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This was a landmark day for Hashim
Amla. He doesn t play for the Dolphins
anymore, technically his home ground is
Cape Town now.
However, Kingsmead remains his home
ground in public perception, you just can't
separate the two. Yesterday he finally brought
up his first international hundred at home.
Along the way, when he scored his 59th run,
Amla became the fastest to 4,000 ODI runs,
beating Viv Richards' record by seven innings.
Amla was rather embarrassed about that.
About the general batting, he kept going back
to praising his opening partner Quinton de
Kock, with whom he became only the second
pairing in ODIs to have put up back-to-back
Listening to him, you almost felt like he
had not done anything substantial, and that
it is not him you should be talking about.
"Feel a bit embarrassed to have it because
Sir Viv Richards is certainly the master blaster,
the original great batsman," Amla said of the
record of fastest to 4,000 runs.
"He is more deserving than anyone else.
I have met him on a few occasions, so it
makes even more embarrassing. It would be
befitting if he was ahead." By this point he
was almost giggling, trying to hide, in his
WELLINGTON---Former test allrounder Chris
Cairns has sent a defiant message to the Inter-
national Cricket Council, challenging its anti-
corruption investigators to approach him directly
if his name has been linked to match-fixing.
Cairns was named in media reports this week
as one of three former New Zealand players at the
centre of an investigation into match and spot-
fixing being conducted by the ICC anti-corruption
and security unit.
The Star-Times newspaper published on its front
page on Sunday an article written by Cairns in
which he describes allegations he has been involved
in fixing as "sickening" and says his new career
as a media commentator was "potentially in ruins."
After a newspaper revealed this week that ACSU
members had been in New Zealand over the past
four months investigating the possible involvement
of New Zealanders in match and spot-fixing, the
ICC issued a statement confirming the existence
of an investigation. The statement said the ICC
"has indeed been working closely over the past
few months with its colleagues in the domestic
anti-corruption units of member boards to inves-
tigate these and related matters."
Former test opening batsman Lou Vincent imme-
diately issued a statement saying he was one of
the players under investigation and said he was
co-operating fully with the ACSU.
Cairns later said he was shocked to find he had
been named and said he had not been contacted
by ACSU investigators or notified of any inquiry.
In his article on Sunday, Cairns said "no-one from
the International Cricket Council or New Zealand
Cricket has approached me about this investiga-
"My position is that I have always said and con-
tinue to say that I will fully co-operate with all
inquiries and that if it is alleged against me that
I have match-fixed, this is wholly, completely and
totally untrue, accepting of course that if allegations
are made they must be fully and properly inves-
Cairns said he was subject to "trial by media
"Of course I want this garbage to stop and stop
quickly," he said. "But I never hid on the cricket
field and I'm not hiding now. I'm proud of my rep-
utation and proud of my family name. My accusers
know my name even if I don't know theirs.
"My name is Chris Cairns, former Black Cap
and proud holder of the New Zealand Order of
Merit. Hello International Cricket Council. I am
not a cheat and you know where to find me."
SHARJAH---Captain Mohammad Hafeez returned
to form with an unbeaten 42 and guided Pakistan
to a six-wicket victory against Afghanistan in a
Twenty20 international yesterday with one ball
Hafeez, who had been struggling for runs in the
last two series against South Africa, hit two fours
and a six but Afghanistan took the game almost to
the very end before Pakistan scored 138-4 when
medium fast bowler Dawlat Zadran delivered a no-
Najibullah Zadran top scored with 38 and Mirwais
Ashraf was undefeated on 28 off 22 balls as
Afghanistan earlier posted 137-8 after captain Moham-
mad Nabi won the toss and elected to bat in his
country's first ever T20 international against Pak-
Left-arm fast bowlers Junaid Khan (3-24) and
Sohail Tanvir (2-11) were the pick of Pakistan bowlers.
Amla 'a bit embarrassed'
by beating Richards to 4,000
Cairns challenges ICC
over fixing claims
Pakistan to T20 win
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