The World’s A Match (Outlook)Yet another (potential) master willow-wielder heaves in sight. Prithvi Shaw, India’s new batting sensation, turned 18 on November 9. He has already shattered records and set milestones, from school tournaments to Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy.
Given that he is currently one of the finest batsmen in the world, it is close to impossible to associate Indian skipper Virat Kohli with any other sport. However, the Indian skipper recently revealed that there could have been an alternative career option for him in another sport had he not succeeded in cricket.
40 acres of BCCI land lying idle, says KSCA (Times of India)
Forty acres of prime land owned by the BCCI, less than a 20 minute drive from the international airport at Devanahalli in Bengaluru and criss-crossed between two national highways, has been lying unattended for close to five months after it was completely paid for and the deed registered early this year.
When you report on a sport, there’s a responsibility to point out its mistakes. Cricket Australia in 2017 has been generous with this opportunity. In the same vein, it’s fair to acknowledge when CA gets something right. Whoever decided that the Women’s Ashes Test should be a day-night affair made a masterful call.
She’s played both cricket and soccer on the international stage since her teens, but Ellyse Perry, 27, remains a Sydney girl through and through. Born and bred on the upper north shore, the world-class professional athlete has now made her home in Chatswood. Over a decade in the increasingly career-oriented arena of women’s cricket, she has witnessed, and indeed driven, seismic changes in the sport.
Brittle England on verge of victory despite miserable batting display (The Guardian)
It seems mean to quibble when England, a bowler light, rattle through a side to the tune of 25 for seven to sit on the verge of an impressive win. Against the cunning of the new vice-captain, Jimmy Anderson, along with Chris Woakes and Craig Overton, the callow Cricket Australia XI were hard-handed and hapless. Some late resistance – England took the extra half-hour but executed this usually aggressive move with curious passivity – means they will spend Saturday on a cricket field not a golf course, although they will return requiring only three wickets.
Final chance to resolve Australia’s Ashes selection puzzle
Ryan Harris was right to declare through the week that he thought the national selectors would already have a good idea who they wanted in the Test side come Brisbane.
Selection chairman Trevor Hohns would have known even before the Sheffield Shield campaign began who he really wanted at No.6 and as wicketkeeper.
Pakistani cricket legend Wasim Akram said that India is a part of him in many ways and that he misses going to the country. The “King of Swing” was addressing a hall full of fans and sports enthusiasts on the final Thursday of the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). “Politics has its own place, but India is a part of me in so many ways. I miss the culture there, the food… my friends. I have taught a lot of Indian bowlers and we all share very good relations,” he said, to applause. “You see, I am a sportsman and for me players across the world are just that, players. If someone asks me for bowling tips, I won’t ask their nationality, that is not my job. I will coach them regardless,” he added.
A fearless batsman, A.G. Milkha Singh’s batting, according to those who witnessed him at his peak, had the grace and flow of a natural. And there was a heart and feel to his cricket; he conjured runs rather than construct them.
Scorchers to launch new Perth stadium on December 13 (Perth Now)
Australia’s one-day international against England in January will be confirmed this week as the first official sporting event at Optus
Stadium but Perth Scorchers will play the first game there in front of a paying crowd. The Scorchers will take on England’s second XI in a Twenty20 night match at the stadium on December 13, the eve of the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground.
Gov’t and WICB to buy Stanford Cricket Grounds (The Daily Observer)
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the West Indies Cricket Board, WICB, are jointly buying the Stanford Cricket Ground and Sticky Wicket restaurant. The properties belonged to the Stanford Development Company. That company was one of the businesses owned by jailed Texan financier, Allen Stanford.
The story of a bat: Cricket in Rwanda (The Daily Star)
On October 28th, Rwanda will celebrate the opening of its first real and certainly grassiest cricket ground in the capital, Kigali. Brain Lara is dueto lead a Rwandan XI v Michael Vaughan’s Rest of the World. Centre-piece of the new stadium is arguably the most distinctive pavilion in the world, designed in the shape of a bouncing cricket ball, its three open vaulted arches of diminishing sizes composed of local natural materials, much of it earth.
Teenager billed one of brightest prospects in English cricket has left Nottinghamshire (Gearz of Biz)
A 13-year-old billed as one of the brightest prospects in English cricket has left Nottinghamshire. It is understood Rehan Ahmed has quit the club’s Academy to join Leicestershire’s set-up. The leg spinner turned heads after being asked to bowl to England and West Indies internationals at Lord’s this summer. Last year he bowled Ben Stokes in the nets when he was also invited to the home of cricket.
In big cities and middling towns and rural specks around the country, club cricketers like Bob Bythell are helping keep cricket alive. It is a different form of the game to the version shown on television or played by million dollar athletes at billion dollar stadia or referred to as part of the cricket pathway. Duty of care refers to whose turn it is to drive to the ground; warm-ups are an injury risk and best avoided; and anyone who uses the phrase batter rather than batsman is treated with disdain.
Instant noodles or slow-cooked meals? My Test cricket lament (The Roar)
Coming back from school, the first thing one demands is a serving of instant noodles. It cooks fast and disappears fast, leaving nothing close to a lasting impression when it goes down the food pipe. Like a big hype that swarms up and quickly pops, it delivers entertainment in no time, and leaves the memory almost immediately. A slow-cooked meal is what feels like a much more profitable deal. Barbecued on a slow cooked grill, leaving a memorable sight and smell. With a boring, slow taste, lacking colour and excitement, this food appeals to only the trained eye.