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Issue #117 KCL gets up and running slowly

Newsletter


June 9, 2011                                                                                              Issue #117

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • KCL gets up and running slowly
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

KCL gets up and running slowly

The Kanto Cricket League will be a 6 team affair this year and the first match is scheduled to be played on June 19 between the Shizuoka Kytes and Indian Engineers. The league, which was late to hold its AGM, is two months behind its usual starting date(April) but the organisers hope that with the reduced number of teams it is possible to finish the tournament in time.

The JCA league also started late this year but has picked up momentum with a number of matches being played already.

JCA Charity cricket match

In order to raise raise funds to help the victims of the March 11 Earthquake in Japan, the Japan Cricket Association has held a charitiy cricket match on June 4 and part of the money raised will be donated to support reconstruction in the disaster-affected areas. For further details are available at http://www.cricket.ne.jp/311

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

Three days after the World Cup final, officials from Sri Lanka are not happy with the level of courtesy extended to their President Mahinda
Rajapaksa during his trip to Mumbai to watch the final, which they have informally conveyed their displeasure at limited tickets made available to Rajapaksa’s entourage, and at the refusal let him meet the teams before the start of the match. Sri Lanka made a request for 40 tickets to the BCCI through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka but only 10 were given. Around the same time, the cricket board got another request for 36 passes from Rashtrapati Bhawan for Indian President Pratibha Patil and her group. “Since it was not possible for us to accommodate everybody at such short notice, we made 10 passes available to both the leaders in President’s Box at the stadium,” BCCI’s Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said. “Since the Indian President is from Mumbai, we made another 20 passes available to her at the Garware pavilion. As for the Sri Lankan President, we could offer him only 10 additional passes in the Garware stand.”
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Within a day of touching down in Pakistan after being in hiding for five months in London, runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has landed in a legal soup with Kamran Akmal’s father-in-law filing a Rs 100 million defamation case against him. Haider, after returning home yesterday, told a television channel that Kamran’s father-in-law was a bookmaker and was involved in match-fixing. Badruzaman, the lawyer for Kamran’s father-in-law, said that the defamation notice had been dispatched to Haider’s home address on Monday evening. “My client is a well reputed businessman and he will not tolerate such allegations. Haider now has to either produce evidence to back his allegations or make a public apology or face legal action,” he said. The lawyer said his client had served a Rs 100 million defamation suit on the former Pakistan keeper.
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Irate with Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland for stating that Pakistan was not doing enough to prevent spot-fixing, the PCB has written to the ICC asking the governing body to take strong note of his comments. A PCB official said the letter had been dispatched to the ICC as Sutherland’s statement gave a very negative impression about Pakistan cricket and amounted to slander. “Sutherland is the serving chief executive of Cricket Australia and basically his statement is a violation of the ICC member board’s code,” the official said. Sutherland recently said the spot-fixing scandal in Britain last year would not have happened if the Pakistan Cricket Board had implemented the recommendations of the Justice (retd) Qayyum report into corruption in the 1990s.
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Fined in a match-fixing inquiry 11 years ago, former Pakistan Test cricketer and umpire Akram Raza has been arrested along with six alleged bookies, who were taking bets on the ongoing Indian Premier League. “We arrested seven men from a plaza in Liberty area in Gulberg today and one of them has been identified as Akram Raza a former Pakistan player,” a senior police officer at the Gulberg police station said. He said the police got a tip off that a gang of known bookmakers was taking bets on the IPL in the liberty area and conducted the raid.
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New Zealand’s Adam Parore conquered Mount Everest in May. Now, another cricketer is set to take on a different colossus. England’s Michael Vaughan will trek some part of the Great Wall of China in September, with wife Nicola – who came up with the idea, according to the BBC website – and about 20 buddies for company. The trek, which is for charity, will take seven days. The group will follow the Huangyaguan Hills, go northwest of Beijing through the mountains, and up Heaven’s Ladder – a steep climb of over 200 steps.
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Arran Brindle, a woman, playing in the ECB’s Lincolnshire men’s premier league scored 128 runs and helped club, Louth CC, beat Market Deeping CC, by 72 runs. It is reported that this may be the first time ever a woman scores a century playing in a men’s league.
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The match between South Wiltshire and Hampshire Academy was stopped for 20 minutes when a member of the public who believed there was an escaped white tiger hiding in a field near Hedge End. Police was called in and it was  found that the “animal” was a stuffed toy.

Comment: Instead of rain stopped play, it may be written “stuffed tiger stopped play” in the scoreboard.
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The veteran BBC Wales commentator Edward Bevan felt the full force of Peter Trego’s 59-ball century for Somerset against Glamorgan at Taunton on Monday, when one of the batsman’s six sixes smashed through the commentary box window and struck him in the small of the back. Bevan, who was on air at the time, had just enough time to say: “It’s coming up towards us, is it going to hit us?” before the sound of smashing glass confirmed his fears. There followed several seconds of silence before Bevan’s co-commentator, Steve James, took over the microphone. It was the third time in his long career that Bevan’s commentary stint had been  interrupted in such a manner, but the first time outside of Cardiff. “It hit me on the back and I was quite shaken for a while,” he told the BBC, after briefly losing sight of the ball. “There’s a bruise there this morning – in fact I couldn’t carry on.”
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

EAP region holds cricket administration course

Japan recorded its sole win in the recently concluded 2011 ICC EAP Under 19 Cricket Trophy held in Brisbane, Australia against Fiji U19 team. Japan U19 lost all its other engagements against Vanuatu, PNG and Indonesia.

PNG clinch Arafura Games title

Representatives from ICC Member countries from across the EAP region have attended a Cricket Administrator Program (CAP) course Papua New Guinea has captured the Arafura Games Twenty20 cricket title in Darwin, Australia after defeating Cricket Australia’s Indigenous Development Squad by ten wickets. Australia’s side was bowled out for 83 all out, before Papua New Guinea reached its target after just nine overs. The Arafura Games is a week-long multi-sport event which takes place every two years.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of March 31:

There is no change in rankings this month. Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1       Al Karam (4)
2       Lalazar (1)
3       Adore (5)
4       I Engineers (6)
5       YC&AC (11)
6       P Foleys(12)
7       C Sharks (13)
8       Wyverns (8)
9       S Kytes(9)
9       Serendib(7)
10      T Wombats(3)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Do you agree with ICC’s decision to keep the Associates out of the next World Cup?
Yes      67%
No       33%
Not sure 0%

Take the new poll:

Does the BCCI remote control the ICC?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Collision course – Ricky Ponting angry with Steven Smith.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8qEGoWHo9E
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Tendulkar uses a sniper rifle. Viv Richards walked over to his victim and clubbed him on the head, repeatedly. – A Cricinfo writer compares the batting styles of the two great batsmen.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

Cricket has been discovered by shepherds in England who started playing the early forms of cricket sometime in the 17th century. Later cricket was played in front of a wicket-gate – which led to the term “wickets”

That’s all in this edition ! !

 

Issue #116 Japanese season pushed back

Newsletter


April 11, 2011                                                                                              Issue #116

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season pushed back
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japanese season pushed back

Both the KCL and JCA tournaments have been delayed due to various reasons. While the JCA is reported to have pushed its season back by a month due to the uncertainty over some of its grounds, the KCL has given out no reason for the delay starting its tournament. The KCL was not even able to hold its AGM this year on time and when it was decided to do so, the Tohoku disaster struck and the Committee decided to postpone the AGM indefinitely. It is not known when, if at all, it will be held.

It may be recalled that the Chiba Sharks, Tokyo Predators and Tokyo Giants had already decided not to participate in this year’s KCL, which considerably weakened the tournament and took the sheen off it.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

The budding romance between Shane Warne and Liz Hurley is the real deal, according to one of the spin king’s friends. Comedian Glenn Robbins shared Chinese takeaway and a bottle of wine with the pair at Warne’s Brighton mansion in February and said the pair made a great couple. “It really was just a mate ringing up and saying ‘Come and meet my new girlfriend’,” the Herald Sun quoted Robbins as saying. “She was delightful and he’s an old friend of mine, and it’s as simple as that. “People have been so desperate for information but there isn’t any. We had a nice night, but nothing happened,” he said. Asked if the couple were the real deal, Robbins replied: “Yeah, I don’t think they are playing out anything. I wish them all the best. “There have been speculations that Warne has left Australia to meet up with Hurley during this week’s English school holidays.
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Australian spin great Shane Warne has reportedly slept with a London-based porn star and bombarded her with a series of raunchy text messages even while his romance with Hollywood beauty Elizabeth Hurley was blossoming, a report has claimed. The British tabloid newspaper ‘Sunday Mirror’ reported that Warne had bedded 26-year-old Chloe Conrad in the same presidential-type suite at London’s Bentley Hotel where he and 45-year-old mother of one Hurley later spent two nights. The 41-year-old Warne and London-based Australian Conrad were put in touch by a mutual friend. At a time when the flirtation between Hurley and Warne was well advanced, the cricketer was busy sending lewd text messages to Conrad, according to the report. “If Liz thinks he has changed, she’s sorely mistaken.
On the night he was with Liz at the Bentley he was sending texts to me. I never for a second thought I was the only woman. Everyone knows Shane is not the ideal guy to settle down with. Liz is a lot older than me and should be wiser,” Conrad was quoted as saying by the tabloid. Conrad also claimed that she was left with a scar on her back from carpet burn that she now calls her “Warnie stamp” after  their meeting at the hotel.

Comment: That must have Warnie’s googly to Liz Hurley 🙂
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A Twitter feud between hard-hitting batsman David Warner and fast bowler Brett Geeves erupted during Tuesday night’s Big Bash  preliminary final between NSW and Tasmania when Warner blasted Ben Hilfenhaus for six and celebrated by shouting ‘that’s massive’. Writing on Twitter, Geeves accused Warner’s act as “an example of humility gone wrong”, to which the batsman responded by reminding
the Tasmanian he was “lucky one player refused to follow up on your racial vilification slur u made on the field”. The two then traded insults, with Warner labelling Geeves a ‘cock’.
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Local police foiled a burglary attempt at Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s house when they arrested two thieves and recovered goods worth R 50,000. The two were caught within minutes of escaping with some of the cricketer’s personal goods. The police recovered CDs, DVDs, a laptop and jewellery, captain Johann Neethling of the Swartkops Police said. The incident took place on Wednesday night at the 24-year-old’s home in Lynn Street, Bluewater Bay. Tsotsobe, who will play in the fourth one-dayer against India on Friday, was staying with his parents
when the incident happened. He asked a friend to keep an eye on his house. The friend confirmed that there had been a “break-in” and that several items had been stolen. “The men were hiding in a bush when we arrived at the scene. We found them and locked them up.”, Cricket South Africa (CSA) spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said.
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Canadian all-rounder Rizwan Cheema has traveled miles, across three countries, to finally reach his dream destination. Born in Pakistan, Cheema moved to the USA as a 20-year-old but eventually settled in Canada. All through his arduous journey, the 32-year-old never lost sight of playing top-level cricket. Just as he managed to break into the USA’s top league, three years after he had stepped into the foreign land, 9/11 happened. As incidents of racism and violence towards the South Asian community increased, Cheema moved to neighboring Canada. Migration meant that Cheema had to wait for a few years before he could earn the Maple leaf cap. He took up a job of a taxi driver. “It was the best job for a person who was obsessed with cricket. I used to plan things as to how I could take out time to play. And on some days I would skip my job and only concentrate on cricket. Although it cost me financially, I was satisfied,” adds Cheema who finally made his international debut in 2008 aged 30.
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Anti-aircraft missiles, guns and robotic bomb-disposal units were deployed in and around Mohali ahead of the diplomacy-laced cricket encounter between India and Pakistan that was watched by the political who’s who from the two sub-continental rivals. While the missiles were deployed by the Indian Army’s Western Command around the stadium to foil any airborne terrorist attack, the bomb disposal units were equipped with British-made remote-operated vehicles (ROVs) built to defuse powerful explosive devices. Several columns of troops
from the Western Command were on alert to deal with any eventuality.

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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japan U19 team records a win

Japan recorded its sole win in the recently concluded 2011 ICC EAP Under 19 Cricket Trophy held in Brsbane, Australia against Fiji U19 team. Japan U19 lost all its other engagements against Vanuatu, PNG and Indonesia.

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 to be held next week

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div. 2) tournament wikll be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 8 to 15 April. The top four sides of the tournament ill become eligible to receive dedicated ICC High Performance Grants and two of the top four, as determined by the ICC Development Committee, will join the eight-team ICC Intercontinental Cup which will commence later in 2011. The sides that finish fifth and sixth in WCL Div. 2 will be relegated to Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 3.

Samoa Win EAP Division 2

Samoa are the Pepsi ICC East Asia-Pacific Division 2 champions after a commanding 9 wicket victory over the Philippines in the final at the Garden Ovals in Apia on Friday, April 8. The win was set up by a magnificent 5 wicket haul form Winston Mariner which was then followed by a brilliant century from tournament leading run scorer Ben Mailata who made 107 not out to top off an incredible event in which he was not dismissed in any match.

Brief scores:

Philippines 179-10, 46.0 overs (F Khan 46, D Sohal 27; W Mariner 5-34);
Samoa 183-1, 40.3 overs (B Mailata 107 not out, S Cotter 56 not out; R Thakur 1-35)

Singapore cricket records rise in popularity

Singapore Cricket has had a large increase of participation in the game and now holds some impressive figures; as well as promoting officials’ courses. The number of cricketers, teams and all round fixtures have all a dramatic upsurge. It is estimated that there are 2500 cricketers, 104 teams, 80 umpires, 35 fixtures a week and a large amount of emerging young male and female cricketers. Singapore Cricket Association (SCA), General Manager Dharmichand Mulewa is very excited by these new figures and what they could potentially mean for cricket in Singapore: “It’s keeping us all very busy as we prepare for the new season, we have six divisions of cricket and a corporate league as well as school and friendly matches which we take an interest in, as well as our international commitments,” says Mulewa.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of March 31:

There is no change in rankings this month. Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1       Al Karam (4)
2       Lalazar (1)
3       Adore (5)
4       I Engineers (6)
5       YC&AC (11)
6       P Foleys(12)
7       C Sharks (13)
8       Wyverns (8)
9       S Kytes(9)
9       Serendib(7)
10      T Wombats(3)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

Who is your favourite to win the World Cup?
       India           80%
       Australia       0%
       England         7%
       South Africa    13%

Note: We didn’t include Sri Lanka in our list of possible candidates for the title winner. As they say, it is our bad.  Also, it is noteworthy that Australia didn’t receive a single vote!

Take the new poll:

Do you agree with ICC’s decision to keep the Associates out of the next World Cup?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Top batmaker Gray-Nicolls is unbeat about the challenges facing the British family business – hopefully with the help of Ashes success.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/8222896/Batmaker-Gray-Nicolls-goes-to-the-crease-in-the-Ashes.html
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I’m afraid the next World Cup will be like the American World Series – you are crowned World Champions but the world did not take part” – Irish coach Phil Simmons on the exclusion of Associate countries from the next World Cup

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

Cricket has been discovered by shepherds in England who started playing the early forms of cricket sometime in the 17th century.

That’s all in this edition !

Issue #115 Time to get started

Newsletter


February 12, 2011                                                                                              Issue #115

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Time to get started
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Time to get started

This is the time of the year when pre-season activities of cricket, such as teams recruiting members, tournament committees plan for the upcoming season and clubs get started on ground reservations as well as other resource planning etc. get started. And indeed they have. KCL is said to be planning to hold its AGM this month or early next month while the JCA has started sending out invitations for the new season. While the JCA league may have the same number of teams as it had last year, it may be likely that KCL may see their numbers drop by one or two after one or two teams dropped hints that they may either withdraw or put in a joint teams with other teams. It is not quite clear who the teams are or the reasons behind it but the talk of joint teams indicate a lack of available players to form a full team. Additionally, it is quite apparent that some of the teams are aging with almost no new faces inducted in the past few years. We hope that as the seasons warms up we will see more teams springing up and a lively tournament may be played out.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

New Zealand’s Tim Southee was accused of behaving in a lewd manner towards a female co-passenger when he took her to his seat at the business class cubicle after having drinks together in the flight from Sydney to Dubai en route to Mumbai. Another passenger on the Emirates flight described the incident between Southee and the woman as the “worst possible sort of lewd behaviour”. Team manager Dave Currie said the reports were incorrect and that the woman didn’t lodge a complaint. He said the matter has been closed. “At some stage she came to Tim’s seat and perhaps spent a maximum of 30 seconds with Tim, and there may well have been, dare I say it, a kiss on the cheek, but that was it. She went back to her seat, and Tim is adamant nothing inappropriate, nothing untoward, occurred,” said New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan.
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Cricket has become an unlikely saviour for a bunch of Los Angeles gangsters who have turned to the game for salvation from violence. This unusual team is all set to tour Australia in February. This 12 unlikely cricketers from Compton, in Los Angeles County, began their cricketing journey in a parking lot with trash cans for stumps more than a decade ago, according to a feature in the Times, London. Now they will take on Aussie teams in Melbourneand Sydney. The Compton Cricket Club, known as The Homies and The Popz, have already toured England thrice, and even crossed swords with cricket legend Shane Warne at Lord’s.  ‘I guess you could say we switched our guns for bats,” a formerly convicted mechanic said. ‘I probably woulda ended up in jail if I didn’t play cricket. Or worse. But now we’re making cricket history. I’m looking forward to Australia.’ ‘When I played my first game, I saw the difference between soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, which all have sportsmanship rules, but don’t have an etiquette like cricket. In cricket, you don’t argue with the umpire, you don’t show dissent, you don’t ridicule your opponents, or your team-mates if they make a mistake. Cricket teaches you to play the game in a
respectful manner. It teaches you discipline. And I believe that when the players go beyond the boundary, they live a better life with their family, their siblings, the police.’ A plumber who was in and out of juvenile prison, said of cricket: ‘At first I wasn’t so sure. I remember thinking it sucks that you’ve got to give all authority to the umpire, because what if he messes up? I was like you think I’m gonna bow down
to him and do whatever he says? Yeah right. But after a while you think about it. And it helps to use those rules in real life, because in real life you go through so many things. You can’t go arguing and fighting about every bad decision that’s made. You gotta learn to live with it sometimes.’
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A former IPS officer-turned-lawyer Y P Singh alleged that Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, which will host three World Cup matches,  including the final, do not conform to safety standards. The stands’ height has been increased illegally from 16 metres to 29 metres without conforming to the rules of having compulsory open space, he alleged. “There is zero open space, which is a risk at the stadium, due to which if there is a problem of a fire or a bomb blast, then there could be a catastrophe, as the spectators cannot be evacuated quickly. “People will not be safe if there is any incident in the stadium. The stands have to be evacuated in two minutes, but it will take at least half an hour,” claimed Singh. He also said that there is no provision for open space, and in case of an emergency no fire brigade engine would be able to reach the stadium.
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Singer Bryan Adams will perform at the opening ceremony for the ICC World Cup to be held in Dhaka. A television audience of 200 million people will get to watch the performance. The performance, scheduled for February 17, will mark the fag end of Adams’ tour of India that begins February 11th in Pune. And Adams will remain one more day in Dhaka for a special acoustic concert featuring songs from his current CD, Bare Bones, before finishing up this leg of the tour in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Cricket Canada has urged the International Cricket Council to help its three Pakistan-born players obtain visas to enter India for the World Cup, which gets underway in the sub-continent on February 19. Vice-captain Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan and Hamza Tariq are still awaiting visas. Cricket Canada is hoping the ICC would alter the tournament schedule, which sees Canada playing four of their six group games in India. The Canadian team wants get the games to move Bangladesh and Sri Lanka if visa woes continue for their players. Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini said all efforts should be made to solve the problem immediately.
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Tournament Director of World Cup and Indian Cricket Board’s CAO Ratnakar Shetty today admitted that World Cup fixtures have been made in order to favour co-hosts Team India and other top teams make it to the knock-out stage. Shetty also said that organisers did not want to take a risk with the format unlike 2007 when India and Pakistan made exit in the opening round. Asked whether lot of matches featuring minnows have been scheduled in order to tweak it in favour of India, Shetty replied, “I will not be honest if I say no. Economically, we all know that India is the financial powerhouse of cricket. The exit of India and Pakistan from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 was a disaster for the tournament. The sponsors, broadcasters, tour operators, West Indies board – all lost a lot of money,” Shetty said. “The format was changed in such a way that it gives all the top teams a chance to compete. We have gone back to the same format that was used in 1996,” he told espnstar.com.
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Next week the ICC Europe Men’s Academy gets underway at the ICC Global CricketAcademy (ICC GCA)  in Dubai Sports City; where 12 of Europe’s finest young cricketers will embark on a specialised programme with several leading coaches including that of ex-England Assistant coach Matthew Maynard. The facilities include turf and indoor pitches which replicate the varying playing surfaces found in
cricketing nations around the world and an integrated technology suite comprising of digital data capture, video and digital analysis providing real-time playback. The ICC Europe coaching team led by Academy head coach Maynard will deliver a multi dimensional programme of cricket coaching and education with assistance from the renowned ICC GCA academy director, Rod Marsh and coach Dayle Hadlee.
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MCC has awarded The Most Reverend Desmond TuTu, and former England and Lancashire all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff, Honorary Life Membership of the Club. The Most Reverend Desmond TuTu rose to prominence in the 1980s with his vigorous anti-apartheid activism in South Africa.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and became the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986.  Widely known as a cricket enthusiast, Dr TuTu was the first speaker to be drawn from outside the circle of international
cricket to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2008.  His invitation to Honorary Life Membership further acknowledges his tireless work for truth and justice in all walks of life, and accompanies over fifty honorary degrees from academic institutions around the world.
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Two persons sustained “minor” injuries when a portion of a compound wall caved in at M A Chidambaram stadium here on Wednesday during sale of tickets for the 2011 ICC cricket World Cup matches on February 20, police said. The incident occurred following a melee amongst the ticket-seekers, they said. TNCA officials described the incident as “minor” and said ticket sales were not disrupted due to
the mishap. They said about 50 people of the nearly 3,000-odd strong crowd suddenly pushed towards the wall, resulting in a portion of it caving in.

Comment: This is the second report of accidents involving the sale of ticket. Earlier in Bangladesh police had to use force to keep the order.
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Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has re-opened a seven-year-old controversy by claiming that ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh chickened out of the series-deciding 2004 Nagpur Test due to a fear of the green-top pitch there. In his autobiography ‘Standing My Ground’, Hayden writes that the Australians felt at that time that the nature of the pitch had led to the sudden withdrawal of Ganguly and Harbhajan from the Test, which the visitors eventually won to clinch a historic series win. “The curator, a famously single-minded character with no love of the Indian hierarchy, ignored pleas to shave the deck and left a healthy covering of grass. It reminded me of Gabba (In Brisbane). To have that sort of wicket for the deciding Test of an away series – particularly in India – was the most pleasant surprise imaginable,” Hayden wrote. “When Ganguly and Harbhajan went out to see the deck a couple of days before the game, they looked like farmers inspecting crops after a hail storm. We predicted neither would play, and they did not. Ganguly withdrew with a leg-muscle injury that flared up suddenly, and Harbhajan had an even more sudden dose of food poisoning. We put their ailments down to acute cases of ‘greentrackitis’, where you develop a severe intolerance to green wickets likely to give you nothing as a spin bowler and plenty of headaches as a batsman,” wrote Hayden, who retired from international cricket in 2009.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Afghanistan emerges ACC U19 Elite champions

Afghanistan won the ACC U19 Elite Cup tournament after beating Nepal by 61 runs at the Thailand Cricket Ground in Bangkok. Afghanistan opted to bat first and posted 200 for nine in its 50 overs. In its reply, Nepal was bowled out for 139 in 43.1 overs. Earlier, thanks to Man of the Match Pradeep Airee’s 5-43 Nepal managed to restrict Afghanistan. Mohibullah Paak (36 not out), Noorulhaq Malekzai (34) were the major contributors for Afghanistan. In the chase it was once again down to Airee (59) as Nepal lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually lost the game.

PNG Win Under 19 Cricket Trophy; Japan has one win

PNG have defeated Vanuatu by 5 wickets to take out the ICC East-Asia Pacific Under 19 Cricket Trophy at the Maroochydore Cricket Club recently. Indonesia also walk away from the tournament with a victory after surviving some nervous moments to defeat Japan by 2 wickets. Vanuatu won the toss and elected to bat on a fine Sunshine Coast morning. For the first 15 overs it appeared as though they had made the right decision as Callum Blake and Jaxies Samuel saw off the opening bowlers on their way to a partnership of 35.

Vanuatu 105-10, 39.2 overs (K Kenneth 29, C Blake 22; C Kent 3-26)
PNG 106-5, 35.2 overs (D Bau 28; J Samuel 3-36) PNG won by 5 wickets

Japan 116-10, 41.1 overs (T Takada 42; R Rubbi 4-24)
Indonesia 117-8, 37.2 overs (Muhaddis 22; R Kano 3-26) Indonesia won by 2 wickets

Japan had its moment of glory when they defeated Fiji by 24 runs on the opening day of the tournament. Japan cautiously saw out their 50 overs to finish with a score of 9-138 thanks to some patient batting from Takumi Nomura who top scored with 34. For Fiji Noa Acawei was outstanding with the ball finishing with figures of 5-29 off his 10 overs. “We really attacked well in the field today,” said Japan captain Raheel Kano. “I think that was probably what won us the game.” In reply Japan applied terrific pressure throughout the innings denying Fiji any opportunity to put together an extended partnership. Only Toko Bogidrau (29) and Josefa Gauna (20) kept Fiji in the contest until man off the match Raheel Kano cleaned up the tail in quick succession to have Fiji all out for 114.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of January 31:

There is no change in rankings this month. Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Adore (5)
5 Indian Engineers (5)
6 Serendib (7)
7 Wyverns (7)
8 Shizuoka Kytes (8)
9 MAX (10)
10 YC&AC (11)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results
Is Australia on decline like the West Indies experienced?

Yes 60%
No 20%
Can’t say 20%

Take the new poll:

Who is your favourite to win the World Cup?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Top batmaker Gray-Nicolls is unbeat about the challenges facing the British family business – hopefully with the help of Ashes success.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/8222896/Batmaker-Gray-Nicolls-goes-to-the-crease-in-the-Ashes.html
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

I play my cricket like a boxer” – India’s Yusuf Pathan.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

India’s Gautam Gambhir and West Indian legend Vivian Richards’ share the world record of most fifties (11) in consecutive Tests.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #114 Happy New Year!

Newsletter


January 15, 2011                                                                                              Issue #114

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Happy New Year!
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Happy New Year!

We wish our readers a very Happy New Year and an exciting and competitive season in 2011.

2010 has been a good year for Japan with new teams claiming the top honours in different leagues, Lalazar in KCL, Chiba Sharks the JCA league and the national women’s team bringing accolades from the Asian Games in China. Although ended in a high and on time, KCL threw up its own turmoil last year, as it does every year, but still remains to be the toughest competition in Japan despite all its contradictions. We hope the Kansai cricket will pick up momentum this year and wish the very best for all cricketers and tournaments in Japan.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

The first International sports contest was USA vs Canada, in a cricket match in 1844.It took place in New York City at the St George’s Cricket Club in Bloomingdale Park, where the NYU Medical Center now stands at 31 st & 1st Ave. About 20,000 spectators watched and over $ 1 million (in present day currency) in bets were placed. In 1845 a return match was played at McGill University in Montreal. The USA vs Canada series continued for more than 60 years before ending, then being briefly revived in 1963. Starting in 2011 this oldest of international sports rivalry will begin again. USA vs Canada, in cricket, albeit at the College-level!
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The Karachi Blues captain Mohammad Sami for years the mainstay of Pakistan’s pace attack, is under investigation after being accused of brawling and damaging hotel furniture while drunk, Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) President Siraj Bukhari has said. The incident took place on Tuesday at the Grace Hotel in Rawalpindi, where the Karachi Blues were set to play its Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match. Meanwhile, Sami was adamant that he was not under the influence of alcohol. “I had a misunderstanding with a fellow player, but it is not true I was drunk,” Sami said.
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Ex-umpire Darrell Hair and former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott feel the confidence level of on-field officials will plummet if technology like Hot-Spot is used in deciding close dismissals. In the recently concluded Ashes Test between England and Australia, Ian Bell was first adjudged out caught behind by on-field umpire Aleem Dar before his seemingly correct decision was overturned after a referral. Hair said despite the fact that there was no conclusive evidence to prove that Dar’s initial decision was incorrect, the technology shook his confidence. “…in the end I don’t know why Aleem changed his decision, he should have stuck with it,” Hair said.
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Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds, who were involved in the “Monkeygate” incident in 2008 when India made a Test tour of Australia, will share the same dressing room in IPL after Mumbai Indians bought the former Australian all-rounder in the players’ auction for USD 850,000. Mumbai Indians had earlier retained Harbhajan Singh for IPL season 4.

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The cricket bat manufacturing industry in the Kashmir valley sees a boon in the wake of successive IPL seasons. The cricket bat sector in Kashmir Valley has more than 200 units, both registered and unregistered, with a collective turnover of over USD 2m per year. “The IPL has been a huge bonanza for our sector as the number of bats sold since the inception of the league has gone up. Cricket is undoubtedly the number one followed sport in every city and town of India but our business dealings were mostly restricted to big cities like Delhi, Mumbai and to some extent Bangalore. Now we have inquiries from other areas like Baroda and Indore as well,” Abdul Majeed Dar, the president of the cricket bat manufacturers’ association, said. While the things look rosy for the bat manufacturing units, which provide direct and indirect employment to nearly 15,000 people in the Valley, they have many worries to take care of. Smuggling of clefts, the raw material for bats, and dwindling plantation of willow trees are just two of these. “Thousands of clefts are illegally smuggled to some cities in neighbouring Punjab even after the state government imposed a ban on the practice. This has caused a major dent in our earnings as the processing units have better seasoning facilities at their disposal in Punjab which results in a better product,” Dar said.
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In the port city of Chittagong, residents and shop owners along the main roads from the airport to the city centre have been asked to spruce up their homes and shops with a new coat of paint to present beautiful city to the Cricket World Cup visitors. Bangladesh take on England and Netherlands in Chittagong, which will also host a warm-up match. The city corporation ran an advertisement in the newspapers on Saturday to appeal to its residents. “We need your cooperation to present the beauty of the city to players, officials and other dignitaries, who will visit us during
the World Cup.”
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Once upon a time it was the hapless English cricket team that were the butt of  jokes. Now, after England’s first Ashes series win on Australian soil in 24 years, Australia are the laughing stock. Here are some of the best gags:

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/jokes-pile-up-faster-than-runs-in-second-test-for-ashes-side-20110111-19mpx.html

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/2603081/Top-ten-Aussie-Ashes-jokes.html

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/170728/Ashes-jokes-What-do-you-call-an-Aussie-holding-a-bottle-of-bubbly-A-waiter/
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Fast bowler Hamid Hassan has been named as Afghanistan new limited overs captain, taking over from Mohammad Nabi. Hassan has also been named as the player of the year by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), which announced the change in captaincy, also delivering a frank verdict on the performance of his predecessor. “He has been given this responsibility because of his continuous outstanding performance in all formats of cricket. He is replacing Mohammad Nabi, who could not deliver well during his captaincy,” a statement from the ACB read.
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A bunch of die-hard fans of the South African cricketer Hashim Amla have chosen a different path to show their admiration for the Proteas player by donning the “Amla look” — complete with long black beard and shaven head.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

WCL Div 3 to start on January 21

The Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 (WCL Div. 3) tournament which will be played from 21 to 29 January 2011 in Hong Kong. Teams from Denmark, Italy, USA, Oman and Papua
New Guinea (PNG) will join hosts Hong Kong for the tournament. The top two sides will win promotion to WCL Div. 2 to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in April 2011. The matches will
be hosted at three grounds in Hong Kong, namely Kowloon CC (KCC), Hong Kong CC (HKCC) and Mission Road. No matches will be held in China due to logistics.

Maldives clinch ACC Trophy Challenge

The Maldives clinched a dramatic ACC Trophy Challenge title after a sealing a one-wicket win over Saudi Arabia in Bangkok in early December. Saudi Arabia made 139 all out off 43.3 overs,
before the Maldives reached its target off 41.4 overs in the game of the tournament. Both finalists have won promotion to the ACC Trophy Elite that will next be contested in 2012.

Afghan team returns to a grand welcome

A crowd of around 1,000 turned up at the Kabul International Airport to greet the Afghanistan’s national team after claiming the silver medal at the Asian Games in China as also its maiden ICC
Intercontinental Cup title by beating Scotland in Dubai. Some from the crowd were allowed into an area with restricted entry at the airport so as to enable them to greet the team. Some
members of the crowd danced for the team by forming a circle and performed the traditional Afghan Attan dance to the tune of Toola (traditional wooden flute) and drums.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of December 30:

There is no change in rankings this month. Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Adore (5)
5 Indian Engineers (5)
6 Serendib (7)
7 Wyverns (7)
8 Shizuoka Kytes (8)
9 MAX (10)
10 YC&AC (11)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

Will England retain the Ashes?

Yes 60%
No 40%
Can’t say 0%

Take the new poll:

Is Australia on decline like the West Indies experienced?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

U.K daily, The Independent, asks FIFA to take note of cricket’s use of technology to alleviate crucial mistakes on a soccer field

Cricket accepts video evidence as a gift of the 21st century in the belief that it would be as absurd to ignore it as forswearing the benefits of antibiotics and running water. Fifa, on the other hand, rejects technology even as it enthuses over the possibility of turning the desert enclave of Qatar in a massive air-conditioning plant in order to make the 2022 World Cup possible – either that, or ransacking the traditional schedules of the entire game.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/james-lawton-technology-allowed-dar-to-get-the-big-decisions-right-to-his-and-crickets-benefit-fifa-take-note-2170432.html

How one Australian journalist called the Ashes in November

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/theashes/8245541/Ashes-gloating-anyone-How-one-Australian-journalist-called-the-series-in-November-….html
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Interview him now. Very soon, he’ll become a star and then he won’t give anyone any interviews.” – a taxi driver, who who happened to be South African opener Alviro Petersen’s father, to
journalists who covered IPL II in South Africa. As it turned out, no one interviewed him.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

As a pair, India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid has appeared in most number of Tests.

That’s all in this edition ! !

 

Issue #113 Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends

Newsletter


December 10, 2010                                                                                              Issue #113

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends

While Pakistan women claimed a historic 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh women in the final of the inaugural women’s cricket tournament in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, it was the Japanese women who surprised many. Given their past performance record, it was a major achievement for the Japanese eves in particular and women’s cricket in Japan in general. On their way to the thrilling victory, Japan stunned Nepal twice to qualify for the semifinal, which they lost to Pakistan, who ultimately won the Gold medal. Here is the brief score card of the tournament performance:

Nepal Women 62/7 (20/20 ov); Japan Women 64/0
Bangladesh Women 111/8 (20/20 ov); Japan Women 57/8 (20/20 ov)
Japan Women 135/4 (20/20 ov); Nepal Women 90/9 (20/20 ov)

Semi-final: Japan Women 61/8 (20/20 ov); Pakistan Women 62/1 (10.4/20 ov)

In the play-off for 3rd place Japan defeated China to claim the Bronze medal. Batting first China scored 65/6 in 20 overs which was overcome by Japan (66/3) with 5 balls to spare. Opener Ema Kuribayashi scored an unbeaten 24 off 55 deliveries to lead her team to a historic victory.

Closer to home, Lalazar claimed the KCL Cup in an almost one-sided match made possible by their captain’s superb bowling performance. Al Karam, who was tipped to win the trophy was weakened by the absence of two of their key players, was completely out-maneuvered by Lalazar captain, Gulzar Ahmed, who claimed 6/15. Batting first, Lalazar scored 217/6 in 30 overs with big contributions from Hamad Barsat (70) and Razzaq Chima (45). In reply, Al Karam started well enough and were ahead of the run chase until the 10th over thanks to Javed Niazi (42), but after he was bowled, Al karam collapsed losing 8 wickets in 10 overs for 52 runs, bamboozled by the bowling of Gulzar Ahmed (6/15) for a final score of 117 all out in 18.5 overs.

Predictabley, Gulzar Ahmed was named Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 5.5-1-15-6.

(With inputs from Robert-Gills Martineau)

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

A U.S woman, who had a fan following of about 300 in her twitter account suddenly discovered that her fan base has swelled to more 7,000 during a one week period when the first Ashes test was being played. The reason ? Her twitter name was “theashes”. That prompted a campaign on Twitter to “gettheashestotheashes” and Qantas Airways then posted the following on its Twitter account “Qantas wants to see theashes in Australia. We will fly her from New York for the Ashes”. Vodafone Australia offered her to pay for her match tickets. She has now started cashing in on her new-found popularity by selling T-shirts with her original tweet when new fans started following her,”I’M NOT A FREACKING CRICKET MATCH”. The 22-year old baby-sitter said that her boyfrind had given her the nick name ‘The Ashes’ a few
years ago.
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A large crowd of cricket enthusiasts watched as Finance Minister Mohammad Omer Zakhiwal and United States Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry laid foundation stones to inaugurate the renovation of the Kabul National Cricket Stadium. Because of the national team’s exceptional success in many international tournaments, cricket in Afghanistan is gaining popularity. More than 100 young women are also currently playing cricket in Kabul and the Afghanistan Cricket Board is about to create a National Women’s Cricket Team for the 2011 Asian Elite Cup Tournament in February 2011. “Cricket in Afghanistan is more than a game. It is a means for bringing Afghan youth from different backgrounds together. It has become a source of pride for ordinary Afghans and an example of their resolve and determination. It is a game that can contribute positively to peace and stability in our country. That is why, today, we are so very grateful to USAID in supporting the construction of the Kabul National Cricket Stadium,” said Minister Zakhiwal. Minister Zakhiwal is also the Chairman of the Afghan Cricket Board. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will employ labor-intensive construction methods to provide short-term employment for unemployed Afghans.
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England cricketer Kevin Pietersen branded Adelaide groundstaff “pathetic” on his twitter feed after they failed to cover the nets during a rainstorm, forcing England to train indoors.Here is his tweet verbatim:# What should a groundsmen make sure he does 2days out from a test match???? # Cover the nets when it rains maybe??? 2:43 PM Dec 1st via UberTwitter# PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2:48 PM Dec 1st via UberTwitter
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New South Wales and Victoria, the powerhouses in Australian domestic cricket, are scouting for Indian investors to pick up stakes in their T20 teams. Cricket Australia had recently approved private investment into state’s T20 sides for their proposed IPL-like T20 League that’s scheduled to kick off rom January 2012. Jamie Stewart, managing director Commune Sports and Entertainment – the company that NSW and Victoria have hired to raise private equity investment- claims at least there big Indian Corporate Houses have shown interest and are in discussions with the Australian domestic sides.”I can’t tell you the names, but many corporate houses have shown interest and at least three of them are in discussions,” said Stewart.
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Former England opener Marcus Trescothick was offered USD 1.56 million if he can send the ball sailing over the stands of the historic Lord’s stadium. The hard-hitting batsman received the offer from his bat makers Mongoose for repeating a feat that has been attained only once in the cricketing history when Australian Albert Trott cleared the 50-foot building during a match for Marylebone Cricket Club
in 1899.
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Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath has re-married in a private ceremony two years after the death of his first wife, Australian media reported. The Seven Network said McGrath married 28-year-old Italian-American Sara Leonardi at their Sydney home in a ceremony that was closed even to former teammates. The network said only close family, including McGrath’s parents, stepmother and two children, James aged 10, and Holly aged eight, were invited. McGrath’s former teammate, leg-spinner Shane Warne, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday “is it true Glenn McGrath got married today? Wow. Wish you all the best my friend.” McGrath had said Leonardi, to whom he became engaged in July, “made him feel alive again” after the loss of his first wife, Jane, to breast cancer.
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Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has claimed to have turned down lucrative offers from the media to give details of his decision to desert his team in Dubai midway through an ODI series and flee to London after receiving death threats for refusing to fix matches. The 24-year-old wrote on his Facebook account that the News of the World tabloid had offered him lots of money for an interview but he spoke to them without taking a penny. “They offered me lots of money but I gave them the interview free of cost but what was surprising was that they said it would be half an hour thing but it went on for one and half hour,” Haider wrote. “They were trying to ask hard questions but I told them they should talk to the ICC about it,” Haider wrote on his account. Haider also wrote on his account that electronic media had also offered him big money for giving interviews but he had no intention of taking money and even if he took, he would ask them to give it directly to a charity.
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Australian spinner Shane Warne, who turned designer with his clothing brand ‘Spinners’, is all set to bring the apparel label to India. The sporty fashion line comprising menswear, boyswear and innerwear was launched down under in 2009 making headway in the ‘Spashio’ (sport + fashion) market. Shane Warne. The 41-year-old cricketer is now keen on expanding it globally, beginning with India. “I’m excited to be launching Spinners by Shane Warne globally. It’s no secret that I’ve always loved India. It’s a beautiful country and the people are as passionate about cricket as I am! “I’ve experienced such strong support from my Indian fans and I’m really looking forward to sharing my range of menswear, boyswear and innerwear with them,” said Warne in a statement. Designed by Warne himself for sporting fans and spectators alike, the collection is in soft, breathable fabrics and includes soft-washed tees, double stitched denim, etc. ‘Spinners by Shane Warne’ is currently available at Target stores in Australia.
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The roof of the north-west stand at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium which is currently hosting the India-New Zealand ODI match came down, injuring four to five people in Jaipur. The incident happened just after New Zealand’s first innings got over here. “The roof came down all of a sudden. Around 4-5 people were injuried but there was nothing serious. It lead to a little scramble in the stands but there weren’t reports of any untoward incident,” a volunteer in the stadium said.
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An “accidental” remark he wished he had never made is behind AB de Villiers’ rapid ascent into the top-rank of the world’s leading batsmen, the South African said. De Villiers scored an epic 278 not out, the highest individual Test score for South Africa, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to rise to an all-time high of fifth in the ICC Test rankings. Just over two years ago, De Villiers told a news conference he
wanted to be the best batsman in the world, a comment that was generally greeted with amused scepticism as he had not been a consistently heavy scorer at international level. “I sort of said it by accident, what I meant was that it should be the dream of any international player to be the best in the world, otherwise you’re playing for the wrong reasons. At the time I felt really stupid, I was saying
to myself ‘oh my word, now I’ve gone and put all this pressure on myself’,” De Villiers said. “But I had this vision and I put it out there, I was open and honest and it was the best thing I could have done. I had been in a comfort zone, scoring the odd fifty and just doing well enough to stay in the team.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Cricket Legends Leave Their Mark on PNG

Nine former Australian or International Test players including, the World Record holder for Test wickets Mutiah Muralithuran and former England Captain Adam Hollioke descended on Port
Moresby to take part in five Days of activity to build and promote Cricket and to support both World Aids Day and the “Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. Six of the Legends then joined 70
talented PNG national players, emerging talents and young hopefuls in the Weekends 20 over round robin tournament, The Pacific MMI, Motor Vehicles Insurance Ltd Don’t Drink and Drive”
Bash. The event culminated in a LIVE televised final on Sunday afternoon. World record holder Muttiah Muralitharen, was in PNG lending his support and considerable profile to all pre-
promotion activities including World Aids Day, a Port Moresby Supa Clinic, a Cricket PNG dinner on Wednesday evening and also in Lae on Thursday as well as talent identification clinics and
involvement in the BSP schools cricket program in Port Moresby and Lae.

Fiji named ICC EAP U17 hosts

Cricket in Fiji has received a huge coup after being named as hosts for the 2012 International Cricket Council East Asia Pacific Under 17 tournament. This will be the first time in 11 years that
Fiji has hosted a competition of this calibre and is a direct reflection of the resurgence of cricket in this country. Cricket Fiji high performance manager Steve Jenkin said this was a huge
achievement for the game in Fiji and the tournament represents an exciting opportunity for our young cricketers.”This is an exciting moment for Cricket Fiji and we’re delighted to be named as
hosts,” Jenkin said.

Announcements

Beer for Books celebrates 100,000 books

Indian Engineers C.C have been one of the early supporters of the Beer for Books(http://www.beersforbooks.org/), a simple idea made possible and has become a world event by a Tokyo based
recruiter, Gary Bremmerman. The basic idea of “B4B” is that you find a cool bar/restaurant in your neighborhood which agrees to donate 100yen for every drink sold on a specific night, you
invite all your friends, and every 100yenfunds a high quality local language book for kids via Room to Read.

B4B recently crossed the 100,000 book milestone at the Nakameguro Taproom on Monday, November 29. Also, on October 20th the 1st ever B4B in a country where Room to Read LLP books
are published, Vietnam, raised US$2,300.00.

For more details log on to their website: http://www.beersforbooks.org/

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of November 30:

Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Adore (5)
5 Indian Engineers (5)
6 Serendib (7)
7 Wyverns (7)
8 Shizuoka Kytes (8)
9 MAX (10)
10 YC&AC (11)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

Will England retain the Ashes?

Yes 50%
No 50%
Can’t say 0%

Take the new poll:

We will leave the poll unchanged for this month for our readers to have second thoughts 🙂

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

We recently stumbled on this cricket game website:

http://www.sporteecricket.com/

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

Who is he? He’s a nobody.” – Kevin Pietersen about John Buchanan.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

New Zealand’s Chris Martin holds the dubious record for scoring max number of pairs in Tests – five.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #112 Japanese season winding up

Newsletter


November 11, 2010                                                                                              Issue #112

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season winding up
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

Japanese season winding up

The warm November appears to have encouraged KCL finalists to move their match to November 28, which otherwise may have been played by now. The teams had their own reasons for postponement (no surprise here) with reports that one team even sought postponement to next year but the KCL Committee set the date for November 28th with the caveat that that if, for any reason, the match cannot be held then both teams will be declared as joint winners.

With this it is quite likely that the Japanese season will come to an end and teams would enter the party mode!

Japan’s team sponsor extends deal

Japanese men’s team principal sponsor, Imperial Woodpecker, has agreed to extended its deal to support the men’s national team till 31 December 2011. During the course of 2011, Japan’s national team is scheduled to feature in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in Botswana to be held in May 2011. Japan finished fourth in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in 2009. Japan will also feature in the ICC EAP Trophy Division 1 in Papua New Guinea, to take place later in 2011. The tournament will serve as the regional qualification tournament to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

Wyverns CC win the inaugural SriLankan Airlines Japan Cup

Wyverns CC have become Japanese National Champions for the first time, after winning the inaugural Sri Lankan Airlines Japan Cup, which was held on the 10th and 11th of October at the Fuji Cricket Grounds. The Sri Lankan Airlines Japan Cup was held as the National Championships with teams from across Japan competing.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

Pakistan’s Javed Miandad, who is China’s Lahore-based ‘Ambassador of Cricket’ feels that the next big thing in world cricket could be China. He is seconded by former India women’s team player Mamatha Maben, who thinks China could be challenging “top-rung teams” in about five years’ time. “China is a huge country but cricket is not very popular. However, it is a known fact that when they decide to do something, they go all out. Same is the case with cricket,” said Miandad who is helping the Chinese team’s preparations for their debut international appearance at the Guangzhou Asian Games that begin on November 12. “Just as an example, they have a player who until three months ago did not know what cricket was, he was completely clueless. I don’t remember the name but today he can bowl leg breaks as good as many professional players. Their complete devotion to mastering anything is simply awesome. Something that is missing in Pakistan
and India”, he said.
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In a stunning endorsement of the International Cricket Council’s vision of China being one of the sport’s major new markets, all tickets for for the week-long women’s cricket tournament during the Asian Games have been sold out, the organisers said. China will make its bow in international cricket on Saturday amid high-pitched excitement and huge expectations at the sport’s Asian Games debut. A full house will cheer the Chinese women as they take on Malaysia in the opening match at the brand new 12,000-seater cricket stadium in the university area of Guangzhou.
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Australian pacer Brett Lee feels Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, West Indian Brian Lara and England’s Kevin Pietersen are part of a select band of international batsmen who should never be sledged as the strategy generally backfires. “There are guys you can stir up and get stuck into and there are others you leave alone,” Lee said.”Sachin Tendulkar is a guy you don’t want to chat to period, because he will knuckle down, same as Brian Lara. Kevin Pietersen has controlled aggression and he likes it when someone has a chat to him. He takes it personally and it fires him up and he’ll want to score a big hundred,” the fast bowler was quoted as saying
by the local newspapers here.
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He has “forgiven and forgotten” former umpire Darrell Hair but Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan says the chucker jibe that came from Australia’s ex-Prime Minister John Howard still rankles him. “I have forgiven (him) and forgotten. People do make mistakes and I think he made a mistake. My action has been cleared,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Daily Telegraph’. “What I really didn’t like was the comments Howard made (in 2004). That was why I didn’t come on the next tour here. From someone in his position, that was worse than anything the crowd said”, Murali
said.
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In 1998-99, when Md Azharuddin was riding the crest of his career graph, he described himself as a ‘professional model’ and an ‘amateur cricketer’. And it wasn’t out of modesty the then Indian cricket captain described himself so. The ace cricketer, who was to later find himself entangled in an ugly match fixing scandal, had dumbed down his credentials to seek tax exemptions on his earnings from the Income Tax department. His plea for exemption has now been pending for 12 years and came up for hearing on Thursday here when his auditor argued once again how at the time of filing the tax exemption plea, the cricketer (who had by then led India in 47 Tests and 174 ODIs) was indeed an ‘amateur cricketer’, apart from being a model for various commercials. The matter will now be heard on January 3 next year.
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Inspired by Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, Australian Mike Hussey today said he has no plans to retire despite the criticism of his continuing poor form and growing age. The 35-year-old said watching Tendulkar, who is two years older than him, play gives him enough inspiration to continue. “It does give you a bit of inspiration … and I’ve got a lot of inspiration from a lot of guys,” Hussey was quoted as saying by ‘The Australian
Associated Press’.
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Sunil Gavaskar has been the most influential voice in Indian cricket – if not the world itself – for a long, long time. Now, it seems he’s in danger of becoming persona non grata after rubbing certain powerful board officials the wrong way in recent times. Gavaskar’s role in the Kochi IPL team is said to be playing a major role in his fall from grace as some BCCI officials are said to be not happy with this association. More than anything else, they see it as a clear case of conflict-of-interest as it is being whispered that Gavaskar has been assisting the Gaikwads right from Day One, even while he was on the governing council.

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Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar’s willow fetched the highest bid of Rs 4.2 million(US$10,000) at a glittering sports auction in Mumbai that saw personal items donated by 25 top sportspersons from the country and overseas go under the hammer. Tendulkar had scored an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand at Christchurch last year, his fourth highest one day score, with this bat. Rahul Dravid’s bat, with which he had scored a century in each innings in the Kolkata Test of 2005 against Pakistan went for Rs 2 millionThe bat signed by all team members of the 1983 World Cup winning team and donated by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar’s willow went under the hammer for Rs 1.75 million. Anil Kumble’s jersey which he wore when he equalled Jim Laker’s ten-wicket in a Test innings record against Pakistan in New Delhi in 1999, and his Test cap that he wore between 2004 and 2006 went for Rs 1.15 million.
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The Kerala High Court’s recent ruling that cricket administration officials are public servants and are liable to be investigated by the vigilance department should be see as a significant leap forward in the sport feels noted columnist Peter Roebuck. “That thought alone will help to keep them on their toes. It will also force them to publish accounts. Boards tend to forget that the game belongs to the public. Not long ago a Cricket Australia official remarked that they had every right to control all proprietary interests in ‘our game’”. He had to be reminded that it was actually Australia”s game, yours and mine. Cricket officials are servants not masters. Honesty is the least that can be expected from them. If they cannot abide by those standards, let them join the honest thieves.
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A glittering concert in will be held in Durban on January 9 next year to bid farewell to the South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, who announced his retirement from cricket recently. The New Age Friendship Celebration Concert will take place after an International Pro20 match between the South Africa and India. To add to the glamour, the oranisers have invited Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to entertainmen an expected capacity crowd of about 60,000 people, making it the biggest to attend a cricket match in South Africa.
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has hit back at John Buchanan for criticising him and described the former Australian coach as “a nobody”. Buchanan had earlier said that Pietersen had the potential to be a ‘major problem’ during the Ashes if he did not halt the alarming slump in form which has seen him go 27 Test innings without a century. “I’m not interested in what he has to say. Who is he? He’s a nobody,” said Pietersen.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Muttiah Muralidaran to visit PNG in December

Cricket PNG has announced that Muttiah Muralidaran will be visiting the country for the first time in December as part of an annual cricket festival. The Don’t Drink and Drive Bash is a feast of
high quality, super exciting T20 Cricket featuring six cricket legends who are placed into teams made up of the best emerging talent in Papua New Guinea. This year’s line-up includes cricket
legends from Australia, England and Sri Lanka and constitutes the highest profile group of sportsman to ever visit Papua New Guinea. Participating legends include Muttiah Muralidaran, Andy
Bichel, Michael DiVenuto, Craig McDermott, Adam Holliaoke, Greg Ritchie and Steve Rixon.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of October 31:

With their semi-final qualification, the Shizuoka Kytes got themselves a spot in the top 10, pushing down the YC&AC.

Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Al Karam (8)
5 Adore (4)
6 Indian Engineers (5)
7 Serendib (7)
8 Wyverns (6)
9 Shizuoka Kytes (12)
10 MAX (9)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Do you think every no ball or wide from now on will be looked at with suspicion in light of the spot fixing scandal recently?

Yes 58%
No 3%
May be 17%

Take the new poll:

Will England retain the Ashes?

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Best of the Web

Some fights on the field between players

Here is a list of some of the famous fights in a cricket field.

http://in.yfittopostblog.com/2010/07/08/fights-on-the-cricket-field

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“In Pakistan a life ban lasts only as long as the life of the ban.” – A made up quote by a Cricinfo writer.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

Most man of the series awards in Tests: 11 by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #111 KCL season drags

Newsletter


October 15, 2011                                                                                              Issue #111

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • KCL season drags
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

KCL season drags

The KCL season appears to be dragging into the cold November with the semi final matches scheduled on October 17 and the final likely to be played on the last week of October or early November.

Shizuoka Kytes produced a memorable match to throw the Nagoya out of the KCL and secure their berth in the knock out stage after a gap of … well.. can’t remember! Kytes’s trump card Ashley Harvey played an important role in the victory by scoring a match winning 66 runs. Batting first, Kytes scored 183/6 in 35 overs but Nagoya fell short by 7 runs in their chase by getting all out for 176. Kytes and Serendib ended up having 13 points each but Kytes qualified on the basis of a better Economy Rate(Total runs scored/total wickets lost) according the KCL match rules.

In our last issue, we had wrongly calculated that either Nagoya or Serendib would qualify for the semi-final. That calculation was based on the assumption that the KCL uses NRR to determine the winner in case of a tie for points but KCL uses Economy Rate(Total runs scored/total wickets lost). The error is regretted.

Meanwhile, the Chiba Sharks, who, strangely could not produce a single win in the KCL has won the J1C competition beating the favourites, Tokyo Wombats.

YC&AC Sixes tournament

The 20th annual YC&AC Sixes tournament held at the YC&AC ground, Yokohama saw the Pakistan team retaining their title beating Sri Lanka. Pakistan have been holding this title since 2006. From the records available with us, Pakistan have won this cup 7 times since 1999 while the other winners were Sri Lanaka (2000), India (2002 and 2005) and YC&AC (2004).

Kansai Cricket

The Kansai Cup, which used to be a 40-over competition, this year has been changed to T-20 competition due to lack of grounds, the organisers said.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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The Fine Print

In an inter-academy tournament, conducted by the Vidarbha Cricket Association of India, a 15-year-old Ali Zoren Khan scored an unbeaten 461. Khan’s knock spanned seven hours and faced 308 balls and hit 64 fours and 12 sixes. The left-hander, who is a Class X student of Saraswati Vidyalaya, eclipsed the highest score by an Indian schoolboy — 439 by Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan in a Harris Shield match in November 2009.
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The ex-girlfriend of tainted Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif claimed that she received death threats after meeting International Cricket Council officials to discuss match-fixing scandal. Veena Malik, a popular actress, model and television show host, told the British tabloid ‘The Sun’ that she received a chilling warning at home after handing evidence of Asif’s dealings with an Indian bookie to the ICC Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). She also claimed that she had got a mail in which she was ordered not to talk to the media and keep her mouth shut. “I will kill you, watch what I do,” she claimed the mail read. “I was also visited two weeks ago by a man who gave me a message to say someone was going to come after me – and there would be no warning. I can’t sleep at night because I fear for my life,” she said. “But if I have to die, I will die. I’m not scared of threats. I warned the Pakistan Cricket Board about match-fixing eight months ago but I was ignored. Now people have to speak out,” she said.
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Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi has admitted that following a clash between left arm pacer Wahab Riaz and England batsman Jonathan Trott, his team had considered not playing the fourth one-day international at Lord’s. Afridi said that Trott had later apologized to Riaz in front of the match referee and the matter was closed. “But what he did was something that could have led to us filing a police case. He called Riaz a “spot fixer” and threw a pad at him which was not acceptable behaviour at all”, Afridi said.
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Sachin Tendulkar’s humility has bowled over Australian batsman Philip Hughes, who says it was a fantastic experience to get tips from the Indian icon over a cup of coffee. “When I was in Mumbai earlier, I had coffee with him and we spoke for about an hour. He asked me so many questions and I also put him many queries. He is a fantastic man and very humble,” Hughes said. “He told me that I should try to play my natural game. We also talked a lot about other things in general. I also asked him a lot of questions about his career,” the 21-year-old left-hander from New South Wales said during an interaction.
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Noting how wrong the legendary English fast bowler Fred Trueman turned out when he proclaimed, upon becoming the first Test bowler to cross 300 wickets, that anyone who managed to break his record would be a very tired man, Muttiah Muralitharan prophesied that his mark of 800 would also be broken one day. “Statistically, a bowler would need to play Test cricket for 18 years and average about five wickets every Test,” he said. “Definitely, one genius will come someday and surpass my record.”, Murali said.
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Controversies have become synonymous with Pakistan’s cricket. They gave been hit by a series of setbacks and controversies over the past five years. Earlier in the year, Shahid Afridi was pictured biting the ball although it didn’t inflate into a bigger issue. Here is a timeline of controversies surrounding the team.

August 2006: England are awarded the fourth and final Test of their home series against Pakistan at the Oval after the tourists forfeit the match following a ball-tampering row. Pakistan refused to return to the field for the final session of the fourth day after umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove imposed a five-run penalty against them for altering the state of the ball.

October 2006: On the eve of their opening match, Pakistan send home fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy in India after the pair test positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. Shoaib is handed a two-year ban by a PCB tribunal, which also suspends Asif for 12 months. The bans were subsequently scrapped after both players appealed the punishment.

March 2007: Pakistan crash out in the first round of the World Cup in West Indies following a stunning defeat by debutants Ireland. Less than 24 hours later Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dies aged 58 after being found unconscious in his hotel room.

March 2009: Gunmen attack a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team outside a Lahore stadium in Pakistan, killing seven people, including six policemen and a driver. Six of the team and a British coach are wounded.

August 2010: Pakistan cricket is hit by allegations of spot-fixing after a newspaper report revealed players had been bribed to bowl pre-determined no-balls in the fourth Test against England. British police questioned Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Wahab Riaz as part of the investigation.

September 2010: The ICC says it is investigating Pakistan’s role in the third one-dayer against England for suspicious “scoring patterns”. The news sparks angry reaction from PCB chief Ijaz Butt as Pakistan had won the match. A war of words breaks out after Butt told a television channel: “There is loud and clear talk in bookies’ circles that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose (the third one-day) match.”
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Former Australian umpire Darrell Hair has termed Pakistan cricketers as “cheats and liars”, and criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not taking action against fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for ball tampering. “The fans, viewers and crowds have been watching cheats and liars. How long will they continue to part with their money to watch manipulated matches and players cheating? The ICC should be ashamed to allow these matches to take place,” The News quoted Hair, as saying.
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England cricket selectors have super-sized their fast bowling attack for the coming Ashes tour, recalling giant Chris Tremlett for the five-Test series Ashes. The quick will join the twin towers of Stuart Broad and Steve Finn. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the England selectors believe steepling bounce can be valuable on the quicker, bouncier tracks in Australia. England’s national selector Geoff Miller admitted that England had deliberately pursued a policy of selecting tall bowlers in a bid to bounce out the Australian batsmen. “There are plans ahead, the size does matter you would presume there is going to be some bounce in the wickets over here,” he said with a grin.
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England cricketer James Anderson has become the first professional player to feature on the cover page of gay magazine Attitude. Good-looking Anderson posed nude for October’s issue of the magazine. “There’s a perception of lots of committees and old men being quite prim and proper, but I think the game is moving with the times. From my point of view, I think doing this could be fantastic for cricket. Hopefully this will attract a new sort of fan,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying. “If there are any gay cricketers, they should feel confident enough to come out, because I don’t think there is homophobia in cricket. Cricket fans are generally there to watchthe game and support their team,” he added, further co-relating the cricket and gay men involvement in the game.
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Former Australian spinner Shane Warne is reportedly foraying into the nightclub industry along with football player Dermott Brereton in Melbourne, Sydney and India. Australia newspaper The Age on Sunday reported that Warne and Hawthorn Premiership player Brereton are part of a consortium that will pay 3.5 million Australian dollars for a share in the club Silk Road located in Melbourne’s central business district. It has been learnt that Warne and Brereton also plan to change the name of the venue’s private rooms to Club 23, after the number they both wore in their respective sports.
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Rachael Heyhoe-Flint will become the first woman to be inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Hall of Fame. The former England captain guided the team to victory in the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973 and was a member of the England team for more than 20 years. She will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the LG International Cricket Council Awards in Bangalore, along with West Indies fast bowlers Courtney Walsh and Joel Garner. The late Ken Barrington will be inducted next summer in a ceremony involving the former batsman’s family. The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is a joint venture with the Federation of International Cricketer Associations , whose chief executive, Tim May, said: “All four of those named today thoroughly deserve the accolade and of being part of the elite group that form the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in association with Fica. I congratulate all four inductees but I would particularly like to acknowledge Rachael Heyhoe-Flint for becoming the first female cricketer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
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Andre Nel, the former South African fast bowler, allegedly attempted to take his own life on Friday last week, a report said. Last week it was revealed that Nel had had an extra-marital affair with 34-year-old Londoner Jelena Kultiasova while he was playing for Surrey last month. Later two other women came forward with similar allegations. Nel and his wife Deanne Weitz have been married for six years. They are expecting their first child in April. According to a Sunday newspaper, Weitz confirmed on Friday night that doctors had been called to the couple’s home in Irene outside of Pretoria. “He is not in any immediate danger and there are many doctors looking after him,” she said.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japanese player to be included in the ICC EAP Elite Squad camp

Japanese opening batsman Masaomi “Amigo” Kobayashi has been selected for the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia – Pacific (EAP) Development Programme annual ICC EAP Elite Squad Camp to be held at the Cricket Australia (CA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Brisbane from 17th to 29th October 2010. Some of Australia’s very best coaches and staff members will be on hand to put the East Asia – Pacific representatives through their paces, with the ultimate goal being to represent the region at the upcoming 2011 Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bunbury in January 2011. Week One will see Papua New Guinea well represented with several National Squad members in attendance, including pace bowler Willie Gavera and opening batsman Vani Vagi Morea, while others of note include Japanese opening batsman Masaomi “Amigo” Kobayashi and Fijian pair Joseph Rika and Maciu Gauna.

The EAP squads will participate in many different programmes at the CA Centre of Excellence including:

* Fitness Education sessions
* Centre wicket practice
* Specific batting and bowling strategy
* Fielding technique
* Fitness testing
* Several T20 and 50 over matches against the Australian Sports Gateway XI

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Editor** We are always being questioned by our readers as to how come some of the apparently weaker teams go up in the rating table. Our answer is that this is an unfortunate reality of how cricket is run in Japan. For various historical and financial reasons, there is no unified effort or a common umbrella under which the cricket is played in Japan. Therefore, there are so many teams in Kanto who don’t play against each other. For e.g. many of the JCA sponsored tournament teams, especially the Japanese teams, don’t play against most of the KCL teams. This results in teams being rated based on their performance in isolation, which results in what some may see as an anomaly.

Unfortunately, this is a hard reality we are living with.

Results as of September 30:

Tokyo Giants have slipped into 2nd position (we can’t remember when did that happen last) while Lalazar took their position for the first time. Adore is one Japanese club that jumped notches due to some high profile wins in the last two months.

Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Adore (6)
5 Indian Engineers (5)
6 Wyverns (4)
7 Serendib (7)
8 Al Karam (8)
9 MAX (9)
10 YC&AC (10)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Do you think leniency must be shown to Pakistan’s Md. Aamir because of his tender age?

Yes    71%
No      29%

Take the new poll:

Do you think every no ball or wide from now on will be looked at with suspicion in light of the spot fixing scandal recently?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Some fights on the field between players

Here is a list of some of the famous fights in a cricket field.

http://in.yfittopostblog.com/2010/07/08/fights-on-the-cricket-field

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“He is a Prufrock worrying about his trousers.” – Peter Roebuck on VVS Laxman after Laxman’s recent heroic innings against the Australians

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the holder of most Man of the Match awards in Tests with 20 awards.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #110 Tokyo Giants crash out of KCL

Newsletter


September 20, 2010                                                                                              Issue #110

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Tokyo Giants crash out of KCL
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Tokyo Giants crash out of KCL

For the first time in recent memory Tokyo Giants crashed out of the KCL. The first decisive blow was inflicted by a resurgent Al Karam bowled them out for their lowest total ever. Giants were bowled out for 89 but they had their tail up briefly when they took 4 Al Karam wickets for 6 runs in the first 3 overs. Giants then lost to Lalazar in their second match which effectively shut the door on them.
With just one match remaining (Kytes vs. Nagoya), the semi-final lineup is likely to be:

Indian Engineers vs. Al karam and
Serendb or Nagoya vs. Lalzar

While the Engineers are playing a semi-final match after a gap of 5 years – the last one being in 2005 – their opponets Al Karam missed the berth only last year. Meawhile, Nagoya has their best chance to qualify for the semi-final this year if they beat the Kytes in their last remaining match. But given Nagoya’s propensity for inconsistency and batting collpase, it could be anyone’s
game.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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The Fine Print

The sparse crowd watching a county match was treated to an out of the world experience quite literally when a 4.5 billion years old meteorite came hurtling towards the ground. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the rock, was a few inches long and up to 4.5 billion years old. England player Luke Wright was batting with Monty Panesar during the match when the black, five-inch rock came crashing down. “We were sitting at the boundary edge when all of a sudden, out of a blue sky, we saw this small dark object hurtling towards us. It landed five yards inside the boundary and split into two pieces,” the newspaper quoted an eyewitness as saying. “One piece bounced up and hit me in the chest and the other ended up against the boundary board.”
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Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones’ ex-mistress has claimed that the former cricketer lied about his marital status when they began their decade-long ‘on-and-off’ affair, which has left his reputation in shreds. “Back in 1998 it was a bit like we’re in the dark ages; there was no Google, no Internet … the only information I would get was from people I asked,” said international flight attendant and part-time model Kerri-Anne Hamilton. Faced with a public expose by Channel Nine, Jones had disclosed that he fathered a child outside his marriage after an “on-and-off relationship” with a Sydney woman. “Following an on-and-off relationship with a woman, a child was conceived and subsequently delivered,” Jones had said. Jones, who was stripped off the 2007 Victorian Father of the Year award after the expose, has two daughters – Phoebe, 19, and Isabella, 14 — with his wife Jane.
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Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin scotched reports that he is romantically involved with Jwala Gutta, an Indian badminton doubles player. Gutta, world number seven mixed doubles player, is married to to India’s ace shuttler Chetan Anand and Azharuddin is married to Bollywood star Sangeeta Bijlani for 14 years. “These reports are completely rubbish, baseless and are in bad taste. I am very hurt by all these. I know Jwala, she is a good friend of mine and to write such reports which are completely false and fabricated is disgusting,” a livid Azharuddin said. Azharuddin has two sons — Asaduddin and Abbasuddin — from his eight-year marriage to first
wife Naureen.
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India is currently struggling against Sri Lanka and does not look like they are the number one Test team in the world, reckons former Australian skipper Steve Waugh. “India are predominantly a batting side but their bowling is not strong enough. Of course they have a few injuries with Zaheer out of the team. But they are struggling against Sri Lanka and doesn’t look like a number one side,” Waugh said
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Showering praise on retired Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, former Australian captain Steve Waugh said there was no racist angle involved in chucking allegations which the bowler had faced earlier. When asked that it was the Australianumpires who had called him for throwing after which chucking allegations were levelled against the great player who had to even face jibes Down Under and if all these had been racially motivated, Waugh said, “forget racial thing, that card always gets played”. “It was certainly not a racist thing. We should celebrate that he (Murali) has played so successfully,” he said.
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A female Pakistani coach will guide Iran’s young women cricketers in their preparations for an Asia-level tournament later this year, the Pakistan board announced. The Iranian team will compete in the Asian Cricket Council’s Under-19 Women’s Championship in Singapore from October 4-14.
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Indian women cricketers Anjum Chopra, Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj have now ventured into uncharted territory – coming together for a documentary film based on their life both on and off the field. The 25-minute-long documentary – Poor Cousins Of Million Dollar Babies – takes the viewers through the moments of trials and tribulations, joy and success of these cricketers as they etch there names in the cornerstones of the male dominated world of cricket. The film which took almost five years to complete peeps into the life of women players and revolves around strong bonding that these cricketers share among them. 26-year-old Goswami, captain of Indian women cricket team, said she hopes that this documentary creates an awareness among the people and the sporting fraternity to take more interest in the women’s cricket. “The entire process was inspiring and I hope this creates awareness among the people and the fraternity to take more interest in the game,” said Goswami, who is now the fastest female bowler in the world. Both Chopra and Goswami blamed the lack of awareness and exposure for the current plight of women’s cricket. “The male cricketers have always treated us with respect. There has never been a moment when they have treated us less than equals,” Goswami added.
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A 47-year-old mother from North Baddesley, Hampshire, U.K, was arrested after refusing to return a cricket ball which her neighbours’ children had hit into her yard, allegedly damaging her car. A visit from the children’s father made no difference to Loretta Cole, who said she was trying to teach the children a lesson, and she was then visited on three occasions by police who tried to persuade her to return the ball. “After continuing to refuse to return the ball the suspect was arrested on charges of theft and bailed to attend Lyndhurst police station on July 2. The ball was seized by police as evidence. Mrs Cole was given the opportunity to return the ball a number of times and if this had happened no further action would have been taken.” a Hampshire police spokeswoman said. Mrs. Cole was detained for five hours while she was questioned, had her photograph, DNA swab and fingerprints taken.
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Africa is likely to have its own continental tournament in the near future. Cassim Suliman, the CEO of the Africa Cricket Association is understood to be organising a tournament involving South Africa A, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and possibly a combined Africa team. Africa is the only one of the ICC’s development regions not to have its own biennial tournament for non-Test nations. The proposed event would not be the long awaited World Cricket League Africa Division One event. Officials from Namibia and Tanzania had recently told Cricinfo they saw no need for the latter as their national teams already had sufficient tournament play. Namibia also plays in the United Cricket Board amateur three-day and one-day competitions.
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The International Cricket Council revealed on Monday that ‘Stumpy’ is the name of the elephant who is the mascot of the 2011 cricket World Cup. ‘Appu’ was the first elephant mascot named in 1982 for the Asian Games in New Delhi. ICC named the elephant after conducting an online competition to suggest names for the mascot. ICC had said the mascot is someone who is young and enthusiastic, and determined individual.
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The BCCI is expected to contract Anil “Gentleman” Kumle to coach the Indian cricket team in off-field behaviour. Kumble’s new educational programme will be part of its curriculum for players, who will undergo a personality development programme under the former captain’s guidance. Among the topics the programme will address are handling ‘instant success’, self-sufficiency, anti-doping advice and management of finances. The programme will also make sure that cricketers learn how to speak English, handle the media during
press conferences, and conduct themselves in public. “The BCCI doesn’t want players to get carried away by what their agents tell them. We want them to be educated about their finances, and to be able to keep track of their endorsements and deals. It is important for our cricketers to enlist in this programme as they haven’t been at the best behaviour lately,” said a top BCCI official. It is learnt Kumble had wanted to put all international, first-class and Indian Premier League players through the programme, but the BCCI is for now planning to draft only its contracted players.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japan’s Naoki Miyaji speaks

http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/the-icc/icc_members/eap/broadcast_video.php?mediaId=825

PNG win inaugural EAP U17 Championships

Papua New Guinea have won the inaugural U17 Championships of the East Asia – Pacific region, defeating Vanuatu by 125 runs in the Grand Final of the 2010 Pepsi ICC EAP U17 Cricket Trophy held at Kazaa Field in Port Vila, Vanuatu on September 11. The EAP U-17 Championship was contested by PNG, Vanuatu, Fiji and Indonesia.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of August 31:

Tokyo Giants have slipped into 2nd position (we can’t remember when did that happen last) while Lalazar took their position for the first time. Adore is one Japanese club that jumped notches due to some high profile wins in the last two months.

Here is the latest top 10(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (2)
2 Tokyo Giants (1)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Wyverns (4)
5 Indian Engineers (6)
6 Adore (12)
7 Serendib (5)
8 Al Karam (8)
9 MAX (7)
10 YC&AC (11)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Do you think John Howard’s failure to get elected was his own fault?

Yes 85%
No 60%
It’s the Asian Bloc 15%

Take the new poll:

Do you think leniency must be shown to Pakistan’s Md. Aamir because of his tender age?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

While we are on the subject of fixing and spot fixing in cricket, cricket’s cousin Baseball was rocked by betting scandal too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sox_Scandal

 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Oh by the way I can smell the guys breath to me he is so close, rubbish seat pattern.. Hate this airline!” – Shane Warne tweets about British Airways.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the holder of most Man of the Match awards in Tests with 20 awards.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #108 An enigma that is KCL

Newsletter


June 11, 2010                                                                                              Issue #108

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • An enigma that is KCL
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

An enigma that is KCL

The Kanto Cricket League, as it seemed to have survived the latest turbulence, is marked by a dichotomy that continues to surprise its well wishers and adversaries (if there are any!). The league was jolted last month when Tony Fordyce, its chairman, decided to call it quits, apparently frustrated over the way the Committee handled some issues in the past as well as a recent incident in which one team walked out of the play ground mid-way through the innings due to a disagreement with an umpiring decision. What should have been a pure cricketing administrative decision soon turned out to be a cacophony of email exchanges, the language of which was deemed abusive by some while others felt it was quite normal. The chairman tendered his resignation but later withdrew that offer. However, half of the Committee could not accept his withdrawal of resignation and in the end an election was called. Kamran Ali of YC&AC was elected in place of Fordyce but not before the pre-election process saw some acrimonious email exchanges in public.

