• The LBW of Phil Hughes in the Kandy Test and prompted Simon Taufel to use it as a an instance of Hawk-Eye's failing. The LBW of Phil Hughes in the Kandy Test and prompted Simon Taufel to use it as a an instance of Hawk-Eye's failing.

    Phil Hughes' LBW in the Kandy Test has prompted Simon Taufel to use it as a an instance of Hawk-Eye's failing.

    During India's 2002 tour of England, a primitive version of today's ball-tracking technology was in use. The DRS was still a few years away, but since the idea was to illustrate points for the benefit of viewers, no red flags were raised even when there were doubts about its accuracy.

    Then, in the Leeds Test, it finally threw up explicit evidence of its fallibility. Harbhajan Singh bowled Andrew Caddick in the first innings. The ball made faint contact with the top of the stumps and dislodged the bails. But the replay showed the ball going over the stumps.

    It proved we were still years away from "fool-proof technology". It's a wonderful expression. Fool-proof technology. Like unicorns, elves and fairies, it exists in our heads.

    Fast-forward nine years to the Phil Hughes dismissal in the Kandy Test.

    Umpire Simon Taufel has been prompted to use the dismissal as a case against

    Read More »from DRS: Solution or Problem?
  • The fact that India's Sport Minister Ajay Maken wanted to bring the cash-rich BCCI under the Right to Information Act is well documented. As expected, with BCCI head honchos doubling up as Cabinet Ministers - the bill was binned - for the time being at least.

    Maken has been asked to work on a draft of a new bill that will be more acceptable to Cabinet members, one that wouldn't 'infringe on the autonomy' that Sports bodies require. The Sports Minister is in no mood to back down and has vowed to fight for the bill. His argument being, "If the BCCI puts accounting in its balance sheets, why are they scared of RTI?"

    The BCCI has responded  by going on the offensive. Board vice president Rajiv Shukla (who is also a Rajya Sabha MP and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs) told the media that the board's accounts are already in the public domain through their website.

    "He (Maken) should find out what's happening at the ground level. He does not know anything. All the information is

    Read More »from Show us the money, Mr Shukla
  • (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    Sachin Tendulkar and night watchman Amit Mishra gave their teammates and Indian fans something to cheer about with their 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket on the last day of the four-Test series at The Oval. However, order was restored after Swann dismissed Mishra in the post-lunch session as India lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs to lose the Oval Test by an innings and eight runs as they were whitewashed 0-4 by the hosts. England have started their reign as the No. 1 Test team in style, while India has slipped to third in the rankings.

    England win 4-0

    This is only the seventh time in Test history that there has been a whitewash in a series of four matches or more.

    Former England player Derek Pringle writes in The Daily Telegraph that England have been consistent and are deservedly No. 1 in Tests, but tougher tests lie ahead:

    England have only ever

    Read More »from The Enemy Camp – Praise all around for ruthless England


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