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ICC Replies To BCCI And Says KPL Is Not Under ICC Jurisdiction And Isn’t An International Tournament

ICC(International Cricket Council) has responded to BCCI after the latter urged the world body to not recognize Kashmir Premier League. An ICC spokesperson while talking to Pakistan’s Geo TV said: “The tournament is not under ICC’s jurisdiction as it is not an international cricket tournament.”

According to ICC rules, each national federation shall have the sole and exclusive right to sanction the staging of domestic matches within its territory. The ICC can only intervene if matches are to be held in the territory of an associate member territory.

The KPL is out of ICC jurisdiction as it is not an international tournament.
The KPL is out of ICC jurisdiction as it is not an international tournament.

ICC Replies To BCCI After BCCI Urged The Apex Board Not To Recognize Kashmir Premier League

Earlier BCCI had objected to the tournament as it will be played in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad which is the heart of a disputed land-a bone of contention between India and Pakistan for years.

The tournament is set to start on August 6 and will see participation from top Pakistan and overseas cricketers like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Shadab Khan, Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Herschelle Gibbs.

“The basis of the BCCI’s complaint seems to center around the status of Kashmir as disputed territory – and whether matches can be played in such territories – and its central place in the long-running dispute between the two countries. The status of Kashmir has been the cause of several wars between India and Pakistan from the moment India gained independence and Pakistan was created in 1947. “

Monty Panesar pulls out of Kashmir Premier League after BCCI threat following Herschelle Gibbs statement
Monty Panesar pulls out of Kashmir Premier League after BCCI threat following Herschelle Gibbs statement (Source: Twitter)

“Both countries control parts of the region but govern it separately. Political and diplomatic ties between the two countries have fluctuated over the years, and are currently going through a prolonged low,” ESPN Cricinfo stated in its report.

The tournament is likely to see six teams- Overseas Warriors, Rawalakot Hawks, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Bagh Stallions, Kotli Lions, and Mirpur Royals. Players like Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Herschelle Gibbs, Monty Panesar, and Kamran Akmal are expected to participate in this league.

Monty Panesar, former England left-arm spinner has decided to pull out of the inaugural Kashmir Premier League (KPL) owing to ‘political tensions between India and Pakistan.’

Herschelle Gibbs Criticize BCCI For Interfering And Trying To Stop Him From Playing Kashmir Premier League

Meanwhile, a number of cricketers including South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs have alleged that the Indian cricket board is doing everything to dissuade them from joining KPL.

The Pakistan Cricket Board too has lashed out at BCCI: “Such conduct from the BCCI is completely unacceptable, against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and sets a dangerous precedence, which can neither be tolerated nor ignored. The PCB will raise this matter at the appropriate International Cricket Council forum and also reserves the right to take any further action that is available to us within the International Cricket Council charter,” read the PCB statement.

Herschelle Gibbs, former South African batsman, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were slammed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying the Indian board is well within its rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in the country.

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)
Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)

This response from the BCCI comes on the same day when former Proteas’ batsman Herschelle Gibbs criticized the Indian board for allegedly stopping him to play in the Kashmir Premier League.

Herschelle Gibbs plans to play for the Overseas Warriors in the six-team Kashmir Premier League, which runs from August 6-17 and includes several retired international cricketers. Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors.

BCCI has written to the ICC urging it to not recognize the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), the Pakistan domestic T20 tournament which is due to begin on August 6. The PCB expressed its unhappiness over what it considered the BCCI’s attempts to interfere in the PCB’s internal affairs.
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
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BCCI Writes To ICC Urging It Not To Recognize KPL

BCCI has written to the ICC urging it to not recognize the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), the Pakistan domestic T20 tournament which is due to begin on August 6.
The PCB expressed its unhappiness over what it considered the BCCI’s attempts to interfere in the PCB’s internal affairs. That was based on reports that the BCCI had been in touch with a number of other Full Members to try and prevent players from those countries from appearing in the league.
BCCI, ICC, PCB
BCCI, ICC, PCB

