Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 4th 2013 Contents Jagmohan Dalmiya, the for-
mer BCCI president who will
carry out the day-to-day
administration of the Indian
board following N Srinivasan s
decision to step aside temporar-
ily while the investigation into
corruption in the IPL is on, has
said he is keen to restore Indian
cricket s "good name", but did
not promise "instant results".
Speaking a day after his
appointment as temporary BCCI
head, Dalmiya said he did not
have "any medicine [with which]
you get an instant result. We
don t have any such kind of a
magic. We will try our best ...
[to see that] the good name of
cricket is retained."
Dalmiya remained noncom-
mittal on whether he will rep-
resent India at the ICC while at
the BCCI s helm. "I may or may
not represent BCCI at ICC, no
decision has been taken yet," he
said. "I am entitled, it is my
He confirmed that Sanjay Jag-
dale, who tendered his resigna-
tion as BCCI secretary on Friday
in wake of the scandal, will not
return to his post. However, Ajay
Shirke, who stepped down as
board treasurer, had still not con-
firmed his exit, Dalmiya said:
"As far as Jagdale is concerned,
he has told us that he does not
want to continue as secretary.
But we have not been able to
communicate with Shirke so far.
We are hoping that we would be
able to get a reply [on whether
he has reconsidered his decision]
from him by tomorrow (today).
We will wait till tomorrow
BCCI aside, Dalmiya has
headed the ICC previously, and
is widely credited to be one of
the chief architects who laid the
foundation for Indian cricket to
become the financial powerhouse
it is. This time though, 73-year-
old Dalmiya said he would not
be looking to call the shots for
too long. "I will be happy if I
can serve cricket. That is enough
for me. I don t have any wishful
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There were enough Pakistan supporters at The
Oval to give the impression that this warm-up ahead
of the Champions Trophy mattered, but in essence
it was pointless, not just in terms of the group stages
but also in the general scheme of things.
Pakistan will claim a psychological advantage after
breezing to a six-wicket victory against South Africa
with more than four overs to spare, and their supporters
celebrated a well-drilled victory with their usual enthu-
siasm, but it will not much matter in the morning.
These sides meet again at Edgbaston in a floodlit
affair in Group B in a week s time, but if Pakistan s
comprehensive victory will ensure they will go into
the match with their confidence high, it will all count
for little the moment the real match begins.
AB de Villiers not surprisingly took such a view.
With South Africa so comprehensively beaten, he
would have been a fool not to. "It s not about the
result, it s about what you get out of it. I am sure each
guy will stand up when the time is right. I think Pak-
istan s loss in South Africa will have affected them
more than us today. That was a competitive series;
this was just a warm-up game."
Of more concern to South Africa will be the state
of Dale Steyn s back. Steyn departed at the end of the
fifth over, clutching his side, but it could have just
been that he does not like warm-ups, especially a
warm-up which included his loss of a bouncer battle
with Nasir Jamshed, who got two in three balls, top-
edged the first one and then hooked the second over
fine leg for six.
Steyn departed at the end of his fifth over, holding
his side, an injury that was played down by South
Africa as a bit of a stiff back. "It s a bit stiff and sore---
we will reassess it in the morning," de Villiers said.
It is an odd thing that the top eight teams in the
world are in England for the Champions Trophy and
that some of them are practicing against each other
a few days before the off, but not in any sort of mean-
ingful way, in the nonsensical "15-a-side, bat and field
11" hybrid that is gradually gaining currency as a way
to provide decent practice, while quietly undermining
the game in the process.
Pakistan rested arguably their two most threatening
bowlers, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Irfan and took
a look at the rest of their attack. It was a shrewder
move than playing all 15 and they were not complaining
when they made good use of helpful bowling conditions
and reduced South Africa to 83 for 7 after 22 overs.
But South Africa did field 15 and, when that happens,
the best XI almost invariably get to bat. With JP
Duminy coming in at No 8 and Ryan McLaren one
place lower, their position was in essence stronger
than it appeared. The eighth wicket added 94 in 23
overs and South Africa escaped to the sort of score
that gave Pakistan some decent batting practice.
That did not scrub out Pakistan s good memories
in the field. Hashim Amla lasted only two balls before
Junaid Khan had him lbw. Colin Ingram took a single
to Misbah-ul-Haq which was presumably based on
the Always Run To The Oldest Player In The Tour-
nament theory, only to find that his stumps were
thrown down at the non-striker s end.
Pakistan 207 for 4 (Farhat 56, Hafeez 54 retired) vs
South Africa 202 for 9 (McLaren 55, Duminy 43,
Wahab 3-30, Asad 3-30). Pakistan won by six wickets.
Dalmiya: No instant cure for Indian cricket
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