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  SL players, board break contracts impasse
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 06:03 PM - No Replies

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Sri Lanka's cricketers have agreed to sign the board's annual contracts after SLC decided to award the players a 10% cut of the ICC and ACC-events participation fee for the next five years, bringing the seven-week dispute to a close. The players have not yet put pen to paper, but Test and ODI captain Angelo Mathews had struck a deal with the three-member SLC committee appointed to review the issue, after a meeting on Tuesday, an official release said.

"After discussions, the committee in consultation with the office bearers of the SLC's executive committee, offered 10% of the participation fee from the ICC and ACC events to the players which will be applied for the next 5 years and will be non negotiable," the release said. "The above offer was accepted by the players and they have agreed to sign the annual contracts in due course."

The players will not receive a cut from the 2014 World T20, and will instead get US $1.5 million for their victorious campaign, which amounts to roughly 16.5% of the amount SLC received from the ICC.

The news comes one day after the players raised the stakes by attending a national practice session in their own training gear, instead of donning SLC's uniform, which bears the team sponsors' logo. The dispute had been fierce at times, with the board even having threatened to send a second-string side to the World T20 in the 24 hours before the team departed for Bangladesh.

The three-member committee had been composed of CEO Ashley de Silva, treasurer Nuski Mohamed and vitally, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, who had been central to the resolution of 2013's contracts crisis. Last year, following a 24-hour lockout, the players had agreed to forego their cut of the ICC event fee on the understanding that payment would be reinstated in future years, which promised to be more profitable for SLC. Jayasuriya had brokered that deal and had also fielded the first demand from the players in 2014, when they asked for 20% of the ICC participation fee.

The board initially refused to award a percentage cut, proposing an incentive-based bonus scheme for global tournaments instead. But as negotiations progressed, the players lowered their demand to 12%, and the board replied with a 6% offer, before the sides eventually settled at 10%.

The players had received 25% of the ICC participation until 2012, after it had first been introduced into central contracts in 2003. That payment is intended to compensate players for their image rights, which are ceded to ICC for commercial purposes, during global tournaments.

The agreement restores some semblance of stability to top-flight cricket in the country, a day after head coach Paul Farbrace resigned from his position to take up a role with the ECB. In recent weeks, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have also had a public row with members of the board, which has resulted in their comments and actions being reviewed by an SLC disciplinary committee, despite SLC having earlier announced it would take no action on the issue.

Source - ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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  Sachin Tendulkar returns from IPL to vote, urges Mumbaikars to turn out in big number
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 05:55 PM - No Replies

Sachin Tendulkar has returned to Mumbai from Dubai to cast his vote in the Lok Sabha elections. Tendulkar, who is an 'icon' with the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League, will vote on Thursday, the same day he will celebrate his 41st birthday.

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Tendulkar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, has urged Mumbaikars to come out in full numbers and cast their franchise. In his Facebook page, he wrote: "Every run counts in the game of cricket and every vote counts in an election. Don't underestimate the power of your vote. In Mumbai to exercise my right. Hope you play your part - Please Cast your vote."

Bharat Ratna Tendulkar retired from Test cricket in November last year. He played his last match in front of his home crowd at Wankhede Stadium.

Maharashtra, that sends 48 leaders to the Parliament, is voting in three phases. After the first two phases on April 10 and April 17, the final leg, covering 11 seats in Mumbai and Thane, go to polls on Thursday.

Source - NDTV Sports

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  Sachin greater than Bradman, claims book with "evidence"
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 05:49 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: The jury is still out on whether Sachin Tendulkar retired a greater batsman than late Australian legend Don Bradman but a Chennai-based author claims to have found the "forensic evidence" to prove that the Indian maestro was indeed the better of the two icons.

On the eve of Tendulkar`s 41st birthday, his first after retiring from international cricket, Rudolph Lambert Fernandez has come up with a book `Greater Than Bradman`, which aims to prove that the Little Master is the greatest batsman of all time.

"It is not another biography of Sachin or Bradman. It is not another compilation of interviews, match anecdotes and expert essays. It is not an autobiography. It is an analysis. It is a forensic study that aims to set the record straight," the author claims about the book.

"This is the first and only book that challenges Bradman`s rank as a batsman," he says.
Fernandez wishes to present a copy of the book to Tendulkar`s brother Ajit, his wife Anjali and his formative coach Ramakant Achrekar.

"I am eager to present a paperback of the book to the three As, who were in many ways responsible for Sachin realising his greatness -- Ajit his brother, Achrekar his coach, and Anjali his wife. This book is a celebration of Tendulkar`s greatness and what he stood for on the cricket field -- there is no higher tribute," said Fernandez.

