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Harbhajan banned for rest of IPL, to lose Rs 3 crore
Apr 28, 2008Temperamental off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was today banned for a minimum of 11 IPL matches for slapping his India teammate S Sreesanth and will subsequently forfeit match fees amounting to Rs three crores, the highest in cricket's history.
The 27-year-old spinner was not allowed to play for his team Mumbai Indians in the IPL match yesterday and the punishment handed down to him means that he cannot play for the rest of the tournament. His team has 10 more league matches left but even if it qualifies for the knockout stage, he is prohibited from playing.
Sreesanth, who was at the receiving end of Harbhajan's temper after Friday's IPL match in Mohali, was also warned against aggressive on-field behaviour and told that his conduct would be taken seriously, IPL Commissioner and Chairman Lalit Modi told a press conference after the hearing in the presence of Match Referee Farokh Engineer and the two players. The punishment for the off-spinner came on a day the BCCI appointed a Commissioner to go into his fracas with Sreesanth in a separate disciplinary hearing ordered by it.
BCCI hearing on Harbhajan today
Apr 28, 2008The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will today hold the hearing here to decide the fate offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who is currently suspended for allegedly slapping pacer S. Sreesanth after an IPL match last week.
Match referee Farokh Engineer will be the key authority to decide the punishment for the offspinner. The BCCI has already issued a showcause notice to Harbhajan over his misbehaviour.
Harbhajan had allegedly slapped Sreesanth after a match between Punjab Kings XI and Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Friday. The fast bowler, who otherwise is known for his on-the-field aggression, was seen crying bitterly on the ground after the incident. After TV footage showed Sreesanth crying, Harbhajan is learnt to have had a long chat with him in the dressing room of the Punjab team and also apologised for his behaviour. Both the players tried to playdown the incident. But the Punjab Kings XI team management took the incident seriously and made an official complaint with the BCCI, after which the Board issued a show cause notice to Harbhajan and also temporarily suspended him from IPL.
Harbhajan slaps Sreesanth, leaves him crying on ground
Apr 25, 2008After Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Punjab's Kings XI and Mumbai Indians last evening, a comment passed by Kings XI paceman Sreesanth to Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh offended him so much so that he slapped the former.
After the incident, perhaps a first in the history of cricket, the fast bowler who otherwise is known for his on-the-field aggression, was seen crying bitterly on the ground. Off-spinner Harbhajan, however, had a long chat with Sreesanth in the dressing room of the Punjab team and is even believed to have apologised for his behaviour.
Harbhajan chose not to speak on the issue when he came to address the post match conference. Reacting to the incident, Kings XI Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh said, "This is really an ugly incident. You do not want to see such things off the field especially after such a win. I am pretty upset at what has happened. This is totally unacceptable."
Meanwhile, pending report from the team management, Punjab Kings XI is expected to lodge an official complaint on the incident.
Digvijay Singh wants BCCI to recognise ICL
Apr 24, 2008AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh has said the BCCI should not monopolise the game and should recognise the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League.
Congratulating BCCI for launching the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Congress leader said he was strongly opposed to monopoly in cricket and felt BCCI should recognise ICL.
He also wanted to know why the ICL players were being denied to play in the IPL. He said BCCI should induct those players in IPL who have done well in the 'rebel' league. "It is a must to promote cricket in the country," he said, adding that he himself has written letter to BCCI President Sharad Pawar in this regard and even talked to him.
BCCI to help sportspersons prepare for Commonwealth Games
Apr 22, 2008The Board of Control for Cricket in India will help sportspersons in five disciplines to prepare themselves for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and a corpus of Rs 50 crore has been set aside for this venture with the Union Government.
"We will have a meeting with the government at the end of this month or first week of May to set up a committee to oversee this. The disciplines that would benefit are swimming, archery, judo, wrestling and shooting, BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty told reporters on the sidelines of a function here on Monday night. "We will not be dealing with the respective federations but with the government," he added. The BCCI official said the initiative for this venture had come from former Union Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar.
Shetty said the BCCI has also come forward to finance the training and participation of tennis player Karan Rastogi, squash player Aditya Jagtap and shuttler Anand Pawar as part of its policy to help talented sportspersons in other disciplines. "We are giving Rastogi Rs 40 lakh, Jagtap Rs 26 lakh and Pawar Rs 14 lakh," he added.
BCCI plan to map IPL in ICC calendar
Apr 21, 2008The Indian Cricket Board will request world cricket body ICC to include Indian Premier League's T20 into its cricket calender.
