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North Zone players pose with the Duleep Trophy after beating West Zone in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. — PTI
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Anger, concern over IPL
Melbourne, February 22
Ponting said the luring private Twenty20 revolution in India was threatening to spoil the composition of national sides.
"The amount of money being bandied around here and the amount of money and power the Indian board, the BCCI, has, who knows how cricket administration worldwide is going to pan out," Ponting said.
"Twenty20 cricket has been big at domestic level for most of this decade in England, then South Africa and now Australia.
"It was obvious by the crowds at that level that it was going to be big. If the ICC had jumped on it then and developed Twenty20 cricket to its potential instead of trying to keep a lid on it then there might not have been any need for an IPL to counter the rebel Indian Cricket League," he wrote in his column for 'The Australian'.
The Aussies skipper warned various cricket boards to be careful about the implications of the private leagues -- IPL and ICL.
"If the ICC is saying it can't find a window for the IPL, then those running the game will have to be careful how they handle this Twenty20 phenomenon," Ponting said.
Giving example of Andrew Symonds, who has to decide whether to tour Pakistan or play in IPL, Ponting said money could play a big role in influencing the decision.
"If he doesn't want to go to Pakistan and the tour's on and Cricket Australia says you can't play in the IPL, there will be some serious decisions that will have to be made and there will have to be some serious thinking that will have to go into those decisions.
"Making more money and spending most of the year with family by playing in the IPL instead of for players' respective country could start to look pretty attractive to some blokes and a lot of cricketers around the world will look at it that way.
"And if there are potential stars of Test or one-day cricket who might have any sort of thoughts like that, I think it is really dangerous for the game.
"More than 20 Pakistan players have signed with the ICL and IPL. All those guys who signed with the ICL, which make up a big chunk, can no longer represent their country, so it's getting to a dangerous point already," he added. — PTI
Wellington, February 22
Vettori, who has signed with the Delhi side in the eight-team Twenty20 competition, said he was in discussions with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) about arriving in England 10 days before the start of the first Test on May 15 to allow him to play six IPL matches.
''We're working through it at the moment,'' Vettori told reporters today of his discussions with NZC.
''I hope I'm available for a number of (IPL) games for obvious reasons but we have to sit back and wait.''
Vettori ($ 625,000) and fellow New Zealand Test players Jacob Oram ($ 675,000) and Brendon McCullum ($ 700,000) were signed in the IPL player auction on Wednesday.
While their earnings are guaranteed for the next three years, their salaries from this year's tournament could be curtailed by the England tour as they are paid only for each IPL match they play.
Scheduled to play three Tests and five one-dayers, New Zealand open their tour against the MCC at Arundel on April 27, just nine days after the IPL begins, though Vettori said he could possibly play six Twenty20 games and arrive in England by May 5.
''If it is May 5 then we've got 10 days before the first Test starts, so it's still an extended period of time, longer than you'd have for any other tour,'' he said.
Vettori added the IPL had the potential to change the nature of international cricket tours.
''Guys are probably going to be on tour for shorter periods of time and there are some important commitments to the IPL. We're talking about people's financial futures as well.
''I can understand the perception of the senior guys not being there but I suppose you can also look at it the other way - it's a chance for a couple of guys to stake a Test claim.
''I suppose the best of both worlds is what we're asking for.''
NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan, however, suggested to the New Zealand Press Association that players would not be allowed to arrive late in England.
''The players realise where their priorities lie,'' he said.
''It might hurt them in the pocket for the first year but the following two years are clear for them.'' — Reuters
Mumbai, February 22
In an open letter to Pawar, Thackrey said such open display of wealth does not augur well for the Indian cricket. "Oh Pawar, what is happening in the realm of cricket?", said the Sena chief, who is the newspaper's editor.
"These industrialists are throwing money in your cricket field as a result of which cricket is getting corrupt.
"Cricketers are being purchased as a result this their concentration will not be in the game and the sport will decline in this country," he warned.
