May 12th, 2006

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Leipus to assess Sachin fitness

Sachin Tendulkar today started practising with cricket ball at nets and will have his fitness assessed on May 20 with former India team physio Andrew Leipus assisting him in the final stage of his recovery, the Board said

Sachin Tendulkar started practising with cricket ball at nets and will have his fitness assessed on May 20 with former India team physio Andrew Leipus assisting him in the final stage of his recovery, the Board said.

Board secretary Niranjan Shah said since physio John Gloster will be leaving with the one-day squad to the West Indies Friday, Tendulkar’s fitness would be monitored by Leipus.

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Sehwag suppressed by BCCI

Sehwag Indian vice-captain Virender Sehwag was pulled up by cricket chiefs for praising ex-captain Sourav Ganguly and raising concerns about player burnout.

Indian cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah, however, denied media reports that he had warned Sehwag to shut up or be ready to be thrown out of the team.

“It’s not as sensational as it’s being made out to be,” Shah told on Wednesday. “Sehwag called me yesterday to seek permission to take his wife on the West Indies tour and I agreed. I also told him not to speak to the media on selection and policy matters. It was not a warning, just our advice to him. There is no question of taking action against Sehwag. The matter is closed,” he added.

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FTP provides foundation for balanced schedule: ICC

Officials at the International Cricket Council (ICC) called for a ‘responsible’ reaction to the launch of their new six-year Future Tours Programme (FTP) unveiled on Tuesday on its official website.

Responding to concerns about player burn out from an excessive amount of international matches the ICC said the FTP, which was unanimously approved by its executive board at its March meeting in Dubai, “provides the foundation for a balanced schedule of international cricket for ICC Full Members”.

The ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed added: “The drafting of the new FTP was an incredibly complex process involving two years of analysis and 10 drafts”.

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Langer may retire after Ashes

LangerAustralian opener Justin Langer has given his strongest indication yet he may retire from cricket after the Ashes, telling a Sydney newspaper he “can’t see what the future holds” beyond the series.

Langer, 35, said he considered leaving the game after suffering a heavy concussion from a Makhaya Ntini bouncer during the recent South Africa tour. But the team veteran said he was determined to play in the coming Ashes series against England after Australia lost the coveted trophy to Michael Vaughan’s side last year.

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Shaharyar plays down Abu Dhabi indiscipline incident

The news conference of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman held at the National Stadium here on Wednesday provided an interesting insight into how senior officials in the Board are approaching and handling the issue of four members of the Pakistan A team in Abu Dhabi indulging in indiscipline during the recently held Eurasia Cup.

When asked about the incident involving captain Hasan Raza, Misbah-ul-Haq, Taufeeq Umar and Zulqarnain Haider when they spent a night in Dubai without the permission of the team management and three of them ended up for a day in a police lock-up due to their indiscretions, Chairman Shaharyar Khan tried to play down the issue insisting it was not a serious issue.

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Trescothick glad to be back with ton

TrescothickMarcus Trescothick wants to put the controversy of his early return from the tour of India behind him after marking his comeback to international cricket with a century on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s here on Thursday.

The left-handed opener’s 106 was the centrepiece of England’s total of 318 for three at stumps. Having missed the 1-1 drawn Test campaign in India for what the England management said at the time were ‘personal’ and ‘family’ reasons, Trescothick found himself the subject of unwelcome attention when he gave a television interview stating that a virus had forced him to come home.

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Batsmen of England to feel the heat as Cooley begins work

England’s bowlers won’t have problems repeating their Ashes success in this year’s series in Australia, bowling guru Troy Cooley said on Monday.

But Cooley, who has begun work as Australia’s fast bowling coach after three years developing England’s pacemen, said it might be a different story for England’s batsmen in the Ashes series, getting underway in November.

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How Iqbal got his SG Test ball

Akshay Gaikwad lost his father, a sepoy with the Mahar Regiment, to an insurgency attack in Nagaland, just a week after his first birthday on July 21, 1995. It’s nearly 11 years now, Akshay does not remember his father’s face but wants to fight for India, on the cricket pitch.

Till a few years ago, deep inside Maharashtra’s Satara district, Gaikwad Jr’s dream would have remained just that. Today, nobody can dare dismiss it. Not after Irfan Pathan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Munaf Patel … Vadodara, Ranchi, Ghaziabad, Bharuch.

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Michael Vaughan needs more time for comeback

Michael Vaughan England cricket team’s captain Michael Vaughan will have to wait a while longer before making his comeback from injury. Vaughan has not played since being forced home from the tour of India in February by a persistent knee problem. But there had been reports suggesting that having resumed training with Yorkshire, he would play in the County Championship clash with Kent at Canterbury starting on Wednesday.

“Not so,” said Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket David Byas. “Michael won’t be playing. There has been talk of him coming back this week but that’s absolute eye-wash,” Byas said. “Quite when he’s going to be back, I’m not sure - I can only say he’s making progress.”

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