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03-25-2006, 04:18 PM
any fans here. i kno there are alot of people from england here so im just wondering. im probably the only one from my country that likes cricket all my friends get on me for playing it lol. i was just wondering who u guys predict to win the World Cup next year and comments on that England win in India.


02-08-2007, 07:58 AM
there is nothing better than spending the day watching cricket & smoking joints
what makes things even better is if you south african because we the best we fucking all you up australia included fuckin punks
no australians plays cricket like a bunch of bitches they stand in your face they fuck the ball up they do evrything in the legal power to fuck the game up
it's cool though because we south africans you catch on that shit we will fuck you up after the match we going to gang rape ponting give him some of this african dick
so far we just been very unlucky if it's not the fuckworth system or alot of our playes suspended or fucked or we banned from playing that's about to change
we taking the cup with force if we have to
anyone who dissagrees can suck my dick south africa is & always will be the best
just to back my shit up i will leave you with this
amla - a muslim who plays with supreme consintration
ntini - a zulu who plays like a warrior
gibbs - a coloured kid who smokes more weed than me his going to fuck you up he so confident in us he is even getting married during the tournement
pollok - the sharpest motherfucker in the game ya'll know the rest i don't need to explain shit ya'll know what's up
we taking it & there is nothing no one can do if you don't like it then quit watching cricket you bitch mother fucker

Prince Rai
02-08-2007, 09:23 AM
im looking forward to it. i support pakistan for obvious reasons of ethnicity, but yo S.A. is tight!

02-08-2007, 10:19 AM
we busy playing against pakistan now we beat them 3-0 in the test series quite badly
we gave them a white wash on the pro action 20
we busy now with the 5 1 days
it 1-1
the 1st game we beat them badly but the 2nd game they beat us badly
pakistan is not ready for the world cup reason being al za haq is fucking his bowlers up by over working them down here
he made a bowler bowl his 10 overs consecutivly the guy was laying on the ground from exaustion & he was dehidrated he couldn't handle the humidity in durban
they won the match but you can't mess your players up like that before the world cup
we also beat india very badly not so long ago

Prince Rai
02-08-2007, 04:35 PM
i know we got fukd, the again we are not on top form. with players getting clocked for doping or sumin for that matter, we are doing nothing in out favour.

pakistan always comes back though when we need them to fight!!!

02-08-2007, 05:02 PM
Lets go India!!!

02-08-2007, 05:07 PM
i think the up side is that pakistan got to play with us so in a way it can prepare them properly for the world cup they shouldn't worry too much about winning instead try out all their players so that they can see who's in form give the ones that need rest rest
pakistan is not a team to underestimate if they can get their shit together in time for the world cup
what i like most about cricket is that it is so unpredictable evrything must be taken into consideration as much as what it is a physical game it's a mind game
our captain is still very young it's going to be a difficult task for him to bring us the cup even though we in good form there is still a bit of a hickup with our lower order batsman but with pakistan & india that just left we getting a chance to iron that out before the world cup begins also we are doing alot of changes in the team to see who's ready to go

02-08-2007, 05:13 PM
india's batsman were struggling down here but they got the potencial my favrouite would be dravid that man can bat & tenduhka one of the greats
if india wants to win this world cup tenduhka better get his eye in
your bowlers are great just the batsman need to do their part

02-11-2007, 09:12 AM
we just finnished played our 4th game with pakistan & we destroyed them we won them with 10 wickets in hand in 14 overs
this is pakistan's 2nd 10 wicket defeat in the history of cricket

02-12-2007, 10:41 PM
India Is Gonna Whup On Pakistan And Thats Are World Cup Victory!!!!

02-13-2007, 12:39 AM
Cmonn Now Pakistan Is Gnna Come Back.. Pakistan Zindabad Word To My Freakn Mother Yo...

02-14-2007, 07:07 PM
pakistan lost very badly again to day
they were all out for 150 +/-
they only managed to get 1 of our batsmen out
they are good teams i don't know how india is doing at the moment
it would be nice to know
pakistan got a strong team they can bat right down the order they also got good bowlers

02-14-2007, 08:20 PM
australia will win end of story

02-15-2007, 05:39 AM
fuck australia they not winning shit
they a bunch of fags the whole team looks gay
what type of fuckin names is shane,bret ponting even their names is gay
dressed in yellow just looking to get raped
with all honesty i got no respect for australian cricket
there is no way u winning get that picture out of your head

02-15-2007, 05:49 AM
good thing we playing in the same group right in the start so we can show u what's up
australian cricket now that's a joke
the only reason why ya'll win is because the umpires favour ya'll & ya'll fuckin cheat
u play a shit game of cricket

02-15-2007, 06:14 AM
on the real all the countries want to preform well
nothing wrong with talking shit & being competitive
please inform us on how your team is performing at the moment
it would be cool for all of u to keep us updated on how the summer has treated your teams

02-15-2007, 08:42 AM
lol man settle down, i dont like seeing the aussies win all the time because its boring. but it looks like your feeling a bit worse off because SA have been mediocre for the past decade or so.

australia will win the world cup, i personally hope they are challenged, because otherwise it will be just like all the other world cups ive watched.

england beating the aussies was a wake up call, should be interesting how they respond when they play in New Zealand.

so my picks Australia, maybe playing New Zealand or Sri Lanka in the final.

02-15-2007, 09:00 AM
bullshit we never been mediocore we did have problems with sanctions against our country forbiding us to anticipate in world cups & since we came back in we been plaqued with bad luck but we are the best u will see

02-15-2007, 10:00 AM
sure, bad luck, and australia only win because they have good luck and good umpiring decisions.

02-15-2007, 10:24 AM
our bad luck started when we tied with australia back in 99 & lost on points
we should of won that match but lost due to a comunication era
not long after that our captain got banned from cricket & we been struggling ever since but always been in the top 5
now we got a new captain who is still very young but he still better than pontin any time
gibbs is the only guy who needs to get his shit together & the cup is ours
top 4 teams
south africa
england (because they got a south african in there)

02-15-2007, 10:37 AM
so bad luck is having a bunch of cheats on your team?

02-15-2007, 11:30 AM
our captain was banned for life from cricket for catching the same shit the australian team did only diffrence is u guys got fined our captain got banned
i think the only reason he got banned is because he was white that's the only reason i can think of because south africa is one of the most corupt countries in the world they should of just given him a fine but now he is dead

02-15-2007, 12:11 PM
team full of cheats and racists mate, no two ways about it lol.

02-15-2007, 12:21 PM
yea the australians u describe your team well

02-15-2007, 12:25 PM
it's unfair that our captain got banned & your players could still play
what it comes down to is this we going to fuck u up big time
i can't wait

02-15-2007, 12:59 PM
ok our team selection has just been made
we do have some problems in the lineup
umla who is a muslim male who was playing very well has been dropped because loots bosman is taking his place
loots only played 1 game & went out for 3 runs where as amla has made centuries on a few occasions he wasn't one of the best but he was better than loots so why does loots get the position because he is black & umla is asian
they also picked 2 coloured bowlers that didn't preform well at all but because they are coloured they are chosen over the white bowlers who are better than them
now i'm a coloured kid myself but i believe what's fair is fair & that's not fuckin fair
kevin pieterson who plays for england is south african he left because of this shit
parliment sees it like this they say our cricket team looks foreign they want 80% of the team to be of colour even if they not good enough
we got good coloured players like ashwell prince & gibbs who deserve to be there & black players like nitini
but even with this set backs we still the best in time we will have 80% if not 100% of our team black but for now they not ready because cricket was generaly played in white schools now we all play cricket & we all got a chance to develop but it is sports & not politics the best man for the job should get it not because of the colour of his skin

02-15-2007, 01:32 PM
ive always wondered about that, isnt there some requirment to have a certain number of coloured players. maybe thats rugby....

02-15-2007, 03:17 PM
Australia jsut got better training but will see

Prince Rai
02-15-2007, 03:20 PM
when was the last time india beat pakistan?

02-15-2007, 03:50 PM
ive always wondered about that, isnt there some requirment to have a certain number of coloured players. maybe thats rugby....
no that's how south africa has been since 1994 we call it affirmitive action (black empowerment)
if a company has more than 50 employees 80% of them has to be black
all the white people who worked for those companies must take the package if they lucky others get retrenched all i see is apartheid reversed
in sports it's more in the public eye so they can't go too hectic on it but if you a black man or even a coloured man & you play ok you will get a chance over the white guy who plays better so the white guys you see in our team u must know they are the best of the best otherwise they won't be there i don't care about skin colour i used to hate white people but for what we all south africans we all deserve the same chance the better man or more qualified man should get the job
that's the only way forward i don't have as much faith in my country as i have in our cricket team
u might not see the same team that beat india & pakistan but we still got our star players that will take us through
we need kevin pieterson back

02-15-2007, 03:53 PM
when was the last time india beat pakistan?

feb...and you didnt know....

Prince Rai
02-15-2007, 03:57 PM

either way, weve been more consistent.

lol this better not have political repercussions between us 2

02-15-2007, 04:02 PM
naw naw lol

Prince Rai
02-15-2007, 04:09 PM

looking forward to the WC, then we shud all rep our lands here... for now, any team can be preforming in any way, when put under serious conditions, they will deliver, and even deliver upsets, so its hard to finalise or conclude who should win.

02-15-2007, 05:36 PM
true it is difficult to say when you playing in a foreign land evrything changes also all the teams had some good practice
i wish all your teams well (except australia)& am really looking forward to the world cup

02-15-2007, 05:54 PM
just some worthless info
the cool thing about being a coloured kid is just this if south africa doesn't win the worldcup i still got 2 chances
u can tell by my name that that my fathers people were indians so if india wins i'm just as happy & if pakistan takes it, it's cool because i got muslim family to so i feel good ether way
if it's not coming home it's going east that's how i feel

02-16-2007, 03:07 AM
i also woudn't mind if the west indies wins because they africans too

Frank Drebin
02-16-2007, 04:05 AM
fuck i thought new zealand was gonna do alright till the tri nations where we got fucked. england was a suprise. dont think you can go past aussie though

02-16-2007, 04:09 AM
i also woudn't mind if the west indies wins because they africans too

yeah it would be good to see them coming back, but i dont see it happening some how.

02-16-2007, 04:19 AM
fuck i thought new zealand was gonna do alright till the tri nations where we got fucked. england was a suprise. dont think you can go past aussie though
how did kevin peterson from the england team play?

02-16-2007, 04:25 AM
yeah it would be good to see them coming back, but i dont see it happening some how.
yea it's that homeland curse so i also don't expect them to win but that just the thing about cricket it's very unpredictable
if u look at that game we played against australia where we were chasing 450+/- runs it didn't look like we could win but we did (those are 2 of bowlers thats we sending to the world cup) anyway i hope west indies does well i haven't seen them play in a long time how is their form?

02-16-2007, 04:31 AM
there is this 1 coloured kid in our team gibbs the world cup is in his hands
he is like u-god in our cricket team
the potencial to be the best but most of the time plays the part of the weakest link
gibbs can take the game away but mostly goes out in single figures
we moved him up & down the order the man is just to stoned to play i hope he lays off the weed during the world cup

02-16-2007, 04:32 AM
yeah it is unpredicable, i just cant see them winning with the inexperienced team they have.

isnt peterson injured?

02-16-2007, 05:13 AM
if peterson is injured then england is fucked

02-16-2007, 05:15 AM
is brian lara still playing?

02-16-2007, 05:30 AM
if peterson is injured then england is fucked

australia gave him a cracked rib ...

anywaz thiz is a dope Thread i can not wait for the world cup
i hope all the matches are tight games good luck to all teams

02-16-2007, 05:31 AM
that's australians for u

02-16-2007, 05:32 AM
i don't know if u noticed but umpires favour them

02-16-2007, 05:36 AM
before they cracked his ribs was he scoring alot of runs?

02-16-2007, 06:15 AM
is brian lara still playing?

yeah lara is still going.

02-16-2007, 06:37 AM
maybe lara still got the strenght for the final hour i love a comback even though it hardly ever happens i suppose that what makes it so great
in cricket one man doesn't make a team but it sure does inspire

02-16-2007, 07:49 AM
good thread btw, cricket doesn really get discussed much on here.

what date does the world cup start on?>

02-16-2007, 12:02 PM
the world cup starts in march
cricket's my favourite sport i just think alot of cats didn't get a proper introduction to the sport & they just don't know about it

02-17-2007, 11:36 AM
thats true, australia were flogged yesterday by new zealand, we made about 150 and they won by 10 wickets.

not looking promising.

Frank Drebin
02-17-2007, 12:32 PM
^^ yeah but you aint have Ponting and he couldve probably won that match by himself. Bond bowled fuckign awesome but

02-19-2007, 07:43 AM
Team *Matches Points Rating
South Africa 36 4595 128
Australia 45 5692 126
Pakistan 34 3780 111
New Zealand 36 3996 111
India 48 5243 109
Sri Lanka 44 4733 108
England 36 3806 106
West Indies 39 3956 101
Bangladesh 35 1454 42
Zimbabwe 34 755 22
Kenya 9 0 0

Last updated: 18 Feb 2007

02-19-2007, 07:53 AM
South Africa is the new leader in the LG ICC ODI Championship table.
The Proteas have taken over at the summit of the table following Australia's five-wicket loss to New Zealand in Auckland on Sunday which cost Michael Hussey's side two rating points.
And even if Australia wins the final match of its three-match series against the Black Caps, in Hamilton on Tuesday, it will not be enough for it to regain top spot.
It is the first time since the listings began in October 2002 that Australia has not occupied top position.
The side that leads the table on 1 April stands to win US$175,000, with US$75,000 going to the second-placed team and so, with the ICC Cricket World Cup starting in the Caribbean on 13 March, there is still an opportunity for Australia to regain top spot ahead of that cut-off date.
South Africa has taken over thanks to an outstanding recent run of form in the past 12 months. Since it failed to qualify for the finals of the tri-series against Australia and Sri Lanka last February it has won 15 of its next 21 matches.
That run includes a 3-2 series win over Australia, sealed when it scored a then world-record 438-9 at Johannesburg, as well as seven wins from its last eight completed matches.
Form like that has lifted South Africa's rating by 10 points since the end of February 2006 while, during that same period, Australia's rating has slipped by seven points, not helped by five losses in its last six matches including Sunday's reverse at Eden Park.
New Zealand's victory, which secures the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, has lifted it to 111 rating points and it now only trails third-placed Pakistan when the ratings are recalculated to three decimal places.
If Stephen Fleming's side can complete a 3-0 clean sweep on Tuesday then it will overtake Inzamam-ul-Haq's side, a timely boost for the side that failed to reach the tri-series final against Australia and England earlier this month.
India, meanwhile, is only two rating points further back in fifth place having moved ahead of Sri Lanka thanks to its 2-1 series win, completed with a seven-wicket victory over Mahela Jayawardene's side in Visakapatnam on Saturday.
To track movements in the table, visit the odi predictor (http://www.icc-cricket.com/icc/odi/predictor.html) where you can see how it will unfold with all possible combinations of results.

02-20-2007, 06:12 PM
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels on a good day the ICC CWC can go to any of the top teams:

Who are you putting your money on to win the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup?

There are a few teams who could win it. Obviously Australia, but India on a good day, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa are also contenders. I think its wide open. Look what England have just achieved. Nobody gave them any chances of winning three consecutive matches against Australia in the Commonwealth Bank Series, but they did so. Anything can happen on the day.

Why do you think they can win?

Australia have won the past two ICC Cricket World Cups and they know what it takes to win. India on their day are capable of beating anyone - they have a very strong batting side. Sri Lanka are a very good all-round side in one-day cricket. New Zealand are always tough to beat and they have a very good captain in Stephen Fleming and South Africa are also a very good team.

Who do you think is the best captain in the game today?

That is a tough one. Ricky Ponting has taken his captaincy to a new level this summer, Stephen Fleming is a good captain, and Graeme Smith is also very good. Michael Vaughan has done a good job for England.

02-20-2007, 06:26 PM
The South African cricket was isolated from the international cricket, as a result of ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1970, because of its government's apartheid policies. It was the period when South Africa was emerging as the top test-playing nation in the world, after purging the powerful Australians 4-0 with ease. South Africa was readmitted to the international cricket in 1991, and became full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. They played their first ever One-day international against India on November 10, 1991.
South Africa surprised the cricketing world in their first ever world cup appearance in 1992, when they reached up to the semi-finals. In the ICC World Cup 1999, South Africa again reached to the semi-final but lost to Australia, as a result of tie. Today, the South African team has emerged as one of the most elite teams, competing with Australia for the acknowledgement as the best cricket team in the world. South Africa is placed in Group A of the ICC World Cup 2007 groupings, along with Australia, Scotland and the Netherlands. The team will start its world cup 2007 campaign against the Netherlands on March 16, 2007 in St Kitts and Nevis, West Indies.

02-21-2007, 03:39 AM
Arguably his most famous innings came in a record-breaking one-day contest against Australia at Johannesburg when South Africa chased down an improbable 434 in 49.5 overs. Gibbs' contribution was a 111-ball 175 to power the hosts to a 3-2 series win in perhaps the greatest cracker of all.

02-21-2007, 05:13 AM
Andrew "Andy" Flower (born 28 April (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_28) 1968 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968) in Cape Town (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Town), South Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa)) was a cricket (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket) player for Zimbabwe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe) and arguably its greatest. He is considered to be one of the best wicket-keeper batsman next only to Australian Adam Gilchrist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gilchrist). He made his international debut in a one-day international (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-day_international) against Sri Lanka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka) at New Plymouth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Plymouth), New Zealand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand) in the 1992 cricket World Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_cricket_World_Cup). He was Zimbabwe's wicket-keeper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicket-keeper) for over 10 years and, according to official statistics, by far the finest batsman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman) the country has ever fielded.
Nearing the end of his career, Flower achieved international recognition (along with team mate Henry Olonga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Olonga)) in 2003 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003) by wearing a black armband in a Cricket World Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_World_Cup) match to protest against the policies of Zimbabwe's government, led by Robert Mugabe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mugabe). He and Olonga released a statement on 10 February (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_10), stating in part:
In all the circumstances, we have decided that we will each wear a black armband for the duration of the World Cup. In doing so we are mourning the death of democracy in our beloved Zimbabwe. In doing so we are making a silent plea to those responsible to stop the abuse of human rights in Zimbabwe. In doing so, we pray that our small action may help to restore sanity and dignity to our Nation. This act led to pressure from Zimbabwe's government and Flower's retirement from Zimbabwean cricket.

