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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Abdul Qadir accuses ICC of double standards

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has called for the International Cricket Council to deal evenly with its member boards as he believes that the global body is biased towards the PCB.

The former chief selector was reacting to the announcement by Micheal Beloff that the provisional suspensions on Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif would remain until a full hearing by an independent tribunal.

Butt and Aamer appeared before Beloff with their lawyers in Dubai on Saturday and Sunday for their appeals hearing which were rejected.


Asif had earlier withdrawn his appeal against the suspensions imposed by the ICC. Qadir said he was surprised by the ICC tribunal decision to not allow the players to resume their cricket career.
“It is total farce. If the ICC wasn’t interested in revoking the suspensions, why go through this farce at all?” he questioned.

Qadir lashed out at the ICC for its double standards pointing out that Indian batsman, Suresh Raina was also suspected of having links with a woman who was working for a bookmaker during the tour to Sri Lanka.
“The Sri Lankan board even sent a report to the Indians about it but nothing has been done so far and the matter was hushed up by the ICC and Raina continues to play,” Qadir said.

“As things stand, there is suspicion about Raina’s links with the woman and the same is the case with our players against whom nothing has been proven yet they remain suspended and the Indian batsman is free to play on,” the former leggie said.

“I say bring Raina also into the dock,” he added. He lamented that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had failed completely in protecting its players and providing them support.

“If the PCB had been pro-active from the start we would not have reached such a stage where we have lost the services of two of our best bowlers and our Test captain and opener,” he said.

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Abdul Qadir accuses ICC of double standards

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has called for the International Cricket Council to deal evenly with its member boards as he believes that the global body is biased towards the PCB.

The former chief selector was reacting to the announcement by Micheal Beloff that the provisional suspensions on Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif would remain until a full hearing by an independent tribunal.

Butt and Aamer appeared before Beloff with their lawyers in Dubai on Saturday and Sunday for their appeals hearing which were rejected.


Asif had earlier withdrawn his appeal against the suspensions imposed by the ICC. Qadir said he was surprised by the ICC tribunal decision to not allow the players to resume their cricket career.
“It is total farce. If the ICC wasn’t interested in revoking the suspensions, why go through this farce at all?” he questioned.

Qadir lashed out at the ICC for its double standards pointing out that Indian batsman, Suresh Raina was also suspected of having links with a woman who was working for a bookmaker during the tour to Sri Lanka.
“The Sri Lankan board even sent a report to the Indians about it but nothing has been done so far and the matter was hushed up by the ICC and Raina continues to play,” Qadir said.

“As things stand, there is suspicion about Raina’s links with the woman and the same is the case with our players against whom nothing has been proven yet they remain suspended and the Indian batsman is free to play on,” the former leggie said.

“I say bring Raina also into the dock,” he added. He lamented that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had failed completely in protecting its players and providing them support.

“If the PCB had been pro-active from the start we would not have reached such a stage where we have lost the services of two of our best bowlers and our Test captain and opener,” he said.

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Geoff Allott steps down from NZC role

Geoff Allott, New Zealand Cricket's General Manager of Cricket, is to step down from his position.

Allott, who accepted the position two years ago will leave New Zealand Cricket at the end of November.

A primary focus of his tenure at NZC has been the development of a long-term high-performance strategy for the future of the sport.

"It became evident during my work on that strategy that New Zealand Cricket may require a different allocation of resources within high performance in the future," said Allott.

"This was reinforced to me during the recent review following the Bangladesh tour," he said.

"I believe our elite athletes and teams need a combination of the best available high performance expertise and the knowledge of cricket experts who understand the technical aspects of the game.


"On that basis the High Performance structure that I consider is best for cricket's future would be different to the current structure and with a different allocation of resources. I have effectively restructured myself out of a job, but I truly believe this to be in the best interests of cricket.

"This was a difficult decision for me to make because I am passionate about the game that has given me so much. After a break with my family, I will consider several other opportunities that exist, both inside and outside of cricket," he said.

NZC CEO Justin Vaughan praised Allott's energy and drive in fulfilling his current role and his selflessness in deciding to resign.

"Geoff has made an enormous contribution to cricket in New Zealand. He was instrumental in the negotiation of the ground-breaking eight-year agreement with the NZ Cricket Players Association and has lead the development of the high performance strategy with the unique insights that a former international cricketer can bring to the process," he said.

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Geoff Allott steps down from NZC role

Geoff Allott, New Zealand Cricket's General Manager of Cricket, is to step down from his position.

Allott, who accepted the position two years ago will leave New Zealand Cricket at the end of November.

A primary focus of his tenure at NZC has been the development of a long-term high-performance strategy for the future of the sport.

"It became evident during my work on that strategy that New Zealand Cricket may require a different allocation of resources within high performance in the future," said Allott.

"This was reinforced to me during the recent review following the Bangladesh tour," he said.

"I believe our elite athletes and teams need a combination of the best available high performance expertise and the knowledge of cricket experts who understand the technical aspects of the game.


"On that basis the High Performance structure that I consider is best for cricket's future would be different to the current structure and with a different allocation of resources. I have effectively restructured myself out of a job, but I truly believe this to be in the best interests of cricket.

"This was a difficult decision for me to make because I am passionate about the game that has given me so much. After a break with my family, I will consider several other opportunities that exist, both inside and outside of cricket," he said.

NZC CEO Justin Vaughan praised Allott's energy and drive in fulfilling his current role and his selflessness in deciding to resign.

"Geoff has made an enormous contribution to cricket in New Zealand. He was instrumental in the negotiation of the ground-breaking eight-year agreement with the NZ Cricket Players Association and has lead the development of the high performance strategy with the unique insights that a former international cricketer can bring to the process," he said.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Old enemy touches down in Perth

After months of verbal warfare, the Ashes campaign has officially begun after England finally reached Australian shores yesterday.

A small crowd of England fans young and old converged on Perth International Airport to wish their team well in its quest to end a horror Ashes streak down under that has spanned almost 25 years without a series win.

It was a low-key arrival for skipper Andrew Strauss and his men, with the number of photographers and television news crews almost matching the number of supporters who turned out in England cricket apparel, Barmy Army shirts and the customary soccer top.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann was first through the arrivals door and a brief loud cheer duly erupted, with batsman Paul Collingwood following closely behind.

The squad members looked smart and fresh in their black suits and light blue ties, with some getting ready for their first taste of genuine sunshine by sporting sunglasses on their heads as they waded through the terminal.

Several players also had replica English roses on their lapels.

Even former batsman Graham Gooch was looking the part, with his time spruiking hair-growth treatments paying rich dividends.

After a marathon flight from London, some players needed a hand with carting their cargo of three heavy cricket bags through the doors and onto their luxury coach.

Kevin Pietersen, as expected, was in high demand with fans stopping him from getting to the bus as they clamoured for his autograph and a photo of the enigmatic batsman.

There was no time for chit-chat from the tourists, who have arrived almost a month before the first Ashes Test gets underway in Brisbane on November 25 to get acclimatised to the Australian conditions.

It is a far cry from the weather in London, where in the past week temperatures dropped to as low as three degrees and as high as 17 degrees – a maximum that equates to Perth's forecast lows in coming days.

Yesterday's maximum temperature in Perth reached 25, with today set for a max of 28. The heat is expected to reach 35 degrees by Wednesday but much to England's relief, a chance of a shower and a max of 22 is forecast for Friday – the beginning of a three-day tour game against WA at the WACA Ground.

England's no-WAG policy for the early part of the tour was strictly enforced, with not a single partner in sight.

Aside from not having their partners on board, there will also be a drop in travelling Barmy Army numbers, with just 10,000 expected to head over in time for the first Test.