BCCI Writes To The ICC Urging Not To Recognize The Kashmir Premier League

Herschelle Gibbs, the former South Africa opener, who is expected to play in the league, said on Twitter that he had been threatened that he wouldn’t be allowed entry “into India for any cricket-related work. Ludicrous.”
But it has emerged now that the BCCI had also reached out to the ICC. The basis of the BCCI’s complaint seems to center around the status of Kashmir as a disputed territory – and whether matches can be played in such territories – and its central place in the long-running dispute between the two countries.
The status of Kashmir has been the cause of several wars between India and Pakistan from the moment India gained independence and Pakistan was created in 1947. Both countries control parts of the region but govern it separately. Political and diplomatic ties between the two countries have fluctuated over the years, and are currently going through a prolonged low.
Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
Relations between the two boards generally follow on from the political atmosphere of the day, and this latest spat will merely exacerbate an already strained relationship. But there would appear to be little the ICC can do about this. Approval for such domestic leagues is given by the Full Member country in which the tournament is being played, and not the ICC, and the KPL has the PCB’s approval. There is also nothing in any ICC regulations about matches in disputed territories.
The KPL is a six-team franchise-model league, PCB-approved, and to be played at the Muzaffarabad cricket stadium in Pakistan-administered Kashmir from August 6. Squads were selected in a draft last month and, according to the organizers, would be captained by Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, and Shadab Khan.
The BCCI’s concern centers, however, on the foreign players signed up with the league, on the basis that international players turn the tournament into something more than just a domestic event and give it international legitimacy of sorts.

Monty Panesar Pulls Out Of KPL

Foreign players on the roster are mostly retired and include Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Herschelle Gibbs. Through conversations with several boards, the BCCI has made it clear that these players would be considered rebels and would be treated by them as would the participants of any unrecognized league.
Monty Panesar declared that he will not be participating in Pakistan’s ‘Kashmir Premier League’ and also warned the other participating players to think about the consequences first before taking part in the Pakistan Occupied ‘Kashmir Premier League’.
Monty Panesar pulls out of Kashmir Premier League after BCCI threat following Herschelle Gibbs statement
Monty Panesar pulls out of Kashmir Premier League after BCCI threat following Herschelle Gibbs statement (Source: Twitter)

The two sides have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012-13 or a Test match since 2007-08, though they do face off regularly in ICC events. PCB has accused the BCCI of not honoring their agreement, signed in 2014, to play bilateral series between the two nations. PCB claims that this has caused large commercial losses to them.

According to the agreement signed in 2014, India and Pakistan were scheduled to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 with four of those to be hosted by the PCB. However, BCCI has claimed that they have no authority on the same and have to follow the Indian government orders, that have prohibited any bilateral cricket between the neighbors, following which PCB claimed losses.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar
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Monty Panesar Pulls Out Of KPL

Monty Panesar, former England left-arm spinner has decided to pull out of the inaugural Kashmir Premier League (KPL) owing to ‘political tensions between India and Pakistan.’

The inaugural edition of the Kashmir Premier League ran into a major controversy after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) alleged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was interfering in the internal matters of an ICC member. The BCCI hit back saying that they are well within their rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in the country.

Monty Panesar, former England left-arm spinner has pulled out of Pakistan's Kashmir Premier League. (Source: Twitter)
Monty Panesar, former England left-arm spinner has pulled out of Pakistan’s Kashmir Premier League. (Source: Twitter)

Monty Panesar Withdraws From KPL

Amid the controversy, Monty Panesar took to his official Twitter account and confirmed that he won’t be playing in the KPL.

His tweet read: “I have decided not to participate in the KPL because of the political tensions between India and Pakistan over kashmir issues. I don’t want to be in the middle of this , it would make me feel uncomfortable. #KPL2021 #Kashmir #india #Cricket #Pakistan #ENGvIND #TheHundred.”

Pakistan’s attempt to use ‘gentlemen’s game’ cricket as a political tool has been backfired as England’s former spinner Monty Panesar has withdrawn his name from the upcoming PoK league. The following development comes after South Africa’s former cricketer Herschelle Gibbs accused India’s Cricket board of threatening him against participating in a sham cricket league Pakistan has planned in PoK.

Monty Panesar further elaborated on his decision to pull out of the PoK League. Monty Panesar informed that the English Cricket Board (ECB) and Professional Cricket Association (PCA) had apprised him of the consequences of participating in KPL, including, cancellation of visa to India or denial of cricketing-related work.

Earlier, former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs accused the BCCI of trying to prevent him from featuring in the KPL.

His tweet read: “Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20. Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous.”

Following this, the PCB released a statement, claiming the BCCI had once again breached international norms by interfering in Pakistan cricket’s internal matter.

The PCB statement read: “The PCB believes the BCCI has once again breached international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game by interfering in internal affairs of the ICC Members as the KPL has been approved by the PCB.”

