There was plenty of cricket happening around the world on Sunday, but it was Sunil Narine’s joint-quickest IPL fifty that grabbed the headlines in the sports columns ofMonday’s (May 8) newspapers.
Meanwhile, with India belatedly confirming their participation in next month’s Champions Trophy, the focus has now shifted to its team-selection, while N Srinivasan’s presence at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting raised a few eyebrows.
Elsewhere, England downed Ireland by 85 runs to seal a 2-0 One-Day International series win, with Jonny Bairstow showing why he cannot be ignored in ODIs.
Fast, but never furious: Marauding mannequin (The Indian Express)
Sunil Narine looks like a mannequin under the helmet. There is absolutely no presence in him when he stands out there at the crease. As if a fan of old Telugu movies has drawn a pencil-thin moustache in the memory of the celluloid heroes from a bygone era and pushed him out with a bat in hand. An absolutely impassive face that gives nothing away– who can tell whether he has just been beaten or is the ball thrown back by the crowd? And yet he has come up with the most violent fifty of this IPL.
The elephant in the boardroom (The Indian Express)
N Srinivasan’s presence, albeit via video conferencing, at the Board of Control for Cricket in India Special General Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi on Sunday raised a few eyebrows as it appeared — in principle — to fly in the face of the radical administrative reforms in the board that have happened on the Supreme Court’s behalf.
Backroom parleys, initiated by some full members of the BCCI on Saturday and well into the wee hours of Sunday, facilitated a decision in favour of India’s participation in the Champions Trophy.
More importantly, the BCCI Special General Meeting (SGM) did not go into a serious debate on the matter of sending a notice to the ICC to set right the alleged breach caused to the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) the BCCI had signed with the ICC in 2014.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday indicated that it wants to fulfil the commitment being made under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB), however, the board needs approval from the Indian government before it can play Pakistan in a bilateral series, reported ESPNcricinfo.com.
The BCCI secretary, however, claimed that the MoU was “just a letter” and not a formal “contract” and added that the board wanted to fulfil the commitment because it was written with the intent to do so, provided the government gave the go-ahead.
Uncapped players biggest gainers: Laxman (The Times of India)
The IPL with its array of international stars has caught the imagination of one and all. For the last 10 years, the T20 tournament has grown from strength to strength with some big names emerging on the scene. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman feels that the biggest beneficiary of the IPL has been the uncapped domestic players.
Extra batsman or third spinner? (The Times of India)
It will be back to business for the national selectors after the end of the impasse India’s participation in the Champions Trophy in England next month. While it is learnt that the selectors already have a solid draft of the team, the debate could be about choosing between an extra batsman and a spinner when they sit down in Delhi on Monday.
A coincidence seen never before (Hindustan Times)
The race for the IPL 2017 playoffs has intensified with Mumbai Indians becoming the first team to qualify. The race for the remaining three spots is still open, with the likes of Rising Pune Supergiant, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab still in the fray. Delhi Daredevils too are in with a chance.
However, the number of wins for each team this time has created a unique progression in the IPL 2017 points table, with the top team scoring most number of wins and teams following it having a win less than the one preceding it.
Jonny Bairstow shows why he cannot be ignored by England in ODIs (The Telegraph, UK)
England have almost a month to work out how to fashion a place in their Champions Trophy side for Jonny Bairstow, who took the opportunity on Sunday to fill Jos Buttler’s shoes with style.
Bairstow moved ahead of Sam Billings as England’s first-in-line replacement batsman but such is his power, confidence and form that he may have forced a rethink on the starting XI for the Champions Trophy. Bairstow himself said he was “desperate’ to play for England in all formats and he would be guaranteed a place in most others teams around the world.
Michael Vaughan hopes that the launch of All Stars Cricket will give the game a lifeblood of new talent.
The Ashes-winning captain says the ECB scheme, which aims to introduce cricket to 50,000 children aged five to eight, will create new fans and participants.
‘I look at this programme and I think and hope that in time we will have many, many young children who have played through the All Stars Cricket programme – only a few will ptotenially play for their country but I hope millions will want to be involved in cricket,’ father-of-three Vaughan said.
So there it is, England’s first series victory of their longest ever summer.
Granted, this early-season, 85-run triumph feels more like winning the Community Shield than one of the major gongs, but it proved the perfect warm-up for a Champions Trophy campaign of which expectations are high.
Ireland have previous against England, of course, stunning Andrew Strauss’s side with a three-wicket victory in Bangalore at the 2011 World Cup. So when set a target of 329 – just one run more than they chased down six years ago – on a flat pitch with batsman-friendly boundaries, the rumblings of an upset were inevitable.
He hardly sounds overjoyed, Mike Hesson, but knows it’s an uncomfortable fact of modern cricketing life.
The Indian Premier League’s tentacles, as in the whims of franchise owners and coaches, will follow coach Hesson and his Black Caps to Ireland for their four tri-series one-day internationals starting against the John Bracewell-coached hosts next Sunday night (NZT).
By the time they play Bangladesh at Clontarf on May 24, the New Zealand XI will be anyone’s guess with the 15-man tour squad to be joined in dribs and drabs by their eight IPL players. For uncapped seamers Seth Rance and Scott Kuggeleijn it’s an anxious wait, with the prospect they could make way before they even pull on the black cap as fast bowler Adam Milne looks set to be the first IPL arrival from the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ditch the white-collar shirt and grab the jersey. Pad up for the national past-time after a long day in office — not before a telly, but on a floodlit playground in south Delhi’s Siri Fort sports complex.
Night cricket is the latest offering from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to primarily people who miss their favourite indulgence because of their office timings.
The project will cost around Rs 1 crore and is expected to be ready by this year-end.
How will cricket change by 2027? (ESPNcricinfo)
Ten years ago there were no such things in cricket as the Spidercam, LED bails, day-night Tests or pink balls. The same can be said about some of the shots we see played in the game today. A decade ago these were as foreign as selfie sticks and Instagram.
Looking forward a decade, we know that the leading players, coaches and administrators will not be doing the same things they are doing today. While we’re not sure exactly what they will be doing, as a coach, I’d much rather go out on a limb in uncovering these innovations than wait for somebody else to do so. In this, I know that I will come up with many more ideas that don’t work than ones that do, failing more often than succeeding.