We here at BBK have been vigorously building upto Pak's defence of the ICC World T20 ever since the conclusion of Pak's humiliating winless tour down under and the ICC U19WC in January. Now we are just days and hours away from the much awaited fun, can't wait! Let the action commence!
CSK are crowned 2010/IPl3 champions after beating MI on Sunday 25th April in the IPL final: http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/engine/current/match/419165.html
MS.Dhoni has his hands on the IPL trophy! One just wonders if he can do the same come 7:00 GMT on 16th May on Caribbean turf for ICC T20WC?! Certainly our BBK audience doesn't feel shy to think he can as India are currently winning the poll, just a few days to go before the close! RCB meanwhile captured the 3rd place spot and therefore will feature in this year's CLT20 which is scheduled to be staged in RSA following a recent announcement on the matter.
Anyhow, I don't wish to go into the details of the Modi saga! Leave me and us out of that garbage for now! However, I do wish to update our viewers on the team sheets and gossips going into the global cricketing event!
The dashing dangerous free scoring right handed opener, Virender Sehwag who I actually labelled as India's gun player for the event has been ruled out and his replacement will be the CSK opener, Murali Vijay! I have seen some of him during the ongoing IPL season and he comes across as someone who is a good striker of the ball and has got a wide range of shots and is equally capable against the slower and quicker men! This is a big blow for team India, but in the same sense a perhaps "gain in disguise" as some followers have highlighted.
Pakistan were being the laughing stock in the headlines once more when the chairman of the board changed the decision to select left arm sensation, Irfan despite the matter of fact being the coach, captain and more importantly chief selector had announced him as replacement for injured Umar Gul the day before. Once more this questions the purpose and authority of the chief selector as Aamer Sohail, former Pakistani opener and Kamran Abbasi, Pakistani cricket writer have outlined and questioned at the encyclopaedia of cricket, cricinfo at the following links. I totally agree with the two gentlemen!
Certainly, PCB seems to be a "one man show" unfortunately and such interference from Ijaz Butt needs to be questioned fully. The other selection was approved and that was of Mohammad Sami, the Karachi fast bowler who captained the Dolphins in this year's RBST20 Cup to the final where they were beaten by the invincible Stallions! Sami impressed throughout the competition and has had a successful first class season too! Abdur Rehman, was the replacement following the disapproval of Iran's selection for the injured Yasir Arafat, the Sussex star who holds the record for the most T20 wickets at all major levels. He (Abdur) is a decent bowler, however was he really necessary and the best option available? Many feel he wasn't and I totally agree here. He is a winning Stallion team member nonetheless, the team that has won the Pakistani domestic T20 competition for 5 consecutive years running, formidable!
The opening game of the ICC T20WC promises to be a cracker! Sri Lanka and NZ are two evenly balanced sides. I feel the match will be decided on NZ's batting against the Lankans potency and variety with the ball!
BBK Management 4 Contenders Choices For The Comp In order Is As Follows ....
1) Australia 2) India 3) Pakistan 4) Sri Lanka
1) Australia 2) RSA 3) Pakistan 4) India
1) Pakistan 2) Sri Lanka 3) RSA 4) WI
Finally, a last request for everyone to join out T20 fantasy league for the tournament!
This would be much appreciated and is guaranteed to be fun and entertainment for all, so what are you waiting for?!