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  NZ official denies Black Caps being lured by rival T20 league
Posted by: nairrk - Today 12:01 PM - No Replies

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NZC is certain of its players not being approached by a rival cricket body

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) believes there is no immediate concern about any of the Black Caps' players joining the lucrative T20 league, backed by Essel Group. "I don't think our players are under threat at the moment," NZC Board member and representative at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Greg Barclay told Sunday Star Times.

No venues in New Zealand had been consulted about plans to hold any matches and no players had been approached as far as he was aware. Barclay said NZC had blocked attempts for the registration of the name Aotearoa Cricket Ltd and revealed that NZC became aware of potential New Zealand involvement in December when it had to block attempts to register company names New Zealand Cricket Ltd and Cricket Ltd.

On March 11, a representative of the Essel Group had registered a company called ECML Cricket Limited. Similarly, companies had been registered in Australia, England, Scotland and Canada. Surveillance continues in New Zealand, Barclay said. "There is nothing more we can do at the moment. It is business as usual," Barclay said.

He said reports were currently speculative and he hasn't been intimated of any player being approached. "It is quite possible that anyone organised could pick it up and run with it, and if they do it and don't do it right, it would be particularly damaging to cricket," he said.

The Sunday Star Times reported that New Zealand cricketers are under a master collective agreement that runs through until 2018 but players' individual contracts are renewed annually. Barclay said despite the fact players could be targeted on an annual basis, NZC was not concerned players would be poached.

Leanne McGoldrick, agent for high-profile players like Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson told the newspaper that she had not been approached by the league about her players and knew nothing more than what had been reported in the media.

Reports surfaced last week that a new lucrative T20 league, backed by Essel Group, had offered deals worth $ (A) 50 million to Australian cricketers Michael Clarke and David Warner, though several officials, including Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards, have denied any such possibility.

An ICC committee, including Chairman N Srinivasan, ECB's Giles Clarke and CA chairman Edwards, will investigate the development.

NZ official denies Black Caps being lured by rival T20 league - Cricbuzz

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  ICC fines Bangladesh, Pakistan players
Posted by: nairrk - Today 08:56 AM - No Replies

Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Pakistani paceman Wahab Riaz were fined Sunday for a heated on pitch argument during the final day of the drawn first Test between the sides.

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Dhaka: Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Pakistani paceman Wahab Riaz were fined Sunday for a heated on pitch argument during the final day of the drawn first Test between the sides.

Hasan and Riaz had 30 percent of their match wages docked for breaching the International Cricket Council's code of conduct during the Test in Khulna, the ICC said in a press release on its website.

The ICC didn't say how much that percentage represented but it is thought to be around $1,000 each.

"Posturing and finger pointing in each other's face is not what we expect from two senior international players and has no place in cricket," the ICC quoted match-referee Jeff Crowe as saying.

"International cricketers should always remember that they are being watched and followed by millions and, therefore, need to always control their emotions and demonstrate respect," he added.

The incident happened in the 118th over of Bangladesh's second innings on Saturday when the two players "unnecessarily halted play by arguing and pointing fingers at each other," the release said.

It added that both players had admitted their guilt and that no formal hearing was needed.

Shakib notched an unbeaten 76 runs during his team's second innings of 555-6, helping Bangladesh earn their first draw against Pakistan after losing all previous eight Tests to their rivals.

The second and final Test of the series will be held at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from May 6-10.

ICC fines Bangladesh, Pakistan players | Zee News

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  Rohit Sharma gets engaged to best friend Ritika Sajdeh
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 07:02 PM - No Replies

Indian cricket team batsman Rohit Sharma is going to get engaged with his best friend turned soulmate Ritika Sajdeh.

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New Delhi: Indian cricket team batsman Rohit Sharma is going to get engaged with his best friend turned soulmate Ritika Sajdeh.


Rohit took to social micro-blogging site, Twitter on Sunday share the good news.

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Sharma follows in the footsteps of Suresh Raina who married his lady love, Priyanka Chaudhary, on April 3, 2015.

Raina and Priyanka had been childhood friends, and a private wedding in Delhi, tied these buddies together in the sacred knot.

Rohit Sharma gets engaged to best friend Ritika Sajdeh | Zee News

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  N Srinivasan gives up Chennai Super Kings ownership: Reports
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:57 PM - No Replies

Former Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) president Narayanaswami Srinivasan has reportedly transferred his entire stake in India Cements – the principal owners of Chennai Super Kings to a trust. He is the managing director of India Cements and owns 29 per cent shares.

