Srinivasan, CSK on a sticky wicket
CSK matches fixed, allege BCCI’s ex-chiefs
ICC ‘reforms’ will usher in deal-making era: FICA
Punjab Warriors wary of
Binny’s quick ton powers Karnataka
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Srinivasan, CSK on a sticky wicket
Chandigarh, February 10
Now with the rather laughable and incredible cover blown to smithereens by the Justice Mudgal panel, CSK find itself facing a possible termination from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Here’s is what puts the franchisee and Srinivasan on a sticky wicket – Clause 11.3 clause of the IPL franchisee agreement says that “if any official, team owner or anyone associated with the team tarnishes the image of the league, the franchise can be terminated immediately”.
With the Mudgal panel concluding that Meiyappan was a CSK official and indulged in betting, the clause could be invoked if the BCCI decides to go hard on the erring franchisee.
In the past, the BCCI has been quite prompt in terminating four franchisees for one reason or the other. While Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals managed to get the decision overturned in the court of law, Deccan Chargers and Kochi Tuskers had to go.
So will the BCCI show the same alacrity in the case of the Chennai Super Kings? “The BCCI can’t take any action till the Supreme Court takes cognisance of the report. The panel has submitted the report to the Supreme Court and the board will come into the picture only after the court examines the report, which it will do on March 7,” said a BCCI official.
In a way it’s for the better that the BCCI won’t sit in judgement on the panel’s report, for it could have been N Srinivasan, this time wearing the hat of the BCCI president, taking the call on the future of his own team. As it is, as the CSK owner, he had declared Meiyappan a mere “cricket enthusiast” to keep the franchisee out of harm’s way. Interestingly, according to the report, India and CSK skipper MS Dhoni took the same line as Srinivasan on Meiyappan’s role in the CSK.
Apart from putting the future of CSK in jeopardy, the report has also noted Srinivasan’s conflict of interest in being the BCCI president and the CSK owner, observing: “This conflict of interest may have large-scale ramification on cricket.”Ban Srinivasan for life, says Lalit Modi
With the Supreme Court-instituted Justice Mudgal committee indicting Gurunath Meiyappan, the IPL’s sacked commissioner Lalit Modi demanded a life ban for N Srinivasan. “Now it’s time for cricket establishment to wake up and bury the entire India Cement team that has taken over the global cricket,” Modi tweeted. “Glad to see that Justice Mudgal report — confirms just what I had been saying. Life ban on all connected is a must.” “Waiting to get copy of the report before commenting. But if CSK owners are caught betting and fixing team needs to be annulled as per rules,” he added. His lawyer Mehmud Abdi echoed his client’s sentiment. “For CSK team to underperform, it would have required direct involvement of CSK boss N Srinivasan as most of the players in CSK are employees of India Cements and under direct influence and control of Srinivasan who can also make or break their career in BCCI itself,” he said.
* Senior players should advise caution to younger players about the pitfalls of spot-fixing and other
malpractices * BCCI should not wait for media to probe but take proactive approach against players and
bookies * BCCI should share information with other agencies * BCCI office-bearers should not have powers to curtail and restrict or define any such
probe * Expand the governing body of IPL by including representatives of franchises, broadcasters and independent
professionals * Players agents should be registered by BCCI and should not be allowed to travel with
players * Players should not own any stakes in player agencies or companies involved with cricket unless it is
sponsorship * Any person to be a part of the team dug-out must sign a code of conduct
* Senior players should advise caution to younger players about the pitfalls of spot-fixing and other malpractices
* BCCI should not wait for media to probe but take proactive approach against players and bookies
* BCCI should share information with other agencies
* BCCI office-bearers should not have powers to curtail and restrict or define any such probe
* Expand the governing body of IPL by including representatives of franchises, broadcasters and independent professionals
* Players agents should be registered by BCCI and should not be allowed to travel with players
* Players should not own any stakes in player agencies or companies involved with cricket unless it is sponsorship
* Any person to be a part of the team dug-out must sign a code of conduct
New Delhi, February 10
Four ex-chiefs of BCCI —AC Muthiah, IS Bindra, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Shashank Manohar — had deposed before the three-member committee. The report does not identify which two from this quartet made the sensational claim about matches being fixed in the lucrative league. —PTI
IPL auction as per schedule: Shukla
The BCCI said the IPL auction will go ahead as scheduled. “It’s good that the Supreme Court has not stopped the IPL auction. It will happen as planned in Bangalore on on February 12 and 13,” said BCCI
vice-preisdent Rajeev Shukla. On Mudgal report, he said it was important to wait for the Supreme Court’s directive on the issue.
The BCCI said the IPL auction will go ahead as scheduled. “It’s good that the Supreme Court has not stopped the IPL auction. It will happen as planned in Bangalore on on February 12 and 13,” said BCCI vice-preisdent Rajeev Shukla. On Mudgal report, he said it was important to wait for the Supreme Court’s directive on the issue.
