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Yardy honest about depression

THE Sussex captain Michael Yardy has disclosed he has been suffering from depression, a condition that led to his withdrawal from England's World Cup campaign before the quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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There were two interesting aspects to the ECB announcement. Firstly Yardy was referred to as an all-rounder, a description patently wide of the mark, and secondly it was unusual that such detail of his illness was mentioned.

Yardy himself went out of his way to ensure there was no need for speculation, as his depression illness was clearly cited. "Leaving at this stage of a World Cup campaign was a very difficult decision to make, but I felt that it was the only sensible option for me, and I wanted to be honest about the reason behind that decision," he said.

The word 'honest' seemed pointed, and Yardy will avoid becoming the subject of wild rumours that blighted the departure of poor Marcus Trescothick from England's tour of India in 2006. The ECB's decision to wrap the Trescothick news with the mystery of "personal reasons" probably made his mental breakdown worse. His recovery was short-lived and led to a hasty break from the 2007 Ashes tour.

As for Yardy the ECB said that, after close consultation with their medical officers, after it was agreed that he should return home to Sussex immediately to receive the best possible advice and support. The statement added that he had been managing the condition for a "prolonged period of time".

One of the reasons for England's weak performances in the World Cup had been the use of Yardy as a bowler, something he rarely did at county level. His left-arm darts, a useful variation on occasions, fell well short of 'full-time' pedigree, and his batting in the middle order suffered as well. One can only imagine the stress on Yardy, a whole-hearted cricketer with many admirers. He would not regard himself as an all-rounder. The introduction into the side of James Tredwell, the specialist Kent off-spinner, made an immediate impact -- he was man of the match against the West Indies.

Yady said after his return to England: "I would appreciate some privacy over the coming weeks while I spend time with family and close friends ahead of what I hope will be a successful season for Sussex."

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24/03/2011 10:02:23

England must drop jaded Finn

THE difference between the two Ashes sides was never as wide as the chasm suggested by Australia's trouncing at Adelaide. In the Pom euphoria it was forgotten that England's suspect batting had flopped in the opening Test at Brisbane in the crucial first innings.

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The batting failed again in the third Test at Perth, though this time in my view the bowlers let England down. The seam attack could not summon up the inspiration and consistency that Mitchell Johnson and his colleagues showed. And poor Steve Finn endured a nightmare, looking every bit the rookie.

These were near-perfect conditions for pace bowling at Perth, and yet Finn produced figures of 15-1-86-2 and 21-4-97-3 -- simply not good enough. In fact he looked jaded and his form was disastrous -- pitching consistently too short. That is a tough call on a young bowler with great potential, but it has to be said. The more accurate Tim Bresnan would almost certainly have been have been more effective, with the benefit of hindsight.

If England insist on picking only three seam bowlers for the fourth Test at Melbourne, the selectors should replace Finn with Bresnan to ease the pressure on James Anderson and Chris Tremlett. Not surprisingly Adelaide proved not to be the apocalypse that the Aussie media seemed to think. Selection and match strategy at Perth was spot-nn.

Finn appeared in the provisional 30 players announced by England this weekend for the World Cup on the subcontinent. He will not be included in the final reduced squad of 15 names by January 19, and there seems little room for new blood. Samit Patel has been brought back into the reckoning after his humilating exclusion from the one-day squad in 2009 for being 'too fat' -- the ECB used physiology language that avoided the word 'fat'.

The England Lions have eight players on the list in their squad set to tour the West Indies in January, February and March, but one or two at most are likely to make the World Cup. Ravi Bopara would be a choice, though I would regard Chris Woakes as a realistic candidate.

England have been drawn in a group with Bangladesh, India, Ireland, Holland, South Africa and West Indies. They are due to play two warm-up games against Canada and Pakistan before beginning their World Cup campaign in India on February 22 against Holland at Nagpur.

