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Howard vs Murali - Cricket's new war



Sri Lankan spinning great Muttiah Muralitharan said on Wednesday that former Australian prime minister John Howard faced a challenge winning over south Asian cricket nations as the new head of the sport's world body.

Howard, 70, was named on Tuesday as Australia and New Zealand's candidate to take over the rotating International Cricket Council presidency when it becomes available in 2012.

Muralitharan, 37, told The Sydney Morning Herald his old feud with Howard was "all finished" but said the influential cricket nations in the subcontinent might need more convincing.

Howard angered Muralitharan and Sri Lankan cricket by publicly questioning the cricketer's unique bowling action in 2004, calling him a chucker.

"I'm not upset or angry with him or anything. At the time, I thought it was wrong -- that was my opinion and he had his," said Muralitharan, who is Test cricket's greatest wicket-taker with 792 wickets.

"We've got to think about the future: how is he going to handle things in cricket?" he added."It won't be an easy job. He has to convince the subcontinent -- that's going to be a tough challenge for him.

"Off-spinner Muralitharan refused to tour Australia in July 2004 after the cricket-mad Howard's comments, and the politician later apologised.

Elsewhere, the reaction to Howard's nomination was mixed.Cricket commentator Peter Roebuck said he had some regret that New Zealand's candidate, Sir John Anderson, was overlooked as he was "clearly the best qualified" of the two.


But Roebuck, writing in the Herald, said the Australian's "appointment is hardly a calamity. Only the most churlish will deny Howard his experience and acumen.

"Howard may be captivated by the bright lights of cricket but he is also familiar with the dark arts of manipulation. Better him than a hundred sweet talkers.

"Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Howard would "do a terrific job for world cricket"."No-one can doubt his passion for the game.

It's great that someone of his standing wants the job," he told the Herald.Malcolm Gray, the only other Australian to have held the ICC post, said Howard's political experience would be ideal for the job.

"What's needed is somebody independent and strong who will stand up to all the nations, all the boards -- including Australia -- and not be swayed," Gray told The Daily Telegraph.

"Like every international forum or organisation, it is riven with politics."But he's (Howard) had enormous experience as head of the biggest organisation in this country and he's obviously strong.

"Meanwhile, New Zealanders were bemused by the decision."This is not a bleat that a New Zealander did not get the gig, more wonderment that someone with absolutely no cricket experience did," The New Zealand Herald said."How could Cricket Australia not find someone more suited to the job than a politician?"


Murali announces retirement plans


Test cricket's most prolific wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan, plans to retire from test cricket at the end of this year and from all forms of international cricket after the World Cup scheduled for next March.

The 37-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer, who has taken a world-record 792 wickets in 132 Tests, will finally call time on an 18-year career after the West Indies' two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in October. He needs only eight more scalps to become the first and only player to take 800 wickets.


"My future is all about playing one-dayers until the World Cup. If I am fit and good I will play until the World Cup and the World Cup will be the end of the road," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

He also confirmed that he will play in third edition of the Indian Premier League despite a threat by terror outfit al-Qaeda and also urged his teammates to go and play in India.

Sources - Cricketnext, PTI & CNN-IBN

Australia, Sex, Bond*age and Goof ups.. ;)


Australia began their New Zealand tour with verbal bloopers from coach Tim Nielsen and Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke that left the entire team red-faced.

Coach Tim Nielsen started the proceedings soon after his arrival at the airport, saying "To be honest, we haven't had a lot of sex, um, success over here."

And once he was through with the interaction, the Australia coach had a humble request to make, although it looked like the local media was in no mood to oblige him. "Could you please remove the sex bit, I don't want my wife hearing that," Nielsen said.

A day after Nielsen's goof-up, it was Clarke who had a slip of tongue Feb 27th.

Talking about New Zealand pacer Shane Bond, Clarke said that he was still a threat and his teammates would have to do a lot of homework to counter him. "We'll have a good look at the footage of bond*age...I mean, Bondy," said Clarke, triggering laughter.

"I feel like the coach, what's going on," Clarke was quoted later on.

Even though Clarke restructured the sentence and delivered it again, he realized that the damage had been done. "Front page, I can see it now...," Clarke sighed as he made a hasty exit.

IPL 2010 SCHEDULE



The third edition of Indian Premiere League (IPL 2010) Matches/Cricket Schedule has been announced. DLF IPL Matches will start from March 12, 2010 and it will end on April 25, 2010. In IPL 2010, there will be total of 60 matches and you can view full IPL Timetable 2010 below. Check here the 2010 IPL matches Schedule aka Time table with date, IPL Cricket Teams, and location details.

The countdown for the hottest event in India kicks off with a match between Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad on Fri Mar 12, 2010. The final match is scheduled to be played in Mumbai, one of the big cities in India. 2010 IPL will surely be more exciting and remarkable than last year. Across India, these all matches will be played in cricket stadiums and the match telecast timings would be either 4.00pm or 8.00pm IST.


IPL Timetable 2010 – IPL Matches/Cricket Schedule
•March 12 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Hyderabad
•March 13 – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 13 – Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils – Mohali
•March 14 – Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Chennai
•March 14 – Kolkata Knigh tRiders vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Kolkata
•March 15 – Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils – Jaipur
•March 16 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Kings XI Punjab – Bangalore
•March 16 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings – Kolkta
•March 17 – Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians – Delhi
•March 18 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Rajasthan Royals – Bangalore
•March 19 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab – Vizag
•March 20 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Ahmedabad
•March 20 – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 21 – Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Delhi
•March 22 – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 23 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Chennai SuperKings – Bangalore
•March 24 – Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals – Mohali
•March 25 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils – Kolkta
•March 26 – Chennai SuperKings vs Mumbai Indians – Chennai
•March 26 – Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Ahmedabad
•March 27 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Delhi Daredevils – Bangalore
•March 27 – Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Mohali
•March 28 – Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai SuperKings – Ahmedabad
•March 28 –Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians – Vizag
•March 29 – Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Delhi
•March 30 – Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 31 – Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Chennai
•March 31 – Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals – Delhi
•April 1 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Kolkata
•April 2 – Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Mohali
•April 3 – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals – Chennai
•April 3 – Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Mumbai/Nagpur
•April 4 – Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Delhi
•April 4 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab – Kolkata
•April 5 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – Hyderabad
•April 6 – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai SuperKings – Mumbai/Nagpur
•April 7 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – Ahmedabad
•April 8 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad– Bangalore
•April 8 – Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils – Chennai
•April 9 – Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians – Mohali
•April 10 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Bangalore
•April 10 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Chennai SuperKings – Hyderabad
•April 11 – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians – Jaipur
•April 11 – Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab – Delhi
•April 12 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Hyderabad
•April 13 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Chennai
•April 14 – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils – Mumbai/Nagpur
•April 15 – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Jaipur
•April 15 – Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Dharmsala
•April 16 – Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai SuperKings – Delhi
•April 17 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Mumbai Indians – Bangalore
•April 17 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – Kolkata
•April 18 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils – Hyderabad
•April 18 – Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings – Dharamsala
•April 19 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians – Kolkata
•April 21 – Semifinal Match 1
•April 22 – Semifinal Match 2
•April 24 – 3rd Place Match
•April 25 –
FINAL Match


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