BCCI to form committee to implement Lodha reforms The principal issues are ‘one state one vote’, age cap of 70 years, cooling off period after every three years and reinstatement of a five-member selection panel © Getty Images (Representational Image)Mumbai: In a move expected to further delay the implementation of Lodha panel reforms, the BCCI on Monday decided to form a committee for analysing how “best and quickly” the principal Supreme Court order can be executed. The two hour and 45 minute long Special General Meeting, attended by controversial former BCCI president N Srinivasan, did not take any decisive call as requested by the Committee of Administrators during a meeting with state units on Sunday. “A five-six member committee will be formed tomorrow to see how best and quickly the principal order of the Supreme Court can be implemented,” acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told mediapersons after the meeting. Gujarat High Court issues notice to BCCI, SCA over Lodha Committee recommendations Chaudhary said that the committee will have a deadline of of a fortnight to submit its report and it will start working in the next two days. The principal issues are ‘one state one vote’, age cap of 70 years, cooling off period after every three years and reinstatement of a five-member selection panel instead of current three. On some of the other issues like bilateral engagement with Pakistan, Chaudhary reiterated the BCCI’s stance that it can only play the arch-rivals if permitted by the government. “We met with the PCB on the basis of a letter signed by the BCCI back in 2014. It was necessary. Our position is still the same. The tour can take place only after government permission,” Chaudhary stated. SC to hear BCCI case regarding implementation of Lodha reforms About revoking the suspension order of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, the acting secretary said: “We have asked them [RCA] to formally respond to a showcause notice and they have also decided to withdraw the litigation against BCCI.” The new RCA president is Congressman CP Joshi. The former IPS officer also informed that the newly- constructed stadium in Guwahati will soon be hosting international matches. “The Assam CA’s Stadium is fit to hold matches barring a few areas. Inspection was done by BCCI secretary and GM [Game Development],” he said. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More BCCI to form committee to implement Lodha reforms appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Mark Boucher: South Africa were not aggressive enough against England in 3rd T20I Mark Boucher said that it was “irritating” to see how the Proteas did not come out with intent while chasing the target after they finished well in the first innings restricting England to 181 © Getty ImagesJohannesburg: Former wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher believes that South Africa were “too tentative” in their batting approach during their series-deciding defeat against England in the third T20I at Cardiff on Sunday. England clinched the three-match series by beating the Proteas by 19 runs in the final match in Cardiff. Batting first, England posted 181/8, thanks to a 78-run innings by debutant Dawid Malan and his 105-run second wicket stand with Alex Hales. South Africa got off to a slow start and lost wickets at regular intervals. In the end, the target proved too much for the visitors. The series defeat comes just days after the AB de Villiers-led side performed poorly in the ICC Champions Trophy and could manage only one victory in three matches during the tournament on UK soil. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 3rd T20I at Cardiff Boucher said that it was “irritating” to see how the Proteas did not come out with intent while chasing the target after they finished well in the first innings restricting England to 181. “We finished so well with our bowling . we seem to have found a bloke [Paterson] who can hit the block-hole more often than not. It is exciting; I hope a few others take note,” Sport24 quoted Boucher as saying. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: England vs South Africa 2017, 3rd T20I at Cardiff “To take that [momentum] straight into the batting would have been great, but instead we batted tentatively [at first]. In the first few overs chasing 180-odd you have to be proactive. We didn’t go out and try to make a play, be aggressive enough,” he added. The former Proteas skipper feels that the Test squad for the four-match series against England was “a lot more mature than our white-ball teams are”. AB de Villiers to take call on future in August “They’ve come through some tough times with flying colours. But a tour of England can also get very long when you start losing games,” he said. Meanwhile, the uncapped duo of Heino Kuhn and Andile Phehlukwayo has been named in the 16-member South African squad for the four-match Test series against England, beginning July 6 at the Lord’s. The Lord’s Tests will be followed by games at Trent Bridge (July 14-18), Kennington Oval (July 27-31) and Old Trafford (August 4-8). Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Mark Boucher: South Africa were not aggressive enough against England in 3rd T20I appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Dawid Malan feared he would never play for England Dawid Malan played a knock of 78 on his T20I debut © Getty ImagesDawid Malan, who scored a fantastic half-century and played a match-winning knock in his team’s 19-run victory over South Africa last night, said that he feared he would never get the chance to play for England. The left-handed batsman first made a name for himself back in 2008, when he smashed a century in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final against Lancashire. Malan now 29, was 21 then and had to wait for a long time to get an opportunity to represent his country at senior level. However, when the opportunity finally came, he grasped it. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017 — 3rd T20I at Cardiff “It is a fantastic experience to play for your country and to contribute in a win like that on debut is fantastic,” he told BBC Sport after the win. “I thought this day might never come. I had a chat with Adam Voges (his Middlesex colleague), who played later for Australia. I asked what he did and how he kept motivated when you keep getting overlooked for younger and younger players. He gave me some advice and fortunately I had a good series with Lions and got picked when players were rested.” Malan came into the side in place of England’s skipper, Eoin Morgan, who had rested himself and gave an opportunity to the Middlesex batsman. Coming into bat at No.3, he stitched a 105-run stand with Alex Hales for the second wicket and laid a solid foundation for the batsmen to follow. South Africa announce Test squad against England Even though the rest of the batting line-up failed to make significant contribution, it was Malan’s 78, which played a pivotal role in England scoring 181 in their 20 overs. It was also the highest score by an English player on debut. The stand-in skipper, Jos Buttler, who himself scored a valuable 31, also praised the Middlesex lad for his efforts.“Dawid was fantastic on debut. It is not easy to come in and show that much composure under pressure. On debut it was a fantastic effort,” said Buttler. To summarise, it was Dawid Malan’s brilliant knock and Chris Jordan’s terrific spell of bowling (3 for 31), which helped England win the decider and clinch the series 2-1. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Dawid Malan feared he would never play for England appeared first on Janta Shakti.
South Africa announce Test squad against England; Andile Phehlukwayo earns maiden call up Andile Phehlukwayo © Getty ImagesSouth Africa have included three uncapped players in their squad, for the four-Test series against England. Andile Phehlukwayo, who was impressive in the limited-overs, is rewarded with a place in the longest format. Meanwhile, Heino Kuhn has been added to bolster the batting, replacing Stephen Cook. It is learnt that Aiden Markram, the third addition, has been brought in as a replacement of Faf du Plessis, who is expecting his first child to be born soon and will not be available the first Test. On the other hand, Dane Piedt and Wayne Parnell have been dropped from the side. Full cricket scorecard: England vs South Africa, 3rd T20I “I always believe that everything happens for a reason. I think it’s the perfect time for me now. I’ve matured a lot as a batsman and a cricketer, and what a place to make your debut,” Kuhn told EspnCricinfo on his selection. Kuhn also credited his Titans’ coach Mark Boucher for making his game better. “The one thing Boucher said was to focus on the batting more than on the ‘keeping — always keep on working on my ‘keeping but not make that the priority. That’s what I’ve done. He’s made it very clear that I will open the batting in four-day cricket, and that’s what I’ve done. He’s changed my thinking from a keeper-batsman to a batsman who can be a keeper if I need to.” After losing both Twenty20 International (T20I) and One-Day International (ODI) series, South Africa will face England in the Test series starting July 6. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More South Africa announce Test squad against England; Andile Phehlukwayo earns maiden call up appeared first on Janta Shakti.
N Srinivasan loses his cool on being asked about his presence at BCCI SGM N Srinivasan stands disqualified to be an office-bearer of TNCA as well as BCCI in the wake of Lodha panel recommendations © AFP (File Photo)Mumbai: Former BCCI president N Srinivasan on Monday hit out at a scribe for asking him in what capacity he attended the SGM of the cricket board. Srinivasan attended the SGM as a representative of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA). However, he stands disqualified to be an office-bearer of TNCA as well as BCCI in the wake of Lodha panel recommendations. “Where are you from, which channel,” Srinivasan questioned a scribe when he asked him in what capacity he attended the SGM. To which, an visibly angry Srinivasan responded, “I congratulate you, you just now made me (to) shut up”. N Srinivasan attends BCCI SGM When the scribe again asked the same question, the former ICC chief said, “Better right [capacity] than you have to ask me”. Srini, who dodged various questions, said he was “happy after BCCI meeting. Every-thing was unanimous”. TNCA’s Executive Committee had nominated Srinivasan to be the association’s representative at the meet. Srinivasan, who represented Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), walked into the BCCI headquarters here this morning at around 10.45 am and came out of the meeting by 12.30 pm. However, he did not speak to the waiting media. Former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah also attended the meeting along with Srinivasan. Former India skipper and Cricket Association of Bengal Sourav Ganguly came for the meeting in the afternoon. CoA won’t decide if N Srinivasan should attend SGM meetings, clarifies Vinod Rai On Saturday, CoA head Vinod Rai had clarified that it was not their mandate to decided the eligibility or ineligibility of the people attending the meeting. TNCA’s Executive Committee nominated Srinivasan to be the association’s representative at the meet. