Captain Cook will play in upcoming Ashes
Perth: England brushed aside any concerns surrounding captain Alastair Cooks availability for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia despite the opening batsmans decision to skip a practice session on Tuesday due to a sore back. The left-hander missed Englands hit-out at the Floreat Oval in Western Australia to receive treatment on his back while fast bowler Stuart Broad also sat out the session with a similar problem. Im sure hell be fine, Englands top-order batsman Ian Bell told reporters. Hes had the odd little niggle with the back. Cook is expected to sit out of the visitors first three-day tour match against a WA Chairmans XI,starting at the WACA Ground on Thursday.
Ad hoc body for cricket in Himachal: CM
DharAMSALA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that an ad hoc body has been formed to run the cricket affairs in the state and all the matches will be held as scheduled. An ad hoc body has been formed to control cricket in state and it shall be expanded with inclusion of cricketers and cricket lovers, Singh said. Singh denied accusations of being autocratic. Government has given land at Rs one per year to develop cricket to HPCA,which was a society. Later the HPCA changed itself to a company,which is not acceptable to us,so we have cancelled the lease. Where is the dictatorship? he asked. Singh assured that matches scheduled in the state will not be affected by this move.
South Africa hope quotas unearth new stars
JOHANNESBURG: Nearly two decades after the fall of apartheid,South Africa are still struggling to adjust the complexion of teams in the high-profile white-dominated sports of cricket and rugby. The latest to adopt quotas is cricket with the countrys six franchises ordered to field at least one black African in each starting line-up. Teams that field more than one black player will get a cash bonus. The only black African coach among the domestic professional teams,Geoff Toyana of the Highveld Lions,backs the idea of quotas. Its not a bad thing,its spot-on, Toyana told AFP. Hopefully,more players will be exposed and more will play. Hopefully,in the next two to three years we will see a black African batsman playing for South Africa … or guys like Mangaliso Mosehle (of Titans) might come in as a wicketkeeper. You cannot explain that a population of 80 percent black African people cannot produce one Test player it doesnt make sense, said Toyana. But he opposes cash incentives and would prefer that money be used to develop sports in townships.
De Villiers eyes winning start in ODIs vs Pakistan
Sharjah: South African captain AB de Villiers vowed to attack Pakistan for a winning start at the opening one-day match here tomorrow despite missing two key players. The Proteas are missing both star batsman Hashim Amla and spearhead Dale Steyn for the first two matches of the five match one-day series. But De Villiers insists his team are brimming with confidence,especially after they managed to square the Test series 1-1,winning the second showdown in Dubai by an innings and 92 runs. We didnt have much time for preparation so its really up for us mentally to get prepared but its important to have a good start,get used to the conditions and adapt as quickly as possible and attack them in areas where they are not strong, De Villiers said. AGENCIES