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New Delhi: Former Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) president Narayanaswami Srinivasan has reportedly transferred his entire stake in India Cements - the principal owners of Chennai Super Kings - to a trust.

Reports said that Srinivasan's 29 per cent will now go to the India Cements Cricketers' Trust, thus sacrificing the ownership of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. The trust takes care of the interest of former cricketers employed with the company.

“My background and history is of supporting cricket. India Cements has supported cricket for the last 40 years,” Srinivasan was quoted as saying by a leading national daily.

The ICC chairman added, “You should understand that I am not into cricket to make money. While the 71% of the total earnings of CSK goes to its shareholders, former players who have given their heart and soul playing for the company will be beneffited from the 29% that I used to hold.”

Further reports said that the change in ownership of CSK has already been informed to the Indian cricket board.

"Creation of the Trust and transferring his (Srinivasan's) ownership rights to the trust is complete, the decision is now irreversible. CSK is not owned by Srinivasan anymore and BCCI has been informed about the changes," a report said.

The infamous 2013 IPL match-fixing scandal – in which Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law and a team owner of CSK, was found guilty – had tainted the former boss and as a fall-out, the Supreme Court barred him from participating in the board elections for conflict of interest.

During the match-fixing saga, the apex court also raised questioned on conflict of interest which directly linked to his ownership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.

And in a recent development, CSK owners were subjected to widespread condemnation for a reported devaluation of the franchise, at Rs 5 lakh only. The matter was discussed at length during the April 26 BCCI Working Committee meeting and has has sought legal opinion on the matter.

N Srinivasan gives up Chennai Super Kings ownership: Reports | Zee News

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  Don't know where Pakistan cricket is going: Rameez Raza
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 04:07 PM - No Replies

Disappointed at the team's dismal showing against Bangladesh in the ongoing series, cricketer-turned-commentator Rameez Raja said that Pakistan cricket has slipped into depression after the side's misfortunes continued in the Test matches as well.

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Karachi: Disappointed at the team's dismal showing against Bangladesh in the ongoing series, cricketer-turned-commentator Rameez Raja said that Pakistan cricket has slipped into depression after the side's misfortunes continued in the Test matches as well.

After being whitewashed in the 3-match ODI series and the one-off T20, Pakistan failed to defeat Bangladesh in the first Test, which ended in a high-scoring draw.

"It is depressing that our team allowed Bangladesh to score over 550 runs in the second innings after taking a nearly 300 runs lead in the first innings of the Test," Rameez said on Saturday.

Pakistan managed to score 628 in reply to Bangladesh's first innings score of 332 in Khulna, but the hosts fought back with 555 for six in the third innings of the Khulna Test. It's the first time in nine Tests that Pakistan have failed to defeat Bangladesh.

"I just don't know where our cricket is going. If we can't beat Bangladesh in a Test where are we headed. If this trend continues than who will want to watch or invite our team to play. It will hurt Pakistan cricket brand," Rameez said on Geo News channel from India.

The former opener, who has remained CEO of the Pakistan cricket board in 2003 and 2004, said he had never seen such a listless bowling performance from Pakistani bowlers in all his years.

"Look Bangladesh has improved their cricket and their approach is also different but if our bowlers can't put them under pressure even with a 300 runs lead than what can they do. The way they (Bangladesh) batted in the second innings it should be an eye opener for our cricket," he added.

Referring to the verbal duel and finger wagging incident between Shakib ul Hasan and Wahab Riaz on the final day of the Test, the former Test captain said sarcastically that such a day had to come when Bangladesh players were looking eye to eye with Pakistani players.

"They got a boost from the World Cup and they are building on that in contrast our cricket is going nowhere and you are not seeing any urgency or desire to do well in our team."

He made it clear that Pakistan cricket had to quickly start looking for fresh talent as no amount of coaching or planning would bear any results.

Another former captain, Muhammad Yousuf was also critical of the team's performance in Khulna.

"Today we didn't draw but we lost the test in Bangladesh. It is really upsetting for former players like us," he stated.

Yousuf said Pakistan couldn't beat Bangladesh now because in the last five to six years the Bangladesh cricket board took the right decisions and in comparison the Pakistan cricket board didn't do anything to move us forward in these years.

"Bangladesh cricket is being run through proper channels. What happened today the incident between Shakib ul Hasan and Wahab Riaz you couldn't imagine some years back it is only because they are improving as a cricket playing nation," he said.

"Even if the Pakistan team goes down from ninth position to 900th position nothing will change in Pakistan cricket board. They only want yes men in the board and that is why our cricket is going downhill," Yousuf added.

Don't know where Pakistan cricket is going: Rameez Raza | Zee News

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