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Good day at the office.

Good day at the office.

The same name keeps appearing in front of our faces. Not because we choose to write it, but because he’s been a phonemon. He captured 4 wickets today on the third’s day’s play. The captured were Gambhir, Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Karthik.

The off spinner looks really good and is still showing us that he cannot be replaced. Mendis also bowled well and picked up the wicket of Dravid, who looks rather ‘out of touch’.

After the extremely good batting preformance by the Lankans, in where four batsmen scored centuries, the Indians have collapsed completely.  Their only hope now is Laxman and Kumble to avoid the follow on or the miracle of god (also known as rain).

Pakistan get to host the Champions Trophy

Pakistan get to host the Champions Trophy

Finally good news arrives for Pakistani cricket fans. Recently the condition of Pakistan was, and still is, pretty bad. But when the conditions are bad, sports mainly cricket comes in as a lifesaver. Any news that would take us away from the bombings and expense is good news.

So today the ICC chose to keep the champions trophy in Pakistan. After a good decent Asia Cup in Pakistan where there were little security lapses it seems that Pakistan have been awarded the chance to hold the second biggest Cricketing event known to the world.

Unfortunately, there will be some players who will complain and decide not to participate in this event. But who cares about them? 😛

Twenty two overs and rain stops play. That’s cricket for you. It’s been raining all over the world.. Or atleast where I am and Colombo. Sometimes you wonder ‘why can’t they just play in rain?’. I mean it would save them tons of money, and it wouldn’t take the fun out either. Oh well that’s the ICC for you.

Warnapura drives the ball on the first days play.

Warnapura drives the ball on the first day's play.

Warnapura has played a good innings, he’s started his career off with a bang. Perfect replacement for Jayasuriya? Nah, Jayasuriya can never be replaced. From his stats though it seems like he can throw a ball too. 115 Frist class wickets for him at an average of 26.86. I don’t quite know the level of Cricket in Sri lanka though.

On another note, it’s good to see Zaheer Khan back. He’s a decent bowler. It bothers me when I see Ganguly bowling 5 overs when Kumble hasn’t bowled anything in the day’s play. It’s a bad time to play this test match because reports say that there is a chance of rain every single day of this week.

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…of cricket and how stupid some people are. Shoaib Akthar has been included in the 30 man preliminary squad. I don’t know how happy you are but I for one feel sorry for those fans who are tired of seeing his face.

A bit Drugged?

Come on? Not again. Just look at the picture!

After his long history of drugs, violence, and abuse. We know that Shoaib will not turn suddenly turn into an angel and start acting like he should. So what should we do? On one end he’s a fantastic bowler, but on the other side he’s a little kid who is (probably) on drugs. The bowling attack looks to be short and rather harmless at first sight, but I still believe that in a population of 170 million there has to be another Shoaib Akthar, Wasim Akram, or Waqar Younis lying around.

In other news, we find that a lot of youngsters have been added into the 30 man preliminary squad. Ahmed Shehzad, the opening batsman who took part in the Under 19 squad, Mohammad Ali, a 18 year old seamer, Anwar Ali, who was the phenomenon who ripped apart the Indian Under 19 line up two world cup’s back, Mohammad Aamer, who has been highly regarded by Wasim Akram and is just 16, and Azhar Ali, who has had an outstanding first class season.