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Dhoni gets Kapil support

Mumbai: India’s only World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, Wednesday, backed India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s grouse against the UDRS system.

“I would like to ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) that if I have given someone out and you refer it to the third umpire and the third umpire refers it back to me, how can I change my decision. It shouldn’t come back to me. You are insulting the person concerned,” Kapil said at a promotional event here.

Stating that Dhoni had the right to express his differing opinion, Kapil said it was up to the ICC to correct the flaws in the system.

”Dhoni is correct in a way. When you make a law it is not necessary that everyone should like it. It is a democracy and we learn,” Kapil said.

Sachin skips training

Bangalore: Senior players such as Sachin Tendulkar chose to give it a miss but eight other members of India’s World Cup squad had a one hour training session at the National Cricket Academy, here, Wednesday. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was among the eight who trained.

SLC rubbishes report

Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has rubbished allegations of match-fixing that have cropped up against Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Smaraweera due to a TV report, condemning the channel for carrying a “baseless and demoralising” story.

“SLC strongly condemns the bona fides of this anchor, who hosted the programme carrying a story that is baseless and thereby demoralising our players during the ongoing World Cup,” Sri Lanka cricket said in a statement.

Hussey ‘fit’

Melbourne: Aussie batsman Mike Hussey, on Wednesday, declared himself completely fit for joining the team at the ongoing cricket World Cup if the selectors pick him as the much-awaited replacement for injured pacer Doug Bollinger. “I have been trying hard to take my focus away from playing in the Cup but I am over my hamstring injury and will be ready if the selectors give me the call,” Hussey said.

Price speaks

Ahmedabad: With an explosive combination of Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder, New Zealand make for a formidable batting force and Zimbabwe's bowlers will have a tough time trying to contain them, says left-arm spinner Ray Price.


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