Stories about ICC

Money talks while cricket walks

Roll out the red carpet as the Indians walk in. There was a time before the 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL), when cricket was sought as a gentleman’s game, played with pride. Of course, county cricket had been established for years before that but it never quite had the Bollywood opening ceremonies and attention that the IPL came to gain. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under Lalit Modi developed and executed what was presumably one of the most revolutionary concepts in cricketing history. This is a sport of traditions, so establishing a league and throwing all the big names in one arena was quite ...

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Free the PCB from government intervention

If Saturday was a black day in the history of international cricket, Monday was much of the same for Pakistani cricket. On Saturday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lost out in its opposition to the proposal of structural reforms in the International Cricket Council (ICC) enforcing the ‘Big Three’. If that was not enough of a setback, the government decided that this was the right time to remove the chairman of the PCB, Mr Zaka Ashraf for the second time in eight months and replaced him with – yes, you guessed it – Mr Najam Sethi. While this development is ...

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BCCI cannot be trusted, PCB should vote against the ‘Big Three’

While everyone talks about the ‘Big Three’ ruling the cricket world, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is taking it’s time to decide whether to accept the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s deal or vote against this idea. All of a sudden, BCCI is ready to let our players play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), for obvious reasons, but the point is, what were the reasons that made them not include our cricketers before? The basis of the ‘Big Three’ concept is just money. Since BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) are generating the most amount of money ...

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Is India’s BCCI planning a cricket coup with the ICC?

As old colleagues renew acquaintances at the current cricket board moot at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai, they will share uneasy stares – the big elephant in the room is nothing short of a flashback to the colonial days, where might was right. The ‘Big Three’ – India, Australia and England – based on their financial muscle and certainly not on merit, will table a proposal to take over the reins of the cricket world. I should point out that the word ‘proposal’ is only a misnomer. This document, in substance, is an ultimatum and shall be treated as one. The gist of this document ...

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Pakistan’s winning hockey team forgotten, losing cricket team adored?

There is no free lunch when it comes to coverage of sports in Pakistan. Pakistan’s hockey team has just won the second Asian Champions Trophy by beating Japan in the finals and with this victory, Pakistan has retained the title for the second time. Interestingly, while our hockey squad was on stage in Japan reveling with their gold medals, Pakistan’s cricket team was getting hammered at the hands of the South Africans in the UAE. Even more interesting was the stark contrast in the nation’s response to these two international sporting events. Even though Pakistan lost the ODI series, the audience was glued to ...

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Chasing targets: If Pakistan loses the toss, will it lose the match too?

It was evident from the moment that Pakistan lost the toss and was made to bowl first to the Proteas in their third encounter in the ongoing One Day International (ODI) series, that the spectator’s expectations would not be met. At best, it would be a nail-biting match. Statistics show Pakistan as a very poor side at chasing down targets for decades, but this flaw seems to be becoming worse over the last couple of years. The world last witnessed Pakistan successfully nailing down a target of over 260 runs against Kiwis in late 2011. However, since then winning when batting second in 50-overs has been ...

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Remembering the ‘Prince’ – Brian Charles Lara!

This is how it would happen – all cricket lovers would be hooked to their television sets, analysts would gush out new superlatives and the Caribbean beaches would light up to a string of thumping music. All hell would break loose as Brian Charles Lara, a bat in the cup of his palms, would stride out of the dressing room, sensing a rat on the cricket pitch.   It would truly be a sight too bewitching for any cricket lover and if it happened to be his day, then even the most skilful of bowlers would smell the dust. Why, you ...

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Thank you Faf du Plessis for showing us that the ICC cares… about you!

Dear Faf du Plessis, First of all, one must congratulate you for imparting a unique idea of utilising the trouser zip for tampering with the cricket ball. In the past, some ‘enthusiasts’ had tried Pepsi bottle tops, dirt/dust in the pockets, finger nails, and even teeth, but none had used a trouser’s zip before. Once upon a time in Australia, our Afridi “Lala” had tried to chew and/or bite the ball in frustration after several defeats, but he couldn’t hide it from any of the cameras installed across the ground. As a result, he was fined for two T20 matches. ...

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What if Muhammad Amir was guilty even before the spot-fixing scandal of 2010?

Banned fast bowler, Muhammad Amir is the talk of the town once again. He is young and obviously talented, and so is being missed on the cricket fields but alas, his ban lasts until September 2015. Before the notorious spot fixing scandal of 2010 he could have walked into any team but today, he had to wait even to get into the domestic circuit! I am not a legal expert, so I am not be equipped to comment on the legalities of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s desperation to get Amir’s sentence reduced or at least find a way for him ...

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Can Ireland really have a cricket team if England keeps stealing their players?

It was on March 17, 2007 when world cricket started taking minnows seriously. A few days before Saint Patrick’s Day, the Irish cricket team had caused arguably the biggest upset in World Cup history. On a green Sabina Park pitch, Trent Johnston, Ireland’s captain won the toss and invited Inzamam’s boys to bat. The Irish bowling line-up swept away Pakistan’s batting order and bowled them out for a dreadful score of 132 runs. Although Pakistan showed some fight when they came on to the field, they were unable to prevent defeat. A clean 72 runs from wicket keeper-batsman Niall O’Brien helped Ireland ...

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