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If somebody still harboured hopes, Billy Bowden - who should be in a circus and not the Elite umpires' panel - ended that with an executioner's job on Virender Sehwag.

Sourav Ganguly might have forgiven Billy Bowden for a shocking decision, but Lokendra Pratap Sahi of Calcutta's Telegraph wasn't about to

Oct 9, 2004 Tweet | Share

As long as it is run by a barbaric regime who sponsor genocide and starvation, we shouldn't be going near the place.

Ian Botham, never one to mince his words, makes plain his thoughts on England's tour to Zimbabwe

Oct 8, 2004 Tweet | Share

Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt - daylight second, Brian Lara third.

Shane Warne delights the Indian press with his views on batting greats of this era

Oct 8, 2004 Tweet | Share

Nothing against Indian food and all that, but I get sick over here. Hopefully, I'm better prepared this time. I've got my protein shakes, a few tins of spaghetti, a few tins of beans, I've got some cereal. Some people don't like seafood, I just don't like curries."

Shane Warne has added tinned spaghetti to his baked bean supplies for the tour of India

Oct 7, 2004 Tweet | Share

I am not going to comment on the book. I don't even read cricket books.

The leader of the free cricket world, Malcolm Speed, on Nasser Hussain's autobiography

Oct 6, 2004 Tweet | Share

Let me get this right: Zimbabwe can drop 13 white players because of a racially motivated dispute; England can rest four players for legitimate reasons of exhaustion and they will be financially hounded in the courts. Anybody who believes that is as it should be has clearly lost all sense of perspective.

The Guardian's David Hopps argues vehemently against political interference in selection policy ... both in Zimbabwe and in England

Oct 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

That sounds like a commentator's comment, doesn't it? There's probably a key lost down there.

John Buchanan, Australia's coach, finds himself talking in journalese as he describes how the Bangalore wicket is likely to disintegrate over the course of the first Test

Oct 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

If the plane had left this morning I'd have gone, but there's still a long way to go and a lot of things can happen.

Darren Gough reveals his uncertainties ahead of England's tour of Zimbabwe, and hints that the ECB may not have heard the last of this saga just yet

Oct 4, 2004 Tweet | Share

I didn't want to go then - so why should I want to go now?

Andrew Flintoff confirms that he never had any intention of going to Zimbabwe. In the end, he was given a break by the selectors

Oct 3, 2004 Tweet | Share

My house has been blown down, but if you guys win for me tomorrow, it really doesn't matter. I'd be the happiest woman in the world.

A fan in the Caribbean phones Tony Howard, West Indies' manager, on the eve of the Champions Trophy final. After that, victory was a formality

Oct 2, 2004 Tweet | Share

We all lay in our beds very comfortably while our people in the Caribbean were fighting for their lives. It was the catalyst for this very young team, for what they achieved in England over the past three weeks.

Brian Lara explains the motivation behind West Indies' inspired performance in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval

Oct 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

As long as Shoaib doesn't hit me again, a couple more years.

Brian Lara when asked how long he has left in the game

Sep 30, 2004 Tweet | Share

I'm all for democracy, but you really have to draw a line and have the courage of your own convictions.

Nasser Hussain reveals his dictatorial colours as he lambasts England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney, for his indecisive selection policy

Sep 29, 2004 Tweet | Share

He'd say one thing one day and then suddenly he'd be saying that the same bloke he had been pushing for a year was now complete rubbish.

Nasser Hussain takes a swipe at Ian Botham's input into selection meetings

Sep 29, 2004 Tweet | Share

I rarely notice when I'm in the nineties, because it's not a key to my performance. But when I'm batting with Justin [Langer], I always know our partnership score.

Matthew Hayden puts the Bush-Blair special relationship in the shade, as he talks up the importance of Australia's opening pair

Sep 28, 2004 Tweet | Share

If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle.

Brett Lee repeats the words of wisdom of his former captain, Steve Waugh

Sep 27, 2004 Tweet | Share

In terms of the battering we have received from everyone in the past few months and then doing it against England, who smashed us in seven of the eight Tests, is pretty special.

Brian Lara reflects on the sweet taste of victory after Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne pulled off a near-miracle at The Oval

Sep 26, 2004 Tweet | Share

He's a wonderful bowler, but he's mentally lazy and, after the World Cup euphoria, slipped into a comfort zone. He needs to lose weight and get fitter. He didn't do enough running.

Former Australian fast bowler Bruce Reid gives Inside Edge his thoughts on Zaheer Khan

Sep 24, 2004 Tweet | Share

Maybe I was a little bit excited, as in eight previous matches I never bowled against him before, and I am sorry I hit him.

Shoaib Akhtar feels bad after felling Brian Lara during the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final

Sep 23, 2004 Tweet | Share

I would rather see England win than the other two sides that are left.

