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Srinath to play for Durham

London: Following a superb run in the ongoing World Cup, Indian paceman Jawagal Srinath has been recruited by the Durham County to play for them in April and May. Srinath will be replacing Australian Martin Love.

Srinath agreed to join Durham after Love was picked for the Australian squad for West Indies tour in that period, a County spokesperson said. Srinath has so far taken 15 wickets in the World Cup.

Love is a specialist batsman and scored 1,120 first-class runs at an average of 65.88 last season.

Initially, team coach Martyn Moxon tried to find a batting replacement but an appropriate person was not available for such a short period, the spokesperson said.

A question over the fitness of fast bowler Steve Harmison also forced the County to zero in on Srinath, who has clinched 236 Test and 314 ODI wickets.

No secret police for Olonga

Durban: The South African police have dispelled reports that Zimbabwe secret police officers were sent to East London to apprehend Henry Olonga and “escort” the fast bowler back to Harare.

Senior superintendent Selby Bokaba said it had been established that “there are no such people in the country”.

Media reports suggested officers from Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation were searching for Olonga in South Africa after he’d gone into hiding. The 26-year-old fast bowler has said he would seek asylum in England, because it’s too dangerous to return to Zimbabwe.

Andy signs for South Australia

Adelaide: Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Andy Flower has signed to play with South Australia for the next three domestic seasons, cricket officials said on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Andy, who announced his retirement from international cricket last week, is a veteran of 63 Tests and 213 one-day Internationals.

The dashing left-handed batsman, who scored 4,794 Test runs at an average of 51.54, will arrive in Adelaide with his family in September, South Australia Cricket Association chief executive Michael Deare said.

Andy, who made 6,786 ODI runs at an average of 35.34, will play for Essex in the English County Championship during the Australian winter.

Pak quartet under probe

Islamabad: Acting on a newspaper report in England, the PCB has decided to probe whether four of its players had entertained female guests in their hotel rooms ahead of Pakistan’s match against Australia in the World Cup.

The PCB has asked for information in this regard from the ICC, its Anti-Corruption Unit and the hotel management where the players stayed, local daily The News said. The board has asked authorities to provide it copies of log books kept on the team’s floor at the hotel, it said. n Semi-final: India vs Kenya, live from 5.30 pm on DD-1 and 6.00 pm on MAX n World Cup highlights, from 8.00 am on DD-1 n Taking Guard, live from 5.00 pm on ESPN and STAR Sports


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