While stating again that the Indian cricketers would sign their player contracts before leaving the West Indies, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah also said it had nothing to do with the support staff. He added that nothing had yet been decided on whether coach Greg Chappell would continue after the World Cup.
“These are separate issues and will be addressed separately. We will decide about Chappell after the World Cup. We have not yet spoken to him and neither has he told us whether he is available after World Cup or not.”
He also said that the team would have no conditioning camp before the World Cup.
“After this series, the players will go home for couple of weeks there and then they will be going to West Indies and get about 15 days to prepare in that country” he said.
ICC turns down Pak plea
KARACHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected a request by the Pakistan Cricket Board to put back the deadline for naming their World Cup squad, a PCB official said on Saturday.
However, due to an increasing number of injury problems, the PCB has filed a second request to delay the naming of their final 15-member squad, which is due to be submitted on February 13 along with all other participating teams.
PCB for pre-WC tests
KARACHI: IGNORING WARNINGS of a medical expert, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to go ahead with its out of competition dope tests for its World Cup-bound squad and set February 16 as the date for the same. Saleem Altaf, PCB Director of Cricket Operations, said that the tests would be conducted in Lahore despite warnings by an anti-doping and sports medicine expert that they could lead to life bans on fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.
Bangladesh snatch exciting win
HARARE: Banking on Aftab Ahmed's 92 and Mushfiqur Rahim's 57, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by one wicket in the fourth ODI at the Harare Sports club. The win helped Bangladesh win the series 3-1.
Zimbabwe 244 for 8 (J Chibhabha 54, C Williams 51, E Chigumbura 77 n.o, M Mortaza 3 for 52) Bangladesh 246 for 9 in 47.2 overs (A Ahmed 92, Mushfiqur Rahim 57, C Mpofu 3for 52)