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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Spot-fixing: ICC hands lengthy bans to Pak trio - REAL STORY

Spot-fixing: ICC hands lengthy bans to Pak trio - REAL STORY

Spot-fixing: ICC hands lengthy bans to Pak trioThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has handed a 10-year ban to former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, while pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have been banned for 7 and 5 years respectively, report said Saturday. The three players at the centre of the spot-fixing allegations that rocked the Lord's Test against England in August 2010 were charged by the Scotland Yard with conspiracy to obtain and accept cash, and conspiracy to cheat. Former captain Salman Butt was banned for 10 years, Asif for seven years while Amir was banned for five years, anti-corruption tribunal head Michael Beloff told a press conference in Doha.

Pakistan spot-fixing trial: Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to learn fate

Senior lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have been considering evidence that the men conspired to defraud bookmakers for several months.
A fourth man, businessman Mazhar Majeed, could also be charged over allegations he accepted £150,000 to fix the actions of players during a Test match against England at Lord's in August last year.
Captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have all been interviewed under caution by Metropolitan Police officers. Majeed was arrested.
Butt, Asif and Amir were provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year. The three players deny the charges brought by the ICC under their anti-corruption code.
A fifth man, player Wahab Riaz, was also interviewed under caution but it is understood prosecutors did not consider bringing charges against him.

The reputation of the sport was engulfed in controversy over claims of corruption after allegations surfaced in the News of the World newspaper.
Majeed is accused of accepting cash to ask players to deliberately bowl no-balls during their tour of England.
A CPS spokesman said a decision on the fate of Butt, Asif, Amir and Majeed will be released at around 11am.
The PCB still claims that it could consider the three players for the World Cup, which starts on Feb 19, provided they get exonerated.
However, former players and fans believe the trio might not be able to return to cricket in the near future.
"I think Butt would get the maximum punishment which could be even a life ban," predicts former Test fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz.
Butt, Pakistan's former Test captain, has dismissed claims he will receive a life ban.
Some reports claim both Butt and Asif could be banned for life while Amir may be handed a five-year suspension.
"I don't believe in what the media is saying," Butt said. "My lawyer (Yasin Patel) terms the case as 50-50, so at the moment I don't want to say much.
"Cricket has been my livelihood, so I want that to carry on and I hope every Pakistani fan prays for me."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hot Spot unlikely to be used in the World Cup

TV screenshot of the Hot Spot system
While the ICC is keen on using the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) at next year's World Cup, the tournament is unlikely to see Hot Spot, the technology most favoured by the players for its accuracy. Contrary to reports, a combination of a shortage of cameras, the high cost of acquiring and using the technology, and the sensitive nature of the equipment, makes it almost impossible for the technology to be in place by February.

"For the World Cup 2011, there is no chance for Hot Spot being available for all 50+ early round matches," Warren Brennan, the owner of BBG Sports, the firm that supplies the technology, told Cricinfo in an email. "At present we only have four Hot Spot cameras, this would limit us to providing Hot Spot for only quarter-final matches onwards.
"This would include two cameras for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the possibility of four cameras for the final in Mumbai. This is something I have discussed with David Richardson from the ICC, but have not had any updates in the past 6 weeks."
According to Brennan, to have had enough cameras for the World Cup, an order for an additional eight to 10 Hot Spot cameras should have been placed in January or February this year. The cameras take four to six months to build and there are only four or five companies in the world that have the know-how to make them.
And each time BBG wants to buy a new one, it has to undergo a security check because the cameras are classified as military equipment. These checks can take up to three months to complete. "We have to go through various processes," Brennan said. "Are they good guys? Can we trust them? Have they sold any cameras to Al-Qaeda? You can't just go into a 7-Eleven and buy one. "
Brennan also said he needs help from the ICC and the boards to bring the cost of the system down. Hot Spot, which uses infra-red imaging technology to determine whether the ball has struck the bat, pad or batsman, currently costs $6,000 per day for a two-camera setup and $10,000 per day for a four-camera setup.
Under the current system, the broadcaster has to bear the cost of using the UDRS but isn't always able to do so. Pakistan, for example, opted not to have the referral system when they played Australia in England because it was unaffordable. "They [the ICC] know that if they want to take the system further, they have to figure out the funding models," Brennan said.
The absence of Hot Spot does not rule out the possibility of UDRS being used in the World Cup. The ICC's minimum requirements for the referral system only include ball tracking technology (Hawk-Eye), super slow-motion cameras and a clean audio feed from the stump microphone. Hot Spot is "desirable", but not a requirement at this point, according to an ICC spokesperson.
But some top players have spoken out in favour of Hot Spot, the most recent being Sachin Tendulkar. After completing his fifth Test double-hundred in the second Test against Sri Lanka, Tendulkar made it clear he prefers Hot Spot over the basic UDRS.
"I am not fully convinced with the referral system (UDRS)," Tendulkar said. "When I was here last time I was not convinced with many decisions. I did not feel comfortable; it was an experiment which I felt. I would rather go with the Hot Spot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the ball. That it is far better system according to me. The Hot Spot is much better."

Inzamam slams delay in naming World Cup captain

Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq shared a 116-run stand to rescue Pakistan, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Multan, January 27, 2008
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has said the delay in naming the captain of the World Cup squad has led to the creation of factions within the national side.
Currently Misbah-ul-Haq, who has seven half-centuries in his previous seven international innings, is the captain of the Test side while Shahid Afridi has led the limited-over teams over the past year. Under Misbah's charge, Pakistan drew a Test series against South Africa in UAE, in November, before winning the two-Test series in New Zealand. Afridi returned to the helm for the ongoing one-day series, with Misbah as his deputy, and Pakistan were thrashed by nine wickets in the first game, by a New Zealand side that was on a 11-match losing streak.
In the meantime, the selectors finalised their World Cup squad, but did not name the captain, making Pakistan the only team that is yet to identify its leader for the event.
Inzamam said the uncertainty was hurting Pakistan's preparations. "With only three weeks left to the World Cup, Pakistan have no captain and the blame goes to the PCB for creating an impasse which has divided the team into two groups, supporting Afridi and Misbah," Inzamam said. "In this scenario one cannot have high expectations for the team."
Inzamam was in charge of Pakistan during their disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign, which ended with a first-round exit after a loss to Ireland, which was followed by the sudden death of their coach Bob Woolmer.
"The PCB has failed to control the situation and if Pakistan fares badly in the World Cup, people will accuse the players and not the board."
The selection of the Pakistan's 15-man squad without consulting coach Waqar Younis or the captain also came in for criticism from Inzamam. "When a team is without a captain how can a proper strategy be made? The team is playing a one-day series in New Zealand but they do not know who will be their captain in the World Cup which is very damaging."