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  1. Hales, who has registered 13 centuries in 107 first-class appearances, is slated to feature in the upcoming PSL LONDON: Alex Hales has announced he is turning his back on Test cricket after signing a new limited-overs contract with county side Nottinghamshire following a similar decision by England team-mate Adil Rashid. Rashid last week said he intended to focus solely on shorter, white-ball cricket for Yorkshire this season and Hales has penned a deal until the end of the 2019 season that will see him feature only in 50-over and 20-over formats of the game. Hales´s decision is likely to strengthen fears that England´s top limited-overs internationals could abandon first class, or red-ball, cricket, which includes five-day Test matches, in favour of playing in lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world. The opening batsman proved crucial in Nottinghamshire´s domestic white-ball double in 2017 and is a regular in England´s limited-overs set-up with 58 one-day and 52 T20 international appearances. But the 29-year-old´s decision seemingly ends his hopes of adding to his 11 Test caps, the last of which he earned in August 2016. "For the next 18 months I´m excited to focus entirely on limited overs cricket and want to be part of a Notts team that retains the white ball double and a World Cup winning squad with England," he said in a statement on Twitter. "The decision to focus on my white ball game wasn´t taken lightly or on the spur of the moment, it´s one I´ve thought long and hard about. It´s also one I´ve discussed at length with the Notts management." Hales, who has registered 13 centuries in 107 first-class appearances, is slated to feature in the upcoming Pakistan Super League with Islamabad United following England´s one-day series in New Zealand but both he and Rashid were overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction. "Alex is entitled to make himself available for whatever format he wants to play, and we respect his decision," said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell. "He´s an outstanding white ball player and we look forward to him helping us win more trophies in that format of the game."
  2. Kevin Pietersen Legendary batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced the end is round the corner, as he prepares for his final stint on the cricket pitch in the Pakistan Super League. Pietersen, aka KP, bid an emotional goodbye to cricket on his Instagram with a photo of him hugging his son. ?Countless goodbyes to @jessicalibertyx & my kids as a cricket player & this one this evening is the last one I?ll ever have to do. I?ve hated every goodbye but also known it?s work so just gotten on with it. The journey has been absolutely amazing & for the next 3/4 weeks I?ll be a current professional & then it?s chapter closed! Had my time & loved it but the endless goodbyes & travel needs to calm down now. Cricket has been the best!? Earlier during the Big Bash League, Pietersen had announced it was his last stint in Australia?s popular T20 league, hinting at a possible end to his cricketing career. When asked directly if this could be the last time he stepped on the cricket field, he had said, ?Possibly. I?m coming to the end of my career. My career is not going to be defined on how I play in the Big Bash. My career has already been defined by all my ups and downs through a long career.? KP's 'skunk' hairdo during 2005 Ashes Few cricketers can claim to have had as colourful a career as Pietersen. Ever since he made his Test debut for England in the 2005 Ashes series, he became a fan favourite with his aggressive brand of cricket and, of course, his bizarre hairstyles. But he continued to run into troubles with English cricket authorities ? a love-hate relationship that eventually saw him getting sacked by the ECB after the 2013 Ashes campaign, as England attempted to rebuild their squad after a 5-0 thrashing by Australia. Pietersen played 104 Tests for England, scoring 8181 runs with an average of 47.28. He also played 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is for his country. After getting sidelined by the England board, KP became a household name in the domestic T20 circuit, as he blasted boundaries all over the world in the shortest format of the game. He represents Quetta Gladiators in the PSL.
  3. This picture of Shahid Afridi with an Indian fan during Ice Cricket tournament in Switzerland went viral, after Afridi told her not to fold away the Indian flag, earning praise both sides of the border Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has called for cricket to be used as a tool to improve relations between India and Pakistan and for politics to be kept away from sports. Cricket has been a victim of the tense relations between the two neighbouring countries, who have not played a full bilateral series since 2007. ?Due to lack of international cricket between the two countries, we now play either in the ICC tournaments or the events such as Ice Cricket,? Afridi told Wisden India, as he shared his recent experience of playing alongside Indian cricketers in an exhibition tournament in Switzerland. ?I believe politics should be kept away from sports. It should rather be used as a tool to improve relations between the countries. Sport is something which can play a big role in bringing peace,? he stressed. Afridi captained the Royals in a two-match T20 series which was played in sub-zero temperatures in the Swiss Alps. Among the stars who featured in the tournament were Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, and Ajit Agarkar. ?It was nice to meet and play with players from India after a long time,? Afridi reminisced. ?That was something very positive about the tournament and I think it should continue. Both countries should also be playing international cricket against each other.? Apart from a short limited-overs series in India in 2012-13, Pakistan and India have not met outside of World Cups, World T20s or Asia Cups. Afridi, who continues to be in blistering form in T20 cricket, said he is focused on the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League, which starts in Dubai from February 22. ?I have started to practice for the PSL. I have reduced my other activities and am focusing more on the PSL. Hopefully, the upcoming season will be good for me,? said the all-rounder, who will be in action for Karachi Kings for the first time. The PSL action will return to Pakistan towards the end of the tournament, with Lahore set to host two playoffs and Karachi ready to hold the final. ?The situation in Pakistan is much better now,? said Afridi. ?It?s good to know that cricket is returning to Pakistan. This year, there will be two playoffs in Lahore and then the final in Karachi. It?s going to be a huge moment for the people of Karachi. It?s a positive sign and message to the world.?
