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  SLC disappointed with Farbrace move
Posted by: Gamer - Today 11:13 AM - No Replies

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed their disappointment regarding national coach Paul Farbrace. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been in talks with Farbrace for the position of assistant coach to the newly appointed Peter Moores. SLC has said that they have not been able to get in touch with Farbrace.
"Paul Farbrace has not been in communication with SLC on this subject matter at this point of time. Efforts to contact Paul Farbrace, who is currently in England have proved futile," said an SLC media release.

The statement also said that SLC have been notified by the ECB on the possibility of recruiting Farbrace.
"ECB has communicated to us their interest in considering Paul Farbrace to be recruited as one of their coaches. SLC have in no uncertain terms expressed its surprise and disappointment with regard to this development since Paul is in contract with SLC for a two year term (which includes a six month probation period) ending in December 2015 and particularly because the Sri Lanka national team will be visiting England within the next few weeks."

Farbrace joined as the head coach of Sri Lanka on January 1, 2014 and is currently in a probationary period. His contract exists until December, 2015. In the likelihood of Farbrace not serving out the contractual obligations without a six-month notice period, then he will be needed to financially compensate SLC for the term.

Under Farbrace, Sri Lanka had a hugely successful tour of Bangladesh where they remained unbeaten throughout, then won the Asia Cup held in the same country and then the T20 WC as well. He took over the position after the exit of Graham Ford and it took SLC a long time to zero in on the right candidate. Farbrace's exit could deeply hamper their preparations for the 2015 World Cup and more immediately, their upcoming tour of England.

"SLC is currently in communication with ECB, but however have informed them that we cannot progress this matter further until Paul Farbrace establishes a dialogue with SLC since our contractual obligations are with the individual," said the SLC statement.

SLC disappointed with Farbrace move - Cricbuzz

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  Five things England must do in future
Posted by: nairrk - Today 09:11 AM - No Replies

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores.

But that in a sense was the easy part for the England and Wales Cricket Board as they look to get the team back on an even keel after a 5-0 Ashes hammering in Australia.

It is too much to expect Moores, back in the national hotseat after a two-year stint in charge that ended when he was sacked in 2009, with the now exiled Kevin Pietersen stripped of the captaincy, to be a panacea for England's ills.

But below AFP Sport looks at the five key areas the England must address if they are to return to winning ways.

1. Runs on the board
England simply haven't scored enough runs in recent times -- you have to go back to the end of March 2013 to find the last time they posted the benchmark figure of 400 in a Test innings.

The bowlers managed to cover up the deficiency during last year's home Ashes win over Australia but no side, however talented the attack, can achieve sustained success on such a meagre diet of runs as was proved during the debacle 'Down Under'.

And with Pietersen exiled and Jonathan Trott currently unavailable due to a recurrence of his stress-related illness, there are chances for county batsmen to force their way in during the upcoming home series with Sri Lanka and India.

2. The need for speed
Test history shows that when all other things are equal, and even sometimes when they aren't, the team with the better fast bowlers wins.

That was certainly the case during the Ashes where the return to form of out-and-out paceman Mitchell Johnson gave a whole new edge to an attack already featuring two admirable seamers in Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

England had lanky quicks Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin and Chris Tremlett in their squad but they all failed to fire.

Finn, subject to conflicting advice about whether he should bowl off a long or short run, didn't play a single Test on tour but at the age of 25 there is still time for the Middlesex bowler, who has already played 23 Tests, to come again.

Meanwhile Sussex's Chris Jordan, capped at one-day international level but yet to make a Test debut, is capable of searing pace.

3. Spin to win
The retirement during the Ashes of off-spinner Graeme Swann saw England lose one of the mainstays of their recent success. Swann took useful wickets and also allowed England to field a four-man attack in which three seamers were often able to get through an innings without an excessive workload due to the spinner's control.

Now England must decide whether left-armer Monty Panesar should replace Swann or whether they need to look elsewhere. All bowlers thrive on confidence and support but Panesar needs to 'feel the love' more than most -- a point England need to keep in mind should they decide Monty's their man.

4. Enjoyment
Even when they were winning, several England cricketers gave the impression that playing international sport was about as much fun as attending an open-air funeral in pouring rain. Too many people within the England set-up have confused solemnity with seriousness of intent and a change in mood would not only be welcomed by the team's fans, it might help the players relax as well.

5. Leadership
Alastair Cook, like many an England captain before him, is at his best when leading from the front and Moores, as much as anyone else, would be delighted to see the opener back in the runs this season.

However, with what is set to be a new-look team, now is the time for Cook, whom England have backed to the extent of ditching Pietersen for his supposed lack of support for the Essex left-hander, to make the job his own and be more pro-active in the field.

Cricket: Five things England must do in future - Yahoo Cricket India

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  Srinivasan eligible to attend emergent meeting
Posted by: nairrk - Today 09:06 AM - No Replies

N Srinivasan's status as president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association makes him eligible to attend the BCCI's working committee meeting on Sunday, although it is still unclear whether the sidelined board president will attend the meeting.

The Supreme Court had stated in its order last month that none of the employees of India Cements Limited or its associate companies - except cricket players or commentators - could perform duties assigned to them by the BCCI. Questions were hence raised whether Srinivasan could violate the court order as vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements.

However, according to BCCI insiders and top legal experts, as an owner and shareholder of the company, Srinivasan does not qualify as an employee and can thus attend the meeting. While the interim order noted that Srinivasan has offered to not discharge any functions as BCCI president, a TNCA insider revealed this did not bar him from working at the ICC or representing the state association at board meetings.

In its last court order on April 16, the Supreme Court had asked the BCCI to come back to the next hearing, on April 22, with constructive corrective measures with regard to how it can ensure a free and fair probe into the IPL corruption scandal. Although the BCCI has not stated an agenda to its members, the focus of the meeting will be the board's response to this directive. Some members are in favour of an independent probe, and there is likely to be a discussion on the issue.

The measures could involve a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe or selecting its own other independent investigators, but the court has stipulated that the probe has to be conducted by a credible team. If the BCCI is given the power to investigate the matter, it will have to be done without prejudice and the mandatory condition that "Srinivasan cannot come back".

A popular suggestion may be to appoint a panel comprising outsiders, but the BCCI will need to keep in mind a judgement from the Bombay High Court in July 2013, when the court termed the board-appointed, two-member independent probe panel "illegal".

The court observed that IPL's operational rules stated that any inquiry panel formed by the board must include "at least one" member of the IPL code of behaviour committee. At that time, the code of behaviour committee included Sanjay Jagdale, Ajay Shirke, Rajiv Shukla, Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shastri, none of whom was a part of the probe panel.

As a result, while a few members may press for a completely independent probe, others may bring up the High Court judgement, which requires an IPL official to be part of the probe. Earlier senior BCCI officials had met in Chennai on March 15 to finalise the operational rules for IPL 2014.

India Cricket News: Srinivasan eligible to attend emergent meeting | ESPN Cricinfo

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  Abhijeet Gupta loses to Ziaur Rahman
Posted by: Shivraj - Today 08:14 AM - No Replies

Sharjah: Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh in the second round of 13th Asian Continental Chess championship here at Sharjah Chess Club.

It was a bad day in office for Abhijeet who blew up a good position obtained with black pieces. The Indian faced the Trompovsky opening by seasoned Rahman, got a decent middle game on board and then looked good for a second straight victory in the tournament.

