Monday, January 7, 2008

Sydney test and after...Happenings revisited + New ICC rules + nice pic

Here is how umpires Steve Bucknor West Indies [ Images] and Mark Benson of England [ Images ] dealt deadly blows to India in the second cricket Test against Australia.

Day 1:

# Australian skipper Ricky Ponting [ Images] nicked a Sourav Ganguly [ Images ] delivery going the leg side to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni [ Images ] . Ponting, who was at 17, did not walk as Benson turned down the Indian sepal. The skipper went on to score 55 before being ironically given out leg before despite getting an inside edge.

# Then came the blunder which probably changed the course of the match. All rounder Andrew Symonds [ Images] edged Ishant Sharma to Dhoni but to the horror of the fielding side, Bucknor remained unmoved. Symonds was given another reprieve when the third umpire shockingly erred in giving him not out on a stumping appeal. The right hander went on to score an unbeaten 162 to take Australia to safety after being 134 for six.

Day 2:

# Another escape for Symonds as Bucknor turns down a close stumping appeal without consulting the third umpire.

Day 3:

# One of the rare umpiring blunders that went India's way as Sachin Tendulkar [ Images] survived a close leg before shout when on 38 before going on to score his 38th Test hundred.

Day 4:

# Benson turns down an Anil Kumble [ Images] appeal for a leg before against Michael Hussey despite the ball hitting the batsman's pads plumb in front. Hussey was on 22

# Benson is at it again, Hussey edged one from RP Singh to Dhoni but both the batsman and the umpire were unmoved. Hussey was on 45 at that time and went on to score an unbeaten 145.

# Having taken Hussey and Clarke in consecutive, Kumble seemed to have got his hat-trick after having Symonds trapped LBW but Bucknor says no. Symonds scored 61.

Day 5:

# Probably the most horrifying day for the Indians, Bucknor gives Rahul Dravid [ Images] caught behind of Symonds despite the ball missing the bat by miles.

# Sourav Ganguly is caught at slips by Michael Clarke [ Images] but the catch appeared to have come off the ground. However, instead of going to the third umpire, Benson checks with Ponting, who quite expectedly calls it clean.

Quote from Cricinfo

"If Steve Bucknor walks the streets of Mumbai he would not be alive after an hour."
A comment on a TV debate in India in the aftermath of the Sydney Test. The remark received warm applause

He need not come to Mumbai, I am even ready to go to West Indies to accomplish this task. I am sure I 'll have company…?!!! ;)


New rules as per ICC...

(1) Ricky Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED ) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE .

(2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE . This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.

(3) While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.

(4) UMPIRES should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.

(5) All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACIALISM only.

(6) MATCH REFREE decisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advices only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.

(7) NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.

(8) THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE : If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING - "THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET" more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

These rules will clarify better to the all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA .


Aussies rally behind Harbhajan

If you think it's only millions of distraught Indians who are backing the Turbinator, think again. Spinner Harbhajan Singh, in the eye of a storm for alleged racist remarks against Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, has received support from unexpected quarters. What happened in Sydney on Saturday has upset every cricket lover in the world, even those in Australia. An online poll on the Sydney Morning Herald website leaves little doubt how people feel about the sordid affair. Only 14 per cent respondents think Harbhajan is guilty and deserved the three-match ban. An overwhelming 38 per cent of the 11,755 surfers who took part in the poll say 'Australia has long used sledging. They can dish it out, but can't take it'. If that's not an indictment of the national team, then what is?

Click on the link below to read the story


Tour suspended......lagey raho....!!!!!

UPDATE 1-Cricket-India suspend Australia tour pending appeal

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SYDNEY, Jan 7 (Reuters) - The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has suspended its team's tour of Australia pending the outcome of an appeal for banned spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Harbhajan was suspended on Sunday by the International Cricket Council for three tests after being found guilty of racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second test in Sydney.

Harbhajan has denied the claims and the BCCI said the tour would be suspended until his appeal had been heard.

"The Board will appeal to the International Cricket Council to review the decision of the Match Referee and suspend its operation till the appeal is disposed of," the BCCI said in a statement released on Monday.

"The Indian Board realises the game of cricket is paramount but so too is the honour of the Indian team and for that matter every Indian.

"To vindicate its position, the Board will fight the blatantly false and unfair slur on an Indian player."

The Indian team were due to travel to Canberra on Monday to prepare for their next tour match but returned to their hotel rooms after boarding their bus.

Australia lead the four-match series 2-0. (Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by John O'Brien)

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