Deep Backward Point

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The World T20 Qualifiers

They start in a few hours. I’ll be watching. Will you?

You can watch many of the matches on QuipuTV, and perhaps on ESPNStar.

Russell Degnan on Idle Summers has the best previews of the tournament. Read all three:

If you’re on Twitter, check out the Group Previews linked above. Russell has also put together a list of Twitterers from each of the participating nations (as well as other people who follow Associate/Affiliate cricket).

And be sure to follow Peter Della Pena on Twitter and DreamCricket.com, because he’s in Dubai covering the event and he’s from New Jersey so it’s bound to get interesting.

I’m going to try to be a better fan this time. I’m going to avoid immigrant apathy, and root for the underdogs in a tournament of underdogs. What could be better?

USA! USA! USA!

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“Does He Have to Do It Again?”: Audio Tributes to Rahul Dravid

The indefatigable Subash Jayaraman recorded Dravid memories of a bunch of cricket writers and fans across the globe for a great 22-minute tribute to the wonderwall. There are contributions from Sriram DayanandSiddhartha VaidyanathanJarrod KimberSamir ChopraNicole Sobotker and Sight Screen Editorial Members: MinalRohit Naimpally and Dilip Poduval.

Go listen.

My contribution was the music selection for the intro, interludes and outro. If you’re curious, here’s what we used:

  • Intro: first dozen seconds of the 1812 Overture by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra (from musopen)
  • Interlude: shorter clip from the same clip as above
  • Outro: last dozen seconds of The Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the US Army Band (from musopen)

Why did I select these? Well, because they’re awesome.

And because they are in the public domain.

The quote in the title is from Sriram Dayanand’s contribution to the audio tribute.

And if you haven’t been listening to Subash Jayaraman’s awesome cricket podcast, Couch Talk, I have no words for you.

The Absurd Tamim Iqbal, Akram Khan Situation

  1. Tamim was dropped.
  2. Selector Akram Khan (Tamim’s uncle) resigned.
  3. ???
  4. Tamim was recalled.
  5. Akram Khan takes back his resignation.

As DuckingBeamers put it, Bangladesh cricket needs help.

Here’s a single Cricinfo screenshot that summarizes the absurdity:

You Have Got to Be Kidding Me

India will travel all the way to South Africa for a single T20 match on the 30th of March. Nagraj Gollapudi writes:

The Twenty20 takes place three days after South Africa finish their tour of New Zealand with three back-to-back Tests. It is also a week after the end of the Asia Cup, and five days before the start of the IPL in Chennai.

In a recent episode of the podcast CouchTalk, Gideon Haigh suggested that this match was a you-scratch-my-back-i’ll-scratch-yours gesture.

And they’re calling it the Mandela Cup. If I was Mandela, I’d start some uncivil disobedience right about now.

Can You Drop Sachin and Live to Tell the Tale?

Nirmal Shekar writes for The Hindu:

Sachin has done enough to deserve the right to choose his own time of departure.

While I don’t think there’s enough evidence to drop Sachin yet, the time may be soon. But this line of thought from Nirmal Shekar (and shared by many) is patently ridiculous.

I foresee new rules for the selectors. Select the players. Then replace them only when a player chooses his time of departure.

If this was how our selectors worked, one Kris Srikkanth may still be in the playing eleven.

Blackmail

From Miss ESPNCricinfo Staff:

The Pune Warriors will remain in the IPL and its parent company Sahara will continue its sponsorship of the Indian team [..] The major concession Pune seem to have won is the restoration of its auction purse of $1.6 million and the licence to buy players who were not sold at the auction and also foreign players who were not part of the auction.

That’s blackmail. In a perfect world, the BCCI would have called their bluff and looked for another sponsor.

Also, in a perfect world the Pune owner would not have had to negotiate with the Chennai owner on the fate of their franchise.

Anti-Spectator

Reinforcing my earlier point about modern changes to cricket, Andy Bull writes a great piece on the influence of DRS on the great game:

During Pakistan’s series victory over England it felt as though there was hardly a single facet of Test match cricket that had not been changed, one way or another, by the DRS; batting technique, bowling technique, the balance between bat and ball, the decision-making processes of the umpires and the experience of the spectators in the ground, all had been altered.

This isn’t to say that the impact has necessarily been negative. From that list I would argue that the only aspect of the game that is unequivocally the poorer for the DRS is the spectator experience.

Ultimately, what else matters?  Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Write

Sometimes someone else writes something and it feels as though they’ve pulled it out of your brain. Only it’s so much better, and clearer, than anything you could come up with. Here is American cricket-blogger Matt Becker:

Just last week, she (my wife) tweeted a link to a blog post about how to go about getting paid to do what you love, and it really amped me up about doing something that isn’t my mind numbing, soul sucking job, that there is a path there that I can follow if I want, that will lead me out of this cookie cutter existence does not make me all that happy.  Off of the grid, in a way, but still with electricity and high speed Internet. [..]

To take something and put every last ounce of yourself into it.  Make it something you are so terribly proud of.  And if you can do that, if you can find the time and the means and the idea, then, well, you have accomplished what we are all here for to begin with.

And that brings me back to this blog.  Despite the factual errors, and the lapses in posting, and the god awful typos (I am actually an above average speller), I am really quite proud of this silly little blog, and I really feel it could be the one thing that I do, that I make perfect, that I put everything into, that I sacrifice for.

Read the whole thing. I couldn’t figure out which passage to quote. I meant to link to this earlier, but really, I couldn’t figure out which part to quote.

You are most sweet. Srini.

Blech!

“What a nightmare to convince them not to terminate tanveer and also not to take flintoff,” Modi wrote. “Warne went of [sic] the handle. But have managed it by using stick and carrot strategy. Thus they have [$]1.875 [million] only. Much love Lalit.” Srinivasan’s reply later the same day reads: “Thanks. You are most sweet. Srini.” The existence of the emails was first reported by CNN-IBN in September, 2010.

Crazy Day on the Blog

Terribly crazy day on the blog.

  1. For the third day running, the Willow TV legal story is huge. To give you an idea, that one article has received 10% of all traffic this blog has ever received.
  2. I Twitter-conversed with GigaOm reporter Janko Roettgers about the Willow story, and he wrote a story about it linking to this blog. Thank you.
  3. And finally, the UK editor of ESPN Cricinfo responded in the comments on my recent blog post on my disappointment with how they reported a story about spot-fixing. (our conversation in the comments here)

Crazy, I tell you.