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)
Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)

As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI has approached the apex board, the International Cricket Council (ICC), urging it not to recognize the KPL. The report stated that the Indian board has expressed its displeasure with the event to the ICC in writing.

Monty Panesar announced that he will not be participating in Pakistan’s sham ‘Kashmir Premier League’ and also warned the other participating players to think about the consequences first before taking part in Pakistan Occupied ‘Kashmir Premier League’.

ICC May Not Be Able To Do Much About The KPL Controversy

The BCCI is said to have based its complaint around the status of Kashmir as a disputed territory and the long-standing issue between India and Pakistan over the region. The report, however, pointed out that the ICC might not be able to do much about the KPL controversy.

Kashmir Premier League Credit: Twitter/@kpl_20
Kashmir Premier League Credit: Twitter/@kpl_20

Approval for domestic leagues like the KPL is given by the Full Member country in which the tournament is being played. The KPL has already been approved by the PCB. As for cricket matches in disputed territories, there is no such ICC regulation to deal with the matter. KPL 2021 will feature six franchises and is set to be held from August 6 to August 17.

The BCCI has informally told cricket boards across the world that anyone associated with the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) hosted in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) will be banned from participating in any cricket work on or off the pitch in India.

The controversy over Kashmir Premier League is creating a battle between the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board. The PCB released a statement slamming BCCI’s alleged warning to several cricket boards against allowing their former players to take part in the tournament. The PCB said they would take up the matter with the ICC, calling BCCI’s actions against the spirit of the game.

Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
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Herschelle Gibbs Terms It Unnecessary Of The BCCI To Stop Him From Playing In KPL But BCCI Says They Are Within Their Rights

Herschelle Gibbs, former South African batsman, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were slammed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying the Indian board is well within its rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in the country.

This response from the BCCI comes on the same day when former Proteas’ batsman Herschelle Gibbs criticised the Indian board for allegedly stopping him to play in the Kashmir Premier League.

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)
Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)

Herschelle Gibbs Termed It Unnecessary Of BCCI To Bring Their Political Agenda With Pakistan But BCCI Is Within Their Rights To Take Decisions: Official

Herschelle Gibbs plans to play for the Overseas Warriors in the six-team Kashmir Premier League, which runs from August 6-17 and includes several retired international cricketers.

“While one can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the statement made by a former player who has figured in a CBI investigation into match-fixing earlier, the PCB must understand that even if Herschelle Gibbs’ statement is assumed to be true, the BCCI would be well within their rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in India.

“The fact that the Indian cricketing ecosystem is the most sought after for cricketing opportunities globally, should not be envied by the PCB,” a BCCI official said.

PCB is coming across as confused. Just the way the decision to not allow players of Pakistani origin to participate in the IPL cannot be construed as interfering in the internal affairs of an ICC member, the decision, if any, to allow or disallow anyone from participating in any manner with cricket within India is purely an internal matter of the BCCI,” the official added.

Herschelle Gibbs have made some serious allegations on BCCI.
Herschelle Gibbs has made some serious allegations on BCCI.

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. The official also said that the PCB can take up the matter with the ICC, but in the end, everyone knows why the Pakistan board is behaving this way, and what is motivating their actions.

“They are welcome to raise the matter at the ICC and one can understand where this is coming from but the question that they need to ask themselves is whether it is on account of government interference in their working since the PM of Pakistan is officially their Patron as per their own constitution. It is time to consider whether this issue also ought to be raised at the ICC,” said the official.

Earlier on Saturday, former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs took to Twitter to say: “Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20. Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous.”

After this, the PCB also issued a statement, saying: “The PCB believes the BCCI has once again breached international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game by interfering in internal affairs of the ICC Members as the KPL has been approved by the PCB.”

Not impressed by this statement, the BCCI official added, “The PCB would do well to peruse the ICC’s classification of official cricket. In the eventuality that a retired player is participating as a player in a tournament, it would not quite be official cricket and any permission granted would be moot. I am not really sure how they are reading this to mean what they are intending it to mean, but then the PCB‘s positioning is always bemusing. They should allow cricket to entertain rather than their decision making.”

Tensions have been high between the neighboring countries Pakistan and India since New Delhi unilaterally changed the semiautonomous status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is split between Pakistan and India but claimed by both in its entirety.

Pakistan has reduced diplomatic ties with India since then, vowing there will be no peace talks with India until the 2019 move under which New Delhi divided the Indian-administered part of the Muslim-majority Kashmir into two federally governed territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — is reversed by the Indian government.

