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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sarwan being investigated for match-fixing , Hilaire rubbishes rumours

West Indies cricket official Ernest Hilaire has blamed irresponsible reporting for rumours that batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was being investigated for match-fixing.
Hilaire was responding to an open letter from Guyana's Minister of Sport, Frank Anthony, which criticised the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for failing to protect Sarwan from the damaging allegations.
Anthony had written the letter to the WICB seeking clarification on the matter, which made headlines in a few sections of the Caribbean media.
"When properly assessed, the situation is to be blamed squarely on an erratic and unprofessional approach from some irresponsible media operatives, who reproduced the information from (an) anonymous blog without bothering to verify the source or veracity of what was before them," said Hilaire, the chief executice officer of the WICB.
Hilaire informed the minister that the WICB had not spoken publicly about the matter because it does not have the authority to comment on such issues.
"It is the exclusive purview of the the International Cricket Council," he said.
"In any event, if the WICB were to comment on every accusation, story, rumour, or suspicion expressed in the media or blogs, it would be a never-ending exercise of responses."
He added: "The WICB is in possession of information from time to time on anti-corruption matters and I am sure you would agree that it would be inappropriate to distribute such information either to confirm or deny ongoing investigations or suspicions."

Shahrukh Khan to take off his shirt if Kolkatta Knight Riders (KKR) will reach final-Sources

Kolkutta-Routers, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he will take off his shirt, a’la Sourav Ganguly, to show off his six-pack abs if his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team reaches the Indian Premier League (IPL) final this year.
“If we reach the final at Chennai, I will take off my shirt, fluff it in the air, and show my six pack abs… or may be eight pack abs,” Shah Rukh said at the Eden Gardens Sunday, after KKR won their third match on the trot with an eight-wicket decimation of Rajasthan Royals.
The final is slated to be played at the Chepauk Ground in Chennai.
In 2002, after winning the Natwest Trophy final against England, then Indian skipper Ganguly had celebrated by taking off his shirt and waving it in the air from the Lords balcony.
Ganguly was criticised by the English, but he retorted saying he was only returning the same act performed by English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff during a series in India.
Ganguly, who has featured in the KKR side in all the past three editions of IPL, was not considered for the team this year.

‘PCB, BCCI to talk on Indo-Pak cricket ties after IPL’ - Routers

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed has said that official talks with the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to restore Indo-Pak cricket series will resume after the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Ahmed was quoted as saying by a private TV channel that the PCB is in contact with Indian cricket board,
If both sides bring minor changes to their schedule, an Indo-Pak series would be possible this year, he added.
Ahmed also said that the PCB was in contact with the ICC task team, and there would soon be good news about the restoration of international cricket in Pakistan.
Responding to a question about former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar, Ahmed said that the player has yet to respond to the PCB’s letter.
The wicketkeeper had stunned one and all by fleeing the team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa last year. After reaching London, he had claimed that he had got death threats from a person who wanted him to fix matches.
Zulqarnain, however, withdrew his application for asylum in Britain after the Pakistan government assured him and his family of “the highest level of security” in the country.
According to a report, the PCB intends to investigate Zulqarnain on his return from Britain, as it says the cricketer had breached his central contract and was in direct violation of the code of conduct.
According to the board, Zulqarnain will have to appear before the PCB’s Disciplinary, Interrogative and Integrity committees before he can be cleared for selection at any level in Pakistan.

Kevin Pietersen expect to be fit against Sri Lanka- Mazhar Majeed

London: Routers-English batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is enjoying his extended break away from the game due to injury, expects to be fit for England’s first Test of the summer against Sri Lanka.
Pietersen returned home from India during the World Cup with a hernia problem, although medical advice suggested the injury would not have deteriorated significantly if he had played through the pain.
He has since undergone an operation and has been spending time with his family instead of participating in the Indian Premier League, as he was contracted to do if fit.
“I’m not raring to go right now, not at all. I’m enjoying this break, it’s amazing. I’ve not had a break like this for seven years, playing for England. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed.
“I haven’t picked up a cricket bat of late, I haven’t even seen a cricket bat except on TV watching the IPL. I’ll start playing probably in the middle of May and try and get ready to prove my fitness for the first Test match,” Pietersen said.