However, an erroneous plan led to deterioration in position quickly and Rahman was up to the task in finding the right manoeuvres to maintain a clean slate.
Indian Grandmasters G N Gopal and B Adhiban joined the group of seven leaders with a perfect score. Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan of Mongolia was outdone by Adhiban in a fine game with black pieces while Gopal excelled at the expense of Mamyrbay Assad of Kazakhstan.
With eight rounds still to come in the championship, highest rated Indian Krishnan Sasikiran is on 1.5 points. In the second round, Sasikiran was held to a draw by Mongolian Batchuluun Tsegmed.
Among other Indians in the fray, round one hero Abhijeet Kunte suffered a reversal at the hands of Grandmaster A R Salem Saleh of UAE.In the women`s championship being held simultaneously, Tania Sachdev was held to a draw by Irine Kharisma Sukander of Indonesia. It was a Queen`s Indian defense wherein Tania got her preparation rolling on the board and got a good positional advantage in the queen less middle game.
Irine worked on her counter play in quick time and Tania, missed the thread of the position and allowed equality leading to a forced draw. Important and Indian results round 2 open (Indians unless specified): Deep Sengupta (1.5)drew with Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzb, 1.5); K Sasikiran (1.5) drew with Batchuluun Tsegmed (Mgl, 1.5); Vaibhav Suri (1) lost to Yu Yangyi (Chn, 2); Surya Shekhar Ganguly (1.5) drew with Wang Chen (Chn, 1.5); Ziaur Rahman (Ban, 2) beat Abhijeet Gupta (1); Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan (Mgl, 1) lost to B Adhiban (2); Rinat Jumabayev (Kaz, 1.5) drew with Debashis Das (1.5); Idani Pouya (Iri, 1.5) drew with S P Sethuraman (1.5); A R Salem Saleh (Uae, 2) beat Abhijit Kunte (1); G N Gopal (2) beat Mamyrbay Assad (Kaz, 1); M R Lalith Babu (1) drew with Parimarjan Negi (1); Vidit Gujrathi (1.5) beat Wang Yiye (Chn, 0.5); Vishnu Prasanna (1.5) beat Gao Rui (Chn, 0.5); M Shyam Sundar (1) beat Abdul Kader Raes (Syr, 0); Akshat Khamparia (1) beat Al-Hajiri Bader (Kuw, 0)

Women: Tania Sachdev (1.5) drew with Irine Kharisma Sukandar (Ina, 1.5); Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie, 1) lost to Zhansaya Abdumalik (Kaz, 2); Soumya Swaminathan (1) lost to Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri, 2); Hoang Thi Bao Tram (Vie, 1.5) drew with Atousa Pourkashiyan (Iri, 1.5); Swathi Ghate (1.5) drew with Gong Qianyun (Sin, 1.5); Dorsa Derakhshani (Iri, 0.5) lost to Munguntuul Batkhuyag (Mgl, 1.5); Hoang Thi Nhu Y (Vie, 1.5) beat Eesha Karavade (0.5); Mary Ann Gomes (1.5) beat Dahdal Lougain (Jor, 0.5).

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  Trescothick ready to help Trott 'suffering from burn out'
Posted by: Shivraj - Today 08:12 AM - No Replies

London: Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has said he is willing to help Jonathan Trott in his struggle with a stress-related illness after a similar condition ended his international career.


Trott, who made a brief comeback after returning home following England`s opening loss in a 5-0 Ashes reverse in Australia, announced he was bowing out of both Warwickshire and international duty with immediate effect after suffering a relapse in his condition.



South Africa-born Trott came under fire from the likes of former England captain Michael Vaughan when, during a television interview last month, he said he`d been suffering from "burn out".

That led Vaughan to suggest Trott, twice dismissed cheaply by Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson in the first Test in Brisbane, had technical difficulties playing fast bowling rather than more severe mental health problems.


But Somerset batsman Trescothick was more sympathetic, having pulled out of England`s 2006/07 Ashes tour when he too suffered with a stress-related illness.

