Monday, 9 January 2012

Cricket Schedule 2012

Calender year 2012 would be important for all the teams of ICC as it will feature very important series. We have put list of upcoming cricket series or tournament in the year 2012 with detailed description and information. In some countries like India and South Asian countries, cricket is like religion and it is followed by more than one billion cricket fans. For ensuring fair tour for all teams, ICC has released FTP (Future Tour Program). It provide framework to respective board to prepare their plans in advance with other nations on the basis of pre-determined series tour Itinerary. Below list provides full timetable schedule for each country.
Month Series Details Host
Dec 2011-Jan 2012 Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2011
(3 Test and 5 ODI Matches)
South Africa
Dec 2011-Jan 2012 Big Bash League
(31 Twenty20 matches)
Dec 2011-Feb 2012 India tour of Australia 2011
(4 Test and 2 Twenty20 matches)
Jan-Feb 2012 Pakistan vs England 2012
(3 Test, 4 ODI and 3 T20 matches)
Jan-Feb 2012 Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand 2012
(1 Test, 3 ODI Matches and 2 Twenty20)
New Zealand
Feb-Mar 2012 Australia Tri Series 2012
(8-11 ODI Matches)
Feb-Mar 2012 South Africa tour of New Zealand 2012
(3 Twenty20, 3 ODI and 3 Test Matches)
New Zealand
March 2012 Asia Cup 2012
(6 ODI and 1 Final match.)
Mar-Apr 2012 Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2012
(5 ODI Matches)
Mar-Apr 2012 Australia tour of West Indies 2012
(5 ODI, 2 Twenty20 and 3 Test matches)
West Indies
Mar-Apr 2012 England tour of Sri Lanka 2012
(2 Test matches)
Sri Lanka
Apr-May 2012 IPL 2012
(74 IPLT20 matches)
Apr-May 2012 Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2012
(2 Test and 3 ODI matches)
May-Jun 2012 West Indies tour of England 2012
(3 Test, 3 ODI and 1 Twenty20 match)
May-Jun 2012 Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2012
(3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 Twenyt20 matches)
Sri Lanka
Jun-Jul 2012 Australia tour of England 2012
(6 ODI matches)
Jun-Aug 2012 New Zealand tour of West Indies 2012
(3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 Twenty20 matches)
West Indies
Jul-Aug 2012 India tour of Sri Lanka 2012
(3 Test matches)
Sri Lanka
Jul-Sep 2012 South Africa tour of England 2012
(3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 Twenyt20 matches)
Aug-Sep 2012 Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe 2012
(2 Test, 3 ODI and 2 Twenty20 matches)
Aug-Sep 2012 New Zealand in India 2012
(3 Test matches)
Aug-Sep 2012 Pakistan vs Australia 2012
(5 ODI and 1 Twenty20 match)
Sep-Oct 2012 T20 World Cup 2012
(27 Twenty20 matches)
Sri Lanka
October 2012 Champions League Twenty20 2012
(23 Twenty20 Matches)
Nov 2012-Jan 2013 England tour of India 2012
(4 Test, 1 Twenty20 and 7 ODI matches)
Nov-Dec 2012 New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2012
(2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 Twenty20)
Sri Lanka
Nov-Dec 2012 South Africa tour of Australia 2012
(3 Test matches)
Nov-Dec 2012 West Indies tour of Bangladesh 2012
(2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 Twenty20)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Reliance ICC T20 Ranking

2*New Zealand9191056117
2*Sri Lanka9181056117
4South Africa816900113
8West Indies81671189

Reliance ICC ODI Ranking

3South Africa222537115
4Sri Lanka333693112
7New Zealand25217487
8West Indies27214679

Reliance ICC Test Ranking

Reliance ICC Test Ranking

3South Africa242781116
6Sri Lanka31306299
7West Indies30265488
8New Zealand23190383

Thursday, 5 January 2012

India face daunting task

India have eight wickets in hand and two days to stave off defeat after reaching 2-114 at stumps on a day where Australia captain Michael Clarke made history during the second Test at the SCG.

