Pujara to lead West in Deodhar Trophy:
Saurashtra’s Cheteshwar Pujara will lead holders West Zone in the Prof DB Deodhar Trophy limited overs inter-zonal knockout tournament to be played at Visakhapatnam from March 23. Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel of Gujarat will be his deputy, a media release from zonal selection panel’s convener Nitin Dalal said on Tuesday. India discard Irfan Pathan of Baroda has not found a berth in the squad while his brother Yusuf has been included. West, who won the title in the last two seasons and 11 times overall since the tournament’s inception in 1973-74, have drawn a first round bye into the semi finals and would play their first game on March 25. The final is scheduled on March 27. Sushant Marathe, Abhishek Nayar and Dhaval Kulkarni are the Mumbai players included in the squad.
Hurt Jayasuriya slams Sanga & Mahela’:
Sri Lanka Cricket chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has expressed disappointment at not being kept in the loop as far as the retirement plans of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene from T20 Internationals were concerned. “I feel very let down by them. I’ve been very transparent with them. If they’re even resting, I’ve been calling them and telling them what’s going on. I never ever dealt controversially with any senior player,” Jayasuriya was quoted as saying.
Abdi’s complaint transferred to EOW
Mumbai: The city economic offences wing (EOW) is probing an alleged misappropriation of funds case of Rs 2,282 crore against BCCI president N Srinivasan, and several others allegedly involved in the case, reports Mateen Hafeez. A complaint was filed by Mehmood Abdi, Lalit Modi’s counsel and president of Ganganagar District Cricket Association, which is a member of Rajasthan Cricket Association, at the Marine Drive police station. Later, the complaint was transferred to the EOW. City police commissioner, Rakesh Maria, has confirmed the transfer of compliant. Abdi in his application has accused Srinivasan and four others. The complainant stated that Srinivasan and others entered into a conspiracy with Sony and its key executives in May 2010 by misrepresenting facts before the members of the governing council, which resulted in huge losses for the BCCI.
Oz player banned for penis image on pitch:
An Australian cricketer was suspended Tuesday for a bizarre incident in which he scratched the image of a penis and testicles into the pitch. South Australian paceman Daniel Worrall was slapped with a penalty of four suspension points, which is equal to two four-day matches or four one-day or T20 games. He was reported for unbecoming conduct and bringing the game into disrepute after the incident last Friday during a Futures League match. Worrall scratched the image into a wicket due to be used for another match.
Vaughan feels ‘conned’ by Trott exit:
Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt deceived by Jonathan Trott’s revelation last weekend that he left England’s Ashes tour of Australia suffering from “burn out”, he revealed on Monday. When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the first Test in Brisbane, England officials said he was suffering from a “stress-related illness”.
Abbas backs Kohli to ‘break all records’:
Pakistani batting legend Zaheer Abbas has backed Virat Kohli to break all the records in international cricket and said that the premier Indian batter is destined for greatness. Abbas is the latest entrant in the list of illustrious former cricketers hailing Kohli. Abbas said that Kohli will manage to break all the previous records set in the game, adding that the transition phase in Indian batting has already happened as they now have a set line-up.
MAKING THE BAT TALK: Afghan batsman Mohammad Shahzad reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed in the fifth World T20 qualifying match against Hong Kong at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday
The Times of India, March 19, 2014