Timeline 2 January 1, 2012

Katto and Sanga slam, and Gordon turns 100

The second third of 2011 saw DRS sagas, surprise recalls and retirements, some nifty diplomacy and a memorable MCC lecture


2 Sri Lanka Cricket asks former captain Hashan Tillakaratne to substantiate his allegations of widespread match-fixing in the country's cricket.

5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul launches an out-of-character attack on the West Indies management, claiming it interfered with his batting and subjected him to unreasonable questioning.

6 Shane Warne announces that the 2011 IPL season will be his last, sparking speculation that his career is drawing to a close.

8 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan's limited overs captain, hints at differences with his coach Waqar Younis after returning home following the 3-2 series win in West Indies.

11 The ICC's Cricket Committee recommends the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in all Tests, and also in the shorter formats.

12 Craig McDermott is appointed Australia's bowling coach - one of the first in a series of far-reaching changes to the set-up following reversals in the Ashes and the World Cup.

15 Former Pakistan offspinner Akram Raza is arrested on charges of betting on IPL matches in Lahore.

19 Martin Crowe announces an unexpected return to first-class cricket 15 years after retiring from it.

21 ICC chief Haroon Lorgat says legalising betting in the subcontinent would make it easier to fight corruption.

25 Terry Jenner, the former Australian legspinner and noted bowling coach of Shane Warne, dies at the age of 66, after a long period of ill health.

Shahid Afridi's standoff with the Pakistan team management escalates, and he pulls out of the ODI series in Ireland.

Daryl Harper and Asoka de Silva are removed from the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires, making way for Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Kettleborough.

27 Gautam Gambhir rubbishes claims that he covered up a shoulder injury to play in the IPL, saying he did play with discomfort in his right shoulder but was never aware of the extent of the problem. The injury and subsequent rehabilitation rule him out of India's tour of the West Indies.

28 Chennai Super Kings win the IPL for the second time in two seasons, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.

30 England kick off their home summer with an extraordinary win in the dying moments of a rain-ravaged first Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff when the visitors lose eight wickets in the final session.

After weeks of growing tension and speculation following his axeing as ODI captain, Afridi announces his retirement from the international game.


2 More than two-thirds of world players polled in a survey believe the BCCI has an unfair influence on decision-making within the ICC.

Gary Kirsten, who coached India to the World Cup title, is appointed coach of South Africa.

8 Banned Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir confirms he played in a Surrey Cricket League Division One match, but says he took part since he thought it would not violate his ban.

9 Sanath Jayasuriya announces he will retire from international cricket after Sri Lanka's first ODI against England, hours after getting a surprise recall to the side close to his 42nd birthday.

10 In an extraordinary public repudiation of Cricket Australia and its selectors, Simon Katich lays bare the discontent among players around the country about the ways of the national selection panel and the part-time nature of its work.

14 Sri Lanka Cricket declares it has run out of funds following the World Cup, and seeks government grants and a soft loan to cover its expenses.

18 BCCI chief N Srinivasan reiterates the board's stance against the DRS, saying it is not convinced the technology is 100% accurate, and that resistance would continue until further improvements are made.

The BCCI denies permission to the 12 Indian cricketers who want to participate in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League, impairing the financial viability of the tournament and leading to its eventual cancellation.

23 New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris announces his international retirement at the age of 35.

In Jamaica, India complete only their fifth Test win in West Indies, setting up a 1-0 series win.

24 Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga gets a three-month suspension from the ICC for failing a drugs test during the 2011 World Cup.

27 Former Australia batsman Stuart Law replaces Jamie Siddons as the new Bangladesh coach.

The ICC ratifies the abolition of runners, the usage of new balls from each end in ODIs, and regulation of when the batting and bowling Powerplays can be taken. The chief executives' committee approves a modified version of the DRS, mandatory in all Tests and ODIs, with Hot Spot one of the essential elements of the system. The body also reverses its heavily criticised move to restrict the 2015 World Cup only to Full Members, by increasing the field to 14 teams, paving the way for the Associates to compete.

29 Umpire Daryl Harper steps down from officiating in the Dominica Test between India and West Indies in the wake of "unfair criticism" following the first Test of the series, bringing to an end his 18-year-long international umpiring career.


1 In a long and emotional public statement, Chris Gayle traces the evolution of his long-running and bitter dispute with the WICB back to 2009.

4 Kumar Sangakkara delivers a stirring hour-long MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture that earns him a standing ovation, and uses the opportunity to slam the "partisan cronies" running Sri Lanka Cricket.

10 New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien joins a growing list of cricketers to admit to suffering from depression.

19 Steve Waugh voluntarily undergoes a lie-detector test to show how the system can be used to help track down players involved in fixing.

21 Zaheer Khan breaks down with a hamstring strain on the opening day of the eagerly anticipated 2000th Test at Lord's. He plays no further part in the tour, which turns into a series of disasters for India.

27 Umpire Clyde Duncan from the West Indies dies of cancer in Trinidad at the age of 57.

30 Tempers fray in the England-India series after the home side questions the accuracy of Hot Spot when it reprieves VVS Laxman on a caught-behind call. A suggestion that the use of Vaseline on the bat could nullify the effect of Hot Spot makes things worse, especially after Michael Vaughan endorses the idea on Twitter.

31 In a move that diffuses the potential flashpoint of a fractious tour, India captain MS Dhoni recalls Ian Bell after he is run out in bizarre circumstances in the Trent Bridge Test - at tea Bell left the crease before the ball was dead, and was run out by Abhinav Mukund. The gesture would go on to earn Dhoni the ICC's Spirit of Cricket award later in the year.


2 On the eve of Zimbabwe's return to Test cricket, Tatenda Taibu slams the country's administration for not doing enough for the game.

6 Norman Gordon becomes the first Test cricketer to live past 100.

Rahul Dravid gets a surprise recall to the Indian ODI side in England, and promptly announces his retirement from the format at the end of the series.

8 Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor leads from the front with a century, as his side beat Bangladesh by 130 runs in Harare to make a triumphant return to the Test fold.

12 England hammer India at Edgbaston to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-Test series, dethroning the visitors to become the No. 1 Test team in the ICC rankings.

16 Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket appoint businessman James Strong as the chairman of the organising committee of the 2015 World Cup.

17 Former India batsman Ramesh Saxena dies of a brain haemorrhage in Jamshedpur at the age of 66.

19 Andrew Hilditch is removed as the chairman of Cricket Australia's selection committee - one of the changes mooted following the Argus review.

Shoaib Malik, who hadn't played for Pakistan since the controversial England tour in 2010, is cleared by the PCB's integrity committee and becomes eligible for selection.

20 Waqar Younis resigns as Pakistan's coach, citing personal reasons that include his and his wife's health.

21 Zimbabwe seamer Keegan Meth suffers a ghastly injury during an ODI against Bangladesh, enduring a laceration to the lower lip and losing four teeth after he is struck by the ball in his follow-through.

27 Leicestershire win the final of the Friends Life t20 against Somerset, and both sides qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 in India.

28 The West Indies Players' Association files a US$20 million lawsuit against the West Indies Cricket Board, and a High Court judge gives the board six weeks to respond.

29 Ricky Ponting hails Cricket Australia's move to elevate the national captain to a formal place at the selection table, pointing out that he felt hampered by not having a selection say when he was captain.

31 Indian sports minister Ajay Maken criticises the BCCI for its stand against the transparency-enhancing Right to Information (RTI) Act and the proposed bill to regulate Indian sports bodies.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo