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ISLAMABAD---Returning to England for the
Champions Trophy will be "very sensitive" for
the Pakistan s players following the spot-fixing
scandal three years ago, team manager Naveed
Akram Cheema said yesterday, urging his squad
to just focus on the eight-team competition.
Cheema took over as manager in 2010, soon
after three Pakistan players were charged of spot-
fixing in a Test match during Pakistan s last tour
Later fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Moham-
mad Amir and then-captain Salman Butt were
banned for long periods. Last month Asif and Butt
lost their appeals at the Court of Arbitration for
Sports in Lausanne.
"The tour is very sensitive in a sense there could
be lot of people who could have vested interests
and try to malign us or let us down," Cheema told
reporters in the eastern city of Lahore.
Pakistan is scheduled to leave for Scotland late
yesterday to play two one-day internationals. The
team then travels to Dublin for two ODIs against
Ireland before the Champions Trophy from June
Pakistan is placed in Group B along with West
Indies, South Africa and India. Group A comprises
defending champion Australia, England, New
Zealand and Sri Lanka.
During its last tour of England the three Pakistani
players conspired with businessman Mazhar Majeed
to ensure players bowled deliberate no-balls at
pre-arranged times during the Test match at Lord s.
Soon after the tour, security manager Khawaja
Najam resigned and later recorded his statement
regarding three players involvement in spot-fixing
with the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in Doha.
However, this time the Pakistan Cricket Board
has taken extra precautionary measures by sending
a vigilance officer along with a security manag-
"The players were psychologically motivated,"
Cheema said. "They were told what they not have
to do and how to carry themselves."
Since Cheema took over, there have hardly been
any off-field controversies with the Pakistan team.
Pakistan selectors have axed experienced Younis
Khan and allrounder Shahid Afridi for the Cham-
pions Trophy and coach Dav Whatmore said he
had enough resources to compete in the event.
"We feel we ve got the best 15 what we can pos-
sibly have at this moment of time and in that 15
we feel we ve got enough batting power to give
us the runs to setup total or chase one down,"
Whatmore said. (AP)
Cheema: England tour 'very sensitive'
NEW DELHI---A top Indian
cricket board official denied
yesterday that India would pull
out of the Champions Trophy
if the ICC told its ethics com-
mittee to look into the contro-
versial selection of Laxman
Sivaramakrishnan to its cricket
Rajiv Shukla, who is vice
president of Board of Control
for Cricket in India, discounted
the rumours saying, "India will
take part in the Champions Tro-
Former Indian Premier
League chairman Lalit Modi had
tweeted yesterday that "Twitter
is buzzing with bcci threatening
to pull out of champions trophy.
If ICC were to refer Tim May
complaint to ethics commit-
May on the cricket committee
after the captains of ten Test
playing countries voted twice.
Last week the ICC said it had
received a written request from
the Federation of International
Cricketers Association (FICA)
to refer the election process to
its ethics officer and said "this
request is being considered."
The FICA, of which May is
the chief executive, feared that
five countries may have told
their captains to vote for Sivara-
makrishnan---or even ordered
them to change an initial vote
for May---to follow the line of
India. And Modi accused BCCI
president N Srinivasan of
manipulating the voting process
in another tweet.
"This just goes to show what
power hungry Srini will do
destroy cricket for personal gain
or to bury what he does.
Shameful to say the least," Modi
tweeted. "Hope ICC sends a
strongest message back to Bcci.
We will protect the game and
do the inquiry. We will not cow
down to Bcci. Enough is
India denies pulling out
of Champions Trophy
Ross Taylor has unfinished business.
His return to New Zealand colours after
his self-imposed break from the game
after losing the captaincy has not been
easy. Perhaps a series away from home
will give him the chance to finally banish
any hangover and begin the next phase
of his career.
Despite New Zealand s improvements
over the last few months during England s
recent visit, they still need an in-form
Taylor to add ballast to the middle order
and help give their rapidly improving
bowling attack runs to work with on a
regular basis. That s the sort of Taylor
who was on show during his last Test as
captain when he struck 142 and 74 against
Sri Lanka in Colombo.
The runs did not flow during the home
season against England despite his hundred
in the second one-day international sug-
gesting he had turned the corner. In the
three Tests that followed he made 94 runs
in five innings, then after the series gave
a radio interview which made it fairly clear
that there were still difficulties.
"I wouldn t say I m as comfortable as
I would like to be, but I guess that will
improve over time," he said the day after
New Zealand came within a wicket of
"I suppose I didn t really know what
to expect when I came back," he said in
the build-up to the first Test at Lord s.
"T20 is hit-and-miss and I missed out
a few times. In the one-dayers I felt pretty
good and got a hundred but the Test series
didn t go to plan. But it s in my hands to
change that during this series."
