Dravid, Ganguly's big hundreds in Taunton had an incredible impact on me: Buttler

London, May 19 England's swashbuckling batsman Jos Buttler says Indian greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly's big hundreds in the 1999 World Cup match against Sri Lanka had an "incredible impact" on him.

The duo of Ganguly and Dravid had stitched together a mammoth partnership of 318 runs for the second wicket to set up an easy victory for India.

That was long before the T20 revolution took the game by storm but, on that day in Taunton, sixes and fours rained down from the blades of the two Indian batsmen, something the destructive Buttler often does these days.

"Those were my formative years and watching that game with Ganguly and Dravid scoring big hundreds had an incredible impact," Buttler told Cricbuzz.

He was surprised by the massive Indian presence in the crowd for a match in England.

"India versus Sri Lanka in 1999 World Cup was my first experience of seeing Indian crowds and that ignites the fire of how passionate people are about the game and how cool it would be to play in a World Cup," added Buttler.

Buttler looked in good form for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended IPL-14, including scoring a scintillating 64-ball 124 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Considered one of England's finest limited overs batsman, Buttler was instrumental in guiding them to the 2019 World Cup victory at home, and is expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Data should drive good contest in cricket, says Rahul Dravid

Washington, Apr 9 :  Data, which is used in statistics-driven cricket to help in strategy and player selection, should drive a good contest, legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said.

Cricket has always been statistically-driven like baseball, but over the past 15 years we have moved beyond comparing averages and now use data to help in strategy and player selection, Dravid said during a panel discussion at the 15th MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

The first ever panel discussion on cricket at the MIT conference titled "Howzdata- How Analytics is Revolutionizing Cricket" focused on how data analytics and machine learning are helping to bring advances to the game.

Former South Africa batsman and ex India coach Gary Kirsten and former England women's team player and currently a commentator Isa Guha were part of the panel discussion moderated by Alok Singh, director at Dell Technologies.

Topics ranged from how data is helping players train and stay fit to how scoring 4s and 6s has changed team decisions, similar to basketball's 3-point revolution, a media release said.

The panel highlighted how cricket players are using matchup to hit fours and sixes to win more T20 matches.

The days are not far off when people are going to turn down a single because the matchup suites them to be able to hit a six in the two or three balls, said Dravid on Thursday.

While appreciating the role of analytics, the panel advised the use relevant data to help improve performance and drive a good contest.

Data should drive a good contest between bat and ball in cricket, not just for hitting fours and sixes, said the former India captain.

Guha commented on how the T20 format has made every ball an event. She highlighted how younger players now have better access to technology to help them seek opposition players' profile and strategies to counter them.

As a broadcaster, Guha feels that level data for pre and post-match presentations is as good as what teams are using for their game-day preparations.

Kirsten talked about how data is only an enabler and said final decisions still have an element of uncertainty just like the unpredictable nature of the sport.

BCCI adopts additional measures to tackle age and domicile fraud in cricket

Guwahati: To counter the menace of age and domicile fraud in cricket, BCCI has adopted the below mentioned additional measures which will be applicable to all cricketers participating in the BCCI age-group tournaments, from season 2020-21 onwards:

  1. Voluntary Disclosure Scheme for players who are already registered:

Under this scheme, players who voluntarily declare that they have manipulated their date of birth by submitting fake/tampered documents in the past will not be suspended and allowed to participate in the appropriate age group level if they disclose their actual date of birth (DOB).

Players have to submit a signed letter/email along with supporting documents to BCCI Age Verification Dept. revealing their actual DOB before 15th September 2020.

However, if registered players do not disclose the facts and are found to have submitted fake/tampered DOB proof documents by BCCI, then they will be banned for 2 years, and after completion of 2-year suspension, they will not be allowed to participate in age group tournaments of BCCI, as well as, age-group tournaments organized by the State Units.

  1. Players submitting fake/tampered birth certificate to be banned for 2 years

Season 2020-21 onwards, any player submitting fake/tampered birth certificate will be banned for 2 years from all cricket matches under the aegis of BCCI & State Units. After completion of a 2-year suspension, such players will not be allowed to participate in age group tournaments of BCCI, as well as, age-group tournaments organized by State Units.

  1. Cricketers committing Domicile fraud to be banned for 2 years

All Cricketers committing Domicile fraud, including Senior Men & Women, will be banned for 2 years. Voluntary Disclosure Scheme does not apply for cricketers who have committed domicile fraud.

  1. Guidelines for Under-16 age group tournament

For the BCCI Under-16 age-group tournament, only players who are between 14-16 years old will be permitted to register.

  1. Guidelines for the Under-19 age group

In the Under-19 age group, if a player’s birth is found to be registered more than 2 years after birth, as mentioned in the birth certificate, then there will be restrictions on the number of years allowed to participate in the BCCI Under-19 tournaments.

Speaking to media in this regard, Sourav Ganguly, President, BCCI, said, “We are committed to providing a level-playing field across all age groups. The BCCI has been taking steps to counter age fraud and is now introducing even stricter measures from the upcoming domestic season. Those who do not voluntarily disclose their misdemeanour will be punished heavily and will be banned for two years.”

On the other hand, Rahul Dravid, Head Cricket, NCA, said, “Age fraud is a serious matter and is detrimental to the health of the sport. Many youngsters who are supposed to be playing in a particular age group fail to make it owing to age fraud. With the BCCI taking stern actions to curb this, it is only advisable for the players to come forward and abide by the directives issued by the Board.”

It may be mentioned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the governing body for the sport of cricket in India is responsible for ensuring that appropriate checks and protocols are put in place to ensure a level playing field for competitive participation of players in its age-group tournaments.

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