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Issue #117 KCL gets up and running slowly

Newsletter


June 9, 2011                                                                                              Issue #117

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

Index

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

 

KCL gets up and running slowly

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

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

JCA Charity cricket match

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

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

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

Asia & EAP News

EAP region holds cricket administration course

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

PNG clinch Arafura Games title

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of March 31:

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

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

See the full list here.

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

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

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

Take the new poll:

Does the BCCI remote control the ICC?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Collision course – Ricky Ponting angry with Steven Smith.

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

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !

 

Issue #116 Japanese season pushed back

Newsletter


April 11, 2011                                                                                              Issue #116

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

Index

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

 

Japanese season pushed back

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

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

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

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

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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japan U19 team records a win

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

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

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

Samoa Win EAP Division 2

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

Brief scores:

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

Singapore cricket records rise in popularity

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of March 31:

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

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

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

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

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

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

Take the new poll:

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

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

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

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

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition !

Issue #115 Time to get started

Newsletter


February 12, 2011                                                                                              Issue #115

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

Index

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

 

Time to get started

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

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

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

Asia & EAP News

Afghanistan emerges ACC U19 Elite champions

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

PNG Win Under 19 Cricket Trophy; Japan has one win

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

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

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

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of January 31:

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

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

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

Readers’ Corner

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

Yes 60%
No 20%
Can’t say 20%

Take the new poll:

Who is your favourite to win the World Cup?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

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

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

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #114 Happy New Year!

Newsletter


January 15, 2011                                                                                              Issue #114

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

Index

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

 

Happy New Year!

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

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

Indian Engineers on Twitter

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

The Fine Print

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

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

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

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

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

Asia & EAP News

WCL Div 3 to start on January 21

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

Maldives clinch ACC Trophy Challenge

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

Afghan team returns to a grand welcome

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

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of December 30:

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

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

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

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

Will England retain the Ashes?

Yes 60%
No 40%
Can’t say 0%

Take the new poll:

Is Australia on decline like the West Indies experienced?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

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

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

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

How one Australian journalist called the Ashes in November

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

Snippets of the Month

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

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

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

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

That’s all in this edition ! !