  4. With its murderous power struggles and internecine civil wars, Games of Thrones has undoubtedly established itself as one of the highly sought after and exciting television series over the years. No other TV series has managed to capture our imagination the way the thrilling spectacle of ancient realms engaged in no-holds-barred combat in GoT did in its seven nerve-racking seasons so far. Who would've thought that the battle between nine noble families for control over the mythical lands of Westeros will eventually become bigger than reality? But, it did. Men fighting amongst themselves is not new. What's new and seems to work for GoT creators is the fact that men are just part of its bigger and greater ploy. Apart from the envious talent of war on display, the show thrives on sinister plots bolstered with magic and fire-breathing dragons. And, if that wasn't enough, the mystery around the 'White Walkers' and their notorious blue-eyed leader the 'Night King' further set our hearts racing. © HBO And, as all good things must come to an end, the HBO masterpiece which has enthralled fans since 2011 is set for its final hurrah. Touted as a befitting finale which will showcase the mother of all battles, the much-anticipated eighth season of the GoT will mark the end of what has been a great journey for the show when it airs in 2019. But, 2019 is still far and while fans continue to speculate the ending and the fate of its stars including fan-favorite Jon Snow, we decided to combine GoT with another popular and much-older spectacle we all have come to know as the game of cricket. So as you count the days for the final season, here's a look at the cricketers who could replace the popular GoT characters: MS Dhoni As Jon Snow © HBO, BCCL While Dhoni and Snow might not look the same, they both share similar characteristics and struggles in their respective journey. For starters, Snow sports long hair and so did Dhoni back in the day. After the death of Ned and Robb Stark, we all thought that the Starks were done for good. But, Snow rose to the occasion and didn't just save his family name, but went on to become the 'King in the North'. Similarly, after the dawn of Sourav Ganguly's captaincy era, cricket pundits and fans were left wondering how India will cope in international cricket. And, just like Snow, Dhoni stood up and went on to establish himself as one of the most successful Indian captains in history. He is the only captain to have won all three major ICC events - World Cup, Champions Trophy, and World T20. The only difference is that you can't quote Ygritte's famous line 'You know nothing Jon Snow' for Dhoni because this man seems to know everything there is in cricket. Virat Kohli As Khal Drogo © HBO, BCCL In the first season, Khal Drogo undoubtedly emerged as one of the strongest characters of the GoT. A chieftain of the Dothraki khalasar, Drogo was feared by all for his savagery, brutality, and lack of remorse towards his opponents. Leading from the front, his fearless attitude earned him the respect of his horde. In somewhat similar manner, Virat Kohli's rise in international cricket has been no different. Thriving on aggression and his passion for cricket, the Indian batting sensation has been the force to be reckoned with. He doesn't shy away from a grueling contest, while his savagery and brutality with the willow seem no different than Drogo's. Kohli's ruthlessness and sheer determination to win has elevated him to the position of Team India captain. Under his leadership, India has managed to scale new heights and continue to be one of the most feared sides in international cricket. Ellyse Perry As Daenerys Targaryen © HBO, Instagram/@ellyseperry Daenerys 'Stormborn' Targaryen - aka the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Queen of the Andals, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and also the possessor of the longest name in the history of GoT - is a fearless character who was thrown into the mix at a young age when she married Khal Drogo. She is driven, vastly feared and greatly respected. In Ellyse Perry, we find a certain Daenerys Targaryen in women's cricket. Just like the Dragon mother, Perry was also thrown into conflict at an early age. She debuted at the age of 16 and became the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket. Since then, there has been no turning back for the 27-year-old who is now a vital cog in the Aussie side. On the other hand, just like Daenerys who dons many titles, Perry, too, has managed to prove his worth in many fields. Apart from her cricketing career, Perry played for Australia in the women's football World Cup. She is the first woman to represent the country in World Cups in two different sports. Away from the playing field, Perry is also a successful model and has featured on the covers of popular magazines. Chris Gayle As The Mountain © HBO, Instagram/@chrisgayle333 One of the most savage and brutal characters, Gregor Clegane aka the Mountain has made a name for mastering the art of killing people. His brute force, towering stature and insatiable bloodlust has seen him getting the better of his opponents in combat. And, despite his near-death experience, the Mountain has somehow managed to stay alive doing what others have only failed to do. Chris Gayle is arguably the Mountain of international cricket. Just like the GoT character, the Jamaican marauder is strong and well built to give his opponents a run for their money. He might not wield the sword, but if you've seen his capabilities with the willow you'd agree that the southpaw would surely make the Mountain proud. The Universe Boss boasts of superhuman strength and is more than capable of single-handedly destroying the opposition. He might not be as serious as the Mountain but give Gayle a cricket bat and you would see the West Indian emulating the GoT character with similar savagery and aggression in his batting. And, that's exactly why - despite his inconsistent form - Gayle continues to be one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. Ben Stokes As Tormund © HBO, Reuters Thanks to red hair, both Ben Stokes and Tormund strike an immediate resemblance. After the death of Mance Rayder, the free folk seemed lost without their true leader until Tormund rose to the occasion and gave them hope. But, despite being an ardent devotee to the wildlings' cause, Tormund lost an important battle against the Wall. Similarly, Stokes - who was one of the vital cogs for England and could have very well been their hero - lost the most important battle of his career against Carlos Brathwaite whose last-over power-hitting propelled West Indies to the World T20 title. But, despite losing their respective battles, both Tormund and Stokes managed to turn the tide against them. While Tormund thrived under the leadership of Jon Snow, Stokes learned from his mistakes and continues to be an important player for England. And if that doesn't put these guys together, then the video of Stokes involved in a bare-knuckle brawl on the streets of Bristol will surely make you a believer. David Warner As The Hound © HBO, BCCL Sandor Clegane aka the Hound is famous for his fierce nature and unquestioning obedience to his masters. But, despite serving the realm of King's Landing, the Hound has rarely been seen giving a damn about the proceedings as he came to loathe the hypocrisy of knighthood in general. David Warner, the pocket-dynamite from Australia, is as fierce as the Hound with the willow. Batting at the top of the order, Warner possesses all shots in his armory to annihilate the opposition. Giving little respect to the reputation of the opposing bowler, Warner flays his shots exactly the way his GoT equivalent wields the sword. The lesser-notorious of the two Cleganes, the Hound was also seen standing up for what was right in the TV show. Similarly, Warner gave a befitting reply (a right-hook) to England's Joe Root after he allegedly made fun of Hashim Amla by putting a fake beard during their late-night drinking session in Birmingham. Ravi Shastri As Lord Baelish © HBO, BCCL Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger has been one of GoT's power players since the beginning of the show. Lord Baelish was often seen lurking in the shadows away from the limelight, but his ability to make friends with the most influential people allowed him to move the pieces and play the game from behind. Not the one to be trusted, he kept on changing sides for his personal endeavors. On the other hand, Ravi Shastri - a former Indian cricketer - is widely respected in the sport. Despite his retirement, Shastri returned to the