Dec 142017
Fixing claims rock Ashes series, ICC begins probe

PERTH, Australia: Cricket chiefs voiced “grave concern” but said there was no evidence the third Ashes Test between Australia and England starting Thursday has been corrupted after a match-fixing bombshell rocked the series.British newspaper The Sun alleged two bookmakers, including an Indian “Mr Big”, had offered to sell it details of rigged periods of play in the Test in Perth which could be bet on to win huge sums.One of them claimed to have worked on the scam with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder. They said they liaised with a fixer in Australian cricket known as “The Silent Man”.No Australia or England players were named as being involved.The tabloid said their undercover reporters were asked for up to A£140,000 ($187,000, 158,000 euros) to “spot fix” markets such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over.“Before match. I will tell you this over, this runs and then you have to put all the bets on that over,” one of the bookmakers was quoted as saying.Asked if it was a good source, he said: “Absolutely correct information.”The International Cricket Council said the revelations were of “grave concern” and an investigation had been launched, but it did not believe the match, where England are battling to avoid going 3-0 down in the five-Test series, had been tainted.“From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current Test match has been corrupted,” said the [Read More…]

Dec 082017
ICC to examine smog-hit Delhi Test

Play was held up briefly due to the smog in Delhi, India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 2nd day, December 3, 2017/AFPNEW DELHI: Medical experts are to examine whether India was right to hold a Test match against Sri Lanka during hazardous smog in New Delhi, the game´s world governing body said Friday.The controversy will also be discussed at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in February. “The ICC has noted the conditions in which the Delhi Test was played and has already requested the issue is considered by the medical committee for guidance should the situation arise in future,” said an ICC statement.Sri Lankan players wore masks while fielding during the match which ended in a draw on Wednesday. Bowlers from both sides were seen vomiting on the ground.At its peak, concentrations of the smallest and most harmful pollution particles were at 18 times the World Health Organization´s safe limit, according to the US embassy website.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has already said New Delhi could be dropped from hosting internationals during its peak pollution season in November and December. The ICC medical committee can make recommendations to the world body´s executive on “any medical issues affecting international cricket”.It can also “evaluate” medical plans of countries hosting ICC sanctioned events.The ICC statement said that the pollution “is likely to be discussed in February´s ICC meetings”. Click for detailed story

Nov 302017
PCB sends legal notice to ICC over Pak-India cricket series

[embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday sent a legal notice to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee for adjudicating the matter of Indian cricket board not honouring its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan.Following the notice to the ICC, a three-member dispute panel is likely to be formed, with Hon Michael Beloff QC, the chairman of Disputes Resolution Committee in chair, and the other two members to be nominated by claimant (PCB) and defendant (BCCI).The dispute resolution matter will be governed by British law.The PCB is claiming up to $70 million for missed series in 2014 and 2015.In 2014, the PCB and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which the two archrivals were to play eight bilateral series between 2015-2023.The BCCI, however, has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of cricket ties, with the MoU commitment remaining subjected to clearance from the Indian government.Earlier this year, the PCB sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the MoU and said it would initiate legal action against the BCCI for not fulfilling its promise. Click for detailed story

Nov 022017
ICC finds no wrongdoing in Virat Kohli?s use of walkie-talkie

TV screen grab shows Virat Kholi using the walkie-talkie The anti corruption unit of the ICC is satisfied with Indian captain Virat Kohli’s conduct during the first T20I against New Zealand. The Indian skipper was seen using a walkie-talkie to communicate with support staff.A source privy to matter has confirmed to that Kohli had sought prior permission from the ICC’s anti-corruption officer at the venue to use the two-way communication device.“The use of two-way walkie-talkies is allowed for communication between the dugout and the dressing room area by player support personnel,” explained the source.“In this case, Virat Kohli had received advance permission to use the device from the ICC anti-corruption manager at the venue, Mr Bir Singh, for the purposes of communicating with player support personnel in the dressing room,” the source added.The source also confirmed that ICC ACU is satisfied that the two-way walkie-talkie system was being used in accordance with the PMOA Minimum Standards.Earlier, the Indian media suggested that Kohli had violated ICC regulations by using a communication device during a match.Though the use of mobile phones is banned in the dressing room, the support staff have access to walkie-talkies under ICC rules.The rule 4.3.1 of conduct at players and match Official area allows the use of two way handheld devices that uses the dedicated frequency over short distance by players support personnel for the purpose of communication between the dugout and the dressing room for the medical and tactical reasons only, provided that such communication devices are [Read More…]

