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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Michael Clarke still top-ranked Test batsman

Australian captain Michael Clarke remains the number one batsman in the ICC Test Player Rankings but South Africa's Hashim Amla closed the gap to just one point in the latest standings.

Amla's display in the final Test against New Zealand has moved the South African batsman to within a point of Clarke, ahead of February's three-match series at home to Pakistan.

Bhutan cricket wins ICC development award

In a quiet way, tiny Bhutan appears to be making giant strides in cricket. The Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) won the 'Best Women's Cricket Initiative' award during the International Cricket Council's (ICC) development programme annual awards 2012 held for the Asian Region.

For the fourth time in six years the BCCB has been recognised for its developmental work, Kuensel, the largest circulated Bhutanese newspaper, reported.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) nominated Bhutan along with cricket boards from Oman, Singapore, Malaysia and Iran. The awards, which have been running since 2002, form part of the ICC's commitment to promoting excellence in cricket development outside the ICC's Full Members.

IPL 6 auctions to be held in Chennai on February 3

The players' auction for the sixth edition of Indian Premier League ‬(IPL) will be held on February 3 in Chennai according to Sundar Raman, CEO of Indian Premier League. Raman on his official twitter account tweeted: "Pepsi IPL auction will be held on 3rd Feb in Chennai starting 11am IST."
The auction is likely to see 37 players going under the hammer. The sixth season of the IPL will kick off on the 3rd of April at the Eden Gardens between home team Kolkata Knight Riders and the Delhi Daredevils. The format however, remains the same with every one of the nine teams playing each other on home and away basis. 

Bangladesh did not follow right procedure: Pakistan Cricket Board

The Pakistan Cricket Board has accused Bangladesh of not following the proper procedures before hiring Pakistani players for this year's Bangladesh Premier League. The PCB on Wednesday pulled its 27 players out of Bangladesh's premier domestic Twenty20 competition — beginning from Friday — which included star players Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir.
The PCB claimed that the home board has to approach the visiting players' parent board and seek its approval. "In BPL's case, Bangladesh Cricket Board, their representatives or the players' agents were in contact directly with the Pakistani players and PCB was kept out of this process," the PCB said in a statement. "Even the auction of Pakistani players at BPL was done without PCB's prior permission or intimation.

Selector wants Australian players to skip IPL to avoid fatigue

Slamming Cricket Australia's rotation policy for players, former national selector Jamie Cox said those who are worried about fatigue should consider skipping the cash-rich Indian Premier League in April-May.
"The crux of the issue is that blokes get six weeks off a year under the [players' association] Memorandum of Understanding and some of them choose to use that time to play T20 cricket," Cox told the Herald Sun
"If we are really serious it's how do we co-exist with T20 cricket? Some have made the sacrifice. Mitchell Johnson has done that, Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting have foregone IPL contracts in the national interest and not cashed in on the riches but that is a big call to make," he said.

Ex-Windies captain Carl Hooper denies interest in Bangladesh coach role

Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper has claimed he is not interested in taking up the vacant Bangladesh coaching job, adding he is upset by far-fetched reports linking him as the replacement for Richard Pybus.

Australian pace great Craig McDermott and 41-Test New Zealand opener Mark Greatbatch are reportedly frontrunners for the job, which Bangladesh cricket officials want filled by a March tour of Sri Lanka, News.com.au reports.

Bowling coach Shane Jurgensen is another candidate to assume the head role after guiding Bangladesh to a one-day series triumph over the West Indies in December, it reported.

Pakistan Super League to make up for Bangladesh snub, says PCB chief Zaka Ashraf

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf believes that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is the ideal alternative for reviving international cricket in the country if Bangladesh refuse to tour.

The Express Tribune quoted Ashraf, as saying that Bangladesh weren't the last option to resume international cricket in Pakistan, adding that the PCB is in the process of staging its own Twenty20 league where top foreign players will be taking part.

Need to move on from crushing Kochi defeat: Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook has said the players need to move on from their crushing defeat in the second one-day in Kochi against India, adding their sole focus currently is to focus on the third match in Ranchi.

Cook said he would urge his side not to dwell on Tuesday's ignominious 127-run defeat to India, the Telegraph reports.

Cook was keen for his players not to get carried away by their unexpected nine-run win after the first one-day international in Rajkot and will now call on his men to put the series-leveling defeat to one side in the same fashion, the paper added.

Mahela Jayawardene urges end to 'negative' fielding laws

Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene called on Thursday for an end to experimental fielding restrictions in one-day cricket, saying they discourage risk-taking.

On the eve of the third ODI against Australia, the veteran batsman said the new laws allowing a maximum of four fielders outside the circle from the 11th over to the 40th encouraged negative play.

"The spinners are being taken away from the game, to be honest," he said. "Most of the spinners are being very negative now."

"They are bowling overs aiming for fewer runs rather than trying to take wickets and use their variety," Jayawardene said in Brisbane.

Shane Warne again in hot water over 'Code of Behaviour' breach

Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has been reported for breaching Cricket Australia's (CA) Code of Behaviour during Melbourne Stars' Big Bash League semi-final clash with Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.

The Melbourne Stars captain, who was on one strike for slow-over rates and faced an automatic one-match suspension for a second strike, was not listed as the team's official captain on the team sheet for the last night's game, News.com.au reports.

Instead, young pace man James Faulkner was named captain and took part in the coin toss with Scorchers captain Simon Katich, it further reported.