London, February 10
The ICC board passed key structural and financial reforms in Saturday's meeting in Singapore which, many believe, effectively put India, England and Australia in charge of the game.
The restructuring will see the “Big Three” pocket greater share of the ICC revenue and occupy key posts within the governing body. “This is a very sad day for our game,” Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) executive chairman Paul Marsh said in a statement.
“This should be an indicator to the future for all of us, where self-interest and short-term deal making will override the long-term health of the game and views of its key stakeholders.”FICA had urged other test playing nations to block the proposals but only Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting in Singapore.
“Whilst unfortunately the final outcome had an air of inevitability about it once the process became clear, it again highlights how poorly our game is governed,” Marsh said. “Of extreme concern to all involved in FICA is the fact that so many key stakeholders in the game condemned the proposed changes ... yet the ICC Board still approved these changes,” said Marsh, adding that FICA and its members would continue to oppose the proposed reforms. — Reuters
Punjab Warriors wary of
Chandigarh, February 10
Barring a miraculous turnaround from the fifth-placed Kalinga Lancers, the top four teams will be feeling pretty comfortable as the league stage reaches the final stretch.
But Punjab Warriors, who boast of the best record this season, have no intentions of easing off as they take on the Lancers at their home ground tomorrow.
With 23 points from six matches, the Warriors are currently in second place, behind Delhi Waveriders who have 29 points from eight matches. “We are in a good position after a good away run and would like to keep up the intensity at this stage,” said Barry Dancer, head coach of Punjab Warriors. “We want to win against Kalinga and confirm our place in the semifinals.”
Though the Warriors have not lost since their defeat against Delhi Waveriders in the opener, Dancer said that the team was far from perfect. “We have not played consistently for 70 minutes. Also our defence has not been up to the mark.”
Jamie Dwyer, captain of the Warriors, reiterated his coach’s point: “We have not had a clean sheet in any match. And we haven’t been very consistent. We are still improving and hopefully can peak at the right time. I believe that at our best we can beat any team.”
The home team will need that level of confidence against the Lancers, who have been consistently improving. “They have shown a lot of grit even in their losses. They are deadly with the penalty corners so we can’t get complacent.”
The Lancers, who need to win all of their four remaining matches for a shot at the semifinals, will be hoping for a big scalp to get their confidence up. And they will need their drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat (currently second highest scorer with five goals) to fire.
Though the fans will be hoping for the minnows to shake things up, the Lancers know the challenge before them. “This will be a big test for us. We will need to score early,” said Terry Walsh, coach of the Lancers.
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Bangalore, February 10
Binny stole the show with his 107-ball 115 not out as Karnataka reached a comfortable 390 for five at the close of second day's play. Chidambaram Gautam was giving him company at the other end on six when the stumps were drawn.
Karun Nair (92) and Ganesh Satish (84) were the other notable contributors as they plundered useful runs to enable Karnataka take an upper hand.
With Ganesh losing his wicket soon after tea, Binny along with Nair added 187 runs for the fifth wicket to almost bat the visiting side out of the match on a greenish Chinnaswamy strip.
Looking in great touch, Binny smashed 14 boundaries and three sixes.
Nair played the perfect foil as he scored valuable runs in their match-turning partnership that helped Karnataka get past the RoI first innings total of 201.
Besides technique and temperament, Nair's innings had its fair share of flair. He was flawless and played a calculated innings, while Binny was all aggression as he attacked every RoI bowler including Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Ashoke Dinda. Nair, who was castled by Pankaj, missed his hundred by just eight runs, which could have been his fourth successive ton. He blasted 12 fours during his 161-ball knock.
Earlier, starting the day at 35 for one, in-form batsman Ganesh, along with his overnight partner Lokesh Rahul (35) stitched 75 runs for the second wicket, before putting on 61 for the third wicket with Manish Pandey (36). Ganesh, a big match player and having scored 117 in Ranji final against Maharashtra, struck 11 boundaries in his 180-ball knock. — PTI
Brief scores: Rest of India 201 (Karthik 91, Vinay 6-47, Binny 3-35); Karnataka 390 for 5 (Binny* 115, Nair 92, Satish 84; Pankaj 2/78).
Wellington, February 10
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson told reporters in Auckland on Monday that team officials had lost confidence in the pair and they would not be considered for the Wellington match, although Bracewell was already ruled out with a broken foot.
"We need to make sure that all our players prepare themselves accordingly for Test cricket, and at the moment we don't have confidence that that's the case," Hesson said of the visit to an Auckland bar until the early hours of Thursday.
"Both Jesse and Doug did not prepare themselves well for the Test match and we're certainly very disappointed about that.”
“We're dealing with grown men. If a player was to have a beer with their meal before a game, we don't have an issue with that at all. But there's a big difference between that and what occurred the night before the Test match."
New Zealand won the first match of the two-Test series by 40 runs late on the fourth day on Sunday and Hesson was annoyed that Ryder and Bracewell's behaviour was still detracting from that performance.