In a published report here, India's supreme cricket body Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI)'s Secretary Niranjan Shah said, ''The BCCI would soon write to the International Cricket Council in Dubai to incorporate Indian Premier League(IPL) into its annual calendar, so that overseas players could join in this shorter version of cricket.
His comments came close at the heels to the ICC head Malcolm Speed's statement in Mumbai recently on the issue. He had told newspersons that there is no need to put the IPL in the world cricket calendar as yet.
Niranjan Shah also suggested that instead of auctioning players every year, the IPL should consider the option of signing contracts of a minimum of three years with the players.
ECB confirm India Tests
Apr 20, 2008England will play four Tests against India when they host the series in 2011, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Sunday.
The ECB have reached an agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about the tour series to India in 2008 and the reciprocal tour to England in 2011. The BCCI preferred England play two Test matches and seven one-day internationals rather than three Tests and five one-day internationals on the tour which begins in November later this year.
In 2011 the ECB's preference was for four Test matches, five one-day Internationals and an international Twenty20 on India's tour of England and Wales. David Collier, the ECB chief executive, said: "I am delighted that India will play four Test matches on their tour of England and Wales in 2011. The ECB have been strong and consistent in their insistence that Test cricket is still the predominant form of the game.
"I am delighted that the schedule for this winter can now be finalised with the BCCI and our supporters can look forward to visiting a range of venues in this magnificent country of India. "We would have liked to have played a third test this winter but appreciate that with the India v Australia series starting a week later than originally planned this was not feasible. "The ECB were also determined that the tour should finish as scheduled under the future tours programme to give the England players the maximum rest period before they embark on the Test and ODI trip to the Caribbean." Test matches will be at Lord's, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and The Brit Oval.
They have also selected Cardiff, Durham, the Rose Bowl, Lord's and the Brit Oval as the one-day international venues. The international Twenty20 venue is yet to be determined.
ICC receives BCCI's reply on Kanpur track
Apr 16, 2008The International Cricket Council on Thursday said it has received the BCCI's reply regarding the pitch prepared for the Kanpur Test between India and South Africa and would soon decide on the action required to be taken into the matter.
After Match Referee Roshan Mahanama's negative report on the nature of track, on which 32 wickets fell in three days and India defeated South Africa by eight wickets to level the three-match series, ICC had sought an explanation from BCCI about the Kanpur pitch.
Now ICC's General Manager (Cricket) David Richardson and Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle will consider the BCCI's reply and will decide on the action to be taken.
Both Richardson and Madugalle will have the power to impose a sanction that can range from a warning to the home Board (along with corrective action required), through a fine, up to the withdrawal of international status for a certain period for the venue in the case of repeated offences.
The BCCI will have the right of appeal against any sanction imposed, which will be heard by a member of the ICC's Code of Conduct Commission. The decision of that appeal would be final and binding on both sides.
Kanpur pitch comes under ICC scanner
Apr 16, 2008After match referee Roshan Mahanama gave a thumbs-down to the Kanpur dustbowl where India tamed South Africa within three days, the International Cricket Council has shot off a letter to the BCCI seeking an explanation.
Mahanama was less than impressed after the third and final Test in Kanpur's Green Park Stadium ended inside three days with the hosts cantering to an eight-wicket win that also helped them level the three-match series. Yawning cracks and uneven bounce made life difficult for the batsmen on the track, prompting Mahanama to submit an unflattering report to the ICC
Reacting to Mahanama's report, ICC sent a letter to the BCCI, seeking an explanation. "A letter has been sent to the BCCI. The process was initiated by Match Referee Roshan Mahanama and ICC sent a letter to the BCCI after getting his report. We are awaiting a reply," ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said in Mumbai on Wednesday.
BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty, however, sought to downplay the event and refused to call it a notice from the ICC. "It's a normal process where the Match Referee submits a pitch report to the ICC at the end of the match, a copy of which is also given to the Board", he said.
"This is not the first time that a match ended in three days. Definitely there were suggestions for some corrective measures but I don't think it was a notice to the BCCI," Shetty said.
Though BCCI officials sought to downplay the letter and said it was a routine affair, Mahanama's observation has initiated a standard process which requires the BCCI to reply within 14 days. After a match, the Match Referee has to give his assessment of the track and if he finds it unfit or sub-standard, ICC takes note of that and seeks an explanation from the host Board.
If BCCI's explanation fails to convince the ICC, the governing body can even ban Kanpur from hosting international matches, which is the extreme punishment.