Ricky Ponting after the semi-final defeat at Edgbaston

Sep 22, 2004 Tweet | Share

I felt I was batting with a straw for the first 20 balls.

Michael Vaughan, after his match-winning 86 against Australia in the Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston

Sep 22, 2004 Tweet | Share

Lancashire's relegation ensures late cheer.

The headline in the Yorkshire Post shows that the Wars of the Roses didn't end in 1487

Sep 21, 2004 Tweet | Share

We heard him jest with a caller, asking him to show him his 'wife'.

Parthiv Patel's uncle, Jagat, plays down rumours that his nephew has done a Britney Spears, and got married by accident

Sep 20, 2004 Tweet | Share

It was washed down with a bit of Jack Daniels!

Herschelle Gibbs elaborates on the famous pizza that brought him back to form with a century against West Indies

Sep 19, 2004 Tweet | Share

We are not vigilantes, we are not holding people to ransom.

New Zealand's Chris Cairns on the "cash-for-autographs" affair. Some New Zealanders have been accused of charging fans for signatures

Sep 17, 2004 Tweet | Share

At the ICC Champions Trophy, one-day cricket has become one-way cricket.

Simon Briggs in the Daily Telegraph after Australia's match against New Zealand was almost as one-sided as all the previous games

Sep 17, 2004 Tweet | Share

They're sort of like the bullies of the show, in that they throw their weight around in a psychological sense and try to grab the upper hand before the game's even started.

Scott Styris's take on Australia's tactics

Sep 16, 2004 Tweet | Share

Sometimes, people think it's like polo, played on horseback, and I remember one guy thought it was a game involving insects

USA slugger Clayton Lambert highlights the problems of explaining cricket to Americans

Sep 15, 2004 Tweet | Share

I hope they can learn something - but I am not sure that they will.

Ricky Ponting questions the inclusion of USA in the Champions Trophy

Sep 14, 2004 Tweet | Share

Please don't make me out to be a cad.

Perish the thought, Mark ... Mark Nicholas, the "smooth-as-silk TV presenter", reacts to revelations about his private life in the Daily Mail

Sep 12, 2004 Tweet | Share

More than Sehwag's form, it is his attitude that's now the worry, for the manner in which he approached the innings bordered on the indifferent.

Sunil Gavaskar is dismayed by Virender Sehwag's batting against Kenya

Sep 12, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's a few years since [I] did some damage to the English bowling and as you get older you tend to lose some of that talent and I'm not sure the crowds will see the same fireworks.

Former West Indies opener, now USA middle-order slogger, Clayton Lambert shows he has mastered the arts of self-promotion and the hard sell

Sep 10, 2004 Tweet | Share

The United States beat Zimbabwe chasing 270 in 48 overs. That will shake our guys out of any complacency I can assure you - and, if it doesn't, it bloody well should.

John Bracewell hits out after New Zealand lost their warm-up match against Sri Lanka

Sep 9, 2004 Tweet | Share

Maybe they should try looking on E-Bay.

Clare Skinner, communications officer for MCC, suggests a logical starting point for police investigations into the theft of 3000 umpires' coats from a garage in Kent

Sep 8, 2004 Tweet | Share

I don't need more awards ... I already have the world record.

Muttiah Muralitharan takes his exclusion from the ICC's World XI on the chin

Sep 7, 2004 Tweet | Share

The tournament is being organised at the time when most games will be disrupted by weather. The event is only being held because it had to be organised. There is no other objective except to earn money.

Javed Miandad slams the timing of the ICC Champions Trophy

Sep 7, 2004 Tweet | Share

I am pleased to hear that he is making good progress in writing interesting columns.

John Wright's reaction when asked about Javagal Srinath's recent criticism of the team's performance

Sep 6, 2004 Tweet | Share

I don't know ... but I do know I've drunk them all.

Andrew Flintoff when asked how many bottles of champagne he has won as Man of the Match in ODIs

Sep 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

He's not there much at the moment, he's usually out in the middle.

Michael Vaughan, when asked about the effect that Andrew Flintoff has been having on the England dressing-room

Sep 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's brilliant, I can't say any more than that."

Alex Wharf keeps his feelings under wraps after his England call-up

Sep 4, 2004 Tweet | Share

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'You should not be embarrassing your country'

"If you do not want to be playing Test cricket for India, quit. Just play limited-overs cricket. You should not be embarrassing your country like that."
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar

"It's a disgrace to think that India have been blown away in 29 overs under blue skies on a pitch that was only doing a bit. They should be embarrassed. Some of those strokes were of players who didn't want to fight for their country."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan

"India were pathetic when they had to bat and bowl on two seaming, swinging pitches at Old Trafford and The Oval... The Indian batsmen were like lambs to the slaughter."
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott