Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Caribbean on the way to go through assessment for T20 World Cup

A worldwide contingent will shell out a six-day appointment to the Caribbean from Monday to examine venues and measure arrangements being made for the next year's Twenty20 World Cup.

Venue inspections begin in Barbados and will move to Guyana the following day where the team will stay for two days before course to St. Kitts on Wednesday.

They take off to St.Lucia on Friday where part of the examination takes place at Beausejour Cricket Ground during the One-Day International between the West Indies
and India.

The venue inspection tour ends on July 4. The team includes councils of the West Indies Cricket Board, the WT20 2010 project team, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) and ESPN STAR Sports.

"This is the first venue check for ICC WT20 West Indies 2010 and I consider the region is recognizable with this process, particularly building on the experience of 2007 World Cup.

"This time around, we don't have the job of constructing new stadia and that's a major plus. However, there are still several essentials which have to be put in place to host an event of this level and we need to assess what must be done in the four host nations," said Tournament Director Ernest Hilaire.

"We have less than a year prior to the cricketing world comes to the West Indies again and we plan to speed ourselves well in planning and executing cricket' newest showpiece," he added.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

T20 Game Rules

Powerplay: The 'powerplay' is six overs in a full match, during which a highest of two fielders can stay outside the 30-yard circle, with two fielders besides the wicketkeeper in catching positions, which is in the close-in fielding positions like slips, silly point, short cover.

After 'powerplay, no fielders are necessary in 'catching positions' but only a maximum of five can be outside the 30-yard circle.

Also, 'powerplay' Changes from just one over to five in rain-affected games.

No ball: This is a most important change from the usual game, with two runs being given for front-foot no-balls with an extra 'free hit'. The 'free hit' is the ball following the no ball, on which the batsman can be out only in the number of ways on a no ball, i.e., run out, hitting the ball twice, obstructing the field or handling the ball.

Bowling limit: Like in ODIs, players can bowl a limit of one-fifth of the total overs, i.e., four in a complete match of 20 overs per side.

Timed out: A batsman have to be in a position to take guard within 90 seconds of the drop of a wicket or he will be timed out. This is two minutes in one day match and in test cricket.

Tied matches: A tie will be busted with a super over method. In this rule each team will be given with one over and 3 wickets i.e. three batsmen can play the team can loose 1 wicket. The opposite bowling team will get one over they can use only one bowler to bowl the particular over. The team gets the maximum runs in that particular over announced as the winner.

Rain: A minimum of five overs each are sufficient to make a decision about that particular match under the Duckworth and Lewis system.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Next T20 Battle in West Indies

The West Indies will mass the World Twenty20 battle in 2010, the International Cricket Council announced this news.

The event will be apprehended in place of the Champions Trophy that was to be hosted by West Indies in 2010, ICC head executive Haroon Lorgat said at a press meeting.

"With the Champions Trophy set to be hosted by Pakistan in 2009 after its abandonment this year, we determined to have a Twenty20 World Championship instead in April-May 2010 in West Indies," he said.

"Even though World Twenty20 is to be held every second year, we decided to hold it on the trot to set the schedule right and ensure a better stretch of tournaments."

The event, slated to be held from April 23 to May 9, will be staged at three venues to be selected by the ICC in January 2009 following nominations from the West Indies Cricket Board.

"With the ICC Champions Trophy being the closing major ICC event of 2009, and the ICC Cricket World Cup being the 50 over occasion in 2011, it makes just right judgment to have a competition of a dissimilar format in between," Lorgat said.

"It means we will avoid staging the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Cricket World Cup close together, as happened in 2002-03 and 2006-07.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Younus Khan announced his retirement from T20 internationals

Pakistan skipper Younus Khan announced his departure from T20 internationals subsequent to leading his side to a success in the 2009 Twenty20 final in opposition to Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Sunday.

