Tuesday (January 10) would be the last time Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India – albeit India A – in a warm-up match against England, and the tributes for a “magnanimous” leader continued.
Off the field, the BCCI v Supreme Court tussle still hogged the limelight, and there was talk about an ousted BCCI official urging ECB to cancel the ODI tour.
There were growing expectations in England that Alastair Cook would relinquish Test captaincy, handing it over to Joe Root. Down Under, Ian Chappell believed Cricket Australia shouldn’t invite Pakistan for Test series in the future until the struggling Asian side upped their game significantly.
Captain MS Dhoni: An unconventional mind with a magnanimous heart (Hindustan Times)
There are times when a small gesture becomes more meaningful than a grandiose act or a phenomenal achievement. Johannesburg September 24, 2007 is a historic day for cricket in more ways than one. It was the final day of the first ever World T-20 of which India, led by MS Dhoni, became the first-ever winners, despite having initially shown great reluctance to even participate in it. Coming on the heels of a squabbling India’s disastrous first round exit from the one-day World Cup in the West Indies, this win came as a rejuvenating tonic for a cricketing nation in mourning.
Sanju Samson seeks ‘invaluable tips’ from MS Dhoni (Indian Express)
Sanju Samson may not have been only been included in the India A team that plays England in the two warm-up matches ahead of the three match ODI series but that doesn’t seem to have dented the Kerala youngster’s excitement in being part of a squad that also has MS Dhoni. On Monday, Samson put up a post on his Facebook account of him in conversation with the veteran former captain.
Lodha panel wants names of eligible state associations’ office bearers (Indian Express)
The CEO of the BCCI Rahul Johri has asked all affiliated units to furnish the names of the new office bearers who would be ‘discharging relevant functions’.This is after the Lodha Committee secretary Gopal Sankaranarayan wrote to Johri asking him to ascertain from the state units who their new office bearers would be. The Supreme Court had last week ordered that office bearers, both of the BCCI and state association, who did not meet eligibility norms as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, must not hold office.
Vacuum in state associations, says Shah (Gulf News)
The Lodha committee recommendations have hit the functioning of most of the state associations of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). With the administrators who ruled these state associations for decades being forced to step down, the newly-elected officials are up against it about how to continue it’s activities smoothly.
Did sacked BCCI top official call ECB to cancel ODI tour? (DNA India)
A top cricket official in India called up England Cricket Board (ECB) president Giles Clarke after the January 2 verdict asking him to not tour India, according to sources. A day after being sacked by Supreme Court for not implementing the July 18 orders, one top official of the Board of Contol for cricket in India (BCCI) is said to have spoken to Clarke and tried to persuade him to “not send English team to India back for One-day and T20 series”.
Hindi commentary gives an Indian touch to Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League (Hindustan Times)
India’s high-profile cricketers like Virat Kohli are yet to enter Australia’s Big Bash League and it is always difficult to give a sense of belonging to the Indian cricket loving diaspora without the presence of their stars. But thanks to Hindi, Cricket Australia (CA) is successfully attracting thousands of Indians living Down Under to their T20 league. CA tried the Hindi commentary as an experiment during the final of the 2015 edition. Last season and this y ear, all the matches have live Hindi commentary.
Rush Kalaria walks out of anonymity (The Times Of India)
Bangladesh A are in India to play three One-Day matches, one match against Karnataka and one unofficial Test against India A. Considering these were early days in Rahul Dravid’s career as India A coach, the series generated a lot of buzz. The first match was being played in Bangalore. India A had huffed and puffed to 227 for 6 after being reduced to 125 for 5. In the death overs, Rush Kalaria started flaying the bowlers. His assault lifted India A to 322 for 7. He ended with an unbeaten 34-ball 56. Soon after, Kalaria was trending in India.
