It was an interesting day in the world of cricket news. The Board of Control for Cricket in India was on the forefront, as always, of creating a ripple or two – or having a ripple created for it.
There was plenty written on Jhulan Goswami’s prowess in the aftermath of the pacer becoming the leading wicket-taker in Women’s One-Day Internationals, but Friday (May 11) will best be remembered for an array of captivating features from around the world. A nice read on Joe Root’s brother in The Guardian is as good an example of that as any.
BCCI eyes an out-of-court settlement with Kochi Tuskers Kerala (The Indian Express)
It is reliably learnt that KTK co-owners had met the committee of administrators (COA) a few weeks ago and it was the committee that advised the franchise to approach the BCCI once more through a formal process. The BCCI are meanwhile said to be willing to compensate the Kochi-based franchise, which appeared in two seasons of the IPL, with one full and final settlement. It is then that KTK informed the COA members about wanting their team back on the IPL stage for the 11th edition of the IPL.
Not liable to compensate as there was no formal agreement: BCCI tells PCB (The Indian Express)
“The BCCI is not liable to compensate the Pakistan Cricket Board (“PCB”) as asserted by you. The letter dated 9th April 2014 enclosed along with your Letter contemplated that the BCCI and the PCB will enter into a long form FTP Agreement in respect of the tours specified therein. The tentative understanding set out in the letter dated 9th April 2014 has not been formalised by way of a long form FTP Agreement, as was contemplated,” the BCCI letter, sent on Wednesday evening, said.
On May 3, the PCB had slapped a notice on the BCCI for defaulting on a bilateral series twice as per the MoU signed between the two cricket boards in 2014. The PCB also claimed a compensation of $69,576,405.
The lowdown on Jhulan Goswami (The Hindu)
In her teens, for three days in a week, she would catch a 5am train from Chakdaha to Sealdah in Kolkata, and then catch a bus to cricket practice by 7.30am. After 9.30, it was another two-hour trek back to her hometown to report to school. This arduous four-hour journey on a jam-packed inter-city train, Goswami recalled, toughened her up mentally.
‘Jhulan’s feat up there with the best’ – Mithali Raj (The Hindu)
“I remember, when I threw the ball to her in the Test in England in 2007, she was very visibly tired and had some trouble with her legs too. And, yet she didn’t say no, and went on to bowl and return a five-wicket haul. Amazing cricketer in any format to have in your team!”
Rishabh Pant is a rare batting talent that needs to be nurtured (Livemint)
It’s impossible not to get excited watching Pant bat, with the stand-out knock coming against Gujarat Lions last week. Gujarat, playing to keep their qualification hopes alive, had scored 208 in 20 overs—a total that should have been enough against a Delhi line-up that had swung wildly between insouciance and incompetence. Pant smashed 97 off just 43 balls to take Delhi to an unlikely seven-wicket win.
His IPL success has come on the back of a tremendous Ranji season for Delhi, where he scored 972 runs at an average of 81 and a strike rate of over 100. This included a triple century against Maharashtra and a 48-ball hundred against Jharkhand.
It’s not just the runs he scores though, it’s the way he scores them. He seems to marry the flamboyance and timing of a Yuvraj Singh with the hard-nosed competitiveness of a Virat Kohli. Whisper it, but this one shot he hit the other day—swivelling on his left leg to deposit a short ball over the square-leg fence—had Brian Lara written all over it.
Cricket Australia offers multi-year contracts in bid to have players miss Indian Premier League (The Sydney Morning Herald)
The offers were met with a lukewarm response from the players. The terms of the multi-year deals discussed informally with Howard were regarded by the players as underwhelming, with the only perceived incentive for them missing the IPL being the security of a three-year contract.
That could change after the CA board discussed at last Friday’s meeting the introduction of financial compensation to wrest international players away from the IPL.
It would need to be significant to turn the heads of Australia’s top-line stars from a looming windfall on the subcontinent. Smith and Warner, who captain their IPL franchises, collect more than $1 million a year for the Twenty20 tournament and their earning capacity there is set to rise sharply with a bumper new IPL broadcast deal tipped to see the event’s player payment pool double.
Bhandari bros, cricket and the wall (The New Indian Express)
For the Bhandari brothers, sports and filmmaking have a common agenda; both have their basis on a hunt, a pursuit. And apart from films, the brothers have given their mind and body to exult with their love for cricket. Revealing this aspect of their lives, Anup Bhandari shared a photo of his brother’s cricketing avatar with City Express.
“He was the guest player at the Troy Cricket Association in Michigan, USA, which was held a couple of days ago. Even I played a match for them last year,” he mentions.
An American Learns What’s Cricket (Hardball Times)
Much as an Outback is an American steak house that is Aussie-ized, the BBL is an Australian league that has been American-ized, with rock music, costumed mascots, fireworks, cheerleaders and even a BBL Fantasy League. (Ben Dunk, who would have seemed destined for another sport, should be your “keeper” pick for next season.)
And, oh yeah, if all that’s not Americanized enough, the BBL’s title sponsor is Kentucky Fried Chicken.
India’s disabled cricketers get boost with central contracts (Hindustan Times)
The grading was done on the lines of the BCCI for their centrally contracted cricketers. Grade A players would be eligible for Rs 30,000 annually while Grade B and C cricketers will earn Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 annually. These amounts are a far cry from what the BCCI coughs up for its players.
Billy Root finding his own way in game – with help from big brother (The Guardian)
“Sometimes when you’ve done something well, you didn’t – Joe’s brother did it,” replies Billy Root when asked about the downside of being the younger brother of the England Test captain. “But that’s not stopping me.”
This punchy follow-up to what is only a minor quibble for the Nottinghamshire batsman sums up his outlook on cricket and life, having long been used to the comparisons with his more famous older sibling as he looks to carve out a career of substance in the sport. He believes the positives far outweigh the negatives. “Joe being so successful makes it easier, because if I ever need any help he’s quite a handy person to call upon, isn’t he? It’s unbelievable how well he’s done. What is he, No3 in the world at the moment? And he’s been No1. It’s pretty cool.”
From Mohali to Dublin, tracing the journey of Ireland’s Simaranjit Singh (The Indian Express)
When he first came to Ireland eleven years ago, as a student to pursue hotel management, Simaranjit Singh would pay five euros to play at the Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin. This week when the Ireland cricket team open their campaign against Bangladesh in a tri-nation series, also involving New Zealand, Simaranjit will step onto the ground as a matter of right.
The 30-year-old all-rounder has been named in the Ireland squad for the series. Simaranjit had moved to Ireland after his cricketing dreams had failed to take off back home in Mohali. “I had enrolled for a hotel management course but would play cricket on the weekend by paying five euros per game. I worked at a grocery store so that I could afford to pay to play cricket. To be part of the Ireland team and to play at the same venue where I started off and being able to wear the national jersey is a dream come true,” Simaranjit told The Indian Express on Wednesday.