02-21-2007, 05:25 AM
GIBBS Career Highlights

He has hit a couple of double centuries in his Test career, both contrasting innings. His first was an innings of 211 not out against New Zealand at Jade Stadium in 1999. His innings took 468 balls while his second double century, 228 against Pakistan came off just 240 balls. In that innings in Newlands he put on a national record of 368 with Graeme Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graeme_Smith). He has put on a further two 300 run opening stands with his captain, making them the only pair in Test history to break 300 on 3 occasions. He also holds the South African second wicket record, a partnership of 315* with Jacques Kallis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Kallis).
Gibbs is one of only 3 batsman in ODI history to score hundreds in 3 consecutive innings, with the others being Zaheer Abbas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaheer_Abbas) and Saeed Anwar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeed_Anwar). [1] (http://aus.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/ODIS/BATTING/ODI_MOST_CONSEC_100S.html) On the 6th of October 2002 in the 2nd ODI against Bangladesh, Gibbs had a chance to become the only batsman to score 4 hundreds in a row. South Africa were set 155 for victory and Gibbs fell just three runs short, finishing unbeaten on 97. When just 6 runs were needed for victory Gibbs had the strike and was on 96 but Alok Kapali (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alok_Kapali) bowled a legside wide which went for 4 and his task was made too difficult. [2] (http://aus.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2002-03/BDESH_IN_RSA/SCORECARDS/BDESH_RSA_ODI2_06OCT2002.html)
On March 12 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_12), 2006 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006), Gibbs played a monumental innings against Australia, scoring 175 off just 111 balls leading South Africa to victory in the highest scoring one-day international match in history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_in_South_Africa%2C_5th_ODI%2C_2006). His innings broke several batting records. It was the highest ever score made in an ODI against Australia, beating Robin Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Smith)'s effort in 1993. By bringing up his hundred off just 79 balls he also brought up what was at the time the fastest ever ODI century against Australia. More importantly however it was the fastest ever hundred by a South African batsman against any opposition, although the record would be broken later in the year by Mark Boucher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Boucher). [3] (http://aus.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/ODIS/BATTING/ODI_BAT_FASTEST_100S.html) It was also the highest ever score by a batsman in South Africa. He scored 126 runs in boundaries, the most ever by a batsman. [4] (http://aus.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/ODIS/BATTING/ODI_BAT_MOST_BOUNDARIES.html)

[edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Herschelle_Gibbs&action=edit&section=2)] Struggle with form

In the past two series against England and the West Indies he was brought down the order from opening batsman to the middle order due to lack of form. After the move he regained form and looked more comfortable batting against the older ball. On April 22 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_22), 2006 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006), Gibbs paid the price for his recent run-drought, and was dropped for the second and third Tests against the New Zealand cricket team (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_cricket_team). He has been short of confidence in Test cricket of late, and scored only 6 and 2 in the First Test at Centurion Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centurion_Park). South Africa's chief selector, Haroon Lorgat said, "We had a meeting and agreed that a break and a fresh start next season will do him a world of good." This decision has been widely viewed as a harsh one.
He came back into the side in the middle order but continued to struggle for runs. On the conclusion of the 1st Test against Pakistan in January 2007 he had gone over 2 years without a century. He had come close on many occasions to ending the drought, getting out in the 90's four times.

[edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Herschelle_Gibbs&action=edit&section=3)] Controversies

On the tour of the West Indies in 2001, along with several teammates he was found guilty of smoking marijuana. [5] (http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2001/may/15crick.htm)
He was involved in the match fixing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Match_fixing) affair with former captain Hansie Cronje (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansie_Cronje), who offered him $15,000 to score "less than 20" in the 3rd One-day International of a series. He tearfully claimed to the King Commission of inquiry into corruption in South African cricket that he didn't follow through on his side of the bargain, in fact scoring a fine 74. As a result he was banned for only six months. He has since repeatedly refused to tour India fearing arrest and has refused to even speak to Indian Police over the matter.
However, Gibbs was named in the South African squad to tour India in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_ICC_Champions_Trophy), and as a result, he had to meet with Indian Police over his involvement in the match-fixing scandal. [6] (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/5402414.stm)
On the 15th of January 2007 it was announced that Gibbs would face an disciplinary panel after making racist comments during the 1st Test against Pakistan. His words had been picked up on the stump microphone and as a result heard across the world. The comments were said to have been directed at members of the crowd after teammate Paul Harris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Harris) had been abused by them whilst fielding. The Pakistani management made an official complaint to referee Chris Broad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Broad) and Gibbs was banned for 2 Tests. [7] (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/6262651.stm) He appealed against the ban but this was rejected by the ICC's code of conduct commissioner, Richie Benaud (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richie_Benaud). The ban was however changed to 1 Test, 1 Twenty 20 and one ODI match - all against Pakistan

02-21-2007, 05:37 AM
Kevin Peter Pietersen MBE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_British_Empire) (born 27 June (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_27) 1980 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980) in Pietermaritzburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietermaritzburg), Natal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KwaZulu-Natal_Province), South Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa)) is a cricketer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket), an attacking right-handed batsman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batsman) and occasional off-spin bowler who plays for England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cricket_team) and Hampshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampshire_County_Cricket_Club). As of the end of the 2006 season (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_English_cricket_season), his ODI (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-day_International) average for England alone (excluding the two games he played for the ICC World XI) was 59.30, more than eleven runs higher than any other England batsman to have played more than four ODIs. [1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Peterson#_note-0) The successful start to his international career has seen him rise rapidly to third in the ICC rankings of Test batsmen, behind only Ricky Ponting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting) and Mohammad Yousuf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Yousuf) and third in the ODI rankings, behind only Michael Hussey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hussey) and Ricky Ponting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Ponting).

Early history
Born of an English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) mother and a South African (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa) father, Pietersen attended Maritzburg College (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritzburg_College) in Pietermaritzburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietermaritzburg) and made his first-class (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-class_cricket) debut for Natal's B team in 1997 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997)/98 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998). He continued with the newly-renamed KwaZulu-Natal side for the next two South African seasons, but a lack of opportunities in his homeland, caused in part by the country's racial quota system, caused him frustration and he moved to England. [2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Peterson#_note-1) [3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Peterson#_note-2) He played cricket for Cannock CC (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cannock_CC&action=edit) as their overseas player, and helped them win the Birmingham Cricket League (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Cricket_League) before being signed to play for Nottinghamshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottinghamshire_County_Cricket_Club) for the 2001 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001) season. In South Africa he was regarded predominantly as an off-spinner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-spinner) who was capable with the bat, and impressed members of the England side when playing a Tour Match during England's visit in 1999/00. He took four top order wickets and despite batting at number nine scored 61 not out off 57 balls, hitting four sixes, and it is said that it was at this point that Nasser Hussain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasser_Hussain) recommended to him that he secure himself a contract with a county side.
In 2000 Clive Rice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Rice) who had seen him play in 1997 in South Africa at a schools week heard that Pietersen was playing club cricket in Birmingham and immediately offered him a 4 year contract to play for Notts. He made an immediate impression with his big hitting and athletic fielding and managed an impressive batting average (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batting_average) of 57.95 in his first year in county cricket (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_cricket), making 1,275 runs that season; in July he made 218 not out in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 352 with John Morris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Morris_%28cricketer%29) at Derby (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derby), having been lbw (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lbw) for a duck in the first innings. The following year he made another unbeaten double ton, 254 not out at home to Middlesex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesex_County_Cricket_Club), in which he again took part in a huge partnership — this time 316 for the fourth wicket with Darren Bicknell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Bicknell), and in 2003 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003) he scored 764 runs in one-day cricket (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-day_cricket).
Pietersen was selected for the 2003-4 ECB National Academy tour of India, and had a successful tour scoring 147 not out, 31, 114, 115, 32 and 94 in his six first-class innings to record an average of over 100 with the bat, as well as making 131 in a one-day match against India A in Bangalore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore).
Prior to the tour of Zimbabwe, Pietersen moved from Nottinghamshire, where there were rumours of tensions with team-mates, to Hampshire under the captaincy of Shane Warne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Warne). In the 2006 New Year Honours list, Pietersen, along with the rest of his England team mates, was awarded the MBE for his role in the successful 2005 Ashes series.[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Peterson#_note-3)
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Pietersen warming up in the nets at Lord's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_Cricket_Ground) in September 2005

England career

Pietersen was selected for the full England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cricket_team) one-day side to tour Zimbabwe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe) and South Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa) in 2004 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004)/05 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005). He played in three of the four one day games in Zimbabwe, scoring 47, 77 and 0 in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th one dayers as England won the series 4-0.
Pietersen was then added to the one-day squad to face South Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_cricket_team). With Andrew Flintoff withdrawing from the squad due to injury, Pietersen was looked at as a big-hitting replacement for the all-rounder, and claimed a place in the first team with 97 off 84 balls in the warm up match against South Africa A, in the face of a hostile crowd.
Pietersen made a 96-ball 108 in the second ODI at Bloemfontein (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloemfontein), celebrating reaching three figures by kissing the badge on his helmet ostentatiously — and, to many of the crowd who saw him as a traitor to the country of his birth, provocatively; they deliberately turned their backs on him as he returned to the pavilion. He made 75 at Cape Town (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Town), then at East London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_London) Pietersen made an unbeaten 100 from just 69 balls, scoring a 6 off the last ball of the innings to get it, the fastest century by an England player in a one day match, but was unable to compensate for the team's slow start, England losing by eight runs. The final game at Centurion Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centurion_Park) was another losing cause, with Pietersen coming to the wicket at 32/3 and ending with 116 from ten fours and six sixes. Pietersen ended the series with 454 runs in five innings, but England lost the series 4-1. By the end of the series, the South African crowds had generally replaced hostility with respect for Pietersen, applauding his performance.
Despite press speculation, Pietersen was not picked for the Tests (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_cricket) against Bangladesh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladeshi_cricket_team), with his early season form being dogged by a foot injury, but with his county form picking up he was picked for the Twenty20 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty20) match against Australia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cricket_team) at Southampton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southampton), making 34 from 18 balls and taking three catches as England won by 100 runs.
In the triangular series against Australia and Bangladesh, Pietersen did not get to bat in the first ODI at The Oval (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oval) as England won by ten wickets, but scored 91 off 65 balls in the match in Bristol against Australia, who had lost the day before to Bangladesh. Pietersen's performances at this point sparked intense press speculation and comments from former England captains calling for him to be brought into the Test side for The Ashes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes) later in the summer. In the rest of the triangular series, Pietersen wasn't needed to bat against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_Bridge), and then scored 19 off 28 balls, 23 off 26 and 6 off 10 in the matches at Riverside against Australia, Headingley against Bangladesh, in the tied final against Australia. Pietersen also played in all three matches of the Nat West Challenge against Australia, scoring 15 off 23 and 74 off 84 in the first and third matches, and not being needed to bat in the second. However, he also was forced off the field in the third over of Australia's run-chase in the third match with a groin problem.
Speculation over Pietersen's place in the England Test team was ended in July with the announcement by the England chairman of selectors David Graveney that Pietersen had been selected ahead of veteran Graham Thorpe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Thorpe) for the final place in the England Test team. In the first Test of the Ashes at Lord's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_Cricket_Ground), Pietersen scored 57 in his first innings in Test cricket and 64 not out in his second as England collapsed to a heavy defeat, becoming only the 4th player to top score in both innings on debut for England, the eighth England player to score a half century in each innings on his debut, and the third cricketer to do so at Lord's. In the second Test at Edgbaston he scored 71 in the first innings and 20 in the second, with England narrowly winning. In the drawn 3rd Test, Pietersen struggled with 21 and 0, then scored 45 and 23 in the fourth as England went 2-1 up. By that stage of the series, some pundits including ex-players were beginning to question whether Pietersen had the patience and the mettle for Test cricket, and were stating that it was time for him to produce the goods. In the fifth and final Test of the Ashes at The Oval (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oval) on 12 September (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_12) 2005 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005), Pietersen did not contribute significantly in the first innings. In the second innings, however, with the stakes at their highest (England would regain the Ashes for the first time in 16 years if they could bat the day out) Pietersen scored his maiden Test century with 158, securing the match and the series for England. His innings included seven sixes - a record for an English player in an Ashes innings. Pietersen was named man of the match (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_the_match) for his efforts, and finished the series with the most runs by a batsman at 473 runs over the 5 Tests, an average of 52.55. However, he had a less successful series in the field, dropping six catches in the five Tests, a point he made wryly when questioned about the Australians dropping him three times on the final day.
Pietersen was awarded a central contract (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Central_contract&action=edit) with the England and Wales Cricket Board (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_and_Wales_Cricket_Board) until the end of the 2005 summer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer), and was named both the ICC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Cricket_Council) One-Day player of the year and the ICC Emerging Player of the year in 2005. Along with the rest of the England side, Pietersen had a much less successful time in the subsequent tour of Pakistan, which England lost 2-0, although he did score his second Test century. A few months later, Pietersen toured India with the England team, scoring one fifty in each of the first two matches but not in the final match which England won. He also passed 1,000 ODI runs during this tour with 71 in the second ODI, equalling Viv Richards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viv_Richards)' record of 21 innings to reach this landmark [5] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Peterson#_note-4)
Pietersen scored 158 again, in the first Test of the summer on 11 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_11) & 12 May (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_12) 2006 against Sri Lanka, and followed it up with another 100 in the second Test including an extravagant reverse slog-sweep for six off Muttiah Muralitharan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muttiah_Muralitharan). Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnShx-eALhY) In doing so he passed the milestone of 1,000 Test runs in his 12th Test match. In the 2nd Test he scored 142 out of England's total of 295 and became the first batsman since Graham Gooch in 1990 to score a century in 3 successive Test innings on English soil. This performance propelled him into the top ten of the ICC cricket ratings

02-22-2007, 01:18 AM
australia yesterday scored 346 in a one dayer againgst new zealand....and new zealand managed to get that total with 3 balls to spare.

fucking ridiculous, and the aussies have about 4 key players in doubt for the world cup.

looks like it could be interesting,

02-22-2007, 01:22 AM
i remember trinidad used to be good

02-22-2007, 02:16 AM
first of all lol @ this thread, you know who is gunna win this thing, i think we are in a spot at the moment but hey, we won the ashes and i think what happens between that and the world cup doesnt mean jack shit. half our team out at the moment, hussey still kickin ass but without ponting etc its not a real team, every played team sport with a few people for a while ? imagine if 5 of them left at once, your team would fall to shit. just the way it is.

looks like it could be interesting,

a good underdog situation is arising, makes you think if they ment it to be like that ? hahaha

aussie aussie aussie :thumbup:

02-22-2007, 02:58 AM
don't worry to much all the teams got problems in their side only makes the games more exciting

02-22-2007, 03:01 AM
quite a few of our good players didn't make the team because of our racial quota system but still we the best

02-22-2007, 03:03 AM
we always have been the best the world just didn't know it

02-23-2007, 05:41 AM
Group A, St Kitts (all start 1330 GMT)
14 Australia v Scotland
16 Netherlands v South Africa
18 Australia v Netherlands
20 Scotland v South Africa
22 Netherlands v Scotland
24 Australia v South Africa
Group B, Trinidad (all start 1330 GMT except *)
15 Bermuda v Sri Lanka
17 Bangladesh v India
19 Bermuda v India
21 Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
23 India v Sri Lanka
25 Bangladesh v Bermuda (*starts 1430 BST)
GROUP C, St Lucia (all start 1330 GMT)
14 Canada v Kenya
16 England v New Zealand
18 Canada v England
20 Kenya v New Zealand
22 Canada v New Zealand
24 England v Kenya
Group D, Jamaica (all start 1430 GMT)
13 West Indies v Pakistan
15 Ireland v Zimbabwe
17 Ireland v Pakistan
19 West Indies v Zimbabwe
21 Pakistan v Zimbabwe 23 Ireland v West Indies

02-23-2007, 05:58 AM
World Cup warm-up schedule

5 Bermuda v England, St Vincent
5 Scotland v Sri Lanka, Barbados
5 Canada v Pakistan, Trinidad
5 Kenya v West Indies, Jamaica
6 Australia v Zimbabwe, St Vincent
6 Bangladesh v New Zealand, Barbados
6 Ireland v South Africa, Trinidad
6 India v Netherlands, Jamaica
8 Bangladesh v Scotland, Barbados
8 Bermuda v Zimbabwe, St Vincent
8 Canada v Ireland, Trinidad
8 Kenya v Netherlands, Jamaica
9 New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Barbados
9 Australia v England, St Vincent 9 Pakistan v South Africa, Trinidad 9 India v West Indies, Jamaica

02-23-2007, 11:50 AM
India crush S Lanka to win series

One-day international, Visakhapatnam: India 263-3 (41 overs) bt Sri Lanka 259-7 (47 overs) by seven wickets Scorecard (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/shared/fds/hi/statistics/cricket/scorecards/2007/2/14047/html/scorecard.stm)

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42583000/jpg/_42583587_yuvraj270.jpg Yuvraj launched some powerful strokes to steer India home

Yuvraj Singh hammered an unbeaten 95 and Sourav Ganguly (58no) kept up his fine form as India beat Sri Lanka to clinch a 2-1 one-day series triumph.
Chamara Silva's (107no) maiden ODI ton was the main reason Sri Lanka achieved 259-7 in a game cut to 47 overs by dew.
But on a good batting pitch it never looked adequate once Robin Uthappa (57) and Virender Sehwag (46) attacked.
Ganguly left with cramp in over one but returned to add 145 with Yuvraj and seal a seven-wicket win in 41 overs.
The end came in such a hurry, with Yuvraj crashing four fours and a six, that there was no need for the runner Ganguly had called for to come out.
His return to the pavilion earlier heralded a spell of dreadful bowling and blistering strokeplay from Uthappa.
The 21-year-old thrashed four fours off one Dilhara Fernando over and was brutal on anything slightly short or straying in direction either side of the wicket as he reached his third ODI fifty in 33 deliveries.
Three wickets then fell in quick time, including a bizarre run-out when Sehwag lazily failed to complete a single, and the run rate slowed.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42583000/jpg/_42583577_ganguly203.jpg Veteran left-hander Ganguly continued his terrific recent form

But the target was always within comfortable reach with man of the series Ganguly continuing in the good nick which had brought him 289 runs in his previous five one-dayers.
He showed superb footwork to launch two of his three maximums off spinners Malinga Bandara and Sanath Jayasuriya.
Yuvraj also demonstrated his ease on a docile track by also picking up three sixes, none more impressive than the one which saw Bandara dispatched over mid-wicket.
Sri Lanka's innings was far more laborious and they were in real trouble at 56-4 in the 13th over.
Man of the match Silva - playing in only his 14th ODI and recently recalled after a four-year gap - batted with composure to rebuild the innings. He showed good footwork against off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to hit a six and two fours in one over, and 76 runs came in the last seven. It ultimately proved futile and the hosts will travel happier to the Caribbean after a comfortable victory achieved without the rested Sachin Tendulkar

02-23-2007, 11:54 AM
Aussie star Lee out of World Cup

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42574000/jpg/_42574103_lee.jpg Lee's absence is a massive blow to Australia's chances

Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has been ruled out of next month's World Cup with an ankle injury.
The 30-year-old will be replaced in their 15-man squad by New South wales team-mate Stuart Clark, who took 26 wickets in the recent Ashes series.
Lee injured ligaments in his left ankle last week while training.
"It is a great disappointment for Brett Lee and it is a significant blow for our planning and preparation," said chief selector Andrew Hilditch.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/icons/audio_text.gifNews conference: Australia's Brett Lee (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/sol/newsid_6380000/newsid_6389200?redirect=6389235.stm&news=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nbwm=1&nbram=1)

"However, it does give a tremendous opportunity for Stuart Clark, who was extremely unlucky to miss out on initial selection."
Lee, who has 267 wickets from 150 one-day internationals - 22 of them taken during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, will not be able to resume bowling for two to three months.
He knows where every ball is going, he is a guy who understands his tactics and he is a leader in that side

Geoff Lawson on Stuart Clark

"I think it's every young kid's dream to play for their country and to play in a World Cup is probably what it's all about as far as one-day cricket goes," he commented.
"It's pretty hard to swallow, but you've just got to accept things sometimes.
"Now it's just a matter of letting the ankle settle down and giving it a chance to heal up. There's a possibility within two to three weeks that there might be some surgery to clear out a bit of old bone floating around in the ankle."
Formal approval for Clark's inclusion has still to be given by the International Cricket Council but that is certain to be a formality - and Lee sent him a good luck message after his injury prognosis was confirmed by team doctor Trefor James.
"It's really disappointing for Brett. He's a friend in the team and a friend outside of the team as well. It's hollow, but I'm still excited about going to the World Cup," said Clark.
606 DEBATE: Your thoughts on Australia's team selection (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A20119790)
A number of leading figures in Australian cricket, including former fast bowler Geoff Lawson, had criticised the original decision to leave him out of the squad.
"He knows where every ball is going, he is a guy who understands his tactics and he is a leader in that side," said Lawson.
"He's the kind of guy they need out on the park to help in a crisis. It's not just his bowling that is beneficial, it's his cricket knowledge."
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42604000/jpg/_42604657_clark203.jpg Clark's mastery of line and length made him a big hit in the Ashes

But Clark admitted he was not the finished article as far as one-day international cricket is concerned and would be happy to fill any role asked of him.
"I've got to get better at bowling in the powerplays and that's what I'll be looking to do while I'm over there, [but] I don't expect any new ball - I don't expect any favours," the 31-year-old added.
Australia, who will be bidding for a hat-trick of World Cup wins in the Caribbean, are also sweating on the fitness of Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden.
All-rounder Symonds has had surgery on a torn bicep tendon and Hayden broke his toe in the final match of the recent Chappell-Hadlee Series in New Zealand. But batsman Michael Clarke (sore hip) and skipper Ricky Ponting (back problem) are of lesser concern. Ponting said: "My back's fine. The last few nights I've slept a lot better and felt a lot better in the morning. Hopefully when I get to the West Indies I'll be pain free and ready to go."