Following a short break after the home
season, and despite a lean period with
Pune Warriors at the IPL---a highest score
of 19 in five matches---Taylor is in no
doubt that he retains his drive.
Taylor has played three previous Tests
in England---during the 2008 series--- and
produced a memorable display at Old
Trafford where he struck an unbeaten 154
off 176 balls during which he pulled and
cut England s bowlers to distraction. But
Taylor knows that in order to take advan-
tage of the quick-scoring conditions you
often encounter in England, batsmen have
to put in plenty of early hard work. He
will need to use all his knowledge and
experience after having just one warm-
up innings against England Lions.
Taylor s return to the Test team coin-
cided with a vast improvement in the
output of New Zealand s top order. Hamish
Rutherford and Peter Fulton struck hun-
dreds against England while Kane
Williamson began consolidating his posi-
tion at No 3. The by-product for Taylor
was that he had to get used to waiting
much longer than had often been the case
during his career, and it was not a task
as easy as it may sound. (ESPNcricinfo)
Unfinished business for Taylor
Tim Bresnan has Alastair Cook in
his sights over the next two days at
Lord s as he attempts to secure a recall
for the opening Test against New
Zealand. The England captain could
be in for an uncomfortable time.
Cook briefly netted against James
Anderson and Stuart Broad on Monday
but practice will go up in intensity on
Tuesday with Bresnan keen to show
that he is worth a starting place after
recovering from the elbow problem that
hampered him for much of the previous
"I would not be surprised if the net
rota goes up and I m bowling at him,"
Bresnan said. "I think that is one of the
things Andy Flower likes to do."
He has taken 13 County Champi-
onship wickets at 27.07 for Yorkshire
this season and believes he is back "as
good as ever" after having a piece of
bone removed from his right elbow. But
he is still expected to be the 12th man
when the coin goes up and that is some-
thing he is desperate to change over the
next few days.
"I am not here to carry the drinks,"
he said. "I am here to play the game
and throw my hat in the ring for selec-
tion. I think the next two days will tell
the management and Cooky a lot about
"I probably lost three or four yards
of pace to be honest. I feel I have got
that back. I can sit here and say whatever
but it is just as easy to show everyone.
I can spin a yarn and say it is all brilliant
or I can just get on the park and show
you what my pace is like. I have not
been in front of a speed gun but it feels
Bresnan has actually only missed
England s most recent three Tests having
previously played in Nagpur. But at the
conclusion of that match, where he
went wicketless for the second time in
the India series, he had taken two wick-
ets at 210 in his last four outings dating
back to the start of the South Africa
His last telling contribution with the
red ball---his one-day form had not
quite suffered in the same way, with
ten overs proving more manageable---
had been against West Indies, at Trent
Bridge, where he took the Man-of-the-
Match award for eight wickets. At that
point in his career he had 52 wickets at
25.46 and his 13 Tests had all been Eng-
But for him to plot a route back into
the team for the first match of the season
he will need to get past Steven Finn,
who took six wickets in his last outing,
although those figures flattered him.
Finn has not been at his best for Mid-
dlesex this season with seven wickets
at 39.57 in three matches, which is one
more appearance than either Broad or
Anderson after the ECB made Finn
available against Warwickshire.
Mushfiqur Rahim has said
he regrets his hasty resignation
from the Bangladesh captain-
cy, although he is effectively
out of the job until the BCB
decides whether to reappoint
After the third ODI on May
8, which Bangladesh lost,
Mushfiqur told his team-mates
and announced to the media
that he would quit after the
Zimbabwe tour. But following
Sunday s 34-run win over the
home side in Bulawayo, Mush-
fiqur admitted that it was a
mistake on his part to have
announced his resignation with
two matches still remaining in
the tour. He has also denied
that he quit because he felt there
was a lack of teamwork, as
widely reported in Bangladesh.
"After resigning I have
realised that I should have dis-
cussed the matter with the BCB,
who have made me the captain,"
Mushfiqur said. "It was my
mistake. People from the BCB
have told me that we will hold
discussions when I am back. I
have let them know my deci-
sion, now it s for them to
Bangladesh lost the first Test
by 335 runs, their biggest defeat
to Zimbabwe by margin of runs,
and later lost the ODI series
after taking a 1--0 lead. The win
in the second T20 helped them
draw the series. Overall they
lost four games and won three
across the three formats, which
wasn t the result they would
have expected coming to Zim-
babwe four weeks ago.
Bangladesh s next interna-
tional assignment is in October
but the BCB is likely to hold
talks with Mushfiqur soon to
resolve the controversy sur-
rounding his swift resignation
and even swifter repentance.
Resignation a 'mistake'---Mushfiqur
Ross Taylor...has only
had one innings in
England ahead of the
first Test at Lord's.
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