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Friday, June 17, 2011

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India vs West Indies 2011 cricket series: Raina criticized

India won the series, but lost the plot. India vs West Indies ODI 2011 series has been won by India 3-2. Nonetheless criticism is mounting against stand in captain Suresh Raina for his poor leadership qualities

By U Rehman (TimesWireService.Com)

New Delhi: We had predicted more than a week ago that the India vs West Indies series will be as good as Pakistan vs West Indies series played merely a couple of weeks ago. Like Suresh Raina led Indian cricket team, Pakistan too had won the first three matches, winning the series.

But then after a great start the team went downhill. We know that there were internal differences between coach and Pakistani cricket team and so their loss can be reasoned.

But we have no explanation as to why the Indian team that was looking great till the third one day international match suddenly lost the touch and lost two matches in a row and that too in a very humiliating fashion.

Losing fourth match with a margin of 140 plus runs and then the fifth and the last match by seven wickets is something that may not leave a great impression of the team and the captaining qualities of the stand in captain Suresh Raina.

He is being also blamed for the loss as he did not recall Munaf Patel who has been performing consistently with the ball back in the team after resting him for the fourth one day international.

Munaf was the main tormentor and the wicket taker of the team throughout the three matches that India won. He is also the most experienced bowler.

We had thought that with him rested for the two matches Ishant Sharma will make a good impression. But he didn’t and instead leaked too many runs. Bhajjy’s absence too played a negative role. He is someone who can be depended with both bat and ball. With him in the team, Raina’s team could have added more runs in the last ten overs.

Stand in captain Suresh Raina is also being attacked for his poor batting judgment. He has played the same poor shots one after the other and has not understood as to how to avoid such useless shots. He has been trying to hit every ball for sixes and fours and hasn’t been able to find his touch.

His maximum score in the series is 44 runs, not good enough to find a place in the next one day international series that India would be playing against England.

Haider fined $5,800 for fleeing cricket squad

Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider was fined 500,000 rupees ($5,800) Friday for violating the team's code of conduct when he flew to London last year without informing team management.
Haider appeared before a Pakistan Cricket Board disciplinary committee in Lahore. Its decision was announced by committee head Sultan Rana after a two-hour hearing.
"Zulqarnain will also be under a one-year probation period during which his conduct will be observed," Rana said.
Haider left the national team during the one-day series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates in Nov. 2010 and sought asylum in Britain, saying he had received death threats from match-fixers.
However, he returned home in April after assurances from the country's interior minister Rehman Malik over his security.
Last month, Haider reversed his retirement from international cricket, but Rana said it is up to the PCB and its selection committee whether they consider him for the national team.
Haider said he had accepted his misconduct before the disciplinary committee on Friday and will try not to "repeat the mistakes in future."
"I did what I thought was right at that time," Haider said of his decision to leave the team on the day when Pakistan was due to play its fifth and final ODI against South Africa.
"With the passage of time I realized that I committed a mistake. I should have informed the PCB, I should have informed my seniors."
Haider said he wants to concentrate on cricket and accepted the decision of the inquiry committee.
"I just want to play cricket and it all depends on the selection committee whether they pick me for the national team or not."

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Rehman Malik appreciates Chairman PCB for resolving issue with Afridi

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has appreciated the role of Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ejaz for resolving issue with Afridi.In a meeting, he requested to the Chairman PCB to demonstrate with whole-heartedly to resolve this issue.

Talking to Journalists here outside the Parliament House , Rehman Malik said that Shahid Afridi is our national hero, who services for nation cannot be forgotten.

Afridi not to contest fine, happy with NOC

Captain Shahid Afridi fined Rs 4.5 by the PCB disciplinary committee after he accepted that he violated the Cricket Board's Code of Conduct.However his NOC restored , clearing the way for playing Hampshire in English Twenty20 tournament.
Afridi accepted his guilty before the four-member committee to the charges of violating Board's code of conduct and  unilaterally announcing his retirement and criticising the PCB and its officials.
 PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi told that all the  committee members  decided to fine him 4.5 million rupees (USD 53,000) but Afridi said he will not appeal against the imposition of fine.
Afridi said "I am glad the matter is over now and I have got my NOC. I am thankful to the disciplinary committee for listening patiently to me and in a good atmosphere."
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