Cricket coaches

Most of the teams will have a new coach shortly. I have listed the existing World Cup coaches and their future plans
Australia – John Buchanan, announced retirement
Bangladesh – Dav Whatmore, wont renew contract
India – Greg Chappell, resigned
England – Duncan Fletcher, resigned
Ireland – Adrian Birrell, wont renew contract
West Indies – Bennett King, resigned
Sri Lanka – Tom Moody, ???
Pakistan – Bob Woolmer, RIP
New Zealand – John Bracewell, undicided on renewing contract
Netherlands – Peter Cantrell, resigned
Canada – Andy Pick, resigned


India’s cricket squad to Bangladesh

ODI squad: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwary, Dinesh Mongia, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh. 1st ODI 10 May, 2nd ODI 12 May, 3rd ODI 15 May

Test squad: Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid (capt), VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Anil Kumble, Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, VRV Singh, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Munaf Patel. 1st Test 18 – 22 May, 2nd Test 25 – 29 May

Cricket World Cup week 5

Apr 14 New Zealand won by 5 wkts (by 10 balls). South Africa 193/7 (50 ov); New Zealand 196/5 (48.2 ov)

Apr 13 Australia won by 9 wkts (by 226 balls). Ireland 91 (30 ov); Australia 92/1 (12.2 ov)

Apr 12 Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts (by 29 balls). New Zealand 219/7 (50 ov); Sri Lanka 222/4 (45.1 ov)

Apr 11 England won by 4 wkts (by 31 balls). Bangladesh 143 (37.2 ov); England 147/6 (44.5 ov)

Apr 10 South Africa won by 67 runs. South Africa 356/4 (50 ov); West Indies 289/9 (50 ov)

Apr 9 New Zealand won by 129 runs. New Zealand 263/8 (50 ov); Ireland 134 (37.4 ov)

Apr 8 Australia won by 7 wkts (by 16 balls). England 247 (49.5 ov); Australia 248/3 (47.2 ov)

Cricket World Cup week 4

Apr 7, 2007 Bangladesh won by 67 runs. Bangladesh 251/8 (50 ov); South Africa 184 (48.4 ov)
Apr 4, 2007 Sri Lanka won by 2 runs. Sri Lanka 235 (50 ov); England 233/8 (50 ov)
Apr 3, 2007 South Africa won by 7 wickets (21 balls remaining) (D/L). Ireland 152/8 (35/35 ov); South Africa 165/3 (31.3/35 ov)
Apr 2, 2007 New Zealand won by 9 wickets (124 balls remaining). Bangladesh 174 (48.3 ov); New Zealand 178/1 (29.2 ov)
Apr 1, 2007 Sri Lanka won by 113 runs. Sri Lanka 303/5 (50 ov); West Indies 190 (44.3 ov)

BCCI Working Committee press release

Full text of the press release issued by the BCCI following its Working Committee meeting on April 7, 2007.

1. With a view to strengthening domestic cricket, efforts will be made to ensure that all Test / ODI Cricketers play Irani, Duleep, Challenger and some Ranji Trophy Matches.

2. Every Association will be directed to prepare fast and lively wickets for domestic tournaments.

3. The BCCI will do away with home and away rotation and allot venues for Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Ranji Trophy semi-finals and finals and one-day all-India knockout.

4. It was decided that all affiliated units should start their own state academies by April 2009. These academies would be linked to the National Cricket Academy for the purpose of uniformity in coaching.

5. It was decided to scrap the present zonal representation in the senior and junior selection committees. BCCI will appoint selectors on a full time basis based upon the eligibility criteria which would include stature as a player, selection experience etc. They will be remunerated suitably and appointed for a two-year term. The BCCI will take steps to propose necessary amendments to the Constitution to give effect to the above decision.

6. Regular and frequent Under-19 and India A tours to Australia / England / New Zealand / South Africa / West Indies will be undertaken.

7. The Working Committee has directed the Selection Committee to send a young team to Bangladesh under an experienced captain. The selection committee, after discussions has appointed Rahul Dravid as captain for India’s tour to Bangladesh, Ireland and England.

