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.