Category: N_2009

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!