Sachin Tendulkar’s 50 at The Oval

Tendulkar hit 50 against Pakistan tonight but Shahid Afridi and Inzamam-ul-Haq powered Pakistan to victory. It was a (wet) charity game at (a very gloomy) The Oval. They raised £250,000. Stuck a brief report up at Cricinfo including photos.

Ashes poster on eBay for charity

Bowling Shane

Throughout the Ashes, Darryl from The Ashes blog took some brilliant photos of him and some mates reenacting events of the summer. Not just vague happenings, but actual wickets! It was a great laugh, and the Beeb and others caught on.

Anyway, Darryl’s asked me to let you know that he’s made a poster of his photos – an 8 inch by 12 inch print covering all five Tests of the 2005 Ashes series, including:

  • Lord’s – “Adam Gilchrist celebrates the wicket of Freddie Flintoff – caught Gilchrist, bowled Warne for 3.”
  • Edgbaston – “Ricky Ponting trudges back to the pavilion after being dismissed for a duck.”
  • Old Trafford – “Michael Vaughan salutes the crowd after scoring a century at Old Trafford.”
  • Trent Bridge – “With a beer and a cigarette in one hand, and a ball in the other, Shane Warne very nearly won the game for Australia.”
  • The Oval – “Under dark and gloomy skies, Andrew Strauss is caught by Simon Katich close to the wicket. This photo is a re-enactment of the bad light.”

It’s at eBay and available for bidding, so go there now and bid away! It’s for a good cause, too – all proceeds go to World Vision and their Pakistan earthquake appeal.

I think you’ll agree – a bloody fine effort from Darryl, so let’s start the bidding.

What Rick says…

Michael Vaughan and others yesterday visited an area devastated by Pakistan’s earthquake. And the other day, Rick asked: What is cricket doing for the earthquake victims?

I suppose I’d like to ask: what can anyone really do for the victims? Does the sight of wealthy western people who play a sport for a living, travelling to an earthquake-devastated region make your blood boil? It’s something I’ve never quite grasped, nor worked out whether I feel angry or bitter about. Yes, it’s a nice gesture for Vaughan to go and say hello – but what can he, or any of his team-mates, actually do?

Rameez Raja: ‘Cricket can be a healer’

England’s tour of Pakistan is to continue, despite this week’s disasterous events, according to ECB and PCB officials. More at Cricinfo, including this from Rameez Raja which I tend to agree with:

“Cricket is followed by everyone in Pakistan and it will get their minds off this tragedy,” Rameez Raja, a former chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board told the BBC. “Cricket can be a healer.”

Possible Pakistani Earthquake fundraiser?

Harry emailed me to say:

Pakistan has just suffered an earthquake which they think has killed
at least 19000 people. England tour Pakistan in about a month. Surely
this is a money-raIsing opportunity?

I’ll commit to 20p for every run Flintoff scores in an international.
You’re in a better position than me, between Corridor of Uncertainty
and Cricinfo, to persuade others to make a similar commitment. There
must be good publicity for a lot of businesses in doing this.

The death-toll is, according to the news, going to rise beyond 20,000 in coming days. While we can’t do much to help, nor offer anything to save (m)any lives, such a gesture would be a good and worthwhile thing to do. What are your thoughts? It seems too good an opportunity, what with England touring Pakistan in a few weeks.

Would you be willing to cough up £x.xx per run for any one batsman (or more than one)? Or perhaps £x.xx per runs conceded by a bowler, or indeed wickets? If the general consensus is good, I’m very happy to organise it all and tally up the amounts at the end of the series, and mail the cheque to a suitable charity. On a similar line, I’m very, very wary of charities and won’t give money out to “any old charity.” But I’ll look into that. Leave your thoughts below.

Thanks for the idea Harry.