"I`ve spoken to him on a few occasions just to try and help, as someone who has been through exactly the same situation, coming back from Australia," Trescothick said Saturday.
"I can understand it. I know how it all works. Whether we cross paths and talk a few more times over the course of the year and during games, or wherever it may be, then great."
Trott came under fire from some quarters after saying he feared being regarded as a "nutcase" and "crazy" for his decision to quit the Ashes tour after just one Test.

But Trescothick was adamant Trott had meant no offence towards the mentally ill.

"I didn`t have a problem with what he said. People picked up on words and it was taken at the wrong time and the wrong moment," said Trescothick.

"We have to allow him the fact that he`s the one going through it, he`s going through tough times and he has to work it out himself."

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  Diligent Moores deserves second chance
Posted by: Shivraj - Today 07:58 AM - No Replies

It was probably fitting that Peter Moores' second coming as England's head coach should come at Easter. While it would be stretching a point to suggest his career has risen from the dead, to have been appointed to this position by the ECB only five years after having been sacked from it represents a remarkable renaissance. Usually these things only happen in Pakistan.

Moores deserves his second chance. It would have been easy for him to sulk after his sacking at the end of 2008. It would have been easy for him to take the money on offer for interviews and book deals and spill the beans on the events that led to his downfall. How tempted he must have been to unleash his frustration at his treatment and his portrayal as an out-of-his-depth control freak.

Instead he went back to work. Diligently, professionally and with more than a touch of class, he maintained a dignified silence and concentrated simply on the job in hand. Leading Lancashire to the elusive County Championship title in 2011 with a relatively modest team was a tremendous achievement. He is now reaping the rewards, not just for his success as a coach, but for his loyalty and his silence.


Paul Downton and Peter Moores will oversee England's fortunes, Lord's, April 19, 2014
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Those qualities are, rightly or wrongly, highly valued at the ECB. As the example of Kevin Pietersen illustrates, genius is fine, but the ECB prefers predictability. Those that rock the boat will not be tolerated. Whether that means they will ever reach their potential is debatable; most of the great teams found a way to accommodate troubled geniuses. The example of Shane Warne springs to mind.

Moores made mistakes the first time he had this job. Perhaps in a desire to stamp his authority on the team, he pushed too hard, too soon and, managing the side through a transitional phase, ran into resistance from senior players who saw their position threatened. He may well encounter similar problems the second time around. He has not been dealt the strongest of hands and patience will be required if he is to be successful. The 2015 schedule, in particular, looks desperately tough.

He deserved credit for the groundwork that went into contributing to England's success between 2009 and 2012. It was Moores who appointed Andy Flower as his deputy, Moores who brought back Graeme Swann, Moores who brought back Matt Prior and Moores who trusted James Anderson and Stuart Broad to take the new ball. When England attained the No. 1 Test ranking, Flower was, to his credit, keen to share the plaudits with his old friend.

That Flower influence is crucial. Flower remains, naturally enough, a persuasive figure at the ECB. While his relationship with Ashley Giles may well have become strained, the relationship with Moores remained excellent. So while Giles may well have felt some unease about Flower's presence in the background, for Moores it presented no obstacle. Whether any coach can really make the role their own while Flower lingers in the shadows remains to be seen. Moores certainly does not inherit a blank canvas.

He will have learned from some of his mistakes the first time around. While once he hid behind management speak and clichés that sounded as if they were found on the sort of motivational posters that bear pictures of dolphins breaking through waves, he now says he wants to present a more humane, honest face of the England set-up. And where once he felt the need to prove himself to a team full of big characters, he should now feel at ease among fewer extroverts and with his reputation restored. If he behaves as he has with Lancashire, he has nothing to fear. The baggage and pain of the past can be useful experience.

Perhaps his first challenge will be to help his side rediscover the joy of playing cricket and representing their country. While Jonathan Trott is the obvious example of a man who has seen the pressures outweigh the joys, there are others in the Ashes squad who are not so far from Trott's situation. Moores' first priority is to help the side play fearless cricket and avoid repetition of the debut experiences of Boyd Rankin and Simon Kerrigan; talented players who froze on the big occasion. The evidence of Moores' time at both Sussex and Lancashire suggests he is well equipped to do this.



