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ELBOURNE, Australia---Indian industrialist
Narayanaswami Srinivasan has been elected
chairman of the International Cricket Council
yesterday, declaring he will leave "no stone
unturned" in strengthening a sport tarnished
by recent match fixing revelations. Srinivasan
remains barred by the Indian Supreme Court
from carrying out his duties as president of
the Board of Control for Cricket in India
during an investigation of the Indian Premier
League team headed by his son-in-law.
He has been named among 13 "persons of
interest" investigators wish to question over
possible corruption in the IPL.
The Supreme Court made clear that the
investigation of the Chennai Super Kings
should not affect Srinivasan s candidacy for
the ICC role. His election was confirmed by
the board of the ICC, meeting in Melbourne,
after 52 members of the full council signed
off major changes to the world body s struc-
"It is an honor to be confirmed as the chair-
man of the International Cricket Council,"
Srinivasan said. "I will leave no stone unturned
in trying to strengthen the pillars and foun-
dations of our sport, both on and off the field.
"I want to ensure that cricket retains and
grows its popularity and that the ICC plays
a leading role in this global growth."
Srinivasan said he wants to see more strong
teams in international cricket. "For this to be
achieved, we all need to work hard to develop
local talent in our countries," he said. "Nat-
urally, there will be more support to those
who first show they can help themselves.
"The ICC is a members organization and the
pathway is now there for any member to play
test cricket or in the major ICC events if it
performs well enough over a sustained period
Srinivasan later told a news conference at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground that criticism
of his appointment was "unfair."
"I believe that some of the criticism is unfair
to me and it s not well-founded," he said.
"One must judge me by results.
"It s the first day. I have just been elected.
One has to wait and see as to what is the
effect I have on the ICC before you make that
call," Srinivasan added. "What my image is,
the media has a view. I have not done anything
wrong for which I should feel hesitant to take
this position. Most of the criticism is not
well-founded, as time will tell."
Srinivasan disputed suggestions cricket had
been damaged by recent corruption allega-
"I can t accept that cricket has an image
problem," he said. "There may have been
some instances. Rare instances, few and far
between." The structural changes approved
Thursday flow from a board resolution taking
on Feb. 8 and finalized on April 10 which see
virtual control of world cricket handed to
India, England and Australia.
An executive committee will be formed,
reporting to the ICC board, and will initially
be headed by Cricket Australia chairman Wally
Edwards. Giles Clarke of the England and
Wales Cricket Board will continue to head
the Finance and Commercial Affairs Com-
mittee. Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh was
elected as the 11th president of the ICC.
"This is a memorable and historic day for
Bangladesh cricket," Kamal said. "On this day
14 years ago, Bangladesh became the 10th
test playing country. "Today, a Bangladeshi
becomes the 11th president of the International
"In Mr Srinivasan and (chief executive)
David Richardson, I have absolute trust and
confidence that we have a combination that
will not only strengthen our sport, but will
also take this great organization to a new level."
Srinivasan elected ICC chairman
DALLAS---The Mavericks and
New York Knicks agreed on
Wednesday to a six-player trade
that returns center Tyson Chan-
dler to Dallas three years after he
helped win a championship only
to leave right away in free agency.
The Mavericks sent guards Jose
Calderon, Shane Larkin and Wayne
Ellington and center Samuel
Dalembert to the Knicks for Chan-
dler and point guard Raymond Fel-
The Knicks also get both of Dal-
las draft picks last night, a pair of
second-round selections at Nos.
34 and 51. New York didn t have
a draft pick before the first major
personnel move since Phil Jackson
took over as team president.
"The journey to build this team
for the upcoming season and
beyond continues," Jackson said.
"We have added players with this
move that will fit right in to our
system while maintaining future
New York is hoping to keep
Carmelo Anthony despite the star
forward planning to opt out of his
contract and become a free agent
on July 1. The Mavericks are report-
edly on a short list of new desti-
nations Anthony will also consid-
er.Chandler was the emotional cat-
alyst for the Dirk Nowitzki-led
Mavericks when they beat the
Miami Heat in six games to win
the franchise s first title in 2011.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
made the much-debated decision
not to offer him a long-term con-
tract because of concerns over how
the new labor deal would keep Dal-
las from making other moves.
Chandler, who had a history of
injuries, turned down a one-year
deal worth about $20 million for
the security of a four-year, $55 mil-
lion contract with the Knicks.
The 31-year-old Chandler is
going into the final season of that
deal at $14.5 million, and Felton
has one year at $3.8 million with
a player option for another season
in the same range.
Calderon just finished the first
season of a four-year, $28 million
contract with the Mavericks, who
also signed Monta Ellis to a mul-
tiyear deal last summer. It was the
first time Dallas had committed to
any player beyond one year since
Nowitzki signed his most recent
extension in 2010.
Nowitzki will join Anthony in
free agency, but he is expected to
re-sign with the Mavericks.
The Knicks are getting one of
the best 3-pointer shooters and a
steady hand at the point in
Calderon, but he sometimes sat
late in close games because he was
a defensive liability. He averaged
11.4 points and shot 45 percent
from 3-point range last season.
Felton is coming off a trouble-
plagued season that included his
arrest in February in a felony gun
possession case. He was expected
to plead guilty in exchange for com-
munity service and a $5,000 fine.
Felton, who turns 30 on Thurs-
day, averaged a career-low 9.7
points and saw a significant drop
in his shooting percentage last sea-
Dalembert had an up-and-down
season in the first year of a two-
year deal with Dallas, while Larkin
and Ellington were used sparing-
ly.Larkin, the son of Hall of Fame
shortstop Barry Larkin and a first-
round pick a year ago, saw his play-
ing time drop dramatically when
Devin Harris returned from toe
surgery at midseason.
Harris is a free agent and wants
to return to Dallas, but he would
like the three-year contract he and
the Mavericks agreed to last year
before the toe injury scuttled the
deal. He settled for a one-year con-
Dallas gets Chandler back in 6-player deal with NY
Narayanaswami Srinivasan has been elected
In this March 21, 2014, photo, New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler gestures
during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in
Philadelphia. AP PHOTOS
In this April 26, 2014, photo, Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Calderon drives
during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff
series against the San Antonio Spurs in Dallas.
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