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ECB chairman opens door to Kevin Pietersen return

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 01 Maret 2015 | 21.24

LONDON: Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career.

Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14.

But with England toiling at the ICC World Cup 2015 and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English county cricket could open the door for a dramatic comeback.

"The first thing he has to do if he wants to get back is start playing county cricket," Graves told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday.

"The selectors and the coaches are not going to pick him if he's not playing. It's as simple as that. I'll leave it at that."

Pietersen is currently without a county after leaving Surrey and although Graves is not an ECB selector, he believes a county return would help the outspoken South Africa-born batsman's cause.

Asked if he was in favour of Pietersen returning for England, Graves replied: "At the end of the day it's down to the selectors and coaches and what they feel is best for English cricket.

"They will make the decisions and I will support their decisions."

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World Cup 2015: Brendan Taylor can't comprehend Pakistan loss

BRISBANE: Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor said he couldn't comprehend his team's 20-run loss to Pakistan at the World Cup in Brisbane on Sunday.

After restricting Pakistan to 235 for seven, Zimbabwe appeared well on track as Hamilton Masakadza (29), Taylor (50) and Sean Williams (33) dominated the Pakistan attack.

But some soft dismissals handed the momentum back to Pakistan, who went on to record their first win of the tournament and keep their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals alive.

Taylor said Zimbabwe had targeted this match as one they could win and said they had only done half the job.

"We certainly did target this match and we felt that half the job was done particularly well by restricting them to 235," he said.

"But they came out in the first 15 overs and made it pretty difficult for us (to score runs).

"We needed a partnership but unfortunately 50 and 30 run partnerships won't get you over the line.

"It is extremely difficult to comprehend this loss." Taylor said the experienced batsmen, including he and Williams, had to shoulder much of the blame.

"We both felt like we were cruising nicely but again we found ways to get out at crucial periods -- some soft dismissals as well," Taylor said.

"That's been a major downfall for us in the last four games, crucial periods when batters have needed to get through those initial periods, then finding ways to get out.

"It's not helping the team's cause." The 29-year-old said Zimbabwe still believed they could reach the final eight, despite having to play tournament heavyweights India in their final pool match.

"It's definitely a little more added pressure -- we feel we are 80 per cent there," he said.

"We think if we can close that gap a little bit more I think we are heading in the right direction for a good win against Ireland.

"If we can do that, India have been on the road a long time, but we saw what happened at Eden Park the other day (when New Zealand beat Australia).

"If we can play some fantastic cricket then there is no reason we can't have that self-belief that we can win."

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura will have scans on his injured quadriceps on Monday.

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ECB chairman opens door to Kevin Pietersen return

LONDON: Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career.

Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14.

But with England toiling at the ICC World Cup 2015 and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English county cricket could open the door for a dramatic comeback.

"The first thing he has to do if he wants to get back is start playing county cricket," Graves told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday.

"The selectors and the coaches are not going to pick him if he's not playing. It's as simple as that. I'll leave it at that."

Pietersen is currently without a county after leaving Surrey and although Graves is not an ECB selector, he believes a county return would help the outspoken South Africa-born batsman's cause.

Asked if he was in favour of Pietersen returning for England, Graves replied: "At the end of the day it's down to the selectors and coaches and what they feel is best for English cricket.

"They will make the decisions and I will support their decisions."

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World Cup 2015: Relieved Misbah tells Pakistan batsmen to shape-up

BRISBANE (Australia): Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq told his batsmen to shape-up or ship out of the World Cup after the 1992 champions scraped a 20-run win over Zimbabwe on Sunday.

It was Pakistan's first victory of this World Cup after losing by 76 runs to India and suffering a 150-run hiding at the hands of the West Indies in their previous two Pool B fixtures.

Misbah needed his bowlers to set up Sunday's win after his side had been limited to a modest 235 for seven by another poor top-order effort.

It was Pakistan's highest total of the tournament but a long way off the fourteen 300 and over totals so far registered elsewhere in the event.

"We need to work hard to improve our batting. All the teams are getting to 280, 290, or 300, so we need to start well and capitalize," said Misbah.

So far at the World Cup, Pakistan have scored 224 all out against India and were dismissed for just 160 by the West Indies.