Pakistan also wants Kashmiri people to be given the right to self-determination under a 1948 U.N. resolution that called for a referendum on whether Kashmiris wanted to merge with Pakistan or India.

Kashmir Premier League’s Inaugural Edition Will Be Held With 6 Teams From August 6-16

The tournament is likely to see six teams- Overseas Warriors, Rawalakot Hawks, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Bagh Stallions, Kotli Lions, and Mirpur Royals. Players like Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Herschelle Gibbs, Monty Panesar, and Kamran Akmal are expected to participate in this team.

Wasim Akram (right) and Shahid Afridi (left) Getty Images
Wasim Akram (right) and Shahid Afridi (left) Getty Images

The first KPL edition is scheduled to be held with six teams from August 6 to 16. Five of those teams will represent cities in PoK, while the sixth franchise, Overseas Warriors, is reserved for overseas Kashmiris. The tournament’s launch saw a mix of politicians and former Pakistan cricketers.

Wasim Akram is KPL’s founding vice-president, while Shahid Afridi is the league’s brand ambassador. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, and Abdul Razzaq were present at the launch as well.

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
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Monty Panesar Backs Rohit Sharma As T20I Skipper

Monty Panesar, former England spinner feels Hitman Rohit Sharma should replace current skipper Virat Kohli as the captain for Team India in T20Is. Virat Kohli’s leadership is once again under the scanner after India’s loss in the recently-concluded World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.

Several former cricketers and experts of the fraternity believe India should look at split captaincy across formats to take some burden off Virat Kohli’s shoulder and give someone else a chance to lead the side. Rohit Sharma’s name often comes up in the headlines whenever there is a debate surrounding split captaincy for Team India.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma  Twitter

Monty Panesar: T20 Captaincy Probably Should Be Given To Rohit Sharma

Many believe the Hitman is ideal to lead India in the shortest format of the game. The latest to back Rohit Sharma for T20I captaincy is former England spinner Monty Panesar, who believes his record as captain in IPL for Mumbai Indians makes him a deserving candidate for the top job. Under him, MI won 5 titles, unlike Virat Kohli whose RCB is yet to bag even one.

Monty Panesar feels India should replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as captain in T20Is before the upcoming T20 World Cup scheduled to take place this year. Rohit Sharma has also inspired the team in Virat Kohli’s absence to memorable triumphs in Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy, besides leading Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented five IPL titles.

“Well I think T20 captaincy probably should be given to Rohit Sharma, he does really well for Mumbai Indians,” Monty Panesar told CricBouncer.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

You know Virat Kohli is under pressure here because if his team doesn’t perform in the five-match series against England and loses ICC T20 World Cup 2021 then you know what will happen,” Monty Panesar added.

Virat Kohli’s India will be up for a stern test in the upcoming five-match Test series against England which gets underway in August this year. India had endured a 4-1 defeat in the Test series on their last tour of England in 2018 and will be hoping to register their first Test triumph on English soil since 2007 when they take on Joe Root-led England next month. England’s team will be boosted by the probable return of the likes of Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Moeen Ali.

Virat Kohli Wants To Bring In The Right People Having The Right Mindset To Perform After WTC Final Loss

Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli had hinted at changes in the Test team after India’s defeat in the WTC final and had said he would like to bring in people with the right mindset who can perform for the side in pressure situations.

“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan ahead. If you see our white-ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. The same thing needs to be done with Test cricket. You have to reassess and replan and understand what dynamics work for the team and how we can be fearless. Bring in the right people who have the right mindset to perform,” Kohli said at the post-match presser after the WTC final.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]
Cheteshwar Pujara is under the most pressure to retain his place in XI as he scored eight runs off 54 balls in the first innings and following that with 15 off 80 deliveries in the second innings. He may be dropped for the next 5 match Test series against England after a poor performance with the bat and in the field and may be replaced by the likes of KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, and Mayank Agarwal.
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Difference Between The Two Sides In WTC Final Is Ravichandran Ashwin, Says Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar, former England spinner has identified Ravichandran Ashwin as the potential game-changer for the WTC final between India and New Zealand starting in Southampton from the 18th of June.

India meets New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship from the 18th of June in Southampton and former left-arm orthodox Monty Panesar has picked off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to be the differentiator between the two sides. India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has witnessed a dramatic change in his fortunes in SENA since 2018 and is now a more lethal wicket-taker away from home.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar. BCCI: Getty Images.

