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Friday, September 10, 2004

Cricket: ICC Champions Trophy 2004

Schedule of the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England from the 10th to the 25th of this month. India plays Kenya on the 11th and Pakistan on the 19th. All matches to be telecast Live on SetMax from 01:30 p.m. IST.

Rahul Dravid is ICC's Player of the Year, Test Player of the Year and Irfan Pathan is the best upcoming player of the year. Congratulations Rahul & Irfan. The match with Pakistan will decide whether we reach the semi-finals. We lost to Pakistan in the tournament in Netherlands last month. Our batting has to click and we can defeat any team.

Australia announces it's team to tour India in October.
Squad: Australia's tour of India. October 2004 onwards. It will be an interesting series, with the Austalian bowling of Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath, Michael Kasprowicz, Shane Warne, Michael Clarke, Lehmann and White versus VVS Laxman (against Australia, Laxman comes first, even before Sachin), Rahul Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, Sehwag and others. I'm looking forward to the series.

India v. Australia in 2001 was a series of a lifetime, Laxman's 281, Rahul Dravid's 180 in that unforgettable Calcutta test match of March 2001. Steve Waugh's attempt to defeat India in India (the Final Frontier). India v. Australia encounters are always exciting.