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August 10, 2012, 09:33 AM
Toronto Tyrants Pledge to Dictate Terms at MLC

From thestar.com (Aug 3rd):

TORONTO - The Toronto Tyrants revealed their MLC jersey at a solemn ceremony at the Air Canada Center on Friday. A rare public appearance by Shania Twain stunned the audience as the country Goddess took the stage to kick things off with the Canadian national anthem. Rogers Communications President and CEO Nadir Mohamed and Air Canada main man Calin Rovinescu then arrived to mount their respective thrones, as an enlarged model of the Tyrants' jersey was seen rising in the background to a tune that was best described by someone in the audience as "destructive and very military".

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The two men, clad in sports coats with the MLC and Tyrants' logos etched into them, then took turns to speak about the franchise, its prospects and their expectations for season one.

"As always, the goal is to trump all competition and be the ones that we ourselves want to beat. It is the legacy of the Rogers and it is how Rogers Communication has maintained its status as the number one choice for its customers over decades. Telus has tried, Wind has tried, Koodo has tried, but as a business, we have always managed to kill competitors with the flick of a finger, as if they were mere ants, irrelevant and undeserving of life. I would like to have the same attitude on display for the duration of the season, because being at the top is all that matters", exclaimed a haughty Mohamed.

"Air Canada is proud to be the official sponsor of the Toronto Tyrants. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rogers Communications for giving us an opportunity to establish our superiority over American corporations in yet another domain - that of sports. We have crushed US Airways, AA, Delta and South West and intend to continue our domination in every aspect of business", said Mr. Calin Rovinescu.

Curious eyes then turned to a lesser known figure, that of AsifTheManRahman, recently appointed manager of the Tyrants. Beads of iron across his neck and an iron ring on his pinky, he approached the podium with an air of destruction. "When Kerry Packer lured players into joining the World Series, the world had disbelievers galore. The rebels were the minority and acts of bravery ridiculed. Today, the world is a transformed place, where there is a huge movement towards eradicating sissies and ensuring survival of the fittest. Men like Dilscoop have set the platform and it is now up to us to implement [the plans]".

"Our opponents will be crushed to sawdust, brought down to their knees on the cricket pitch, begging for mercy, blood shooting out of their eyes in place of tears. We shall destroy confidences and careers. We shall stamp our authority on every member - manager, official and player - of every other team, ruling the points table of this league with an iron fist. We shall decide and control the fates of grown men with our batting, bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping. We shall ensure that they expect to lose, that they come to the ground knowing they have no chance".

The general attitude of the franchise meets expectations set earlier by rumours about the Tyrants starting the inaugural season of the MLC with an aggressive campaign. With further adieu, the officials left, one by one, to attend a boardroom meeting to discuss "World domination strategy", as a spokesman put it, at the Rogers HQ on Bloor and Jarvis.

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Torontonians' React to Tyrants' Jersey

The streets of downtown Toronto seemed upbeat on Friday afternoon, thanks partly due to the upcoming Simcoe Day long weekend, but mostly in anticipation of the impending MLC victory.

"God save the Queen, the Queen the Queen and Her Tyrants...[and some more that got lost in drivel]", sang a local mounty before he rode off on his horse, clearly intoxicated from the bottle of maple syrup in his pocket.

"Yo man, the jersey looks so-effing-lid. Totally digging it, ya'll, Tyrants FTW man!", was the reaction of Sherbourne-Shuter crackhead Thomasz Hiedelberg.

"L.O.V.E the jersey, but they should have had a vampire and a werewolf instead of a dinosaur on it", said 16 year old Natasha Goyal.

Robin Scherbatsky, a New York resident visiting family in Toronto for the long weekend, was upbeat about the chances of the Tyrants in season one. "I think we will definitely win and having a cool jersey simply propels us towards that direction", she said, before running off in the direction of Dundas Square, humming "Let's go to the mall, TODAY", followed by "Two beavers are better than one".

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August 10, 2012, 09:37 AM
From thestar.com (Aug 6th):

TORONTO - A heated meeting at Rogers Communication Head Quarters involving Toronto Tyrants executives left CEO Nadir Mohamed's office in a wreck early Monday morning. While the details are unknown, sources present at the time of the ruckus have indicated that the attendees of the meeting were visibly agitated by the MLC's last minute decision to overrule the original draft order.