Monty Panesar: The Difference Between The Two Sides Is Going To Be Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin

He also has an excellent record against left-handers with his stock delivery leaving the left-hander. He was the first bowler in Test cricket to pick 200 wickets against left-handers and Monty Panesar feels that this would be one of the major reasons for his success in the WTC Final.

Monty Panesar said that according to him, the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin would be the first choice spinner and play ahead of Ravindra Jadeja in the match.

“I think New Zealand is quite a good team and Conway had a great game against England. They have got few left-handers in there so I am sure Ashwin will probably be the first-choice spinner,” stated Panesar.

“But with the weather around and so many left-handers in the New Zealand squad, Ashwin could be the match-winner in this final. The difference is going to be Ashwin, I think Tim Southee is bowling well, he could be the difference for New Zealand,” the former spinner added.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

Monty Panesar added that New Zealand is currently playing like the number one team in the world and thus it will not be easy for India in Southampton.

“New Zealand looks a better team than I think a lot of people thought in England and they are kind of playing like a number one team in the world. I think it is going to be a great Test match between the two sides and it’s not going to be easy for India.”

Monty Panesar further stated that Ravichandran Ashwin would play the perfect support act in the final and team India’s success would depend upon his success against the left-handers.

“If Ashwin can get the left-handers out cheaply, I think New Zealand would be in trouble, if Ashwin can’t then it would put more and more pressure on seamers. If he performs as he did in his country, India will be in a stronger position,” Panesar added.

The New Zealand XI have a number of southpaws in their line-up including the likes of Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls – two of their most successful batsmen of the last few years. Devon Conway, who scored a double hundred on Test debut is another left-hander who will be on Ravichandran Ashwin’s radar.

Monty Panesar: WTC Has Similar Effect Like India- Pakistan Or The Ashes

Temperatures in England have been soaring with an early summer and the wickets around the country are getting baked. This should suit the Indian spinners and Monty Panesar said that Virat Kohli will definitely go in with both his specialist spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

“We have a heatwave here and the weather is fantastic, I think the wicket will turn and India might go with two spinners. Also, Virat Kohli wants to get Ravindra Jadeja in the team.”

Monty Panesar said the WTC was a great advertisement for Test cricket and compared it to an India-Pakistan Test or the Ashes.

“I would like to see the match going to the fifth day, I think that would be a good advertisement for Test cricket and World Test Championship. I think it (best of three finals) can be the option as two best teams are playing against each other, it kind of has a similar effect as that of Test series between India and Pakistan or England and Australia,” Panesar added.

“This could be the next series like this which the teams would be looking forward to as you don’t have the home advantage here.”

Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images

Monty Panesar also gave his expert comments on the Ollie Robinson racist tweets controversy and had some advice for the bowler.

“ECB says cricket is for everyone, they stand against racism, they include diversity, they want people from diverse backgrounds to be involved in cricket. So the ECB didn’t have any option but to suspend him. I think the best will be, Ollie Robinson should say something about it rather than getting a statement from ECB or Sussex. Because if it comes from him people would listen. If there will be another statement people will say ‘oh yeah he is hiding behind it,” stated Panesar​.

Ollie Robinson will miss next week’s second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston after being suspended from all international cricket pending an investigation into racist and sexist Twitter messages, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced.

He made an impressive on-field debut in the drawn first Test at Lord’s, but his efforts were overshadowed by the re-emergence of racist and sexist social media messages the 27-year-old had posted as a teenager in 2012 and 2013.

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Monty Panesar Revealed Plans Shared With James Anderson To Dismiss Sachin Tendulkar

Monty Panesar, England spinner has explained how and veteran fast bowler James Anderson planned on dismissing the great former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar during India vs England Tests. Sachin Tendulkar was prolific against several bowlers of his time but was never at his free-flowing best against England spinner Monty Panesar and pacer James Anderson.

In fact, James Anderson has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar nine times in Tests while Monty Panesar got his wicket four times in 11 Tests.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Monty Panesar Felt End Or Start Of Interval After Lunch Or Tea Was The Best Time To Dismiss Sachin Tendulkar

The former left-arm spinner revealed that while getting Sachin Tendulkar was never easy, England sensed a particular pattern in his batting, and Monty Panesar and James Anderson explored it to dismiss the former India batsman several times.

