Against all odds, India No.1

Feel good about this. Against all expectations, India clung on to the title of the No 1 Test cricket team in the world as 2009 readied to melt into 2010 on the penultimate day of the year.

At Kingsmead, Durban, in the Test between England and South Africa, Graeme Swann, twirling and tweaking England to a massive win, proved to be our unlikely benefactor.

Against all odds, India end 2009 on top of the ICC’s Test rankings, and England’s win means the reign of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men at the top will extend longer than one would have thought.

South Africa needed to win their four-Test series against England 2-0 or better to displace India. With the first match of the series drawn and England winning the second on Wednesday, South Africa — yapping at India’s heels in the Test rankings — have no way of toppling India. At least not for the moment.

The other contenders, Australia, who dominated the last decade, have even less chance of catching up with India. Currently at No. 3, Australia thrashed Pakistan in Perth to take a 1-0 lead, but they need a 3-0 whitewash to just hang on to their current position.

For India, the first assignment is a light one — two Tests in Bangladesh in January. The real challenge will come in February when South Africa come calling to play two Tests.

Not bad, to be on top as the decade ends. Can anyone say it wasn’t well deserved?

ICC Keen to Form a Test Championship League

With sagging interest in Test cricket, the ICC is working at various ways to rejuvenate this format, perhaps by creating some form of a Test Championship League (TCL).

It is also looking into India’s concerns over filing of individual ‘whereabouts’ under anti-doping measures which the country’s cricketers have refused to sign as yet.

World cricket’s governing body does not agree with the view that the Umpire Decision Review System has put pressure on the umpires or that the BCCI’s IPL was weaning away players from their national commitments.

In an exlusive interview to PTI, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat expressed confidence that the issue of Indian players’ objections on WADA ‘whereabouts’ clause would be sorted out.

“We are trying to skin the cat differently,” he said on the issue on which the Indian players have raised strong objections.

Recalling last year’s experience in Mohali where crowds were sparse during the India-England Test match, he said the ICC has since attempted to form some sort of Championship model for Test cricket.

“If you really want to know who is the Test champion then you need better context by creating some form of a Test Championship League and we haven’t got that. That’s something that we are trying to achieve”, he said. More

“There are many ideas all over the place and we have formed a sub-committee that will seek to pull it all together by formulating proposals for the Chief Executives Committee to consider in due course” Lorgat said on some of the ideas the ICC was working on to revive Test cricket.

That included David Morgan’s model of four-day matches and research on day-night cricket.

Asked about India’s objections to the TCL, he said “not all members were in favour of the previous model (World Test Championship) as it impacted their scheduling. This proposal was therefore not agreed to by the ICC Board.

“The whole point is that we should have an open mind for ideas that will retain and grow interest in the game because without question we see Test cricket as the pinnacle of our sport.”

At the last meeting of the Chief Executives, the ICC reconstituted the group looking into promotion of Test cricket. Dave Richardson, David Collier, N Srinivasan, James Sutherland and Nishanta Ranatunga are members of the committee.

Lorgat said surveys from time to time have established that players want to play Test cricket and that is where they see the most enjoyment, the biggest test of their skill and that is the form by which they want to be measured.

“All the evidence points towards Test cricket as being the pinnacle of the sport,” he said.

Asked whether the IPL Twenty20 games have affected conventional cricket and players’ responsibility to the national team, Lorgat said there must be a balance between all the three formats.

“We believe that all three formats are viable but in scheduling we should ensure that we retain balance between the formats,” he said.

Lorgat said it was not entirely true the perception that Test players were shirking their national responsibilities in favour of IPL.

“There is quite a number of players who are seeking to ensure that they are in peak condition for Test cricket by opting out of the IPL and the IPL also encourages international cricket first,” he said.

Answering questions on Indian cricketers’ refusal to sign the anti-doping measures agreement under WADA, the ICC Chief Executive said there was a concern expressed by the BCCI that it (agreement) was “unconstitutional” in India and “we are busy looking into that”.

“We have had discussions with WADA as well and that is a work in progress. We are making good progress with a team working on it together with India and other members and hopefully by the next Chief Executives’ meeting, we will present a revised proposal on how to deal with this one issue on the filing of ‘wheareabouts'”, he said.

Lorgat said that everything else exists and in fact there was no difficulty in carrying out doping tests in and out of competition.

