Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Amla steps down as South Africa captain

South African batsman Hashim Amla has tendered his resignation from the Test captaincy after the completion of the second Test against England in Cape Town which ended in a draw.

Hashim Amla was appointed the South African captain in the middle of 2014 after the retirement of their  skipper Graeme Smith, who led the team in a record 108 matches.

Under the captaincy of Amla, South Africa played 14 Tests and managed to win four and lost as many matches while managing to draw six games.

Hashim Amla has come in for criticism of his leadership since the start of the series but had returned to form with the bat with 201. 

In a statement, Amla said: "This decision has not an easy one to make I felt I had to be true to myself. I am comfortable with my decision and I feel I need to work on my own game.

"I was deeply honoured when the position was given to me. Throughout my time as captain, I have always had the support of my team-mates and coaching staff . I remain committed to the Proteas across all formats and I will fully support whoever is shown as my successor."

Hashim Amla said that he had begun to think about stepping down two weeks ago, before the start of the series against England. South Africa are currently 1-0 down, after defeat in Durban and a draw in Cape Town.

"I have chatted to some of the guys in the team so I don't think it will come as a surprise," he said. "AB is very able and a brilliant captain."

"He still has a huge role to play in shaping the success of our team without the need for a leadership title. He is just that type of a person and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.

"I want to thank AB for readily accepting the challenge of rebuilding our Test team as we seek to remain the best team in the world."
AB de Villiers will be leading South Africa in the remaining two games of series

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Danish Kaneria Loses Appeal Against Lifetime Ban

The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that a Cricket Discipline Commission has dismissed Danish Kaneria's appeal against being found guilty of two corruption charges in 2012.
Danish Kaneria was found guilty in June 2012 and banned for life by the ECB for two breaches of its Anti-Corruption code relating to a match in 2009.
The charges relate to a match between Essex and Durham in 2009, where fast bowler Mervyn Westfield admitted to accepting a bribe to underperform by conceding a minimum number of runs in his first over, implicating Kaneria in the process.
Danish Kaneria was charged with encouraging, or attempting to induce or encourage Westfield to underperform and conducting himself in a manner which brings the game into disrepute by so doing.
Following his ban in 2012, an ECB Disciplinary panel issued a statement calling Kaneria a 'grave danger' to the game.
Danish Kaneria is now set to appeal against his sanction and costs, which will be heard at a later date, as will Westfield's appeal against the sanction imposed on him.
He was banned for five years.
"I welcome wholeheartedly the independent panel’s decision to dismiss Mr Danish Kaneria’s appeal and uphold the earlier decision made by the Cricket Discipline Commission last summer," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said.
"I should like to thank the appeal panel for their time and diligence in hearing this case and I congratulate the ACCESS unit for its work in support of the successful prosecution of this corrupt activity.
"Corruption has no place in sport and ECB will continue to be vigilant and adopt a zero tolerance approach in this area."

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Michael Clarke scored an unbeaten century

Michael Clarke scored an unbeaten century to guide Australia to stumps on day one of the first Test against India in Chennai on 316 for 7.
His 103 came from 169 balls and although he was given excellent support from debutant Moises Henriques, through Ravichandra Ashwin's five-wicket haul, India kept themselves very much in the game.
Henriques came to the crease with the score reading 153 for five, showing his mettle with 68 after David Warner had proved his fitness by hitting 59.
Ravichandran Ashwin finished the day with six for 88 and Ravindra Jadeja was the only other player to take a wicket.
On a bone-dry surface, Michael Clarke had no hesitation in batting first after calling correctly at the toss. India brought in Murali Vijay as Virender Sehwag’s opening partner and Harbhajan Singh played ahead of Pragyan Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja retained his bowling all-rounder spot.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was handed his Test debut as MS Dhoni opted to go in with five bowlers. Meanwhile, Australia went in with the same team they had named earlier in the week, with Moises Henriques making his debut.
Cowan and David Warner made a quick start as the new-ball bowlers failed to make an impact on a wicket that seemed unresponsive to their bowling. Spin was introduced as early as the fifth over, after 22 minutes of play, while the 50-run partnership came up in 10 overs. Their stand was finally broken when Ashwin came on to bowl in his first Test at his home ground.
It was the 15th over and Cowan (29), having already hit a six, went for another big hit and was stumped. Phil Hughes, coming in at number three, was an early casualty, playing on a wide delivery again from Ashwin. Australia were 72 for two but Warner and Shane Watson, at number four, steadied the ship until lunch.
David Warner was dropped off Sehwag and then Dhoni missed a stumping as well, and he took advantage to score a half-century, scoring 59 runs off 93 balls. He hit six fours and put up 54 runs for the third wicket with Watson, as Australia finished the first session at 126 for two.
Post-lunch, Ravichandran Ashwin triggered a collapse in the middle order and it seemed that India would wrap up the innings within the hour. Warner and Watson (28) were both adjudged leg before in successive overs, and later Matthew Wade (12) was out similarly, leaving the visitors reeling at 153 for five, but his dismissal brought Clarke and debutant Henriques to the crease, and they resisted the bowling until late in the day.
Michael Clarke was more elegant, having experienced Test match pressure in these conditions and he played the spinners well, using his feet to counter them. He hit 11 fours and one six in all, in what was going to be a pivotal innings for his side in this game.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

T.M Dilshan Fined For Excessive Appealing

T.M Dilshan has been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the ongoing second Test against England in Colombo and fined ten percent of his match fee.

T.M Dilshan pleaded guilty to being in breach of clause 2.1.5 which covers "excessive appealing and excessive shall include a) repeated appeal of the same decision/appeal and b) celebrating a dismissal before the decision has been given.

T.M Dilshan was reported to match referee Javagal Srinath after he ran towards the striker's end celebrating a dismissal before turning round and appealing repeatedly during the 88th over of England's innings of 460.

"Dilshan accepted the charge and the penalty imposed without qualms and so there was no need for a formal hearing," Srinath confirmed.

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