Archive for October, 2014

Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin put WI on top


Before the start of match everybody was concerned about the possible rain in Kochi. In fact it was a rain of runs in the Nehru International stadium at Kochi in the first half of the first ODI match Vs India and WI. India choose to field after captain MS Dhoni won a good toss in Kochi. WI scored a huge 321/6 in 50 overs. West Indies openers D. Smith and Dwayne Bravo give a decent start to the WI innings. Bravo got a good start but could not continue his rhythm.  In fourth wicket partnership Marlon Samuels(126*) and Denesh Ramdin(61) scored a quick 165 runs in 139 balls. Samuels’s sixth ODI century helped West Indies to cross the 300 mark.

In the 45th over WI were 285/3, but in the death five overs they could score only 36 runs. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowler. He took 4/66 including the two consecutive wickets of Pollard and Rusell.

West Indies players threatened to drop ODI matches against India


Hours before the first ODI match against India at Kochi, members of WI ODI team threatened to snub the match over a pay dispute. The whole incident created a mess in and around the stadium. A joint agreement was signed on last month covering the aspects of the pay and perks to the players between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). But Dwayne Bravo, the ODI captain, came up with claim that the players are unaware about the talks and would not accept the outcome.

The WI team also stayed away from the practice section and the press conference on Tuesday, which also triggered the suspicion of boycotting the match.

However, BCCI and Kerala Cricket Association intervened in the matter and insisted that Wednesday’s match was on.

The West Indies Cricket Board issued a statement in this regard saying that they were aware of the dispute and confirmed the possibility of a strike.

“It has also come to the WICB’s attention that the some of the players could withdraw their services for the first ODI,”

“The WICB deeply regrets this apparent eventuality, especially in light of the tedious and substantial work which went into the good faith negotiations to arrive at the new, historic (agreements). The WICB apologises to the fans, the BCCI (Indian board) and all other stakeholders should the first ODI be disrupted as a result of player action. The WICB is making every effort to ensure that it fulfils all its commitments and that cricket is played.” the statement read.


Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) turf under renovation in view of ICC WC 2015


The big stage of the ICC World Cup 2015 is all set to undergo changes before mega event. The replacement work of turf will be started in the month of February and March. As a result of the turf replacement programme a total of twenty thousand square meters will be changed.

This is the major endeavor ($1.7 million) undertaken by the MCC since the field and stadium reconstruction works for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. According to Tony Gordon, MCC arenas operations manager, new 10 pitches will be installed in the ground before a new turf is laid in time for the first Sheffield Shield at the MCG on 31 October .

Chris Gayle expected to be fit for Test Vs India


Gayle, who is suffering from a lower back injury during the final Test against Bangladesh is hoping that he can come back for the Test matches against India starting on 30 October. “My recovery has been coming on nicely, and I expect to be fully fit and ready in time for the Test series. The injury is the same one that has been affecting my back in recent times, but so far it has been coming on well. I have been able to give it some rest and as each day progresses, it keeps getting better and better.” Gayle told the Jamaica Gleaner.

Chris Gayle, the most destructive player in any format of the game will miss the limited over series agaist the seies against India.

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