Moores will work hard, he will be honest and decent and he will benefit from the experience of success and failure that a long career in coaching has given him



Ashley Giles can take some comfort in Moores' renaissance. Giles has faced setbacks before - poor media coverage, family illness and a career-ending injury to name but three challenges - and has both the strength and the time to come back from this. He is a decade younger than Moores and will surely not want for work, both in coaching or in the media. Whether he wants to remain in the insecure world of coaching - or in the fickle employment of the ECB - is unclear, though. He is currently weighing up whether to remain an England selector. The ball is in his court.

He has been unfortunate, though. Only a few months ago, he saw his England side come within an ace of winning the first global ODI event in their history and he has never, even then or since, had his first-choice team available to him. Nor has he really had the opportunity to approach the job the way he would have wanted, with Flower retaining overall control for most of his stint as limited-overs coach and his World T20 plans thrown into chaos by the Pietersen situation. The loss against Netherlands, however, made giving him the head coach's job desperately difficult for the ECB in PR terms.

Paul Farbrace's appointment as Moores' deputy remains a work in progress. While Sri Lanka followers may baulk at Farbrace's early departure - he only took up the post in January - the fact is that the pay for the role is simply not competitive. Nor is it especially reliable. Head teachers in London earn more than head coaches of Sri Lanka.

But this will be Moores' England. He inherits a team at a low ebb and with the vultures already sensing vulnerability. But he will work hard, he will be honest and decent and he will benefit from the experience of success and failure that a long career in coaching has given him. There is much to admire in such characteristics. Given patience, Moores can make a success of this second chance.

George Dobell: Diligent Peter Moores deserves second chance | Cricket News | England | ESPN Cricinfo

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  No way back for Pietersen says England boss
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:25 PM - No Replies

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton said there was "no way back" for the star batsman.

Pietersen, England's leading run scorer across all formats, was sensationally axed from the national set-up following the team's recent 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.

Initially the ECB would only cite the need for a new "team ethic and philosophy" and "support" for skipper Alastair Cook, as the reason behind the move, with Cook saying it was a "brave call".

But that still left unanswered the question of what precisely 33-year-old South Africa-born Pietersen had done in Australia to deserve such drastic treatment.

However, during a Lord's news conference on Saturday where Peter Moores was unveiled as England coach after Andy Flower stood down following the Ashes debacle, Downton gave the most detailed explanation yet by anyone in the England hierarchy for Pietersen's exile.

- 'Disengaged' Pietersen -

"I arrived in Sydney (the venue for the fifth and final Ashes Test) on 31st December, and it was clear that there were two issues: Andy Flower's future and what we were going to do about Kevin?," Downton, flanked by Moores and Cook, explained.

"I watched every ball of that Sydney Test match and I've never seen anybody so disengaged from what was going on," former England wicketkeeper Downton said of a match the tourists lost by 281 runs, with Pietersen managing scores of just three and six.

"What you need from a senior player is backing, support and everybody working together. We just got to a stage where that was no longer the case.

"We came to the conclusion -- that if England was going to rebuild after a 5-0 loss then we had to make a decision for the future and for the side to grow -- and let's remember that we hadn't replaced (Andrew) Strauss, (Graeme) Swann had retired, (Jonathan) Trott had gone home and is still recovering now (from a stress-related illness) -- that we had to invest in new players and build a new team with some core values.

"It was decided that wouldn't happen with Kevin in the side so we decided not to select him," explained Downton, who insisted there was no "smoking gun" that had led to Pietersen's exit.

"What you see here is the future and I don't see any going back."

Last week Pietersen, currently playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, said he still had hope of becoming the first England player to score 10,000 Test runs.

