India tour on: Cricket Australia
Kaushik back as India hockey coach
Pay fine or forget T20, Shoaib told
Ronchi’s ton sinks India ‘A’
ICL inducts Dhaka Warriors
Easy wins for YPS, Pinegrove, Mayo girls
Lahore Lions bag T20 title
T20 good for game: Sidhu
It’ll be hard-fought series: Gilchrist
EPL: Aston Villa beat Tottenham
B’desh ‘rebels’ unlikely to relent
Melbourne, September 16
"I apologise for some of the things I've done over the last little bit. Hopefully I'll come out of it a better person and not make those mistakes in the future," Symonds said in his first interaction with the media since his sacking from the side for lacking commitment.
Symonds preferred a fishing trip to a compulsory team meeting, inviting the wrath of the leadership group comprising stand-in skipper Michael Clarke, coach Tim Nielson and manager Steve Bernard.
The 33-year-old was subsequently sent home from Darwin where Australia played a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.
Symonds, who was also omitted from the squad for the upcoming Test series against India for his indiscretion, said he has realised his mistakes and promised to change his attitude.
"I think I probably do need to put a little bit of thought into some of the things I am doing," Symonds said.
"I'm in a position of responsibility and I can't live so irresponsibly and I've realised that. It's probably taken longer than it should have," he added.
Symonds asserted he would bounce back from the latest setback by focussing on his cricket even as he learns to deal with life as a public figure.
"You go from being something and you get something cast over you which you have no control of. Being recognised and that sort of thing is something that sometimes I deal with well and other times I don't deal with as well," he said.
"I like my time by myself and I like my privacy, but I do love the challenge of cricket. I'm going through the process of trying to improve and become not only a better cricketer but a better person," he added.
Symonds' apology comes after he was lambasted by former greats like Steve Waugh and Shane Warne for his attitude.
The big-hitting all-rounder's commitment to the team was also questioned with his one-time close pal Clarke being among his most vocal critics during the entire episode.
Cricket Australia had even asked him to take a counsellor's help to get his career back on track. — PTI
New Delhi, September 16
At stumps, the Ranji Champions had reached 242 for one with Chopra batting on 93 and Kohli was giving him company on 91 after the Pakistani side was bowled out for 266.
Trailing by 132 runs, Delhi captain Virender Sehwag began in his characteristic fashion and clobbered the bowling to all parts of the ground.
Sehwag in his 29-ball stay at the wicket smashed away 37 runs which included six hits to the fence and a towering six before the opener fell to first innings' hat-trick boy Imran Ali.
Chopra and Kohli then held the fort and made sure that their star-studded batting line-up does not have to go through the same embarrassment that it went in the first innings when the hosts were bundled out for a paltry 134.
First innings' half-centurion Kohli looked in even better form as he piled on 91 runs with the help of 14 boundaries and both batsmen looked to demolish the Pakistani hopes of winning their maiden Mohammad Nissar Trophy.
Earlier in the day, resuming from 143 for six, Khurram Shehzad and Imran made sure that the visitors do not give away the advantage they took by bowling out the the Delhi team for a small total.
While Shehzad became a victim of leg-spinner Chetanya Nanda on 56, Rajat Bhatia brought Imran's downfall when he was on 36.
For Delhi, Ashish Nehra and Nanda bagged three wickets each while left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan claimed two wickets. Ishant Sharma had to be content with just one wicket that came in form of Imran Khalid. — UNI
Delhi (1st innings) 134
SNGPL (1st innings)
M Hafeez c G Chabra b Nehra 28
Y Arafat lbw Nehra 0
U Akmal b Nanda 58
A Shafiq lbw Sangwan 22
Misbah b Nanda 9
K Shehzad c Chopra b Nanda 66
A Akmal lbw Nehra 14
I Khalid c Chopra b Ishant 15
I Ali c Narender b Bhatia 36
Asad Ali b Sangwan 8
Adil Raza not out 0
Extras (b-4, lb-5, nb-1) 10
Total (all out, 78.3 overs) 266
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-56, 3-99, 4-113, 5-118, 6-133, 7-173 8-250, 9-262, 10-266
Bowling: Nehra 18-3-70-3, Ishant 17-3-65-1, Sangwan 18.3-1-87-2, Bhatia 7-3-7-1, Nanda 16-8-24-3, Sehwag 2-1-4-0
Delhi (2nd innings)
Chopra batting 93
Sehwag c A Ali b Imran Ali 37
Kohli batting 91
Extras (b-10, lb-2, w-1, nb-8) 21
Total (1 wkt, 51 overs) 242
Fall of wicket: 1-46
Bowling: A Ali 14-3-45-0, Imran Ali 11-0-58-1, Adil Raza 5-0-28-0, M Hafeez 3-0-16-0, I Khalid 13-1-65-0, Azhar Shafiq 5-1-18-0.
