London: English cricketers can “forget” about the shorter format unless they embrace IPL, according to Kevin Pietersen, who says his efforts to get his countrymen to play in the IPL have fallen on “deaf ears”. England have not been able to consistently make a mark in limited-overs cricket, their problems compounded by a 1-3 defeat to India in the just-concluded ODI series, which has left a huge question mark on their plans ahead of next year’s World Cup. “Looking into the future, until we let our young players appear in the IPL we can forget about the shorter form of the game. I have tried for years to get England players playing in the IPL but it has fallen on deaf ears,” Pietersen wrote in his column in the Daily Telegraph.
The 34-year-old, whose contract was torn up some time back ending his national career prematurely, added: “English cricket’s view is that if you play in the IPL you are a mercenary. But in the IPL guys learn to hit sixes. They learn that any target is gettable. The bowlers learn variations and tricks. They learn new tactics from opposition players and guys in their own teams.” Pietersen said.
Cook not willing to give up ODI captaincy
LONDON: Under-fire Alastair Cook has been given no assurances about his future as England’s One Day International (ODI) captain, but the opener is determined to lead the team in next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The Essex opener answered critics during England’s 3-1 Test series victory against India but questions remain as to whether Cook is the right man to lead the team in the limited-overs format. Cook took over the ODI captaincy in 2011 leading England to the top of the one-day rankings the next year but has since suffered losses in their last four ODI series on home soil. Former captain Michael Vaughan and ex-teammate Graeme Swann have called for Cook to step aside and the 29-year-old said he has been offered no guarantees. “While I still want to do the job and believe I can do it, I will carry on doing it,” Cook said. “If they (the selectors) don’t want to me to do it I’d take it on the chin.” England tour Sri Lanka in November and December before a tri-series in Australia ahead of the World Cup.
Srinivasan loyalists to meet on AGM issue
Chennai: BCCI bigwigs will gather on Sunday for an “informal meeting” to discuss the impasse related to the board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The discussion will focus be on the fate of AGM, which is scheduled to be held by September 30. However, majority of the members want it to be postponed till the SC-appointed Mukul Mudgal panel submits its final report on the IPL spot-fixing and betting on the first week of November. If the report clears N Srinivasan of wrongdoing, the Tamil Nadu strongman is unlikely to face any election as the opposition faction led by former BCCI president Shashank Manohar barely have support of four units at the moment.
India well placed for World Cup: Ganguly
Birmingham: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said the Men in Blue are peaking at the right time and are currently placed very well for the 2015 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their 2011 title. “Every win is important and winning is good for a young team,” said Ganguly. “You can only prepare a team by winning matches. And it is a good win if you consider that they did not win any ODIs in either South Africa or New Zealand. India are placed quite well for the World Cup. They have played some good cricket here in England in the ODIs. And as long as they keep playing good cricket and keep winning, they will find the right combination for the World Cup,” he added.