Clarke registered an undefeated 329 - the highest score in the SCG's 100-Test history - before declaring Australia's innings closed at 4-659 midway through the second session on day three.

Mike Hussey offered his skipper terrific support, scoring an unbeaten 150 to supplement Ricky Ponting's 134.

The tourists, after scoring just 191 in their first innings, trail by 354 runs in their second visit to the crease.

Gautam Gambhir (68 not out) and a watchful Sachin Tendulkar (8 not out) will resume on day four.

But they can consider themselves fortunate to still be there.

Tendulkar narrowly avoided being bowled off an inside edge on seven while wicket-keeper Brad Haddin should have accepted a thick edge from Gambhir on 66 from James Pattinson's bowling. 

The Indians' planned fightback began disastrously when lethal opener Virender Sehwag slashed at a short and wide delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus (2-37).

David Warner took a spectacular leaping catch at point to remove the dangerous left-hander for just four.

That brought Dravid to the crease and he got off the mark with a classy flick to the boundary in front of mid wicket.

But on 29 Hilfenhaus produced a sublime off-cutter to pass through the narrowest of 'gates' and clip The Wall's middle and off stump.

It left India 2-100 as Tendulkar made his way to the middle of the SCG for the last time to the cheers of 31,644 fans.

Earlier, Clarke smashed a host of new records with a brilliant 329 not out, while Hussey batted superbly to finish unbeaten on 150.

The pair added 334 runs without loss to leave the deflated tourists staring down the barrel of a second consecutive defeat on Australian soil.

In all, the hosts added 622 runs for the loss of one wicket after Clarke and Ponting (134) were united at 3-37 late on day one.

After breaking through for his maiden double century late on day two, run-hungry Clarke picked up where he left off when play resumed on Thursday.

His 329 not out is:

•     The record score on the SCG, bypassing Englishman Tip Foster (287) and West Indian Brian Lara (277);

•     The third highest score by an Australian in Tests;

•     The equal 12th highest score in Tests.

•     The highest score for an Australian against India;

•     The highest score in Australia-India Tests;

•     The sixth time in history an Australian batsman has reached 300

His epic knock lasted 617 minutes, 468 balls and included 39 fours and a six.

The skipper's declaration left him five runs short of the highest Test score by an Australian captain, held by Mark Taylor on 334 (also Don Bradman's highest Test score).

Matt Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003/4 remains the highest tally by an Australian while Lara leads all comers with 400.

Hussey became the third century maker of the innings, bringing up his ton with a sharp single shortly before lunch.

The left-hander produced one of his finest Test innings, belting 16 fours and a six off 253 deliveries.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

England Is Going To Face India in World Twenty20

The 2012 World Twenty20 will be held between September 18 and October 12, 2012 in Sri Lanka the ICC have confirmed. Colombo, Pallekele and Hambantota will be venues for the men's tournament, while the women's group games will be played in Galle.
The format will see four groups of three in a preliminary round. England, the defending champions, and India are in Group A and will be joined by one of the Associate or Affiliate teams that qualify. The other qualifying team will be in Group B with West Indies and Australia. Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe make up Group C, and Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh are in Group D. 
 Haroon Lorgat at the launch of the 2012 World Twenty20, Colombo, September 21, 2011The top two teams in each group will make it through the preliminary round, after which there will be a Super Eight stage, featuring two groups. The format is essentially the same as the last edition in 2010, though there are four fewer teams this time.
The tournament will include two teams qualifying from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012, which will be staged in the United Arab Emirates from March 13-14 2012.
Hosts Sri Lanka will play the tournament's opening fixture against Zimbabwe in Hambantota. England begin their defence against a qualifying team on September 21 and will then play India in Colombo on September 23.
The women's tournament has Australia, India and England in one group with a qualifying team, and New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka with the other qualifying team in the other. The men's and women's semi-finals and finals will be played on the same day, in Colombo. The semi-finals are on October 4 and October 5 with the finals on October 7.
Tickets for the tournament are planned to go on sale to the public from March 1, 2012 and will be available via website and box-office sales in Sri Lanka. The ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat assured they would be reasonably priced.
"We all know how passionate and loyal the Sri Lankan public is towards our sport and we will ensure the tickets are affordable so that they can enjoy the event," he said at the launch of the tournament in Colombo. "Following the success of the recent ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, I am confident that the hosts, Sri Lanka, will deliver a world-class event."
Lorgat also said the tournament was another opportunity to promote women's cricket. "I am happy that the men's and women's semi-finals and finals will once again be played on the same days at the same venues. We remain committed to showcase women's cricket in this way, which is unique in the world of team sports."

