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In an interactive event organised by Indian Express, Kevin Pietersen talks about his great innings in Mumbai, the impact of Duncan Fletcher on his batting, his love for Chelsea, what makes him sturggle, what makes him tick, and much more
I look at the innings [in Mumbai], and people say it's one of the greatest innings played by a foreigner in India, and I certainly don't understand it. I think when the ball spins so much, it actually is a lot easier to play because if the ball is spinning a little bit, it will get your edge. If it is spinning too much, you play the line, I mean you are going to miss it. It looks good to the viewers. Everybody on TV goes wow it's spinning, it's bouncing and me standing there batting and knowing that Harbhajan, Ashwin and Ojha were spinning it miles, I was absolutely fine with it.
Umar Akmal's troubles with the law pops up at all the wrong times. The latest infraction happened on the day of his wedding, when he was found to be in breach of a law in Lahore that stipulated that only one dish could be served at the function, which had to end at 10.pm. The restrictions were intended to discourage people from splurging on lavish weddings.
"There were violations of marriage act and a case has been registered and four people were arrested," police official Rana Imtiaz said.
Akmal was not among those named in the report and had already left the premises by the time the authorities visited but he could still be in danger of reprimand. This after a very public encounter with a traffic policeman in February. Not the best way, perhaps, to impress your new father-in-law, especially when he is one Mr Abdul Qadir.
Months after ending his 24-year international career, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has made a foray into Indian football, winning the bid to own the Kochi-based franchise of the Indian Super League. Tendulkar won the bid along with Prasad V Potluri of PVP Ventures.
Tendulkar wasn't the only high-profile Indian cricketer to bag a franchise. Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain and a football fan himself, won the bid to own the Kolkata franchise, along with a consortium including Spanish League giants Atletico Madrid and businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjeev Goenka and Utsav Parekh.
"I will always remain a sportsman at heart who is keen to positively impact the sporting fabric of the nation. The Indian Super League presents a great opportunity to develop a platform for the youngsters to learn and enhance their talent to develop into outstanding player," Tendulkar said in a statement. "Based on the various insights shared by the team, the opportunity of the Kochi club seemed like a compelling and challenging proposition. With the Kochi club, we will strive to 'score our goals' and play a part in developing the game of football across the country."
The Indian Super League, an eight-team event run by IMG-Reliance, is expected to begin its inaugural season this September and end in November. Reliance also owns Mumbai Indians, the most expensive IPL franchise.
Andrew Nixon, writing for Cricket Europe, dwells deeper into the qualification process for Associate nations to gain Test status.
Read that carefully. It says there will be a pathway to Test cricket, but it doesn't say what that pathway actually is. And that's because it isn't there. It is understood that whether an associate that wins the "Test Challenge" will get promoted is still to be decided - possibly at the annual conference in Melbourne in June. Everybody is assuming that will be the case of course, as that's what the ICC have said in previous press releases. But back in 2010, every press release about the World Cricket League said it was part of the qualification pathway to the 2015 World Cup. All of a sudden it stopped appearing in press releases. And then it was taken away as the ICC announced that the 2015 World Cup would be contested by the ten full members only.