Sehwag ready to be a Titan of cricket: Richard Gibson

Virender Sehwag and Steve Harmison are expected to participate in the Titans of Cricket roadshows next week despite both ending the 2011 English season sidelined.

Sehwag’s recent visit to the UK was fleeting – his arrival was delayed until the midpoint of the npower Test series due to shoulder surgery, and despite receiving a cortisone injection, the discomfort was still apparent when an ear infection prevented him featuring in the limited-overs matches that followed.

Medical advice was to rest for 15 days, which will allow him to be involved in the four-nation showdowns in London, Birmingham and Manchester ahead of England’s tour of India next month.

Meanwhile, Durham fast bowler Harmison did not turn out for the county again after tripping on a football during the warm-ups of the contest against Sri Lanka A at the end of July. Word at Chester-le-Street is that he was also deeply angered by the club’s decision to release his younger brother Ben from the staff.

However, it is anticipated that he will join forces with fellow 2005 Ashes winners Andrew Flintoff, Marcus Trescothick and Paul Collingwood as England take on Australia, India and Pakistan in a cricket-meets-Gladiators TV show to be screened on Sky.

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Twenty20 specialist is a familiar term in modern cricket but Surrey’s Matthew Spriegel is laying claim to a new specialisation. Despite struggling to hold down places in other competitions, all-rounder Spriegel has not missed a 40-over contest for 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 winners Surrey for the past four seasons.

Spriegel, who hit the winning runs in the five-wicket win in the final at Lord’s on September 17, has made 40 consecutive appearances in the competition, stretching back to the 2008 season.

Meanwhile, runners-up Somerset were wrongly displayed as the Sabres on the official MCC-produced scorecards, despite having cut their nickname the previous year when they were also beaten in the final, by Warwickshire.

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Alan Richardson, the most prolific bowler in Division One of the 2011 County Championship, has put off a permanent switch to coaching over the past couple of years to prolong his playing career but, having begun on a part-time basis at Shrewsbury School a year ago, he returns this winter with an expanded remit.

In addition to working under another former Worcestershire seamer Paul Pridgeon in the cricket department, the 36-year-old Stoke City fanatic is to coach football too and take care of the school third XI.

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Graeme Swann will not be the only member of his family playing abroad for England this winter – dad Ray is playing in the veteran Ashes.

Swann senior is touring with England Over-60, who play five one-day ‘Tests’ against their Australian counterparts, during a month-long trip running from late November.

The 60-year-old made his international debut last month in Leeds when he cracked 99 against the Australians in a 135-run win, only failing to add another hundred to his collection when he was caught off the final ball of England’s innings.

“Thoughtfully our eldest son Alec texted his mum to tell me not to worry because at least one of our family had reached three figures on that ground,” Ray, who has 100 club hundreds, explained.

For the record, Alec scored his hundred at New Rover for Lancashire seconds against their Yorkshire counterparts.

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6 Responses to Sehwag ready to be a Titan of cricket: Richard Gibson

  1. Richard Groves says:

    I see that two of the ‘Titans Of Cricket’ events (Manchester and Birmingham) have been cancelled, presumably due to poor ticket sales. I’m not too sure what the organisers expected having done almost nothing to promote these events during the domestic and international season. Even ardent fans I spoke to knew nothing about them. It is still not clear who is/was going to be playing for each team or the format of the evening, so I wasn’t prepared to spend the best part of £50 on the off-chance. I know people who bought tickets who didn’t even realise that they wouldn’t actually be playing any proper cricket.

    My only concern is that the powers-that-be just see this another chance to dismiss the general public as not interested in cricket.

  2. Victoria says:

    I went to O2 last night and the show was abysmal. I have no idea where the money from ticket sales was spent as the whole set-up was so budget. Approx 30 mins out of a 3 hour ‘show’ was spent watching what was passed off as cricket, the rest of the time the two presenters were shouting and screaming at the crowd with far too many, “let’s give it up for x, y or z!!!!” it was so bad that the crowd started a slow hand clap a couple of times. David Boon was on stage but I’m not sure what for, he picked up neither bat nor ball. One of the Pakistani players was so disinterested that he changed into jeans during the totally unnecessary half hour interval. I left feeling embarrassed for the players who took part in this farcical excuse of a cricket exhibition. That people paid over £50 per ticket is disgraceful. Utter, utter waste of time and dreadfully poor show. An under 11 school team would be expected to show more effort and skill than what was on display at the O2 last night.

    • araf says:

      victoria….i agree 100% what a poor event…..players didnt know what they were doing…some of he players didnt turn up …. over priced….people were leaving half way through cause it was so poor ….

      and LOL….yeah the guy in the jeans…..that tells you alot about the event …they couldnt be bothered…..this wont be around for long..

  3. paul says:

    the show last night was awfull,waste of time,money what a joke, we left just after the first break and there were loads of other people escaping at the same time

  4. PCarr says:

    I agree.

    It was awful.

    I’d want to say that the concept of ‘Titans of Cricket’ is a good one (and the programme was very glossy, even promising) but the delivery, in my view, to use a cricketing phrase, was a ‘no ball.’

    I don’t know where to start …

    • Perhaps the fact that only 40 mins of cricket were played in nearly 3 hours could be a start – quite disgraceful, in my view.
    • Why was there so much ‘banal’ chat and not enough action?
    • Where were the other ‘titans’ of cricket who were advertised to be in attendance?
    • Why did David Boon not take part in any event?
    • Why did Steve Harmison only bowl 1 ball all night?
    • Why did Andrew Flintoff only take part in two events?
    • Why were the challenges so poor?
    • And so I could go on …

    Needless to say I’m very disappointed by this event and, more so, because it cost £80 for me and my son; £20 to park; £8 for a programme and travelling which turned out to be a very expensive evening for a very poor show (around £130 in total). And I know this was the feeling of a number of other ‘fans’ I spoke to on Saturday evening.

    If this is the future of cricketing entertainment, that I’d want to suggest this format will not be a winner – and I think that was shown by the fact that the Arena was less than half-full – perhaps some folk knew something I didn’t.

    It was also quite interesting that the crowd slow hand-clapped near to the end of the event as it had become so boring – quite amazing, don’t you think, when cricketers are some of the most tolerant sporting fans in this country. I think the Arena had emptied by the time the trophy was presented – folk couldn’t wait to leave!

    A very disgruntled ‘punter’ and his very disappointed son!

  5. amanda lowe says:

    I completely agree a complete waste of time and money !