India have not had an umpire in the ICC Elite Panel in over 11 years. Even several national cricketers have low opinion of the umpiring standards at home. "It's a tough job, respect them" says Simon Taufel. "Would love to see Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid donning white coats."
In England, merit is not the only criteria to decide who plays or doesn't. In West Indies it is no different. In South Africa, it seems, a quota decides who plays and who doesn't. The deprived are the fans. The unaffected is the cricket administration. The frustrated are the cricketers.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni caught an entire nation off-guard when he announced his Test retirement in the middle of the Test series against Australia last month.
Years ago Sourav Ganguly spent time with Greg Chappell in Australia (when they were still on talking terms) and immediately scored a hundred in Brisbane on a lively pitch. Recently, top Indian cricketers have started working with their own coaches and the most well known case is that of Pravin Amre.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his One-Day International debut for India ten years ago on 23rd December 2004.
Rory McIlroy, I found out,is a keen cricket follower, he was not only well informed about Tendulkar's exploits but even knew Rohit Sharma recently smashed 264 in a 50-over game. Among English cricketers he admires Kevin Pietersen for his flair and flamboyance, for his wonderful stroke-making and ability to win matches .
Perform or perish is an often-chanted mantra by sports fans all over the world. To them, victory means everything. And yet, when non-performing seniors were dropped from the World Cup probable squad, cries of despair reverberated.
Chris Gayle has 15 centuries and 34 half-centuries at an average of 42.01 in 99 Tests. He also has the distinction of being one of only four batsmen -- Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag -- to make two scores in excess of 300 in Tests.
Son, did you know, no Indian had ever scored a triple century before your father reached that milestone in 2004? In fact, no Indian has still managed to score a triple ton while your dad has two. Allow me to take you back in time, to when, the IPL wasn't born and neither had the idea to have Aryavir been born inside your parents' heads.
Even as the Supreme Court probes allegations of match-fixing and betting in the Indian Premier League, revelations by Kiwi star Brendon McCullum indicate how money has the power to corrupt the gentleman's game.
It's nice to have a charismatic man lead your team. But charisma is an individual thing as Delhi Daredevils found out. Kevin Pietersen hardly led from the front.
While a majority of the eight teams have struggled to find their perfect opening combination in the Indian Premier League 2014, Chennai's Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum have done consistently well to put their side on course for yet another successful campaign.
In a tournament that allows franchises to go for a complete overhaul every three years, barring four or five players who are retained, can team loyalty ever come to roost?
Delhi Daredevils seem to have become permanent residents in the bottom-half of the Indian Premier League points table. Despite a completely new side this season, the fortunes have hardly changed for the team.
A good performance in the Indian Premier League in itself should not be the basis for an India call-up. It should be backed with solid domestic performances too. Gautam Gambhir can still fancy his chances in spite of a hattrick of ducks for KKR.
When the contest between bat and ball is close, cricket is almost always the biggest winner. And in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League, bowlers have screamed out their presence and relevance in contemporary cricket.
Glenn Maxwell has come close to scoring an IPL ton on two occasions already as Kings XI Punjab claim two wins in their first two fixtures for the first time in seven years.
A team's coach is the unsung hero behind the scenes. In this edition of the Indian Premier League, here is a closer look at the men who plan off the field so that the players perform on it.