Legendary umpire Dickie Bird has slammed the use of technology in cricket, saying the power of decision-making should remain with on-field officials as the game will lose its charm if this authority is taken away from them.
He represented Pakistan in 120 Tests and 378 one-dayers, but retired former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has lost interest in cricket now and says he is so engrossed in his construction business that he doesn’t even keep track of the national team’s fortunes now.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday awarded an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University after the conclusion of a Twenty20 practice match against Leicestershire.
Dhoni was praised for his exemplary leadership quality and achievements before he became an Honorary Doctor of Letters at a ceremony here.
A downcast Indian captain MS Dhoni has admitted that while the team is not just going through the motions, nothing really has come together for the side on this tour of England.
Mohsin Khan, Pakistan’s chief selector, has praised fast bowler Aizaz Cheema’s performance in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe and said it justified the selection committee’s decision to use the tour as an opportunity to blood uncapped but promising players. Cheema finished with match figures of 8 for 103, the second best by a Pakistan debutant.
India’s nightmare tour of England continued as batting mastero Sachin Tendulkar on Monday was ruled out of the ODI series with a toe injury. He is the eighth player to be injured on the current tour following Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma and Harbhajn Singh.
The pitch of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Australia has been rated as poor by the match referee Chris Broad, the International Cricket Council announced on Monday.
In accordance with the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, which came into effect in 2006 and applies to all Tests, one-dayers and T20s, Broad submitted a report to the ICC expressing his concerns over the quality of the pitch.
Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have been axed as Bangladesh captain and vice-captain respectively following the side’s dismal performance on the recent tour of Zimbabwe. Their replacements have not yet been named.
Pakistan’s former leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed has advised the PCB to look for a national coach who is well-versed in man-management skills while appointing Waqar Younis’ replacement.
Mushtaq, 41, who himself remained assistant coach of the national team in 2006 and 2007 and is presently working with the England side as its spin bowling consultant, said a coach has to have good man-management skills to be successful with the Pakistan team.
England had planned to use a “secret delivery” to flummox Indian batsmen in the ongoing ODI series but the idea was dropped as the team management thought it would be banned for being against the spirit of the game.