The poor exchange rate is to blame for the poor turnout after Barmy Army numbers from past tours hovered around the 20,000 mark.

Speaking a little more than an hour after hopping off the plane, Strauss said there was a "relaxed excitement about the group" and he believed the team was well placed to adapt to the warm conditions in good time.

"We want to hit the ground running there’s no doubt about it," he said at the team hotel. "The conditions here are very different, it's a beautiful sunny day here so we need to get acclimatised quickly, but we've also got to factor in that it's a long tour and you don't want to burn out in the first week.

"So I think we've done a lot of work on how's best to go about things in the first week or so and we're looking forward to that first game on Friday."

When asked about the team's wives and girlfriends not accompanying the players in the six weeks of the tour, Strauss was adamant the players would be able to get on with the task at hand without their support, although he admitted their presence provided a "boost" to the squad.

"I've always thought that having the families on tour is a great kind of boost for the side," he said. "When they arrive they can really kind of give a sense of perspective or balance and prevent you from getting too caught up in what's going on.

"But a part of our preparation for this tour was (deciding) what's the right time for them to arrive and just seeing that before the first Test there's a lot of jet lag around, it didn't seem like the best preparation. So the ideal times are for (after) the second Test and we'll all be dying to see them then and hopefully that'll spur us on to play really well in Perth (for the third Test)."

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Old enemy touches down in Perth

After months of verbal warfare, the Ashes campaign has officially begun after England finally reached Australian shores yesterday.

A small crowd of England fans young and old converged on Perth International Airport to wish their team well in its quest to end a horror Ashes streak down under that has spanned almost 25 years without a series win.

It was a low-key arrival for skipper Andrew Strauss and his men, with the number of photographers and television news crews almost matching the number of supporters who turned out in England cricket apparel, Barmy Army shirts and the customary soccer top.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann was first through the arrivals door and a brief loud cheer duly erupted, with batsman Paul Collingwood following closely behind.

The squad members looked smart and fresh in their black suits and light blue ties, with some getting ready for their first taste of genuine sunshine by sporting sunglasses on their heads as they waded through the terminal.

Several players also had replica English roses on their lapels.

Even former batsman Graham Gooch was looking the part, with his time spruiking hair-growth treatments paying rich dividends.

After a marathon flight from London, some players needed a hand with carting their cargo of three heavy cricket bags through the doors and onto their luxury coach.

Kevin Pietersen, as expected, was in high demand with fans stopping him from getting to the bus as they clamoured for his autograph and a photo of the enigmatic batsman.

There was no time for chit-chat from the tourists, who have arrived almost a month before the first Ashes Test gets underway in Brisbane on November 25 to get acclimatised to the Australian conditions.

It is a far cry from the weather in London, where in the past week temperatures dropped to as low as three degrees and as high as 17 degrees – a maximum that equates to Perth's forecast lows in coming days.

Yesterday's maximum temperature in Perth reached 25, with today set for a max of 28. The heat is expected to reach 35 degrees by Wednesday but much to England's relief, a chance of a shower and a max of 22 is forecast for Friday – the beginning of a three-day tour game against WA at the WACA Ground.

England's no-WAG policy for the early part of the tour was strictly enforced, with not a single partner in sight.

Aside from not having their partners on board, there will also be a drop in travelling Barmy Army numbers, with just 10,000 expected to head over in time for the first Test.

The poor exchange rate is to blame for the poor turnout after Barmy Army numbers from past tours hovered around the 20,000 mark.

Speaking a little more than an hour after hopping off the plane, Strauss said there was a "relaxed excitement about the group" and he believed the team was well placed to adapt to the warm conditions in good time.

"We want to hit the ground running there’s no doubt about it," he said at the team hotel. "The conditions here are very different, it's a beautiful sunny day here so we need to get acclimatised quickly, but we've also got to factor in that it's a long tour and you don't want to burn out in the first week.

"So I think we've done a lot of work on how's best to go about things in the first week or so and we're looking forward to that first game on Friday."

When asked about the team's wives and girlfriends not accompanying the players in the six weeks of the tour, Strauss was adamant the players would be able to get on with the task at hand without their support, although he admitted their presence provided a "boost" to the squad.

"I've always thought that having the families on tour is a great kind of boost for the side," he said. "When they arrive they can really kind of give a sense of perspective or balance and prevent you from getting too caught up in what's going on.

"But a part of our preparation for this tour was (deciding) what's the right time for them to arrive and just seeing that before the first Test there's a lot of jet lag around, it didn't seem like the best preparation. So the ideal times are for (after) the second Test and we'll all be dying to see them then and hopefully that'll spur us on to play really well in Perth (for the third Test)."

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Bad cricket match bets turned them into thieves

Four youths, who allegedly turned to burglary after losing money in cricket betting, were arrested in south Delhi, police said on Friday.

The arrested have been identified as Anil Verma (25), the gang leader, Vikas Jain (22), Danish Ahmad (24) and Sumit Sharma (23). Jain holds a degree in computer applications.

With their arrest, five incidents of burglaries and thefts have been solved and 100 grams of gold ornaments, two laptops and Rs. 55,000 cash have been recovered.

The youths were arrested from Chirag Dilli on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) HGS Dhaliwal said.


Verma, the leader of the gang, had been hospitalised with a leg injury which he had sustained while jumping from the rooftop after a burglary.

"Rest of the accused persons shared the booty and after giving share to Verma were planning to flee when they were caught," Dhaliwal said.

All the arrested were neighbours and childhood friends. Since their families had limited means, they took to other ways to pay for their needs. Subsequently they started betting on cricket matches and lost a huge amount.

"They borrowed money from the local money lender at 10 per cent per month. But soon they were under huge debt. In order to come out of their debt they hatched the plan of committing thefts in the neighbourhood," Dhaliwal said.

The gang used to target flats on top floors. Jain and Sharma used to stay on the roadside while Ahmad and Verma used to enter the house through terrace after breaking open the window or door of the house from the terrace, he said. For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Bad cricket match bets turned them into thieves

Four youths, who allegedly turned to burglary after losing money in cricket betting, were arrested in south Delhi, police said on Friday.

The arrested have been identified as Anil Verma (25), the gang leader, Vikas Jain (22), Danish Ahmad (24) and Sumit Sharma (23). Jain holds a degree in computer applications.

With their arrest, five incidents of burglaries and thefts have been solved and 100 grams of gold ornaments, two laptops and Rs. 55,000 cash have been recovered.

The youths were arrested from Chirag Dilli on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) HGS Dhaliwal said.


Verma, the leader of the gang, had been hospitalised with a leg injury which he had sustained while jumping from the rooftop after a burglary.

"Rest of the accused persons shared the booty and after giving share to Verma were planning to flee when they were caught," Dhaliwal said.

All the arrested were neighbours and childhood friends. Since their families had limited means, they took to other ways to pay for their needs. Subsequently they started betting on cricket matches and lost a huge amount.

"They borrowed money from the local money lender at 10 per cent per month. But soon they were under huge debt. In order to come out of their debt they hatched the plan of committing thefts in the neighbourhood," Dhaliwal said.

The gang used to target flats on top floors. Jain and Sharma used to stay on the roadside while Ahmad and Verma used to enter the house through terrace after breaking open the window or door of the house from the terrace, he said. For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Proteas suspected match-fixing in 2007 Pak tour: Arthur

Former South Africa cricket coach Micky Arthur has made a shock revelation that they suspected match-fixing when Pakistan lost a one-dayer against them in Lahore in 2007.