The KCL and the Kanto Cup – the KCL’s predecessor – have a long history of wading through turbulence and coming out with a few bruises. The Kanto Cup had seen abusive email exchanges in public, but survived to become the strongest in the country which prompted the JCA to join hands with it. The present KCL was formed after a merger with JCA’s tournament in 2001 but the marriage lasted only a few years and both parties went their own ways with the JCA weaning away some of the KCL teams, again primarily due to the problems within the KCL Committee. While the administration of the KCL has always been hampered by different individuals at various times trying to sway the decisions in their way, the tournament itself was generally regarded as the strongest in the country with some high caliber cricketers and higher quality of cricket. The latest incident, which is sure to have planted seeds of discord, is expected to have some long term effects, both positive and negative, which may become conspicuous only by the next season. In order to be taken seriously, the KCL must show more professionalism and maturity, not only in the playing field, but in its administration too.

On the cricketing field, Serendip is leading the table in Group A with 9 points closely followed by Nagoya and Indian Engineers with 8 points each. In Group B, Lalazar and Alkaram have both have won their match and are leading the table.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

The Tibetan provincial government has objected to the Dalai Lama watching an Indian Premier League (IPL) match. “The religious leader was trying to prove to be a worthy son of India by participating in the country’s favourite pastime,” it said in an article published in the Communist Party organ, People’s Daily. “Cricket is one of the most popular sports in India and the Dalai Lama of course has to have fun with his ‘dad’ since he wants to be a son of India,” the article said quoting news reports that the Tibetan leader had watched an IPL match at Dharamshala on April 18 at the invitation of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.
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Owner of Tequila Joe’s rubbished reports that some Indian players had been involved in a pub brawl after their loss to Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup. According to reports six Indian players went to the pub, where fans started taunting and abusing them which resulted in a confrontation after the team’s failure to reach the semifinal of the Twenty20 World Cup.
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Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf is likely to be hauled up before the parliamentary committee on sports and asked to respond to the reports that he forced some national team members to take oath against then skipper Younis Khan. Well informed sources said that the National Assembly standing committee was keen to call Yousuf for a hearing on May 21 after the PCB’s inquiry committee report said that Yousuf last year called six-seven players to his hotel room to take oath that they would not cooperate with Younis.
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Banned Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who was blamed for politics and infighting in the team during the winless Australia tour, was even described as a “termite” by a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) inquiry commission formed to probe the disastrous tour, a leaked video of a hearing of the commission has revealed. The video, which is said to have been deliberately leaked by some of the PCB officials, show a member of the six-member committee using the word “termite” for Malik after being told by some of the fellow cricketers and coaches Intikhab Alam and Aqib Javed that the former captain was the only person to be blamed for the lack of team
spirit in the team.
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The Pakistani players put behind their dubious track record of infighting and discipline issues and maintained a squeaky clean image in the Caribbeans,reported their team manager. “It was a huge disappointment to lose the semifinals from a winning position. But generally I am happy we faced no disciplinary problems in the West Indies and all the players were well behaved and supportive of each other,” Yawar Saeed told reporters after the team’s
return from the West Indies.
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David Morgan, the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in an interview in Barbados, that said that it “won’t be too long” before day/night Tests are being played in either Australia or India.
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Disappointed with Australia’s loss in the summit clash of the Twenty20 World Cup, Test and ODI captain Ricky Ponting said the finals of such tournaments should be a best-of-three affair. Australia won every match except for the all-important final in the just-concluded World Cup and Ponting said given the short format, the title should not be decided by just one summit showdown.
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Brain-child of an Indian engineer, Wow aluminium bats are the latest innovations to hit tennis ball cricket and was formally unveiled in New Delhi last month while those to be used by leather ball cricket would be introduced three months later. “Wow! Aluminium bats are made using aeronautical grade aluminium. Each machine-made bat is balanced so as to produce a perfect piece,” said IIT Roorkee alumni Vivek Lakhotia, who is the designer and innovator of the bat. Placed within the factory price range of Rs 500-800, Wow aluminium bats weighs less than the wooden bat and have a life which is at least five times more than a wooden cricket bat, Lakhotia said. These eco-friendly bats use recycled aluminium and will help save willow trees of Kashmir currently used in making of cricket bats, he added.

Comment: As reported in these columns in the last issue, the EU ban on willow treatment may also spur the growth of the Aluminium bat industry
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In yet another step to boost cricket in the U.S., a cricket match between two ofICC’s full members were held in Florida. Sri Lanka and New Zealand, played 2 T-20 matches the U.S shores last month on over a weekend. More than 15 million people in the United States follow cricket and ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has said he sees “vast potential for the growth of the sport in the USA.” The Blackcaps visited baseball’s Florida Marlins to see how life is for their US counterparts, using gloves to snag baseballs while the Marlins declined the chance to field cricket balls with their bare hands.”They were telling me how they break fingers and hands all the time,” said Florida’s Hanley Ramirez, a shortstop from the Dominican Republic. “I told them, ‘Maybe in the future you should think about wearing gloves.'”
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Former Zimbabwe cricketer Brian Strang said he found peace and happiness after he met the Indian Yoga guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Strang’s life was earlier tormented when his land was seized during the revolution which made him rebel against the law and ultimately led him to prison terms. “Crcket is life. No other sport displays truer emotions”, Strang said to the interviewer.
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Sri Lanka plan to hire a cruise liner to accommodate cricket World Cup fans and spectators at the newly built stadium in the island’s south, an official said. The six-million dollar stadium in Hambantota, President Mahinda Rajapakse’s hometown, lacks hotels to accommodate thousands of fans expected to watch the games in February-April next year. “Star-classed hotel facilities are enough for only two teams and the cruise ship can accommodate up to 1 000 people,” Sri Lankan World Cup official Suraj Dandeniya said. International Cricket Council rules require each venue to have five-star facilities to house between 500 and 1 000 players, officials, media and fans. Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh are co-hosting the 14-nation showpiece held every four years. Pakistan, the fourth test-playing nation in South Asia, were removed as co-hosts due to security concerns in the volatile country
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Following the success of the historic New Zealand v Sri Lanka Twenty20 International series played in Florida earlier this month, the USA Cricket Association (USACA), in association with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Three Feet High Productions, has released a television documentary titled “Cricket in America”. The 50-minute feature highlights cricket’s unique history in the United States, provides an insight into where the game is played in the country, and explores the potential of cricket to take hold in perhaps the most competitive sports marketplace in the world. The first ever international cricket match is recognised as having been played in New York City between the USA and Canada in 1844 and it is estimated there are as many as 15 million cricket fans in the USA, which is an Associate Member of the ICC, cricket’s global governing body.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Four Japanese women earn plaudits

After winning the recently concluded Pepsi ICC EAP Women’s Cricket Trophy 2010 tournament, the Japanese women were irresistible and four of them were named in the Team of the Tournament. Japan’s skipper, Ema Kuribayashi, who was also named as the captain the Team of the Tournament, Mariko Yamamoto, Katrina Keenan, the player and coach and Ayako Nakayama were rewarded for their performance throughout the tournament and found their names in the pick of the team.

As reported in this column earlier, the Women’s national team had qualified for the final round to the Women’s World Cup. The tournament – Pepsi ICC EAP Women’s Cricket Trophy 2010 – featuring Samoa, apart from PNG and hosts Japan was played in Sano, Japan last month.

Papua New Guinea makes history in EAP region

Cricket PNG have become the first Member Country of the East Asia – Pacific region to acquire world class turf wicket facilities, with the “Home of Cricket” in PNG, Amini Park, having a 6 wicket block laid recently. Cricket PNG will now begin to prepare the wickets for the upcoming tour of the Australian Indigenous XI in early July 2010.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of May 31.
Tokyo Wombats fell to 3rd place in May after holding out in the 2nd place much of the last season while YC&AC clawed its way back into the top ten list with some impressive wins last month.

Here is the latest top 10(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Lalazar (3)
3 Tokyo Wombats (2)
4 Wyverns (4)
5 Serendib (5)
6 Indian Engineers (7)
7 MAX (6)
8 Adore (9)
9 Shizuoka Kytes (8)
10 YC&AC (11)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

In order to be taken seriously, the KCL should avoid shooting itself in the foot with such unerring accuracy and regularity. The players don’t know the rules, the umpires dont know the rules and the level of conduct is more suited to low level football hooliganism. I am not sure what the KCL is trying to achieve, but I am certain that this is not it.

David Todd
YCAC

IECC Poll results

Was Afghanistan’s performance during the T-20 WC was at the expected level?

Yes 50%
No 0%
Long way to go 50%

Take the new poll:

Australia is reportedly preparing for the death of the ODI. Do you accept this as a reality?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Proud to be an Afghan
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Just when you think you have seen all of India, you come across with something even more fascinating. It’s so beautiful and I am loving every second of it.” – Adam Gilchrist about Dharamsala, where his team played an IPL match.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu hold the record of youngest cricketer ever to lead a Test side when he led Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in 2004 aged 20 years 358 days.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #107 KCL and Women’s cricket get the season moving

Newsletter


May 10, 2010                                                                                              Issue #107

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • KCL and Women’s cricket get the season moving
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Beers for Books news
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

KCL and Women’s cricket get the season moving

The Kanto Cricket League and Pepsi ICC EAP Women’s Cricket Trophy 2010 got the season moving with KCL and JCA organising the respective tournaments under their wings. The latest news is that Japanese team won the tournament today(May 7) held in Sano, Japan. Detailed reports are available under the EAP Section of this Newsletter.

Although KCL started its season, it was marred by an unsavoury incident occurred during the match between Tokyo Predators and Nagoya. The incident occurred when Predators were awarded 5 penalty runs by the umpire for Nagoya bowling a practice ball on the live pitch during a mid-innings break. An argument about the technicality of this decision (it is pointed out that the decision to penalise Nagoya was correct but the penalty was wrong) led the match being halted and the matter is reportedly being discussed by the KCL Committee.

+ Lalazar claim the T-20 championship +

Lalazar claimed Japan’s first ever all cash prize KCL T-20 Championship defeating the Shizuoka Kytes. The tournament was held last year but the final was held in April this year at Shizuoka. The tournament, a brain child of Saqib Khan of Nagoya C.C, offered a cash prize of JPY100,000 for the winner. The tournament featured coloured clothing and balls, all sponsored by the Khan Enterprises. “I have big plans for the future,” said a smiling Khan after the final.

Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 126/8 (20 overs) (Ashley Harvey 37, Abid Hussain 4/24)
Lalazar C.C.: 127/8 (19.3 overs)

Full score card: http://rgmjapan.tripod.com/20Twenty-Final.htm

+ Chiba Sharks introduce cricket to Elementary School in Chiba +

The Chiba Sharks spent a day at the Inihano Elementary School to take 20 odd boys and girls through some rudimentary cricketing skills through which cricket was introduced to the them. Read full report at: http://www.chibasharks.com/match-reports/sharks-at-inihano-elementary-school/
 
Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

After some outstanding catches on the boundary ropes, both by Australian players, in the IPL that turned the fate of the matches, some IPL teams were seen to be coaching the players on how to take such catches, notably Jonty Rhodes was seen giving tips to the Mumbai Indians.

Comment: We had published the video footage of two of those catches in our last issue
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Fear and Waqar were synonyms for most batsmen once, but now he has wrecked his own team. PCB sources said that it was Waqar’s feedback which convinced the inquiry committee and the Board that time had come to take strict action against the erring players. “The manager Abdul Raquib or the coach Intikhab Alam didn’t give the sort of reports that would lead to the board imposing severe penalties
on seven players,” one source said. “But Waqar’s report and remarks by captain Muhammad Yousuf called for immediate measures to halt the culture of infighting and ego problems in the team,” the source said. Sources said that Waqar before accepting the Coach offer had made it clear to the PCB Chairman that he needed total authority and backing if he decides to take action against a player (s) or in other matters. “Even the manager, Yawar Saeed has been instructed to show no leniency when it comes to enforcing discipline in the team,” one source said.
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Hindustan Times daily put the IPL number game of the party scene. About 500 people at every party and close to 15 security personnel. When Bollywood personnel are in attendance, of course, it was much more.  At the post-IPL fashion show 16 models showcased 32 garments every night. That is over 1,728 garments by 58 designers were showcased, 39.7444 kms covered by models on the ramp. 9,450 songs played at post match parties, 1,29,600 bottles of beer and 27,000 bottles of whisky consumed, 432 dishes served in the buffet spreads.
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Four days after she tied the knot with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik(28) Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said that she married an individual, not a Pakistani, scorning suggestions that her actions were unpatriotic because of questions such as which country she would support when India plays Pakistan. “It didn’t matter if he(Shoaib) was from Timbuktu. He could have been from anywhere,” Sania(23) said. For them it was love at third sight. Mirza said she had met Shoaib for the first time in 2004, but the meeting lasted for only two minutes at a restaurant in Hobartin Australia. The very next day Shoaib along with former fast bowler Waqar Younis came to watch her match where she found the all-rounder Malik very simple and attractive. They said they met again in Dubai. Shoaib said, “When I met Sania in Dubai almost five years back, my father told me to get married to her then.”
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The proposal to make former Australian Prime Minister John Howard International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-president was not taken up by the board of directors at their Dubai meeting in the face of an overwhelming opposition to it. Howard, who was to succeed India’s Sharad Pawar and a serving minister in the Federal Cabinet as ICC president in 2012, was the candidate of the boards of Australia and New Zealand. Most directors felt that the ICC post should not become a haven for powerful politicians and that cricket cannot be allowed to be hijacked by them. An ICC source in Dubai said that Howard’s candidature was not acceptable to ten of the 13 directors on the grounds that he lacked the experience of cricket administration. The ICC presidency goes to countries by rotation and the incumbent David Morgan of the England and Wales Cricket Board, will hand over the reins to Pawar in June and the new incumbent will act as vice-president before taking over in 2012.

Comment: One has to imagine that the outgoing president had loads of cricket experience..
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Afghanistan, who have honed their cricket skills in a warzone, may pose more of a threat to South Africa’s hopes of winning the Twenty20 World Cup than the leading nations, captain Graeme Smith said. “I read their opener (Karim Sadiq) said he was not scared of facing Dale Steyn and I wouldn’t be either if I grew up in a war zone. That’s the thing, they have no fear and they have nothing to lose, which makes them dangerous.”
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Chinese cricketers are training hard in Pakistan ahead of this year’s Asian Games, where they hope to raise the profile of the sport in their home country, their coach said on Tuesday. Cricket will make its first appearance at the Asian Games in November in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, and the home side has been preparing with help from Pakistan’s former captain and batting master Javed Miandad. Teams from Test-playing nations Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are expected to take part in the games, competing against hosts China and five other sides in Twenty20 format matches. President Asif Ali Zardari, who is patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), appointed Miandad as cricket ambassador to China last year. The ICC sees China as the next big market for cricket and regularly sends coaches and officials there to promote the sport.

Comment: China is only an Affiliate member of the ICC and their achievement in a short time span is commendable.
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The conflict between Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Asif and his estranged girlfriend Veena Malik seems to be over with both of them reaching an out of court settlement over all issues between them. Earlier, Malik had asked the concerned authorities to register a case against Asif for giving her ‘fake’ cheques. In her plea, Malik claimed that she had given 10 million rupees to Asif, and the cheque that the fast bowler had given her to return the money had bounced. Malik claimed that she had supported Asif both ’emotionally’ and ‘financially’ during his bad days, and now she ‘at least’ wants her money back. Asif was romantically linked to Malik, and there were rumours last year that both got secretly married in London, which has been denied by both of them.
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Legendary West Indian all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers will be felicitated on the 35th anniversary of his knighthood and some of the game’s biggest icons will be in attendance at the May 15 function. The gala ‘Knight to Remember’ dinner, tickets for which are priced at $180, will have many legends of the game in attendance. The function will be held just a day ahead of the Twenty20 World Championship final to be held in Caribbean. The legendary players will speak about the 73-year-old Sobers’ influence on the game in the event to be hosted by Tony Cozier, according to a statement issued by the organisers.
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Cricket could be facing a world shortage of bats as a result of a European Union decision to outlaw before export the chemical methyl bromide, which is an insecticide used to treat the wood in bats, because it is said to damage the ozone layer. Each year around 100,000 raw blades made of willow, known as clefts, are exported from England to India and Pakistan where they are made into the finished product. But the wood cannot leave the country without a fumigation certificate and India and Pakistan do not accept any alternative treatment for the wood apart from methyl bromide. It is feared the £10 million a year industry could go bust within three months unless a solution is found â۠ potentially plunging cricket into chaos.
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YouTube streamed IPL semi-finals and finals matches live to the U.S. Previously they were time-delayed, starting 15 minutes after the game ended. YouTube said the IPL channel on the video-sharing site has received more than 40 million views, with the United States second only to India in total views.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japanese Women progress to pre-qualifier round

In a major boost to Japanese Women’s cricket, the Women’s national team defeated the favourites PNG to qualify for the final qualifying round to the Women’s World Cup. The tournament – Pepsi ICC EAP Women’s Cricket Trophy 2010 – featuring Samoa, apart from PNG and hosts Japan was played in Sano, Japan and the final was held today (May 7). Batting batting first, Japan scored 125/5 in 42.0 Overs and then bowled PNG out for 123 runs.

It was reported that close to 300 people turned out to watch the match during the Golden Week holidays.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of April 30:

Here is the latest top 10(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1       Tokyo Giants (1)
2       Tokyo Wombats (2)
3       Lalazar (3)
4       Wyverns (4)
5       Serendib (5)
6       MAX (6)
7       Indian Engineers (7)
8       Shizuoka Kytes (8)
9       Adore (9)
9       Nagoya (9)
10      Paddy Foleys (10)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Do you think the the holding the T-20 World Cup immediately after IPL is a good idea?

Yes     100%
No      0%
Can’t say  0%

Take the new poll:

Was Afghanistan’s performance during the T-20 WC was at the expected level?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Proud to be an Afghan
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“It didn’t matter if he was from Timbuktu. He could have been from anywhere, even Mars.”, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on her controversial marriage with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

India’s Sachin Tendulkar has bagged most man of the match awards in ODIs – 60.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #102 Curtains down Japanese season

Newsletter


December 10, 2009                                                                                              Issue #102

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Curtains down Japanese season
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Curtains down Japanese season

December is the bonenkai season and clubs are holding their award nights everywhere. One club we know that celebrated their fantastic year in style was the KCL Champions, Tokyo Giants.

The Kanto Cricket League held the presentation ceremony at an Indian/Pakistani restaurant at Koshigaya and the Giants had done elaborate arrangements to celebrate this occasion, including short-circuit cameras and a free dinner for the invitees. The chief guest of the night was the Ambassador of Pakistan, who gave away the trophies. The Ambassador spent more than two hours in the restaurant mingling with the cricketers and listening to the history of cricket in Japan and that of the KCL. The surprise guest and speaker at the ceremony was the CEO of the JCA, Alex Miyaji. Miyaji’s appearance was indeed a welcome sign of thawing relations between the two bodies.

The Ambassador gave away awards to the following cricketers as individual performers, in addition to the runner up and the winner.
MVP – Ahmad Kamal (Tokyo Giants)
Best batsman – Dhanuka Samaranayake (Serendib)
Best bowler – Noman Iqbal (Lalazar)
Man of the Final – Hameed Saeed (Tokyo Giants)

Photos the night are posted here.

Correction: In the last issue we had incorrectly reported that this was the Giant’s 10th KCL victory. It is their 9th victory. Error is regretted.

+ Cricket Victoria conducts coaching camp in Japan +

Cricket Victoria conducted a 3 day Advanced Coaching seminar in Tokyo last month. The seminar, an Australian Level Two Coaching course, covered sessions related to the technical, tactical and fitness/health aspects of Cricket. JCA waived the fees, about JPY 10,000, for those currently active in coaching or possess a desire to coach in the near future. This was the highest level course ever to be held in Japan.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Well, the Engineers can’t be away from latest technology for too long. Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

Former Australian captain Greg Chappell feels given its increasing popularity, the Indian Premier League would soon become a world event and take cricket to hitherto unexplored regions. “I can see the day when IPL becomes a world format and we’ll have New York playing Bombay playing Beijing playing Sydney playing London,” Chappell said. “I have a feeling that Test cricket is going to reduce in size rather than grow in size,” he added.
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Michael Clarke, who recently returned to the Australian cricket team as vice-captain, wants to lead the side in future but only if incumbent Ricky Ponting decides to walk away on his own. “I could sit here and lie and say I don’t think about it. The truth is I hope I continue to get opportunities, whether it be one-day cricket, now with Twenty20 cricket or hopefully one day I get the chance to captain in Test cricket,” Clarke said. “But it is all so far away. Right now, I am over the moon and stoked I have been given the chance to captain the Twenty20. My leader, still, is Ricky Ponting.”
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Michael Clarke should never become a Test captain, considering his injury worries and Ricky Ponting’s desire to lead the national side to England for Ashes revenge in 2013, feel former Australian greats. “Michael Clarke hasn’t convinced me that he’s durable enough to be a captain,” said Ian Healy. Former Test captain Kim Hughes expressed concern about Clarke’s health saying, “Michael Clarke is getting experience, but there must be a question mark over him now with his back. The danger is that Clarke, because of his degenerative back injury, he might only be able to play Test cricket.”
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Shakib Al Hasan became the first ever Bangladeshi cricketer to be signed by an English county after Worcestershire roped him as their overseas recruit for next year.Currently the number one all-rounder in the ICC rankings, the 22-year-old Shakib will join the club after the completion of Bangladesh’s tour to England in mid-July 2010, subject to completion of visa arrangements. Shakib was thrilled with the distinction and said he was looking forward to join the county which had legendary all-rounders Kapil Dev, Ian Botham and Imran Khan in their ranks. “I consider it a huge honour to be the first Bangladeshi overseas player in county cricket and can’t wait to give my all for the club on the field,” Shakib said.
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The IPL is innovating – Four fielding substitutes instead of the lone 12th man, pink balls in practice matches and abolishing the Icon player status are some of the innovations which the Indian Premier League would embrace from its 2011 edition. From 2010 onwards, IPL would also be played under the supervision of the ICC Anti Corruption and Security Unit, while players who skip the tournament despite not having any national assignment might have their contracts terminated.
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A host of Indian politicians are using cricket terminology and epithets to defend Sachin Tendulkar against a local Indian plitician who decried that Tendulkar’s remarks that Mumbai (his hometown) belongs to all India, not just to Maharashtra (his home state and whose capital is Mumbai). “You have left the crease and moved to the pitch of politics,” Bal Thackeray, the firebrand Hindu Fundamentalist politician, had said in his party newspaper’s editorial. “Sachin has got Bal Thackeray out. Now, he (Thackeray) may cry as much as he wants after the fall of the wicket”, a Union Minister said. “Tendulkar has stumped Thackeray”, another one said. Yet another one made an entry in the scorebook of politics, “B Thackeray c&b S Tendulkar”.
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Peter McGlashan set an international record for catches by a wicketkeeper in a first-class match when he claimed his 12th catch for Northern Districts province against Central Districts in New Zealand domestic match last month. The former New Zealand ‘keeper took six catches, including one to dismiss former Black Caps batsman Mathew Sinclair, during Central’s first innings and seven, including catches from internationals Jamie How and Ross Taylor, in its second. McGlashan, 30, broke the record shared by 11 players, including former Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh and Zimbabwean Wayne James, when he caught Bevan Griggs off the bowling of Graham Aldridge.
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MCC, the custodian of the world’s most famous cricket ground, Lord’s, will turn to investors from the Middle East to help bankroll its planned £400 million redevelopment of Lord’s, which is designed to turn the ground into the world’s finest cricket stadium. The plans include to increase capacity by 7,500, to 37,000, and to build a new cricket academy in tunnels underneath the Nursery End. The main driver for revenue will be the sale of luxury flats around the ground, which estate agents have valued at £1.2 million each.
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Cricketer-turned-commentator Geoffrey Boycott kicked up a storm with an on-air four-letter rant during the third England-South Africa ODI, prompting the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to apologise for the indiscretion. Boycott was heard shouting “f****** t****r” during BBC Test Match Special coverage of England’s third ODI against South Africa. “An off-air comment made by Geoffrey Boycott in a live broadcast was heard by some listeners which we apologised for as soon as we realised it had been audible,” a Radio 5 Live spokesman said.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

ACC U19 Cup

Hosts Thailand overcame rivals Maldives by a handsome margin of 86 runs in the opening match of the ACC U19 Challenge while China defeated Brunei in the second match. Apart from the hosts, Kuwait, China, Maldives, Brunei, Bahrain, Myanmar and Iran are the other participating countries in the tournament that is currently being held between 9th – 18th December 2009 Cup at Prem Oval, Chiang Mai Gymkhana. Kuwait are favourites to lift the trophy.

Bali Sixes tournament announced in Easter 2010

Cricket Bali has announced its Bali Sixes tournament to be held in Easter 2010 at Udayana University Ground on the Bukit Peninsula, South Bali. The three-day event will run from 2-4 April 2010 and consist of a maximum of 12 competing teams, with six players in each team. The finals will be held on Sunday, 4 April along with a Bali young players’ match followed by presentations.

Fiji builds towards World Cricket League event

Cricket Fiji took a major step towards participating in the World Cricket League when they started a new competition, the Elite Player League, to ensure that players are used to the competition rules when they progress to playing for the Fiji Blues at international level. With Fiji set to play in the World Cricket League Division 5 competition in Nepal next February, this competition will be used as an important part of the team selection and preparation phase.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of October 30:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Tokyo Wombats (2)
3 Lalazar (6)
4 Nagoya (3)
5 Wyverns (5)
6 Serendib (5)
7 YC&AC (7)
8 MAX (8)
9 Adore (9)
9 Kansai Lions (8)
9 Al karam (10)
10 Indian Engineers (9)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

Whilst not disputing the fact that the Giants deserve to win the KCL every year, do you think that playing a home match every time is to their
advantage? If I am incorrect about this then I apologise.

David Todd

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

IECC Poll results

Do agree with the suggestion of lifting the quota for the bowlers in ODI to make it more interesting?

Yes 11%
No 89%
Somewhat 0%

Take the new poll:

Do you think India can sustain the No.1 rank in the Tests ?

Best of the Web

Peter Siddle with Delhi’s Cricket Impressionist

Virender sehwag’s stunning double century spawned a clan for himself. Here are some:

http://www.cricketwithballs.com/2009/12/03/sehwag-saves/

http://wisdencricketer.com/blogs/blog/2009/12/03/edward-craig-sehwag-and-test-cricket%E2%80%99s-children/

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I swear I’ll never hit another 400 in my life.” 12-year-old Sarfaraz Khan after scoring 439 in an U-16 inter-school match in India.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Australia have scored 300+ runs on more than 55 occasions in ODIs – the most by any side.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #100 The One Hundredth Issue

Newsletter


October 8, 2009                                                                                              Issue #100

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • The One Hundredth Issue
  • Kanto cricket news
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

The One Hundredth Issue

Yes, that is true! This is the one hundredth issue of this Newsletter. Drum rolls!

We are proud to say that this is the first ever cricket Newsletter in Japan, initially bringing the erstwhile Kanto Cup and other Tokyo based friendly tournaments news together at one place. Our intention was to connect the dots and focus on Japan cricket. Before we started this Newsletter, there was no “real” English language news source that covered all cricket news. Of course, there was and is still Robert-Gills Martineau popular website, which covers cricket to gourmet, and Trevor Bailey’s cricket magazine which stopped mid-way through. But then a newsletter is a newsletter and it brings news to your desktop. Later on, JCA followed the suit and started a Japanese Newsletter and much later an English version of the same, which seemed to have stopped after a while.

We have no memory of the events that led to the publication of the first issue but are now confident that our readers enjoy reading it. The first issue started with less than 50 readers, mostly the Indian Engineers club members and a few other cricket fans. Currently, the number of subscribers remains a little over 300 for the past few years. We assume that that is probably the number of English speaking cricket enthusiasts in Japan. Of the 300, a small number are from outside Japan and as far away as from Israel and Germany. This Newsletter even found itself as a reference point in Wikipedia about Kirikkit, a Samoan sport. The news item we published was the result of lead by one of our ardent readers, Jack Kean.

Unfortunately, we do not have copies of first three issues with us (shame on you editor!) but the Newsletter page on our website lists all issues since the fourth – http://www.ieccjapan.com/newsletter.htm. We believe we have come a long way since our first issue, in terms of look, content and reporting style. On the way we introduced some interesting sections, which were well received, such as:
– Quote of the month
– Trivial facts
– Small Print
– User feedback
– Japan Cricket rating

How does it work? How long does it take to put together and publish an issue? What are our sources? Well, there are no definitive answers to these questions. The news is gathered over the month and put together a day before it is published. It takes about 4-6 hours to put together what we receive over a month in the format you receive and also to the html version of it on our website.

We have got more flowers than stones on the way to this issue and it is precisely because of the support showed in private and public by many of our readers that we are here today. Thank you very much and your continued support is appreciated.

Kanto cricket news

Pakistan win YC&AC Sixes

With inputs from Syed Kamran:
In what could be a first in Japan, the annual YC&AC Sixes tournament was held under lights and used white balls. The tournament, participated by teams based on nationality, saw 8 teams competing for one of the most fun filled cricket events in Japan. Starting the first match at 1pm on Sunday, October 4, the final match was held at 9pm between Pakistan and YC&AC under the floodlit ground.

Pakistan(79) won the Cup final beating YC&AC(71) while Kamata beat International XI in the Plate final. Amjad Mirza was the best batsman of the tournament, Dinesh Singh with his 7 wickets was declared best bowler and Mohammad Pawas of International XI was named best allrounder. The teams participated are ANZAC, Toyama, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, International XI, YC&AC A and YC&AC B.

KCL Final 4

After a long hiatus, the semi-final matches of KCL will be held on October 11th and 18th. In the first match Serendib, with an underdog tag, will take on Lalazar while Shizuoka Kytes will face none other than the Tokyo Giants. The final is expected to be held on November 8.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Well, the Engineers can’t be away from latest technology for too long. Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

Six of the Under-19 Ugandan side, which participated in the World Cup Qualifier in Toronto went missing in Canada. The manager said the last he had seen them was on Friday night, around 11.30pm. When he woke up the following morning, the players were gone. In a similar incident two years ago two members of the Uganda side which had been competing in the World Cricket League in Australia absconded and subsequently claimed asylum. If they really absconded, they will have dealt a major blow to the dream of many young cricketers from developing countries to play abroad. Their actions can only increase the difficulties facing players from Associate and Affiliate countries in obtaining the necessary visas to enable them to participate in ICC events.
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While most cricketers turn to commentary, coaching or the game’s administration following their retirement, Vinod Kambli, the former Indian batsman, is going to contest the state elections from Mumbai, following in the footsteps of Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Sidhu and Kirti Azad. He had earlier tried his hand at acting and featured in some television series.
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Ahead of Pakistan team’s tour of England next summer, captain Younis Khan will be in South Africa for the 2010 football World Cup as Pakistan’s ambassador. Faisal Saleh Hayat, president of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), said Younis’ interest in football would help raise the game’s profile in a cricket-obsessed country. Younis had invited Pakistan’s football coach, George Kottan, to a cricket camp ahead of the Champions Trophy and said Kottan was impressed with the quality of football at the camp.
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When his college, St. Xavier’s College, released the results of its B.Com examination, Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s name had a “failed” against it, which was subsequently blamed on clerical error. The actual result result should have been ‘absent’ because the cricketer had missed both his semesters.
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After rejecting an invitation by the Pakistan Cricket Board to supervise a fast bowlers coaching camp in Lahore because of his media coomitments for Champions League tournament starting in India from October 8, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was told by the Champions League organisers that his services were no longer required in the tournament. The reason was later explained unofficially that the Indian cricket Board had told the organisers to avoid inviting Wasim to India because of policy instructions from the Government.
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Barely hours after his statement that the Pakistan cricket team threw away their Champions Trophy match against Australia, Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports MNA Jamshed Dasti did a complete volte-face and said he never accused the side of involving in match-fixing. Dasti, whose statement created a stir last night, claimed he never said Pakistan was involved in match fixing and his wordings misunderstood by everyone. “I never said the Pakistani players indulged in any match-fixing against Australia or New Zealand. What I was trying to say has been completely misunderstood by everyone,” Dasti said on the Geo Super channel.
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From an injury-ravaged struggler to being the hero of Australia’s second consecutive Champions Trophy triumph, all-rounder Shane Watson has credited the turnaround to his Indian Premier League stint under talismanic spin wizard Shane Warne.”The IPL stint got my confidence up as a player. It allowed me to come back to the Australian team. It was a massive turning point to play on such a big stage,” Watson said after striking his second hundred of the tournament to guide Australia to the title with a six-wicket win over New Zealand. “The captaincy and coaching ability of Warne was a great learning experience. I learnt how to control my emotions,” he added.
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International Cricket Council (ICC) President David Morgan has given the recently-concluded Champions Trophy event, won by Australia for the second time, a huge thumbs-up, calling it a ‘huge success’. “I’m delighted with the quality of the tournament and the level of cricket that has been played throughout this competition. It has been a huge success,” he said.
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Mr IS Bindra, International Cricket Council (ICC) Prinicipal Advisor, has encouraged full member countries to play more cricket in the United States of America and China. Bindra was reporting to the ICC Board during day one of its two-day meeting in Johannesburg on the work currently ongoing to promote cricket in those two countries. China are due to host the Asian Games next year where cricket will feature for the first time and the USA have been fast-tracked into the qualifying tournament for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010. They played in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy but were subsequently relegated to World Cricket League Division Five due to constitutional problems and are slowly working their way back up the ladder, beating Bermuda and Canada to the World Cricket League Americas Division One last year.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japan draws blank in ICC EAP Trophy

Japan drew blank again in the ICC EAP Trophy held recently in Samoa. Japan was able to cross the 100 mark only once – an impressive 213 – but couldn’t defend that total against a strong Fiji.

In the first match, Japan was all out for 86 chasing Fiji’s 238. Against PNG Japan struggled to get 41 in 35 overs (must be a world record?) which PNG knocked up in 6 overs for the loss of 1 wicket. Japan’s best performance came against Fiji when they notched up 213 but still beat Japan. In their last outing against PNG Japan scored 60 in 33 overs but PNG had no trouble in scoring 61/0.

PNG was the winner of the 2009 Pepsi ICC EAP Men’s Cricket Trophy.

Japan, however, did not return home empty-handed. In the pre-tournament T-20 matches, Japan beat Tonga and Cook Islands.

Match 1: Japan 21(15 overs). PNG 22/0
Match 2: Tonga 93/8, Japan 94/7
Match 3: Japan 140, Cook Islands 92
Match 4: Japan 43 (15.1 overs) Samoa 46/3 (10.1 overs)

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of September 30:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Tokyo Wombats (3)
3 Nagoya (2)
4 Wyverns (5)
5 Serendib (4)
6 Lalazar (7)
7 YC&AC (6)
8 MAX (11)
9 Adore (8)
9 Al karam (10)
9 Kansai Lions (8)
10 Indian Engineers (9)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Should the ICC Champions Trophy be scrapped?

Yes 80%
No 20%
May be 0%

Take the new poll:

Do you think the ODI format will survive?

Best of the Web

Stuart Broad telly why he was called ‘Baywatch’ during the Ashes by Michael Hussy

Australian players talk about some dressing room habits

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I’ll chew his ear off” – Australian opener Phillip Hughes before his appointment with Sachin Tendulkar seeking advice to resurrect his career.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Wicket keeper Budhi Kunderan opened both batting and bowling for India in the 1967 Birmingham Test (Farokh Engineer was the ‘keeper in that Test)

That’s all in this edition!

Nagoya to launch its T-20 this month

Newsletter


September 10, 2009                                                                                              Issue #99

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Nagoya to launch its T-20 this month
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • Announcements
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Nagoya to launch its T-20 this month

As reported in this space earlier, Nagoya Cricket Club and Khan Enterprises Inc. are to launch the first ever cash prize T-20 tournament this month. The tournament, named “Nagoya KCL T-20 2009”, is open only to the top 8 teams of each group of the KCL competition and carries a prize of JPY 100,000 for the winner and various other cash prizes. The top 8 teams of KCL this year are Al Karam, Giants, Indian Engineers, Lalazar, Nagoya, Serendib, Shizuoka and YC&AC. The competition will be held at Shizuoka. The T-shirts of player are sponsored by Khan Enterprise Inc.

Well, it is an exciting development indeed and we hope that this becomes a tournament that will be known outside Japan sooner than later, which probably will, because of the prize money. However, the challenge will still be the organisation of logistics particularly because of the fact that the tournament will be held in Shizuoka. It wouldn’t be a surprise if one or two eligible teams drop out of this tournament because of the distance, despite an attractive prize money.