Leander Paes to take on Mahesh Bhupathi in US Open Men’s Doubles Final

Leander Paes to take on Mahesh Bhupathi in US Open Men’s Doubles Final

New York: The US Open Men’s Doubles Final will witness an interesting contest, as both Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are all set for a showdown in the grand finale. Leander and Lukas Dlouhy defeated Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(8-6) in the semifinals. The second seeds Paes-Dlouhy will now meet third seeds Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the final.
In another semifinal, Bhupathi and Mark Knowles defeated fifth seeds Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 6-4, 6-2 in straight sets. Leander Paes, along with his partner Cara Black (Zimbabwe) reached the finals of Mixed Doubles. They beat Su-Wei Hseih of Chinese Taipei and Kevin Ullyet of Zimbabwe in the semifinals.

Gambhir ruled of Tri-Series in Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli gets Nod

Gambhir ruled of Tri-Series in Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli gets Nod

Colombo: The Indian cricket team received a severe blow, as its in-form batsman Gautam Gambhir has been ruled out of the Compaq Cup tri-series in Sri Lanka due to a groin injury. Gambhir has been advised 10 days’ rest by the doctors. Virat Kohli will fly down to Sri Lanka to replace him. Gambhir will return home shortly. India will start its tri-series campaign against New Zealand tomorrow.
The Indian batting line-up has been weakened further in the absence of formidable openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir was injured during the recently concluded Corporate Cup, which was later aggravated further.

Sehwag not interested in being the captain

Virender Sehwag stated that he is not willing to be the captain of the Indian team.

Sehwag said, “I don’t want to be a captain, I have already told the selectors that. I have said a new player should be made vice-captain and be groomed to be a captain. I want to continue scoring runs and keep winning matches for the team,”.

The current captain and vice-captain is Dhoni and Yuvraj respectively.
Sehwag, who plays for the Delhi DareDevils, also said he will be fully fit before the Champions League which starts from October 10. Sehwag considers Sourav as the best captain. “Sourav has been the best captain India has ever had,” he said.

“Sourav took over as captain when the team was passing through a very bad patch. The team was struggling to come out of the match-fixing scandal. He had a responsibility to put together a new team and he did a splendid job,” Sehwag said.

India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi into the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles of the US Open

New Delhi: India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi got through and secured their spots into the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles of the US Open with their partners.

Paes-Lukas Dlouhy beat Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer

The duo Paes and Lukas Dlouhy beat the Austrian duo Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-4.

They will now play against South Africa’s Wesley Moodie and Belgium’s Dick Norman to set their place for semi-finals.

Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of Bahamas beat Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei and Dudi Sela of Israel 6-4, 6-4. They will now meet Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic and France’s Michael Llodra.

Samaraweera powers Sri Lanka to a 97-run win over Kiwis in Tri-Series


Colombo: Thilan Samaraweera smashed a century to power Sri Lanka to a 97-run victory over New Zealand in a tri-series match in Colombo today. Lasith Malinga also did the trick with ball, as he bagged 4 wickets to help the Lankans to bowl out New Zealand for a paltry 119, while the victory target was 217.
Thilan Samaraweera hit his maiden century to help Sri Lanka reach 216/7 in 50 overs after winning the toss and elected to bat. Samaraweera was the top scorer with 104. Angelo Mathews made 51. For New Zealand, Shane Bond took 3 wickets, while Ian Butler took 2 wickets.

Chasing a victory target of 217, New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals and were reeling at 41/6 at one stage. They finally bowled out for 119 in 36.1 0vers. Grant Elliott was the top scorer with 44, while Ian Butler made 25. For Sri Lanka, Malinga took 4 wickets, while Kulasekara and Jayasuriya took 2 wickets each.

Thilan Samaraweera was adjudged “Man of the Match” by virtue of his maiden century. India is the other team in the tri-series tournament.

Ricky ponting Retires From T20

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting wants to focus more on Test matches and One Day Internationals, in a effort to extend his career the 34-year-old batsman has quit T20 cricket.

Ponting opted out of the two T20 matches against England post the Ashes series in August. He will, however, play in the remaining 5 ODI matchesin the ongoing 7-maych series which Australia leads 2-0. “The last 10 or 12 days for me have been a lot about reflection, looking back to the Ashes and looking forward to my playing future. As of today I’ve decided to retire from international Twenty20 cricket. The decision I’ve made is all to do with my longevity in the game.” said Ponting.