Misbah has his team's best two scores of 76 against Pakistan and 73 on Sunday.

Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood got beyond fifty against the West Indies while Wahab Riaz scored a half-century against Zimbabwe at Brisbane's Gabba ground.

"It was really tough because it was a make or break game for us. You can't believe how happy we are because we were out of the tournament if we'd lost this game," added the captain.

"The pitch wasn't easy. It was a bit two-paced and it was really difficult to rotate the strike.

"I felt 250-260 would be really challenging today. We were 15-20 runs short but we showed the kind of quality we have in the bowling line-up and credit should be given to the fast bowlers."

The win gave Pakistan, who won the World Cup when the tournament was last staged in Australia and New Zealand 23 years ago, their first two points.

But they are second from bottom in their pool, with just the top four sides going into the quarter-finals.

They face the UAE in Napier on Wednesday, South Africa in Auckland next Saturday before their first round is wrapped up at Adelaide on March 15 against Ireland.

Pakistan seamer Wahab Riaz was named man-of the-match after his four for 45 followed a career-best 54 not out.

"When I went into bat, the discussion was to play all 50 overs and if we had to take chances we would do so in the last three or four overs," he said.

"The whole team really worked hard and believed in me and my batting." Zimbabwe have lost three of the four games and captain Elton Chigumbura, who batted despite suffering a leg while fielding, admitted they had thrown away a great opportunity, especially as they had been 128 for three.

"It is always disappointing to lose a game like this when you feel you have a chance to win. Our weakness has been that we have not had one guy scoring a hundred or batting through the innings," he said.

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World Cup 2015 : Moin Khan summoned by PCB

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 28 Februari 2015 | 21.24

KARACHI: Two days after returning home to an angry reception, the chief selector Moin Khan has been summoned by the Pakistan Cricket Board to explain his conduct, a visit to a Casino in Christchurch a night before the national team's ICC World Cup 2015 match against the West Indies.

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A source in the board told PTI that the former captain had been told to meet the PCB chief Shaharyar Khan on Monday.
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"Shaharyar wants to hear what Moin has to say about the incident and then talk to him about the inquiry conducted by the board into it," the source said.

Shaharyar has made it clear that a full-scale inquiry is being conducted into Moin's visit to the Casino and termed his action as "inappropriate".

Pakistan have so far lost both their matches in the ongoing World Cup, going down to arch foes India and the West Indies over the past couple of weeks.

"Moin has said that he went there to have dinner but that is his statement. According to our information there is more to this incident and we are investigating that in detail," Shaharyar had said.

Moin, 43, returned home to an angry reception on Thursday after being called back from the World Cup. On his return, a group of angry fans were outside the Karachi airport with banners and eggs, while later irate fans also demonstrated outside his residence.

Moin had to request the Karachi police for provision of security outside his home.

The source said the media reports that the PCB had decided not to take any further action against Moin were not correct.

"It is not correct since how can we decide on this without the Chairman not having had the chance to listen to Moin and talk to him," the source said.

The source disclosed that the Casino episode had also widened the tussle between Shaharyar and his predecessor, Najam Sethi who was still in the board as Chairman of the executive committee and a member of the Board of Governors.

"It is no secret that Sethi had decided to send Moin to the World Cup with the team as chief selector despite resistance from other members. And it is no secret that he didn't favour the decision to call Moin back from Australia and New Zealand," the source added.

He also said that Shaharyar had got a detailed briefing on the activities of every member of the team and Moin since they landed in New Zealand in January.

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World Cup 2015: Misbah faces flak from former players

KARACHI: Former cricketers on Saturday lashed out at Misbah-ul-Haq as the Pakistan captain spoke about the difficulties he was finding in selecting right combinations in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015.

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"A lot is being said about the team's performance and what combination should have been played. Also references are given to the 1992 World Cup. I just think people should look at the squad that played in that tournament and understand how difficult it is for us to settle on a combination right now," Misbah said today in Brisbane.

But his remarks irked a number of former players including Mohammad Yousuf who blamed the skipper for the mess the team found itself in right now.

"If he is saying it is difficult to select the team or combination whose fault is it. He has been captain for last four years and why couldn't he settle upon a World Cup combination until now," Yousuf questioned.

