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Friday, May 27, 2005

And in other news...

For once, pure pleasure to point to a good deed by the BCCI -- which has announced that the women's cricket association will be merged with that of the men, come the working committee meeting on June 2-3.
You could argue that the Board had little choice, given that the ICC had already folded the International Women's Cricket Council within it last month -- but even after that, the BCCI was making antediluvian noises about there being no real need to merge the men's and women's outfits in India.
Better sense seems to have prevailed; and the Indian women, who have with a minimum of fuss been improving steadily, can only stand to benefit from the greater access to finances, among other things, that the BCCI commands.
Elsewhere, VVS Laxman -- who in recent times has sounded unwontedly bitter about missing out on the one day squad -- makes it to the MCC XI that will take on the International XI in the June 14 Tsunami benefit pajama party at Lord's, thanks to Sachin Tendulkar's pulling out as a result of his surgery. In passing, is it just me, or do you think the selection is weighted in favor of the Intl XI?


  • Hmm... there must be a mistake somewhere - the MCC XI seems to have two wicketkeepers (Andy Flower and Kumara Sangakkara), while the Intl XI has none. Surely, Rahul Dravid isn't going to keep wickets for the Intl XI!

    Given that the pitch is likely to afford a run feast, Intl XI certainly seems the stronger team. On the other hand, I think Shoaib Akhtar will have a point to prove, and it is likely that while everyone else is taking it easy, Shoaib might just put in a performance that makes everyone sit up and take notice. Am looking forward to watching Andy Flower bat again.

    By Blogger Nikhil Pahwa, at 03:19  

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