The KCL competition, meanwhile, saw some usual suspects and surprises in the semi-final lineup. While Lalazar muscled its way to the top by beating the favorites, Al Karam, in Group B, and YC&AC being relegated to third position, a big fall from their top position last year, the Shizuoka Kytes surprised a few (probably themselves too!) in Group A with their semi-final berth. The other qualifier from Group A is the Serendib and Tokyo Giants from Group B.

Kansai Cricket

Jason from Kansai reports:

Jason from Kansai reports that although there are enough number of teams down there at Kansai, the Kansai Cup doesn’t seem to get going mainly due to lack of grounds and at times teams not turning up for matches. The only regular ground available is that of KRAC but available only once a month for cricket.

Editor** Kansai needs grounds, supporters and volunteers (and ideas too) to get the tournament going. If anyone has anything to offer, please contact us.

KCL results are available here

YC&AC Sixes to be a night event on October 4

YC&AC announced that they have postponed the annual YC&AC Sixes to 4th October, which was originally scheduled to be held on September 27. The tournament this year comes in different form – Day & Night cricket. This is a tournament that has its teams based on nationality. The likely teams this year are ANZAC, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, International, England and Japan.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Well, the Engineers can’t be away from latest technology for too long. Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

Pacific Friendship Cup

YC&AC became the first team to qualify for the Pacific Cup finals this year after defeating the Indian Engineers in the semi-final. The second semi-final will be between Paddy Foleys and Tokyo Wombats. Tokyo Giants, the defender and a strong contender for this year too became an unfortunate victim of the rain rules in the league level. According to the rules, which set a deadline date by which league matches have to be finished failing which a coin will be tossed to decide the winner, the Tokyo Giants vs. Paddy Foleys game was decided by the toss of a coin which fell in favour of the Foleys and the Giants were eliminated from the competition. Cruel as that can be.

The history of the PFC can be read here.

The Fine Print

Former Jamaica prime minister P.J.Pattersonn lambasted his cricket board of being too slow in moving to implement the changes to improve the boards governance and the national team’s performance as suggested by a Committee that included himslef and others. “It is erroneous to pretend or attempt to portray the notion that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has accepted and is proceeding in accordance with the Report submitted by Sir Alister McIntyre, Dr. Ian McDonald and myself.” Patterson said in his column. “I challenge anyone to point out a single iota or even the semblance of change which has been made to the composition and structure of the WICB as a result of our Report.”, he added.
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Fashion is an important part of daily life for West Indian Dwayne Bravo His forearm sweatband is always matching the colour of his sunglasses. It has reached a stage now where he is even matching with skipper Chris Gayle’s quirky sunglasses (the fashion jury is still out on those though many have said that Chris looks as though he has attended one too many kids birthday party in recent times). Bravo was recently seen in pink t shirt, black pants and pink and black sneakers when the team appeared at the National Stadium in Jamaica to watch the Usain Bolt v Asafa Powell clash.
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12 former cricket stars from England and India clashed on Switzerland’s snow-capped Jungfraujoch mountain in a friendly match organised by Beyond Boundaries, an Indian sports travel company, in association with Jungfraunbahen (Swiss Railways) and Swiss International Airlines. The match was held on India’s Independence Day on a specially made 18-yard strip with five-overs-a-side at 3,454 metres above sea level. While Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, Syed Kirmani, Sandeep Patil, Anshuman Gaekwad and Ajay Jadeja formed Team India, their opponents, the All Stars, included Alvin Kallicharran, Geoff Howarth, John Emburey, Chris Broad, Collis King and Neal Radford. MAK Pataudi and Farokh Engineer donned the umpire’s hat. Combining Swiss scenery and a uniquely English sporting passion, the event aimed to highlight the appeals of Switzerland to English cricket fans.

Comment: We had seen cricket at the Himalayas and now this.

What next? Cricket at Sahara? or middle of the Atlantic ocean?
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the schedule for the ICC World Cricket League Division Six, which offers teams the opportunity to progress to the 2015 World Cup.The tournament got underway on 29th August and the top two sides will be promoted to Division Five with such promotions continuing up until the World Cup Qualifier in 2013. Division Seven champions Bahrain and runners-up Guernsey are joined by Botswana, Malaysia, Norway and hosts Singapore.
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Former South African captain Shaun Pollock has stated that he believes that One-Day Internationals are the best format of the game. “Having played a lot (of 50-over cricket), maybe I’m a bit more of a sucker when it comes to appreciating the game,” Pollock told the ICC of T-20 game. “The fast 20-over game has caught the imagination of many but if you get off to a bad start then you can cost yourself the game. There is a lot of skill involved in the 50-over game and it’s over a much longer period, so that allows teams to have a bit of a mishap and recover from it and you’ve got time to implement tactics.” he
said.
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Troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds took a dig at the Ashes losing Australian team by criticising the world champion’s team culture. “I suppose you like to go out on your own terms. But the way I was, that I am, and the way the game was headed …
if you can’t sit in the pub and watch a football game over a beer, if that’s upsetting team rules and harmony, there’s no place for me anymore,” said Symonds, adding that although he is upset with the way he was thrown out of the Australian team, he still desires to wear the baggy green.
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Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has called for scrapping the Champions Trophy as there already is a World Cup in the 50-over format. There’s too much cricket, too much of it is meaningless, and there are just too many different formats,” Hayden wrote in his vision for cricket. He also suggegsted the T-20 World Cup should be played in every four years instead of the current two years and a a two-month window for the Indian Premier League to avoid overlapping of schedules.
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Former Pakistan batsman Qasim Umar reportedly said on a television show that Viv Richards took performance-enhancing drugs during his playing days. According to a Press Trust of India(PTI) report, Umar said that Richards, “himself confessed to him that he used to take drugs to release tension and improve his stamina and endurance levels.” Mervyn Richards, the younger brother of sir Viv Richards, put the allegation down to jealousy. “This has come up at a time when Usain Bolt is breaking records. It’s funny how allegations are made against extraordinary players. Yes, Viv was enhanced by something. It’s called passion.” Mervyn said.
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An audio tape which has been leaked by an unknown person from within the Pakistan Cricket Board has national selector, Mohammad Illyas talking openly with his close friend and PCB Chief Operating Officer, Salim Altaf, about how Pakistani players fixed matches in the first season of the Indian Cricket League. In the audio tape, Altaf asks Illyas about a fight between former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and batsman Imran Farhat (who is the son-in-law of Illyas). Illyas says the fight was serious during the ICL in 2007 and happened because some players were fixing matches. Illyas says in the conversation which a former Board official has confirmed was taped when former Chairman of the board, Dr Nasim Ashraf had ordered thetelephone lines and the office of Altaf to be bugged at the
Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
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Cricinfo editor said in his article that the dream that Papua New Guinea and Estonia would one day play Test cricket was always a false one.

Comment: Did he miss Japan?
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Australia losing the Ashes and slumping to number four in Test rankings is good for world cricket as it gives other teams the confidence to shine in the future, Pakistan great
Wasim Akram said.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Pepsi ICC EAP Men’s Cricket Trophy 2009 to be held in September

The official tournament programme for the Pepsi ICC EAP Men’s Cricket Trophy 2009 will be held in Apia, Samoa from 17-25 September with eight national men’s teams competing in both T20 and 50-over cricket.

The 50-over competition will be run in two components:

* Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) teams – Fiji, Japan and PNG will play each other in a round-robin competition and this will provide those three Members a great opportunity to play more cricket and hone their skills for upcoming WCL competitions.
* Non World Cricket League teams – Cook Islands, Indonesia, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will play each other to earn the right to be the highest-ranked EAP team and thereby strengthen its case to be elevated to WCL Division 8.

Afghanistan and others qualify for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Afghanistan, Ireland, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the USA secured their places in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after recording victories in the U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Toronto.

More news and brief score card at: http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/the-icc/icc_members/eap/newsdetails.php?newsId=1090

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of August 31:

Lalazar gate crashed into the top 10 with some heavy wins against top ranked teams in the KCL match, which gave them some handsome bonus points. Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Nagoya (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Serendib (5)
5 Wyverns (6)
6 YC&AC (4)
7 Lalazar (19)
8 Adore (10)
9 Indian Engineers (9)
10 Al karam (7)
10 Kansai Lions (8)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Announcements

Umpiring opportunity in Japan/EAP

I’m sending this to club and league representatives in JCL, KCL and Kansai. If you know of anybody else who would be interested, please forward this announcement. Note that this is not compulsory – your team does not have to provide a name – nor is it limited to one person per team.

I’ve been asked by Brian Aldridge (EAP Umpire Coordinator) to gather names and email addresses of people in Japan who are either a) already active as an umpire or b) interested in becoming involved. This is part of an initiative by the ICC’s East Asia Pacific region to increase and improve the level of cricket umpiring across the region. By joining the initiative, you are not being required to do anything. You are simply making yourself known and you will receive a newsletter and other umpiring information from EAP representatives. The long-term intention is to build up a broad base of competent umpires across the region and to identify candidates for regional tournaments and for selection to the EAP Umpires Panel and the EAP Supplementary Panel.

Contact me at: neil@umpire.com

Shizuoka Kytes Lawnmower Drive Unit Fundraising Program

By Neil Harrison:

Do you remember the 2007 Shizuoka Kytes Lawnmower Fundraising ICC World Cup Extravaganza? Of course you do. You enjoyed it so much you helped me raise 25,000 yen to stop our lawnmowers falling apart. Now you get another chance to give us yer money with the 2009 Shizuoka Kytes Lawnmower Drive Unit Fundraising ICC Champions Trophy Extravaganza. Very generous of the ICC to time this tournament just as we have two mowers in for repair and we are looking at a big repair bill. The Honda needs a new drive unit and that alone is going to cost us 35,000. Parts for the Yardman will cost us 5,000. Then there’s the labour…

What do you have to do? Like last time, the idea is just to have a bit of fun and hopefully get a bit of cash in towards the cost of our repairs. The rules are attached. Veterans of 2007 will notice a couple of changes – some due to the different format of the Champions Trophy, some due to my inclination to fiddle.

Rule 4a: The point is, your 11 should be feasible as a team – not just 10 bowlers and a keeper or whatever.

You can enter teams for people outside the country as long as you’re prepared to pay for them. You can enter more than one team (but pay 1,000 yen per team).

Like last time, I’ll send out a full list of everyone’s teams and I’ll send updates as the tournament progresses, but you’ll have to wait for
the first few matches because I’ll be umpiring hard in Samoa. Such a grind, this international umpiring lark. If possible please send your teams well before the stated deadline (Sept 21st) so that I can get everything sorted out before heading to Samoa. You can always tinker with the team up to the deadline.

Links:
ICC: http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/events_and_awards/champions_trophy/index.php
Cricinfo: http://www.cricinfo.com/iccct2009/content/series/374074.html
Squads: http://www.cricinfo.com/iccct2009/content/squad?object=374074

The Rules:

1) You pay 1,000 yen and you enter a team.

2) At least 500 yen of your money goes towards Kytes’ mower repair bill.

3) Up to 500 yen of your money goes towards prizes, as follows:
a) Highest Score: 4,000 yen
b) Lowest Score: 1,000 yen
(Assuming I get 10 entrants. Who pay. I might increase these and add more prizes if I get more entrants.)
c) Best Team Name: Bottle of Hardy’s wine

4) You choose a team of 11 players. Give your team a name.
a) The team must consist of:
at least 4 recognised batsmen
at least 4 recognised bowlers
one wicketkeeper.
b) You can choose 4 players from your own country. If your country is not represented, tough.
c) You cannot choose more than 3 players from any other country.
d) If a player pulls out of the tournament for any reason, his place in your team is automatically taken by the player called up to replace him in the squad.
e) If any two teams are identical, I’ll be in touch.

5) Your team must arrive at neil@jp.fujitsu.com by midnight on September 21st.

6) You score points as follows:
a) For every run scored by one of your players – 1 point.
b) For every wicket taken by one of your players unaided as a bowler – 30 points (ie. bowled, lbw, hit wicket).
c) For every wicket taken by one of your players as a bowler with help from a fielder – 20 points (ie. caught or stumped).
d) For every catch or stumping taken by one of your players – 10 points.
e) For every runout effected by one of your players – 18 points, 9 points etc, as listed on the scoresheet.
f) For every Man-of-the-Match award taken by one of your players – 10 points.
g) To highlight their position as jokers in the pack, scores for West Indies players count double.

Readers’ Corner

I was very interested to read Peter Roebuck’s comment quoted in the Newsletter issue 98: “To that end, sense the sudden, growing excitement of youngsters glued to television sets in Papua New Guinea, Japan, Sierra Leone, Vanuatu and Afghanistan.” I read that also in his original article on Cricinfo and posted the following reply (without a response!) as follows: “I would much appreciate Peter Roebuck kindly advising to which TV channel viewers in Japan are tuning in, so that I can do likewise. To the best of my knowledge, cricket is not televised in Japan (nor is it likely to be in the foreseeable future!). We have to make do with the internet, or visiting the very few pubs or Sports Bars which have a (quite possibly illegal) satellite connection.”

Tony Fordyce
YC&AC

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Can England wrest the Ashes?

Yes 80%
No 20%
Can’t say 0%
(This result was before the final Test)

Take the new poll:

Should the ICC Champions Trophy be scrapped?

Best of the Web

A Japan Times article on Cricket in Japan

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr Shashi Tharoor’s cricketing journey has been a romantic one

Gorillas play cricket, a promotional ad for the ICC World Twenty20 released by ICC

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“The consensus was to bowl in the right areas and the channels” – Kumar Sangakkara revealing a hitherto unknown secret of winning after winning the first Test against Pakistan recently.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Malaysian born Lall Singh played for India in 1932 against England at Lords.

2. France is the current Olympic silver medalists in cricket. England had defeated France at the Paris Games final in 1900, the last time cricket was played in Olympics.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #98 Japanese season in full swing

Newsletter


July 9, 2009                                                                                              Issue #98

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season in full swing
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • Shizuoka Youth Cricket development
  • Announcements
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japan scores a consolation victory in WCL-7

The Kanto Cricket Leage is seeing the usual suspects in the possible semi-final line-up with probably one exception – Serendib, the young Sri Lankan team, has almost ensured a place in the top 4 barring any NRR calculation that throws them out. They have won 4 out of their 5 league matches and is sitting pretty on top of Group A with 16 points. The other teams vying for the 2nd spot are Shizuoka Kytes(12 points with one match to go) and Nagoya (8 points with two matches to go).

In Group B, the unstoppable Giants secured their spot with all wins and YC&AC is behind them with 10 points. But a team that can pip the YC&AC is Al Karam who have 8 points out of 3 matches and two more to go. Meanwhile, Gunma withdrew from the tournament mid-way through (when was the last time they played through the season?).

KCL results are available here

Tokyo Ashes

Tokyo Wombats retained the Tokyo Ashes, a title they have been holding since the the inception of the bilateral series, when they defeated the British Embassy on May 23. Set a target of 372 to wrest the title, the make-shift Embassy was bowled out for 231. Wombat’s Rob Ferris starred with both bat and ball, having scored 97 in their innings and then claiming 5 Embassy wickets.

Pacific Friendship Cup

YC&AC became the first team this year to qualify for the Final of PFC after beating the Indian Engineers in the semi-final. YC&AC scored 255 in their innings, riding on Prashant Kale’s century(124) but the Engineers could not reach anywhere near the target in their chase and succumbed to 112 all out in 24 overs. Report: http://ieccjapan.com/2009/07/ycac-storms-into-pfc-final/

Earlier, the Engineers had defeated Shizuoka Kytes and YC&AC had defeated Adore to qualify for the semi-finals.

The matches yet to be played are Tokyo Giants vs. Paddy Foleys and Tokyo Wombats vs. Indian Tigers. The wiiners of these matches will play the second semi-final, the winner of which will meet the YC&AC.

The history of the PFC can be read at http://ieccjapan.com/competitons/pacific-cup/

The Fine Print

Twenty-over cricket has changed, for good, the interest in cricket in Japan, according to renowned cricket columnist, Peter Roebuck. “Twenty-over cricket is working wonders for the game…Focus instead upon the broader picture, cricket’s place in a wider world. To that end, sense the sudden, growing excitement of youngsters glued to television sets in Papua New Guinea, Japan, Sierra Leone, Vanuatu and Afghanistan. Nor were these countries chosen at random. All have risen strongly of late and will be mentioned in this dispatch.” Roebuck wrote in Cricinfo column.
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De Telegraaf, the newspaper with largest circulation in Holland celebrated the incredible victory of its national side over England in the World Twenty20 tournament with a headline that read: ‘Sensationele zege cricketers’. The daily reported how Schiferli held his nerve to score the two runs required to score of the last ball to win the match.

Holland’s second largest newspaper, Algemeen Dagblad gushed over the victory of its national cricket team. Its report is accompanied with a rather largish photograph of Schiferli celebrating the stupendous win with a raised bat after completing the last run. Crestfallen Stuart Broad, the unfortunate bowler who bowled the last over, can be seen on his knees ruing the defeat in the background.
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The English press reacted with glee on to the news that Australia was knocked out of the World Twenty20, ahead of the Ashes series between the two countries. “What do you call an Aussie at the Twenty20? A spectator,” joked the ‘Daily Mirror’, after what was Australia’s fifth successive Twenty20 defeat. One commentator wrote: “Since they touched down in England 12 days ago, Australia’s tour has gone exactly according to plan… England’s plan.” “The Aussies now have two weeks to fill before the Ashes tour begins. So throw another shrimp on the barbie, Ricky!” the Sun mocked. The ‘Daily Express’ remarked on how the Australians would spend their time, suggesting a theme park or even the London Eye, saying there was only so much “net practice and thumb-twiddling” a team can do.
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Cricket fans in the Indian cricket captain and city boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s home state burnt his effigy to protest India’s exit from the ICC Twenty20 world cup following successive defeats in matches against the West Indies and England. “Dhoni took the T20 world cup lightly. It seems Dhoni is more fascinated by glamour world instead of cricket,” said one of the protesters.

Not to be outdone, at least in this case, the Bangladesh cricket fans harangued their national captain Mohammad Ashraful when he returned home after his team crashed out of the World Twenty20 tournament in the first round. The furious supporters rallied at Dhaka airport, carrying placards and chanting “resign, resign” at Ashraful, who apologised for Bangladesh’s failure.
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Before the tournament began, the ICC boasted that the Twenty20 World Cup will be seen in 218 countries around the world. But Stephen Brenkley of the Independent of the U.K has pulled up the ICC for out of the world predictions saying there are only 194 recognised countries on the planet.

Comment**: Much like the Indian parliament election prediction. When you add up the total of seats each party claims that they would win, the total comes to more than the total number of seats in the parliament.
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Ray Torrens, Ireland’s manager, has been appointed an OBE (Order of Brititsh Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to cricket. It is due recognition for Torrens’ work with Irish cricket, first as an opening bowler in an era when the sport had yet to flourish in Ireland and then as cricket administrator, selector and manager, trying to inspire a new generation of youngsters to take up the sport. 
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A young Australian cricketer who was playing for Clayton West Cricket Club at Huddersfield in England has lost speaking power after his skull was fractured in an apparently unprovoked attack outside a nightclub. The 26-year-old Chris Thomson, who was on a night out with other players after a match, came under attack while leaving the club. He was punched on the face and hit his head on the ground during the bashing in Leeds.
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A 72-year old umpire was killed on duty during a Welsh cricket league match. Alcwyn Jenkins, who was described as a “smashing guy” by another umpire, died after being struck on the head by a ball.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

PNG claims EAP Under-19 title

Papua New Guinea defeated Vanuatu by 172 runs in the final at Amini Park, Port Mores to claim the East Asia-Pacific Under-19  title. Siaka of PNG scored his maiden century helping his reach 276 for 8. In return Vanuatu was bowled out for 103 after 34 overs.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1       Tokyo Giants (1)
2       Nagoya (3)
3       Tokyo Wombats (4)
4       YC&AC (5)
5       Serendib (6)
6       Wyverns (7)
7       Al Karam (2)
8       Kansai Lions (9)
9       Indian Engineers (10)
10      Adore (11)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Shizuoka Youth Cricket development

Robert-Gills Martineau reports:

After 4 years of existence, Miwa Primary School coaching is going on in full swing. Incidentally, this is the first ever registered primary school Cricket Club in Japan. (Coach: Robert-Gilles Martineau). Peter Timmings is coaching the Tokoha Primary School and this this the third year of its program.  The latest addition to the Shizuoka Youth Cricket development program is the Ryunan Primary School where the coaching started in May this year with great support from the school itself (Coach: Robert-Gilles Martineau). Shizuoka Prefectural university Cricket Club which started last year is being currently coached by Yosuke Yamazaki.

We are planning a day of cricket for all Primary schools to participate in November this year at our Shizuoka Kytes ground. This will gather all primary schools in Shizuoka to play out a small tournament, with parents watching.

Kytes member, Takuma Shoji, who recently majored from Waseda University, is helping develop Cricket in the Tokai Area with the help of Shizuoka Kytes CC. Originally dispatched by the JCA, Shoji decided to take the help of the Kytes after he was disappointed by the JCA’s methods.

Announcements

Beer for Books events

Lunch Trip for Beers for Books @ Zest, July 18, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm – Zest Nishi-Azabu.

A really interesting group of young professionals created a fun social group called Lunch Trip, which has a weekend lunch event which “travels” to a different country every month. In July, they’ve decided they’d like to have a night-time event to support Beers for Books and they will welcome both members and non-members of their club to join in the fun. Zest has kindly offered to host the event and we’ll be more details shortly. In the meantime, mark your calendar and plan to be there!

Editor **
You may recall that the the Indian Engineers cricket club became a sponsor of “Beers for Books”, a casual networking event that helps raise money for Room to Read. The idea behind the concept is a regular social networking event which will be held in a bar/restaurant in a casual setting. For every drink you order, the bar/restaurant will donate 100yen to Room to Read. One beer = 100yen = 1 local language book for a child in a developing country where Room to Read operates (Nepal, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Zambia). So all you have to do is to drink a beer!

We encourage our readers to attend the events to help promote literacy and education in developing countries. We will be publishing the event details in this Newsletter as well as on our website regularly.

Readers’ Corner

Good article on the JCA and their performance in ICC division 7 . Good points made about the lack of inclusion of talented foreign players and coach drafting himself in.

I think IECC is organising the Pacific Cup matches is that right? But those details seems to be very scarce on your website. if you are organising then you should give it due importance by adding pictures and match reports of all matches to make it interesting. It may take a little more time on the weekends update your website but I think the IECC website is the most accessed cricket site in Japan. Please make sure  that it is best captured in all areas.

Prashant Kale
YC&AC

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Will India retain the T-20 World Cup?

Yes 58%
No 33%
Can’t say 8%
(This result was before India crashed out)

Take the new poll:

Can England wrest the Ashes?

Best of the Web

An amzing presence of mind

In the recently concluded T-20 World Cup in England, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka displayed an amazing quick thinking, which got the experts split in their opinion on the validity of the catch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44MeAzjcqUY

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“An overrated bowler” – Mathew Hayden’s recent take on S Sreeshant

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Wicket keeper Budhi Kunderan opened both batting and bowling for India in the 1967 Birmingham Test (Farokh Engineer was the ‘keeper in that Test).

2. France is the current Olympic silver medallists in cricket. England had defeated France at the Paris Games final in 1900, the last time cricket was played in Olympics.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #97 Japan scores a consolation victory in WCL-7

Newsletter


June 5, 2009                                                                                              Issue #97

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japan scores a consolation victory in WCL-7
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • Neil Harrison’s memoir
  • Announcements
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japan scores a consolation victory in WCL-7

Japan managed a consolation win in the recently concluded ICC World Cricket League Division 7 tournament at Port Soif, Guernsey, which, otherwise brought disappointment to fans back home. The consolation win – against Suriname – was powered by a dream spell by fast bowler Patrick Giles-Jones, whose outstanding figures of 7/9 helped Japan beat Suriname by 8 wickets. Giles-Jones, an Australian playing for Japan, had helped reduce Suriname to 7/8 at one stage but a rear guard action from Surinamese batsmen helped them score 66. Japan overcame the meager target in 29.4 overs, losing two wickets in that process. Japan had earlier lost to Nigeria and hosts, Guernsey and later lost the last match against table toppers, Bahrain.

Nigeria recorded their two-wicket victory over Japan in the penultimate over, despite a reasonably healthy target Japan set for Nigeria, powered by an unbeaten 55 from Ko Irie.
Japan 187/8 (50 overs, K Irie 55*)
Nigera 188/8 (48.1 overs, G Beath 3/20)

In the second match against Guernsey, Japan’s score of 150 for 8 was easily overcome by the hosts with 11.3 overs to spare. Ko Irie followedup with his previous performance and made a valuable contribution to Japanese innings with an aggressive 49.
Japan 150/8 (50 overs, K Irie 49)
Guernsey 152/3 (38.3 overs)

The left-arm fast bowler Giles-Jones starred again in the last match with an outstanding bowling spell that saw Bahrain collapsing to 24/4 before recovering to post an imposing 260 runs on the board. Giles-Jones initiated a top order collapse by catching three of the first four batsmen in front of the wicket. Although Giles-Jones went on to claim 5 wickets Bahrain’s total proved too heavy for Japan and they were eventually bowled out for a paltry 64 runs in 26 overs.
Bahrain 260 (49.3 overs, P Giles-Jones 5/39)
Japan 64.

Source: various cricket websites

Patrick Giles-Jones and Ko Irie were Japan’s shining stars and provided the only silver lining in an otherwise lacklustre foreign trip for the Japanese players. With three losses out of their four matches Japan’s poor show outside the EAP region continued, highlighting the low domestic standards and underscoring the need to further open up JCA’s attitude towards the foreign players’ community in Japan in order to spur an inclusive development of playing standards. By limiting themselves to deal with only a small section of the foreign cricket community, the attempts to improve the standards by the JCA can only meet with limited success. Japan’s problems in the Guernsey tournament was compounded by the fact that two of their Pakistani origin players were rejected visa resulting in the original squad of 14 being reduced to 12, prompting their coach to draft himself in all the matches. But the moot point remained whether it was wiser to play one of their Japanese players than to draft in an aging coach (not that his performance was bad). One would hope that the generous grant ICC provides to Japan would be spent more wisely to improve the domestic playing standards. As an Associate member, Japan receives USD200,000 or more annually, depending on the grade they are placed inside the Associate grouping.

+ Kansai Cricket +

Jason from Kansai reports:

The games are on but there is no sign of competitive matches yet. We have a big problem with grounds, only me and the KRAC have any and they are few and far between. Ashiya looks hopeful every year though.

KCL results are available here

The Fine Print

A controversial SMS game introduced in the IPL, which evoked strong criticism for promoting to gambling, was discontinued with the games’ inventors taking note of the apprehensions expressed by Sports Minister M S Gill and many former cricketers. Gill had denounced the SMS game in which fans made ball by ball predictions for cash prizes, saying it amounted to gambling.
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Javed Miandad thinks that all is not well with the IPL that is underway in South Africa. He thinks IPL is a joke but at the same time worried about some of the results. “There is a definite smell of match-fixing coming from the IPL where strange things are happening. I don’t consider the IPL as cricket, it is a joke. It is strange that players who are not regular bowlers have taken hat-tricks in the league. Teams are losing matches from winning positions,” Miandad said.
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Bollywood diva and co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, Shilpa Shetty praised her captian as a a wonderful guy. She also is set to share Bollywood screen space with her team’s coach-cum-captain Shane Warne. “I understand the whole former nemesis thing between Shane and South Africa but I think he’s a wonderful guy without prejudices. He has a sense of fair play and he’s a good sportsman. And as captain and coach of my team he’s also an example of what I appreciate in players: consistency and dedication, irrespective of what career phase they’re in,” Shetty told You magazine of South Africa.

Comments: Meanwhile, Shilpa’s sister Samita Shetty is causing ripples in the tabloid newspapers. Read the Best of the Web section elsewhere in this Newsletter.
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IPL umpire Daryl Harper wanted to wear a helmet on a few occasions, apparently. “In one of the games Sanath’s [Jayasuriya] shot hit me so hard that I was feeling breathless for a while. And Hayden’s hits have brushed my ears a few times as well,” Harper said. “I was talking about this to some of the other umpires and they were also of the same opinion. Given the pace with which some of the players hit those shots, it’s becoming really dangerous for us. I guess it’s just a matter of time before you see us using those baseball helmets.”
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A cricket kit ordered from Pakistan by Dilawar Hussain, of Blackburn, U.K., was ruined by over eager customs officials searching for explosives. Eight of his bats and a few pairs of pads arrived with holes drilled in them! Neither the Pakistani nor the UK government has owned up the damage.
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In an incident what the accused described as related to “matters of the heart”, Bermudan fast bowler George O’Brien had been charged with using a Taser stun-gun against a “love rival”. Incidentally, O’Brien was handed a two-year suspended ban in 2005 after reportedly punching an opponent during Bermuda’s Cup Match, the biggest game of the year. In 2006 he was dropped from the national side after he missed a number of training sessions. That led to him being excluded from the 2007 World Cup squad, and days after being left out he broke his leg playing football.
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Former England international Chris Lewis has been found guilty of cocaine smuggling and has been handed a 13-year jail sentence. The former all-rounder was found with more £140,000 worth of cocaine hidden in his luggage late last year at Gatwick airport when he returned from a trip to St. Lucia. He had cocaine in liquid form hidden in tins of fruit and vegetable juice inside a cricket bag.
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Former Ausralian fast bowler and current Delhi Dare-Devils player, Glenn McGrath, rues that he has not been getting any game in the IPL. “It has been hard to be a part of the bench, and I was hoping for a game during the league stage. I have asked a couple of people about why I was not being played, and I get the sense that they were worried about my fitness. I feel fitter than I did last year, but I guess I will not get a chance to prove that now.” McGrath said.
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After promising to reveal his identity at the end of Kolkata Knight Riders’ Indian Premier League campaign, the blogger, who calls himself a Fake IPL Player, has left everyone guessing by not coming out with the much-awaited disclosure in what is ostensibly his last post. In a video post titled ‘FIP RIP’, a shadow declares himself to be the fake IPL player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzWIqbkuqEM
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Javed Sheikh, 53, a former first-class cricketer died during a veterans Twenty20 match in Pakistan, leaving organisers contemplating a ban on players with a history of cardiac problems. Sheikh collapsed during the match at Asgher Ali Shah stadium in Karachi, having complained of chest pain after bowling three overs.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

+ Japan’s young colts unimpressive +

Japan’s U-19 team, currently taking part in the 2009 Pepsi EAP Under-19 trophy in Papua New Guinea (PNG), have lost all their matches. In the first match against PNG, Japanese boys were bowled out for 55 and in the second match Fiji bowled Japan out for 59. Japan could not cross 50 runs in the third match against Indonesia. The boys, however, did a good job of bowling out Indonesia for 103 runs with Raheel Kano claiming 5/21.

Results are available at: http://cricket.resultsvault.com/common/pages/public/rv/draw.aspx?id=RVFIXTURE&entityid=31029

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of May 31:

One team slowly slipping down the ranks is YC&AC while the Wombats are clawing their way back to top with an awesome winning record of 5 out of 5 matches this season.

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1    Tokyo Giants (1)
2    Al Karam (5)
3    Nagoya (2)
4    Tokyo Wombats (6)
5    YC&AC (3)
6    Serendib (4)
7    Wyverns (7)
8    Sano(10)
9    Kansai Lions (11)
10  Indian Engineers (9)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Neil Harrison’s memoir

We requested Neil Harrison, Japan’s international umpire from the EAP Umpires Panel, to share with us his personal experiences in the
international circuit this year. Harrison’s biggest assignment (so far!) was to umpire in the Women’s World Cup early this year in Sydney,
which was telecast live and involved third umpire decisions.

Harrison writes:

For me, 2008 was a quiet year on the umpiring front, with no international activity in the East Asia Pacific region and a lot of washouts down in Shizuoka. That turned around somewhat dramatically in 2009 with a surprise invitation to umpire in the Women’s World Cup in Sydney as my first appointment in the year of any sort. This was the biggest and best organised tournament I’ve been involved in, even if the level of cricket turned out to be substantially lower than news reports had led me to expect. As it was so long, I didn’t have enough paid holidays so I had to take unpaid leave from work to attend the tournament.

Two of my colleagues on the EAP Umpires Panel were also invited (Shahul Hameed of Indonesia and Lakani Oala of PNG), and we were joined by Cathy Cross of New Zealand, Sarika Prasad of Singapore, 5 members of the Aussie first class panel, Tony Hill, Brian Jerling and Tyron Wijewardene of the International Panel and Steve Davis of the Elite Panel. Not a bad selection of umpires.

In all I got to umpire 7 games on field, with an additional 2 games as reserve umpire and one game as TV umpire (not a single referral in
close to 90 overs of cricket!) We umpired on some beautiful grounds, including Bowral (Don Bradman’s home ground – the umpires’ changing room was the store room of the Bradman Museum) and Bankstown (the Waugh twins’ home ground), and all the while we had the chance to observe and pick the brains of some of the finest umpires around.

Australia were clear pre-tournament favourites to win, and from the 3 rounds of warm-up matches it quickly became clear that Australia,
England, India and New Zealand were streets ahead of Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. The tournament results didn’t quite go as the hosts had planned and hoped, however, with the Australians unable to qualify for the final due to insipid performances against New Zealand and India. England defeated New Zealand in the final and India beat Australia in the 3rd place play-off, which I think fairly represented the performances of the teams over the 3 weeks of play.

While in Sydney, I was invited to umpire in the Vanuatu vs Fiji Bi-Lateral Series in Vanuatu in May. Being neighbours (relatively speaking),
Fiji and Vanuatu play each other fairly regularly, and Fiji traditionally run out easy winners, but Vanuatu have a reputation as one of the
most improved teams in the region and this time there was the added incentive of potential promotion from Affiliate to Associate member of the ICC (joining PNG, Fiji and Japan as EAP Associate members). Vanuatu had already fulfilled other Associate requirements (for example, logistical and administrative structures) but had been told they also needed to prove they could beat existing Associate members in a competition format. The ICC effectively gave Vanuatu two bites at the cherry by dividing the week into two 3-game series, with a winning majority in either series being sufficient to meet the ICC demands.

As it was, the ICC need not have worried as Vanuatu comfortably outplayed Fiji in the first two matches (winning by 6 wickets and 97 runs), rendering the remainder of the series something of a damp squib. Fiji bounced back to win match 3 by 32 runs, closing out Series A. Series B
was then designated friendlies only, but after Vanuatu took the first match, the second and third matches were cancelled due to the death of a local cricket stalwart on the morning of the second match. A consolation T20 match was played on the last day.

The good news from Japan’s point of view is that Fiji are (temporarily at least) on the way down, but the bad news is that Vanuatu are most definitely on the way up. The EAP pecking order has long been PNG followed by a big gap, then Fiji followed by another big gap, then Cook Islands, Japan and Vanuatu followed by a smaller gap, then Indonesia, Samoa and Tonga. PNG remain a long way out in front, but the gap between Fiji and the pack is closing. Fiji have appointed a respected new Kiwi coach and Aussie manager with a view to stopping the slide. We’ll have a chance to see how they fare in the next EAP senior tournament in Samoa in September.

Announcements

Beer for Books events

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Beers for Books event organized by InterNations.org 5/28 at The Pink Cow. We had a great time while creating 449 books for kids.

With the addition of the 2,831 books from the event with John Wood on May 14th we created well over 3,000 books in May. Beers for Books is truly gaining momentum as word spreads about how fun it is to organize and participate in B4B events.

The next scheduled events in Japan are 5/31 at IUJ in Niigata, 6/5 at Benny’s Place in Yokohama, 6/8 at Arterra in San Diego, 6/18 at The Pink Cow in Tokyo, and a VERY special event 7/4 in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture. See the events section of this website for all the details and see you there!!

Editor **
You may recall that the the Indian Engineers cricket club became a sponsor of “Beers for Books”, a casual networking event that helps raise money for Room to Read. The idea behind the concept is a regular social networking event which will be held in a bar/restaurant in a casual setting. For every drink you order, the bar/restaurant will donate 100yen to Room to Read. One beer = 100yen = 1 local language book for a child in a developing country where Room to Read operates (Nepal, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Zambia). So all you have to do is to drink a beer!

We encourage our readers to attend the events to help promote literacy and education in developing countries. We will be publishing the event details in this Newsletter as well as on our website regularly.

T-20 World Cup live on HumTum TV

HumTum TV, an Osaka based internet TV company, has obtained exclusive internet telecast rights in Japan for the upcoming T-20 World cup in England. The whole series is available for subscribers for JPY 7,000. Readers of this Newsletter is entitled to a 500yen discount if you mention the campaign code “IECC” when you subscribe it. www.humtuv.com

Readers’ Corner

This is in response to your news item in the last issue in which the KCL Committee was forced to announce new guidelines for claiming umpiring expenses. Can we really be talking about cricket when we have players arguing decisions with umpires? Do we really have members amongst us who will cheat their fellow cricketers with fraudulent expense claims? It may be a good time to remind our fellow cricketers just exactly what makes a “cricketer” and how the game should be played. The very fact that this ruling is necessary is an appalling indictment on those whom it is designed to censure. This is not the game of cricket that I was raised to play.

David Todd
YC&AC

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Your take on England-WI series?

