विश्वकप होइन वान डे

आधा शताब्दी अघि, यसै साता (श्रम दिवसका दिन), बेलायतका दुइ काउन्टी लंकाशायर र लिसेस्टरशायर बीचको खेल हुदा शायदै कसैले सोचेका होलान् यो प्रतियोगिताले क्रिकेटको भविष्य ने बदलिनेछ ।

प्रतियोगिता थियो जिलेट कप, जसलाइ अहिले पनि पहिलो लिमिटेड ओभर (एक दिवसीय) प्रतियोगिता मानिन्छ । हुन त वर्षाले गर्दा खेल दुइ दिन चल्यो, तैपनि यो क्रिकेटको लागि कोशेढुंगा साबित भयो । यो भन्दा अघि क्रिकेट म्याचमा प्रत्येक टीम दुइ इनिङ्ग खेल्ने गर्थे र कुनै पक्षले खेल्ने ओभरको संख्यामा सीमा तोकिएको थिएन । तर कमैलाइ मात्र थाहा होला, वास्तवमा एक दिवसीय क्रिकेटको वास्तविक आरम्भ एक वर्षअघि नै भएको थियो, २ मे, १९६२ मा, लिसेस्टरशायर र र्डर्बीशायर बीच, मिडल्याण्ड्स नक आउट कपको नाम बाट ।

क्रिकेटको यो नयाँ स्वरुपको जन्मसंगै एउटा विवाद पनि जन्मियो, एक दिवसीयले क्रिकेटको पुरानो स्वरुप, टेष्ट म्याचलाइ नै नष्ट पार्ने त्रासको । स्वाभाविक रुपले प्रारम्भदेखि नै पुरातनपनथीहरुले एक दिवसीयलाइ मन पराएनन् । तर विवादले लामो समयसम्म स्वाभाविक विकास रोक्न सक्दैन । क्रिकेट कसरी अपवाद हुन सक्थ्यो । टेष्ट क्रिकेट चलिरह्यो एक दिवसीयको आगमन पछि पनि ।

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If everything goes well…

“If everything goes according to the plan, we mightqualify for the World Cup,” said Nepal’s cricket coach Pubudu Dassanayake,in a conversation to yours truly recently, before he was to present his 3-monthplan to Nepal’s cricket leaders.
The point that the Sri Lankan born coach means well forCricket Nepal could be denied here. For the line is an optimist one. But thecatch, for many, would be the big ‘if’ present there. Many would say: Ifeverything went according to the plan, we would have played previous world cup.For around a decade ago, we were ‘readying’ ourselves to become the next bigthing in Asian Cricket.

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Learning from the Tiger

And Tiger Woods got divorced, officially. The man, who has dominated the sport – till date this century – cuts a lonely figure now on the greens, where once he prowled sans fear.
From the day he turned pro, he towered over all other sportsmen of the generation. A beacon for those who wanted to take up sport professionally. He was perfect, and made us feel that he could do no wrong. And we asked, “Is he human?”