Melbourne, September 16
Cricket Australia said it has reviewed its security advice and confirmed that travel to India remains “appropriate”.
Earlier after the blasts, CA, on Sunday, had said it would send a review team to inspect the security situation in the country. ''We have done a review of our security advice and it has not changed since last week,'' CA public affairs manager Peter Young said. ''The safety and security advice for India is broadly speaking to exercise caution.''
''Our advice is there are some concerns and to exercise caution, but currently they do not compromise the tour,'' Young said in a statement on the organisation's website.
Young said the organisation would put up a stringent security arrangement for the senior team and the Australia A side which is currently in India for a tri-series which also includes New Zealand A as the third side.
CA has had discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which would also upgrade the security in and around the dressing rooms and provide escorts for the team to and from the ground.
''In consultation with the BCCI, we have upgraded security in and around the dressing rooms and they will have an escort to the ground,'' Young said.
Nothing but double standard: PCB
Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board perceives Cricket Australia's willingness to go ahead with the India tour as nothing but double standard but the PCB today ruled out seeking a legal action against its Australian counterpart. Peeved at CA and its players' association for their willingness to tour India despite Saturday's serial blasts in New Delhi, PCB simply cannot forget the fact that the Australians had earlier refused to tour Pakistan, claiming the country was not safe enough. But contrary to local media reports, PCB ruled out seeking legal action against CA. "No, I don't think we have talked or discussed about such an option. Yes, we do feel Australia's double standards is before us to see but what legal action can we take against them?" a senior PCB official told PTI. He did admit that if Australia went ahead with their tour of India, it would make Pakistan's case stronger. "We have been saying all along Pakistan is as safe as any other country to host international teams and when Australia can go to India they can also come to Pakistan as well. We will take up this issue directly with them and even with other boards," the official said. Shafqat Naghmi, the chief operating officer of the board, has said he is 100 per cent certain that because of the big money involved in the series, Australia would tour India
Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board perceives Cricket Australia's willingness to go ahead with the India tour as nothing but double standard but the PCB today ruled out seeking a legal action against its Australian counterpart.
Peeved at CA and its players' association for their willingness to tour India despite Saturday's serial blasts in New Delhi, PCB simply cannot forget the fact that the Australians had earlier refused to tour Pakistan, claiming the country was not safe enough. But contrary to local media reports, PCB ruled out seeking legal action against CA.
"No, I don't think we have talked or discussed about such an option. Yes, we do feel Australia's double standards is before us to see but what legal action can we take against them?" a senior PCB official told PTI.
He did admit that if Australia went ahead with their tour of India, it would make Pakistan's case stronger.
"We have been saying all along Pakistan is as safe as any other country to host international teams and when Australia can go to India they can also come to Pakistan as well. We will take up this issue directly with them and even with other boards," the official said.
Shafqat Naghmi, the chief operating officer of the board, has said he is 100 per cent certain that because of the big money involved in the series, Australia would tour India
CA clarifies hypocricy claims
Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) has downplayed claims of hypocrisy by planning to continue its tour of India as scheduled despite the recent bombings in New Delhi which killed more than 25 people and left scores injured. CA confirmed that its A team would remain in India and the national side would leave on Sunday as scheduled. Australia abandoned a Test and one-day tour of Pakistan this year and then voiced its concerns over the security during the Champions Trophy following which the tournament was postponed for a year. CA spokesman Peter Young clarified that the travel advice for India and Pakistan remains very different despite multiple bombings in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and now New Delhi which have killed more than 150 people in total. ''It's very simple. You go to the experts and if they say don't go, you don't go. If they say go, you go,'' Young said yesterday. ''The advice we have received in recent times for India has been be cautious, which was completely different to Pakistan. That advice was don't go,'' he added. Young claimed CA was ''pushing ahead'' with its plans for the four-Test tour.
Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) has downplayed claims of hypocrisy by planning to continue its tour of India as scheduled despite the recent bombings in New Delhi which killed more than 25 people and left scores injured.
CA confirmed that its A team would remain in India and the national side would leave on Sunday as scheduled.
Australia abandoned a Test and one-day tour of Pakistan this year and then voiced its concerns over the security during the Champions Trophy following which the tournament was postponed for a year.
CA spokesman Peter Young clarified that the travel advice for India and Pakistan remains very different despite multiple bombings in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and now New Delhi which have killed more than 150 people in total.
''It's very simple. You go to the experts and if they say don't go, you don't go. If they say go, you go,'' Young said yesterday.
''The advice we have received in recent times for India has been be cautious, which was completely different to Pakistan. That advice was don't go,'' he added.
Young claimed CA was ''pushing ahead'' with its plans for the four-Test tour.
New Delhi, September 16
His name was finalised at the selection committee meeting of the ad hoc committee set up by the Indian Olympic Association here on Tuesday. He will be in charge of the team till the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in China. Kaushik is presently the coach of the Indian women's team.
The meeting, presided over by Ajitpal Singh and attended by all members - Aslam Sher Khan, Ashok Kumar, Zafar Iqbal and Dhanraj Pillay - also finalised a list of 48 probables for upcoming international events.
A formal announcement of Kaushik's appointment as well as the release of the list of probables will be made on Wednesday after the ad hoc committee headed by IOA president Suresh Kalmadi ratify it.
A.K. Bansal, who was the coach of the team that finished runners-up at the Azlan Shah Cup tournament, was also considered but it was felt that he should not be disturbed as coach of the junior team preparing for the World Cup. He was the coach of the team that won the junior Asia Cup in Hyderabad in July.
The marathon six-hour meeting also believed to have approved the names of former internationals goalkeeper A B Subbaiah, defender Harinder Singh and and forward Ramandeep Singh as assistant coaches.
Kaushik told IANS that he had not been formally informed about his appointment, but he would be only too happy to be taking over as coach if offered to him. "The job is not going to be new to me as I had the privilege of guiding the 1998 gold-medal-winning Asian games team. I will put in my best to see that the team does well in the two years I have to mould it." — IANS
Karachi, September 16
Confusion prevailed at the launching ceremony of the prestigious tournament when Shoaib's name was missing from the list of players from his region, Islamabad.
Later a PCB spokesman confirmed that Shoaib's name was submitted by the regional team as the 16th player of the side.
"They gave us a list of 16 players but in the slides only the names of 15 players were shown. That is why there was some confusion about whether Shoaib was part of the Islamabad side or not," Raza Rashid, the spokesman, said.
But he said as per the board's policy, Shoaib was required to first pay the fine of Rs 7 million or get a ruling from the court against the fine before he can play in Pakistan's premier domestic event.
"The board's policy is very clear on this," he said.
Shoaib had a five-year ban imposed on him by PCB's disciplinary committee, which was subsequently reduced to 18 months by an appellate tribunal in June which heard his appeal against the ban for disciplinary violations.
But the tribunal, while reducing the ban, also asked him to pay the fine of RS 7 million rupees.
Shoaib has filed a writ petition in the Lahore high court against the ban and fine but the court, while suspending the ban, have given no order on the payment of fine.
Hyderabad, September 16
The match was called off amidst heavy rains when Aussies had put on 168 runs for the loss of opener P J Hughes (47 from 77 ball with 8 fours) at the end of the 27th over.
After an inspection a hour later, on-field umpires S Dua and V.D. Nerurkar in consultation with match refree S S Patil awarded the match to the visitors leveraging the VJD method used in Indian domestic cricket.
Australia 'A', who lost their opening match to New Zealand 'A', picked up 5 points after today's win while India got one point.
Brief scores: India A: 207 all out in 49.4 overs (Yusuf Pathan 54, Praveen 31, Noffke 4-39, Tait 3-27)
Australia A: 168 for 1 in 27 overs (Ronchi not out 108, Hughes 47)— UNI
ICL inducts Dhaka Warriors
New Delhi, September 16
"Cricket Hai Meri Life" is the catchline of the ICL as Kapil Dev asserted that the very purpose of the ICL was to promote cricket and cricket players, and nothing else.