Arthur went public with his revelation when Pakistan and South Africa have just started a one-day series in Abu Dhabi.

Arthur's revelation can be found in his soon-to-be released biography 'Taking The Mickey' but he spoke about it in an interview with South African website Sport24.

Talking about the 2007 series, which they won 3-2, Arthur said they suspected match-fixing when Pakistan lost decisive ODI from an advantageous position.


"There was a strong suspicion of match-fixing and it took some of the gloss off the series win," Arthur told Sport24.

"We did not have any proof, but when you have been involved in the game long enough, you know when something is not right. How else do you explain a batting side needing only 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand, and then losing?," he added.

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Proteas suspected match-fixing in 2007 Pak tour: Arthur

Former South Africa cricket coach Micky Arthur has made a shock revelation that they suspected match-fixing when Pakistan lost a one-dayer against them in Lahore in 2007.

Arthur went public with his revelation when Pakistan and South Africa have just started a one-day series in Abu Dhabi.

Arthur's revelation can be found in his soon-to-be released biography 'Taking The Mickey' but he spoke about it in an interview with South African website Sport24.

Talking about the 2007 series, which they won 3-2, Arthur said they suspected match-fixing when Pakistan lost decisive ODI from an advantageous position.


"There was a strong suspicion of match-fixing and it took some of the gloss off the series win," Arthur told Sport24.

"We did not have any proof, but when you have been involved in the game long enough, you know when something is not right. How else do you explain a batting side needing only 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand, and then losing?," he added.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Aus cricket bosses upbeat on Indian money in IPL-style league

Cricket bosses here welcomed the splashing of huge dollars by private investors, including Indian billionaires, in the IPL-style Big Bash League starting in 2012 even as Cricket Australia chief predicted the BBL to rival Kerry Packer''s World Series in the impact it will bring to the game. State cricket chiefs are delighted to the idea of private investors pumping huge sums of money to their sides.

CA is a bit cautious in its approach though it is desperate to cash in on the Twenty20 gold rush with the advent of the Indian Premier League A top official of New South Wales, one of the most powerful state cricket bodies in Australia, said CA is under massive pressure to accept private investors. "The door to private investment was opened four years ago via the IPL and this has seen an influx of funds into the Board of Control for Cricket in India''s (BCCI) coffers whilst other countries simply provide their players and support this revenue growth in the process," the official said.


"While India has thrived, CA''s revenues have taken a hit given the GFC, the strength of the Australian dollar, with less tourists coming, and declining gates. Cricket needs an injection of capital that will allow it to compete for the younger audience and women the game desperately needs," he was quoted as saying by ''Daily Telegraph''.

CA board members will decide whether to accept private equity from Indian and other overseas investors as part of the ownership structure for each franchise. Queensland chief executive Graham Dixon said the CA board, which is to decide on the issue, needed to give a clear directive to take the game forward. "The indications which have been given is that there is a very strong financial argument why we must move forward, so that should be good," Dixon said. "I don''t know we need a lot of detail.

We just need to agree to the concept. Is there or is there not private investment? Then you go away to work out how you want that to work or not work." Media reports said Australia''s most powerful cricket states NSW and Victoria will have Indian part-owners as they have already sold shares to giant Indian corporations for around USD 60 million in return for profits from the IPL-type eight-team Twenty20 tournament starting in January 2012. ''Daily Telegraph'' said Brisbane-based Adani Group, which lost an IPL bid, is interested in buying stakes in an Australian side for the BBL.

Gautam Adani, the 10th-richest man in India with estimated personal wealth of USD 10 billion, is even looking at investing in Queensland coal mines and even buying the port of Brisbane, the newspaper said. It quoted an Australian businessman of Indian origin as saying that the sort of money the cricket teams were talking about - between USD 5 million and USD 30m - was "very cheap" for these billionaires. The newspaper said NSW Cricket has set up a separate business entity, known as Blues Inc, to run the state''s Twenty20 franchises, and Indian investors want a 49 per cent share of the company and have all but signed off on a figure of USD 30 million.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Aus cricket bosses upbeat on Indian money in IPL-style league

Cricket bosses here welcomed the splashing of huge dollars by private investors, including Indian billionaires, in the IPL-style Big Bash League starting in 2012 even as Cricket Australia chief predicted the BBL to rival Kerry Packer''s World Series in the impact it will bring to the game. State cricket chiefs are delighted to the idea of private investors pumping huge sums of money to their sides.

CA is a bit cautious in its approach though it is desperate to cash in on the Twenty20 gold rush with the advent of the Indian Premier League A top official of New South Wales, one of the most powerful state cricket bodies in Australia, said CA is under massive pressure to accept private investors. "The door to private investment was opened four years ago via the IPL and this has seen an influx of funds into the Board of Control for Cricket in India''s (BCCI) coffers whilst other countries simply provide their players and support this revenue growth in the process," the official said.


"While India has thrived, CA''s revenues have taken a hit given the GFC, the strength of the Australian dollar, with less tourists coming, and declining gates. Cricket needs an injection of capital that will allow it to compete for the younger audience and women the game desperately needs," he was quoted as saying by ''Daily Telegraph''.

CA board members will decide whether to accept private equity from Indian and other overseas investors as part of the ownership structure for each franchise. Queensland chief executive Graham Dixon said the CA board, which is to decide on the issue, needed to give a clear directive to take the game forward. "The indications which have been given is that there is a very strong financial argument why we must move forward, so that should be good," Dixon said. "I don''t know we need a lot of detail.

We just need to agree to the concept. Is there or is there not private investment? Then you go away to work out how you want that to work or not work." Media reports said Australia''s most powerful cricket states NSW and Victoria will have Indian part-owners as they have already sold shares to giant Indian corporations for around USD 60 million in return for profits from the IPL-type eight-team Twenty20 tournament starting in January 2012. ''Daily Telegraph'' said Brisbane-based Adani Group, which lost an IPL bid, is interested in buying stakes in an Australian side for the BBL.

Gautam Adani, the 10th-richest man in India with estimated personal wealth of USD 10 billion, is even looking at investing in Queensland coal mines and even buying the port of Brisbane, the newspaper said. It quoted an Australian businessman of Indian origin as saying that the sort of money the cricket teams were talking about - between USD 5 million and USD 30m - was "very cheap" for these billionaires. The newspaper said NSW Cricket has set up a separate business entity, known as Blues Inc, to run the state''s Twenty20 franchises, and Indian investors want a 49 per cent share of the company and have all but signed off on a figure of USD 30 million.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Gambhir Selected as brand ambassador by Beverly Hills of Polo Club

International fashion brand Beverly Hills Polo Club (BHPC), which has an exclusive tie-up with the retailing arm of RPG Enterprises, Spencer’s Retail, has signed up cricketer Gautam Gambhir as its first brand ambassador for India.

The move is aimed at making it a dominant brand in the youth category.

Gambhir will be integrated into BHPC’s marketing programme in India and leveraged through multi-faceted marketing initiatives such as promotions, online support, store launches and public relations to endorse the brand’s trendy and casual fashion apparels and accessories, said Sanjiv Goenka, vice-chairman, RPG Enterprises.

“Gautam Gambhir, a fresh youth icon, is one of the most promising players in the Indian cricket today. He is a perfect fit for our brand as he personifies style, energy, confidence, contemporariness and versatility which are core attributes of Beverly Hills Polo Club,” Goenka said.

Spencer’s Retail is


focusing on making

international fashion more affordable. The BHPC product range for the Indian market at present comprises iconic graphic T-shirts, polo shirts, jeans, as well as fashion accessories such as bags, wallets, eyewear, fragrances, caps and watches for men and women. BHPC operates 14 standalone stores in Delhi/NCR region, Mumbai and Punjab.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Gambhir Selected as brand ambassador by Beverly Hills of Polo Club

International fashion brand Beverly Hills Polo Club (BHPC), which has an exclusive tie-up with the retailing arm of RPG Enterprises, Spencer’s Retail, has signed up cricketer Gautam Gambhir as its first brand ambassador for India.

The move is aimed at making it a dominant brand in the youth category.

Gambhir will be integrated into BHPC’s marketing programme in India and leveraged through multi-faceted marketing initiatives such as promotions, online support, store launches and public relations to endorse the brand’s trendy and casual fashion apparels and accessories, said Sanjiv Goenka, vice-chairman, RPG Enterprises.

“Gautam Gambhir, a fresh youth icon, is one of the most promising players in the Indian cricket today. He is a perfect fit for our brand as he personifies style, energy, confidence, contemporariness and versatility which are core attributes of Beverly Hills Polo Club,” Goenka said.

Spencer’s Retail is


focusing on making

international fashion more affordable. The BHPC product range for the Indian market at present comprises iconic graphic T-shirts, polo shirts, jeans, as well as fashion accessories such as bags, wallets, eyewear, fragrances, caps and watches for men and women. BHPC operates 14 standalone stores in Delhi/NCR region, Mumbai and Punjab.

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Strauss determined to cast off weight of history

when Andrew Strauss was overlooked as England captain for what turned out to be the ultimate Ashes Tour from Hell, his then-coach Duncan Fletcher consoled him with the words: "One day, you might thank me for this." Four years down the line, and with a wealth of experiences good, bad and downright ugly to fall back on, Fletcher's assertion is starting to look prophetic.

It's not simply that Strauss avoided the ignominy of leading England to a 5-0 whitewash last time around - that fate instead befell Andrew Flintoff, and such was the single-minded resolve of champion cricketers such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist, it's hard to believe that a change of England leader could have significantly altered the result.


More importantly from Strauss's point of view, by missing out four years ago, his time as captain was postponed until he as a player was ready, and on the eve of the 2010-11 campaign - with a starring role in last year's triumph to fall back on - it was hard to imagine anyone else in the hot seat.

"There's a relaxed excitement about the troops at the moment," Strauss told reporters at Lord's.
"They feel ready and up for it, and determined to take the opportunities ahead of us.
It's a tough tour, no doubt about it, but if you're prepared, there's nothing to be overawed about.
We're out there to win, simple, and that's our goal.

Every decision we've made is about us winning the Ashes, and none of us want any regrets at the end of it.
We'll do everything in our capabilities to achieve that goal." Regardless of the captain's brave words, the scale of the challenge that awaits England this winter is vast.

Since their last series win in Australia in 1986-87, they have played 26 Tests in the country and emerged victorious in a paltry three, none of which have occurred with the Ashes still up for grabs.
For the second time in as many tours, they travel Down Under as holders, but such was the provocation that that fact caused last time around, one might hesitate to claim it as an advantage.

In fact, in the entire 133-year history of Anglo-Australian rivalry, only two England captains have emerged victorious in consecutive home and away series - Len Hutton in 1953 and 1954-55, and Mike Brearley in 1977 and 1978-79.

Michael Vaughan, the most successful Test captain in English history, had just one indelible series at the helm in 2005 before injury struck him down, while Mike Gatting - the last man to win the urn Down Under 24 years ago - had been sacked by the board before the Aussies returned to seek vengeance in 1989.
Five England squads have travelled to Australia in the past 20 years - led respectively by Graham Gooch, Mike Atherton, Alec Stewart, Nasser Hussain and ultimately Flintoff - and each and every one has buckled beneath such a weight of history.

But as he prepared to embark on the latest campaign, Strauss was visibly eager to shelve the pessimism of the past, and embrace the opportunities that await for him and his team in the coming months.
"Potentially this could be one of the greatest winters ever for English cricket, with not just the Ashes but the World Cup as well," he said.
"For us to waltz over there, strut around, and think we are going to dominate would be wrong.
But at the same time there is a great, deep, fundamental belief that we can go out there and win, and if we can turn over those previous statistics, then that will highlight the scale of the achievement." The war of words began in earnest this week, with Kevin Pietersen dismissing the former Australia coach, John Buchanan, as a "nobody" following criticism of his team ethic, while the Aussies landed a PR blow in the small hours of Thursday morning by projecting the faces of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke onto the Houses of Parliament, along with the message, "Don't forget to pack the urn".

Strauss, however, refused to be drawn into any sort of slanging match, much as he and Andy Flower had successfully ducked the barbs of Graeme Smith and Mickey Arthur prior to last winter's successful tour of South Africa.

"If you come out with big comments about the opposition, they tend to come back to haunt you," he explained.

"You can spend hours thinking of witty retorts, or you can spend hours thinking how to beat them.
And ultimately actions speak louder than words." That said, Strauss is fully expecting to come in for his fair share of flak from the Australian crowd, whom one journalist suggested might see in his posh, public-school demeanour shades of the legendary Douglas Jardine - not least if he actually sets out to win.
"I'm not going to try and hide it," he responded.
"You've just got to roll with it.

Ponting was the pantomime villain in England last summer, and that may be the same for me over there.
The Ashes is a healthy and serious rivalry, but generally it doesn't spill over." With three first-class warm-up games leading into the Brisbane Test on November 25, Strauss conceded that there would be "no excuses" for any lack of preparation, not least because he and Flower have settled on the hard-nosed (but hard-to-argue-with) decision to exclude wives and families from the critical early stages of the tour.

Without harking back unduly to the bitter experiences of four years ago, Strauss conceded that lessons had been learned from that ignominious campaign, not least the need for total focus on the task at hand.
"A lot of the players weren't involved back then, but the ones who were know how tough it is out there, and [they know] the type of cricket you need to play if you want to win out there," he said.
"There were some lessons learnt about preparation, and how best to hit the ground running out there, and hopefully we'll acquit ourselves better.

"Until the end of the fifth Test we are two sides at war with each other," he added, a statement that implied there would be no repetition of the scenes at Adelaide four years ago, when Flintoff and Steve Harmison joined in with Australia's post-match celebrations following their incredible victory in the second Test.
"At the end of the series, 11 guys will be feted as heroes and 11 will have failed in their task, so until the final Test is over, there's no point in being too hunky dory and friendly with the opposition.

Our task is to go out there and beat them." "I still maintain, if I'd been captain last time, the result wouldn't have been any different," he added.

"It was a gradual erosion of confidence over the course of the tour for all of us.
They were by far the better side, they had the bit between their teeth, and they outplayed us.
But we head over there this time in a very good frame of mind and with realistic chances of winning the series.
I'm very honoured and proud to be leading the side in those circumstances."

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Strauss determined to cast off weight of history

when Andrew Strauss was overlooked as England captain for what turned out to be the ultimate Ashes Tour from Hell, his then-coach Duncan Fletcher consoled him with the words: "One day, you might thank me for this." Four years down the line, and with a wealth of experiences good, bad and downright ugly to fall back on, Fletcher's assertion is starting to look prophetic.

It's not simply that Strauss avoided the ignominy of leading England to a 5-0 whitewash last time around - that fate instead befell Andrew Flintoff, and such was the single-minded resolve of champion cricketers such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist, it's hard to believe that a change of England leader could have significantly altered the result.


More importantly from Strauss's point of view, by missing out four years ago, his time as captain was postponed until he as a player was ready, and on the eve of the 2010-11 campaign - with a starring role in last year's triumph to fall back on - it was hard to imagine anyone else in the hot seat.

