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Silver Jubilee of 1983 Cricket World Cup
Kapil's Devils celebrate 25 years since World Cup triumph
June 25, 2008The members of the 1983 World Cup-winning India cricket team on Wednesday marked 25 years since their historic victory over the West Indies, their lone triumph in the tournament.
Captain Kapil Dev's 14-man squad attended a private function in the pavilion at Lord's, followed by a gala dinner, a quarter century to the day since their stunning upset over Clive Lloyd's powerhouse side at the ground. "It changed our lives," said the skipper, who described the win as "a very important day in Indian history". "In our country... there is no other sport in people's minds or anybody's mind," he added.
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar, an opening batsman in the final, told AFP that the entire team "feel very special about the moment, that we were part of India's cricketing history". Despite entering the final as underdogs, and managing to set the West Indies a target of just 183 after batting first, India denied their opponents a hat-trick of World Cup titles with a 43-run win.
Dev paid tribute to the West Indies team that India defeated, describing them as "really rich in every sense" while team member Ravi Shastri joked that the "25th of June doesn't exist in the West Indies calendar". After posing for photographs and speaking to journalists, the team members gathered to once again hoist aloft the 1983 World Cup trophy, which has been on display in the Lord's museum.
They first celebrated the 25th anniversary last weekend in New Delhi, when the team were feted by the top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at a dinner attended by former captains, cabinet ministers and officials at a luxury hotel. The gathering at Lord's was organised by Gavaskar, while liquor baron Vijay Mallya sponsored the dinner.
A diamond-studded bat signed by all the team members as well as a specially-designed ball also covered in diamonds are to be auctioned in a few weeks by Mallya's United Breweries group to mark the occasion, with the proceeds being shared equally by the members of the 1983 squad. Since 1983, India's best World Cup finish has been the runners-up spot achieved by skipper Sourav Ganguly's side in South Africa in 2003 when they lost to Australia in the final.
In the last edition in 2007 in the Caribbean, India suffered the embarrassment of being knocked out in the first round after losing to minnows Bangladesh and eventual finalists Sri Lanka. The next World Cup will be jointly hosted by cricket's four leading Asian nations -- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- in 2011.
India's 1983 World Cup squad:
Kapil Dev (Captain), Sunil Gavaskar, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Mohinder Amarnath, Yashpal Sharma, Sandeep Patil, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kirti Azad, Syed Kirmani (Wicket Keeper), Roger Binny, Madan Lal, Balwinder Sandhu, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Valson
Twenty20 Champions League
BCCI approves Champions Twenty20
June 22, 2008After the huge success of the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday approved another money-spinner, the Champions Twenty20 tournament, with a clause to debar English counties having players aligned to the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
The BCCI Working Committee, which met here, approved the proposal to jointly organise the tournament with Australia, South Africa and Pakistan in late September and early October. Clubs from England, which qualify, can play provided the teams do not include players who are with the ICL, Board Secretary Niranjan Shah said in a statement. Only the England and Wales Cricket Board has allowed players aligning with the ICL to play for the counties. But the BCCI vice-president and IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said BCCI would stay away from any tournament involving ICL players.
“The rules and structure of the tournament will be framed by Cricket Australia while BCCI, which will be 50 per cent partner in the venture, will run and manage it,” Mr. Modi said. Mr. Modi said the ECB had stated it could not restrict ICL players in its counties. But the BCCI would stick to its stand. On whether there was a chance that the ECB might not participate in the event at all because of this issue, Mr. Modi said, “That is for the ECB to decide. If that is the case, it will be very sad.” Mr. Modi, however, expected that a solution would be reached at the meeting of the organising boards to be held in Dubai next week.
The Champions Twenty20 will be held in the first year in India. Form the second edition onwards attempts would be made to hold it in the Middle East, Australia, South Africa and England. The tournament, featuring the top two Twenty20 sides of the participating countries, will have a total prize money of $10 million, with winner getting $5 million and the runner-up $2.5 million.
On accommodating the Twenty20 tournament in the packed schedule and its impact on the players before important assignments, Mr. Modi said the tournament, of only nine or 10 days duration, would not impact national teams. It would impact only one or two national squad players of each country. Mr. Modi denied that the proposed Stanford competition involving England players would affect the BCCI-backed Twenty20 venture. “It’s good for the game. It is only adding to the pie. There is no conflict (of interests),” he said.
The BCCI Working Committee also discussed the proposed ICC World Test Championship, but Mr. Modi said the Board would have a detailed discussion about it later.
Meanwhile, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said the Board had sanctioned $50,000 for the improvement of the game in China. The committee also reviewed the conduct of the IPL and approved the schedule of women’s team’s tours of England and Australia.
BCCI asks Sreesanth for details
June 18, 2008Cricketer S Sreesanth is in the middle of yet another controversy after he quarreled with the employees of a Bangalore hotel where he was put up over the last weekend.
Following news reports of the fast bowler picking up a fight with the staff of Hotel Grand Ashoka in Bangalore over a noisy air-conditioner, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has sent letters to him and the hotel officials seeking more information.
Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of BCCI, told reporters today that the BCCI would be "interested in the incident" since hotel rooms for Sreesanth and other cricketers were booked by the board. Reports said Sreesanth had created a scene when hotel employees were unable to shift him to another room after he complained of the noisy AC.
Return my gifts if you can’t respect them: Kapil
June 18, 2008Insisting that all he wants is to preserve the memorabilia, World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev said Punjab Cricket Association can keep them as long as they take care of the souvenirs.
