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Cricket TodaySeptember 2009

EDITORIAL BOARD Editor Manish Verma Managing Editor Rakesh Pandey Sub Editor Mohd. Asim Contributing Editors S. Pervez Qaiser, Partab Ramchand, Sreelata S Yellamrazu, Haresh Pandya Graphic Designer Lalita Adhikari Media Relations Officer Monica Bhardwaj Production Co-ordinator Sunil Chaudhary Photos A.P. BUSINESS OFFICE DIAMOND MAGAZINES PVT. LTD. X-30, Okhla Ind. Area, Ph-2, New Delhi-20, Tel 011-40712100 Fax (011) 41611866 Director (Mktg.) Manish Verma, E-mail : manish@dpb.in

Stage set for the Carnival of Cricketfter much delay and drama, the second most imperative tourney of the cricket world is about to launch its pad in less then a months time on the horizon of African nation. Champions Trophy is finally back to lure cricket fanatics with its magic. Top eight nations would go head to head to implicate their dominance on each other, in return getting their hands on the beautiful trophy of the much awaited tournament. We bring you all the valuable inputs required about the notable teams keeping in mind their weaknesses, strengths and most importantly their chances of increasing the cabinet of trophies. Champions Trophy would be a stern test for the host nations as they won't let another chance go begging to get rid of their chokers tag. South Africa is known for its slip ups on the crucial stages so this time around we expect much responsible effort from them. Though on one end cricket globalization with such tournaments (Champions Trophy& IPL) has made the game richer with every passing day but on the reverse end it has brought the gentlemen's game on the verge of serious problem. Scale of premature retirements from Test cricket could go up in the near future with the amount of money get-

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ting in at the shorter formats. Andrew Flintoff is the first major casualty of this cash rich cricket; however he is adamant that his call for retirement is because of his injury prone career. Indian cricket board is going through trouble some days. BCCI is finding hard to negotiate the doping clause of WADA, with every one jumping upon their head about instructing the cricket players to sign the anti doping policy. In this edition we also pay tribute to one of the longest serving servant of Sri Lankan cricket Chaminda Vaas, who has hanged his boots from Test cricket. With Vaas' sun setting off, few of the new stars of cricket are rising high in Pakistani cricket. Young lads like Umer Akmal, Mohammad Aamer and Fawad Alam are doing world of good for Pakistani cricket with their noteworthy performances in recent past. Exclusive interviews of Amit Mishra, Rahul Dewan and Dajit Singh will defiantly keep your interest going in the current issue of Cricket Today. For lovers of other sports, there is much to read about. Special coverage on the top three football leagues will take your curiosity to highest level. Last but not the least, our regular columns like Greats of the Game and Willowy Words will keep alive, the heroes of cricketing world from the past.

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26 20Sports Round Up

The Contenders

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I Thought of Giving Up At Time: Amit Mishra

50WADA- ICC- BCCI: Tied in Gridlock

White Lightning backs ball tampering

Aussie Skipper gets 12th GradeCurrent Australian Skipper Ricky Ponting would defiantly get commanding position if team is chosen out of current world players. But this Aussie great couldnt make it to the playing XI of all-time Australian team. Ricky Ponting was deemed well enough only for the 12th mans slot. Though, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath made it to a leading websites alltime Australian XI.Don Bradman, Shane Warne and Dennis Lillee was the unanimous choice. Australian XI : Victor Trumper, Arthur Morris, Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Allan Border, Keith Miller, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Bill OReilly, Dennis Lillee and Glenn McGrath. 12th man: Ricky Ponting.

Former South Africa speedster Allan Donald feels the International Cricket Council (ICC) should legalize ball tampering to prevent the growing hegemony of batsmen in world cricket. The ICC would shoot me for saying it but, with the wickets that we play on and the dying breed fast bowlers are becoming on these flatter wickets, I would say we do need some sort of defense mechanism, something to fall back on to say Right, we can do this. We can now prepare this ball to go, said Donald. However, the 42-year-old, currently the coach of Warwickshire where he had served with distinction as a player, is aware his plea would have very little effect.

RECKONING FOR GAUTI

Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir is one of the 15 sportspersons selected to receive the prestigious Arjuna Award for the year 2009.Gambhir, who has enjoyed a purple patch with the bat in all three forms of the game since Indias World T20 World Cup win in 2007, has been chosen for the honor along with badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi and hockey player Ignace Tirkey.Gambhir was recently elevated to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings, before Kumar Sangakkara overtook him.

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74 62Foremost Step is to set up a Salary Structure for the Curators: Daljit Singh

Make Flintoffs Retirement an Exception, Not the Trend

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The unluckiest team in the World

86My Heart goes for Haryana: Rahul Dewan

AAMER OPTS OUT OF PCBFormer Pakistan Test opener Aamer has step down as Pakistan Cricket Boards Director-Game Development, creating more problems for the embattled board. If reports to be believed Aamer Sohail was not getting along with senior Board officials including chairman Ejaz Butt and director-human

resource Wasim Bari. In fact he was also issued show cause notice by Bari for failing to attend an ICC course in London. However Sohail, 42, said that he was getting no job satisfaction and so he decided to resign. The former batsman said he will revive his career as a television commentator. Sohails decision to quit comes after former chief selector Abdul Qadir, also an ex-Pakistan Test cricketer, resigned because of his differences with the Boards top brass.

Lara set to coach his home side?

Back to homeUttappa may be out of Indian team, He might have not done any good for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the IPL but still he is the hot commodity in the state version of the cash rich league. Robin Uthappa became the costliest player in the KPL, inviting a bid of Rs 3.25

Sunil Gavaskar will head the Mumbai Cricket Associations CIC after a decades absence from any activities connected with the MCA. Gavaskar was named as the chairman of the Cricket Improvement Committee, dealing with all cricket matters including the appointment of coaches and various selection panels, at the MCAs Managing Committee sitting recently. The only time the former India skipper had been associated officially with MCA after his playing days was in 1998 when he was co-opted as a vice president to fill in the spot vacated by ex-Test fast bowler Ramakant Desai after the latters death.

the bidding process. Karnataka State Cricket Association had kept an upper limit of seven lakh for six chosen players by each franchisee. Stuart Binny was picked by Gulbarga team (Bijapur Bulls) for Rs 3.2 lakh, B Akhil was taken on board by Bangalore Rural for Rs three

BEST PAY FOR UTTAPPAlakh from Bangalore Brigadiers in the auction. This price tag shows that Karnataka still hold high regards for their discarded son from the Indian team. Apart from Robin as many as 48 Karnataka players went under the hammer as the eight franchisees of the September 9-23 event participated in lakh, while veteran Sunil Joshi pocketed Rs 2.05 lakh thanks to Hubli-Dharwad team (Shamanur Davangere Diamonds).The Karnataka Premier League has lost some of its sheen after the Board of Control for Cricket in India denied participation of out of state players in KPL, making it only a state affair.

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara could make his coaching debut at next months Champions League Twenty20.The former captain, who retired from international cricket in 2007, is in talks with his home side Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board for a role as coach of its side in the October 8-23 event in India. Trinidad and Tobago is the only West Indian team to take part in the Champions League Twenty20 after winning the Stanford Twenty20 competition here. I havent been approached but we have had disc