Malinga appointed SL T20I skipper till 2015

News4u_Sports Desk- Colombo: Sri Lanka’s selectors have decided to appoint Lasith Malinga as the T20I captain until 2015 while they have named Angelo Mathews to lead the ODI squad until the 2015 World Cup.

In a selection meeting held on Wednesday, the selectors decided to appoint Lahiru Thirimanne as the vice-captain in both ODIs and T20s for the period specified. Malinga’s captaincy during the World T20 in Bangladesh in March helped Sri Lanka win their first ICC trophy since 1996.

Malinga found himself elevated to the captaincy for the first time when Dinesh Chandimal was handed a one-match ban for a slow over-rate. When Chandimal opted to sit out for the semi-final and Malinga again led the team. In the final where Sri Lanka beat India by six wickets, Malinga led the way with some awesome death bowling as India managed to score only 19 runs in the last four overs.

Angelo Mathews, who has been full-time captain for Sri Lanka since March 2013, has had a modest record as SL captain. In 32 matches, he has won 18, lost 12 and two matches have ben no results. However, in the recently concluded series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka did not lose a single match across all three formats. Sri Lanka now prepare themselves for a tough tour to England in May where they play a single T20I, five ODIs and two Tests.

Malinga appointed SL T20I skipper till 2015

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BCCI suggests three-man committee to SC to probe IPL scandal

News4u-Sports Desk- Faced with a credibility crisis arising out of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, the BCCI on Sunday suggested to the Supreme Court a three-member committee made up of eminent persons to probe the corruption case on the directives of the apex court.

The all-powerful Working Committee of the Board in its emergent meeting in Mumbai decided to suggest names of former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri, former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice J N Patel and ex-CBI Director R K Raghavan as members of the probe committee.

Former Board President Shashank Manohar attended the meeting as a representative of the Vidarbha Cricket Association.

It is learnt that former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s name was also considered in the meeting before the Working Committee zeroed in on the three persons.

The SC has directed the BCCI in the last hearing of the case on April 16 to suggest names of persons who will conduct a “fair probe” into the IPL VI spot-fixing and betting scandal.

The apex court is expected to consider the suggestion by the BCCI in the next hearing on April 22 and pass orders on the future course of the probe.

The Emergent WC meeting has been convened following demand from some state units affiliated to the Board after the Supreme Court’s hearing.

On April 16, the Supreme Court had said that the BCCI should conduct a probe against N Srinivasan and 12 others in the betting and spot fixing scandal to maintain its institutional autonomy as the court cannot “close its eyes” to the allegations made by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee.

A bench of justices A K Patnaik and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, however, had expressed reservations over a SIT or CBI probe, saying that institutional autonomy of the Board has to be maintained and a committee constituted by the BCCI to look into the issue would be preferred.

The SC, while turning down Srinivasan’s fresh plea to return to the helm of the Board’s affairs as its elected chief, has ruled that he cannot be given back the BCCI’s reins till he comes out clean in a probe conducted against him and 12 others, including India-capped cricketers, whose names have been mentioned by Justice Mudgal Committee report in the IPL corruption scandal.

BCCI suggests three-man committee to SC to probe IPL scandal

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Ton-up Smith strengthens Australia’s grip

News4u-Sports Desk- England 32 for 0 (Cook 17*, Root 13*) trail Australia 492 for 9 dec (Watson 176, Smith 138*, Anderson 4-95) by 460 runs

It is not often that striking Jonathan Trott for six has been portrayed as a career-defining moment, but that will understandably be Australia’s ambitions for Steven Smith after he completed a maiden Test hundred to quell England hopes of an unprecedented 4-0 victory in the Investec Ashes series.

This series has long fallen to England but Australia could yet cobble together a reasonably cogent argument that they are finishing the stronger and, with another five Tests in store in the Great Brown Land to come, Smith’s unbeaten 138 – extended from 66 overnight – will support their contention that they can be competitive in the return.

As for this final Test of the series, England could draw comfort from the fact that Alastair Cook and Joe Root survived 17.3 overs before bad light clipped a few minutes from the second day. They will hope that their decision to field two spinners for the first time in a home Test for four years will be justified by the end of the match but, after conceding nearly 500 and with an unsettled forecast for Saturday, the odds are not in their favour.

