Category: N_2010

Issue #113 Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends

Newsletter


December 10, 2010                                                                                              Issue #113

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

Index

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

 

Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends

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

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

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

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

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

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

(With inputs from Robert-Gills Martineau)

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

Asia & EAP News

Cricket Legends Leave Their Mark on PNG

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

Fiji named ICC EAP U17 hosts

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

Announcements

Beer for Books celebrates 100,000 books

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

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

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of November 30:

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

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

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

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

Will England retain the Ashes?

Yes 50%
No 50%
Can’t say 0%

Take the new poll:

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

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

We recently stumbled on this cricket game website:

http://www.sporteecricket.com/

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #112 Japanese season winding up

Newsletter


November 11, 2010                                                                                              Issue #112

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

Index

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

Japanese season winding up

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

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

Japan’s team sponsor extends deal

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

Wyverns CC win the inaugural SriLankan Airlines Japan Cup

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

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

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

Asia & EAP News

Muttiah Muralidaran to visit PNG in December

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of October 31:

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

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

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

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

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

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

Yes 58%
No 3%
May be 17%

Take the new poll:

Will England retain the Ashes?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Some fights on the field between players

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

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

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #111 KCL season drags

Newsletter


October 15, 2011                                                                                              Issue #111

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

Index

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

 

KCL season drags

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

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

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

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

YC&AC Sixes tournament

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

Kansai Cricket

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

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia & EAP News

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

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

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

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

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

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

Results as of September 30:

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

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

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

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

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

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

Yes    71%
No      29%

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Best of the Web

Some fights on the field between players

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

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

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #108 An enigma that is KCL

Newsletter


June 11, 2010                                                                                              Issue #108

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

Index

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

 

An enigma that is KCL

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

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

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

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

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

Asia & EAP News

Four Japanese women earn plaudits

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

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

Papua New Guinea makes history in EAP region

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

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

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

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

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

Readers’ Corner

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

David Todd
YCAC

IECC Poll results

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

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

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Best of the Web

Proud to be an Afghan
 

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !

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

Newsletter


May 10, 2010                                                                                              Issue #107

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

Index

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

 

KCL and Women’s cricket get the season moving

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

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

+ Lalazar claim the T-20 championship +

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

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

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

+ Chiba Sharks introduce cricket to Elementary School in Chiba +

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

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

The Fine Print

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

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

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

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

Asia & EAP News

Japanese Women progress to pre-qualifier round

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

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of April 30:

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

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

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

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IECC Poll results

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Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !