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Malcolm Speed is also a golf addict!

ICC CEO unwinds from the high pressure job by playing a round or two whenever he finds time.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2006 18:02 IST

International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Malcolm Speed is also a golf addict and unwinds from the high pressure job by playing a round or two whenever he finds time.

Speed says he always carries his golf kit along.

"Since I am a left-hander I can't get the special clubs easily everywhere. That's why I carry these clubs," Speed told IANS on his arrival here for the India-West Indies Champions Trophy match here Thursday.

Speed, an Australian lawyer who sits at the ICC headquarters in Dubai, went to the Delhi Golf Club during his brief stopover in New Delhi the other day and was impressed with the facilities there.

"I played a round of golf there; it's a beautiful club," he said.

Tony Greig meets ex-Sussex mate

Former England and Sussex captain-turned-commentator Tony Greig, here for the Champions Trophy, caught up with a few of the Indian players who played for his home county several years ago.

Greig met former India left-arm bowler Dhiraj Parsana before the start of the India-West Indies game at the Sardar Patel Gujarat (Motera) Stadium here Thursday. The Englishman even interviewed Parsana as he is also the curator of this ground.

Parsana played for Sussex minor side in the county championship after the erstwhile prince of Jamnagar Shatrushaly Singhji sponsored his visit to England. Singhji had also sponsored the trips of former Gujarat off-spinner Uday Joshi and late India batsman Eknath Solkar. Greig is believed to have inquired about Joshi from Parsana.

While Parsana played two Tests for India in late 1970s, Joshi could not because the prime of his career coincided with that of established off-spinners Erapalli Prasanna and S. Venkataraghavan.

Improved media facilities

Media facilities at the Sardar Patel Gujarat (Motera) Stadium have improved since December when it hosted the last big match - a Test against Sri Lanka.

From the uncovered press box in the middle of the public stands - a location that caused a lot of inconvenience to reporters - above the pavilion, it has been shifted to the opposite end of the ground.

The present media box is covered and air-conditioned and can hold as many as 250 journalists - an improvement in terms of capacity over the old facility.

The change has a lot to with the International Cricket Council's stipulations for venues staging Champions Trophy matches and less to do with the initiative of the Gujarat Cricket Association, though the local association has been talking of shifting the press box to its present location for a few years.