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More N Srinivasan loses his cool on being asked about his presence at BCCI SGM appeared first on Janta Shakti.
ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Nicole Bolton’s hundred guides Australia to 8-wicket win over West Indies Nicole Bolton struck her third ODI hundred © Getty ImagesAfter much confusion over the toss, West Indies opted to bat against Australia in Match No. 4 of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. Some inspired bowling by the likes of Ellyse Perry and Jess Jonassen saw West Indies being bundled out for mere 204. Australian openers Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney smacked a 171-run stand that saw their campaign gain momentum. While Nicole struck her third ODI ton, Beth scored fifth ODI half-century. In the end it was Nicole and Ellyse Perry that saw Australia home by 8 wickets. With this win Australia go on top of the points table, while West Indies are languishing at bottom. Nicole and Beth started cautiously, but soon found their gear. Nicole in particular took on charge and downed the West Indies’ attack. Beth reached her fifty in 67-balls, while Nicole reached the mark in 73 deliveries. Beth became the first causality, falling for 70 in a bid to loft Stefanie Taylor over long-off. Skipper Meg Lanning perished for 12 runs in the same fashion as Beth. Nicole reached her hundred in 108 balls inclusive of 13 fours. It was then Nicole along with Ellyse Perry saw Australia through. Earlier, openers Hayley Matthews and Felicia Walters provided West Indies a stable start making 34 runs in the first 10 overs. Felicia, who was finding it difficult to keep up her teammate was out by Ellyse for 7. Chedean Nation along with Hayley saw their team home from further danger, adding 52 runs for the first wicket. Hayley became the second casualty for West Indies after she departed for a 63-ball 46 after getting cleaned up by Jess. Taylor played a valiant hand of 45 runs. She had quite a few stands with Chedean (37) and Deandra Dottin (34). Chedean was out for 39 after she tried to hike Kristen Beams towards mid wicket. Deandra too perished for a quick 20-ball 29 before she was bowled by Ellyse, trying to play down the wrong line. Deandra’s wicket opened the floodgates as West Indies started losing players in a heaps. Merissa Agulleira was caught by Lanning off Megan Schutt while having a wild swing on 1. Shanel Daley became Kristen’s second scalp, as she ended up making a 8-ball 6. Anisa Mohammed was run out for 9 off 19, trying to bring skipper Stafanie on strike. She herself trying to go for the glory-shot was out on 45 after a lofted shot went wrong. Afy Fletcher played just 4-balls before becoming Ellyse third scalp. Brief scores: West Indies Women 204 all out in 47. 5 overs ( Hayley Matthews 46, Stafanie Taylor 45; Ellyse Perry 3 for 47) lost to Australia Women 205 for 2 in 36.1 overs (Nicole Bolton 107* , Beth Mooney 70 ; Ellyse Perry 3 for 47 ) by 8 wickets Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Nicole Bolton’s hundred guides Australia to 8-wicket win over West Indies appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Les Jackson: Only 2 Tests, 12 days apart Les Jackson © Getty ImagesThe Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales for the years 1870 to 1872, compiled by one John Marius Wilson, had this to say about the place: “Whitwell, a village and a parish in the district of Worksop and county of Derby. The village stands 4½ miles WSW of Worksop r. station, and has a post-office under Chesterfield….” Coal mining has long been one of the principal activities of the villagers of Whitwell, from the Saturday, May 24, 1890, when His Grace, the 6th Duke of Portland had lifted the first sod as a symbolic act of sinking the first shaft of the Whitwell Colliery. History relates that “there were great celebrations at Whitwell on the opening day. A marquee was erected on the Common, bedecked with flowers and shrubs from the Duke’s gardens, which were arranged by Mr. Horton, the head gardener. Among a gathering of well-known persons of the day was Canon G. E. Mason, whose speech reflected his respect for and devotion to the miners.” It was into a coal-mining family of Whitwell that Herbert Leslie Jackson was born on April 5, 1921, the year that Warwick Armstrong had led his rampaging Australian team to a resounding triumph in England. Les’s father was reputed to have been a well-known local cricketer himself. The youngest of 13 siblings and of 5 brothers in a middle class family, Les had several brothers of marked cricketing ability in local cricket, and he learnt the rudiments of the game in their company. As a child, Les attended the Whitwell Church of England School and became a coalminer at the age of 16 years, and started playing for the Whitwell colliery side. While at school he had developed into a formidable, if untutored, bowler of immense strength and stamina. A somewhat late starter, Jackson made it to the Derbyshire Club and Ground team for 2 matches in 1946 and was taken on by Worksop Cricket Club in 1947 at a consideration of £1 per game. He justified his remuneration amply by his performances in the Bassetlaw League (in later years, there would be a trophy named after him in the same League). It is said that Jackson was signed on by Derbyshire on the recommendation of former Derbyshire wicketkeeper Harry Elliott. A 6 feet tall and wide-shouldered youth “with shoulders that no jacket has ever been able to contain”, already 26 years old in 1947, Les Jackson made his First-Class debut with Derbyshire against Kent at Sheffield in 1947. It was reported at the time that Derbyshire skipper Eddie Gothard had not been overly impressed by the lad at the time until such time as the coach had very shrewdly arranged for him to face Jackson in the nets. One net session had convinced the skipper that Jackson would be a good investment for the future. The debutant bagged a pair but took a wicket on debut. In a quirky departure from the accepted norms of cricket, Jackson had used only one batting pad during his brief stints at the wicket in his debut game, as revealed in a private letter to a young fan of his in later years. Les Jackson, a right-arm fast to fast-medium bowler, was a true champion for Derbyshire over his long career, as his exemplary statistics show. He is reputed to have had a rather unusual and distinctive bowling action from his 13-pace easy run-up to the wicket, with the bowling arm coming over in a distinctive slinging motion somewhere over the middle stump on the bowler’s side. This closeness to the stumps had helped him to get many lbw decisions in his favour. Jackson’s accuracy used to be a byword on the county circuit in his playing days, and he would move the ball both ways at a brisk pace, the ball coming at various heights to add to the discomfiture of the opposing batsmen, bruising thighs and ribs and jamming hands against the bat handle. It is said that one of his former colleagues had once gone out to the wicket at the end of an innings in which Jackson had bowled, and had laid down a pocket handkerchief on the wicket that had completely covered the area on which Jackson had pitched to ball throughout the innings: such had been his legendary pinpoint accuracy. In a First-Class career from 1947 to 1963 Les Jackson is seen to have played 418 matches in all, capturing 1,733 wickets ay a bowling average of 17.36. He had 115 instances of 5 wickets in an innings and took 10 wickets in the match 20 times. These bowling figures speak of a superlative performer plying his trade year after year with the same zeal and vigour for his team. Let us examine his bowling figures a little more closely. He is seen to have taken 100 or more wickets in 10 seasons over his career, with a best of 160 wickets at 13.61 in 1960, at the age of 39. Even that pales in comparison to his figures for the wet summer of 1958 when he had 143 wickets at the unbelievable average of 10.99, with 16 five-wicket hauls and 3 ten-wicket hauls. It may be noted that he had suffered from a persistent groin injury throughout 1958 that had reduced both his run-up and speed to some extent. Wisden confirms that among bowlers who had taken at least 100 wickets in the season, there was no one with a better average in the 20th century among the quicker men. The only two to approach his average had been Wilfred Rhodes (1923) with 134 wickets at 11.54 and Arthur Booth (1946) with 111 at 11.61. It may be noted that both Rhodes and Booth, Yorkshire bowlers, were slow left-arm practitioners. No wonder then, that Les Jackson was considered to be a legend during his playing days for Derbyshire. Batting was never Jackson’s strong point, as can be seen from his numbers: he very nearly took more wickets than he scored runs (2,083 at 6.19) in his First-Class career. There was a prevalent notion at the time that among the several factors that had kept Jackson out of the Test squads, one was definitely his lack of competence with the bat. His highest individual score, as can be seen from his statistics, was only 39*, and he reached the 30s only twice more in his career. Indeed, between July 1949 and August 1950 there was a sequence in which he had played 51 innings without reaching double-figures even once. In this connection, it may be stated that this prolonged lack of double-figures has been exceeded only by ‘Jem’ Shaw, ‘Nobby’ Clark, Eric Hollies (two separate batting draughts), and Mark Robinson. Most of Jackson’s contemporary fast- or fast-medium bowlers like Fred Trueman, Frank Tyson, and even Derbyshire compatriot Cliff Gladwin, with whom he had often shared a devastating bowling pair, were better batsmen by comparison. In 1948, Jackson played only 17 First-Class matches, but picked up 65 wickets with an energetic action rather like that of Lasith Malinga. When The Invincibles were touring England in 1948, Don Bradman had scored 62 against