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"This is [bleep]...might as well tell us next week that we have to change our entire coaching staff too. As long as they apologize for it right? How the [bleep] are you supposed to chalk up a plan if they keep changing things as they please? [Bleep] this [bleep]", a furious AsifTheManRahman was quoted yelling at reporters as he stormed out of the building.

Other MLC officials were unavailable to comment.

The MLC recently decided to shuffle the original draft order for teams, a change which saw the Tyrants fall to #14 from #2 on the list.

August 10, 2012, 09:52 AM
This is the team to beat, with Warner and McCullum Toronto already has the best opening line up in MLC.

August 10, 2012, 10:09 AM
This is the team to beat, with Warner and McCullum Toronto already has the best opening line up in MLC.

not always about big hitters! remember IPL season one or Two! where Kolkatta had all the big hitters?

August 10, 2012, 11:38 AM
not always about big hitters! remember IPL season one or Two! where Kolkatta had all the big hitters?

Deccan Chargers in IPL 1. Had all the hitters, and finished in the bottom two.

August 10, 2012, 11:40 AM
This is simulation guys, not real life. Cricinfo stats and ratings from Dilscoop's head are all that matter.

August 10, 2012, 05:39 PM
This is simulation guys, not real life. Cricinfo stats and ratings from Dilscoop's head are all that matter.

Not when all the "Special Skills" are activate and comes into play.

August 11, 2012, 12:13 AM
People of toronto want their pick for round 5.

August 11, 2012, 01:51 AM
People of toronto want their pick for round 5.
From thestar.com:

Posted 2 minutes ago

TORONTO - The Tyrants surprised with their fifth draft pick at the MLC as they signed little known Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The move raised many an eye brow as the decision comes at a time when most franchises are focused on hunting down celebrities.

Hassan, known to be the fastest bowler among associate nations, has enjoyed some success at the highest level and was ecstatic about the opportunity. "This is easily the highlight of my career. The culture in the Tyrants' dressing room is very synonymous to the general attitude of the Afghan people - hard working, determined, tough and capable of breaking down any barrier. I will definitely feel at home and look forward to cracking helmets in every game I play."

Tipped to open the bowling alongside speedster Shane Bond, Hassan joins an impressive top order consisting of David Warner, Brendon McCullum and Virat Kohli, the Tyrants' previous drafts at the inaugural season of the MLC.


August 11, 2012, 02:28 AM
From thestar.com:

By Ashish Bagai | Sat Aug 11 2012

Much has been said in light of Hamid Hassan's surprise draft by the Toronto Tyrants at the MLC. As a Tyrants supporter and well wisher, I for one am over the moon and excited to watch this fiery fast bowler in action at King City.

Having played against Hassan, I can vouch for his ability to steam roll any batting line up on his day. From my experiences batting against world class bowlers in the past, I put him up there alongside the best in the business.

Don't believe me? Let the stats do the talking. Here is where Hassan's T20 bowling career stands right this moment:

<table><tbody><tr><td> </td> <td>Matches</td> <td>Wickets</td> <td>Average</td> <td> Econ</td> <td> SR</td> </tr> <tr> <td>T20I</td> <td> 8</td> <td> 14</td> <td> 12.14</td> <td> 5.82</td> <td> 12.5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>T20</td> <td> 16</td> <td> 29</td> <td> 12.27</td> <td> 5.94</td> <td> 12.3</td> </tr> </tbody></table>

For those in doubt, a couple of his greatest successes in this format have actually come against very decent opposition. Here's (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/311427.html?class=3;template=results;type=bowling; view=innings) a breakdown of his T20I bowling. He has impressed with the limited chances that he has had against India and South Africa, two of the best sides in the world. The sample size is small, yes, but there is no question about his ability.

Equally as important as his pace is the attitude that comes with it. Hassan is an ambassador of Afghan cricket and will be hungry to make a mark at the MLC, the world's greatest stage. He acts, talks and not to mention bowls like a fast bowler and I am confident he will turn out to be one of the best buys of the season.

Ashish Bagai was captain of the Canadian national cricket team until last year. He stepped down from the captaincy in May 2011, but remains a valuable member of the squad.

