2012 ICC World T20 Preview

Overview:

Note: The World T20 started a few days ago. Sorry for the delay.

 

The fourth-ever ICC World T20 (also known as the T20 World Cup) will be held in Sri Lanka starting September 18th in what is destined to be a great tournament. After all, it’s the world’s biggest stage in the most exciting format of cricket, and 12 teams, in 4 groups of three, will compete and challenge for the crown as the world’s best T20 team. The last version of this tournament was back in 2010, when England overcame their rivals Australia in the final to win the third version, held in the West Indies. However, many things have changed since then. This year’s tournament is wide open, with teams like India, Pakistan, defending champs England, South Africa, as well as other teams vying for the crown. 2010 Man of the Tournament Kevin Pietersen will not be playing for England, after a continuing controversy over comments in text messages sent to his countrymen in South Africa, reportedly criticizing England’s management. While KP won’t be in the Indian subcontinent for the World T20, plenty of the world’s best will be on hand. The 4 groups are listed below. Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Deccan Chargers’ Status Reportedly in Limbo

After failing to find new ownership, the Deccan Chargers are reportedly in limbo over their status in the IPL. Their previous owners, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (a newspaper in India), were looking to sell the team to compensate as more of a desperate measure to regain some money that was lost than anything else. According to NDTV.com, YES Bank has agreed to bail out the team by paying for the players’ salaries, but a final decision will be made tomorrow, as the BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) will have an emergency meeting to decide the team’s fate. Only yesterday, an offer from PVP Ventures, a movie making company, was rejected by the DCHL in what was the only interested group.

Should the Chargers not be in IPL 6, which starts in April 2013, they would be the second abandoned franchise in the short IPL history, following the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, who lasted only one season after similar problems, in that scenario, a non-payment. The loss of the Tuskers left the IPL with an odd amount of teams, which was 9 for IPL 5. The Chargers were IPL champions in 2009, when the tournament was played in South Africa due to concerns over safety in India. However, in IPL 5, the Chargers struggled mightily, finishing 8th out of 9 teams, only ahead of Pune Warriors India.

The Chargers did have talent though, in Sri Lanka superstar Kumar Sangakkara, Cameron White of Australia, and South African stud bowler Dale Steyn, among others.

Update: The Deccan Chargers have officially been scrapped from the IPL, after the original emergency meeting was moved up. The BCCI has decided to offer a new franchise tender, which sets up a tricky situation as the league will be back at 9 teams.

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Changing of the Guard in India’s Lineup

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VVS Laxman announced his retirement ahead of India’s drubbing of New Zealand in the first Test, unofficially the start of a changing of the guard for the Indian team.

There was a distinct feeling of shock throughout the country after VVS Laxman, also known as “Very Very Special” announced his retirement ahead of the 1st Test match for India against New Zealand. Laxman’s announcement wasn’t surprising- what was is that he decided to retire with immediate effect, and not playing the first match in what was supposed to be his sendoff at home in Hyderabad. Continue reading

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The War vs PEDs: The Return

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Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and Athletics starter Bartolo Colon have become the latest two baseball players to fail a drug test and receive a 50-game suspension, ruling them out of the rest of the regular and postseason.

Major League Baseball have one man to sarcastically thank for the recent scandals (yes, that’s pluralized, because of both Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera recently being suspended) that have overshadowed what has been an exciting two weeks in baseball: 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun. Thanks to Mr. Braun, who was originally suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for a positive drug test, which was then revoked after a successful trial, performance enhancing drugs have made a big comeback on baseball’s biggest stage.  Continue reading

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This Past Week in Sports Has Been Interesting, But…

Some weeks during the sports calendar can you say that it was a fast or a slow week, an interesting or a boring week, but I think it’s fair to say that this past week or so has been interesting to say the least. The sad part is what has dominated the headlines: Steroids. First Melky Cabrera a little over a week ago, now Bartolo Colon (honestly, I’m not surprised, people have been questioning him ever since he came back and did well for the Yankees) and now, Lance Armstrong (to read more go here).

Hopefully in the next day watch out for another post on this topic.

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Rory McIlroy’s Flair for the Un-Dramatic

Rory McIlroy won his second major Sunday, cementing his status as golf’s newest face of the game.
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When Rory McIlroy wins, he wins big. Once again, after winning the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, South Carolina for his second major win, the young Northern Irishman continued that trend, winning by a whopping 8 strokes again. While players like Tiger Woods were left out to dry, McIlroy dominated the field en route to the win, his second after the 2011 US Open. Last year, at Congressional, McIlroy shot a record score, winning again by 8 strokes. While this time his performance wasn’t as legendary, it was spectacular and impressive nonetheless.

Some can argue that his first major win was more important to his career, some can argue that this one was more important. While both were certainly important, this win was vital to ensure his status as golf’s new best player (not Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, or any of the former #1 players who failed to make a mark in majors.

Believe it or not, but the last 2 months or so very well might have been the toughest of McIlroy’s young career. After struggling throughout the entire summer and some weeks before, at one point having a string of three straight missed cuts, you could tell McIlroy wasn’t just playing well- that was obvious- but that his confidence was shot. The sad thing was that the media were absolutely beating him up…and it showed. They berated his play, questioned his commitment to the game, and even went as far as suspecting that his girlfriend, tennis player and former #1 Caroline Wozniacki was having too much of an effect on his game.

The thing that is most impressive about this huge win is how he seemed to take out all his frustration and anger with the media and convert it into the fuel for his fire that propelled him to this title. He didn’t take it out on himself, nor on his clubs (See: Woods, Tiger at the Masters), but rather, used it as positive energy. For a 23-year old guy to do that shows a LOT (with a capital L) of mental toughness that I doubt a 23-year old Jack or Tiger had.

Now all that needs to be done is for the haters to stop hater, the detractors to stop detracting, because there’s no more to be said- Rory McIlroy is on the big stage now, and is “for real”.

All that now needs to be done is for the other half of “Wozzilroy” to step up. Your move, Caroline Wozniacki.

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Restart #1,000… Or So it Seems

I’ve been contemplating shutting down this blog for a while for both time (or the lack of it) and interest purposes, and solely working on Already Booked, but I’ve decided I’ll try to squeeze The News of Sports back into my schedule again. There’s so much to talk about (no, while I haven’t been writing about it, I’ve certainly been watching it) regarding the Olympics, the Dwight Howard trade, etc, but I don’t want to rush through them all, but I really appreciate the patience, and this time I’ll try my best to post about 3-4 times a week. Every day is a stretch for me at this point, but that’s my goal.

Thanks so much for the continuous support from all of my blogging friends.

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