To discover Trott trundling in as a bit-part bowler in England’s attack was no bad thing for Smith with a first Test hundred in the offing. Trott had only four Test wickets to his name and Smith allowed himself an over of reconnaissance before asking Brad Haddin, his batting partner: “Do you think I could hit him over the top?” Keep a clear mind, Haddin advised and Smith did just that.

His response to the first ball of Trott’s second over, a graceful loft over long-on for six, might have been the final genial blow in a practice session, a gentle mickey-take of a team-mate. Instead, as his delighted expression showed, it was further proof of a potential breakthrough.

Smith had been overshadowed by Shane Watson on the opening day. Conditions were more exacting as he resumed his innings but he reined in the most adventurous elements of his game, surviving against a ball that regularly nibbled around off the seam. His occasional full-blooded moments were well judged, which has not always been the case. When the mood takes him, he does not lack for courage.

England will sense that they wasted a good bowling opportunity. When play finally began at 2.30pm – morning drizzle having delayed the start by three-and-a-half hours – the skies remained heavy, the pitch had a darker tinge and there was more encouragement for the seam bowlers than there had been on the opening day when Australia moved blissfully to 307 for 4.

Smith’s mind attuned to a more taxing task but, understandably, the same could not be said for the nightwatchman Peter Siddle, who was picked off in Anderson’s third over of the day when he tried to whip the ball through midwicket and was bowled by a late outswinger.

A year ago at The Oval, England were 250 for 2 before conditions changed, South Africa hurried them out for 385 and Hashim Amla’s triple century went on to ensure that England lost by an innings. With Australia five down for 320, England must have sensed their opportunity.

But England were unable to make the same impact. Anderson and Broad bowled without much luck and Chris Woakes, although he exerted reasonable control, again made little impression as a third seamer. If he had been adequate at best on the first day, he would have hoped for better in more favourable, oft-times gloomy conditions, but he carried little menace.

When Haddin on-drove him into a puddle on the boundary edge, it did not enhance England’s mood. If they asked for the ball to be changed once, they must have asked a thousand times.

England also wasted a review with Haddin on 15, Matt Prior persuading Cook to turn to the DRS for an imagined leg-side glance in which the bowler, Anderson, had no interest. The ball missed the bat by a distance, underlining the feeling that England, who began the series as superior in their use of the DRS to Australia, now possess the same confusion.

By the time Smith’s century arrived, followed shortly afterwards by tea, the skies were clearing and batting conditions had erased. Smith had achieved his moment; England had missed theirs. But Trott underlined that he is not quite as harmless as he appears. Four balls after Smith experienced the most fulfilling moment of his career, Haddin departed, trying to manufacture a chop behind square on the off side but deflecting the ball on to his stumps.

With 36 overs remaining at tea, and a 7.30pm finish on the horizon, Australia’s main consideration was whether to have a bowl at England at the tail end of the day.

They declared with 75 minutes left after a satisfying post-tea thrash brought a further 95 runs in 13 overs. England, whose professionalism knew no shame, dawdled through only 11 overs in the first hour, three by the offspinner Graeme Swann, retreating into obsessive ball drying and continued requests to change the ball rather than actually caring much about propelling it in front of a capacity Oval crowd.

James Faulkner, a debutant allrounder who has made his name in one-day cricket, was well suited to instructions to make quick runs after tea. Three boundaries off Broad in four balls, the best of them a forearm smash over cover, gave him some fun before Woakes, in his 23rd over, took his first Test wicket when Faulkner’s top-edged pull was neatly taken on the run by Trott at deep square leg.

Thirty-two overs had passed, and Australia had added 137 runs, before England introduced spin. Unsurprisingly, it was Graeme Swann, not Simon Kerrigan, whose method deserted him under Watson’s onslaught on the first day. Swann needed only two balls to strike, tossing one up and defeating Mitchell Starc’s lusty swing by a distance. Anderson ended a vigorous contribution from Ryan Harris with an excellent high catch off his own bowling.