Although, Ponting will continue to play for Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders in the future installments of the Indian Premier League. Michael Clarke is expected to lead the Australian team in future T20 matches. Clarke led the team in Ponting’s absence recently in England. “This decision provides me the opportunity to prolong my Australian Test and One-day career, an opportunity I am extremely determined about,” Ponting said. “I am hoping to continue playing Test cricket for as long as possible and retiring from the Twenty20 format gives me the best chance of doing this.”

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland supported Ponting’s decision and stated that his exit will give youngsters a chance to play in the international team. “Needless to say he will be a huge loss to the Twenty20 side, but it does present opportunities for the other players and leaders within Australian cricket to gain further experience,” Sutherland said.

Ricky Ponting has faced a lot of flak lately, his team lost the Ashes series 2-1 last month. Ponting acquired the ignominious distinction of being only the second Australian captain to lose two Test series in England. Although he recieved a critical drubbing after the Ashes series, Ponting stated that he will definitely return for the 2013 Ashes either as a batsman or a captain. Ponting has scored the second most number of centuries in Test matches, just four behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 42. He made his Test debut in 1996 and has played for 136 matches, scored 11,345 Test runs at an average of 55.88. He has also played 315 ODIs, scoring 11,523 runs at an average of 42.52. Ponting is also the third leading century maker in ODIs, behind Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya.

Forbes names MS Dhoni as Top Earning Cricketer in the World

New York: The Forbes Magazine has named Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MSD) as the top earning cricketer in the world in last one year. While Indians dominated the earning list, released by Forbes, Dhoni left Sachin and Yuvraj behind with US$ 10 million earnings in the past 12 months. Sachin Tendulkar is placed second, while Yuvraj and Dravid are at third and fourth spot respectively.
Here’s the 10 Top Earning Cricketers in the World:

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (US$ 10 million)
2. Sachin Tendulkar (US$ 8 million)
3. Yuvraj Singh (US$ 5.5 million)
4. Rahul Dravid (US$ 5 million)
5. Andrew Flintoff (US$ 4 million)
6. Sourav Ganguly (US$ 3.5 million)
6. Ricky Ponting (US$ 3.5 million)
7. Brett Lee ((US$ 3 million)
7. Kevin Pietersen (US$ 3 million)
8. Michael Clarke (US$ 2.5 million)

Pankaj Advani wins World Billiards Title

New Delhi: Breaking News! Pankaj Advani created history, when he became only the second Indian to win the World Professional Billiards Championsip. Advani defeated defending champions Mark Russel 2030-1253 to win the title. Earlier in 1992, Geet Sethi had won the World Billiards Title.
In the semi-final, Pankaj Advani had beaten his fellow Indian Dhruv Sitwala, while Mark Russel had defeated another Indian Rupesh Shah. Geet Sethi could not qualify for the semi-finals, after losing to Advani in a must-win match.

Dhoni nominated in three categories for ICC awards

Mumbai, Sep 2 (PTI) India”s recent superb run in Test and one-day cricket today reflected in the ICC”s annual awards nominations as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was listed in three categories for honour. Dhoni was nominated for ICC Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year awards.

Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh were the other Indian nominees for the prestigious Cricketer of the Year award. VVS Laxman joined the trio of Dhoni, Gambhir and Harbhajan to be in the line for the Test Player of the Year award while Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag were also in the fray for the honour of ODI Player of the Year.

Dhoni has already been the ODI Player of the Year in 2008 besides being named in the ODI Team of the Year. Zaheer Khan was nominated for Twenty20 Performer of the Year award while Amit Mishra will be vying for the honour in the Emerging Player of the year category as Indians led the overall nominations for the award.

Mithali Raj was nominated for the Women”s Cricketer of the year award. The nominations were announced by dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag and former captain Ravi Shastri in the presence of International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat while the awards will be presented on October 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa during the Champions Trophy.

Dhoni, Dilshan Head Nominees List for ICC Awards

MUMBAI, India — India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan head the list of nominees for the annual International Cricket Council awards, with both being nominated in three categories.

The long list of nominees in the eight award categories was named Wednesday, well ahead of the official ceremony in South Africa on Oct. 1.

[Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni] Associated PressIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on after playing a shot during a training camp in Bangalore, India, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009.