02-23-2007, 11:58 AM
South Africa - Captain Fantastic

Age 26
ODI debut: v Australia, March 2002
In his fifth year at the helm after becoming his country's youngest captain aged 22, Graeme Smith leads as he bats - like granite. Perhaps the highlight of his leadership was the win over Australia last March, when he fired 90 from 55 balls to help his side to a world record 438-9 in the deciding match. Smith overcame a difficult run of form in the home one-day series against India, in which he scored only one run in his first three innings, to plunder three sixes in a 79 as his team recorded an emphatic 4-0 win.

02-23-2007, 12:00 PM
South Africa - Master Blaster

Age 29
ODI debut: v Sri Lanka, January 2001
Few players hit the ball harder than an in-form Justin Kemp. England were on the receiving end when he fired his maiden fifty from only 36 balls with four sixes in 2005, and followed it with 80 from 50 balls in the next match - clearing the ropes seven times. For all his explosive hitting, he has been dismissed in single figures 20 times, five of which were ducks, but he underlined his power with another seven sixes in an unbeaten 100 in India, also claiming five wickets in successive games with his seamers.

02-23-2007, 12:02 PM

South Africa - Pace Ace

Age 29
ODI debut: v New Zealand, January 1998
Makhaya Ntini has terrorised batsmen across the world for almost a decade. Though not statistically the quickest, he is one of the most fearsome pacemen due to his unusual angle of delivery wide of the crease, stemming from his upbringing in rural Mdingi, where stumps were set in concrete. Sharp inward seam movement and a combative temperament make a formidable blend - as Pakistan found out in the Champions Trophy when he took 5-21, and Australians Justin Langer and Andrew Symonds discovered when he clouted them on the lid.

02-23-2007, 12:17 PM
South Africa - Young Pretender

Age 23
ODI debut: v England, February 2005
AB de Villiers is a talented sportsman, who it is believed could have shone in golf - he is a scratch player despite playing infrequently - or tennis had he chosen them. Athletic in the field, running out England captain Michael Vaughan on his debut, he gave options replacing Mark Boucher behind the stumps, but with the gritty keeper back, de Villiers now patrols the important off-side areas. Still awaiting his maiden one-day century, but came closest in the final match of the series against India with an unbeaten 92.

02-23-2007, 12:19 PM
South Africa - Dark Horse

Age 31
ODI debut: v West Indies, January 1999
An unsung hero in a set-up that likes to focus on team spirit rather than superstars, Andrew Hall offers more options for a flexible South Africa side. He has been a regular member of the one-day squad for eight years, has played county cricket with Kent, where he topped the batting and bowling averages in 2006, and has experience of West Indian conditions having taken 2-21 in Port-of-Spain in 2005. In November he produced a fine all-round display with an unbeaten 56 followed by 3-45 against India

02-23-2007, 12:24 PM
Herschelle Gibbs

Gibbs made an impression in the West Indies

After Herschelle Gibbs is fined for smoking cannabis, BBC Sport Online traces the career of the flamboyant South African.
Herschelle Gibbs' latest indiscretion has further dulled the lustre of what promised to be a glittering cricketing career.
His admission that he smoked marijuana, along with four other members of the squad and physiotherapist Craig Smith, comes hard on the heels of his match-fixing suspension.
He revealed that he had agreed to accept money to play badly in a one-day international against India when quizzed during the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal.
But the 27-year-old opener has been at the centre of controversy before, following his fateful dropped catch against Australia in the 1999 World Cup.
Gibbs scored two one-day centuries in three matches

He also received a fine for partying into the early hours before a one-day international, and was revealed last year as the father of a young boy.
The suspended three-match ban for breaching the partying misdemeanour could now see him facing another period away from the cricket field.
After his six-month ban for his part in the match-fixing madness ended, Gibbs would have thought he was no longer going to spend time on the sidelines.
A precocious talent, Gibbs made his Western Province debut at the tender age of 16 and soon established himself as an attacking stroke player with a good claim to a place in the national side.
He was also a coloured cricketer in a sport dominated by whites, and as such helped fulfil the United Cricket Board's commitment to create a more racially-inclusive team.
Gibbs' Test record Runs: 1563
100s: 2
50s: 7

By the time he had forced himself into the South African team in November 1996, he had also acquired a flourishing reputation as a fielder.
He claimed his maiden one-day century against the West Indies in January 1999 and finally conquered his natural impetuousness to record his maiden Test ton against New Zealand in March of the same year.
His performances earned him an automatic place in South Africa's World Cup squad.
But it was his blunder - a crucial dropped catch in the Super Six match against Australia - that threw Steve Waugh's side the lifeline that would eventually lead them to the world title.
Gibbs' one-day record Runs: 2061
100s: 5
50s: 9

Gibbs caught Steve Waugh in the middle of what would become his match-winning innings of 120 at Headingley, but then dropped the ball prematurely as he celebrated.
The umpires ruled that he did not have full control of the ball. Australia survived to beat South Africa in the last four and thrash Pakistan in the final.
He recovered to play an important role in South Africa's Test series and one-day victories over England last year and looked set to enjoy a long tenure at the top of the game.
But in April 2000, Gibbs was charged with match-fixing by Delhi police, along with Cronje, Pieter Strydom, Henry Williams and Nicky Boje.
Late night shenanagins
He was in hot water with the UCB again when he admitted being out at a nightclub until 3am the night before South Africa's second one-day international against Australia in Cape Town in April last year.
He was fined 5000 rand and banned for three matches. All but a third of the fine was subsequently suspended on condition that Gibbs was not found guilty of a similar offence.
Now because of his dalliance with 'dagga' - the South African term for marijuana - he could be on the outer once more.

02-26-2007, 05:08 AM

A crouching lefthander with a high-batted stance and a grimace reminiscent of Graham Gooch, Ashwell Prince was helped into the national team by South Africa's controversial quota system, although he quickly justified his selection by top-scoring on debut with a gutsy 49 against the mighty Australians in 2001-02. That innings, and a matchwinning 48 in the third Test at Durban, seemed to shed his reputation as a one-day flasher. But by the start of the 2002-03 season, his form had fallen away horribly, and he failed in four consecutive home Tests against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
However, Prince returned to the side following some good domestic performances, and valuable knocks in the middle order against the West Indies and England at home has seen Prince become a more regular member of the South Africa one-day side. Despite two hundreds in the 2004-05 season - an unbeaten 139 against Zimbabwe at Centurion and 131 in South Africa's 2-0 rout of the West Indies - Prince still does not find himself an automatic selection in the longer format of the game. Long rated highly by SA's cricket supremo Ali Bacher, Prince is strong through the off side, and was Western Province's player of the year in 2001. His throwing from the deep has been hampered by a long-term shoulder injury, but he remains a brilliant shot-stopping fielder in the covers. The highlight of his career was a fine 119 in the third Test against Australia at Sydney in early 2006, but it was during this series that he became bunny to a legend: Shane Warne. Warne dismissed him in the first five innings - though Prince played the rest of the bowlers admirably - and troubled him plentiful when South Africa hosted Australia in March. Scores of 17, 27, 33 and 7 overshadowed a fantastic 93 in the first innings at Johannesburg.
In July 2006 he was named as South Africa's first black captain in the absence of the injured Graeme Smith. The result was a disappointing 2-0 whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka. Prince made way for Mark Boucher to captain in the tri-series, also featuring India, which was ultimately aborted following South Africa's withdrawal over security concerns. Prince was not included in South Africa's squad for the Champions Trophy, but continued his sterling 2006 Test form against India at home. The highest run-scorer on either side in the three-Test contest, Prince's series highlights included an outstanding 97 in a loss at Johannesburg and a third career hundred at Cape Town. When Pakistan toured next, Prince was the only centurion in the three-Test series. His 138 laid the foundations for victory in the first Test at Centurion Park, and his numbers can't be argued with, as he ended the season's six Tests averaging 60.67. It was enough to earn him a recall to the one-day side, including a ticket to the West Indies for the World Cup.
Jamie Alter February 2007

02-26-2007, 05:35 AM
South Africa take No. 1 spot
This team is special - Pollock
Cricinfo staff
February 18, 2007
Shaun Pollock: 'If we get it right on the day, we have shown we can beat anyone' © AFP
Shaun Pollock has experienced his fair share of World Cup highs and lows, but is confident South Africa can finally go all the way after they took Australia's spot (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/nzvaus/content/current/story/280788.html) at the top of the one-day rankings.
Pollock, the man-of-the-series in the recent Pakistan contest, said South Africa had no reason to fear anyone ahead of the tournament which begins next month in the Caribbean. "I believe we have the ability," he told the Sunday Times. "If we get it right on the day, we have shown we can beat anyone."
South Africa have had a miserable time at previous World Cups. As the host nation in 2003, they were embarrassingly knocked out before the Super Sixes after a mix-up over their target in a rain-affected match. They also lost out to Australia in 1999 after Herschelle Gibbs famously failed to hang on to a catch off Steve Waugh before their semi-final tie at Edgbaston.
Pollock, who will be appearing in his fourth and final World Cup, said the current team was the strongest he had played in. "I believe there is something special about this one. And it will be extra special for me because it will be my last one."
Captain Graeme Smith, who replaced Pollock in charge after the 2003 debacle, also said in a weekend interview the team was on the top of its game. "The one-day side has just been getting better and better. Our fielding has gone through the roof, the team ethic is getting better, the players are maturing, the confidence is high and players are performing well under pressure, which is fantastic."
However, Smith has downplayed the importance of the number one ranking. "It doesn't make us a better team than Australia. One-day cricket is about performing on the day," he told The Star newspaper.
To add further spice to the World Cup, Australia and South Africa have been drawn together in the group stage of the tournament and will meet at St Kitts on March 24.

02-26-2007, 05:37 AM
where we are going to fuck them up

03-06-2007, 03:44 PM
i'm so glad that one of the 1st teams we are going to play against is australia those yellow fuckers should be scared to death i know pontin must be pissin himself
the reason why people don't talk shit like this before the match is because if they loose they going to look bad so you must fuckin know that i know my team is the best
australians is a bunch of actors those fuckers deserve an oscar for their umpire perormances
the way those fuckers can put on a show the umpire just puts his finger in the air for that wonderfull performance that they put on the motherfucker doesn't realise it's not out
nothing wrong with those actors it's just an austalian drama
we africans we don't do that shit
we don't talk for nothing if i was 100% confident i wouldn't say this shit

03-08-2007, 03:18 AM
i dont think scared would be a word that comes to mind.

australia, the best one day team in the world...playing south africa.

we will wait and see, your comments about umpiring decisions are ridiculous.

and its coming from a guy who supports the most notorious team (south africa) in the world for match fixing and general cheating.

03-08-2007, 03:26 AM
bullshit the whole world will see if south africa cheats
the only match fixing we were involved in was to loose not to win
the last time you cats came down here alot of our players were given out without us really being out make me cross
but we will see real soon i can't fuckin wait anymore it's driving me mad

03-08-2007, 01:41 PM
yeah lara is still going.

And he still the best batsman to ever play the game.

400 not out mutha fucka'z. One Man..

The best ever. no doubt

03-09-2007, 02:13 AM
the only match fixing we were involved in was to loose not to win

what other match fixing is there, the one where you are paid to try and win? lol.

03-09-2007, 06:33 AM
i know it must be eating you that we are no.1 get used to it my friend just be happy that you no.2 fuckin loosers

03-09-2007, 06:46 AM
you want to on about our team then you might as well go about your stolen land fuckin thieves

03-09-2007, 06:50 AM
fuck australia as a whole not the original black cats but you the thieves

03-09-2007, 06:52 AM
it's easy to see why ya'll play cricket the way you do in it's so in ya'll
now that we stepped up to the plate you not ever going to see that no.1 position again

03-09-2007, 06:54 AM
if you want that spot back you going to have to pay us for it

03-09-2007, 10:08 AM

Who do you think is the all time great south african playa.

03-09-2007, 10:22 AM
Warne, Waugh to testify in match-fixing inquiry
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Posted: Saturday December 19, 1998 01:01 PM
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HOBART, Australia (Reuters) -- Mark Waugh and Shane Warne will testify via a live video link to a Pakistan inquiry into match-fixing, the Australian Cricket Board said on Saturday.
The pair, who have accused former Pakistan captain Salim Malik of offering them a bribe, were summonsed to appear at the inquiry after admitting last week that they had taken money from an illegal Indian bookmaker to provide pitch and weather information during Australia's 1994 tour of Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The two were secretly fined by the ACB in early 1995 but the incident was not made public until last week.
Waugh and Warne had been reluctant to travel to Pakistan but have agreed to provide evidence on the video link up, an ACB spokesman said.
Warne told reporters on Saturday that he was quite happy to repeat his allegations to the inquiry although he said nothing had changed since he gave his previous statutory declaration.
"I'll be saying the same things that I said four years ago, nothing's changed since then," Warne said.
"Their (Pakistan) players have testified against Salim Malik. We've testified against him. It's up to the judge to see what he's finding."
Warne, Waugh and former test spinner Tim May accused Malik of offering them bribes to play poorly during Australia's tour of Pakistan in 1994.
The charges were dismissed by the original inquiry which investigated them four years ago but an interim report released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in September recommended a fresh investigation into match-fixing and betting in cricket.
Waugh, accompanied by Australian captain Mark Taylor, testified at the current inquiry while Australia were visiting Pakistan but neither Warne, who was injured, or May, who has retired, were in Pakistan at the time.
The investigating judge, Malik Qayyum, summonsed Waugh and Warne to provide new testimonies after news of their own involvement with illegal bookmakers surfaced a week ago

03-09-2007, 10:27 AM

Who do you think is the all time great south african playa.
i couldn't say in the aparthaid days people of colour wern't allowed to play sports so we didn't care i only started watching cricket in 1999 & my favourite player was my captain cronje that got banned from cricket for match fixing
watching that man break down in court when they told him he couldn't play anymore really hurt & all he done was the same as all the other teams in the world done but only he got banned for life
he died 2 years after that in a plain crash

03-09-2007, 10:29 AM
The situation that the cricket community is in was inevitable, the only way forward I believe is to wipe the slate clean. One way I believe would be is to call an amnesty, meaning those players who have benefited from match fixing should approach the ICC in confidence and tell them of their wrong doings.
The money they have received should be given to the ICC for the growth of cricket in different areas of the world or improving standards of cricket facilities around the world. The ICC will still investigate them but in private and will not be expelled.

03-09-2007, 10:32 AM
Cricket is in crisis but still has a long way to go you only have to look at boxing. Its indicative that I am already using the words 'cricket' and 'boxing' in the same sentence.
Neil Hastings, USA
They say boxing is fixed, but it still goes on.
Russ Black, USA
Cronje is not the only one. This activity goes far deeper than one or two players. Cricket needs to be cleansed but Cronje cannot be the fall guy for this cleansing process. Too many times, one player is singled out and pays the penalty while the others get off free. We need to get to the root of this problem.
Adrian Mike, Trinidad
It's the Cricket Boards of India, Australia and Pakistan who should be punished.
Sukanta Kar, India
If we look back at the recent past, it's the Cricket Boards of India, Australia and Pakistan who should be punished. It's not that others are innocent. It's because they are the ones who had got evidence of the corruption and they did a cover up.
Australians did not take due action against Waugh and Warne. Pakistani authorities ignored the report of their judicial probe. Indians appointed a retired-judge (?) to whitewash the scandal and save some black sheep.
Sukanta Kar, India

03-09-2007, 10:58 AM
now that i think about it i must of started watching in 1996 when cronje got sacrificed so that south africa can save face i stopped watching & got back into the game 2 years ago

03-09-2007, 11:50 AM
i havent stolen any country from anyone mate.

and australians are not free from match fixing, its just interesting that someone from south africa would feel comfortable accusing other people of cheating, when his own countries team is notorious for it.

before now i didnt really care if australia did well or not, because believe it or not i find several players on the team to be arrogant and annoying, but now i'll be glad to see them destroy south africa.

03-09-2007, 12:28 PM
you not going to win but i'm glad you got fire in your ass it's going to satisfy me even more once we whipped you
son you better pray that we don't win cause i think you know how i'm going to carry on

03-09-2007, 12:39 PM

Who do you think is the all time great south african playa.

Hard to say, we've had so many but as for fielding i would say Jonty Rhodes was the greatest. [ Peter Kirsten, Alan Donald etc.] we've had so many it would be impossible to point out, i think possibly Jaque Kallis will be pronounced the greatest in our countrie's history once he retire's, he has been the best all-rounder for a very long time.

