If I was an Australian player I would not want to be playing substandard opposition and I'd want to have the trip postponed. If it can't be sorted out, it's the history of the game being affected."
Eddo Brandes, the former Zimbabwe fast bowler, speaks out ahead of Australia's tour
Apr 21, 2004 |
They've really struggled against us ... we didn't even use our spinners in the last match. They'll have huge problems against the Australian attack.
John Dyson, Sri Lanka's coach, fears for Zimbabwe's new team
Apr 20, 2004 |
The players who know their way round the front half of a newspaper will do a MacGill. Butcher and Graham Thorpe will surely stay away. Michael Vaughan will be torn, but may find it a good moment to have a minor operation.
Tim de Lisle speculates on which of England's players might give Zimbabwe a miss
Apr 19, 2004 |
I personally like to come to Mumbai whenever I can as I love this city. In fact Mumbai is my second home and I would like to come here quite often.
Shoaib Akhtar reveals some family secrets
Apr 18, 2004 |
He was bowling at three-quarter rat power. Murali's not a dill. He knows he's under scrutiny. They are filming him so he is going to do his best - and even with his best he still can't get it right. That shows there is something wrong with his action.
Former Test umpire Ross Emerson gives his views on the tests on Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action
Apr 17, 2004 |
All we can do is play the side that's put out on the park and the Australian team is not really noted for going easy on any opposition.
Ricky Ponting refuses to be drawn on the moral and political implications of Australia's forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe
Apr 16, 2004 |
The meetings we have had have been held in such a bad spirit. There have been tempers and people walking out and shouting and banging on tables.
Zimbabwe's deposed captain, Heath Streak, on the ongoing feud between the rebel players and the ZCU
Apr 15, 2004 |
We're playing against Bangladesh and I'm not going to write off Bangladesh. The way we're playing right now you can't write off anybody at all.
Brian Lara refuses to take anything for granted ahead of West Indies' Test series against Bangladesh
Apr 14, 2004 |
Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.
Yasir Hameed tries to zero in on the exact reason for dropping a vital catch in the third Test at Rawalpindi
Apr 13, 2004 |
I am not an angel, I have my bad days and good days. I am still learning day by day."
Shoaib Akhtar makes a candid confession after Pakistan's victory in the Lahore Test
Apr 10, 2004 |
There's only one Papua New Guinean Welsh Aussie English Geraint Jones
A Barmy Army banner welcomes England's debutant wicketkeeper during the Antigua Test
Apr 10, 2004 |
I know that a number of the team don't like Lara and that they are scared of him.
Former West Indian fast bowler Hendy Bryan plunges a knife into Brian Lara's back
Apr 9, 2004 |
Even a common man could observe that the players were acting on a script. The body language of the players was not as it should have been.
Pakistan's former captain, Rashid Latif, casts aspersions about India's thrilling victory in the fourth ODI at Lahore
Apr 8, 2004 |
If I had my time over again, I would never have played cricket. Why? Because of people like you. The press do nothing but criticise.
Sir Garry Sobers tells it as it is
Apr 7, 2004 |
I feel domestic cricket is tougher than international cricket. All you need to do is spend some time in the middle and runs will automatically come.
Asim Kamal shatters some cricketing myths after his fine 73 at Lahore
Apr 7, 2004 |
[There is] only one thing more to be said, with apologies to Norwegian football commentator Bjorn Minge: Lord Learie Constantine! Sir Garry Sobers! Sir Vivian Richards! Bob Marley! The Jamaican Olympic bobsleigh team! Sir Trevor McDonald - can you hear me, Sir Trevor McDonald? Your boys took one hell of a beating!
Peter Hayter, in the Mail on Sunday, adapts a famous outburst from when Norway beat England at football
Apr 6, 2004 |
We've had Steve Harmison getting a seven-for, Simon Jones getting a five-for and Freddie Flintoff getting a five-for, so it was about time I pulled my finger out and did something special."
Matthew Hoggard after his hat-trick in the third Test in Barbados
Apr 5, 2004 |
The lack of urgency is pretty evident. Even a non-cricketing person like my wife can see that."
Shahryar Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, reacts to Pakistan's defeat at Multan
Apr 4, 2004 |
The celebrations out there are unbelievable, and my mate Wayne Daniel is under the table.
Tony Greig loses it in the commentary box as Matthew Hoggard completes his hat-trick in Barbados
Apr 3, 2004 |
The achievement that this team has achieved is a fantastic achievement.
