The opening match of Twenty20 World Cup 2007 was played between title holders West Indies and hosts South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The new indian-ized (Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Ramdin, Rampaul) West Indian outfit was not supposed to make it a thriller but thanks to charged performance by Chris Gayle it looked like they have got a winner in their hands. When Gayle was on the crease it seemed that West Indies can make it to 220+. However, as soon as he departed, others followed suit and at end of 20 overs South Africa got 206 runs to win.
Imran Farhat, who is always in confrontation with PCB for one thing or the other, has now decided to play ICL and has sent a formal request to PCB for separating him from the central contract.
According to the News, Imran Farhat is disappointed with the maltreatment by the selection committee and attitude of the Board despite being declared the best batsman and fielder in the four-day tournament of the first-class cricket, and one-day contests and thus decided to play the Indian cricket league.
As final match of the largest and most prestigious event of Cricket World comes near, all eyes are set on Australia and Sri Lanka.
Australia, being 3 time winner, is hot favorite for the final. They haven’t lost a single match yet and by far are most professional side of the tournament. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are all charged up to face the challenge under the guidance of their Aussie coach, Tom Moody. Incidentally Sri Lanka has defeated Australia in their only World Cup victory, back in 1996.
As the captain goes down with sinking ship, Inzamam stepped down from captaincy and announced his retirement from ODI. While the nation was expecting other ’senior’ players to follow suit but no one showed courage and sportsmanship to come forward and accept the blame.
After Inzamam’s retirement and Younis Khan’s refusal of accepting the task, PCB got a job to name the new skipper. This led to a storm of speculation with number of players showing interest in the position. PCB, according to media reports, considered Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt as prime candidates, giving youth a chance this time over seasoned players like Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzak and Shahid Afridi.
Conspiracy theories are ripe after the sudden death of Bob Woolmer. According to Cricinfo.com, Police are now treating Bob Woolmer’s death as suspicious and a full-scale investigation has been ordered.
Unconfirmed reports suggested Woolmer might have been murdered because marks were found around his neck.
His wife Gill told CNN-IBN, an Indian news channel, he did not complain of any chest pain after the match. An autopsy completed on Tuesday was inconclusive, but investigators were waiting for the results of toxicology tests to see if they helped determine the cause.
Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, died at the age of 58.
He was found lying on the floor of his room, with vomit around him, at 10.45am and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, at 11.50am.
Although he was given medical attention, the doctors declared him dead on arrival. Possible reason for death is cardiac arrest however the causes are still unknown.
Bob Woomer may have taken Pakistan’s humiliating defeat by Ireland to his heart. Shame on Inzi and his goons that they are still alive.
Australia beat England by 10 wickets in the final test of Ashes 2006-07, sealing their first Ashes whitewash in 86 years.
In a recent poll, CricketViewer readers voted Australia to whitewash the Ashes 2006-07.
With the last test of the year played, Ricky Ponting stand is unable to break Mohammad Yousuf’s record of highest runs score in a calender year.
It was also guessed by the readers of CricketViewer who participated in the poll ‘Can Ricky Ponting break Mohammad Yousuf’s record of highest test runs in a calendar year‘.
The ABN Amro Twenty20 Cup 2006/2007 started from December 21, 2006 in Karachi.
National stars, representing 13 regional teams, will fight for top honours in the six-day event. Faisalabad Wolves won the inaugural Twenty20 Cup played in Lahore while Sialkot Stallions beat defending champions Faisalabad Wolves in the final of second Twenty20 Cup played in February-March this year in Karachi.
Australia won back the Ashes with a 206 runs victory in the 3rd test at WACA, Perth. Shane Warne claimed the final wicket, leaving him on 699 Test scalps, as Kevin Pietersen was left stranded on 60.
“Every second of our hard work over the past 14 months has been worth it,” said an emotional Matthew Hayden, while the elated captain, Ricky Ponting, said: “We’ve had a long time to think about it, we worked harder than ever before and all that work has come through in our play but we have turned it around and played some unbelievable cricket.”