BCCI to send coach to Brazil
Apr 16, 2008You help us with our cricket and we will help you with your soccer: this was the message the President, Mrs Pratibha Patil, found conveyed to her when she visited this soccer obsessed Latin American country during her 13 days tour of Brazil, Mexico and Chile. In accordance with an understanding between Brazil and India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India will soon send a coach to train Brazilian cricketers at Brazil.
“The BCCI will soon be sending a coach as Brazil want the status of a cricket Test playing nation,” the Indian Ambassador to Brazil, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, said at Brazil. While a coach from India, who rank number two in Test cricket in the world, has been selected to train the Brazilians, the search for a football coach for India was still going on, he added. “Football in this part of the world is highly professional and coaches charge large amounts of money. But something will soon have been worked out,” Mr Puri said. Brazil became an International Cricket Council member in 2002 and their international debut came in 2006 when they participated in Division Three of the ICC Americas Championship in Surinam.
They lost all the three games they played in the tournament. The nation known for its excellence in so many disciplines remains mired in cricket's Division Three in 2008. India signed a cultural agreement in 2006 with Brazil, number two in Fifa rankings, under which the two countries would cooperate in promoting exchanges in football in terms of training Indian players and coaches. Mr Puri said the Union information and broadcasting minister, Mr PR Das Munshi, also president of the All India Football Federation, was working hard to find a coach for the Indian soccer team.
BCCI postpones Zimbabwe tour
Apr 09, 2008The Board of Control for Cricket in India has put off India’s tour of Zimbabwe for a three-match One-Day International series in June.
After the Indian Premier League (IPL) concludes, the Indian team will take a week off before flying to Bangladesh for a tri-series there from June 8 to 14. Once it returns from there, the squad will leave for Pakistan for the Asia Cup.
“We have decided to put off the tour of Zimbabwe. The hectic calendar makes it quite impossible and we have conveyed the decision to the Zimbabwe Cricket Union,” BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said. India’s pull-out will be a major blow for Zimbabwe, which will have to wait for a high-profile series till its home series against Sri Lanka in November.
Shah Rukh says BCCI should review ban on Shoaib in IPL
Apr 03, 2008Strongly supporting Pakistani tearaway bowler Shoaib Akhtar who was debarred from taking part in cash-rich Indian Premier League, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he would ask the Indian Cricket Board to review the decision.
Khan's support comes in the wake of BCCI's decision to disallow Shoaib from playing in the IPL tournament in view of Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to ban him for five years. "I will talk to Lalit Modi to reconsider the decision," said Shah Rukh, who is owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders team, for which Shoaib has been roped in to play.
He said the charges against the fast bowler are not so serious that his presence could create a negative impression in the minds of young cricketers. "It is a ban related to his behaviour and I hope things get sorted out in our favour," Shah Rukh said.
"Shoaib is a great player and I would like to have him back. I don't know why he cannot play. I want him in the team as he is very important for Kolkata Knight Riders," Shah Rukh said. "I know I am allowed to take another player but I want Shoaib back," the superstar said.
Earlier in the day, Modi, Chairman of IPL's Governing Council Chairman, told reporters that the speedster cannot take part in the high-profile Twenty20 competition, beginning from April 18, till the PCB lifts the ban on him. "A big discussion on Akhtar has taken place. The decision of the Governing Council was very simple that Akhtar has been banned for a period of five years, he has appealed... and till the time he is cleared, the Governing Council will not be allowing Akhtar from playing in the IPL," Modi said.
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And they said..January 2008
"Bollyline controversy", Australian media.Victory for cricket
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla on the removal of Bucknor. Jan 8 Let's worry about playing in the middle, performing well, and if you lose so be it
McGrath stands up for Bucknor and Australia. Jan 8 Bucknor has gone on too long
Harold 'Dickie' Bird Unfair allegation of racism against our Indian player is wholly unacceptable
BCCI president Sharad Pawar. Jan 7 We tried our best to defuse the situation but their collective behaviour through the game and then, the unwarranted racial slur on Harbhajan led to this
An Indian player. Jan 7 There's been no sledging
Andrew Symonds, who initiated the angry exchange, in Herald Sun. Jan 7 I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Harbhajan Singh directed that word at Andrew Symonds
Mike Procter, the match referee decides. Jan 6 Only one team was playing in the spirit of the game
Anil Kumble, post-match press conference. Jan 6, 7:30pm I think it's fair to say that there were a few mistakes made but I am not going comment anything more as it might get me in trouble
Ricky Ponting after his team's record-equalling 16th straight Test win. Jan 6, 6:45 pm Bastards
Brad Hogg, directed at Kumble and batting partner Mahendra Singh Dhoni, during the second test at Sydney