"There's a relaxed excitement about the troops at the moment," Strauss told reporters at Lord's.
"They feel ready and up for it, and determined to take the opportunities ahead of us.
It's a tough tour, no doubt about it, but if you're prepared, there's nothing to be overawed about.
We're out there to win, simple, and that's our goal.

Every decision we've made is about us winning the Ashes, and none of us want any regrets at the end of it.
We'll do everything in our capabilities to achieve that goal." Regardless of the captain's brave words, the scale of the challenge that awaits England this winter is vast.

Since their last series win in Australia in 1986-87, they have played 26 Tests in the country and emerged victorious in a paltry three, none of which have occurred with the Ashes still up for grabs.
For the second time in as many tours, they travel Down Under as holders, but such was the provocation that that fact caused last time around, one might hesitate to claim it as an advantage.

In fact, in the entire 133-year history of Anglo-Australian rivalry, only two England captains have emerged victorious in consecutive home and away series - Len Hutton in 1953 and 1954-55, and Mike Brearley in 1977 and 1978-79.

Michael Vaughan, the most successful Test captain in English history, had just one indelible series at the helm in 2005 before injury struck him down, while Mike Gatting - the last man to win the urn Down Under 24 years ago - had been sacked by the board before the Aussies returned to seek vengeance in 1989.
Five England squads have travelled to Australia in the past 20 years - led respectively by Graham Gooch, Mike Atherton, Alec Stewart, Nasser Hussain and ultimately Flintoff - and each and every one has buckled beneath such a weight of history.

But as he prepared to embark on the latest campaign, Strauss was visibly eager to shelve the pessimism of the past, and embrace the opportunities that await for him and his team in the coming months.
"Potentially this could be one of the greatest winters ever for English cricket, with not just the Ashes but the World Cup as well," he said.
"For us to waltz over there, strut around, and think we are going to dominate would be wrong.
But at the same time there is a great, deep, fundamental belief that we can go out there and win, and if we can turn over those previous statistics, then that will highlight the scale of the achievement." The war of words began in earnest this week, with Kevin Pietersen dismissing the former Australia coach, John Buchanan, as a "nobody" following criticism of his team ethic, while the Aussies landed a PR blow in the small hours of Thursday morning by projecting the faces of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke onto the Houses of Parliament, along with the message, "Don't forget to pack the urn".

Strauss, however, refused to be drawn into any sort of slanging match, much as he and Andy Flower had successfully ducked the barbs of Graeme Smith and Mickey Arthur prior to last winter's successful tour of South Africa.

"If you come out with big comments about the opposition, they tend to come back to haunt you," he explained.

"You can spend hours thinking of witty retorts, or you can spend hours thinking how to beat them.
And ultimately actions speak louder than words." That said, Strauss is fully expecting to come in for his fair share of flak from the Australian crowd, whom one journalist suggested might see in his posh, public-school demeanour shades of the legendary Douglas Jardine - not least if he actually sets out to win.
"I'm not going to try and hide it," he responded.
"You've just got to roll with it.

Ponting was the pantomime villain in England last summer, and that may be the same for me over there.
The Ashes is a healthy and serious rivalry, but generally it doesn't spill over." With three first-class warm-up games leading into the Brisbane Test on November 25, Strauss conceded that there would be "no excuses" for any lack of preparation, not least because he and Flower have settled on the hard-nosed (but hard-to-argue-with) decision to exclude wives and families from the critical early stages of the tour.

Without harking back unduly to the bitter experiences of four years ago, Strauss conceded that lessons had been learned from that ignominious campaign, not least the need for total focus on the task at hand.
"A lot of the players weren't involved back then, but the ones who were know how tough it is out there, and [they know] the type of cricket you need to play if you want to win out there," he said.
"There were some lessons learnt about preparation, and how best to hit the ground running out there, and hopefully we'll acquit ourselves better.

"Until the end of the fifth Test we are two sides at war with each other," he added, a statement that implied there would be no repetition of the scenes at Adelaide four years ago, when Flintoff and Steve Harmison joined in with Australia's post-match celebrations following their incredible victory in the second Test.
"At the end of the series, 11 guys will be feted as heroes and 11 will have failed in their task, so until the final Test is over, there's no point in being too hunky dory and friendly with the opposition.

Our task is to go out there and beat them." "I still maintain, if I'd been captain last time, the result wouldn't have been any different," he added.

"It was a gradual erosion of confidence over the course of the tour for all of us.
They were by far the better side, they had the bit between their teeth, and they outplayed us.
But we head over there this time in a very good frame of mind and with realistic chances of winning the series.
I'm very honoured and proud to be leading the side in those circumstances."

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Defiant Kevin Pietersen hits back at critics

Kevin Pietersen insists he will use the forthcoming Ashes showdown with Australia to prove he is still one of the world's best batsmen.

Pietersen has suffered a miserable run of form over the last 12 months and was dropped from England's one-day international squad which faced Pakistan in September.

The flamboyant batsman knows that many experts, including former Australia coach John Buchanan, believe he is no longer the force he once was.

But Pietersen, 30, is adamant talk of his demise is premature and he expects to make a significant impact as England try to win a Test series in Australia for the first time since 1986-87.

"Even with all the doom and gloom over the way I've been playing I think I've averaged 40 over the last 18 months or so, so it's not all bad," Pietersen told the Daily Mail.


"I am looking for that Test hundred and I am looking to put myself back to where I was. I'd love people to see how hard I train and all the work I do away from the game to put things right.

"I am trying so hard to get back to where I used to be. Maybe I've been trying too hard, I don't know. But I'm doing everything I can to get back to being the player I have been."

South-African born Pietersen played a key role in England winning their first Ashes series in 18 years in 2005 and also took part in last year's successful campaign against Australia on home soil.

Pietersen, who is part of the 16-man team that will fly to Perth on Friday to prepare for England's Ashes defence, is confident Andrew Strauss's team are capable of winning in Australia - a feat which he would regard as the finest of his international career.

"It would be the best thing ever to win Down Under and I think we can do it," Pietersen said.

"It is huge for an England cricketer to go to Australia to take part in an Ashes series.

"You don't win there often. I have been part of two winning series in the UK and have lost one in Australia.

"I'm really looking forward to this one though because I think we can go and do a lot better than we did last time.

"I see this as an unbelievable opportunity to do something that would be the pinnacle of my career.

"I've won the Ashes and I've won a World Cup and to win in Australia as an Englishman would be the icing on the cake and the cherry on top. It would be a case of done and dusted."

Pietersen has endured what he describes as an "interesting" 12 months which has seen him win the ICC World Twenty20 and father his first child while continuing to struggle in all forms of the game.

He has failed to hit a test century since the start of last year but remains completely convinced he can trouble Ricky Ponting's team on their own turf.

Pietersen has already been taunted by Ponting and company for his lack of form, but he doesn't expect much abuse on the pitch when the Ashes battle gets underway.

"It's all part of the Ashes build-up. It's more of a media thing than anything else," Pietersen said.

"There's sledging off the field but there won't be much on it. It just doesn't happen."

Respected figures within the game contend that England can win the series against Australia, who recently lost 2-0 in India.

Any suggestions that the hosts will be easily beaten were denied by Pietersen though.

"They're not a spent force," he said. "In Australia they will be a tough team to beat. They will be right at us and we will have to play our best cricket to compete with them."

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Defiant Kevin Pietersen hits back at critics

Kevin Pietersen insists he will use the forthcoming Ashes showdown with Australia to prove he is still one of the world's best batsmen.

Pietersen has suffered a miserable run of form over the last 12 months and was dropped from England's one-day international squad which faced Pakistan in September.

