7th July, 2011: Cricket Diary
Vengsarkar files nomination for MCA president post
Dilip Vengsarkar, former India captain and former chief selector, filed his nomination for the post of President of the Mumbai Cricket Association. His filing nomination means he will be up against central minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in the MCA elections. Vengsarkar has been the vice-president of the MCA for last two terms and has set his eyes on the president’s post this time. Earlier Sharad Pawar was barred from contesting MCA elections as he doesn’t fulfill the domicile criteria. MCA ready for vengSARKAR-Raj?
ICC on IPL window in the FTP: BCCI never asked for it
ICC tried to clarify its stand on the ‘unofficial window’ for the IPL in the new Future Tour Program(FTP) released by ICC. Haroon Lorgat, ICC CEO, said that the governing body never discussed on giving IPL a window in the FTP as BCCI never asked for it. Lorgat also dismissed the talks of BCCI influencing ICC decisions. “The BCCI is one of 13 members on the ICC Executive Board and the Chief Executives Committee. All 13 members have equal standing and exercise their minds on a range of issues affecting international cricket and all 13 have a vote on the Board,” he said.
Sehwag’s absence will benefit England: Akram
Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram feels that the absence of Sehwag in the first few matches will affect India’s fight against England. Virender Sehwag may have to miss first two test matches against the England as he is yet to recover from his shoulder injury. Akram opined that England will be the beneficiary of the absence of the explosive opener. Akram said, “The absence of an explosive batsman like Sehwag at top of the order is a disadvantage for Team India going into this big series. I don’t think there is any other impact player like him in world cricket currently”. Surely, Indian team think tank must be feeling the same.
Sourav Ganguly appointed vice-chairman of WB Sports Council
The West Bengal government appointed former captain of Indian cricket team Sourav Ganguly as the Vice Chairman of the West Bengal Sports Council(WBSC). Other members in the council are former footballers Gouranga Banerjee, Compton Dutta, international paddler Poulami Ghatak and Grand Master Dibyendu Barua. The council will have two parts: Advisory board and Working committee. Both the bodies will be headed by the sports minister of the state Mr Madan Mitra. Hockey Olympians Gurbux Singh and Dr Vece Paes, football Olympian Chuni Goswami and Dronacharya awardee Syed Nayeemuddin, former Test cricketer Arun Lal, footballers Shyam Thapa and Subrata Bhattacharya are among the members of the advisory board.
Cameron White confident to bounce back
Australia allrounder Cameron White said he is confident of making a comeback to the national team. Cameron was shocked to see himself out of the Australia ODI team announced for the Sri Lanka tour. Ironically, White is the captain of the Australia’s T20 side. Lack of form was the reason believed to be behind White’s axing. But Cameron sounded hopeful of returning to the team with good performances for Victoria, his domestic team. “I just have to go back and get better and hopefully get another opportunity,” he said.