Shamik Chakrabarty

Articles By Shamik Chakrabarty

Abdul Qadir turned leg-spin into a lethal weapon: Javed Miandad

If he were playing now, he would have had 500-600 Test wickets. Nobody could understand his flippers. He had two different types of googlies and very few batsmen could read him. Even Viv Richards struggled to pick him.

No Dhoni, no surprise, Pant lone keeper in T20 squad

Dhoni decided to take a two-month sabbatical after the World Cup and although the three T20 internationals in September fell into his recluse period, The Indian Express has learnt that the veteran ‘keeper-batsman wasn’t even considered.

Cricket enthusiast, keen administrator, BCCI’s go-to man on all matters legal

Recalling the 2005 BCCI elections, eventually won by Sharad Pawar, former BCCI secretary and past national selector Sanjay Jagdale said, “When I asked him (Jaitley) why he pulled out (of the race), he told me, ‘Pawar is a friend. I will wait for my turn’.”

Vikram Rathour pips Sanjay Bangar, set to be appointed batting coach

India’s overseas Test batting issues and a shaky middle-order for the World Cup had put a question mark over Bangar’s role. He had been appointed batting coach in 2014.

Pondicherry Ranji Team ropes in Alvin Kallicharran as mentor, Roberts or Garner could join

The CAP, after making their Ranji Trophy debut last season, are in the process of assembling a high-profile coaching/mentoring team this term.

Davis Cup: Should hear from ITF by end of week, says Mahesh Bhupathi

The Indian players, however, have expressed fears over travelling to Pakistan through a letter Bhupathi sent to AITA.

Decision on Davis Cup tie in Pakistan postponed by a day

The meeting that was originally scheduled on Monday has been postponed to 2.30pm BST (7pm IST) Tuesday, although the AITA has requested the world tennis body to bring it forward by a few hours.

Needed someone who brings fresh ideas: KKR CEO on Brendon McCullum’s appointment

On Thursday KKR appointed Brendon McCullum as their head coach, with the franchise looking for “fresh ideas” this time around. McCullum will take over from Jacques Kallis, who parted company by mutual consent after this year’s IPL.

New chapter for Uttarakhand cricket; gets full membership in BCCI

The decision brought an end to a longstanding dispute over which body from the state would be part of Indian cricket’s mainstream.

The Prince of Persia returns: Majid Bishkar comes back to rekindle maidan memories

Calcutta was rechristened as Kolkata. Football took a backseat in the city after the arrival of Sourav Ganguly. But Majid somehow retained his charm.

The real Kashmir situation

With no means of communication with their families, players send official back home with messages.

Manoj Tiwary slams East Zone selector after Duleep Trophy snub

Manoj Tiwary lamented that the selectors chose quantity over quality.

Kapil Dev & Co. cleared of conflict-of-interest charges

Kapil and Rangaswamy are directors at the newly-formed Indian Cricketers' Association (ICA), an association for ex-cricketers funded by the BCCI.

Speed and yorker, the main currencies in tape-ball cricket

Tape-ball is a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape. This is done to make the ball heavier. The ball still remains lighter than the leather ball. When you are bowling with a heavier ball, your arm-speed is slower

Prithvi Shaw: Out in the cold for having cough syrup

Test opener Prithvi Shaw banned till Nov 15 after testing positive for terbutaline, a stimulant he ingested via over the counter medication.

Test match special

With the two-year world championship cycle beginning on August 1, interest in the five-day game may peak.

Just 27, Mohammad Amir turns his back to Test cricket

Amir wasn’t part of the original World Cup squad, but he was among the 17-member contingent and Imran enquired about the fast bowler’s progress.

Kapil Dev-led CAC to pick India’s next head coach

Kapil, Gaekwad and Rangaswamy had picked WV Raman as the Indian women’s team head coach last year. But CoA member Diana Edulji has taken the matter before the BCCI ethics officer, Justice (Retd) DK Jain.

Money matters: Ehsan Mani downplays ICC-BCCI tax-waiver issue

Mani, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, had headed the F&CA in the late 1990s till the turn of the century.

New plans for planned city

Chandigarh, hometown of Kapil Dev and Yuvraj Singh, may soon become a voting BCCI member; Ranji debut on cards as well.