At the formal launch of the ICL here tonight, Kapil Dev, chairman of the ICL executive board, said this year with the induction of the Dhaka Warriors, there will be nine teams, which include two from abroad - Lahore Badshahs being the other.
The ICL, starting on October 10, will be played at Panchkula, Gurgaon, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The teams in the fray are Chennai Super Stars, Delhi Giants, Chandigarh Lions, Mumbai Champs, Ahmedabad Rockets, Royal Bengal Tigers, Lahore Badshahs, Hyderabad Heroes and Dhaka Warriors. The opening match of the league will be held in Hyderabad.
The Dhaka Warriors will be led by their World Cup captain Habib-ul-Bashar and coached by Indian World Cupper Balwinder Singh Sandhu of the Kapil's Devils fame of 1983. The teams will be represented by 55 foreign players, including six from Bangladesh, and 90 from India.
Kapil said the ICL Twenty20 Championship will be followed by the World Series, featuring four teams - ICL India, ICL Pakistan, ICL World and ICL Bangladesh. This event will be staged in Hyderabad from November 16 to 23.
Himanshu Mody, business head of the ICL, said Rs 50 crore will be invested for the promotion of the event, as the purpose was to make it financially viable.
Kapil said he was not worried that the India-Australia Test series, starting on October 9, will be clashing with the ICL matches. "The purpose of the ICL is to build up the Indian boys for our international series", he said.
He said the ICL was in no way competing with the Indian Premier League (IPL), run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. "If they can promote cricket in the country, so can we", Kapil stated.
"The work we are trying to do is for the betterment of Indian cricket. We make sure that we are not a 'rebel' team, but we want to promote cricket. We want to be a part and parcel of the growth of Indian cricket", Kapil said.
Easy wins for YPS, Pinegrove, Mayo girls
Chandigarh, September 16
Pinegrove School outplayed Daly College, Indore by 157 runs in a one-sided match.
Daly College girls won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Pinegrove had a decent start as captain Kirat Bajwa, who scored 44, and Rajnimrit Kaur, who contributed 64 not out, helped the team score 179 runs for the loss of three wickets.
Daly College were all out for a meagre 22 runs in 15.2 overs. Pragalbha took 4 wickets. Urvashi and Meghna also took 2 wickets each. Rajnimrit was awarded the Player of the Match .
YPS Mohali got the better of Maharani Gayatri Devi, Jaipur, in the second match.
YPS girls won the toss and decided to bat first. They piled up 136 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Harleen was the top scorer with 45 runs while Meghna contributed a classy 28. For Jaipur team, Shreya took 2 wickets while Srishti took one wicket.
While chasing the target, the Jaipur girls failed to get going. None of their players could spend time on the crease as the team was bundled out for 81 runs. Only Shalu 27 and Srishti who made 19 were impressive.
For YPS, Mohali, Akanksha took 3 wickets while Meghna not only took 4 wickets for which she walked away with the Player of the Match award.
The next match was a cakewalk for Mayo College (Girls), Ajmer against Lawrence School, Lovedale (TN). The latter won the toss and batted first but were all out for a paltry 21 runs in 14.5 overs. Shruti took 3 and Chandni took 2 wickets for Mayo. Mayo College team won the match in the first over itself by 10 wickets. Shruti was declared the Player of the Match.
Manchester, September 16
AC Milan were the last side to retain Europe's top trophy in 1990 but since the group stage format was introduced in 1992-93, nobody has matched them.
"The fact that no club has won it in successive seasons shows just how hard it is to win the thing in the first place. But I really do think we've got a great chance," Ferguson said this week.
The Scot's optimism is based on the depth of his squad and the different options open to him as he plots a third Champions League success following on from 1999 and last season's final win over Chelsea.
The arrival of striker Dimitar Berbatov, a former Champions League finalist with Bayer Leverkusen, adds greatly to United's attacking threat.
However, they start their challenge from Group E short of the kind of form that helped them dominate last season.
The English and European champions have won just once this season and suffered a rare league defeat at Liverpool on Saturday, going down 2-1. — Reuters
Lahore Lions bag T20 title
Sirsa, September 16 An unbeaten 34-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Adnan Raja (39) and Shabaz Butt (21) fashioned the visitors' title triumph. Lahore Lions replied to the Indian Air Force score of 109 for 6 with 110 for 5 with two overs and four balls to spare.
