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    Yahoo! Cricket's Venkat Ananth spent weeks trying to make sense of BCCI's mysterious expenditure on three specialised academies. It proved difficult.

     

    The attempt to unearth any positive work by these academies was thwarted by administrators who refused to speak on record. This forced us to approach players and other sources who didn't wish to be named. They told us that while these academies did exist, their roles left much to be desired.

     

    This first-person account also explores the possible reasons behind BCCI choosing to shroud the academies in secrecy.

     

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    The Curious Case of The Annual Report

     

    Recently, the BCCI uploaded their meticulously-prepared annual report to their website, perhaps for the first time in their history. The stated objective was to bring about a level of hitherto unseen transparency and accountability with an inherently corporatised outlook which the Board's President N. Srinivasan

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  • (This week's Irani Trophy kicks off a new domestic season in India. Playing with the reigning Ranji champions Rajasthan, Aakash Chopra will share his experiences on the circuit in a series of posts, exclusively on Yahoo! Cricket.)

     

     

    Spent eight long and tiring hours under the Jaipur sun fielding on the first day of the big-big Irani Trophy - this was also the first time I took the field this new cricket season. Irani is a crucial game and one is expected to feel a wee bit edgy. I've been here many a times in the past, 14 times to be precise (not necessarily playing the Irani trophy but preparing for the beginning of a new season), yet nothing seems to have changed.

     

    The butterflies in the stomach paid their customary visit last night. They told me that I must refrain from sleeping too late - dinner must be of soup and salad, must not chatter much on the dinner table and focus on the game at hand. I am told "match anxiety" is good, even though I feel too much of it can bog you

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    When Mike Hussey scored 81, he would have
    assumed is effort would help Chennai Super Kings post a win against Mumbai
    Indians in the Champions League Twenty20. But, as Lasith 'Slinga' Malinga
    unleashed his batting skills, the win evaporated in the matter of a few swings
    of the bat. So I started wondering about such wonderful performances which
    finished on the losing side. There were quite a few.

     

     

    First, the all-round performances which
    finished on the losing side.

     

     

    MtId

    Year

    Player Name

    For

    Vs

    Runs

    O

    M

    R

    W

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    240

    2011

    Yuvraj
    Singh

    Pune
    Warriors

    DD

    66

    4

    0

    29

    4

    MOM

    83

    2009

    Yuvraj
    Singh

    Kings
    XI Punjab

    RCB

    50

    4

    0

    22

    3

    MOM

     

     

    Poor Yuvraj Singh! Twice he has scored over
    50 and captured 3 wickets, and finished on the losing side for the two teams he
    has captained in IPL. He must have felt that the whole world (okay, take it as
    the rest of the teams) were against him.

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