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India captain Mithali Raj back on top of the world

India captain Mithali Raj has returned to the top of the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for batters after top scoring in the side’s recent series against England with 251 runs.

Despite India losing the series, Mithali’s return to the top of the rankings has seen her displace ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011, West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor.

Meanwhile, her England counterpart, Charlotte Edwards, despite leading her side to a 3-2 series win over India, has slipped down the rankings to sixth after a disappointing series with the bat.

Positive movement has been seen by India’s Harmanpreet Kaur, the second most prolific run-getter in the series, who is now ranked seventh, her highest ranking to date after beginning the series in 15th. England’s Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway have also both risen up the rankings to third and fourth respectively.

In the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for bowlers, which is topped by Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar, England’s Katherine Brunt has forced herself into second place having taken eight wickets during the series.

Brunt is now just two rating points away from Sthalekar but with England not scheduled to play any ODIs until after the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, it may be some time before she makes her bid to reclaim the number one position.

Former India captain Jhulan Goswami has maintained her fourth place after claiming seven wickets in the series, while England’s Jenny Gunn has dropped to ninth and been leap-frogged into eighth position by India’s Gouther Sultana.

There is no change in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for all-rounders, which is currently topped by Taylor of the West Indies and Sthalekar in second place.

IPL 2012: Ganguly most ‘googled’ among all IPL captain

Pune Warriors India captain Sourav Ganguly is most ‘googled’ among all the IPL captains.

Ganguly is followed by another former India captain Rahul Dravid while current national team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stays at the third spot.

“(Sourav) Ganguly is still leading the pack by being searched most among the IPL captains,” Google India said in a statement.

“As we come towards the middle of this season’s IPL when the teams and players have been divided on popularity based on their performances, Ganguly is proving the facts wrong.”

Sachin Tendulkar hands over Mumbai Indians captaincy to Harbhajan Singh

Sachin Tendulkar has decided to hand over the captaincy of Mumbai Indians in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League to off spinner Harbhajan Singh.

“Sachin Tendulkar in discussion with the management of Mumbai Indians has decided to hand over the responsibilities of captaining Mumbai Indians in fifth season of the Indian Premier League to ace off spinner Harbhajan Singh,” a press release issued by Mumbai Indians stated.

Commenting on the decision, Sachin Tendulkar said, “The Mumbai Indians is more than a team. It is like a family to me. At this point of time, I feel I need a break from the responsibility of captaincy of the Mumbai Indians.

“After due consideration, I discussed my intention to hand over the Captainship of the team to Harbhajan Singh, with Mukeshbhai and Nitabhabhi.

“I was touched by the graciousness and wholehearted support they offered me while emphasising that they would accept any decision which helps me to continue enjoying the game.

“Harbhajan will have my wholehearted support as the senior most player in the team.”

Nita Ambani of Mumbai Indians said, “It was a very difficult moment when Sachin expressed his desire to relinquish the captaincy.

“But we believe that Sachin is the best judge on such matters and hence, as always, we fully support his decision.

“I have learnt a lot during the last three seasons working with Sachin closely. Sachin is the soul of Mumbai Indians, and I am sure he will guide Bhajii as he takes on the responsibility of captaining Mumbai Indians.”

The newly appointed captain of Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh said, “Sachin Paaji spoke to me about his decision to of wanting me to take over the responsibility of the team.

“It is huge honour and I thank Paaji and Nita Bhabhi for the faith reposed in my abilities. Mumbai Indians is a great team with explosive talent and promising youngsters.

“I am committed to do the very best and look forward to leading the team to play to its full potential during the season.”

Mumbai Indians plays its first match of Season 2012 on April 4, 2012 in Chennai.

Johan Botha to captain South Australia

Michael Klinger has stepped down as South Australia’s cricket captain and will be replaced by South African Johan Botha.

State coach, Darren Berry announced that Botha has been appointed on a two-year contract to captain the West End Redbacks.

“It is a testament to the character of Michael Klinger that he made a tough decision to make the ultimate act of leadership and support Johan’s captaincy,” Berry said.

“It is about expanding our core of leaders and seizing the opportunity for South Australian domestic cricket to secure the services of someone who has captained an international team, often to victory.

“Botha offers the complete package – a ruthless international competitor who has the experience of leading a successful international team, and he has the know-how to harness our younger talent.

“I unapologetically state that this journey is not for everyone and that it will be tough. Our objective is to become the most respected first class system in the country and we need to be strong in our pursuit of this objective.

“Our senior core of players must drive the standards – and the exciting youth here in South Australia must aspire to become elite to create long-term sustainable success.”

Michael Klinger has thrown his support behind the appointment and was present at the press conference.

“There is no doubt captaining the Redbacks and the Strikers has been a highlight of my cricket career so far. I have loved every minute of it and am really proud of what I have achieved,” Michael Klinger said.

“Chuck and Coxy met with me on Wednesday and explained that Johan was an option they were keen to pursue.

“We went out for lunch and talked through what he could mean for the Redbacks next season and the work that needs to be done with our younger talent.

“No one just walks away from captaining but I agreed Johan was too good an opportunity, and that’s why I am here today.

“ I have already rung Johan to offer him my full support and start planning.

“Having him around during the T20 season was a great influence and to have him permanently in our group is too good an opportunity to be missed.

“It is a great outcome for our team and South Australian cricket.

“It means we have a top quality person, great player and someone who has captained their country to help me and the other senior players with the work we have left to do.”

Sourav Ganguly captain-cum-mentor of Pune Warriors

The Pune Warriors India have made it official that Sourav Ganguly will be the team’s mentor-cum-captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012.

