England to donate Test fees

On December 10, 2008 by

After deciding to return to India after the recent terror attacks in Mumbai, the players for the national cricket team have decided to donate fifty per cent of their match fees from the first Test against India on Thursday to charity.

The money will go towards helping the victims of the attacks and the sum is expected to be approximately thirty five thousand pounds. The England players released a long statement, which was read out by Alastair Cook, which expressed support and sympathy towards the Indian people and those affected by the terrorist attacks around the world.

Cook revealed that the players made a strong “pact” at their meeting and decided to pledge half of their match fees in a gesture of solidarity and support. Over one hundred and eighty people were killed in the attacks and some England players were understandably nervous about returning to the country earlier this week.

They were surrounded by numerous security guards upon their return and Hugh Morris, the boss of the ECB, revealed that the team has received “excellent support from the commissioner of police here in Chennai and the Board of Control for Cricket in India”.

Now that the players have arrived safely back in India, they have announced their intention to focus solely upon the upcoming matches against the national team.

This may be difficult given the recent events but each and every player is determined to do their bit to help life in India return to normal as soon as possible.

England fly back into India – will play out Test series

On December 8, 2008 by

England’s cricketers are happy and that means that the Test series in India is on. It was always going to be a difficult tour anyway as the Indian side are fresh off a beatdown to the best team in the world in Australia but the terror attacks in Mumbai seemed to put pay to the rest of the tour.

England players returned home after abandoning the final two ODI’s but promised to return for the two Test match series. The players have stuck to their world and after lots of mumbling and grumbling the full team is flying back into India to prepare for the first Test in Chennai which starts in the early hours of Thursday morning UK time.

The second Test which was scheduled for Mumbai has unsurprisingly been moved and will now to staged in Mohali. India will be heavy favourites for the two Test series but the fact that England have decided to go back has been greeted with widespread glee across the country.

As everyone who is reading this will know, Cricket in India is where it is at. Cricketers are revered as gods as it were. Going to cricket is like going to see your heroes and these guys are more famous than Bollywood stars. For England to be happy to go back into the country that has just experienced such an attack is impressive on many levels.

Going back to the cricket then I do fear for England. I am sure that in the back of some players’ mind they’ll just be wanting to get in and get out and not overly care about the result. This is something that captain Kevin Pietersen will have to be wary of but it is a very short series. It starts on Thursday and the players will be back in time to celebrate Christmas with their families.

Flintoff may join IPL

On December 1, 2008 by

England cricket star, Andrew Flintoff, has revealed his desire to join the Indian Premier League next season and has spoken of the motivating factor lying behind this desire. Flintoff believes that the England cricket team would benefit greatly from more Twenty20 experience.

His words came after England were humbled by an exciting Indian side in the one-day series last weekend. The player believes that the Indian players were able to bring the experience gained in the Indian Premier League to the “50-over game” and believes that such experience has been nothing but positive for the team.

Flintoff is keen to “have a go at it on the Indian pitches” alongside the players in the Indian team and other cricketers who compete regularly on an international stage. The performances of the England cricket team recently have shown that something certainly needs to be done and changes need to be made.

Flintoff believes that the talent is already present in the England team but the flair shown by India could be achieved as well if the players were able to play Twenty20 cricket at the top level in the Indian Premier League. The cricketer thinks that the “basics” are already there but that general confidence is sadly lacking.

Flintoff also revealed that he is not the only England player to hold such a desire. England captain, Kevin Pietersen, has also expressed an urge to join the Indian Premier League and Flintoff believes that such a move may soon become an “important development” in the life of any cricket player.