Derbyshire at Derby; even then, his considered opinion was that Jackson was one of the best English bowlers he had encountered on that particular tour — high praise, indeed. The famous slinging action of Les Jackson © Getty ImagesRay Lindwall, who knew a thing or two about fast bowling himself, had this to say about Jackson’s performance: “In 1948, Sir Donald Bradman reckoned Les Jackson the best bowler we met. As every English Test team was announced, we used to look for his name. But it was never there.” It used to be said that, “County batsmen are inclined to talk more quietly or laugh a little louder at less funny jokes when they get near Derbyshire.” Ted Dexter used to feel that the reason for that was, “one name has been on their minds, the best bowler I ever faced — Les Jackson.” The other worrying factor for the batsmen when facing Derbyshire would be Gladwin, who would be operating in tandem with Jackson. Trueman, one of Jackson’s more famous contemporaries, used to reckon that Jackson was “the best six-days-a-week bowler I ever saw in county cricket.” Opinion among the more accomplished batsmen of the time was not very much different. Graveney would remember his as the “best bloody bowler in the country”, and would add that even when he was among the runs against Derbyshire, “I used to finish up with bruises on the inside of both thighs.” A more reserved and reticent Peter May would simply refer to Jackson’s bowling as “magnificent.” As students of cricket history are well aware, Derbyshire have traditionally been blessed with a long line of fast- and fast-medium seam bowlers. One recalls the names of Billy Bestwick, the Pope brothers, George and Alfred, Bill Copson, Cliff Gladwin, Derek Morgan, Ole Mortensen, Devon Malcolm, Alan Ward, Mike Hendrick, and Dominic Cork, all fine bowlers of undoubted pedigree; however, to the diehard Derbyshire fan, there has been but one unparalleled colossus in this context, “our” Les, as they are wont to refer to Jackson. Jackson played 394 matches for Derbyshire, picking up 1670 wickets at an overall average of 17.11, with 114 five-wicket hauls and 20 match hauls of 10 or more wickets. Here is the list of the bowlers who have taken 1,000 or more wickets for Derbyshire till date: W M Bowler 1,670 394 Les Jackson 1,536 332 Cliff Gladwin 1,452 321 Billy Bestwick 1,417 303 Tommy Mitchell 1,216 540 Derek Morgan 1,209 497 Edwin Smith 1,033 261 Bill Copson Why then, was this universally admired fast bowler, the pride of the Derbyshire attack, selected for only 2 Tests? The theory going the rounds at the time was that, marvellous as his figures for Derbyshire undoubtedly were, his wickets were seen to have been taken on green wickets that suited the seam bowlers. Statistics show that of 1,670 wickets that Jackson had taken for Derbyshire, 860 had come in home matches while the balance of 810 wickets away from home, not much of a ‘home’ bias in the figures. Some doubted his stamina and his ability to bowl for long periods. Well, it is on record that his County skipper Donald Carr would frequently have him bowl from one end for the whole duration of the pre-lunch session, and then throw him the ball again after lunch. The archives show that Jackson would regularly bowl an average of about 886 overs a season from 1949 to 1963, hardly the figures of a man lacking stamina or the ability of coming back for a second spell. There were others who were not comfortable with his unusual and untutored bowling action, one that may have looked ungainly to a purist. The action, however, was never a deterrent to his picking up bags of wickets throughout his career. Finally, there was the perception that Jackson was, perhaps, not quick enough. Well, Graveney, no doubt echoing the sentiments of several others, was fond of saying that when he used to meet Les Jackson even at social gatherings, he would instinctively begin to massage his thighs. Many have tried to explain the apparent apathy of the then selectors against Jackson by pointing out that Derbyshire had never been one of the ‘fashionable’ counties, and that Jackson, coming from a coal-mining background, had lacked the necessary social graces. Then again, Jackson was not an Oxbridge man. It had all boiled down, as the general consensus went, to a question of snobbery among the selectors in general: Freddie Brown, England captain in 1949, 1950 and 1951, and ‘Gubby’ Allen, an Old Etonian and also former England captain, a prim and proper Establishment man, in particular. Jackson’s biographer Mike Carey was definite that Jackson’s non-inclusion in the Test arena while he was in his prime was primarily due to Brown and Allen’s dislike for him, based on social class-related issues. Allen had been Chairman of selectors between 1955 and 1961, Jackson’s best period. Trueman, another man from the coal mines, would observe: “My information is that he [Allen] would not have Les at any price and if that’s true it’s criminal.” Jackson, a modest and reticent professional by nature, never complained himself and always kept his own counsel on the issue. In a golden era of the faster men in English cricket of the 1950s, with the likes of Brian Statham, Trueman, Tyson, Peter Loader, Alan Moss, and the all-round capabilities of Trevor Bailey available for selection, Jackson was the perpetual “forgotten man,” to the disappointment