October 13th, 2006

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Bangladesh, Zimbabwe see life in dead match

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said on Thursday his team had pride at stake against Zimbabwe in an insignificant Champions Trophy qualifying match here.

“We need to win this game and get our pride back,” Bashar said ahead of Friday’s (today’s) match. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe both have been knocked out of the main tournament after suffering two defeats in as many games against Sri Lanka and the defending champions West Indies.

“We came into this tournament to do a lot better and we want to win at least one game,” said the Bangladesh captain, whose team lost by 37 runs against Sri Lanka and by 10 wickets against the West Indies.

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Gibbs cannot be charged under IPC

Six years after Delhi Police prised open the can of match fixing on the basis of tapped telephone transcripts, it will realise that no case can be made out against South African Herschelle Gibbs when they question him today.

His legal representative Peter Whelon will accompany Gibbs. He may have to go through the motions of being asked perfunctory questions over the 2000 match-fixing scandal, but legally no charges can be brought against him.

Gibbs is one of the accused in the FIR (No 111) registered in April 2000 under charges of cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy along with the late Hansie Cronje, Nicky Boje, Pieter Strydom and Henry Williams.

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Under-threat Pakistan have faith

Pakistani cricket officials are concerned over threats by the Hindu militant group Shiv Sena ahead of their team’s opening game in the ICC Champions Trophy in Jaipur next week but say that they have faith in the security arrangements made for the tournament by Indian authorities.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official on Wednesday admitted that threats issued by Shiv Sena against the Pakistan team in recent days have caused concern back home and the Board is constantly monitoring the situation.

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Katich ready to increase batting pace

simonSimon Katich is prepared to lift his strike-rate as he attempts to shake off a string of contenders for his opening batting place.

Katich again came under scrutiny in the warm-up series in Malaysia, but he retained his place in the squad for the Champions Trophy, where Shane Watson looms as another rival.

During the Kuala Lumpur tournament part of Katich’s role was to avoid losing early wickets, including in the final when he made 25 from 66 balls, and he knows the job description will change in India over the next couple of weeks.

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