"If this is how industrialists wield their money then a day will come when there will be no need of government because it will be the industrialists who will call the shots and run the country," Thackeray said.
"Stop this gambling of industrialists and save cricket. You (Pawar) have the guts to do it, don't you?", the letter added. — PTI
Kanpur, February 22
Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, R P Singh and Piyush Chawla are the other players from the state who will be seen in action under various club banners in the eight-team Twenty20 competition from April 18 to June 1.
"Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, R P Singh and Piyush Chawla of Uttar Pradesh have already been purchased by various IPL franchises. Now Pravin Kumar will be playing for the Delhi team," said Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI Vice-President and Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.
The price-money for which Kumar will offer his services to the GMR-group owned team was not known but Shukla said many more upcoming players, including Tanmay Srivastava and Sudip Tyagi, from the state would also be involved in the tournament.
"The IPL would vastly benefit the Indian cricket as it has made it compulsory to play four Under-22 cricketers to provide opportunities to local talent," he said. The Virender Sehwag-led Delhi Daredevils franchise also includes the likes of Glenn McGrath, Daniel Vettori and Shoaib Malik. — PTI
Lahore, February 22
“Though no one came forward to bid for Yousuf, like many other international cricketers, the IPL has fixed $350,000 as the starting bid for him, which he will get from the authorities,” Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) media director Ahsan Hameed Malik was quoted as saying by Dawn.
There were no bids for the batsman in the players’ auction, because of a dispute between the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and the IPL.
The 33-year-old had initially signed up for the ICL but was persuaded by the PCB to revoke the contract and sign a deal with the IPL instead.
The ICL is now fighting a legal battle to prevent Yousuf from playing in the IPL.
Seven other Pakistan cricketers who had signed up for the IPL - Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Kamran Akmal - were picked up by various franchises during the auction on February 20. — UNI
Melbourne, February 22
Chasing Australia's modest score of 184 for seven, the islanders were 77 for four in 29.3 overs when rain forced a premature end to the proceedings with Sri Lanka well behind under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The two on-field umpires, Simon Taufel and Rudi Koertzen, waited for the rain to stop till the cut-off of 10.20 pm local time before calling off play. Since a minimum of 20 overs are required to constitute a game, Australia were declared winners and also got a bonus point.
The result of the rain-affected game dealt a huge blow to Sri Lanka's quest for a berth in the best-of-three finals as they now need to win their remaining two matches to have a chance. They would also need India to lose to Australia in Sydney on Sunday.
With this victory, Australia confirmed their place in the finals and maintained their position atop the points table with 22 points from six games. India are second with 12 points from the same number of matches while Sri Lanka are at the bottom with six points from as many matches.
Sri Lanka did well to restrict the powerful Australian line-up to a moderate total but their batsmen once again let them down.
Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya continued his poor run and was out first ball edging Stuart Clark to Ricky Ponting at second slip with the team yet to score a run.
It became three for two when Dilruwan Perera, included in place of Chamara Kapugadera, was adjudged in front off Clark for a single.
The trusted pair of Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Mahela Jayawardene tried to repair the damage patiently but the captain threw his wicket away when he played a lazy waft outside off-stump against nathan Bracken to be caught behind. — PTI
Gilchrist b Vaas 6
Hayden c Silva b Maharoof 23
Ponting run out 11
M Clarke c and b Muralitharan 50
Symonds c Sangakkara b Maharoof 4
Hussey not out 64
Hopes st Sangakkara b Muralitharan 11
Hogg c Dilshan b Malinga 4
Johnson not out 6
Extras (b-2, w-3): 5
Total (7 wkts in 50 overs): 184
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-39, 3-44, 4-54, 5-144, 6-166, 7-173
Bowling: Vaas 10-1-34-1, Malinga 10-1-44-1, Maharoof 10-1-20-2, Muralitharan 10-0-37-2, Amerasinghe 10-0-47-0.
Perera lbw b Clark 1
Jayasuriya c Ponting b Clark 0
Sangakkara c Symonds b Hopes 22
Jayawardene c Gilchrist b Bracken 27
Silva not out 16
Dilshan not out 9
Extras (lb-1,w-1): 2
Total (4 wickets in 29.3 overs): 77
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-3, 3-42, 4-64.
