England news September 19, 2010

Bell recalled to England one-day squad

Cricinfo staff
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Batsman Ian Bell, who scored a century in Saturday's CB40 final, has been added to England's squad for the remaining two one-day internationals in the NatWest Series against Pakistan.

Bell has not been part of the England set-up since breaking a bone in his foot while fielding during the second one-day international against Bangladesh at Bristol earlier this summer. He has since recovered from the metatarsal injury, scoring 107 off 95 balls in Warwickshire's victory over Somerset at Lord's.

"It's fantastic to have him back in the squad," Andrew Strauss, the England captain, said. "He wasn't in originally because we weren't sure about where he was in his recovery and he needed some cricket for Warwickshire. He's played very well and strengthens are squad to give us more options batting wise."

Bell made a successful return to the one-day squad in the first match against Bangladesh, where he struck an unbeaten 84 to seal victory at Trent Bridge but was soon back on the sidelines after his injury at Bristol. With England's impressive one-day form it's a battle to find a place in the line-up, especially with Kevin Pietersen to return, but Bell feels he is now coming into his prime.

"I'll just keep working as hard as I can to get in the side in one-day cricket as well as Test cricket," he said. "I feel I'm improving all the time. I'm desperate to keep improving because at 28 the best years are still to come.

"It's been great to be back on field. When I did the injury the England guys and the specialists erred on the side of safety," Bell added. "The surgeon suggested eight weeks off, I probably could have played after seven but was it worth risking it ahead of aus? Probably not.

"So hats off to the ECB - Kirk Russell [the physio] and Nick Pierce the doctor got it right in terms of giving myself enough time but also getting some cricket under my belt."

Paul Collingwood, who missed the third one-dayer at The Oval with a virus, trained with the squad on Sunday at Lord's and is likely to be available. Strauss confirmed that Bell wasn't in as cover and will stand an equal chance of being selected.

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  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on September 20, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Once again Pakistan is responsible for bringing the game of cricket - a game founded on fairness and decency into disrepute.

    Why is there a fould stench when Pakistan is involved in a series?

    Why are there so many Pakistani so-called cricket 'supporters' so happy to soak up that foul stench?

    To those floundering on justifying the unjustifyable, as a suggestion, why not stop going round in circles looking for the slightest justification to latch on to. Accept that 3 test players have been sent packing because of overwhelming match fixing evidence and that the Sun brought an issue to the ICC about the last ODI which they are duty-bound to investigate.

    Take responsibility! Accept that something is rotten in your state of Denmark and shout out that you want Butt and anyone else dragging your name through the mud fired immediately. Start up a Facebook campaign. Shout it out on Twitter. "Butt must go!" "Give us back our game!" "We want fair cricket not corrupt cricket!"

  • SYEDAKIFSHOAIB on September 20, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    For once i agree with the way ejaz butt has reacted.. If suspicion and hearsay from various sources is anything to go by.. he is absolutely right to say one should investigate the way england's thick batting order collapsed and did not take the powerplay rather then scrutinizing the 'scoring patterns' of the pathetic pakistani batsmen.

  • on September 20, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    First ov all ,how can u call dis team an english team ?????????????? well 10 out of 20 contracted players belongs to 4 different countries namely SAF 4,PAK 3,IRELAND,SRI nd IND 1 each ... nd these include players (Pietersen , Trott ,Eoin morgan , Bopara ,Owais shah,Kieswetter,Ajmal shahzad ,Adeel rasheed , Sajid mehmood ,Mascrenhas,Lumb) nd 7 of them played the final which they(united nations) recently won after decades... so u can call it a *UnitEd NATION* TEAM playing using the tag of england .... But at the time i feel sorry 4 english cricket administration also ( wat could they do),they are fed up ov watching english players loose in da wcups constantly since 1975 ....:D .... dis shows how talented *english players* are dat dey didnt win a wcup using 11 *PURE* englishmen ...

