Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Eng Squad for Aus ODI matches

England has rested Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann for the 5-match ODI series against Australia next month.
England Squad for Australia ODI matches
No    Name                                                    No
1 Eoin Morgan 8
Kevin Pietersen
2 Ravi Bopara 9
Boyd Rankin
3 Jos Buttler 10
Joe Root
4 Michael Carberry 11
Ben Stokes
5 Steven Finn 12
James Tredwell
6 Chris Jordan 13
Jonathan Trott
7 Jamie Overton 14
Luke Wright

Monday, August 19, 2013

Usman Khawaja Australia Cricket Board contract upgraded

Batsman Usman Khawaja, who faces a battle to keep his place in the Australia team for this week's last and final Ashes Test, has had his central playing contract upgraded, Australia Cricket Board said.

Australia Cricket Board said Khawaja was upgraded for the 2013/14 season list after having played 3 or more Tests since July 1 this year, meaning he is qualified for more money than his state contract offers.

The Pakistan-born left hander batsmen have struggled since he was promoted to the Australia batting order at number 3 in the current Ashes series. Khawaja, 26, has managed just 114 runs in 6 innings at an average of a mere 19 against England in this Ashes series.

In 9 Tests since his debut over 18 months ago, he has scored 377 runs at 25.13 with 2 fifties. Khawaja joins recently upgraded players Chris Rogers and Steve Smith on the CA contracts list. The 5th Test starts at The Oval in London on Wednesday. England has already won the series.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rahul Dravid hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India

Previous India captain Mr.Rahul Dravid hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Saturday, saying administrator are there for the fans and the cricketers to run the game. Dravid, who will be an action witness in the Indian Premier League-6 spot-fixing case, said that credibility of game and the board is main.

Administrators are there because of the fans and the cricketers to run this game, so reliability of a game or a board is main irrespective of what you do. If you are in public life it is important," Rahul Dravid, who led Rajasthan Royals in the last edition of the IPL, told press.

There are so many fans and so many people who care extremely about this game and it is because of these fans that we are who we are as cricketers,"Rahul Dravid added. Three of Dravid's team mates Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by Delhi Police after a mid-night raid from Mumbai, May 16.

In the aftermath of the 3 arrests, Chennai Super Kings team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also son-in-law of BCCI president N.Srinivasan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were suspended by the BCCI for their alleged association in betting.

Meiyappan is out on bail after being arrested by Mumbai police while Kundra was questioned by Delhi Police. But a BCCI probe panel just gave a clean chit to both Meiyappan and Kundra in the betting scandal. A hurt Dravid said: Things like this do not help, when we are on the front pages of the newspapers and not on the back. 

Dravid said the spot-fixing and the betting scandal is the worst thing that could happen to Indian cricket.
"I think it's a really, really sad thing for cricket in this country if that had to happen," he said.