Apr 202014

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has escaped serious injury when his BMW car flipped over several times on a rain-lashed Bridgetown road, local media reported on Sunday.

The 25-year-old suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital, the Barbados Today online newspaper claimed.

But Roach insisted he had not been seriously hurt.

"Sorry To Scare My Friends, Family And Fans But I'm Straight! Thanks For The Love! #BlessUp," he wrote on Twitter.

Roach has played 23 Tests and 61 one-day internationals but has not featured for the West Indies in nearly a year.


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Apr 182014
Jaggernauth quits competitive cricket
Amit Jaggernauth receives his Test cap, West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Jamaica, May 22, 2008

Amit Jaggernauth played one Test for West Indies in 2008 © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography

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Players/Officials: Amit Jaggernauth

Amit Jaggernauth, the Trinidad & Tobago offspinner, has retired from top-flight cricket. He represented West Indies in one Test against Australia in 2008 and his tally of 265 wickets in first-class cricket makes him joint-leading wicket taker in T&T history.

“I have been contemplating my retirement since the last first-class season,” Jaggernauth said. “I played the last game in Guyana and I am not enjoying playing first-class cricket again. The chances of me getting back to the West Indies team right now are very slim.”

Jaggernauth began playing first-class cricket in 2002 and averaged 24.55, with 15 five-fors to his credit. Consistency over a decade of domestic cricket earned him recognition off the field. In 2008, he was named T&T Cricket Board’s National Senior Cricketer beating current ODI captain Dwayne Bravo among others. His List A career spanned four matches.

Another major highlight of his career was being part of a side that became regional first-class champions in 2006. “We had a very slim chance of winning and we needed to beat Barbados outright, in Barbados and to be part of that was special.”

He was the most successful bowler in the Carib Beer Series in 2006-07 with 40 wickets, and second highest wicket-taker next season earning him to the Test side in the home series against Sri Lanka, but did not make it to the starting line-up.

“I am pleased with my regional career. I am still disappointed I did not get more opportunities at the international level and the one opportunity I got against Australia was not really much of an opportunity,”

Apr 142014
Patel rules himself out of Windies tour

Wellington offspinner Jeetan Patel sensationally withdrew from the New Zealand test squad to tour West Indies last night as he was poised to end a 16-month absence from international cricket.

Patel was contacted by national selector Bruce Edgar in England, where he is beginning another county stint with Warwickshire, to tell him the good news he’d been picked in the 15-man squad for three tests in June. But Patel made himself unavailable, saying he wanted to focus on a full season with Warwickshire, for whom he was player of the year in 2013, and be with his wife and baby daughter who are based with him in the UK.

He stressed he hadn’t retired from international cricket.

It left Edgar and coach Mike Hesson a tough decision to pick a second spinner to partner Ish Sodhi in what is expected to be spin-friendly conditions in the Caribbean in June. Canterbury legspinner Todd Astle appeared next cab off the rank but nothing had been finalised last night.

Other likely features of the squad to be named in Christchurch today include a reprieve for openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford who are expected to be pitted in a three-way scrap with Tom Latham, and a possible callup for Wellington gloveman Luke Ronchi as backup wicketkeeper/batsman.

Spin was a strong focus for the selectors, with a mandatory two specialist spinners and batsmen best equipped to counter the dual threat of mystery offspinners Sunil Narine and Shane Shillingford.

Patel’s 19-test career (52 wickets at an average of 48) looked to be floundering after his last series in South Africa in January 2013. But the 33-year-old’s county form for Warwickshire on turning pitches was compelling (51 wickets at 23 in 2012, 52 wickets at 30 last year), and he was excellent in recent weeks for Wellington’s title-winning one-day side before returning to England.

A potential West Indies batting lineup featuring four left-handers – Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Kieran Powell and Shivnarine Chanderpaul – appeared to help Patel’s cause and count against Astle. He was second on the Plunket Shield charts with 37 wickets at 30, and offers more with the bat, but two legspinners is a risk. Left-armer Bruce Martin is contracted to NZC but hasn’t bounced back from being dropped in Bangladesh last October, and no other spinners demanded selection.

Plunket Shield run machine Latham appears a certainty for one opening slot in the first test at Kingston on June 8, with Rutherford and Fulton contesting the other berth in two warmup games in Kingston. Both can count themselves fortunate after lean home summers, with Rutherford probably having his nose in front.

Ronchi, who is uncapped at test level, provides genuine wicketkeeping backup to BJ Watling and middle order batting cover.