and anger of his armies of admirers. Jackson’s figures of 6 for 37 for North against South at Edgbaston, a Test trial in 1949, may have finally convinced the selectors that he was worthy of consideration for Test cricket. He made his Test debut against the visiting New Zealanders at Old Trafford, largely as a stand-in for Alec Bedser who was not available. It was a drawn game in which England fielded two debutants, Les Jackson, 28, and Brian Close, having celebrated his 18th birthday in February. The third debutant of the match was 21-year-old John R Reid. For England, Bailey (6 for 84) and Jackson (2 for 47) proved to be a potent opening attack, and the visitors were restricted to 293 despite a fighting 75 from Martin Donnelly and 50 from Reid, their 5th-wicket stand realising 116 runs. England declared on 440 for 9 with Reg Simpson (103), Len Hutton (73), Bill Edrich (78), and Bailey (72*) all contributing. The dual international from New Zealand (having also represented the country in hockey), slow left-arm bowler Tom Burtt captured 6 for 162. Jackson scored 7 not out from No. 11. When New Zealand batted again, the match ended with them on 348 for 7, Bert Sutcliffe contributing 101 at the top of the order. Donnelly played another good hand of 80 runs. Jackson picked up 1 for 25. Derbyshire awarded Jackson his county cap in 1949. Jackson’s eldest brother had been killed in World War I. An incident of Tuesday, September 26, 1950 was to rob the family of one more son and to cast a shadow of gloom on the family. It seems that a fire had broken out underground in the Creswell Colliery at about 3.45 AM during the Night Shift. Among the 232 workers underground at the time, 80 had been trapped behind a “wall of flames” and had been engulfed in the ensuing fumes of the fire. All 80 had perished underground; one of the deceased had been John Thomas, another brother of Jackson. At the inquest, it had been certified that all 80 had succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Life, and cricket, however, went on; Les Jackson never severed his connection with the coal pits, returning to the mines in the winters. The hard labour in the mines over all the years had strengthened his broad shoulders and limbs. He married Norma, a Whitwell girl, in 1942, and the couple had a daughter. His wife proved to be solicitous and fearful of his safety in the mines. During the latter part of his time with Derbyshire, Jackson stopped going down the pits in the winter, and instead, took up a job as a chauffeur for the National Coal Board, a post he held till 1982. In 1950 he played 26 matches, capturing 92 wickets at 20.86, with 8 five-wicket hauls. By now, there was no doubt in any body’s mind about his intrinsic worth as a new-ball bowler. The cognoscenti were therefore aghast when he was left out of the squad to tour Australia in 1950-51. When John Warr, the Middlesex and Cambridge man, was the last man selected for the tour, even Bailey, a Cambridge man himself, could not believe his ears. Trueman, always a staunch admirer of Jackson, would become apoplectic at the very mention of the name of Warr in connection with that Australia tour. As it turned out, Warr had a very mediocre tour, playing in only 2 of the Tests and taking 1 for 281. But for his class bias, Brown may well have had the services of Les Jackson in Australia. Jackson’s only stint in an international touring team blazer occurred when he was selected for the Commonwealth XI that toured India and Ceylon under Frank Worrell in 1950-51. Normally a man of placid temperament, he had once been aroused by some disparaging comments about miners made by wicketkeeper Dick Spooner of Warwickshire on the ship going out. It was reported that Jackson had even threatened to throw Spooner overboard. It was not a very happy tour for Jackson: he played only 2 matches, picking up only 3 wickets and an elbow injury that had resulted in his early departure from the tour. The elbow injury was to require surgery before the onset of the next summer. Derbyshire had awarded Jackson a benefit season in 1957 that had raised £2,944. He repaid the compliment by capturing 141 wickets in the season at an average of 16.27. Very early in the season he warmed up with 3 for 32 and 7 for 38 against a hapless Essex at Burton-on-Trent. In the very next match, it was the turn of Yorkshire to face the music at Chesterfield as Jackson sent them packing to a rare defeat with 5 for 51 and 6 for 63. He began 1958 in dramatic fashion at The Parks by capturing 7 for 18 against Oxford. Against Worcestershire at Kidderminster he achieved the first of his 2 hat-tricks, with the wickets of Bob Broadbent, ’keeper Raymond Morris, and Derek Pearson, all three falling to catches behind the stumps by George Dawkes. His stunning performances in 1958 won Les Jackson the Wisden Cricketer of the Year award in 1959. It was 1961, and the Australians under Richie Benaud were on an Ashes tour of England. By then May was the skipper of the England team. Statham was out of the third Test with an injury, and the selectors, in their collective wisdom, called up the 40-year old Jackson for his second and last Test, at Headingley in early July. Ironically, Jackson had had a rather indifferent start to the season, being hit on the ankle by David Sayer of Kent in his first Championship match, and being forced