Issue #115 Time to get started


February 12, 2011                                                                                              Issue #115

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


  • 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.

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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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%
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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.

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 ! !