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ACC’s future bleak?

CRICKET DIGEST

Karachi: The very existence of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is in doldrums after a rethink in the International Cricket Council on the development funds being spent globally for promotion of cricket.

The ACC, whose president at present is Narayanswamy Srinivasan, is responsible for distributing development funds they get from the ICC in the Asian region. A source said that if the ICC decides to review its existing model at the annual executive board meeting in June, then the very existence of the ACC could be in danger.

Grant signs

Karachi: Former Zimbabwean batsman, Grant Flower has finally signed a contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board to join the national team as its batting coach next month. According to sources in the PCB, the Board also had success in appointing South African Grant Luden as fielding coach and trainer.

PCB invite

Karachi: Sri Lanka Cricket is evaluating Pakistan Cricket Board’s invitation for a short series in the foreseeable future. “We have got a positive response from them to the invitation we sent. The good thing is that they haven’t outrightly rejected the invitation,” a PCB official said.

Zaka plans

Karachi: Former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf is contemplating suing his successor, Najam Sethi, for defamation after he was accused of not accounting for Rupees 20 million spent during his 22-month tenure and also of gross mismanagement. “He is seriously thinking about filing a separate case against Sethi for defaming and launching a smear campaign against him,” a source said.

Pujara view

Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara feels that India’s two warm-up games in the lead-up to the Test series in England will be immensely helpful. “We have some time, that is a good thing We have two practice games before the Test matches, so it is a positive thing for us. We have enough time for preparation,” he said.

Costly nets

New Delhi: Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav, who has been picked in the Indian squad for the tour of Bangladesh, has revealed that he has to pay from his own pockets for net practice. “I have represented Deccan Gymkhana Club in Pune for the past 14 years. Yet, they have refused to prepare a pitch so that I can have proper net sessions ahead of Bangladesh tour. I am paying a monthly fee of Rs 18,000 to a cricket academy where there is a proper pitch,” a livid Jadhav said.

Kalighat win

Calcutta: Sreevats Goswami hit an unbeaten 99 and Sudip Chatterjee scored 86 as Kalighat Club beat Bhowanipore Club by 21 runs at the JC Mukherjee Trophy quarter final, at the Eden, on Thursday. In reply to Kalighat’s 198 for three, Bhowanipore were restricted to 177 for eight.

BRIEF SCORES

Kalighat Club 198/3 in 20 ovs (S. Goswami 99 ..). Bhowanipore Club 177/8 in 20 ovs (P. Chakraborty 3/16). Kalighat Club won by 21 runs

Staff Reporter & Agencies