Bowling: Nathan Bracken 6-1-13-1, Stuart Clark 5-1-8-2, Mitchell Johnson 7-1-17-0, James Hopes 7-2-23-1, Brad Hogg 4.3-1-15-0. — AP
Mumbai, February 22
North, set a target of 166 for victory by West, started the day at 74 for three. They lost only one more wicket before coasting home on the strength of an unbeaten knock of 94 by opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan, overnight 44 not out, did all the scoring in the first hour as his partner Yashpal Singh spent an unproductive hour at the crease at the Wankhede Stadium without adding any run before getting out to the 42nd ball he faced today.
Dhawan, who struck 13 fours and a six in his 274-minute stay in which he faced 160 balls, and Rajat Bhatia (33 not out in 68 balls with five fours) put on 53 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket to see North home to a record 17th title triumph just on the stroke of lunch.
Ashraf Makda was the only successful bowler today when he had the strokeless and runless Yashpal caught by Ajinkya Rahane after which North, who last won back-to-back titles in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, surged ahead to a comfortable victory.
North’s first-innings lead of 66 runs had put them in the driver’s seat and they maintained the momentum till the end.
The champions received Rs 30 lakh, while the runners-up got Rs 15 lakh.
West Zone: 274 and 231
North Zone: 340 and 166 for four (Shikhar Dhawan 94 not out, Rajat Bhatia 33 not out; Sidharth Trivedi 2-42, Ashraf Makda 2-59). — UNI
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Kuala Lumpur, February 22
Apart from Kohli's 74-ball 100, Tanmay Srivastava chipped in with 51, Taruwar Kohli contributed 50 and Saurabh Tiwary hit useful 38 to enable India post a challenging total of 265 for 5 in 50 overs.
In reply, the West Indies put in a spirited run chase, the Indian bowlers, Siddharth Kaul ( 3-37) and Ravinder Jadeja (2-28) strangled the middle-order and ultimately Larry Gomes' team fell short by 50 runs.
India beat West Indies by 50 runs: India 265-5 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 100, Tanmay Srivastava 51, Taruwar Kohli 50, Saurabh Tiwary 38; Dawnley Grant 2-56)
West Indies 215 all out in 47.5 overs (Darren Bravo 43, Devon Thomas 32; Siddharth Kaul 3-37, Ravindra Jadeja 2-28)
Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 87 runs: Pakistan 174-7, 50 overs (Ali Asad 57; Kyle Jarvis 3-40, Prince Masvaure 2-53) Zimbabwe 86 all out, 29 overs (Muhammad Rameez 3-26, Ahmad Shahzad 2-9)
Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets: Australia 173 all out, 49.4 overs (Steven Smith 36, Michael Hill 34; Navin Kavikara 3-20) Sri Lanka 175-5, 37.3 overs (Dilshan Munaweera 43, Kusal Perera 43, Ashan Subasinghe 43; Clive Rose 2-23)
Bangladesh beat England by 13 runs: Bangladesh 149 all out, 42 overs (Sohrawardi Shuvo 56, Dollar Mahmud 36; James Harris 5-29) England 136 all out, 47.4 overs (Nasir Hossain 2-16, Mahmudul Hasan 2-20). — UNI
Dhaka, February 22
Fellow paceman Dale Steyn (3-27) and spinner Johan Botha (2-57) combined to take the other five wickets as Bangladesh were bundled out shortly after tea in less than 55 overs.
In reply, South Africa were struggling at 76 for 4, with Ashwell Prince and Johan Botha at the crease when stumps were drawn. Shahadat Hossain and Mohammad Rafique took two wickets each.
Earlier, Bangladesh were reduced to 85-5 by the lunch interval, but Aftab Ahmed and Saqibul Hasan steadied the innings with a 70-run partnership that advanced the score to 152 before a late collapse put the tourists in command of the first Test in the two-match series.