03-09-2007, 01:45 PM
he could possably be the greatest all rounder of all time before he gets to the stage of retirement

03-09-2007, 02:18 PM
i'm sorry for what i said to you about australia about you guys being thieves & shit i lost my temper

03-09-2007, 04:50 PM
but you guys do play dirty cricket
like the emence cleaning of the seam of the ball
when you guys got 3 fielders right on top of the batsman
australians dance for the umpire we don't do any of that shit & i'm glad that all of us is going to see it
australia used to be a good team but you guys were never the best we just had some problems but now we are rated no.1 in the world we not going to give it up

03-09-2007, 05:08 PM
we played pakistan in durban south africa & we beat them & the south african crowd dissed our captain
it's not only like that with pakistan alot of south africans is still upset about the past so i'm told when i ask
our players don't have it easy
when australia plays here the last time you guys came down here & we fucked you up it was fustrating to watch because all we hear is the comentators say how great the australians is & how shit we are
then ya'll play like how i just mentioned our batsman to often got dissmised for nothing in that tour a man had to think these umpires were paid they were very one sided in all those games there was problems when we get ya'll out it's not out even though it should of been out
me & my friends complained for weeks about that
australians are very cocky cricket players they like to torment us & fucks up our concintration now you know why i don't like australia
south africans play good cricket & we good sportsman not the way you describe us

03-09-2007, 05:27 PM
Monday, 3 June, 2002, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Hansie Cronje

Former South Africa cricket captain Hansie Cronje died in a plane crash on Saturday 1 June.
BBC Sport's Marcus Prior answers your e-mails on Hansie Cronje.
Listen to Marcus Prior's answers here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/audio/38057000/rm/_38057590_prior_on_cronje.ram)

Hansie Cronje was earmarked as a future South Africa captain from his first appearance in international cricket in 1991.
His reputation was among the finest in cricket until allegations of match-fixing began to spread in April 2000.
Will you remember Cronje for his 3,714 runs in 68 Test appearances - or for the manner of his fall?

Clarence Walker, USA Despite his fall from grace, Hansie will always be the best captain to lead South Africa and one of the best all-rounders produced by South Africa. That is how I will remember him.

He was a magnificent batsman. He had the ability to take on just about any attack with a great eye and play it to all parts of the ground. He also had the ability as a bowler to break partnerships and to swing the ball late. As a captain he was a great competitor and a strategist.

Neville, Australia
He'll be remembered for selling the integrity of a great game for the sake of a few dollars.
Hansie Cronje himself said two years ago that he had "an unfortunate love of money". He was a great public figure who had one major personal flaw. He recognised that and, having been exposed as a corrupt cricketer, he understood that this love of money had brought about his downfall.
There are many reasons why he got involved to the extent that he did with cricket's corrupt match fixers. All I would say is that it was probably an early dalliance which he didn't think much about, and this led to a greater involvement which he could hardly evade later on in his cricketing life.
It is very sad that someone like him was sucked so far into such illicit and corrupt activities, but certainly he was a great cricketer and a great captain. It is a great shame, and his early death has brought about the reality that, without reconciliation over time, this is unfortunately what he will be remembered for. There are many people in South Africa in particular who believe that he should be remembered for more human reasons than that.

Ben Parkyn, England
People should not focus on his wrong-doings, but on the reasons behind them. Why would a successful captain of a country feel the need to resort to accepting money to potentially lose a game? For someone with such ability and strong religious beliefs it must have been a hard decision to make. So why did he do it?
As someone who sat through the entire King Commission and Cronje's subsequent appeal to have his life ban from cricket overturned, what became very clear is the way in which the bookmakers and illegal gamblers around cricket get involved in the game is to approach those who can best influence the outcome of cricket matches.
Cronje was a captain of a successful side, and from 1996 there were people hovering around the South Africa camp trying to get under his skin. Unfortunately for Hansie Cronje, he took part in that game from an early stage, as was clear from the King Commission. Once involved and once under the influence of these very powerful individuals it was difficult for him to totally distance himself from them. He was held in their sway and never found a way out of that. That was ultimately to prove his downfall.

03-09-2007, 05:36 PM
Harry Spencer, Sri Lanka
Do you think he allowed himself to become a scapegoat for the sins of a much larger network of shadowy bookmakers and other prominent cricketers who continue to enjoy celebrity status?
I'm not sure if it's a question of allowed himself or just was, but certainly Salim Malik is fighting his case in the High Court, and Mohammed Azharuddin has suffered similarly, but less high profile internationally as far as exposure is concerned.
There is little doubt that Cronje felt very harshly done by. He was very aware of what was going on in international cricket for quite some time as far as the bookmakers were concerned. He was probably one of the last with his hand in the cookie jar but almost certainly the first to have his hand smacked.
Those who supported him found it hard to understand his attempt to have his life ban overturned, and they felt that a better course of action would be to accept his fate and get on with his life. They would certainly feel that he had been harshly dealt with because there were many other cricketers who, without doubt, had been involved in illicit activities, as far as goings on on the cricket field itself are concerned, but were never truly exposed to the same level that he was.

Greg Hood, SA
I'll remember Hansie for the magnificent contribution he made in helping to put SA almost at the top of the cricketing rankings and for making the team one of the most competitive on the world stage. For South Africans he will always be our Hansie.
I think there is a major split in opinion between SA cricket fans and cricket fans in much of the rest if the world. In SA, to a large extent, Hansie could do no wrong and many people felt he was very harshly done by.
If you listen to the likes of Ian Botham at the weekend who said that Hansie would always be remembered as a match fixer and a cheat.
If you saw the fact that neither England nor Sri Lanka felt compelled to wear black armbands the day following Hansie's death.
If any other young international cricketer of recent vintage had died in tragic circumstances there is no doubt the black armbands would have been on straight away.
Certainly South Africans feel that Cronje was judged harshly as far as the behaviour of other cricketers who remain unnamed were concerned, as far as their dealings with bookmakers were concerned.
That's something that South Africans are having to deal with for themselves because the country is stuck away at the southern end of the African continent a long way from the rest of the cricketing world, Zimbabwe apart. It's very difficult for South Africans to come to terms with the fact that Hansie could still be perceived in such a negative light in the rest of the cricketing world while he is perceived as a positive role model within South African sports circles.

03-09-2007, 05:57 PM
Aamir Sohail S/o Shaikh Mohammed Ali (Recorded on 8th October, 1998)

I am in possession of the original affidavit sworn by Ata-ur-Rehman which I produce before this commission. I made a statement to the press that I was not afraid of telling the truth and I reiterate that this match-fixing business was going on and some players who were not indulging in the same like myself, Ata-ur-Rehman, Aaquib Javed and Rashid Latif were being constantly harassed by some players and outsiders.
During the Singer trophy in Sri Lanka, Saleem Parvez came to my room and entered into some talk with me. I however told him that whatever he was planning was not going to happen as far as I was concerned. When we were going out to bat Saeed Anwar said, 'I have heard something that the match is fixed therefore, we should bat carefully'. I enquired the reason. He said we are going to lose. Anwar was batting very well. A message came from the dressing room through Zahid Fazal, twelfth man, and immediately Anwar retired, saying he was not feeling well which came as a surprise to me. During the South Africa tour, Anwar was in good form and was not making runs. When I and Aaquib Javed were sitting with him in the hotel, he said he knew he wasn't getting runs because he had taken money for fixing the match and that it was a curse from God, because even after taking oath on the Quran, he had taken money.... We told him that he should pray for forgiveness and pay some 'Kafara'.
During the World Cup ('95), when we landed in Delhi, Akram went to a night-club and it was on the same day when he was injured. I asked Akram that we should talk about tour strategy and he should see a physiotherapist. However, the next day the physiotherapist told me he was looking for Akram who was not available. Two days before the match I asked Wasim whether he was fit enough to play. He replied in the affirmative and said that on no occasion was he going to miss such a crucial match. It was strange that before such an important match there was no team meeting although generally it is done before all matches. I again asked Wasim Akram and he told me he was playing after taking some injections. He never indicated he was not playing. It was only 5/10 minutes before the toss that I was informed that Akram was not playing. The morale of the team went down. We had no time to plan strategy. He told us that time that he had an injury on his ribs but in the newspaper he stated he had suffered a shoulder injury. Dan Kiesel told me the injection he gave Akram would keep the pain away even if the flesh had been cut off. I was further informed by Kiesel that after he gave the injections to Akram he told me (sic) that the pain had travelled to another place which looked very strange.
Before the Australasia cup final in '94, I received a call from an Indian book-maker whose name I do not know that he wanted to see me. As a cricketer I had to be polite to my fans. Therefore I allowed him. When he came, he offered me Rs 25 lakh for getting out before scoring 10 runs and also getting Saeed Anwar run out. This offer was spurned by me. I went out for dinner and when I came back there was a team meeting on in which it appeared that certain other players had also been offered money. We therefore decided to take oath on the Quran before the match that each one of us would play to the best of his abilities.
During the second Sahara cup match, Akram was captain. When we were fielding, he went away for a while and being vice-captain, I took over. The wicket was taking turn. I employed the fielders around the batsmen and succeeded in getting two wickets. When Akram came back, he was very angry and asked me what the hell are you doing. I said 'I am trying to win the match and have taken two wickets for you'. He was very angry. I was told by Aaquib Javed that he was offered a car which he refused but Waqar Younus had taken the car.
Rashid Latif was the world's best wicketkeeper but he was dropped and so was the case with Basit Ali and Ata-ur-Rehman. Ata-ur-Rehman was judged the best bowler against India in 1994. He was dropped in the Sri Lanka tour which was astonishing.
It was for the first time during the Christchurch match against New Zealand in '94 that I heard about match-fixing. Majid Khan was very upset and he banned telephone calls of all players. It was the same match about which At-ur-Rehman told that he was paid by Akram to bowl badly. Many strange things happened during the match. It was a bowler-friendly wicket and the ball was swinging around and we got out very cheaply and at one time the other side was 45 runs for three wickets. It was surprising that I was asked to bowl on that wicket, though it was suited to fast bowlers.
In 1994, I was in very good form and was scoring lots of runs. However, at many times I was run out mainly due to the call made by other players. In the second final of the Mandela trophy, I was run out on 71. The other batsman at the crease was Ijaz Ahmed who had made the call. During the match at Sharjah, I was not feeling well but Akram asked me to play. I told him I can open the innings if we bat first and if we have to bat after the fielding sufficient time had to be given to me to rest... and thereafter I was promised that I shall be batting at a lower position. Surprisingly, when we came back from fielding I was ordered to open the innings. I reminded Akram of his promise but he was adamant. I scored 1/2 runs and got out because I could not move my foot. This match was against England.
There came a time when we were in a winning position. However, strangely enough instead of Moin Khan and Azhar Mahmood who were in good form, Akram promoted himself in the batting order. He however scored 4 runs in 19 deliveries. Pakistan lost that match by 8 runs. It was the fifth match against England in the Singer trophy. Adam Hollioake, English captain, came out with the statement that he was approached by bookmakers for fixing the matches. Saleem Parvez told me he had paid money to Salim Malik, Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam and Waqar. This disclosure was made by him in the presence of Rashid Latif.
Majid Khan Chief Executive Officer, PCB I produce a written statement which is duly signed by me and everything contained therein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. It is not possible for one or two players to fix matches without involving others. There are large-scale rumours which lead me to the conclusion that other members of the team were also involved. After the Quadrangular matches, I confronted Haroon Rashid and later Akram. (I told them) their strategy was poor-instead of sending in-form batsmen at the top order, they sent out-of-form batsmen. Akram replied he was not aware who was in-form and who was out-of-form (or) that he was committing any mistake.
After the West Indies series which we won, we went to Sharjah. If we look at the score-sheet of Sharjah which I produce we will find that the same mistake i.e. sending out-of-form batsmen at the top order was repeated. In the match against the West Indies, Akram went to bat ahead of Azhar Mahmood and Moin Khan. The same was the case in the match against Sri Lanka, which slowed down the game. I went to Sharjah for a couple of days and confronted Haroon Rashid with these mistakes. His answer was that if the captain was unwilling to win the match, what could the coach do? Akram had not played during the entire summer season due to a shoulder operation. Prior to the tournament he had played only one Test. Against South Africa in which Azhar Mahmood had scored lots of runs he had failed. But Akram batted ahead of Azhar.
In my view, those who are found guilty of match-fixing and betting must be dealt with in a manner which could set an example; those against whom there are suspicions should be investigated about their assets. We shall at the board level provide details of the money which was paid to the players from which we can have a fair idea of their assets and receipts. The eyes of cricket-playing countries are focused on Pakistan as to how this matter is being dealt with and that they will also follow suit if need be. We can be the leaders in this field.

03-09-2007, 06:21 PM
Warne, Mark Waugh took bookie's cashBy Mark Ray, Greg Baum and Martin Blake
December 9, 1998

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Two of Australia's greatest cricketers - bowler Shane Warne and batsman Mark Waugh - have been involved in a betting scandal that has plunged the game into of one of its greatest crises of the modern era.
The Australian Cricket Board confirmed last night that it had fined Waugh and Warne for providing information to an Indian bookmaker during Australia's tour of Sri Lanka in 1994.
But cricket officials have covered up the scandal ever since the players were fined in early 1995.
It is believed both players admitted having supplied the bookmaker with information about match conditions and possible team selection. It was unclear how much they had been fined, with reports varying between $2,500 to $15,000.
One source close to the ACB said both players had been fined a sum greater than what the bookmaker paid them.
The revelations are a severe embarrassment to Australian cricket officials, who supported claims by Warne, Waugh and bowler Tim May in 1995 that Pakistan captain Salim Malik offered them bribes to throw matches during the ill-fated tour of that country in 1994.
Several Australian cricket officials have known of the affair since the pair were fined, but have kept it secret because of its explosive nature.
The chief executive of the ACB, Mr Malcolm Speed, last night confirmed there would be a media conference in Adelaide today. Waugh and Warne are both expected to attend.
But Mr Speed said there was no suggestion that Waugh and Warne had been involved in anything other than providing information. "There is no suggestion whatsoever of any match-fixing," he said.
Waugh is due to play for Australia in the third Test against England starting at Adelaide Oval on Friday, while Warne is absent through injury. Mr Speed said the timing was unfortunate.
Mr Waugh's manager, Mr Leo Kalis, would not comment last night. "Mark will be making a statement tomorrow," he said.
A director of ACB director said the inquiry into Waugh and Warne's behaviour was handled in February 1995 by the then chairman Mr Alan Crompton, and chief executive Mr Graham Halbish.
Mr Halbish, who has avoided questions about the issue for the past two years, said last night: "I'm not buying into it. I decided some years ago, wisely or otherwise, not to keep my diaries. I think I'll stick to that."
Mr Crompton could not be reached for comment.
There were unsubstantiated reports last night that Waugh had initially approached the board and told it of his involvement, seeking its advice.
The Herald revealed in February 1995 that Warne, Waugh and Tim May had alleged that Malik approached them with bribes to lose matches. Malik rejected the claims as "shameful", but was sacked as captain five months later and suspended as a player pending an inquiry.
In September this year, a committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board found that Malik, fast bowler Wasim Akram and batsman Ijaz Ahmed were responsible for match-fixing, and referred its findings to Justice Qayyum's judicial inquiry, which is expected to conclude in the next fortnight.
On its way to Pakistan in 1994, the Australian team made a short trip to Sri Lanka for the Singer Cup. It was here that the bookmaker approached Waugh and Warne for information on game conditions and the possible Australian side.
Australia lost the subsequent tour of Pakistan 0-1.
Former Australian coach Bob Simpson, who was in charge for the 1994 tour, said he had no knowledge of the allegations against Waugh and Warne. He denied a suggestion that he sat on a committee that handed down fines to the players. "I was on no such committee."
Scandal at a glance:

Shane Warne and Mark Waugh fined up to $15,000 for giving information to Indian bookie during 1994 tour of Sri Lanka.

They were fined in 1995 but the affair has been kept secret.

Warne and Waugh alleged in 1995 that they had been offered bribes by Pakistan's Salim Malik to throw matches.

03-13-2007, 09:19 AM
West Indies Vs Pakistan Starts Nooowww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03-13-2007, 09:47 AM
ah, i wish i could watch it, but here it only on pay tv.

03-13-2007, 09:51 AM
i'm sorry for what i said to you about australia about you guys being thieves & shit i lost my temper

i dont mind man, i realise fucking warne and waugh cheated, and i dont even like those guys at all.

also, it get boring watching the aussies win all the time, i find myself supported the opposing teams alot of the time, just because i dont like to see the same old thing.

interesting how australia, even thought they are now no longer no. 1 in the world, have these odds compared to no. 1 south africa:

aus: 2.75
SA: 5.50

crazy how even though sa are no. 1, they are still nearly double the australians.

03-13-2007, 01:18 PM
it's half time now pakistan won the toss & ellected to bowl
west indies made 241 but it started of slow i had a cat nap inbetween
the last 10 overs were exciting to watch

you must always support your team
as much as i bad mouth australia my favourite games to watch is when we playing australia because that's the most competitive
so even though i bad mouth them cricket won't be the same without them

03-13-2007, 05:30 PM
the games over & west indies won
pakistan lost 3 quick wickets & played a defensive game
yousuf cracked from pressure & al haq went soon after the most impressive player has to be malik
it was great to see the west indies preform so well, they were impresive on the field (africans are very athletic)
it was mostly the young cats from the indies that shined
i will post a proper review when it's released

Prince Rai
03-14-2007, 05:49 AM
much props for ramesh, hes definitely working hard for this thread! peace..

as for pakistan, we better come back!! lol we are playing ireland next i think..lmao

03-14-2007, 06:26 AM
much props for ramesh, hes definitely working hard for this thread! peace..

as for pakistan, we better come back!! lol we are playing ireland next i think..lmao
thanx princerai
i'm sure pakistan will do better it's a pitty that asif is not playing because that man got mad skill also it's hard to believe that yousef was under pressure because he is a great man with strong will they were a bit over confident when they came in the game because of the terrible defeat west indies faced against india during practice but i'm sure they will bounce back

03-14-2007, 06:33 AM
Inzamam-ul-Haq blamed his experienced batsmen for Pakistan's demoralising opening ICC Cricket World Cup 54-run defeat to West Indies.

Inzamam feels his batsmen will need to come good in the remaining matches if Pakistan are to repeat their 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup triumph after his side failed to chase the hosts' modest total of 241 at Sabina Park here on Tuesday.

"Our middle order is a very experienced batting line-up and we should have taken more responsibility in the opening game of the tournament," said captain Inzamam.

Before a capacity crowd at the renovated Sabina Park, West Indies had a memorable start to the first ever ICC Cricket World Cup staged in the Caribbean, when they bowled Pakistan out for 187 in 47.2 overs to clinch victory

"We should have got those runs because I think 242 was a gettable score," added Inzamam.

"We thought we could have chased those runs and we should have successfully chased them."

Pakistan were 39 for three at one stage, but Inzamam scored 36 and Mohammad Yousuf made 37 to put them back on track before Dwayne Smith, who was named man-of-the-match, claimed them both to end with three wickets for 36 runs from his 10 overs.

"Mohammad Yousuf's wicket was crucial, but we lost three early wickets, and we could have done well if we had more wickets left at the end," said Inzamam.

"We just didn't chase properly enough and West Indies bowled a good line and length.

"There is some pressure on us now, but we will regroup and come back for the next match."