England will win 67%
West Indies will win 33%
Draw 0%

Take the new poll:

Will India retain the T-20 World Cup?

Best of the Web

Collection of some of the best catches

It is learned that the friendship between Bollywood actress Shamita Shetty and Warne grew close during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) tour. Reveals a source, “Warne is known to be a ladies’ man. He met the younger Shetty just once before the IPL. Read here.

Gorillas play cricket, a promotional ad for the ICC World Twenty20 released by ICC

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“You help us in cricket and we will help you in soccer!” – Message from Indian president Pratibha Patil when she visited Brazil in 2008.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. France is the current Olympic silver medallists in cricket. England had defeated France at the Paris Games final in 1900, the last time
cricket was played in Olympics.

2. Malaysian born Lall Singh played for India in 1932 against England at Lords.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #96 Japanese season gets going

Newsletter


May 7, 2009                                                                                              Issue #96

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season gets going
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • Announcements
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japanese season gets going

Various cricket tournaments in Japan kicked off in April heralding the arrival of a new season. Kanto Cricket League, the most prominent of them, got going with results along the expected lines. Tokyo Giants, the defending champions won all their matches so far, with one of them being a surprisingly one-sided match in which they handed a massive 175 runs defeat to the YC&AC. With both teams being the finalists of KCL last year, what was expected to be a replay of the final turned out to be a damp squib when YC&AC lost quick wickets in their chase of 261 for a win. Although Nick Lawrence(3/31) and Farhan Ullah(3/54) claimed most wickets, they could not cause any significant damage to the Giants, whose cause was helped by Japan international Chino(61) and Hamid Syed(51) and in no small amount by the extras(49) conceded. Hamid then came back to claim 3/13 to rout the YC&AC for 85.

In other matches, Serendib continued their good show with back-to-back wins over a weekend of cricket at Shizuoka when they defeated Indian Tigers and Shizuoka Kytes. Yet another interesting match of the tournament so far was the one between Nagoya and Indian Engineers, in which the latter defeated the former in a tightly contested match. Nagoya, who used to have the upper hand in the contest between the two, could not maintain their victory run and the Engineers chased the target of 167 with the loss of 8 wickets and 2 overs to spare.

On the other hand, KCL is not without its usual troubles. The match between Al Karam and Lalazar was marred by umpiring controversy and the losing team refused to accept the result blaming it on unfair conditions and decisions. After studying the matter, the KCL Committee ruled the match between Lalazar and Al Karam null and void and promulgated new guidelines for umpires. The KCL Committee decision can be read online here.

KCL results are available here

The Fine Print

France, the current Olympic silver medalists in cricket, wants a return game in Lille ahead of the London Olympics in 2012. England, had defeated France to win gold at the Paris Games in 1900. “Cricket is advancing quickly in France but it needs a match like this to capture the imagination of the public. France v England is always a big event in France, whatever the sport.”, said Maxime Parent, spokesman for France Cricket. Cricket in France has come a fair way since it was banned as an “alien” sport in 1940 by the Vichy government. There are now ten clubs in France’s super-league and about one-third of its players are French.
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An England-based group is planning to stage a cricket match at Gorak Shep, a plateau which lies in the foothills of Mount Everest. The proposed game site is 5,160m (almost 17,000 ft) above sea level. A group of 50 will gradually acclimatise themselves to the conditions over an 11 day climb to the plateau. It is hoped that there will be 22 fit players left to take to the ice for a 20 over game. At that altitude oxygen levels are 65% of normal. If successful, the group will set a record for the highest altitude sports match ever staged. The goal is to raise $550,000 for a children’s charity and another charity dedicated to environmental preservation and poverty elimination in the Himalayas. The expedition, which consists of 51 people includes two squads of 15, two umpires and a support crew of cameramen, photographers, medics, lawyers and environmental experts. The teams are named after the first two men to conquer Everest – Hillary and Tenzing.

Comment: The only thing lacking is some spectators.
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India’s intelligence agencies said to have intercepted a call to one of India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim’s four unidentified hirelings in Mumbai, hired to bump off IPL boss Lalit Modi. Electronic surveillance records intercepted by Intelligence Bureau indicate that Chhota Shakeel, Ibrahim’s right hand man, has asked his shooters to target Modi in Mumbai or South Africa. “Usko khatam kar do India ya South Africa mein,” (finish him off, in India or South Africa) is the diktat. The theory doing the rounds behind the reason is that Ibrahim and his gang are upset with the fact that the IPL matches were moved to SA which will cause huge losses in the order of millions of dollars by way of betting. Regular contacts between bookies and tainted cricketers are necessary as most bets are laid in sessions, in common parlance betting results up to five overs. Sometimes, it is important to contact a cricketer at very short notice so that he can be coerced to under-perform.
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A Newspaper crew was greeted in Hindi by the gatekeeper when they visited an IPL stadium. “Namaste, tum kaise ho (Hello, how are you)?” that was how the lady manning the gates of the stadium greeted the journalists. When asked where she had picked up the language from, the girl named Percy said: “During the 2007 T20 World Cup.”
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The Shah Rukh Khan-owned IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders is said to be spending sleepless nights over a blog -http://fakeiplplayer.blogspot.com/ – that is providing insights on the team’s dressing room talk, strategies and other details. What is worrying the KKR management is that the perpetrator, who goes by the name Fake IPL Player, is either a player or a team official.

Comment: Either way, the public gets to know the truth.
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An American entrepreneur who hopes to establish an international Twenty20 tournament in New York has signed up former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq [Images] and six other Pakistan players for his project scheduled to be launched later this year. President and CEO of American Sports And Entertainment Group Inc, Jay Mir, has drawn up plans for a six-team American Premier League to be staged in October on a converted baseball field in Staten Island, New York. A spokesman for the Yankees confirmed that they were in talks, adding that they were “very excited” at the prospect of bringing cricket to the city.
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The latest allegation against Andrew Symonds is that the Australian cricketer used his autographed bat to get a seven-figure loan sanctioned from Commonwealth Bank of Australia before investing the money in a failed company. “The Australian Financial Review reports that a Storm Financial Services company adviser offered the autographed cricket bat in 2007 in order to waive the cost of mortgage insurance for Symonds. The cricketer is believed to have lost about US$ one million when the company collapsed in January,” reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

Comment: Australia recently reported that it entered into recession.
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Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who has been reported for a suspect bowling action by ICC match officials, feels Australian all-rounder Shane Watson might have complained to the umpires about his ‘doosra’ delivery. “I saw Watson speaking to the umpires who later spoke to me and said there was a problem,” he said.
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We’ve heard of tyres being used for many purposes, but this one beats them all. The groundsmen at the Newlands for an IPL match keep tyres on the pitch covers to keep them grounded. Strong gusts of winds take the covers off but the tyres help in keeping them on the surface.

Comment: Sometimes the elementary methods help.
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Afghanistan, the newest ICC country to be inducted into their enjoyably competitive list of one-day nations, have won their first ODI. Well, sort of. That’s what the Afghans will tell you after thumping an English village XI. Ditchling Cricket Club, captained by former Kent and England allrounder Jamie Theakston, were walloped by 124 runs at a heavily-secured NATO base in Kabul.
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The Bangalore Royal Challengers’ Jacques Kallis had to endure the unsettling sight of his sister dancing to celebrate his wicketas he trudged back to his team’s dugout. Kallis’s sister was signed up as a cheerleader for Chennai Super Kings. “I don’t mind really…except she really did seem to be doing her job very well when I was out. She didn’t have to look so pleased…!”, remarked Kallis.
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The prisoners in Kolkata’s Alipore Central Jail have gone on a hunger strike in protest against not being allowed to watch the IPL tournament. The protest by the 500 prisoners began after the jail guards rejected their demands, on the grounds that the matches are being broadcast on a private channel – security concerns allow only state-run television to be shown in Indian jails.

Comment: talk of the IPL fan base!
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Chelsy Davy, former partner of Prince Harry, has been “spending time” with South Africa’s captain Graeme Smith. Davy seems to be strikingly similar to Smith’s previous high-profile girlfriend, the model Minki van der Westhuizen, reported the U.K’s Daily Mail. Chelsy is still very fond of Harry but she can’t go on waiting for ever, added the daily.
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According the United Kingdom-based brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance, the two-year-old IPL is worth a whopping $2 billion and in 2-3 years, the IPL clubs may get listed on the bourses just like the popular English Premier League football teams. Here’s how the 8 IPL teams rank in terms of valuation.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders – Value: $42.1 million.
Franchise fee: $75.1 million.
2. Mumbai Indians – Value: $41.6 million.
Franchise fee: $111.9 million.
3. Rajasthan Royals – Value: $39.5 million.
Franchise fee: $67 million.
4. Chennai Super Kings – Value: $39.4 million.
Franchise fee: $91.9 million.
5. Delhi Dare Devils – Value: $39.2 million.
Franchise fee: $84 million.

6. Royal Challengers – Value: $37.4 million.
Franchise fee: $111.6 million.
7. Kings IX Punjab – Value: $36.3 million.
Franchise fee: $76 million.
8. Deccan Chargers – Value: $34.8 million.
Franchise fee: $107 million.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

No updates this month..

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of February 28:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

Results as of April 30:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Nagoya (2)
3 YC&AC (3)
4 Serendib (23)
5 Al Karam (4)
6 Tokyo Wombats (6)
7 Wyverns (5)
8 Adore (8)
9 Indian Engineers (11)
10 Millennium (7)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Announcements

Beer for Books with Room to Read Founder John Wood @ Genius in Ginza 5/14

We’re pleased to welcome Room to Read Founder and Chairman John Wood to Japan for a very special Beers for Books event at Genius in Ginza! We’ll be starting from 6PM, with a short presentation and drawing at 8:30PM, then going late into the night to create books for kids. For you beer lovers, Andrew of Nagano Trading will be serving some of California’s finest craft beers from Speakeasy, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, and Green Flash so you can create books in fine taste and style!

Entrance is FREE before 9PM and normal club prices after that (3000 for Men, 2000 for women).

NOTE: Due to space limitations of the club we have to take reservations and we max out at 300. If you plan to go, please RSVP as “Attending” on this event page, on the B4B Facebook site, or by sending me a message and we’ll make sure you’re on the list.

Room to Read Fund raising event

Room to Read, a charity organisation working for the education of underprivileged children in the developing work, is organising a fund
raising event on Friday May 15 at the Academy Hills Library at the Roppongi Hills. This event is geared to raise finds for the organisation’s
chapter in Nepal. John Wood, the founder of Room to Read and Pushkar Shresta, the Country Director for Nepal will be attending the event.

http://www.roomtoread.org/involvement/events/2009/05_15_japan/invitation.html

You may recall that the the Indian Engineers cricket club became a sponsor of “Beers for Books”, a casual networking event that helps raise money for Room to Read. The idea behind the concept is a regular social networking event which will be held in a bar/restaurant in a casual setting. For every drink you order, the bar/restaurant will donate 100yen to Room to Read. One beer = 100yen = 1 local language book for a child in a developing country where Room to Read operates (Nepal, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Zambia). So all you have to do is to drink a beer!

We encourage our readers to attend the events to help promote literacy and education in developing countries. We will be publishing the event details in this Newsletter as well as on our website regularly.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

India won the Test and ODI series in New Zealand because:

India is strong and emerging 50%
New Zealand was young and inexperienced 50%
This just a one-off success for India 0%

Take the new poll:

Your take on England-WI series?

England will win
West Indies will win
Draw

Take the new poll:

India won the Test and ODI series in New Zealand because:

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

When Obama met Lara

Cricket breaks down Israel boundaries

Picture of the month

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I always wanted to meet the Michael Jordan of cricket” – U.S president Barack Obama to Brian Lara when the two met in Trinidad at the Summit of the Americas.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Invention of leg glance shot is attributed to Ranjith Singhji.

2. Ranjith Singhji, after whom India’s top domestic competition, Ranji Trophy, is named, lost his right eye in a hunting accident in 1914.
 

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #95 Japanese season warms up

Newsletter


April 10, 2009                                                                                              Issue #95

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season warms up
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • Announcements
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japanese season warms up

The Japanese season kicked off with friendly matches last month as clubs started preparing for various tournaments ahead of them. Rusty and lazy over winter months, except those who love snow sports, players took advantage of the warm weather in March to get back into the grove and some light exercises. One team even underwent a name change, probably not wanting to limit themselves to a small town. Ichihara Sharks, based in the Ichihara city of Chiba prefecture changed their name to Chiba Sharks. Their new homepage is accessible at http://www.chibasharks.com. Another team, Al Karam, who were rumored to be considering a name change a few months ago, apparently decided continue with the old name.

According to the reports we have here, the following friendly matches took place:
Tokyo Wombats defeated Tokyo Predators
Shizuoka Kytes defeated Paddy Foleys
Chiba Sharks defeated Tokyo Predators
Tokyo Predators defeated Paddy Foleys
Serendob defeated Indian Engineers

The KCL matches took off in the last week of March with Al Karam defeating Gunma and defending champions Tokyo Giants bulldozing Lalazar.

Alkaram: 197/10 in 36.2 overs. Gunma: 158/9 in 35.3 overs.
Lalazar: 156 in 31.4 overs. Tokyo Giants: C.C – 157/5 in 25.3 overs
Gunma: 137. Lalazar: 138/5

KCL results are available here

The Fine Print

During the rain break during final India-NZ Test a reader came with this trivia fact. “The first testicular guard was used in
cricket in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. It took 100 years for men to realise that the brain is also mportant!”
The species has to continue even if produces mad people. The priority is perfectly fine!
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Mark Greatbatch, the coach of Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor reckons Taylor’s power and his hitting technique could have come from Kilikiti, the Samoan version of cricket. Kilikiti is played with a heavy rubber ball and a long three-sided bat, which makes it difficult to predict
the direction of the hits. Taylor’s mother was from Samoa.

Comment: Some of our readers may recall that this Newsletter had run an article on Kilikit in our 43rd issue, http://www.ieccjapan.com/newsletter/newsletter43.htm, which was later used by Wikipidea as a reference.
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Niranjan Shah, who was India’s tour manager for the one-day series in New Zealand recently was labelled as a ‘travelling goon’ in the New Zealand media for the veiled threat he issued just before he left New Zealand against using anyone (and more likely Craig McMillan) who has something to do with ICL doing commentary in the India-New Zealand series.

Comment: Hard to disgree with the label.
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Umpire Steve Bucknor claimed that the BCCI used its financial might to sack him from the Perth Test in 2008.”I have survived for a long time. Had it not been for strong-willed people within the ICC, I might have been out due to negative reactions from certain quarters”, Bucknor said. “So, I was expecting these things to happen because on earth … there are some people who are more equal than others. Because they are more equal, they seem to have more say. And what they say, especially influenced by money, they seem to have their way. So, I’m not too surprised”, he said.

Comment: Mr. Bucknor should perhaps watch this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R29I2Wh_XOg
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Australia’s latest batting sensation, opener Phil Hughes, prefers to be called Phillip rather than Phil in print. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this seemed a bizarre request, given Hughes is unshaven, a fan of shorts and thongs, the son of a banana farmer, vertically challenged, and a country bumpkin to the bone.
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Hitting out at authorities for using cheerleaders in the cricket field to “seduce” crowds, a prominent Hindu political party leader said that the sanctity of cricket has been lost as the promoters have turned the field into a dance bar. “I am a lover of good sports and music. It is the secret of my cheerfulness. I have a special affinity towards cricket. But till now only cricket was played in the field. However, now things are changing with the bringing of cheergirls to seduce the crowd,” Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said. But now one does not know whether people are coming to watch the cricket or to see the cheergirls, he said adding it has degenerated cricket. Thackeray also questioned Maharashtra government’s reluctance to stop, the “naked dance” when farmers in parts of Maharashtra were committing suicides.
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Sachin Tendulkar is a god to millions of Indians who worship this sport but now his fans apparently have plans to turn him into a real Hindu god. Some of his fans in Delhi have hired artists to create icons of Tendulkar as the Hindu monkey god Hanuman but this Tendulkar god will be holding an MRF bat instead of the mace.
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The IPL is not just a money spinner for sponsors, players and franchises but also for Government which earned a whooping Rupees 910 million (US$20m) as income tax from first edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament. The revenue was received by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) after it categorised the tournament under the ‘professional services’ in 2008.
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Disgraced former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin is rumoured to be standing for election in the upcoming parliamentary elections in India as a candidate of ruling Congress party. The reactions from the public were mixed with one calling him a thug and a man who disgraced cricket.
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Bruised and shaken by the terror attack in Pakistan, Sri Lankan cricketers are breathing easy after undergoing yoga and meditation taught by Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Kumar Sangakkara, the dynamic and optimistic new captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, said that he felt relaxed and calm after just two sessions of the “Sudarshan Kriya” breathing. It was “a really pleasant experience”, the sports ministry quoted him as saying. “The Sri Lankan cricketers have now found a new direction to be relaxed, calm and still be dynamic and alert,” the ministry said. Vice Captain Muttiah Muralitharan said he felt “a new calmness” after learning the breathing technique, which Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living has taught to millions around the world.
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South African batsman Ashwell Prince was furious when he was told that his No. 5 position was taken by A. B. de Villiers and Prince will be asked to open the innings against the Aussies. Prince, who was appointed as captain, for the 3rd Test wanted to review the decision but Cricket South Africa quikly put an end to the problem by replacing Prince with Jacques Kallis as captain. The reason for his objection is rumoured to be that one of the openers will be dropped when actual captain Graeme Smith returns and in case Prince failed to score and the debutant Imraan Khan scored runs, Price would have to wait.

Comment: Prince scored 150 in the 1st innings. That is determination for you.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

No updates this month..

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of February 28:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Nagoya (2)
3 YC&AC (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Wyverns (4)
5 Tokyo Wombats (5)
6 Millennium (6)
7 Adore (7)
8 Kansai Lions (8)
9 Indian Engineers (9)
10 Ichihara Sharks (10)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Announcements

Room to Read Fund raising event

Room to Read, a charity organisation working for the education of underprivileged children in the developing work, is organising a fund
raising event on Friday May 15 at the Academy Hills Library at the Roppongi Hills. This event is geared to raise finds for the organisation’s
chapter in Nepal. John Wood, the founder of Room to Read and Pushkar Shresta, the Country Director for Nepal will be attending the event.

http://www.roomtoread.org/involvement/events/2009/05_15_japan/invitation.html

You may recall that the the Indian Engineers cricket club became a sponsor of “Beers for Books”, a casual networking event that helps raise money for Room to Read. The idea behind the concept is a regular social networking event which will be held in a bar/restaurant in a casual setting. For every drink you order, the bar/restaurant will donate 100yen to Room to Read. One beer = 100yen = 1 local language book for a child in a developing country where Room to Read operates (Nepal, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Zambia). So all you have to do is to drink a beer!

We encourage our readers to attend the events to help promote literacy and education in developing countries. We will be publishing the event details in this Newsletter as well as on our website regularly.

Cricket Club Invitation

Gretchen McQueen from Australia writes:

My father has built a cricket ground just out of Melbourne, Australia, and shares the same passion for the game. I thought that if you
intended to ever tour Australia, that your club would really enjoy playing on the beautiful oval, that has turf wickets, set in the Australian
bush. If you are interested, the website with pictures and news is www.humeandhovell.com.au

They hold coaching camps for junior groups, social cricket games, and the ground is complete with white picket fence and club pavilion with Don Bradman signed bats and so much memorabilia. It is a cricket lovers dream. Contact me at Gretchen.McQueen@lion-nathan.com.au.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Can Australia reclaim its top spot any time soon?
Yes 67%
No 0%
Yes, but will take time 33%

Take the new poll:

Do you think the new T-20 in Japan that carries JPY100,000 as the prize a good idea?
Yes 96%
No 0%
May be 4%

Take the new poll:
India won the Test and ODI series in New Zealand because:
India is strong and emerging / New Zealand was young and inexperienced / This just a one-off success for India

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

The Guardian of the U.K. says how BCCI and ECB who were hardly on speaking terms last year, except when it came to trading barbs and threats
are now throwing themselves face first into the deep end to host the IPL. Read here.

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I love playing cricket in India, particularly one-day cricket. I’ll miss the crowd.” The 1.5 million dollar baby Andrew Flintoff on IPL being shifted out of India this year.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Ranjith Singhji, after whom India’s top domestic competition, Ranji Trophy, is named, lost his right eye in a hunting accident in 1914.

2. Sunil Gavaskar’s only Test wicket was that of Pakista’s Zaheer Abbas when Abbas was dismissed on 96.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #94 T-20 in Japan Comes of Age

Newsletter


March 12, 2009                                                                                              Issue #94

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • T-20 in Japan Comes of Age
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • U.S. T20 Cricket Tournament
  • IECC becomes supporter of Beers for Books
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

T-20 in Japan Comes of Age

The Kanto Cricket League seems to have found its own Allen Stanford, in terms of sponsorship, that is – let us be clear. In a dramatic announcement, Saqib Khan of Cricket Club of Nagoya proposed to run a Twenty-20 tournament under the auspices of the KCL at the end of the 2009 season that carries a winner-takes-all cash award of JPY 100,000 for the title and various other cash awards for individual performers, all sponsored by C.C of Nagoya. The KCL AGM accepted the proposal unanimously. The tournament is likely to be held at the Shizuoka ground in the months of September and October. The invitation to participate in this unique venture will be limited to the top 8 teams of the KCL tournament.

This is the first time ever in the history of cricket in Japan that a domestic tournament carries a cash prize. It may be recalled that KCL ventured into an unsuccessful T20 competition in 2007 with a grand scheme of making it into an all Japan competition but it fizzled out due to Tokyo based teams’ unwillingness to travel to grounds as far as Shizuoka for a 20 over match. Khan was the main driver behind that tournament and had invested considerable time to draw the plan and schedule. Although a few games were played, KCL eventually abandoned the idea when the reality struck and concentrated on the ODI version in 2008.

Given the unsucssful foray into T20 two years ago, it takes a certain level of chutzpah to organise such an event but Khan was not to give up. He decided to run the tournament on his own, a.k.a Allen Stanford, with the blessings of the KCL to make his pet project a reality and in the course writing an important chapter in Japanese cricket history. Undoubtedly, this is something the Japanese cricket has not seen before. Many  people loathe the concept when money is mentioned in amateur cricket countries. True, money can turn one nasty and ugly but at the same time it is difficult to attract publicity and interest without monetary benefits. We have seen what T20 can do in many countries, especially in India, with its official IPL and its rival ICL, and the now defunct Stanford series between England and the West Indies.

Any tournament that involves cash has high stakes and requires meticulous planning, especially when it comes to umpiring, where professional umpires are scarce and players often have grouses about umpiring decisions. However, Shizuoka being home to two of Japan’s international umpires, this may turn out to be a non-issue. We hope that this is the beginning of a different level of cricket in Japan and evolve into something that attracts the attention of the media, overseas players and teams thus help spread the awareness of the game in Japan.

KCL Adopts a mission statement

The KCL 2009 AGM held on Sunday February 15 adopted a mission statement for KCL for the first time. One of the important points in its stated mission is expansion of cricket in Japan both, in the foreign and local communities.

Mission Statement:
“The Kanto Cricket League (KCL), now in its 15th year and 3rd year in its present format, exists to provide the opportunity for all cricketers in the Kanto and neighbouring areas, regardless of their age, ability or nationality to play competitive cricket. The KCL places great importance on the playing of cricket in the proper spirit and in a friendly manner and with strict adherence to the laws of cricket.
The KCL is also committed to the expansion of cricket in Japan, both in the foreign and local communities, and the sourcing of new cricket grounds and training facilities. The KCL wishes to maintain and improve its relationships with other cricketing organisations inside and outside Japan, and to expand itsactivities accordingly.”

The AGM also decided to divide the KCL Consitution into two parts – Constitution and Match Rules with the Match Rules subject to be changed periodically. The constitution and match rules can be downloaded from http://www.ieccjapan.com/kantocup.htm. The AGM also elected the following people as the new Committee members for 2009:

Bobby Philips
Mumtaz Alam
Tony Fordyce
Robert Gilles-Martineau
T.J Udayaraj
Saqib Khan
Javed Niazi
 

The Fine Print

Arjuna Ranatunga revealed that he never appeared in commercial advertisements because of his mother’s advise not to sell his talent and face for anything.
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Playing at Lord’s is the dream of many, but the privilege of a few. However, a new breakthrough could perhaps help you create the feel of “the home of cricket” in your own backyard. Or even splash it on yourself before your next club match. Perfumers at Procter & Gamble have captured the essence of Lord’s, according to the New Scientist. A technology called headspace analysis was used to take in the odours of freshly cut grass, cricket bats, laundered cricket kit and the players’ changing room (minus the players, thankfully), and these will be used as the starting point for a fragrance. “Perfumers need inspiration, and this can come from people that surround them, places they’ve visited, or things that they love in the world,” said Will Andrews of P&G.
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Veggie lovers voted Indian pace bowler Sreesanth the Sexiest Indian Vegetarian Alive, along with Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, in PETA India’s annual online poll. The website describes him thus: “as easy on the eyes as he is hard on his opponents. “A young and exuberant player who has got the moves on the pitch and on the dance floor, it’s no wonder that ‘The Prince of hat-tricks’ has been crowned our king of veggie Valentinos!”.
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Tourism Auckland has invited Mahendra Singh Dhoni to bungee jump off the Harbour Bridge as a way to “see the city in all its glory”. Graeme Osborne, Tourism Auckland’s chief executive, said he wanted the Indian players to “experience the best of what Auckland has to offer” when they tour the city for a one-day game in March. The BCCI has, however, included bungee jumping among the activities that are banned for the players while they tour New Zealand.
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The Indian team that arrived New Zealand last month was furious when they found out that there were no one to carry their luggage.

Comment: Spoiled brats.
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Britain’s schools secretary, Ed Balls, waxed lyrical about the game’s ability to cure many of the nation’s education defects. He said that cricket helps develop skills such as managing statistics and working out sums under pressure, could boost children’s grasp of science, and help their maths skills. It is also an aid to history when studying the Commonwealth. “Cricket is one of the most popular school sports and I’m convinced it can have benefits across the curriculum too. Cricket is often called an art and a science. It’s time for schools to demonstrate that”, he said.
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A former chief operating officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shafqat Naghmi, is sueing PCB chairman Ijaz Butt for damages worth one Pakistan rupee (approximately US$0.012581). Naghmi is taking Butt and other officials to court for levelling charges of financial mismanagement against him. “I will claim a public apology from them and one rupee in damages to show these people what I think they are worth”, Naghmi said.
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A researcher from the Australian National University’s department of English and theatre is to be believed, a poem written in 1553, attributed to John Skelton, refers to Flemish weavers, who settled in southern and eastern England in the 14th century, as “kings of crekettes”, effectively disputing the widely held belief that cricket originated in England.

Comment: England’s claims up in the smoke?
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After watching the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, Allan Border thinks it’s possible for underprivileged kids to improve their lives through cricket. Coaching children rescued through an anti-child labour campaign in Mumbai, Border said he’d like to see a “Slumdog cricketer” come through the ranks. “When you come as a cricketer you stay in five-star hotels and get looked after incredibly well and play at great stadiums. On those trips you don’t see the real India but through these programmes you get to see the real India or a different side of India. It’s different from where we come from”
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The Hindustan Times reported that a helicopter pilot landed his chopper in the middle of a Ranji Trophy one-day match between Punjab and Services at the Indira Stadium in Una, Himachal Pradesh. The pilot apparently mistook the letter ‘H’ painted in the corner of the ground for landing pad and a fire near the ground for smoke signals. The ‘H’ actually stood for the name of the home team, Himachal Pradesh.

Comment: Will anyone want to fly if they find the same pilot in the cockpit again?
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Cricket in next year’s South Asian Games

Cricket will be included in next year’s South Asian Games to be staged in Dhaka, a regional Olympic official said. “India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have already agreed to participate in cricket,” Kutubuddin Ahmed, secretary-general of the Bangladesh Olympic Association, told Reuters after a meeting in Kathmandu last month. A Twenty20 competition at under-21 level would feature in the games for the
eight-nation grouping, to be staged from Jan. 29 to Feb.9 next year, he added.

Australia and New Zealand to host 4 EAP women cricketers

Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC), in conjunction with the International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Development Programme, have awarded 4 women cricketers from the EAP region the opportunity to be part of their respective ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 preparations. As part of an initiative to help with the development of the most talented EAP women cricketers, the selected players’ involvement will include attending and participating in training sessions, team meetings, recovery sessions as well as watching the clash between Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand Cricket will host the two Japanese players selected, Shizuka Kubota and Ema Kuribayashi. Kubota is a right hand number 4 batsman (batswoman?) and first change medium pace bowler. She is the Captain of L-Wyverns Cricket Club and represented Japan at the ICC EAP Women’s Cricket Challenge in 2006 in Papua New Guinea. Kuribayashi is a left handed top order batsman and right arm off-spinner and plays with the L-Wyverns Cricket Club. Ema is currently playing with the East Christchurch Shirley Cricket Club in New Zealand, where her highest score so far is 39 and her best bowling figures are 3 wickets for 28 runs. Ema averaged 50 in the ICC EAP Women’s Cricket Challenge held in Port Moresby, PNG in 2006.

U.S. T20 Cricket Tournament

Announcement from Cricket Council USA:
Cricket Council USA is poised to make Cricket history by staging the largest and richest 20/20 Cricket Tournament in North America. The name of the Tournament is THE US T20 CRICKET TOURNAMENT ’09.

A total of 48 Cricket Clubs will be competing for $100,000.00 in prize money that will be awarded to the winning Club. The Tournament will be played on April 5-12, 2009 in South Florida, USA . Eight Cricket fields will be utilized during the Tournament. The Semi finals and the Final will be played at the first ever Cricket Stadium in North America located in the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill , Florida . The other matches will be played in the cities of Miramar , Cooper City , Lauderhill and Cricket Council USA’s beautiful Cricket Field in Delray Beach.

Cricket Clubs that have already registered for the Tournament are coming from throughout the United States, Canada, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), US Virgin Islands, West Indies and Sweden.

The US T20 Cricket Tournament ’09 promises to be a wonderful CRICKET FESTIVAL with nearly one thousand Cricketers participating and thousands of Cricket fans cheering their favorite Clubs and Cricket players. You and your Organization are cordially invited to participate in the Tournament. Please refer to our website: www.cricketcouncilusa.com

IECC becomes supporter of Beer for Books

The Indian Engineers cricket club became a sponsor of Beers for Books – not that we are hard drinkers – a novel concept conceived by Gary Bremermann, an active networker and senior recruiter with Robert Leonard Consulting, Tokyo, to support the charity NPO, Room to Read (www.roomtoread.org). The idea behind the concept is a regular social networking event which will be held in a bar/restaurant in a casual setting. For every drink you order, the bar/restaurant will donate 100yen to Room to Read. One beer = 100yen = 1 local language book for a child in a developing country where Room to Read operates (Nepal, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Zambia). So all you have to do is to drink a beer!

We encourage our readers to attend the events to help promote literacy and education in developing coutries. We will be publishing the event details in this Newsletter as well as on our website regularly.

The Room to Read (http://www.roomtoread.org/) was founded in 1998 by John Wood, a former Microsoft executive. It was founded on the belief that “World Change Starts with Educated Children” – and that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Through their charity organisation, they provide access to education to children in countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children such as Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, South Africa, and Zambia. A complete history of the NPO’s birth is available at http://www.roomtoread.org/about/history.html. Room to Read is a 4-star rated (the highest) organization according the www.charitynavigator.org.

Event Announcement

The next Beers for Books event will be held at Nirvana New York, Tokyo Midtown, on March 18, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm. Come, enjoy a sumptuous Indian buffet and learn about the just-launched Beers for Books concept in support of Room to Read’s local language program focused on childhood literacy.

Cost is 5000 yen for a full buffet and two drinks included. For every beverage consumed 100yen will be donated to Room to Read, buying one book for children in India.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of February 28:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Nagoya (2)
3 YC&AC (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Wyverns (4)
5 Tokyo Wombats (5)
6 Millennium (6)
7 Adore (7)
8 Kansai Lions (8)
9 Indian Engineers (9)
10 Ichihara Sharks (10)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Can Australia reclaim its top spot any time soon?
Yes 67%
No 0%
Yes, but will take time 33%

Take the new poll:

Do you think the new T-20 in Japan that carries JPY100,000 as the prize a good idea?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

A catch that probably won the match for Australia against New Zealand in the recent T-20 match

Aussie Vice Captain Michael Clark’s Sydney residence

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“My son is not for sale.” – Arjuna Ranatunga’s mother to a tea company who offered 250,000 rupees for an ad contract with Ranatunga after his debut in Test cricket at the age of 18. Incidentally, his match fees for the Test was 250 rupees.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Sunil Gavaskar’s only Test wicket was that of Pakista’s Zaheer Abbas when Abbas was dismissed on 96.

2. Four players served as captains of India in the 1958-59 home series against the West Indies.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #93 Australia staying alive ?

Newsletter


February 12, 2009                                                                                              Issue #93

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Australia staying alive ?
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Australia staying alive ?

Op Ed:

After Australia won the third ODI against New Zealand in the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee series, which New Zealand lead 2-1 at that time, a headline in Cricinfo website declared, “Australia staying alive with a 31 run victory”. Australia staying alive? When was the last time you read something like that? Whether intentional or not by Cricinfo, the headline was a telling statement of Australia’s current state. Once a team that bulldozed their opponents by their body language which bordered arrogance that matched their on-field performance, they were outclassed in the first two matches by their trans-Tasmanian rivals whom, of all countries, they hate to lose. Last time the two met in New Zealand, the hosts blew away the visitors 4-0. Australia do not lose to New Zealand very often, but whenever they do, the Kiwis will keep reminding the Aussies of that for a long time. As the teams head to the title clash soon, the writing is clear on the wall. Australia is no longer the team that they were. Australia has the bench strength, or so we were told. The bench strength was tested occasionally when one or two main players were rested in a dead rubber and Australia still won. Perhaps no one noticed or rather ignored the fact that even when the bench was tested, they still had one or two stalwarts playing, who could turn a match in their favour on their own. But with the likes of McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist and Hayden gone within months of each other and Symonds in disarray the bench came croppers. Australia needs to rebuild their team and it is going to be a long and winding process, the sort of which the West Indies has been going through for a decade now. For the West Indies though, the administration is in shambles most of the time, proximity to America and American sports, especially Basketball, lured many youngsters away from cricket and the board is almost broke until Allen Stanford came. Although the West Indies show signs of resurgence, it will be a while before we see someone bowls like Malcolm Marshall or Courtney Walsh or Curtly Ambros did.

Fortunately for Australia, they have a better administration and some good systems in place as compared to the West Indies and the recovery should be quicker but the series loss to South Africa has made a dent in their pride and the Kiwis just exploited that. Resting of skipper Ricky Ponting for two matches and then changing that decision in 24 hours to rest him only for one match clearly showed that the Aussie establishment is under tremendous pressure, if not panicking. Australian vice captain, Michael Clarke, said that it is “unthinkable” losing the series to New Zealand but New Zealand’s Kyle Mills aptly summed up Australia’s current state when he said “A year ago I was bowling to Gilchrist and Hayden and today I’m bowling to Warner and Marsh”. Well, it shows, doesn’t it?

With South Africa and India racing for he top spot, Australia for a change is playing the catch up game. The good news is that it is not a one horse race any more..
 

