With the IPL nearing its business end, qualification prospects and the local talent that has driven the sides were dissected threadbare in the sports columns of Tuesday’s(May 9) newspapers.
Meanwhile, trying to change the image of the Indian board, Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary of the BCCI, spoke of sorting out the troubled relationship with ICC, while the Committee of Administrators contemplated going back to the original five-member selection committee.
Elsewhere, purists voiced their concern at the possibility of the BBC’s Test Match Special losing out on the coverage of the Ashes this summer.
`MSD the best, Pant the future’ (The Times of India)
MS Dhoni is clearly in the last stretch of his career. The vociferous calls to name his successor behind the stumps have grown with each step the former captain has taken since opting out of Test cricket. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, while clarifying that Dhoni is still the best wicketkeeper, named 19-year-old Rishabh Pant in the list of five standbys for the Champions Trophy by identifying him as “a solution for the future“. Interestingly, this window of opportunity has opened for Pant, because it was Dhoni who had insisted on naming standbyes for international tours.
Making an impact – What lies ahead for India’s young turks? (The Times of India)
The tenth season of the IPL has been a revelation of sorts where young Indian cricketers are concerned. Unlike previous seasons, the still-green generation has filled the vacuum created by the disabled and fatigued stars. As the cut-throat league progresses towards its business end, it can be safely said that the young turks have given a good account of themselves. If the likes of Rishabh Pant (Delhi), Rahul Tripathi (Pune), Nitish Rana (Mumbai), Sanju Samson (Delhi) and Ishan Kishan (Gujarat) have sizzled with the bat, seamers Sandeep Sharma (Punjab), Basil Thampi (Gujarat), Mohammad Siraj (Hyderabad), Aniket Choudhary (Bangalore) and Shardul Thakur (Pune) have impressed with the ball. Almost all of them have influenced the fortunes of their teams with their unexpected heroics. Pant, the dashing ‘keeper batsman has made legends like Sachin Tendulkar sit up and applaud his match-winning 43-ball 97 against Gujarat the other day .
Young Indians in the fast lane (The Hindu)
The Indian domestic pacemen have been among the wickets and in the headlines in the ongoing IPL. It’s not the established seamers alone, men such as Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who have swung games. Many lesser names too have had their moments.
The South African players have left the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked the Cricket South Africa (CSA) to extend their stay till at least May 15 (by when the league stage would be over) but the CSA stuck to its original deadline of May 7.
CoA’s olive branch to state bodies over one-state-one-vote & selectors (The Times of India)
In a bid to ensure that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) affiliated state units implement the Lodha panel’s reforms, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mulling over seeking the Supreme Court’s intervention to re-evaluate the one-state onevote clause and go back to the original five-member selection committee from the current three.
‘We have to mend fences’ – Amitabh Choudhary (The Hindu)
Amitabh Choudhary, known to be a tough, no-nonsense cop, has been assigned the most challenging task of his career — guide the BCCI through its troubled relationship with the ICC and restore its image in the cricketing fraternity.
Why has India refused to play Pakistan last couple of years: PCB asks BCCI (The Indian Express)
A day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finally confirmed India’s participation in the Champions Trophy, where they face Pakistan in their opening game, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) questioned if the two teams can play each other at ICC events, why was the Indian board reluctant for a bilateral series. This comes a week after the PCB sent a “notice of dispute” to its Indian counterpart where they demanded $69.57 million in compensation for refusing to honour the agreement to play 6 series over 8 years, the first of which was to be held in 2015.
Eoin Morgan has poured cold water on the idea of rejigging the balance of his England one-day team to accommodate Jonny Bairstow, with the Yorkshireman’s likeliest route into the side for the Champions Trophy remaining an injury to a first‑choice player. The decision to grant Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes an extended run in the Indian Premier League enabled England to use the two-match series with Ireland over the weekend as an opportunity for squad players to get some game time, to which Bairstow responded with an unbeaten 72 from 44 balls at Lord’s on Sunday.
There is considerable concern at the BBC about the possibility of losing Test Match Special coverage of the Ashes to talkSPORT this winter. The Beeb giving up ball-by-ball commentary would be a major blow for cricket purists, especially as the Corporation have not screened live Test cricket since 1998. BBC Radio has filled the void with considerable success. Test Match Special celebrates its 60th birthday this year and Ashes cricket in Australia has been part of the service since 1971.