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Batting lets India down again

The Sydney Test begun dreadfully for India. After the ignominy of the Melbourne defeat, many had predicted that MS Dhoni's men would bounce back in the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Alas, their predictions were nowhere close to the mark.
Electing to bat on a pitch favourable to batsmen, the tourists were torn asunder by some top-class fast bowling by the Australians. Even a valiant fifty by Dhoni was not enough as India failed to reach the 200-run mark. James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus shared all the wickets between them. That's a profound piece of information, and tells a great deal about their dominance.

For the first time since 1999 India look clueless Down Under. The much-improved show in 2004 and 2008 was down to the fact that the openers took the shine off the ball. In the ongoing series, it's been openers the culprits.
Gautam Gambhir did not look half the player we know he is. Pattinson, playing only his fourth Test, sent him back for a duck as Michael Clarke took a waist-high catch in the slips. Rahul Dravid looked very unconvincing during his brief innings of 5 before Siddle had him caught at short-leg. Virender Sehwag played some good shots but one could sense something amiss in his style of play. He looked tethered. It was not long before he perished for 30, Pattinson having orchestrated his downfall.

VVS Laxman has had tremendous success against the Aussies in the past, but for some reason he has looked more of a struggler in this series. It's difficult to believe that he is the same Laxman who put the Aussies to the sword on countless occasions in the last decade. Pattinson buried the Very Very Special player with an outswinger as Shaun Marsh took a comfortable catch at third slip.
Sachin Tendulkar, during his innings of 41, looked very good. But in cricket, you need a lot of luck besides skills. As he played onto his stumps off Pattinson, the spectators breathed a sigh of despair. Another day gone by with the historic ton not coming to pass!
Virat Kohli has a lot to learn. Test cricket is a different ball game. It's the straight bat that gets you runs in all formats but in Test matches it's sacrosanct that you play with a straight bat. Otherwise you are done for. He is only playing his fourth Test, so he should be excused for a fidgety 23.
The Indian tail wags once in a while, we all know. So there was little surprise when no significant contribution came off them. Dhoni did his best with 57 not out but his innings could not ameliorate a disorienting batting performance by the Indians - 191 all out was all they could eke out.
However, India were given a big lift when Zaheer Khan sent back David Warner, Marsh and Ed Cowan in quick time. But the hope tailed off soon after Ricky Ponting (44) and Clarke (47) put on an unbroken 79 for the fourth wicket to tilt the momentum back in Australia"s favour. The hosts closed the day on 116 for 3, just 76 runs away from overtaking the Indian total.
Things now heavily ride on the Indian bowlers. If they can bowl Australia out for under 250 on Wednesday, the match is on. They can do it, but the fear deep inside is that there is going to be one big partnership that would halt India's growth in the match. Just like the Ponting-Michael Hussey partnership in the second innings of the Melbourne Test that changed the course of the match.
Right now it's Australia in the driver's seat and the Indians face a tall order to turn it around.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Look beyond fixing row, says England cricket captain

