Viv Richards is Omitted from Shaun Tait’s All-Time ODI XI

Former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait was one of the quickest bowlers in the world. He used to clock speeds over 14o and scaring opponents. Sadly, Tait did not quite live up to his hype due to injury and other players edging him out.

His ODI format sates the most, picking up 62 wickets in just 35 games. Tate was also a star player in the Australian team that won the 2007 Cricket World Cup. 

Tait was asked to pick his all-time favourite ODI team. Interestingly, there was one glaring omission from Taylor’s list: Viv Richards

For opening the match he picked –  Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag. If Gilchrist would tear apart the opposition, then Sehwag was good at being fearless at the top for India. At number three, he picked the former Australian fast bowler Ricky Ponting while excluding Richards because he felt he has not seen the legendary West Indian batter play much. Ponting was an outstanding hitter at the number three position and in 2003 and 2007, he led Australia to two World Cup titles.

At number four and five he picked Sachin Tendulkar and Brain Lara. ODI cricket’s highest run-getter and the greatest hitter needs no introduction. At number six he picked Virat Kohli for most of his ODI career and his identity as a chase master.

It was MS Dhoni at number seven, but he was not sure about. Dhoni scored over 10000 runs and is widely regarded as the best finisher in cricket.

Shaun Tait picks his all-time ODI bowlers

Taylor named Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, and Shoaib Akhtar as his bowlers, with Warne being the sole spinner. 

Shaun Tait’s all-time ODI XI:

Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Brain Lara, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shoaib Akhtar.

Cricketers Arrested For Criminal Offenses

Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder, was arrested by police in connection with an assault involving a 27-year-old in Bristol just days before the announcement of their Ashes squad. Stokes isn’t the first international cricketer to be embroiled in a controversy of this kind. The Bengaluru Police detained Amit Mishra for possession of illegal drugs. Numerous cricketers have been arrested for reasons ranging from possession of illegal drugs to sexual assault. In Bengaluru, police arrested Indian legspinner Amit Mishra for allegedly assaulting a woman in his hotel room. During the India South Africa series, the case created quite a frenzy, with Mishra dominating headlines. Currently, he is out on bail. Mishra is not the first cricketer to be put behind bars for sexual assault. The following are 10 such cricketers who were arrested for criminal offenses.

1. Vinod Kambli

Vinod Kambli, a former Indian cricketer, was arrested with his wife in August 2015. Their maid filed a FIR against him and his wife. In her complaint, the maid detailed how Kambli and his wife assaulted her when she went to ask for her salary.

The FIR described how the left-handed batsman beat her up, locked her in a room, and warned her never to return. Former India opener who opened the batting with Sachin Tendulkar denied the allegations, claiming that the maid did not have proper identification.

2. Makhaya Ntini

Makhaya Ntini, a speedster from South Africa, was arrested in 1998 for involvement in a sexual assault controversy. A cricketer from East London was arrested for raping a woman. The court proceedings were unable to prove Ntini’s guilt, so he was spared a six-year prison sentence. He spent a short time in jail. Outside the court, fans celebrated the release of Ntini, the first black player to play for the Proteas.

He has taken 309 wickets from 101 tests he played in and 266 wickets from 173 matches in the 50 over format of the game. Ntini has also played for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

3. Shane Warne

Besides his ability to turn the cricket ball, Shane Warne was also known for his controversies off the field. Warne’s career as a cricketer was threatened in 2003 after he was accused of sending lewd texts to a South African woman. There was no proof of the allegations made by either Warne or Cricket Australia as Warne sought legal advice to get himself out of the situation.

Playboy cover girl, Emily Scott, was also spotted kissing Warne. During his career, Warne had many adventures and misadventures with women, and was last seen kissing Playboy cover girl Emily Scott.

4. Navjot Singh Sidhu

Navjot Singh Sidhu and his aide Rupinder Singh Sandhu killed a man in a road rage incident in 1988. Sidhu, a former BJP MP, got into a fight with Gurnam Singh, a 50-year-old victim of the accident. The older man was beaten after a brawl over a road incident.

Gurnam died on the way to the hospital, and Sidhu could have faced a 10 year sentence.

5. Peter Roebuck

Roebuck, who was born in England, was the subject of a sexual assault scandal that claimed his life in 2011.

A Zimbabwean man was sexually assaulted within Roebuck’s hotel room at the Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town in November 2011. Police were called to Roebuck’s hotel room at the Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, to arrest him.

As Roebuck realized the consequences of his arrest and the effect it would have on his reputation, he jumped from the sixth floor and ended his life.

6. Luke Pomersbach

IPL (in 2012) cricketer Luke Pomersbach was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman from the United States. Luke molest the woman and then beat up her boyfriend afterward. Later, the Australian was suspended from the remainder of the tournament.

He played for Vijay Mallya’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab. In 2014, the left-handed batsman retired from cricket due to physical and mental health problems.

7. Wasim Akram (with three others)

In 1993, while Pakistan was touring the West Indies, Akram, Waqar Younis, Aqib Javed, and Mushtaq Ahmed were arrested on the beach for possession of an illegal drug, believed to be marijuana. Later, the police tested the drug, but initially thought it was marijuana.

They were released on bail and Nestor Ogilvy, the police commissioner, could not predict when the case would be heard.

An off-duty policeman was jogging on the beach when he made the arrest, according to witnesses. According to the policemen, no drugs were found on the players or anyone in their company but the substances were found nearby.

8. Shahadat Hossain

Cricketer Shahadat Hossain, a fugitive from Bangladesh, was remanded in jail on October 5 this year after surrendering to a court over allegations of beating his 11-year old maid, his lawyer said. Hossain, 38, was finally arrested by police after hiding for three weeks and eluding arrest. He was charged for physically abusing a girl who was appointed as a maid illegaly.He was charged with physically abusing a girl who had been illegally appointed as a maid.

He has taken 70 wickets in 36 tests and 51 ODIs, respectively.

9. Mohammad Asif

Mohammad Asif, a Pakistani speedster, was arrested in Dubai during his prime on charges of possessing illegal drugs. After his debut IPL season, the cricketer returned to the league. Asif was reported to be carrying opium.

Cricketer detained at Dubai airport. Asif spent 19 days in detention for carrying the drug, even though he claimed he didn’t know what it was and last used it four months earlier. According to Asif, the substance was prescribed to him by a local Hakeem for energy and blood pressure control.

10. Rubel Hossain

Besides being a fast bowler, Rubel Hossain also works as an actor in the film industry. After getting intimate with her, Rubel did not honor his promise of marriage.

The bowler was held by the police before the start of the ICC World Cup in Australia as a result of the complaint. The Bangladesh Cricket Board saved the cricketer by securing his release based on “national interest”.

After Rubel’s outstanding performance at the World Cup where he gave his all, the woman took back the charges.