Pakistan must now beat Ireland on Saturday, and Zimbabwe next Wednesday to guarantee they progress from Group D into the Super Eight stage of the competition.

Despite the defeat, Inzamam is confident his side will bounce back.

"There is something brilliant and magical about playing West Indies in West Indies, but we lost the opening game, and this is not very good," he admitted

03-14-2007, 07:00 AM
West Indies defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in the opening match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in Sabina Park on Tuesday night.
A fine all round performance by Brian Lara's men saw the tournament's home team restricting Pakistan to 187 after scoring 241 in the first innings. Pakistan's captain Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and chose to field. Powered mainly by contributions from Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels, the Windies posted 241, accelerating towards the end via a cameo by Dwayne Smith, who hit 32 off 15 balls.
For Pakistan, free-swinging Shoaib Malik top-scored with 62 and was last man out as the crowd erupted in celebration. Till he was there, victory was possible though unlikely.
However, at one stage Pakistan were in tatters after losing captain Inzamam-ul-Haq for 36 to leave the score 116/6 with 17 overs remaining and 7 runs an over to get in them. His replacement 'keeper Kamran Akmal was out next ball for nought. Non-striker Shoaib Malik was then looking good, and had just come in a couple of overs before, replacing Pakistan's other major hope: Mohammad Yousuf.
Yousuf fell for 37 just when it seemed he and Inzy would slowly take Pakistan within striking range of the West Indies total. Yousuf was out caught behind after battling for 72 balls and hitting only one four.
Pakistan's two best batsmen had struggled long and hard to halt a West Indian drive through their top order and settled to reach 64/3 after 20 overs.
Inzamam and Yousuf dug in after the team was reeling in the opening overs against a rampant West Indies attack. Inzy had scored 33 off 58 balls when Yousuf fell and the duo had seen off fast bowler DB Powell, who amazingly bowled all 10 of his overs on the trot, finishing with figures of 2/42. Yousuf was succeeded by Shoaib Malik.
Inzy came in after the fall of the third wicket, that of Mohd Hafeez, who was caught by Lara at mid-on as he tried unsuccessfully to go over the top. Mohd Yousuf was looking solid at that stage, after 12 overs, but the scoring rate had been pulled down. At one stage, only 13 runs were scored in 9 overs till Inzy stroked two superb boundaries. One a swivel pull and the other a super cover drive.
Earlier Younis Khan fell for 9 as Pakistan struggled against the West Indies opening attack. Younis went with his team at 17/2 in the fifth over.
Younis pulled a ball outside off stump off Jerome Taylor and was caught behind off an edge.
Pakistan began its innings in mercurial fashion, with Imran Nazir tonking Powell for six over point and then edging to birthday boy Ramdin. This brought in Younis who slashed to get a boundary. And all this was just in the first over.
The excitement continued through the match, with both teams piling up runs in their slog overs. But the Windies were much more disciplined on the day and suddenly, from a thrashing at the hands of India only last week, they look like a team to watch out for in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

03-14-2007, 08:01 AM
kenya vs canada starts now

03-14-2007, 12:00 PM
canada was all out for 199 on the last ball of the 50th over
kenya is one cool team they got a cool style
i didn't watch the whole match just pieces where i could but u must see when the bowlers get a cat out they don't jump in the sky & shit the bowler just does a delayed semi half break & it's over with same as a run out they do it in slow motion
africans are cool cats i'm defintly watching all the batting
4 run outs & from what i saw & 2 clean takes off the wicket

03-14-2007, 12:19 PM
the australian vs scotland is coming on tonight to late for me to watch i hear scotland is a good team
it would be cool if one of you cats can coment on the game

03-14-2007, 04:02 PM
i'm glad to pronounce that kenya won with 7 wickets at hand
i must say that kenya takes the award of being the coolest cricket team
the batting was a bit slow they had an easy target & won the game in a laid back fasion

03-15-2007, 03:26 AM
Kenya captain Steve Tikolo led from the front as his side beat Canada by seven wickets in the opening Group C ICC CWC match here Wednesday.

With Test nations England and New Zealand lying in wait, this fixture appeared to represent both the Africans' and the North Americans' best chance of a victory.

In the end Kenya, the shock semi-finalists of four years ago, won decisively. Chasing 200 to win, they finished on 203 for three with 40 balls to spare.

Experienced skipper Tikolo was 72 not out after opener Maurice Ouma had made 58. Tanmay Mishra was unbeaten on 35.

Tikolo had already had a good day in the field.

After winning the toss, he was one of three Kenyan spinners who between them took five wickets for 78 runs in 29 overs as Canada's innings slowed to a crawl after a solid start.

"All in all it was a good game," Tikolo said.

"Up front we gave away too many runs but the spinners pulled it back in the middle to restrict them. Then when we batted, Maurice Ouma batted brilliantly. Then myself and Mishra just finished off the game."

Canada captain John Davison, who said aspects of his side's play were "embarrassing" and labelled the running between the wickets that led to three late run-outs "village", was understandably downbeat.

"There weren't too many positives for us. Once Geoff Barnett (41) was out, I don't think we competed for the rest of the game. That pretty much sums it up. It didn't click."

Canada bowled 18 wides and two no-balls and Davison added: "I don't think we've bowled that many extras in a game for a long time. Maybe the pressure of the occasion got to us."

Ouma started positively, pulling 40-year-old former West Indies fast bowler Anderson Cummins for four.

Kenya's key partnership was a third-wicket stand of 67 between Ouma and Tikolo which took Kenya into three figures from 52 for two.

Ouma completed a 71-ball fifty with one six and six fours. But his stand with Tikolo ended when he chipped former Guyana left-arm spinner Sunil Dhaniram to Ashif Mulla at mid-on.

However, Tikolo, in his fourth ICC CWC, was untroubled as he made a typically stylish fifty off 56 balls with one six and five fours - his 19th one-day international half-century.

Tight slow bowling from Kenya - featuring Tikolo's two for 34 off nine overs - had earlier restricted Canada to 199 all out.

Off-spinner Jimmy Kamande was the pick of the attack, taking a superb two for 25 from his full 10 overs.

Left-armer Hiren Varaiya was also impressive with one for 19 from 10 on his World Cup debut.

Canada were looking good while opener Barnett was at the crease but their innings became bogged down when he was out.

However, Dhaniram added impetus late on with an unbeaten 34 off 35 balls, including a six and three fours, to give Canada's bowlers hope.

Left-hander Barnett, who played first-class cricket during the 2006-07 season for New Zealand's Central Districts, had stroked five fours off the 14th over, bowled by first change Nehemiah Odhiambo, with the pick a straight drive down the ground.

Barnett was in sight of a fifty when he holed out.

Going for a big pick-up off paceman Peter Ongondo, Barnett was well caught on the long leg boundary by Mishra.

Barnett faced 50 balls with nine fours.

Davison, who scored the fastest ICC CWC hundred of all-time, off 67 balls, against the West Indies at Centurion during the 2003 tournament, was bowled for eight by Kamande's off-breaks.

Canada are in action again on Sunday when they play England with Kenya's next match on Tuesday against New Zealand

03-15-2007, 06:09 PM
zimbabwe played against ireland & the game ended in a tie i feel very dissapointed we should of won
when it comes to zimbabwe it's always mixed feelings i love the people & i hate the prsident in your mind you want them to loose & in your heart you want them to win i must say was dissapointed that the jamaicans didn't come to show their support the whole crowd was ireland just watching i couldn't take the pressure atleast we didn't loose
the irish leading batsman that scored slightly more than his whole irish team together was an australian
most of the zimbabwe cricketers were banned or stoped playing because of that fuck head mgabe so we had a very inexpierienced team
politics aside it was a very entertaining game
you guys musn't forget to watch us playing today against holland

03-16-2007, 05:05 AM
Australia defeated Scotland by 203 runs in the Group A match at St Kitts on Wednesday. Scotland was all out on the score of 131 runs in 40.1 overs. Colin Smith was the only blessing in disguise for Scotland as he scored his maiden ODI half century.
Chasing a mammoth target of 335 runs set by the world champions Australia, Scotland started their innings on a cautious note. However, the Scots lost the wicket of Majid Haq when he was run out for 16 runs.
Captain Ricky Ponting stroked his fourth World Cup century on Wednesday to propel world champions Australia to 334 for six against Scotland in their opening Group A match. Ponting lofted five sixes and struck nine fours in his 113 from 93 balls, his 23rd international one-day century. He also broke Indian Saurav Ganguly`s previous World Cup record of 23 sixes and became the sixth man to reach 1,000 World Cup runs. Scotland captain Craig Wright ensured the spectators, who filled less than half of the 10,000-capacity Warner Park, would get a decent day`s cricket by opting to field first after winning the toss on a dull, overcast day.

Reported Earlier: Scotland’s captain Craig White won the toss and elected to field against the current world champions Australia in St Kitts on Wednesday. While Australia are the 2-1 favourites for the competition, the amateur players of Scotland are rated at 750-1 by British bookmakers William Hill. Also in the group is South Africa, at 5-1 and Netherlands, 1000-1.
Realistically Scotland`s best hope for any glory would be against their fellow minnows and it would be a major upset if they managed to beat the Australians or the South Africans. Scotland currently play against English county sides in one-day competition and two of their squad, Dougie Brown and Gavin Hamilton, have actually played for England.

03-16-2007, 05:10 AM
i heard we had a tough time beating scotland & hearing how australia ripped through them get me even more excited for our encounter
i don't know how people can say cricket is boring
i think it's the most exciting game out there at times i get so excited it turns me into an orangatang

03-16-2007, 06:21 AM
South African Cricket Set to Self-Destruct
(http://www.abcofcricket.com/Article_Library/art14/art14.htm)The present racial quota policy of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, which requires South African cricket teams to include a minimum number of coloured players is set to cause the sport to self-destruct before it has the opportunity to achieve the purpose for which it was implemented. Under current policy, provincial cricket teams are required to consist of no-less-than, three coloured players.

my favourite cricket player

Andre Nel a true south african in evry sence of the way

In January 2005 against against England he took 6/81 in the first innings of the Test. These remained his best innings bowling figures until South Africa's tour of the West Indies in April when in the 3rd Test at Kensington Oval he took 6/32 to go with his first innings 4 wickets. This gave him first 10 wickets haul in Test cricket and man of the match.
Nel went on to take 14 wickets during his side's tour of Australia later in 2005, finishing the year with 36 victims at 20.72.
He has constantly troubled Brian Lara (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Lara) in Test cricket, having dismissed him on no fewer than 8 occasions.[1]

[edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Andre_Nel&action=edit&section=2)] Controversies

Nel has been involved in a number of controversies both on and off the field, as he has been fined for obscene language and for ICC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Cricket_Council) Code of Conduct breaches during his career.
In February 2001 he hit the headlines after breaking into tears when he felled Allan Donald (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Donald) with a firey bouncer in a domestic first-class match. It emerged later that he had been following instructions from his coach Ray Jennings to target Donald.
During 2003 he was sent home from a South Africa A tour of Australia after being pulled over for drink driving.[2] (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/46569.html) Later in the year during the tour of the West Indies he, along with four other teammates, was found guilty of smoking marijuana.[3] (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/46569.html)
His enthusiastic and aggressive approach on the field also gets him into trouble and he was once before the match referee for making facial gestures to Chris Gayle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Gayle).

His aggressive and outspoken nature has led to Andre Nel having one of South African cricket’s most chequered disciplinary records. He has had his run-ins with administrators, match referees, umpires and fellow players and his facial contortions are almost as famous as his incisive fast bowling. All this however has not stopped him from becoming one of the best purveyors with the new ball who works not only on the batsman’s nerves but also his skills. Possessing a tall, muscular frame – an ideal build for a fast bowler – Nel after a steady start has made himself an integral member of the pace attack. His strike rate has improved considerably over the years and he has a record of almost four wickets per Test. He has all the attributes of a top-notch fast bowler – the deadly yorker, the nasty bouncer, the deceptive slower one mixed judiciously among his stock deliveries that can be pretty hostile. His best match figures are ten for 88 against West Indies at Bridgetown at 2005 when he dismissed Brian Lara in both innings and he was South Africa’s outstanding bowler on the tour of Australia in 2005-06 when he was not overawed by the home team’s batting might and finished with 14 wickets in the three Tests. In the restrictive world of ODIs Nel does not compromise much on his pace while retaining the accuracy and this is reflected in his impressive strike rate and average.




03-16-2007, 06:51 AM
i love my whole team here is a picture of shaun pollock & mark boucher

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03-16-2007, 01:50 PM

before i get started i would just like to say i respect holland if it wasn't through the dutch i wouldn't of exisisted & that goes for alot of south africans so the respect is there now we can get down to bussiness
due to rain we only got 40 overs & it's our 1st game & australia crushed scotland with 335 impressive
in our 40 overs we scored 353
gibbs who represents us coloureds hit 6 6's in a row it's the 1st thats been done in a cricket worldcup
boucher fastest 50 in a world cup
most 6's hit in a world cup
most 6's hit in a 1day international
i'm going to watch the 2nd half now

03-16-2007, 02:46 PM
6 sixes in one over .. WOW

Thats world class hitting write there. Even if it was against a team who are
not a top cricket naition.

South africa will not win the world cup though.. IMO

My tip is INDIA


03-16-2007, 03:55 PM
with all honoursty i would'nt mind if india wins as you can tell by my name i got alot of love for indians
there is alot of good teams & the compitition is going to be tuff makes great entertainment
the great thing about being a coloured kid is that there is a piece of evrything in you
but if it's a final between india & south africa you know where my loyalty is

03-16-2007, 04:12 PM
Big ups to you Ramesh.. One love bruv

Why do you think that south africa only have one or two Black folkes in there
team ??

Now i aint gonna dissrespect your naition bruva but south africa does not
sit well with me. I mean.. Just look at the rugby team and the cricket team

How many blacks are in these teams..

Whats up with that

03-16-2007, 04:23 PM
as a coloured man i will tell you the truth we have coloured & black players in our sports that don't belong there but are there because of their colour which is wrong
i'm not saying the white guys are superior to us but they did have proper training from a young age & we didn't so they play better than us
the only sport i watch is cricket & i want to win so if a white can do a better job then us then he must do it because we want to win & we all south africans
in my eyes we all equal & the best man should get the job

03-16-2007, 04:25 PM
if you look at gibbs he's a coloured kid but he went to a white school he had an oppertunity in time we will all have that oppertunity

03-16-2007, 04:34 PM
The best man..

There are lots of Black folkes who are good at cricket my brother..

I know.. I have been to south africa, and the peoples i played with were black .. There was a few whites and they were good also but there was
a lot of kids who were good at cricket and rugby and they were Black.

Like i said before, I will not dissrespect your naition but comon bro.

And yes ramesh, We are all equal in this world. But some peoples are
CORRUPT and only want one thing..

03-16-2007, 04:55 PM
I aint asking you to dissrespect south africa ramesh..

I am asking you to speek your mind

03-16-2007, 05:06 PM
we are rated the best cricket team in the world i am happy with my team if it's not broken don't fix it

03-16-2007, 05:12 PM
i get this what you saying from alot of south africans who feel our team looks foreign & they don't support our cricket they support other teams when they come hear i say fuck them
i'm not going to hate on some white kids that was born here on some shit they didn't cause they never asked to be born & i have no right to hate on them

03-16-2007, 05:44 PM
i believe in fairness & the white people in south africa is getting a raw deal the white youth get punished all the time for things they not responsable for & it's wrong
people with money will always have money shit get bad they leave it's the ones that stay that i got respect for even though their future looks dim they stay

03-16-2007, 05:47 PM
YEA bruva

I aint asking you to hate on white kids bruva..

I am askin you to speek ya mind

03-16-2007, 05:49 PM
my mind is the best man for the job should get it even if they blue, orange or purple

03-17-2007, 09:19 AM
Herschelle Gibbs became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in a one-day international while Jacques Kallis smashed an unbeaten century as South Africa inflicted a 221-run ICC CWC defeat on the Netherlands here on Friday.

Gibbs hit a robust 40-ball 72 coupled with Kallis's unbeaten 128 as South Africa's batsmen pulverised Dutch bowling to muster 353-3 in a Group A match reduced to 40-over-a-side.

Ryan ten Doeschate then hit a fighting 57 as the Netherlands managed 132-9 in their 40 overs.

Doeschate shared a 42-run sixth wicket stand with Tim de Leede who made 21, in an otherwise dismal batting show by the Dutch.

Earlier Mark Boucher joined the South Africa run-feast with a rapid-fire 31-ball, unbeaten 75 which included nine boundaries and four sixes.

He also hit the fastest half-century in a ICC CWC match beating West Indian Brian Lara's 23-ball feat against Canada at Centurion in 2003 by two deliveries.

But it was Gibbs who grabbed the headlines.

He launched into Dutch right-arm leg-break bowler Daan van Bunge in the 30th over, hitting him for five straight sixes and one to deep mid-wicket at the Warner Park ground.

"It's up there with the best things I've done," said Gibbs.

"I never thought about getting six in a row, but if it's your day, it's your day.

"After the first three I thought I was in with a chance, but I decided I wasn't going to charge him, I'd wait to see what he does and luckily they fell into the right slot."

Kallis hit eleven boundaries and five sixes during his unbeaten 109-ball knock and added 115 runs for the third wicket with Gibbs off just 71 balls.

South Africa hit 18 sixes in all beating Pakistan's record of most sixes in a one-day innings of 14 hit against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996-97.

Prince Rai
03-17-2007, 04:03 PM
holyyy fuck pakistan is shit!

Prince Rai
03-17-2007, 04:04 PM
and bangladesh about to win maybe??? whats the world coming to?

03-17-2007, 04:55 PM
bangladesh played a good game of cricket they outplayed india in evry way & deserve to win

03-19-2007, 07:22 AM
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday announced his retirement from one-day cricket after his team's humiliating exit from the ICC CWC and the death of coach Bob Woolmer.

He also said he would give up the captaincy after playing his last one-dayer against Zimbabwe on Wednesday, a match he and the team have dedicated to Woolmer, who died here after the team were bundled out of the Cup by Ireland.

"I have talked with my father on the phone and have decided to retire from one-day cricket after the Zimbabwe match," Inzamam told reporters.

"Leading Pakistan was a great honour and these last three years have been the most memorable for me. On the same side, the ICC CWC debacle this time have been the worst days of my career," he said.

"I wanted to go on a high but this was not in my fate."

Inzamam's press conference was attended by the entire Pakistan team, still in obvious grief and shock after the death of Woolmer, who was pronounced dead after being found unconscious in his hotel room Sunday.

The 37-year-old Pakistan captain made 36 and one respectively in the 54-run defeat against the West Indies and the three-wicket upset loss to Ireland that ended their ICC CWC campaign. Zimbabwe will be their last Cup match.

"We will play the last match for our coach, who was not only a great coach but a great human being and a personal friend," the star said. "We can never overcome the tragedy and would always remember the man."

Woolmer, who was 58, was a former England Test batsman and highly respected coach. But he presided over arguably the greatest shock in the history of the sport, when the Irish part-timers beat Pakistan on Saturday.

Inzamam said he had talked with Woolmer about announcing his decision to retire from the one-day game.

