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Aug 29, 2009

England v Australia, Natwest Series 2009 Schedule

August 2009
DateTime (GMT)Match DetailsVenue
Sun 3013:30England v Australia, 1st T20Manchester
September 2009
Tue 0118:00England v Australia, 2nd T20Manchester (D/N)
Fri 0412:00England v Australia, 1st ODILondon (D/N)
Sun 0609:15England v Australia, 2nd ODILondon
Wed 0913:30England v Australia, 3rd ODISouthampton (D/N)
Sat 1209:15England v Australia, 4th ODILondon
Tue 1513:30England v Australia, 5th ODINottingham (D/N)
Thu 1713:30England v Australia, 6th ODINottingham (D/N)
Sun 2009:15England v Australia, 7th ODIChester-le-Street

Aug 26, 2009

Sehwag and DDCA war comes to an end

The players' sedition spearheaded by Virender Sehwag against the all-powerful Sports Committee of the Delhi and District Cricket Association today crackled out to a tame compromise with former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi brokering calm.

DDCA President Arun Jaitley said that Sehwag and his ODI & Test Openning partner Gautam Gambhir met him in Pataudi's presence last night when the cooperation was reached.

Accordingly, Sehwag was not going everywhere and would be representing Delhi, Jaitley said, without disclosing how he managed to calm the star opener who had threatened to move to Haryana protesting nepotism in selection and the high handedness of the Sports Committee.

"Last evening, both the senior players met me and my DDCA colleagues and we were happy to have Mr Pataudi among us."

"We discussed numerous issues and I can tell you that the nature of discussion was not adversarial," Jaitley told reports at the Feroze Shah Kotla.

"They had mainly two concerns - to ensure that selection process is absolutely fair and that no intrusion of any kind would be tolerated. Their suggestions were well-intentioned and I told both the players and my teammates that both the steps should be taken so that the standard of fairness of the highest level is maintained," he said.

Jaitley said he never dreaded the issue would snowball into a crisis and called it an opportunity to set things right.

"I did not see it developing into a crisis. It was not a disagreement of interest. Their and our objectives are same. I rather saw it as an opportunity to reform," he said.

Jaitley also took a tunnel at some of the former players who had sided with Sehwag and criticised the DDCA.

"It was funny to see some of the causes of problems in the past becoming commentator of the problem," he remarked.

Even though DDCA officials were lined in the media as saying that Sehwag was free to gather his No Objection Certificate and move to Haryana, Jaitley completely denied that.

"No body ever said Sehwag can go if he wanted. The moment I came to know about his view on the subject, I told him to meet me on his return to Delhi. He did just that and we determined the issue," Jaitley said.

He said DDCA was toying with the idea of reducing the number of selectors and avoids any conflict of interests following reports of nepotism.

"It was a well discussion and both the players put their point across in a dignified manner," he said.

In the entire exercise, not a single Sports Committee head rolled as Jaitley sprang in support of the panel, which has been in the eye of the storm.

"The Sports Committee only recommends and it's upto the Executive Committee to take the final decision. When it comes to selection, it all depends on the selector's personality discretion," Jaitley explained, adding DDCA would find the right people for the selector's job.

Aug 25, 2009

We can win without Sehwag and Zaheer

India will truly miss Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan in September tri-series in Sri Lanka but the presence of match-winners and the balance of the team still make them the tournament favorite, said Harbhajan Singh.

Talking to reporters after presentation the Compaq Cup 2009, which will be given to the winner of the tri-series also features New Zealand, Harbhajan accepted it would not be easy to replace players like Zaheer and Sehwag but feel the team could still pull it off.

"Sehwag is a key player. Any team in the world would miss a player like him. But now that he would not be playing, we would have to do well without him," Harbhajan said.

He said the return of experienced persons Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid would offset Sehwag's loss.

"We are a strong team and it's a balanced side. Besides, we have a number of match-winning players in the ODI ranks. We have the youngsters and then you have skilled players like Dravid, Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh. If we play to our probable, we would return with this lovely trophy," he said after presentation world's first digital sports trophy.

Like Sehwag, Zaheer too undergo a shoulder surgery which ruled him out of the tri-series and the following Champions Trophy but Harbhajan seemed to have enough trust on other pacers to pull it off.

A familiar spike in Australian flesh, Harbhajan Singh offered no understanding to Ricky Ponting and his grief-stricken team-mates on their Ashes disaster and said they are still missing Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

As expected, Harbhajan looked rather amused by Australia's Ashes defeat as he went on to highlight the positive implications of England's Ashes triumph.

