Cricket Buzz, November 17-
‘The Rebel’ in Steve Smith shouldn’t cost him much again
Returning from a year ban due to the Ball Tampering saga, Steve Smith was in a red hot form in the Ashes, thereby regaining his throne back as the No.1 Test Batsman. But it seems that the Rebel in Steve Smith doesn’t allow him to stay in peace. It had already cost him a year, his fame, his captaincy, a dark spot in his legacy, it certainly shouldn’t cost him anything much again. Players like him are much needed for the world of Cricket.
During the New South Wales’ match against Western Australia Stevy showed ugly dissent to the umpire’s decision, but escaped some harsh repercussions this time as he only received a fine of 25 percent of his match fee for his act.
Smith stated in Brisbane, at the national team’s ‘values’ meeting which is held at the start of every major assignment, “I came in and apologised to the group yesterday for getting a code of conduct, I don’t think there was a great deal in it but I’ve copped it and I have to look at when I get out and the way I conduct myself. I know lots of kids watch me play and watch all of us play and the way we conduct ourselves when we get out as well as when we’re batting.
So we have to be very mindful of that and sometimes just bite the bullet and just conduct ourselves in, I guess, a better manner at times. Sometimes your emotions can get the better of you out on the field. We’re playing a game [where] everyone is trying to do their best and sometimes that happens.”
Meanwhile, another Aussie Star, Pacer James Pattinson has also been found guilty of a level two breach of Article 2.1.3 of Cricket Australia’s code of conduct for personal abuse of a player. The charge was laid by on-field umpires John Ward and Shawn Craig during Victoria’s Sheffield Shield game against Queensland. The Aussie pacer, has been handed a one-match suspension and will miss the first Test against Pakistan, set to be played in Brisbane. No replacement will be called into Australia’s Test squad.
Pattinson said, “I made a mistake in the heat of the moment, Straight away I realised I was in the wrong, and I apologised immediately, both to the opponent and to the umpires. I have done the wrong thing and accept the penalty. I’m gutted to miss a Test match, but the standards are there for a reason and the fault is mine.”
Tim Paine, the Australian Test skipper, expressed disappointment over Pattinson’s actions and said, “He knows he’s let himself down, he’s let the group down. We actually had a chat last night about the fact we hold ourselves to high standards with our behaviour. That’s not just when we’re playing [international] cricket, we’ve got to go back to domestic cricket and lead the way on that front as well, so we’re disappointed in that, but James has owned up and knows he’s made a mistake and has apologised for it and he will come back bigger and better.”
Tim Paine believes that there needs to be consistency in the behaviour of the players across levels. He continued,
“I think it’s more just a reminder that we’ve got to set those standards all the time,” Paine said. “Whether we’re playing for Australia or we’re playing club cricket or we’re playing for our states or we’re not playing cricket, there are standards we set ourselves to live by day in and day out, so it’s important we do that whether we’re on the field off the field, regardless of who we’re playing for.
We’ve had a couple of instances this week but we always revisit them. We did again last night, just to brush up on what’s expected and what we expect of the group. Both of those guys apologised, they know that they fell a little short of what we set ourselves in the Test team. And the fact that it’s important that we maintain that when we go back to state cricket and lead the way there. They’re disappointed with that but we are going to keep on top of it and maintain the level that we’ve set so far in the last couple of years.”
Cricket Buzz, November 16-
India too good for hapless Bangla Tigers
The Pace trio of nearly Invincible team INDIA mercilessly Knocked Out Bangladesh proving sheer Dominance by not allowing a Second to even dream of any other narrow results.
Continuing his dream run Mayank Agarwal starred again for India as he demolished the Bangla attack and smashed a Swashbuckling 243 runs in a Pitch where the Bangladesh team couldn’t cross even his personal score in both the innings’.
Bangladesh (Toss) 150 & 213 (Mushfiqur Rahim 43 & 64; Mohammed Shami 7-58) lost to India 403/6 dec (Mayank Agarwal 243, Ajinkya Rahane 86; Abu Jayed 4-108) by an innings and 130 runs.
With this win, India registered 10 Innings wins in 52 Tests under the captaincy of Virat Kohli – the most for an Indian captain. Kohli surpassed the previous record of nine innings wins in 60 Tests under MS Dhoni. The overall record is 22 by Graeme Smith, who led South Africa and ICC World XI in 109 Tests.
Cricket Buzz, November 15-
Shocking revelations as IPL 2020 release and transfer window closed
The list of pre-season squad for IPL 2020 was announced by the all 8 IPL franchises. Here is the list of players Traded, left out and retained by all the franchises, for a quick glance. [Read More]
IPL 2020 Pre auction strategy, What should RCB do in upcoming auction?
In this segment are few guesses, suggestions or moves a team might undertake to strengthen themselves. Completely my opinion and if any team follows it, a big thank you for listening to their fans.
Before scrolling down please check the list of players released and retained for the season of IPL 2020.
