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Briefly Cricket

While the International Cricket Council’s plan to use undercover agents posing as illegal bookmakers has come in for criticism from several quarters.

‘Not bothered by agents’

Mumbai: While the International Cricket Council’s plan to use undercover agents posing as illegal bookmakers has come in for criticism from several quarters,India opener Virender Sehwag is not bothered by the move. “I am not bothered whether they are undercover or overcover. I am clean. Only those who have something to hide need be concerned,” Sehwag said.

SA set Pak 289-run target

Abu Dhabi: A century by Colin Ingram and half-centuries by Hashim Amla and JP Duminy helped South Africa score 286 for 8 after stand-in captain Johan Botha won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan in the second ODI at the Zayed Cricket Stadium. Ingram scored 100 off 119 balls with ten boundaries and a six while Amla and Duminy scored 65 and 54. Pakistan left arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz,replacing Umar Gul,picked up two wickets,as did Shahid Afridi.

Cook backs KP to fire

Perth: New England vice-captain Alastair Cook believes the challenge of retaining the Ashes is the perfect stage for Kevin Pietersen to bounce back into form. Pietersen boasts an imposing record against Australia but has struggled with the bat in recent months,failing to post a Test century. “Talent like that and the stats he’s got behind him show what a great player he is. Great players might lose their form for a bit but they come back and a big series like this,I think it’s just about the right time,” Cook said.

Chappell,players warn CA

Melbourne: Cricket Australia should be mindful that T20 is the “easiest form of the game to corrupt” when it accepts private investment in the country’s domestic Twenty20 league from next year,feels former captain Ian Chappell. His views were endorsed by the country’s Cricketer’s Association (ACA),who have warned against overscheduling. ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said that more money should not mean more matches. “If there’s one lesson we’ve all learnt in recent years,it’s that more games doesn’t necessarily mean a better product,” Marsh said.

GCA says no to ODIs

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Panaji: The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has said it will not host any international match till its own stadium is completed. “We had asked for one match with BCCI which was granted to us. But we failed to conduct it because of the improper stadium. It’s a government owned stadium. Now we won’t host any matches till we have stadium of our own,” GCA chief Dayanand Narvekar said. — Agencies