Sampath Bandarupalli

Jun 272014

David Moore has been appointed as the state’s general manager for the cricket performance. This new role is similar to that of Pat Howard at national level and it is not a coincidence that Andrew Jones, the Cricket NSW chief executive who oversaw Moore’s appointment, had previously been a key figure in the Argus Review and the creation of Howard’s job with Cricket Australia.

A Cricket NSW restructure in April was led to the creation of the new position with the three departments of state cricket, operations and umpiring were combined into one elite cricket unit.

Although applicants from around the world were received, it was a home-grown candidate who won the role as Moore had been serving as coach education manager at Cricket NSW.

As a wicketkeeper Moore played one Sheffield Shield match in 1986-87 which he first as well as last. Moore was acting as head coach of West Indies in 2007 after the departure of Bennett King, and later served as coach of Bermuda. Jones said Moore’s varied experience, including having been a senior coach at the Centre of Excellence from 2002 to 2004, can hopefully serve the state well.

“David combines intelligence and drive with extensive local and international coaching and educational experience,” Jones said. “Like all past Blues players, he also has a deep knowledge of, and passion for, NSW Cricket, and wants us to be the best.”

“I am confident he will help the Blues and Breakers coaches and players build on their recent success and also drive sustainable improvement through our male and female pathways.”

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Jun 262014
Cricket Australia: Coulter-Nile to undergo hamstring surgery

Australia’s fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile will sit out for the tour of Zimbabwe in August following a surgery for hamstring injury. Australia are scheduled to play a tri-series involving South Africa in August.

He has not been a consistent member of the Australian team after his debut in Cardiff in September 2013. So far, he has taken 11 wickets in 7 ODIs, at an average of 33.00. However, the injury has ruled him out of Zimbabwe series.

Nathan has had a recurring left hamstring tendon injury over the past four months and required surgery to repair the damaged tendon to give it the best chance of recovery,” Alex Kountouris, the team physio, said. “Nathan will now commence a rehabilitation programme, however he is unlikely to be bowling again in time to be available for the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe. We will take our time with Nathan’s recovery to ensure he is fully fit for the big summer of cricket ahead.

Coulter-Nile was down with the same injury during the seventh edition of Indian Premier League. The squad for the tour to Zimbabwe will be announced after the Australia A series against india A and South Africa A. Australia are likely to announce a full strength squad for the tour of Zimbabwe except David Warner, who will remain in Australia for the birth of his first child.

Jun 242014
Cricket: India and England not in favour of cricket at Olympics

It will remain a dream for cricket to be included in Olympic Games, India and England signed themselves as the main opposition country who opposed to include cricket in the Olympic Games. They are opposing because of financial and commercial infrastructure of all members of the International Cricket Council. Now a days Cricket has emerged on the sports platform along with other games like football, Tennis and many other games. International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recognized this famous sport along with other 32 sports which could be introduced in the Olympic games.

The International Cricket Council has applied to include T20 format in the Olympic games featuring upto 12 teams both men and women. International Olympic Committee (IOC) will review this application in 2017, for adding any new game in 2024.but evaluation will start from 2015.

At last year’s annual conference International Cricket Council they presented a report which showed the positive side and negative side, of including cricket in Olympics. The board delayed their decision to the next annual conference and in the meantime, they forwarded this matter to the Associates and Affiliates (A & A). Neil Speight, one of the directors of the ICC board and Chairman of A&A has felt that this report should be reviewed. 90% member of the ICC supported the idea of inclusion of cricket in Olympic. A&A countries also expressed their interest regarding this idea.

Jon Long, ICC’s head of strategic management and support services presented the report showing the positive sides of joining in the Olympic games. It will be an economically profitable idea for ICC as it will receive a projected dividend of $15-20 Million from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Not only this, the ICC will receive money from A&A countries from ICC event media rights. All ICC members would receive both government and national Olympics committee support of “several million dollars”per year, moreover, they would also $4-6 million annually from the Olympic Solidarity funding. There is a negative side also that is ICC have to decide the frequency of world T20 format.

If it is going to be as it is that is in two years frequency than one major tournament have to be replaced and if it is going to be settled with four years then ICC should reschedule their cricket calendar. Another negative side is that ICC is having some financial problem. The projected plans explained that they will not get as much revenue as they are getting from the ICC World Cup. Projection showed that ICC got $85.5 million from the World Cup and if they join into Olympic this revenue would drop in a drastic manner, estimation said that they could have only $14M.

England and Wales Cricket Board mainly oppose this idea as they are having some financial issue. They said that Olympic first half occurs in the month of August in every four years. At that time they could arrange a four match test series, which could give them the revenue of $130m. Olympic not only affect this time, it will change all the schedule which could give them a huge loss of $160M overall.

India is opposing because of the main issue of the report that is “member autonomy”. And BBCI has not taken any decision regarding this problem which could make a satisfactory change in the above mentioned matter.

