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Alistair Campbell calls it a day

London: Peeved over the national selectors' decision to ignore him for next month’s Sharjah meet, former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Campbell, who was overlooked for the World Cup but later brought back to replace an injured Mark Vermuelen for the Super Six match against Kenya, is the fourth Zimbabwe player to retire since the World Cup. The other three were Andy Flower, Henry Olonga and Guy Whittal.

“I made the decision to retire because the selectors gave me the impression that I was also surplus to requirements for the England tour (in May),” the 30-year old batsman was quoted as saying by the BBC sport website.

“I always thought that a batsman’s best years are between 28 and 36. At 30 I was looking forwards to the best years of my international career. “But the selectors forced my hand and that was obviously not ideal for me.”

PCB official on UK security recce

Islamabad: In the wake of Britain’s participation in the US-led war on Iraq, the Pakistan Cricket Board has sent an official to England to review security arrangements ahead of the country’s proposed tour in June.

A PCB official said the visit by Zakir Khan, general manager, cricket operations, had been necessitated by IRA threats in the United Kingdom, recent bomb threats and blasts in London and Britain’s involvement in the Gulf War.

“We just want to be sure that if Pakistan plays in England our players don’t face any security problems there because of these issues,” the official was quoted as saying.

Pakistan will play three ODIs besides some warm-up games, which are not part of the regular England season.

Though the PCB sources cited security concerns for sending the official to England, news reports here suggested that the mission was undertaken as a retaliatory measure for what England did in 2000.

Switch from ATP to WTA

Key Biscayne: Larry Scott, who has worked for the ATP Tour for the past 11 years, has been hired as chief executive officer of the WTA Tour.

Scott, 38, was introduced at a news conference on Saturday before the women’s final at the Miami Open. He said he hopes to improve the strained relationship between the men’s and women’s tours, as well as relations with the Grand Slam tournaments and International Tennis Federation.

ECB talks to avoid Zimbabwe repeat

London: The England and Wales Cricket Board ECB is to talk to other sports in a bid to avoid a repetition of the Zimbabwe World Cup controversy, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The ECB is to present a document to the Football Association (FA), Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on April 7 to get early government approval for matches in what the paper described as morally questionable countries.

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