Thursday, 30 May 2013

IPL spot-fixing: IPL chief Rajiv Shukla refuses to talk more on scandal, N Srinivasan

A day after expressing his unwillingness to be IPL Chairman again, Union Minister Rajiv Shukla on Thursday refused to talk more than what he had already said on the raging spot-fixing scandal and the demand for resignation of BCCI President N Srinivasan.

IPL spot fixing: Cash paid to Sreesanth recovered from Mumbai

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Thursday claimed to have recovered Rs 5.5 lakh, which was part of the Rs ten lakh allegedly paid to cricketer Sreesanth for spot-fixing in an IPL match, from Mumbai.

The recovery was made in Mumbai at the instance of Abhishek Shukla, who was arrested for allegedly removing money and articles of Sreesanth soon after the cricketer's arrest in May 16.

IPL gave Indian cricket nothing but disrepute: Arjuna Ranatunga

New Delhi: Ridiculing the Indian Premier League for turning cricketers into a bunch of avaricious people, World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday said that the cash-rich T20 league has given Indian cricket nothing but disrepute.

Srinivasan will be forced to quit, says Jaywant Lele

Mumbai: Beleaguered BCCI president N Srinivasan will eventually have to step down as the choice before him is to go out honourably or exit unceremoniously in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal, former board secretary Jaywant Lele said on Thursday.

Brendon McCullum wants ODI relief against England

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hopes a change of format and the introduction of several new players will revive his side from the depths of a Test whitewash when they face England in a three-match one-day series starting at Lord's on Friday.
For both teams, this series will serve as a warm-up for next month's ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales.

Ricky Ponting dismisses 'Ashes recall' statement

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has backed off from a statement that he could return to Test cricket as an emergency Ashes back-up and has ruled himself out of the upcoming back-to-back series against England.
Although Ponting had recently said in an interview that he would not say no to the Australian team management if he was needed at the last minute for the Ashes, he, however has since made clear his international career was definitely over, reports.

ICC warns cricketing nations to play 'maximum Test matches over four years' or lose Test status

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricket committee has warned cricket-playing countries that they could risk losing their Test status unless they played a 'minimum number of Test matches over a four-year period'.
According to a statement, the committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble and featuring former England skipper Andrew Strauss, was concerned by several recent examples of Test matches being postponed to make way for one-day games, Sport24 reports.

Michael Clarke focusing on 'must-win' Champions Trophy more than 'eagerly-awaited' Ashes

Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that his team is focusing more on the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy at this point of time than the eagerly-awaited Ashes, which is still some time away.
Clarke and his men are in Cardiff ahead of the defence of the last edition of the eight-nation one-day trophy they won in South Africa in 2009, marking the start of their British tour, the centrepiece being their attempt to regain the Ashes urn, having lost the past two five-Test rubbers, reports.

Andy Flower's hopes of 'special' Pietersen being fit for Ashes fired by Twitter 'batting' pics

England team director Andy Flower has said that he is hoping positively about star batsman Kevin Pietersen's chances of returning to fitness in time for the Ashes series against Australia, after seeing the player batting in Twitter images.
A knee injury has kept Pietersen out of action since March, forcing him to miss the two-Test series at home to New Zealand, the Indian Premier League and next month's ICC Champions Trophy, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Alastair Cook says English Ashes confidence boosted by 2-0 Black Caps whitewash

England captain Alastair Cook has said that England has boosted its confidence for the Ashes with their home turf 2-0 pounding of New Zealand.
Cook's charges beat the Kiwis by 247 runs at Headingley on Tuesday in what British press trumpeted as an ominous warning to Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Cricket should be played in grounds, not courts, says Wasim Bari

Former Pakistan Test captain Wasim Bari has said that cricket should be played on the grounds and not in the courts.
According to Bari, litigation against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had sent a negative image of Pakistan cricket across the world, the Daily Times reports.

Zaka Ashraf determined to fight against opposition challenging PCB re-election

Re-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf is reportedly determined to put up a strong fight against those challenging his election despite a strong opposition.
This came on the heels of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order for Ashraf to stop working as the PCB chairman while terming the electoral process 'dubious following a petition, the Express Tribune reports.
According to an official, the suspended PCB chief was considering premier lawyers to fight his case, whose first hearing will be on June 13.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Zahid backs Wahab Riaz as 'matchwinner' for Champions Trophy

Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Zahid has backed bowler Wahab Riaz as a matchwinner for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
According to Zahid, the combination of pace bowlers Pakistan have selected for the ICC Champions Trophy is the right one for the conditions, with very good bowlers for all types of pitches - bounce, swing and seam, reports.

ICC probes match-fixing in Bangladesh

Dhaka: The International Cricket Council is probing allegations of match-fixing in Bangladeshi cricket with former national captain Mohammad Ashraful among those being questioned, local officials said on Thursday.

ICC anti-corruption inspectors were investigating allegations of wrongdoing during a match in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a spokesman for the Bangladesh Cricket Board said.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pakistan raises players' salaries

Pakistan announced Tuesday that its 21 cricketers on central contracts would get a 15 percent salary increase and a 10 percent rise in match fees this year.
The contracts, up for renewal in January, were finally handed to players hours before they left for Britain early Tuesday.

Wasim Akram inspires New Zealand's Boult

New Zealand's Trent Boult hopes to succeed where cricket hero Wasim Akram failed by getting his name on the Lord's honours board during this week's first Test against England.

England must improve to beat feisty New Zealand

England have been left in no doubt about what will be required of them in the first test against New Zealand starting at Lord's on Thursday.

Captain Michael Clarke backs himself for twin Ashes trials

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke said Wednesday he was confident his troublesome back would not prevent him from leading Australia in the two Ashes series against England this year.

Aussie batsmen must stand up in Ashes series

Australia's pace bowling unit will give the tourists every chance of success in the Ashes series in England but will not be able to win back the precious urn without some help from the batsmen, captain Michael Clarke said on Wednesday.

Peter Fulton set to make 'long drawn' debut at 'hallowed' Lord's

New Zealand cricketer Peter Fulton is finally set to make his debut at Lord's at the grand old age of 34, during the first Test against England on Thursday.

Steyn eyes Champions Trophy as parting gift for Kirsten

South Africa hope to give coach Gary Kirsten the perfect parting gift by winning next month's Champions Trophy, and have no fears that his replacement, Russell Domingo, is up to the job of guiding the world's best test team to further success, pace spearhead Dale Steyn has told Reuters.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal confident of defeating India in ICC Champions Trophy in UK

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he is confident his side can defeat India in the ICC Champions Trophy that gets underway in England next month.

England to use raised seam of Duke Ball to corner Kiwis

England plans to use the raised seam of the Duke Ball to challenge New Zealand batsmen during the two-Test series beginning this month.
After its disappointing draw in New Zealand, England and captain Alastair Cook are hoping to set the record straight with a greater focus on pace and swing, reports.

Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum ponders spin dilemma

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admits he will wait until the last minute before deciding if spinner Bruce Martin or seamer Doug Bracewell will fill the final place in his bowling attack for the first Test against England.
McCullum's side open their two-match Test series against England at Lord's on Thursday and the skipper's only selection dilemma is whether to go with an all-seam attack to take advantage of the expected overcast conditions in north London.

Alastair Cook expects England to take fight to Kiwis

England captain Alastair Cook insists there is no chance his team will underestimate New Zealand in the Test series which starts at Lord's on Thursday.
Cook's side were accused of complacency when they were forced to settle for three drawn Tests on their recent tour to New Zealand despite arriving as heavy favourites.