ICC start Pakistan talk shop

THE Pakistan Task Team, a panel set up under Giles Clarke by the ICC to drag Pakistan cricket out of the mire after spot-fixing allegations, has underlined the zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. The panel’s main activity has been to help educate players on corruption issues and to make reforms to restore confidence in the administration …

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MCC ‘grand matches’ up for auction

THE MCC are putting some fabulously valuable and rare cricketana up for auction with Christie’s in November, including three books on ‘grand matches’ published in 1799 with an estimated value of more than £50,000. The MCC announced that their auction of sporting books and pictures would take place at Christie’s auction house in South Kensington …

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MCC rein in boundary acrobatics

SOME laws of cricket have been amended today to counter a trend of gamesmanship, and one spectacular aspect of the Indian Premier League has been whacked into the shrubbery. The sight of boundary fielders in the IPL turning seemingly certain sixes into catches will become rarer now that the Laws define the legality of certain …

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Neil Carter’s value soars again

THE SUCCESS of Neil Carter in becoming the Most Valuable Player of 2010 is an extraordinary turn-up at the age of 35 three years after his Warwickshire career seemed to have nose-dived. The MVP award, sponsored by FTI Consulting, is based on a league table of points gained from performances in all three county competitions …

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England’s day of The Pylons

THE selection of the 6ft 7in Chris Tremlett for the tour of Australia is a sound move, and England could field the tallest seam-bowling attack yet to hit Down Under if James Anderson were to be injured in the Ashes series. Tremlett could be drafted in to join Stuart Broad, only an inch shorter, and …

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Young cricketer found hanged

A YOUNG club cricketer was found hanging from a tree in Sheffield early on Saturday morning on Sept 18 after his best season with the bat for Bawtry. Shocked club members paid tribute to Daniel Mothersdale, 21, in the Sheffield Star after his death in Green Park was announced. A trainee quantity surveyor, he was …

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Blaze damages Bradford pavilion

ANOTHER cricket club has had its pavilion seriously damaged by fire, with arson being suspected. Riddlesden CC, in Bradford, face the prospect of rebuilding after Keighley and Bingley fire fighters fought a blaze for an hour on Monday morning. Some of the stone pavilion was saved after a police officer raised the alarm when he …

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Pakistan alienation almost complete

THE alienation of Pakistan from world cricket continues — partly with blame and partly without — as the relationship with erstwhile friends, England, on and off the field dissolves into hostility. This week’s ECB press release said it all. Terrorist activity left Pakistan unavoidably without a home base, attracting sympathy and help, but now there is corruption suspicion …

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Defreitas has Ashes ‘vibes’ again

THE former England hero Phil DeFreitas has the same vibes about the Ashes that he had all those years ago when the coveted urn was last won in Australia. DeFreitas was only 20 when he was selected for his first England tour in 1986/87, joining a force that was written off as having no chance …

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Worcs swimming against the tide

JUST as Worcestershire are wondering how they can pay for their £15 million hotel and development plans at New Road their chief executive resigns and the captain stands down. Mark Newton ended his tenure as chief executive this week after 10 years, to be replaced by his assistant and former player David Leatherdale, and Vikram …

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