“Every time there used to be an interval… the first five minutes or the end of the interval when Sachin looked like he wanted to close out. We thought that was the best time to get Sachin out. After lunch or tea, the first five minutes used to be crucial. It’s like a car that takes 5-7 minutes to warm up. Once it’s away, there is nothing stopping it. If you missed it, you had to wait for the next interval,” Monty Panesar told Sports Yaari in an interview.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar

In fact, Monty Panesar’s maiden Test wicket was that of Sachin Tendulkar during England’s 2006 tour of India.

Monty Panesar had Sachin Tendulkar out LBW on Day 3 of the Nagpur Test and went on to pick his wicket three more times. As a matter of fact, Monty Panesar’s delivery to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar during the 2012 home series is believed by many experts to be one of the best balls bowled ever in Test cricket. The ball looped, gripped, and turned, squaring up Sachin Tendulkar to hit his off-stump.

“This is how me dismissed Sachin so many times. Those 5-10 minutes… James Anderson knew this was the opportunity. The first five minutes after every interval, Sachin would take a little time, but once he was set, then he was difficult to get out,” Panesar added.

Sachin Tendulkar has played 200 Tests. His highest appearances in Tests is surely a record tough to break. Against England, he amassed 2535 runs in 32 Tests averaging 51.73 a little less than his career batting average of 53.79. In England, he amassed 1575 runs in 17 Tests averaging 54.31.

Sachin Tendulkar Has Many Records To His Name

In 200 Test matches, he has scored 15,921 runs in the process, with an amazing average of 53.78, including 51 Test hundreds and 68 fifties. He retired from the Test format after playing the last Test match against West Indies at his home ground Wankhede Stadium in 2013. His retirement from the game was an emotional moment for Indians.

Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP
Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP

Sachin Tendulkar has been part of six ICC World Cups but his best came in the 2003 world Cup where he scored the most runs. In 11 matches played in the mega event, he scored 674 runs which remains the most runs by a player in the single edition.

Even his prolific performance could not help India to lift up the trophy of ICC World Cup 2003. But he got the chance to lay his hands on the trophy in ICC World Cup 2011 where he was the second-highest scorer in the tournament. In ODIs, he has the most runs- 18426 and was the first player to score a double-ton. He has the most runs -34357 in his career. He has the most runs-2278 in World Cups averaging 56.95 with 6 tons in 45 matches.

Vijay Bharadwaj (Image: YouTube)
Vijay Bharadwaj (Image: YouTube)
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Vijay Bharadwaj Reckons India’s Fragile Middle Order Is A Concern So Openers Have To Deliver

Vijay Bharadwaj, former India all-rounder from Karnataka, who played three Tests and 10 ODIs for India in the late 1990s believes that even though the Indian team is well poised there just might be a factor that may worry Virat Kohli and his team. Vijay Bharadwaj reckons India’s ‘fragile middle order’ could be a concern because of which the onus will be more on the top-order batsmen.

The final of the World Test Championship is currently the talk of the town. Two evenly-matched sides India and New Zealand are competing in the final of this ICC event with the inaugural WTC title on the line. It doesn’t get bigger than this. Former cricketers are coming up with predictions already. Indian 20 member contingent would then meet England in a 5 match Test series.

Vijay Bharadwaj
Vijay Bharadwaj © [UNKNOWN]

Vijay Bharadwaj: India Will Need A Good Start From Rohit Sharma And Inexperienced Shubman Gill As The Middle Order Looks Fragile If The Openers Fail

The legendary batsman Rahul Dravid feels this is India’s biggest chance to win a Test series in England, whereas former spinner Monty Panesar has backed Virat Kohli’s team to inflict a 5-0 sweep.

“One thing worrying is the inexperience of Gill in Tests and the inexperience of playing Tests in England for Rohit. For New Zealand to have the edge, they need to get Pujara and Kohli early into the crease. India will need a good start from Rohit and Gill. If the openers are fragile, the middle-order also looks fragile. That is the test Rohit has to pass,” Vijay Bharadwaj told SportsKeeda.

Rohit Sharma, India
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

While for Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar, and Mohammed Siraj, along with a few more, this will be their maiden tour of England as international cricketers, the big three of India batting – Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara will embark on their third Test tour of the country.

Rohit Sharma has played only one Test in England and that came in 2014 when he batted at No. 6. Since his elevation as a Test opener in 2019, he has been quite impressive but he will be gearing up for the English test. Rohit Sharma had aggregated 345 runs averaging 57.5 in the recently concluded England series at home. His sublime 161-run knock had helped the hosts winning the 2nd Test at Chennai and draw level in the series.

