Dravid overruled selection panel to shield Ganguly

Indian team management came under lot of fire for humiliating [tag]Saurav Ganguly[/tag] first in the test series and then dropping him from the One Day Internationals. A general feeling was created by the media that [tag]Rahul Dravid[/tag] also felt threatened by the presence of Ganguly.

However, Indian team manager Raj Singh Dungarpur has recently stated that Rahul Dravid overruled the selection committee and opened the innings in the Test series against Pakistan to shield predecessor Sourav Ganguly from strong Pakistani pace attack.

PCB launches inquiry into tickets sale mismanagement

After the mayhem and uproar caused by cricket fans and media on the inavailability of tickets during recent series between India and Paksitan, the Pakistan Cricket Board ([tag]PCB[/tag]) has launched an inquiry into the tickets controversy during the recently held home series against England and India.

According to the News,Chairman Shaharyar Khan had ordered an inquiry to verify various complaints about the tickets sold through Bank Al-Falah and on the Internet for both the series.

‘The inquiry will investigate complaints that the bank who were given the responsibility to sell tickets to the public, allegedly held back tickets of various denominations and distributed them among their favoured clients resulting in shortage of tickets for the public,” a source disclosed.

Jonty Rhodes to teach Pakistanis how to field

The Pakistan Cricket Board said publicly that they were considering hiring Jonty Rhodes as a fielding coach and Woolmer said he was open to the idea:

“If they have the money for it, I’m happy with the idea. But as it is we work hard on our fielding and we do a lot of drills in practice on it. Like I said, everything just went wrong for us today. Basic things went against us like picking up balls cleanly, mistiming our dives. It got worse under the pressure as India chased.”

Blame-storming

So, the last match of the Hutch Cup ended today and Pakistan lost it by 8 wickets, loosing the series 4-1. Pakistan got a reasonable start today and it seemed that 300 runs could be piled on board but the middle order fumbled and inspite of good knocks of 67 by Yousuf and 74 by Younis, Pakistan made 287 only, an achievable total at National Stadium, Karachi. Inzamam, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Razzak all failed to stand on the wicket. Inzamam, the senior most player in the team, got out repeatedly playing in cross.

Pakistan seeks consolation win

Osman Samiuddin writes on the atmosphere before the final one day international and the pressure felt by Pakistan team in general and Inzamam in particular.

Much of the pressure, for Inzamam at least, has come from the electronic media with a plethora of ex-players and coaches questioning, in particular, the Pakistan batting order. Three top-order collapses in Rawalpindi (68 for four), Lahore (82 for four) and Multan (29 for four) have effectively sealed the home side’s fate. The criticism has centred on using Kamran Akmal as opener and Shoaib Malik at one-down and pushing the established trinity of Inzamam, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, lower down. As nonchalantly as he does to some bowlers, Inzamam swatted this away.

Preparing for the final touch down

Having wrapped up the series in a most convincing manner, the last match can be played either to experiment or to wind up on a high. [tag]Rahul Dravid[/tag] would certainly prefer the latter as it is that kind of ruthlessness that would take the team up the ladder. Further, India do not have much options available on the bench with Sehwag and Harbhajan returning home.

How Pakistan played the first 15 overs

S Rajesh, stats editor of Cricinfo, came up with stats of first 15 overs play by Pakistan. It clearly shows that Pakistan was on the defensive since start of play in the fourth one dayer.

how pakistan played in the first 15 overs



The batsmen’s approach eventually resulted in a rash of poor strokes, so that after 15 overs their total read a miserable 38 for 4, from which there was no coming back. The pie-chart below shows just how much of a stranglehold the Indian bowlers had in the first 15: there were 32 defensive shots, while 18 balls were left alone. A comparison with the number of deliveries left alone in the earlier three games tells the story: in the previous match the number was six, while the combined figure from the first two games was three. Pakistan played 75 dot balls and managed just three fours in the first 15, and ultimately, that’s where the match was decided.

Pakistan humiliated, again

Loosing 3 matches in a row is too much. Inspite of all the high claims and boasts of ‘bouncing back into the series’ by Inzamam-ul-Haq, his XI failed miserably against Rahul Dravid and company in the fourth one day internatioal, loosing the series in the process.

This is the time to take a step back and ponder where we went wrong. Was it the batting, bowling, fielding or the captaincy that nose dived. Why the senior players, who were supposed to lead from the front, succumbed and failed miserably. Why there were so many experiments when all that was required was some common sense and positive attitude towards the game.

Sami to join Pakistan squad

The panic striken Pakistani team management has included [tag]Mohammad Sami[/tag] to join the one-day squad as a replacement for [tag]Shoaib Akhtar[/tag], who has been ruled out of the five-match series against India due to an ankle injury. Sami who was dropped earlier due to bad form is now considered a wicket taking bowler and included in the team.

Asif fined for excessive appealing

[tag]Mohammad Asif[/tag], the Pakistan fast bowler, has been fined 10 percent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his country’s third one-dayer against India.

Asif pleaded guilty to excessive appealing after he failed to direct his appeal to the umpire. The hearing was conducted by ICC match referee Chris Broad in Multan on Wednesday.

“Asif is new to the international arena and is trying very hard to change the way he appeals but he must learn to respect the umpire and turn to ask if the batsman is out for all dismissals,” Broad said.