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Build-up to Indian Domestic Season 2009-10

Pigeon

Banned
An article on the Corporate Trophy on Cricinfo. Interesting, that Air India can field two teams when they're not doing too well in the terminals. Maybe they're in it for the money, and are trying very hard for it.

In other news, Sreesanth is headed for Warwickshire, and may play seven games. This will help him a lot, although we are not sure if they're willing to give him a game.
If they are not willing, why should they sign him up in the first place?
 

Jungle Jumbo

International Vice-Captain
In other news, Sreesanth is headed for Warwickshire, and may play seven games. This will help him a lot, although we are not sure if they're willing to give him a game.
The Warwickshire attack is hardly cutting edge. Sreesanth will walk straight into it IMO.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
Another Corporate Trophy input- Yusuf Pathan and Ravi Jadeja join Parthiv Patel in Reliance Industries Limited. We also have Rohit Sharma for Indian Oil Corporation, Yuvraj and Dhoni for Air India, Sehwag, Dravid, Kaif and Powar fo ONGC. Some interesting entries exist there, such as the Department of Taxes, apart from the two Air India teams.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
The Karnataka Premier League franchises have fetched Rs 35 crores. Kumble and Srinath don't see anything good in this model. They think, too much money at an early age can have a negative effect on these youngsters. Moreover, a more valid point, is that T20 should not be allowed to get into the grassroots level, as it will misguide the players a lot.

The New Zealand A team will be coming to India for the Buchi Babu tournament. It is a tournament for state teams, with an overseas team invited. The matches run two days, ninety overs a day. Shane Bond, it seems, is coming back with them this year- he was there last year as well.
 

brockley

International Captain
Australian academy tours august/september will play against some of the state teams,before going back to australia for the aussie domestic season.
 

Marcuss

Hall of Fame Member
Just an enquiry about Siddharth Trivedi. How far away is he from the International scene?Solid enough stats.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
Just an enquiry about Siddharth Trivedi. How far away is he from the International scene?Solid enough stats.
He's got reasonably good stats, but doesn't have too much beyond it. Gagandeep Singh has an average a shade over 20 with over 250 wickets. Munaf Patel bowls fast, or apparently he can, but has slowed down. RP Singh is young and a very good fielder, though Trivedi's fielding isn't too bad. Nehra was an international regular, so he's more experienced. Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar are slightly ahead, but both are also (reserve) internationals and have a batting advantage. Sreesanth is a lot faster.

To sum this up, there are others who have something to get ahead of him. Trivedi has a lot of A-team and reserve experience, so he isn't too far behind. He'd make a place for himself if he can improve his fielding to the level of, say, Rohit Sharma. Fast bowlers who field well are not available in plenty lately, and they're often prone to bad fielding spells.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
Now, Sehwag is so miffed with the nepotism and corruption in the Delhi District Cricket Association, he even wants to quit Delhi over the matter. He's fuming over the clout of the DDCA Sports Committee in the selection of teams at different levels. We thought those days were gone after NDTV repeatedly dug it up, and showed up DDCA in 2004 for the badly run association that it was. We thought things were getting better with their Ranji Triumph in 2008. It doesn't seem so. Moreover, one of the officials downplaying Sehwag's comments is Vinod Tihara. His son, Vartik Tihara, was in the probables, and may even have made the squad, for Delhi's Ranji team.

One solution, however, is disturbing. Sehwag seems to be headed to Haryana. A few years ago, Sehwag and Akash Chopra thought of shifting to Haryana because of the corruption that existed then. They stayed on, and it wasn't too bad for Delhi, as they got better. If they head for Haryana, it's not a good thing at all. They're a badly-run association, fielding a weak team. That's too weak even for these two to rescue. Their selectors are even worse than Delhi's- they often don't reward performance, and instead pick unsuitable players in the team for flimsy reasons. First, they got rid of Ajay Ratra, citing dubious reasons, and since, more such selection bloopers, as also a very flimsy top-six, were their undoing as they were relegated to Plate and were stuck there. Now they have lost more than a few players (Ratra shifted to Goa), while Delhi has been more or less intact.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
In the Buchi Babu Tournament, New Zealand finished Day One at 319/7. Scores will roll in later tonight, or in the morning papers. The tournament doesn't have too much of the top domestic players, while the younger and less experienced Iqbal Abdulla took six wickets against Vidarbha.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
Amol Mazumdar has shifted from Mumbai to Assam for this season. He took the decision after he was dropped from the Mumbai side late in their campaign, and then omitted from the Buchi Babu squad. He's 31 runs short of being the country's highest run-scorer in Ranji, behind Amarjit Kaypee.