August 11, 2012, 02:33 AM
Commish, I hope you're reading this and are thinking of Hamid Hassan as highly as the ex-Canadian captain.

August 11, 2012, 10:54 AM
Why is ex Can captain writing on Afg fast bowler? Wannabe ex Ban captain Shakib. pfft.

(Small amount of matches! Those are difficult to rate. But they aren't gonna be as difficult as Mendis. I mean that kid was a genius, his stats are glowing. But we all know how much he's declined over the last couple of years!!)

August 11, 2012, 11:23 AM
I think Bagai is just excited about having a team to support at the MLC, that too so close to home.

You've seen Hamid Hassan bowl right? He has turned me into a believer for sure.

PS: Oh and he bowls FAST.

August 11, 2012, 11:27 AM
Just that one T20 WC match v SA. He was pretty impressive.

August 11, 2012, 11:20 PM
Asif bhai I will trade you, brad hogg for Daniel harris, come on you know you want to. You don't need harris you already have mccullum and warner

August 11, 2012, 11:38 PM
^ I hope. I HOPE that's a typo and you meant Brad Hodge. Because your PM said Brad Hodge. And your roster has Brad Hodge. (The batsman)

August 12, 2012, 12:09 AM
ya I did mean hodge not hogg. Thanks for pointing it out.

August 12, 2012, 09:59 AM
I am going to serve ATMR and his Toronto team a legal notice if he doesn't play by the rules.

August 12, 2012, 12:07 PM
From thestar.com:

Posted 17 minutes ago

TORONTO - The Toronto Tyrants revealed their 17 member squad for the inaugural season of the MLC at an impromptu press conference on Sunday. The drafted players, in no particular order, are:

David Warner (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/219889.html) (AUS)
Brendon McCullum (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/37737.html) (NZ)
Daniel Harris (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/5583.html) (AUS)
Virat Kohli (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/253802.html) (c) (IND)
Yuvraj Singh (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/36084.html) (IND)
Thilan Samaraweera (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/50424.html) (SL)
Abdur Razzak (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/56283.html) (BAN)
Hamid Hassan (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/311427.html) (AFG)
Rangana Herath (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/49178.html) (SL)
Paul Collingwood (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/10772.html) (ENG)
Daren Stevens (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/371814.html) (ENG)
Imran Tahir (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/40618.html) (PAK)
Imran Farhat (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/40582.html) (PAK)
Shane Bond (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/36326.html) (NZ)
Stuart Clark (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/4582.html) (AUS)
Nasir Jamshed (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/42321.html) (PAK)
Steve Taylor (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/348133.html) (USA)

More to follow

August 13, 2012, 02:58 AM
Good squad.. strong with both bat and ball. Probably would have issues selecting a balanced 11 since there is no genuine all rounders

August 14, 2012, 10:24 AM
Testing bench strength, most starters rested. Result inconsequential. Opportunity for reserves to raise their hands.

1. Imran Farhat (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/40582.html) (PAK) - bat
2. Brendon McCullum (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/37737.html) (NZ) (C) - wk/bat
3. Daniel Harris (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/5583.html) (AUS) bat
4. Nasir Jamshed (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/42321.html) (PAK) bat
5. Darren Stevens (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/20367.html) (ENG) bat/bowl
6. Paul Collingwood (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/10772.html) (ENG) bat/bowl
7. Steve Taylor (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/348133.html) (USA) bat
8. Rangana Herath (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/49178.html) (SL) bowl
9. Hamid Hassan (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/311427.html) (AFG) bowl
10. Imran Tahir (http://search.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/40618.html) (PAK) bowl
11. Stuart Clark (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/4582.html) (AUS) bowl

August 16, 2012, 12:14 PM
Toronto Tyrants @ NY Rangers

TT squad:

1. David Warner
2. Brendon McCullum (wk)
3. Virat Kohli (c)
4. Daniel Harris
5. Yuvraj Singh
6. Thilan Samaraweera
7. Darren Stevens
8. Abdur Razzak
9. Shane Bond
10. Hamid Hasan
11. Imran Tahir

5 batsmen, 2 AR, 4 bowlers (including 1 guy who can hit a couple of big ones).

Bowling: more specifically, 3 pacers and 3 spinners (i.e. including the ARs).

Pitch - apparently a tad speedy, but not an insane amount of bounce and wears out later in the game.

