Africa: Cricket, a Gentleman’s Game? There’s Nothing Gentlemanly About It.
May be nothing should stop someone from suggesting that BCCI should bankroll Pakistan cricket as well since not having a strong Pakistan team would also affect the boards pecuniary interests. Imagine broadcasters shying away from bidding for satellite rights of an India-Pakistan series if the result is a foregone conclusion. I suggest that Astill should write about the serious business that English cricket is. Forget Nandy. Why is it that England, the inventors of all forms of the game, including ODIs and T20s, have never won the World Cup? Men, Im talking about. Astill is right when he writes that the good of Indian cricket is not the chief priority of the politicians (read Sharad Pawar, Arun Jaitley, Rajeev Shukla, et al) who run the BCCI. To be fair to these politicians, he should remember that India has won two World Cups with such villains around, but England has none.
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Namibia: Exciting Cricket Development Festival on the Horizon
The objective was to determine edges or snicks in cricket a woody sound would be sharper than that of a ball hitting the pad or the bat hitting the pads, which would have a fatter waveform. The Snickometer was formally introduced by Channel 4 in the UK in 1999 and Channel Nine in Australia soon after that. Plasketts contemporary, Dr. Paul Hawkins meanwhile was developing something of his own at Roke Manor Research Limited, a subsidiary of Siemens. He set up a number of high-speed cameras in conjunction with a ball tracker at different locations and angles around a playing area. The cameras and the ball tracker sent inputs to a system which rapidly processed the video feed and built up a record of the path along which the ball has travelled. Using the principles of triangulation, the system would predict the future path of the ball had it not interacted with any of the playing area features. The Hawkeye system was built for a variety of sports,but it found its primary use in cricket (and also tennis, to verify line calls) for checking the trajectory of balls in flight and later for checking LBW decisions. In 2001, Channel 4 utilised the services of this technology for the first time in a Test match between Pakistan and England at Lords. The following year, the Hawkeye came in for a bout of serious criticism during the India-England Test series. Harbhajan Singh bowled Andy Caddick with a ball that just clipped the bails, whereas Hawkeye showed the balls trajectory would miss the stumps by a little margin.
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The very people who should care most about the game are doing it a massive disservice. By ANTOINETTE MULLER. In the early 1800s, cricket was between the Gentlemen and the Players. The game was played between a number of seasoned pros and amateurs. The amateurs were often rich with vetted interests elsewhere, which funded their cricket hobby. It’s debatable whether that is where the term “the gentleman’s game”, often used to describe cricket, originated, but it certainly had an impact. Cricket always had a set of standards which it held in high regard and, to this day, the lunacy of the Spirit of Cricket lives on. Yet, if the last few weeks of summer in England is anything to go by and the greater picture is taken into account, there is almost nothing gentlemanly about cricket these days.
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Moments that changed cricket forever: Advent of technology in the gentleman’s game
This will be followed with six T20 matches on Saturday, 31 August.The emphasis is on development and therefore no semi-finals or final matches will be played. The venues for the matches are United, WAP and CCD fields. “Cricket Namibia recognises that today’s junior cricket players are the future of Namibian cricket. They might play in the next Cricket World Cup and we would like to develop this talent to its full potential,” its Development Manager Steven Berry said. “Cricket Namibia also realises that most of our cricket players are lost to other activities at this age and urgent attention is required in creating sufficient opportunities to enhance the interest in the game,” he added. According to the press release, the development of cricket in Namibia has come a long way and it is clearly reflected in the number of players taking part in leagues and players from almost all the regions of Namibia, representing Namibia at national level in South Africa and the rest of Africa. Since 2009 Hollard has been the main sponsor of this tournament. Bearing this in mind Hollard has once again committed themselves to sponsoring this festival for another year with a stronger emphasis on development – of players and teams. Therefore Cricket Namibia has decided to strengthen the event by selecting a strong combined team from the North as well as a strong coastal team.
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