Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Shame on BCCI as they treat the ICC Champions Trophy with utter contempt

With the Champions Trophy in England just 5 weeks away, true to form BCCI who control the Indian Cricket team are having an argument with someone. This time it is with the ICC and it is very very simple. It is over the split of money that the BCCI receive from the large pot.

They were receiving the massive total of 579 Million USD the ICC proposals mean that would drop to 290 Million USD. They have since been offered a further 100 Million, that has been flatly rejected, and that is the position as it stands.

The BCCI say that their squad is stable and 14 or 15 names are known. In what seems to me a very blase attitude Vikram Limaye of the BCCI said "Tell me one thing if we name the squad say for example on May 5th will ICC bar us from competition. We have a settled squad and naming it is a mere formality" 

Well I say if it is a formality, then name it, and do the honor of treating the competition being held in England in June 2017 with a bit of respect. 

All the other squads were announced on time, the question is, are the public as bothered about this as the ICC seem to be, I don't think they are, and West Indies or Ireland would be very well received by the English public if they were able to step in. This could see the Indian Cricket team out on a limb with no friends to play with, or will the ICC pay up? 


The full member boards have now voted the new financial structure and voted 13-1 in favour of it. No guesses for who voted against. So the BCCI will now receive half of what they wanted just 293 Million USD, in the end they did not even get the extra 100 Million which they rejected.

So the question is will the India Cricket Board (BCCI) except this decision and get on and name their squad, or will they continue to use it as a pawn and hold it up even further in protest. Losing the vote so comprehensively has definitely made their hand weaker. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

All Eight International Cricket Champions Trophy Squads 2017

It appears that the Indian Squad is going to be announced LATE which I find absolutely completely unacceptable. Obviously deadlines made for tournament squad announcements for a reason why the BCCI are always late when it comes to major competitions is a mystery and complete and utter incompetence in my opinion. The cut off date for the squads is today 25th April 2017

Edit 8th May India finally graced the tournament organisers with their squad 14 days late, no sign of an apology though. Hardly their fault that the India budget was cut was it? Disgraceful way to go about things BCCI, absolutely disgraceful. 

Here are all Eight Squads. 

Steven Smith(c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Lee Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa Sri Lanka
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam 


Eoin Morgan (c) Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood


Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja,  Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah  Manish Pandey


Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Hafeez, Shahdab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz
Sri Lanka
Angelo Mathews(c), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna Bangladesh
South Africa
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel

New Zealand
Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

James Faulkner OUT James Pattinson IN Australia name ICC Champions Trophy Squad

James Pattinson who has made an excellent start to the English County Cricket Season with Notts taking 13 wickets in just two fixtures and also making some important runs has been picked to play for Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy in England.

James will only have a short trip to meet up with the rest of the squad that depart on 18th May The Aussies will be captained by Steve Smith who is in cracking form for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL. 

Full squad is

Steve Smith Captain
David Warner
Pat Cummins
Aaron Finch
John Hastings
John Hazlewood
Travis Head
Moises Henriques
Glenn Maxwell
James Pattinson
Mitchell Starc
Marcus Stonis
Matthew Wade Wk
Adam Zampa

The major talking point is the omission of James Faulkner who has been playing ODI's consistently since 2011 but this time missing out to Henriques whose batting is considered to be better of late. 

Australia have two warm up fixtures May 26th against V Sri Lanka at The Oval and May 29th against Pakistan at Edgbaston

The Champions Trophy starts on 1st June 2017 Here is a list of the full fixtures and they are also included on the fixture spreadsheet

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Then there were TWO As Essex join Middlesex to Vote against new T20 competition

Then there were TWO As Essex join Middlesex to Vote against new T20 competition
Essex Cricket Club have said today that they intend to vote against the forthcoming changes that the ECB purpose. The rules need to be altered to allow the ECB to take away the rights of all 18 counties to play in the new competition. The ECB can then go ahead and create 8 new teams. 

Essentially in the Vote the ECB need 21 of the 41 votes to win the motion. We also know that Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Somerset, Sussex Worcestershire and Yorkshire have said they will back it. Other counties are yet to make their vote known, but Glamorgan Hampshire and Warwickshire would seem by their media coverage to be in favour also. So at the moment you could probably say the loss of 2 votes is not catastrophic to the ECB plans. But it is quite significant nevertheless

It is a spilt in Cricket that is dividing counties, media, and fans, some seeing the financial benefits that the competition will generate through TV revenue, but others happy with what is on offer and are very resistant indeed to this major change. It is Cricket's Brexit no doubt about that, and the new competition if it does go ahead is going to have to work very hard to win people over, and we know for certain there are Cricket fans who don't watch T20 Cricket so they are hardly likely to back this. But we also see around the world big crowds at the T20 competitions, but we know all this. It is down to the 41 members to vote now.

Incidentally the 41 member votes are 18 first class counties, 21 recreational boards, the Minor Counties Cricket Association and MCC owners. 

Essex have not said a great deal in their statement, apart from the need to protect the County Championship One day Cup  and T20 Competition. They also said that they feel the new changes would reduce opportunities that Essex already provide. 

Final Vote 38 voted in favour just 3 voted against Kent being the third County. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

New ECB Law Changes to be introduced from 1st Oct 2017 Break New Rule 42 and you could be OFF!

The new laws of Cricket were agreed by the ECB and it see's quite a lot of changes that will come into force from 1st October 2017. Some of the laws we might notice more than others. Some we won't even notice at all.

But, there is one massive change that we certainly will notice if it is used, or should I say.... when it is used. 

Right at the bottom of the law changes is the brand new Law, Law 42."Designed to provide the umpires with appropriate on field sanctions to deal with deteriorating levels of behavior"

Law 42 Will have 4 levels of Sanction (Level 4 being the most serious) and they are

Level 1: Warning then 5 penalty runs to the opposition for a repeat offence. 

Level 2: 5 Penalty runs to the opposition.

Level 3: Offending player is suspended for a number of overs, depending on the length of the match, plus 5 Penalty runs to the opposition. 

Level 4: Offending player is removed from the field for the rest of the match, plus 5 Penalty runs to the opposition. 

All breaches, including the first offence under Level 1, will attract a report to the Executive of the Team(s) and the Governing Body. 

The umpires will have new signals for each offence and will not be using the red and yellow card systems. 

For all offences under Level 1-4, the umpire will call Time and summon the relevant captain, who will be informed of the breach of Law and the associated penalty. If appropriate, the umpire will instruct the captain to remove the offending player from the field

Here is a link to the FULL ECB rule changes in PDF