sport in the role of a commentator. And, just like Lord Baelish, his resources in important positions allowed him to take the reins as Team India's head coach. It is largely believed that Shastri played a significant role in the ouster of former Indian coach Anil Kumble who resigned after a year of commendable results for the team. Kohli reportedly wanted Shastri in Kumble's position and in the end, that's what happened. Both, Lord Baelish and Shastri might not seem too important, but they are surely relevant characters in every story. Yuvraj Singh As Ser Jorah © HBO, BCCL The former head of House Mormont and Lord of the Bear Island, Ser Jorah Mormont was forced to live in exile after fleeing Westeros in a bid to escape execution for trading in slaves. He became a mercenary in the Free Cities before eventually entering the service of Daenerys Targaryen who later banished him for being one of Varys' spy. Similarly, Yuvraj Singh - who was once a crucial player for his side - was also dropped from the Indian cricket team. While Yuvi didn't spy on anyone, his slump in form was the reason behind his banishment. Though many thought it was the end of the road for both Ser Jorah and Yuvi, the two warriors came back strong and proved their detractors wrong. While Ser Jorah foiled the assassination of Daenerys in the fighting pits of Meereen to mark his return, Yuvraj smashed a thunderous 150 early in 2017 to reclaim his spot in India's limited-overs side. Both, are the men of hardwork whose successful comebacks came on the back of their never-say-die attitude. AB de Villiers As The Night King © HBO, Reuters In the tale of seven kingdoms, no other character has managed to grab the attention of viewers the way the Night King has. Whether it's about his grand plan for King's Landing or the reasons to threaten the Seven Kingdoms, there is just so much mystery around this character that the fans can't help but speculate what's on his mind. For someone who has no limits to his powers, the Night King can pretty much do anything he wants. When it comes to cricket, there is only one man with limitless powers as the Night King - AB de Villiers. The South African, just like the GoT character, has no competition in international cricket. His unique 360-degrees batting style has allowed him to get the better of his opposition, while De Villiers' wide array of shots are capable of countering any bowler in the world. And, just like the Night King who must be seen to be believed he's for real, humans never believed that such a cricketer ever existed until they saw the exploits of ABD on the cricket field. The only difference between the two: one is hated to the fullest and the other is loved beyond boundaries. Kevin Pietersen As Ser Jaime Lannister © HBO, Reuters There's little doubt that Ser Jamie Lannister is one of the fiercest warriors and most-respected swordsman in all of Westeros. But, still, despite all his swordsmanship, he is undeniably one of the most hated and misunderstood characters on the show. It's safe to say that Kevin Pietersen's journey in international cricket, while it lasted, reminisces of Ser Jamie's voyage in GoT. Despite his genius with the bat which often aided the English side, KP was banished from the national team amid much hullabaloo. While Ser Jamie went against the throne to kill 'Mad King' Aerys Targareyn for personal gains, KP conspired against his captain Andrew Strauss, poking fun at him in a message to South African players where he called the England skipper a "doos" - an Afrikaaner word for "dick" or "idiot". Well, that pretty much sums up our recasting of the Game of Thrones with popular cricketers. The idea was not to insult anyone, rather this was only aimed to tickle the funny bones of GoT and cricket fans across the globe. Do watch this space for the second edition of the GoT recasting, till then, "Valar Morghulis, Valar Dohaeris".
  5. Bangladesh players return to the dressing room, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 1st day, February 8, 2018/BCB DHAKA: Bangladesh´s cricket board Thursday promised to improve pitches for international Tests after its two best venues were rated "below average" by the sport´s governing body following the Sri Lanka series. The International Cricket Council penalised the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka for its subpar pitch a week after rebuking Bangladesh´s other top venue in Chittagong for its shoddy ground. The latest Test against Sri Lanka ended inside three days, with the visitors thrashing Bangladesh by 215 runs in a match that saw both sides all-out twice in less than eight sessions. The Chittagong Test, however, saw batsmen plunder more than 1,500 runs, with Sri Lanka declaring at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings. ICC match referee David Boon -- who issued a demerit point to both venues for below-average pitches -- said the Dhaka ground was poor from day one. "There was evidence of the ball breaking the pitch surface, which resulted in uneven bounce throughout the match, along with inconsistent turn, which was even excessive at times," he said in a statement. "This pitch produced a contest that was too heavily skewed in favour of the bowlers, and didn´t give the batsmen a fair chance to display their skills." The opposite problem prevailed in Chittagong last week, when Boon said the pitch provided no seam movement and favoured batsmen, who smashed five centuries and six half-centuries over five days. The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it would consider appealing the demerit points but promised to take more precautions in future. "Since we received this rating, we will be more careful about preparing the venues," said the board´s chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury. Any ground that receives five demerits from the ICC over five years is suspended from hosting international cricket for a year. In September, the ICC rated the outfield of the Dhaka ground "poor" after the hosts defeated Australia by 20 runs in a Test. But a demerit point was not issued as ICC guidelines for pitch and outfield monitoring were revised in January, a spokesman for the council said.
  6. Karan KC is hoisted into the air by his team-mates after rallying Nepal to a miracle win, Canada v Nepal, ICC World Cricket League Division Two, Windhoek, February 14, 2018. Photo: Peter Della Penna DUBAI: Young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane starred with bat and ball as Nepal claimed a thrilling one-wicket win over Canada on Wednesday to book a place at next month´s 2019 cricket World Cup qualifying tournament. The United Arab Emirates will also compete in Zimbabwe for a place at next year´s tournament in England and Wales, after edging out Namibia by 19 runs. On the final day of the World Cricket League Division Two group stage in Namibia, Nepal were indebted to an unbroken 51-run stand for the final wicket between tailenders Lamichhane and Karan KC, who hit the winning run off the final ball as they chased down 195. The 17-year-old Lamichhane, who will be the first-ever Nepalese IPL player in April with the Delhi Daredevils, had earlier taken 2-40 as Canada posted 194-8 from their 50 overs. At 144-9 with only 7.5 overs left, Nepal looked set to miss out on a place in Zimbabwe, but Canada failed to hold their nerve as Karan struck four sixes in a match-clinching unbeaten 42 from 31 balls. Nepal have never reached the World Cup, while the UAE are looking to qualify for the second successive edition. Nepal will take on Papua New Guinea, Ireland, the Netherlands and two-time World Cup winners West Indies in Group A of qualifying, with the UAE to face Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong in Group B.
  7. Pakistan Women cricket coach Mark Coles MULTAN: Pakistan Women cricket coach Mark Coles says there is no dearth of female sporting talent in the country and the best coaching can groom talent and improve the team?s ranking. Talking to the media here, Coles said that he was very happy to be coaching Pakistan Women cricket team. On the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, he said that he was striving hard with the cricketers and that he would be moving forward with new talent. To a query, he observed that there was a need to pay more attention to fielding and batting. Shahid Aslam, senior manager women cricket, informed that the Pakistan Cricket Board was bringing a five-year plan to promote women cricket. He added that women cricket would be introduced at school and college level, and expressed hope that such measures would help boost women cricket in the country.