Vijay Bharadwaj: It’s Important To Score A Ton Like Rahul Dravid As “India Has To Straightaway Get Into The Match Mould

New Zealand would have the edge over India as they would have already played a couple of Tests against England prior to the WTC final. Hence, they would be more acclimatized to the conditions there. Vijay Bharadwaj believes India should try and get adapted to the conditions as much as possible, and gave a wonderful example of a batsman Rahul Dravid who did it with his razor-sharp focus.

“The team has to straightaway get into the match mould. It is not easy for batsmen to get set and then carry on. When you get set, it is important that you score a century. Rahul Dravid was able to do that with the kind of focus that he had. Rohit and Gill should not think that by scoring 40 or 50, their job is done. That said, the fragile batting order is a worrying factor,” said the former all-rounder Vijay Bharadwaj.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid- K. MURALI KUMAR

Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill are yet to play a Test match in England, while Rohit Sharma has featured in just one in 2014.

After taking over as India’s full-time captain from Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid captained the team in 20 Tests and 62 ODIs. In that period, India had series wins in West Indies, Bangladesh, and, most memorably, England. All that good work, however, came undone when India was infamously eliminated from the 2007 ODI World Cup after the group stage.

India last won a Test series in England in 2007, under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy. They have won just a couple of Tests across their last three visits there and will hope to turn things around this time.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar
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Monty Panesar Feels Both India And New Zealand Have A Chance To Win WTC Final

Monty Panesar feels both India and New Zealand stand a good chance of winning the WTC final. The excitement to ICC World Test Championship final (WTC) has hit sky-high with former cricketers and experts choosing their favourites among India and New Zealand.

While some feel India is slight favourites, others feel the Kiwis stand a good chance due to their pace bowling attack. England spinner Monty Panesar has a rather interesting take on the battle.

Monty Panesar Twitter
Monty Panesar Twitter

Monty Panesar: Ravi Shastri Has Installed Self Belief In Indian Team

Known for his straight comments off the field, cricketer-turned commenter Monty Panesar has lavished praise on Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri who, he feels, has played a big part in taking India to the finals of WTC. The former England spinner also stated that although Virat Kohli is the leader on the field, it is charismatic Ravi Shastri needs to be lauded for instilling a ruthless mentality within the team.

“It is Ravi Shastri who has built a self-belief in this Indian cricket team. What they achieved in Australia after the infamous ’36’ in Adelaide is quite a miracle. They won the series even though their charismatic captain Virat Kohli didn’t play the rest of the series, and India kept losing players to injury,” Panesar added, As reported in NDTV Sports.

Director cricket Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli
Director cricket Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli PTI Photo by Shashank Parade

Monty Panesar also stated that India’s historic triumph Down Under earlier this year, was due to the 59-year-old’s handling of the team when regular skipper Virat Kohli left midway through the series for personal reasons. Monty Panesar also believes that Ravi Shastri has managed his young troops well by being a father figure and a motivator.

“It was Shastri who got the job done for India against Australia that too in their backyard”, said the former cricketer.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari don’t get many chances in IPL which is a T20 tournament for they are Test specialists. Players like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill, and T Natarajan played in the Test series after their excellent and consistent performances in IPL.

Pacer Mohammed Siraj excelled in IPL 2020 in limited opportunities by picking 11 wickets in 9 games averaging 21.45. He picked 6 scalps in 7 games in IPL 2021. He was a surprise inclusion in the Test squad but he justified selectors’ faith as he emerged as the 3rd highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps in 3 Tests averaging 29.54 and he even spearheaded Test bowling attack in 4th Test.

Opener Shubman Gill plays for Kolkata Knight Riders since debuting in 2018 and has scored 1071 runs in 48 matches averaging 30.6. He scored 440 runs in 14 IPL games in 2020 and 132 runs in 7 games in IPL 2021. He scored 259 runs in 3 Tests averaging 51.8 debuting against Australia at Melbourne.

Several Indian players were out with injury especially during the 4th Test but the bench showed their strength by delivering their best helping India breach Gabba fortress after 32 years and win the second successive series in Australia.

Monty Panesar Feels Both Teams Stand A Good Chance To Win The WTC Final

India now will battle out against New Zealand in the finale of the WTC which is set to begin on June 18 at Southampton. The former England spinner stated that both teams have a chance to win the title.