McGrath impressed by Aswin, Vignesh (The Hindu)
Glenn McGrath was pleased with the performances of Tamil Nadu pacemen Aswin Crist and K. Vignesh in the Ranji Trophy this season. Both are products of the MRF Pace Foundation. McGrath said, “Crist is running through to the crease very well, is lively, and moves the ball. He has promise. “Vignesh too bowls at a good pace and seams it from an off-stump line. Both have trained hard here at the foundation.”
Security payment issue casts a cloud over India A – England tie (The Times Of India)
The 50-over warm-up game between India A and the visiting England side on Tuesday (January 9) could be played in front of empty stands at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai after more distractions emerged – this time in the form of payment for security arrangements. Cricket Club of India officials have received a quote from the Mumbai Police amounting to INR 60 lakhs for providing cover for the first of the two warm-up games.
Death threat to Sourav Ganguly (The Hindu)
Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said on Monday he had received an anonymous ‘death threat’. Ganguly, who is also Cricket Association of Bengal president, confirmed the news after chairing a CAB Working Committee meeting here.
Muttiah Muralitharan hails Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as India captain (Firstpost)
Refusing to get drawn into a controversy, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan said Ravi Shastri may have just “missed” Sourav Ganguly’s name while compiling his list of India’s all-time best captains.
Tamil Nadu’s Eloksi Arun’s 6 for 13 in inter-state cricket sets media on fire (Hindustan Times)
Bowler Eloksi Arun was on a roll for Tamil Nadu against Goa in the South Zone girl’s under-16 inter-state league. Her feat has sent the social media abuzz. In the match held on Sunday, Tamil Nadu’s Eloksi Arun took six wickets, giving just 13 runs. Her six-wicket haul enabled Tamil Nadu thrash Goa by eight wickets in the South Zone match held at Sir Vizzy Stadium in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh.
England captain Alastair Cook prepares to stand down with Joe Root ready to step up (The Telegraph, UK)
Joe Root flies out on Wednesday to join the England one-day tour to India with expectation growing that Alastair Cook is about to stand down as Test captain. When Cook’s departure is confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board, with an announcement expected this week, then Root will be appointed Test captain at the age of 26 and just over four years since his debut. Cook has been mulling over his future since the end of the India tour and sources have indicated he is ready to walk away from the job after four years and 59 matches in charge.
England ODI captain Eoin Morgan admits his family were ‘very offended’ by criticism of his refusal to lead side on Bangladesh tour (Daily Mail, UK)
If Eoin Morgan is feeling the extra pressure he heaped on his own shoulders by refusing to lead England in Bangladesh then he made a good job of hiding it as he contemplated the countdown to the Champions Trophy. The captain who would not travel because he had concerns about safety did admit his family were ‘very offended’ by suggestions he had let England down by becoming one of only two players, with Alex Hales, to pull out.
Ashley Giles happy to return ‘home’ to Warwickshire after Lancashire spell (The Guardian)
When Ashley Giles told his family on Christmas Day that he had one final present to share with them – namely that his return to Warwickshire had been finalised the day before and, after two years living out of a suitcase at Lancashire, he was coming home full-time – the reaction was not entirely one of universal excitement.
Changes on the horizon at Cricket SA (IOL)
Cricket South Africa’s board will weigh up appointing a director of cricket and establishing a seventh domestic franchise following recommendations made by panels that reviewed the national teams and local cricket.
Received green signal for legal action against BCCI: Najam Sethi (Daily Dunya)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Najam Sethi has on Sunday said that green signal has been received for legal action against Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). He added that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had many plans for former captain Shahid Afridi and the current captain Misbah ul-Haq will also be offered a post at the board upon retirement, reported Daily Dunya.
Ian Chappell tells Pakistan to improve their cricket or stay home (Tribune, Pakistan)
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes Cricket Australia shouldn’t invite Pakistan cricket team for Test series Down Under in future until the struggling Asian side up their game significantly and provide some sort of challenge to the home side.
Grave new CEO of WICB (Trinidad Guardian)
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed Johnny Grave as its new Chief Executive Officer, following a rigorous recruitment process led by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Barbados.