Mr. Dhoni, who was named one-day player of the year last year, was nominated in that category again, along with cricketer of the year, and test player of the year.

Mr. Dilshan, yet to win an ICC award, was also nominated for cricketer and test player of the year, plus Twenty20 performance of the year.

In the cricketer of the year category, India and Sri Lanka topped the number of nominations in the long list with three each. England and South Africa each had two nominees while the remaining test-playing nations only had one each.

West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul won the award last year and was again nominated.

The awards take into account performances between Aug. 13 2008 and Aug. 24 2009. The lists were decided by an ICC panel comprising five former players: West Indies’ Clive Lloyd, India’s Anil Kumble, Pakistan’s Mudassar Nazar, England’s Bob Taylor and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming.

IPL 3 Schedule unveiled, to begin in Hyderabad on March 12, 2010


Mumbai: The complete schedule of IPL Season 3, was unveiled by IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi in Mumbai on Monday. The first match of IPL 3 will be played between the Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad on March 12, 2010. There will be 60 matches in total. The final will be held on April 25, 2010. There will be a play-off for the third and fourth position this time.
The IPL 3 will see a few new venues such as Nagpur, Visakhapatnam, Dharamsala and Ahmedabad. While there will be 8 teams in the IPL 3, two more teams will be added in the IPL 4 in 2011. During the IPL 3, the former ICL players may also get a chance to play for the franchise teams with some fresh guidelines.

There will be certain changes during the IPL 3. They are:

1) The fielding captain will have the option to take a two and half minute strategic time out between the 6th and 10th overs and the batsman will have the option to take a two and half minute strategic time out between the 11th and 16th overs.

2) IPL will use the services of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.
3) Transfer window will open on December 15, 2009 and end on January 5, 2010.
4) A US$7 million cap will be maintained at the auction.
5) All players to obtain NOC from their respective countries every year.
6) Icon player status to be abolished.

IPL 3 Schedule & Fixture:

March 12 – DC vs KKR – Hyderabad
March 13 – MI vs RR – Mumbai/Nagpur
March 13 – KXIP vs DD – Mohali
March 14 – CSK vs DC – Chennai
March 14 – KKR vs RCB – Kolkata
March 15 – RR vs DD – Jaipur
March 16 – RCB vs KXIP – Bangalore
March 16 – KKR vs CSK – Kolkta
March 17 – DD vs MI – Delhi
March 18 – RCB vs RR – Bangalore
March 19 – DC vs KXIP – Vizag
March 20 – RR vs KKR – Ahmedabad
March 20 – MI vs RCB – Mumbai/Nagpur
March 21 – MI vs RCB – Chennai
March 21 – DD vs DC – Delhi
March 22 – MI vs KKR – Mumbai/Nagpur
March 23 – RCB vs CSK – Bangalore
March 24 – KXIP vs RR – Mohali
March 25 – KKR vs DD – Kolkta
March 26 – CSK vs MI – Chennai
March 26 – RR vs DC – Ahmedabad
March 27 – RCB vs DD – Bangalore
March 27 – KXIP vs KKR – Mohali
March 28 – RR vs CSK – Ahmedabad
March 28 – DC vs MI – Vizag
March 29 – DD vs KKR – Delhi
March 30 – MI vs KXIP – Mumbai/Nagpur
March 31 – CSK vs RCB – Chennai
March 31 – DD vs RR – Delhi
April 1 – KKR vs DC – Kolkata
April 2 – KXIP vs RCB – Mohali
April 3 – CSK vs RR – Chennai
April 3 – MI vs DC – Mumbai/Nagpur
April 4 – DD vs RCB – Delhi
April 4 – KKR vs KXIP – Kolkata
April 5 – DC vs RR – Hyderabad
April 6 – MI vs CSK – Mumbai/Nagpur
April 7 – RR vs KXIP – Ahmedabad
April 8 – RCB vs DC – Bangalore
April 8 – CSK vs DD – Chennai
April 9 – KXIP vs MI – Mohali
April 10 – RCB vs KKR – Bangalore
April 10 – DC vs CSK – Hyderabad
April 11 – RR vs MI – Jaipur
April 11 – DD vs KXIP – Delhi
April 12 – DC vs RCB – Hyderabad
April 13 – CSK vs KKR – Chennai
April 14 – MI vs DD – Mumbai/Nagpur
April 15 – RR vs RCB – Jaipur
April 15 – KXIP vs DC – Dharmsala
April 16 – DD vs CSK – Delhi
April 17 – RCB vs MI – Bangalore
April 17 – KKR vs RR – Kolkata
April 18 – DC vs DD – Hyderabad
April 18 – KXIP vs CSK – Dharamsala
April 19 – KKR vs MI – Kolkata
April 21 – 1st Semifinal
April 22 – 2nd Semifinal
April 24 – 3rd Place play-off
April 25 – FINAL

