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FLORIDA---Police briefly stopped
vehicle and foot traffic in the immediate
area outside the Sony Open tennis
tournament Tuesday night because of
an unattended backpack left near the
main gate. Authorities then found the
bag did not present any safety risk.
Det Roy Rutland of the Miami-Dade
Police Department said personnel
working at the tournament discovered
the bag. Rutland said the department's
bomb squad responded "to mitigate the
potential threat," and traffic was
allowed to resume flowing.
Players on-site at the time were made
aware of the situation.
The investigation was announced
during a match between Williams and
Angelique Kerber, which proceeded as
scheduled. Hundreds of people were
trying to leave the facility after that
match and were stopped at the gate
before being allowed to eventually walk
out of the tennis center.
A men's match between Rafael Nadal
and Fabio Fognini began shortly after
police gave the all-clear. Nadal and
Fognini were warming up when police
announced that the situation had been
Police inspect unattended package outside Sony Open
Shashank Manohar, the former
BCCI president, has called for the
IPL to be suspended "until the faith
of the people in the integrity of the
game is restored". Manohar, who
was succeeded as president by N
Srinivasan, has also called for all
IPL matches to be investigated, and
voiced his concern over the decision
to stage part of the 2014 IPL in the
UAE, which, he says, "will further
tarnish the already murky waters
surrounding the tournament".
"The Supreme Courts observation
is that there are very, very serious
allegations made in the report and
unless the BCCI president steps
down, no fair probe can be conduct-
ed," Manohar said in a statement.
"I had said long back, when the
scandal broke, that all IPL matches
should be investigated. I feel that a
thorough probe needs to be done by
CBI as the canvas of the activities
extends throughout the country.
"In view of the serious allegations,
regarding betting, spot-fixing and
match-fixing, the public at large has
lost it s faith in IPL games.
"Considering the latest develop-
ments in the BCCI, it is my consid-
ered opinion that until the faith of
the people in the integrity of the
game is restored, the IPL tournament
for the year 2014 should be sus-
pended. As regards suspending IPL
2014, the board members should
remind themselves that money/prof-
its is neither the aim nor the objective
of the board. The primary duty is
to promote a clean game of crick-
"Many years back, a conscious
decision was taken by the BCCI to
abstain from matches in the Middle
East in view of certain information
regarding rampant betting and
match-fixing. As far as I know, that
decision has not been revoked. Due
to the upcoming Lok Sabha [India s
lower house of Parliament] elections,
the decision to shift IPL matches to
the Middle East will further tarnish
the already murky waters surround-
ing the tournament. I had already
said earlier that all IPL matches
should first be investigated and only
then can all the erring parties be
punished and the clean-up initiated.
What has been lately revealed could
well be the tip of the iceberg.
"Cricket is the most popular game
in India and enjoys a dedicated view-
ership of millions. This viewership
is what generates income and fuels
BCCI s clout on an international
level. If the faith of the public is not
restored, the BCCI would be failing
the public which has catapulted it
to being the most influential player
on the international scene."
Manohar s statements came a day
after the Supreme Court of India
recommended that Srinivasan quit
his role as BCCI president, as the
first move towards a fair investigation
of the IPL corruption saga.
IS Bindra, another former BCCI
president, also came out strongly
against Srinivasan. "It is a moment
of shame for us to see the game
gaining such disrepute across the
globe for a single man s obsession
with power," Bindra wrote on his
personal Web site. He expressed dis-
pleasure at the BCCI s "top brass"
remaining silent on the scathing
observations made by the two-judge
bench of the Supreme Court on
Like Manohar, Bindra, too, ques-
tioned the scheduling of IPL matches
in Sharjah, a venue he described as
"the hotbed of fixing" and the "epi-
center of nefarious activities" in
cricket. He also agreed with
Manohar s suggestion that the this
season of the IPL need be cancelled.
"With so many doubts and questions
around the tournament s integrity,
the players and officials integrity, it
is better to not have the tournament
this year," Bindra said.
Niranjan Shah, a former BCCI
secretary, said that it was for the
administrators to put the game ahead
of selfish interests. "This is the time
for all the board members to get
united for the sake of Indian cricket.
It is time to try and save the face of
the BCCI before more damage is
done," Shah told ESPNcricinfo.
Another former secretary, who
wished to remain anonymous, said
regardless of the decision Srinivasan
takes, it was important to ensure
that the game remained clean. "It
is again an opportunity for the
BCCI to clean everything," he said.
"Everybody knows the wrong
things that have happened. They
should ensure that nothing like this
Srinivasan is believed to be explor-
ing his legal options before the court
Former BCCI chief
wants IPL suspended
MIRPUR---India has surprised at
the World Twenty20 not only by
its success but in that its being led
by its spinners.
India came to Bangladesh with lit-
tle recent success in one-day inter-
nationals and having played only one
T20 since December 2012.
Yet, only it and Sri Lanka are
unbeaten after winning their first
two games, and India s spinners
rather one of its robust batsmen have
Legspinner Amit Mishra grabbed
2--22 against Pakistan and 2--18
against the West Indies to take both
The track at Sher-e-Bangla Sta-
dium has helped spin, and since the
venue will host all the knockout
matches, captains have a lot of strate-
gising to do in the coming days.
"As far as the bowling is con-
cerned, I am really happy to see how
our spinners are bowling," India cap-
tain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said after
his team s second win. "Yes, there
same time, you have to execute your
plans well, especially in this format."
Mishra, who has three hat-tricks
in the Indian Premier League but has
not enjoyed a long run in interna-
tional cricket, justified Dhoni s deci-
sion to play an extra spinner.
"My captain has been really sup-
portive and been telling me that I
will only do better as the tournament
progresses," Mishra said. "He has
given me the freedom to attack, to
toss the bowl up as I like to do."
India s spinners have so far bagged
12 wickets and the pacemen five,
turning around its perceived weak
bowling attack which has restricted
the opposition to 129 and 130 in its
first two games.
The tournament has also seen a
host of spinners open the bowling
including West Indian leg-spinner
Samuel Badree and Pakistan left-
armer Zulfiqar Babar.
Badree grabbed 4--15 against
Bangladesh on Tuesday while Babar
took 2--26 with the new ball in Pak-
istan s 16-run win over Australia on
Australia opener Aaron Finch said
ahead of tomorrow s match against
the West Indies that playing spin
was a challenge, especially the
prospect of facing someone like
Badree early on.
"Badree has opened the bowling
for them for a few games now," Finch
said. "He is an interesting bowler.
He bowls a great length. He is some-
one who is hard to hit down the
go across the line."
Finch said even the more familiar
spinners on the circuit need to be
watched out for.
"A lot of us have played (West
Indies ) Sunil Narine in the Big Bash
and in the IPL. Having faced him
quite a bit, we are going to have our
plans," Finch added. "He is still a
quality bowler. He spins it both ways.
Anyone who does that is going to
present a challenge."
While spinners have won matches
in the tournament, their lack of suc-
cess has impacted games, too.
When Brad Hogg did not get wick-
ets, Australia lost to Pakistan; when
Saeed Ajmal or Narine did not make
inroads, India won with ease. Ajmal,
Narine still have time and games.
The tournament took a break on
Wednesday, and will resume today
with South Africa-Netherlands, and
Sri Lanka-England. (AP)
Spin vital to India's
early World T20 success
India's bowler Amit Mishra, second right, celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's batsman
Mahela Jayawardena, left, during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup warm up match in Dhaka, Bangladesh on
March 17, 2014. AP PHOTO
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