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Cricket-Pakistan contract dispute not affecting Cup preparations – PCB

KARACHI
Fri Feb 6, 2015 8:21pm IST

KARACHI Feb 6 (Reuters) – A dispute with Pakistan players over their central contracts is not affecting the team’s preparations for the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.
Najam Sethi, head of the board’s executive committee, said the dispute had been blown out of proportion in the media.”The players are focused on cricket and the World Cup and it is wrong to say this central contracts issue is affecting their performance or focus,” Sethi told reporters.Sethi admitted the senior players had reservations but said talks had been held, adding that they will be offered 12-month contracts after the World Cup.”It is not a big issue as it is being made out to be. It certainly had no bearing on our performances in New Zealand,” Sethi said.Pakistan lost two practice games and two one-day internationals in New Zealand after the central contracts dispute erupted last month.Pakistan’s preparations for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand have been hit by the loss of two of their best bowlers, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and left-arm seamer Junaid Khan. (Editing by Ed Osmond)
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Cricket-Pakistan contract dispute not affecting Cup preparations – PCB

KARACHI
Fri Feb 6, 2015 8:21pm IST

KARACHI Feb 6 (Reuters) – A dispute with Pakistan players over their central contracts is not affecting the team’s preparations for the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.
Najam Sethi, head of the board’s executive committee, said the dispute had been blown out of proportion in the media.”The players are focused on cricket and the World Cup and it is wrong to say this central contracts issue is affecting their performance or focus,” Sethi told reporters.Sethi admitted the senior players had reservations but said talks had been held, adding that they will be offered 12-month contracts after the World Cup.”It is not a big issue as it is being made out to be. It certainly had no bearing on our performances in New Zealand,” Sethi said.Pakistan lost two practice games and two one-day internationals in New Zealand after the central contracts dispute erupted last month.Pakistan’s preparations for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand have been hit by the loss of two of their best bowlers, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and left-arm seamer Junaid Khan. (Editing by Ed Osmond)
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Cricket-Pakistan contract dispute not affecting Cup preparations – PCB

KARACHI
Fri Feb 6, 2015 8:21pm IST

KARACHI Feb 6 (Reuters) – A dispute with Pakistan players over their central contracts is not affecting the team’s preparations for the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.
Najam Sethi, head of the board’s executive committee, said the dispute had been blown out of proportion in the media.”The players are focused on cricket and the World Cup and it is wrong to say this central contracts issue is affecting their performance or focus,” Sethi told reporters.Sethi admitted the senior players had reservations but said talks had been held, adding that they will be offered 12-month contracts after the World Cup.”It is not a big issue as it is being made out to be. It certainly had no bearing on our performances in New Zealand,” Sethi said.Pakistan lost two practice games and two one-day internationals in New Zealand after the central contracts dispute erupted last month.Pakistan’s preparations for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand have been hit by the loss of two of their best bowlers, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and left-arm seamer Junaid Khan. (Editing by Ed Osmond)
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Cricket-Lee hoping for World Cup pace-fest Down Under

By Sudipto Ganguly

MUMBAI
Fri Feb 6, 2015 12:52pm IST

MUMBAI Feb 6 (Reuters) – Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country’s bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.
There are concerns that the Australian pitches for the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India’s recent four-test series Down Under.”The wickets when you play in India should be low and slow turning wickets. That’s what India is about,” Lee told reporters during a video-conference from Sydney to mark the launch of the official World Cup video game by Disney.”When you are playing in Australia the wicket should be the traditional Perth wicket that we always see. Real bouncy, fast wickets. Sydney should have some pace.”Adelaide should be low and slow. Brisbane should be seaming. The wickets should be traditional Australian wickets that we are used to and grew up playing on.”The 38-year-old Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of his time, feels Australia have the ideal mix of bowlers to dominate batting sides during the 50-over tournament.”If they are all firing on one particular day, it’s Australia to me that are very balanced,” said Lee, who played 76 tests and 221 ODIs during a 13-year international career.”They’ve got a strong bowling attack. You got (Mitchell) Johnson, (Mitchell) Starc, (Pat) Cummins and (Josh) Hazlewood just to mention a few.”England, South Africa, New Zealand and India also had the variety in bowling to succeed at the tournament, according to the right-arm paceman.The twice World Cup winner will pass on his experience and knowledge about the local conditions as a bowling coach for giant-killers Ireland during the event.”My allegiance is with Australia, but it wouldn’t be fair of me not to take the opportunity to try and pass on some knowledge to younger players coming through,” said Lee, who agreed a short-term deal to help Ireland during their warm-up period.”It is my chance to give something back to cricket.”Ireland, who defeated Pakistan and England in the 2007 and 2011 editions of the tournament, have been paired in Pool B against South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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Cricket-Lee hoping for World Cup pace-fest Down Under

