England ODIs called off, Tests on
ICL cancels World Series
Champions League put off
Dhoni hails bowlers’ consistency
Sunil Gavaskar writes
Asif's hearing delayed
Mumbai FC rally to down JCT
JK spikers win
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, November 27
After a prolonged meeting with top ECB officials and the England team management, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan told a press conference in Bhubaneswar that the Guwahati and New Delhi one-dayers have been called off in view of the security apprehensions expressed by the visiting team.
“BCCI has accepted ECB's request to postpone the Guwahati and Delhi one-dayers,” said Srinivasan who held a lengthy discussion with ECB Managing Director Hugh Morris, visiting skipper Kevin Pietersen, coach Peter Moores and team manager Reg Dickason.
Regarding the fate of the two-match Test series scheduled to start in Ahmedabad from December 11, the BCCI secretary said, "We hope they will come to play the Test matches." Morris, on his part said they would be holding discussions with Indian Cricket Board officials on the Test series.
Apart from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, where terrorist attacks left over 100 people dead since last night, is one of the venues for the two-match Test series.
"This morning I held initial discussions with the BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan, as well as representatives from the Indian team management at the team hotel in Bhubaneswar. I have also briefed the England players and management on the situation as well as liaising closely with the ECB Chairman and chief executive and the players' representatives," said Morris in a statement released on the ECB website.
"The events of the last night were deeply distressing and the situation is still unfolding. We are urgently seeking information from expert sources regarding last night's attacks and will continue to hold further discussions with our colleagues from the BCCI over the next 24 hours," the statement read.
"The safety and security of the England team is of the utmost importance to ECB. We have reviewed all our security arrangements in the light of these attacks and will be taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the team.
Tests will go ahead: Modi
London: England will play their scheduled two Tests against India next month despite militant attacks in Mumbai, Indian cricket board (BCCI) vice-president Lalit Modi said on Thursday. "The two Test matches will definitely go ahead," Modi told Sky Sports News. "The Mumbai match will be moved." England are due to play two Tests from December 11 with the second match scheduled in Mumbai from December 19. The final two one-day games in the seven-match series were cancelled on Thursday after militants killed more than 100 people in Mumbai on Wednesday.
— PTI, Reuters
London: England will play their scheduled two Tests against India next month despite militant attacks in Mumbai, Indian cricket board (BCCI) vice-president Lalit Modi said on Thursday.
"The two Test matches will definitely go ahead," Modi told Sky Sports News. "The Mumbai match will be moved." England are due to play two Tests from December 11 with the second match scheduled in Mumbai from December 19.
The final two one-day games in the seven-match series were cancelled on Thursday after militants killed more than 100 people in Mumbai on Wednesday. — PTI, Reuters
ICL cancels World Series
Chandigarh, November 27 Kiran More, ICL Executive Board member, said: "We have taken the decision of calling off the rest of the ICL World Series tournament. We believe that it is inappropriate to continue the series under the given circumstances. All players and officials are under appropriate security." Kapil Dev, Chairman ICL Executive Board, said "The teams have shown confidence in the ICL management and has supported the decision to call off the tour. In this hour of unprecedented tragedy in Mumbai we would like to extend all our support to the citizens of India."
Chandigarh, November 27
Kiran More, ICL Executive Board member, said: "We have taken the decision of calling off the rest of the ICL World Series tournament. We believe that it is inappropriate to continue the series under the given circumstances. All players and officials are under appropriate security."
Kapil Dev, Chairman ICL Executive Board, said "The teams have shown confidence in the ICL management and has supported the decision to call off the tour. In this hour of unprecedented tragedy in Mumbai we would like to extend all our support to the citizens of India."
New Delhi, November 27
The decision was taken by the league's governing council after consultations with the tournament's three founding board members - India, Australia and South Africa.
The Champions League organisers cited security as a major concern for the tournament and with teams reluctant to participate, they decided to postpone the eight-day event fresh dates for which will be decided next month.
''We held consultations among all the stakeholders (and) it was agreed that in the best interests of all concerned, the inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20 should be postponed,'' tournament chairman Lalit Modi said.
''We very strongly condemn this dastardly and heinous criminal act of a few which has resulted in the loss of precious lives and injury to hundreds. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and we are with them in their hour of grief,'' Modi said in a statement.
He said the tournament was postponed due to the logistical problems associated with finding a third venue after Mumbai was ruled out as a host following the terror strikes.
The tournament chairman further added that India will remain the venue of the Champions League which could likely take place early next year.
''India will remain the venue, as there was never a problem with hosting it here. All the teams agreed that they wanted to come for the tournament. But we had a problem with finding a third venue after Mumbai.
''There was no way we could have shifted the venue to Bangalore or Chennai, considering the state of the wickets and the grounds would not have accommodated all the matches,'' he stated.
