Archive for April, 2009

Can the ‘P20’ match the IPL?

The ECB have announced plans for a new two division twenty20 tournament to be held mid summer of 2010. The two division tournament likely to be called P20, will comprise of 9 teams in each division with 3 promoted and three relegated and will determine qualification for the Champion’s League. The current twenty20 tournament (2020 Cup) will remain but has been pushed back to the end of the domestic summer. Further details of dates, overseas players will be discussed and announced soon. The ECB is keen to cash in on the rise of interest of twenty20 cricket with two tournaments. With the IPL already in operation and the possible launch of the Southern Hemisphere twenty20 league and the APL, is there too much twenty20 cricket? (more…)


April 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm 2 comments

Bopara deserves a run at number three

It is not common to be surprised by an England squad selection but this one managed to as Andy Flower made his mark. Experienced trio of Michael Vaughan, Ian Bell and Steve Harmison were overlooked along with Owais Shah. In come Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions. All three are likely to come straight into the team with Swann and Panesar vying for a likely single spin position. Bopara has been confirmed as England’s number three. (more…)

April 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm 2 comments

Flintoff IPL failures highlight England’s deficiencies in the shorter format

Ahead of this summers twenty20 world cup you would have thought that the IPL would be an ideal preparation for England’s limited over stars. But instead it has highlighted England’s problems in this format and asks questions about why the IPL organisers were so keen to secure the England players. Apart from Bopara, KP and Masceranhas in spells, they haven’t exactly covered themselves with glory. Shah and Collingwood continue to take their holiday in South Africa while Flintoff hobbled out after conceding 50 runs from 4 overs in his last game. (more…)

April 28, 2009 at 9:43 am 1 comment

Bell given chance to roar for lions

Ian Bell was named in the England Lions squad for the game against the West Indies on April 30. The Warwickshire batsman has been given a chance to stake a claim for the England number three position ahead of the first test. Rob Key continues to captain the side and will be looking to push his claims further. (more…)

April 22, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Furious Hoggard doesn’t expect England recall

Furious Hoggard doesn’t expect England recallA Furious Mathew Hoggard blasted the ECB and former coach Peter Moores after being dropped from the team. The Yorkshire swing bowler has not featured for England since the first test defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton last year. The manner in which he was dropped has angered Hoggard who says he is “completely and utterly not even thinking about a recall” this summer. (more…)

April 21, 2009 at 9:41 am 1 comment

Can Kevin Pietersen be an IPL hit?

Kevin Pietersen coasted his way to IPL history without even taking to the field. He became the IPL’s most expensive player, along side Andrew Flintoff, commanding a fee of £1.3m. Before the tournament even starts Kevin Pietersen has a huge price tag to live up to. The Royal Bangalore Challengers were clearly pleased with their multi million dollar purchase but can KP live up to expectations? (more…)

April 16, 2009 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Nel signing key to Surrey promotion hopes

Surrey continued their poor form from last season by finishing sixth in the Pro Arch trophy (pre season warm up). The same problems from last year emerged again and the Surrey faithful will no doubt be cheered by the signing of the fiery Andre Nel, A man who has played in 36 tests, taking 123 wickets at 31.86, along with 106 wickets in 79 ODI games. A player with vast international experience, just the man Surrey need to if they are to gain instant promotion to the first tier of domestic cricket. (more…)

April 12, 2009 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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