By Sudipto Ganguly

MUMBAI
Fri Feb 6, 2015 12:52pm IST

MUMBAI Feb 6 (Reuters) – Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country’s bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.
There are concerns that the Australian pitches for the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India’s recent four-test series Down Under.”The wickets when you play in India should be low and slow turning wickets. That’s what India is about,” Lee told reporters during a video-conference from Sydney to mark the launch of the official World Cup video game by Disney.”When you are playing in Australia the wicket should be the traditional Perth wicket that we always see. Real bouncy, fast wickets. Sydney should have some pace.”Adelaide should be low and slow. Brisbane should be seaming. The wickets should be traditional Australian wickets that we are used to and grew up playing on.”The 38-year-old Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of his time, feels Australia have the ideal mix of bowlers to dominate batting sides during the 50-over tournament.”If they are all firing on one particular day, it’s Australia to me that are very balanced,” said Lee, who played 76 tests and 221 ODIs during a 13-year international career.”They’ve got a strong bowling attack. You got (Mitchell) Johnson, (Mitchell) Starc, (Pat) Cummins and (Josh) Hazlewood just to mention a few.”England, South Africa, New Zealand and India also had the variety in bowling to succeed at the tournament, according to the right-arm paceman.The twice World Cup winner will pass on his experience and knowledge about the local conditions as a bowling coach for giant-killers Ireland during the event.”My allegiance is with Australia, but it wouldn’t be fair of me not to take the opportunity to try and pass on some knowledge to younger players coming through,” said Lee, who agreed a short-term deal to help Ireland during their warm-up period.”It is my chance to give something back to cricket.”Ireland, who defeated Pakistan and England in the 2007 and 2011 editions of the tournament, have been paired in Pool B against South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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Cricket-Lee hoping for World Cup pace-fest Down Under

By Sudipto Ganguly

MUMBAI
Fri Feb 6, 2015 12:52pm IST

MUMBAI Feb 6 (Reuters) – Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country’s bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.
There are concerns that the Australian pitches for the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India’s recent four-test series Down Under.”The wickets when you play in India should be low and slow turning wickets. That’s what India is about,” Lee told reporters during a video-conference from Sydney to mark the launch of the official World Cup video game by Disney.”When you are playing in Australia the wicket should be the traditional Perth wicket that we always see. Real bouncy, fast wickets. Sydney should have some pace.”Adelaide should be low and slow. Brisbane should be seaming. The wickets should be traditional Australian wickets that we are used to and grew up playing on.”The 38-year-old Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of his time, feels Australia have the ideal mix of bowlers to dominate batting sides during the 50-over tournament.”If they are all firing on one particular day, it’s Australia to me that are very balanced,” said Lee, who played 76 tests and 221 ODIs during a 13-year international career.”They’ve got a strong bowling attack. You got (Mitchell) Johnson, (Mitchell) Starc, (Pat) Cummins and (Josh) Hazlewood just to mention a few.”England, South Africa, New Zealand and India also had the variety in bowling to succeed at the tournament, according to the right-arm paceman.The twice World Cup winner will pass on his experience and knowledge about the local conditions as a bowling coach for giant-killers Ireland during the event.”My allegiance is with Australia, but it wouldn’t be fair of me not to take the opportunity to try and pass on some knowledge to younger players coming through,” said Lee, who agreed a short-term deal to help Ireland during their warm-up period.”It is my chance to give something back to cricket.”Ireland, who defeated Pakistan and England in the 2007 and 2011 editions of the tournament, have been paired in Pool B against South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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Cricket-Clarke's World Cup fitness race turns into a jog