“If there will be an overcast condition then Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will have an upper edge, but at the same time the Ageas Bowl has a great drainage system, and if weather permits and the game went on to Day four or five, India would have a great chance to win the championship”, he said.

Kane Williamson in action during the first Test vs West Indies. (AP)
Kane Williamson in action during the first Test vs West Indies. (AP)

Kane Williamson has scored 7,115 runs from 83 Tests with the best score of 251. In fact, Kane Williamson has a better Test average than Indian counterpart skipper Virat Kohli (54.31). He owns 24 tons and four double-centuries.

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
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If I Was Virat, I Would Pick Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja For India’s T20 World Cup Campaign, Says Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar, former England spinner feels the Indian selectors and team management might have a bit of a headache when it comes to picking the first choice spinning options for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in India.

India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri would want to pick the best team for India before the ICC T20 World Cup begins in India later this year. The Indian team management would want to pick the first-choice openers,  the best fast bowling options considering injury woes, the best spinning options, and the best all-rounders all of which should be decided prior to the World Cup.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar: IPL Will Be A Litmus Test For Kuldeep Yadav And Yuzvendra Chahal

Monty Panesar rates ‘veterans’ Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as better options over wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. In the last 10 T20Is that he has played, Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 9 wickets. On the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t got many chances in the shortest format of the game.
After playing 9 T20Is in 2018, the Chinaman bowler featured in just 4 T20Is in the last two years (2 T20Is in 2019 and 2 T20Is in 2020). He last played a T20I match for India in 2020 (against Sri Lanka in Indore), where he took 2 wickets in his four overs, conceding 38 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav Photo Credit: AP

“The IPL will be a big litmus test for Chahal and Kuldeep. If they have a bad season, their T20 World Cup berths will be doubtful,” Monty Panesar told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.

“With the T20 World Cup coming up in October, Virat wants to pick his best spinners. He has pacers and all-rounders and batsmen. The selection of spinners can worry him. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jadeja and Ashwin back in the fray.

“If I was Virat, I would pick Ashwin-Jadeja ahead of Kuldeep-Chahal for the World T20. That’s because of their experience and game-changing abilities. They both have all-around abilities. They both are big-match players.” Monty Panesar added.

According to the former England spinner Monty Panesar, the recent form of spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has put a big question mark on their selection.

Monty Panesar Reckons Virat Kohli Will Go For Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja While Harbhajan Singh Is Dark Horse

Ravichandran Ashwin, who has played 78 Tests, 111 ODIs, and 46 T20Is for India so far, last played a T20I match way back in 2017 against West Indies in Kingston. The 34-year-old off-spinner was the second-highest wicket-taker for India and fourth overall, in the four-match Test series in Australia.

He claimed 12 wickets in 3 Tests, including one four-wicket haul. In the four-match home series against England, Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker. He signed off the series with 32 scalps in 4 Tests, including 3 five-wicket hauls.

“With the World Cup coming up, Ashwin can play a big role. He has a brilliant mind. He is experienced. I would suggest Kohli should go for Ashwin and Jadeja in the World Cup. They are veterans and have won the games for India with both bat and ball.

“Cricket is a funny game. Things change pretty quickly here. Performers become non-performers and people who have been warming benches, shine. A lot of talent is coming up in Indian cricket.

“It is all about 2 or 3 bad games and there are other options who are waiting to take your spot,” Monty Panesar further told TimesofIndia.com.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Interestingly, Monty Panesar also feels a good IPL performance can also surprisingly see veteran 40-year-old Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh joining the selection race.

“This IPL is about the Indian spinners. You can’t undermine Harbhajan Singh. Why not pick him in the World Cup squad if he has a good IPL season? I think he has some cricket left in him.

“Ashwin, Jadeja, and even Harbhajan will have the opportunity to be in the World Cup squad. All they need is to have a good IPL season,” Panesar maintained.

Interestingly, Harbhajan Singh played his first competitive match after 699 days on Sunday, when he featured in the KKR playing XI for their tournament opener vs SRH.

Harbhajan Singh in fact opened the bowling for the Kolkata Knight Riders and almost took the wicket of the dangerous David Warner in the first over of the SRH innings, but Pat Cummins dropped a rather simple chance at point.

Harbhajan though bowled just that one over in the match and KKR captain Eoin Morgan later said that he played a big role, advising and guiding the other bowlers during the match.

Eoin Morgan has also said that since he joined the Kolkata camp, Harbhajan Singh has shown more energy than anyone else.

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