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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spot-fixing Controversy

PCB revokes suspended trio's central contracts

The pak trio Salman Butt,Mohammad Amir,Mohammad Asif ,have brought Pakistan in the spotlight again but this time for the all the bad reasons.
They are being investigated for their involvement in spot-fixing during the tour of England in 2010.
Butt and Amir had made an appeal against their indefinite suspensions which had been rejected by the ICC last week.
According to the PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi their contracts were suspended as none of the three players were not eligible to play for their country now and adding to his comments he also said that they only give contracts to players who can play for Pakistan. Until their cases are decided, they can't get any benefits from the board in terms of contracts.
The board was paying a handsome amount of money of around $2916 each month to each of them as they were the top grade players of their country and as of now as the board has revoked their contracts so they are no longer paying the trio their salaries. 
Butt,Asif and Amir will be appearing before an anti-corruption tribunal hat will look into the actual charges and give a verdict on whether they are innocent or guilty.
Under the ICC code of conduct, will decide the fate of the players till 2nd December, wheather they will be proved innocent or the suspension will prevail.
Again and again Pakistan Cricketers are not getting into the limelight more about their game in the ground but are under threat because of their off-ground activities.
These allegations not only have spoiled the game but the spirit in which it should be played. Strict actions have been taken in these cases and the management is trying to take all these things in control so that no more such bad thing happens in near future.
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1st Test: India v New Zealand at Ahmedabad

Day 1: The Day purely belonged to India with Sehwag and Dravid giving them a perfect start as they might have expected.
They both proved to be a torment for the New Zealand squad who were already aware of the challenges they will be facing with the Indian team at their home.
Sehwag continued his task of demolishing the New Zealand bowlers by smashing the bowlers all over the park, while Dravid on the other hand played a cautious innings to get to his half century first and he showed signs of regaining his form by hitting the ball with some perfect bit of timing.
Dhoni was thrilled to win the toss and expected the started that they have been provided by both the centurians.
While Sehwag made a blistering 173 of 199 deliveries before he got off to Vetori attempting a lazy inside-out shot which ended up his innings but as Sehwag was slacking Dravid was regaining his form and made a contribution of 104 off 227 balls and was bowled by Chris Martin in a similar fashion of bottom edging a cut.
The Duo had already put up a 227 run stand which had put India in command of the game.
While from New Zealands point of view it was not quite a happy day as the spinners failed to extract a lot out of the pitch and pacers not being able to beat the batsmen much on the slow pitch.
Looking at their bowling strength it will be quite interesting to see if the opponents will be able to get the 20 wickets of the hosts with the firepower they have in their squad.
They will have a lot to ponder about after the first day and need to plan out their game in the right way from here.
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