The Fine Print

The Hawaii Premier League (HPL) was successfully launched as Hawaii’s first Twenty20 competition in October last year. The league is scheduled to hold tournaments twice a year each November and May. The first three teams were comprised of all-star cricket players from Oahu and Maui. The tournament has plans to expand to include mainland cricket teams in 2009 before expanding further to include international teams from Asia and Oceania. The plan is to expand the Hawaii Premier League into an international competition, in a tournament structure beginning in May 2010.
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With South Africa bridging the gap with Australia and India breathing down the neck of both the sides, Test cricket is in the pink of its health, believes ICC President David Morgan. “The result of the series in Australia has set things up beautifully for the return encounter in South Africa starting in late February, with the winners topping the Reliance Mobile Test Championship table,” Morgan said.”And with India hard on the heels of those two sides we have entered an era of exciting competition at the elite level, something that has to be a great thing for our great sport,” gushed the ICC chief.
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Australian cricket columnist Peter Roebuck said that Kevin Pietersen let England down as he failed to act responsibly but coach Peter Moores was no better and lacked the spark to excel. “Kevin Pietersen has let down his adopted country. Given the honour of captaining the England cricket team, he failed to act responsibly. Instead, he tried to impose himself, using his power as a match-winning batsman and appointed leader to remove a lacklustre coach and install his own staff,” Roebuck said.
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Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif narrowly escaped a two-year jail term in Dubai after Pakistan Board pleaded with the ruling family there to spare him in last year’s drug possession case but the pacer is still saddled with an astronomical bill of 6.3 million rupees.
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In a live poll conducted on TV during the second Test between Australia and South Africa, more than 70 per cent said ‘yes’ to the question “Should Warne run for prime minister?”, with the current Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the commentary box, along with Shane Warne himself. “Mate, it’s all in the wrist action,” said Rudd when Warne said he didn’t know how to do it.
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Former opener Adam Gilchrist has urged Australia’s newest batting sensation David Warner to stay calm and remain unfazed by the burden of expectations to retain the explosive form he showed on debut. Gilchrist said Warner should not think about his first knock when he steps on the field next time.
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Indian Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh credited the Indian cricket team’s meteoric rise in stature to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s positive captaincy and coach Gary Kirsten’s calming influence on the dressing room. “You can see the results of the positive attitude of our captain. The Indian team won almost all tournaments last year under Dhoni’s captaincy,” Harbhajan said.
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Bollywood super star Aamir Khan, who produced a superhit Hindi movie, Lagaan, based on cricket as a central theme several years will soon start working another cricket-based film as soon as he finishes his current assignment “3 Idiots”. The movie, titled ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’, has cricket as the central subject. The movies is about a young boy who gets attracted to a cricketer’s Ferrari car coincidentally, Sachin Tendulkar owns a Ferrari) and dreams of playing cricket in reality. Khan is a very selective actor and Perfectionist and normally acts and/or produces one movie in a year.
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A musical about Shane Warne named “Shane Warne — The Musical”, scripted by an Australian comedian Eddie Perfect has been a smash hit since it opened in Warne’s hometown of Melbourne last month, drawing in a blokey audience of sports lovers who Perfect says would not normally be seen dead at a musical. Chants of “Warney,  Warney” regularly erupt in the normally sedate Athenaeum Theatre as the crowd watch musical numbers such as “What an SMS I’m In” documenting the ups and downs of the legendary spinner’s career. “We’re getting guys dragging their girlfriends to the theatre, which is the opposite of how it usually works,” Perfect said. Warne himself initially lashed out at the unauthorised musical, fearful about how his ex-wife Simone and mother Brigitte would be portrayed. But he gave it his stamp of approval after seeing it in December, admitting that he squirmed uncomfortably as some of his past controversies were re-enacted on the stage.
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Retired Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden is exploring ways to work for the Aboriginal cricket programme and he has discussed it with none other than Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. “I want to be part of what I think can happen soon, and that is for the first indigenous Australian to wear the baggy green,” Hayden said.
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Former England cricketer Mark Butcher tipped Stuart Broad to make the breakthrough and establish himself as a senior England cricketer in time for the Ashes provided he seizes his chance during the tour of the West Indies. Butcher said the 22-year-old Nottinghamshire fast bowler could become a force to be reckoned with in the international game if he lives up to his potential with the bat.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Two umpires from Japan nominated to EAP Umpires Panel

The ICC EAP office has nominated Japan’s Neil Harrison and Anton McCloy to 2009 EAP Umpires’ Panel following a review of the EAP Umpires Panel (UP) and Supplementary Umpires Panel (SUP) while Chris Thurgate of Japan was nominated to the 2009 Supplementary Umpires Panel. The stated objectives of the EAP UP and SUP are to Acknowledge the importance of umpiring in the cricket development process, recognise the performance of leading umpires in EAP countries and increase the standard of umpiring at EAP tournaments.

You may recall that the same men were part of the same panel as they are now in 2008 too. ICC EAP provides a suite of training resources to assist EAP UP and SUP members with the delivery of Introduction and Level 1 Umpiring Courses..

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of January 31:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Nagoya (2)
3 YC&AC (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Wyverns (4)
5 Tokyo Wombats (5)
6 Millennium (6)
7 Adore (7)
8 Kansai Lions (8)
9 Indian Engineers (9)
10 Ichihara Sharks (10)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Is it time for Matthew Hayden to retire? (we ran this poll before Hayden declared his retirement!)
Yes       60%
No         40%
May be  0%

Take the new poll:

Can Australia reclaim its top spot any time soon?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Readers’ Corner

Prasad Pooppully
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As a regular reader of your newsletter I was disappointed to see the new rankings. Before I considered them to be a relatively accurate
reflection of the relative merits of teams across Japan….now they are inveterate nonsense. Any particular reason for this? Nagoya at two? Have you played them? I’m not so bothered but you should try to maintain some standards.

David Todd
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Editor** When we cleaned up the old season data, we indeed noticed that some team’s position changed drastically such as Millennium jumped to 6th place from 19th and Adore to 8th from 20th. So we had a closer look at why it happened and found out that these teams had a better win ratio when we add the bonus points. For e.g., Nagoya had a total of 9.5 bonus points, the most of all teams, followed by Giants with 8. Nagoya got such a huge points when in one of their matches they beat a team which 22 places above them, so they got 5 points(22×0.25) in one match alone plus they qualified for the semi and final of Pacific Cup and got 4 points. In the case of Giants and YC&AC, their chance of earning bonus points are by qualifying for the finals of tournaments so both earned 2 points each for the KCL semi final and final. This is how it works.

One correction we have done this month is that any team that has not played at least 3 matches in a season will be automatically taken out of the ranking calculation and will be placed at the bottom. They will come into the reckoning when the total number of matches they played in the previous year and current year reaches 5. As a result, for e.g., Serendip, which played only 2 matches last year and was ranked 7 last month has been moved to the 20th rank. They will be reconsidered for ranking after they played their 3rd match this season. This way we believe some unevenness can be eliminated.

We do not claim that this is a faultless system of ranking but we are always working hard to make it as closer to accurate as we can. Your comments are always welcome.

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

No entries this month.
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Show the aggro” – Former Australian pacer Glen McGrath to the current Australian players.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Four players served as captains of India in the 1958-59 home series against the West Indies.

2. In 1985-86 series India’s Kapil Dev was denied a glass of water by Allan Border after a shot of his killed a seagull.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #92 Happy New Year

Newsletter


January 8, 2009                                                                                              Issue #92

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Happy New Year
  • The Fine Print
  • Asia & EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC Poll results
  • US T20 Cricket Tournament
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Happy New Year

We wish our readers a very Happy New Year and an exciting and competitive season in 2009.

This Newsletter will celebrate the 100th issue this year. We are thankful for the support and continued feedback our readers provide, without which we could not have survived. Currently we have more than 300 subscribers and plenty of online readers. Your continued feedback and opinion are always welcome.

Kansai cricket:

Despite our best efforts we are unable to contact Kansai cricket to know the results down there, so any of the readers have any links to Kansai cricket, please contact us so that we can update the rest.
 

The Fine Print

Noting that Ricky Ponting was still setting fields to suit retired legends Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, former South African batting great Barry Richards advised the Australian captain to ‘dramatically change’ his thinking on placements for the current lot. “His thinking is still about setting fields for McGrath and Warne and he has not got the cattle to do that,” Richards said.
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England skipper Kevin Pietersen has rubbed salt on Ricky Ponting’s wounds, claiming that Australia’s drubbing at the hands of South Africa in the first Test in Perth brought a smile in his face. “When I was batting I saw on the scoreboard South Africa had won – and it made me chuckle a little bit,” he was quoted as saying in ‘The Sun’.

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To facilitate his travel to China as a cricket ambassador,Pakistan Interior Ministry has decided to issue a blue diplomatic passport to newly-appointed Cricket Board Director-General Javed Miandad. “Miandad is a big name and respected figure in Pakistan and his role as cricket ambassador to China will help further cement ties between both the countries,” an interior ministry official said.
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In a unique response to terror attacks on the Chabad Centre in Mumbai, three businessmen from Los Angeles have decided to donate USD 125,000 to enable a Jewish cricket team from India to participate in the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel which attracts Jewish athletes from all over the world, a media report said. “This is our answer to the murderous rampage against Indian and Israeli citizens,” Steve Soboroff, founder of the ‘Committee of 18’ to support and publicise the Maccabiah games was quoted by ‘The Jewish Journal’ as saying. In addition to cricket, consisting mainly of 18-year-old players, Indian athletes will also compete in badminton and table tennis at the games. The games open on July 13 next year. The Committee of 18 consists of people from Los Angeles who are leaders in entertainment, media, marketing and business fields.
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The war-torn Afghanistan, known across the globe for its mujahideen, will move a step closer to qualifying for the 2011 Cricket World Cup when they fly out to Argentina this month, where first or second place in the International Cricket Council league and division three brings qualification for the World Cup qualifiers in South Africa in April. “I think, God willing, we stand a good chance,” Allah Dad Noore, the President of the country’s cricket federation and the father of Afghan cricket, was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph of U.K. Cricket was brought to Afghanistan by returning refugees from Pakistan from the Russian occupation two decades ago. The ruling Taliban at that time refused to accept cricket as a national game but relented after a senior Taliban official visited a provincial tournament and saw the support for the game. Cricket matches now command large crowds and Jalalabad city alone has 66 clubs.
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The Guardian newspaper’s ‘World Test XI of the Year’ (2008) did not include a single Australian. “This is brilliant; we do not really know which is the best team in the world. For a decade, it has been Australia and there has been nothing to argue about. Now there are three contenders as India and South Africa challenge Australia’s supremacy,” said former England all-rounder Vic Marks, who prepared the list. Vic Marks’ select XI contained six Indians, three South Africans and two Englishmen – Grame Smith (c), Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, A B De Villiers, Andrew Flintoff, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn.
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Kevin Pietersen’s relationship with England coach Peter Moores was doomed from the very start as the skipper respects only South African coaches or those who have been world class players, claims his former county team Nottinghamshire’s Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“Ideally for Kevin, the coach would be South African or someone who was once a world-class cricketer,” Newell told ‘Sportsmail’.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Thailand to host ACC Trophy Challenge 2009

Starting from the 12th of January, Thailand will once again be buzzing with cricket as Chiang Mai plays host to the inaugural ACC Trophy
Challenge. Last year for the first time ACC decided to host the seventh edition of the ACC Trophy in two legs. The first leg (ACC Trophy Elite) held recently in Malaysia saw both Saudi Arabia and Qatar being relegated to the Challenge level thereby making room for the promotion of the ACC Trophy Challenge finalist. The eight teams will be split into two groups of four for the initial round robin stage, with the top two teams from each group proceeding to the semi finals. Oman starts the tournament as favorites with Bhutan, Maldives and Thailand vying for the cup.
Group ‘A’: Oman, Bhutan, Brunei, Myanmar
Group ‘B’: Thailand, Maldives, Iran, China
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Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of December 31:

Before you raise your eyebrows, let us tell you that the Rating table has been re-ranked. Basically, beginning of every year we remove the data that is two years old. So in this case we removed the data of 2007 season and the current ranking is now based on 2008 results only. As the season 2009 progresses, the results get added and in January 2010, the 2008 data will get dropped and so on. This is to remove undue weightage on the historical data and make the ranking based more on the current status/strength of each club.

So after removing the 2007 data, we got some interesting results such as Nagoya jumping to the second place and Millennium to 6th place from way down 19th. This happens mostly because of the ratio of their win as well as the bonus points a team accumulates by defeating a higher ranked team or qualifying the knockout stages of any tournament that involves more than three teams. The point system as well the each team’s total points are available at http://www.ieccjapan.com/jcrating.xml

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Nagoya (8)
3 YC&AC (2)
4 Al Karam (6)
4 Wyverns (7)
5 Tokyo Wombats (3)
6 Millennium (19)
7 Serendip (4)
8 Adore (20)
9 Kansai Lions (14)
10 Indian Engineers (16)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

US T20 Cricket Tournament

Letter from Jeff Miller, Executive Vice President of Operations:

Cricket Council USA is poised to make Cricket history by staging the largest and richest 20/20 Cricket Tournament in North America. The  name of the Tournament is THE US T20 CRICKET TOURNAMENT ’09. A total of 48 Cricket Clubs will be competing for $100,000.00 in prize money that will be awarded to the winning Club. The Tournament will be played on April 5-12, 2009 in South Florida, USA. Eight Cricket fields will be utilized during the Tournament. The Semi finals and the Final will be played at the first ever Cricket Stadium in North America located in the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. The other matches will be played in the cities of Miramar, Cooper City, Lauderhill and Cricket Council USA’s beautiful Cricket Field in Delray Beach.

Cricket Clubs that have already registered for the Tournament are coming from throughout the United States, Canada, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), US Virgin Islands, West Indies and Sweden. The US T20 Cricket Tournament ’09 promises to be a wonderful CRICKET FESTIVAL with nearly one thousand Cricketers participating and thousands of Cricket fans cheering their favorite Clubs and Cricket players. You and your Organization are cordially invited to participate in the Tournament. Please refer to our website: www.cricketcouncilusa.com
 

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

After the battering by Australia, how will New Zealand fare against the West Indies at the home series?

New Zealand will win 75%
New Zealand will lose 25%
Can’t say 0%

Take the new poll:

Is it time for Matthew Hayden to retire?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

Sachin Tendulkar’s first interview (19 January 1989)

Brett Lee on “Rendezvous with Simi Garewal” (Indian TV Show)
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Umpiring is all about seeing the ball and hearing the ball” – Umpire Billy Bowden.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. In 1985-86 series India’s Kapil Dev was denied a glass of water by Allan Border after a shot of his killed a seagull.

2. Former Indian ‘keeper Dilawan Hussain became one of the founding members of PCB.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #91 Party Season!

Newsletter


December 11, 2008                                                                                              Issue #91

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Party Season!
  • The Fine Print
  • Pacific Friendship Cup result
  • ICC EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Party Season!

As far as we know, the last match of the season was played between the Shizuoka Kytes and Indian Engineers on November 30, which was followed by an on the ground BBQ. The Engineers won this match and dedicated their victory to the Mumbai terror victims.

In Japan, December is the month of bonenkai (farewell to the year) parties and for the cricket clubs, it is the annual party and award time. We have learned that many clubs have already held their annual parties, and our very own party is being slated to be held this Saturday. Usually, these parties include various awards for achievers of the season just ended and new resolutions for the members for the season ahead. Most clubs publish the award winners’ list on their websites. Happy surfing!
 

The Fine Print

Edison, a small city in New Jersey, USA offered land to the BCCI if it wants to build a cricket stadium there. About One third of the population of Edison is Indians and is home to five cricket clubs. Jun H Choi, the mayor, made the offer to BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla, who was in New York as part of the official Indian delegation to the United Nations.
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The BCCI reacted strongly to Matthew Hayden’s comment about India being a ‘Third World’ country, saying such a remark was totally uncalled for from a player of Hayden’s stature. Hayden had said that poor ground conditions and inordinate delays during the matches that happen in Third World countries were behind Australia’s slow run rate in the 4th Test at Nagpur, which Australia lost.
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Reacting to Matthew Hayden’s comment, Wasim Akram said the Aussies were “sore losers” and get personal when they get beaten. Akram said that Hayden should have known that Indiawas now hundred years ahead of Australia “which is no more than a village”. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit back at the Australian opener saying the Aussies are always slow in going through their overs, no matter which part of the world they play.
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Sydney Morning Herald reported that a majority of cricket fans don’t know why Andrew Symonds was sacked by his teammates. Although the official reason given was he missing the team meeting, according to Herald, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland suggested that there were a lot of other issues.
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West Indies head coach John Dyson has criticised the standard of their domestic game after Pakistan completed a 3-0 whitewash of the one-day series in Abu Dhabi. Dyson watched as West Indies let strong positions slip in all three matches and told the media afterwards that he doesn’t think the inter-island tournaments in the Caribbean are producing players ready for international level.
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CricInfo reports that Cricket Zimbabwe have declined a tour by Kenya this month, on the basis that there is no room in their programme for it – despite there being no international fixtures scheduled for the month. It now looks like the tour may take place towards the end of January, ahead of a Kenyan trip to South Africa and between Zim’s FTP tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
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More than 10 years after saying that Sachin Tendulkar gave him nightmares, Australian spin legend Shane Warne now claims that he was never scared of the Indian batting maestro and his 1998 remarks were “no gospel”. “I think I might have said ‘I’m going to have a few nightmares tonight’ once and some journalists took it as gospel, but I was never frightened of anyone. And that’s not me being big-headed, I was just confident in my ability”, Warne said.
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The Dubai-based TEN Sports (Taj Entertainment Network) on Sunday signed a television rights deal with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) worth US$140.5 million for the next five years. But the deal will irk the BCCI because 60 percent share stake in TEN Sports is owned by Zee Television, which runs the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL).
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England paceman Steve Harmison has stepped up the pressure on the England cricket board to allow players to sign for the Indian Premier League saying Indians have benefited from the Twenty20 event which was apparent in their domination of his side in the ODI series so far
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Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh has a word of advice for all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who was involved in a bar brawl, to change his demeanour towards the public in order to avert such controversies which has been chasing the cricketer in recent times. “Most of the time the easier option is to give the person their autograph or have the picture taken. It takes longer to say no than just to oblige with a fan’s request – as long as the person is respectful,” Waugh said.
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Ricky Ponting’s over-rate woes have cost the Australian cricket team a hefty 130,000 dollars in fines so far. Investigations conducted by the ‘Daily Telegraph’ found that the skipper himself has had to cough up 23,200 dollars to the International Cricket Council after getting fined in five of the 16 Tests that he has played following Warne’s retirement. Ponting now is level with South Africa’s Graeme Smith as the most penalised captain (15) since 2003.
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Comment: Some grapes are sour 🙂
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Security around cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar was stepped up following Maharashtra Police receiving reports from Central agencies of a threat to him from Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. However, intelligence sources in Delhi said they had not received any fresh input about any threat to Tendulkar other than in 2002.
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A day after creating a scare claiming there was a terror threat to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Nagpur Police did a complete U-turn saying there is ‘no specific threat’ to any individual player and there is ‘no threat input’.
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Pakistan cricket authorities were shocked when they learnt from Yousuf’s wife that Mohammad Yousuf left for New Delhi to play in the Indian Cricket League, jeopardising his international career even as he was named in the national squad for series against the West Indies. “His leaving like this for India and confirmation he is going to play in the ICL has come as a shock to us,” PCB’s Director Cricket Operations Zakir Khan said. PCB has witnessed a series of defections to ICL in the recent years.
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Source: Various web and print media

Pacific Friendship Cup Results

Tokyo Giants defeated Nagoya to claim the Pacific Friendship Cup, to make it two titles in a year. The final was played on November 9. Batting  first, the Giants scored 206/9 in 25 overs with the first wicket pair laying a solid foundation of 140 runs between Waqar Khan and Ashiq Hussain. In reply, Nagoya were bowled out for 164 in 24 overs. The Giants, thus, are automatically included in the tournament next year (we feel that with the way the Giants play their cricket, they are probably here to stay for a long time in the PFC!).

The PFC was originally started in 2000 and underwent various format changes over the years. In 2008 it was expanded to 8 teams, in a straight knockout format as if the teams are playing the quarter finals. According to the tournament rules, the founders and the winner of each year are automatically included in the tournament and other teams take part by invitation.

By expanding the tournament to include eight teams, the organisers hoped to bridge the gap created by the division of the old KCL into two leagues, which had the unfortunate result that many teams, including some of the best in the country, no longer meet in a structured competition.

For more details and history of PFC, go to http://www.ieccjapan.com/pacificcup.htm

Another link: http://goldenbat.wordpress.com/.

ICC EAP News

EAP Representative Squad announced

The EAP squad for the Australian Country Cricket Championships to be held in the Barossa Valley, South Australia in January 2009 was announced recently, which includes Masaomi Kobayashi of Japan.

The other members of the squad are:
Rarua Dikana (Capt. PNG), Andrew Mansale (Vice-Capt. Vanuatu), Josaia Baba (Fiji), Raymond Haoda Jnr (PNG), , Trevor Langa (Vanuatu), Simione Latu (Tonga), Sakaria Lomani (Fiji), Mahuru Dai (PNG), Ipi Morea (PNG), Vani Vagi Morea (PNG), John Ovia (PNG), Kila Pala (PNG), Assad Vala (PNG). The team will play a series of matches against the regional cricketers throughout Australia.

ICC expands World Cricket League

The ICC has agreed in principle to the launch of Divisions 6 and 7 of the World Cricket League, with the inaugural Division 6 tournament taking place in May/June 2009 in Guernsey and the Division 7 event in September in Singapore. Japan has been placed in Division 7.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

YC&AC leaped into the second place riding on the back of an impressive performance this year that culminated in they reaching the final of the KCL. Tokyo Wombats are giving the YC&AC a good chase, having been behind them by fractions.

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 YC&AC (4)
3 Tokyo Wombats (5)
4 Serendip (5)
5 Kansai Fighters (6)
6 Al Karam (7)
7 Wyverns (8)
8 Nagoya
9 MAX (9)
10 Friends (10)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Virender Sehwag predicted India-Australia series as 3-1 in India’s favour. What is your take?

India will win                  91%
England will win             9%
Can’t say, will be close   0%

Take the new poll:

After the battering by Australia, how will New Zealand fare against the West Indies at the home series?
New Zealand will win
New Zealand will lose
Can’t say

Visit our home page today to vote!

Readers’ Corner

Thank you for a nice little mention about Indian Tigers in the IECC Newsletter #90.

Udaya Raj
Indian Tigers CC

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Look at the scoreboard. You won’t see it again”, MS Dhoni to Rahul Dravid on seeing Australia struggling 22/0 after 13 overs in the 2nd Test at Mohali, an unusual start for the Aussies.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Former Indian ‘keeper Dilawan Hussain became one of the founding members of PCB

2. Sohail Tanvir’s 4-0-14-6 in IPL is the best bowling analysis in Twenty20 cricket.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #90 Japanese Season Ends

Newsletter

November 12, 2008                                                                                              Issue #90

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese Season Ends
  • The Fine Print
  • Shizuoka Youth Cricket Development
  • ICC EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japanese Season Ends

Almost all major cricket tournaments in Japan have come to a close, the last one being the KCL final played on November 9 between YC&AC and Tokyo Giants at Ageo.

The Tokyo Giants, the defending champions, defeated YC&AC in an exciting match to hold on to the prestigious trophy for a record 8th time. Batting first after being asked to do so by YC&AC, the Giants scored 226 for the loss of 8 wickets, most of them perishing going for the slog towards the end of the innings. Opener Tauseef Ahmed’s solid innings of 46 laid the foundation for the Giants’s total which was then enhanced by and two-down Hamid Syed’s aggressive 56, followed by Ahmed Kamal’s cameo innings of 28. For YC&AC, opening bowler Farhan chipped in with 3/35 and skipper Kamran Ali claimed 3/52.

YC&AC began their chase with a solid opening partnership of 93 runs between Abdul Rahim(45) and Nick Horton(35) but their middle order could not sustain the pace the openers had set and were bowled out for 195 runs. Tauseef Ahmed, who was earlier punished by the YC&AC openers, and Hamid Syed claimed 3 wickets each.

It was a fitting finale between two strong teams of the tournament, who have reached the final stage almost unscathed. YC&AC had lost only one match in the league stage and their win over the Al Karam in the semi-final was probably their best, while the Giants were unbeaten throughout the season. At the end of the match speech, the beaming winning captain, Mumtaz Alam, thanked his opponents for the game and praised his team members and senior partners of the opposition. He had a special word of praise for Kamran Ali, the losing skipper, for recalling a Giants’ batsman, whom the umpire had wrongly given out lbw, after the batsman complained that he had nicked the ball. Ali in his speech congratulated the winners and acknowledged the Giants’ match winning performance.

With this win, the Giants have reiterated their supremacy in the Kanto League circles although the Indian Tigers, a newly formed team this year, almost upset the Giant’s apple-cart in a rain affected match, which would have been humiliating defeat had the match been uninterrupted by rain.

Earlier in the semi-final, the YC&AC had overcome a strong chase by Al Karam in the race for the KCL final spot. YC&AC (196, Kamran Ali 55, Prashant Kale 44) defeated Al Karam (193, Kamran Ali 4/38)

The second semi-final was a one-sided affair in which Tokyo Giants (110/6) defeated Serendib 108 (Tauseef Ahmed 2/16, Mumtaz 2/22).

The KCL this year saw a record no. of washouts with 16 matches lost to rain. KCL is also the last tournament to end because of the increasing number of clubs playing in it.

Latest results are available here.

Other Tournament News

+ Tokyo Ashes +

The Tokyo Wombats retained the Tokyo Ashes, a local version of the more well-known series, between – you guessed it! – the local Aussie boys(Tokyo Wombats) and the British Embassy in Tokyo. Read the match report athttp://www.tokyowombats.com/matchreports.html.

+ Inter Port Cup +

The KRAC, Kobe won the annual Inter Port Cup between them and the YC&AC played on Oct 4 at Kobe. In a high scoring match in which YC&AC set a target of 220, the hosts chased it with the loss of 7 wickets. With 12 required of the last over for the KRAC, it could have been anybody’s match but in the end KRAC prevailed to retain the Cup.

+ A Gavaskar in the Making? +

In the last issue we reported Adore’s S Yamanouchi’s slow scoring. One of our reader threw some more light on the interesting innings of this batsman. Check out the Reader’s Corner for more information.
 

The Fine Print

Kapil Dev, Chairman of the Indian Cricket League alleged that the attitude of the BCCI towards the ICL is similar to
what the South African cricket team had during the apartheid period “During the apartheid period we were ready to play with South Africa, but they refused to play with us. The same thing is being done by BCCI with ICL. We are ready to play, but they are not,” said Dev.
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The MCC has introduced new laws on the manufacture of bats, in an effort to maintain the traditional balance between bat and ball. here main change is the outlawing of the carbon handle. The MCC felt that the carbon handle increased the bats power, giving batsmen an unfair advantage. Carbon on the back of the bat has also been banned at the highest level.
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A group of Australian spectators was hauled away from Mohali, where the 2nd Test between India and Australia were plyed, by police for wearing t-shirts with offensive slogans such as ‘Beer with Mahatma, Bets with Gupta, Dancing with Indira and still getting runs’”, etc. The group later said that they were having some fun and no offence meant.
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Miffed with the way New Zealand Cricket ostracised him for joining the Indian Cricket League, pacer Shane Bond says he will never play ODIs or Tests for his country again even if recalled to the side. “I still enjoy playing cricket. I am having a great time with the game, which has given me a nice career and financial security as well. But I was hoping to play for my country at least for a couple of years more. “I am disappointed with the way my country’s cricket board treated me. I don’t want to represent New Zealand in Test matches or One Day Internationals any more,” Bond, who is playing for the ‘Delhi Giants’ team in the ICL, said in an interview.
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The Guardian of U.K reported that the England XI got what they deserved in the Stanford 20/20 for 20. In simple cricket terms they were not even second-rate, offering an insipid, technically inept, strategically bankrupt and mentally flabby performance when the situation demanded excellence. The Independent said that from the start, England wanted the money – who wouldn’t want a million dollars? – but did not want to be seen to want it. They were painfully aware that the mood among many commentators was that the Big Match was an abomination of sport, existing only to fuel the ego of its architect, the Texan multibillionaire, Allen Stanford, and lacking context in a sporting sense. England coach Peter Moores said wondered, “Is it for England? Is it for money? You’ve got to be very clear as a team and as an individual, and I think we weren’t as clear as we could have been.”

Comment: Some grapes are sour 🙂
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Security around cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar was stepped up following Maharashtra Police receiving reports from Central agencies of a threat to him from Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. However, intelligence sources in Delhi said they had not received any fresh input about any threat to Tendulkar other than in 2002.
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A day after creating a scare claiming there was a terror threat to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Nagpur Police did a complete U-turn saying there is ‘no specific threat’ to any individual player and there is ‘no threat input’.
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Pakistan cricket authorities were shocked when they learnt from Yousuf’s wife that Mohammad Yousuf left for New Delhi to play in the Indian Cricket League, jeopardising his international career even as he was named in the national squad for series against the West Indies. “His leaving like this for India and confirmation he is going to play in the ICL has come as a shock to us,” PCB’s Director Cricket Operations Zakir Khan said. PCB has witnessed a series of defections to ICL in the recent years.###

Source: Various web and print media

Pacific Cup Results

In a thrilling semi-final match, the Tokyo Giants defeated Shizuoka Kytes to enter into the final of the tournament. The match, reduced to 32 overs per side due to late start and bad weather, saw some exhilarating batting and bowling performances from both sides with the Kytes almost taking the honours but the Giants held their nerves to record a thrilling win and a perfect dress-rehearsal for their KCL semi-final match.

Kytes bowled the Giants out for 162 runs in 28.5 overs with Suresh Navod claiming 4/28 and all-rounder Ashley Harvey taking 3/30 while Hanif Mohammed top scored for Giants with 46. In reply, the Kytes were 29/3 off 16 overs with Noman Iqbal bowling 6 overs for 0/9. But Ashley Harvey batted his team back into the game and almost caused a stunning come-from-behind victory but the Kytes fell agonisingly short by 5 runs in the end. Kytes required 27 runs in the final over bowled by Giant’s skipper Mumtaz and Harvey scored 20 of those in 5 balls and required a Miandad-like effort to score a 6 off the last ball to tie the game but could score only one run. His scoring sequence was 6,4,2,2,6,1. He remained unbeaten on 67.

In a not-so thrilling 2nd semi-final match, the Nagoya defeated the Indian Engineers by 69 runs. In reply to Nagoya’s 264/4, Engineers could only muster IECC 195/9 in 35 overs.

For more details and history of PFC, go to http://www.ieccjapan.com/pacificcup.htm

Another link: http://goldenbat.wordpress.com/.

Shizuoka Kytes Raffle Result

Report by Nick Shannon:

Shizuoka Kytes would like to thank all those people who made donations to the “Kytes raffle”. The winning tickets were drawn on October 26th by Matt Sharpe, who played his last (and losing game ) on that day.

The prize winners are as follows:
1st prize ( a full cricket kit!) Sanjeeb Sahoo (IECC)
2nd prize ( A cricket bat) James Hills ( Paddy Foleys)
3rd prize ( fine wine selection) Alex Koolhof (Wombats)
4th prize ( Top quality sake) Chuck Jones ( Wombats)
5th prize ( Not so top quality sake) Francis Newman( Shizuoka Kytes)
6th prize ( Dodgy sake) Nicholas Shannon (Shizuoka Kytes)
7th prize ( Bottle opener) Ashley Harvey (Shizuoka Kytes)
8th prize (fine teas selection) Larry Prelis (Shizuoka Kytes)

Congratulations and thank you for participating.

For those of you who are unaware of the purpose of the raffle, we collected donations for the upkeep of the lawn mowers( 3 of them) so that we could continuously cut and keep the ground in its excellent playing condition. We sincerely hope that all of you who played at Shizuoka this year could appreciate the playing surface and get full enjoyment from our ground. We will have another raffle next year
and your continued support will be greatly appreciated.

ICC EAP News

ICC EAP Centre of Excellence Squad Released

The International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Development Program has recently finalised squads for the ICC EAP Squad Camps to take place in November at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence(CoE) in Brisbane. Each squad will spend 1 week at the CoE to help develop their skills. The squad contains two Japanese players, Ko Irie and Masaomi Kobayashi.

The camp will include coaching sessions from some of Australia’s leading cricket coaches, the use of video analysis and physical testing facilities at the CoE, and strength and conditioning tips from CoE staff. The combined EAP squad will be working hard to impress in hope of selection for the 2009 Australian Country Cricket Championships to be held in the Barossa Valley in South Australia from January 14th and 13th 2009.

Jakarta International Cricket Sixes

Spirits Cricket Club from Singapore were crowned champions of The India Cements 13th Jakarta International Cricket Sixes 2008 defeating local favourites Senayan Cricket Club in the final played at the Ceylon Cricket Club in Cibubur, East Jakarta. 14 teams including 4 overseas teams from Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia took part in the tournament, hosted by Jakarta Cricket Association (JCA) in
cooperation with Cricket Indonesia (CI). The tournament this year was sponsored by new entrants to Indonesia, The India Cements Ltd. who also own the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and co sponsored by PT GAC Samudera Logistics, QTV, and supported by Jyppore Restaurant and Hotel Manhattan.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of October 31:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Osaka Tigers (2)
3 Serendib (3)
4 YC&AC (4)
5 Tokyo Wombats (5)
6 Kansai Fighters (6)
7 Al Karam (7)
8 Wyverns (6)
9 MAX (9)
10 Friends (11)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Virender Sehwag predicted India-Australia series as 3-1 in India’s favour. What is your take?

India will win – 35%
Australia will win – 62%
Draw – 4%
Can’t say, will be close – 0%

Take the new poll:

What would be the result of 7-match India-England ODI series ?

India will win
England will win
Can’t say, will be close

Visit our home page today to vote!
 

Readers’ Corner

In regards to your article, “A Gavaskar in the making?” in issue #89, the batsman in subject Yamanouchi plays for Adore. There must’ve
been an error when entering the score to the JCA website I think.

I shall also add that he has been the stone wall for Adore for quite some time. His accomplishment includes the inning played during J2C
semi against MAX when he scored 7* off 174 balls(SR of 4.02) and carried his bat in a process.
http://www.cricket.or.jp/new_jca/score_view.php?game_id=449. By then, all Adore players including the batting partner were asleep…

Shun Hashiba
Adore CC.

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

Cricket in Italy

Cricket is finally getting noticed in Italy. The lucrative new Indian Premier League found its way on to Italian satellite television in June and famed newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has carried stories about the game. Around 400,000 people from South Asia live in Italy and the Italian cricket federation estimates that further arrivals could lead to 1,000 new clubs. Cricket in Italy grew from four or five teams in the early 1980s to a three-division league today.

http://cricket.expressindia.com/news/asian-immigrants-fire-up-italian-interest-in-cricket/365342/

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Look at the scoreboard. You won’t see it again”, MS Dhoni to Rahul Dravid on seeing Australia struggling 22/0 after 13 overs in the 2nd Test at Mohali, an unusual start for the Aussies.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Former Indian ‘keeper Dilawan Hussain became one of the founding members of PCB

2. Sohail Tanvir’s 4-0-14-6 in IPL is the best bowling analysis in Twenty20 cricket.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #89 KCL BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN

Newsletter


October 8, 2008                                                                                              Issue #89

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • KCL Battle Lines are Drawn
  • The Fine Print
  • Shizuoka Youth Cricket Development
  • ICC EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

KCL Battle Lines are Drawn

Well, it is time for the big boys to step up and stand counted. In one of the most keenly awaited contests, Group A leader YC&AC, who lost only one match on their way to securing the semi-final berth, will meet the Group B powerhouse Al Karam in the first semi-final of the Kanto Cricket League. The YC&AC’s allround performance this year and Al Karam’s well earned reputation of hard hitting batting style makes it a match to watch. Going by the standards displayed by both teams and the size of the Shizuoka ground, where the match will be held, it won’t be any surprise if the team batting first sets a target of around 250 runs. Our prediction is that slow bowling is likely to play a key role on the flicx pitch, a factor that can deflate YC&AC, who plays most of their matches on their home ground on a mat pitch, where as Al Karam plays most of their matches on flicx pitch. In any case, if you want to watch one of the best matches of the season buy your Shinkansen tickets to Shizuoka today!

In the second semi-final match, Tokyo Giants, another powerful team from Group A and the defending champions, will meet the less fancied and underdogs Serendib. Going by their records, the Giants should not have any problem going into the final but… but… the Giants had lost 5 wickets in their last league match against Nagoya last week, chasing a paltry 55 runs for the victory and Serendib, as underdogs they are, have caused quite a few upsets in KCL and other tournaments they played this year. Also, Serendib being absent from KCL for over a year, the opposition may be in for a surprise with their new batting and bowling strength.

Here are the details of the matches:

Semi-Finals – I

YC&AC vs. Al Karam
Venue: Shizuoka
Day & Date: Sunday, 19th October, 2008
Start Time: 10:00 AM

Semi-Finals – II

Giants vs. Serendib
Venue: Ageo or Shizuoka
Date: Sunday, 2nd November, 2008
Start Time: 10:00 AM

Latest results are available here.

A Gavaskar in the making?

Opening the innings of Fuji Far East in a tournament match recently, batsman S Yamanouchi carried his bat through full 40 overs to score 16 runs off 131 balls, spending 157 minutes at the crease to help his team score 105/6. Yamanouchi’s feat(!?!) comes after his team mate M Saito scored a duck off 31 balls in a KCL match in 2005 and more infamously, an ignominious 36 not out by India’s Sunil Gavaskar, carrying his bat through the full 60 overs against England in the 1975 World Cup match, leading the agitated Indian fans to confront him on the field.

P.S. You may recall that this Newsletter had run a trivia question in Issue# 58, asking our readers to name the slowest Duck (duck off 31 balls). To refresh your memory, visit Newsletter 58

In Gavaskar’s case, he defended himself saying he considered England’s 334/4 was unobtainable and had taken practice.
 

The Fine Print

Australian batsman Simon Katich reckons his team’s rivalry against India has become “bigger” than the Ashes in recent times and predicts the upcoming Test series in October will be tough for his side.
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Digicel, the Caribbean mobile phone rivals company and sponsor of West Indies cricket, wants Stanford 20/20 stopped because it has been sanctioned by the WICB and the Stanford Super Stars is de facto the West Indies cricket team. The match, scheduled to take place on November 1 in Antigua and potentially attracting a global television audience of 500m, is all part of Sir Allen’s grand scheme to raise the standards of West Indian cricket and bring the sport to the US. The series is putting up a $20m winner-takes-all prize for a Twenty20 cricket match between England and a West Indian XI called the Stanford Super Stars.
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ESPN-STAR Sports has won the exclusive Global Commercial Rights USD 900 million to telecast the Twenty20 Champions League matches for 10 years starting from the event’s inaugural edition scheduled to be held from December 3-10, this year. The League thus because the highest value Cricket tournament on a per game basis. It is reported that BCCI will keep about 50% of this figure, while Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa will earn 25% each. The three are the managing boards of the tournament.
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Sydney Morning Herald reported that a host of surnames at the under-18 talent camp in Australia this month will attrace some attention. Jack Boon, Alister McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Andrew Tazelaar and Nicholas Buchanan. Most of these second generation cricketers have chosen their respective father’s trade. Jack, son David Boon, is a batsman, Alister, son of Craig McDermott is  a bowler with a long runup like his father, Mitchell, son of Geoff Marsh, is a batsman and Andrew, son of Dirk Tazelaar (Queensland bowler), is a bowler. Nicholas, son of John Buchanan, is playing as an allrounder though.
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VJD Method, a supposedly better method than D/L Method, was used for the first time in a match played under the ICC ambit – the rain-hit India A vs Australia A match at Hyderabad. V Jayadevan, an engineer from India, pioneered the method after identifying some loopholes of the D/L Method. BCCI uses VJD Method in domestic circuit so does ICL. IPL, however, uses D/L Method. An explanation of VJD Method is available at: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/140859.html.
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“The last series(2003-04) over there(in India) that we won, I broke my thumb and missed the first three Tests and came back for the last one, and that was the only one we lost.”, Ricky Ponting said in a press conference.