Captain’s Talk after the Match :

‘This is my very last Twenty20 game for Pakistan, so I am retiring from T20 internationals.
‘I am now 34, I am aged for this kind of cricket. The good thing is we have a pair of good youngsters like Shahzaib Hasan and Ahmad Shahzad.’

However, talented batsman Younus who has played in 60 Tests and 186 one-day internationals.

So he is set to continue his international career in the longer formats of the game.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Second battle in T2o World Cup 2009

Second Semi Final of World Twenty20 will be played at Oval between Sri Lanka and West Indies. The team get through of this game will join Pakistan for the Final cricket battle to be played on 21st June at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

We previously saw some shocking results in the competition so far with India, Australia and last night competition solid favourites South Africa Pakistan by 7 runs, so no body can tell who is going to succeed this World Cup. One bad day of good team can cost them badly and one brilliant performance from individuals can lift their team.

So far West Indies adore the Oval wicket on which second semi final will take place. They have played two games in this tournament at same venue and on both matches debatably created their two best results, defeating Australia by seven wickets in the group stage and defeating England by five wickets.

Sri Lanka reached the semifinal with the unbeaten tag and now they are the favourites to lift the twenty20 title after South African exit from twenty20 world cup. Sri Lanka will be eager to continue their winning form.

Sri Lanka who played some gleaming cricket in the tournament won their most of their matches’ because of their bowling performance. From Malinga to Mendis all came good when it matter most. South Africa's unbeaten record is the one that has caught the eye for its efficiency but Sri Lanka are also unbeaten in five games out of five, with their only minor scare coming in a spirited display from the Irish.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Battle Between South Africa and Pakistan

Pakistan and South Africa are going to crash each other in the first semi final of twenty20 world cup 2009 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham 18 June. Cricket fans are now ahead to watch a highly-competitive match between two cricket giants. South Africa is the only semi finalists who have not lost any game so far in the tournament, while Pakistan has gone through many ups and downs over the last five games they have played so far in the tournament. It is going to be a great feast for cricket fans all over the world. Indian cricket fans also keen to watch the cricket battle between these teams because of Pakistan’s participant in the match. So it is going to be a nice match.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Business for theaters after exit of India in T20 World Cup 2009

India thrashes out of the Twenty20 World Cup, movie theater complex operators are expecting a boost in footfalls over the coming few weeks.

“The T20 matches starts after 10 p.m., and concerning India in particular, affected late evening and night shows. A Senior Vice-President of a theater told However, he was hopeful that from Monday onwards, night shows would pick energy.

Most multiplex chains generated an unexcited response for the first weekend after the argument between producers and multiplexes was resolved. The Big Pictures-promoted Kal Kissne Dekha, which on the rampage in 510 screens worldwide, did not have a remarkable box office opening. However, Big hopes that the movie would pick up and may even add additional prints from Friday.

“Over the weekend we had occupancies of 30-40 per cent. Now, we think business will pick up over the week,” said Mr Alok Tandon, COO, Inox Leisure.

Few multiplexes even screened the T20 matches to keep the cash catalog ticking. Mr Vishal Kapur, COO, Fun Cinemas, which screened the tourney said, “We clocked over 50 per cent tenancy for both matches – India vs England and India vs West Indies — in almost all six properties we screened.”

Depending on India’s play, Fun Cinemas had kept the options open to show remaining matches. “Now with the Indian team crashing out and a few big-ticket releases in the pipeline, we expect things to be better,” Mr Kapur added.

In the meantime, Hollywood movies such as Bride Wars, 17 Again and Angels and Demons have fared much better than Indian releases. “English movies are doing well as they are released across limited screens. Angels and Demons is doing extremely well in Tier-II cities,”

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pakistan gets through to Semi Finals

Pakistan rubbed the harsh reminiscences of the 2007 World Cup beating Ireland contentedly by 39 runs to make sure passage into the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 Cup at The Oval on Monday. Two year ago in the West Indies, the Pakistanis were knocked out of the quadrennial global event by the unfancied Irish, a devastating happening that led to the death of their coach Bob Woolmer.

