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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.
"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.
He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.
Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.
"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.
Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,
"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday confirmed that it will replace 'batsman' with gender-neutral term 'batter' in all its playing conditions, starting with this month's men's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in UAE and Oman.
In September, the Marylebone Cricket Club announced it would be replacing the word 'batsman' with 'batter' in the Laws of Cricket. That change will now be reflected across all ICC playing conditions going forward.
The ICC said over the past four years it has been moving away from the word "batsman", with "batter" implemented regularly in commentary and across the organisation's channels. In fact, ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice said that the MCC's decision to move to 'batter' in the Laws of the game was one they 'welcomed'.
"The ICC has been utilising the term batter for some time now across our channels and in commentary and we welcome the MCC's decision to implement it into the Laws of cricket and will follow suit with our playing conditions that are derived from the Laws," Allardice said in a statement.
“This is a natural and perhaps overdue evolution of our sport and now our batters are gender-neutral in the same way as bowlers, fielders and wicket keepers," he added. Allardice also said that it's a small change but one that will have a significant impact on cricket being viewed as a more inclusive sport. “Of course language changes alone will not grow the sport, we must ensure that girls and boys who are inspired to play cricket have a fantastic, fun first experience and are both able to progress as cricketers without barriers," he said.
For ICC Hall of Famer and former Australia star Lisa Sthalekar the move to 'batter' is a simple but important one in growing a sport that truly is for everyone. Unaware cricket was a sport played by women as a child, Sthalekar went on to become one of the finest players Australia has ever produced before making the step into commentary. Having grown up using the term 'batter' as a player, she stuck to the word when she stepped behind the microphone and remembers being told by a co-commentator in one of her earliest gigs that "batter was for fish."
“We don't say 'hey look at that fieldsman', we say 'look at the fielder'. We don't say 'bowlsman', we say 'bowler'," she said to icc-cricket.com following the MCC decision. Sthalekar also added, “So if there is a similar term to describe someone with a piece of wood in their hands, why wouldn't we follow suit?"
According to ICC, it's worth noting that up until this century, the phrase 'fieldsman' was the accepted term with the MCC stepping in in 2000. Nowadays, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone saying 'fieldsman'.
Sthalekar is well aware even with the ICC and MCC both moving permanently to 'batter' that 'batsman' will still be heard on occasion in the media. “It's like a habit, it takes forever to get rid of it,'' she said.
Sthalekar's thoughts were echoed by Allardice, who described the move as a "common-sense change". “Why not take a small step to ensuring we're a sport that doesn't exclude 50 per cent of the world's population with outdated language choices. Whilst some may have made lots of noise against this common-sense change, the majority of people within the game have welcomed the move," he said. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: International Cricket Council, World Cup, Gender Neutral, Change, Batter
The situation in India at present is grave and worrying. The second wave of the dreaded Covid-19 virus has hit the country like a bolt from the blue. It is spreading all across India like a ‘Tsunami’ and is affecting every segment of the population.
The pertinent question that has arisen is whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) should continue or not.
The IPL at present is the lifeline for Indian cricket and cricketers. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) could have easily held it in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) like they did six months ago.
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However, having successfully accomplished a series against England during the pandemic earlier and being given the hosting rights for the T20 World Cup later in the year, the BCCI needed to show that cricket can be played even in this dire situation.
The BCCI has been able to successfully run the first half of the tournament without a blemish and one has to give credit to the players, staff, and administrators who made it possible.
Unfortunately in India, the success story of the cash-rich IPL has become a difficult pill to swallow.
Anything or anyone doing well is for some reason brought down.
Indians suffer from a crabs-in-a-bucket mentality. There will always be one trying to bring down another who is going up.
The IPL too is becoming a victim of people who say that since everything around is bleak, cricket shouldn’t be played.
One does understand the anti-cricket sentiments but the IPL is being played in empty stadia with all involved in a bio-secure bubble which keeps each one of them safe and sound.
Cricket is not utilizing oxygen cylinders, beds in hospitals, or recovery drugs required for people suffering from this pandemic. The cocooned cricketers, who are themselves lonely and in a stifling situation while completing their assignment, are giving the millions of followers of the game entertainment to forget the situation prevailing around them.
One, therefore, is perplexed at suggestions that a cricket tournament, which has not brought any harm yet, should be terminated just to show how one cares for the suffering.
The IPL is a wonderful platform to convey messages to millions of fans following it. Rather than having full-fledged debates about the virus on TV and social media, the conveying of simple do’s and don’ts in local languages would be just the tonic the doctor ordered.
Most Indians need simple instructions and information, and the IPL could be the right platform for it.
Advertisement in the IPL is one area that the sponsors need to look at quite seriously. Most of the commercials are quite unbearable and this would be an ideal situation for them to come forth with serious and useful messaging.
There is a ridiculous talk of IPL taking away funds from companies that otherwise could have been diverted to the Covid battle.
One can be assured that each of these companies sponsoring is not small players and have enough in their kitty to support the Covid cause along with the IPL.
The BCCI has always supported the PM Cares Fund in the past, even during the first wave of Covid. One is quite sure that they will continue to do so in the future.
One does feel sorry for the cricketers, administrators, and support staff locked up in their private chambers. The job of playing the sport that they love and providing entertainment to their fans and followers at a time when getting employment is at a premium must be enough of an incentive for them to play even under these circumstances.
Some players have indicated anxiety and left the IPL to be with their near and dear ones and this is quite understandable too.
Each player in the bubble is worried and concerned and for them to be playing cricket is a far better option than being locked up, bored with nothing to do, similar to what they experienced a year ago.
For most of the cricketers, the six months away from the sport last year was the most difficult time they faced.
Presently, cricketers are the actors of the entertainment world and as the famous Bollywood star Raj Kapoor always said, “the show must go on”. (IANS/KB)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketing minds of the modern-day game. A handful can rival his achievements as captain and it was on this day that the legendary former India skipper completed his hattrick of ICC titles defying all odds as he led the team to the Champions Trophy title.
Dhoni led India superbly to become the first captain in the world to have won all ICC trophies here seven years ago on June 23 as his wards beat hosts England by five runs in a rain-curtailed 20-over ICC Champions Trophy ODI final.
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It all started in 2007 when a long-haired Dhoni from the eastern trenches of Ranchi led a fairly young Indian side to the inaugural World T20 title in South Africa, beating arch-rivals Pakistan in gut-wrenching fashion.
Dhoni’s stock as a leader started taking shape after that win as he went on to lead India to the 2011 ODI World Cup, which is arguably his greatest moment as skipper. He is known to have a cool head on his shoulders and on that day in April 2, 2011 Dhoni’s six off Nuwan Kulasekara to clinch the World Cup will forever be etched in public’s memory.
Dhoni has been on a sabbatical since the 2019 World Cup where India lost to New Zealand in the semifinals under Virat Kohli’s leadership. There has been a lot of talk whether the wicketkeeper batsman will return to the Indian team or not with the T20 World Cup, to be held later this year in Australia, now in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But his name will forever be etched in the minds of cricket fans across the world for being a top-class leader. (IANS)
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