Cricketing Bytes: Tendulkar, racism, UDRS and Modi again


Just when you thought that there were no more honours that could be bestowed on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the ICC goes ahead and names him the official event ambassador for the 2011 World Cup.

The master batsman will support and promote a variety of ICC initiatives for the World Cup.This will also be Tendulkar’s sixth World Cup, thus joining Javed Miandad at the top of the heap.

Another South African , former coach Mickey Arthur has joined Herschelles Gibbs in opening up the can of worms that is South African cricket. In his book “Taking The Mickey”, Arthur has revealed that Hashim Amla’s elevation to the SA ODI team was delayed as he was forced to play Loots Bosman instead succumbing to race politics.

Hashim Amla currently tops the ICC ODI rankings. Arthur resigned as coach early this year.

After expressing his unwillingness to use the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), India captain MS Dhoni has done a volte face and now come out in support of the system.

Dhoni on Thursday:

"The standard of umpiring has gone down and we need to have strong measures to improve that,"

"But, as I have said earlier, I am not going to buy a life jacket that doesn’t come with a warranty,"

"At times you tend to make mistakes. The umpires are also most of the time thinking about over rates and player behaviour,"

Dhoni also came out in support of struggling Gautam Gambhir ahead of the second Test against New Zealand at Hyderabad on Friday.

Gautam was ICC Test cricketer of the year in 2009.

Meanwhile, Chris Cairns is suing ex-IPL commissioner Lalit Modi for posting a Twitter accusing him of match-fixing .Cairns was withdrawn from the IPL auction this year. The tweet was later retracted but Cairns has taken Modi to court alleging the damage had already been done. Cairns claims that he left the Chandigarh Lions , an ICL team, because of fitness issues after damaging his knees.

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Mae West

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