Provisional England World Cup squad

1. Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)

2. James Adams (Hampshire)

3. James Anderson (Lancashire)

4. Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

5. Ravi Bopara (Essex)

6. Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)

7. Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

8. Paul Collingwood (Durham)

9. Alastair Cook (Essex)

10. Steven Davies (Surrey)

11. Jade Dernbach (Surrey)

12. Steven Finn (Middlesex)

13. James Hildreth (Somerset)

14. Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)

15. Michael Lumb (Hampshire)

16. Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)

17. Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)

18. Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)

19. Liam Plunkett (Durham)

20. Matt Prior (Sussex)

21. Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

22. Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)

23. Darren Stevens (Kent)

24. Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

25. James Tredwell (Kent)

26. Chris Tremlett (Surrey)

27. Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

28. Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

29. Luke Wright (Sussex)

30. Michael Yardy (Sussex)

Posted by Charlie Randall
19/12/2010 01:14:25

ICC knock back Pakistan claim

THE ICC have firmly rejected the legal claims initiated last week by the Pakistan Cricket Board concerning the removal of Pakistan as one of the hosts of the World Cup on the subcontinent in 2011. The whole action was beginning to look like some lawyers hoping for opportunist fees.

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The ICC emphasised that their Board had not decided to remove the PCB as a joint host of the event. They wanted matches that had been assigned to the PCB to be played outside Pakistan for security reasons.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: "We are naturally disappointed that the PCB has chosen to pursue its grievance with the ICC through legal channels."

Pakistan, as a venue, was removed from the schedule after the murderous terrorist ambush on the Sri Lanka cricket team and match officials while they travelled to a Test match in Lahore on March 3. Thilan Samaraweera, one of seven Sri Lanka players injured, was shot in the leg and spent two weeks in hospital.

Lorgat, in diplomatic terms, sounded the equivalent of livid when he said: "We hope that the PCB will reflect on this matter, withdraw their spurious claims and, as a responsible Full Member, engage with us in an appropriate manner." He added that the ICC also hoped the PCB realised that by attempting to pursue the matter through legal channels, their action would result in a "diversion of funds and resources better served to ensure a safe, secure and successful tournament in 2011, something that will benefit all our Members, including Pakistan."

Lorgat said: "We used our response to clarify inaccuracies and misunderstandings in the PCB’s claim, including confirmation of the fact that the agenda and the Board papers for the recent ICC Board meetings did very specifically raise the question of whether the ICC CWC 2011 matches assigned to the PCB as joint hosts should be relocated outside of Pakistan."

He added that the ICC pointed out that the ICC Board agreed only that ICC CWC 2011 matches should be moved away from Pakistan, not that the PCB should be removed from their position as a joint host of the event itself.

"The suggestion the ICC Board was not empowered to decide that matches should be moved away from Pakistan and that such a decision was ‘legally flawed’ is also incorrect and without foundation. The ICC Board is the policy-making body for international cricket and has broad powers under its constitution."

Lorgat said that not only was the ICC entitled to make a decision on this matter but they had a responsibility to do so on behalf of all members, something the Board was reminded of at the meeting by Lord Condon, one of the independent expert advisors on security matters.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup is our flagship event. It generates the majority of ICC event income for our great sport and without that income many of those members would struggle to operate or grow the game in the way they are currently able to. Given that fact, we need to deliver a tournament that is safe, secure and, above all, successful and it was on that basis that the decision was taken that matches could not be played in Pakistan."

Posted by Charlie Randall
14/05/2009 18:50:29

Brighter for Bangladesh

THE carve-up of the 2011 ICC World Cup in Pakistan's absence has benefited Bangladesh. They will host an extra two matches, and their eight games will include two quarter-finals, India's share rising to 29 matches and Sri Lanka's to 12.

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The Central Organising Committee met in Bombay on Tuesday under the chairmanship of ICC vice-president Sharad Pawar to discuss preparations for the 49-match tournament. A total of 14 matches were originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan.

It was the first meeting of the committee since the ICC board resolved earlier this month that, given the current security uncertainty, Pakistan should not host any matches at all. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: "It was a very constructive meeting and decisions taken have created a platform for us to move forward in preparing for the tournament"

A total of 13 venues will be used for the tournament, with eight of those in India, three in Sri Lanka and two in Bangladesh, who were originally awarded very little to fill their Mirpur stadium in Dhaka. The previous set-up with four hosts including Pakistan had 15 venues. The two semi-finals will be held in India and Sri Lanka, with the final in India. Scheduling for the quarter and semi-finals will attempt to ensure that the host country will play at home should they qualify

The event tournament director was confirmed as Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, and the tournament secretariat will be based in Bombay. Inderjit Singh Bindra, the ICC principal advisor, will work closely with the organisers, adding his vast experience to the administration of the tournament. Bindra was a key figure in the successful staging of the two previous world cups to be held on the subcontinent, in 1987 and 1996.

A security directorate will be formed under the chairmanship of Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar. This will include representatives of all three host countries and the ICC in a pro-active attempt to manage the issue both before and during the tournament. A venue inspection sub-committee was formed under the leadership of N Srinivasan.

Commenting on the gathering, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: "It was a very constructive and decisive meeting with various working groups now charged with the responsibility to deliver on operational requirements.

"With less than two years to go before we are due to stage cricket’s biggest showpiece the clock is ticking, but everyone can be encouraged by the progress made in Mumbai today.

"Some fundamental decisions have been taken which have cleared the way for us to move forward and deliver the tournament successfully.

"We now need to continue with this level of progress in the weeks and months ahead to ensure a safe, secure and successful event."

Those attending the Central Organising Committee meeting in Bombay

From the ICC:

Sharad Pawar, World Cup chairman

Haroon Lorgat – ICC chief executive

Inderjit Singh Bindra – ICC principal advisor

From the Board of Control for Cricket in India:

Shashank Manohar

N Srinivasan

MP Pandove

Prof Ratnakar Shetty

From the Bangladesh Cricket Board:

Lt Gen. Sina Ibn Jamali

Mahbubul Anam

Shafiqur Rahnan

From Sri Lanka Cricket:

DS De Silva

Nishantha Ranatunga

Sujeewa Rajapakse

Duleep Mendis

Posted by Charlie Randall
28/04/2009 17:45:26

Afghans could still qualify

By James Fitzgerald

DEFENDING champions Scotland are on the verge of failing to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 after becoming Afghanistan’s latest victim at the qualifying tournament in South Africa.

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Having previously made it through to the World Cup in 1999 and 2007, Ryan Watson’s team must now win their final game against the United Arab Emirates on Friday and then hope other results go its way if one of those magical four places can be theirs. Ireland became the first country to qualify.

And although it remains a long shot, Afghanistan can still achieve what many considered to be the impossible and get through to the World Cup 2011 for the first time in the country’s history. Considering less than one year ago the Afghans were playing in Division Five of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League along with the likes of Jersey, Japan and Vanuatu, it is a truly remarkable turn around. They have now beaten arguably the two strongest Associate teams of the past five years, Scotland and Ireland.

Afghanistan’s openers made Watson live to regret his toss decision. Top-order batsman Karim Sadiq was the hero of the day for the Afghans with 92 off 101 balls, a knock that included 10 fours and two sixes as he punished any wayward bowling. Karim’s contribution got his team to 279, a total that was always going to be a tough ask, particularly for a Scotland top order that had not been firing during this tournament.

Scotland revived when Ryan Coetzer and Gavin Hamilton put on 133 runs for the third wicket, but re-enter Karim Sadiq. Not content with his bat doing the talking, the right-arm off-spinner then removed both Coetzer and Hamilton as the Scots went into freefall, losing their last eight wickets for just 50 runs, eventually being dismissed for 237, some 42 runs adrift.

Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan added: "We are acting like a giant killer in this tournament. I am very proud of my boys and it shows that it wasn’t a fluke that we got through the World Cup qualifying rounds. I have always had faith in my batting order and I have always maintained they are very good batters. They are very quick learners and in the first round they saw how the top players play an innings under pressure and that is what they are doing in the Super Eight stage."

This defeat for Scotland put them last in the Super Eight table behind Afghanistan and Namibia on net run-rate. At the other end of the table, though, Scotland’s traditional rivals Ireland became the first team to confirm their place in the World Cup 2011 after beating Holland by six wickets at LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria.

Man of the match William Porterfield (78) and Eoin Morgan (76 off just 62 deliveries) did most of the damage in knocking off the runs after Ireland’s bowlers restricted the Dutch batting lineup to 222 all out. Only Alexei Kervezee (77) was able to resist the tight and incisive bowling of Alex Cusack (3-26), Boyd Rankin (3-48), Peter Connell (2-35) and company.

The two points from this victory put Porterfield’s men at the top of the Super Eight table on 10 points. The worst they can now do in the tournament is second place and a place in the final at Centurion on Sunday.

Just who will join the Irish in the final or in the Asian subcontinent for the big event is less clear. Such is the competitive nature of this event, we are down to the last round of Super Eight matches on Friday and there are still three spots up for grabs and no team is definitely out of contention.

Starting the day on the bottom of the table, Namibia kept their slim hopes of qualification alive with a comprehensive and hugely impressive victory over Kenya at WITS University. At the top of the innings, JB Burger struck 125 off just 96 balls (16 fours, three sixes) to take the game away from Kenya. Burger received good support from Raymond van Schoor (61), Craig Williams (34) and Deon Kotze (24 off 18 balls) as Namibia posted the formidable total of 305. In reply Kenya crumbled to 104 all out with Sarel Burger taking 4-29.

The UAE gave their supporters something to cheer about in Krugersdorp when they beat Canada by five wickets. Spinners Khuram Khan and Saqib Ali did most of the damage for the UAE as the Canadians could only manage 194 all out. Khuram (53) and Saqib (37) were to the fore with the bat as UAE passed the total with five wickets and 18.4 overs to spare.

Super Eight standings

              P   W   L   Pts   NRR

Ireland*   6    5   1   10    +0.860

Canada    6    4   2     8    +0.854

Kenya      6    3   3     6    +0.005

Holland     6    3   3     6   -0.018

UAE          6   3   3     6   -0.812

Namibia     6    2   4     4  -0.021

Afghanistan 6  2   4     4   -0.316

Scotland    6   2   4     4   -0.576

*Ireland have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Posted by Charlie Randall
15/04/2009 18:43:47

Ireland gain early dominance

A WORLD Cup without Ireland has become almost unthinkable these days, and they have made a good start in the ICC World Cup qualifying tournament in South Africa with victories over Scotland and Oman.

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Their heroics in the last World Cup in the West Indies, when they reached the second stage after defeating Pakistan in a group match, confirmed them as a significant force, and William Porterfield's side did not disappoint against Scotland, beaten by seven wickets at Benoni, and Oman, crushed by 117 runs at Krugersdorp, a town about 60 miles outside Johannesburg.

Porterfield, of Gloucestershire, hit 101 against Scotland , with Eoin Morgan, the Middlesex left-hander, adding 60 off 56 balls to expose the Scots' total of 232 as inadequate on an easy batting pitch. They put on 131 for the second wicket in only 19 overs, with Porterfield racing to a 35-ball fifty. Only Calum MacLeod escaped heavy punishment, but the Scottish plight would have been far worse without an innings of 121 by Neil McCallum to repair a terrible start in the morning.

McCallum added a second century as Scotland defeated a good Namibia side by 73 runs in Pretoria, which kept their qualification hopes alive. Kyle Coetzer, of Durham, helped boost the total to 267 with 68 in support of McCallum's destructive knock. Faced with a daunting total, only Gerrie Snyman, hitting 95 off 102 balls, provided any resistance for Namibia.

Ireland slipped to 46 for four wickets against Oman before a Northants partnership of Andrew White (71) and Kevin O'Brien (101) added 175 in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership to raise the total to 285 for four. In reply Oman disintegrated against Regan West (5-30).

The countries to win their first two matches were Ireland and Canada in Group A, and Aghanistan and Holland in Group B.

Posted by Charlie Randall
03/04/2009 18:37:10

S Africans went glugging too

THE South African cricket authorities have been dragged into a public debate about drinking among their players in Caribbean night spots during the World Cup.

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A leaked fitness report from their former trainer Adrian le Roux reckoned alcohol abuse led to cramp problems during matches, and the captain Graeme Smith was criticised during the tournament for his early-hours presence in a night club in Grenada after South Africa’s Super Eight defeat by New Zealand. It was two days before their crushing victory in Barbados over England, a team similarly under fire for drinking and carousing.

Mickey Arthur, the South Africa coach, said the players were among the fittest in the world and he played down the mention of drinking. “The regulations about the intake of alcohol on tour was only one aspect of a generally very positive report on the fitness levels of the team from Adrian,” he said. “We addressed all matters, including this, that arose regularly on tour and took steps accordingly.”

Cricket South Africa confirmed that they had held an official inquiry into drinking, and the chief executive Gerald Majola said it had been viewed “in a serious light”. He said: “It was found that a number of players had been drinking into the early hours after the match. We viewed this in a serious light, despite there being no curfew in place on an off day.

“We have now changed the curfew and other regulations regarding alcohol intake while on tour. We are also in the process of finalising the appointment of a team manager, who will deal with disciplinary and code of conduct matters within the Proteas structure as part of his duties.

“The inquiry, our findings and recommendations took place well before Adrian submitted his routine report after the World Cup. The players concerned know they let themselves and the team down on that occasion, and are now fully aware of what is expected of them at all times as professional cricketers representing their country.”

Posted by Charlie Randall
31/07/2007 17:11:01

Caribbean 'gains through unity'


THE Caricom governments praised the organisation of the World Cup and felt the tournament had been a success, though the fact that actual total attendance was lower than the number of tickets sold was an unusual disappointment, despite good gross receipts of £16 million.

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A meeting of Caribbean heads of government in Barbados heard the interim World Cup report from the director Chris Dehring, and Keith Mitchell, Grenada’s Prime Minister, congratulated the organisers and cautioned against focusing too much on any negative aspects. He said: “All the Prime Ministers expressed how pleased we were generally with the Caribbean’s hosting of the event. We demonstrated to the world that we are very capable of hosting as well as anybody.

“This is the first time we have hosted anything of this scale and complexity and the first time in history that nine countries were coming together to do it. It is only natural that there are areas where we might have done better. Still, what is important is that the event overall was successful and we delivered.  The lessons learnt will only serve us better in the future as we host other events, including the Champions Trophy in 2010.”

Caricom leaders commended the organisers of the event -- the West Indies Board and the Local Organising Committees -- for the tremendous work done, particularly the construction and refurbishment of 12 stadiums and 22 practice facilities in time for the event. Mitchell said: “The Caribbean owes them a debt of gratitude and we as Prime Ministers recognised their outstanding contribution in our meeting today.”

Dehring said: “It has been an incredible 10-year journey, and the leadership and vision of Caricom leaders and the secretariat never wavered. What was particularly impressive was the ability of the nine countries in the region to come together when it mattered most and in the process meet all important timelines. In the context of a Caribbean single market, this should serve as a model for the future and an example of what can be achieved through unity.”

Dehring reported that the financial forecasts for the event remained robust and should shore up the finances of the West Indies Board by eliminating the accumulated deficit of that organisation. “Wrapping up an organisation of this size will take some time, but our forecasts show healthy profits for the event. In fact we hope to go down as the most profitable Cricket World Cup to date when the final numbers are tabulated.”

“We had the highly unusual circumstance of ticket sales substantially outpacing attendance. Over 672,000 tickets to the event were sold, which surpasses the last Cricket World Cup in South Africa, which sold 625,000 tickets. However, only 436,000 persons actually came through the turnstiles.”

“On a native population of six million people that would be creditable, but it is somewhat disappointing given the high level of ticket sales. However, the Caribbean can still hold its head high in this area. The ticket sales of £16 million are the highest ever recorded for any Cricket World Cup or ICC event, and that is a record we can be proud of.”

Dehring added that ticket revenues of South Africa in 2003 and England in 1999 had been about £5 million and £11 million respectively. “When you consider the size and value of these markets compared with the West Indies, it makes what is already a respectable performance even more creditable,” he said.

CHARLIE SAYS: The event would have been better if the ICC had been more in tune and if the final in Barbados had not been turned into a fiasco by ICC errors. It was not the West Indies fault that Australia were so strong and that three key nations – England, India and Pakistan – were so weak. A few hotels ramped up their prices, sold few rooms and paid the price for greed, which was nice to see.

