Federer turns to cricket

Tennis’s biggest winner, Roger Federer, has visited Tamil Nadu in Cuddalore, India, which was devastated two years ago by the Tsunami.

In the Pudupettai rehabilitation colony, 180 km south of Chennai, the state capital, hundreds watched the improvised cricket game played on an old red coir mat that was placed on a makeshift pitch.

“It was good fun playing cricket here,” Federer on a two-day UNICEF trip to the region, told Reuters after knocking a few balls that drew huge applause from tsunami survivors.

“I know the sport is huge here. I follow it myself,” said Federer, whose mother is South African.

“In the beginning they threw the ball at me slowly, and then realised that I was not that bad after all.



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Cricket Auction – Brian Lara’s world record 400

Bill Frindall
Wraye Wenigmann wrote to me about a very good cause she and the German Cricket Board have organised. Bill Frindall aka “The Bearded Wonder,” renowned scorer for BBC’s Test Match Special, has donated one of his last original radial charts of Brian Lara’s world record 400. From their website:

The chart, originally commissioned by The Times of England, is one of a limited edition. Printed in full colour on A4 card, each of the 400 numbered prints is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate. On offer is Nr. 144.

The 215 lines (4 sixes, 1 five, 43 fours, 4 threes, 24 twos and 139 singles) are coloured to represent the damage inflicted upon England’s seven bowlers.


Wraye and co are auctioning this chart, with a starting price of 50Euros. All proceeds go towards the Diocesan Catastrophe Help Fund – a Tsunami relief charity who, in Wraye’s words, have “done a lot of work in the area, building houses and boats.”


You may bid by emailing bids@dcusa.de with a subject of “Lara Chart” (serious bidders only). A great opportunity to not only contribute to the Tsunami re-building programme, but to get your hands on a piece of cricketing memorabilia.

MCC v International XI – photos

Brian Lara batting

Photo taken by mailliw @ Flickr.com.

My photos of yesterday’s game, which was brilliant fun, are up on Flickr for your viewing pleasure. I never tire of watching Brian Lara bat (pictured) – some of the shots he played were breathtaking.

MCC v International XI

MCC v International XI

Photo taken by mailliw @ Flickr.com.

MCC 327-7. Pretty good innings. Fleming’s was very fluent in particular. Warming up now, and a big band playing on the outfield. Tremendous atmosphere, and all great fun.

Tsunami match at Lords: the Teams

The team-sheet for tomorrow’s game has changed since it was announced a month ago – here’re the finalised teams:

MCC: SP Fleming (captain); CH Gayle, S Ganguly, VVS Laxman, JH Kallis, A Flower, KC Sangakarra, SM Pollock, A Kumble, H Singh, S Akhtar.

International XI: BC Lara (captain), V Sehwag, ST Jayasuriya, GC Smith, RS Dravid, S Chanderpaul, CL Cairns, SK Warne, WPUJC Vaas, M Sami, N Ntini.

Some handy players there. Looking forward, in particular, to seeing Laxman (whose name I think is pronounced correctly as “Latchman”?), Gayle, Shoaib, Sehwag and Cairns. The rest? Well, they’re just making up the numbers, aren’t they?

I’ll be blogging, live from the ground with anything I think might be interesting. There are some big hitters in both sides – I’ll need to keep my eye on the ball, something I was never particularly good at…

50 grand to face Warne

A generous person has paid £50,000 for the privilege of facing one over against Shane Warne, at the Tsunami relief game on Tuesday at Lord’s. I’ll be at the game, so it’ll be fun to watch – the whole day should be brilliant and, if I can stay sober enough, I’ll try to blog from the game and provide my own (very unique) updates on proceedings.

Cricket Relief: face an over from Shane Warne at Lords

A great incentive for anyone with a spare 50 grand, this. The Tsunami relief game (MCC v World XI) this Tuesday, June 14, is offering the chance for someone to face an over against Shane Warne. Not only that, but also to receive tips from his good buddy Sachin Tendulkar (who should’ve been playing, but is injured).

The auction is on eBay, and is already at £50,000 (as of 3pm). Amazing what people will do to humilate themselves :) The winning bid comprises the following:

1. Fifteen minutes of one-to-one coaching from Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar

2. The walk out to the middle at Lord’s in front of the crowd during the interval between the innings*

3. An over bowled by the world’s leading Test wicket-taker, Shane Warne

4. Continued support from Sachin Tendulkar, who will remain at the non-striker’s end to offer advice

5. Live broadcast of the over, by Sky Sports, to a worldwide TV audience

6. A commemorative photograph, commissioned by MCC as a permanent reminder of the experience

7. Two tickets to the match

Great idea, and should be a fun day out for all (including me – keeping an eye on the weather, though)

Tsunami fund-raiser team sheet

The teams for Lord’s Tsunami fund-raiser have been announced, as follows:

MCC: S Tendulkar (India, captain), C Gayle (West Indies), S Fleming (N Zealand), R Sarwan (West Indies), J Kallis (S Africa), A Flower (Zimbabwe), K Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), S Pollock (S Africa), A Kumble (India), M Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), S Akhtar (Pakistan)

International XI: B Lara (W Indies), V Sehwag (India), S Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), G Smith (S Africa), R Dravid (India), S Chanderpaul (W Indies), C Cairns (N Zealand), S Warne (Australia), C Vaas (Sri Lanka), M Sami (Pakistan), M Ntini

A good mix of talent. It’ll be enjoyable watching Pollock bowl to Smith, Warne bowl to Tendulkar, and Murali to Jayasuriya :) See my Tsunami tag for more info

Tsunami Ticket

Tsunami Ticket

Photo taken by mailliw @ Flickr.com.

Recorded for posterity…

Tendulkar and Lara captains of the Tsunami match

Wow. Both Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara will play in the Tsunami fundraiser on June 14. Sachin in charge of the MCC (!) and Brian the international XI. Brilliant