to miss a few games. Fate, however, happened to be on Jackson’s side as he captured 5 for 53 and 2 for 40 against Leicestershire. England had come calling for Jackson during that match. England won the third Test by 8 wickets. Dexter, for one, was convinced that Jackson’s economical figures of 31-11-57-2 and 13-5-26-2 may have had a lot to contribute to the victory. Jackson’s big off-cutter to dismiss Colin McDonald for only 1 in the second innings had left the tourists 4 for 1, and they had folded up for 120. That, however, was the extent of his Test career, 2 Tests 12 years apart, a shameful squandering away of his prodigious talent by the England powers that be of the time. Jackson was back to First-Class cricket again after his curious Test career was over. EW Swanton, in his appreciation of Jackson’s bowling, used to say that Jackson’s bowling was “hostile, full of stamina, from one summer’s end to the next, scarcely guilty of even an indifferent over”. He wound up his career in 1963. In the meantime, Jackson became a part of a cricketing experiment in England when he played for Derbyshire in the Midlands Knock-Out Competition, sponsored by Leicestershire, the brainchild of Leicestershire Secretary Michael Turner. At 11 AM on May 2, 1962, the first ball was bowled by John Cotton of Nottinghamshire to Mick Norman of Northamptonshire, who became the first victim in the tournament, scoring the first duck. Meanwhile, across the Midlands, Jackson bowled the first delivery for Derbyshire to Maurice Hallam at Leicester in a 65-over game. The ball, then, had been set rolling, as this was the first ever limited-overs Cricket Tournament played in England, later being morphed into the Gillette Cup from 1963. After his retirement for First-Class cricket, Jackson played for Enfield in the Lancashire League in 1964, taking 67 wickets at 11.07. He was 43 at this time. Playing for Derbyshire against the International Cavaliers at Derby in 1965, aged 44 years, Jackson had an analysis of 6-2-9-3. He was unanimously elected President of the Derbyshire Players’ Association in 1995. He kept active by growing vegetables in his garden, and taking up dancing. He also began studying local history and was an active member of his local Methodist chapel. Les Jackson, the popular and highly respected icon of Derbyshire, passed away on April 25, 2007, aged 86. A Memorial Service was held for Derbyshire’s greatest ever bowler at Crooked Spire, conducted by Canon Michael Knight, the Vicar of Chesterfield, while the Bishop of Repton had said a blessing for the departed soul. Tributes to Jackson were given by TV presenter Nick Owen, President of Derbyshire CCC; Donald Carr, who captained Derbyshire from 1955 to 1962; and Jim Brailsford, teammate of Les at Derbyshire and Undercliffe. Afterwards, there was a reception at Queen’s Park cricket pavilion. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Les Jackson: Only 2 Tests, 12 days apart appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Mohammad Aamer stars with pink ball for Essex Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer continued his rich seam of form from the Champions Trophy win over India, striking early for Essex using a pink ball on a landmark day for English county cricket. Aamer trapped Middlesex Nick Gubbins lbw as the latest round of county championship matches got underway on Monday. The new day/night format led to the use of the pink ball with a black seam — ideal preparation for England’s Test players for a match with the West Indies from August 17-21 at Edgbaston. ALSO READ: Alastair Cook to Mohammad Aamer: “I want to learn Urdu” Domestic cricket history was also made in Glamorgan’s game with Derbyshire as the latter’s 16-year-old Afghan-born spinner Hamidullah Qadri became the first player born in the 2000s to play Championship cricket. Floodlit cricket is not totally new to England as it first came to their shores on July 23, 1997, in a limited overs match between Warwickshire and Somerset at the same Edgbaston ground where the Test match will take place. The county championship has had one day night game in 2011 between Kent and Glamorgan but got mixed reviews from the players and attendance was not impressive. …and here it is! @iamamirofficial gets his first Essex wicket with Gubbins out lbw. #ESSvMID pic.twitter.com/eNZ08UN7hI — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) June 26, 2017 England bowling great James Anderson believes batsmen will not particularly like the experience. “I’ve had no experience with pink balls. I don’t think the batsmen are hugely in favour of it,” said Anderson before play got underway. “All the reports I’ve heard of day-night Test matches are that the twilight period is really difficult to bat in. “It’s great all the England players are available, not just because it’s a pink-ball game, but a round of county games with all the England players available is a stronger one, and probably a more exciting one.” However, Anderson and his fellow bowlers may not have things all their own way as England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) director of cricket operations Alan Fordham told BBC Radio. “If people are expecting it to behave in the same way as a red ball, they’ll be disappointed,” said the 52-year-old former Northamptonshire batsman. “The easiest way to describe it is the pink ball is manufactured in the same way as a white ball, so it’s not a ball that is easy to shine. You can perhaps get a little bit of a sheen on it but nothing like a red ball where you can get a really good polish on it, keep that lasting well and perhaps swinging into 40 or 50 overs. That’s unlikely to happen.” Surrey vice-captain Rory Burns offered a more upbeat tone than Anderson. “It’s an exciting, different challenge. We’ve been practising with the pink ball and getting used to it,” he told BBC Radio. “It’s a very different ball to the red ball, in how it reacts and the seam on it. With spin, you can’t quite see the seam. That is one of the challenges. “It feels a little bit lighter off the bat. The tougher periods will be when the floodlights come into play.