  8. The highly-anticipated St. Moritz Ice Cricket tournament in Switzerland concluded with the Shahid Afridi-led Royals clinching the two-match series 2-0 against the Virender Sehwag-led Diamonds. After winning the first match, the Royals comfortably chased down the Diamonds' total of 204 runs in 16.4 overs with eight wickets to spare. The unique tournament gave the fans many iconic moments to cherish. If the concept of playing cricket on ice was not interesting enough, the unforgettable moments including Sehwag's blistering fifty in the first game, Jacques Kallis' 90 in the second and even Afridi's touching gesture towards his Indian fans; undoubtedly made the two-day tournament a memorable affair. Indian Fangirl Folded The Indian Flag While Taking A Picture With Shahid Afridi Thinking He Might Get In Trouble. #ShahidAfridi Asks Her "Flag Seedha Karo". Thank You #Afridi, Lots Of Love From India. ðð®ð³ #IceCricketChallenge #IceCricket #Pakistanpic.twitter.com/zIZPnN4giL — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 10, 2018 But, amidst all the buzz surrounding the players, there was another guy - not a cricketer - who won over the fans in his own unique manner. Ranveer Singh is an actor who has portrayed many characters in his career, but only a few know how good this lad is with the willow. The man who impressed everyone with his acting skills with his portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat', left the opposition and his fans shell-shocked after displaying his batting skills in the Ice Cricket tournament. Just like his movies, Ranveer delivered a blockbuster performance at St. Moritz too. The 32-year-old displayed perfect batting strokes while facing opposition bowlers. And, with six runs required off the last ball, he even emulated MS Dhoni by rocking back and hitting a massive six over long-off to win the game. Apart from his batting, Ranveer also enthralled fans with his uncanny commentary in a British accent. An ardent sports fanatic, Ranveer is also the brand ambassador for the English Premier League (EPL) in India and has attended several international sports events around the world. In fact, he will soon be seen playing Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev who led the country to its first-ever World Cup title in 1983.
  9. Over the years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has proved his worth with the willow and leadership skills for the Indian cricket team on the international circuit. But, in the recent times, while many continue to question his place in the current side, the former Indian captain has highlighted just how important his presence is on the cricket field. Despite making way for Virat Kohli as the new Indian skipper, Dhoni continues to call the shots from behind the stumps. He is great at setting up the field, while his lightening-quick glovework continues to trouble opposition batsmen. And, more often than not, Dhoni's advice continues to aid the young Indian spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. © BCCL If that's not enough to justify his place in the side, Dhoni's impeccable judgement on the Decision Review System (DRS) undeniably makes him the best in the business. With just one review allotted to teams in ODIs, going for the DRS and then faltering can prove costly for any side. Thankfully, for Kohli and India, they have an experienced campaigner in Dhoni. The fourth ODI between India and South Africa once again showed how efficient Dhoni can be when it comes to the DRS calls. In the eighth over of the South African innings, Jasprit Bumrah's feisty delivery had everyone excited after the ball went past Hashim Amla's bat. Virat Kohli though was convinced that he had heard something and even consulted Rohit about going for the review. MS Dhoni though quickly signalled to Kohli that there was no bat involved and that they shouldn't go for a review here. "Dhoni Review System" pic.twitter.com/njA8DdVU8q — ð (@WHISTLE_P0DU) February 12, 2018 With everyone convinced that the ball had clipped the inside edge of Amla's bat and even Kohli getting ready to call for a DRS, Dhoni restored sanity after advising his captain against the review. While everyone went up in the appeal, the Jharkhand cricketer just smiled before signalling to Kohli that there was no bat involve © BCCL In fact, even India's vice-captain Rohit Sharma was convinced along with Kohli and Bumrah that the umpire had faltered in picking up a potential inside-edge through to the wicket-keeper. But, soon, all their claims were laid to rest and Dhoni's impeccable judgement prevailed after the replays confirmed that the ball had hit the pad on its way to MSD. This isn't the first time when Dhoni's judgement on DRS aided the Indian cricket team. In the past, there have been numerous occasions where Dhoni scored full marks on his calls on DRS. In fact, on a few occasions, despite Kohli being the captain, Dhoni was seen signalling for DRS after the umpires stuttered in their decisions. Though India lost the game owing to some poor death-over bowling, the brilliance of Dhoni and his sheer importance on the cricket field once again proved why Kohli trusts his judgements blindly in limited-overs cricket.
  10. Royals celebrate after taking a wicket. -File Shahid Afridi-led Royals beat Virender Sehwag-led Diamonds in the second match of the two-day St Moritz Ice Cricket tournament in Switzerland on Friday. The Diamonds, batting first, gave a target of 205 for the loss of five wickets to the Royals. Afridi's Royals chased the target in 16.4 overs for the loss of two wickets, with Jacques Kallis scoring 90. Kallis was also given the Player of the Match award. The event, dubbed ?St Moritz Ice Cricket 2018?, was hailed as the "best battle of cricket on top of the world", took place against the serene and breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss mountains in freezing cold temperatures on February 8 and 9. Along with Afridi and Sehwag, the event also features glittering names such as Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Khan, Michael Hussey and others. Squads Shahid Afridi's Royals XI: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan), Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Nathan McCullum (New Zealand), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Monty Panesar (England), Owais Shah (England), Matt Prior (England), Aidan Andrews (Switzerland) Virender Sehwag's Diamonds XI: Virender Sehwag (India), Zaheer Khan (India), Mohammad Kaif (India), Ajit Agarkar (India), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Michael Hussey (Australia), Andrew Symonds (Australia), Mithun Manhas (India), Ramesh Powar (India), Rohan Jain (Switzerland)
  11. India bowled South Africa out for 118 in 32.2 overs in the 1st innings of the 2nd One Day International of their ongoing six match series in South Africa. This left them 119 to win. India’s run chase began immediately after a 10 minute interval since South Africa’s innings ended with more than 30 minutes left for the scheduled break. When it was time for the scheduled break, 15 overs of India’s innings had been completed and India were 26 runs away from their target. The Umpires decided to exercise rule 11.4.4 of the 2017 standard ODI playing conditions, and extended play for a maximum of 15 minutes (or a minimum of 4 overs). This rule is as follows: “The umpires may decide to play 15 minutes (a minimum of four overs) extra time at the scheduled interval if requested by either captain if, in the umpires’ opinion, it would bring about a definite result in that session. If the umpires do not believe a result can be achieved no extra time shall be allowed. If it is decided to play such extra time, the whole period shall be played out even though the possibility of finishing the match may have disappeared before the full period has expired.” It took more than 15 minutes to complete the four overs. There is no provision in the rules to start a new over if the 15 extra minutes have already been played. India were 2 runs short of their target after four overs. The umpires duly took the players off for the scheduled break. This decision was universally condemned. It is worth examining the substance of this condemnation because this is an instance in which the umpires were condemned for following the rules correctly and precisely. In other words, those who condemned the umpires were completely wrong, and the umpires were completely right. Essentially, the argument was that even