One of Pakistan's top batsmen Yousuf said did the critics ask Misbah and the management to not play wicketkeeper, Sarfaraz Ahmed in the first two matches or not pick Yasir Shah against the West Indies.

"Sarfaraz had performed brilliantly going into the World Cup so why has he not been played as yet who is to blame for this," Yousuf said.

Misbah also said that he was finding it difficult to decide whether to play seven batsmen or four bowlers and that is why combination couldn't be finalised easily.

Yousuf said that Misbah instead of making excuses should now get down to the task of taking the team into the quarter finals and changing his attitude.

"Look at Brendon McCullum how he won the match for New Zealand today on a difficult pitch with his fearless batting. Look at other captains like Dhoni. Misbah needs to adopt an attitude similar to them to smell success."

Former Test opener Mohsin Khan said that Pakistan needed to play cricket without fear but with sense while batting.

"I believe that spinners can play a vital role in this competition and you need to bat sensibly in the first 30 overs. Misbah has to now pick up the challenge and not just do talking," he said.

Former Pakistan opener Aamer Sohail warned that if Pakistan didn't reach the quarter finals the damage would be great to Pakistan cricket.

"Players will come and go but it will hurt the sport's popularity. People want to see Pakistan in the knockout stage but unfortunately so far the players and Misbah have not shown the required positive attitude and approach," he said.

Former Test pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz said, "If this team does not learn to deal with the pressure it is curtains for us."

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World Cup 2015: I give my best without thinking of results, says Ashwin

PERTH: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was Man-of-the-Match in the World Cup Pool B match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday, said he only aims to put in his best effort in every game without thinking about the results.

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Ashwin clinched his career best one-day international (ODI) figures of 4/25 from 10 overs to bowl out UAE for a paltry 102, which India chased down in 18.5 overs with nine wickets in hand at the WACA.

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"I've never got a four-for before. It was running on my mind a bit but I was focussing on my basics and it was coming out well. I bowl at such phases of the game, it's more of cutting the runs out, it can get a little difficult," said Ashwin.

"When it comes to this format, I'm pretty much unselfish. It doesn't matter if I get the numbers or not as long as I put in the effort required. I enjoyed bowling here the last time I bowled against Sri Lanka. It helps if you bowl it slower and there's a wee bit of turn as well."

The 28-year-old explained he persisted with his tactics.

"If you set the batsman well, mixing up the arm ball, and then you bowl one really slow, you are going to get him fending it and leg slip comes into play," he said.

"My wrist is getting into a good position and that helps with the arm ball, the breeze helped as well. It was good to play the big teams initially, now we're on a roll."

The Chennai-born added that they are peaking at the right time after dismal performances in the tour Down Under where they failed to win a single game.

"We always peak well coming into tournaments. We had a tough Test series and didn't do too well in the tri-series as well. But we always knew we would pick it up when we came into the World Cup," concluded Ashwin.

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RCA claims it has right to attend BCCI AGM

JAIPUR: Despite being suspended by the BCCI, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has claimed that it has the right to be a part of the crucial AGM to be held on March 2 in Chennai.

Mehmood Abdi, the permanent representative of RCA in BCCI, said that voting right is one of the fundamental rights in democracy and it can't be taken away from any member.

Abdi today submitted a letter to BCCI regarding the authorization of RCA representative to attend the BCCI AGM but claimed that Parag Patel, Special Assistant to BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel, refused to a give a receipt of the communication at BCCI office in Chennai.

Abdi said that BCCI have every right to punish RCA by stopping its grants etc. but it cannot take away its right to be a part of the AGM.

"The BCCI has suspended us after we chose Lalit Modi as our president and since then they have suspended us and stopped our grants and did not include us in the domestic calendar until the intervention of Rajasthan High Court.

They can punish us in any way they want but voting is our fundamental right. They need to have two third majorities to do so. The AGM will be a crucial one for Indian cricket and we have the right to be there and vote," said Abdi.

Incidentally, the Modi-led faction of RCA was granted a sigh of relief by Rajasthan High Court on Friday as it refused to extend the dead line given to Amin Pathan for bringing in the no confidence motion against President Lalit Modi and three other top office bearers.