However, this afternoon, Pakistani cricketers ensured no repeat of that disaster and batting first on winning the toss piled up a decent total of 159 for 9 in which the major man was wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal with 59 runs with shots of five fours and a six.

Then off-spinner Saeed Ajmal spun his web of trick and controlled Ireland to 120 for 9 claiming his tournament’s first four wickets drag for 39 with only captain William Porterfield providing fight with top score of 40.

Requiring a win to move into the semi-finals, Pakistan accomplished just that with an competent performance. The margin was also sufficient to lift their net run-rate to 1.19, ensuring there’s no way both New Zealand and Sri Lanka can finish with as many points and a higher rate.

Apart from Akmal, none of the other Pakistan batsmen got huge scores, but there were sensible partnerships for almost every wicket, ensuring there was no repeat of the collapse which had knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup.

Akmal held the innings jointly with a measured knock. The self-confidence of having scored runs in the earlier games was clearly on display, and he was decisive with his footwork and generally sound with his shot selection.

Shahzaib Hasan (23) and Shahid Afridi ( 24) promoted up the order to No.3, did not get big scores but they provided the early impetus. Shahzaib kept lofting the pitched-up deliveries over the infield, hitting three fours and six while Afridi had three hits to the ropes as he thrashed Cusack and West through the off side before Kyle McCallan removed him with an off break.

Misbahul Haq made 20 while Razzaq was unbeaten on 15 as Pakistan reached a challenging total.

New ball bowler Trent Johnston had a nightmare game, conceding 20 in his second over and 12 in his third, as the Pakistani batsmen picked him off their legs quite effortlessly. However, he managed to dismiss Akmal with an excellent fourth over, picking up the batsman with a yorker and conceding only four runs.

Target of 160 was always beyond Ireland though Porterfield fought gustily for his 36-ball 40, but hit his first four in the tenth over of the innings, by which time the asking rate had already climbed to nine and a half.

Pakistan struck 13 fours and four sixes; Ireland only managed six fours.
Pakistan’s bowlers were all disciplined, with Mohammad Aamer getting rid of the dangerous Niall O’Brien early. Afridi and Saeed Ajmal offered few scoring opportunities, while Umar Gul continued from where he had left off against New Zealand, claiming two for 19 and took his tally of wickets to 12 .

Monday, June 15, 2009

India Ruled out off

The India captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni worn out the force of fan and media rage back home after the defending champions were rudely neglected out of the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Security was increased around Dhoni's home in the eastern city of Ranchi on Monday after scores of fans burnt his model, shouted slogans and accused the captain of underestimating England in a must-win situation.

India, winners two years ago, were installed as one of the favourites this time but a three-run loss to England consigned them to a second straight Super Eights defeat, leaving them with no possibility of reaching the semi-finals.

"Dhoni took the match carelessly, he adopted a casual attitude," Arun Kumar, a young protester in Ranchi, said. "He is captivated by the glamour world more than cricket."

The Indian media also singled out Dhoni who captained the team to victory in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. Dhoni was liable for shuffling the order and failing to shake off his own subdued batting form when a captain's innings was badly needed.

His promotion of young all-rounder Ravinder Jadeja to No 4 in the batting line-up in the place of the explosive Yuvraj Singh was also seen as a strategic disaster after the 20-year-old failed to force the pace and left his team-mates with too much to do in the final overs.

"Why did Dhoni throw Jadeja to the lions," asked one TV channel, while another said: "Dhoni could not hit the ball, got it all wrong with his strategy. Nasty captaining by Dhoni cost us dear."

Dhoni has enjoyed a smooth ride as Test captain since the 2007 triumph but has come under scrutiny at this tournament after parading the entire team in an attempt to quash media reports of disharmony between him and Virender Sehwag.

His relationship with the media worsened after Sehwag was ruled out due to a shoulder injury and Dhoni and his team management were attacked for being less than forthcoming over the nature of the explosive batsman's problem.