August 17, 2012, 10:17 AM
From thestar.com:

Posted 54 minutes ago

TORONTO - Toronto Tyrants GM AsifTheManRahman was unimpressed by his team's performance in its MLC Round #2 fixture against the New York Rangers on Thursday. The post match press conference saw a clearly distraught Rahman trying to make sense of some of the decisions made by the players during the game.

"We were well on course to post 220 at one point, but fell ridiculously short", he fumed. "You don't achieve world domination by scoring fifties - when you get there, you convert it to a hundred", he added, clearly dissatisfied by the dismissals of Brandon McCullum and David Warner shortly after each reached his fifty, the joint fastest in the league to date.

"Some of the bowling changes have been atrocious, some of the bowling even worse. We need to go back, have a grueling retrospective session, take a hard look at ourselves and identify what went wrong and why it did. The MLC is bigger than life and mistakes are unforgivable, unless they get fixed and fixed fast".

The Tyrants kicked off their MLC campaign with a victory, defeating the Rangers by 15 runs away from home.

Virat Kohli was on the receiving end of his GM's criticism after the Tyrants' clash with the Rangers on Thursday

Steve Taylor in Tears

Tyrants' US recruit Steve Taylor reportedly broke down to tears after the press conference, when Rahman took the heat to the dressing room.

"I have never played with cricketers who set the bar so high for themselves", he sobbed. "You come from an environment where 20's and 30's against the likes of Mongolia are applauded, yet here you have these guys facing some of the best bowlers in the business, striking fifties at 200, then banging their heads for not being good enough. It's terrifying."

When asked whether he was hopeful of featuring in the main XI, Taylor, who failed to perform in the warm up games, buried his face in his palms, flooding them as he ran back into the dressing room.

August 17, 2012, 10:21 AM
class by asif bhai:)

August 17, 2012, 10:24 AM
This is why the local player quota shouldn't be restricted to US players only. Canadian cricketers are tougher and need to be treated as locals given that this is an American/Canadian league.

August 17, 2012, 10:36 AM
There is no crying in cricket.

August 17, 2012, 10:41 AM
There are rumours that Steve Taylor has been reprimanded for display of sissy behavior in public (although the Toronto management doesn't by any means condone sissy behavior in private either) and officials are meeting to discuss his future with the Tyrants.

August 17, 2012, 10:55 AM
Literally cracked through the whole report. And VK's impressions to add to that. Priceless.

August 21, 2012, 02:52 PM
bro whats your pitch conditions?

August 22, 2012, 04:47 PM

He broke his own record. Fastest fifty in the MLC is now 23 balls.

August 22, 2012, 04:55 PM
bro whats your pitch conditions?
All 5's, the most even playing conditions in the league. Potential trivia question?

What's yours like?

August 22, 2012, 09:42 PM
All 5's, the most even playing conditions in the league. Potential trivia question?

What's yours like?

Pitch Speed: 7
Pitch Grip: 3
Pitch Bounce: 7
Pitch Variation: 4
Pitch Deterioration: 6

I needed to know yours because im playing at your homeground

August 23, 2012, 01:08 AM
Toronto does have the most balanced pitch in the league. Best track after MLC HQ. Everyone else got really excited while making their pitch and made it all fast and bowling friendly.

August 23, 2012, 01:14 AM
Toronto does have the most balanced pitch in the league. Best track after MLC HQ. Everyone else got really excited while making their pitch and made it all fast and bowling friendly.

Mine is working very well for me. Because I was well aware of what my team would look like.

August 23, 2012, 12:11 PM
Three consecutive scores of 175, 190+ in the first game. The batting has been firing, the bowling could be better. Abdurrajjakraj = FAIL! Two wins out of four, not happy, but we'll see.

August 27, 2012, 10:03 PM
Congrats on beating one of your main rival and being the first Canadian GM to make the Championship. You could be facing your biggest enemy.

August 27, 2012, 10:50 PM
Next up: Either the Bulls or the Celtics. Damn, this is a difficult league.

August 28, 2012, 04:26 AM
Congrats on the win man. At the end McCullum and co. were too strong for my team. Good luck for the rest of the tournament :up:

August 29, 2012, 08:03 AM
The Tyrants are camping out at the Bluffers Park today, devising ways to get Sehwag out in the divisional finals. No practice on rest day.
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August 31, 2012, 09:33 PM
The Divisional Championship means nothing if we can't win the World Series.

