• 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 stocky left-hander retired from Test cricket last December but continues to play in one-dayers, a form of the game that made him a hero in his country and a feared opponent.

    KARACHI - Swashbuckling Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya celebrates his 39th birthday on Monday with no retirement plans in sight.

     

    Sri Lanka's highest test scorer and the second most capped player in one-day internationals, Jayasuriya demonstrated he had lost none of his flair by smashing 72 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Wednesday.

     

    "I don't think about my future plans," he told reporters. "As long as I am fit I will keep on going."

     

    The stocky left-hander retired from test cricket last December but continues to play in one-dayers, a form of the game that made him a hero in his country and a feared opponent.

     

    His explosive style of batting helped Sri Lanka win the 1996 World Cup and changed the way many batsmen approached one-day matches.

     

    "I don't think age is a factor with Sanath," Sri

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  • Talking to the media, the former all rounder, however, made it clear that he had no intention of seeking those back but at the same time he could not see those invaluable souvenirs being thrown to the dustbin either.

    Insisting that all he wants is to preserve the memorabilia, World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev said Punjab Cricket Association can keep them as long as they take care of the souvenirs.

     

    A fortnight after his cut-out was brought down from the Mohali Stadium, a hurt Kapil wrote an e-mail to the PCA on Tuesday, asking them to return him all the memorabilia he had gifted to the association.

     

    The former all rounder, however, made it clear that he had no intention of seeking those back but at the same time he could not see those invaluable souvenirs being thrown to the dustbin either.

     

    "I never asked them to return (those memorabilia). I said 'if you wish not to keep my stuff, give it back to me, rather than throwing it into the dustbin', so that I can preserve those,"

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