APRIL 22, 2013

English cricket

Fair play call needs right targets

In the Yorkshire Post, Chris Waters suggests that it is the professionals who need to be reminded about the virtues of fair play rather than the children who were the focus of a recent survey into cheating in sport.

It is all very well telling them they should win and lose graciously. But unless that ethos starts at the top - with the professional sportsmen themselves - it is surely an enterprise doomed to failure. For the simple fact is that children copy what they see on television; they imitate the way their heroes behave.

JANUARY 15, 2013

Long way to go for Under-19 stars

Aakash Chopra: August 26, 2012 was a momentous day for Indian cricket - their Under-19 team had lifted the World Cup in Australia, beating the hosts in the final
OCTOBER 06, 2012

Twenty20 in the US: We've seen it before

Samir Chopra: The US launch of a professional T20 league reminds me of another, more humble US-based T20 competition I took part in some 25 years ago
AUGUST 29, 2012

Indian cricket

Unmukt's college blues

Unmukt Chand, captain of India's Under-19 World Cup winning team, may be the toast of the country right now but back in his college he's just another student paying the price for skipping classes. Chand, 19, a first-year Arts student in New Delhi's prestigious St Stephen's College, has not been promoted to the second year as he does not have the required attendance. "There is no way he can be promoted. The rules don't permit that," Valson Thampu, St Stephen's principal, told DNA. "We've not detained him. Unmukt detained himself."

Unmukt was admitted to the college last year under the sports quota but cricketing engagements meant he was not able to meet the minimum attendance stipulated by the college. His lawyers say the college cannot be so strict on the attendance for students admitted via a sports quota, but Unmukt hopes the situation will get resolved soon. "I shouldn't sit here and say that the college should change its rules just because we have won the Under-19 World Cup," he said. "They have helped me a lot in the past. I have been in touch with the sports teacher and principal. I hope things are sorted out."

AUGUST 20, 2012

Reality bites for Nepal and Papua New Guinea

Cricinfo: Nepal and Papua New Guinea found out the hard way what life must be like for forage fish on the Great Barrier Reef
JULY 04, 2012

Club cricket

Six in six balls, then out of the attack

Kieran Gray is only 11 years old and yet he might already have enjoyed the most memorable day of his cricketing life.

Kieran, who plays for Maidenhead & Bray's U13 side, a picturesque Berkshire ground on the banks of the River Thames, took a wicket with every ball of an over - inviting speculation from club officials that the feat might never have been achieved before in a competitive match.

He was surely the first bowler to be removed from the attack after taking six wickets in an over. As other juniors got a chance to bowl, he preserved remarkable figures of 1-1-0-6.

The first five batsmen from Taplow CC were all bowled and, with tension rising on the banks of the Thames, his sixth ball was struck straight to cover. Taplow, 0-6 after one over, were all out for 21 and lost by 131 runs.

JANUARY 13, 2012

The other side of Jacques Kallis

Firdose Moonda: As it began to drizzle over Buffalo Park in East London, Jacques Kallis stood in a circle with six blazer-clad schoolboys
DECEMBER 23, 2010

East Asia-Pacific Under-19 talent heads to Queensland

Liam Brickhill: Maroochydore Cricket Club on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will be the next stop on the road to the Under-19 World Cup for Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Japan and Indonesia
JANUARY 08, 2010

USA's World Cup preparations hit roadblock

Martin Williamson: USA’s preparations for the ICC Under-19 World Cup came unstuck as they were beaten by Hong Kong in a warm-up match
AUGUST 31, 2009

Under-19s prepare for World Cup Qualifiers

Will Luke: The most talented young players in Associate and Affiliate cricket gather in Toronto this week in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, staged in New Zealand.
JUNE 08, 2009

Papua New Guinea win EAP U-19 title

Martin Williamson: Papua New Guinea are the East Asia-Pacific Under-19 champions after they beat Vanuatu by 172 runs in the final at Amini Park, Port Moresby.
MAY 07, 2009

Kenya dismiss Under-19 criticism

Martin Williamson: Cricket Kenya has dismissed criticism in some sections of the media following the poor performance of the Under-19 side in the recently concluded Africa Championship
MAY 05, 2009

Uganda and Sierra Leone win through

Martin Williamson: Uganda and Sierra Leone booked their places in the Under-19 World Cup qualifying tournament later this year after finishing first and second in the Africa Under-19 Championship in Zambia
MAY 03, 2009

Sierra Leone continue to surprise

Will Luke: Sierra Leone continue to surprise opponents and followers of the Africa Under-19 Championship in topping the table
APRIL 28, 2009

ACC Under-19 Elite Cup - 5th day

Martin Williamson: Nepal, the odds-on favourites who have dominated recent Asian Cricket Council Under-19 tournaments, were brought down to earth with a bump by Hong Kong who sent them crashing to a 36-run defeat
APRIL 28, 2009

Martin Williamson: Nepal, the odds-on favourites who have dominated recent Asian Cricket Council Under-19 tournaments, were brought down to earth with a bump by Hong Kong who sent them crashing to a 36-run defeat
JANUARY 29, 2008

McLaren Smith called up to Bermuda Under-19 squad

Will Luke: McLaren Smith, the Bermuda allrounder, has been drafted in as Lamar Richardson's replacement for next month's Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia.
JANUARY 03, 2008

Nepal announce Under-19 squad for World Cup

Will Luke: Nepal have announced a 15-man squad for next month's Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia
DECEMBER 13, 2007

USA Under-19s to tour India

Will Luke: Junior cricket is again on the march in the USA
AUGUST 29, 2007

Botswana shock Uganda in U-19 qualifiers

Will Luke: Botswana produced the shock of the Africa Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers when they Uganda by 27 runs to reach the semi-finals in Benoni on Monday.