Cricket Read the latest Cricket News Live Score Live Blog Match Coverage Analysis, Reports IPL News Stories and Indian Premier League Updates at Onmanorama. en Sat, 15 Jun 2019 04:28:13 GMT Lodha, BCCI stunned as CoA asks Kohli-Shastri to decide on schedule of WAGs New Delhi: The bizarre move by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) asking the India captain and coach to decide on travel schedule of the WAGs (wives and girlfriends) has not just taken the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials by surprise, but also former Chief Justice R M Lodha. Lodha panel's set of proposals was the yardstick for the formation of the new BCCI constitution, but the former CJI is surprised at how things have panned out in the last two years. Speaking to IANS, Lodha said that now that Ethics Officer D K Jain is there, he should take a stand and stop any move that is against the newly registered constitution as per the proposals of the Lodha panel. "What can I say? The Ethics Officer is there now to decide. What do I say? Everyone is interpreting it (the Lodha panel's proposals) in their own way. Our recommendations are in place and based on that I was told the constitution was framed. As and when issue arises, the Ethics Officer should take a call," he said. Lodha is clearly disappointed at how the CoA has failed to follow the brief and implement the new constitution and goes on to add that there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. "Absolutely nothing has happened in two years. We wanted to see the report being implemented as approved by the Supreme Court, but more than two years have passed and we don't see any light at the end of the tunnel," he pointed out. Asked if the formation of the CoA actually helped, as even the BCCI office-bearers seem to be surprised by some of the changes suggested by the committee, Lodha said: "It is a matter of interpretation and competence." Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the move to allow the captain (Virat Kohli) and present coach (Ravi Shastri) to decide on the travel duration and plan of the WAGs was a clear case of conflict of interest. "The essence of conflict of interest is that when you are taking a decision of which you are yourself a beneficiary, that is conflict. I think the CoA is like an unfettered entity which has moved away from any limitations it may have originally perceived on account of the Supreme Court order on the Lodha Committee report. "Many decisions taken by them are in complete violation of not just the new BCCI constitution, but also in violation of the Lodha Committee report. The Lodha Committee report's foundation lay on tackling conflict of interest issues. And the CoA in their task of administration seem to have come up with the same issues of conflict of interest and it seems they wish to do away with the whole concept. "Two standout incidents in this regard would be the decision to approach the Supreme Court with regards to amendment or relaxation of conflict of interest rules with regard to players. The BCCI has been crying itself hoarse about those rules. But at that point in time, the CoA branded the BCCI officials as obstructionists. And now when the ground reality has hit them and they are being criticised, they wish to go to the court. "The second incident displays the CoA's desire to be seen as proximate to the players and that is evident in their faulty decision to leave this WAGs issue for the captain and coach. This again opens a Pandora's Box. They have left the decision which may impact the performance of the team to the very people who are beneficiaries of it. Has this been done keeping in mind the busy schedule of some of the wives?" he inquired. Echoing the sentiments, another official said: "Some of the recent decisions of the CoA clearly shows that they feel they are above the apex court because certain decisions they have taken can only be taken by the honourable court." It will be interesting to see how Jain interprets this whole decision because a member of the CoA itself has made it clear that the resolution taken in the meeting wasn't a unanimous one. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:05:18 GMT Captains will no longer be suspended for slow over-rates London: International cricket captains will no longer run the risk of being suspended for slow over-rates with the International Cricket Council (ICC) deciding to instead dock points and fine the entire side for any such violations, starting with the upcoming World Test Championship. The recommendations of the ICC Cricket Committee were approved by its board in order to curb the menace of slow over-rates. The World Test Championship, which runs from 2019 to 2021, gets under way with the Ashes, starting August 1. "In World Test Championship matches a team that is behind the required over rate at the end of a match will have two competition points deducted," the ICC said in statement here. The big development is, however, abolition of suspension of captains for slow over-rates. "Captains will no longer be suspended for repeated or serious over rate breaches. All players should be held equally responsible for slow over rates, and as such will be fined at the same level as the captain," it stated. As per the previous rule, two instances of slow over-rate in one year would lead to a suspension on the side's captain. The ICC also endorsed the Cricket Committee recommendation that there should be further exploration of the use of replays to call no-balls, and trials will be conducted over the coming months. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:27:57 GMT Time to keep emotions aside and take a practical call on Dhoni: Gambhir New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni invested in the future as skipper by demanding younger players and it is now time that "practical decisions" are taken with regards to him given that youngsters are once again waiting in the wings, says former India opener Gautam Gambhir. There is intense speculation that Dhoni, who has already retired from the Test format, has played his last One-Day International (ODI) for India during the World Cup in which the team was knocked out of the semifinals after the loss to New Zealand. The selection panel will meet on Sunday to pick squads for the West Indies tour amid intense focus on Dhoni's future and Gambhir said it is time to keep emotions aside. "It's important to look into the future. And when Dhoni was the skipper, he invested in the future. I remember Dhoni saying in Australia that me, Sachin (Tendulkar) and (Virender) Sehwag can't play the CB Series together as the grounds were big," Gambhir was quoted as saying in a TV news channel. "He wished for young players for the World Cup. It's necessary to take practical decisions than being emotional. And it's time to groom the youngsters. Be it Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan or any other wicketkeeper, whoever is believed to have the potential should be made the wicketkeeper," he said. Gambhir said unless the younger lot gets enough chances, they won't be able to deliver for India. "Give him chances for one-and-a-half years and if he doesn't perform, then others should be tried out as well. Then one would get to know who the keeper for the next World Cup is," the 37-year-old said. The cricketer-turned-politician hailed Dhoni as one of the best captains, but said it was unfair to give all credit to him for India's success and also slam him when the team failed to perform. "If you see the statistics, then he (Dhoni) is the best captain. But that doesn't mean that other captains have done badly. Sourav Ganguly has done good captaincy; we have won outside under him. Under Virat Kohli's captaincy, we have won ODI series in South Africa and Test series in Australia," Gambhir said. "It is true that M S Dhoni has won us two World Cups (2007 and 2011), but it is not fair to give all credit to the captain for success and criticise only him when it doesn't go your way. "Dhoni has won the Champions Trophy and World Cups but other captains have also taken India forward. Captains like Anil Kumble have done the job though not for long; Rahul Dravid also led India to win in England." Fri, 19 Jul 2019 06:39:57 GMT ICC gives green signal for concussion substitutes Men's and women's teams across all formats of international and first class cricket will be allowed to replace concussed players during matches following a two-year trial in the domestic game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said. The rule has been included in the governing body's playing conditions and will be effective starting August 1 when the Ashes series between England and Australia begins at Edgbaston. Decisions on concussion will be made by the team's medical representative while the incoming player, who will be allowed to bat and bowl, must be deemed a "like for like" replacement approved by the match referee. "Following a two-year trial... in domestic cricket, the ICC approved concussion player replacements in all formats of men's and women's international cricket and for first class cricket worldwide," the ICC said in a statement following its annual conference in London. Concussion substitutes have been on trial in Australia's domestic game since the 2016-17 season while the England and Wales Cricket Board adopted the regulations for its four professional domestic competitions in 2018. Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) welcomed the ICC's move to expand the rule to cover international cricket. "Creating an environment where players feel comfortable in dealing with concussion... and are able to be appropriately accessed, is vital for their long-term health and well-being," ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said. Discussions on concussion and player safety intensified after former Australian Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in 2014, having been fatally hit on the head by a bouncer in a first class match. Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi ignored medical advice and continued batting after being hit on the head by a bouncer in a World Cup clash with England last month, prompting demands that players should not take those calls. CA sports science manager Alex Kountouris said the new rule would allow players to declare symptoms of concussion that could occur well after the incident, knowing their team would not be disadvantaged. Concussion is a major concern in other sports as well, with rugby's world body considering rule changes to reduce the risk of head injuries. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 05:35:23 GMT