September 2, 2012, 11:15 AM
From thestar.com:

Winning is Everything for the Tyrants

Posted 21 minutes ago

TORONTO - The mood in the Tyrants' camp ahead of their World Series clash against the LA Kings at home is being described by the press as bullish and destructive, but if you have been following them throughout the first season of the MLC, this should come as no surprise. Since its inception, the franchise has seen a flow of highly ambitious individuals who, throughout the season, have often described the MLC as being "larger than life". The atmosphere at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, where the squad has been residing, was no different on the eve of the first game of the World Series.

"The divisional championships mean nothing if we can't win the World Series", said GM AsifTheManRahman. "As Damon Hill (British race car driver) once put quite aptly, 'Winning is everything - the only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog'. I take this quote to heart, more so because I don't have a dog. We must beat LA - it is what our fans deserve, it is what the staff here is working towards and it is where we will be at the end of the series - there is no doubt about that".

David Warner and Brendon McCullum, who make up the dynamic duo that holds the key to Toronto's success, were equally optimistic about the team's chances. "Look mate, every kid has dreams growing up. Some fulfill them, some don't or can't and that is unacceptable. Mine was to conquer the world with the bat. The MLC provides the perfect platform for world domination and it is where my childhood dreams will finally come true", said Warner, as he gulped down a bottle of Gatorade in two seconds and threw it down a trash can twenty five meters away with pin-point accuracy. "Playing for New Zealand is a great honor and I won't compare the two. All I'm going to say is there are games to win here and opponents to crush. That's what our aim will be heading into the World Series", replied McCullum in response to a question about whether he preferred playing for New Zealand over the Tyrants.

On the bowling front, surprise fifth round draft Hamid Hassan has been the hero for the Tyrants. Asked about his secret to success, Hassan, his fingers glazing from having just been dipped in his bowl of meat curry, pointed to his food. "This (lots and lots of meat) and Troy Cooley. Troy told me to feel free to crack helmets at the games, so that's always one of my primary goals - to hit the batsman". He then went back to eating and seemed to have no more interest in talking to the large group of reporters huddled around his breakfast table.

Hassan has been fast and furious this season and his captain had nothing short of immense praise for him. "He is the best fast bowler in the world. It's a pity he doesn't get to play Tests. With Hamid and Shane opening the bowling, a captain could literally take a nap in the dug out, because you know things will be just fine". Incredibly, Virat Kohli ran through his sentences without a single stutter or sign of shivering albeit being submerged neck down in a bath of ice, prescribed by batting coach Richard McInnes.

Meanwhile at King City

Groundsman Mohammad Rafique, beaming with pride and a sense of accomplishment, told The Toronto Star that the wicket will play like it has throughout the season. "It is the most even playing ground in the MLC. Batsmen are no better off than bowlers, bowlers are no better off than batsmen. Spinners and pacers get an equal amount of assistance off this pitch. It is my baby and it is meant to offer a great contest and a good game of cricket if the players are up for it".

September 2, 2012, 11:17 AM
^There Dilscoop, not your typical Cricinfo preview, but rather a sneak peek into the Tyrants' camp on the eve of the WS clash.

"Playing for New Zealand is a great honor and I won't compare the two. All I'm going to say is there are games to win here and opponents to crush. That's what our aim will be heading into the World Series", replied McCullum in response to a question about whether he preferred playing for New Zealand over the Tyrants.

^Must have been a Kaler Kontho reporter.

September 3, 2012, 10:37 AM
Lowest score and worst loss in the season, both in the WS opener.

September 14, 2012, 01:22 PM
I'd be insulted if my team's sick *** come back was questioned as "fix" but I guess Canadians are too nice to fight back? Guessing they will just let the Cowboys talk?

September 14, 2012, 01:49 PM
The grapes are sour for the Cowboys. We have a big game today, no time for losers.

September 14, 2012, 09:52 PM
Tough break Toronto. So close, yet so far. Congrats on a dominant series.

September 15, 2012, 01:08 PM
Toronto is in shambles


September 15, 2012, 01:28 PM
Not again! Those two are such attention ho! They showed up there too?