Comment: Now we know the reason why Australia is losing in India.
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The BCCI has objected to top-class facilities being provided to Australian team by the Rajasthan Cricket Academy in Jaipur, where Ricky Ponting and Co are camping for a week before the start of Test series in India. Former India coach Greg Chappell, who is the chief coach at RCA Centre of Excellence and is presently touring with Australian team as the assistant coach, has arranged all facilities using his influential association with the RCA, which includes 10 practice wickets for Australia. “We won’t get this kind of facilities if India went abroad. RCA is being a little too obliging to the Australian team, they have done more than what a host country will do”, BCCI said.
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Cricket Australia thanked the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) for the high standard facilities provided and hospitality shown to their team and promised to extend the same courtesies to India when they tour Australia next time.
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Cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman’s first test cricket bat fetched a whopping USD 145,000 at an auction in Melbourne. Bradman’s bat was snapped up by an Australian bidder at a record price which was USD 25,000 more than the upper pre-sale estimate.
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Source: Various web and print media

Shizuoka Youth Cricket Development

Robert-Gills Martineau reports:

After a few individual coaching sessions held in September and October this year for the leaders of the Shizuoka Prefectural University Cricket Club, the first official coaching session was held for the Shizuoka Prefectural University Cricket Club on October 13th with the help of the Shizuoka Kytes CC. 20 boys and girls attended the session from 11:00 to 17:00 including a 10-over mini match. A BBQ was held at the end of day at the ground by the students who invited their “coaches”.

Detailed report and photographs available at: http://2pat.wordpress.com/

ICC EAP News

Vanuatu Cricket Association provide aid to Vila Hospital

Community Cricket Manager Pierre Chilia recently presented over 350 fresh bread sticks to the kitchen of Vila Central Hospital. The bread sticks were originally intended for the lunches of children participating in the NBV Beach Cricket Championship but due to inclement weather the tournament was postponed.

Auckland Cricket Association in Samoa

As part of the Province Partnership between the Auckland Cricket Association (ACA) and the Samoa International Cricket Association (SICA), members of the ACA travelled to Samoa to focus on coach education and continue along the path to Associate Membership.
Early on in the trip the ACA staff played a one off Twenty20 match against Samoa’s Prime Ministers XI. Auckland Cricket with the help of SICA conducted a cricket coaching clinic at Nene (Tafatafa) Primary School which is located in the South Coast of Samoa (rural Area). The 100+ children that took part were from years 5-8. Tina and Ben Mailata took one group and Cricket Development Officer Sao Mulivai and Development Manager Kieran Mcmillan took the other group while the rest of the Auckland staff joined in to either of the groups.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of September 30:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Osaka Tigers (2)
3 Serendib (3)
4 YC&AC (4)
5 Tokyo Wombats (5)
6 Kansai Fighters (6)
7 Al Karam (7)
8 Wyverns (6)
9 MAX (9)
10 Friends (11)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Do you agree with the postponement of the Champion’s Trophy to 2009?

Yes – 29%
No – 65%
Can’t say – 6%

Take the new poll:

Virender Sehwag predicted India-Australia series as 3-1 in India’s favour. What is your take?

India will win
Australia will win
Draw
Can’t say, will be close

Visit our home page today to vote!
 

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

Cricket in Italy

Cricket is finally getting noticed in Italy. The lucrative new Indian Premier League found its way on to Italian satellite television in June and famed newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has carried stories about the game. Around 400,000 people from South Asia live in Italy and the Italian cricket federation estimates that further arrivals could lead to 1,000 new clubs. Cricket in Italy grew from four or five teams in the early 1980s to a three-division league today.

http://cricket.expressindia.com/news/asian-immigrants-fire-up-italian-interest-in-cricket/365342/

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I don’t care. I’m playing the one-dayers, unlike you”, Bangladesh’s Shahriar Nafeez to Mathew Hayden when Hayden kept reminding Nafees that he is still on zero after he took a while to open his account in the second Test in 2006.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Sohail Tanvir’s 4-0-14-6 in IPL is the best bowling analysis in Twenty20 cricket.

2. Sri Lanka has featured in all Asia Cup final matches.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #88 Rain, a Party Pooper

Newsletter


September 10, 2008                                                                                              Issue #88

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Rain, a Party Pooper
  • The Fine Print
  • ICC EAP News –
  • Pacific Cup Results
  • Indian Engineers and YC&AC Start Annual Series
  • Pakistan Lifts YC&AC Sixes Cup
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Rain, a Party Pooper

With fifteen KCL matches being washed out so far, the 2008 season is inching closer to establishing a new record of becoming the worst rain-affected season. The previous such seasons were in 2004, during which a record sixteen matches were washed out and 2003 with fifteen washouts. Friends XI in Group B is the most unfortunate team in the KCL with all but one of their matches washed out.

With only a handful of matches remaining in the league stage, the semi-final lineup is becoming clearer. Friends and Serendip are currently placed at the second place in Group B table with equal number of points but Friends is unlikely to make the final cut when Net Run Rate comes into play to pick the winner out of the teams with equal number of points. Having played only one match all season, Friends will clearly be a loser. With only one match left to play in Group B, between Ichihara Sharks and Serendip, it is a do-or-die match for both the teams. A win for Serendip will put them into the semis, a first for them and a sort of graduation for the former all -students club! On the other hand, a win for the Sharks will make them tied at 12 points each with Serendip and Friends but in the end
it will be an NRR comparison between the Sharks and Serendip. The stakes have never been higher for both. Al Karam is the other qualifier from Group B for the semi-final.

In Group A, YC&AC’s place in the semi-final is assured – a fact that may have contributed to their decision to forfeit their last match against the Shizuoka Kytes at Shizuoka – but the second qualifying team will be identified only after the Tokyo Giants vs. Nagoya match is played in early October. The Indian Engineers, who is currently on par with the Giants on points is harbouring a remote hope for qualification on Net Run Rate basis in case of an upset victory by Nagoya over the Giants. In that event, all three teams will have earned 14 points each. If Giants beat Nagoya, then the former will join the YC&AC in the knock-out stage.

New comers Toyama, who have almost disappeared at the end of the season, and Indian Tigers are two teams in either groups who have no win against their names. The sole win the Tokyo Dragons earned was without any sweat, when Toyama forfeited their game against the former.

Latest results are available here.

The Fine Print

Nimbus Sport, broadcast rights holders for BCCI-conducted matches up to March 31, 2010, has asked the Indian Cricket Board to provide improved facilities for its crew at the venues hosting India’s home Test series against Australia and Test and ODI rubbers against England. The complaints range from TV crew’s access to the control rooms, small sizes of the control rooms and commentators’ box sizes and water dripping from air conditioners to heights and positions of camera platforms, lack of enough toilets and leaking sewage pipes at some centres.

Comment: You are dealing with the BCCI, Nimbus Sport!
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Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair says he does not trust the media. More so the British media as they always distorted what he said. Hair said he was willing to talk only if it was a live interview on television.
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South Africa batsman Hashim Amla attributes the success of his England tour this year to the influence of his religion.
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A film based on the life of late South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, who fell from grace in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, is all set to release in September. Directed by Cronje’s brother Frans, ‘Hansie’ chronicles the 
former skipper’s life, that met a tragic end when he died in a plane crash in 2002. The film’s DVD is also ready and
features a documentary on Hansie and interviews of some of his former team-mates including current India coach Gary  Kirsten, Jonty Rhodes, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Peter Pollock, Andrew Hudson and England’s newly-appointed captain Kevin Pietersen. ‘Hansie’ was shot in South Africa, England and India and Frans said, the film looks at the cricketer’s “internal journey from stardom to losing everything and then the journey to rebuilding his life.”
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Former Australian coach John Buchanan said that Sri Lanka’s mystery bowler Ajantha Mendis needs to stand test of time. He expressed suprise at the failure of the Indian batsmen, especially the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman against Mendis. The Indians were not unduly bothered by a genius like Shane Warne in his and their prime.
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Steve Harmison has hit back at accusations that he only returned to England’s one-day team to cash in on the huge sums of money flooding into the game. “It feels like I’ve been criticised for everything, even for changing my socks. I’ve come back for cricketing reasons only.”, he said.
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Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi raised a voice of dissent against captain Shoaib Malik and said the dressing room culture in the current Pakistani squad is not ideal. Citing his own example, Afridi said he is consulted whenever he is in form but is conveniently forgotten at other times. “This should not happen. Even if a player is not performing, he must be backed and involved in everything,” Afridi said.
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Shahid Afridi accused VVS Laxman, his captain at Deccan Chargers of the IPL, of lacking both aggression and leadership qualities. Laxman hit back saying Afridi lacked team ethics and criticised him for his outburst without any provocation. Tim Wright, Chief Executive of Deccan Chargers said that he will enquire into the verbal spat and necessary action will be taken after the inquiry.
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An ambitious scheme to boost self-confidence and discipline among British children by reviving competitive cricket in state schools is thriving after three years and its founders are determined to sustain it. Chance to Shine, the Cricket Foundation charity has a 50-million-pound ($88.98-million), 10-year programme to reintroduce competitive cricket to two million pupils in a third of all state schools.
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The real reason Andrew Symonds chose fishing over work was the reprieve that Harbhajan Singh received in the “Monkeygate” scandel in which Symonds and three teammates were convinced by Cricket Australia to downgrade a charge of racial abuse against Harbhajan Singh to one of mere verbal abuse. Symonds felt abandoned by the administrators.
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Source: Various web and print media

ICC EAP News

Japanese Women’s team signs up a new sponsor

The Japan National Women’s team has received a huge boost with Altech signing up as Major Sponsor. Altech is an International company specializing in beverage packaging/bottling, technology and equipment, and have previously sponsored cricket tournaments around the world. The addition of Altech as Major Sponsor comes about as the Japanese women prepare for the Shanghai International Sixes Tournament later this year.

Cricket Victoria Regional Cricket Manager visits Japan & Korea

During late July and early August 2008, Regional Cricket Manager Daniel Trevillian traveled to Japan and Korea under a development partnership with the International Cricket Councils East Asia Pacific Region. In his report, Daniel says about Tokyo:
“Transport and ‘box like’ accommodation issues aside, both Charlie and myself went about our business with several days spent delivering coaching accreditation courses, working with the National Women’s team and delivering promotional clinics to school aged children. Our language barrier was overcome through the use of translators at times, lots of body language and if all else failed a ‘smile’, a universally recognised symbol. The amount of discipline towards practice and skill development that was displayed by the participants in Japan still impresses me now. With Baseball being a religious activity in Japan some of the fielding and throwing we saw from young children was amazing. Enough to make Mike Young at Cricket Australia salivate!”

Pacific Cup Results

Shizuoka Kytes. Tokyo Giants, Indian Engineers and Nagoya have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2008 Pacific Friendship Cup(PFC). Kytes defeated Paddy Foleys, Giants defeated British Embassy while the Indian Engineers walked into the semis without swet as their opposition, Adore, forfeited the match. In the last match, Nagoya defeated Wombats.

PFC has undergone many format changes since its inception 8 years ago as an annual 3-match series between the Indian Engineers and Shizuoka Kytes. In the latest edition of 2008 Golden Bat competition, PFC has eight teams that play in a straight knock-out format for the Golden bat. The name Golden Bat was added to the tournament’s name after the Executive Board of the tournament decided that the trophy will be a Golden Bat. All teams are allowed to fix their own schedule to play in this competition with the EB setting a date by which each leg of the tournament must be finished. The EB set July 31 as the deadline for the league level matches to be finished and October 31 for the semi-final matches.

In the semi-finals, the Indian Engineers will face up Nagoya and the Kytes will take on Giants.

For more details and history of PFC, click here

Another link: http://goldenbat.wordpress.com/.

Indian Engineers and YC&AC start annual series

The Yokohama Country and Athletic Club has initiated an annual one match series with the Indian Engineers. The first match of the cup, to be known as The Goodwill Cup, was played on August 24, which was won by the YC&AC under rains. The match was followed by a dinner party at the YC&AC wherein players mingled with each other over drinks, recounted on-field stories and joyous moments. Individual awards were given away during the dinner. Vimal Vikrant won the Man of the Match award from the Engineers side for his 76 runs and Prashant Kale from YC&AC for his match winning century.

YC&AC had batted first and scored 268 runs in 40 overs, thanks largely to Prashant Kale’s century and Engineers’ butter fingers. Chasing 241, Engineers only managed 222 in 37 overs, helped by a 100+ runs partnership for the third wicket between Vimal Vikrant and Sriram Sampath. It was after a long time the Engineers scored more than 200 runs at the slow YC&AC pitch. Happy chaps, they are 🙂

This series with the Engineers adds to YC&AC’s existing other annual series with the KRAC, Kobe and the Sri Lankan Lions. For the Engineers, this adds to their existing friendship series called Pacific Friendship Cup with the Shizuoka Kytes, which has now expanded to include 6 other teams on a rotational basis. A brief report of the match is available here.

Pakistan Lifts YC&AC Sixes Cup

The Pakistan team lifted the 18th YC&AC Annual Invitational 6-a-side Cricket Tournament. The One-day tournament, held at the YC&AC ground was contested by six teams. YC&AC and Pakistan played the final in which Pakistan set an imposing target of 87 runs from 5 overs but Y&AC could only reach 66 runs in 5 overs.

In the one-sided Plate final, Sri Lanka(94) defeated the Internationals(23) by 71 runs.

The Following individual awards were given away at the prize distribution ceremony.
Best Allrounder : Prashant Kale (YC&AC)
Best Batsman : Amjad Mirza (Pskistan)
Best Bowler : Sanjaya (Sri Lanka)

Check out the highlights of the final match on Youtube

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of August 31:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Osaka Tigers (2)
3 Serendip (4)
4 YC&AC (5)
5 Tokyo Wombats (3)
5 Kansai Fighters (6)
6 Wyverns (7)
7 Al Karam (8)
8 MAX (9)
9 Friends (11)
10 KRAC (10)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Ricky Ponting fears for the future of Test cricket because of 20/20. Do you agree?

Yes – 36%
No – 61%
May be – 4%

Take the new poll:

Do you agree with the postponement of the Champion’s Trophy to 2009?

Visit our home page today to vote!
 

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

McGrath vs. Hayden, A local rivalry.

Cricket in China

Administrators in various sports have long regarded China as one of the great untapped markets and cricket is no exception. Read here.
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“When you play Australia, you do not merely play against a McGrath, a Ponting, a Hayden or a Gilchrist. You play against a mindset, a system” – Harsha Bogle writing in the Indian Express.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Sri Lanka has featured in all Asia Cup final matches.

2. Former West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh is called Duracell for his ability to bowl very long spells of 10-12 overs without getting tired.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #85 Lively Cricket in Kanto & Kansai

Newsletter


May 8, 2008                                                                                              Issue #85

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Lively Cricket in Kanto
  • The Fine Print
  • Indian Engineers C.C on Wikipedia
  • Chiang Mai Sixes Report
  • ICC EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Lively Cricket in Kanto & Kansai

As The KCL 2008 started with a bang, literally, when in the first match, Al Karam’s Chula Rodrigo banged a short one in, which, the Toyama captain,
Rizwan Mohammed, tried pull but only succeeded in not connecting it and ended up in the hospital with a broken nose. The match was eventually won
by Al Karam. Toyama CC: 146 (30 overs) (Amjad Mirza, 3/15) Al Karam CC: 146/2 (15.1 overs) (Hanif Mohammad, 80*; Javed Niazi, 32*). In other
matches so far, new comers Indian Tigers nearly pulled off a coup in their first match when they had the YC&AC at 92/5 at one stage. A couple of
lives granted to the YC&AC batsmen at that stage helped them post a formidable 257/8. The Tigers, however, could only manage 157 in their chase.
In the third match, the Indian Engineers defeated Shizuoka Kytes by 3 wickets.

In Kansai, the Kansai Cup kicked off as well with various matches being played in the month of April. Watch this space for more updates.

For Latest results are available here.

The Fine Print

Nearly half of the Australian cricketers contracted with their board are willing to give up their international careers for playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) or its rival Indian Cricket League (ICL), a survey conducted by the country’s Players’ Association has revealed.
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A study by the St Andrews University in Britain has revealed that successful Test cricketers have an average life expectancy of 80 years – they are happier because of the acclaim they have received and are therefore less likely to suffer from illness even in old age. The researchers at the university came to the conclusion after looking at 418 cricketers who had played for England between 1876, when the first Test match was played, and 1963. The average life expectancy for those who played more than 25 Tests was 77.95, compared with 73.25 years for the others, found the study which considered players’ social backgrounds, that influences how long people live
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The troubled Olympic torch relay run in India suffered yet another jolt with Sachin Tendulkar pulling out of the event a day before the event on medical grounds. The master batsman has been advised by his IPL team physio A Ijaz not to take part in the run in view of his groin injury, sources close to Mumbai Indians team said.
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Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) has warned that the ICC may be faced with the biggest players’ revolt in the history of the game if it continues to be “paralysed” by the BCCI and remains “incompetent” in its handling of issues facing the sport. FICA’s international legal adviser Ian Smith said the resentment among the players against the ICC’s handling of affairs is so strong that they are ready to break ranks and run the show themselves
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Security officials posted at the Multan stadium for the fourth ODI between Pakistan and Bangladesh evicted a man trying to enter the host team’s dressing room posing as senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf. Mohammad Shafiq, who has a striking resemblance of Yousuf also styled himself on the batsman with the same flowing beard and cap.
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The Vijay Mallya-owned Bangalore Royal Challengers of the IPL have employed Pompom-wielding cheerleaders from the United States. They roped in “Washington Redskins Cheerleaders” to be its official cheerleaders for the first four matches of the tournament. According to the Redskins’ website, 12 of their cheerleaders and two choreographers will spend 18 days touring the country and performing at major events, including the first four games of the Bangalore IPL team.
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The taxman is knocking on the BCCI’s door on IPL windfall they earn under “business auxiliary service(BAS)”. Under the franchise model, the franchisees have to pay 10 per cent of the bid amount every year to BCCI, as a franchisee fee. With the auction fetching BCCI $723.59 million, BCCI will get $72.36 million each year. Since players, too, are not playing for the country, their purchase fees would be liable to service tax again under BAS. Broadcasting rights for 10 years went for over $1 billion in addition to their sale of time slots for ads. Naming Pepsi as the IPL official drink for five years went for a fee of $12.5 million in addition to the branding of stumps in DLF name. So the taxman is also laughing on his way to the bank.
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Source: Various web and print media.

Indian Engineers C.C on Wikipedia

We recently found out that this Newsletter(issue #43) was cited as external resource in wikipedia for the definition of kilikit.

For a detailed information on kilikit, a Samoan national cricket festival, read our Issue# 43.

Chiang Mai Sixes

Ian Gason Reports:

The 21st Chiang Mai Sixes was held recently and again the Tokyo Wombats made the tour- all in the name of promoting Japanese cricket, of course.
Japan’s World Cricket League participation (Jersey, May/June) cost them 2 players, so re-inforcements were called in: Robin, from Somerset via
Chiang Mai, and Sri Lankan Test player Ravindra Pushpakamara. “Pushy” provided some big hitting and one memorable moment when a hard night saw him
walking a single, only to be run out when a Thai lad’s return from cow-corner rolled into the stumps! Pushy’s heavyweight support was matched by
internationals such as Trevor Chappell, Amal Silva and a few ex-Bangladeshi players too, and Tokyo early losses saw them qualify for the Bowl, 3rd
of 4 divisions.

Running around Chiang Mai’s many bars in traditional Japanese yukatas, and other nocturnal activities which hark to an era before dietitians and
conditioning coaches, left the Tokyo Wombats in less the prime condition. Despite the 8am start, TW won their semi-final on the last ball and took
on Amal Silva’s Silva Stars in the final. A late flurry of runs saw TW post 82, a challenging score. Sadly, for the 2nd time in a row, TW stumbled
on the final hurdle, after an errant opening over handed Silva Stars 42 runs!

The loss hardly dented the memories of another fantastic week in Thailand. Chiang Mai Sixes is one of many 6s in Asia, all working on the theme of
making friends through playing cricket. Thanks to the organisers and sponsors, and we will see you all next year!

Photos: http://www.tokyowombats.com/gallery.html
http://www.cricketsixes.com/index.htm

Three Japanese Umpires on the ICC EAP Umpiring Panel

The ICC EAP office has reconstituted the EAP Umpires Panel and Supplementary Umpires Panel recently, the first revision since it was first formed  in 2005. The Umpires Panel includes two of Japan’s most experienced and widely respected umpires, Neil Harrison and Anton McCloy. While McCloy was part of the Umpires Panel since its inception, for Harrison this a promotion from the Supplementary Panel. The Supplementary Umpires Panel included Japan’s Chris Thurgate for the first time.

Here is the list of the Panels:

2008 EAP Umpires Panel

Geoff Clelland (Vanuatu)
Clive Elly (PNG)
Shahul Hameed (Indonesia)
Neil Harrison (Japan)
Grant Johnston (Vanuatu)
Anton McCloy (Japan)
Lakani Oala (PNG)

2008 EAP Supplementary Umpires Panel

Sachin Gopalakrishnan (Indonesia)
Ioane Henry (Cook Islands)
Raka Ipi (PNG)
Nigel Morrison (Vanuatu)
Peter Poulos (Samoa)
Walesi Soqoiwasa (Fiji)
Chris Thurgate (Japan)

While there are no EAP tournaments scheduled for 2008, both the panel members will be considered for other tournaments including ICC World Cricket League events and domestic competitions in Australia and New Zealand. The ICC Associate & Affiliate International Umpires Panel was established in 2005 and umpires on this panel officiate in ODIs involving Associate members, Intercontinental Cup matches and other ICC events such as the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Brian Aldridge of New Zealand and New Zealand Cricket provides a lot of resources to assist the development of panel
members with the delivery of Introduction and Level 1 Umpiring Courses.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of April 30:

There were a few changes in the ranking last month based on the few friendly matches played in March.

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Osaka Tigers (2)
3 YC&AC (4)
4 Wyverns (3)
5 Serendip (5)
6 MAX (7)
7 Kansai Fighters (8)
8 Tokyo Wombats (6)
9 Al Karam (11)
9 KRAC (9)
10 Osaka Bulldogs (10)

See the full list here.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

In your opinion what should the the IPL and ICL players choose?

Country (and less money) – 71%
Financial Security – 29%

Take the new poll:

Judging by the media coverage IPL receives, do you think IPL has long term prospects or will it be short-lived?

Readers’ Corner

I liked the new addition to dictionary section in the last issue. Very funny!

– Bobby Philips

Best of the Web

Andrew Symonds pushes his coach during a shake hand session

Mainichi Shimbum report on Japanese Cricket

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“It was a shake hand at the wrong place” – Sreeshant about the alleged slap by Harbhajan Singh.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. In ODIs, Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar holds the record for hundreds in successive innings(4). In Tests, Sanath Jayasuriya and Brian Lara share the
record with 3 hundreds in 3 innings.

2. In Tests, Don Bradman scored back-to-back hundreds on as many as nine consecutive Tests – easily the best effort by any batsman so far.

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #19 Rain and YC&AC cause upset in KCL

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June 16, 2002                                                                                              Issue #19

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Rain and YC&AC cause upset in KCL

Two months into this premier tournament of Japan and this is how the statistics look like: 8 matches played, 4 rained out, 0 tied and 1 upset. While Division I had five of their matches scheduled in the first two months and Group B of Division II, four, Group A teams had to content with only one match which was rained out.

YC&AC upset the defending champions

The results so far have been more or less in the expected lines with possibly one exception. In what can be termed as an upset, Yokohama County and Athletic Club defeated the defending champions, Tokyo Giants, by 4 wickets. Having batted first, the Giants scored 248, which was studded with 16 sixes, in 36.3 overs with Hamid Saeed(68, 8×6) and Jahangir Babar(54, 3×6) crossing the half century mark. However, the man who prevented a greater damage to the YC&AC was Andy Coles, whose magnificent figures of 6/40 included a hat trick, which possibly could be a KCL first. YC&AC then scored 252/6 in 39.2 overs with Coles scoring 66 while Avinash Jadhav top scored with 98.

Friends set all kinds of KCL records

In another D-I match, the Friends XI sent a depleted Shizuoka Kytes to the cleaners to win the match by a huge margin of 270 runs. In a KCL record, the Friends scored 371 after choosing to bat first. In that process they erased the Indian Engineers, who held the record until then(322/5 off 35 overs) set against the British Embassy, from the KCL history and found a place for themselves. Munir Ahmed helped himself with a KCL highest individual score of 164(18×4, 11×6), eclipsing the previous best of 147*(16×4, 8×6) set by Viswa Ghosh of Indian Engineers against the British Embassy on the same ground last year in a KCL play-off match. Captain Aamir Ali, who along with Munir Ahmed put up a mammoth 159 run partnership for the third wicket, chipped in with a solid 71. In reply, the Kytes could manage only 101 runs, the wrecker-in-chief being Shahad Siddiqui with figures of 5/13. The only saving grace for the Kytes was the tail-enders showing the top order how to bat. At 34/7, the Kytes tail wagged to cross the three figure mark before they folded up for 101. The Kytes, however, are finding solace in the fact that they could manage only 31 runs against the same opposition last year before they were shot out in a KCL match.

Meanwhile, the Shizuoka Kytes leads the points tally in D-I with 7 points off 3 matches while Friends are closely behind with 6 off 2 matches. In D-II, Fuji Far East leads the pack with 9 points off 3 matches.

Latest match results and points tally are available here.

The unconfirmed KCL records so far are:

Highest team total 371, Friends XI against Shizuoka Kytes
Highest individual score 164, Munir Ahmed of Friends XI
Highest margin of victory 270 runs, Friends defeated Shizuoka Kytes
Maximum number of 6s in an innings Munir Ahmed of Friends(11)
Highest 3rd wicket partnership 159 runs between with Munir Ahmed and Aamir Ali (Friends) against Shizuoka Kytes in 2002
Highest 5th wicket partnership 158 between Viswa Ghosh and Dinesh Tashildar (Indian Engineers) against the British Embassy in 2001
Maximum number of runs from least number of balls
or the fastest 50
Dinesh Tashildar of Indian Engineers(79 off 29 balls) vs. British Embassy in 2001
Best bowling 7/18 by Avinash Jadhav of YC&AC against the Indian Engineers in 2000
Most expensive bowling 6-0-105-1 by Denis Perry of the British Embassy vs. the Indian Engineers in 2001
Fastest 50 by a team 50 off 4 overs by Indian Engineers vs. Adore in 2001 on a Flicx pitch at Fujinomiya
Maximum number of 6s by any team 16 each by Indian Engineers(vs. British Embassy) and Tokyo Giants(vs. YC&AC)
First hat trick Andy Coles(6/40) of YC&AC against Tokyo Giants in 2002

Read the interesting reports of these matches in which the above records were set:

Friends XI vs. Shizuoka Kytes (2002)
Indian Engineers vs. British Embassy (2001)
Indian Engineers vs. Adore (2001):

Japan Gold Cup

This 6 team tournament being held the Edogawa Cricket Ground saw two of its matches washed out in its first month. In the other matches, Edogawa Falcons defeated the Pakistan Eaglets and Gunma defeated the Indian Engineers. The Engineers had batted first and scored 199, thanks to a late order hitting by Dinesh Singh and Ashok Kumar. But the Gunma overcame the score in the 36th over for the loss of 8 wickets. Read report here.

Other Results

Friendly matches

> Nova defeatd Osaka Bulldogs. Osaka Bulldogs 151, Nova 152/5
> Kobe RAC defeatd Osaka Bulldogs. Osaka Bulldogs 147/9, Kobe RAC 150/5.
> Shizuoka Kytes defeated Adore. Kytes 124(Shimizu 4/20, T. Ito 3/17), Adore 97 (M. Sharpe 7/23, M. Wilson 3/15)
> Gunma defeated Indian Engineers. Gunma 232, Indian Engineers 125.
> Indian Engineers defeated YC&AC. Indian Engineers 187, YC&AC 156.
> Nova defeated Osaka Bulldogs again. Osaka Bulldogs 153, Nova 154/4.

Tidbits

1. Who was the first New Zealand batsman to score a century in each innings of a Test?
2. Which of these great bowlers was chiefly responsible for India being 0/4 at Leeds in 1952?
Frank Tyson
Alec Bedser
Fred Trueman
3. Who was South Africa’s captain when they thrashed Australia 4-0 in the 1969/70 Test series in South Africa?

Answers at the end of this Newsletter !!

Also playing in Japan, a little bit of cricket

The Indian scribes covering the Football World Cup in Japan were surprised to find that cricket also was being played here. Read the article on Indian Express, India’s largest circulated English language daily.

http://www.indian-express.com/full_story.php?content_id=4458

Improve your batting skills 

Have you ever faced a delivery at 100 mph? Do you want to practice leaving deliveries outside the off-stump? Shouldering arms? Do you want to play a true inswinger or outswinger? Major clubs, State teams and National Squads use a Bowling Machine to train their players. A Bowling Machine is the ultimate tool you can have to develop and improve your game.

But how do I access one…? Do we have one in Japan…??

Well, if you are living in Japan, you are unbelievably lucky…!! You can contact I.E.C.C. to access this invaluable tool of a cricketer. This imported machine is available to you at a reasonable cost !!! A free bi-lingual coach is available if you are a Japanese and can’t speak English. Hourly or daily rental possible.

So improve your cricket and get that elusive Best Batsman/MoM/MVP of the league trophy.

Click here for more details!

Answers to the above quiz

1. Who was the first New Zealand batsman to score a century in each innings of a Test?
Glenn Turner
2. Which of these great bowlers was chiefly responsible for India being 0/4 at Leeds in 1952?
Fred Trueman
3. Who was South Africa’s captain when they thrashed Australia 4-0 in the 1969/70 Test series in South Africa?
Ali Bacher

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #15 KCL Final postponed

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October 11, 2001                                                                                              Issue #15

Hello and welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

KCL Final postponed

The much awaited KCL final was washed away on October 8th. The match was to be played between the Tokyo Giants and Friends XI. The new date will be announced soon.

Tokyo Giants had defeated the Sri Lankans by 3 wickets in the first semi-final. Sri Lankan Lions 160, Tokyo Giants 162/7. Friends had qualified for the semi-final after trouncing the YC&AC. YC&AC 124, Friends XI 125/4.

In the first play-off for the Division I next year, Shizuoka Kytes(159/8, G. Parsons 6/16) bowled out the British Embassy for 99 (G. Parsons, 49, M. Sharpe, 6/19) thus keeping the jinx of the visiting teams not scoring more than 99 runs against the Kytes this year intact.

The second play-off which was between the Indian Engineers and the Millennium was converted to a 22 over friendly as the Engineers showed up at the ground only at 2 p.m. after getting stuck in a 4 hour traffic jam. The play off is likely be played towards the end of October. Read here the report of this match and an eventful journey.

The following teams have been qualified for the Division I for 2002:
Tokyo Giants, Friends, YC&AC and Sri Lankans (all semi-finalists) and
Shizuoka Kytes (winner of the first play-off)
Winner of the second play-off

The seventh member of the Division I will be winner of the third play-off between the losers of the first and second play-off.

The rest of the 8 teams who participated in KCL this year will form Division II next year, when the Kanto Cricket League will come under the auspices of Japan Cricket Association. In the following years, the top and bottom two teams of Division II and Division I will swap their positions.

Brief results of all matches are available here.

Tidbits

1. Steve Waugh christened Michael Atherton cockroach. Why?

2. Robert Peel, slow left-arm bowler, played 22 tests for England. His English County career with Yorkshire came to an abrupt end in 1899. What incident on the filed led to the sudden end? (Hint: This is a common phenomenon in Tokyo cricket!)

Answers at the end of this Newsletter…

How to select the correct bat for your game

At some point in your cricketing career you have to accept that a new bat has to be bought and the Old Faithful has to stand aside and play second fiddle to a new blade full of the joys of run making. Read this column which is aimed to make it easier for the individual to go out and confidently buy their own bat knowing that they have considered all the aspects of their game and physical attributes before buying a new one.

Read the details here.

11th Annual YCAC 6-a-side Tournament

By Tony Fordyce
The first game was due to start at 09.00, but it was raining very heavily until only 15 minutes prior to that hour. Suddenly, with the arrival of your correspondent and his optimistic sunglasses, the rain stopped, and some quick mopping-up operations allowed the tournament to start only 30 minutes late in bright sunshine. In the first round games Sri Lanka beat Japan, the Rest of the World beat the Anzacs, YCAC beat the British Embassy and Pakistan beat Anzacs, all fairly comfortably. The semi-finals were won by Sri Lanka and Pakistan (YCAC giving Pakistan their closest game all day) and the Plate semi-finals by Japan and India.

The Cup final was unfortunately rather a one-sided game. Pakistan batted first and reached a very competitive total of 74 in their 5 overs. In reply, despite hitting a ‘no-ball’ 6 off the first ball, Sri Lanka lost 3 wickets very quickly and were all out for 36. In the Plate final, excellent bowling from Ashok gave India a comfortable victory over Japan.

The individual prizes, kindly donated by Allied Pickfords, were awarded as follows:

Best batsman: Amjad (Pakistan)
Best bowler : Ashok (India)
Best player: Fuji (Japan)

YCAC Defeats Singapore Cricket Club

By Tony Fordyce
Excellent cricketing weather for our first ever game against the SCC in their 149th season. An excellent result also. We won the toss (to SCC’s evident dismay) and batted first. Fortunately, despite some excellent bowling from Prasad (1-22 in 7 overs) we got off to a very quick start, mainly thanks to a quick 32 from Kamran. A huge straight 6 from pinch-hitting Lovegrove also put us in a strong position psychologically (although this was somewhat weakened when he was clean-bowled next ball). Mark, as usual this season, timed the ball extremely well, this time without giving his usual early chance, and his excellent 51 helped us, with some later contributions all round, to a fairly comfortable 167 all out. In reply, SCC lost 2 early wickets, but an excellent partnership between the Singapore national team players Bala and Ravi (not looking like a man with only 3 hours sleep) took them to 85 with only 2 wickets down and plenty of overs left. The captain was reaching his wit’s end (which did not entail a long journey) and finally accepted James Lovegrove’s voiced and unvoiced appeals for a chance with the ball. This immediately proved successful when he trapped Bala leg before and then had Ravi well taken on the deep square leg boundary, in a spell of 2-8 in 3 overs. The later batsmen were unable to keep up the required rate of scoring, thanks mainly to some excellent bowling from Avinash. Scotty Erickson was given the ball for the last over with one wicket to fall. One ball was all he needed to wrap up what was, in the end, a comfortable victory by 45 runs.

Mark was chosen as Man of the Match from the YCAC side and Prasad from SCC

Readers Forum

Just to put the record straight, YCAC scored 1,209 runs in their KCL group matches (including innings of 358 and 345), and only played 5 games, compared with the 6 played by teams in Group A! I think this was comfortably the highest total of any team in the group matches.

Tony Fordyce

Editor: In our last issue we said that the Indian Engineers have scored the highest aggregate runs – 950 runs for the loss of 50 wickets – in the league matches. This is not true. The Indian Engineers have scored the highest aggregate runs in Group A, not in the entire league. The error is regretted.

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The correct entry in the scorebook at YC&AC if a batsman hits the ball out of the ground(local rule)

I believe the correct scorebook entry for Sriram is ‘Retired’. That, of course, means innings terminated, unless you are injured.

Paul Blamire.

Answers to the questions given above

1. Because like a cockroach he keeps coming back and is hard to get rid of.

2. He took to the filed drunk!

That’s all in this edition!

Issue #14 What cricket has and baseball doesn’t

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August 20, 2001                                                                                              Issue #14

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

What cricket has and baseball doesn’t

For Hollywood star Robin Williams “cricket is like baseball played on valium.” Obviously, the die-hard cricket fans will not agree with Mrs. Doubtfire. But has anyone, especially those living in Japan, ever wondered what is the real difference between the baseball and cricket? Well, here it is on Rediff Cricket, a cricket news web site: http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2001/jul/25jog.htm

Kanto Cricket League

The league matches of this tournament have been completed and the KCL enters the knock-out stage from now.