"A lot of people may think that this was not the right time to announce retirement but I discussed it with Woolmer, who agreed with me," he said.

"I will be willing to serve Pakistan cricket in any capacity and would be playing Test cricket, if needed, as a player."

He has played 377 matches, scoring 11,702 runs with ten hundreds and 83 fifties. He has also played 129 Tests for Pakistan.

Inzamam was also part of the Pakistan team that won the ICC CWC in 1992.

The burly batsman hit the headlines with his fiery 37-ball 60 against New Zealand in the semi-final and then a robust 30-ball 42 in the final against England to help Pakistan to their only ICC CWC title.

"I have played to the best (of my) abilities and never compromised on the team's betterment. I thank my fans for their utmost support and apologise to them on a poor show in the ICC CWC," he said.

"I want to be remembered as an honest player, someone who takes pride in playing for my country, and would always be available to help Pakistan cricket's cause.

03-19-2007, 07:30 AM
the world cup is having some crazy turns i'm sorry to hear about bob woolmer that passed away & that al haq is going to retire i think he is a great cricket player
i still very amaized at how good bangledesh is playing it really makes cricket exciting when you see a team that has battled for so long finally get recognition
the way australia played against netherlands shows that they are hungry for our spot makes me very excited i just can't wate to play them it's on mind constintly & it stresses me i just can't wate anymore
i'm going to have a heart attack before i'm 30

03-20-2007, 04:54 PM
india must of been really pissed about losing agaist bangladesh they destroyed bahamas breaking the world record for most runs scored
i think they needed that loose now they focused
south africa what else do i need to say i'm proud of my team i'm just a bit pissed about evryone say australia is better than us we need to get out of that shadow
just a few more days

03-21-2007, 04:09 AM
RIP Bob Woolmer.

crazy situation over there, flintoff drinking till 4am and having to be rescued from a sinking kayak, smh.

apparently woolmers death has been classed as "suspicious", not good news.

i just hope no pakistanis had anything to do with it.

03-23-2007, 05:13 AM
we nearly there tomorrow we chalenge the australians
i been waiting so long for this day to come tomorrow we can see who is the best team i just hope & pray that buckner is not going to be the umpire i can't stand that guy i wish he will retire i don't think he is fit to be an umpire
i would like for all of you to watch the match tomorrow it means alot to me more than the trophy i want the respect that south africa deserves from the critics

03-23-2007, 05:11 PM
The South African cricket was isolated from the international cricket, as a result of ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1970, because of its government's apartheid policies. It was the period when South Africa was emerging as the top test-playing nation in the world, after purging the powerful Australians 4-0 with ease. South Africa was readmitted to the international cricket in 1991, and became full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. They played their first ever One-day international against India on November 10, 1991.
South Africa surprised the cricketing world in their first ever world cup appearance in 1992, when they reached up to the semi-finals. In the ICC World Cup 1999, South Africa again reached to the semi-final but lost to Australia, as a result of tie. Today, the South African team has emerged as one of the most elite teams, competing with Australia for the acknowledgement as the best cricket team in the world.

03-23-2007, 05:28 PM
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03-23-2007, 05:43 PM
it doesn't look good for the indian team even though sherwag & dravid did good the rest of the team didn't come to the table
the last 2 batsman showed alot of charector but sri lank played a good game

03-24-2007, 01:26 AM
I hear ya ramesh

Like you said, Dravid and sewag done good, but the rest of the team let
there verry passionet fans DOWN. I feel for the indians as they fuckin love
there cricket. Cricket to the indians is like hip hop to the Afro Americans.

But the show must go on.

I must admitt ramesh, I am looking forward to watchin South africa against
Australia. Should be a great match to. Both teams will want to win, so they
can take more points in to the super eights.. Plus there is that, Who is the best One day team thing.. I wish your team all the best bruva.

I aint gonna pick another tip, cuz i clearly dont know shit as india are out.

I will be rooting for the windies though, And they are looking great, but we will
see.. Pakistan and india out. Wow, Never saw that comming bruv.

03-24-2007, 06:17 AM
cricket is a crazy game india might be down but they not out
if bahamas can beat bangladesh then india is BACK IN
just got to pray my friend there is still hope
the south africa vs australia game is about to start in about 2 hours time

03-24-2007, 09:40 AM
Damn, The Aussy's have got off to a great start

South africa just got a wicket though, Think they need a few more quick
wickets to put on some pressure cuz Australia are slammin the runs on.

I know you dont like Australia Ramesh, But they are a great team to watch
when they flow.

03-24-2007, 12:30 PM
they the most competitive & we also got a long rivalry with them makes great entertainment
hassey made the fastest 100 in world cup cricket & australia made more than 350 runs in their 50 over it's a good score but now it's time for the warriors to come out & play

03-24-2007, 02:00 PM
we chasing 378 & we playing like south africans
we lost the game we had a little bit of bad luck & never recovered
there is nothing more in the world that i hate more than defeat
i know my team we won't get up from this but it's cool we had the no.1 spot even if it was only for a short time
i am very proud of my team
fuck that we'll get up
see where we went wrong pontin is a good captain we did learn a few things
use your power plays wisely
if your bowler is not perfoming mix them up
change your batsmans line up to suit the conditions
we will be ready for the next game

03-25-2007, 12:32 PM
Is India out of the tournament now?

03-25-2007, 01:16 PM
india is still in if bangladesh looses against bahamas

03-25-2007, 06:30 PM
I don't really follow cricket that much, like I don't even get the rules yet, but I figured India was gonna lose to Sri Lanka.

What's the chance of Bahamas beating Bangladesh though? Maybe India can bounce back..

03-26-2007, 08:11 AM
the cool thing about cricket is there is always a chance

03-28-2007, 05:34 PM
i just saw the most intence game of cricket so far in the world cup
south africa vs shri lanka
a bowler of theirs took 4 of our wickets in a row
we had our end batsman & the bowlers were on them & robin pieterson who doesn't really know how to hold a bat is batting the whole crowd is screaming for shri lanka the 1 st ball just misses the stumps & the next ball he hits for 4 & we win the match

03-28-2007, 05:41 PM
Damn, you was fuckin lucky bruv.. Well done though

Malinga had yall nervious as hell sun.. Four wickets in a row from the little
man was class. He fuckin had yall.

Fair play to the South africans man.. Well played in the end

03-28-2007, 05:58 PM
towards the end of that game i was pale most of the game it was going our way i even stop watching for a while i was so sure we were going to win but then 4 wickets in a row & only left with cats that really can't bat had me at the edge of my seat
we got alot of work that we need to do

Olive Oil Goombah
03-28-2007, 07:24 PM
I don't mean to butt-in but i dont get cricket.....is it supposed to be like baseball??? Baseball for unathletic Englishmen?

03-29-2007, 07:35 AM
it's alot like base ball
in base ball you get 3 strikes & you out in cricket they have to hit your stumps before they can get you out
cricket is baseballs daddy
it will take you a few matches for you to know what's really going on like baseball

The Hound
03-29-2007, 07:54 AM
india is the most overrated side in world cricket. theyre treated like rock stars, get whatever they want, they dont wanna train, their selection commitee is corrupt - think the chairmans son playing scandal 2 years or some shit - they have a selection quota system like south africa that hinders their teams, i mean, for all this, and what, theyve won 7 out of 25 one day games? whats their last test series vitory? our boys dont even get treated half as good and we've been bashing up world cricket for 12 years

i dont see anyone beating us, matt hayden is in career saving form - like every time the newspapers question him - ponting - nuff said - clarke whos gaining momentum, symonds and hussey to find form, the lower order contributes alot, the bowling is improving, mcgrath at his best, bracken swingin it like massie, tait getting it right more often than not, i dont see anyone stepping to us - maybe sri lanka if jayasuriya fires at the top - new zealand depend too much on vettori/bond/oram/styris, if they dont fire nobody puts their hand up, south africa just plain choke against australia, england lol dont make me laugh, west indies are pretty raw, theyre performed decent but not setting the world on fire, bangaldesh and ireland, well theyre improving and good luck to em i hope they get alot better cricket will be better off if they do

sri lanka v south africa - best match of the world cup - havent seen a WC match that good since the 2 thrillers between aus and sa - especially the tied one

RIP bob woolmer

03-29-2007, 08:06 AM
i still think south africa can take on australia i know the last game was a dissapointment
when we play against you it's enourmous pressure you could see when pontin was speaking to the media that he was worried
we are worthy as your no.1 rivals
we learned alot from that game that's how we won shri lanka we changed our bowlers overs which we never done before & won the match
i know we will meet you in the final & we will be more prepared
the reason why we lost that game against you is because we lost confidence in ourselves when our captain got injured & just before that the magnificent throw from the boundry after captain retired gibbs got out quick & after that we collapsed our confidence was shattered
next game if we can just get our confidence right we will give you a run

The Hound
03-29-2007, 08:22 AM
thats the difference between us and the rest - we just produce those moments of brilliance that determines cricket - might sound arrogant, its not, its how it is

sri lanka is definately a dark horse, but like i said it depends on jayasuriya but i wouldnt count them out, still leaning towards a SA AUS final, but with some of the resutls so far you never know

small grounds have made this tournament a joke but, cmon, 377, 416, 358 in 40 overs, thats just ridiculous, not good for the game at all

03-29-2007, 08:32 AM
shri lanka got great bowlers but thier batting is not good enough
i also don't like the small fields & the wide bats it's taking the art away from the bowler
it's cool to see 4's & 6's but you want to see the batsman work for them

03-29-2007, 10:04 AM
Why is there south african players playing for England ?? Englands best
batsman is South african.. Then there is 3 Australians playing for Ireland.
They are allowed to play for Ireland cuz they all married Irish women. wat
the fuck is up wi that ??

Then you got England taking Ed Joice, Who is Irish and played for Ireland not
to long ago. I Have nothing against England but they do it all the time. They
have had scottish people playin for them in the past to. Its like they think
we aint good at this sport, so who can we get from another country to play
for us. Its sneaky as fuck.

The Hound
03-29-2007, 10:08 AM
happens in all sports, england just have a lack of talent thats all

man west indies need to push, 2 an over in the 8th is gonna set them back major, on these small grounds u really need to take advantage, especially batting first on them, and with chanderpaul gone theyre looking uphill, lets hope they do something ...

03-29-2007, 10:40 AM
Its not lookin good for the windies.

They can still bounce back though

The Hound
03-29-2007, 11:54 AM
5/128 affter 33, i think the windies are officialy fucked now, lara at the crease i guess anything can happen but i strongly doubt, 200 is not defendable on these grounds

03-29-2007, 11:56 AM
The West Indies are not doing so well man.

They just lost another Wicket. Denish Ramden is in now, He is only 21

Ramden And Lara need a good partener ship to get a defendable score..
They got 16 overs left... Cmon West Indies, you can do it boys

03-29-2007, 12:06 PM
Thats it.

They now Officialy fucked. Lara is out

03-29-2007, 12:35 PM
thats the difference between us and the rest - we just produce those moments of brilliance that determines cricket - might sound arrogant, its not, its how it is

sri lanka is definately a dark horse, but like i said it depends on jayasuriya but i wouldnt count them out, still leaning towards a SA AUS final, but with some of the resutls so far you never know

small grounds have made this tournament a joke but, cmon, 377, 416, 358 in 40 overs, thats just ridiculous, not good for the game at all

yeah mate, its ludicrous, every over sees a fucking six.

i guess thats what people who dont really follow the game avidly want to see, so its good for ratings etc.

i still think NZ can make it to the final, they have a quality mix.

the aussies bowling to me is still suspect, no one has stood up particularly,

03-29-2007, 12:37 PM
Why is there south african players playing for England ?? Englands best
batsman is South african.. Then there is 3 Australians playing for Ireland.
They are allowed to play for Ireland cuz they all married Irish women. wat
the fuck is up wi that ??

Then you got England taking Ed Joice, Who is Irish and played for Ireland not
to long ago. I Have nothing against England but they do it all the time. They
have had scottish people playin for them in the past to. Its like they think
we aint good at this sport, so who can we get from another country to play
for us. Its sneaky as fuck.

basically they have a better chance of playing international cricket at a high level in england, i assume peterson had trouble breaking into the SA national side, and the australians, obviously they just want to play in a world cup but cant make it into the aussie team/

03-29-2007, 12:38 PM
I don't mean to butt-in but i dont get cricket.....is it supposed to be like baseball??? Baseball for unathletic Englishmen?


03-29-2007, 12:51 PM
basically they have a better chance of playing international cricket at a high level in england, i assume peterson had trouble breaking into the SA national side, and the australians, obviously they just want to play in a world cup but cant make it into the aussie team/

Yea, But i find it hard to believe that Peterson couldent make it in the South
African Team, Cuz he is the Worlds best one day batsman and he is up there
in test cricket to. I guess he wanted to play for England. Like a said, I got
nothin against England, But they wouldent have won the Ashes if they never
had Peterson.. Oh yea, Flintoff to, but he is English

03-29-2007, 02:04 PM
The Windies were tumbled over for 177.

A was hope ing they would get more runs than that man. NZ are lookin good.
but ya never know though. A coupple o quick wickets and they might put on
some pressure. A cant see them winning though. 177 aint enuff to beat a good NZ team.

03-29-2007, 02:31 PM
i think peterson not being able to make it into the team had something to do with the no. of "coloured" players they need to have in the team or something... im not to sure. there might only be a certain no. of spots for white players, its like that in SA rugby.

04-01-2007, 05:20 PM
Damn, the Windies are fucked.

04-03-2007, 11:40 AM
we playing ireland & it's boring as hell due to rain
we beat the irish comfortably
gibbs had me dissapointed as he normaly does
he's problem is he doesn't take his batting serious
if he wants to be he can be the best in the world but instead he is the worst in the world
that guy goes out for the most single figures of any batsman i have ever seen in my life but on occasion he shows what he is capable of
i hope he gets his ass ready by the time we reach the final

04-03-2007, 06:21 PM
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NZGuyana National Stadium, Guyana

04-04-2007, 06:30 PM
Good match wi England And Shri Lanka

went right down to tha last ball

04-04-2007, 06:35 PM
I don't mean to butt-in but i dont get cricket.....is it supposed to be like baseball??? Baseball for unathletic Englishmen?
i dont know either man. but apparently the losing team gets their coach strangled to death.

The Hound
04-04-2007, 11:22 PM
if u dont understand it, dont post in here then ...

good to see england lose, the biggest chokers in world sport, couldnt chase 235 down lol fuckin hopeless ... just wait till ponting and the boys get a hold of em - AGAIN - a repeat of the ashes is on the cards ...

04-07-2007, 05:45 PM
it's cool to see people intrested in cricket i think each country should have a cricket team

my favourite player (andre nel) played his 1st game today & took more wickets then my entire team put together hopefully they let him play in the next match

http://images.google.co.za/images?q=tbn:fh83krKV7FcUTM:www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/01/04/05NEL_narrowweb__300x357,0.jpg (http://images.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/01/04/05NEL_narrowweb__300x357,0.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.theage.com.au/news/cricket/racial-abuse-interrupts-test-match/2006/01/04/1136050497196.html&h=357&w=300&sz=17&tbnid=fh83krKV7FcUTM:&tbnh=121&tbnw=102&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dandre%2Bnel%2Bpicture&start=2&sa=X&oi=images&ct=image&cd=2) http://www.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/68100/68101.icon.jpg (http://content-www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/image/266689.html)

i think it's time for loots to come in

http://www.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/66100/66151.icon.jpg (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/image/259419.html)

i think the most loots ever made in an international match was 6 runs but i seen him play before & know that he will do better then that fuckin waste of time justin kemp

http://www.msnspecials.in/photogallery/pgretriveimage.asp?id=p20072517837203 (http://content.msn.co.in/Sports/Cricket/Default)

we going to win this world cup
i promise you if we loose i'm quiting weed & i'm going to pick up the bat

The Hound
04-07-2007, 07:42 PM
andre nel is the biggest cock rot in world cricket ... justin kemp has no skill all that guy does is just use swing with no technique ...


no hope for south africa now buddy ... fuck it good to see south africa lose like that ... no one here gave a shit about what south africa were doing then u see ppl like the thread starter say 'fuck the aussies we're SA we're number one (LOL for how long a week?) oh fuck the aussies cos they say fuck us' lol go south africa one of ya best

its also funny how every time bangladesh its hailed 'their greatest victory'

04-08-2007, 03:33 AM
andre nel is a great man & he is my favourite sportsman & we will bounce back better believe it
we south africans
i can't believe you said that shit about andre nel

The Hound
04-08-2007, 08:47 AM
andre nel is a great man & he is my favourite sportsman & we will bounce back better believe it
we south africans
i can't believe you said that shit about andre nel

andre nel is the biggest cock rot in world cricket ... i cant believe you posted so much bullshit about the aussie cricket team ... but what else can u expect ...

big match tonite ... doesnt matter if we win or lose ... wouldnt mind a loss to kick us up the pants to keep us in check ... a good hard fight hopefully ... england proved they can pluck bullshit from nowhere should be good ...

The Hound
04-08-2007, 01:07 PM
what a shit house innings from england ... pieterson with a boring hundred ... england couldnt hit a gap if they were in a brothel ... i think the commentator said theyve added just 70 odd since 30th over - pieterson out good fuck off ya dickhead ... and just as i post the ugliest player in world cricket - sajid mahmood is out ... good fuck off ...

04-08-2007, 02:52 PM
Kevin Pietersen leaps in celebration as he reaches his hundred, Australia v England, Super Eights, Antigua, April 8, 2007

south african white men can jump

The Hound
04-08-2007, 02:58 PM
and what a shit boring hundred it was ...

04-08-2007, 03:37 PM
that boring 100 he made gives england a competitive score

04-08-2007, 03:39 PM
man Australia are definitely going to be in the final, my prediction of NZ joining them is looking good so far.

SA are not doing well, beaten by bangladesh is not a good look.

04-08-2007, 03:42 PM
oh yeah and andre nel is such a wanker, when SA were in australia he behaved like a fucking idiot.

australian players are idiots, but so are alot of these other guys.

04-08-2007, 03:53 PM
we will bounce back very hard because losing to bangladesh is humiliating
i know my team & i know they are furious
with andre nel back in the side you going to see some angry hungry cricket
i think losing to bangladesh was the best thing to happen to us

04-08-2007, 04:01 PM
true, there still a few games left, enough time to come back.

looks like the aussies are going to beat england easily, there basically through to the semis.

04-08-2007, 04:06 PM
oh yeah and andre nel is such a wanker, when SA were in australia he behaved like a fucking idiot.

australian players are idiots, but so are alot of these other guys.


Hah! I went to the 3day 4.1.06 of the AUS vs RSA test match, and let me tell you, how much the crowd (backed by a most obvious bunch of drunk aussies) gave it to Nel! Chanting “Nel is a wanka” *clap clap clap clap clap*, “Nel is a girl’s name” *clap clap clap clap clap* and various other ‘insults’. It was very funny though, and as a supporter of the Aussies myself, couldn’t help but join in; but, then again, it was an extremely catchy tune.

