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  1. 1 hour ago, Forever Indian said:

    How many domestic players have the money to have private counselling and research into the ingredients of each medicine they take? Surely it should be the state board which should do that and it is the team doctor who is the expert in this regard and failed to get permission.

    The immense cost of reading a label on a bottle and comparing it to a readily available list online?

  2. 2 minutes ago, Shunya said:

    I feel English and Aussie players should play in Ranji/IPL and their game would improve by many folds.

    English players playing more domestic cricket around the world is something I'd like to see, the problem is county cricket is the only first class system that's really open for foreign players to come over fairly easily. Perhaps it's something we should tighten up on and come to agreements with other countries over, players under 30/a certain amount of experience can only come over here as overseas players if they're on some kind of exchange where an equivalent young English player will go play in their FC domestic tournament when it begins or something like that.

  3. Isn't the point that experience in foreign conditions (as county cricket would be) should aid a player in playing in those conditions when they come up against them at international level? Indian batsman have typically been stronger against spin whilst English batsmen have typically been stronger against the swing because that's what they've played the majority of their domestic cricket against. Make more of their domestic cricket against the opposite and chances are they'll hone their skills better against the opposite discipline.

  4. 2 hours ago, mancalledsting said:

    The Word monkey in western world has a racial connotation when used in respect to people of African origin. In India no such connotation exists to my knowledge. Windies players never complained about racism in India. If it the word monkey was used (and that's debatable), it wouldn't have been with racist intent. It's like when Nasser called Indian players "donkeys". In England it just means slow moving person but in India it is a strong insult not expected of a commentator. Just because in India it's a strong insult, doesn't necessitate that Nasser said it with the intention of strong offence. 

    If true then it would be one heck of a coincidence for supporters at multiple grounds across India to only mock the only player of a black background in the Aussie team with monkey actions and if it happened for a player to then use the word monkey as an insult against the same player.

  5. 41 minutes ago, sandeep said:

    England poached him before WI could give him a chance.  They regularly give scholarship to teenage cricketers from Barbados etc, and of course the good ones are going to choose to play for England for salaries of a million pounds a year, as opposed to 100k with the WI.   Wouldn't you?   

    Not exactly true, Barbados were giving him absolutely no shot at the their FC team despite good performances and he was apparently actually keen to be part of the Barbados FC squad for the 2016/17 season (after his breakthrough county season with Sussex) but they preferred the already established likes of Roach, Cummins etc. that they had instead. Also worth noting that his Dad is English so he does infact have family in England.

  6. 2 hours ago, sandeep said:

    When the ECB can merrily lead a vote gerry-mandering effort to cut down BCCI's revenue-stream & influence at the ICC level, using India-generated ICC revenues to bribe the likes of WI, Zim, NZ, Bang etc - surely you don't think such actions won't have a reaction from the BCCI?    I expect the ICC "dispute resolution" committee to kick back a serious amount of funds to Pakistan, with the on-going issue with India-Pakistan bilateral cricket.  Its plain as day, that Giles Clarke made a deal with Sethi and the PCB to push through the recent round of ICC structural changes - at a time while the BCCI is going through court-mandated structural changes and is rudderless and incapable of really responding in the ICC corporate boardroom.   Do you think Giles Clarke flew to terrorism infested Pakistan - twice - before the ICC voting, because he loves cricket and wants to see it being played in Pakistan?  The "World XI" visit to Lahore was part of the same deal - facilitated by slimey Giles Clarke, and backed by Haroon Lorgat's CSA - that's why that team was composed of primarily South African current players, and "stars" like Paul Collingwood.  


    Sooner or later, the BCCI will get past its internal issues, find its footing, and then turn its attention to delivering payback to its "frenemies" in the ICC.  BCCI babus may be inept, bumbling fools, but they do have elephantine memories.  And like the South African Cricket board is finding out now, payback is a bitch.   Haroon Lorgat has been fired, and his fantasy of starting a South African T20 league is in the trashcan, and CSA had to pay out a healthy amount of $$$ to players and other stakeholders.   You poke a stick at the bee-hive, you should expect to get stung.   


    So you believe only the BCCI should be permitted to manipulate and bribe others to vote in their interests and anyone else who does it should face sanctions?

  7. 4 hours ago, sandeep said:

    Whether they provide an official "window" or not - reality is that the best cricketers on the planet are going to be lining up to play in the IPL in that time-frame.  And why shouldn't they?   Even their boards make money when they play in the IPL.   It was only the stupidity of the ECB that this happened 10 years late.  Doesn't matter anyway.   


    Just like BCCI took care of business by denying SA their home boxing day test against India, I want the BCCI to make sure that they schedule a "IPL carnival" in the same time-frame when ECB finally gets their **** together and starts a T20 tournament.  

    Out of interest what would be the reasoning behind your deliberately antagonistic proposal?

  8. 4 hours ago, Cricketics said:

    Punter is freakin funny commmentator and a great analyst and perhaps the guy who is well liked now compared to how he was seen by fans during his playing days. Can’t wait to hear him in Big Bash, the guy makes some great comments. 

    Will he be doing the Big Bash this year? BT have snapped up all 3 of Ponting, Gilchrist and Fleming for the Ashes so it will be interesting to see what happens when they start to clash. Can't be that many Australia commentators left after that?

  9. 25 minutes ago, Austin 3:!6 said:

    BT Sports is showing Ashes with a monthly subscription of 25£ for a 12 month contract. Shameful how greedy one can be. Also BT is not allowing any terrestrial channel to show highlights to keep it exclusive. There are no day pass available with them either for people to subscribe for pay per view. Majority of people in UK wont be able to watch Ashes. No wonder cricket in this country going down in the drain.

    BT are putting a free highlights package online/on their app at the end of each day instead of the usual terrestrial highlights. BT sports in general is also free for BT TV customers on the most basic package or free mobile streaming if you've got broadband with them.

  10. 34 minutes ago, Malcolm Merlyn said:

    Landing up at my home at 6am in the morning or 10pm at night or anytime when i may be having guests to ask for urine samples is not equal to getting checked at delhi metro.


    2 hours ago, cricketrulez said:

    Ignorance on display. The point of contention for Indian players was the whereabouts clause. They need to inform WADA where they 24X7 non-stop 2+ weeks ahead of time. even if they are not in competing and during off season.

    For those that don't know the whereabouts procedure only requires sports players to designate their location for 1 hour of the day and not the entire day as the above posts suggest.

  11. I don't think much can be read into a few dropped slip catches this series, everyone was dropping catches left right and centre and Cook's been a solid (not nessecarily anything special) slipper for years now.


    Bit harsh to take his stats since a selective dates and look at his series stats without his biggest innings but despite that he's clearly he's not quite as good as he was some years back. He's has his issues against quality pace bowling so this winter will be an interesting challenge for him. If he gets through it successfully he's got the fitness standards to go on for a long time more if he wants and probably will as he won't face much tougher. I don't think much more can be said right now.


    On the topic of Hameed I think the risk of chucking him in against the West Indies during a shockingly poor county season and doing more harm than good was way too high. Especially for someone so young.

  12. 3 minutes ago, sandeep said:

    Anderson hasn't been a mid-90s bowler for quite a while.  Quality bowler, hard to like on account of his moronic antics.  But given a bit of assistance, quite incisive.   

    Wasn't suggesting he was, but @rightarmfast was suggesting an Indian bowler would have to drop 10mph to match Anderson in pace. Anderson was never a 90+mph bowler, started out as being regularly in the mid-late 80s but then dropped a few probably around the same time he became a test regular.

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