NBA: Spurs' Ginobili could miss Game 1

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is a doubt for his side's NBA playoff 2011 opener against the Memphis Grizzlies
Ginobili sprained his right elbow during Spurs' regular-season ending game at Phoenix. The All-Star had an MRI exam on Thursday which confirmed the injury and he may now miss out on Game 1 of the team's Western Conference first round playoff match-up with Memphis.
San Antonio locked up the top seed in the West last week but coach Gregg Popovich opted to play his stars against the Suns on Wednesday in a bid to keep them sharp for a potential championship run in the post-season.
The 33-year-old Ginobili hurt his elbow early in the first quarter action in Phoenix when he slid to the floor near the free throw line and the Suns' Grant Hill fell on top of him.
Ginobili has only missed two games this season and averages 17.4 points per game.

NBA: Spurs vs Grizzlies Preview

The San Antonio Spurs head into their NBA first round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies focused on the job at hand.
A fifth championship built around veteran centre Tim Duncan.
The Spurs (61-21) swept through the regular season like men on a mission to take No. 1 seed in the West and the first hurdle they face in playoffs comes in the shape of the Memphis Grizzlies (46-36).
Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich has his team playing with a more offensively minded approach this season and they should cruise into the next round of the postseason with little fuss. An interesting test for the Spurs will be trying to defend against Memphis's Zach Randolph who has had a stellar season averaging over 20 points and 12 rebounds per game.
As a sidenote to the series, the Grizzlies are yet to win a playoff game since moving to Memphis so look out for Marc Gasol doing his best to get one over on older brother Pau who tried but failed during his time with the organisation.
Manu Ginobili is expected to miss Game 1 on Sunday due to an injured elbow but that shouldn't trouble the Spurs too much.
San Antonio to take it in five games, the Grizzlies to finally win in the postseason.
Game 1 - Sun April 17, Memphis at San Antonio.
Game 2 - Wed April 20, Memphis at San Antonio.
Game 3 - Sat April 23, San Antonio at Memphis.
Game 4 - Mon April 25, San Antonio at Memphis.
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Memphis at San Antonio.
Game 6 * Fri April 29, San Antonio at Memphis.
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Memphis at San Antonio.

NBA: Playoff wins for Bulls, Heat -Sky News

The Chicago Bulls overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to begin their play-off series against the Indiana Pacers with a 104-99 win.
The Bulls were 98-88 down with a little under four minutes to play, but from there the Pacers could manage just one more point and Kyle Korver's three-pointer took the Bulls into the lead.
Derrick Rose spearheaded the top-seeded Bulls' offence with 39 points.
The Miami Heat held off a fourth-quarter rally from the Philadelphia 76ers to open up their post-season campaign with a 97-89 victory.
The 76ers rallied from 88-75 down to 88-87 at which point the game was in the balance, before the Heat pulled away once again.
Chris Bosh led the way for the Heat with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while LeBron James contributed 21 points and 14 boards.
Dwight Howard scored 46 points but somehow ended up on the losing team as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 103-93.
Joe Johnson led the way for the Hawks with 25 points, while Jamal Crawford had 23.
In the day's other game, the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 89-81.