04-08-2007, 04:08 PM
andre nel is a south african & i'm very proud of him

Racial abuse interrupts Test match

By Alex Brown, Sydney
January 5, 2006

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/01/04/05NEL_narrowweb__300x357,0.jpg Abused: Andre Nel
Photo: Reuters

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YOUR SAY Racism in Australia (http://blogs.theage.com.au/yoursay/archives/2006/01/racism_in_austr_1.html)SOUTH African bowler Andre Nel was racially abused for the second time this summer at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday.
Nel, perhaps the most animated player in the South African team, was branded a "kaffir" just before tea, further sullying the reputation of Australian cricket crowds.
Five players were abused in Perth, and the South Africans revealed there was abuse in Melbourne at the Boxing Day Test also.
South African coach Mickey Arthurs expressed his disappointment at the latest outburst, saying that to his knowledge Australia was the only country where South African players had been racially abused.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting echoed the South African coach's disappointment.
The racial taunt emanated from the Bay 17 section of the SCG. The South Africans claimed at least one member of a group of drunken fans, highly visible in white T-shirts and fluorescent yellow caps, yelled the remark around 3.30pm.
Nel informed his captain, Graeme Smith, who in turn told umpires Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar. All stood in the middle of the pitch for some time, pointing to the culprits, and an announcement warning against further racial abuse was made over the public address system. The International Cricket Council's security chief, John Rhodes, and match referee Chris Broad were immediately informed.
Nel had earlier interacted with rowdy fans, clapping along as they chanted "Nel is a wanker".
The South African paceman, a target of crowds because of his colourful antics, was among the five Proteas players racially abused during the first Test in Perth. Makhaya Ntini, South Africa's first black Test cricketer, along with Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Garnett Kruger and Justin Kemp were called "kaffirs", a derogatory term for indigenous South Africans, or "kaffir boeties", a spiteful term for whites friendly with blacks, by a drunken section of the WACA crowd

calling a south african a kafir is the worst thing you could ever say to us
non of us use the word it's forbiden amongst all of us
there is alot of pain in that word

04-08-2007, 04:28 PM
i think now you can understand why i started this thread the way i did

04-08-2007, 05:08 PM
you realise it was racist fucking south african dick heads who said that shit.

people over here dont even know what kaffir means mostly, but we have all these racist white south africans who fled south africa to come to western australia.

i was at the test in perth and no aussies were using the term kaffir

04-08-2007, 05:15 PM
could be could not be ether way it hurts

04-08-2007, 05:17 PM
seriously it is all these white south africans over here.

i can see that the term is offensive but i doubt many non south africans even know about it, i didnt before all that shit.

04-08-2007, 06:35 PM
you alright sean but australia is known for being a racist country

Where do Australians learn these derogatory terms. Probably from South Africans that have emigrated here.I worked with a fellow from Zimbabwe who loved to say "Paint me black and call me Kaffir"

People are way too racist in Australia; in general, we are too insensitive about other people's feelings.

Anyone who thinks Australia is not a racist country (and I'm not saying intentionally, but just as part of the psyche) is either an absolute fool and/or has not walked a mile in the shoes of those who have been victimised.

I just wish the press would get off our back and stop trying to create guilt amongs us with a story that is a relative non issue in comparision to true racism in its raw form. You have no idea... name calling... get over it!

there was no racist comments reported from the Melbourne test. I would say that Melbourne is a very tolerable place generally speaking. I do not encounter barely any racism in day to day life. I live in Brunswick harmoniously with Italians, Greeks, Lebonese, etc. without any hint of a problem. There are a lot of South African ex pat's in Perth (potential reason for a bit of antagonism), and Sydney has a history a racial tension, for example with with Aborigines. This is intended to provoke reaction and I'd be interested in hearing what others have experienced.

so 'Jipsee' thinks we should get over 'name calling'... I've lived in South Africa under apartheid, and I know that that 'kaffir' has an emotional weight far beyond mere 'name calling'. And to blame the uttering of these heinous terms on South African emigres is a touch naive. Let's face it - Aussie crowds are right up there among the best of them when it comes to racist taunting and bad behaviour and this ugly minority does our reputation as a tolerant and decent country no favours.

There is no place for racism. But if Nell wants to rant and rave and act like a total tool, inciting the crowd, then what does he expect. Like a little school bully that cops his own back and goes off sooking to the teachers.. Stop being a w@#$er Nell and stop sooking.

I am a cricket fan and to my best knowledge, most of the times there have been news and/or allegations about explicit or implicit racist comments or behaviours from the Australian cricket side, regardless of the country of opposite team. And I do believe regular cricket watchers around the globe will not disagree with this very fact - based on impartial TV replays and media coverages. Fair go, mates! Please...it's just a game to enjoy, not a war or something similar like that.

I am very bemused at the oversensitivity of Nel. Being from South Africa he should know firsthand what TRUE RACISM is. Yet faced with a bit of ribbing from the crowd that he incited he starts whinging. GROW UP, stop painting yourselves as victims and get a sense of humour.

Australia as a whole, is a country with underlying racial tension. Although multi-culturalism is alive, immigrants will never be completely accepted and looked upon as being Australian, and belonging here. Which makes me question, what makes Australians think they truly belong here and this land is their's to be protective of? They themselves were shipped here only some 200 years ago, settlers who were petty thieves and criminals, forced to build a life in a foreign country as they were not wanted in their home countries.

Maybe we need the "radicals" from the early 1970's back again. You know, the ones who fought against the rugby tours in Australia in the years before we completely boycotted South African sport.
Those protesters and their protests we seen by black people in South Africa who were surprised and heartened to learn that people in Australia cared (or even knew) about them and their situation.
Maybe we need those protesters and their ilk back again in order to teach people here that South African sportspeople still deserve respect just like everyone else and that many Australians need to learn to sit back, shut up and just enjoy their sport without ruining it for everyone.
I have to say, I agree with what my mother says about sports crowds (actually, she's been saying it for many years now) - crowds at sporting events in Australia _used_ to be more respectful, especially at tennis matches, for example. Now they all think they can sit there and throw stuff and talk and disrupt the play and move around and just generally be annoying prats because they still behave like they are home watching television. If only they were.

The racist comments were obviously made by a minority of rabags in the crowd. The South Africans should have ignored the comments. Abuse of some kind regretfully has always been a part of Australian Sport. By reacting in the manner in which they did the South Africans revealed a sensitivity which will be exploited by future idiots. A better reaction would have been for Nel to "bow' to the crowd... Im certain the audience would then have cheered thus ending the matter!!!

surprise,surprise....who said that we are a counrty that does not have racist views.Dispite how we as a nation try to cover this issue up,it has raised it's ugly head again this time in the sports arena.what an emmbarasment that according to the Sth African cricket coach we are the only country that they visit that encounter racist commements from the paying public...surprise,surprise...

it doesn't mean you all racist if i should ever leave south africa australia is where i would want to go to

The Hound
04-08-2007, 11:36 PM
ramesh shut the fuck up ... you call us racist ... look at ya own fucking backyard you nimrod ... i live in sydney i went to day 1, 2 and 3 of the sydney test aus v sa and every single 'racial taunt' towards a south africa were from white people holding south african flags ... tell me how australians know afrikaans ? ... the only afrikaans i kno is keffa and i only kno that from a leathol weapon movie ... who the fuck are you to comment on racial tension you dont fucking live here you dont kno our mentality you dont kno how things operate here ... you see anyone in our history get lynched or killed for being black ? never ... we were one of the catalysts for multi culturalism womens rights and equal oppurtunity so shut your motherfuckin mouth ... and what tennis match did australians throw shit on the ground ... the only disruption i remember was between ... wait for it ... SERBIAN AND CROATIAN FANS ... do i need to repeat it so you understand it wasnt australian ? ... seriously you need to shut the fuck up and worry about your own country ... dont talk shit about us because you dont kno shit ...

The Hound
04-08-2007, 11:39 PM
and just so you kno ... when most of the racial taunts came from the waca ... perth has like australia's highest south african populated community ... surprise suprise ...

04-09-2007, 08:07 AM
all those quotes comes from australians that admit there is racial tension in your country
our players were in your country when they faced racial abuse & only in your country
there is alot of south africans in new zealand & england we never had that problem before only in australia so fuck you kunt

The Hound
04-09-2007, 09:14 AM
lol fuck you too ya third world scum bag ... you think i give a shit about your opinion ... south africans are full of shit if they feared racial abuse here ... i kno what i saw i know what i heard ... your country has always hated us and we've never given a shit ... you know why ... cos it just proves jealousy ... never in our history has there been smear campaigns like how you do us in your media ... and you maggots give as good as you get ... howd you go against bangaldesh lol ... south africans lol ... ofcourse there was racism ... they came from south africans ... how do u expect us to know afrikaan words you faggot ... i swear you people are just confused hard ...

The Hound
04-09-2007, 09:16 AM
and why do you say 'immigrant will never be accepted here' ... you dont live "here" you live there ... who the fuck are you to comment on our status quo ... atleast we never killed raped and imprisoned people over their colour race and religion ... something you need to remember you fuckin wombat ... and if we're so bad why do you say youd move here ... youre just fucked in the head ...

04-09-2007, 11:43 AM
i never said that imigrints would never be excepted there
that was quotes from australians that i put down you can see by the typing it's not mine
it's what your people had to say about it
i read that on the forum they had on the incident & i paste it here
according to a survey 75% said that there is underlying racism in australia
the reason why i would go to australia is for the climate & even though there is people like you there the land belongs to the aborigines & i wouldn't mind to chill with them
i would appreciate it if we don't talk again
there is 4 people on the site that i don't speak to 2 of them is australians but sean's alright shows you not all white australians are ass holes
fuck it let's just enjoy the rest of the worldcup without any insults of other teams players it's cool to critisize on bad performance but it's not cool to insult another mans team players

04-09-2007, 05:45 PM
South Africa suffered another blow to its morale overnight when it lost it's world No.1 ranking after their shock 67-run defeat to Bangladesh.

The defeat means also that Ricky Ponting's Australia will regain its place at the top of the new rankings when the official figures are released later this week.

According to the International Cricket Council one-day international predictor, South Africa lost one point after defeat to Bangladesh and has moved down to 125, while Australia moved on to 127.

Even a defeat in its latest Super Eight match against England would not have displaced Australia from the top as it would have gone to 126.

Victory over England by seven wickets strengthens Australia's position with one more point (128), the predictor reads.

South Africa topped the ICC rankings at its annual cut-off date on April 1, 2007, for the first time since the rankings were introduced five years ago.

That earned it a handsome cash award of $US175,000, while Australia pocketed $US75,000 ($91,8307) for finishing No.2.

South Africa's promotion to the top spot was a reward for its good showing in limited-overs internationals over the past 12 months.

Its performances included a 3-2 series win over Australia on home soil, during which it clinched the series by chasing a world-record 9-438 last year.

South Africa also reached the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in India in October 2006, before winning 4-0 against India and 3-1 against Pakistan, both at home.

England captain Michael Vaughan insisted Australia were beatable at this ICC CWC despite seeing his side go down to a convincing seven-wicket defeat against the reigning champions.

Australia, bidding for an unprecedented third straight title, have now gone 24 matches unbeaten at the ICC CWC since losing to Pakistan in 1999.

Yet there were moments in Sunday's match here at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium where England had their oldest foes on the ropes.

At 164 for two, with Kevin Pietersen - whose 104 was England's first individual hundred of the tournament - and Ian Bell (77) going well in a stand of 140, Vaughan's team looked on course for a score of around 280.

But instead they were bowled out for 247 with veteran Glenn McGrath taking the key wicket of Bell and man-of-the-match Shaun Tait, who'd removed both openers, ensuring England then lost two quick wickets by getting rid of the dangerous Paul Collingwood.

Yet McGrath, in what could be his last match against England, had seen his first three overs go for 25 runs while Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds conceded 67 in their combined 10-over stint.

"They are looking a real powerhouse at the World Cup but I still think they are beatable," said Vaughan, who suffered yet another batting failure after playing on to fast bowler Tait for five.

"No one team in the world is unbeatable and I'm sure if good teams come up against them and if we meet them again I'd be confident we could produce a performance to beat them.

"It's very frustrating. We were in a great position to put Australia under a huge amount of pressure."

England now need to win their three remaining Super Eights games - against Bangladesh, South Africa and West Indies - and hope other results fall in their favour to reach the semi-finals.

"We'll need to win those three games but we're certainly a team that can do that," added Vaughan.

Well though Pietersen played, runs dried up late on with England scoring a mere 51 off the last 10 overs.

"One of our strengths over the last few games is that in the last 10 overs we've been able to hit 70, 80 runs quite easily and today we just lost wickets at key periods and put Kevin under a lot of pressure in that last 10 overs," Vaughan explained.

Bangladesh, who in the group phase beat India, upset the formbook again Saturday with a comprehensive 67-run defeat of former world number one side South Africa.

"They look a dangerous team. The spinners, the three of them play a huge part," Vaughan said ahead of Wednesday's match against the Asian side in Barbados.

"(Mashrafe) Mortaza is a good opening bowler and the left-armer (Syed Rasel) at the top looks like he's quite hard to hit.

"They are a huge threat. Any team that's beaten India and South Africa in a World Cup have got to be taken seriously."

Vaughan's early exit after winning the toss meant he'd now scored just 83 runs from six tournament innings.

His form was thrown into sharper focus by Australia captain Ricky Ponting's composed 86, the skipper's third-wicket stand of 112 with Michael Clarke (55 not out) all but seeing his side home.

Vaughan was at a loss to explain his mediocre one-day international record - he's yet to score a century in 83 matches.

"If I knew I'd have plenty of runs. It's as frustrating for me as it is for everyone watching. It's just not happening. That's sometimes the way batting goes."

The Hound
04-10-2007, 02:18 AM
#1 - south africa didnt deserve to be rated the best

#2 - im responding to attacks made by you my country ... ppl like me lol dude i never came out and attacked you i just responded ... you go over board with your preaching shit ... its best you fix south africa before you bark orders to fix australia ...

#3 - lol i dont give a fuck who you do or dont speak to ... good on you 50% of 4 people you dont talk to are australians ... all that proves is HEY the basic maths system works in south africa ... which is surprising

#4 - dont poke your nose into aboriginal issues because you have no idea what your dealing with

#5 - 75% of people ... bla bla bla ... how many people are talking about ... unless its all 20 million people of this country stick your survey up your arse

#6 - you dont know if im white or black ...

#7 - dont speak on my country and i wont speak on yours ...

04-10-2007, 04:18 AM
1. according to the icc we deserved to be rated no.1 for the games we played over a 12 month period

2. i'm responding to attacks for the racial abuse my players faced in your country

3. then don't speak to me

4. the whole world knows about the aborigines people

5. it's about 1500 that took part in the survey & there is about 10 000 pages of racial tension on the web about australia

6. i know you are white because of the way you speak it's comon knowledge that white australians have no way of talking to people of colour

7. if my players wern't racialy abused in your country i would of never of said anything bad about your country i never said anything bad about any other country because i enjoy my cricket & respect all teams except for australia

8. truth is before the racial abuse i used to like australian cricket players there is alot of australian players that i did like but that shit just put me off

9. racial abuse aside what type of crowd chants shit like nel is a wanker & shit like that only in australia
south africans can't stand them but all other countries that play here we treat the players with respect
we might boo them if they do somthing bad but we don't go out of our way to humiliate them
all countries enjoy their cricket with out humiliating the visiting side except for australia you guys is just rude
if i had it my way i wouldn't want my country to ever play in australia & that's how alot of south africans feel we hate ya'll & that's not what cricket is about
please if you got any other shit to say send me a private message because you fucking up the thread

The Hound
04-10-2007, 04:27 AM
you started this shit so shut the fuck up with your PM bullshit ... oh and yes there is racial tension in this country ... what you dont realise is its from immigrants from other countries who bring their shit here ... really man you got no place to speak on racism in this country ... youre just looking for excuses to hate australia all you south africans are the same way its not like we give a shit we just do our thing youse always attack us first ya fuckin corrupt cheats ... fuck it im up for arguments but arguing with u is like bangin my head on a brick wall ... fuck it ...

The Hound
04-10-2007, 04:29 AM
oh and ramesh you must have selected memory you fag ... remember your boys calling pakistani's a bunch of animals ... ofcourse you didnt ...

04-10-2007, 04:41 AM
the player who insulted the 3 people (2 pakistanis & 1 south african) was gibbs who is a coloured kid (70% of coloureds is muslim) he did apologise he got angry with them for insulting one of our white players & they both got punished for it

this has been spoken about before we cheated as much as what you did & we got severly punished for it & yours got swept under the rug

The Hound
04-10-2007, 04:45 AM
your cheating involved throwing matches away ... ours involved giving weather information lol which is worse? ... and its okay when a coloured player is racist but not when a white is ... just like darren lehmann and rashid latif ... but cricket has always been like ... darren lehmann says 'black c---' in THE DRESSING ROOM - yes thats very bad thing to say - but he gets banned 4 games ... rashid latif calls gilchrist a white c--- on the field ... nothing ... what happend to gibbs ? ... fuck i hope you guys never come out here again ... its bad enough dealing with people from queensland let alone south africans ...

04-10-2007, 05:20 AM
you guys threw a match to pakistan did you forget about that don't throw stones if you living in a galss house that's the diffrence between us i admit guilt where you try & justify it by throwing it in other directions
gibbs lost his money for the match & he had to sit out for 1 or 2 matches can't really remember & it was fair if it should happen again then he should be banned as for harris he lost his spot in the team
darin is occuping black land he has no right to say anything about blacks he deserved the punishment he got & latif retaliated i can't say i blame the man
we don't like you & you don't like us great now lets get back to cricket

04-10-2007, 06:14 PM
Spirit of Cricket

The ICC’s vision of success is that cricket will capture and inspire people of every age, gender, background and ability while building bridges between continents, countries and communities.

Central to this ambition is promoting the Spirit of Cricket, an ethos on how the game should be played and viewed both on and off the field.

The Spirit of Cricket, enshrined through the Laws of the Game, was defined as part of the ICC’s Strategic Plan 2006-10. This definition argues:

Cricket enjoys a unique mix of attributes in international sport. It is underpinned by rich traditions and high values; it is played under a guiding principle of respect; it evokes passion, commitment and excitement; it is truly multi-cultural, it stands proudly on the world’s sporting stage; it is a sociable game that forges deep long-lasting friendships; it is a team sport that combines skill, strategy, endeavour and athleticism; above all it is a game that means many different things to many different people and provides endless joy to those that it touches.

The Hound
04-11-2007, 01:04 AM
you guys threw a match to pakistan did you forget about that don't throw stones if you living in a galss house that's the diffrence between us i admit guilt where you try & justify it by throwing it in other directions
gibbs lost his money for the match & he had to sit out for 1 or 2 matches can't really remember & it was fair if it should happen again then he should be banned as for harris he lost his spot in the team
darin is occuping black land he has no right to say anything about blacks he deserved the punishment he got & latif retaliated i can't say i blame the man
we don't like you & you don't like us great now lets get back to cricket

retaliated from what ? its clearly evidential from the tv footage gilchrist didnt say anything ... he has his head down ... no lip movement then boom he turns around after latif's comments ... :loser:

04-11-2007, 03:22 AM
AB de Villiers slammed a maiden one-day international as South Africa beat the West Indies by 67 runs in an ICC CWC Super Eight match at the Grenada National Stadium Tuesday.