By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY
Fri Feb 6, 2015 12:27pm IST

SYDNEY Feb 6 (Reuters) – Barring any further setbacks, it appears that Michael Clarke’s return to full fitness and the captaincy of the Australia World Cup team is now a matter of “when” rather than “if”.
The 33-year-old batted, bowled and fielded in an outing for a Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane on Thursday and looks certain to prove his fitness by the deadline of the co-hosts’ second pool match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.Giving another in what have become almost daily updates on his recovery from a torn hamstring, Clarke on Friday referred questions of whether he would also be fit for Australia’s tournament opener on Feb. 14 to the team’s medical staff.”I don’t know the answer to that question,” he told reporters in Adelaide.”I have been following (the medical team’s) guidelines from day one and I’m extremely thankful and grateful that I sit in this position now because of their advice and guidance.”I will 100 per cent be dictated by what they feel and believe.”Clarke’s diplomacy was an indication that there was perhaps an element of truth in the view that the peremptory Feb. 21 deadline was something of a slap-down for the Australia skipper.Rumours of splits between Clarke and Cricket Australia, selectors and even his team mates have been widespread in local media for a couple of weeks.Clarke is hoping to feature in a practice match against the United Arab Emirates at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) next Wednesday, which would make him almost certain to face England in their World Cup opener at the same ground three days later.Doubts over Clarke’s fitness have also ignited a fever of speculation over who would replace him as skipper should he not be available for the tournament.George Bailey would normally be expected to step up from the vice-captaincy but many in Australia support the elevation of in-form batsman Steve Smith, who led the test side to a series victory against India over the New Year in Clarke’s absence.Given team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that Clarke’s degenerative back problem means he could break down with another hamstring injury at any time, that discussion could have plenty of mileage in it yet.If fully fit, though, there is no doubt that Clarke’s leadership and batting could have a major bearing on whether Australia can win a fifth World Cup title on March 29. (Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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Cricket-Clarke's World Cup fitness race turns into a jog

By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY
Fri Feb 6, 2015 12:27pm IST

SYDNEY Feb 6 (Reuters) – Barring any further setbacks, it appears that Michael Clarke’s return to full fitness and the captaincy of the Australia World Cup team is now a matter of “when” rather than “if”.
The 33-year-old batted, bowled and fielded in an outing for a Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane on Thursday and looks certain to prove his fitness by the deadline of the co-hosts’ second pool match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.Giving another in what have become almost daily updates on his recovery from a torn hamstring, Clarke on Friday referred questions of whether he would also be fit for Australia’s tournament opener on Feb. 14 to the team’s medical staff.”I don’t know the answer to that question,” he told reporters in Adelaide.”I have been following (the medical team’s) guidelines from day one and I’m extremely thankful and grateful that I sit in this position now because of their advice and guidance.”I will 100 per cent be dictated by what they feel and believe.”Clarke’s diplomacy was an indication that there was perhaps an element of truth in the view that the peremptory Feb. 21 deadline was something of a slap-down for the Australia skipper.Rumours of splits between Clarke and Cricket Australia, selectors and even his team mates have been widespread in local media for a couple of weeks.Clarke is hoping to feature in a practice match against the United Arab Emirates at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) next Wednesday, which would make him almost certain to face England in their World Cup opener at the same ground three days later.Doubts over Clarke’s fitness have also ignited a fever of speculation over who would replace him as skipper should he not be available for the tournament.George Bailey would normally be expected to step up from the vice-captaincy but many in Australia support the elevation of in-form batsman Steve Smith, who led the test side to a series victory against India over the New Year in Clarke’s absence.Given team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that Clarke’s degenerative back problem means he could break down with another hamstring injury at any time, that discussion could have plenty of mileage in it yet.If fully fit, though, there is no doubt that Clarke’s leadership and batting could have a major bearing on whether Australia can win a fifth World Cup title on March 29. (Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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Cricket-Clarke's World Cup fitness race turns into a jog

By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY
Fri Feb 6, 2015 12:27pm IST

