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Court delays IPL corruption probe Adams named consultant for English tour

NEW DELHI, April 29, (AP): India’s Supreme Court delayed green-lighting an independent investigation into corruption in the Indian Premier League after the Board of Control for Cricket in India asked a new panel to be appointed. The court last week asked Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed a three-man commission that found Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of being in contact with illegal bookmakers, to prepare for a renewed investigation. The court was expected to announce details of the panel and investigation on Tuesday, but said it will pass on the order later after objections from the BCCI. Meiyappan is the son-in-law of suspended BCCI chief Narainswami Srinivasan, who will also be investigated. Though Srinivasan was not directly implicated, the Mudgal commission reportedly named him among 13 people who needed to be investigated, since allegations against them could not be proved immediately. The court preferred its own investigators because it was not satisfied with the BCCI’s proposed panel of former India allrounder Ravi Shastri, former Central Bureau of Investigation chief R.K. Raghavan, and retired Calcutta High Court judge J.N. Patel.

Sri Lanka has appointed former Surrey coach Chris Adams as a consultant for the upcoming tour of England after regular coach Paul Farbrace resigned earlier this month. Adams, a former England test batsman, was enlisted to help the Sri Lankans compete in English conditions. Englishman Farbrace resigned suddenly this month to become England assistant coach. Sri Lanka appointed former captain Marvan Atapattu as interim coach and former allrounder Ruwan Kalpage as his deputy. The team will play two tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match from May 20.

Pakistan players will be fined and face being dropped from the team if they do not meet required fitness standards in new plans designed by the national selection committee to prepare for the 2015 World Cup. Chief selector Moin Khan said unless players raised their fitness standards and worked on mental strength they would not be able to compete internationally and win big matches. The former captain, who is also the manager of the national side, told a news conference on Tuesday that while the Pakistani players were talented they needed to focus on improving their fitness and mental strength. The selectors announced a list of 36 players who will form the nucleus of the squad for events leading up to the World Cup. Notable omissions were the experienced Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik while openers, Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat and Taufiq Umar were recalled along with fast bowler Mohammad Sami.

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