  • naeem-butt on September 20, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Four countries in the cricket need to be watched closely for match fixing and spot fixing India,Aus,South africa,and Sri lanka.everyone think that in Sharja Pakistan was beating india becaz they were good but truth need to come out.Sri lanka winning over everyone was brilliance.South africa VS west indies 1996.south africa and australia in 1999 world cup.south africa and india in 2oo0/1 champion trophy in nairobi.India vs NZ 2000/1 champion trophy.west indies VS south africa champion trophy 2002/3.Pakistan vs south africa in sharja 2000,agian pakistan vs south africa sharja 2000 final.pakistan vs south africa 2000 singapore.sri lanka vs aus 1999 colombo.sri lank vs aus 1999 colombo final.sri lanka vs aus 2002 champion trophy semi final.india vs aus 1997/8 final triangl series.India vs aus 2007/8 finals

  • LongLivePk on September 20, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    I mean I just need the answers for the following questions from some one who believes pakistanis are involved in spot fixing > why the video was released after the incident occur > why there is no pakistani player shown in that video > why some will pay for the no balls even in the test cricket ? > what about the umpires comments about the NO ball > why ICC immediately stopped the umpires to give any comment before the investigation is completed > if so why ICC suspended the players even they were accused and no proof yet > whats the logic of starting investigation without even informing to PCB (last one day)

    ?????

    I wish there should be some one to ask these questions to ICC.

  • on September 20, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    UK media and Indian media believe that they can ruin Pakistan's cricket and ICC is basically an incompetent organization. ICC pounced on a newspaper report and Indian media because of its innate bias and prejudice towards Pakistan embellished the story to turn into "Spot Fixing" Sensation.

    PCB needs to sue ICC and name Sarhad Pawar as the man with his enmity towards Pakistan.

  • amjadani on September 19, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    O SUN & NOTW and Dear ICC get ready and open your eyes,,,hurry up tomorrow Pakistan will bat and bowl as well, and definitely Kamran and Hafeez open the innings,,,shoiab do 1st over,,score will be 250 plus ,,oh yes Afridi is their captain,, and please dont even think to see or chase any English cricketer,they are OK,,just focus on pakistanis,, dont disappoint the whole world because they are waiting for your new RUBBISH stories,,,so I inform u mr Loagrat dont sleep tomorrow watch the match....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 19, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Always enjoyed watching Bell play, he's a real touch player. Hoping he is now over his "shermanator" days lol and is ready to fulfill his potential for yrs to come.

  • funi.kriket on September 19, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    @chapelau.. considering the current form n their latest scores against pakistan, we would prefer if england plays with cook , pietersen and colligwood rather then davies, bopara and wright.bell is still to b seen but cook scored only 1 hundred in his 8 innings n pietersen scored 82 with 3 chances n collingwood is still to play any mentionable innings in this series. and davies, bopara and wright have already played one inning each to make them stay in side.so i dont think u can say england collapsed becoz u didnt have cook kp n collingwood . but may b davies n wright were able to score becoz there were no amir n asif in the side????

  • funi.kriket on September 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    very well said godoftheoffside. u just said wat we expect from u that whenever any other team collapses its genuine n whenever pakistan lose from a winning position its fixed.lol because ur players r all human n they can make mistake n they can collapse under pressure but pakistani players r robots n they dont feel any pressure so they cant collapse.if james anderson can reverse swing its art n if umar gul does it its tampering.if morgan throws away his wicket its just a bad shot but if ball hits the stump after hitting kamran akmal's pads it was utterly calculated n he was paid by bookies to do that.if artherton is tampering the ball he is only checking how hard the leather is n afridi bites the ball he is a cheat.cronje , gibbs, azharudin, jadeja,boje,warne n mark waugh were all under black magic when they accepted that they fixed matches.bopara and luke is a collapse waiting to happen but afridi's run out was exceptionally well designed by afridi because he was payed by bookies.wow

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on September 20, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Once again Pakistan is responsible for bringing the game of cricket - a game founded on fairness and decency into disrepute.