8. BCCI will appoint a permanent manager for the Indian team for a two-year term. The Board will also appoint a permanent Media Manager for a two- year term. Read more of this post

Sport in April

15-18 GOLF TBC: TCL Classic
15-18 GOLF Florida: Arnold Palmer Invitational
18 RUGBY UNION RBS 6 Nations Championship: France v Scotland; Italy v Ireland; Wales v England
18 FORMULA 1 Melbourne: Australian Grand Prix
18 ATHLETICS Turkey: Antalya Marathon
18 ATHLETICS Rome Marathon
18-Apr 1 SWIMMING Melbourne: World Championships
19-1 Apr TENNIS Miami: NASDAQ-100 Open
19-23 SQUASH London: ISS Canary Wharf Read more of this post

Cricket World Cup week 3

Mar 31 Australia won by 10 wickets (49 balls remaining). Bangladesh 104/6 (22/22 ov); Australia 106/0 (13.5/22 ov)

Mar 30 England won by 48 runs. England 266/7 (50 ov); Ireland 218 (48.1 ov)

Mar 29 New Zealand won by 7 wickets (64 balls remaining). West Indies 177 (44.4 ov); New Zealand 179/3 (39.2 ov)

Mar 28 South Africa won by 1 wicket (10 balls remaining). Sri Lanka 209 (49.3 ov); South Africa 212/9 (48.2 ov)

Mar 27 Australia won by 103 runs. Australia 322/6 (50 ov); West Indies 219 (45.3 ov)

Mar 25 Bangladesh won by 7 wickets (21 balls remaining) (D/L). Bermuda 94/9 (21/21 ov); Bangladesh 96/3 (17.3/21 ov)

Cricket World Cup week 2

Mar 24 England won by 7 wickets (with 60 balls remaining). Kenya 177 (43/43 ov); England 178/3 (33/43 ov)

Mar 24 Australia won by 83 runs. Australia 377/6 (50 ov); South Africa 294 (48 ov)

Mar 23 West Indies won by 8 wickets (with 59 balls remaining) (D/L method). Ireland 183/8 (48/48 ov); West Indies 190/2 (38.1/48 ov)

Mar 23 Sri Lanka won by 69 runs. Sri Lanka 254/6 (50 ov); India 185 (43.3 ov)

Mar 22 Netherlands won by 8 wickets (with 157 balls remaining). Scotland 136 (34.1 ov); Netherlands 140/2 (23.5 ov)

Mar 22 New Zealand won by 114 runs. New Zealand 363/5 (50 ov); Canada 249 (49.2 ov)

Mar 21 Pakistan won by 93 runs (D/L method). Pakistan 349 (49.5 ov); Zimbabwe 99 (19.1/20 ov)

Mar 21 Sri Lanka won by 198 runs (D/L method). Sri Lanka 318/4 (50 ov); Bangladesh 112 (37/46 ov)

Mar 20 South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 160 balls remaining). Scotland 186/8 (50 ov); South Africa 188/3 (23.2 ov)

Mar 20 New Zealand won by 148 runs. New Zealand 331/7 (50 ov); Kenya 183 (49.2 ov)

Mar 19 West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining). Zimbabwe 202/5 (50 ov); West Indies 204/4 (47.5 ov)

Mar 19 India won by 257 runs. India 413/5 (50 ov); Bermuda 156 (43.1 ov)

Mar 18 England won by 51 runs. England 279/6 (50 ov); Canada 228/7 (50 ov)

Mar 18 Australia won by 229 runs. Australia 358/5 (50 ov); Netherlands 129 (26.5 ov)

Cricket World Cup videos

Lasith Malinga four wickets in four balls 

Herschelle Gibbs hits six sixes in an over

Zimbabwe vs Ireland tied match

Bob Woolmer R.I.P

Bob Woolmer was one of world cricket’s most recognisable characters and authority. Following a successful England playing career of nineteen tests and six one-day internationals, Bob turned to coaching and arguably became the most successful international player-turned-coach. After success at county cricket, Woolmer’s international coaching career started in South Africa where he moulded a group of young players – all of whom were new to international cricket – into one of the best teams in world cricket at the time.

A pioneer in modern coaching methods, including the use of computer technology to analyse his opponents as well as hone his own player’s skills. Coaching was based on a simple premise: the more enjoyable he could make the game, the better his players would respond. Creative and adventurous and no two practice sessions were alike when Woolmer was in charge. Read more of this post