesday gambled with injured pace trio of Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul in a 15-man squad for next month’s World Cup.
After lengthy deliberations, the selectors opted in favour of the injured pacers, two of them also under shadow of a doping ban, apart from bringing in leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for the crunch assignment.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have made it clear that Shoaib, Asif and Gul have been selected subject to fitness and would be replaced if they failed to get fully ready by March 2, the International Cricket Council (ICC) deadline for any injury-based replacement.
Defending champions Australia will take injured all-rounder Andrew Symonds and unpredictable paceman Shaun Tait to next month’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) and leave Ashes bowling hero Stuart Clark at home.
Selectors also found room in the 15-man squad for back-up wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, with Adam Gilchrist gaining permission to travel three days later than the rest of the squad as his wife is expecting their third child.
Leg-spinner Cameron White was also overlooked for the Caribbean with selectors relying on wrist-spinner Brad Hogg, complemented by spin part-timers Michael Clarke and Symonds.
India square off with Sri Lanka in the third limited-overs international on Wednesday (today) and attempt to level the series against a squad that has played well of late.
India suffered a five-run defeat by Sri Lanka in the second one-dayer in a thrilling last-ball finish in the western Indian city of Rajkot on Sunday. The victory boosted the morale of the Sri Lankans.
Sri Lanka have played impressive cricket over the past year, and captain Mahela Jayawardene said “a team has to really play well to beat us.”