The flamboyant batsman knows that many experts, including former Australia coach John Buchanan, believe he is no longer the force he once was.

But Pietersen, 30, is adamant talk of his demise is premature and he expects to make a significant impact as England try to win a Test series in Australia for the first time since 1986-87.

"Even with all the doom and gloom over the way I've been playing I think I've averaged 40 over the last 18 months or so, so it's not all bad," Pietersen told the Daily Mail.


"I am looking for that Test hundred and I am looking to put myself back to where I was. I'd love people to see how hard I train and all the work I do away from the game to put things right.

"I am trying so hard to get back to where I used to be. Maybe I've been trying too hard, I don't know. But I'm doing everything I can to get back to being the player I have been."

South-African born Pietersen played a key role in England winning their first Ashes series in 18 years in 2005 and also took part in last year's successful campaign against Australia on home soil.

Pietersen, who is part of the 16-man team that will fly to Perth on Friday to prepare for England's Ashes defence, is confident Andrew Strauss's team are capable of winning in Australia - a feat which he would regard as the finest of his international career.

"It would be the best thing ever to win Down Under and I think we can do it," Pietersen said.

"It is huge for an England cricketer to go to Australia to take part in an Ashes series.

"You don't win there often. I have been part of two winning series in the UK and have lost one in Australia.

"I'm really looking forward to this one though because I think we can go and do a lot better than we did last time.

"I see this as an unbelievable opportunity to do something that would be the pinnacle of my career.

"I've won the Ashes and I've won a World Cup and to win in Australia as an Englishman would be the icing on the cake and the cherry on top. It would be a case of done and dusted."

Pietersen has endured what he describes as an "interesting" 12 months which has seen him win the ICC World Twenty20 and father his first child while continuing to struggle in all forms of the game.

He has failed to hit a test century since the start of last year but remains completely convinced he can trouble Ricky Ponting's team on their own turf.

Pietersen has already been taunted by Ponting and company for his lack of form, but he doesn't expect much abuse on the pitch when the Ashes battle gets underway.

"It's all part of the Ashes build-up. It's more of a media thing than anything else," Pietersen said.

"There's sledging off the field but there won't be much on it. It just doesn't happen."

Respected figures within the game contend that England can win the series against Australia, who recently lost 2-0 in India.

Any suggestions that the hosts will be easily beaten were denied by Pietersen though.

"They're not a spent force," he said. "In Australia they will be a tough team to beat. They will be right at us and we will have to play our best cricket to compete with them."

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South Africa Sweeps Twenty 20 series against Pakistan

Pakistan vs South Africa T20 Series: South Africa sweeps the twenty 20 series with 2-0 against the Pakistan. In the two t20 match series, South Africa won by six wickets in both.

In the both matches, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. In the first t20 match, Pakistan has scored 119 runs and South Africa chased 120 runs in 18.2overs. In the second t20 match, Pakistan has scored 120 runs and South Africa chased 124 runs in 18.4overs.

South Africa player, JP Duminy was got the Man of the Match Award in the first t20 match and Rusty Theron was got the Man of the Match Award in the second t20 match.


After the second match Pakistan skipper, Shahid Afridi said, “I’m very disappointed. I was expecting a lot, especially from myself, but I couldn’t produce in these two matches. I don’t know why I played these shots. I know how important my batting is for my team. I know my team is very good in ODIs and we will definitely come back then.”

Winning captain, Johan Botha said, “Very happy with the performance. Afridi bowled really well, Hafeez was brilliant, Ingram came in and took the pressure off our shoulders. Hopefully we can continue our momentum on Friday and sunday.

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South Africa Sweeps Twenty 20 series against Pakistan

Pakistan vs South Africa T20 Series: South Africa sweeps the twenty 20 series with 2-0 against the Pakistan. In the two t20 match series, South Africa won by six wickets in both.

In the both matches, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. In the first t20 match, Pakistan has scored 119 runs and South Africa chased 120 runs in 18.2overs. In the second t20 match, Pakistan has scored 120 runs and South Africa chased 124 runs in 18.4overs.

South Africa player, JP Duminy was got the Man of the Match Award in the first t20 match and Rusty Theron was got the Man of the Match Award in the second t20 match.


After the second match Pakistan skipper, Shahid Afridi said, “I’m very disappointed. I was expecting a lot, especially from myself, but I couldn’t produce in these two matches. I don’t know why I played these shots. I know how important my batting is for my team. I know my team is very good in ODIs and we will definitely come back then.”

Winning captain, Johan Botha said, “Very happy with the performance. Afridi bowled really well, Hafeez was brilliant, Ingram came in and took the pressure off our shoulders. Hopefully we can continue our momentum on Friday and sunday.

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Shoaib Malik enjoy playing in India he says


Even though bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan have dried up post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on Thursday said he always enjoys playing in India.

"I enjoy playing in India in front of a packed crowd," Malik said at the inaugurate of a state-of-the art tennis academy, set up by Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) here.

While the tennis academy was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, who was accompanying her husband Shoaib, was the star attraction.


Shoaib, who was not considered in the Pakistan squad for the ongoing limited overs series against South Africa in UAE, further said that there is hardly any difference between the two neighbouring nations.
"The language of both the countries is same and so is the cuisine. There is no difference," the former Pakistan skipper said, adding that he never feels being in another country when he is in India.

Responding to Malik's comments, Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto described the cricketer as "our country's son-in-law".

The famed couple also exchanged a few shots with Munda and Mahto.
Meanwhile, JSCA President Amitabh Choudhary promised that a world standard cricket stadium, which is now under construction, would also be completed by 2011.

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Shoaib Malik enjoy playing in India he says


Even though bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan have dried up post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on Thursday said he always enjoys playing in India.

"I enjoy playing in India in front of a packed crowd," Malik said at the inaugurate of a state-of-the art tennis academy, set up by Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) here.

While the tennis academy was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, who was accompanying her husband Shoaib, was the star attraction.


Shoaib, who was not considered in the Pakistan squad for the ongoing limited overs series against South Africa in UAE, further said that there is hardly any difference between the two neighbouring nations.
"The language of both the countries is same and so is the cuisine. There is no difference," the former Pakistan skipper said, adding that he never feels being in another country when he is in India.

Responding to Malik's comments, Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto described the cricketer as "our country's son-in-law".

The famed couple also exchanged a few shots with Munda and Mahto.
Meanwhile, JSCA President Amitabh Choudhary promised that a world standard cricket stadium, which is now under construction, would also be completed by 2011.

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Lorgat asks India, South Africa boards to decide on UDRS

The ICC has directed the Indian and South African boards to come to a decision on the use of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) for the upcoming Test series between the teams.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) had expressed its interest in using the system for India's tour which begins on December 16, but it will have to persuade the BCCI.

"Discussions will go on between CSA and BCCI whether to use it or not and CSA will eventually make a decision in consultation with BCCI," ICC chief Haroon Lorgat said.

"We would leave it to them to come to an understanding." India's resistance towards the UDRS stems from their experience in the 2008 tour of Sri Lanka, where they only managed one successful referral as opposed to Sri Lanka's 11.


The BCCI has already ruled out the UDRS for the upcoming home Tests against New Zealand.
They had earlier refused the use of referrals for the recently-concluded series against Australia despite the availability of the requisite technology.

In recent times, some of India's players have softened their stand, with Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan expressing their support for the system, though others, including MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, share the skepticism of the board.

Lorgat, however, was optimistic that they would eventually rethink their stand.

