ECB decision to ban players from IPL ridiculous, Warne says ICC should make a window for IPL

The England and Wales Cricket Board has come under heavy fire from Aussie spin legend Shane Warne who is also the captain of the Rajasthan Royals IPL team for not allowing its centrally contracted players to participate in the DLF IPL, the cash rich premier league of India. Shane Warne said its a real shame [...]

Sunil Gavaskar may face the axe as ICC cricket panel head

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar may have to quit as the ICC’s cricket committee chairperson due to perceived conflict of interests with his role as a columnist, media reports said. A report said the ICC has decided on this after its executive board meeting in Dubai. Sunil Gavaskar had described cricket playing nations Australia and [...]

ICC – BCCI to sign contract to protect international cricket

The ICC plans to sign a contract with BCCI to ensure that international cricket schedules are not jeopardized by IPL. According to the contract, IPL must respect international schedules and not take on players that do not have board clearance to take part in IPL. This would include players who have been retired for up [...]

2011 World Cup to have 2 teams less, Champions Trophy 2008 from September 11

The 2011 Cricket World Cup would have two teams less than the previous one, reports said. The last Cricket World Cup in West Indies had 16 nations, inviting criticism that it prolonged the tournament and that including more teams would affect the standards of the game. The ICC has not drawn up the schedule of [...]

Imtiaz Patel to succeed Malcom Speed as ICC chief executive, I S Bindra is principal advisor

Imtiaz Patel, an Indian of South African origin, has been named International Cricket Council’s new chief executive to replace Australian Malcom Speed. He will take over from the current ICC chief Malcolm Speed when he steps down in June. Patel is the chief executive of South African broadcast network Supersport. The ICC executive board meet [...]

ICC declines official international Twenty20 status for IPL matches

India’s IPL matches will not get ICC international Twenty20 match status, the International Cricket Council has said. The ICC says the DLF IPL Twenty20 tournament is a domestic cricket tournament, even though top stars from all over the world are participating. The DLF IPL Twenty20 tournament features 8 teams and more than 70 international cricketers [...]

Sachin Tendulkar is ICC World No 1 batsman, Ricky Ponting loses crown

Star Indian batsman and IPL Mumbai team icon Sachin Tendulkar has regained the World No. 1 batsman slot, deposing Australian captain Ricky Ponting, following his 399 runs in the Commonwealth Bank series in Australi, which India won 2-0 in the final. Sachin Tendulkar’s impressive scores includes valiant knocks of an unbeaten 117 and 91 in [...]