    Why is there a fould stench when Pakistan is involved in a series?

    Why are there so many Pakistani so-called cricket 'supporters' so happy to soak up that foul stench?

    To those floundering on justifying the unjustifyable, as a suggestion, why not stop going round in circles looking for the slightest justification to latch on to. Accept that 3 test players have been sent packing because of overwhelming match fixing evidence and that the Sun brought an issue to the ICC about the last ODI which they are duty-bound to investigate.

    Take responsibility! Accept that something is rotten in your state of Denmark and shout out that you want Butt and anyone else dragging your name through the mud fired immediately. Start up a Facebook campaign. Shout it out on Twitter. "Butt must go!" "Give us back our game!" "We want fair cricket not corrupt cricket!"

  • SYEDAKIFSHOAIB on September 20, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    For once i agree with the way ejaz butt has reacted.. If suspicion and hearsay from various sources is anything to go by.. he is absolutely right to say one should investigate the way england's thick batting order collapsed and did not take the powerplay rather then scrutinizing the 'scoring patterns' of the pathetic pakistani batsmen.

  • on September 20, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    First ov all ,how can u call dis team an english team ?????????????? well 10 out of 20 contracted players belongs to 4 different countries namely SAF 4,PAK 3,IRELAND,SRI nd IND 1 each ... nd these include players (Pietersen , Trott ,Eoin morgan , Bopara ,Owais shah,Kieswetter,Ajmal shahzad ,Adeel rasheed , Sajid mehmood ,Mascrenhas,Lumb) nd 7 of them played the final which they(united nations) recently won after decades... so u can call it a *UnitEd NATION* TEAM playing using the tag of england .... But at the time i feel sorry 4 english cricket administration also ( wat could they do),they are fed up ov watching english players loose in da wcups constantly since 1975 ....:D .... dis shows how talented *english players* are dat dey didnt win a wcup using 11 *PURE* englishmen ...

  • naeem-butt on September 20, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Four countries in the cricket need to be watched closely for match fixing and spot fixing India,Aus,South africa,and Sri lanka.everyone think that in Sharja Pakistan was beating india becaz they were good but truth need to come out.Sri lanka winning over everyone was brilliance.South africa VS west indies 1996.south africa and australia in 1999 world cup.south africa and india in 2oo0/1 champion trophy in nairobi.India vs NZ 2000/1 champion trophy.west indies VS south africa champion trophy 2002/3.Pakistan vs south africa in sharja 2000,agian pakistan vs south africa sharja 2000 final.pakistan vs south africa 2000 singapore.sri lanka vs aus 1999 colombo.sri lank vs aus 1999 colombo final.sri lanka vs aus 2002 champion trophy semi final.india vs aus 1997/8 final triangl series.India vs aus 2007/8 finals

  • LongLivePk on September 20, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    I mean I just need the answers for the following questions from some one who believes pakistanis are involved in spot fixing > why the video was released after the incident occur > why there is no pakistani player shown in that video > why some will pay for the no balls even in the test cricket ? > what about the umpires comments about the NO ball > why ICC immediately stopped the umpires to give any comment before the investigation is completed > if so why ICC suspended the players even they were accused and no proof yet > whats the logic of starting investigation without even informing to PCB (last one day)

    ?????

    I wish there should be some one to ask these questions to ICC.

  • on September 20, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    UK media and Indian media believe that they can ruin Pakistan's cricket and ICC is basically an incompetent organization. ICC pounced on a newspaper report and Indian media because of its innate bias and prejudice towards Pakistan embellished the story to turn into "Spot Fixing" Sensation.

    PCB needs to sue ICC and name Sarhad Pawar as the man with his enmity towards Pakistan.

