October 4, 2013
In India, the 2013 T20 Champions League is reaching its climax. Three home sides, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, have qualified for semi-finals and Trinidad and Tobago will join them. The Super Kings will play the Royals in Jaipur while Mumbai will face Trinidad and Tobago in Delhi. The final is scheduled for 6 October in Delhi. Leading into the semi-finals, the leading run scorer in the competition is Shikhar Dhawan (250 in 6 innings) while Sunil Narine has taken most wickets (8) and been the most economical bowler.
Australian skipper, Michael Clarke, has unsurprisingly pulled out of the one-day tour of India, citing recurrence of his long-standing back injury. George Bailey will once again take over the reins. This will enable Clarke to stay fresh for the forthcoming home Ashes series. More surprisingly, coach Darren Lehmann will also miss the tour.
There is seemingly no end in sight to the saga dogging this winter’s on/off Indian tour of South Africa. Cricket South African are becoming increasingly impatient at the BCCI’s deafening silence on the matter. South Africa, sitting on top of the world rankings, has not played a test match since February.
Ben Stokes, the Durham and England all-rounder, has won the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year award. He follows illustrious names from the last 60 years such as Geoff Boycott, Ian Botham, Michael Atherton, Andrew Flintoff and Alastair Cook. Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen, who led the relegated county in 2013, has taken the William Hill County Player of the Year award
The Scoop 04/10/2013