* Australia coach Darren Lehmann has apologised to Stuart Broad for accusing him of cheating,the England all-rounder said on Monday. In an interview with an Australian radio station Lehmann attacked Broad for not walking during the first Ashes test in Nottingham last month,for which he was fined 20 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council. He accused Broad of blatant cheating and called on Australias fans to send him home from the return Ashes series later this year in tears. Spoke to Darren Lehmann last night. He apologised for his comments,I accepted it. He said they were made in jest, Broad said on his Twitter account.
PCB miss final targets
* The Pakistan Cricket Board has failed to realise earnings of approximately Rs 700 mn,which it expected to collect from its short limited over series in India last December and the proposed Super League T20 tournament. According to reliable sources,the matter came up for discussion at Saturdays meeting of the Governing Board which was informed about the shortfall in earnings in the annual budget. The PCB was expecting to earn and clear a shortfall of around 700 million rupees from the one-day series in India and the PSL but in both cases it ended up earning nothing, one source said.
No links with Dawood
* Suspended cricketer Ajit Chandila,arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal,today claimed in a Delhi court that he has been falsely implicated in the case and there was no evidence of his alleged links with either underworld don Dawood Ibrahim or Chhota Shakeel. Arguing on the bail plea of Chandila,who is presently in judicial custody,his counsel told the court that his client was a successful cricketer and the police has not been able to place any evidence that he was having any common intention to commit such crime. There is no link with the alleged perpetrators that is Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel…I am a sportsperson. Two of the other sportsperson (S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan) have been granted bail. I was playing for Rajasthan Royals. I am a successful cricketer
Tiwary to miss Ranji season
* After a career-threatening knee injury that required two surgeries within days of each other,Manoj Tiwary is back from London and is ready to accept the fact that he wont be able to play for Bengal in the upcoming Ranji Trophy. You cant fight destiny. The doctor (Dr Andrew Williams) has told me pecifically that a minimum of four months is required for rehabilitation and I have to take it from there on. Right now,I am just ready to take one day at a time. I just want to be fit before I can resume playing. I am not even thinking about coming back during the end stages of Ranji Trophy, the 27-year-old Tiwary said on Monday.