though they followed the rules, the umpires were wrong because their decision defied “common sense”. Further, it was suggested that the rules were archaic, the decision was ridiculous and the situation was a farce. As the players walked away for the break, observers (commentators on television, various journalists on twitter) were darkly predicting that there would be nobody left at the ground when the players returned from their break. On a video show for ESPNCricinfo the former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta even invented a provision in the rules to the effect that if both captains agree, play can continue! Such a provision does not exist in the rules. He was not alone. Dozens of ex-players and journalists were unanimous about how the ridiculousness of the decision and awfulness of the situation. Who exactly was being inconvenienced by the umpires’ decision? The television broadcasters, who got to run innings break programming and the commercials which go with it? The press in the press box, who were served lunch as per the usual custom by the hosts at the ground, and got an extra talking point which they otherwise might have been short of in a one-sided game? The spectators who had come prepared for a leisurely day at the cricket, expecting a 100 overs game which would last until evening? The vendors at the ground who got to serve customers over lunch? Who exactly was inconvenienced by the umpires decision? The decision was perfectly correct according to the rules, and apart from the fact that the game was run correctly, everybody associated with the game did better thanks to the decision compared to what they might have done had the umpires ignored the rules and played extra overs. The one testable prediction in all the outrage, that nobody would be around at the end of the game, turned out to be wrong. As ESPNCricinfo’s live ball-by-ball commentator reported, “My colleague Sid Monga tells me there is still a decent crowd hanging around at the stadium” Rarely has there been such an unanimously held view which was based on no observable external reality. The conventional wisdom in this case was absolutely certain that the decision was “farcical”, “ridiculous”, “stupid”, “unbelievable”. The basis of this certitude is this notion of “common sense”. It was the common sense decision to play the extra over(s) even though the rules did not permit this. It is worth examining the notion of common sense. Laws govern and bring order to our lives. But life would still exist even if there were no laws (or some completely different set of laws). It would not exist in the way it exists today, but it would still exist. Games are different from life. Games are not governed by laws, they are constituted by them. Without the rules of a game, there is no game. Life precedes laws, while laws precede games. Games are completely defined, closed systems. Any move by a participant in a game (be it cricket or chess or football) can be identified unambiguously as being either a legal move (i.e. something permitted in the game) or an illegal move (i.e. something not permitted in the game). The goal of the game is predefined. This means that conditions which have to met so that the goal can be said to have been achieved, are known in advance. Games begin and end. This distinction between games and general life is important because it places a strict limit on the applicability of things which might be applicable to general laws to the laws of games. There is no concept of “natural justice” in a game. Games are structured as a competition - someone is supposed to lose by design. The set of rules which constitute (again, not govern, but constitute) a game is arbitrary. This set does not exist for any reason, other than the fact that it constitutes the game. The laws of games are not supposed to have silences. Whenever events occur whose legal status is truly disputable, the laws of games are amended to end such disputes (for example, the switch hit, or Ajay Jadeja’s exploitation of a loophole in the short run rule when batting with a tailender). Common sense is defined in the Cambridge dictionary as “the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way.” It consists of “common sense consists of knowledge, judgement, and taste which is more or less universal and which is held more or less without reflection or argument.” Webster’s dictionary defines it as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.” This is distinct from the idea of conventional wisdom which refers to ideas or explanations which are considered to be true. In games, there is no underlying order which the rules attempt to encode. The idea of the merit or goodness of a rule exists only in the sense that the rule might contradict or be redundant in relation to some already existing rule. In life, the idea of "common sense" is necessary precisely because it refers to some underlying order which can be adopted even without explicitly written instruction or rules. There is no basis for such common agreement about a game. Cricket does not occur in nature. Games themselves are not social or natural phenomena which the rules attempt to explain, they are completely formal entities which rules construct. The common sense view is that the umpires should have relaxed the rules and allowed the extra over to be played. According to those who hold this to be the common sense view, the umpires decision was not just ridiculous adherence to archaic laws which should have been avoided, this was obviously so. Those who hold this common sense view misunderstand the basic idea of what a game is. But even if one were to see the mistaken terms adopted by the adherents of this common sense view, they are wrong. Had the umpires relaxed the rules, they would have explicitly favored India, even if both captains agreed to continue to the game (lets ignore the fact that agreement between captains is irrelevant in the situation at hand). This is something umpires are not supposed to do. The veteran cricket statistician Mohandas Menon observed that “[w]ith only 19 overs bowled, South Africa can still save this ODI match, if it now rains the whole day!” It is not clear if Mr. Menon intended this observation to be in support of the common sense view. But it proves the exact opposite. Objectively, had the umpires ignored the rules and extended play beyond what is permitted in the rules, they would have eliminated this possibility. The remoteness of this possibility is irrelevant. The whole point of having an umpire - an entity which is (a) disinterested in the outcome of a contest, and (b) expert in the rules governing the contest - is to avoid favoring one team or another in any way. An essential point of a game is that while the game is in progress, the contest is technically always on. The fact that one side may be significantly closer to a win compared to the other side, even if this is overwhelmingly the case, is irrelevant. To say that the umpires should have relaxed the rules and allowed the extra over(s) necessary for India to score the 2 runs is identical to saying that they should have stopped after 15 overs (or 16 or 17 or 14), since it was it was clear (or common sense) that India were going to win. Yet, nobody would think that this would be an acceptable common sense decision, would they? Now, one could argue that the ICC should revise the rules and give the umpires some extra discretion. Instead of specifying a maximum of 15 minutes and a minimum of 4 overs, the rule could leave this entirely up to the umpires. But we all know how well observers react to umpires exercising discretion. The reason why the ICC has made the rules so explicit is to protect umpires from being accused of bias or “inconsistent application of rules” when they exercise any discretion which the rules might grant them. The conventional wisdom about the common sense view of the umpire’s decision is wrong. The rules are not archaic. They came into force on September 28, 2017. The rules were applied correctly. There was no reason, none at all, to think that the situational was farcical, except that lots of people who either did not know the rules or did not grasp the implication of what they were suggesting created an echo chamber which said that the situation was farcical. Mockery is wonderful when it is underpinned by some significant truth. In this case, the only truth it revealed was not about the game, but about its pundits. The umpires, as they usually do, got it exactly right.
