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Now the traditional Headingley washout
has been concluded, it is time to move on to
the cricket. Four remaining matches in the
NatWest series still give two fresh and exper-
imental squads time to show their true
The sense of anticipation remains, although
too many of the showers forecast for Man-
chester today might put a bit of a damper on
England have expectations that Eoin Morgan
and Ravi Bopara can make the sort of impact
batting at Nos 5 and 6 that will carry them
through to the 2015 World Cup. Confidence
abounds following their hundreds against Ire-
land in Malahide and a partnership of 226,
which was an ODI record for the fifth wicket.
Australia s tour of England has so far includ-
ed a 3-0 Ashes series loss, a Champions Tro-
phy campaign in which they failed to win a
match and only two international victories: a
Twenty20 game against England and an ODI
win over minnows Scotland.
Fifty miles east of Manchester, Yorkshire
will be rueing their ill luck. A third washout
in five one-day internationals was not the
sort of news that Yorkshire need when they
are still wrestling with debts not far short of
Profits of half a million from a capacity
crowd of 17,250 have been washed away, leaving
Yorkshire with no chance to recover the losses
made on an under-budget Test against New
Zealand in May.
One money-saving scheme has been aban-
doned as Yorkshire have concluded that the
floodlights at the defunct Don Valley athletics
stadium are unsuitable.
For England, Ravi Bopara has had a decent
summer. He played with a new maturity in
the Champions Trophy and that century in
Ireland furthered hopes that, at 28, he can yet
have a consistently rewarding England career.
"My plan is to be annoying, just tick along
at that door and hope one day someone comes
along and opens it---and I get my chance,"
said Bopara, revealing his masterplan to get
into the Ashes Test squad. (ESPNcricinfo)
HARARE---Pakistan removed nine Zimbabwe
batsmen on the final morning to convincingly
win the first Test by 221 runs as the host
crumbled to 120 all out at Harare Sports Club
Spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman
had four wickets each to rip the heart out of
Zimbabwe s batting lineup, which came nowhere
near the 342 it needed to win on the final day.
Ajmal had 4-23 and Rehman took 4-36 to
complete the dramatic fightback for Pakistan,
which had surrendered a 78-run first-innings
deficit before completely turning the match
around. Younis Khan s 200 not out was the
game-changing contribution as the tourists
made 419-9 declared in their second innings
to set the Zimbabweans an improbable target.
Zimbabwe lasted just 46.4 overs in its second
innings and lost 9-107 on the last day to slump
to a heavy defeat after holding the upper hand
in the early part of the match following its
first-innings score of 327.
The second and final test is in Harare next
week, before which Zimbabwe s struggling
cricket board hopes to finally end a dispute
with its players and pay them outstanding
wages they are owed.
Seamer Junaid Khan (2-20) claimed yester-
day s first two wickets and Ajmal and Rehman
then made regular inroads after that as Zim-
babwe slid rapidly from 13-1 overnight to 58-
5. Elton Chigumbura top-scored with 28 but
despite his brief resistance, Zimbabwe was
heading rapidly toward a loss.
Wicketkeeper batsman Richmond Mutum-
bami (16 not out) and No 11 Tendai Chatara
(13) shared a last-wicket partnership of 19, the
third highest of the innings, but Pakistan made
use of the extended session to clinch victory
and a 1-0 series lead when Chatara was trapped
lbw for Ajmal s fourth wicket of the innings
and 11th of the match.
Younis won the man of the match award for
his game-changing double century on Friday
which set up Pakistan s come-from-behind
Zimbabwe s players will definitely
play the second Test against Pak-
istan, putting to bed fears of a boy-
cott, their stand-in captain Hamil-
ton Masakadza confirmed
yesterday. It was learned that the
players received some outstanding
payments on Friday, though the
specifics are yet unknown.
The players, through their union,
had been threatening a boycott during
the Pakistan series since it began
three weeks ago because of unpaid
salaries, but have not followed
through with any of their ultimatums
so far. They had initially threatened
to boycott the final ODI of the tour,
but Zimbabwe Cricket s negotiations
with the players bought the board
more time. The deadline for payment
was extended to the eve of the first
Test, and then to September 6.
The second Test beginning on Sep-
tember 10 could also be Zimbabwe s
last of 2013, with Sri Lanka Cricket
saying ZC had sought a postpone-
ment of their bilateral series sched-
uled for October.
ZC held an emergency meeting on
Friday during which a variety of
issues including payments and Sri
Lanka s tour were said to have been
discussed. The deputy managing
director was also said to have had a
meeting with former ZC chief Ozias
Bvute, who holds board positions at
both Air Zimbabwe and Metbank. It
is believed ZC was seeking another
loan. They are already steeped in
debt with the latest figure reflecting
around US$15 million in the red.