Aftab was caught at mid-off by Makhaya Ntini off Botha after top-scoring for the hosts with 44 and Saqibul was the next to go for 30, caught by AB de Villiers at slip off Morkel.
Morkel then trapped Mohammad Rafique lbw for a duck on the very next delivery and ensured he bagged a five-wicket haul in just his second Test when he bowled Mushfiqur Rahim for seven. Steyn bowled Mashrafe Mortaza for 29 to complete the innings.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, Bangladesh’s hopes of making a good start were dashed almost immediately when Steyn caught and bowled promising opener Tamim Iqbal for a duck. — Reuters
Kozhikode, February 22
Locked with another Goan team, Churchill Brothers, at the top of the table with 33 points from 17 rounds, Dempo will have to await the result of the Churchill-Air India tie to be held at Margao at the same time in case they settle for a draw. Dempo, however, have a better goal difference at present of +19 compared to Churchill’s +15.
Given Dempo’s consistent form and Viva’s poor show throughout the tournament, the former will look to thrash their opponents to emerge champions.
Viva, already relegated to the second division, will try to give their best and upset Dempo to salvage some pride.
Dempo, led by Ranty Martins, will be too keen to beat Viva by an big margin to continue to maintain a better goal difference, which will decide the title if Churchill also win.
With Brazilian Roberto “Beto” Mendis Silva, Climax Lawrence, Mahesh Gawli, Chidi Edeh, Anthony Pereira, Nicolau Borges in their fold, Dempo are likely to make the fight a memorable one. — PTI
ANOC award for
New Delhi, February 22
IOA director ASV Prasad said here today that the award would be presented to Kalmadi at the ANOC general assembly meeting to be held in Beijing from April 7 to 9.
“This is indeed an honour and inspiration for the country’s sports fraternity,” he added.
Noida, February 22
With the blustery conditions at the Jaypee Greens reminding Mark Brown of his hometown Wellington, the New Zealander looked at home as he fired a scintillating five-under 67 to grab the sole lead at 11-under 205.
Brown’s impressive round was studded with six birdies, with the 17th hole bogey being the lone blot in an otherwise impeccable card.
Breathing down his neck from just one shot behind was Australian Scott Hend (69) and Asian Tour rookie Rhys Davies (67).
Further one shot behind was Randhawa, joined by compatriot Gaganjeet Bhullar, Malaysia’s Danny Chia and Australian Adam Groom, who all carded identical 69s in the $400,000 Asian Tour event.
Randhawa had a shaky start as he double-bogeyed the third hole and was in fact three-over when he approached the eighth hole.
The former Asia number one picked up a shot there and took the turn at two-over before embarking on a damage-control exercise on his back nine.
Two more bogeys meant it was not a blemish-free affair but to his credit, Randhawa fired an eagle on the 12th and picked up two more shots to round off at level-par. — PTI
New Delhi, February 22
In the biggest upset of the tournament so far, the armymen went on the offensive from the word go as they took the lead in the sixth minute through a fine goal by Anil Ekka.
However, Indian Oil drew level through a penalty stroke as Deedar Singh (17th) fired home from the spot.
The oilmen soon surged ahead as star striker Deepak Thakur (24th) slammed in a penalty corner. But, Sunil Ekka scored in the 33rd minute as the teams went into the half-time break with the scoreboard reading 2-2.
In the second half, Indian Oil struck through Tyron Pereira (38th) and Deedar Singh (50th) to grab a 4-2 lead. But Army XI staged a brilliant comeback, scoring thrice in the last 18 minutes to emerge victorious.
In the other match, Bharat Petroleum scored through Amar Aiyamma (8th) and Sabu Varkey (12th) to go 2-0 up before half-time.
However, former India forward Dhanraj Pillay (41st) and Birender Lakra (42nd) struck in quick succession to help Air India (North) draw level.
Bharat Petroleum regained the lead through Pundulik Bellary (59th), while Gurpreet Singh (70th) struck right at the death to secure a 4-2 victory. — UNI
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