Other countries like countries like Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe showed their interest on the idea. The report also explained that this additional cricketing format will harm the total cricket system as they are already facing problem dealing with three formats of the cricket.

Cricket undoubtedly has the capacity to move on with or without Olympics games. But if it joins the Olympic it will grow fast. So the future of the cricket, the growth of the cricket is on ICC’s hand. Let’s see how they judge this issue to resolve this problem.

Jun 042014
England vs Sri Lanka 2014 (5th ODI): Sri Lanka clinch series in a controversial decider

In a series decider Sri Lanka came out strong to beat the hosts, England by 6 wickets.. Sri Lanka clinched the series 3-2 and proved their reputation of being a superb limited overs side. The match heated up over the Mankading incident happen in the game. This series win also ensured that Sri Lanka wlakover India to got the No. 2 spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

Match Review: Sri Lanka Tour of England and Ireland: 5th ODI – England vs Sri Lanka. Played at Birmingham, Edgbaston, June 3rd, 2014

England opted to bat as the pitch is expected to be on the slower side and might assist the spinners. Both teams preferred to go in unchanged for the big game. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell weren’t in a hurry from the beginning. Neither batsman looked for boundaries but were not restricted down either. The only chance provided was when Bell, on 18, flicked to mid wicket only to see Mahela Jayawardene put down a simple chance. Ian Bell was looking fluent before he threw it away as Ajantha Mendis tossed one up that just stopped on Bell. He tried to push it got on the bottom of the bat and looped a very simple catch to the bowler. It was a wasted start and a much needed breakthrough for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka got another wicket without quite forcing the batsman. Lasith Malinga came in for a new spell and bowled a full delivery well outside off. Ballance reached out to make contact but the ball, once again, ball appeared to been stopped on the batsman. He ended up chipping it back to the bowler. However, Captain Cook was unmoved by the two wickets that fell at the other end and moved on to register his 19th ODI fifty and England needed him to carry on to make it a bigger one. On the other end wickets continued to fell as Sri Lanka made a successful review after Joe Root was adjudged not out. Root, trying to play a reverse sweep had got in on his glove before it lobbed to the keeper. The initial appeal was for LBW but Sri Lanka were looking for the catch as well which went their way.

Sri Lanka fought back superbly after the good opening stand as Cook attempted paddle sweep took the top edge similar to Root and lobbed off his helmet to the keeper. Morgan survived a run-out chance but swung the very next delivery into the hands of backward square leg. Suddenly, England were in a deep trouble and were in a need of partnership to be rescued. England’s soft dismissals continued as Bopara played a pull shot too early as the ball kept a low and went between Bopara’s legs to rattle the stumps. England were kept under tight line with the boundaries dried up.

Sachithra Senanayake made himself highly unpopular to the English crowd after he chose to ‘Mankad’ Jos Buttler. Senanayake had warned Buttler against backing up too far once before. However, when Buttler repeated it in the next over, Senanayake promptly whipped the bails off and appealed. The umpire consulted with Angelo Mathews, who chose to go on with the appeal. Boos rang across the ground as England’s last match hero departed. After that dimissal the innings went the same like before along with Sri Lanka remaining in firm control. Malinga finished with three wickets and England were kept down to just 219.

No overs were lost after 15 minutes delay as Sri Lanka began the chase in quick fashion. Dilshan and Kusal Perera were attacking but were also tested by some good seam bowling. Dilshan was batting well and looking to take the game away from England but fell while playing one shot too many. Tredwell bravely tossed the ball up and Dilshan danced down the track to drive hard through cover and he failed in the process giving a catch to Root. Tredwell got one to grip and turn after that wicket. Sangakkara was all squared up and edged to slip where Jordan dived to his left to grab onto the sharp chance. Perera was dropped on 13 by Chris Jordan off his own bowling. But departed after two quick wickets adding 5 more runs to his account as James Anderson got him in the very next over as the left-hander played all over a straight delivery.

Jayawardene and Thirimanne put on a good stand. Their main aim was to preserve wickets. With both batsmen well set and capable of switching gears, coupled with power-hitters to follow, Sri Lanka were slowly but surely took the advantage. Jaywardene had just got to his fifty and Sri Lanka were looking well set till Chris Jordan came back into the attack. With the powerplay on, Jayawardene seemed to attack more. He tried a lofted shot, misuced it ending up at long off.

Lahiru Thirimanne registered his 7th ODI fifty and anchored the chase. The asking rate was around run-a-ball when skipper, Mathews walked in. He was busy at the crease and put on a superb stand with Thirimanne which eased the pressure from Lankans. Mathews also pulled off the boundaries at crucial stages as Sri Lanka raced ahead. With 15 needed off 19, Anderson dropped an easy caught and bowled chance but it was already a bit too late for England. Sri Lanka chased down with 10 balls to spare.


