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Sir Viv Richards has been crowned
the greatest one-day cricketer ever by
a jury of 50 eminent players, com-
mentators and writers assembled by
the Cricket Monthly.
An astonishing 29 of 50 jurors picked
Sir Viv as their first choice, giving him
a landslide victory over four other ODI
legends: Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim
Akram, Adam Gilchrist and MS Dhoni.
The contest for second place was a
close affair between Tendulkar and
Akram. Tendulkar, owner of 18,426
runs and 49 centuries, eventually pre-
vailed by a hair s breadth over Akram,
the most exceptional left-arm bowler
the game has seen. Rounding off the
top five were Gilchrist at No 4 and
Dhoni at No 5.
In all, 21 cricketers received at least
one vote from the jury: six Australians,
five Indians, four Pakistanis, two West
Indians, two South Africans, a Sri
Lankan and an Englishman.
There was no dispute over the great-
Through the late 1970s and 80s
Richards was way ahead of his con-
temporaries. He thrived in different
conditions, against a variety of attacks,
and raised the bar in the key matches.
In an era before big bats, small bound-
aries and fielding restrictions, Sir Viv
tormented bowlers with his power and
"He batted at Nos 3 or 4, maintained
a strike rate of 90 and an average of
47 and did it in his sleep over 15
exhausting years of dominance," writes
former New Zealand captain Martin
Crowe in his tribute to Richards in the
March issue of the Cricket Monthly.
"Arguably, categorically for me, his 189
not out in Manchester in 1984 is the
greatest one-day innings of them all."
Few walked to the crease oozing as
much swagger as Sir Viv, who never
wore a helmet even when facing the
fastest bowlers. "I felt strong about my
presence, you know," said Richards in
an interview to the Cricket Monthly.
"Sometimes presence sends a message,
Hey, I am ready. It s just the duel
between you and the bowler."
The Cricket Monthly s 50-member
jury included legendary cricketers Ian
Chappell, Clive Lloyd, Martin Crowe,
Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and
Graeme Smith; veteran commentators
Tony Cozier, Mark Nicholas, Mike
Haysman and Sanjay Manjrekar; and
writers Gideon Haigh, Mike Coward,
Suresh Menon and Mike Selvey.
"No one does numbers better than
us," said ESPNcricinfo s editor-in-chief
Sambit Bal, "but we also know that
numbers don t always tell the full story.
Which is why we rely on the cumulative
wisdom of those who should know for
"And the World Cup was a good
occasion to assemble a grand jury,
drawn from different eras and countries,
to pick the greatest ever one-day crick-
eter. It s hard to argue with the top five
the poll has thrown up: between them
they encapsulate the best of ODI cricket
across the ages and also its evolution."
Richards played in 187 ODI matches
and scored 6,721 runs, for an average
of 47. He had 11 centuries and 45 half
Sir Viv Richards
voted king of ODIs
The West Indies got help from
India yesterday as they make a
bid to get into the quarterfinals
of the 2015 International Cricket
Council (ICC) World Cup in Aus-
tralia and New Zealand.
With Group B going down to
the wire in terms of determining
who will move in to the quarters,
the West Indies got a much need
boost by India s emphatic whip-
ping of Ireland. West Indies, Pak-
istan and Ireland are fighting for
two places in the quarters, with
leaders India already through and
South Africa nearly there.
The West Indies have four points
from five matches and will need
to defeat the United Arab Emirates
in their final game to end on six.
Currently Pakistan and Ireland
both have six points. Pakistan will
meet Ireland in their final match
and whoever loses, they will battle
the West Indies for the final spot
on Net Run Rate (NRR), as the
West Indies are expected to easily
get over the UAE.
Currently, the West Indies have
a better net run rate than Ireland,
so if the Irish loses against Pak-
istan, then all the West Indies will
need to do is to win against UAE,
even if it is a close victory.
India s big win yesterday pushed
the Irish NRR even lower and they
will know that nothing but a vic-
tory over Pakistan will take them
through. If the game ends in a no-
result, then the West Indies will
have to pack their bags and head
home. Ireland NNR has now
dropped to -1-014, while the West
Indies are at -0.511.