Salman Khan says he is serious about IPL

Mumbai: While the speculations about Salman Khan’s entry into the Indian Premier League (IPL) business, is on an all-time high, the actor himself said that he is seriously planning about it, but has not taken a final decision yet. Salman admitted that he never played cricket, but said he would become a good team owner, if he buys an IPL team.
After holding talks with IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, Salman Khan has showed interest to buy an IPL team during the IPL 4 in 2011. However, his brother Sohail Khan had refuted the claims, saying Salman did not have any such plans. Two new teams will be added to the IPL 4 in 2011.

Currently, three Bollywood celebrities are associated with the IPL. While Shah Rukh Khan owns the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Preity Zinta owns the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Shilpa Shetty owns a stake in Rajasthan Royals team.

Security fears cloud India’s Olympic dream

The gunshots fired at the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on March 3 are still ringing across the border in the ears of India’s sports officials.

India’s desire to remain a major sporting destination with ambitions of hosting the Olympics one day is being clouded by a perception abroad that the country is not safe.

Only cricket appears untouched as players from around the globe jet in regularly to cash in on the millions of dollars offered in lucrative events like the Indian Premier League.

Australia pulled out of a Davis Cup tennis tie in Chennai in May and England withdrew from the world badminton championships in Hyderabad in August despite no specific terror threats to the two events.

It sent shockwaves across the sporting fraternity since Australia and England are expected to be the main draws at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October next year.

Australian and British officials see no threat of a boycott of the Games, but not everyone in India is convinced. Twice bitten, no one is willing to take anything for granted.

The Indian government released an additional 15 million dollars to secure the Games after the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers that followed the Mumbai terror strikes in November.

Paranoid officials have even dropped a proposal to provide high-speed internet wi-fi services across the Indian capital during the Games because they felt militants use wi-fi to link up with their masters.

New Delhi is confident of hosting a successful Commonwealth Games and the preceding field hockey World Cup in February-March, but officials wonder how they can change individual perceptions.

England walked out of the world badminton event, joined later by two Austrian doubles players, due to a stray newspaper report that spoke of an impending terror strike despite assurances from the government there was no threat to the championships.

The report stemmed from a review of the venue by intelligence and para-military officials prior to the tournament, not unusual for any major event in any part of the world.

The Indians were understandably furious at English Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson’s comment on returning home that he was “just glad to be back in one piece”.

The Scottish team, which scoffed at England’s withdrawal, later complained there was too much security and felt “imprisoned in hotel rooms.”

The tournament passed off without any trouble — barring a false alarm of swine flu — with federal home minister P. Chidambaram making a point by attending the final.

The tough-talking Chidambaram said he was “burning inside” when he learnt of England’s withdrawal and stressed that “we have the capacity to provide full and complete security to any international sports event.”

Canadian players ignored warnings from Badminton Canada to pull out and stayed on in Hyderabad to play in the championships, with coach Ram Nayar saying the team had “no concerns.”

“We were aware of the advisory, but had no worries,” said Nayar. “In fact, some of the players who lost early took a trip to Rajasthan for sight-seeing.”

There are no such worries for cricket either despite it being the most high-profile sport in India with thousands packing stadiums across the country.

Kevin Pietersen-led England returned to play a Test series in India less than a fortnight after the November 26 Mumbai attacks that left 172 dead and more than 300 injured.

Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals continued with their IPL engagements at their home base of Jaipur despite a bomb blast in the city during the inaugural edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 event in 2008.

Their compatriots in tennis and badminton may think otherwise, but England and Australian cricketers see no problem with security in India.

Two domestic English teams will take part in the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League in October and Australia will play seven one-day internationals soon after.

This year’s IPL was shifted to South Africa due to the government’s reluctance to spare security forces at the time of general elections, and not because any player feared his safety.