Ridgewell wants Larsson stay-ESPN PAKISTAN

Liam Ridgewell has warned Birmingham it could cost them up to £15million to replace winger Sebastian Larsson if he quits the club.
The 25-year-old Sweden international, who is out of contract in June and could leave on a Bosman transfer after five years at St Andrew's, has told Blues manager Alex McLeish he has not made his mind up regarding the future.
Ridgewell is in no doubt that Larsson, who scored the opening goal in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland, would be difficult to replace.
He said: "I hope he stays, of course. He is a great player.
"Hopefully we can keep hold of these great players if we want to try to build on this team and this great club.
"We've won the Carling Cup and hopefully we'll stay in the league. If we want to build on this club, we've got to keep good players like that.
"Hopefully they can sort out with Seb to keep him here.
"His delivery from dead balls is deadly. You are going to have pay £10-15million for a player like that so hopefully we can keep him."
Ridgewell has been full of praise for the way Larsson has continued to perform at his best amid the uncertainty over his future.
He received a standing ovation from Blues fans when substituted late on against the Black Cats.
Ridgewell said: "The fans have always been behind him. It's just a sticky situation with Seb at the minute.
"Everyone is glad to see it doesn't affect him.
"Everyone knows there are things off the field that can't be helped but he has been fantastic."

Fabregas: Arsenal must change priorities- Routers

Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal need to make a decision on whether they want to be a club that looks to develop young players or one that wins trophies.
The Gunners have built a well-earned reputation as a hugely attractive passing side packed with up-and-coming talent, but once again it appears as though Arsene Wenger's side will not be able to translate that into silverware this season.
Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend seriously dented their chances of winning the Barclays Premier League title, leaving them six points behind Manchester United with only six games remaining.
If, as now seems likely, Arsenal finish this season empty-handed that would leave them without a trophy since winning the FA Cup in 2005, and Fabregas believes the club need to look at their overall direction.
He told Spanish magazine Don Balon: "From 2007 I had already started saying "we're not winning, but we're playing well". And then you realise that's no use.
"You enjoy yourself, during a phase of the championship - like this year, for example, when we were still in four different competitions. And you say to yourself 'here I have everything!' But then that final point is missing and it's then when you have to make a decision: either go out and win or develop players."
Fabregas was also asked why Wenger was not under more pressure following Arsenal's lack of trophies.
"It's different here," the Spain midfielder added.
"The coach is an intelligent person and the club value other things - that the team is always in the Champions League, that they fight until the end, bring through young players, economic stability.
"I guess that for the board that is important. Although I imagine there will be a moment when you have to take the plunge...either you win or you don't win."
Fabregas also believes his side are lacking a few important ingredients to challenge the domination that Manchester United and Chelsea have enjoyed over recent seasons.
"It's difficult. For me it's more a lack of a winning mentality, also of maturity in key moments," he said.
"We have plenty of quality but lack this bit of confidence. The problem is that the team needs to win something. That's why it was so important to win the Carling Cup," he added.
"We needed this cup to be able to believe in ourselves as a team. (Robin) Van Persie has won an FA Cup as I have, but there's no more.
"Nobody in the team has won anything. We are missing that ability to say: 'now I know what it is to win and I know what it takes to win'.
"That's what made the Arsenal team of 'The Invincibles' so strong, they knew how to win games, when to dig in, when to attack, they had a special intelligence to read games. Now we are very young."
Fabregas, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2003, also spoke about his own future. He has previously admitted his ambition to one day return to Barcelona to play for the senior team and last summer the Catalan giants had a £35million offer turned down for the playmaker.
The 23-year-old said of his future: "You have to have patience with things and wait for the right moment.
"The day that I leave Arsenal I will do it with my head, not just because.
"As well as that, who can be sure that you are going to play in a new team? Here I have the great fortune that at a personal level, despite not having won much, I'm doing very well.
"I spoke with (Barcelona captain Carles) Puyol and he told me that at 26 he hadn't won anything. Puyol, who has won everything in the football world! Patience and hard work are the most important things in life."
One thing Fabregas did make clear though was that he will not follow in the footsteps of fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres - who moved from Liverpool to Chelsea - and join another English team if and when the time comes for him to leave the Gunners.
"If some day I leave Arsenal it will never be to sign for another English team," he added.

