Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Do not spread out all over the world urging the ICC scandal

Cricket chiefs on Wednesday called for an international lifetime ban for Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria after he was punished for his job in an English spot-fixing scandal.

The International Cricket Councils board said domestic bodies should be aware of and respect the sanctions... including by enforce and giving effect to them within their own jurisdiction to the fullest extent allowed by law. Kaneria was banned for life by English authorities for his involvement in the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case. The 31-year-old Pakistani has vowed to plea the permit.

Westfield was jailed for four months in February, but served 2 before being released in April, after admitting he accepted 6,000 Pounds to under-perform during a Pro40 match between Essex and Durham in 2009.The now 24-year-old Westfield named Kaneria -- arrested with him in 2010 but released without charge -- as the link among bookmakers and players. Westfield was given a 5-year ban for bring cricket into disrepute, a charge the seamer accepted, though he will be able to play club cricket in the last 2 years of his suspension.

The ICC is wrestling with the problem of spot-fixing, often bowling no-balls to order by bookmakers, at its yearly conference in Kuala Lumpur which wraps up on Thursday. Kaneria has not played for Pakistan since appear against England in August 2010 -- the same tour that saw the notorious fixing episode in the Lord's Test, which led to then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer being jailed on bribery charges.

Butt, jailed for 30 months last November on charges of compliant corrupt payments, was freed from an English jail on Thursday.

Aamer was released in February after serving half his 6-month sentence while Asif, jailed for one year, was freed in May.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Johnson gets 2012-13 contract list, Cowan out

Paceman Mitchell Johnson was a big winner in one of a streamlined 17 players Friday awarded a Cricket Australia contract, but Test opener Ed Cowan missed out.

CA sliced its centrally contracted players list from 25 to 17 under a new agreement with the players' union, but with the talent to upgrade others if their performance warranted. Johnson, 30, has not played for Australia in any form of the game since November last year due to a foot injury, while Cowan, national T20 skipper George Bailey, Clint Mackay and Christian were the big losers.

ODI specialist David Hussey kept his contract, despite having yet to play a Test match Australia’s selectors said the contracts were awarded on the form over the past 1 year. Their likelihood of being selected for Australia in any form of the game during the next 12 months and the weighting for Tests over ODIs and in turn T20.

Chief selector John Inverarity said his panel had faith that Cowan and Bailey could still be awarded a contract with better performances. Naming just 17 players at first, with the ability to upgrade others, as and when performance warrants, ensure a tighter position between present performance, recognition and reward, Inverarity said in an announcement.

There are a number of very good regarded players who the panel has great faith in -- and hopes for who didn't, on this occasion, make the cut for the contract list of 17. Cowan; George Bailey, Forrest, Clint McKay, Christian and some others come readily to mind.

The expectation is that a handful of names will be added to the list as the season unfolds and upgrade points are accrued by those players in lieu of Australia in the various formats of the game.

Under a new pay agreement signed with the Australian Cricketers Association, the minimum CA retainer contract is worth Aus230, 000 with performance payments, counting $Aus14, 000 for a Test match $Aus5, 600 for an ODI and $Aus4, 200 for a T20.

Australians 2012-13 contracted list - Michael Clarke, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson, and David Warner.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My boys respect the well, said Sammy

Birmingham, England: Captain Darren Sammy was fast to reaffirm his young side's huge respect for former West Indies' greats after Denesh Ramdin was fined by the ICC for a jibe at famous captain Vivian Richards.

Ramdin celebrated his century on the 4th day of the 3rd Test against England Sunday by producing a piece of paper with the words "Yeah Viv Talk Nah" scribbled, and brandish it towards the media center.

It was in response to criticism leveled at him by Viv, now an analyst for BBC Radio, following West Indies' 2nd Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

Denesh and I spoke and he spoke in the media yesterday and he said almost certainly his emotions got the better of him, Sammy told a media meeting Monday.

We as a West Indian team have a lot of respect for our past players particularly someone as great as Sir Viv. We all take a lot of motivation from Fire in Babylon which reflects our history and as a team we have a lot of good respect for guys like Sir Viv.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chris Gayle of West Indians in the back

Previous captain Chris Gayle has been named in the West Indies ODI squad, scheduled to play England later this month after a long absence of 14 months.

Gayle, whose row with the West Indies Cricket Board resulted in him being barred for close to a year, was built-in in a 15-man squad announced on Monday for the 3-match series that begins on June 16.

Gayle, who has been one of the most winning batsmen for the West Indies, played his last match for them in the World Cup quarterfinal in March 2011.

He was critical of the WICB in a radio meeting after the World Cup, following his removal from the subsequent ODI series at home against Pakistan, The Sydney Morning Herald information.

Those comments, some of them unkind to coach Otis Gibson, led to his long spell out of the team, and Gayle instead played well-paying Twenty20 tournament in India, Zimbabwe, Australia and Bangladesh.

In March, a meeting between Gayle and the WICB facilitate by CARI COM ministers, cleared the way for his return.

Last Sunday, the few residual matters in the long-running stalemate were sorted out to clear the way for his return.