Feb 21, 2019Nagraj Gollapudi and Sidharth MongaFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintIn a dramatic and unprecedented move, the BCCI has prepared a draft letter asking the ICC to ban Pakistan from participating in the upcoming World Cup. ESPNcricinfo understands the letter, which was prepared on Wednesday, will be discussed at a top-level BCCI meeting on Friday and then taken up with the concerned ministries of the Indian government.In the draft, the BCCI argues that Pakistan should be banned from the World Cup given the Indian government's stand that the country is supporting terrorism in India - the latest incident being the Pulwama militant attack where 42 Indian soldiers died after a suicide bomber rammed into their convoy in Kashmir. Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister and Patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has denied that allegation and asked India to share actionable evidence.The draft is believed to have been overseen by Vinod Rai, the chairman of the … [Read more...] about BCCI mulls asking for Pakistan World Cup ban
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India have troubled South Africa with both pace and spin IMAGE: Team India would like to end the series on a high. Photograph: BCCI Women/Twitter Series in the bag, the Indian women's cricket team will be eager to pile further misery on South Africa in the third and final fixture of the rubber, which is part of the ICC Women's ODI Championship, in Potchefstroom, on Saturday. South Africa, who had beaten India in the World Cup last year, have not been able to compete with the sub-continental side in their own backyard. The hosts' batting has been a total failure, folding up for 125 and 124 while chasing in the first two ODIs.India have troubled South Africa with both pace and spin, whether it was Jhulan Goswami in the series-opener or leggie Poonam Yadav in the second ODI. The other bowlers too have chipped in with valuable contributions. Medium pacer Goswami, who became the first female cricketer to take 200 wickets in ODIs on Wednesday, would like to end the series on a high. Opener … [Read more...] about Indian women eye clean sweep against South Africa
IMAGE: The Indian women's team will play their first tournament since playing the World Cup final in July 2017. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Nearly seven months after their astounding performance in the ICC World Cup, the Indian women's cricket team will resume their rivalry against South Africa when the two sides head into the opening ODI of the three-match series at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley in South Africa on Monday. The three-match series, which is the first-round fixture of the ICC Women's Championship, will give two sides an opportunity to directly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup. Kimberley will be the venue of the ODIs on February 5 and 7, while the series will finish with the final match in Potchefstroom on February 10.India did not get to play an international game since the 2017 World Cup, where the Mithali Raj-led side made it to the final before slumping to a heartbreaking nine-run defeat at Lord's against England to lose by 9 runs. … [Read more...] about Indian eves to take on Proteas in first ODI after 7-month break!
11:50 AM GMTSreshth ShahFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintIn the last 50 years, the simple cricket bat has seen numerous tweaks for strength and agility, but is it time they were made smarter too?While the "shoulderless" Excalibur bat of the 1970s, popularised by Lance Cairns, lowered the position of the sweet spot, the hollowed-out rear of the GN100, made famous by the Chappell brothers, reduced the weight of the bat at the bottom, effectively broadening its sweet spot. The evolution of bat design has had a long history, and now a few tech startups are trying to go the "smart" way, transforming the bat from an instrument into a device - a batting wearable, some of which weigh no more than a credit card.These wearables are either attached to the base of the handle, behind the bat's face, or on the top of the handle. Capturing over a thousand data points each time a batsman plays a shot, they then crunch the numbers to render a 360-degree 3D model of the stroke. … [Read more...] about Are batting wearables the next step in cricket evolution?
The semi-final against Australia and if the Indian women are fortunate, Sunday's final will decide her place in history as a captain, though she has long secured her position in the Elysium of women's cricket, says Haresh Pandya.IMAGE: Mithali Raj is the mainstay of India's batting. Photograph: BCCI If India finds itself in the semi-final of the women's World Cup in England, much of the credit ought to go to Captain Mithali Raj who is also the mainstay of the team's batting. It was thanks mainly to her hundred (a splendid 109 off 123 balls with 11 fours) as well as left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad's rich haul (a stunning 5/15 off 7.3 overs), that India crushed New Zealand by 186 runs and made it to the last four in style. Considering their winning streak, it is only reasonable to hope that Mithali and company will avenge their solitary loss to the mighty Australians on July 12, and beat them in the semi-final at Derby on July 20. And if India eventually wins the World Cup, it will … [Read more...] about Even greater glory awaits Mithali Raj