Sourav Ganguly rubbishes match-fixing claims - Cricket News Roundup – Part 1 – March 13, 2012
On Monday, March 12, 2012, former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, rubbished the news item published in a British newspaper 'Sunday Times' suggesting a possible match-fixing during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup semi-final match between Pakistan and India.
"I don't know how they have got the information but let me tell (you) that India are world champions and nobody can take that away from us," Ganguly said.
On the other hand, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to comment on the allegation levelled by the newspaper and have refused to launch any investigation in this regard.
England all-rounder, Samit Patel, hopes to make a place in the Test squad for the series against Sri Lanka after the dropping of Eoin Morgan for the two-match Test series.
"I am looking forward to getting a spot on the Test team, it's a massive opportunity and I will push my case in the warm-up games," opined Patel.
Champaka Ramanayake, the Sri Lankan bowling coach is optimistic about his team’s ace bowler Lasith Malinga’s performance in the Asia Cup and believes that the recent inconsistent form should not be taken against the bowler as he expressed full confidence in the abilities of the pacer.
Malinga, who was the leading wicket taker in the recently concluded Commonwealth Bank series in Australia with 18 wickets in 11 games proved to be inconsistent as he went for 6.21 runs per over.
"In Australia there was not much reverse swing, so he struggled a bit. So I hope he'll learn new tricks. He's okay; everyone can have a bad game or two when you play 11 games in such a short time," said Ramanayake.
The chairman of the Indian Selection Committee, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, has expressed his complete confidence in team India even after the world champions faltered in Australia during the Commonwealth Bank series.
Srikkanth expressed hope that India would bounce back in the ongoing Asia Cup and prove to the world that they are still a tough side.
Four teams from Asia that include, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are taking part in the Asia Cup.