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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Football: Fifa's Valcke feels no 'guilt' over $10 million payment

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Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke takes part in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) being held in the Culloden Hotel near Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Feb 28, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
PARIS (AFP) - Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday he felt no guilt over his involvement in a $10 million transfer to a disgraced football official now being investigated by US authorities.
Valcke also said he would not resign straight away because of the corruption scandal engulfing the football's world body but could leave when a new president takes over from Sepp Blatter.
"I have nothing to blame myself for and I certainly do not feel guilty so I do not even have to justify my innocence," the French official told the France Info radio station in an interview.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Pakistan recall Malik, Sami for ODIs

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LAHORE: After returning for the two-match Twenty20 International series, the duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad — once dumped as spent force — also made the cut for Pakistan’s ODI squad.
Both Malik and Sami were included in the 16-man squad for the three-match One-day International series that gets underway at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore from Tuesday (today).
The duo have been picked in the ODI squad for the first time in nearly two years. However, Saeed Ajmal was not included in the list.
Malik hadn’t played 50-over cricket since June 2013, but has averaged 50.36 in List A cricket over 12 matches in the last two years, including a hundred and five fifties — made in successive innings. However he failed in the preceding Twenty20 series, which Pakistan won 2-0 on Sunday, with scores of seven each.
Sami was last with the ODI team in June 2012. His last 12 months in domestic one-day cricket have fetched 19 wickets at an average of 23.63 and economy-rate of 5.10.
After a 0-3 defeat to Bangladesh, the Pakistan Cricket Board had hinted at making considerable changes. Ahmed Shehzad and has reclaimed his place as well. Imad Wasim, who made his Pakistan debut in the second T20 against Zimbabwe, is also part of the squad.
Umar Gul, Rahat Ali and Zulfiqar Babar have lost their place, though. So the fast-bowling workload will be borne by Wahab Riaz, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan and Sami. Yasir Shah is the lone specialist spinner in the squad.
Opener Sami Aslam and middle-order batsmen Saad Nasim and Fawad Alam have been dropped as well. Umar Akmal, who was not picked for the Bangladesh tour, hasn’t been preferred for this series either.
Sami though impressed with his quick pace, taking four wickets in two Twenty20 matches.
Azhar Ali, who replaced Misbah-ul-Haq as one-day captain after the World Cup in April, was retained despite Pakistan’s loss in Bangladesh.
Ajmal continued to be sidelined after he struggled with his remodelled action on the Bangladesh tour following his clearance in February this year.
Ajmal’s action was deemed illegal in September last year and he had to remodel that to lift his suspension from international matches.
In Ajmal’s absence leggie Yasir Shah will be the frontline spinner in the squad. Shah missed the Bangladesh one-day series with a finger injury.
Meanwhile, the PCB remains optimistic of playing arch-rivals India in a full series in the United Arab Emirates or any other mutually agreed venue in December.
“PCB is now expecting the government of India’s permission for the revival of the series in the near future particularly after (Indian) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public indication that his government would support the revival of the cricket series,” it said in a statement.
Pakistan’s ODI squad: Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami, Junaid Khan.

Spinner Raza Hasan banned for two years for doping

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Raza Hasan, the Pakistan left-arm spinner, has been suspended from playing any form of cricket for two years, having tested positive for a prohibited substance. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had conducted dope tests during the Pentangular One-Day Cup 2015 in Karachi. The sample collected from Hasan was subsequently analysed at a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory. The results were relayed to the PCB, who banned Hasan on the basis of their anti-doping rules. “During the period of ineligibility, he will not be entitled to participate in any capacity, in any cricket match or activity (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) authorised or organised by the PCB," a PCB spokesman said Monday.

The PCB had notified Hasan of their findings on March 24, and he did have the opportunity to request a hearing within 14 days, but did not do so. The 22-year old Hasan has played 10 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan, having made his debut in September 2012. He went on to participate in the World T20 later in the month, where he took three wickets in four matches at an economy of 4.93. His ODI experience is limited to only one match, and he last played international cricket in December 2014 against New Zealand.

Polio victim Nasir makes it to cricket stadium, moves millions

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Nasir Iqbal, as quoted by a private media outlet, was a polio stricken man who dragged himself to the Gaddafi Stadium to witness a glimpse of his hero Shahid Afridi, on the day of the T20 international match in Pakistan after 6 years.
Iqbal – a resident of Kharian spent his hard-earned 1000 rupees to visit Lahore – and managed to reach the stadium with struggle, according to sources.
Inspired by his passion, PCB officials intervened and allowed him to proceed, despite the man only carrying his National Identity Card with him. On his way to the ground, the spectators were equally moved to witness the resolve and zeal, reported the private media outlet.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

PCB denies Luden rift

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CHRISTCHURCH: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday strongly denied reports that the national team’s fielding coach Grant Luden has resigned after a tiff with three players.
A PCB spokesman said that the report is completely false, adding that Pakistani players have been carrying out routine training session here ahead of their second Pool B game against West Indies on Saturday.
“Apropos of a news item appearing in a section of the press and run by several news channels back home in Pakistan, stating that there has been a tiff between three players Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal and fielding coach/trainer Grant Luden and the latter has resigned because of it, it is clarified that the news is absolutely false and that nothing of the sort has happened,” the PCB spokesman Agha Akbar said in a statement.
“The entire team trained together Tuesday afternoon, in a spirit of camaraderie, under the supervision of head coach Waqar Younis with each of the other coaches and assistant manager Shahid Aslam actively involved throughout the extended four-hour session. Ditto for Wednesday, where some players were put through their paces by all coaches, with Mr Luden putting in an extra hour on both days with a select group of players,” added Akbar, who is travelling with the national team as its media manager.
Akbar revealed that Luden has expressed his desire to quit before the World Cup but for personal reasons.
“However, a few days prior to the start of the ICC World Cup 2015, Mr Luden had expressed his desire that for personal reasons, he would want to be relieved of his duties somewhere in May ‘15. Subsequently, as his issues were resolved, he took his resignation back.
“PCB and the team management as well as the boys hold the job he is doing in high esteem, and are keen that he continues to serve in his present role”, he concluded.
AFP adds: Pakistan´s World Cup campaign was rocked by fresh allegations of unrest on Wednesday when reports claimed that fielding coach Grant Luden was involved in a heated row with senior players.
Even before the tournament started, eight members of Pakistan´s 15-man squad — including Shahid Afridi and Ahmed Shehzad — were fined $300 each by team management for breaking a curfew.
Days later Pakistan suffered a 76-run defeat by defending champions India in their tournament opener in Adelaide, the team´s sixth successive loss to their arch-rivals at the World Cup.
According to reports Luden had resigned after an argument with Afridi, opener Shehzad and batsman-cum wicketkeeper Umar Akmal following Sunday´s Pool B loss.
“Luden had a serious argument with some senior players and out of frustration resigned,” a source in the Pakistan camp said.
Luden, a member of Pakistan coach Waqar Younis´s backroom staff, was hired as fielding coach in May last year on a two-year contract.