LONDON — England Test captain Andrew Strauss has insisted his side are prepared to play against Pakistan players named in the spot-fixing trial that led to three cricketers being jailed.
But the opening batsman warned that, despite the impact of the case, it was too soon to say that corruption had been eradicated from world cricket.
Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal and Imran Farhat - all named in the trial in London in October as having links with agent Mazhar Majeed, who was himself sent to prison -- have been included in Pakistan's squad for the forthcoming three-Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates, which starts on January 17.
Majeed was jailed along with former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif for their roles in a plan to deliberately bowl no-balls as part of a spot-fixing scam during the 2010 Lord's Test against England.
However, left-arm quick Riaz and batsmen Akmal and Farhat had no charges brought against them and Strauss did not regard their selection for the series as a provocative gesture by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
"It's there obligation and duty to pick the best side they think is available to them," Strauss, speaking at England's Heathrow Airport hotel ahead of their departure for the UAE, said Monday.
"I think the spot-fixing stuff is something we are desperately keen to move on from. I don't think there's any good that can come from churning it all up again and it's time to just concentrate on the cricket.
"We will play whichever XI is selected."
But Strauss urged everyone involved in world cricket to remain "vigilant" in the fight against corruption, adding he was unable to say the whole game was entirely "clean".
"I don't think it's possible to say that. I think there's more awareness about it, which I think is a good thing. There have been some consequences to what went on at Lord's.
"But it's a hard thing to eradicate completely, policing it is very, very tough and I think there's a huge responsibility on the administrators but also upon the players to make sure that any inkling, anything we see that might be untoward is reported and acted upon.
"We all need to be vigilant," added Strauss, who last year led England to the top of the world Test rankings.
"You've got to have a degree of wariness when anyone approaches you who you don't know. That's just the way the world is and we've got to deal with it accordingly."
England-Pakistan series have produced several flashpoints down the years, be they rows about umpires or allegations of ball-tampering, which led to Pakistan's unprecedented forfeit of a Test match at The Oval in 2006.

But Strauss insisted there was no reason why England-Pakistan matches should inevitably generate controversy.
"This perception that there's always issues between Pakistan and England, we should see this as an opportunity to eradicate that," he said. "There's no reason why that should be the case.
"If we approach it in the right spirit then that should be good for relations between the two teams and world cricket in general.
"Pakistan are playing a lot of good cricket and that's going to be the challenge for us to overcome them, on the field.
"What's happened before is water under the bridge and I hope both sides can play in the right spirit and produce an entertaining and exciting Test match series."

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Pakistan informed ICC before selecting Riaz

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Saturday it sought clearance from the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit before selecting fast bowler Wahab Riaz for next month's test series against England.
Riaz was not picked for Pakistan's last two series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for unknown reasons.

 Wahab Riaz. Photo / Christine Cornege

Spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said in a statement the PCB approached the anti-corruption unit "as a precautionary measure" to seek any relevant information about Riaz.
"In the absence of any observation, the PCB proceeded with selecting Wahab (Riaz) for the England series," Sarwar said.
Three Pakistani cricketers are in prison in England after they were found guilty of spot-fixing during a test match against England in 2010.
Former captain Salman Butt was sentenced for 2 years, fast bowler Mohammad Asif for 1 years and young paceman Mohammad Amir for six months.
Wahab, 26, was a key component in Pakistan's bowling lineup in the absence of Asif and Amir in 2011.Although Pakistan lost the World Cup semifinal against archrival India in March, Wahab took 5-46. He went on to claim another seven wickets in the one-day series against West Indies shortly after the World Cup before he was rested for the series against Zimbabwe.
Wahab traveled with the Pakistan team in October to the United Arab Emirates for the series against Sri Lanka but was never picked in the playing XI for test matches before being dropped for the limited-overs series.
"We would like ICC's anti corruption unit to share any information on our players with PCB in order to jointly proceed in such matters," Sarwar said.
"We hope we are able to establish that protocol in the future."
ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement that "it remains the absolute right of a member board to decide which player it wishes to include in a squad or select in its team for any match."
Lorgat also said that the ICC's permission is only required for selection if a player has been charged, provisionally suspended by the ICC or banned by an independent tribunal.
Theme images by Jason Morrow. Powered by Blogger.