An interesting statistics that has emerged is that the Indian Engineers have scored the highest aggregate runs – 950 runs for the loss of 50 wickets – in the league matches! Friends XI holds the second place with 937 for the loss of 45 wickets. However, they failed to make it to the semi-finals having finished third in Group A.

The Indian Engineers scored a landmark victory over the mighty Friends XI in a closely contested match played at the Fuji ground on July 29. This was Friend’s first defeat in the tournament in many years. Read the reports here

In Other matches over the weekend(August 18 and 19), Friends XI crushed the Adore to enter the semi-finals. After batting first, Friends XI captain Syed Amir declared their innings as closed, very unusual in a one day match, for 208/7 in the 28th over obviously knowing that the victory would be easy. They then bowled out Adore for 50 runs.

Another expected result was the victory of the Sri Lankan Lions over Wyverns. Wyverns were bowled out for 71 with Aanura Gunasinghe claiming 5 wickets. The Lions won the match by 5 wickets thus entering the semi-final.

In what was the last remaining match in Group B, the Tokyo Giants won the match against the YC&AC by 7 wickets. YC&AC 133. Giants 134/3. However, both the teams will enter semi-finals being the toppers in Group B.

Another upset of the sorts was the victory of MAX C.C over the fancied Tokyo Bay on Saturday. Tokyo Bay were all out for 85 in reply to MAX’s 167. With this defeat, both MAX and Tokyo Bay, who were expected to qualify for the play-off for the Division I were relegated to the Division II.

Semi Final Lineup
Friends XI Vs. Tokyo Giants (Sept. 2)
YC&AC Vs. Sri Lankan Lions (Sept. 9)
Play-off for Division I for 2002 line up
Shizuoka Kytes Vs. British Embassy (Sept. 16)
Indian Engineers Vs. Millennium (Oct. 6)

The losers of the play-off matches will play again(date is yet to be confirmed) to determine the winner who will enter the Division I as the seventh member, apart from the semi-finalists and the winners the play-off matches.

Points Table

Brief results of all matches are available here.

Japanese Cricketers to visit the UK

National squad and University cricketers from Japan will make a visit to England from 30 August to 8 September. The touring party will comprise 20 men and 12 women with each team playing four matches against various sides in and around London. Highlights of the tour will include a game against the Marylebone CC and a net session at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Pressing cricket bat willow – the process explained

The game of cricket involves a bat that is made of a soft material and a ball made of a hard material. The ball, although hard on the outside, is designed to change shape slightly on impact thus minimising damage to the bat. The bat is designed to withstand the pressure of the hard surface of the new ball.Read the details at Columns.

Tidbits

New Arrival:

Robert Bennett announces the formation of a new cricket club in Hiroshima city. Read report of their first game at: http://www.geocities.com/rgmjapan/JULY29th.html.

Kytes acquire a new roller:

The Shizuoka Kytes acquired a new roller for their ground paid by the KCL Committee. See the picture and a brief comment by R-G Martineau.

Do you know who is known as the African Botham? Try to answer the quiz on our home page… Well, here is a clue. He is NOT from a Test playing country!

Umpiring course held

Special session for Umpiring was held by JCA on August 12th(Sun.) at the Fuji ground. The coach of umpiring was from VCA(Victoria Cricket Assosiation), Australia.

Reader’s Forum

It has been pointed out to me by one of our players (who read your Newsletter more carefully than I did!) that in your game against YCAC Sriram was actually out (not ‘technically not out’). Local rules apply even in professional cricket, and this was also agreed in advance by both captains.
Tony

Editor: We agree with you the fact that local rules apply even in professional cricket. But I’m not sure of the method of a dismissal other than those well known and documented methods. At least we don’t know of such instances. It is true that the captains agreed in advance of this mode dismissal at YC&AC but since this is not an approved mode of dismissal in professional cricket, we thought that Sriram may be technically not out.

 

Issue #13 Cricket in Kimono

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July 11, 2001                                                                                              Issue #13

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Cricket in Kimono

Read the confessions of a Japanese woman cricket buff, who currently lives in Hong Kong, which appeared on Rediff Cricket, a cricket news web site.

Kanto Cricket League

In major upset, the resurgent Shzuoka Kytes defeated the Sri Lankan Lions. The Kytes bowled out the Lions for 89 and then romped home by 5 wickets. This is the second upset victory in the KCL so far, the first being the Wyverns defeating the Kytes earlier this season. In their other match against the Friends, the Kytes almost caused an upset when they bowled out the Friends for 99, their lowest ever total, but the mighty Pakistanis were able to hold on to themselves and win the match by bowling Kytes out for a paltry 33.

With all but a few games remaining, the Group A is tantalisingly poised. The Friends XI, with their mighty wins in all their matches are almost a certainty for the semi-final berth. With two matches each remaining, the Sri Lankan Lions and the Indian Engineers will be battling out for the second spot from Group A. Assuming that the Engineers breeze through the next match against their traditional rival, the Kytes, their do-or-die tie will be against the strong Friends. A win in this match is a passport to the semi-final berth with a handsome 21 points, beating the Lions(19 points), even if the Lions win their reaming two matches. But if the Engineers manage to lose that, then their qualification depends on the results of other matches in the group. Weather also can play a part to help them.

It is long way for speculation for Group B with half of the teams played only one match each. Find below the points table of each group. Brief results are also available at http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the link ‘Kanto Cricket League’.

Points Table

Win – 4, Loss – 1, Abandoned – 2, Tie – 2, Walkover – 4

Group A
Team Played Won Lost Abandoned Tie Total
Adore 4 0 3 1 0 5
Friends XI 4 3 0 1 0 14
Fuji Far East 4 1 3   0 7
Indian Engineers 4 3 1   0 13
Shizuoka Kytes 5 2 2 1 0 12
Sri Lankan Lions 4 2 1 1 0 11
Wyverns 3 1 2   0 6

 

Group B
Team Played Won Lost Abandoned Tie Total
British Embassy 3 2 1   0 9
MAX 1 0 1   0 1
Millenium 2 0 2   0 2
Tokyo Giants 2 2 0   0 8
Tokyo Bay 1 0 1   0 1
YC & AC 1 1 0   0 4

Flicx Pitch

For the first time in Japan, a Flicx pitch(an artificial, portable pitch) was used in a a game thus sending the Indian Engineers and Adore to JCA’s records. The KCL match between the two teams were played under foggy and wet weather conditions thus making a true assessment of the quality and feasibility of further usage impossible. For a report on the Flicx pitch, visit: http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/ and follow the link ‘Match Reports’. For more information about Flicx pitch and other stuff, visit: http://www.Flicx.com.

KCL club to be penalised

The KCL Organising Committee(KCLOC) is believed to be actively considering deducting 4 points from one of the participating clubs in the competition for transgression of its rules. If KCLOC actually imposed the penalty, this will be the first time ever in the history of the tournament a club would be peanlised for its intransigence.

The incident that prompted this action occurred when the offending club played an unregistered player in of their KCL matches. According to KCL rules, all players must be registered with the Registrar at the beginning of the season and any new player must be registered at least 48 hours prior to the match in which he/she is expected to play.

IECC records impressive wins

The Indian Engineers registered impressive wins against the YC&AC and Edogawa-Lala, a combined team of Edogawa Falcons and Lalazar Sports, in friendly matches. It was the first time the Engineers defeated both the clubs in many encounters.

Sriram Sampath of the Engineers scored his maiden century in the match against YC&AC and remained “technically not out”(but declared out for hitting the ball out of the ground into the residential area. This is a local rule at YC&AC).

In a tense finish, the Engineers defeated the Edogawa-Lala by three wickets with only three balls to spare in the allotted 35 overs.

Read the reports at http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/ and follow the link ‘Match Reports’

Issue #12 Kanto Cricket League Underway

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May 11, 2001                                                                                              Issue #12

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Kanto Cricket League Underway

The newly formed Kanto Cricket League(erstwhile Kanto Cup) is underway with three matches being played on April 22.

In a major upset, minnows Wyverns, a Japanese University team subdued the fancied Shizuoka Kytes with excellent bowling performance by J. Hanada 5/22 and H. Kojima 4/7.

Wyverns C.C.: 72 (T. Phillips, 4/6; R. McKenna, 3/25)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 62 (J. Hanada, 5/22, H. Kojima, 4-7)
Wyverns won by 10 runs

In other matches: In a closely contested match in which the second major contribution came from Mr. Extras who scored an unbeaten 50, Tokyo Giants managed to avoid another upset by defeating Millennium by 57 runs and in the third match, Fuji Far East was outplayed by Sri Lankan Lions. Brief scores:

Tokyo Giants C.C.: 193/8 (Mumtaz Alam, 61; Extras, 50; Y. Yamamoto, 3/25)
Millennium C.C.: 136 (N. Miyaji, 34; Mumtaz Alam, 3/14; Razzaq Cheema, 3/20)

Fuji Far East C.C.: 82 (Sujith Dharmasena, 4/12)
Sri Lanka Lions C.C.: 85/2 (Gamini Perera, 34*)

Read the reports here

 Glenn Carter scores first century of KCL

The first century of the KCL season was scored by Glenn Carter(106*) against Adore on the weekend match.

Fuji Far East C.C.: 241/2 (G. Carter, 106*, T. Kawashima, 51*; extras, 62) (40 overs)
Adore C.C.: 112 (H. Takahashi, 4/14; K. Orita, 3/20) (37.4 overs)

Read the reports here

Brief results and points tally so far can be viewed at www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the link ‘Kanto Cricket League’.

BTTW article

Read latest developments in Japanese cricket at Beyond The Test World on CricInfo.

http://www-aus.cricket.org/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/CRICKET_NEWS/2001/APR/107739_BTTW_25APR2001.html

Web site Updated

IECC web site has been updated with latest Kanto Cricket League results and other links. A new link to Archives has been added. You can find here all that was published on this site in the past. Follow the link ‘Archives’ under Etceteras.

Japan Cricket Association makes first Administrator appointment

Naoki Miyaji has been appointed as the first ever dedicated cricket administrator of JCA. Miyaji, 22, who has a Japanese University Degree in Laws and is the opening bowler for the Japan National XI with whom he has toured internationally, will commence his duties immediately. Miyaji, who has lived in Japan all his life, is fluent in English and will be based in Tokyo on a 20-hour working week basis

JCA Board Chief Secretariat, Kenichiro Matsumura, said, “This is an exciting time for Japan cricket and the JCA is delighted to have arranged someone of Miyaji’s calibre to fulfil the Administrator role. This is a very important appointment for us.”

The focuses of the Administrator’s role will be those matters which will enable Japan to achieve its vision of progressing from an Affiliate to Associate Member of the ICC, a development which would see the JCA greatly benefit from additional support and attention. These will include; strategic and financial planning, playing and practice facility development, coach and umpire development programs, schools programs, fundraising/sponsorship, stakeholder relationships with government and facility owners etc., promotion and marketing of the sport in Japan, and initiatives to grow participation numbers in the sport amongst persons of all ages, both male and female.

ICC East – Asia Pacific Development Manager, Matthew Kennedy, said, “There are many hard-working volunteer officials and players in Japan who have done a fantastic job to grow the sport in that country. However, they are very busy people in their own professions and the further growth of cricket in a country such as Japan requires a dedicated well-planned and continuos approach. It is seen as time that some additional manpower support is provided to these JCA Board members and other stakeholders so that more development initiatives can be undertaken amongst this enthusiastic and expanding cricket community. Miyaji’s appointment is sure to be a boost for the sport.”

ICC announces partnership with Victorian Cricket Association, Japan & South Korea

A combined release from the Victorian Cricket Association (VCA) & International Cricket Council (ICC) East – Asia Pacific Development Region announces that VCA has been engaged in a cricket partnership agreement with the Japan Cricket Association and Korea Cricket Association that will see it deliver coach, umpire, player and administrator development courses and other activities to grow the sport in these countries.

The initial agreement is for a period of 12 months but it is hoped that this will develop into a long-term relationship. The partnerships will also involve the significant provision of cricket equipment and development resources as well as other suitable VCA support mechanisms.

ICC East Asia – Pacific Development Manager, Matthew Kennedy, said, “Both these countries have proven to be pro-active within the Program and cricket is at an exciting stage in these nations with many current activities and initiatives. This additional support will be invaluable in assisting the hard-working volunteer officials and players in both Japan and South Korea to achieve their aims of cricket progression.

The ICC Development Program contributes US$3.2 million globally on an annual basis to developing the game in non-Test countries.

 Darrell Hair’s next test – Developing Cricket umpires in East Asia – Pacific!

Current Australian Test Umpire, Darrell Hair, has been engaged by the International Cricket Council to undertake the first ever Umpire Development Project in its East Asia – Pacific (EAP) Development Region.

Whilst focussing on the three ICC Associate Members of the Region, the project will establish the status of cricket umpiring and a proposed plan for its future development in all 14 countries of the East – Asia Pacific Development Program:

ICC Associate Members in EAP – Fiji, Hong Kong & Papua New Guinea

ICC Affiliate Members in EAP – Brunei, Cook Islands, Japan, Philippines, Samoa, Tonga & Vanuatu

ICC “New Territories” in EAP – China, Indonesia, New Caledonia and South Korea.

ICC East Asia – Pacific Development Manager, Matthew Kennedy, said, “The ICC Development Program is about progressing all aspects of the sport in the countries involved. This includes, but is not limited to, facilities and equipment, administration, elite and grass roots development, tournaments, junior and schools programs, coaching, umpiring and scoring.

The Kyushu League has started

Saga C.C. resumed their old rivalry with Fukuoka C.C. by beating them in their first encounter: Saga C.C. 152/6 (Rohan 76*), beat Fukuoka C.C. 141(R. Bennett41; Thrisantha, 4/21), by only 11 runs!

 

That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

Issue #11 Winds of change blowing in Japanese Cricket

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April 5, 2001                                                                                     Issue #11

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Winds of change blowing in Japanese Cricket

In its effort to streamline and strengthen cricket in Japan, the Japan Cricket Association(JCA) has taken initiative to bring some of the tournaments taking place in various parts of the country under one umbrella, thus shedding the image of a body to conduct cricket only for the Japanese. The bold initiative yielded immediate results with the Kanto Cup, arguably the primary expat tournament in Japan, agreeing to the JCA proposals.

During the AGM of Kanto Cup held at the YCAC premises early February this year, which was attended by representatives of both JCA and Japanese clubs, JCA forwarded a proposal to this effect. Under this new initiative, JCA hopes to bring the Kansai League, the Kyshu League and the Universities competitions, apart from Kanto Cup under its umbrella in future. The top teams from these regional championships will compete for a national championship.

During the AGM, the JCA proposed a two-division league format for the Kanto Cup from 2002 with this year’s competition results determining the placement of teams in each division. Of the 13 teams, including 5 Japanese teams, the top seven will go to the First Division and the rest will form Second Division, beginning season 2002. The subsequent years will see the bottom two teams from D1 demoted to D2 and the top two teams from D2 promoted to D1. The Kanto Cup teams have agreed to this proposal and decided to name the new tournament as Kanto Cricket League(KCL). A seven member Kanto Cricket League Committee was chosen the same day that would organise the Kanto Cricket League under the auspices of JCA.

JCA is also mulling the possibilities of a similar structure being proposed for other tournaments such as the Kansai and Kyushu leagues that currently are being conducted by the respective bodies, independently. JCA hopes that having these tournaments conducted under its auspices, thereby acting as an umbrella body of cricket in Japan will make the game of cricket and JCA more visible and will help integrate the expat and local cricket seamlessly. As JCA sees it, another advantage accrues from this arrangement is the expected improvement in standards of cricket in Japan and increased competition for recognition among various teams.

JCA has reorganised itself to create, among other things, Competition and Public Relations departments. A special project team named Japan Championship Committee has also been created to organise an All Japan Championship from 2002.

These measures, JCA hopes, will increase the popularity of the game in this country and have the potential to attract sponsors which in turn will make the game more attractive to the native Japanese, both to take part and follow.

However, a larger and clearer picture on the success of this format and initiative will only emerge in 2002 when it becomes “officially official” and more stringent rules for the scoring disparities – which has been the bane of Kanto Cup, umpires and residential status of players will be enforced.

The new KCL schedule is available at www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the link ‘Kanto Cricket League’.

The following is the group structure of KCL for 2001:

Group A

Friends XI
Adolescents C.C.
Wyverns C.C.
Far East/Fuji C.C.
Indian Engineers C.C. (www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. (www.japan-cricket.com)
Tokyo Sri Lanka Lions C.C.

Group B

MAX C.C.
Tokyo bay C.C.
Millennium C.C.
Tokyo Giants C.C.
British Embassy C.C.
YC. & AC.

 

New Insurance for the teams

As a separate initiative, JCA has introduced a group insurance scheme for all teams. This scheme with an annual premium of JPY 1,400 per person will cover all cricket-related injuries. This includes injuries occurred at home or on the way to a cricket match or practice! Good job JCA! Long way to go..

The terms of insurance are:

(Editor’s note: Please note that all figures are in Japanese yen!)

In the case of: an accident/injury

Death: 20,000,000

Hospitalisation: 4,000/day (in case of 4 days or more)

Hospital attendance: 5,000/day (in case of 4 days or more)

Liability of compensation:

Physical compensation: up to 100,000,000/person,

up to 500,000,000/accident

Property compensation: up to 5,000,000

Exceptions

Injuries caused by the nature of the sport (shoulder/back problems caused by excessive bowling etc.).

Payment by this insurance will be made regardless of the payment of other insurances and not only will it cover own injuries, but will also cover liability of compensation in case of an accident or damage made by a cricket ball etc.

 

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Web site updated:

The IECC web site www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/ has been updated with latest IECC and Kanto Cup Schedules. Follow the link ‘Schedule’ to access the IECC Schedule for the 2001 season. ‘What’s New’ is updated with the latest news.

ICC Development Manager visits Japan

The ICC development manager for East Asia-Pacific region, Matthew Kennedy visited Japan in March to study the existing facilities and to explore the ways to improve the game in this part of the world. During his visit, Kennedy met with the JCA representatives and other key people apart from attending a KCL Organising Committee meeting. He also visited the grounds in the Kanto and Tokai regions and discussed the budgetary requirements of JCA, training requirements of umpires etc. JCA was given a set of scorebooks, counters, books on cricket and other things as part of the ICC development support.

“We are also studying the possibility of Japan taking part in international tournaments such as the South China Sea Championship”, Kennedy said. The other probable participants of this tournament are Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Chinese development team and the Philippines. “Hong Kong is currently doing the feasibility study of hosting this tournament this year”, he said.

Although, he had to do with the help of an interpreter, Kennedy said he had a fruitful visit.

Tidbits:

Japan could not attend the Asian Cricket Council’s Advanced Umpiring Course held in Islamabad March 19 to 26, due to conflicting schedules of the Japanese nominee and the course. The umpires who had agreed to attend the course are:

Ataul Hoque Mallick (Bangladesh)Tony Cooper (Fiji), Ghulam Saqlain(Hong Kong), Zahid Usman(Kuwait),Faruhath Jaleel (Maldives), Bhupindher Singh Gill (Malaysia), Muhammad Shafique (Nepal), S.D. Naik(Oman), Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Dr. Tariq Kureishy(Qatar), SarikaSiva Prasad (Singapore), Camillus Perera (Sri Lanka), Mohan Utamchandani (Thailand), Nasir Butt (UAE).

 

That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

Issue #10 IECC Golden week tour

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January 31, 2001                                                                                                 Issue #10

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Golden Week Tour

IECC is planning to tour Jakarta and Bali at the invitation of Jakarta Cricket Association(JCA) during the Golden Week in Japan. The planned departure date is April 27th or 28th and leaving Jakarta on May 5th or 6th, probably after attending the JCA’s Annual dinner party. If you are interested in joining the tour please contact iecctokyo@hotmail.com or bijupaul@hotmail.com in the next couple of weeks.

Web site updated

The IECC web site is updated with new contents.

  • An interesting batting game has been added. Please follow ‘Game & Other Extras’ link under the Interactive section and have some fun!
  • Did you know that the first batsman ever been dismissed ‘timed-out’ in first-class cricket is Tripura’s number eleven Hemulal Yadav on December 20, 1997? Follow the link ‘Cricket Trivia’ under the ‘Etceteras’ section for more details.
  • The quiz has been randomised. This means that you can answer a new quiz, instead of the previous static one, every time you visit our site. Cool!
  • Did you ever want to be a swing bowler? Read the ‘Secrets of Swing’ under the ‘Etceteras’ section.
  • Cricket in Japan on ‘Beyond The Test World’. Find it under ‘News & Articles’.
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That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

Issue #9 Edogawa Falcons wins Kanto Cup

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December 5, 2000                                                                                              Issue #9

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Kanto Cup

What an anti-climax to this wonderful tournament! The most important match of this year-long tournament turned out to be a non-event as one of the finalist and last year’s champion, Friend XI, refused to turn up for the match on the scheduled day, Sunday, Nov. 26. The day being bright and sunny, the Edogawa Falcons, the other finalist, were said to be on the ground on time and was waiting for the their opponent before they decided to have practice match among themselves.

The problem has been brewing for about a month, much before the semi-final stage as the Friends had indicated their inability to play any match after Nov. 16 until Dec. 3 as their players would be travelling during this period and hence requested a postponement. However, KCOC(the Kanto Cup Organising Committee) refused to entertain their plea on the grounds that the rules permitted a match to be postponed only due to bad weather and nothing else. Acceding to this request would certainly have led to similar requests next year.

The championship has, thus, gone to Edogawa Falcons by default, who were unimpressive during the league matches during which they won only one match. The Falcons were a touch lucky this season and incidentally, this was the second walkover awarded to them. The quarter-final against YC&AC didn’t take place as YC&AC couldn’t produce a team on the scheduled day and the Falcons won by default. But in the semi-final, they surprised their rival, Lalazar Sports, another strong contender for the Cup and last year’s finalist with a 3 run victory.

The annual All Star match, a match between two teams with players picked up from every team in each group was conducted on Dec. 3. This used to be followed by a prize distribution-cum-dinner ceremony when the trophies were distributed but since the peculiar way in which the championship has ended this year, no trophies related to the Kanto Cup were awarded to anybody. The only trophies that were distributed were the Best Batsman, Best Bowler and MVP of the All Star match. And of course, there was dinner!

With this, the Tokyo cricket season has ended.

Pacific Cup

The Indian Engineers won the three match series Pacific Cup between them and the Shizuoka Kytes 2-1. The Kytes had won the first match that was played in May this year. But the Engineers squared the series in a thrilling match in which the Kytes threatened to take the match and the Cup until the last five overs and then convincingly outplayed the Kytes by 116 runs in the final. Brief scores(35 overs):

IECC 208 all out in 33.4 overs(Sriram Sampath 73)

Kytes 92 all out in 21.1 overs(Biju Paul 4/16, Shankar Subramanyam 4/9)

Match report is available at www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the link “Reports”. Pictures of this match can be viewed by following the link “In Action” on the revolving links.

Japan surrenders meekly in ACC Trophy

Japan was summarily outplayed in every department of the game and offered a cakewalk to their opponents in the ACC Trophy held in UAE, recently. Brief scores:

Nov. 16

Japan: 59 all out in 26 overs (Extras 19)

Maldives: 60 for 2 in 11.3 overs.

Nov. 17

Nepal beat Japan by 7 wickets.

Japan: 133 all out in 49.5 overs. (Extras 23)

Nepal: 137 for 3 wickets in 20.4 overs. (Extras 20)

Nov. 19

Japan: 95

UAE: 98/4

The ICC hypocrisy

Malcolm Gray, the ICC president, has threatened that India will be financially penalised and even the Test status be suspended for refusing to tour Pakistan. Now consider this. During the 1996 World Cup, Australia had refused to go to Colombo to play Sri Lanka citing security reasons. The same Malcolm Gray was a member of the Australian Cricket Board at that time, who took the decision that affected a World Cup. Read more at www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/.

 

That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

Issue #8 Kanto Cup Updates

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November 14, 2000                                                                                              Issue #8

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Kanto Cup

In a tense but low scoring match conducted by neutral umpires, Edogawa Falcons defeated the fancied Lalazar by 4 runs. When Lalazar needed only 4 runs to win, Shafiq Virani bowled the last man to seal the match for Falcons.

Brief Scores:

EF 98(9 wides) in 23.3
Lala 95 (24 wides) in 24.4

The other semi-final between Friends XI and Tokyo Giants may be awarded to Giants as Friends have expressed their inability to play the final even if they win due to some unspecified reasons.

Kanto Cup on Cricinfo

Beyond the Test World, a bi-weekly column in Cricinfo has updated the Kanto Cup news. Follow the link:

http://www-aus.cricket.org/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/CRICKET_NEWS/2000/NOV/060222_BTTW_09NOV2000.html

Pacific Cup

I.E.C.C has squared the Pacific Cup series with a 20 run victory over Shizuoka Kytes on Sunday. A match report is available at www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the link “Match Reports”. The final of the series is to be played on Nov. 26.

Player Statistics

Player statistics have been updated with the last two matches. Follow the link “Statistics” on the revolving links. The Statistics details are not updated yet.

Of Gentlemen, fishermen… and electricity

Never before had the nation’s sports icons been targeted by the taxmen. So, to ensure that word of their raids does not leak, S C Parija, Director-General, Investigation, Income Tax, says, they gave colourful code names to their operation. Take for example, the code name for the overall operation — “Operation Gentlemen”, although cricket no longer appears to be a gentleman’s game to many now.

For the raid on cricketing legend Kapil Dev, the code was “Operation GCI” — Greatest Cricketer of India.

For the raids on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s premises in Patiala, the code name used was “Operation OB”. That is easily explained by the fact that Sidhu opened the batting for India in Tests and One-Day Internationals.

But the code for the raids on all-rounder Ajay Jadeja easily takes the cake. “Operation Fisherman” is how it went out. Was it because Jadeja did TV spots for Kingfisher, the famous mineral water and beer brand? Or was it that the taxmen thought he was fishing in troubled waters? The latter, says Parija.

It’s easy to guess what “Operation OS” stood for? Because it was for the raids on Nikhil Chopra, the off-spinner.

But perhaps the most interesting of the codes was reserved for the most famous of the lot — ex-captain Mohammad Azharuddin. “Operation Vidyut” was the code name. Translated into English, the Hindi word “vidyut” means electricity. The connection between Azharuddin and electricity? Easy! Sangeeta Bijlani, his wife, is also known to friends as “Bijli”, which translated into English means electricity!

Match fixing

Azhar’s testimony to Chandrachud

Mohammed Azharuddin: I do not think that any match can be fixed. It has taken me 14 long years to build up some reputation as a player. I cannot think of destroying by playing badly with a deliberate motive. It is true that I dress well. I also like to live in a good style. I have a house in Hyderabad and a flat in Bombay. My accounts are quite clear. The tax authorities are the best judges of that. I do not know if there is betting in cricket, but I know this for certain that none of my teammates bets.

That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

Issue #7 Kanto Cup Playoffs starts

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November 6, 2000                                                                                              Issue #7

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Kanto Cup

It has been rain all the way for the quarter final. The quarter final between Japan Selection and Lalazar had been the most ill fated with as many as 4 washouts so far. One more washout would have ensured a walkover for the Lala as the Japanese team is leaving for the U.A.E on Nov. 12th to participate in the ACC Trophy. However, a sunny Sunday on Nov. 5th ensured that the Lala had to spend their day on the field before moving to the semi-finals. They will be facing the Edogawa Falcons on Nov. 12th in the first semi-final, who walked over to this stage without any sweat as the YC & AC could not produce a team for their q.f match. Incidentally, one of the other semi-finalists – Friends XI – also walked over the Shizuoka Kytes as Kytes forfeited their game in order to complete the tournament in time – or so they say(the result wouldn’t have been any different, anyway..!) The semi final line-up is follows:

Nov. 12 – Edogawa Falcons Vs. Lalazar

Nov. 19 – Tokyo Giants Vs. Friends XI

Nov. 26 – Final

 ACC Trophy – Japanese team announcement party

The Japan Team will be going to the UAE from the 13th of November to play in the ACC Trophy.
There will be an announcement party of the Japan Team and the ACC Trophy on the 11th of Nov from 18:00 to 20:00. It will be held at an Indian/Pakistan restaurant near Hanzomon station, Tokyo. The cost is 5,500 yen per person. The name of the restaurant is “Siddique” which is about 5 min walk from No 1 exit. If you are interested in participating in this, please contact bijupaul@hotmail.com.

I.E.C.C site revamped

Our site, www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/ has a new look now. The feedback we received from our visitors were encouraging and some of their suggestions have been incorporated. Apart from this, a new “ethnic” background picture has been added in the front page and also some pages such as the About, Meet us etc. has the Indian tricolor as their background color.

Our site has crossed 1,000 hits in the first week of November and has been ranked as 20 in the Top 50 cricket sites. Thanks for all those who voted for us. Please make sure that you vote for us whenever you visit. You can also view the counter statistics, such as who are the visitors, where they come from, hits per day etc by clicking the Counter itself on the site. Please feel free to do so.

Try to answer the quiz, if you haven’t done it yet.

New links added to our sites are:

  • Cool facts. Some little known cools facts about cricket and its players, which include: Krish Srikkanth added an extra “k” to his last name so that it becomes 9 letters. Why..? Read the Cool facts.
  • Cricket explained (for Novices)
  • Cricket explained (an American view point)
  • Fielding positions. Recommended for those who are not familiar with the fielding positions in a cricket field. Excellent graphic explanation.

 

I.E.C.C Schedule

Our schedule for the rest of the season has been updated on the site. Please visit www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/ and follow the link “Schedule” on the revolving links. If you are a playing member, please mark your calendar for the dates.

 A victim of Indian performance at Sharjah

NEW DELHI, Oct 30 (AFP) – India’s humiliating 245-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the final of the Sharjah tri-series proved too much for one fan, who promptly died of a heart attack, the Indian Express reported Monday. Jiya Ram, 65, collapsed in front of the television at his New Delhi home on Sunday after watching India slump to 54 all out and suffer the biggest margin of defeat in a one-day international.

Ram’s wife called the emergency services and he was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the newspaper said.

Editor’s note: Does anyone disagree with the fact that the Indian match fixers should be tried for unintentional murder as many such people have died in the past watching the so called “close matches” ?

 

That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

Issue #6 Kanto Cup reach playoff stage

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September 4, 2000                                                                                              Issue #6

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Kanto Cup

Our Kanto Cup 2000 campaign has ended in a none too pleasant note where we failed to qualify for the quarterfinals. Let’s hope that we will do better next year.

The Kanto Cup Q.F line up is as follows:

YC & AC Vs. E. Falcons
Giants Vs. Fuji
Japan Vs. Lala
Shizuoka Kytes Vs. Friends

In the rest of the season we will be playing the 3 match series Pacific Cup with the Shizuoka Kytes and also the Indo-British Friendship Cup with the British Embassy. Apart from this, we are hoping to play some more friendly ties with other teams depending on the availability of the grounds. As of now, only Pacific Cup dates are available which is listed below:

Oct. 15 Match #1

Oct. 29 Match #2

Nov.12 Match #3 (Final match). Winner of two matches will walk away with the Cup.

The remaining two matches of Indo-British Friendship Cup will also be played in October/November that makes the rest of our season full of matches. The only exception is September when grounds are unavailable due to Kanto Cup matches.

Site Updated(http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/)

Please do not forget to vote for the site whenever you visit the site by clicking the Cricket Top 50 link!

Our site is updated with the logo of the club. You can see the logo sliding down(instead of the word I.E.C.C) when you open the page.

Statistics: Only 5 batsmen average more than 10 and only 4 have scored more than 50 runs this season so far. Shankar Tops the batting average(20.8) and runs(83) followed by Sriram. No bowler has been able to take his tally to 10 wickets yet. Follow the Statistics link on the revolving links for more details. The detailed batting and bowling figures are available from the summary page by following the “Statistics Details” link.

A new quiz has been added. Try to answer it.

Once again, do not forget to vote for the site whenever you visit the site by clicking the Cricket Top 50 link!

YC & AC Sixes

The Sri Lankans won the YC & AC Sixes tournament by defeating the Pakistanis lead by Amir Ali by one run. Edogawa Falcons and Lalazar sports had boycotted the tournament. Giants and Friends represented the Pakistanis.

 

That’s all in this edition.

 

Issue #5 Kanto Cup Updates

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August 3, 2000                                                                                              Issue #5

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

We are into the second half of the Japanese cricket season which ends by November. After having played a total of 5 matches(3 Kanto Cup matches and 2 friendly) in the 1st half of the season, it is time to take a look at the individual performances so far. The player statistics are available at our site http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the “Statistics” link on the revolving links. Both batting and bowling analysis are available. For a more critical mind, a detailed report also is available from the Statistics page. Enjoy!

IECC ended their draught on the banks of Fuji River. IECC won a friendly against Fuji on Sunday, July 30. A detailed report and brief score card is available at http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/reports.htm.

Kanto Cup

In yet another shock of the tournament, underdogs Japan Selection defeated Shizuoka Kytes by 19 runs. The implication of this is that we will tie with Shizuoka Kytes, if we manage a win against the Tokyo Giants, which will be a close call when run rate come into play.

Full score card: http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/olympia/tennis/146/KYTES-JAPAN.html

Other Kanto Cup results are:

Friends defeated Falcons to take lead place in Group B.

Full score card: http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/olympia/tennis/146/EDOGAWA-FRIENDS.html

Tokyo Giants defeated Japan Selection by 5 wickets. Brief scores: Japan Selection: 48 (Imran Rehman, 6/15), Tokyo Giants 49/5

Full score card: http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/olympia/tennis/146/JAPAN-GIANTS.html

Brief results and the points position are available at http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/kantocup.htm

 Upcoming matches

As mentioned earlier, the dates of the matches known to us are:

Aug. 13 Vs. YC & AC (Friendly)
Aug. 20 Vs. Giants (Kanto Cup)

Apart from these two, this year IECC has been requested to organise the Indian team for the prestigious YC & AC Sixes tournament. We will need a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 7 players for the tournament. The tournament will be held on Aug. 27.

Other titbits

There are some interesting postings by some interesting personalities on the IECC discussion forum. Visit our site and follow the link “Discussion”.

Whenever you visit the site, don’t forget vote for our site by clicking the “Cricket Top 50” link.

In the Vision report submitted to the govt. of India, BCCI’s vision include putting up the best team for the next world cup in 2002! Poor BCCI, they are unaware of the fact that the next world cup is in 2003, not in 2002. Please do not consider this as a mere typo in a draft document. This is the document that BCCI took one month to produce and given to the government of India.

 

That’s all in this edition.

Issue #4 Kanto Cup on CricInfo

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July 17, 2000                                                                                              Issue #4

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

Kanto Cup on CricInfo

Kanto Cup made its way into CricInfo’s fortnightly column Beyond The Test World or BTTW, which concentrates on cricket in non-Test playing nations such as Japan. The report is compiled by Biju Paul. You can find this article by following the link “Beyond the Test World” from the main page of CricInfo(http://www-usa.cricket.org/) or by clicking

http://www-usa.cricket.org/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/CRICKET_NEWS/2000/JUN/039899_BTTW_28JUN2000.html.

This column will continue to cover Kanto Cup and other indigenous tournaments in Japan.

 

IECC Vs. Japan Selection

In the upset of the Kanto Cup tournament, the Japan Selection defeated IECC by 6 wickets. A full match report is available at http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the link “Kanto Cup–>Match Reports. A full scorecard is available at http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/olympia/tennis/146/JAPAN-ENGINEERS.html.

Points position

As of now we are in a very bad position. Even if we win the only remaining match of us, we are in an unenviable position. Assuming that Japan Selection will lose their remaining two matches, we will tie with them with 10 points apiece, in which case the run rate will be taken into consideration to determine the fourth qualifier for the quarter finals. As of now, with only two matches played, Japan Selection is ahead of us in the run rate too. We can only pray that they lose very badly in their next two matches and we win our next match with lot of runs on board. Given below is the run rate so far:

IECC:

Vs. Shiz 87/10, Vs. Japan 117/10, Vs. YC & AC 128/10. Runrate: 332/30 = 11.07

Japan Selection:

Vs. Indian E. 118/4, Vs. YC & AC 77/10 Runrate: 195/14 = 13.97

 

The points tally

Having played all their 4 matches in the league level, YC & AC leads Group A(our group) with 3 wins and a draw(14 points). Friends XI leads Group B with 10 points from 3 matches(2 wins and a draw). Brief results of the matches played so far and the points position is available at http://www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/kantocup.htm.

Our schedule

As of now, we have two more matches coming up which are on:

August 13 Vs. YC & AC (Friendly)

August 20 Vs. Tokyo Giants (Kanto Cup)

Apart from these, there are 5 more matches whose dates are still unknown. They are the 3 match series Pacific Cup with the Shizuoka Kytes and the other 3 match series called Indo-British Friendship Cup with the British Embassy of which one match is already considered to have been played earlier this year.

Sheikh is in trouble again

Edogawa Falcons Captain Shikh Nissar clashed with Fuji captain Glenn Carter over the condition of the Fuji ground where the Falcons were supposed to play their league match against Fuji. According to the reports, Glenn declared the ground unfit for play on the day before the match which Sheikh refused to accept and wanted to play at any cost. In the ensuing argument over the phone, Glenn reported to have abused Sheikh using foul language. The Kanto Cup committee has since rescheduled the match but it is not yet known if this is acceptable to both the teams.

That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.