Mar 182014
 

Dinda, who represented the country in a T20 international against Sri Lanka is yet to earn a Test cap

Dinda can play Tests for India in future: Waqar (© Reuters)

Kolkata: Former Pakistan speedstar Waqar Younis says Bengal medium pacer Ashok Dinda has it in him to become a Test cricketer provided he makes a little adjustments to his bowling.

Impressed with the 29-year-old Dinda`s performance in the coaching session organised by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under its Vision 2020 programme, Younis said, “Our objective is to work on his weaknesses in the next six months so that he can be a Test player.”

The three-day camp ended here today.

“Dinda is a good player. I had seen him earlier also. And I don`t suggest any major change in his bowling. But a few things in his bowling have to be adjusted to make him a better bowler,” the 42-year-old Younis told reporters.

Dinda, who represented the country in a T20 international against Sri Lanka is yet to earn a Test cap.

The session was held at the Jadavpur University cricket ground in Salt Lake area.

CAB has undertaken the `Vision 2020` programme for next three years under the supervision of former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, to fine-tune the skills of Bengal`s players.

Besides Younis, Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralithran has also given tips while Ganguly is looking after the batting department.

A world record holder in Test cricket, Muralithaaran is also happy with the spinning talent of Bengal.

“There are good talents in spin bowling department in Bengal and I am sure they would be able to prove their mettle soon,” Muralitharan said.

The CAB has called about 200 players from its affiliated clubs for this camp and would assess their performance from time to time.

The duo would be back again after three months to monitor the progress.

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Nov 082013
 
Mamata felicitates farewell man Sachin

Mamta Banerjee showered gifts on Sachin Tendulkar in his last Test match at the Eden Gardens

Mamata felicitates farewell man Sachin (© IANS)

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday felicitated batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar who played the penultimate Test match of his glittering career here. Handing over a basket of goodies, Banerjee had a broad smile on her face as she placed a silk stole around Tendulkar’s shoulders.

She also gifted him one of her paintings – that of a tree – and presented a beige turban which was placed on the maestro’s head by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya handed Tendulkar a memento – a banyan tree bearing 199 golden leaves – in addition to a golden coin used for the toss of the match.

Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha also gifted a Durga idol to the cricketing genius.

Nov 072013
 
Promises of a packed Eden remain unfulfilled

Only 33,000 people were present on Day 2 of the 1st Test at the Eden Gardens – a number, far away from the 66,000 full capacity of the stadium

Promises of a packed Eden remain unfulfilled (© IANS Photo)

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achin Tendulkar’s swansong appearance at the hallowed Eden Gardens against the visiting West Indies failed to live up to its billing the second consecutive day Thursday when vast rows of empty seats belied the organisers’ tall claims of a full house.

If the presence of 33,000 spectators – half of the stadium’s capacity – on the first day can be excused on the fact that the visitors opted to bat first, the prospect of seeing the maestro create magic with his willow on the 22 yards, failed to attract the otherwise cricket mad Kolkata crowd.

The atmosphere turned sour further when Tendulkar’s stint at the wicket was cut short by a contentious umpiring decision.

The crowd which was lustily cheering every move of the maestro since he came out to bat at the fall of India’s second wicket, was stunned into silence when Llong raised the dreaded index finger after left-armer Shane Shillingford trapped the man in front. Incidentally, Tendulkar had taken the West Indian’s wicket Wednesday.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) which had promised a series of celebrations including the spectators greeting Tendulkar wearing his mask on the first two days of the match, yet again failed to deliver on its promise.

“Had Sachin batted for an hour more, the turnout would have been higher during the latter part of the day,” was what a CAB official could give as explanation about the missing crowd.

About the non-existent masks, he said they would be distributed on the third day as they were still under print.

However, much to the delight of the crowd present debutant Rohit Sharma hit a scintillating century to propel India towards a commanding position in the match. While Sharma sparkled with the bat, homeboy Mohammad Shami who too made his debut in the match, rocked the Windies batting line-up to return with figures of 4/71 on the first day.

Sep 102013
 
BCCI-CAB case set for next hearing
N Srinivasan exits after the BCCI meeting in Chennai, June 2, 2013

The BCCI wants to expedite the process to clear N Srinivasan © AFP
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The Supreme Court hearing in the BCCI v Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) case resumes on Wednesday with the board’s lawyers expected to argue its case instead of filing a reply to the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by CAB. The BCCI’s decision is aimed at speeding up the hearing on the CAB appeal, which challenged the Bombay High Court order on July 30 because it did not appoint a new committee to probe the alleged corruption in the IPL.

On August 28, CAB had filed an appeal against the High Court order that had originally found the constitution of the BCCI’s two-man probe panel – which cleared Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, officials of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals franchises, of corruption – to be illegal. In its plea, CAB senior counsel Harish Salve argued the High Court should have formed a fresh panel, because the allegations of betting and spot fixing in the IPL were grave and a private body like the BCCI should not be empowered to make its own findings.

Normal procedure demands that one files a reply through an affidavit against the petitioner’s appeal before the court hears the case. However, the BCCI decided to enter the final arguments in the hearing, to avoid delaying the judgement. “The intention is to expedite the case. If the BCCI files a reply then the CAB will file a rejoinder,” a board source said. “Then the court after the completion of all pleadings will decide another date.”

The main reason behind the BCCI trying to expedite the process is to clear its president N Srinivasan’s name of all accusations, including his involvement in the appointment of the inquiry committee. The High Court had pointed out that there was a “degree of probability” in Srinivasan have had a role in the formation of the panel.

“The most that can be said in favour of the petitioner (CAB) at this stage … is that it has made out a prima-facie case that respondent No. 2 (Srinivasan) was involved in the formation of the commission,” Justices SJ Vajifdar and MS Sonak had said in their order. “The least that must be said in favour of the petitioner is that the respondents have not established that respondent No. 2 had no role to play in the formation of the commission.”

However, it is understood that neither the court order nor the ongoing appeal in the Supreme Court will hinder Srinivisan from attending any BCCI meetings, including chairing the annual general meeting on September 29.

In order to clear his name, the BCCI and Srinivasan have to refute the observations made by the High Court. They will have to prove that the probe commission was constituted as per IPL operational rules, as they noted in their appeal admitted by the Supreme Court on August 7. The board also has to prove that Srinivasan played no role in the appointment of the probe panel.

In its SLP, the CAB had said the issue should have been supervised by some court of law and not a private body, like the BCCI. The CAB’s suggestion was that the court should have constituted the probe panel, and if the BCCI wanted to appoint its own panel then it should allow the court to study the panel’s findings.

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