"The fact that we've won a Test match yesterday and the fact the first few questions are based around off-field incidents is clearly an extreme disappointment for the team," Hesson said.
"It takes away from a superb effort over the last four days."
Batsman Ryder and bowling all-rounder Bracewell had not been in the starting team for the clash at Eden Park but had been expected to be ready to play last Thursday.
Bracewell was on standby in case one of the bowlers got injured in the final warm-ups while Ryder had to be ready to come into the team for Ross Taylor, whose wife is expected to give birth to their second child this week. — Reuters
Hoefl-Riesch best in business
Rosa Khutor, February 10
Trailing in fifth following the downhill section, the German powerhouse put the hammer down through the 59 tricky gates on the Rosa Khutor course to snatch her third Olympic gold with a combined time of 2:34.62.
The tall 29-year-old customs officer from Garmisch only needs one more victory at this Games to equal Croatian Janica Kostelic's all-time record and she will start as favorite to win Wednesday's downhill.
Julia Mancuso, who was second to Hoefl-Riesch in Vancouver four years ago, had set the pace in the downhill section of an event that tests the full range of skiing skills, building a one-second advantage over the German.However, despite a battling effort on her less favored slalom discipline the American leaked too much time and ended up third, with experienced Austrian Nicole Hosp moving through the field to take silver. Rising Swiss Lara Gut, second after the downhill, was one of nine skiers who failed to reach the bottom of a testing slalom course that became bumpy in the mild conditions. As the brass band pumped up the atmosphere at the mountain venue, Hoefl-Riesch bombed out of the starting gate for the slalom and produced a near perfect descent to capture the first women's gold of the Alpine skiing program at the Sochi Games.
Russia, and Putin, bask in afterglow of Games gold
Russia was basking in the afterglow of its first gold of the Winter Olympics on Monday, as the team figure skating victory enthralled the host nation and banished memories of Vancouver four years ago when the perennial sporting superpower
stumbled. The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Sunday, was also a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his reputation on staging a successful Games. State television followed the beaming 61-year-old as he congratulated the skaters.— Reuters
Russia was basking in the afterglow of its first gold of the Winter Olympics on Monday, as the team figure skating victory enthralled the host nation and banished memories of Vancouver four years ago when the perennial sporting superpower stumbled.
The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Sunday, was also a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his reputation on staging a successful Games. State television followed the beaming 61-year-old as he congratulated the skaters.— Reuters
Madrid, February 10
Sevilla had gone ahead early on under the torrential rain at the Sanchez Pizjuan, but Messi led his side's revival as he firstly crossed for Alexis Sanchez to bundle home the equaliser before finishing off a fine counter-attack with a stunning half-volley just before half-time.
The four-time World Player of the Year doubled his tally for the evening with another sweet finish from Andres Iniesta's pass 11 minutes after the break and Cesc Fabregas rounded off the scoring three minutes from time.
Messi had been questioned for his poor goalscoring form since returning from a hamstring injury at the start of the year, but Martino insisted it was only a matter of time before he returned to form in front of goal.
“I always say the same with respect to Leo. I never run the risk of going over the top with him.
“Those that do say something negative about him sometimes don't realise what they are doing is affecting his pride and, when you do that to the best player in the world, this is what happens."
Victory moved Barca back to the top of La Liga on goal difference over Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid with all three sides tied on 57 points.
The Catalans had started the weekend off top spot for the first time in 59 league matches following a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Valencia last weekend.
And Martino is determined not to hand the advantage to their title rivals again in the 15 league games that remain.
“To have the opportunity to recover and regain the lead just a week after losing it is reassuring.
“We start again now and we will see which of the three teams make a mistake first. We hope it won't be us again.” The game was also notable for Iniesta's return to form.
The Spanish international hadn't played 90 minutes since the 4-0 win over Elche on January 5, but was undoubtedly his side's best performer in midfield. — Agencies
Grenoble, February 10
Schumacher, who has been in a coma since the end of December last year after the accident in the French Alps, was rumoured to have died in the Grenoble hospital where doctors have been trying to bring him out of the coma.
According to the Daily Star, a spokesperson for the hospital has stated that the Schumacher is still alive and doctors are trying to bring him out of the induced coma.
However, experts said that any attempt to wake the seven-times world champion could end up in him being in a permanent vegetative state, adding that the sleeping drugs in his body alone may take weeks to exit his system. After his December 29 fall at Meribel ski resort in the French Alps, Schumacher was sedated and his body temperature cooled to around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to ease the risk of further damage to the brain.
Surgeons at Grenoble University Hospital say they decided on the coma after operating on bleeding and bruising in his brain. They carried out a post-operative scan that revealed "widespread lesions" on both sides of the brain. A second operation, to treat bleeding, took place on December 30. — Agencies
Bangalore, February 10
Raina's form has gone downhill for quite some time. He has scored only one half-century (against Zimbabwe) in the last 24 ODIs and was dropped from the playing XI in the last two matches during the five-match ODI series in New Zealand. — PTI
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