Fernandez says the book uses illustrations from "science and martial arts" to prove Tendulkar`s greatness.

"It questions traditional measures of greatness that revolve around statistics. It offers a more honest approach that respects a batsman`s figures but places them against the backdrop of his playing environment", he says.

"The 21st century cricket readers need a closer look at Bradman. They appear all too familiar with Sachin, having seen his every shot dissected a 100 times.
They have seen his ducks, his run-outs, his many failures," said Fernandez.

Fernandez said his book offers a whole new perspective on Tendulkar`s cricketing career.

"This book is not about Sachin being the greatest batsman in 1998 or in 2010. It is about him as the greatest batsman in cricket history," he said.

"While the point of this book is to demonstrate Sachin`s superiority over Bradman, it would be a pity if this were to be read as scorning the similarities between them -- their desire to dominate, their eagerness to excel, their genius. Thankfully these have been celebrated already by other writers," he said.

Tendulkar`s 198 Test appearances yielded 15,837 runs at an average of 53.86, a feat so huge in magnitude that no contemporary or even a talented successor of his, looks capable of overhauling it in the near or distant future.

At the end of his ODI journey, the 40-year-old right-hander had, under his belt, a whopping 18,426 in 463 matches at an average of 44.83.

The right-hander retired as only batsman to score 100 international centuries -- 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs.


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  PCB denies 'cold-shouldering Latif due to England pressure' report
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 05:42 PM - No Replies

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly denied the report that board is not urging Rashid Latif to change his decision of declining the chief selector's job because the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is pressurizing to keep banned Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria out of cricket.

Sources have reportedly revealed that the ECB had not been happy with the news of PCB's job offer to Latif because it felt that the former Pakistani captain had been directly supporting Kaneria over the issue of a life ban being imposed on the bowler.

According to The Dawn, the PCB clarified that at no stage, the ECB or any of its officials, comment formally or informally on Rashid Latif's appointment as chief selector.
The statement further said that PCB chairman Najam Sethi took the decision to appoint Latif on merit, despite being aware of the fact of his sympathies in the Kaneria case, adding that it is a measure of PCB's independent thinking in the interest of Pakistan cricket that it chose to nominate Latif.

However, the statement concluded that Latif did not reciprocate the sentiment and pulled out consciously and 'let PCB down'.

Source - Yahoo Sports

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  CSA considering four contenders to handle Proteas' Test reins
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 05:38 PM - No Replies

Cricket South Africa (CSA) is reportedly considering four contenders to handle the reins of their Test team for filling the massive vacancy left by former national Test captain Graeme Smith.

South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers and Twenty20 skipper Faf du Plessis are reportedly being considered to spearhead the Test team with their next assignment in the format to take place against Sri Lanka in July.

South Africa's senior batsman Hashim Amla and all-rounder JP Duminy are also speculated to be considered as Smith's successors for the nation's Test format, Sport24 reported.
Andrew Hudson's selection panel will reportedly give their recommendations for South Africa's Test captaincy to the CSA Board for its final approval before the board's next meeting, which will take place early in June.

CSA is taking an intelligent enough approach by considering a bigger list of candidates for the Test captaincy than just De Villiers and Du Plessis, the report added.

Source - Yahoo Sports

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  Sri Lanka axe Chandimal as Captain
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 05:07 PM - No Replies

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Sri Lanka's selectors have relieved Dinesh Chandimal of all his leadership positions, appointing Lasith Malinga as the T20I captain and Lahiru Thirimanne as vice-captain across all formats untill March 2015.

Chandimal had had a poor run in limited-overs cricket, particularly in Asian conditions, but had maintained a good record in Tests, averaging 63.75 in 10 innings, since being named vice-captain in February last year. His across-the-board demotion, however, is a strong indication the selectors feel Chandimal must devote himself solely to improving his batting.

Though his on-field leadership had reaped positive results, Chandimal has shown little batting promise in T20 cricket, in which he averages 13.30 after 20 innings. He had initially impressed in the ODI team, but his returns even in that format have subsided after he had been named vice-captain. Since Februrary 2013, Chandimal has averaged 25.55, with a strike rate of 72, largely batting from lower in the order than he prefers.

Chandimal had chosen to leave himself out of the XI for the semi-final and final of the recent World T20, leaving Malinga to lead the team to victory, and had been replaced in the XI by Thirimanne, who struck an important 44 in the semi-final.

The selectors had made Chandimal the youngest Sri Lanka captain in any format, at 23, following largely impressive returns in Australia in January last year. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya had said at the time that Sri Lanka sought to develop a young leadership core, in preparation for the looming retirements of former captains Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Jayawardene and Sangakkara had in any case indicated they would not accept leadership roles in the twilight of their careers.

