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ICC’s CEC caves in to BCCI pressure on DRS


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The BCCI may have won but cricket is the loser.

The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) gave its approval to a watered down version of the Decision Review System (DRS). The system will now include just the Hot-Spot (infra-red cameras) and audio-tracking. The ball-tracking technology (Hawkeye or VirtualEye) is not mandatory. It will be used only if parties in a bilateral series agree.

This is pretty  much in accordance with the BCCI’s stand on the system. It will be interesting to see the effect of this ruling on number of  correct decisions in the coming months. The resolution effectively takes out the leg-before referrals.

The use of DRS made a case for increasing the number of referrals in an inning to three. However, the diluted version rightly deserves only one.

The ICC intends to continue further research into the ball-tracking technology.

Other approved changes include use of two balls in ODIs—one at either end. This will keep them hard and fresh and will cut complaints about replaced leather’s quality. The batting and bowling power-plays can now be taken from overs 16-40. This is intended to retain interest in the middle overs where play tends to slow down.

Abolition of runners in international cricket is welcome. You don’t expect Rafael Nadal to have another player do his sprinting in a major if he’s injured, do you? So why this archaic rule for cricketers? They’re professional sportsmen and are expected to be fighting fit when they take the field.If they’re unfit or are hurt during a game, they either forfeit the right to be on the field or continue through injury.

The CEC approved the recommendation that captains be suspended for slowing the over-rates twice in a 12-month period.

Ireland, however, have received no succour from ICC executives. The CEC has recommended a qualification process for the 2015 World Cup but have refrained from specifying the number of teams.

Haroon Lorgat.,Sharad Pawar,Clive Lloyd,Mansur Ahmed,Subhan Ahmed,Michael Brown,David Collier,John Cribbin,Warren Deutrom,Francois Erasmus,Dr Ernest Hilaire,Gerald Majola,WilfredMukondiwa,Nishantha Ranatunga,N Srinivasan and Dr Justin Vaughan were the representatives in attendance at the CEC.

Approval of the DRS means that the up-coming Indian tour of England will see the system ending weeks of heart-burn and debate.

In an article in the Daily News and Analysis(DNA), the inventor of the HotSpot technology, Warren Brennan, says that it costs $10,000 per day and not $50,000 as stated earlier by BCCI secretary,Niranjan Shah.

Read previous related article here.

Also read: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/738619-cricket-ten-reasons-why-the-bcci-disses-drs-humour


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Lalit Modi, BCCI and ICL: Why did Modi reveal all?


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If it had not been the BCCI that first linked him to the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL), his recent disclosures about the Indian Cricket League (ICL) could have been construed as yet another attempt by Lalit Modi to turn the spotlight back on him.

The ex-IPL honcho projects an impression of missing the glory, accolades and kudos that came his way when he was the high-flying architect of the biggest organizational success story in international cricket since Kerry Packer‘s  World Series Cricket (WSC).

The Indian television media, as expected, went overboard on his revelations. Arnab Goswami of Times Now button-holed the IPL founder on prime time. Lalit Modi flatly denied any connection with the Sri Lankan league—direct or indirect.

To attribute altruistic considerations  to Lalit Modi’s revelations—as Arnab rightly pointed out—is foolish. However, to dismiss the allegations as ravings of a disgruntled ex-BCCI employee or to term him a liar is foolhardy.

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Graeme Swann: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


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What he said:

“If there is an uglier top three in the world I don’t know of it.”

Graeme Swann believes that Andrew Strauss, Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott are the ugliest top three batsmen in international cricket at the moment. But effective, nonetheless.

What he really meant:

“I didn’t know what ‘winning ugly’ meant—until these three.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“They’re the good, bad and ugly of English cricket.”

Players whine about BCCI power (Humour)


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Who’s afraid of  Barrack Obama?

Certainly not international cricketers.

Why should they care about the most powerful man in the world, when they have to deal with the BCCI? Proximity bites.

The Indian cricket board is not popular with current players cutting across national borders.

You would think otherwise. Without the IPL, foreign players are at the mercy of their respective cricketing boards.

The lousy ingrates.

Cricketers believe that the BCCI has an undue influence on the ICC’s decision-making.

Grow up, chaps. Money makes the world go round—clockwise and counter-clockwise.

They whinge yet 32% promise to retire prematurely from national commitments  to take part in the IPL and sundry T20 tournaments.

Aren’t you chewing off the hand that feeds?

Red wine for the whiners, please!

Note: You didn’t get this from the grapevine.


Quote of the day:
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford

Shahid Afridi: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


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What he said:

"There is nothing bigger than a man’s respect, and the way the board has treated me, there is a limit to everything."

Shahid Afridi announces his conditional retirement from international cricket.

What he really meant:

“Power and respect comes from the barrel of a gun and my retirement’s the smoking gun. At least, I hope.”

What he definitely didn’t:
“Mao who?”
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Guidelines introduced for Pakistani cricketers’ agents (Satire)


(With apologies to the Express Tribune)

Bookies and ‘matka’ kings in India have reacted swiftly to the guidelines introduced by the Pakistan Cricket Board for agents of cricketers.

Steps have been taken to nullify every step taken by the Pakistani cricketing body, by simply mirroring the PCB’s moves.

“PCB has now made it mandatory for all agents to get themselves registered with it”

—The Association of Bookies and Matka Kings (ABMK) have made it mandatory for agents to get themselves registered with them—unofficially, of course.

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar scores his 100th ton in book cricket (Satire)


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The 16th of April, 2011 will remain a red letter day for Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

It is the day he scored his 100th international century in book cricket.

The master batsman believes that this is a good omen. All his tons in international cricket have been preceded by equivalent tons in book cricket.

Book cricket is a sport I have indulged in since I was a little boy.” says the Little Master.

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Sourav Ganguly has not retired yet (Satire)


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Sourav Ganguly has retired from international cricket.

Sourav Ganguly has not retired from international cricket.

Sourav Ganguly wishes to play in the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly cannot play in the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly will play in the Ranji trophy.

Sourav Ganguly will play for Bengal only if he can play in the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly will play domestic cricket to stay fit for the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly is not confused.

I am.

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World Cup 2011: ICC gives preparations a thumbs-up


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After the scandal-hit CommonWealth Games and the IPL mess, it comes as a breath of fresh air that the ICC has given a thumbs-up to the preparations for the 2011 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

This is the third time the World Cup is being hosted on the sub-continent; the previous two World Cups here were in 1987 and 1996.

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