Wellington: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Saturday said it is close to announcing its findings in a match-fixing case, which shook the game after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s testimony in the matter was leaked to the media. The furore started after McCullum’s statement to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) was leaked to the media. “We are at the end of the investigation. It is close to being finalised and I’m sure Chris Cairns will be spoken to and given an opportunity to put his side of the story,” ICC CEO Dave Richardson told Radio Sport here. “The investigations that we are talking about are at an advanced stage and should be tied up a lot sooner than that. Having said that, I’ve seen how when law enforcement agencies are involved it does take some time,” he added.
Pietersen reacts to ‘disinterested’ jibe
London: Kevin Pietersen has blasted England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton for claiming he was uninterested during the dismal Ashes series in Australia. Downton launched a scathing attack on former England batsman Pietersen during an interview with BBC Radio’s Test Match Special on Thursday. The ECB chief said Pietersen appeared “disinterested” and “distracted” in the fifth Test in Sydney, and that he was unable to find anyone within the England set-up who wanted the controversial 33-year-old to remain in the team. “The suggestion that I was uninterested during the winter Ashes series against Australia is wholly untrue,” Pietersen said in a statement. “Although I was having injections in my knee, I was fully motivated to play for England and whilst I accept that the series as a whole fell well below my own personal standards, I finished the series as the top scorer.
“With regard to the criticisms aimed at my “the way I play type attitude”, I feel it’s only reasonable to remind Mr Downton that this method has brought me over 13,500 runs for England,” Pietersen added.
Rs 40 crore windfall for the playoff teams
Mumbai: The winners of this year’s Indian Premier League title would pocket Rs 15 crore while the losing finalists would take home Rs 10 crore, according to Cricket Board sources. In addition to the top two finishers, the two teams that fail to progress to the Bangalore final from the playoffs would be richer by Rs 7.5 crore each. The playoffs commence on May 27 with the first qualifier between the top two teams.