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Daily Round Up 01/04/06
« on: January 04, 2006, 04:14:37 AM »

Trying a new format for the Daily Round Up --presenting the stories as well as the urls. Based on experience, either the urls sometimes do not lead back to the same page or sometimes, readers have problems accessing them.

Indian cricketers to travel economy class to Pakistan

 Indian cricketers to travel economy class to Pakistan
New Delhi | January 02, 2006 9:15:06 PM IST
In a rare deviation from the established norm, Indian cricketers will fly to Pakistan Thursday in economy class.
Since there is no flight of Indian Airlines Thursday, the Indian team, which will play three Tests and five one-day internationals, will fly in a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that does not have club class.

"Our official travel agency is talking with PIA to have the plane changed but chances of a change are virtually nil," said an official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"However, the economy class travel will not affect the players as it is a barely 45-minute flight from Delhi to Lahore. It gets over by the time you finish the snacks," the official told IANS.

Four Indian cricketers - Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Gautam Gambhir -- who will fly to Pakistan after playing their Ranji Trophy match in India will, however, travel club class on India's national carrier.

"We wanted PIA to deploy an air bus that has club class seats. But the airline has not responded," said the official.

Although the front seats of the regular Boeing aircraft, called economy premium, are the same as the regular economy seats, they have slightly more leg space.

India's 45-day tour starts with a three-day match against a Pakistan 'A' side in Lahore beginning Saturday.

 Cricket: Struggling Cairns closing in on membership of elite club

By Richard Boock

Chris Cairns is on target to become a member of yet another exclusive club of all-rounders.

The veteran Black Cap took his 199th one-day international wicket on Saturday to go with his 4910 career runs, leaving him on the cusp of joining one of world cricket's most elite groups - players who have taken 200 wickets and scored 5000 runs.

Only Sri Lankan maestro Sanath Jayasuriya (10,219 runs, 268 wickets) and South African star Jacques Kallis (7954 and 201) have achieved the feat, although former Australian skipper Steve Waugh went close, scoring 7569 runs and taking 195 wickets.

Cairns, who a couple of seasons ago became one of the few test cricketers in the world to achieve the 3000 runs-200 wicket double, will have a chance to complete his ODI feat in the next three games against Sri Lanka, after which he will have to wait for next month's visit from the West Indies.

But the double was probably the last thing on his mind on Saturday as he struggled again at the bowling crease, proving New Zealand's most expensive commodity in the field despite Sri Lanka's batting woes.

The 36-year-old was expensive in the Chappell-Hadlee Series, conceding 61 runs off six overs at Christchurch and 66 off nine at Wellington, and in his past 10 games has taken just seven wickets at 50.28.

Coach John Bracewell, who was extremely pleased with the efforts from the pacemen Shane Bond, Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills, said yesterday he wasn't concerned about Cairns' form with the ball, and had confidence the all-rounder would come right.

In fact, he blamed Cairns' waywardness on nerves, apparently created by the increased pressure for places within the side.

"The fact that Chris started to speed up as he did was an indication that, even at the age of 36, you can still get a little nervous about your performances," Bracewell said.

"I think the competition within the unit is keeping the guys honest, and what we saw from Chris at Queenstown was a sign of that pressure.

"If a 36-year-old starts getting nervous and has to start thinking about slowing himself down and not rushing things, then I think it's a healthy sign rather than a concern.

"We understand that Chris can and does bowl well but he got frenetic yesterday during the pace of the match and I think that speaks volumes about the level of desire and commitment."

However, while Bracewell will clearly want Cairns to regain some of his rhythm, he said he was delighted with the improvement shown by Oram at the bowling crease.

Bracewell predicted his towering all-rounder would continue his momentum through the week.

New Zealand play Sri Lanka in the next ODI at Jade Stadium tomorrow, after which they head to Wellington for the third game on Friday, and then to Napier for the swansong on Sunday at McLean Park.

"Jake came into the ODI not only fresh but feeling a little more confident after a good bowl against Wellington, and his natural length was of value on that pitch and against that particular opposition," said Bracewell.

"I would have thought that performance will give him a lot of confidence for the rest of the series."

THE 5000/200 CLUB

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
* 10,219 runs
* 268 wickets

Jacques Kallis (South Africa )
* 7954 runs
* 201 wickets


Zaheer banking on his new action to come good against Pak.

New Delhi, Jan. 4 (PTI): Having forced his way back into the national squad, Zaheer Khan is banking on his "new bowling style" to deliver the goods during the gruelling tour of Pakistan which he admits could be the turning point of his career.

The left-arm paceman said the tour of Pakistan would provide him the opportunity to try out his remodelled bowling action for the first time in the international arena but believed his fine run in recent domestic matches would stand him in good stead.

"I have reduced my run up... This tour will be the first international stage when I will be bowling with the new style. I am a bit anxious and nervous but I hope it should be okay," Zaheer told PTI over the phone.

Zaheer said the time out of the national team provided him the opportunity to work on his bowling which he had wanted to do for long but did not have the time because of hectic international schedule.

"My aim was to utilise time to work on my skills. I needed to bowl lot of overs because I was trying a few new things," said Zaheer, who was dropped from the team for the home series against Sri Lanka and South Africa.

"Even when I was working with the MRF Pace Foundation when I was going through the injuries, I wanted to cut down my run up and try a few things, but there was no time."

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