“We are extremely proud that Sourav Ganguly is the captain and mentor of Pune Warriors India in this season of IPL,” said Sahara chief Subroto Roy.

“I am sure that his experience, expertise and deep understanding of the nuances of the game will definitely infuse an exemplary spirit of passion and commitment amongst the members of the team.”

Former South African pacer Allan Donald is the team’s bowling mentor while Praveen Amre will coach the batsmen. Pady Upton is the mental and high performance coach of the team.

The Pune-based team will also don a new jersey, which is turquoise blue and silver in colour, which a change from their last season’s black uniform.

Jimmy Hansra steps down as Canada captain

Jimmy Hansra has stepped down as captain of Canada’s Senior Men’s team.

Hansra assumed the captaincy following the Cricket World Cup from Ashish Bagai. Canada lost each of his four ODIs as captain

In a statement Hansra was upbeat about the upcoming tournament and looked to do his part to ensure Canada qualifies for the 2012 T20 Cricket World Cup

“I would like to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to lead Canada,” Hansra said.

“In my short stay as Captain, I have thoroughly enjoyed the role and have learned a lot in a very short time. It has helped me grow as a cricketer and as an individual.

“However, looking ahead and putting cricket in front, I believe I need to focus on my game more and I can offer more to Cricket Canada as a player at this moment than a Captain.

“I am very happy with the organization and I believe we are definitely heading in the right direction.

“I am looking forward to the upcoming tournament as a player and I am very confident in this team that if we play together, we will qualify for the T20 Cricket World Cup and make Canada proud.

“Thank you once again to everyone involved for your trust and support throughout.”

Cricket Canada’s Vice President Vimal Hardat confimred that the board had accepted Hansra’s resignation.

“Jimmy conveyed to us after the Caribbean T20 tournament his wish to stand down from the captaincy,” Cricket Canada vice-president Vimal Hardat said.

“While we asked him to reconsider we accept his decision and look forward to his future contributions to our organization.

“Jimmy has been a class act since he joined the program and he carried himself with class throughout his period as captain. We wish him all the best.”

Ajit Agarkar named Mumbai captain

Ajit Agarkar has been named the captain of Mumbai’s one-day team for its forthcoming West Zone one-day campaign to be held from February 22 to 26.

Agarkar replaced Wasim Jaffer, who had led Mumbai to Ranji Trophy semifinals before losing to Tamil Nadu.

Ajinkya Rahane has been named vice-captain.

Mumbai Squad

  1. Ajit Agarkar (capt)
  2. Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt)
  3. Wasim Jaffer
  4. Ramesh Powar
  5. Suryakumar Yadav
  6. Dhawal Kulkarni
  7. Abhishek Nayar
  8. Iqbal Abdullah
  9. Sushant Marathe (wk)
  10. Ankit Chavan
  11. Kshemal Waingankar
  12. Balwinder Singh Sandhu (jr)
  13. Siddharth Chitnis
  14. Shoaib Shaikh
  15. Anup Revandkar

Wasim Jaffer steps down as Mumbai captain

Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his position as captain of the Mumbai Ranji team in order to focus on his batting.

Jaffer, who captained Mumbai in the Ranji trophy over the past four seasons, led the Mumbai team to two Ranji Trophy titles in the year 2008-09 and 2009-10.

However, Mumbai failed to make the Ranji final this season, losing to Tamil Nadu in the semi-final.

“Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his position as the captain of Mumbai Ranji Trophy team after serving at the position for 4 years,” said Mumbai Cricket Association’s joint secretary Nitin Dalal.

“Jaffer continues to be available for selection in Mumbai team as a batsman.”

“The new captain would be chosen by the selection panel, in all probability, next week.”

Jaffer had been struggling throughout the season, scoring 406 runs in nine matches across twelve innings with just one century.

He was also left out from the West Zone squad for Duleep Trophy.

“I want to concentrate more on my batting. I didn’t have a good Ranji Trophy season and for me batting is more important than captaincy,” Jaffer said.

“Once you are captain it is very important to lead by example.”

“The word ‘captain’ is only nice to say but it’s a lot of pressure to lead a team. If the team doesn’t do well, then the captain is always made a scapegoat. When you don’t score, it doesn’t look good.”

Bailey good choice for Australia’s T20 captain: Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes George Bailey is the right choice to lead the Aussies in the shortest format of the game.

“He’s an interesting character; he plays good cricket,” said Dhoni, who plays alongside Tasmanian Bailey in the Indian Premier League with the Chennai Super Kings.

“He’s someone who can play his strokes. He’s very intelligent and understands the game well.

“He’s a really good character to have.”

Bailey, who will play his first match for Australia in any form of the game, believes his three years as the Tigers captain has prepared him well for taking on India.

“I haven’t thought that much about it,” Bailey said.

“When you play, you’re just out there playing. I am debuting but ever since I captained Tasmania, in most games I’ve gone out there whether I’m captain or not thinking like a captain.

“I’m always thinking about fields or bowlers or whatnot. Once you’ve been captaining for a certain period of time that’s just how you think about the game.”

“In terms of preparing it’s the same sort of thing, you’re preparing to play personally.

“Mainly it’s been about getting round to the bowlers that I haven’t met as much and learning about their games, working out what they need as well.

“I’m just really excited to be here, to be leading it and hopefully continuing on the great form and the great start to the summer that Australia have had.”

Dhoni feels it would be a good contest between India’s youngsters and veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg after the 40-year-old’s recall to Australia’s T20 squad.

“Brad’s an experienced guy and what we have seen is spinners are wily. The more they age, the better they get,” Dhoni said.

“He’s also someone who has done well in the T20 locally over here. So it’ll be a nice contest between the youngsters and him.”