Oct 232017
ICC consultant meets Sindh CM

KARACHI: Keeping in view the personal interest and assurance of Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) security consultant Reg Dickason has said that he would give clearance for holding international matches in Karachi. Dickason, along with Arshad Khan, GM National stadium, Karachi, and PCB Security Head Col Azam, met Murad here at the CM House on Monday. The meeting was also attended by DG Rangers Maj Gen Mohammad Saeed, IG Police AD Khwaja, Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Parvez, and Special Secretary to CM Abdul Raheem Shaikh. The chief minister said that Karachi has been made one of the peaceful cities of the world. The terrorists have been eliminated through a vigorous targeted operation, he claimed. The important roads of the city leading from Airport to hotels and stadium have been reconstructed, he added. “PCB security head has already held a meeting with DG Rangers and IG Police and they both agreed to provide security for the international matches as per ICC standards,” he said. The consultant said that the teams should be given a separate dedicated route right from airport to hotel and hotel to stadium. “I would personally monitor each and every thing — you don’t worry,” said the CM. “Our law enforcement agencies will follow the steps suggested by ICC,” he added. The chief minister said that Karachi being a mega city has the right to host international matches. “You will find an amazing crowd in the stadium and each and every person [Read More…]

Oct 042017
Iran-Funded Center a Lifeline for Jakarta’s Marginalized Shia Minority

JAKARTA, INDONESIA The first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram, is not a very big deal for most Indonesians, outside of New Year’s Day. But every night of Muharram since it started on Sept. 21, hundreds of Shia Muslims have come together at a tile-clad building in South Jakarta to ceremonially mourn the death of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson.They listen to a live or streaming sermon in Bahasa Indonesia or Farsi and pray, often tearfully.The mourning rites of Muharram are an important Shia tradition, but as Indonesia’s Shia minorities face growing intolerance, they have steadily lowered their profile. So this month’s nightly gatherings at the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC), which was built in 2002 with funding from Iran, are among the largest sites of Shia activity in the whole country.Over 99 percent of Indonesian Muslims belong to the Sunni denomination, but that belies Shia cultural influence in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. (Sunni and Shia are the two major Muslim denominations, which diverged early in Islamic history over a debate on the rightful successors to the prophet.)Shia Islam may have been the first strain to reach Indonesia, through Arab traders who reached Aceh around the 12th century, and Shia traditions like veneration of the dead and visiting shrines are still observed in pockets across Indonesia, even by Sunnis.But most of Indonesia’s roughly one million Shia are concentrated in the Jakarta metro area, and the ICC is a nexus of their community.Iranian Outpost in IndonesiaICC, clad in blue and white ceramic [Read More…]

Sep 152017
Zaheer Abbas praises ICC role in bringing cricket back to Pakistan

Zaheer Abbas LAHORE: Former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Zaheer Abbas has praised the role of the governing body in resumption of international cricket in Pakistan by sending the World XI to the cricket-starved country.“ICC has done a tremendous job by supplementing the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board in bringing back international cricket and its role will always be remembered in Pakistan cricket history,” he told APP here on Thursday ahead of the third and last T20 international of the Independence Cup series.Zaheer Abbas, a former Pakistan captain and a batting great, said that without the all-out support of the ICC it would not have been possible to arrange the tour of World XI, which has opened the doors of international cricket in Pakistan.“Punjab government and our security agencies also played a paramount role in ensuring this elite cricket event by providing foolproof security to the foreign teams and officials,” he said.“Dark nights of Pakistan cricket are finally over and a new era of cricket has begun in the country which is evident from the immense interest of crowd assembled during the first two T20 matches,” he added. ICC spending more than $1 million on Independence Cup Amount is paid to internationally recognised security firms hired by the PCB for the series, says source “Both (PCB and the ICC) worked hard together in close coordination to address the issue of return of international cricket and similar efforts are needed in future as well to have such international events [Read More…]

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