England: 219/10 in 48.1 overs (A Cook 56, I Bell 37; L Malinga 3/50, A Mendis 2/50) lost to Sri Lanka: 222/4 in 48.2 overs (L Thirimane 60*, A Mathews 42*; J Tredwell 2/30, J Anderson 1/33) by 6 wickets

Player of the match: Lahiru Thirimanne (Sri Lanka)

Disappoinment of the match: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

May 042014
IPL 2014: Match 24: AB De Villiers' carnage powers RCB to beat SRH

Royal Challengers Bangalore fans were expected big innings from Gayle and Kohli to win them, the first home match. Bit of a surprise to them it was AB de Villiers one of the best T20 batsman who hasn’t been in a great of forms played a brilliant innings, along with smashing his country man, present world best bowler, Dale Steyn. In spite of some brilliant spells of bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Karan Sharma, Sun Risers Hyderabad couldn’t hold out their nerves.

Match Review: Indian Premier League 2014: Match 24 – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH). Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, May 4, 2014

RCB won the toss and invited SRH to bat on a flat track with short boundaries. Finch started to score some quick runs as he took on Dinda in 2nd over hitting him for a four and Six. However his stay was short as he was dismissed by Starc in the 3rd over. Young Batsman Rahul who had done well till the match failed in this as he was dismissed by Dinda for just 6. On the other end Captain Dhawan was playing a quite innings. Started with a boundary of Starc he scored mostly through singles and twos. He along with David Warner tried to rescue the innings after two quick wickets. At half way stage they were 72/2.

Dhawan and Warner put on 69 in 9 overs before Dhawan dismissed for a 36 ball 37 trying to accelerate the score. Sammy who came in next smashed a six off Patel but gave his wicket in the same over. It was all set for Warner to start hitting as he done exactly in last overs he smashed two sixers off Dinda’s over. Naman Ojha contributed with some shots. Warner fell to Starc in last over for 61, helping his team put on 155/6.

Chasing 156 for win, RCB started poorly. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been in his prime form delivered it for SRH dismissing Parthiv Patel of the 1st ball he bolwed. Of the sameover he removed Virat Kohli for duck. But Gayle kept smashing shots on other end. 1st he hit 2 fours in Steyn’s over later he scored 16 off Ishant’s. But Karan Sharma made the difference dismissing in his first over. Once again Karan Sharma struck as he dismissed Rossouw in his 2nd over making RCB to reel at 59/4.

Later Yuvraj joined ABD but couldn’t do anything special. His innings was ended for 14 which had a six and four. But De Villiers never left it. He kept smashing the ball to the fence. He made the ball cross the boundary every over. Last 3 overs needed 37 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the 18th over which yielded just 9 runs even in which two fours were been hit. But the match course changed in 19th over bowled by Steyn in which De Villiers scored 24 runs one more than what he done during 2012 at same venue. And it was just formality in the last over as RCB won the game by 4 wickets with one ball to spare. AB D scored an unbeaten 89 off just 41 balls which included 6 fours and 8 mighty sixers.

Player of the match: AB de Villiers (RCB)

Disappointment of the match: Virat Kohli (RCB)

Scorecard: RCB: 158/6 in 19.5 overs (AB de Villiers 89, C Gayle 27, K Sharma 3/17, B Kumar 2/16) beat SRH: 155/6 in 20 overs (DA Warner 61, S Dhawan 37; M Starc 2/21, V Aaron 2/33 ) by 4 wickets.

Umpires: HPDK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and VA Kulkarni (India), TV Umpire: PG Pathak (India)

May 012014
Cricket England: England sack Graham Gooch as batting coach

Graham Gooch  has been sacked as England’s batting coach with immediate effect, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday, as the nightmares of the Ashes 0-5 still been in their minds. The former England captain joined the team as a consultant batting coach in late 2009 before taking up a fulltime role in early 2012.

His departure was announced two weeks after Peter Moores returned as England coach in place of Andy Flower, who resigned following the whitewash Down Under in January.

After discussions with (captain) Alastair Cook, he informed me that he was in favour of change,” Gooch said in an ECB statement. “Although this was sad news, I respect his, and new coach Peter Moores, right to implement this change of direction.

Gooch hopes Cook was still the best man to lead England despite presiding over the 5-0 Ashes rout. “In my opinion Alastair is the right man to captain England, he commands respect and will always put his body on the line for his country,” Gooch said. “He will face many challenges and have many more tough decisions to make before his journey ends. Over the last decade or so he has been the ultimate professional to work with and it has been an honour to see him develop.

ECB managing director Paul Downton thanked Gooch for being an “Outstanding Coach“. “Graham’s record as a player speaks for itself but as a coach his ability to mentor and develop players has helped England achieve a huge amount in recent years,” he said. “I have no doubt that we will continue to see his influence on this current generation of England players and future generations can learn a lot from his passion and dedication to the game.

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