What he said:
“"I can categorically say we won’t be paying Chris Gayle one quarter of our salary to come and play."
Sydney Sixers general manager, Stuart Clark, makes it clear that it is unlikely that his side will spend a quarter of a million dollars on the West Indian opener for the Big Bash league. Each side is restricted to a salary cap of one million Australian dollars.
What he really meant:
“We can’t afford free agents like Chris Gayle—not at those prices. Our focus is local.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“We’re discriminating against Chris.”
What will Chris Gayle do? What can he do?
The West Indian bat is not forgiven by the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB).
“It’s our way or the highway” was the message to the Jamaican all-rounder in the latest meet between representatives of the WICB and the West Indian Players Association (WIPA) called to resolve the differences between Chris Gayle and WICB.
The aggrieved board insists that Gayle retract his statements,critical of the board’s functioning specifically about mishandling his injury and his turning out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
A few random thoughts:
We are into the second day of the Lords’s Test between Sri Lanka and England. The home side leads 1-0 following a devastating collapse by the Lankans on the last day of a boring first Test. We don’t need T20 if we can have wickets falling like nine-pins in less than an hour.
Now, if only we had a way of figuring out which session of a Test match will have all the excitement. I’d buy season tickets.
The evening of the final days’s play in the first Test was also an occasion to trot out over-used clichés about the game:
India, as a cricketing nation, is insular.
In the great ‘club versus country’ debate, Indian fans did not blink an eye when Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard figuratively gave the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB) the finger and plonked themselves at the IPL in the furnace-like heat of an Indian summer.
The “club over country” debate took a controversial fresh turn when the ICC and the BCCI released details of polygraph tests administered to a select bunch of international cricketers participating in the IPL.
Heeding complaints from fans and under intense media pressure and scrutiny, the BCCI roped in the country’s premier investigative agency ,the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) , to conduct a series of lie detector tests on certain high-profile players.
The suspense has ended.IPL play-offs have been decided.
Super Sunday will repeat itself in two instalments on the 24th and 25th of May, 2011 at the Wankhede.
It’ll be the Royal Challengers Bangalore versus Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier.
Mumbai Indians and Kolkatta Knight Riders will clash once more on Wednesday in the eliminator.
The Eliminator? Sounds like a wrestling tie to me.
Mumbai Indians crashed to their third defeat in a row. Shane Warne had the last laugh in the clash of titans.
Surprising how the side that looked so consistent and formidable at the start of the tournament is suddenly found wanting on slower pitches. The first three seasons witnessed the team heavily dependent on the genius of Sachin Tendulkar and to a lesser extent, Sanath Jayasuriya’s.Kieron Pollard’s bludgeoning club added heft.
Who the blazes is Sanjay Dixit?
Very few cricket fans could have bothered to discover who Shane Warne’s bete-noire was.
Twittering masses have focused on heaping invective on the Rajasthan administrator for his role in making the legendary leg-spinner eat humble pie.
A hefty fine of $50,000 was slapped on the ace cricketer for losing his cool and terming the IAS officer“egotistic” and “a liar”.
Adam Gilchrist came to the party exhibiting his prowess in a master-class of aggressive batting at the top of the order. In his previous 12 games he aggregated a mere 226 at a measly average of 18.33.
Combining with Shaun Marsh, the Australian great produced runs at will and with such abandon, that Virat Kohli—captaining in Daniel Vettori’s absence—was left flustered, flabbergasted and clueless.
The Sri Lanka Premier League, in my opinion, has a couple of advantages over the IPL.