As Australia hit their way towards a declaration, England eschewed the option of turning to Kerrigan. An ambitious captain would have risked another mauling to give Kerrigan his first Test wicket. A conservative captain would have protected him for another day. Cook, to no great surprise, took the path of minimal risk.cricinfo

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India A pacers secure comprehensive win

News4u-Sports Desk- India A 582 for 9 dec (Pujara 137, Raina 135, Rohit 119) beat South Africa A 357 (Duminy 84, Rossouw 57, Pandey 4-46) and 212 (f/o) (Bavuma 65, Pandey 3-25, Shami 3-33) by an innings and 13 runs.

Six wickets between the fast bowlers Ishwar Pandey and Mohammed Shami helped India A beat South Africa A by an innings and 13 runs in the first unofficial Test in Rustenburg, as a fighting 65 from Temba Bavuma went in vain.

South Africa A resumed their first innings on 312 for 9 and frustrated the Indian bowlers, as Kyle Abbott and Andrew Birch added another 45. Suresh Raina eventually trapped Birch in front to end the innings on 357, 76 short of the follow-on target.

Cheteshwar Pujara asked South Africa to bat again and his decision was immediately vindicated, as Pandey, who had claimed 4 for 46 in the first innings, bowled Reeza Hendricks off the third ball of the innings. Shami dismissed both Dean Elgar and first innings top-scorer JP Duminy in the sixth over to leave the hosts on 15 for 3 and staring at a deficit of 210.

Rilee Rossouw continued his counterattacking ways, taking three fours off Shami in the 10th over. But as in the first innings, he failed to capitalise on his start as Raina bowled him for 34.

South Africa resisted through Bavuma who, having departed for a duck in the first innings, produced a gritty half-century. Justin Ontong and Thami Tsolekile were stopped in their tracks as Shami and Pandey returned for their second spells.

Ontong struck two fours off Shami in the 25th over before his stumps were disturbed and Tsolekile lost his to Pandey in the 35th. Wayne Parnell holed out to Shikhar Dhawan at deep midwicket off left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, to leave South Africa A on 140 for 7.

Bavuma soldiered on, collecting two fours off the 44th over from Nadeem to reach his fifty but pulled Rohit Sharma’s first delivery of the innings to midwicket. Rohit also induced the edge from Abbott to the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after ten overs of further resistance and finished with 2 for 19 in eight overs, to go with his century from the first innings. Pandey bowled Birch in the 67th over to end with match figures of 7 for 71.

Pujara, named the Man of the Match for his 137 in the first innings, lauded the efforts of his bowlers. “If you want to win a Test match you have to get 20 wickets and to do that in two days in these conditions is fantastic,” Pujara said. “Our experience of playing in Indian conditions where you get similar wickets to this one has helped. Normally the wickets are flat and the bowlers are made to work hard for their wickets and that experience shone through today.”

South Africa A coach Vincent Barnes said his players had learnt a lot from the match despite the defeat. “I tell the players that these are the type of conditions you are going to play in most of the time and you have to have the game plan and the skills for it,” Barnes said. “That is what international cricket is about, a few of the guys stepped up, some stuck in and batted well to get us into a good position, especially in the first innings.

“At the end of the day these tough conditions give me an idea of the character of the players under situations like this,” he said. “If they got 590 and we scored 480 we would walk off learning very little about ourselves and the game. There is a lot that we have learnt, I think the players understood that they are playing against world-class opposition and it was tough.”

The teams will square off in Pretoria for the second and final unofficial Test starting on August 24.cricinfo

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Parvez Rasool joins the big league

News4u-Sports Desk- practice on a sweltering Friday afternoon not knowing it would one be the happiest days of his life. When his friend broke the news of his selection in the Indian team for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, Rasool knelt down to thank the Almighty.

“It is a big moment for Bijbehara and J&K at large. I had good season this year having scored 594 runs and taken 33 wickets. My hard work has paid off.

Thanks to Almighty Allah,” a jubilant Rasool, told dna after becoming the first cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to be selected for India and for the ‘A’ tour of South Africa.

The Valley is ecstatic at the rise of its new hero. Rasool had a torrid time when he was detained by the Bangalore police on suspected terror charges in 2009, days before an under-22 match in the CK Nayudu tournament. The police had suspected him of carrying explosives, an allegation which was proved wrong.

“It was a nightmare, but we have left it behind. We are looking at the future,” said Abdul Qayoom, Rasool’s coach.

