Davidson stands for Leicestershire return

Neil Davidson, the former Leicestershire chairman, could be on the brink of an unlikely return to cricket administration at the club where his tenure ended in revolt.

Davidson is “reluctantly” prepared to enter the fray once again to arrest Leicestershire’s downward spiral. He will stand for election to the club’s seven-strong board at the club’s next annual general meeting at the start of the new year.

The entire playing and coaching staff of Leicestershire signed a letter begging the board to sack Davidson as chairman of the club in August 2010 citing his alleged interference in cricket matters and abrasive management style. The captain at the time was former England seamer Matthew Hoggard and the coach was Tim Boon, who was once England’s assistant coach under Duncan Fletcher and is now the England Under-19 coach. Read more

Knights success not a surprise – Sodhi

While most of the attention in the Champions League T20 has been on the IPL franchises, Northern Knights have emerged as the team to beat after dominant performances in the qualifiers and a comprehensive victory in their first group game. The results may have surprised a few people but Ish Sodhi, the Knights legspinner, insisted they were the outcome of the team’s intense preparations in the run-up to the tournament.

“We haven’t surprised ourselves at all. We have been preparing hard for this tournament for a long time,” Sodhi told ESPNcricinfo. “Most of our players had been busy playing some tournament or the other before we came here. And then we had an intense weeklong preparatory camp in Bangalore, which helped us get the best combination going. All sorts of combinations that we have tried have worked for us.” Read more

‘I didn’t feel any pressure’ – Suryakumar

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Suryakumar Yadav feels it is the collective effort and focus on performing well in at least two departments that has helped his team extend its winning streak to 11 matches.

Suryakumar blasted a six and a four in his five-ball 14-run cameo to help Knight Riders snatch a four-wicket win in the last over of the game against Lahore Lions, and he said he had been confident of pulling off the victory.

“Winning in the last over is, obviously, not an easy game,” he said. “We lost wickets in the last few overs. But I feel there wasn’t any pressure on me. Because we needed a run a ball and it was not that difficult for us to finish the game.” Read more

Lahore Lions’ Adnan Rasool Reported for Suspect Action

Lahore Lions bowler Adnan Rasool has been reported for suspected illegal bowling action during the Champions League Twenty20 match against Kolkata Knight Riders played here on Sunday. (How Kolkata beat Lahore)

The bowler was reported by on-field umpires Kumar Dharamsena and C. Shamshuddin along with third umpire Anil Chaudhary at the conclusion of the match, according to a statement by the organisers on Monday. (Complete coverage of CLT20)

Under the CLT20 suspected illegal bowling action policy, Rasool may request an official assessment from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspect bowling action committee.Read more

India’s Tour of England: How Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co. Fared

India’s 77-day-long tour of England came to an end on Sunday, with a closely-contested one-off T20 going the hosts’ way. Of the 11 matches on tour, Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co. won 4 to claim the ODI series (3-1) while they lost five when they conceded the Test series (3-1) and drew one match. Here are some of the takeaways from the tour:

Contrasting Fielding Standards Across Formats

With the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman having retired, India’s slip fielding was completely exposed. After the third Test it was revealed that India had tried as many as five different first slips in the last 19 Tests, which means the cordon has been rejigged at least five times since Laxman and Dravid retired. (Learn From England Experience: Dhoni)Read more

Lancashire: Junaid Khan brought in for Middlesex decider

Lancashire have brought in Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan for their crucial final County Championship game against Middlesex.

The 24-year-old was an integral part of Lancashire’s T20 campaign and arrives after Australia batsman Usman Khawaja returned to play for Queensland.

If Middlesex win or the game is drawn, the Red Rose county will be relegated. Read more

Hampshire: Dale Benkenstein says club deserve promotion

Hampshire first-team coach Dale Benkenstein believes the county deserve to be promoted to Division One.

Victory for Hampshire over Glamorgan will seal promotion, as will matching third-placed Essex’s result against Worcestershire, with Paul Grayson’s side 10 points adrift in the table.

“I really feel like we deserve it,” Benkenstein told BBC Radio Solent.

“They have put in the effort, are a great bunch of guys and to get promoted would be the icing on the cake.” Read more

County Championship: Essex ‘have Division One potential’

Essex will enter the last week of the County Championship believing they have the ability to be be a Division One team, says batsman Tom Westley.

The Chelmsford side are battling with Hampshire for the right to join leaders Worcestershire in Division One.

Hampshire have a 10-point advantage as they face Glamorgan in Cardiff, while Essex host Worcestershire.

“In a few years’ time, we feel we can kick on and develop into a successful four-day team,” Westley told BBC Essex. Read more

Sussex’s Luke Wright wins 2014 CMJ Spirit of Cricket award

Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright has won the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award for 2014.

The award was introduced last year in honour of the esteemed broadcaster and journalist, who died in 2013.

Wright was chosen for the elite accolade following an incident at the Sussex v Lancashire Championship match.

He took a catch on the boundary but signalled to the umpires that his foot had crossed the boundary and that six runs should be awarded. Read more

Chawla enjoying Hyderabad home advantage

Kolkata Knight Riders legspinner Piyush Chawla has said his team enjoyed an advantage because they were playing all four of their Champions League Group A games in Hyderabad, where the pitch was “already on the slower side”. Knight Riders began their campaign with a come-from-behind victory against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

“In a short tournament like this, it is a good advantage if you’re playing all your league games at one venue,” Chawla told clt20.com after the three-wicket victory. “It gives you the chance to get used to the conditions and the wicket and enables you to plan your strategies in a better way. It also saves you from the hectic traveling.

“The pitch is already on the slower side. But if you hang in there, you can also score runs on it. As a spinner it is important to vary your pace and mix it up nicely.” Read more