  • amjadani on September 19, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    O SUN & NOTW and Dear ICC get ready and open your eyes,,,hurry up tomorrow Pakistan will bat and bowl as well, and definitely Kamran and Hafeez open the innings,,,shoiab do 1st over,,score will be 250 plus ,,oh yes Afridi is their captain,, and please dont even think to see or chase any English cricketer,they are OK,,just focus on pakistanis,, dont disappoint the whole world because they are waiting for your new RUBBISH stories,,,so I inform u mr Loagrat dont sleep tomorrow watch the match....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 19, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Always enjoyed watching Bell play, he's a real touch player. Hoping he is now over his "shermanator" days lol and is ready to fulfill his potential for yrs to come.

  • funi.kriket on September 19, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    @chapelau.. considering the current form n their latest scores against pakistan, we would prefer if england plays with cook , pietersen and colligwood rather then davies, bopara and wright.bell is still to b seen but cook scored only 1 hundred in his 8 innings n pietersen scored 82 with 3 chances n collingwood is still to play any mentionable innings in this series. and davies, bopara and wright have already played one inning each to make them stay in side.so i dont think u can say england collapsed becoz u didnt have cook kp n collingwood . but may b davies n wright were able to score becoz there were no amir n asif in the side????

  • funi.kriket on September 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    very well said godoftheoffside. u just said wat we expect from u that whenever any other team collapses its genuine n whenever pakistan lose from a winning position its fixed.lol because ur players r all human n they can make mistake n they can collapse under pressure but pakistani players r robots n they dont feel any pressure so they cant collapse.if james anderson can reverse swing its art n if umar gul does it its tampering.if morgan throws away his wicket its just a bad shot but if ball hits the stump after hitting kamran akmal's pads it was utterly calculated n he was paid by bookies to do that.if artherton is tampering the ball he is only checking how hard the leather is n afridi bites the ball he is a cheat.cronje , gibbs, azharudin, jadeja,boje,warne n mark waugh were all under black magic when they accepted that they fixed matches.bopara and luke is a collapse waiting to happen but afridi's run out was exceptionally well designed by afridi because he was payed by bookies.wow

  • Jim1207 on September 19, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Am sorry for the slight mistake in the question! f3hhc wanted to capture all tainted cricketers in Cricket NOW. Is there any way to catch Gibbs, Warne, Azhar, Malik and those who didnt get punished in the past and judge them again? I am talking about Now, the present. So Can you please point out ONE Present cricketer from ANY other team in Cricket, who can be suspected in the present as involved illegally with a bookie to betray his own team and countrymen? I suspect Shoiab Malik, Akmal brothers and some more after seeing the even innocent-looking Salman Butt has been involved in dirty scandals. But the question is whether we can suspect any cricketer from any other country to be doing so now, and if so, can we just bring out a person for a debate here? All the current problems in cricket lie in the answer of these questions!!

  • rulingrmind on September 19, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Dear, GodOfTheOffside, listen its just your thinking that your team is unbetable, just look at the History of England, Cricket was born in England, but unfortunatually just once the a single Grand title few months beofre, and the team u are talking about is far far batter than yours, Pakistan is the only team in the history, when they visit England first time they beat staright away, in the very first meeting and got the test status, we beat you in 1992 Final u forget it, we since the T20 starts in all the three World cups we played the two finals and Won the one and the sami finalist in the third one, pakistan have the best record in T20 as compare to any team, we produced so many legendery Fast bowlers, Imran Khan,Sarfraz Nawaz,Waqar Younus,Wasim Akram,Aqib Javed,Shoaib Akhter, and Umer Gul and Muhammad Amir, what about English mans, how many u produced, first Hat trick made by a pakistani bowler can i tell u the names of batsmens we have u want to know how many titles we have......

  • -Aila- on September 19, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Totally agree with GodOfTheOffside. Ijaz Butt's brain doesn't work properly by accusing England of match fixing when they collapse. It's childish and a perfect example of closing your eyes for your own action and not taking responsibility. Moron.

  • on September 19, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    @GiodOfTheOffSide: Firstly Mr. Self Claimed God, you havent made to any international level so stop proclaiming as some God!!

    Secondly your response is as lame as your nick!! And your best player has been sighted on Twitter claiming how professional he is and has been KICKED out of the international league for cricketing reasons!! And your second player is not aware of Norton Anti-Virus, so he is thrown out of the game as well!!