The Pathan group had claimed that it removed Modi and other three top office bearers in a coup but Abdi and few others had challenged the claim by moving court.

The High Court had allowed the Rajasthan teams to participate in domestic BCCI tournaments and gave the charge of RCA's day to day affairs to Rajasthan state Sports Council, making Taposh Chatterjee the coordinator between RCA and BCCI.

The court also later set March 12 as deadline to complete the formalities of bringing in the no confidence motion and had ordered that if the Pathan group fails to bring in no confidence motion or it is defeated, the Modi Group would automatically get the reigns of RCA.

On the other hand, Shakti Singh Rathore, the Secretary of the Pathan led faction, had already issued a notice for EGM to be held on 9th March.

The sports Council President had pleaded that since it was busy in other matters it was not in position to hold the EGM of RCA but the court on Friday had refused to extend the deadline of March 12.

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Srinivasan apologises to SC for chairing BCCI meet on Feb 8

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 27 Februari 2015 | 21.24

NEW DELHI: Sidelined president N. Srinivasan on Friday tendered an unconditional apology for presiding over the February 8 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee meeting in breach of a court order.

Srinivasan told the court that it was due to a bonafide misunderstanding of the court's order that we went ahead to chair the meet.

"I am offering an unqualified apology. We looked at the letter of the order and not the spirit," the court was told.

Accepting the unconditional apology, the apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla permitted him to cast his vote in the board elections on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) at the Annual General Body (AGM) meeting of the BCCI March 2.

The court made it clear that Srinivasan would be exercising the vote on behalf of TNCA as a representative and not as its president, only if TNCA formally authorises him to do so.

Srinivasan in January was stopped from participating in BCCI matters till the time he was in conflict of interest as BCCI president and at the same time as a stakeholder of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, a CSK official, was found guilty of betting by the apex court in the 2013 IPL spot fixing and betting scandal.

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Srinivasan apologises to SC for chairing BCCI meet on Feb 8

NEW DELHI: Sidelined president N Srinivasan on Friday offered an unconditional apology for presiding over the February 8 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee meeting in breach of the January 2015 Supreme Court order.

Srinivasan told the court that it was due to bonafide misunderstanding of the court's order which led him to chair the meet. "I am offering an unqualified apology. We looked at the letter of the order and not the spirit," the court was told.

Accepting the apology, the court said that the matter stands closed. The bench of Justice T S Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla permitted Srinivasan to cast vote to elect office bearers on behalf the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) at the Annual General Body (AGM) meeting of the BCCI March 2.

The court made it clear that Srinivasan would be exercising the vote on behalf of TNCA as a representative and not as its president, only if TNCA formally authorises him to do so. The court also made it clear that apart from voting, Srinivasan would not be participating in the AGM when it takes up other issues on its agenda and that TNCA would be represented by another person.

Srinivasan offered the apology in the wake of a contempt petition by the Cricket Association Bihar (CAB) which had said that Srinivasan had committed a contempt of court by presiding over the meeting, in breach of the January 22 apex court verdict.

The apex court on Jan 22 had said that Srinivasan cannot contest elections for BCCI presidency as long as he is involved in "conflict of interest" as an owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

"...no one who has any commercial interest in BCCI events shall be eligible for contesting the elections for any post whatsoever," the court had said while holding void and ineffective the amendment of BCCI rules permitting its office bearers to have commercial interest in events like IPL and Champions Trophy.

Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Srinivasan, offered the apology. Senior counsel Nalini Chidambram, appearing for CAB, told the court that Srinivasan could not even participate in the proceedings of the AGM.

As court said "we leave it you" to take a call on the submission by Chidambram, Sibal urged the court to make the position clear as he does not want to fall foul of the court again.

"I don't want to fall foul of the court. Let us be clear. Don't put him in jeopardy. He is entitled to vote who should be next president. What is the conflict of interest in voting," Sibal said.

Sibal told the court that "in election no executive decisions are taken. There is just a vote and there is no conflict of interest. My conflict of interest arises as BCCI president. My franchise can't be taken away. I have given up. I have transferred my shares".

Having said this, Sibal added that even politicians who fall foul with law are allowed to vote. As Sibal was told that the disqualification was not issue based, he urged the court to pass an order: "I don't want to be hauled up for contempt."

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