Thursday, April 16, 2015

Will Dada (Saurav Ganguly) replace Duncan Fletcher as Indian Cricket Team Coach?

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is soon expected to get involved with the Indian cricket team - this time in capacity as a coach.

As per an Indian Express report, an unindentified insider from Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is believed to have had an informal word with new BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya about his keenness to replace Duncan Fletcher, whose term as India coach ended after the World Cup.

The insider also said that Ganguly's achievements make him a strong contender, but Dalmiya didn't assure him of anything. Read More...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pakistan must avoid whitewash against Bangladesh to maintain ODI standing

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Pakistan knows that it must avoid a 3-0 series defeat against Bangladesh to maintain its seventh place ranking in theReliance ICC ODI Team Rankings when the two sides face off in the first of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), which starts in Mirpur on Friday.
Pakistan currently lies in seventh spot on 95 ratings points and has a chance to reduce England’s six point advantage by one point if it wins the series 3-0. A 2-1 victory would see Azhar Ali’s men remain on 95 points.
Bangladesh knows that it cannot move up the table irrespective of the result, but a 3-0 whitewash in its favour would see it move to 81 points. In that scenario, the West Indies would move level with Pakistan on 92 points, but the men from the Caribbean would hold a slender 0.13 point advantage when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
A 2-1 win for Mashrafe Mortaza’s Bangladesh would see the hosts move up three points to 79. Although Pakistan would retain its seventh place position following that series scoreline, it would drop two points to 93. Continue Reading...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Indian Team Middle Order Suresh Raina Wedding: Recent Pictures

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Suresh Raina has posted latest pictures of his grand wedding on his social media accounts. He tied the knot with Priyanka Chowdhary, his childhood friend on Friday in a grand ceremony which saw cricketers like MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo in attendance.

Suresh Raina (centre) with MS Dhoni (left) and Dwayne Bravo (right)

The ceremony was attended by mostly close friends and family and few of Raina’s teammates. It was held at a hotel in Delhi. The initial plan was to hold the wedding in Lucknow but the families eventually decided to zero in on the national capital.

Raina had made known his marriage plans to his team-mates during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 itself. The two families share a close bond as the mothers of the couple have been close friends. After the wedding Raina will immediately shift his focus to the IPL, where he plays for Chennai Super Kings.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 - Teams and Players

Indian Premier League 2015 : IPL 2015 auction for teams and players are over and IPL 2015 Teams has seen a lot of changes and players were hand picked by their bosses. ICC Cricket world cup has ended and all eyes are on our own IPL 2015 T20 tournament.

Chennai Super Kings (2015)

MS Dhoni (Retained Player)
Ravindra Jadeja (Retained Player)
Ravichandran Ashwin (Retained Player)
Dwayne Bravo (Retained Player)
Suresh Raina (Retained Player)
Faf Du Plessis
Dwayne Smith
Brendon McCullum
Ashish Nehra
Mohit Sharma
Ishwar Chandra Pandey
Samuel Badree
Matt Henry
Mithun Manhas
Ronit More
Baba Aparajith
Pawan Negi
Michael Hussey
Rahul Sharma
Kyle Abbott
Irfan Pathan
Pratyush Singh
Ankush Bains
Eklavya Dwivedi
Andrew Tye

CSK IPL 2015 (Released Players): David Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, John Hastings, Vijay Shankar.

Rajasthan Royals(2015)

Shane Watson (Retained Player)
James Faulkner (Retained Player)
Stuart Binny (Retained Player)
Ajinkya Rahane (Retained Player)
Sanju Samson (Retained Player)
Steven Smith
Rajat Bhatia
Tim Southee
Dhawal Kulkarni
Abhishek Nayar
Kane Richardson
Ben Cutting
Karun Nair
Unmukt Chand
Iqbal Abdullah
Deepak Hooda
Dishant Yagnik
Kevon Cooper
Vikramjeet Malik
Ankit Nagendra Sharma
Rahul Tewatia
Pravin Tambe
Chris Morris
Juan Theron
Barinder Singh Saran
Dinesh Salunkhe
Sagar Trivedi
Pardeep Sahu

Rajasthan Royals (Released Players): Ankush Bains, Brad Hodge.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Shikhar Dhawan (Retained Player)
Dale Steyn (Retained Player)
David Warner
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Karn Sharma
Ishant Sharma
Moises Henriques
KL Rahul
Parveez Rasool
Naman Ojha
Ashish Reddy
Ricky Bhui
Chama Milind
Kevin Pietersen
Eoin Morgan
Kane Williamson
Ravi Bopara
Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Praveen Kumar
Trent Boult
Hanuma Vihari
Prasanth Padmanabha
Siddarth Kaul.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Released Players): Aaron Finch, Amit Mishra, Amit Paunikar, Brendan Taylor, Darren Sammy, Irfan Pathan, Jason Holder, Manprit Juneja, Prasanth Parameswaran, Srikkanth Anirudha, Venugopal Rao.