Sirsa, September 16
An unbeaten 34-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Adnan Raja (39) and Shabaz Butt (21) fashioned the visitors' title triumph.
Lahore Lions replied to the Indian Air Force score of 109 for 6 with 110 for 5 with two overs and four balls to spare.
T20 good for game: Sidhu
Sirsa, September 16
He was here in the JCD Vidyapeeth last night to attend the closing ceremony of the JCD International Cricket League.
Accompanied by film star Sunil Shetty, Sidhu inaugurated the final match between the Lahore Lions and Indian Air Force last evening.
Talking to mediapersons, Sidhu said it was correct that the soul of cricket lies in the Tests, but the spectators today “want to see a three hour film and not a tele-serial lasting a few days”.
Sidhu said the way tournaments of this kind are being organised in small towns like Sirsa, the game of cricket is definitely going to gain.
Mumbai, September 16
Gilchrist said if the Ashes has the long history of a famous rivalry, the competition between Australia and India has evolved into its own special status.
"It has been a fantastic series in the past 10 to 12 years whenever the two teams have locked horns. It has lived up to the tag of an iconic series. As far as history goes the Ashes are important but this (India vs Australia) has its own status," he said here.
Gilchrist predicted the upcoming India-Australia Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy would be a hard fought one though the visiting side is "relatively inexperienced."
"The (Australian) team this time is relatively inexperienced but it does not mean they don't know the conditions here. They should do well," said Gilchrist who was in the city as a brand ambassador for the Australian Wollongong University. — PTI
London, September 16
This had been the game yesterday to put Tottenham back on track after taking just one point, albeit at Chelsea, from its first three matches.
But any hopes of a UEFA Cup finish, let alone a top-four Champions League qualification, look fanciful after defeats from Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Villa to continue sitting at the bottom of the table.
Villa was fourth with seven points from four games.
Nigel Reo-Coker scored his first league goal for Villa in the fifth minute.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, released by Ashley Young, whipped in the right cross that John Carew neatly flicked across for Reo-Coker to slot home.
Ashley Young was gifted a second in the 55th thanks to an error by Heurelho Gomes reminiscent of Paul Robinson, his predecessor in the Spurs goal.
Young weaved through the midfield before unleashing a shot from 25 metres that Gomes attempted to save, but instead diverted backward over the line.
Spurs pulled one back in the 87th when Jermaine Jenas' strike was steered in by Darren Bent, but the late scramble couldn't produce an equaliser and the home side was lucky Gomes' error-strewn performance didn't produce a greater deficit.
Tottenham has struggled on attack since manager Juande Ramos' plans were plunged into turmoil when Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, last season's most prolific strike duo, said they wanted to advance their careers at Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.
Darren Bent laboured alone up front initially, then had Roman Pavlyuchenko for company after arriving for $25 million two weeks ago.
They were stung into action after the early goal, but Luka Modric attempt at a swift response was blocked by American goalkeeper Brad Friedel on his 157th straight league appearance, and Pavlyuchenko's elaborate overhead kick came to nothing in the ninth.
The confident Villa unit never looked like surrendering its advantage as it dictated proceedings.
Carew's nod led to Barry's 22nd-minute strike being turned away by the stretching Gomes, and two minutes later Agbonlahor's header was denied by the 27-year-old Brazilian, who scrambled back after coming forward to punch a corner. — AP
Dhaka, September 16
National team players Shakib Al Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Mehrab Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim, Syed Rasel, Mahmudullah Riyad and Zunaed Siddiqui met the BCB officials at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to assure the board that they won't turn 'rebels'.
"We feel proud to represent the national team", was the refrain.
Meanwhile, the BCB's effort to draw the ICL-bound players to the discussion table to stop the exodus looks an exercise in futility.
Of the rebels, former skipper Habibul Bashar and stumper Dhiman Ghosh have already left for India, while disgruntled Shahriar Nafees is unhappy after he got an SMS to join today's meeting.
"SMS is not a proper way to communicate with somebody. Any board official is yet to give me a call and only a board employee rang me yesterday. I will only think about attending the meeting if the invitation comes in a proper way," Nafees was quoted as saying by 'The Daily Star'. — PTI