Meanwhile, the West Indies
team have settled nicely in Napier
and will resume training tomorrow
for their final preliminary clash on
Sunday. The pitch at Napier is
good for batting and the bound-
aries are small, so the big hitting
West Indian batsmen should enjoy
themselves at the venue.
The team has been having a lot
of off field sessions, speaking about
their performances and they are
keen to get in a good performance
against the UAE, get into the quar-
ters and look to peak from there
Irish loss lifts West Indies hopes
winner of top
ODI player ever.
KINGSTON---The Jamaica Anti-
Doping Commission (JADCO),
says a 14 million dollar budget
cut is not expected to affect its
operations for the 2015-2016 fis-
Sports Minister Natalie Neita-
Headley announced in parliament
last week that government was
reducing its allocation to JADCO
from 104 to 90 million dollars.
However, executive director of
JADCO Corey Brown has given the
assurance that the decrease will
not have a negative impact on the
organisation s ability to effectively
execute its mandate.
"There were some one-off items
in the works last year; for example,
the drafting of our rules, the deal-
ing with our website and matters
like that," Brown told The Glean-
"So, in terms of our operation,
it won t affect our operations at
all. Those items are not on the
books this year, and that would
explain the cut."
In announcing the budget cut
Neita-Headley said she did not
anticipate a recurrence of the local
doping scandal which rocked the
sport of Track and Field because
of the strides Jamaica has made
to improve its anti-doping pro-
Jamaica has introduced a num-
ber of new measures to repair its
drug testing programme since a
number of its athletes including
former world record holder Asafa
Powell and Olympic Gold Medalist
Sherone Simpson, tested positive
for banned substances.
"We are taking anti-doping very
seriously in Jamaica. We have our
plans outlined, we know what we
need to do, we know the things
that are coming up, and we are
pushing full steam ahead," Brown
insisted. "You will see in the com-
ing months that our educational
programme will not be backing
JADCO: Budget cut won't hurt drug testing
The England and Wales Cricket
Board are set to conduct a "major
review" into the reasons behind
the national team s early World
Cup exit, although managing
director Paul Downton does not
expect any changes in the short
Coach Peter Moores position
has most significantly come under
fire after a campaign in which Eng-
land were rarely competitive, losing
four of their five games, to crash
out of the tournament with Fri-
day s final group game against
Afghanistan still to play.
Downton has the power in his
hands to end Moores second spell
in charge but in the wake of Mon-
day s 15-run defeat to Bangladesh
he has so far sought to back the
man he described as "the out-
standing coach of his generation"
when he appointed him last April.
It is high praise that Downton
still believes Moores is worthy
despite an unconvincing record,
albeit with a remodelled team,
soured further by events over the
"As far as his ability is concerned
I still feel he is a very high-quality
coach, so, no nothing has changed
since we appointed him 11 months
ago," Downton said.
"You don t become a bad coach
overnight but the scale of the issues
we have got to deal with are sig-
nificant as everybody has seen."
England fly out to the Caribbean
for a Test series early next month
and while it appears any fall-out
from the ECB review is unlikely
to strike before then, Downton did
baulk at the opportunity to guar-
antee that Moores would remain
"All I have said is that we re still
within the first year of his appoint-
ment," he said.
"We clearly will have a major
review of what s happened in the
last six months but particularly
during the World Cup.
The upcoming review could also
leave Downton to feel at some
The 57-year-old was not
employed by incoming chairman
Colin Graves or Tom Harrison,
who was appointed as the ECB s
chief executive officer last Octo-
Downton will be answerable to
both although he has not felt the
need to ask for any assurances
after revealing they had met for
discussions as recently as Monday
while England s tournament-
ending defeat was ongoing in
England fans had been warned
to expect tough times ahead after
last winter s Ashes whitewash and
Moores was tasked with an unen-
viable task of rebuilding a side that
had lost the considerable experi-
ence of Jonathan Trott, Graeme
Swann and Kevin Pietersen fol-
lowing his well-publicised falling
out with the ECB.
ECB to conduct 'major review'
MAT WON LOST TIED N/R PTS NET RR
United Arab Emirates 4 0 4 0 0 0 -1.691
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