"Yes, maybe I'll still get to 10,000 (Test runs)," Pietersen, who scored 8,181 runs in 104 Tests after making his debut against Australia in 2005, told the Indian Express.
Pietersen is the fourth highest Test run scorer in England's history and tops the list among current players.

But that cut little ice with Downton.

"We had a strong side over 10 years with strong leadership and established captains and coaches, and that side could accommodate Kevin, but that balance has shifted now," Downton said.

"A new side won't accommodate Kevin. It's about the balance of what is best for England."

Moores, 51, was previously England coach from 2007 to 2009 before a falling out with Pietersen cost him the job and the batsman the England captaincy.

Now rejoining the England set-up from his position as Lancashire coach, Moores laughed when told Pietersen had tweeted Saturday: "Everyone deserves a 2nd chance!".

However, Moores added: "The important point to make is I never fell out with Kevin, Kevin fell out with me. There's a notable difference."

Cricket: No way back for Pietersen says England boss - Yahoo Cricket India

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  Peter Moores has been confirmed as England's new head coach
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 04:41 PM - No Replies

Peter Moores has been confirmed as England's new head coach five years after he was sacked from the same position

He returns after being identified as the "outstanding coach of his generation" by Paul Downton, the ECB's managing director, during a three-month recruitment process to find Andy Flower's successor

Downton said the ECB was in "advanced negotiations" over the role of Moores' assistant, a position for which Paul Farbrace is the favourite

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  20-year-old West Ham striker loses battle to Cancer
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 03:43 PM - No Replies

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English Premier League side West Ham United have announced the death of their 20-year-old footballer Dylan Tombides. Dylan who had been suffering from testicular cancer since 2011, passed away earlier today.

The striker had joined West Ham’s youth team at the age of 15, and had made his first team debut in the League Cup clash against Wigan in September of 2012.

West Ham have announced that a minute’s applause will be held, in the memory of Dylan Tombides ahead of their relegation battle clash against Crystal Palace at Upton Park. The players will also be sporting black armbands in the memory of the 20-year-old.

Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 17 when he was a part of Australia’s Under-17 World Cup team in Mexico. A random drugs test, which was conducted on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Uzbekistan uncovered a tumour to be present in one of his testicles. Ever since he had underwent countless surgeries and chemotherapy sessions.

A West Ham statement read:

“West Ham United announce the sad news that forward Dylan Tombides has passed away at the age of 20 following his brave battle with cancer.”

“Dylan passed away on Friday morning with his family by his side having courageously fought the disease for three years after initially being diagnosed with testicular cancer in summer 2011.

“He remained a regular visitor to Chadwell Heath throughout his treatment and his positive attitude and professional approach to his football and training always impressed and boosted his team-mates and coaches alike.”

“The thoughts of everyone associated with the club are with his parents Tracylee and Jim, brother Taylor, his family and friends at this sad time. The club request that their privacy is now respected and they are allowed to grieve their much loved son and brother in peace.”

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  India lose 4-2 to Netherlands in European hockey tour
Posted by: Gamer - Yesterday 03:16 PM - Replies (1)

Indian men's hockey team suffered a loss to Dutch in their fourth game of their Europe Tour.

Indian men's hockey team went down 2-4 to the Dutch side in their fourth build-up game of the Europe Tour at Naarden in the Netherlands

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The Dutch were in attacking mode right from the start Thursday night and took the lead in the ninth minute as Mirco Pruyser successfully sliced in a goal.

Glenn Schuurman and Tristan Algera added two more in the 15th and the 28th minutes respectively as the Netherlands led 3-0 till half time.

It was only in the second half that India opened their account and tried to challenge the Dutch. S.K. Uthappa and skipper Sardar Singh sneaked in a goal each in the 37th and 40th minutes respectively to reduce the margin to 3-2.

It was Netherlands' Billy Baker who stroked in the final goal in the 60th minute and wrapped up the game with a 4-2 scoreline.

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