The tournament was to see top Twenty20 domestic teams from India, Australia, England, South Africa and Pakistan were to participate in the tournament.
But it would'nt be easy to find a window for the tournament early next year as top teams across the world have a tight schedule with Australia, India, South Africa, Pakistan, England already committed to the FTP (Future Tour Programme).
England's Twenty20 domestic champions were due to fly out to India but cancelled their flight and South African and Australian boards have also delayed their decision to send their team following the attacks.
While Australia, England and South Africa have expressed their reluctance to tour India following the terror attacks in Mumbai which have killed over 100 people, Pakistan said it was ready to play despite the prevailing conditions. — UNI
Cuttack, November 27
"The most remarkable thing in the series has been our bowling, whether with the new ball or the old -- at the start, middle or at death," Dhoni said after his team thumped England by six wickets for a 5-0 lead in the series.
Dwelling on last night's match, Dhoni said the bowlers made a good come back in the match after their rather average first spells.
"We didn't get the best of starts from the new ball bowlers and in the middle I think the spinners did their job.
In the second Powerplay, when the batsmen were set, I think Zaheer (Khan) and Ishant (Sharma) did a splendid job. They had restricted the England innings to 270 when they looked like getting 300," Dhoni said.
Chasing 271, India got off to a flying start before losing Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh in quick successions.
Dhoni, however, was far from worried and the India captain said even at that stage, he didn't fear losing the match.
"We knew one thing that they had three seamers and they had almost finished their quota. So they had to bowl the spinners," Dhoni said, explaining his gameplan.
"We had one Powerplay still left and the asking rate was quite down. We knew if we survive for a while, we can get our eyes in and rotate the strike," said the Indian skipper.
The consolidating job, however, was not as easy as it looked, Dhoni said.
"Light was low and it was difficult to sight the ball. It was moist and the ball losing colour. But once you are set, you could rotate the strike," he said.
Dhoni said Sehwag and Tendulkar gave India the great start and had Yuvraj been in form as well, India could have chased down even 300-plus targets.
"The kind of start that was needed was given by Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. It was a pleasant sight to see Sehwag batting the way he does and Sachin rotating the strike and getting the odd boundaries. At the same time if Yuvraj gets going, you can expect 300-odd runs on the board," he said.
His opposite number Kevin Pietersen said 270 was not a bad score but the dew made life difficult for the English bowlers who could not defend the total.
"I thought 270 was very competitive. I can see now why Dhoni chose to bat, it was a bit of a nightmare dealing with the dew in the evening," he said.
"But they won the toss, decided to field and we had to bat," Pietersen said. He also felt that after Yuvraj, Sehwag had taken over the role of tormenting the visiting bowlers.
"We have been outplayed again by Viru, he is such a great player and it was a great knock. It was tough for the bowlers," he said.
Man of the Match Sehwag was clearly unlucky today to fall victim to a poor leg before decision but the opener had no complain to make.
"I have been in good form and wanted to score big here. I was unlucky not to get the 100 but I'm happy (to have played my part)," said the swashbuckling opener. A batsman who prefers to keep things simple, Sehwag said the dew made batting easy for him.
"Batting was easy because the ball was wet. It means you know the ball would not swing or seam and you can play your shots.
"I know their attack and could guess where they would bowl to me. I took my time and waited for the bad balls to punish them," Sehwag said. — PTI
Sunil Gavaskar writes
The tragic events in Mumbai just as India were wrapping up a fifth consecutive win in Cuttack over England took away the gloss from India's terrific show and cast gloom over the proceedings.
It is at such moments that one realises that cricket after all is just a sport and while there is a lot of pride and honour in representing your country, it is not a life and death issue when compared to what happened to the common man in Mumbai.
At times like these words are hardly any soothing balm to the sense of loss of those who lost their near and dear ones but sincere condolences to the families especially of those security personnel who valiantly stepped up to put their lives on the line so that the common man can live his life without fear.
Getting back to the game, India, after winning the toss, chose to field not just to avoid bowling with a wet ball but also probably to give itself a new challenge of chasing a big score and overhauling it.
That they did chase the target with six overs to spare is an indication of how supremely confident this Indian team is at the moment and can challenge for the top spot sooner rather than later.
The England skipper Kevin Pietersen has been lamenting the fact that not a single century had been scored by his batsmen and how a century pretty much ensured that the total would be in excess of 250.
He promoted himself to the number three spot ahead of Owais Shah who had batted superbly in that T20 like chase in Bengaluru. He himself got the century that he wanted from his batsmen but his demotion of Shah was baffling.
Why would a skipper send a man woefully out of form ahead of one who had struck the ball so well in his previous game is beyond understanding.
Loyalty to players is a great concept but not if it is not working for the side's benefit and so England suffered as Collingwood took his own time to get going.
That set the team back and when Shah finally came in to bat he showed how flawed the loyalty was by smashing a more than a run a ball 66 that enabled England to put up a challenging total.