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Mohammad Aamer stars with pink ball for Essex appeared first on Janta Shakti.
‘One state-one vote’ hinderance says BCCI state associations to CoA Vinod Rai is CoA head © AFPMumbai: Continuing their opposition to some of the Lodha Committee reforms, the BCCI state associations on Sunday told the Committee of Administrators that one-state- one-vote was the major point of contention among the three recommendations they are opposed to. The CoA headed by Vinod Rai, met the representatives of various state associations at the BCCI headquarters in South Mumbai in batches. “Two, three reservations were discussed. One state-one vote, selection committee and cooling off period of nine years. Age tenure is not that much a major issue,” a source said. N Srinivasan attends BCCI SGM Ousted BCCI president N Srinivasan attended the meeting as a representative of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. According to sources, Srinivasan did not raise the issue of ICC’s new revenue share model but is most likely to speak about it during Special General Meeting tomorrow. Meanwhile, acting BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary refused comment on appointment of the new coach, saying a Committee was there to look into it. Asked if the captain will be consulted, Choudhary said, “That’s for the committee to decide”. Former India skipper and Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly, who is part of Cricket Advisory Commitee (CAC) also refused comment on the issue. “I have got nothing to say, it depends on directions. I understand you want all these things from me but at this point it is difficult for me to answer,” said Ganguly. Asked kind of coach you want, pat came the reply, “the one who can win matches”. It is also reliably learnt that former skipper Rahul Dravid is expected to visit the BCCI HQ tomorrow. But when asked about it to Ganguly, he said he was not aware about any such development. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ‘One state-one vote’ hinderance says BCCI state associations to CoA appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Virat Kohli 2nd most followed Indian on Facebook after Narendra Modi Virat Kohli has added one more feather to his cap as he has become the second most followed Indian on Facebook with over 35 million followers to his name © AFPNew Delhi: Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding Anil Kumble’s exit from the post of the Indian cricket team’s head coach, swashbuckling skipper Virat Kohli‘s popularity continues to grow. The 28-year-old has added one more feather to his cap as he has become the second most followed Indian on Facebook with over 35 million followers to his name. Kohli, who is currently leading the Indian team in West Indies for the limited-overs series, is now just behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has 42.2 million Facebook followers. He, however, is the most popular celebrity on Facebook in the country, surpassing Bollywood superstar Salman Khan by more than 6, 00,000 followers to surge to top of the list. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies 2017 — 2nd ODI at Port of Spain Besides, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper also has 16 million followers on Twitter and 14 million on Instagram to become the most famous cricketer of all times around the world. After replacing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as skipper, Kohli guided India to Test series wins against New Zealand, England and Australia before leading RCB in the tenth season of the Indian Premier League (ISL). Meanwhile, former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur feels that Kohli is being “unreasonably targetted” for Anil Kumble’s resignation as India’s chief cricket coach. Kumble stepped down at the end of the Champions Trophy earlier this month after acknowledging a rift with skipper Kohli, who has refused to divulge just what led to the fallout. BCCI should come clean about Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble spat, says Anurag Thakur “Virat is being unreasonably targetted, I think this discussion should stop. Virat has the ability to take Indian cricket to new heights in the next 10 years. This is not the first time that a cricketer is being targetted. In the past too, captains and former captains have been targeted,” Thakur told PTI. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Virat Kohli 2nd most followed Indian on Facebook after Narendra Modi appeared first on Janta Shakti.