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WELLINGTON---New Zealand lawmakers have
unanimously passed a bill which will give police
increased powers to tackle match-fixing ahead
of next year s Cricket World Cup.
The bill passed this week will become law before
the World Cup in February and March and ahead
of football s under-20 World Cup in New Zealand
in May and June and makes match fixing a criminal
offence in New Zealand for the first time. Offenders
face terms of up to seven years in prison.
Sports minister Jonathan Coleman welcomed
the passing of the bill and said "match-fixing is
a growing problem internationally and it is the
number one threat to the integrity, value and
growth of sport. In New Zealand we are not
immune to this growing threat."
The bill, which makes match fixing a form of
criminal deception, will become law by December
15, after receiving the "royal assent" of New
Zealand s governor general.
Opposition lawmakers expressed some concerns
that the bill had been "drafted in haste" because
of the proximity of the Cricket World Cup. In its
original form, the bill outlawed match fixing "oth-
erwise than for tactical or strategic sporting rea-
sons" but that clause was removed in a later
The clause was intended to recognise the pos-
sibility a team might deliberately lose a match to
gain an advantageous draw in the later rounds of
a tournament. Lawmakers warned it might provide
a wider defence for all match fixers.
Coleman said the Cricket World Cup was at
the forefront of the government s mind as the bill
was passed, saying "we certainly don t want it
marred by the spectre of match-fixing."
ADELAIDE---Varun Aaron took four wickets as
India held a Cricket Australia Invitational XI to
243 runs yesterday s opening day of a two-day
match in preparation for the first Test against
In reply at stumps yesterday, India was 99-2,
with opener Murali Vijay 39 not out and Virat
Kohli with an unbeaten 30.
The 25-year-old Aaron has played only three
tests due to a number of injuries, but Thursday s
performance could see him start when the first
test begins at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
The right-arm paceman was the leading wick-
et-taker when the two sides met in a two-day
match at the same Glenelg Oval in suburban Ade-
laide last week.
Aaron dismissed opener and captain Ashton
Turner for a duck in the second over when Turner
dragged the ball onto his stumps. Tasmania opener
Jordan Silk and Alex Keath put on a stand of 71
runs after the hosts collapsed to 3-34.
Aaron returned to break the partnership, with
Silk out edging for 58. Aaron finished with figures
of 4-41 from 14.3 overs.
Mohammed Shami struck twice with the new
ball, removing Ryan Carters and Matthew Short
in his six-over spell.
India s tour game at the Adelaide Oval last week
was cancelled after Phillip Hughes death while
playing for South Australia. Cricket Australia wanted
to give the visitors a replacement match before the
rescheduled four-Test series starts in Adelaide.
rounder Yuvraj Singh
was among five
prominent India play-
ers from the 2011
squad who were not
in a preliminary list of
30 yesterday for the
Virender Sehwag, left-
Harbhajan Singh, and
pace bowler Zaheer
Khan were the others
missing from the squad
for India s title defence
in Australia and New
Zealand in February.
Yuvraj, who won
match awards in the
last World Cup, scoring
362 runs and grabbing
15 wickets, last played
for India in the World
Bangladesh this year.
He underwent treat-
ment for a golf ball-
sized tumor near his
lungs in early 2012. He
came back, but for the
latest squad, the
national selectors pre-
ferred left-handed all-
Jadeja and Axar Patel.
COLOMBO---England captain Alastair
Cook received a one-match suspension
for a slow over rate in his team s third one-
day international against Sri Lanka.
He was also fined 20 per cent of his match
fee yesterday, a day after England won the
match by five wickets.
The suspension from International Cricket
Council match referee David Boon means
Cook will miss the fourth match in the
seven-match series on Sunday in Colom-
bo.The penalties were imposed because Cook
was guilty of the offense for a second time
within 12 months.
In the post-match interview after the
match in Hambantota on Wednesday, Cook
said he expected leniency considering the
size of the ground, and the time it took for
players to enter the playing area.
ADELAIDE---Shaun Marsh has been called into
Australia s squad for the first Test against India as
cover for injured captain Michael Clarke, while
coach Darren Lehmann says there will be no pres-
sure placed on his players to take to the pitch fol-
lowing the death of Phillip Hughes.
Marsh will join the 12-man squad in Adelaide,
where the rescheduled four-Test series starts next
Tuesday. Clarke has experienced recent hamstring
and back issues.
The Australian team is regrouping after Wednes-
day s funeral for Hughes, who died last Thursday
after being hit by a delivery two days earlier in a
domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Hughes and Marsh had been the leading candidates
to replace Clarke when the captain suffered the latest
recurrence of his chronic back and hamstring prob-
lem, ruling him out of the first test as originally
The delayed start to the series due to Hughes
death had bought Clarke extra time to overcome the
injury, but he remains in doubt.
Clarke did not fly to Adelaide aboard a charter
flight yesterday with the rest of the team from Coffs
Harbour, New South Wales, near where Hughes
funeral was held.
He was also not immediately scheduled to give
any media conferences in Adelaide, adding spec-
ulation that he may not play the opener.
Some of the Australian players may also withdraw
from the Adelaide Test as they continue to recover
emotionally from Hughes death, and Lehmann
stressed Thursday that they wouldn t be forced to
"We hope the boys can find the inner strength to
play the game in the way Phillip would have wanted
in Adelaide next week and that they can honor what
he had done," Lehmann wrote in The Australian
"We want to hold his values close to our heart
and that means playing cricket the way he did, with
a love of the game and a smile. It s going to be hard
and if somebody is struggling Michael and I under-
stand. There is no pressure on them. We will look
after them and we will help them get back to the
place where they can play." (ESPNCricinfo)
Marsh called into
Test side as
cover for Clarke
Michael Clarke has extra time to overcome injury, but remains in doubt for first Test.
Cook suspended for slow over rate
NZ law makes
Aaron takes four
wickets for India
in tour match
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit
Sharma, Murali Vijay,
Ajinkya Rahane, Robin
Uthappa, Virat Kohli,
Suresh Raina, Ambati
Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav,
Manoj Tiwary, Manish
Pandey, Mahendra Singh
Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha,
Parvez Rasool, Karn
Sharma, Amit Mishra,
Ravindra Jadeja, Axar
Patel, Ishant Sharma,
Umesh Yadav, Varun
Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni,
Stuart Binny, Mohit
Sharma, Ashoke Dinda,
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