Cricket in 2010
Pakistan Spot Fixing & Ball tampering
In the recent past tranquility something that is missing in Pakistan cricket. They had a shambolic tour of Australia losing all matches in all the formats. As a result PCB has banned Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik. They also fined several players who were involved in the ball-biting incident in Perth. PCB was about to come out of this and then came the shocker from British media report which alleged that some players were involved in spot fixing which was very new to the cricketing world. The has pushed Pakistan cricket into deeper mess. ICC suspended Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. Meanwhile ICC was still struggling to find a compelling evidence against the players and then came a new twist in the shape of Zulqarnain Haider. The wicket keeper disappeared in Dubai before a match and showed up in London seeking asylum and stating that his life was under threat from match fixers.
Imran Khan, arguably the best captain Pakistan ever had quoted on these incidents as “Cricket in Pakistan faces its biggest crisis and so does the country. We are in a mess”
While Pakistan was in total mess, across the border in India, things were much rosier. Many players came so close yet were so far to reach this milestone while Tendulkar finally got his first double century in one-day cricket’s history against South Africa in February. The 37-year-old batsman also completed his 14,000 Test runs in a match against Australia in October. He finally finished his year in a style by rounding off his Test Hundreds to 50 while on tour against South Africa. He is also the highest run getter in tests for 2010. He was finally awarded the ICC Cricketer of the Year award which was one of the feather missing in his cap.
Tendulkar quoted “It’s a state of mind. For the last two years, I have been doing well. I have been really enjoying my batting. I believe doing well is a habit and a good habit. So if you have this good habit, you shouldn’t let it go.” as secret of his on going stupendously fabulous form. Another accolade came in the form of honorary group captain in Indian Air Force.
Lalit Modi, the super star last year who was IPL commissioner, was suspended after allegations of corruption. He was the main brain behind the crickets richest event which involved powerful politicians to Bollywood stars to big industrial giants. In just three-year stint he was dethroned for “individual misdemeanours”. The chaos began with an irresponsible twitter message by Modi over Shashi Tharoor. Amidst all this controversy, IPL still came out as a winner and hot property and got two new franchises Kochi and Pune. They were sold for $700 million more than eight original franchises put together.
England’s Reason to Smile
England have waited enough to win their first ever global trophy in any form of cricket. This year they emerged winners in the Twenty20 World Cup. Collingwood’s team comprehensively defeated Australia in the final and continued the same dominance in the till the end of year. They also started their strong campaign in Ashes by winning the second test and taking the lead. Australia finally stormed back to level the series with a win at Perth. While England’s form improved their ICC rankings, Australia’s decline slumped them to fifth place in the ICC Test rankings after a 2-0 whitewash in India.
He came out strongly even though he was criticized for his action all through his career. Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan retired from his illustrious Test career, after taking his 800th Test wicket off his last delivery amid intense drama in a test against India. The magic man knew what he was doing and so confident of his bowling, that he announced his retirement while he was 8 wickets aways from this 800 wicket mark. Yet again he bowled magical spells and bagged the required eight wickets. Muralitharan: 800 and done
Last but not the least
– Chris Gayle scored the one and only Test triple century of the year and his second for the West Indies against Sri Lanka.
– The savior Laxman gave one-wicket victory to India with a bad back against Australia in a Mohali Test.
– Peter Siddle sizzled with an Ashes hat-trick in the Brisbane Test.
– Brett Lee, Flintoff & Shane Bond announced their Test retirement
– Cricket made its Asian Games debut in Guangzhou. India did not feel necessary to send a team while Bangladesh won the medal.
– Many experiments were done on the game like
Split-innings one-dayers suggested by Tendulkar were tried out in England and Australia.
ICC announced new Test and One-day championships
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tried out a pink ball and advocated day-night Tests.
Overall Sachin Tendulkar yet again set new records & standards to the game, and England, who gave the game to the world, finally won a World Cup. Forgettable events are spot-fixing & the IPL controversy.