    Get a life and face it, English players are involved in Match-Fixing as per the claims of SUN!!

  • on September 19, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    GodOfTheOffside, Did stuart broad step on the ball due to his love of the game?

  • on September 19, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    The england collapse is very suspicious indeed. How can you lose a match needing just 42 with 5 wickets in hand? Not to mention the batting power play they didnt use. Even the umpire was on their side, when he didnt even refer a clear stumping (but referred Afridis run out after ages) Still they lost, and to a weakened Pakistani side no less.

    Add to the fact that some of their players are known cheaters (strauss for not walking, Broad for ball tampering in front of the cameras etc), the english team has some explaining to do.

    You dont just collapse from such a commanding position in a series defining match.

  • on September 19, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    If the someone in Dubai and the bookie in Delhi have a conversation how does that incriminate the Pakistani cricketers. How did The Sun get hold of this conversation? I am sorry the dots are not joining up.

  • ThePieChucker on September 19, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    I am tired of you whining Pakistanis. First of all, your team, at full strength or not, is not equal to beating England in any series, whether Test, ODI, or T20I, neither home nor away. You cannot even beat an England team without several of its best players (Pietersen, Collingwood, Bell). In addition, too many Pakistani cricketers could care less about representing their country, and only care for the pound or the rupee. Pakistan is always mired in match-fixing, and now spot-fixing, scandals, tarnishing the good name of cricket. Contrast this to England, whose players have never been involved in match-fixing because they, unlike their Pakistani counterparts, love the game of cricket and have the utmost passion for representing their country. And now Ijaz Butt accuses England of staging the collapse in the last ODI? What utter rot! Wright and Bopara is a collapse waiting to happen. Unlike Pakistan, England do not do these sorts of things, and whenever they collapse, it is genuine.

  • nlight on September 19, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    ghome : no need for conspiracies involving MI5, the UK press is notorious for using illegal methods to get stories. See News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

    Oh yeah, Sun & NotW : same organisation controlled by right wing extremist Murdoch.

  • kalimantan on September 19, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    As Agus2010 says below, I hope Pakistan cancel the tour and go home, cancel the results too as they are tainted, this whole thing is a joke as no-one is focusing on the cricket now. Now Ijaz Butt is basing all his statements on the paranoid whining in the comments here, judging by his latest missive.

    Just go home Pakistan, don't come back and put us cricket fans out of our misery.

  • on September 19, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    PAKISTAN WILL WIN THE SERIES BY 3-2 MARGIN...........

  • on September 19, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    @Jim1207 How old are you Mr. Jim? didn't you know Shane Warne, Mark Waugh played for Australia, Gibbs who still playing for South africa,

  • on September 19, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Are the accustions against Pakistan players mentioned at all in this article? If you feel the need to complain about some perceived injustice perhaps you could do it in the comments section of something relevant?

    Well done Belly, done the hard yards to get back to fitness, and yesterdays innings was one of the best i've seen.

  • Chapelau on September 19, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Think of a scenario: team goes into a match without 4 of it's 6 top batsmen,(Bell, Pietersen, Cook, Collingwood), it plays two guys who are no hopers for the national side (Wright, Bopara). Is this match fixing? No - it's considered normal .... Now, there is no doubt that Butt, Asif and Amir have broken the rules/guidelines and have been justly sent home but accusing Pakistan of fixing 2 overs !!!! C'mon, lets get on with the game and stop seeing conspiracies everywhere.

  • LUKMANN on September 19, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    pk wl tk the series 3-2.bcos they r in a form now

  • Jim1207 on September 19, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    f3hhc, Can you please point out ONE cricketer from ANY other team in Cricket, who could have been involved illegally with a bookie to betray his own team and countrymen?

  • Narkovian on September 19, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Bell struggle to get back in the one-day side... you're 'avin a larf aren't you? No idea what players like Bopara and more to the point Luke Wright are doing there in the first place. No contest. Bresnan too ? An "honest toiler" if ever I saw one.