Premier League: Newcastle 0-0 Man United - ESPN PAKISTAN

Ryan Giggs squandered the chance to fire Manchester United nine points clear in the Premier League as Newcastle frustrated the leaders.
The Welshman shot wide with the goal at his mercy after being picked out by Patrice Evra with 69 minutes gone to let two points slip from the leaders' grasp.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men were denied on two occasions before the break by fine saves from the injured Steve Harper's replacement, Tim Krul, but even the return of Wayne Rooney from suspension could not inspire United to victory on a night when the Magpies fought tooth and nail in front of an appreciative crowd of 49,025.
United did, however, extend their lead over second-placed Arsenal, who could only draw at home to Liverpool on Sunday, and it seems only a matter of time before they clinch the crown for the 19th time.
The draw took Newcastle's total for the season to 40-point mark as they climbed back into ninth and edged closer to retaining their top-flight status.
It might have been even better had referee Lee Probert agreed with Peter Lovenkrands that he had been tripped by Anderson inside the penalty area, although Hernandez was similarly aggrieved to be booked for diving as he was challenged by Danny Simpson in injury time.
The days when Newcastle competed with United both on the pitch over 90 minutes and over the season seem a distant memory, and Ferguson's men arrived on Tyneside having not lost a league game to the Magpies in 17 attempts dating back to September 2001.
They did so still smarting from their FA Cup semi-final exit at the hands of arch-rivals City and determined to make amends by extending their lead at the top of the table.
But Alan Pardew had promised that his team, who started the night still not assured of their place in next season's top flight, would give United a game, and in the opening 45 minutes they certainly did that.
The visitors, who did not include Rio Ferdinand or the sick Dimitar Berbatov among their 18 at St James' Park, tested Krul after just two minutes when he was forced to block Hernandez's effort, and the Dutchman was delighted to see full-back Jose Enrique get his body into the line of the Mexican's goal-bound injury-time shot.
But in the meantime, the Magpies gave as good as they got in an entertaining first-half during which they too created chances.
Chris Smalling got enough on Jonas Gutierrez's fifth-minute attempt to deflect it around the post, and Edwin van der Sar had to save from Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands and Cheik Tiote in quick succession.
Krul made another fine save from Rooney after he burst through on 19 minutes, although Mr Probert clearly did not spot his intervention as he awarded only a goal-kick.
United gradually eased into full flow with the movement of the Rooney and Hernandez and Nani's pace causing problems for Newcastle, who dropped ever deeper as the half wore on.
However, they might have taken the lead a minute before the break when Joey Barton picked out Lovenkrands inside the penalty area with a teasing right-wing cross.
The Dane did not realise how much time he had and may have been surprised that the ball reached him at all, but he planted his header harmlessly wide.
Ferguson's players returned long before their Magpies counterparts and resumed in determined fashion as they forced a series of corners which the home side managed to repel, but often at full stretch.
Krul was grateful to see Giggs head straight at him from Nani's 51st-minute cross, although Ameobi was unable to trouble Van der Sar any further with a looping effort seconds later.
Mike Williamson only just prevented Hernandez from meeting Giggs' 55th-minute cross with a prodigious leap and Nani blazed high and wide seconds later as the pressure mounted.
Lovenkrands was convinced he should have been awarded a 58th-minute penalty for Anderson's challenge on him, but Mr Probert, who had earlier turned down Nani's claims against Gutierrez, was similarly unmoved.
The Dane headed just over after the visitors struggled to clear Barton's 61st-minute free-kick, but United were starting to up the tempo to repeatedly stretch their hosts once again.
They should have been in front with 69 minutes gone when Evra carved his way into the box to set up Giggs, but the veteran midfielder contrived to fire wide.
Nani and Rooney both went close from distance as time ran down and Giggs fired wide again two minutes from time.
But after Hernandez's yellow card, Rooney headed wide from substitute Antonio Valencia's injury-time cross as Newcastle managed to hold out.

Kevin Petersen is looking to become England Cricket Team Captain-Routers

England batsman Kevin Pietersen "would love to have another go" at captaining the side if Andrew Strauss steps down as one-day skipper.

