What makes sportsmen go corrupt?

In the case of the Pakistanis accused of spot-fixing, the first responses pointed to their backgrounds - the culture of corruption, and poverty - but that doesn't explain everything

In the case of the Pakistanis accused of spot-fixing, the first responses pointed to their backgrounds - the culture of corruption, and poverty - but that doesn't explain everything

In the first week of January, as the last two days of the Ashes play themselves out and the South Africa versus India Test series comes to an end, Michael Beloff, English barrister and head of the ICC Code of Conduct commission, Justice Albie Sachs, a retired South African judge, and Sharad Rao, a leading Kenyan barrister, will find themselves in a room with Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir in Doha, Qatar, and begin to ask questions. Those questions will no doubt be factual, legal, contractual.

They certainly wouldn’t have been the very basic questions that flooded the minds of thousands who woke up one Sunday morning to see Mazhar Majeed and a stack of pound notes on their TV screens. Our questions were about guilt and innocence, reason and impulse. The ICC’s three-man tribunal’s findings may not answer them. Read more of this post

Bangladesh set to mark 100 days to go ICC World Cup 2011

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bangladesh paceman Masrafe Bin Mortaza share in Dhaka

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bangladesh paceman Masrafe Bin Mortaza share in Dhaka

Mashrafe Mortaza revealed his excitement as Bangladesh marked 100 days to go to the ICC CWC 2011 with a spectacular firework display and an unveiling of a countdown clock in Dhaka.

“The World Cup is the most anticipated tournament for me and I can already feel the buzz,” said Mortaza.

“There is no better place to play cricket than at home because our fans are the best fans and we will not disappoint them. If the team playes to its potential then we are going to have the most memorable World Cup.

“I can’t wait! The whole country is holding its breath. I am really excited because the World Cup is very near. We are playing some great cricket and we just want to continue with this momentum. We want to give the whole nation something to celebrate and we are capable of that.”
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Stumpy – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot

Stumpy - ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot

Stumpy - ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot

Stumpy

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot is called Stumpy.

His name was unveiled by leading stars, including Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara, with 200 days to go to the start of the event.

The mascot, an elephant, has been named ‘Stumpy’ after an online selection process that drew proposals from thousands of cricket fans around the world.

A minor boost ahead of larger challenges.

Clint McKay hoped this win would kick off a successful

Clint McKay hoped this win would kick off a successful

“Can we start our summer now?” Michael Clarke, the stand-in captain, asked the question after Australia had ended a seven-match losing streak with an eight-wicket win over a switched-off Sri Lanka at the Gabba.

Australia’s international summer usually opens in Brisbane with the first Test, but this three-game one-day series was squeezed in, with organisers hoping it would spark the Ashes summer. Instead it resulted in the home side falling to three defeats in a week in front of tiny crowds, including only 9037 for the dead rubber.

Clarke’s half-century to finish off the contest and strong performances from Clint McKay and Mitchell Starc improved the local moods. McKay grabbed career-best figures of 5 for 33 and Starc impressed in his second ODI with 4 for 27 as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 115. Read more of this post

Australia hope to avoid losing record

Mahela Jayawardene has been subdued during the one-day

Mahela Jayawardene has been subdued during the one-day

Match Facts

Sunday, November 7, Brisbane
Start time 13.20 local (02.20 GMT)

The Big Picture
In the blue corner is Sri Lanka, the happiest team in the world, the one deservedly still celebrating their first series victory Down Under. Slumped in the really blue corner is Australia, the side trying to avoid setting their worst losing streak in history. It is usually the touring teams that feel this low here, but the faded green and golds have lost their sheen. And the Ashes starts in 19 days.

Sri Lanka’s breakthrough tour began with a Twenty20 victory and was followed by a great escape in Melbourne. They then ensured Sunday’s third ODI would be a dead rubbed with a controlled victory in Sydney. Sri Lanka are a highly professional outfit with men for any conditions, so not much will bother them at the Gabba.

Australia are currently on a seven-match losing streak in all forms of the game. The last time they won was the first Test against Pakistan in July. Not since 1996 have they lost seven in a row – England also beat them in seven consecutive Tests between 1885 and 1888 – and they have never been defeated in eight straight. Michael Clarke is in charge of making sure that doesn’t happen following Ricky Ponting’s decision to miss the match to prepare for Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield game on Wednesday.

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