The board s staff had not been
paid and ZC had apparently informed
them in an email that they will not
be paid salaries in order to open up
any available funds for the players.
Both players and the staff have out-
standing dues for their July and
While the lack of funds at ZC is
believed to have caused tension, the
mood remains a light one in the lead-
up to the second Test. They will not
train today but will resume prepa-
rations tomorrow. (ESPNcricinfo)
With the Lalit Modi episode set to con-
clude in Chennai on September 25, the
BCCI is likely to initiate disciplinary pro-
ceedings against Inderjit Singh Bindra, the
man who helped Modi make headway into
Bindra, a former BCCI president and ICC
principal advisor, has emerged as Modi s
only supporter as a special general meeting
is set to act upon a disciplinary committee
report and ban the latter from cricket admin-
istration for life. Bindra has opposed the
board s handling of the spot-fixing scandal
in a working committee meeting on June 2
and has been critical of board and its policies
in his blogs and on his Twitter page.
"BCCI is as usual in fixing game... trying
to fix Lalit Modi to cover up exposure of
10,000 crores," Bindra tweeted on Thursday,
attaching a few confidential documents,
including minutes of a few BCCI meetings.
It wasn t the first time that Bindra had
criticised the board and as a result, the BCCI
is contemplating disciplinary action against
him. The first step will obviously be to issue
a show cause notice to him for having "tar-
nished the BCCI s image". However, a BCCI
insider said: "It s unlikely that the action
will be initiated before the AGM."
To add to his criticism---including writing
an open letter in June to ICC Board members
to "disallow Srinivasan from attending any
ICC meeting" until the enquiry against his
son-in-law s alleged involvement in the IPL
spot-fixing scandal was complete---Bindra
publicly endorsed Haroon Lorgat s candi-
dature for the post of Cricket South Africa
While Srinivasan and his top executives
had categorically spelled out their "concerns"
to CSA officials during a meeting in Chennai
in March, Bindra, who doesn t hold a position
in BCCI anymore, went ahead and endorsed
Lorgat, allegedly in a capacity that extended
beyond his position as Punjab Cricket Asso-
"He has supported Lorgat on behalf of
BCCI. It s a serious breach of BCCI rules
and the whole episode has irked everyone
in the BCCI, especially the president," an
While Bindra has clashed with the current
Srinivasan regime, he has been in contro-
versies much before Srinivasan or Modi
entered cricket administration. In 2000,
during the match-fixing scandal, Bindra
claimed, in an interview with CNN, that
Manoj Prabhakar told him it was Kapil Dev
who had offered to bribe him for throwing
The BCCI had issued a show cause notice
to Bindra at the time, but he didn t heed it.
Though he wasn t suspended, the issue was
resolved after the Punjab Cricket Association
assured the BCCI that he would not attend
any board meeting for two years.
BCCI likely to
Suspense up after washout
Pak rips through Zim to win by 221 runs
Pakistan 1st Innings: 249
Zimbabwe 1st Innings: 327
PAKISTAN 2nd Inns
MHafeezcMawoyobChatara . . . . . . . . . . .16
M-ul-Haq c Sibanda b SMasakadza . . . . . . .52
TOTAL: (for 9 wickets declared) 419
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-21, 3-23, 4-139, 5-169,
6-287, 7-309, 8-313, 9-331.
Bowling: Tendai Chatara 33-7-99-2, Tinashe
Panyangara 30-14-42-2 (1w), Prosper Utseya
37.3-5-137-3 (1w), Shingi Masakadza 34-4-
100-1, Hamilton Masakadza 15-5-29-0.
ZIMBABWE 2nd Innings (Target: 342)
HMasakadzacAAlibJunaidKhan . . . . . . . . .1
EChigumburacHafeezbRehman . . . . . . . .28
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-14, 3-19, 4-49, 5-58, 6-
89, 7-90, 8-90, 9-101.
Bowling: Junaid Khan 10-3-20-2 (1nb), Rahat
Ali 7-1-35-0, Saeed Ajmal 16.4-5-23-4, Abdur
To ss : Zimbabwe.
Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz, Sri Lanka, and
Steve Davis, Australia.
TV umpire: Jeremiah Matibiri, Zimbabwe.
Match referee: Javagal Srinath, India.
Second Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test to go ahead on Tuesday
Pakistan players celebrate after beating Zimbabwe by 221 runs on the last day of the first
Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club in Harare, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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