"Congratulations," was his spontaneous response when he was told about Australia's defeat and was asked to comment on.

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Aug 17, 2009

Charles Coventry join highest individual score in ODIs

Charles Coventry posted the joint highest individual score in ODIs with his 194 not out, which was the equal score that Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) had made against India in 1997. Coventry will go to the peak of the chart however, because he remained not out, while Anwar was dismissed.

Coventry also go to the top of the charts for a less desirable list - of batsmen's highest scores in a losing cause. He beat Matthew Hayden's 181 not out against New Zealand in 2007, as the highest individual score in a losing cause.

Highest individual score in ODIs

194*Charles CoventryZimbabwe v BangladeshBulawayo2009
194Saeed AnwarPakistan v IndiaChennai1997
189*Viv RichardsWest Indies v EnglandManchester1984
189Sanath JayasuriyaSri Lanka v IndiaSharjah2001
188*Gary KirstenSouth Africa v United Arab EmiratesRawalpindi1996
186*Sachin TendulkarIndia v New ZealandHyderabad1999
183*Mahendra Singh DhoniIndia v Sri LankaJaipur2005
183Sourav GangulyIndia v Sri LankaTaunton1999

Aug 12, 2009

Shakib hitting 9th fastest Century in ODI

Shakib Al Hasan slammed 104 to help push Bangladesh to a 49-run win over Zimbabwe and establish a 2-0 lead in their best of five One Day International series at the Queen's Sports Club here on Tuesday.

Al Hasan's efforts helped his country to their highest ODI score of 320-8 in 50 overs with Zimbabwe totalling 271 all out in 46.1 overs.

Tamim Iqbal's thickset 79 likewise underpinned the tourists before he was run out - with Al Hasan himself suffering a similar fate.

That proved too tough a call for Zimbabwe to match, though half-centuries from Charles Coventry and Sean Williams saw them put up a strong fight.

Coventry found offspinner Naeem Islam to his liking as he hits two big sixes but the pressure of keeping that going proved too much for both him and Williams.

Elton Chigumbura also weighed in with a defiant 31 but could not save a result for the hosts - beaten by e4ight wickets in the first match on Sunday - as he was run out at the death.

Shakib began slowly but then found increasing momentum and took full advantage of the batting Powerplay with some spectacular hitting - as well as some less than neat fielding, which saw him dropped twice.

Thereafter he raced on appreciatively to bring up his hundred in 63 balls off Ed Rainsford before he was run out as he and Mushfiqur Rahim went for an over-ambitious three.

Fastest ODI Centuries:

Shahid Afridi
Pakistan v Sri LankaNairobi04/10/1996
MV Boucher
South Africa v ZimbabwePotchefstroom20/09/2006
BC Lara
West Indies v BangladeshDhaka09/10/1999
Shahid Afridi
Pakistan v IndiaKanpur15/04/2005
ST Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka v PakistanSingapore02/04/1996
ST Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka v BangladeshKarachi30/06/2008
V Sehwag
India v New ZealandHamilton11/03/2009
M Azharuddin
India v New ZealandBaroda17/12/1988
Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bulawayo11/08/2009
ST Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka v NetherlandsAmstelveen04/07/2006

Aug 7, 2009

Tri-angle Series in Sri Lanka 2009, Schedule

Compaq Cup Champion - India

DateTime (GMT)Match DetailsVenue
Tue 0809:00Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Match
SL won by 97 runs
Fri 1109:00India v New Zealand, 2nd Match
Ind won by 6 wickets
Sat 1209:00India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Match
SL won by 139 runs
Mon 1409:00Final - India v Sri Lanka
Ind won by 46 runs

Zaheer to miss Champions Trophy 2009

Strike Fast bowler Zaheer Khan has undergone shoulder surgery and is probable to miss next month's triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka & Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa, local media reported on Friday.

Zaheer had the operation in South Africa last month and could be out for up to 5 months, the “Times of India” reported.

There was no instant confirmation from the cricket board or the player, who reportedly wanted to keep the information from the media to shun enquiries during his initial recovery.

"The news was kept under cover as the player needed it to be that way so that no one troubled him during the vital first phase of recovery," a source close to the fast bowler told the newspaper.

Zaheer has been recommended a minimum of three months rest by Dr. Mark Ferguson, who had formerly treated Sachin Tendulkar, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble.

The source said that Zaheer Khan was "very happy" post surgery. Speaking about his overall condition, the source said "He's put on a little weight but is cheerful. He is very keen to hit the gym but has been advised rest. His recovery has been excellent and the doctor, his rehab team and physio are all delighted with his condition.