    As for the Test side... if he doesn't get in before Morgan and Cook, then there is no justice.

  • ghome on September 19, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Cricinfo reports that the latest furore about spot fixing by Pak team is based on details of telephone conversation between someone in Dubai and a bookie in Delhi passed on to the ICC by the Sun Tabloid news paper in England. I thought that telephone tapping of such a scale on the international scene can only be carried out by Govt spy agencies. Questions therefore must be asked if MI 5/6 along with the spy agencies of the named countries has a hand in this sordid affair. The plot trhickens to say the least!

  • f3hhc on September 19, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    I fail to understand as to why ICC and almost everybody concerned with the cricketting world are confining and focussing all their attention and accusations against only one country.I believe by doing so they are committing a great mistake giving a green chit to all other teams to keep indulging in such illegal The activities.They must instead extend the circle of investigation to other teams as well in order to get to the bottom of this menace and catch and punish the culprits once and for all.

  • Agus2010 on September 19, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    England make their team stronger by including their in-form batsman bell who hit century to guide his team Warwickshire victory, it is good that a talented batsman get a chance to play his country and help them to win the series, but, why the English media spread the unbelievable allegations against their opposite team Pakistan to weak their team strength both mentally and physically with the help of ICC, okay the media doing this job to make their sales improvement, but, ICC should think before they announce the investigation, just a day before ICC chief Sarad pawar indicated "Pakistan team also a part of ICC", but all of suddenly ICC chief Mr. Haroon started the investigation without the knowledge of PCB, is it great? is it right the way to behave with country who has the long time member of ICC? what is going on? Are they trying to remove or ban the Pakistan team playing from World Cup 2011?

  • sgh142 on September 19, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Delighted for Bell, class shows, great decision by Flower and his team, shows the benefit of a strong County connection and work ethic .............unlike Pietersen who thinks ECB owe him!!!

  • Agus2010 on September 19, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    What is the plan of ECB and English media? They have doing lot to win the ODI series, they have already removed 3 best players from Pakistan team and gave lot of mind pressure through their allegations, also with the help of poor umpiring they won first 2 matches, when they lost the third one now they make another story to remove remaining talented players from the squad (maybe Afridi, Gul, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal), to remove this players English media making bullshit dramas and fake documents, un trusted scenes, all because they wanted to show the world that they are the best in ODI, I am sure they will be out from the first round of the World Cup 2011, because they can not make dramas in Asian country, who knows they may buy the Asian police and try to win World Cup also by doing this kind of cheat dramas, Well done ICC and ECB

  • Agus2010 on September 19, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    England team is getting more stronger by including the another in-form batsman "Bell" who has guided his victorious team Warwickshire with his century, in the mean time English media make the Pakistan team very weak by their unbelivable rumor stories saying that Pakistan players fixed 2 overs and its upsolutely nonsense, how the team can fix 2 overs to score certain runs without the help of bowlers and fielders, so, the Sun news means to say the England team as well made match fixing or what? ECB immedately had a meeting and announced their players are "Stainless steel" and Pakistan players having "Rusty hands", ICC executive also started investigation without the knowledge of PCB, so, ECB and ICC making drama with the English media to remove Pakistan team playing from World cup 2011, it is absolutely rubbish, ICC acts as a one sided better Pakistan cancel the tour and go back to their country to avoid this kind of nonsense accusations, Cricket is getting spoiled, welldone ICC & ECB

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  • Agus2010 on September 19, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    England team is getting more stronger by including the another in-form batsman "Bell" who has guided his victorious team Warwickshire with his century, in the mean time English media make the Pakistan team very weak by their unbelivable rumor stories saying that Pakistan players fixed 2 overs and its upsolutely nonsense, how the team can fix 2 overs to score certain runs without the help of bowlers and fielders, so, the Sun news means to say the England team as well made match fixing or what? ECB immedately had a meeting and announced their players are "Stainless steel" and Pakistan players having "Rusty hands", ICC executive also started investigation without the knowledge of PCB, so, ECB and ICC making drama with the English media to remove Pakistan team playing from World cup 2011, it is absolutely rubbish, ICC acts as a one sided better Pakistan cancel the tour and go back to their country to avoid this kind of nonsense accusations, Cricket is getting spoiled, welldone ICC & ECB

