Category: Sports

Goa Super Sixes Gets Underway

The country’s eight leading corporate cricket teams will participate in the ‘Goa Super Sixes 2010’ tournament that will be played at Benaulim from Saturday.

Besides corporate leaders, the players will include cricketers, bollywood personalities, musicians and even fashion designers.

Organised by PDM India, a division of Percept Limited, the tournament will have six member teams playing three matches and winning two points from each victory. Only five overs will be bowled per team and in order to give all the players to bat, the batsman scoring 31 runs has to necessarily retire.

Australian Team Inspect Fatorda Stadium

A team from Australia Tuesday morning inspected the Fatorda stadium where the one day international cricket match between India and Australia is scheduled to be played on 24th October and expressed happiness over the arrangement made for the game.
Earlier, the team comprising of four members, were given an audio-visual presentation on the arrangements made and they were highly impressed with the professional and detailed presentation. Speaking to ‘Goa Chronicle, Steve Bernard, the Australian Team Manager said he was satisfied with the security arrangements as this is a major concern for the visitors.

IPL Governing Council Announces New Caps

The IPL Governing Council at its meeting on Sunday decided to introduce a changed format involving a total of 74 matches during the expanded fourth edition of the twenty20 extravaganza. “There would be a total of 74 matches in all,” IPL’s interim chairman Chirayu Amin told reporters after the meeting.
“Each franchise would get to play a minimum of seven matches,” according to another IPL source. Indications are that the teams would be split into two groups in the initial phase.
Till last season there were eight franchises who played on a home-and-away basis leading to 56 matches in the league phase, followed by two semi-finals, a 3-4 placing match (played only in IPL-III) and a grand final – making it a total of 60 matches.

I was tricked says Hameed

Former Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed has made some damning revelations about match fixing involving Pakistan cricket players, stating that he was offered money and even blackmailed to stand by the remarks attributed to him.
Hameed has come up with a detailed explanation to his side of the story about how the News of the World newspaper released a video of him in which he accuses Pakistani players of fixing matches and losing deliberately
Tafazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor of the board released a statement on behalf of Yasir after the test batsman was called to the Pakistan High Commission for a meeting by the High Commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan with PCB chief, Ijaz Butt and Tafazzul also attending the meeting in London.

Tainted Trio Admits to Money, But Claim was Sponsorship Fees

Three Pakistani cricketers – captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir – under the scanner for spot-fixing, have reportedly admitted before the Scotland Yard inquiry that the British currency recovered from their hotel rooms was given to them by bookie Mazhar Majeed.
However, the players have maintained that the money was given to them on account of sponsorship contracts that they had signed with different commercial organisations, GEO TV reported.
The players also stated that Majeed was working as their agent to secure sponsorship deals and they did not know that he was a book-maker.

Legalise Sports Betting In India Suggests Court

While observing that police have not been able to stop illegal betting, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma of Delhi Court suggested that the government should consider legalizing sports betting so that not only transfer of funds would be monitored but revenue could be generated for the welfare of public.
“It does not need divine eyes to see that ‘satta’ in cricket and other games is reaching an alarming situation. The extent of money that it generated is diverted to clandestine and sinister objectives like drug trafficking and terrorist activities,” said Dharmesh.

Villiers Dethrones Dhoni as Top Batsman

South African batsman AB de Villiers has displaced India’s captain MS Dhoni as the top ODI batsman according to the latest ICC ratings. de Villiers, who averages 43.56 in 101 ODIs, had a prolific season that took him to 805 points in the ratings, nine clear of Dhoni. Michael Hussey, the Australian batsman, was third on the list with 792 points.
de Villiers amassed 667 runs in his last 10 ODIs, which included four centuries and two fifties against top opposition. Three of those centuries came in consecutive games, in Gwalior, Ahmedabad and Antigua. Though de Villiers did not play in August, Dhoni’s patchy form in the Sri Lanka triangular series, where he scored only 140 runs in five outings, led to the swap at the top.

Tainted Pak Players Face Inquiry

Captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif did not join their team-mates for practice on Tuesday as they prepared for the inquiry by Pakistan Cricket Board.Pakistan team...

Match Fixing Scandal Gets Murkier

More skeletons tumbled out bringing the entire Pakistan team under cloud of match fixing as the investigations progressed and the International Cricket Committee had a teleconference over the issue.
It is now believed that even the opening Test match between England and Pakistan at Nottingham that England won by a huge 354 runs.
Reports also allege that the Pakistan-Australia series played in Sydney in January this year was also fixed.

Pak Hit With Match Fixing Once Again

Pakistan’s cricket team came under the scanner once again for match fixing following the arrest of a bookie in London. Scotland Yard has confiscated the mobile phones of Captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir while Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as sought for a report on the incident.
The News of the World a British tabloid revealed that it had paid money to the bookie Mazhar Majeed to bribe Pakistan players to bowl no balls in the ongoing series and the Lord’s Test.