Strauss is reportedly set to relinquish the role following the recent World Cup to focus on his Test duties and Pietersen, who led the side in both formats for less than six months in 2008-09, would happily step into his shoes.
"If the one-day job becomes available, I would definitely be up for it," he told the Daily Mirror.
"A lot of water has passed under the bridge since I last did it and it's something I've thought about in the past few weeks since the rumours surfaced about Andy Strauss stepping down.
"Second time around I think I could do a real good job as I'd be older and wiser, and would handle a few things a lot differently.
"I didn't think I was too bad first time around - we had our moments against South Africa, and it took a century of freakish brilliance from Sachin Tendulkar to deny us a famous Test win in Chennai.
"So if the opportunity came up and I was asked I would say 'thank you very much, I would love to have another go."

IPL: Sangakkara, Vettori weigh in on country vs club debate- Routers

NEW DELHI: A Sri Lanka cricket board demand that national players involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) return to prepare for an England tour has reopened the long-running club versus country debate.
Eleven Sri Lankan cricketers are playing in the money-spinning IPL, including Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is likely to lead Sri Lanka in England with Kumar Sangakkara having resigned the captaincy after the World Cup.
Dilshan plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL franchise along with fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep; Sangakkara is the skipper of Deccan Chargers and Mahela Jayawardene leads new team Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
The players have been asked to return to Sri Lanka by May 5, more than three weeks before the IPL ends.
Asked if they would abandon their respective franchise teams just as the tournament approaches its climax, Sangakkara was non-committal.
“It is up to the Indian board and Sri Lanka Cricket to negotiate on the date of our return,” said the wicketkeeper-batsman.
“What we as players can do is to abide by the decision of our board.”
The lure of easy money on offer in the Twenty20 competition where one needs to play a maximum of 15 games over six weeks has always tested the loyalty of players.
Australian Michael Clarke pulled out of the IPL in 2008, saying he wanted to focus on managing his workload and national commitments.
West Indies’ Chris Gayle caused a furore when he arrived in England only two days before the first Test at Lord’s as he was busy playing in the 2009 edition of the IPL, hosted by South Africa.
“We are all different and it’s about who can adapt as quickly as possible and be ready physically and mentally,” Gayle said at the time.
For the current tournament, explosive West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard chose to play for Mumbai Indians, owned by India’s billionaire business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, and miss a series of home one-dayers against Pakistan.
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said the players could be spared the conundrum if an IPL window was provided in the international calendar.
“Most of the players would like for a window for the IPL,” said Vettori, captain of Bangalore franchise. “A majority of the players understand that the country comes first.
“We would like to find a balance between playing for the country and playing for our franchises, so that no one misses the IPL and no one misses international cricket.”
Flamboyant England batsman Kevin Pietersen has always made known his love for the IPL and admitted feeling gutted at missing this year’s tournament due to an injury.
“I’m bitterly disappointed,” said the South African-born batsman.
Pietersen was the tournament’s most expensive player two years ago when he was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.55 million and was due to earn around $650,000 playing for Deccan Chargers this season.

Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) shortlists Flower for India coaching job- Routers

LONDON: England cricket coach Andy Flower is among the few who have been reportedly shortlisted by the BCCI for the India job left vacant by Gary Kirsten, prompting a worried ECB to offer the Zimbabwean a new three-year deal.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Flower, along with Duncan Fletcher, are among the shortlisted candidates for the post vacated by Kirsten after India`s World Cup triumph.
The ECB, which is determined to hold on to Flower after he guided England to the Ashes and World Twenty20 triumphs, is doing all it can to prevent the former wicketkeeper from being lured by India.
“Andy Flower has been offered a new three-year contract as the England and Wales Cricket Board attempts to head off any moves for their highly rated coach from India,” the report said.
“Telegraph Sport understands Flower is due to meet Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England team, at the end of the month to discuss his long-term future and the direction of the England set-up. It is thought that Flower is on a rolling staff contract which offers the same protection rights as any other full-time employee.”