A fortnight after his cut-out was brought down from the Mohali Stadium, a hurt Kapil wrote an e-mail to the PCA on Tuesday, asking them to return him all the memorabilia he had gifted to the association. The former all rounder, however, made it clear that he had no intention of seeking those back but at the same time he could not see those invaluable souvenirs being thrown to the dustbin either.
"I never asked them to return (those memorabilia). I said 'if you wish not to keep my stuff, give it back to me, rather than throwing it into the dustbin', so that I can preserve those," Kapil told a TV channel. "I had no intention to have my things back but (wanted it back) if they wish not to keep it. As the media reported, they removed my poster, so I felt little uneasy because I had given a few very important things to them," said the legendary all-rounder who incurred Cricket Board's wrath after joining the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).
And he would have no problem at all if PCA decides to preserve the souvenirs, Kapil said. "If they want to keep, I'll be very happy and delighted... I'm not trying to say give me my things back. Please keep it, if you want," he said.
Kapil, who would be felicitated by the BCCI along with his 1983 World Cup winning team-mates in Delhi on June 24, said he did not have any grudge against PCA, even though he has joined the 'rebel' league. "I respect the Punjab Cricket Association because they are doing a great job to look after cricket in this part of the country, in my home town. I hope we all are working for cricket. There is difference of opinion but that does not mean one can say the other is wrong. I have an opinion which is different from theirs. I respect them and I want them to respect me all in the same way," Kapil said.
BCCI invites Lata for Cup felicitation
June 17, 2008Lata Mangeshkar will be a special invitee at the felicitation of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Sunday.
“Yes, an invitation has gone to Lataji to attend the function. Invites have also been sent to all former Test captains, all Test cricketers based in Delhi, women international cricketers in Delhi, women’s former and current India captains and past office bearers of the BCCI,” sources said. “The president and secretaries of all state associations have also been invited to the function.”
The invitation to the melody queen by the BCCI has been extended to thank her for helping raise funds to honour Kapil’s Devils through a special concert following their triumph in the quadrennial extravaganza for the first and only time. The BCCI needed Rs 14.50 lakh (the additional Rs 50,000 for manager P.R. Man Singh), but the money just wasn’t there. Eventually, Lata was requested to help by staging a fund-raising concert. She did it free of cost.
The concert, held at Indraprastha Stadium in New Delhi, helped raise Rs 20 lakh . The team members were paid Rs 1 lakh each from the proceeds of the function. Two decades later, when Jagmohan Dalmiya was the president, the BCCI repaid its debt to Lata by making an exception when she requested a fund-raising match for her Pune hospital.
The fund-raiser was held soon after the 2003 World Cup, a tournament where Team India (led by Sourav Ganguly) made the final.
A BCCI media release stated that union minister of sports M S Gill and high commissioners of cricketing nations would also be among the dignitaries present on the occasion. On the same morning, the working committee, headed by its president Sharad Pawar will meet, sources said. “The agenda includes tabling of reports of various sub-committees like the tours programmes and fixtures committee, the umpires committee, the pitch and grounds committee and the National Cricket Academy for ratification,” they said. The conduct of the highly successful IPL is not on the agenda, the sources said.
Dalmiya case adjourned till Dec 19
June 16, 2008The former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya facing charges of misappropriating of over Rs 29 million of the cricket board was adjourned till December 19 by the Esplanade court on Monday.
Dalmiya's advocate Satish Maneshinde today filed an application before the court seeking expemption from appearing in court contending that Dalmiya is involved in the preparation for the ensuing elections to the presidency of the Cricket Association of Bengal. Dalmiya was arrested on March 26 this year and was released on bail. The Economic Offence Wing of the city police, had filed a chargesheet against him for cheating, criminal breach of trust and conspiracy.
The case dates back to the 1996 cricket World Cup, when India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka jointly hosted the world cup. An account was opened in the Indian Overseas Bank and Dalmiya was authorised to operate this account along with an official from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
In 2006, when Sharad Pawar was elected the BCCI president, Dalmiya closed the account. However, Pawar levelled accusations against Dalmiya over alleged misuse of the BBCI funds from the bank account opened during the 1996 World Cup. BCCI asked Dalmiya to provide a record of funds spent from the account, alleging that Dalmiya had used Rs 2.17 million from the account for his personal use.
The BCCI registered a complaint with the police against Dalmiya, ex-board secretary S K Nair, treasurers Jyoti Vajpayee and Kishore Rungta, Dalmiya's secretary K M Choudhary and Gautam Dutta.
Umpire decision review system in Indo-Lanka Test series
June 16, 2008An umpire decision review system will be put on trial during India's three-Test series against Sri Lanka, which would entitle a player to request the on-field match officials to reconsider their decision.
BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said the cricket board has agreed to the trial of the system in the Test series starting July 23.
Under the proposal, a player may request the review of any decision taken by the on-field umpires concerning every dismissal with the exception of 'Timed Out'. The review-seeking player would have to make a 'T' sign with both forearms at head height.
For reviews concerning potential dismissals, he should then indicate 'Out' by raising his finger above his head or indicate 'Not Out' by crossing his hands in a horizontal position side to side in front and above his waist three times. "Where the decision is a reversal of the on-field umpire's previous call, he should make the 'revoke last signal' indication immediately prior to the above," the BCCI said in a statement.
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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