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  • "Not a single BCCI member asked me to resign"

    Srinivasan steps aside, continues to call the shots.

    Bullying around.Chennai, June 2 (ANI): He might have stepped aside but BCCI President N. Srinivasan remained a bellicose man after the meet of the working committee meeting, insisting that not a single member asked him to resign during the "smooth" discussion here today.

    "After discussions, I announced I will not discharge my duty till the probe is completed. In the meanwhile, because the Board has to function, the Board asked Mr (Jagmohan) Dalmiya to take care of the things," said an unruffled Srinivasan after the meeting.

    When asked if any member of the Board asked him to step down, Srinivasan said, "No, nobody."

    Earlier today, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said its incumbent president N. Srinivasan has agreed to step aside for a month until the probe of the spot fixing incident in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the investigation of the alleged betting role played by his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is completed.

    The BCCI said that in Srinivasan's place,

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  • South Africa will embrace IPL: Moody

    Tom Moody believes there's a "lot of intrigue" among local fans about the second version of the Indian Premier League to be played in South Africa after organisers made the switch from India for security reasons.

    Melbourne, Apr 16: Kings XI Punjab coach Tom Moody believes there's a "lot of intrigue" among local fans about the second version of the Indian Premier League to be played in South Africa after organisers made the switch from India for security reasons.

     

    Moody, who coached Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final, has assembled a strong line-up to represent Punjab including Sri Lankan stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene for the tournament starting this weekend.

     

    But some of his Australian players such as Brett Lee, James Hopes and Shaun Marsh are only expected to be available for the last two weeks after touring with Australia to Dubai for the one-day series against Pakistan, FOX Sports reported.

     

    Moody says it's very hard to pick a winner this year given the way

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  • Speaking to reporters, Kapil Dev said that a few decisions like the retirement of the senior players should be left to be discussed by the players and the selectors.

    New Delhi: Former Indian cricket captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev said that players should be allowed to decide when to retire and that the selectors should actively participate in such decisions.

     

    Speaking after donating blood on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the Territorial Army (TA), Dev said that a few decisions like the retirement of the senior players should be left to be discussed by the players and the selectors.

     

    "It depends on the selectors and it is upon the players whether they want to continue playing further or not. Who are we to say anything? It depends on the selectors as to what they want to do and the players," said Dev.

     

    Dev was referring to the speculations and rumours that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning an exit of senior players like Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly,

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  • Veteran paceman Jason Gillespie believes that Lee, who served as a fast bowling reserve in 2004, has helped transform him into a driven, ferocious competitor.

    Veteran paceman Jason Gillespie has said that Brett Lee is more than ready to carry the Australian attack in India.

     

    Gillespie believes that Lee, who served as a fast bowling reserve in 2004, has helped transform him into a driven, ferocious competitor.

     

    "We must have been bowling well to keep a bowler like Brett Lee out of the team," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

     

    "I really think that the period where Glenn, 'Kasper' and myself were bowling together was the real turning point for Brett. It gave him an incredible hunger for Test cricket, and he just trained the house down. He knew that his mates were in really good form, and that he had to work hard. I think that, in part, it made him the bowler he is today."

     

    "He will go down as one of the best fast bowlers the game has seen. He looks like a bit of a

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  • Kirsten said his team is already preparing to exploit some potential vulnerabilities in an Australian side that is expected to be without Symonds.

    Melbourne, Sept.5: Gary Kirsten, the coach of the Indian cricket team, believes that the absence of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds' from the forthcoming series between Australia and India could ease some tension. 

     

    Kirsten said his team is already preparing to exploit some potential vulnerabilities in an Australian side that is expected to be without Symonds.

     

    "To not have those types of individuals means they are going to be replaced by more inexperienced players, so we will hopefully be able to exploit (that)," The Age quoted Kirsten, as saying.

     

    "We all know with the Australian set-up that they always replace those individuals with quality players, but in the heat of Test match battle sometimes experience counts for a lot," he added.

     

    Symonds was an influential figure with the bat in the most recent series, striking 162 not out

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  • Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne is of the view that captains must be allowed to run the show, whether it is on the field or off it.

    Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne is of the view that captains must be allowed to run the show, whether it is on the field or off it.

     

    Now in the twilight of what has been a very rewarding cricketing career of almost 20 years on the international stage, he says one of the decisions that motivated him to retire from the top level was the fact that coaches were being appointed for every aspect of the game.

     

    "I retired from Test cricket so I could have more time with my kids, but I'd also grown tired of this other stuff you get in the game. It's called the 'professional era' but I don't think it works very well," The Sun quoted Warne, as saying.

     

    "You have a coach for this, a coach for that, you have got too many recovery sessions, too much mental stuff, too many team meetings, too much training for training's sake, and it all takes

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  • Delighted to be given the honour on his 28th birthday, Kevin Pietersen said: "It is the best birthday present I have had but, I want to be calm, pretty chilled and let my instinct, gut feeling and the brain I have been given work."

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that his captaincy will not be too different to his personality.

     

    Having been put in charge of England's one-day team since Thursday in the wake of a four-match ban on previous incumbent Paul Collingwood, The Independent quoted Pietersen as saying that "My captaincy will be similar in style to the person I am."

     

    Delighted to be given the honour on his 28th birthday, Pietersen further said: "It is the best birthday present I have had but, I want to be calm, pretty chilled and let my instinct, gut feeling and the brain I have been given work."

     

    "Tactically I am pretty sound and aware of situations. We have been playing New Zealand for six months so we should know what they are looking to do. Hopefully I won't change

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  • The glamorous Bollywood actress Preity Zinta described herself as the "good luck factor" of her IPL-owned franchisee - Kings XI Punjab, said in an interview to ANI.

    New Delhi: Glamorous Bollywood actress Preity Zinta described herself as the "good luck factor" of her IPL-owned franchisee - Kings XI Punjab.

    Zinta, 33, whose team will take on the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Superstars in an IPL match at the Mohali Cricket Ground on the outskirts of Chandigarh today, was quoted by The Australian as saying: "My involvement with the team is total. I am extremely passionate about our team. I believe I am the team's good luck factor, so I want to be there for everything."

    "Bollywood and cricket remain the biggest draws in our country. The IPL will witness the marriage of entertainment and cricket. It will be a great fusion and the possibilities are endless. I am excited about it," she added.

    Zinta, the star of countless Bollywood movies, is seen to symbolise all the glitz and the

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