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BCCI rejects amalgamation with WCAI

Submitted by rickeyre on November 13, 2003 - 4:00pm

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), which governs the men's game in the world's most populous cricketing nation, has rejected an application from the women's governing body for an amalgamation.

A brief announcement of the rejection of the request by the Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) was made at the conclusion of the BCCI's AGM, which was conducted at Eden Gardens, Calcutta on September 27-29.

'Bodyline Autopsy' among William Hill nominees

Submitted by rickeyre on November 12, 2003 - 4:00pm

Probably the most prestigious literary awards for sports non-fiction is the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year award. One cricket book, "Bodyline Autopsy" by David Frith, appears among the six shortlisted for the 2003 Prize, with the winner to be announced on November 24.

Frith's book is up against no less than four books about soccer ("Broken Dreams" by Tom Bower, "Ajax: The Dutch, The War" by Simon Kuper, "Foul Play" by David Thomas, and "Bob Wilson: My Autobiography"), and one about golf ("In Search of Tiger" by Tom Callahan).

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The Waugh-Tendulkar Trophy: Noble thought, but...

Submitted by rickeyre on October 26, 2003 - 3:00pm

Adam Gilchrist was playing populist for the media on Saturday when he aired his thoughts of having a one-day game between Australia and India held every January 26 for the "Waugh-Tendulkar Trophy".

With January 26 being both Australia Day and India's Republic Day, Gilly has claimed the bright idea of staging a game on that day to determine the limited-over supremacy between the two countries.

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AFP news item drops Steve Waugh clanger

Submitted by rickeyre on October 18, 2003 - 2:00pm

Agence France-Presse have dropped an incredible clanger in a item which has appeared in many news services around the world in the past 24 hours, incorrectly attributing Steve Waugh with comments made by Murray Goodwin last week.

As I've previously discussed on the forum, former Zimbabwean Test batsman Goodwin made some fairly outspoken comments about that country's selection policies when talking to reporters in Perth on October 6, comments which have since seen him charged with an alleged breach of Cricket Australia's code of player conduct.

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Kenya plays second fiddle to Uganda

Submitted by rickeyre on October 17, 2003 - 2:00pm

The ups and downs of Kenyan cricket continue. After their amazing - if somewhat lucky - appearance in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup earlier this year, Kenya has failed to qualify for the Under-19 world championships to be held in Bangladesh next February.

The only one of the eleven full One-Day International countries needing to go through the qualifying rounds for the Youth World Cup (by virtue of not having Test status), Kenya had merely to finish in the top two of the combined Africa-East Asia Pacific tournament which concluded in Windhoek, Namibia, last week.

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Brilliant batting but brittle bowling

Submitted by rickeyre on October 16, 2003 - 2:00pm

Australia is the outstanding Test team of our time, there can be no doubt. They have a batting lineup whose depth and talent is of historic proportions. Matthew Hayden demonstrated amazing staying power with his world record 380 against Zimbabwe at the WACA, while Adam Gilchrist is an extraordinary player to be coming in to bat at seven. The bowling, however, does not have the same immense depth to draw upon.

Missing the Bangladesh ODI in Darwin

Submitted by rickeyre on October 11, 2003 - 2:05am

JH visited Darwin on Monday August 5, where he attended the Darwin Cup (and failed to pick the winner). On Tuesday and Wednesday August 6 and 7 he headed east to northern Queensland to visit aboriginal communities in Weipa. Australia played Bangladesh in a one-day international at Marrara Oval, Darwin, on Wednesday the 7th - the first ODI ever held in Darwin (which had staged the First Test between Australia and Bangladesh almost three weeks earlier). JH wasn't there.

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Hayden 380

Submitted by rickeyre on October 10, 2003 - 2:00pm

Bravo to Matthew Hayden for a brilliant innings and a new world Test record of 380. And for grabbing some of the media spotlight away from the Rugby World Cup on its opening night.

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