  12. During his playing days, Virender Sehwag was undeniably a force to be reckoned with. His unorthodox batting technique allowed him to hammer the opposition bowlers all around the park. And, even after calling time on his career, Sehwag continues to be a dominant force on social media with his wit and humour. But, while he may have retired from international cricket, Sehwag clearly hasn't forgotten the art of batting. His genius with the willow was once again on full display during the unique Ice Cricket tournament in Switzerland. Taking on Shahid Afridi-led Royals XI, the 'Nawab of Najafgarh' turned back the clock and took the fans to his yesteryears where he once reigned supreme. Despite the bone-chilling conditions in the backdrop of breathtaking Alpine range in the resort town of St Moritz, the 39-year-old created a unique record of scoring the first four and six of the first of its kind tournament. And, if that wasn't enough, Sehwag went on to etch his name in the history books as the first-ever cricketer to score a fifty in the Ice Cricket tournament. There was a reason why 90's people used to say - "Sehwag ki batting dekh kar chalte hain" @virendersehwag ðªðª#IceCricket pic.twitter.com/i1j41KezwD — Prashant Pareek (@prashan235) February 8, 2018 After deciding to bat first, Palace Diamonds got off to a roaring start, following a flabbergasting rendition of masterful strokeplay by their captain Sehwag who smashed a 31-ball 62 including four majestic fours and five towering sixes. In the end, it was his old nemesis Shoaib Akhtar who put an end to Sehwag's blazing innings. Hathiyar chhode hain ,chalana nahi bhoole hain :) Great fun on the ice. pic.twitter.com/V1bjFATGnI — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 8, 2018 Following his outing in temperatures below zero degrees, Sehwag took to Twitter and posted a brilliant one-liner about his knock. "Hathiyar chhode hain ,chalana nahi bhoole hain :) Great fun on the ice," he tweeted. @virendersehwag .. kya baat kaha Viru... — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) February 8, 2018 The post garnered a massive response from the fans and it even evoked a response from Sourav Ganguly. Impressed with Viru's comment, Ganguly replied: "kya baat kaha Viru". Here's what the twitterverse had to say after witnessing Sehwag back in action: Kya baat hai Paji..sher toh sher hai. Shikar karna nahi bhulega — Vasim Kadri (@KadriVasim) February 8, 2018 Aap kaha bhul sakte ho aap to run rate k bazigar ho — Rohan yadav (@Rohanyadav16) February 8, 2018 Virender Sehwag is a special man. first 4⣠of the tournament first 6⣠of the tournament And first 5â£0⣠of the tournament all are done by him. Well done viru paaji. A nice knock of 6â£2⣠with blistering SR of 2â£0â£0â£.@virendersehwag #ViruPanti #IceCricket #AbJamegiKulfi — Atharv (@atharvc19) February 8, 2018 Well played sir ,you're really a legend of India — Ankit Tiwari (@Ankitshirley) February 8, 2018 Barf pe aag laga di!!!! #OnlySehwahThings #ViruPanti — Anubhav Roda (@anubhav_roda) February 8, 2018 It was great to watch the game of cricket on ice.. Just amazing performances from both the teams.. Lovely knocks by @virendersehwag and Owais Shah.. Congratulations to the Royals on winning the 1st match played on ice.. #IceCricketChallenge #IceCricket #AbJamegiKulfi — Aritra Dutta (@AritraDutta28) February 8, 2018 Waqt badal Gaya,, magar strike rate aj bhi utna e solid hai.. #ViruPaji — Soham Ghosh ð®ð³ (@soham_thinks) February 8, 2018 That's always been ur style U always tried&succeeded most of time to have strike rate of 200 — Ishan_Kimothi_Om (@IKimothi) February 8, 2018
  13. Shahid Afridi Royals vs Virender Sehwag Diamonds ll Cricket On Ice 1st Match Full Highlights
  14. The Ashes trophy. -File photo DUBAI: International cricket chiefs said Thursday they have found no evidence of match-fixing during the third Ashes Test between Australia and England following an investigation into allegations made by a British newspaper. The Sun said two bookmakers, including an Indian "Mr Big", had offered to sell it details of rigged periods of play in the Test in Perth which could be bet on to win huge sums. One of them claimed to have worked on the scam with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder. They said they liaised with a fixer in Australian cricket known as "The Silent Man". No Australia or England players were named as being involved. The International Cricket Council (ICC) in a statement on Thursday said it had concluded its investigation into allegations of corruption. "We have carried out an extensive global investigation with anti-corruption colleagues from member countries based on the allegations in The Sun and the material they shared with us," said ICC general manager for anti-corruption Alex Marshall. "I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers."
  15. Shahid Afridi-led Diamonds will face off against Virender Sehwag-led Royals on ice Cricket legends lock horns with each other today, only this time it?s not any regular pitch but the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps. Shahid Afridi-led Royals will face off against Virender Sehwag-led Diamonds in a unique two-day event where two matches are set to be played not on ground, but on ice. The event, dubbed ?St Moritz Ice Cricket 2018? and already being hailed as the "best battle of cricket on top of the world", will take place against the serene and breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss mountains in freezing cold temperatures on February 8 and 9. Along with Afridi and Sehwag, the event also features glittering names such as Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Khan, Michael Hussey and others. The match will kick off at 4pm (Pakistan time). Speedster Shoaib Akhtar couldn't wait to share his adventures in the snow. Wasim Akram and wife Shaniera are also at the venue to join in the fun. "From Shalwar Kameez to Thermals & Skiis!.." Shaniera tweeted from the altitude. Sri Lanka's Jayawardene shared the serenity of the mountains in an Instagram post. Squads Shahid Afridi's Royals XI: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan), Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Nathan McCullum (New Zealand), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Monty Panesar (England), Owais Shah (England), Matt Prior (England), Aidan Andrews (Switzerland) Virender Sehwag's Diamonds XI: Virender Sehwag (India), Zaheer Khan (India), Mohammad Kaif (India), Ajit Agarkar (India), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Michael Hussey (Australia), Andrew Symonds (Australia), Mithun Manhas (India), Ramesh Powar (India), Rohan Jain (Switzerland)
  16. 27% of England?s home ODIs were played with reduced overs since 2000 due to rain disruptions: study OSLO: Golf, cricket and football are suffering from wetter weather linked to climate change in Britain, the nation which laid down the modern rules for the games, a study said on Wednesday. More downpours meant pitches and fairways were more likely to be soggy or unplayable while sea level rise was also aggravating erosion of coastal golf courses in Scotland, such as Montrose which dates back to 1562, it said. The Climate Coalition, of 130 non-governmental groups in Britain, said its report underscored that warming threatens sports beyond those dependent on snow and ice on display at this month?s Pyeongchang Olympics. A main problem is that six of the seven wettest years on record in Britain have been since 2000, said Piers Forster, a professor of climate change at the University of Leeds who contributed to the study. ?Britain is particularly susceptible to storms coming in from the North Atlantic,? he told Reuters. Rain, extreme weather and erosion meant ?canceled football matches, flooded cricket grounds and golf courses crumbling into the sea,? it said. Steve Isaac, director of golf course management at the R&A, the governing body for golf outside the United States and Mexico, said in the report that he reckoned golf was ?more impacted by climate change than any sport aside from skiing?. Coastal golf courses were suffering from storm surges and a rise in sea levels, caused by a melt of ice from Greenland to the Himalayas. Montrose, for instance, has moved tees and fairways inland because of erosion, said Chris Curnin, director at the Montrose Golf Links. Dredging and natural shifts in the North Sea explained some of the erosion, of 70 meters in places. ?Climate change and rising seas are accelerating the retreat,? he told Reuters. US President Donald Trump, who doubts that greenhouse gas emissions are the prime driver of climate change, owns two courses in Scotland. The England and Wales Cricket Board said it was suffering from less predictable weather. Twenty seven percent of England?s home One Day Internationals were played with reduced overs since 2000 due to rain disruptions, the study said. And for soccer, extreme weather events caused the cancellation of 25 Football League fixtures during the 2015-16 season, the study said. It did not give comparisons to other years.