Told by him "A lot of players are happy with the system,"

"I am confident in due course the BCCI would give consent." South Africa have used the UDRS three times in their last four Test series - against Australia and England at home in 2009, and in the West Indies in June.
The exception was when they toured India earlier this year for a two-Test series.

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Lorgat asks India, South Africa boards to decide on UDRS

The ICC has directed the Indian and South African boards to come to a decision on the use of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) for the upcoming Test series between the teams.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) had expressed its interest in using the system for India's tour which begins on December 16, but it will have to persuade the BCCI.

"Discussions will go on between CSA and BCCI whether to use it or not and CSA will eventually make a decision in consultation with BCCI," ICC chief Haroon Lorgat said.

"We would leave it to them to come to an understanding." India's resistance towards the UDRS stems from their experience in the 2008 tour of Sri Lanka, where they only managed one successful referral as opposed to Sri Lanka's 11.


The BCCI has already ruled out the UDRS for the upcoming home Tests against New Zealand.
They had earlier refused the use of referrals for the recently-concluded series against Australia despite the availability of the requisite technology.

In recent times, some of India's players have softened their stand, with Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan expressing their support for the system, though others, including MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, share the skepticism of the board.

Lorgat, however, was optimistic that they would eventually rethink their stand.

Told by him "A lot of players are happy with the system,"

"I am confident in due course the BCCI would give consent." South Africa have used the UDRS three times in their last four Test series - against Australia and England at home in 2009, and in the West Indies in June.
The exception was when they toured India earlier this year for a two-Test series.

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South Africans want Gary Kirsten as coach

The Proteas are keen to have their former star batsman Gary Kirsten as national team's coach next year, but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is reportedly among those pushing to have the South African's contract as Indian coach renewed.

Kirsten had gained respect and popularity after taking over as coach of the Indian side in March 2008, the Afrikaans weekly Rapport said, adding that this was boosted by India's victory against Australia earlier this month in Test series.

With Corrie van Zyl having announced his decision to retire as South African coach after the World Cup in March next year, Kirsten is one of those being eyed for the position by Cricket South Africa (CSA), according to insiders.


But Rapport added whether Kirsten would be available when his contract with India ends after the World Cup, will also depend on India's performance in the tournament.

Current Indian players, especially the senior members of the team like Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni are believed to be so impressed with Kirsten that they might even put pressure on the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to offer him a new contract, the weekly reported.

It further said that Kirsten would be able to dictate his own pay cheque if India won the tournament.

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South Africans want Gary Kirsten as coach

The Proteas are keen to have their former star batsman Gary Kirsten as national team's coach next year, but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is reportedly among those pushing to have the South African's contract as Indian coach renewed.

Kirsten had gained respect and popularity after taking over as coach of the Indian side in March 2008, the Afrikaans weekly Rapport said, adding that this was boosted by India's victory against Australia earlier this month in Test series.

With Corrie van Zyl having announced his decision to retire as South African coach after the World Cup in March next year, Kirsten is one of those being eyed for the position by Cricket South Africa (CSA), according to insiders.


But Rapport added whether Kirsten would be available when his contract with India ends after the World Cup, will also depend on India's performance in the tournament.

Current Indian players, especially the senior members of the team like Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni are believed to be so impressed with Kirsten that they might even put pressure on the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to offer him a new contract, the weekly reported.

It further said that Kirsten would be able to dictate his own pay cheque if India won the tournament.

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Cricket Australia to consider privately-owned teams

Cricket Australia will decide on Friday whether to allow private ownership of domestic Twenty20 teams in a shake-up it thinks could be as big as the World Series Cricket breakaway.
Investors from India are believed to have shown significant interest in buying a stake in Australian sides for the revamped T20 league, which will start in 2011-12.

The new tournament is expected to feature eight city-based teams instead of the existing six state sides and how the ownership structure for those new teams is up for discussion.

A four-hour presentation at Cricket Australia's annual general meeting on Thursday will be followed on Friday by a board meeting, at which a decision on private ownership will be made.


"There has been interest from private investors in being involved," a Cricket Australia spokesman told ESPNcricinfo.

"All of that is a matter for board determination, but it will be a big discussion." The Australian has reported that Victoria and New South Wales have both been approached by Indian investors offering multi-million dollar deals to take minority holdings in the new Melbourne and Sydney teams.

All six state capitals are expected to field a side, with two new teams to be based in growth areas.
Cricket Australia has been keen to significantly expand the Big Bash after seeing the success of the Indian Premier League, although IPL-style franchising of sides was not a priority in the initial stages.

Cricket Australia's general manager of marketing, Mike McKenna, said earlier this year "sport in Australia is not full of great successes in private investment".

But the early interest from investors has given the board plenty to think about, barely a year from the expected start of the competition.

The locations for the two new sides are likely to be decided early next year.

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Cricket Australia to consider privately-owned teams

Cricket Australia will decide on Friday whether to allow private ownership of domestic Twenty20 teams in a shake-up it thinks could be as big as the World Series Cricket breakaway.
Investors from India are believed to have shown significant interest in buying a stake in Australian sides for the revamped T20 league, which will start in 2011-12.

The new tournament is expected to feature eight city-based teams instead of the existing six state sides and how the ownership structure for those new teams is up for discussion.

A four-hour presentation at Cricket Australia's annual general meeting on Thursday will be followed on Friday by a board meeting, at which a decision on private ownership will be made.


"There has been interest from private investors in being involved," a Cricket Australia spokesman told ESPNcricinfo.

"All of that is a matter for board determination, but it will be a big discussion." The Australian has reported that Victoria and New South Wales have both been approached by Indian investors offering multi-million dollar deals to take minority holdings in the new Melbourne and Sydney teams.

All six state capitals are expected to field a side, with two new teams to be based in growth areas.
Cricket Australia has been keen to significantly expand the Big Bash after seeing the success of the Indian Premier League, although IPL-style franchising of sides was not a priority in the initial stages.

Cricket Australia's general manager of marketing, Mike McKenna, said earlier this year "sport in Australia is not full of great successes in private investment".

But the early interest from investors has given the board plenty to think about, barely a year from the expected start of the competition.

The locations for the two new sides are likely to be decided early next year.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hussey has no plans to retire who Inspired by Tendulkar

Inspired by Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, Australian Mike Hussey today said he has no plans to retire despite the criticism of his continuing poor form and growing age.

The 35-year-old said watching Tendulkar, who is two years older than him, play gives him enough inspiration to continue.

"It does give you a bit of inspiration ... and I've got a lot of inspiration from a lot of guys," Hussey was quoted as saying by 'The Australian Associated Press'.

"Steve Waugh played quite late into his 30s, Matthew Hayden played very well, Justin Langer played very well into his late 30s, so I don't think age is a barrier whatsoever.


"It's about whether you're up for the battle, you're enjoying the challenge out in the middle, enjoying playing for Australia - which is a pretty easy thing to do - and as long as you're contributing to the team, that's what it comes down to the end as well," he added.

Hussey said given the struggle he endured to get a place in the Australian side, he is in no mood to give up easily despite mounting concerns about his form.

"It took me 10 years just to get one game for Australia so I don't want to wish it away too quickly. You're a long time retired," he said.

"I'm still enjoying it and I love pulling on that baggy dream cap, it's a dream come true. Maybe (giving up one-day cricket) is something to look at in the future but I'm really enjoying one-day cricket and I really enjoy Twenty20 cricket.

"So while I'm enjoying it and while I feel like I can contribute to the team, I want to try to keep going as long as I can," he added.

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Hussey has no plans to retire who Inspired by Tendulkar

Inspired by Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, Australian Mike Hussey today said he has no plans to retire despite the criticism of his continuing poor form and growing age.

