Category: N_2008

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!