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Cricket News Highlights, May 16: Ex Australia Bowling Coach Talks About Ball Tampering Saga

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19:07 (IST)

"Obviously a lot of things went wrong at that time. The finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on," ex Australia bowling coach David Saker told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday. "There was (sic) a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn't, which is unfortunate. Cameron's a very nice guy. He's just doing it to get something off his chest... He's not going to be the last," h

18:32 (IST)

Michael Vaughan has time and again expressed his views on the ongoing debates in the world of cricket. The former England skipper had recently said that the comparison between Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson is irrelevant. But Pakistan’s Salman Butt made a scathing remark on Vaughan saying that, while Kohli has 70 tons, Vaughan has none in limited-overs cricket. This did not go down too well with Vaughan as he reminded Butt of his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.

17:36 (IST)

The Indian women's cricket team is set to travel to Australia in September. India, who have played only one series amid the COVID-19 pandemic, tour England next month to play their first Test in seven years besides three ODIs and as many T20s. - PTI

16:36 (IST)

WV Raman in an interview to Cricbuzz: My writing to Sourav was to propel him into action to course-correct, if required. The letter dealt with the need for the system to encourage or ensure players adhere to a healthy team culture. Ganguly has seen it all as a former player and captain, and therefore, I felt it was better to get him into the frame. I also added Dravid because he handles cricketers of the future and might make certain aspects a part of the curriculum in the NCA, if he hasn't already.

Typical of the current era, the phrase prima donna, which has never figured in the letter, has hogged the headlines! The whole point of the letter was to appraise Sourav about certain practices that need to be reviewed and rectified, if he so deemed fit.

16:05 (IST)

 “I wake up each day stronger than before !! #Rehab #Progress,” Natarajan captioned a post on Instagram. India’s latest pace sensation, T Natarajan, who had impressed in the series against Australia, had to sit out in the one against England due to a knee injury. Now the Tamil Nadu pacer has gone through a surgery and is recovering well, that had kept him out of the IPL 2021 too. The surgery was done in April.

15:16 (IST)

The Australian contingent that participated in the now suspended Indian Premier League 2021, including Michael Hussey, will return to Australia on Monday. Hussey had tested positive for COVID-19 in New Delhi, where his team Chennai Super Kings was playing when the season was suspended. Hussey, CSK’s batting coach, was flown to Chennai in an air-ambulance where he recovered. Hussey has since returned negative tests and has been cleared to fly. ESPNcricinfo reported that Hussey will fly a commercial flight via Doha.

14:58 (IST)

“He’s still willing to be out there because he wants Sussex to win. They (the ECB) had to give him permission to play this game. He’s not our player so they had to give permission,” he added. England are scheduled to host New Zealand for a two-match Test series, starting on June 2, the squad for which is expected to be announced on Tuesday. After the series against the Kiwis, Joe Root and his men are scheduled to host India for a five-match home Test series, beginning August 4.


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Turning out for Sussex in his first competitive game after the injury lay-off, Archer registered figures of 2 for 29 in the first innings. However, the pacer could only bowl five overs in the second essay and complained of a sore elbow. “If you saw today he’s not going to bowl tomorrow. You’ll have to ask the ECB,” Sussex head coach Ian Salisbury told reporters on Saturday. “Any time that Jofra can’t bowl you’re going to be frustrated as a leader, or as a team. But it happens. In sport people get injured. That’s life. That’s sport.

14:11 (IST)

The 26-year-old fast bowler has a history of elbow injuries that saw him miss two Tests against India and the currently-suspended Indian Premier League earlier this year as well as games in South Africa at the start of 2020.

13:58 (IST)

England star pacer Jofra Archer’s participation in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand was thrown into doubt after his longstanding elbow injury resurfaced during Sussex’s county championship game against Kent.

13:44 (IST)

“It was some momentary madness. I had that memory of Dada flinging his shirt over his head after the Natwest Trophy final in 2002. I basically replicated the action of taming a wild horse with the bat. I didn’t get out to Nel in that entire series. I even hit him for three boundaries in Durban, but I didn’t dance there,” he said.

13:33 (IST)

Sreesanth has been part of two world cup winning teams – ICC World T20 in 2007 and ODI World Cup in 2011. Calling it ‘momentary madness’, the former India pacer said Sourav Ganguly’s legendary shirt celebration at Lord’s after his team’s victory in the final of Natwest Trophy was playing on his mind.

13:19 (IST)

Years later, Sreesanth revealed the reason behind his dancing celebration that saw him wildly swinging his bat in front of Nel. “Andre Nel was talking a lot,” Sreesanth told Sportskeeda. “He kept saying that Indians don’t have a heart and that they (South Africa) were the better team. I wanted to tell him to look at the scoreboard once; we had the upper hand. I had gotten out for a duck in the first innings, and a lot of our better batsmen hadn’t scored too many runs that day.”

12:59 (IST)

That celebration is still remembered fondly by fans and cricketers alike with even South Africa pacer Dale Steyn counting it among his favorites, terming the moment as ‘legendary’. “Sreesanth and his slog off Andre Nel for 6 with the swinging bat celebration. Legendary,” Steyn replied to a Twitter question from popular cricket website ESPNcricinfo about a batter and shot that gives fans the chills.

12:42 (IST)

S Sreesanth may not have had a long international career than expected but even in the relatively brief span with the Indian cricket team, he managed to produce moments of brilliance, some of which will live on for a long time to come. Be it that snorter to South Africa legend Jacques Kallis in 2010 or that legendary celebration after he smoked Andre Nel for a six right after a verbal exchange with the fast bowler during the SA tour of 2006-07.

12:10 (IST)

Did you expect Raman to be replaced as coach when he has not done anything wrong with the team and guided it to the T20 World Cup final last year? And, the entire nation went to a lockdown soon after, so nothing much could be done about women’s cricket.

I knew Raman’s days as women’s cricket coach were numbered. I also know that Ramesh Powar’s days as coach of the women’s team are numbered if people don’t take action now. It is the coaches who are axed. Nothing happens to anybody else. We coaches are made the mincemeat of the whole situation.

11:55 (IST)

Are the current players also to be blamed for the ‘rot’ that you mentioned above?

Whoever these superstars are, the ones with a bit of success, they just build a wall around them, have agendas, there is a constant bickering within the team and the game is just out of the window. Nobody is giving reason for any kind of sacking.

11:37 (IST)

Asked why coaches are not given a longer run? Rau said, "Nobody is happy with any coach. What are the coaches there for? They are there to guide the players. Each coach has done it in his or her own way. They have brought something or the other to the table. The players know what I have done for them, what Ramesh Powar (in his first brief stint), Tushar Arothe or WV Raman have done for the team. We are just thrown aside. Is that right? Something is wrong. Somebody is encouraging this kind of behaviour."

11:24 (IST)

Rau went on to explain how and when it all started. "When we won the T20 series for the first time in Australia in 2015-16, I remember the team to be a very innocent, happy, hungry bunch. It was nice to see them in the World Cup final in a matter of months. But, after tasting success, the contract system, social media becoming powerful, Big Bash League, media attention, money, captaincy issues, everything started snowballing into a big issue between them. There is no camaraderie, no bonding between the players. Suddenly everything could change with the whiff of money. They could not handle success and money. Former players have been doing it for ages. When you get a little bit of power, everything else goes out of the window. It is infectious. They were always power hungry. Women’s cricket suffers. One administrator blamed the other, and this continued into the player’s system. It is a rot. Sourav Ganguly has to go ahead and fix it. How long will this go on, I don’t know. It will take time. Ramesh Powar has taken over as the new coach, he has to fix it. The onus is on him. Some stricter measures and accountability, whether it is for selectors, coaches, administrators in each state, need to be in place. Women’s cricketers have it in them to win the World Cup. I have told this many times in the team meetings when I was the coach. Indian team can win the World Cup not once but three-four times consecutively and stamp their class. Our domestic structure is good. But the mental part, the attitude of the players are totally going astray.

11:09 (IST)

Asked, if WV Raman has not done anything wrong in his tenure, should he not be given an extension? She said: Coaches are taken for granted. There seems to be no respect for us. It is a rot and everybody is responsible. The players, administrators, support staff, everyone. Now it has come to a stage where it is affecting the game. When I took over as coach in the mid-2010s, I had a fun-loving, innocent, very talented, lovely team. A couple of months prior to the 2017 World Cup (in which India lost to England by nine runs in the final at Lord’s), I was booted out for whatever reasons that were not given to me at all. Do you mean to say, any coach can make a team in one month before the World Cup? Tushar Arothe then or for Ramesh Powar, now with less than a year left for the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup, it is not possible. Everybody has stopped thinking why this team is doing well. There is no mention of me in the sense that I have sacrificed so much for the team. It was a pleasure to be a part of the team and bring it to this height. Unfortunately, I was not there to enjoy that moment. No regrets. It is a rot that worries me now. No one wants to do anything about it. Things are continuing the way it was. Everybody is to be blamed – former players, administrators of every state. They have neglected the game. It is doing more harm now.

Cricket News Highlights, May 16: Ex Australia Bowling Coach Talks About Ball Tampering Saga

Live Cricket News and Updates, May 16

The ouster of WV Raman as the Indian women’s cricket team head coach and the reinstatement of Ramesh Powar to the post has shown that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not been looking at it long-term. Without taking away the coaching credentials of Powar, who earlier this year guided Mumbai to Vijay Hazare Trophy (domestic 50-overs competition) and also did his BCCI Level-2 coaching course, it was difficult to understand why Raman was not given an extension, just the same way Powar was ousted after just a half-year stint in 2018 in which he guided the team to ICC Women’s World T20 semifinals. And, just when you thought Raman did a fair job, guiding India to the T20 World Cup final last year before the world went into the lockdown due to the pandemic and was also preparing the team for next year’s 50-over World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, came this latest development.

In the past, the women’s team coach post was not fixed. Former India women’s team captain, off-spinner and all-rounder, Purnima Rau, was sacked a couple of months before the 2017 Women’s World Cup. Rau was the last woman coach of the Indian team, after which Tushar Arothe, Ramesh Powar and WV Raman held the reins. Rau, who played in five Tests and 33 ODIs between 1993 and 2000, is steering herself clear of the unpleasant developments in women’s cricket. The 54-year-old is devoting her time to organic farming about 40kms away from Hyderabad. “I grow organic vegetables and fruits and distribute them to families and friends. In women’s cricket, I could not enjoy the fruits of my labour during my playing and coaching days. In organic farming, I am enjoying my moments and they are sweeter than what I tasted in Indian women’s cricket,” she tells news18.com in this exclusive chat. Rau is deeply hurt with the turn of events in the recent past and was pained to reflect upon what happened to her four years ago.

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