The 35-year-old said watching Tendulkar, who is two years older than him, play gives him enough inspiration to continue.

"It does give you a bit of inspiration ... and I've got a lot of inspiration from a lot of guys," Hussey was quoted as saying by 'The Australian Associated Press'.

"Steve Waugh played quite late into his 30s, Matthew Hayden played very well, Justin Langer played very well into his late 30s, so I don't think age is a barrier whatsoever.


"It's about whether you're up for the battle, you're enjoying the challenge out in the middle, enjoying playing for Australia - which is a pretty easy thing to do - and as long as you're contributing to the team, that's what it comes down to the end as well," he added.

Hussey said given the struggle he endured to get a place in the Australian side, he is in no mood to give up easily despite mounting concerns about his form.

"It took me 10 years just to get one game for Australia so I don't want to wish it away too quickly. You're a long time retired," he said.

"I'm still enjoying it and I love pulling on that baggy dream cap, it's a dream come true. Maybe (giving up one-day cricket) is something to look at in the future but I'm really enjoying one-day cricket and I really enjoy Twenty20 cricket.

"So while I'm enjoying it and while I feel like I can contribute to the team, I want to try to keep going as long as I can," he added.

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Shilpa Shetty says Hope fairness prevails for Royals

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned the the hearing of Rajasthan Royals' petition against the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to expel the team from the Indian Premier League (IPL) till October 29.

Co-owner of the Rajasthan franchise Shilpa Shetty has showed hope in the judicial process saying that the process has begun and she hopes that "fairness prevails".

BCCI had terminated the agreement with the inaugural champions on October 10, saying it had changed the shareholding pattern without informing either the Board or the IPL governing council.

It has been learnt that the team told the Bombay High Court that the brand name Rajasthan Royals should not be interrupted and they be allowed to renew their players' contracts in order to protect their rights.

The court was further informed that the representatives of the the team had asked the BCCI to mediate in the matter but they did not get any response from the Board.


The Bombay High Court will today take up a petition filed by the Rajasthan Royals against the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to expel the team from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The BCCI had terminated the agreements of two franchises -- Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab -- for alleged irregularities in their ownership pattern.

The winner of inaugural IPL, Rajasthan Royals team is seen as close to the suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, whose brother-in-law Suresh Chellaram has stake in the team.

Chellaram is facing government investigations for violations of foreign exchange rules, while the Enforcement Directorate has issued a 'Blue Alert' against Modi. (With PTI inputs)

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Shilpa Shetty says Hope fairness prevails for Royals

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned the the hearing of Rajasthan Royals' petition against the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to expel the team from the Indian Premier League (IPL) till October 29.

Co-owner of the Rajasthan franchise Shilpa Shetty has showed hope in the judicial process saying that the process has begun and she hopes that "fairness prevails".

BCCI had terminated the agreement with the inaugural champions on October 10, saying it had changed the shareholding pattern without informing either the Board or the IPL governing council.

It has been learnt that the team told the Bombay High Court that the brand name Rajasthan Royals should not be interrupted and they be allowed to renew their players' contracts in order to protect their rights.

The court was further informed that the representatives of the the team had asked the BCCI to mediate in the matter but they did not get any response from the Board.


The Bombay High Court will today take up a petition filed by the Rajasthan Royals against the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to expel the team from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The BCCI had terminated the agreements of two franchises -- Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab -- for alleged irregularities in their ownership pattern.

The winner of inaugural IPL, Rajasthan Royals team is seen as close to the suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, whose brother-in-law Suresh Chellaram has stake in the team.

Chellaram is facing government investigations for violations of foreign exchange rules, while the Enforcement Directorate has issued a 'Blue Alert' against Modi. (With PTI inputs)

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Opening a cricket academy By Yuvraj

Out-of-favour Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh today said he is planning to open a cricket academy in about a year’s time to groom budding cricketers.

Yuvraj has been left out of the India’s squad for the upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand and was also not in the team for the recently concluded Test series against Australia.

“I have an idea of starting an academy. The aim is to get the best of talent of India,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

On the location of the academy, he said, “Wherever I can, where there is some space and the right environment,” adding that he would probably open it in north India.

“It is a long procedure”, he said adding there was a need for good academies that offer various facilities for training.


He was here for an event to felicitate the shortlisted contestants of a competition on innovative ideas that have the potential to transform India.

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Opening a cricket academy By Yuvraj

Out-of-favour Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh today said he is planning to open a cricket academy in about a year’s time to groom budding cricketers.

Yuvraj has been left out of the India’s squad for the upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand and was also not in the team for the recently concluded Test series against Australia.

“I have an idea of starting an academy. The aim is to get the best of talent of India,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

On the location of the academy, he said, “Wherever I can, where there is some space and the right environment,” adding that he would probably open it in north India.

“It is a long procedure”, he said adding there was a need for good academies that offer various facilities for training.


He was here for an event to felicitate the shortlisted contestants of a competition on innovative ideas that have the potential to transform India.

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Shane Bond Says I was a victim of politics

Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has said that he became a "victim of politics" after joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL) but he has no regrets about playing in the 'rebel' twenty20 event which cost him his international career.
At the peak of his career, Bond had joined the ICL and was soon discarded by New Zealand cricket board (NZC).

In his autobiography, 'Looking back', Bond claimed NZC had contractually allowed him to participate in the league but backed out when the ICC intervened.

"What I'll never understand is why it had to be one or the other, ICL or playing for New Zealand, especially when I received a cast-iron assurance that I could do both, and my contract with New Zealand Cricket certainly allowed for it," Bond said in his book.

"In the end I became a victim of politics. As distasteful as that might be, I could learn to live with that, but what I can't live with is the suggestion that in the end I didn't want to play for my country," he added.


Bond was not considered for selection for nearly two years after he joined the ICL team 'Delhi Giants' in January 2008. But after BCCI granted amnesty to the rebel players, Bond also terminated his ICL contract to be back in the national fold.

He then signed up with IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, who bid USD 750,000 for him at the auction but Bond says he doesn't regret playing in the ICL.

"One thing I'll never regret is signing to play in the Indian Cricket League. Not at all. I've achieved security for my family and in the long term that is more important than a few Test and one-day caps.

"Although I had been on a good contract by New Zealand standards, I hadn't got rich out of the game. I'd done all right, obviously, but I simply hadn't played long enough to accumulate the sort of income that would provide long-term security for my family once my career ended."
Bond also remembers the "surreal" discussion he had with NZC chief Justin Vaughan when he informed him that his contract would be terminated due to his links with ICL.
"Excuse me?" was about the only response I could come up with. But the conversation was about to get a whole lot more surreal.

"So let's get this straight, it was okay for NZC to be in breach of this regulation as long as the wrong people didn't find out? Or had they just not done their homework properly? I admit I lost it a bit here and, for the first and only time, I swore at Justin.

"'You're telling me my international career is over because you've f***ed up?'" he wrote in his book.

Bond said he moved on without taking any legal action as it would have hurt New Zealand cricket.
"All the advice I had received suggested I would win a restraint of trade case but that would have been messy. There was talk that India would not honour their commitment to tour here in 2009 and that other New Zealand guys who had signed with the IPL would have their contracts torn up.

"So it might have been a victory for me, but at what cost? I could have been absolutely morally and legally right, but I would have ended up looking the prat.

"No one would have ended up the winner. I would have become a pariah among those who had had their IPL contracts torn up, guys I consider good friends.

"I would have felt dreadful if I had ended up costing them the type of long-term security I was seeking for myself.

"I would have suffered, NZC would have suffered, and my mates would have suffered. In the end it was better just to suck it up and move on," he wrote.

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