Three-match series proposed as Pakistan seeks hockey revival with India-DAWN NEWS

Pakistan have lost to India in their last two meetings, at the 2010 Asian Games and the Hockey World Cup. —File photo by AP
Pakistan have lost to India in their last two meetings, at the 2010 Asian Games and the Hockey World Cup. —File photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) top officials met Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday, to discuss the modalities of a proposed bilateral hockey series between India and Pakistan.
“We are considering a three-match friendly hockey series between the two countries in order to revive sporting ties with our neighbours,” Malik told reporters after a meeting with PHF officials.
The matches are likely to be played in Lahore, while fool-proof security arrangements will be made for the visiting Indian team.
“I have directed the Interior Secretary Qamaruzzaman Chaudhry to ensure the best-possible security arrangements are in place,” Malik said.
The interior minister said he would invite his Indian counterpart, Home Minister Palaniappam Chidambaram to watch one of the matches in Pakistan.
Following the meeting, conflicting reports emerged that the interior minister has been appointed the Patron-in-chief and president of the PHF. However, was unable to confirm the news as PHF officials remained unavailable to speak to the media.
Malik was directed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to take up the initiative of reviving hockey ties with India, after the PM returned from India.
Gilani was invited by the Indian PM Manmohan Singh to watch Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final against India in Mohali.
Talks resumed between Pakistani and Indian cricket officials after the PM’s visit and the two countries’ cricket boards may plan a bilateral series in the near future.
Pakistan last played a hockey match against India during the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, a match Pakistan lost 3-2.

ICC to reconsider World Cup format changes-Geo Super

ICC to reconsider World Cup format changes LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday that they have been asked by their president, Sharad Pawar, to reconsider proposals to streamline the cricket World Cup.

Under plans announced during an ICC summit in Mumbai earlier this month, participation at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups will be restricted to just the 10 full ICC member teams.

This year's World Cup, won by India, featured 14 teams, and the decision to exclude non Test-playing nations such as Ireland and Kenya from future editions prompted angry protests from the countries set to be left out.

In a press release from the ICC, Pawar said: "I have given this matter further serious thought and will request the Board to consider this topic once more.

"I can understand the views of the Associates and Affiliates and ICC will seek to deal with this issue in the best way possible."

West Indies dropping Old players-The reasons behind it

When the West Indies squads for the single Twenty20 and the two ODIs against Pakistan were announced, the usual arguments began about the wisdom of the choices. This time around, the omission of former captains Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan has raised questions about whether they have been dropped for good.
The West Indies Cricket Board, through its CEO, Ernest Hilaire, has responded by proclaiming its adherence to a selection policy wedded to the goal of "building a new team for the future". The future, as Hilaire defined it, extends as far as winning the 2015 World Cup, although chairman of selectors Clyde Butts indicated that his goal is to gather "a mix of players who will take us through the next five to 10 years".
The "fair and transparent manner" in which the selection process is to be conducted, as the West Indies Players' Association indignantly reminded in its obligatory objection to the omissions (citing Article VII [e] of its MOU with the WICB) has been perhaps the most notable absence.
Building and rebuilding the West Indies team has been the tired mantra for two decades. The intelligence behind this endeavour has scarcely been apparent, because it has been too rare to find either cricketing or developmental logic behind the choices.
Take the simple idea of building a team based on a combination of experience and promising new blood. Surely that would be a significant factor? Even Australia are struggling without the experienced core that carried them so triumphantly. No honest appraisal of the named West Indies squad can find a mentoring presence: no anchor, no wisdom, no experience to navigate pressure periods. Darren Sammy is a captain now learning the ropes, and he has certainly not yet developed the confidence that will comfort the newbies. Dwayne Bravo might have all the confidence in the world, yet he is but a transient figure: in the West Indies squad today, but off to the IPL during the two Tests. What is the point of his vice-captaincy? Nothing long-term in that gesture, except for the WICB's declaration that he and Keiron Pollard (also off to the IPL) remain "committed to West Indies cricket and will be available for future selection to the West Indies in all formats".
Marlon Samuels, executor of the infamous run-out, recipient of the two-year ICC suspension, and maker of runs, has been brought into the squad to build what? Character? Hadn't he recently turned down Dwayne Bravo's World Cup spot saying he wasn't ready yet? Was the offer not good enough at that point?
No matter how repeatedly the WICB has referred to its selection policy to defend its choices (in the interests of fairness and transparency, wouldn't it be wonderful to find such a policy, say, on its website?) it has not convinced anyone that decisions were made solely to develop West Indies cricket, either to win the 2015 World Cup - such a politician's goal and time frame! - or to have a solid team in five to 10 years.