Posted by Charlie Randall
06/07/2007 20:49:51

ICC punish farce officials

THE world cricket authorities have suspended the five officials involved in the World Cup final mess-up in the Caribbean from the next international tournament – the Twenty20 version in South Africa in September.

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The ICC match referee Jeff Crowe and umpires Steve Bucknor, Aleem Dar, Rudi Koertzen and Billy Bowden incorrectly ruled that, after a stoppage for bad light, the match in Barbados would have to be completed the following day even though the minimum 20 overs in the second innings had already been bowled. The finish was widely condemned in the media as a farce.

An ICC statement this evening said: “With both sides keen to avoid that fate and with the match already all but decided in Australia’s favour, it meant the final three overs of Sri Lanka’s innings were played out in near darkness. In the wake of what happened the ICC official David Richardson carried out a full investigation, which included seeking the interpretation of all five officials. The result is the penalties imposed.”

The ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed commented: “It would have been easy to let sleeping dogs lie and pretend nothing happened,  but the reality is that the playing control team made a serious and fundamental error that caused the final of our flagship event to end in disarray and confusion.
 “That was not acceptable for such experienced and talented officials and although we do not like to have to take such action, we felt it was necessary to decline to appoint them for our next event, the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. We feel that to stand them down for this two-week tournament is a proportionate measure.

Crowe, the former New Zealand batsman and referee for the final, should perhaps have taken more blame than the rest, and he admitted his error at the time. He said today: “While it is never easy to take criticism, I think it is right that there are consequences for our actions as match officials. In this instance I understand that the ICC could not merely let it go.  We set ourselves high standards as match officials and at the end of that day we did not reach those standards. It was not a pleasant experience for us but hopefully now we can look forward and learn from it.”
The result should be been decided by Duckworth-Lewis method when conditions became impossible.
The Twenty20 World Cup, involving the 10 ICC full members,  Kenya and Scotland is scheduled to take place at three venues – Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg – on Sept 11-24.

CHARLIE SAYS: It was incredible that not one official at the World Cup final was aware of the tournament rules. The event had already taken a battering to its prestige with small crowds and much criticism of the ICC misjudged approach to the commercial side – high ticket prices and paranoia protecting sponsors’ rights -- at the expense of spectator enjoyment.

Posted by Charlie Randall
22/06/2007 18:17:13

World Cup was 'clear' of drugs

ALL drugs tests during the World Cup in the West Indies proved negative, the ICC confirmed today. This follows the clean ICC Champions Trophy in India last October and November, which was the first major cricket event held under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code.

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The publicity surrounding the ejection of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy for positive steroid results stemmed from inaugural pre-tournament domestic tests in Pakistan. This proved that cricket was not entirely clean, and Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, urged India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – the only major countries still not testing -- to initiate a WADA policy.

During the World Cup, 15 of the 51 matches, including both semi-finals and the final, plus two warm-up matches, were randomly selected for testing. Two players from each team involved in those matches were randomly selected for testing, giving a total of 68 samples that were submitted for analysis.  All match venues had doping control facilities and there were no reported problems or issues.
Samples given from matches in Jamaica were flown to Canada for checking, while samples from all other countries went to London.  All samples were checked at WADA-accredited laboratories. Speed said: “The fact that all drug tests at the ICC Cricket World Cup proved negative is a great result for the game. It sends out a very positive message, something everyone connected with the game can be very proud of.
“It also confirms cricket’s reputation for being low risk when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs, but that does not mean the ICC, or any of our members, can afford to be complacent in this area. Our approach to their use has been consistent and long-standing as we have tested players at our events involving Full Members since the 2002 ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
“And with our signing of the WADA Code together with the work our Member Services department has done in producing DVDs and literature on the subject we are more committed than ever when it comes to ensuring cricket is not tarnished by performance-enhancing drugs.
Speed added: “It is encouraging that five of our full members – Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa – are testing their players outside of ICC events and the West Indies is set to join that list in the near future. We would encourage all our remaining full members not already doing so to follow suit for the good of the game.”

CHARLIE SAYS: Cricket must remain wary of steroid drugs -- for example, suspicious of rapid recovery from injury.

Posted by Charlie Randall
17/05/2007 13:06:11
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