The defeat effectively ended the hosts' hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

Opening batsman de Villiers, battling cramps, heat exhaustion and dehydration, hammered 146 as South Africa thrashed 356 for four after being sent in to bat.

The West Indies lost four wickets inside the first 20 overs and managed 289 for nine in reply, led by a stroke-filled 92 off 75 balls by Ramnaresh Sarwan.

The hosts need a series of freak results to make the last four.

If West Indies win their last two matches, against Bangladesh and England, they will only have six points. New Zealand and Australia already have eight, while Sri Lanka and South Africa are both on six.

West Indies also have a poor net run-rate the decider in the event of a tie on points.

AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis (81) put on 170 for the second wicket to set up South Africa's big total on a pitch which did not prove to have as much life as West Indian captain Brian Lara expected when he won the toss.

With de Villiers and Kallis scoring 50 runs in the second five-over powerplay, Lara delayed the third and final powerplay until the 45th over.

It cost 77 runs in five overs as Herschelle Gibbs and Mark Boucher both slammed quickfire half-centuries.

de Villiers was treated for cramp when he was on 91 and South African captain Graeme Smith came on as a runner for him when he was on 102.

Barely able to move, de Villiers went on the slog, hitting four sixes off five balls, two each off spinners Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan as he raced from 100 to 146 off 16 balls.

AB de Villiers faced 130 balls and hit 12 fours and five sixes.

Kallis, who needed treatment after straining a ligament in his left ankle when he was on 39, was dropped by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, standing up to the wicket off Dwayne Bravo, when he had 40. He went on to score 81 off 86 balls with six fours and a six.

Gibbs, who had been a doubtful starter because of a calf injury, made 61 not out off 40 balls, while Boucher hit the third-fastest World Cup fifty, off 22 balls before he was caught for 52 off the next delivery.

There were 14 sixes in the South African innings.

Corey Collymore was the only West Indian bowler to turn in respectable figures, taking two for 41 off ten overs.

The West Indies made a poor start when Shivnarine Chanderpaul drove Shaun Pollock to Smith at mid-off in the second over.

Chris Gayle and Devon Smith put on 60 off 53 balls for the second wicket but were out in successive overs.

AB de Villiers was put on a drip after his innings but returned to the field briefly to take a diving catch at point off Andre Nel to dismiss Smith, while Gayle was run out by a direct hit from Ashwell Prince at midwicket.

Lara and Sarwan added 50 before Lara charged down the wicket to drive Kallis but edged the ball into his stumps, virtually ending the match as a contest.

With South Africa falling behind in their over rate Smith brought himself on to bowl off-spinners and tailender Daren Powell slogged 48 not out off 36 balls

An overjoyed AB de Villiers after getting his century, South Africa v West Indies, Super Eights, Grenada, April 10, 2007

04-11-2007, 10:19 AM
Habibul out to bash England

Times Online and agencies Habibul Bashar, the Bangladesh captain, has hit back at the doubters who have questioned his team's right to be in the Super Eight and insisted victory against England could put them on track for the last four.

Basher has led his country to historic wins over India and South Africa during this year's tournament, and has now targeted Michael Vaughan's side, who they face in Barbados on Wednesday.

"We have a good chance to make the semi-finals if we can beat England," he said. "The English team has some good players but they are not playing well in the World Cup. So it will not be impossible to beat them."

Bashar also hit out at the critics who claim that the elimination of India and Pakistan was bad for the tournament.

"It seems that at any cost India and Pakistan should be included in the Super Eight," he added. "They are not mentioning that India and Pakistan lost two out of their three first round matches. If this attitude persists, one should organise a 'Top Ranking Cup' instead of the World Cup, where the teams will play according to their rankings.

"The World Cup is not the property of one or two teams. It belongs to everyone and the best team will win the cup. Instead of spoiling the show, Bangladesh have made the World Cup more interesting. There are now plenty of teams fighting for the semi-finals."

Mohammad Ashraful

He is only 22 but is already regarded as the countrys best batsman. His name is also associated with three of the outstanding feats accomplished by a Bangladesh batsman. For starters at the age of 17 he became the youngest from any country to make a Test century. This was against Sri Lanka in 2001-2002 at Colombo when he hit 114 in a losing cause. Making light of an attack that included Muthiah Muralitharan Ashraful caught the eye with his dashing batsmanship and was hailed as a star. But after this heady start he endured a string of disappointing scores and was dropped when England toured Bangladesh in 2003-2004. He was back against India the following season when again in a losing cause he hit a glorious undefeated 158 at Chittagong. Wisden was gushing in praise.Ashraful played the innings of the tour. His forthright biffing of the fast bowlers "hooking while hopping on one leg a la Gordon Greenidge" and his effervescent thwacking of the spinners got the crowd to its feet. He raced to his 50 from 70 balls then needed just 55 more to reach his second Test century going from 76 to three figures with seven consecutive scoring shots. If anything that spurred him on for he unfurled such authoritative and audacious strokes that India were forced to spread the field to him, close it in to his partners and hope for a mistake. The mistake never came from Ashraful who scored 158 not out from only 194 balls with 24 fours and three sixes beating the previous best by Bangladesh "Aminul Islams 145 in the inaugural Test also against India".A few months later he confirmed his rising stature with a brilliant 100 that set up Bangladeshs astonishing victory over Australia in the NatWest series at Cardiff.


this guy is amaizing with the bat almost like some cricket martial arts

04-11-2007, 02:45 PM
Nice thread.

I thought poms were the whingers.

04-11-2007, 05:28 PM
England scrape through

The two Paul’s - Nixon and Collingwood - stuck it out to take England to a highly unconvincing 4-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Nixon finished off the match by slamming Mashrafe Mortaza to the leg side boundary. He earlier hit Rafique straight back down the ground for a six.

That apart it was a big struggle for Collingwood and Nixon as the Bangladesh bowlers fought till the very end. There were three maidens in a row before England finally managed to get home in the 45th over

Collingwood remained unbeaten on 23 from 74 balls while Nixon was not out on 20 from 39 balls.
Rafique’s double strike gives Bangladesh hope

Mohammad Rafique cleaned up Andrew Flintoff and Ravi Bopara in the same over as England stumbled to 117/6 after 35 overs.

Flintoff failed to read an arm ball from Rafique and was clean bowled for a quickfire 23.

Ravi Bopara came in and was unlucky to be out for a duck. His defensive stroke sent the ball onto his boot, which deflected back onto the stumps.

Flintoff seemed to be in a hurry to finish off the game before Rafique got the better of him. The England all-rounder slammed Rafique for boundaries through midwicket and the covers in the same over. In Rafique’s next over, he charged down the track and slammed him over long-on for six. But Rafique had the last laugh.
Razzak gets Vaughan, Pietersen

England were making heavy weather of chasing a small Bangladesh total.

Michael Vaughan missed a great opportunity to play himself into some kind of form. He got a reasonable start reaching 30 before top edging a sweep off Abdur Razzak as his opposite number Habibul Bashar, also struggling for runs, held on the simplest of chances.

Kevin Pietersen was kept quite for a while. Trying to give momentum to his innings, he charged down the track and hit Abdur Razzak to midwicket. Unfortunately for him, the ball found a fielder and England had lost their best batsman.

There were only a couple of boundaries hit by the English batsmen. Collingwood hit Razzak over long-on and Flintoff drove the same bowler through extra-cover.

Despite putting up a modest total, the Bangladeshi bowlers were putting up a brave fight. Syed Rasel bowled his 10 overs in one spell, finishing with excellent figures of 2/25.

Mohammad Rafique continued the good work for Bangladesh, bowling consecutive maiden overs.

Saqibul Hasan came into bowl the 27th over and conceded only 1 run as England crawled to 86/4.
Strauss fails again

Syed Rasel got his second wicket by trapping Andrew Strauss lbw for 23. Strauss tried to turn an incoming delivery on the on side but failed to get a bat on it and was declared out.

Strauss fell just when he was beginning to look dangerous. He pulled Mortaza to midwicket for a six and cut him behind point for four in the 11th over.

Mortaza had kept it very tight until them, not giving the English batsmen any room to free their arms.

Syed Rasel was superb at the other end, choking the batsmen by maintaining an excellent line and length and was rightly rewarded.

Michael Vaughan tried to break the shackles by running Abdul Razzak down to the third man for a boundary.

Bangladesh did a commendable job, restricting England to 50/2 after 15 overs.
England lose Bell

Chasing Bangladesh’s paltry total of 143, England got off to a bad start as they lost opener Ian Bell in the 4th over for a duck.

Bell tried to drive Syed Rasel through covers but ended up slicing a catch to a diving Aftab Ahmed at point.

Michael Vaughan got off the mark in style, cover driving Mashrafe Mortaza for a boundary. He was lucky to survive though when he nicked one behind the wickets off Rasel but the keeper standing up could not latch on the ball. The England skipper celebrated it by slapping the bowler for a four through midwicket

He was joined by Andrew Strauss at the other end as England went to lunch at 21/1 after 6 overs.

We need to improve: Vaughan

England put up a shoddy batting performance chasing Bangladesh’s small total of 143 but managed to scramble to victory by 4 wickets.

The English skipper Michael Vaughan had no hesitation in acknowledging that his side needs to pull up their socks. “There a few areas we definitely need to improve on going into the future games. Maybe we should have been more positive.”

He went on add though that it was tough to beat Bangladesh. “Full credit to the Bangladesh side. They are not an easy opponent. Just a few days ago they beat South Africa and they also got the better of India in the first round. We are happy that we managed to cross the line,” said a relieved Vaughan.

On the positives from the match Vaughan said, ‘Sajid Mahmood was terrific upfront and he got very good support from the other bowlers too.”

Vaughan felt that the experience of playing on the Kensington Oval pitch will help them in the next two games. “We have learnt a lot from today’s game and I am sure it will stand us in good stead for the games against South Africa and West Indies to be played here.”

He however added that he was still unsure whether to bat or bowl on that pitch.

Bangladesh skipper did not try to defend his team’s lack of ability against the short ball. “When you play at this level, you should be prepared to face all kinds of challenges. I think we were at least 60-70 runs short.”

He did shower praises on the way his team fought back though. “I am really happy with the way the boys played in the latter half of the match. We will try to put up good performances in next two matches also.”

Man of the Match Sajid Mahmood said, ‘I really enjoyed bowling on this pitch. It offered good pace and bounce.”

http://www.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/71600/71628.jpg Sajid Mahmood

04-11-2007, 05:38 PM
Lara to retire from one-day cricket

West Indies captain Brian Lara has confirmed he will retire from one-day cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 following yesterday's 67-run defeat against South Africa. The loss in Grenada ended all realistic hopes of the hosts reaching the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 semi-finals.
"I think this is the end of my one-day career, for sure," Lara told the ICC. "I honestly feel my game is over and we should give it to one of the younger players. It's really tough playing one-day internationals out there.
"After the World Cup the next one-day tournament for the West Indies is in June in England and I'd love to sit back and watch and see the team do well. I want to leave a team that plays better. And that is still my hope."
Lara has vowed to carry on playing Test cricket past his 40th birthday and said he wanted to leave the one-day team on a high note. "These might be my last two one-day internationals but I still want to see the team moving out of this competition learning something from it and that's all I can hope for. It's demoralising, yes, but I want to see certain things happen and I want to see the team move on."
"I thought we tried our best. But South Africa played better than us. They were in a do-or-die situation; they came up trumps, showed their class and why they were number one [in the International Cricket Council one-day rankings] until a few days ago. They were outstanding, and we were outplayed."
Lara has played in 297 one-day internationals since his making his debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1990, scoring 10,354 runs, at an average of 40.60, with a highest score of 169.




04-12-2007, 08:43 AM
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Super Eights, Grenada
Two worthy winners press their claims
If there had been a pre-tournament poll of matches to whet the appetite, it's a safe bet that New Zealand against Sri Lanka - two nations overshadowed to the point of parody by brasher neighbours - would not have set many pulses racing. Suddenly, however, their clash in Grenada on Thursday is being viewed in a very different light


Stephen Fleming

Muttiah Muralitharan is the center of attention after scalping Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India v Sri Lanka, Group B, Trinidad, March 23, 2007

04-12-2007, 09:36 AM
2 great teams sri lank & new zealand
i predict sri lanka is going to win but it's going to be a very close game

The Hound
04-12-2007, 12:49 PM
new zealand exposed for the pretenders that they are ... very ordinary batting performance ... muralitharan steals another 3 wickets ... although the kiwis shake it beyond 200 SL shud chop it down ...

04-12-2007, 01:15 PM
i wish i could watch that match
i love watching muralitheran bowl

04-13-2007, 06:18 AM
Easy win for Sri Lanka

AFP Chaminda Vaas ensured Sri Lanka didn't miss Lasith Malinga by removing New Zealand's top three in a six-wicket ICC CWC Super Eight win at Grenada's National Stadium.

Sri Lanka, set 220 to win, finished on 222 for four to move level on eight points with New Zealand and champions Australia, who have played four games to their title-rivals five.

Sanath Jayasuriya, who made 64, and Kumar Sangakkara, unbeaten on 69, shared a second wicket stand of exactly 100 in 21 overs that all but sealed victory for Sri Lanka after left-arm quick Vaas took three for 33.

Thursday's defeat, with 39 balls to spare, left New Zealand still needing one more win from their final two Super Eight games, both in Grenada, against South Africa on Saturday and Australia a week Friday, to be certain of a semi-final spot.

And the loss also saw them fall one short of equalling their 2004 record of 10 straight one-day international wins after they'd played one of the leading contenders in this ICC CWC for the first time.

Sri Lanka return here Monday to face Australia.

Vaas, 33, dismissed both New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and Ross Taylor for nought before all-rounder Scott Styris, in at four for two, scored more than half his side's runs with a composed 111 not out.

The Black Caps couldn't afford any drops but they missed Sangakkara on nine when he played early at a slower ball from spearhead quick Shane Bond only for Craig McMillan to floor the chance at mid-on.

First change Mark Gillespie saw his opening over of the tournament cost 17 runs, Jayasuriya dismissing his first two balls for six and four in the bowler's comeback match following a right shoulder injury.

Sri Lanka posted a run-a-ball fifty before Fleming dropped Jayasuriya, on 30, at short mid-wicket off Gillespie.

Jayasuriya completed a 65-ball fifty with one six and three fours.

However, his cut off Jacob Oram was held by Brendon McCullum, the wicket-keeper standing up, Sri Lanka 130 for two.

Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori then became only the third New Zealander after Chris Harris (203) and Chris Cairns (200) to take 200 one-day international wickets when he had Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene caught at mid-wicket by substitute fielder Hamish Marshall for 15.

Sangakkara eased his way to an 86 ball fifty with one four.

Earlier off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, like Vaas and Jayasuriya a member of Sri Lanka's 1996 ICC CWC-winning side, took three for 32 after the quick's early strikes.

Murali joined Malinga - ruled out with left ankle ligament damage - and Australia's Glenn McGrath as the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 15.

Vaas needed just five balls to have opener Fleming lbw for nought.

Taylor, in for Marshall after a hamstring injury sidelined him for four games, then edged Vaas and keeper Sangakkara held a diving, one-handed catch.

Styris - who took 20 balls to get off the mark - counter-attacked and was severe on Farveez Maharoof, Malinga's replacement and the only change to the side that beat England by two runs in Antigua.

New Zealand went 19 overs without a boundary until Oram struck spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan for six.

But two balls later, he skied to long-on where Maharoof held a fine catch.

Styris, 31, completed his fourth hundred in 130 matches at this level, off 152 balls, by pulling fast bowler Dilhara Fernando for his seventh boundary before smashing the last ball of the innings, from Vaas, to the rope.

Sanath Jayasuriya


Ghost In The 'Lac
04-13-2007, 11:42 AM
I was worried when Malinga went down withthe ankle injury, but Murali stepped up and showed why hes the best in the world. Dilshan did well in his first few overs too.

Ireland are currently 88-9!!! Oz will kill them, i doubt theyre gonna get to 100......

The Hound
04-13-2007, 04:30 PM
easy win for us ... tomorrow night GO NZ ... :thumbup:

04-13-2007, 07:03 PM
i predict we will win the match comfortably it's only a matter of time before we take back our no.1 spot

Jacques Kallis (http://www.funmunch.com/celebrities/athletes/jacques_kallis/index.shtml)


Ghost In The 'Lac
04-13-2007, 09:42 PM
SA doesnt have enough variety in bowling, no real spinners. You shouldve lost v Sri Lanka if theyd of done theyre usual good batting and you were lucky at the end not to be bowled out

The Hound
04-14-2007, 12:59 AM
south africa reclaim their #1 spot LOL the rankings are bullshit ... we beat everyone every year ... we lose one series against south african then lose our home series and all of a sudden SA are number one ? ... how about when south africa are as consistant for as long a period as we are then maybe they become number one ... GOOOO KIWIS ...

04-14-2007, 03:54 AM
we played really well in 06 much better than what we playing now
largley due that our premium bowlers (ntini & polock) is not in form
but in 06 till before the world cup we dominated cricket
we might not get our spot back if our bowlers don't get their shit together but if they do then we got it

The Hound
04-14-2007, 09:56 AM
great start from south africa ... the stuff overrated champions are made of ... goooooo kiwis

funny how ramesh posts news and results about every game ... except australia ... hater you ...

04-14-2007, 11:40 AM
overrated my ass that pitch is unplayable but we got 2 coloureds on the crease we will do alright

The Hound
04-14-2007, 12:00 PM
lol and you call me racist ... with mindset like yours no wonder youse choke harder than deep throaters ...

04-14-2007, 01:05 PM
SA are not looking good, NZ are looking as though they could go on to win, or maybe challenge aus.

a score of less than 200, with a fairly weak SA bowling attack seems pretty bad, but we'll see.

The Hound
04-14-2007, 01:08 PM
go you kiwis ... what a final couple of overs ... jeetan patel bowled pretty good ... hopefully i wake up to a kiwi victory ... someone please get barry richards out of the com box ... he's fucking horrendous and makes me wanna listen to taylor/healy/greig combination :frusty: :r

04-14-2007, 01:10 PM
lol and you call me racist ... with mindset like yours no wonder youse choke harder than deep throaters ...
what did i say that is racist?

04-14-2007, 01:15 PM
it's not looking good but like i said if polock & ntini must stand up we could still win this

The Hound
04-14-2007, 01:18 PM
what did i say that is racist?

i asked you the same thing once upon a time too ... :frusty:

good to see mcgrath leading the votes for player of the tournament ... would be a fitting way to end his career ... fuckin champion pigeon ^O^ ...

04-14-2007, 01:36 PM
what you trying to apply that i'm racist because i said there is 2 coloureds at the crease
that's not racism that's pride

The Hound
04-14-2007, 01:40 PM
so is defending my country name from fleas like you ... not fun being labeled racist when you're not is it ? ...

not long till resumption of play ... lets see if the 'pitch is unplayable' excuse is valid or not ... first 10 overs will be crucial and i got a feeling kiwis will see it out ...