If the exclusion of Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan, is "consistent with the policy to expose young players", then the WICB has obviously decided to let them go, despite the attempts to leave the public guessing

One is left to speculate, despite Hilaire's articulations that nobody has been axed, and that even if they were, it is not necessarily forever. History has a way of curdling such statements. Men have been dropped and picked up, it is true, but when you examine the manner of the droppings, it tells its own story. Remember how the Kerry Packer boys got squeezed? Remember Jimmy Adams and Carl Hooper?
So Gayle, the saga boy, is so out of favour that he had not even been "invited to do a fitness test". Is it because there were no "fruitful discussions" about retainer contracts between him and the WICB, as there were with Pollard and Bravo? Is Sarwan's omission based on his World Cup performance or the recent rumours of ICC investigation? Has the rock called Chanderpaul been cast like a pebble into the ocean because of the World Cup? Wouldn't his experience have been a vital bridge in this new order?
"The selectors will speak to each of the players to explain what the plans are and how they fit into the plan," said Hilaire, which means that the players were not even privileged to have this discussion before it entered the public domain. But Hilaire made sure to talk about the confidentiality of these discussions whenever they will take place. What can we ever know about the rationales?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with searching for new talent. There are young men on those squads with definite potential, but it has to be nurtured. Therein lies an area of great complexity.
This generation is remarkably out of touch with its predecessors, knowing little or next to nothing of its antecedents. And truth be told, most of them are tired of hearing about the great teams under Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards. For many other young players around the world, such ancestral tales are magical and inspiring. West Indian boys look away when those praise songs are sung. Why? Those stories have been administered as hard slaps, reminders of how pathetic they stand in comparison, and so the heroes invoke shame, not pride.
There has to be a different journey towards their history, and in the meantime, mentoring presences within the team cannot be completely removed.
Inexperience is not a disqualifier; it is a phase of a journey. Maturity takes time and comes with support. Look at the Combined Campuses and Colleges team, a genuine newbie in the regional cricket community. The team dashed their way confidently through the recent WICB four-day tournament and arrived at the finals, only to be trounced by defending champions Jamaica - a team they had already beaten during the earlier stages of the competition. That was a team crashing under the weight of their inexperience, but given their approach to the tournament - confident, intelligent and positive - their competencies can only improve with maturity, providing they have strategically sound leadership.
If the exclusion of Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan, is "consistent with the policy to expose young players", then the WICB has obviously decided to let them go, despite the attempts to leave the public guessing. At least that would be the logical conclusion. The problem would be that in completely excising the old guard (as it did in the exodus of the Desmond Haynes-Viv Richards group), it leaves too many lambs and too many slaughters.

Shahid Khan Afridi joined MQM - Routers

Afridi is filling membership form of MQM
Karachi-Routers, Pakistan t20 and ODI skipper Shahid Khan Afridi has joined MQM yesterday by filling membership form in meeting with ex-Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal.Now Afridi is SAATHI BHAI and will be a part of MQM.Altaf Hussain leader of MQM welcomed him and congrats him for joining MQM.

Afridi expressed his happiness of joining MQM with media.Afridi said that MQM is a party of middle class and is spreading throughout the country like light of fire.