Hesson said last week promising paceman Matt Henry (side strain) wouldn’t be considered, and it seems there aren’t enough spots to fit in a final paceman, with Mark Gillespie and Hamish Bennett both on the cusp.

Allrounders Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham give Hesson options and if they play two spinners, it seems likely that Tim Southee and Trent Boult will be the two quicks with Neil Wagner missing the 11.

Spin has dominated in the West Indies’ first-class competition in recent weeks.

Hesson will also name a New Zealand A squad today for first-class and one-day matches in England.

Likely test squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Tom Latham, Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

– © Fairfax NZ News


Apr 082014
Comment - 22 Days Of Pure Entertainment
Sri Lanka celebrate

Joy unconfined for the Sri Lankans as they finally won a global tournament for the first time since 1996

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Israr Ahmed Hashmi reviews the ICC World Twenty20 2014, calling it ’22 days of pure entertainment, from match one to the final.’

2nd April 2011: India and Sri Lanka are battling for the greatest feather in a cricketing nation’s hat, the ODI Cricket World Cup. After nearly three years, they meet in another final, this time for the shortest format.

Sri Lanka had a history of losing their last four ICC finals but brilliant Lasith Malinga and somehow Kumar Sangakara overturned the misfortune and Sri Lanka finally win an ICC Trophy after their ODI World Cup win 1996.

22 days of pure entertainment, from match one to the final, it got better and better with each passing hour. Here, I bring you the shinning and the glittering highlights of this year’s WT20, the moments we will remember for a long time.

Team of the Tournament

Sri Lanka may have defeated India but they were far behind India to be the Team of the Tournament. India outplayed its opponent in nearly all of the matches (except the final where Sri Lanka got the better of them).

They were undefeated in the tournament before the final. Their batters never disappointed them (they usually don’t) and their bowling, which has been their weakest link in recent times, was probably the best of any team in the entire tournament. To prove my point, Indian bowlers took 35 wickets in the tournament, two less than the most (37 by the Netherlands). The Netherlands, however, played one more game than India and faced weaker teams.

They gave 6.75 RPO, only bettered by Nepal, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Their fielders made 28 dismissals – bettered by the Dutch again. When batting, they scored eight half-century partnerships (the most) – equalled by the Dutch again. They also recorded the most individual half-centuries.

All in all, they had the best tournament they have ever had.

Batsman of the Tournament

No surprises! It can’t be any other than Virat Kohli. From match one against Pakistan to the final against Sri Lanka, Virat never failed to score runs. He scored 319 runs in the six games of the tournament – easily the most by anyone, in fact the most anyone has scored in a single WT20.

He was in the form of his life. Every bowler looked like Ashish Nehra or Mohammad Sami to him. He played his shots at will, mixed aggression with defence and smashed them all around the park.

Bowler of the Tournament

It is a tough one but Imran Tahir came on top beating Samuel Badree, Ravichandran Ashwin and Sunil Narine. In 20 overs he took 12 wickets at less than 11 balls per wicket – Tahir was outstanding. He played with skill, bowled every ball with daring and made the batsmen work hard for every run.

Against big bats and small boundaries, he fooled them all and gave away 6.55 RPO. The best of his contribution came against Netherlands. At 82 for two and needing 64 in 69 balls, the Dutch sensed an upset but Tahir had other ideas. His tight and wristy bowling reduced them to 118 for seven and finally got South Africa over the line with a six-run victory.

Batting Innings of the Tournament

Match 12 – Netherlands vs Ireland. The fates of three teams depended on this match. One from Ireland, the Netherlands or Zimbabwe could reach the Super 10s. Ireland batted first and posted 189. Netherlands had to chase it in 14.2 overs or they were out.

Ireland thought they have done enough. Stephan Myburgh opened with Peter Borren for Netherlands. Myburgh pushed his first ball towards the off-side for the single. In the next 10 balls, he smashed six sixes and a four (44 runs to be precise). This set the tone for Dutchmen and they did what was least expected of them – successfully chased the target inside 14.2 overs.

Stephan Myburgh scored 63 off 23 balls (four fours, seven sixes) at a strike-rate of 274. One of the best T20I innings the world ever saw!

Bowling Spell of the Tournament

New Zealand were on course to chase South Africa’s 170 with the well-settled Ross Taylor on 62 and only five down in the 19th over. There were seven runs to defend in the last over, Dale Steyn took two wickets, bowled two dot balls and effected a run out; the only scoring shot was a four.

Six of the Tournament

The world still talks about that MS Dhoni six against Sri Lanka that made India world champions after 28 years but it was Sri Lanka’s turn this time. Ashwin had the ball, Sri Lanka needed three off 14 balls.

