Wednesday, September 30, 2015

West Indies cannot be eligible for 2017 Champions Trophy

The declining fortunes of West Indies cricket hit an important low on Wednesday when the Caribbean team failed to qualifying for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.
Limited to the world's top eight-ranked sides, the West Indies missed upon the lucrative event after slumping to ninth place on Wednesday's cut-off date.
Their failure to qualify marks the first time the West Indies will surely be missing from any of cricket's three big limited-overs events -- the 50-overs World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the Twenty20 World Cup.
West Indies are among just three teams to acquire captured all three titles, winning the 50-over World Cup in 1975 and 1979, the Champions Trophy in 2004 and the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012, though have fallen on tough time.
When the most dominant force in world cricket, West Indies have struggled in the recent past, affected by chaotic mismanagement and rows over player contracts.
Last year, West Indies abandoned their planned tour of India and just 48 hours ago, they suspended coach Phil Simmons after he criticised the selection policy for next month's tour to Sri Lanka.
Their spot in the 2017 Champions Trophy was effectively taken by Bangladesh, whose last appearance at the tournament was in 2006, although they finished seventh within the rankings, just just before Pakistan.
Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan also qualified, in addition to host-nation England, who were automatically granted a destination.
The 2017 Champions Trophy is going to take place from June 1-18, with the eight qualified teams separated into two pools of four, and of course the top two from each group advancing to the knock-out phase.

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kohli may lose his t20 number one rank in th upcoming south africa - india series | Virat Kohli could lose his T20I no.1 rank in the upcoming India-South Africa series


India’s Virat Kohli will be defending his ICC Twenty20 international number-one batting position in the upcoming India versus South Africa three-match series. The top-order batsman had moved ahead of Australia’s Aaron Finch, who had slipped to second after missing his side’s T20I against England in Cardiff.
Finch is just seven points behind Kohli and if Kohli wants to retain the top spot, the Test captain of India will have to perform strongly in the series.
The South African T20 captain Faf du Plessis will also be targeting an improvement in his batting ranking. Du Plessis is currently in the fourth position and trails England’s Alex Hales by 47 points.
Other top-ranked batsmen to feature in the forthcoming series include Suresh Raina (11th), JP Duminy (16th), Quinton de Kock (22nd), Hashim Amla (24th), David Miller (31st), MS Dhoni (33rd) and AB de Villiers (39th).
India’s in-form off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be the highest-ranked bowler from either side. The 29-year-old from Chennai is ranked fourth and has Sri Lanka’s third-ranked Sachithra Senanayake firmly within his sights.
For South Africa, leggie Imran Tahir is the highest-ranked bowler in 12th position and will be looking to break into the top 10 for the first time in his career with some impressive performances in the series. He trails Sri Lanka’s 10th-ranked Nuwan Kulasekara by 19 points.
Other bowlers aiming to make progress include Bhuvneshwar Kumar (35th), Kyle Abbott (44th), Harbhajan Singh (49th) and Duminy (60th). Duminy (7th) and Kohli (14th) are their sides’ highest-ranked all-rounders with the list headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

source: yahoo

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AUSTRALIA AND BANGLADESH BOTH ARE HOPE THAT TOUR WILL HAPPEN | Cricket-Australia and Bangladesh hopeful cricket tour will proceed

MELBOURNE, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Cricket Australia (CA) is sending its own security expert to Bangladesh to determine whether or not it is safe for the Australian team to proceed with its planned tour.
The Australian team has delayed its departure to Bangladesh after being warned by its government that there was a potential security risk from militants.
Australia and Bangladesh cricket officials are both hopeful the tour will still go ahead and are in talks about safety arrangements.
"Our position is that we want the tour to go ahead as planned," CA Chief Executive James Sutherland told a news conference on Sunday.
"This has obviously come very suddenly and we needed to make this response.
"Our preferred position is to continue the tour but the safety and security of our players and staff is the absolute priority."
Sutherland said CA's head of security Sean Carroll was on his way to Bangladesh and would report back after meeting with local officials and assessing the risk.
"The response at this stage is very much to get our head of security on the ground," Sutherland said.
"Meetings will commence on Monday. We'll have a much better understanding there. It's just one step at a time at the moment."
The Australians delayed their planned departure after Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued a warning on Friday that militants in Bangladesh could be planning an attack on tourists.
Bangladesh Cricket Board Chief Executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury released a statement saying he understood Australia's concern but was sure the team would be safe and the tour would go ahead.
"There is no alarm regarding security as far as we are concerned and we have taken the opinion of all relevant agencies because safety of the Australian team is our priority, as it is with all visiting teams to Bangladesh," he said.
"The CA has stated its commitment to the series already in a media release and we are confident that the tour will commence with minimum delay."
Australia has not played a test match in Bangladesh for a decade but were scheduled to play back-to-back tests in Chittagong and Dhaka in October. (Reporting by Julian Linden; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been banned from bowling the Doosra delivery in international cricket due to an illegal action.

He is, however, permitted to bowl his stock delivery (off-break) following an independent assessment of his action held at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai earlier this month.

"The results showed that the level of elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was well within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations,' an ICC statement said.

"However, the assessment also revealed that Kaushal's Doosra was found to exceed the 15-degree level of tolerance and it should no longer be bowled in international cricket."

Kaushal will be sanctioned against if he bowls Doosra again in an international match, the ICC statement added.

He has featured in 24 Tests, taking 24 wickets, and an ODI for his country.