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (Retained Player)
Lasith Malinga (Retained Player)
Harbhajan Singh (Retained Player)
Ambati Rayudu (Retained Player)
Kieron Pollard (Retained Player)
Corey Anderson
Aditya Tare
Jasprit Bumrah
Josh Hazlewood
Marchant De Lange
Pawan Suyal
Shreyas Gopal
Aaron Finch
Pragyan Ojha
Mitchell McClenaghan
Akshay Wakhare
Aiden Blizzard
Hardik Pandya
Siddhesh Lad
J Suchith
Nitish Rana
Abhimanyu Mithun

Mumbai Indians (Released Players): Michael Hussey, Praveen Kumar, Ben Dunk, Pragyan Ojha, Jalaj Saxena, Krismar Santokie, Sushant Marathe, Apoorv Wankhade, Zaheer Khan, C.M. Gautam.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (Retained Player)
Chris Gayle (Retained Player)
AB De Villiers (Retained Player)
Mitchell Starc
Varun Aaron
Ashok Dinda
Parthiv Patel
Nic Maddinson
Harshal Patel
Vijay Zol
Abu Nechim Ahmed
Sandeep Warrier
Yogesh Takawale
Yuzvendra Singh Chahal
Dinesh Karthik
Subramaniam Badrinath
Darren Sammy
Sean Abbott
Adam Milne
David Wiese
Jalaj Saxena
Sarfaraz Naushad Khan
Shishir Bhavane

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Released Players): Albie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravi Rampaul, Sachin Rana, Shadab Jakati, Tanmay Mishra, Yuvraj Singh.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir (R’etained Player)
Sunil Narine (Retained Player)
Robin Uthappa
Piyush Chawla
Yusuf Pathan
Shakib Al Hasan
Morne Morkel
Vinay Kumar
Umesh Yadav
Manish Pandey
Chris Lynn
Patrick Cummins
Ryan Ten Doeschate
Suryakumar Yadav
Andre Russell
Manvinder Bisla
Veer Pratap Singh
Kuldeep Singh Yadav
James Neesham
Brad Hogg
Aditya Garhwal
Sumit Narwal
KC Cariappa
Vaibhav Rawal
Sheldon Jackson

Kolkata Knight Riders (Released Players):
Debabrata Das, Sayan Sekhar Mandal, Jacques Kallis.

Kings XI Punjab

Manan Vohra (Retained Player)
David Miller (Retained Player)
Mitchell Johnson
Glenn Maxwell
George Bailey
Virender Sehwag
Rishi Dhawan
Wriddhiman Saha
Shaun Marsh
Beuran Hendricks
Thisara Perera
Gurkirat Singh Mann
Sandeep Sharma
Mandeep Hardev Singh
Akshar Rajesh Patel
Parvinder Awana
Shardul Narendra Thakur
Anureet Singh
Shivam Sharma
Karanveer Singh
Murali Vijay
Nikhil Naik
Yogesh Golwalkar

Kings XI Punjab (Released Players): Cheteshwar Pujara, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Murali Kartik.

Delhi Daredevils
Mohammad Shami
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Quinton De Kock
Manoj Tiwary
Jean-Paul Duminy
Kedar Jadhav
Mayank Agarwal
Shahbaz Nadeem
Saurabh Tiwary
Jayant Yadav
Milind Kumar
Angelo Mathews
Yuvraj Singh
Amit Mishra
Jaydev Unadkat
Gurinder Sandhu
Shreyas Iyer
CM Gautam
Dominic Muthuswamy
Albie Morkel
Travis Head
Marcus Stoinis
Kona Srikar Bharat
KK Jiyaz
Zaheer Khan

Delhi Daredevils (Released Players):
Dinesh Karthik, HS Sharath, James Neesham, Jaydev Unadkat, Kevin Pietersen, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Milind Kumar, Murali Vijay, Rahul Sharma, Rahul Shukla, Ross Taylor, Siddarth Kaul, Wayne Parnell.

Best Chance to Beat Pakistan in ODIs - Shakib Al Hasan From Bangladesh

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan believes his side should start as favourites in the ODI series against Pakistan later this month, and said it was their best chance to beat the side on home soil.

Shakib, who left for Kolkata on Thursday, will be playing the first two games of IPL 2015 for his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders before returning home to play against Pakistan. Pakistan are likely to arrive in mid-April with a new-look side, without the retired Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi.

"I will start training from tomorrow," Shakib said. "I will only play two matches in the IPL so the Pakistan series will be on my mind. If I do well in the two matches, that confidence will work in my favour.

"I think we should be starting as favourites to win the ODI series against Pakistan. I think this is our best chance to win against Pakistan. Everyone in the team believes so, too. We have proved that we can beat any team at home. If we play our best cricket, we can do well against any side. We beat New Zealand seven times, and they are the World Cup runners-up." Read More Stories....

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mahela Jayawardene to Build Grassroot Cricket in Sri Lanka

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Mahela Jayawardene, who retired from ODIs after the World Cup, was one of the finest batsmen to come through the highly competitive school cricket set up.

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is set to take over a role with the country's cricket administration to develop the infrastructure of the local game at the feeder level.(Sachin Congratulates Sanga, Mahela)
Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said that Jayawardene, 37, has consented to a futuristic role in restructuring the schools and junior level cricket.(Farewell Sangakkara, Jayawardene)
Jayawardane, who retired from ODIs after the World Cup, was one of the finest batsmen to come through the highly competitive school cricket set up.

He was a brilliant batsman for Nalanda College in Colombo, which has produced so many Sri Lankan internationals, including Sri Lanka's first Test captain Bandula Warnapura.

In the recent years the school system has failed to produce outstanding cricketers to be fed in to the national team.
Introduction of T20 cricket at school level is being seen as a major reason.

In 2007 a similar role was thrust on Aravinda de Silva, a former captain and one of the finest batsmen produced by the country to revamp junior cricket.

Dissanayake, after Sri Lanka's exit from the quarterfinals of the 50-over showpiece event, has set out to revamp the local governing body administration by setting up an interim committee headed by the former Test opening batsman Sidath Wettimuny.

They are to take office from tomorrow.

Dissanayake's father Gamini was instrumental in developing Sri Lanka's local cricket infrastructure, which helped immensely in the island being admitted as a full Test nation in 1981.