Ashwin went pass the umpire, released the ball. Thisara Perera came down the track, reached the pitch of the ball and BOOM! SIX! Overjoyed Perera punched the air in excitement and the tables were turned on MS Dhoni and India.

Ball of the Tournament

South Africa batted first in the second semi-final against India. Hashim Amla had scored 22 off 15. South Africa were looking good enough to post a big total against the Indian batsmen. MS Dhoni gave the ball to Ashwin. He started with a wide. Next ball, he bowled the carrom ball that pitched well outside leg, Amla plays for it, but the ball has turned more than he expects, and has pegged back the off stump – similar to what Shane Warne did to Andrew Strauss. The world will surely talk about this for a very long time.

Celebration of the Tournament

The do or die game for the West Indies and Australia. A win would have kept their hopes alive for a berth in the semis. Australia posted 178. West Indies needed nine off the last six. Sammy faced, Faulkner to bowl. Before the match, Faulkner had said that he didn’t like the West Indies. He now had a great opportunity to show it on field.

Dot Ball. Dot Ball. Boom, SIX! Three off three needed. Faulkner went full and straight but Sammy bludgeoned it down the ground. West Indies invade the field. Gayle went mad. He was toppled over by his team-mates on the way to rushing out, but once he’s back up he breaks out the Gangnam. It was the aggressive gangnam. Windies were pumped up!  A Caribbean reply to haters!

Record Low of the Tournament

The Netherlands, fresh from their thrilling win against the Irish, were humbled at the start of the Super 10s. Sri Lanka played their first match against the Dutch. People have changed their opinion about the Dutch. They are no more underdogs. But Sri Lanka are the number one team in this format and right from the first ball they showed why are they on top.

Wickets fall at regular intervals. After 63 balls in the match, the Netherlands were all out for 39 – the lowest ever T20I score by any team.

Upset of the Tournament

England was already out of the semi-final race. England against the Netherlands was just a dead rubber. England restricted Netherlands to 133 for five and it looked like they will easily chase it and salvage some pride.

But the Dutch, who had had a dream WT20 thus far weren’t switched off yet. Tight and disciplined bowling by Mudassar Bukhari and Luuk van Beek saw England collapse to 88 all out.

The Netherlands became the first Associate team to beat the same Test nation twice in T20Is.

And Nature showed its wrath

The first semi-final between Sri Lanka and the West Indies was in full swing. Suddenly, during the second innings the wind roared, sending a cloud of dust into the stadium.

Then the roof started to clatter. Sammy would later say it felt as if someone was throwing stones. It was instead raining hailstones almost the size of golf balls. Brave were the groundsmen who took a serious pounding in the middle while placing the covers on the square, even as the outfield turned white around them.

What were your tournament highlights? Let us know by leaving a comment below…

© Cricket World 2014

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Apr 072014
Dhoni named captain of T20 Team of Tournament

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and R. Ashwin were the other Indian players featuring in ICC’s World T20 XI for the recently concluded tournament

Dhoni named captain of T20 Team of Tournament (© AFP)


Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the men’s Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain.

The team includes four players from India, two each from South Africa and the West Indies, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited for Bangladeshi conditions, on the basis of performances at the just-concluded World T20 tournament. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.

Selection panel chairman and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, David Boon, said: “It was a very difficult task for the panel to pick a team of 11 from the exciting players who featured in this tournament.

“As the selection criteria for the Team of the Tournament are the performances of players in the conditions during the ICC World Twenty20 2014, some of the best players in world cricket had to be left out of the team.

“Bowlers in particular performed strongly throughout this tournament, and the side we have selected includes three of the most impressive bowlers in Dale Steyn, Samuel Badree and Lasith Malinga.

“The team also contains six specialist batsmen, including Stephan Myburgh from the Netherlands as an opening batsman, as well as three all-rounders, including Dhoni as a wicket-keeper batsman.”

The panel faced a difficult choice for a number of positions, and players who were considered but who did not ultimately make the team included India’s Amit Mishra, Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad, South Africa duo of AB de Villiers and Imran Tahir, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath, and West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine.

Other members of the panel included Marais Erasmus of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain, former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop and Utpal Shuvro, one of Bangladesh’s senior-most cricket correspondents.

Full squad: Rohit Sharma (India), Stephan Myburgh (Netherlands), Virat Kohli (India), J.P. Duminy (South Africa), Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India – captain), Darren Sammy (West Indies), Ravichandran Ashwin (India), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Samuel Badree (West Indies) and Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka); 12th Player: Krishmar Santokie (West Indies).

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