Cricket Buzz,November 14-
Rahul Dravid ‘s conflict sorted out
Indian cricket legend and present Head of NCA Rahul Dravid, breathe a sigh of relief as the BCCI ethics officer DK Jain on Thursday dismissed the conflict of interest complaint against him, saying it was “bereft of any merit”. “I have rejected the complaint. Rahul Dravid doesn’t have conflict of interest,” Jain told PTI after issuing the order. “I am convinced that on facts at hand, a case of conflict of interest as enshrined is the Rules is not made out. Resultantly, the complaint is dismissed being bereft of any merit,” read Thursday’s order which is in possession of PTI.
MPCA life member Sanjiv Gupta had filed a complaint against Dravid, alleging a conflict of interest in his current role as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) and being the Vice President of India Cements.
Cricket Buzz, November 13-
Windies right now be like, Never let him in without his Gloves on
West Indies’ rising wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran received a four-match suspension after admitting to ball-tampering in the third ODI against Afghanistan, in Lucknow, on Monday. To be noted that Pooran was in a sublime form since World Cup 2019 and in this series too, he was the Windies’ match winner.
Pooran was charged with violating Article 2.14 of the code, which relates to ‘changing the condition of the ball’ after video footage showed him scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail.
Pooran admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad. Pooran will miss the next four T20 International games for the West Indies and will have five demerit points added to his record.
The Southpaw meanwhile urged public apology vowing not to repeat such nonsense ever again.
Cricket Buzz, November 12-
Katy Perry to perform at T20 finale 2020
Fan-favourite International popstar Katy Perry announced on Tuesday that she will be performing at the finale of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on March 8 2020. The tournament is set to be held from February 21 in Australia with the final being held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! Let’s break some records – join me in Melbourne on March 8, 2020 for the ICC @T20WorldCup Women’s Final. We’ll Roar in support of these awesome women on International Women’s Day!” Captioned the popstar in an Instagram post.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) in its release said that Perry’s involvement in the Women’s T20 World Cup final gives a big boost as the event looks to break the record for highest attendance in a women’s sporting fixture.
Hats off to Sensational Deepak Chahar
Indian young fast bowling sensation Deepak Chahar attracted a lot of eyeballs as he bagged 2 hat-tricks within three days, the first one being an International one Vs Bangladesh in the 3rd T20I while the other in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match between Rajasthan and Vidarbha.
Deepak Chahar who represented Rajasthan finished with figures of 4 for 18 in 3 overs which also included a hat-trick and a maiden over in Thiruvananthapuram.
Deepak Chahar’s hat-trick included the wickets of Darshan Nalkande, Shrikant Wagh and Akshay Wadkar, all of which came off the final three legitimate balls in the 13th over. Rajasthan though, couldn’t chase down the revised target and lost the match.
Cricket Buzz, November 11-
Harin Fernando, the Redeemer that Sri Lankan cricket desperately needed?
Sri Lanka Cricket have brought in tougher penalties for match-fixing and tightened sports betting regulations in an attempt to stamp out the corruption scandals that have plagued the national team in the past few years.
While betting on sports in Sri Lanka was already illegal, the new rules ban citizens from gambling on overseas contests as well. Those found guilty of match fixing now face a jail term of up to 10 years and potential fines to the tunes of LKR 100 million (USD 555,000), while also banning people with family links to gambling businesses from sitting on the sport’s local governing body.
“Many tried to prevent this piece of legislation, but I am happy that it was taken up today,” Harin Fernando, Sri Lankan sports minister, was quoted as saying by the PTI after the law was passed unanimously by parliament on Monday.
The new law comes only months after Harin Fernando, the Sri Lankan sports minister, said the sport’s governance in the country was riddled with graft “from top to bottom,” and that the ICC have singled out Sri Lanka as the world’s most corrupt cricketing nations.
The KPL bookie arrested by CCB
The Central Crime Branch on Sunday arrested a 45-year-old international bookie in connection with match fixing and spot-fixing in Karnataka Premier League.
Joint commissioner of police (crime) Sandeep Patil said, “Sayyam, from Haryana, was facing a lookout circular. He had taken shelter in West Indies. He was arrested for match fixing with help from celebrity drummer Bhavesh Bafna, who is in judicial custody.”
Sayyam was arrested on his arrival at Delhi airport from West Indies. Police said Sayyam was in West Indies for the Caribbean Cricket League, which ended on October 12, and in South Africa when Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge was held in May. Sayyam travels to countries where domestic and national T20 tournaments are held.
They said Sayyam used Bafna to approach players for match-fixing and spot-fixing. On October 2, Bafna was arrested after he allegedly approached a Ballari Tuskers bowler to give more than 10 runs per over, but the bowler had refused.
Sayyam’s arrest would help police explore his involvement in Tamil Nadu Premier League and Rajasthan Cricket League match-fixing and spot-fixing scandals.