Cricket-mad Indian fans are well known for displaying extreme emotions. Angry fans threw stones the homes of some players after the team suffered a shock first round exit in the one-day World Cup two years ago.

However, thousands lined up on both sides of the road from Mumbai airport to the stadium when the victorious Twenty20 team took out a victory parade months later.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gayle attacks to Australian bowlers

Chris Gayle played a blinder of an innings, a kind of innings that most teams will fret about now, an innings that eluded him in the IPL. His innings of 88 (50b 6×4 6×6) preserved the match for West Indies, leaving Australia in a must win situation against Sri Lanka.

The most special instant of the innings came in Lee’s 3rd over, the 5th over of the West Indies innings. The over read 6,0,6,0,4+nb,4,6. That made it 27 runs from the over, Lee’s figures at this time were not appealing, 3-0-51-0, 17 runs an over is not something you would expect from a leading fast bowler.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Latest Super 8 Match Schedule of T20 World Cup 2009

The Date and Time details of the Super 8 matches:

DateLord'sTrent BridgeThe Oval
Thu, 11 June
Ireland v New Zealand (18:00 IST)

England v South Africa (22:00 IST)

Fri, 12 JunePakistan v Sri Lanka (18:00 IST)

India v West Indies (22:00 IST)

Sat, 13 June

South Africa v West Indies (18:00 IST)

New Zealand v Pakistan (22:00 IST)
Sun, 14 JuneIreland v Sri Lanka (18:00 IST)

England v India (22:00 IST)

Mon, 15 June

England v West Indies (18:00 IST)

Ireland v Pakistan (22:00 IST)
Tues, 16 June
New Zealand v Sri Lanka (18:00 IST)

India v South Africa (22:00 IST)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Collingwood Talks

Playing with a apparent head and without fear helped England to beat Pakistan and enter the super eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup, believes the team’s captain, Paul Collingwood.

In an article for The Sun, Collingwood said: “In the space of 48 hours, we went from the depths of losing to Holland to the thrill and total relief of beating Pakistan. The key was playing with a clear head and without fear. We vowed to enjoy ourselves and not think about the consequences of losing and going out of the World Twenty20. Then there was the small matter of gettin Kevin Pietersen back into the team and a meal of burger and chips on Saturday evening!”

He additionally goes on to say that while playing for England, there can be both highs and lows, and that he had plenty of time to reflect on what in his view was an unbelievable weekend.”The game against Holland on Friday was outrageous. By ridiculous, I mean I still can’t get my head round how they knocked off the runs. But the way we bounced back on Sunday was fantastic. It proved we can play under huge pressure and that should hold us in good stead later in the tournament,”

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Shoaib Akhtar's struggle for T20 World cup 2009 England

Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar could be skipped from Pakistan's team for the World Twenty20 Championships if he failed to appear for the practice games in Lahore later this week.

A resource in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told IANS that Shoaib will have to play in the three practice games to be played between Patron's XI and Chairman's XI May 20-22. The matches are being set in preparation for the June 5-21 World Twenty20 Championships in England.

Shoaib, 33, is part of Pakistan's 15-man squad for the England but there is a question mark about his chances of featuring in the biennial spectacle as he skipped a five-day conditioning camp held in the hill resort of Bhurban due to a skin problem.

Shoaib has been named in the Patrons XI to be led by Younus Khan but it remains to be seen whether he will feature in the matches.

A source close to Shoaib said that the fast bowler has improved from his skin problem and has resumed his training for the World Twenty20 Championship.

But the bowler could face corrective action from the PCB after opting to get his skin disease treated by a private doctor rather than going to a specialist suggested by the Board.

According to a statement in the Jang newspaper senior PCB officials including the Board chairman Ijaz Butt are miserable with Shoaib's conclusion to consult a private doctor before taking permission from the PCB's medical commission.

According to the central contract that Shoaib has signed with the board, he has to take permission from the PCB before consulting a doctor for any kind of medical condition.