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India Start Next Phase of Test Championship as Favorites
India are clear favorites as they take on New Zealand in the first Test at the Basin Reserve. However the rumor is that the wicket will be a flattie, and will be hard work for the bowling units of both teams. What a difference from the bouncy green "Wonderbra" wickets that New Zealand used to routinely prepare for Indian Tests in the past. The quality of the Indian quicks makes that a very risky proposition and so the Home board has understandably gone away for those type of wickets...
India U19 Reach World Cup Finals For Third Time in a Row
India U19s crossed swords (ok bats) with Pakistan U19s in the Semi-Finals of the U19 World Cup in South Africa, and the game which was billed as a clash of the titans ended up being a one-sided romp by the Indian side. This was an even more emphatic win than the win India U19s handed out to the Pakistani boys two years ago. The overall record of matches between India U19s and Pakistan U19s is 5-5... but India U19s have won the last 4 encounters, with ever more dominant margins. This reflects the fortunes of cricket in the two countries. In India it is a huge money spinner, and is played more and more professionally at every level. In Pakistan it is still stuck in a time warp around the turn of the millenium. This is mostly of its own making due to its insistence on exporting terrorism as a state sponsored activity against India, and the choking grip of an unholy kleptocratic military religious alliance. Until the Pakistani people take control of their destiny and topple this unholy alliance.. this divergence in both real life and in cricket between the countires will likely continue to widen.
Four Time World Champions India Announce U19 Squad
Can Priyam Garg join Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, Unmukt Chand, and Prithvi Shaw as a U19 Winning Captain? India definitely have the quality and depth to do so, even taking into account their policy of not fielding players who have represented Indian in previous U19 World Cups, even if they still qualify on age basis.
Eden Gardens Set To Host First Indian Day-Night Test
Shaking things up immediately, upon taking the reigns as BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly has not only convinced the Bangladesh Cricket Board to agree to play the first Day-Night Test match in India, but has then marketed the ocassion so well that all tickets availabe for regular sale have been sold out for the first three days.
Ganguly Takes Charge at BCCI
On October 23, 2019 Sourav Ganguly, begins his second innings in cricket as head of the Indian Cricket...
Board Presidents XI Squad and Squad for 3 Tests Announced
Rohit Sharma has been named the Captain of the Board President's XI for the warm up game against South Africa. Virat Kohli, of course, leads the Team in the three Test Series. The Indian team will be looking to pick up all 120 ICC Test Championship points as strong favorites, barring weather issues. The focus will also be on Ravi Ashwin who will most likely return to International cricket after about a year hiatus in his best format, Test cricket. The other focus will be on Rohit Sharma and his elevation as Test opener. It will be interesting to see if Rohit opens in the BP XI warm up match too. If he doesn't, then his seriousness about making the Test openers spot his own will be questioned.
India A Squad to Take On SA A Announced
India continue developing bench strength in all formats by hosting South Africa A for a series of 50 over matches
T20I, ODI and Test Squads for West Indies Tour
Virat Kohli retained the captaincy for all three formats, while veteran Wridhiman Saha made a comeback to the Test squad after missing over a year with injury. The other big news was the omission of Shubman Gill from any of the squads and the resting of Indian spearhead Jasprit Bumrah the world No. 1 bowler in ODIs from T20Is and ODIs. Ravindra Jadeja gets selected for all three formats which is a bit of a pleasant surprise. The squads look well balanced and since the West Indies are lowly ranked in all the formats India should be firm favorites to win in all formats. India will particularly be looking to win however in the Test format as the 2 match series will count towards the ICC Test Championship.
World Cup Final Week of League Play Scenarios
India's loss to England in Birmingham has given the hosts a lifeline to making the semi-finals, while at the same time virtually eliminating Pakistan from the competition. Whether that was the intent of the Indian team is hard to tell, but based on the lacklustre performance with ball and especially with bat, one could fairly entertain that thought. The end of the game was almost as bizarre as the end of Pakistan v. Afghanistan game, and set the tongues wagging about possible fixed matches. Anway the Table below provides a snapshot of where the teams stand as of the last day of June and going into July and the the business end of an overly long tournament. Following the Table, analysis is provided of the chances of each potential semifinalists.
BCCI Announces 2019-20 Home Season Schedule
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on announced the 2019-20 home season which will include 5 Tests, 9 ODIs, and 12 T20Is. This is a much lighter load than a couple of years ago when the home season featured a blockbuster 13 Tests. These Tests are probably part of the New ICC Test Championship plan, so BCCI is limited on how many it can arrange. It will be interesting to see how the ICC Test Championship works out.
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- India Start Next Phase of Test Championship as Favorites
- India U19 Reach World Cup Finals For Third Time in a Row
- Four Time World Champions India Announce U19 Squad
- Eden Gardens Set To Host First Indian Day-Night Test
- Ganguly Takes Charge at BCCI
- Board Presidents XI Squad and Squad for 3 Tests Announced
- India atop Test Championship Table
- India A Squad to Take On SA A Announced
- T20I, ODI and Test Squads for West Indies Tour
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