  17. PCB chairman Najam Sethi/File photo Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi is confident international cricket will be fully restored in Pakistan within a maximum of two years. In a recent interview to BBC Urdu, Sethi expressed hope that in view of the improving security situation in the country and the successfully-hosted T20 matches in Lahore, the time is not far when Pakistan is able to host complete ODI and Test series. ?If we prepare our stadiums, we will be able to host matches with time. I believe international cricket will be fully restored in Pakistan within two years, at most,? he said. The PCB chief pointed out that Pakistan has already successfully hosted international cricketers [in the ICC World XI team], Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. ?And West Indies will be touring in March,? he added. About Pakistan team?s recent ODI whitewash in New Zealand, Sethi said it would take some time for the youngsters in the side to become ?stars?. ?The PSL has prepared us for T20s. Now we have to prepare for ODIs and Tests.? Pakistan team poses with the T20 trophy, Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Mount Maunganui, January 28, 2018/AFP/Getty Images He expressed concern that some of the veteran players in the team no longer have the required reflexes needed for modern cricket. ?That?s why we are building a young team. It takes time for young players to become stars.? Sethi admitted that the team tends to struggle in ODI cricket. ?Now our focus in on the 2019 World Cup, and we are getting ready for it.? He assured that cricket in Pakistan would receive a huge boost due to the new talent being discovered at school and club-level cricket and in PSL. ?You will see that the [inconsistency] will go away soon.? On spot-fixing, Sethi said he has ensured there is zero tolerance for violators of the board?s anti-corruption code. ?There is no room for forgiveness. We are monitoring with strict vigilance. There is absolutely zero tolerance,? he added.
  18. Even if Cricket or sports in general is not your cup of tea, there is no way on earth that someone wouldn't know who Mahendra Singh Dhoni is. Dhoni will forever be 'Captain Cool' for us, irrespective of how many came before him and the ones who will join the madness that Team India is. Dhoni has all the right in the world to demand respect, not only for his support from behind the stumps, but also for guiding Team India towards victory under his leadership. Reuters This man needs no introduction since his actions speak louder than the audience cheering at the top of their voice, during the match. So much so, that even the stump mic couldn't help but capture his strategies, hilarious nicknames he gave to his team-mates and his endless pearls of wisdom. Stump mics are possibly one of the best things that happened to Cricket and nobody except for our 'Men in Blue' are making the optimum use of it. It was because of a stump mic that we got to know about Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya's epic strategy to tackle the opponents. It was the stump mic that captured Kohli unleashing his inner 'Dilli ka ladka' and say “Shaam tak khelenge, Inki g***d phat jayegi.” Reuters In fact, thanks to the stump mic that we now know that Kohli will forever remain 'Cheeku' and Kuldeep will forever remain 'Kulee' for Dhoni. You can thank this Twitter user for sharing this video with subtitles (how thoughtful) where Dhoni is seen encouraging his team and sharing game strategies in his own hilarious style. Dhoni behind the stumps is hilarious. pic.twitter.com/ntJubXMgoQ — dogu (@HusnKaHathiyar) February 2, 2018 As expected, after this gem of a video surfaced online, fans couldn't contain their excitement and started flooding the internet with their hilarious interpretations and respect for Dhoni. Can listen to him all day. Channels should get rid of all commentators. — Shubham (@SportyShubh) February 3, 2018 You can take Dhoni out of captaincy. But you cannot take captaincy out of Dhoni. https://t.co/wtKO9z51lf — Farees Rahman (@fareesrahman) February 3, 2018 #MSDhoni -- Duniya k liye hoga tu #ViratKohli mere liye to tu cheeku hi h. ðð #FreedomSeries#INDvSA https://t.co/bVUflTqFQJ — Aryan INDIAN (@CricCrazyAryan) February 2, 2018 "6 ball samajhne me nikal jayega" was Dhoni's version of "shaam tak khelenge to..." ð — Shivam srivastava (@shivamcosmo) February 2, 2018 For me best was "6 बà¥à¤² समà¤à¤¨à¥ मà¥à¤ हॠनिà¤à¤² à¤à¤¾à¤à¤à¤¾" ð¤£ð¤£ðð — Priyanshu Singh (@Priyanshu7Singh) February 2, 2018 If only the South African team understood Hindi or realized how deadly Kohli and Dhoni are for their opponents, they wouldn't have lost to India by 6 wickets in the first ODI in Kingsmead, Durban. While, Kohli was announced Man of the Match, Dhoni's pearls of wisdom and hilarious ways to encourage players surely contributed to the victory.
  19. This is India's record-breaking fourth ICC U-19 World Cup title India thrashed Australia by eight wickets to lift a record-breaking fourth ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title on Saturday. Given a lacklustre target of 217 by Australia, India sailed to a comfortable World Cup victory, driven along by an unbeaten 101 from Manjot Kalra. HM Desai contributed 47 not out. Deciding to bat first in overcast conditions at Mount Maunganui, Australia, on the back of two strong partnerships and a fighting half-century from Jonathan Merlo, looked strong before their last six wickets were dismissed for 33 runs. India chased down the target with 67 balls remaining. With today?s win, India U-19 have maintained their unbeaten streak in the tournament.