Michael Vaughan loses his thread slightly at the after-match presentation in Barbados
Apr 3, 2004 |
I did not bowl long-hops, I did not play bad shots nor did I have the bat in the wrong hand while running.
Andy Atkinson hits back after being accused of preparing a docile pitch for the Multan Test
Apr 2, 2004 |
[Irfan Pathan] is like a kid in a party, wide-eyed, waiting for the next show to begin and only just becoming aware that he is in fact that show.
Harsha Bhogle writes about India's new bowling find
Apr 1, 2004 |
It's all to do with meat ... you get a lot of aggression from beef and red meat.
Aaqib Javed, Pakistan's Under-19 coach, on the secret of being a fast bowler
Mar 31, 2004 |
There's nothing wrong with being aggressive -- the bloke down the other end has a bat, some pads and a helmet.
The straight-talking Simon Jones makes a point on the eve of the third Test in Barbados
Mar 31, 2004 |
Virender Sehwag is a player of paranormal ability.
Navjot Sidhu explains the secret of Sehwag's success in a Ten Sports broadcast of India's first Test against Pakistan
Mar 30, 2004 |
Well, we talked about not playing rash strokes. Of course, he hears me but I'm not sure if he ever listens.
Sachin Tendulkar talks about the advice he gave when Sehwag was on 295
Mar 30, 2004 |
Six for the triple. It tells you all you need to know.
A single stroke takes Sehwag from 295 to 301, and Michael Slater is struck by the wonder of it all
Mar 29, 2004 |
This team cannot bat through 90 overs because they can barely sit through a feature film ... the young players probably think the Three Ws was a restaurant.
BC Pires has a dig at West Indies in the Guardian
Mar 28, 2004 |
I am not saying the players will get any better - but they can't become any worse.
Former West Indies fast bowler Colin Croft with some words of encouragement for the current side
Mar 27, 2004 |
Future generations will be hoodwinked into believing 'Muchichuckalot' was the best of them all. At best, his action is suspicious. At worst it belongs in a darts tournament.
Michael Parkinson doesn't beat about the bush when asked about Muttiah Muralitharan's action
Mar 26, 2004 |
Someone get this guy out of the room. It's ridiculous. These sort of statements are just bad for the game.
Rahul Dravid fumes when the match-fixing topic was brought up again after the tense one-dayer
Mar 25, 2004 |
Inzamam-ul-Haq fixes a reporter who asked whether the fourth one-dayer at Lahore was fixed
Mar 25, 2004 |
I didn't get my action right and it didn't swing. Fortunately, the wind went whoosh!
Matthew Hoggard reveals that his dismissal of Brian Lara in the second-innings collapse in Jamaica owed everything to a cross-field sea-breeze
Mar 24, 2004 |
There is no authoritative leadership of the [West Indies] team. One cannot picture a Clive Lloyd or a Frank Worrell, although men of different temperaments, not exerting their full moral authority to keep the team in line. It is clear that Brian Lara does not possess like qualities.
Geof Brown writing in the Jamaica Gleaner
Mar 23, 2004 |
I had a few rums. I felt that seven for 12 needed celebrating."
Steve Harmison explains why he ended his self-imposed ban on drinking
Mar 22, 2004 |
Corey Collymore and Adam Sanford wouldn't bowl my mum out.
Geoffrey Boycott tucks into the West Indian pacemen as the fall-out from the first Test continues
Mar 21, 2004 |
When people come together, go to each other's country, and watch a conflict being played out on the field of sport, as opposed to the field of battle ... then why can't that same spirit, that same philosophy, infect other aspects of relations?
The US secretary of state, Colin Powell, expresses his hopes that India and Pakistan will develop their relationship off the pitch
Mar 20, 2004 |
Maybe it was not simply a lack of duty or decorum that drove four of the West Indies side to join the disco party at the ground in the game's noisy aftermath, but bewilderment at the outcome. What, they might ask, are we supposed to do? Suicide?
The Guardian's Mike Selvey on West Indies' gang of four's alleged partying in the aftermath of their defeat at Sabina Park
Mar 19, 2004 |
If anybody had told me in 1994 that I would play 100 Tests for my country, I would have asked them what they were smoking."
Gary Kirsten on announcing the end of his 10-year Test career
Mar 17, 2004 |
Local expectations had been high, but now they were left in tatters like the topsails of Port-Royal pirate ships after a round of grapeshot.
The Guardian's Mike Selvey reflects on West Indies' dismal performance at Sabina Park
Mar 16, 2004 |