Over the past one month or so the International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared as many as five bowlers after banning them for bowling illegal deliveries in international cricket. That includes Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Sachitra Senanayake, New Zealand spinner Kane Williamson, Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya, Bangladesh medium-pacer Al-Amin Hossain and Bermuda off-spinner Allan Douglas.
If Sri Lanka is to win another cricket World Cup they will need to come with a new strategy like the one they adopted in 1996 when they caught the cricket world by complete surprise with their pinch hitting making maximum use of the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs when a fielding side could have only two men outside the 30-yard circle.
The tragic death of Australian Test and ODI opener Phil Hughes at the age of 25 after being struck behind his left ear by a bouncer from Sean Abbot in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday is bound to raise questions and bring about a debate on the use of bouncers in cricket.
How embarrassing it must be for the ICC to have its no. 1 and 2 ranked bowlers in one-day international cricket reported for chucking and banned.Off-spinners Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and Sunil Narine of West Indies are one-two in the ICC ODI bowling rankings who have been banned from bowling in cricket until their actions have been cleared by the ICC’s Performance Centre.
To score a double century in one-day internationals was at one time thought to be every cricketer’s dream, but no longer. The advent of Twenty20 cricket has made scoring 300 plus runs in a day in a Test match, 400 runs in a fifty-over ODI and double centuries in an ODI not a possibility but a formality.
To be appointed captain of the ICC Test team of the year for 2014 ahead of such current proven leaders as Michael Clarke, Misbah-ul-Haq, Alastair Cook and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is indeed an honour bestowed on the young shoulders of Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka Test and ODI captain.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) under the current administration of Jayantha Dharmadasa is heading towards disaster if what is being reported in the media is true. Some of the most startling news to emerge among others from the corridors of SLC headquarters at Maitland Place is the sex scandal where one of the selectors and team officials stand accused...
It is a sad state of affairs of what is happening in the Caribbean. A West Indies team abandoning a cricket tour of an ICC full member country is something that you never hear of. But sadly it has happened with Dwayne Bravo’s West Indians returning home after fulfilling only half the fixtures they were due to play on their...
The latest controversy to hit the universal game of cricket was Australian Steve Smith’s brilliant piece of anticipatory fielding to sprint from slip to take a catch on the leg side in the third one-day international against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, an incident that sparked off a raging debate about the legality of the dismissal.
The country that sought ways and means to ban the greatest spin bowler the game of cricket has ever produced is now seeking his assistance to help them defeat Pakistan in the ongoing series in UAE.It was quite amusing to see Muttiah Muralitharan dressed in the Australian training kit and seated along with the other Australian support staff and...