Immediately apologised to Dav,says Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal has had to apologise to coach Dav Whatmore over seemingly innocuous remarks the player made in a TV interview.

Published:October 4, 2013 4:11 am

Saeed Ajmal has had to apologise to coach Dav Whatmore over seemingly innocuous remarks the player made in a TV interview about having a foreign-born coach. The PCB moved quickly to defuse any controversy and issued a statement that said they had advised Ajmal to meet Whatmore and apologise for his comments. “I immediately went up to Dav and apologised and explained the context and circumstances in which I made certain remarks,” Ajmal said.

Clarke,Pattinson unsure of making first Ashes Test

Australia captain Michael Clarke says he’s no guarantee to play in the first Ashes test against England in November,while fast bowler James Pattinson says he could miss at least two matches in the five-test series. Clarke,who withdrew from Australia’s limited-overs team for India earlier this week due to continuing back issues,says “I don’t know when I’ll be back playing cricket … there’s certainly no guarantee’’ for the series-opening Brisbane test beginning Nov. 21. Pattinson,who has a stress fracture in his back,says the best-case scenario for his return is the third test in Perth beginning Dec. 13. Australia is already without bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins for the Ashes due to injuries.

South Africa to consider quota in franchise cricket too

South African cricket officials are set to consider a proposal forcing professional franchises to include at least two black Africans in every team. Another item expected to be discussed at an October 11 Cricket South Africa (CSA) meeting will be the need for second-tier,semi-professional provincial sides to select three black Africans. CSA have not commented officially on the proposals,but an official who attended recent transformation talks told AFP both issues would be debated. While the six top-tier franchises have picked numerous mixed-race or Asian-origin cricketers in recent seasons,there has been a dearth of black Africans on view.

Want to see Tendulkar play forever: Coulter-Nile

Australian speedster Nathan Coulter-Nile is in awe of Sachin Tendulkar and does not want him to retire from the game. For the Mumbai Indians pacer,Tendulkar is one player who is more than willing to give an insight about the game to the younger lot.

“Sachin is someone who believes in backing one’s own ability. He has got all the talent in the world and whenever I speak to him he always gives insights as to where I should bowl and what the batsmen would be trying to look at while bowling to them,” said Coulter-Nile,speaking to CLT20.com.

Aparajith,Pandey take South Zone to 213/2 vs West on Day 1

An unbroken partnership of 161 between Baba Aparajith (93 batting) and Manish Pandey (81 batting) guided South Zone to 213 for three at stumps on Day One of their Duleep Trophy quarterfinal against West Zone at Chepauk. Due to inclement weather,only 54 overs of play were possible on the day. Aparajith and Pandey took South to a position of safety after they had been 52/3,with Akshath Reddy,Abhinav Mukund and Lokesh Rahul falling early.

Brief Scores: SZ 213/3 in 54 overs (B Aparajith 93*,M Pandey 81*,M Vahora 1/20,Y Pathan 1/36,J Unadkat 1/36) vs WZ

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