  20. Back in 2016, when Mumbai teenager Pranav Dhanawade scripted history by becoming the first cricketer ever to notch up a four-figure score by smashing an unbeaten 1,009 in an inter-school tournament, few would've expected his mammoth record to be overshadowed anytime soon. But, 30 January, another young talent took everyone by surprise with his unbelievable batting masterclass. Tanishq Gavate sent shockwaves across the cricket fraternity after smashing an unbeaten 1,045 in a local cricket tournament in neighbouring Navi Mumbai. © Twitter Playing for the Yashwantrao Chavan XI, the 13-year-old hammered a staggering 149 fours and 67 sixes in his 515-ball innings that spanned over two-days play in the semi-final of the Under-14 Navi Mumbai Shield invitational cricket tournament. The youngster, with his wide array of strokes, cut a sorry figure for the bowlers of Yashwantrao Chavan English Medium School team. An astounding 1ï¸â£0ï¸â£4ï¸â£5ï¸â£ runs by young Tanishq Gavate! ð¥ The 13 year old represented Yashwantrao Chavan XI in the #U14 tournament and smashed 1ï¸â£4ï¸â£9ï¸â£ boundaries and 6ï¸â£7ï¸â£ sixes! #HallaBol#Cricket pic.twitter.com/QpLE4RxSCc — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 31, 2018 “Previously he used to bat at one or two down but he requested me to allow him to open the innings. After testing him in the nets with the new ball and in few practice matches, I was confident that he can do well,” his coach Manish was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. Cruised through the nervous 900s I'm told — Change the date [-0-] (@ShaneC2) January 31, 2018 Tanishq was happy that he stayed on the crease for such a long time and hopes that Tuesday's innings gives a boost to his career. “I like to open as it gives me time to play long innings and I managed to do so on Tuesday. Hopefully, I can continue in same way from here on,” said the eighth standard student, who had also scored unbeaten 316 in an earlier match. Mind blowing.... Keep it up..... — Perdip kumar (@PerdipKumar) January 31, 2018 But, despite his batting masterclass, Tanishq failed to eclipse Dhanawade's mammoth record since the tournament he was playing in was not recognised by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). While he might have failed to etch his name in the history books, Tanishq's batting masterclass is undeniably worthy of applause and promises bigger and greater things in the future.
  21. Pakistan will face off against traditional rivals India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup semifinal in Christchurch on Tuesday, January 30. India beat Bangladesh by 131 runs in the quarterfinal today to clinch the fourth and final spot in the U-19 World Cup semis. Pakistan had already qualified for the semifinal after outclassing South Africa in a thrilling encounter earlier this week. Read: Ali Zaryab, Musa steer Pakistan into semifinals Australia will take on high-flying Afghanistan in the other semifinal at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Monday, January 29. Afghanistan stormed into the semis after crushing hosts New Zealand by 202 runs in the quarters. Both the semifinals will start at 2:30am Pakistan time (10:30am New Zealand time).
  22. File photo India defeated Pakistan by two wickets to win the Blind Cricket World Cup and become the back-to-back champions. The Green Shirts posted 308-8 off 40 overs, after India won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first. Badar Munir stood out with 57 runs, while Riasat Khan and skipper Nisar Ali made 48 and 47 runs, respectively. Pakistan stormed into the finale after defeating Sri Lanka by 156 runs in the semi-final on Wednesday. India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the semi-final to set up a title clash with Pakistan. India, who are the defending champions, beat Pakistan by seven wickets in their group match on January 13. The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council has invited ICC CEO David Richardson, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani to witness the final.
  23. File photo After an impressive run in the Blind Cricket World Cup, Pakistan meet their archrivals India in the finale today at Sharjah. Pakistan stormed into the finale after defeating Sri Lanka by 156 runs in the semi-final on Wednesday. India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the semi-final to set up a title clash with Pakistan. India, who are the defending champions, beat Pakistan by seven wickets in their group match on January 13. The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council has invited ICC CEO David Richardson, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani to witness the final.
  24. Ever since its advent in 1844, the game of cricket has evolved over the years. With technological advancements, we've seen the introduction of Decision Review System (DRS). There has been a massive change in cricket equipment too. The cricket bats - much bigger and more effective - are now capable of sending a mis-hit deep into the stands. Similarly, the cricket stadiums have also witnessed their fair share of upgradations. From the air-conditioned private boxes to well-equipped dressing rooms, there is pretty much everything available in a cricket stadium these days. So much so that we even have a few stadiums that provide the luxury of watching the gentleman's game from a swimming pool, few inches away from live action. © Twitter Brisbane's Gabba stadium is one such haven whose fine facilities are capable of putting a five-star hotel to shame. On 19 January, when Australia and England were busy sweating it out on the field during the second ODI, few cricket fans were seen enjoying all the action while cooling off in Gabba's popular Pool Deck. © Instagram While temperatures were rising on the pitch, fans in bikinis and swimming trunks clearly had the best view in the stadium. In a bid to attract more fans to cricket, the state-of-the-art Pool Deck debuted during last year's Day-Night Test between Australia and Pakistan - with Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice acting as the Gabba's pool ambassador. © Twitter The pool is more than capable of accomodating up to 140 spectators, and more than ten times that number experienced live cricket action from the spot last season. Set in between two large decking areas complete with loungers and shade, fans can take in the action on the edge of the pitch while enjoying drinks and food as they spalsh around in the water. © Twitter However, securing the best seats at Gabba is not that easy. Surprisingly, entry to the pool area is reserved only for the fans who wear the most fetching swimwear - with random spotters in the crowd tasked with inviting them in. And unlike the viewers in their pools at home, the Gabba pool revellers are forbidden from having any booze at arm's reach. © Twitter You also might expect to cop a fair bit of attention, being in a kind of human fishbowl. The pool has platforms of multiple depths for your viewing pleasure, or for your display to the envious masses – whichever way you choose to look at it. © Twitter On one hand where the pool revellers were having a gala time, the home side eventually ended up on the losing side. Riding on the heroics of Aaron Finch (106), Australia managed to post 270 runs at the loss of nine wickets after opting to bat first. In reply, a brilliant peerformance by their middle-order batsmen ensured England romped to a four-wicket win with almost six overs left to play. Opening the innings for his side, Jonny Bairstow turned out to be the top-scorer for 'The Poms' with his gritty knock of 60 runs. He was well supported by Alex Hales (57), Joe Root (46*) and Jos Buttler (42) who all collectively devised England's triumph. Now this is how to watch cricket... ð#fridayfeeling #bbccricket #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/lUi0tYm0GC — Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 19, 2018 Though their team lost the second consecutive game in the ODI series, we reckon the home fans - especially the ones who enjoyed all the action from the Pool Deck - wouldn't be complaining at all.
  25. AJMAN: Defending champion India defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the Blind Cricket World Cup on Friday at Ajman Oval Cricket Ground. India won the toss and decided to bowl first. Pakistan made an average score of 282 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in allotted 40 overs. Muhammad Jamil remained unbeaten on 94 runs. Nisar Ali scored 64 runs, Mati Ullah made 25 runs. Sunil, Deepak, Ajay Reddy and Rambir took a wicket a piece. The target of 283 runs wasn?t challenging for the strong Indian batting line-up as it chased the target in 34.5 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Deepak Malik scored unbeaten 79 runs and Venkatesh scored 64 runs. Zafar Iqbal took 2 wickets for 27 runs and Haroon Khan claimed 1 wicket for 46 runs. Deepak Malik was awarded as Man of the Match, while Muhammad Jamil was recognized as ?Most Valuable Player?. Mr. David Richardson, the CEO, ICC, Mr. Iftikhar Hamdani, Cluster General Manager Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman and Syed Sultan Shah Chairman Pakistan Blind Cricket Council were the guests of the occasion and distributed prizes amongst the players.