SYDNEY Feb 6 (Reuters) – Barring any further setbacks, it appears that Michael Clarke’s return to full fitness and the captaincy of the Australia World Cup team is now a matter of “when” rather than “if”.
The 33-year-old batted, bowled and fielded in an outing for a Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane on Thursday and looks certain to prove his fitness by the deadline of the co-hosts’ second pool match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.Giving another in what have become almost daily updates on his recovery from a torn hamstring, Clarke on Friday referred questions of whether he would also be fit for Australia’s tournament opener on Feb. 14 to the team’s medical staff.”I don’t know the answer to that question,” he told reporters in Adelaide.”I have been following (the medical team’s) guidelines from day one and I’m extremely thankful and grateful that I sit in this position now because of their advice and guidance.”I will 100 per cent be dictated by what they feel and believe.”Clarke’s diplomacy was an indication that there was perhaps an element of truth in the view that the peremptory Feb. 21 deadline was something of a slap-down for the Australia skipper.Rumours of splits between Clarke and Cricket Australia, selectors and even his team mates have been widespread in local media for a couple of weeks.Clarke is hoping to feature in a practice match against the United Arab Emirates at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) next Wednesday, which would make him almost certain to face England in their World Cup opener at the same ground three days later.Doubts over Clarke’s fitness have also ignited a fever of speculation over who would replace him as skipper should he not be available for the tournament.George Bailey would normally be expected to step up from the vice-captaincy but many in Australia support the elevation of in-form batsman Steve Smith, who led the test side to a series victory against India over the New Year in Clarke’s absence.Given team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that Clarke’s degenerative back problem means he could break down with another hamstring injury at any time, that discussion could have plenty of mileage in it yet.If fully fit, though, there is no doubt that Clarke’s leadership and batting could have a major bearing on whether Australia can win a fifth World Cup title on March 29. (Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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Cricket-World Cup will be clean, says anti-corruption chief

By Nick Mulvenney
SYDNEY Fri Feb 6, 2015 11:02am IST

SYDNEY Feb 6 (Reuters) – “Evil” illegal gamblers using the grooming methods of paedophiles to try and corrupt cricketers have not gone away but the game’s anti-corruption chief Ronnie Flanagan is confident the upcoming World Cup will be clean.

Match and spot-fixing scandals have dogged cricket over the last few years but Flanagan said the authorities in host countries Australia and New Zealand had done everything in their power to ensure the tournament was free of corruption.

“I think it is important that (fans) can come with confidence knowing this will be true competition between teams fought out on ability and perhaps little bit of luck,” he told a news conference on Friday.

“A tournament that is free of corruption or the threat of corruption.”

Flanagan, head of the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), praised the national and state governments in host countries for enacting legislation to criminalise manipulating sporting events.

Education programmes have also been put in place to ensure that every player at the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament is aware of how the illegal gamblers try to exert their influence.

“We know there are rotten people out there, criminal people, who will do all in their power to get at players and others of influence in the game,” Flanagan added.

“They’ll trick them, they’ll coerce them, they’ll try and attract them, they’re almost like paedophiles in how they attempt to groom them to get them to do whatever suits their nefarious intentions in terms of illegal betting.

“We have gone to great lengths in a very multi-faceted way to ensure they don’t get their way.”

Flanagan said the Australian and New Zealand lawmakers, police and his unit had already been working together for two years to prevent any corruption.

Education programmes for players had also borne fruit, he said, with a 100 percent increase in reports from players about approaches from suspect individuals.

“Many of them when we investigate them are innocent approaches but I’m very encouraged that we are getting more and more of those reports,” he said.

“That gives us increased material for our intelligence database. At this World Cup, we have one central hub where all that intelligence flows in, is analysed and where one common intelligence picture is produced.”

Flanagan, formerly Britain’s top policeman, also defended his decision to curtail Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir’s five-year ban for spot-fixing seven months before it was due to expire.

Amir, who is restricted to domestic cricket and will not play at the World Cup, had shown genuine remorse for his part in the deliberate bowling of no-balls by pre-arrangement during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010, Flanagan said.

The 22-year-old had also co-operated fully with investigators and his participation in the education programmes would send a “very powerful message”, he added.

“It’s one thing for players to hear a message from a retired cop, it’s another thing altogether to get that message from someone who had been an international player who had fallen from grace who is saying: ‘please don’t succumb’.” (Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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