In Delhi, it's become an open slugfest. Sehwag's comments have split up the DDCA on the issue of nepotism, but he's now also got support from other star players, particularly Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Nehra. All of them, it seems, wanted to quit Delhi over this issue, just to support their captain. This isn't a good thing. Delhi has good cricketing infrastructure, and on the field, they've been run reasonably well. If they had their star players playing all their matches, they'd be competing with Mumbai more often. Their apparent destinations, Haryana and Railways, don't have the infrastructure, personnel or skills, that are conducive for quality cricket.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
Injury-list: Rohit Sharma was injured in the Buchi Babu tournament, and won't make it for the Corporate Cup in the first week of September. He's out for two weeks.

More on the Sehwag vs DDCA clash- there may be some discussion happening here. Hopefully he'll stay, with the rest of the national players.

What do you think is the solution? Sehwag and the players are miffed with the DDCA. I saw their officials on television, and their attitude (particularly that of Vinod Tihara) was enough for these players to consider leaving Delhi. Some of them said that Sehwag doesn't turn up for Delhi, so he shouldn't try to get involved. Vinod Tihara said, if he's unhappy with Delhi, he'll leave Delhi, but he can't run away from India if he's got a problem with the Indian selectors. In case they're with Railways, they can even get jobs there.

On the other hand, the prospective teams for these players if they leave, are a lot worse. Railways have very old, obsolete, inefficient facilities. That's not good enough for champion cricketers. They've won the Ranji/ROD Trophy a few times, but have been relegated and have stayed in Plate for two seasons. Their base, the Karnail Singh Stadium, is pathetic, in every aspect. Plate teams such as Haryana and (recently promoted) Himachal, are even worse off. Haryana's association is badly run, and consequently, they haven't lasted more than two seasons in Ranji Elite, while we don't see star players staying on too long in Himachal- they may return to Delhi sooner than later. Delhi, it seems, have so much with them, but not using their resources properly.
 

Jungle Jumbo

International Vice-Captain
Interesting that Cricinfo is carrying live commentary, albeit on just the one game. Maybe some BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs at work. Or non-BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs. as it could be in this case...
 

_Chandan

Cricket Spectator
Interesting that Cricinfo is carrying live commentary, albeit on just the one game. Maybe some BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs at work. Or non-BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs. as it could be in this case...
Only one match is shown live on TV and cricinfo do live commentary on matches covered live on tv. They can't go to grounds to cover it, usually.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
BSNL posted 258, with Arindam being the only one going past 50, finishing with 85. Wicketkeeper (?) Varun Kumar scored 49, while Arindam's opening partner Mohapatra scored 42. There were other chunky contributions from four and five, but most of the runs came off Air India Red spinner Chavan. Yuvraj bowled four overs for 24, got no wicket. The wickets were shared between Netravalkar (I wonder how he bowled), Kulkarni and Moondeep Mungela, with two more coming from run-outs. They started rather slowly, but set the pace in the middle-overs.

Air India Red opened with Naman Ojha and Robin Uthappa, and Ojha was out for no score in the first over by Joginder Singh, who scored 27 earlier. Before anything substantial could happen, rain interrupted- and stopped- the match. No more play. In the match in Mohali, there was not a ball bowled and the match was called off, due to- guess what- rain.
 

Arjun

Cricketer Of The Year
Yesterday, Tata Sports Club had an easy win against the All India Public Sector Sports Promotion Board (yes, long name, but no big names in the team), with Rohan Gavaskar and Ajit Agarkar doing the star turn. The bowling figures of that match appear strange. Elsewhere, another fishy rain rule (alternative to Duckworth-Lewis) helped Madras Rubber Factory win narrowly against the stronger BPCL. It seems BPCL played better, but the rain interruption brought about a revised target needed at a higher run-rate. These rules are confusing. The other matches were rained off.

Match on- BSNL vs India Cements- again, India Cements look the stronger team.
 

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