  • Agus2010 on September 19, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    What is the plan of ECB and English media? They have doing lot to win the ODI series, they have already removed 3 best players from Pakistan team and gave lot of mind pressure through their allegations, also with the help of poor umpiring they won first 2 matches, when they lost the third one now they make another story to remove remaining talented players from the squad (maybe Afridi, Gul, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal), to remove this players English media making bullshit dramas and fake documents, un trusted scenes, all because they wanted to show the world that they are the best in ODI, I am sure they will be out from the first round of the World Cup 2011, because they can not make dramas in Asian country, who knows they may buy the Asian police and try to win World Cup also by doing this kind of cheat dramas, Well done ICC and ECB

  • sgh142 on September 19, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Delighted for Bell, class shows, great decision by Flower and his team, shows the benefit of a strong County connection and work ethic .............unlike Pietersen who thinks ECB owe him!!!

  • Agus2010 on September 19, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    England make their team stronger by including their in-form batsman bell who hit century to guide his team Warwickshire victory, it is good that a talented batsman get a chance to play his country and help them to win the series, but, why the English media spread the unbelievable allegations against their opposite team Pakistan to weak their team strength both mentally and physically with the help of ICC, okay the media doing this job to make their sales improvement, but, ICC should think before they announce the investigation, just a day before ICC chief Sarad pawar indicated "Pakistan team also a part of ICC", but all of suddenly ICC chief Mr. Haroon started the investigation without the knowledge of PCB, is it great? is it right the way to behave with country who has the long time member of ICC? what is going on? Are they trying to remove or ban the Pakistan team playing from World Cup 2011?

  • f3hhc on September 19, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    I fail to understand as to why ICC and almost everybody concerned with the cricketting world are confining and focussing all their attention and accusations against only one country.I believe by doing so they are committing a great mistake giving a green chit to all other teams to keep indulging in such illegal The activities.They must instead extend the circle of investigation to other teams as well in order to get to the bottom of this menace and catch and punish the culprits once and for all.

  • ghome on September 19, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Cricinfo reports that the latest furore about spot fixing by Pak team is based on details of telephone conversation between someone in Dubai and a bookie in Delhi passed on to the ICC by the Sun Tabloid news paper in England. I thought that telephone tapping of such a scale on the international scene can only be carried out by Govt spy agencies. Questions therefore must be asked if MI 5/6 along with the spy agencies of the named countries has a hand in this sordid affair. The plot trhickens to say the least!

  • Narkovian on September 19, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Bell struggle to get back in the one-day side... you're 'avin a larf aren't you? No idea what players like Bopara and more to the point Luke Wright are doing there in the first place. No contest. Bresnan too ? An "honest toiler" if ever I saw one.

    As for the Test side... if he doesn't get in before Morgan and Cook, then there is no justice.

  • Jim1207 on September 19, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    f3hhc, Can you please point out ONE cricketer from ANY other team in Cricket, who could have been involved illegally with a bookie to betray his own team and countrymen?

  • LUKMANN on September 19, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    pk wl tk the series 3-2.bcos they r in a form now

  • Chapelau on September 19, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Think of a scenario: team goes into a match without 4 of it's 6 top batsmen,(Bell, Pietersen, Cook, Collingwood), it plays two guys who are no hopers for the national side (Wright, Bopara). Is this match fixing? No - it's considered normal .... Now, there is no doubt that Butt, Asif and Amir have broken the rules/guidelines and have been justly sent home but accusing Pakistan of fixing 2 overs !!!! C'mon, lets get on with the game and stop seeing conspiracies everywhere.