Cricket fever

Cricket fever has hit Australia, with the ongoing tour of the Indian cricket team. A good time to fly to Down Under.

The first match between India Australia was held in December last year at The Melbourne Cricketing Ground (MCG).

The Twenty 20 match will follow on February 1 and the one-day international match between India and Australia on February 10.

Cricket South Africa object to ICL involvement

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has withdrawn Daryll Cullinan’s accreditation as a television commentator for SuperSport for the ongoing series between South Africa and West Indies because of his involvement in the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Cullinan, a former South African middle-order batsman, was coach of the Kolkata Tigers in the ICL, a league not recognised by cricket boards across the world. The board had complained to SuperSport about Cullinan’s involvement as a commentator about a week ago, after the first Test at Port Elizabeth where Cullinan was part of the panel.

India officials call on ICC to take action on umpiring

Indian cricket officials have called on the sport’s world governing body to ban umpires Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson from officiating in the rest of the series for their handling of the second test against Australia.

India lost the match by 122 runs after their celebrated batting line-up collapsed on the last day at the Sydney Cricket Ground but the tourists said the umpires were to blame for the result.
The Indian team manager Chetan Chauhan told a news conference that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) planned to lodge a formal protest with the International Cricket Council about the performances of both officials.

Symonds speaks to International Cricket Council

Symonds says there was no bad blood in the Test series before his spat with Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Symonds revealed to the International Cricket Council last night that Harbhajan’s decision to pat Australian fast bowler Brett Lee on the bottom during play on Friday had sparked the racial furore.

When Symonds asked Harbhajan why he had done this, the Indian – then batting – allegedly called Symonds a “monkey”.

This eventually led to Harbhajan being reported for racial abuse by umpires Mark Benson and Steve Bucknor, and a closed hearing with match referee Mike Procter at the SCG after play last night.

Zimbabwe offered 2012 deal to cancel cricket

Zimbabwe will be allowed by the British Government to take part in the 2012 Olympic Games in London if the troubled African nation cancel their 2009cricket tour of England.

High-level diplomatic talks are under way to thrash out a deal amid concerns that an outright ban on Zimbabwe taking part in the series could lead to a wider African boycott of the London Games.

The England and Wales Cricket Board are understood to be working closely with the Government to find a way to call off the tour, with one source saying there was “no way” the Zimbabwean team would be allowed to set foot on British soil.

SCG: Sachin’s Cricket Ground

How can you possibly choose your favourite part of this spectacular second Test so far? Was it when VVS Laxman was displaying his class on Thursday? Or was it when Sachin Tendulkar was conducting a masterclass on Friday?

Laxman’s was an innings of fluid grace, all exquisite, wristy timing. Tendulkar’s seesawed between mellow moments of run accumulation that frustrated Australia no end and fiery bursts of brilliance that left them battered. One innings brought the Indians into this game. The second might just have handed it to them.

Ranatunga will be chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket

Jayantha Dharmadasa has resigned as chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket , paving the way for Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lankan captain, to take over. Sources close to the board have confirmed that Ranatunga will take over.Ranatunga was a perfect playet in Sri lankan cricket team and now he will become a Chairman and i think he makes the team very powerful and stronge as like a 1996 Sri lankan team.

The board’s media manager, Samantha Algama, said Dharmadasa sent in his resignation to the secretary of the Sports Ministry citing ‘personal reasons’. Following Ranatunga’s appointment, changes are also expected in the current cricket administration.

Six former New Zealand players join ICL

Six former New Zealand cricket representatives who took part in a rebel Indian league this month have effectively been barred from a return to national selection.

Without making a direct order, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has strongly suggested its selectors never again consider Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle, Craig McMillan, Daryl Tuffey, Chris Harris and Hamish Marshall.

Chief executive Justin Vaughan said Sunday NZC did not support the rebel Twenty20 league and would prefer New Zealanders who played in the series did not represent their country.

Kevin Pietersen married with Jessica Taylor

Every one want to be a famous and rich that’s why English cricket team player Kevin Pietersen married former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor.England cricket players were among a host of celebrities at a country manor for the wedding of star batsman Kevin Pietersen and his pop singer bride.

Hampshire player Pietersen and Jessica Taylor, who topped the charts with her former band Liberty X, invited 60 guests to the event at the idyllic Manor House Hotel, in Wiltshire.

Henry Jacob of The Outside Organisation, which represents both Pietersen and Taylor, issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that Kevin Pietersen and Jessica Taylor were married.

Shane Warne will coach and develop young spin bowlers

Shane Warne was a great spinner in a cricket world. He was a killer.Nowadays Shane will coach and develop young spin bowlers in a new initiative announced yesterday by Cricket Australia. Warne, who revolutionised leg-spin bowling during his 15 year playing career, will work for Cricket Australia encouraging young aspiring spin bowlers,the sport’s governing body here said.Champion cricketer will pass on his skills to a new generation of Australian spinners.CA said warne,38, will also spend time at the CA centre of Excellence and work with the Australian women’s and men’s squads.