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Kirsten, Kumble meet BCCI officials
Feb 26, 2008The first meeting between newly appointed national team coach Gary Kirsten, Test skipper Anil Kumble and a few cricket Board officials was held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Kirsten and Kumble had a two-hour meeting with BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, treasurer N Srinivasan and Prof Ratnakar Shetty . Neither Kirsten nor Kumble spoke to the waiting mediapersons when they broke for lunch.
According to BCCI sources the focus of the meeting was to discuss with Kirsten his plans on how to take the Indian team forward. Kirsten will formally take over as the coach from March 1.
The high-profile post has been lying vacant for more than 10 months since former Australian captain Greg Chappell, chose not to seek a renewal of his contract with the BCCI in the aftermath of the Indian team's disastrous outing in the World Cup in the West Indies in March, 2007. The Indian team, in the interim period, has been helped by former Test players Ravi Shastri, Chandu Borde, Lalchand Rajput and Chetan Chauhan as cricket managers.
BCCI rejects Pak offer of ODI series
Feb 24, 2008Pakistani cricket officials were on Sunday left disappointed by their Indian counterparts, who rejected the proposal to play a short one-day series in March.
BCCI president Sharad Pawar personally called up his Pakistani counterpart Nasim Ashraf to convey that the series was not possible because of a tight schedule of the Indian team.
"The Indian Board has said that their players have been on tour for the last three months and start a home series against South Africa from March 26 and are already very fatigued. The players want a rest period of one or two weeks before they play South Africa," a PCB official said. The Indian Board has, however, promised to play the three matches before the ICC Champions Trophy in September-October in Pakistan.
The PCB official said the India's postponement of the proposed tour was a setback but confirmed an invitation was also with the Sri Lankans for a five-match ODI series. "Hopefully the Sri Lankans will respond positively. They also have a tight schedule in the coming weeks but we are trying to arrange some international matches for our players and we also have other commitments to look at," said the PCB official.
BCCI now wants the ICC to ban sledging
Feb 14, 2008The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to request the International Cricket Council (ICC) to completely ban sledging, a report has revealed.
According to the Hindustan Times Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, will put forth a proposal at the ICC Chief Executives Committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur next week.
"Cricket is not a physical, contact sport and we don't see why there should be any abusive language at all," said Shah. "There will be cultural issues raised post the Sydney incident, so it's better to just cut out everything that could remotely cause a problem. "The word 'bastard' is not considered offensive to Aussies, but it is to us Indians. Or the phrase 'maa ki' is not that big a deal in India as it's commonly used but someone else might find it offensive." India's players have already been advised by the BCCI to watch what they say and Shah felt the junior members should take a lead from their seniors.
The Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds racial abuse case and the aftermath of the Sydney Test controversy has reportedly cost the BCCI plenty of money and the board hopes to sail smoothly going forward. Shah also said that umpires Suresh Shastri and Amish Saheba could be offered ICC contracts for joining its elite panel but this would only be confirmed by the end of March.
Kapil Dev moves to court on stoppage of pension by BCCI
Feb 12, 2008Former cricketer Kapil Dev on Tuesday challenged in court the "monopolistic position" of the Indian cricket board after it stopped his pension and other benefits he got as a former India player.
The "Haryana hurricane", as Kapil Dev is popularly known, alleged in the Delhi High Court that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which he said he served for 30 years, stopped his post-retirement benefits by "deliberately amending the rules" after he joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL).Since the time the BCCI had announced a pension scheme for retired cricketers in 2000, Kapil Dev had been receiving pension and other benefits.
In his affidavit, Kapil said: "The only way of earning a livelihood for us retired cricketers is through the game and the board cannot, by illegally changing its rules and regulations, deprive us of the benefits."
He said the board had also stopped his complimentary passes he was entitled to as a former international cricketer. Kapil has represented India in 131 Test matches and 225 One-Day Internationals. Under his captaincy India lifted the 1983 World Cup.
The rift between the BCCI and Kapil erupted after the all-rounder joined ICL. The only World Cup winning India captain also dismissed the perception that the ICL was a competitor to BCCI, saying the League was only promoting cricket among youngsters. Kapil has also charged the BCCI with putting pressure on public corporations and public sector undertakings not to grant leave to players joining the ICL.
Indian Premier League
Mukesh, Shah Rukh, Mallya win IPL bids
Jan 24, 2008Top industrialists and Bollywood stars rode the cricket bandwagon as the big-ticket sport achieved a new meaning with unprecedented money pouring into the game that will be seen in a new professional garb called the Indian Premier League.
The likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Mukesh Ambani, the reigning deities of India’s film and business world, led a rush of more than $718 million as bidding fees for the eight teams on offer. The Board of Control for Cricket in India holds complete rights to the newly-established league, the entry to which will cost each winning bidder 10 per cent of the money they offered at the auction in Mumbai today. Even as elder brother Mr Mukesh Ambani, India’s wealthiest man and chairman of Reliance Industries, the country’s biggest company, picked up the prized cherry ~ the Mumbai team ~ younger sibling and marathon enthusiast Mr Anil Ambani’s Reliance ADAG Group was among the three losers from the 11 companies that entered the fray to own the eight teams in the league.
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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