The 30-year-old left-arm bowler endured the injury while fielding during the Indian Premier League 2009, though still played in the World Twenty20 in England in June, the newspaper said.

Aug 6, 2009

Sachin sets sights on 2011 World Cup

In an interview with the Wisden Cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar said he was not fulfilled with what he had achieved so far. The master blaster said he would like to win the 2011 World Cup and accumulate 15,000 Test runs.

"I am not pleased yet with what I have done," Tendulkar told the Wisden Cricketer. "Sunil Gavaskar has told me that I have to get to 15,000 runs. He said he would be angry with me and would come and catch me if I didn't. I respect him so much and to score that many would be a terrific achievement, but that is not the only aim." He has hopes to "win the World Cup in 2011".

Sachin Tendulkar has scored a record 12773 Test runs from 159 matches at an average of 54.58.

Tendulkar admitted he had been continuously playing with pain. "I always play in pain, all the time. I played with a broken finger for the last three months, but you know when pain is manageable or not, and most of the time I can do it," he said. "I can still do what I did when I was 25 but the body is changing, so your thought process has to change too. I have had to change how I think, which is about taking less risk."

Tendulkar, 36, did not share the same opinion as John Buchanan on him being weak to the short delivery early in his innings. "It is only his opinion; John Buchanan doesn't have to be right all the time. If I couldn't handle short deliveries, then I wouldn't still be scoring runs," he said. "Maybe he needs to change his opinion. There must be something very wrong with all the bowlers around the world that they have allowed me to score so many runs."

When asked about retirement, Tendulkar said he had not still not thought about it fatally. "I will know when it is the right time, I won't have to be dragged away. I am the person who will make the decision and I will know whether I still belong."

Tendulkar admitted it would be difficult to walk away from the game. "It's a frightening thought. It has been there for my whole adult life, it will be difficult, I have been around for a long time, I can imagine when I finish I will long to face just 10 more balls but you have to move."

Aug 5, 2009

ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa, Schedule

The ICC Champions Trophy 2009 is a second leading cricket tournament scheduled to take place in South Africa in September-October 2009. It will be the 6th mini world cricket series. The ICC Champions Trophy 2009 will be competition by 8 Test teams which have been started and divided into two groups are A and B.

Group A – Australia, India, Pakistan and West Indies
Group B - England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka


Tue 22 D/N
12:30 GMT
1st Match, Group B - South Africa v Sri Lanka
SuperSport Park, - SL won by 55 runs

Wed 23 D/N
12:30 GMT
2nd Match, Group A - Pakistan v West Indies
New Wanderers Stadium, - Pak Won by 5 Wickets

Thu 24
07:30 GMT
3rd Match, Group B - South Africa v New Zealand
SuperSport Park, SA won by 5 wickets

Fri 25 D/N
12:30 GMT
4th Match, Group B - England v Sri Lanka
New Wanderers Stadium, Eng won by 6 wickets

Sat 26
07:30 GMT
5th Match, Group A - Australia v West Indies
New Wanderers Stadium, Aus won by 54 runs

Sat 26 D/N
12:30 GMT
6th Match, Group A - India v Pakistan
SuperSport Park, Pak won by 54 runs

Sun 27
07:30 GMT
7th Match, Group B - New Zealand v Sri Lanka
New Wanderers Stadium, NZ won by 38 runs

Sun 27 D/N
12:30 GMT
8th Match, Group B - South Africa v England
SuperSport Park, Eng won by 22 runs

Mon 28 D/N
12:30 GMT
9th Match, Group A - India v Australia
SuperSport Park, Match abandoned due to rain

Tue 29 D/N
12:30 GMT
10th Match, Group B - England v New Zealand
New Wanderers Stadium, NZ won by 4 wickets

Wed 30
07:30 GMT
11th Match, Group A - Pakistan v Australia
SuperSport Park, Aus won by 2 wickets

Wed 30 D/N
12:30 GMT
12th Match, Group A - India v West Indies
New Wanderers Stadium, Ind won by 7 wickets


Fri 02 D/N
12:30 GMT
1st Semi-Final - Australia v England
SuperSport Park Aus won by 9 wickets

Sat 03 D/N
12:30 GMT
2nd Semi-Final - New Zealand v Pakistan
New Wanderers Stadium NZ won by 5 wickets

Mon 05 D/N
12:30 GMT
Final - Australia v New Zealand
SuperSport Park Australia won by 6 wickets