Speaking to CricketNext, on the sidelines of a two-day camp at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli, McGrath cited the example of Mitchell Johnson when he said that the left-arm fast bowler was the biggest example of how the perfect combination of pace and accuracy made a bowler unplayable – during the Ashes in 2013-14 in Australia as he finished with 37 wickets in the series.
After the 31-run defeat in the first Test of the five-match series against England at Edgbaston, there is more bad news in store for skipper Virat Kohli. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is unlikely to win the race against time to be fit for the second Test that starts at the historic Lord’s on Thursday.
BCCI officials have raised eyebrows about the appointment of Delhi coach KP Bhaskar and former Delhi and India batsman Gursharan Singh as coaches of the India Green and India Blue teams respectively for the upcoming Duleep Trophy. Divakar Vasu was named coach of the India Red team and have been asked to report on August 15 in Madurai to prepare for the tournament, as per a letter from GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim on Friday.
Rajkumar Sharma, who has mentored and trained Virat Kohli since his initiation into the game, told CricketNext that he was particularly pleased to watch how well Kohli “countered the pressure” brought on by the English bowlers on his way to making his first triple figure score in the country.
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Anurag Thakur, who was removed from office by the Supreme Court on January 2, 2017 for obstructing the reforms proposed by the Lodha panel, has now filed a petition in the apex court to make him party to the proceedings and recall the earlier order. Thakur’s has urged the court to hear his side of the story about the circumstances that led to the situation.
A move by the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) to invite state associations for an inter-state 50-over tournament has led to murmurs of disquiet among the BCCI officials. The point of contention is that current administrators in charge of running the JKCA appear to have overlooked the fact that prior permission needs to be taken from the BCCI general body before hosting any such tournament.
After Mumbai and Kerala, the Tripura Cricket Association has now written to the BCCI saying that it will not be in a position to host the domestic games till October in the 2018-19 due to the ongoing monsoon in the state.
The heat wave in England has seen the hosts recall Adil Rashid for the first Test against India at Edgbaston from August 1. So, quite naturally, the visitors too will look at their spinning trio of R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja to play a pivotal role in the five-match series.
In another instance of the total lack of communication between the Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the CoA’s decision to engage a consultant/advisor for the Asia Cup in the UAE later this year has board officials seeing red.
Former India All-Rounder & coach Madan Lal believes only a collective effort by the pace bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav in the absence of the injured Jasprit Bumrah & Bhuvneshwar Kumar can ensure an Indian win in the series. Speaking to CricketNext, Lal said that for India to win the series, it was important that the bowling attack fired in unison and consistently over the Five Test matches.
While the Mumbai and Kerala Cricket Associations have already made their displeasure known at the scheduling of the Vijay Merchant Trophy (U-16) for the upcoming 2018-19 season, they aren’t alone. CricketNext has learnt that almost all state associations are in a fix on how to go about preparing for the age-group tournament in just over two months.
Even as cricket fans across the world wait for arch-rivals India and Pakistan to clash in the upcoming Asia Cup on September 19, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is surprised by the scheduling of undoubtedly the biggest game of 2018. As per the schedule released on Tuesday, India is to play against a qualifier on the day before the clash against Pakistan, a decision the Indian board has described as “mindless.”
After some of the North Eastern states raised their concern over the lack of time to prepare for the start of the 2018-19 domestic season, the Kerala Cricket Association has now written to GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim — the man who made the roadmap of this year’s domestic season — requesting Karim to postpone the start of the Vijay Merchant trophy (under-16 boys).
The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board on Tuesday announced that it sought help from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in clearing dues of its players and staff. However, the move has left the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) slightly worried with officials questioning the repeated funding that the international body has extended to the country.