On Friday, hundreds of Rasool’s friends and supporters gathered around him, congratulating him on his achievement. Some lifted him on his shoulders and took a lap of the ground; others cheered lustily when Rasool was later taken to his residence in what was nothing short of a procession.

“My parents are very excited that I have been selected for Team India. It is a big day for them because they have backed me all along. My father is a cricketer himself and did everything so that I could play my game,” an emotional Rasool said.

Jammu & Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah too showered praise on the youngster.
“Parvez Rasool has made it to the team on the back of a very strong
performance in recent months; his being a Kashmiri is incidental,” he tweeted.
Rasool’s mentor Bishen Singh Bedi said his real test begins now.

Rasool represented the Pune Warriors in IPL-6 and earned the respect of his clan when he refused to promote a liquor brand. He used a duct tape to cover the firm’s logo on his jersey during the matches.Agencies


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Indian squad departs for Champions Trophy

News4u-sports Desk- The 15-member Indian squad for the ICC Champions Trophy commencing on 6th June left on Wednesday for London via Dubai.

The 15-member team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni is scheduled to reach England later on Wednesday.

Dhoni, who was gagged by the Cricket Board (BCCI) from answering any questions over the raging spot-fixing and betting scandal at the pre-departure news conference on Tuesday, is scheduled to address the world media on Thursday.

Two warm-up games have been scheduled for the squad on 1st and 4th June ahead of the Champions Trophy opener against South Africa on 6th June at Cardiff, Wales.

The squad includes: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and R Vinay Kumar; Coach: Duncan Fletcher; Manager: Ranjib Biswal.

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Raina- Hussey guide CSK to IPL 6 Finale

News4u-Sports Desk- Chennai Super Kings progressed to the final of the sixth season of the Indian Premier League after defeating Mumbai Indians by 48 runs in the first Qualifier which was held in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Riding on pyrotechnics of Mike Hussey (86) and Suresh Raina (82), CSK posted a massive 192 for one and then did well to bowl out Mumbai Indians for 144 in 18.4 overs.

Mumbai Indians’ last nine wickets fell for 57 runs.

Mumbai will however get another chance to qualify for the final when they meet winner of the second qualifier between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.

For the record, CSK has made it to the fifth final in six editions of the cash-rich league. The only time they failed to make it to the title round was the second edition held in South Africa where they lost in the semi-finals.

En route their win, Hussey (732 runs) and Dwayne Bravo (28 wickets) also retained the Orange and Purple Cap respectively.


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Govt contemplates bringing a new law in the wake of IPL spot-fixing scandal

News4u-Sports Desk- In the wake of the controversy over spot-fixing in IPL matches, Sports Ministry has started holding consultations with the Law Ministry to draft a new law to deal with betting in sports.

Government contemplates bringing a new law against betting in the wake of IPL spot-fixing scandal

N Srinivasan promises stern action if players are found guilty

Law Minister Kapil Sibal today expressed the hope that the Government will be able to get a bill passed in the next session of Parliament.

The BCCI today ordered an internal probe into the allegations of spot fixing in IPL and appointed its anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani as the enquiry commissioner.

After a crucial working committee meeting in Chennai today BCCI President N Srinivasan said that stern action will be taken against the players if found guilty.

He however admitted that BCCI’s anti corruption units have limitations and is handicapped to take action against bookies.

He also said that the entire IPL cannot be seen in bad light due to the actions of the three arrested players.

Enforcement Directorate is likely to begin a money laundering probe into the recent allegations of spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL tournament.

Delhi Police has asked hotels in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Hyderabad to provide CCTV footage to scan meetings of the three arrested cricketers with bookies in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Investigators are also looking into the bank accounts of the players to trace the flow of money and are trying to find out how it was spend.

TV footages of three matches in question from the official broadcaster were also sought by the police.

Meanwhile, three more persons, a former Ranji player and two bookies were arrested from Aurangabad in connection with the spot-fixing case.

Sreesanth and the other two cricketers – Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested in Mumbai on Thursday by Delhi Police for allegedly spot-fixing IPL matches for payments of up to 60 lakh Rupees just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

IPL Commissioner Rajiv Shukla has said that the decisions taken by the BCCI working committee will help the game tackle the menace of fixing.


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