That challenge disappeared in a matter of overs as Sehwag took the attack by the scruff of its neck and treated the attack as if it was a school's team attack.
Even the speedy Harmison was hit over midwicket as if he was an off-spinner and only Flintoff got some respect.
His idol Sachin Tendulkar had the best seat in the house as he watched 'Viru' bat from just 22 yards away and his only concern would have been if 'Viru' drilled the ball straight back at him.
As Sehwag took off like an express train, Tendulkar brought all his experience into play and so did not try and emulate him but instead took the chance afforded by Sehwag's scoring at the other end of playing himself in and then playing the shots that he is known for.
Sehwag got a rough decision that denied him a century and it underscores the point that umpires cannot officiate for five matches in a row in such a short time and under such pressure.
Amish Saheba has got more right than wrong so far but it was unfair for him to stand in five consecutive games when there is another international umpire on hand.
Yuvraj's rare failure only allowed skipper Dhoni and Raina to build a partnership that took them close to a fifth successive win.
It was the early assault by the opening pair that enabled Dhoni and Raina the liberty to play a few quiet overs and get their eye in and then play their shots.
It was a most impressive win and the team's rejoicing would have been dampened greatly by the sad news coming from Mumbai. — PMG
Asif's hearing delayed
Lahore, November 27 Asif was scheduled to leave for India today to appear before the drug inquiry tribunal on November 29. ''After the Mumbai attacks, I called them up to find out the status quo of the drugs tribunal hearing and they told me they will convey fresh dates later on to me,'' Asif said. ''I don't think the hearing is that important now. Whenever it is held I am confident of being cleared as we have prepared well for it,'' he added. Asif had failed a dope test conducted during the inaugural IPL in which he played for Delhi Daredevils. His 'B' sample, tested in Switzerland, was also found positive but the traces of the banned substance differed in the two tests leading to Asif challenging the validity of the process adopted to conduct the tests in the IPL. Asif, however, if found guilty could face a minimum of two years' ban. He is presently suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for flunking the dope
Lahore, November 27
Asif was scheduled to leave for India today to appear before the drug inquiry tribunal on November 29.
''After the Mumbai attacks, I called them up to find out the status quo of the drugs tribunal hearing and they told me they will convey fresh dates later on to me,'' Asif said.
''I don't think the hearing is that important now. Whenever it is held I am confident of being cleared as we have prepared well for it,'' he added.
Asif had failed a dope test conducted during the inaugural IPL in which he played for Delhi Daredevils.
His 'B' sample, tested in Switzerland, was also found positive but the traces of the banned substance differed in the two tests leading to Asif challenging the validity of the process adopted to conduct the tests in the IPL.
Asif, however, if found guilty could face a minimum of two years' ban. He is presently suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for flunking the dope
Mumbai, November 27
A double substitution early in the second half by their English-born coach David Booth, who brought in ebullient Ghanaian striker Abel Hammond and Aseem K soon after the home team trailed 0-2, did the trick for Mumbai FC.
The Punjab outfit coached by former international Sukhwinder Singh were up by two goals by the fifth minute of the second half, after Balwant Singh and Brazilian forward Eduardo da Silva found the target in the 39th and 50th minutes.
Galvanised by Hammond's speed and the increased presence of midfielders Riston Rodrigues and Kalia Kulothungan, the Mumbai team struck twice in the space of six minutes through Hammond (58th minute) and another Ghanaian Felix Aboagye (64th) to draw level.
Mumbai FC got the all-important goal three minutes from the end after JCT's Balwant hit the post in the 83rd minute after outstepping three defenders.
Tall ex-international Abhishek Yadav, who had done precious little till then, made amends with a pile-driver from 30 yards out that beat the visiting team's custodian Karanjit Singh all ends up. — PTI
Jammu, November 27
The hosts dominated the court as Jammu and Kashmir skipper Amit Sharma along with Gourav played some good smashes and won the first set 25-22.
Meanwhile, leading 1-0, confidant spikers won the second and third sets 25-14, 25-20 giving no chance to the opponents to return into the game. Ashwani and Saddam also played good shots for the hosts.
In other matches of the day in boys section, Karnataka thrashed Goa (3-0) 25-15, 25-22, 25-10, Jharkhand defeated Himachal Pradesh (3-0) 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 while Maharastra beat Bihar (3-2) 25-23, 25-15, 25-13 and Delhi defeated Gujarat (3-1) 25-20, 25-12, 24-26, 25-16.
In girls section, Uttar Pradsh beat Manipur (3-0) 25-13, 25-8, 25-7, Kerala beat Madhya Pradesh by (3-0) 25-17, 25-19, 25-07, Chhattisgarh beat Tripura by (3-0) 25-17, 25-19, 25-07, Rajashthan beat Chandigarh by (3-0) 25-13, 2512, 25-10.
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