Thirimanne has impressed with the bat in recent months, picking up a Player-of-the-Tournament award for top-scoring at the Asia Cup. His tournament aggregate of 279 included a century in the final. Averaging 49 from 14 innings in the top three, he has been a more reliable ODI selection than Chandimal, particularly in the past year.

Sri Lanka embark on a full away tour of England next month, before full home tours against South Africa and Pakistan follow in July and August. They have six Tests, eleven ODIs and at least two T20 internationals scheduled for the next four months.

Source - ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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  PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap off to winning starts at Badminton Asia Championships
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 03:30 PM - No Replies

P.V. Sindhu beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi 21-15, 15-21, 21-18 in the first round of Badminton Asia Championships, while Parupalli Kashyap registered a 21-14, 21-17 over Malaysia's Goh Soon Huat to enter pre-quarters.

P.V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and R.M.V. Gurusaidutt made winning starts to their respective campaigns at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championships being held in the Gimcheon Indoor Stadium here Wednesday.

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Sindhu, India's best bet at the continental event, beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi 21-15, 15-21, 21-18 in exactly an hour to take a 2-0 lead in career meetings. However, in the second round, the women's singles World No.10 faces a tough challenge against Japanese Eriko Hirose, who has a 3-0 lead over Sindhu.

In men's singles, Kashyap did not have to break sweat to overcome Malaysia's Goh Soon Huat 21-14, 21-17 in 35 minutes -- his second victory over Goh in as many meetings. The Hyderabadi will take on Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarterfinals.

Gurusaidutt also progressed to the last 16 edging past Thai shuttler Phetpradab Khosit 22-20, 23-21 in 44 minutes. The youngster will battle another Chinese Taipei shuttler Wang Tzu Wei in their first ever match.

Meanwhile, India's only seeded player in the tournament Kidambi Srikanth had to bite the dust as the seventh seed went down to China's two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan. 'Super' Dan needed only 32 minutes to beat the Indian 21-7, 21-14.

Lastly, Malaysia's Low Juan Shen and Heg Nelson Wei Keat took care of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy 16-21, 21-13, 22-20 in a men's doubles playoff.

Source - NDTV Sports

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  David Moyes sacked, Manchester United F.C. name Ryan Giggs as interim manager
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 12:02 PM - No Replies

Ryan Giggs' first game as Manchester United F.C. boss will be a home fixture against Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, which will be followed by matches against Sunderland, Hull City and Southampton.

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs was on Tuesday appointed interim manager of Manchester United, shortly after the club announced the sacking of David Moyes. "Following the departure of David Moyes as manager, Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club's most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made," read a statement on the United website.

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"The club will make no further comment on this process until it is concluded."

Giggs, 40, made his United debut in March 1991 and has made a record 962 appearances for the club, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups, four League Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

He has no previous managerial experience, but has combined his role as a player with a position on United's coaching staff since the start of the current campaign.

The Welshman, Britain's most decorated player, was informed of the news after arriving at United's Carrington training ground on Tuesday morning.

His first game at the helm will be a home fixture against Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, which will be followed by matches against Sunderland, Hull City and Southampton.

Louis van Gaal, the current Netherlands coach, has been installed as the favourite to succeed Moyes on a permanent basis by British bookmakers.

However, Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund, another rumoured contender, has already ruled himself out of the running.

Klopp told British newspaper The Guardian: "Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."

Moyes was dismissed earlier on Tuesday after a desperate debut campaign at United, who have fallen 23 points below league leaders Liverpool and can no longer qualify for next season's Champions League.

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  Armstrong's cycling manager banned for ten years for 'doping involvement'
Posted by: Shivraj - Yesterday 10:56 AM - No Replies

London: The former cycling manager of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reportedly been handed a ten-year ban for his involvement in doping.

The American cycling legend was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban for doping in 2012, following which he finally admitted using banned substances in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

According to the BBC, manager Johan Bruyneel, along with doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose `Pepe` Marti, worked for Armstrong`s US Postal Service team (USPS), and while Bruyneel has been banned for ten years, Celaya and Marti both were given eight-year suspensions by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

A USADA statement said that the evidence establishes conclusively that Bruyneel was at the `apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders`, adding that Celaya and Marti may have `allowed themselves to be used as instruments of, that conspiracy`.

The report mentioned former professional cyclist, Bruyneel, who worked with Armstrong at the USADA and Discovery Channel teams, was team manager for all of Armstrong`s seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005.

Although Bruyneel, who is banned until June 2022, admitted that doping was a `fact of life in the peloton for a considerable period of time`, however, he added that a very small minority of them have been used as scapegoats for an entire generation.


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