Check out this video of Muttiah Muralitharan getting run out against New Zealand. The dozy twonk leaves his crease to congratulate Kumar Sangakarre on scoring a hundred whilst the ball is still live. Brendan McCullen was well within his rights and the umpire was correct to give him the finger. Captain Mahela Jaywardene protested the decision, saying the dismissal was not within the spirit of the game, but Stephen Fleming retorted saying that had the ball gone for overthrows then the Sri Lankans would have taken it. Personally I think Jayawardene’s protestations were not within the spirit of the game.
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Whilst the ICC Champions Trophy trudges dull-ly along with scant chance of seeing any sort of exciting gamesplay, I thought I start a feature that looked at the quirkier side of cricket. It might turn out as a sort of cricketing glossary. Similar to the feature that Channel4 used to run, before they stupidly gave up the rights lost the cricket, the name of which I’ve forgotten*. That said, it was a much better feature than Sky’s Willow and Stumpy a godawful animated pool of cricketing sputum.
So in this inaugural edition, I’m covering a peculiar affliction that doesn’t apply only …read more
The charges of ball-tampering against Inzamam Ul Haq were today repudiated as ICC “judge” Sanjan Madugalle decided there was insufficient evidence to uphold the charge. However, he did find Inzy guilty of bringing the game into disrepute after twice refusing to bring his players out to the field. For this offence, he was banned for 4 ODI’s. It seems sense has prevailed. Or has it?
The “trial” of Inzamam Ul Haq, accused of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute begins on Wednesday and will take two days. The decision, to be made by ICC Chief Referee Sanjan Madugalle, will be announced on Friday. Inzy faces forfeiture of his match fees and possibly a ban from the game.
And, in a cruel twist of fate, where will the hearing be held? The Oval, where it all kicked off. Ought to be an interesting few days.
The Australians are in keen preparation for the Ashes. Not only have they injured their second-string leg spinner (Stuart MacGill, whom, incidentally, I played against when he did a stint at Tiverton Heathcoat a few years back) who is out with an undisclosed injury, but they’ve also been redesigning their kit.
No longer will they be the colour of fear (yellow) but instead the colour of… feeling a bit queasy (green). Whether or not Steve Harmison really still has that effect on batsmen is debatable.
All this is really a bit ridiculous and simply confirms that the Australian team consists of …read more
Darren Gough’s big comeback to the International fold has been cut short due to a shin injury. It’s bad luck for Darren, but good news for the England side. He’s been ineffective since his return and this ought to give Sajid Mahmood a second bite at the cherry allowing him to bowl alongside the impressive Jon Lewis.
Unlucky Darren, but I’m sure you’ll be dancing again in no time.
Not only has England newbie (and all round legend) Monty Panesar had to put up with a barrage of jokes about his ineptitude in the field and with the bat, he’s now going to have to contend with the same heckles… but this time by a bunch of pissed-up morons who like look him. Can you imagine what the Headingley crowd for the 3rd Test between England and Pakistan would like if everyone downloaded and printed off the BBC’s Monty mask?
Admittedly, you don’t have to be Monty… you could be Freddie, or Hoggy, or if you’re feeling really fruity, …read more
I’m sure the chaps over at King Cricket will be interested to know about Rob Key’s pre-marital nightmares. It seems Rob is putting cricket before his wedding in a gallant show of patriotism. Apparently the poor love has arrange half a dozen dates for the big day, only for Rob to put the scuppers on it in order to play for king and country, including for England A against Pakistan, where he spanked a well-timed century.
The time’s ticking on too, apparently the shotgun wedding needs to be sorted by September, when she’s due to drop their first child.
The next phase of the English domestic cricket season gets under way tomorrow, with the start of the Pro 40 league. But it seems finding good information on what it’s all about is a task in itself. Even on the ECB website, the masterminds behind the league, it’s difficult to find a good definition of the format, except that NatWest will be the official sponsors.
So the vital information that I can gleam is this:
If you’ve been watching Sky Sports 1’s coverage of the 1st Test between England and Pakistan, then no doubt you’ll have heard some of Nasser Hussain’s commentary.
But have you heard the few occasions where his voice has gone outrageously squeaky? It seems Nasser Hussain is about 20 years behind himself in the puberty-stakes. It’s really like he’s “mid-ball-drop” (and I’m not talking cricket balls here). The guys reading this blog will certainly remember / not look forward to the part of your life where you go from a fluffy, high pitched kid to a hairy, deep voiced, spotty, moody …read more