“They won’t refuse to come to India because of the money they earn,” a furious Indian Olympic official said. “But if India is safe for cricket, it must be safe for all sports.”

Sania Mirza, Somdev Devvarman enter Round 2 of the US Open


New York: Breaking News! Sania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman entered the second round of the US Open Singles tournament, by winning over their higher-ranked rivals in the first round. Sania Mirza defeated Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Somdev Devvarman outsmarted Portugal’s Frederico Gil 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.
Somdev is ranked 162nd in the ATP rankings for men, while Sania Mirza is ranked 74th in the women’s ranking.

Both Sania and Somdev have tough challenges in the second round. While Devvarman will take on 23rd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the second round, Sania will play 10th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

Harbhajan Singh fined for driving without Number Plate


Chandigarh: India’s ace spinner Harbhajan Singh found himself in a spot today for driving his dream Hummer on the city road without a number plate. He was fined Rs 3,000 by Chandigarh Traffic Police. It should set a precedent for the general public, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (traffic), HS Doon. Harbhajan had imported the Hummer from England. It costs Rs 70 lakh in India.
Earlier, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had also bought the American SUV Hummer. While the cost of the vehicle is Rs 70 lakh, it becomes Rs 1 crore, after adding the import duty. Harbhajan had selected the ‘Black Beauty’ colour, while Dhoni had opted for silver.

Andhra cricket body sacks Chamundeshwarnath as secretary

The Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) Thursday sacked V. Chamundeshwarnath as secretary following complaints of sexual harassment by women cricketers.

The decision was taken at the ACA’s general body meeting in Vijayawada. All the members unanimously passed a resolution to remove Chamundeshwarnath, who was the Indian team’s manager in the Twenty20 World in England.

The meeting was chaired by ACA president G. Gangaraju and attended by 35 members.

Chamundeshwarnath had already been suspended by ACA when allegations of corruption and sexual harassment surfaced against him.

Meanwhile, police continued their probe into the allegations against Chamundeshwarnath. The police have booked a case against him.

Additional Director General of police M. Ratan, who conducted an inquiry, recommended that Vijayawada police should conduct further probe.

The official was appointed in June after six women cricketers met Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy and complained that Chamundeshwarnath sought sexual favours to select them in the team.

Chamundeswarnath has denied the allegations saying it was a conspiracy by his rivals in the ACA. Chamundeswarnath was appointed as the ACA secretary in July 2007.

ICC Champions Trophy Schedule unveiled


Mumbai: The ICC Champions Trophy 2009 schedule has been unveiled. Defending champion Australia, Pakistan and India are placed in the same group, making the battle very interesting and tough. West Indies is also in the same group. The ICC Champions Trophy will be held in South Africa . The tournament will begin on September 22 and will conclude with the Grand Finale on October 5.
In total, eight teams will take part in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. All eight teams were divided into two groups – Pool A and Pool B. All matches will be held in two venues Wanderers in Johannesburg and Centurion in Pretoria. This year’s Champions Trophy will have a record prize money of US $4 million.

ICC Champions Trophy 2009 Fixtures:

Pool A: Australia, India, Pakistan & West Indies
Pool B: South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka & England

Match Schedule:

Sept 22: South Africa vs Sri Lanka (D/N)- Centurion [18:00 IST]

Sept 23: Pakistan vs West Indies (D/N) – The Wanderers [18:00 IST]

Sept 24: South Africa vs New Zealand – Centurion [13:00 IST]

Sept 25: Sri Lanka vs England (D/N) – The Wanderers [18:00 IST]

Sept 26: West Indies vs Australia – The Wanderers [13:00 IST]

Sept 26: India vs Pakistan (D/N) – Centurion [18:00 IST]

Sept 27: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – The Wanderers [13:00 IST]

Sept 27: South Africa vs England (D/N) – Centurion [18:00 IST]

Sept 28: Australia vs India (D/N) – Centurion [18:00 IST]

Sept 29: England vs New Zealand (D/N) – The Wanderers [18:00 IST]

Sept 30: India vs West Indies (D/N) – The Wanderers [18:00 IST]

Sept 30: Australia v Pakistan – Centurion [13:00 IST]

Semifinals:

Oct 2: A1 vs B2 (D/N) – Centurion [18:00 IST]

Oct 3: B1 vs A2 (D/N) – The Wanderers [18:00 IST]

Final:

October 5 – Centurion [18:00 IST]