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Feb 7, 2014

ICC would be mad to allow Big Three takeover – Mani

LONDON (Reuters) – Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani says it would be “sheer madness” for the governing body to effectively hand over control of the sport to India, Australia and England.

It was announced after a board meeting in Dubai last month that a new five-member ICC executive committee would be established to include representatives from the ECB, Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Feb 7, 2014

Cricket-ICC would be mad to allow Big Three takeover – Mani

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani says it would be “sheer madness” for the governing body to effectively hand over control of the sport to India, Australia and England.

It was announced after a board meeting in Dubai last month that a new five-member ICC executive committee would be established to include representatives from the ECB, Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Feb 5, 2014

Ex-ICC chief blames hierarchy for Pietersen axe

LONDON (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen is one of world cricket’s heroes and his sacking by England represents a failure by the team’s leadership rather than the player, according to former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani.

The England and Wales Cricket Board brought the curtain down on the South African-born batsman’s near-10-year spell at the top by leaving him out of the squad for the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh and limited-overs tour of West Indies.

Feb 5, 2014

Cricket-Ex-ICC chief blames hierarchy for Pietersen axe

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen is one of world cricket’s heroes and his sacking by England represents a failure by the team’s leadership rather than the player, according to former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani.

The England and Wales Cricket Board brought the curtain down on the South African-born batsman’s near-10-year spell at the top by leaving him out of the squad for the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh and limited-overs tour of West Indies.

Feb 5, 2014

World Match Play returns to England for 50th anniversary

LONDON (Reuters) – The Volvo World Match Play Championship is to return to England this year with the 50th anniversary edition being staged at the London Golf Club on the outskirts of the capital.

The $3 million event, held in Bulgaria in May last year, returns to its traditional October date and features an elite 16-man field.

Jan 26, 2014

Qatar triumph could herald amazing year, says Garcia

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – Former world number two Sergio Garcia is hoping his Qatar Masters victory is an encouraging sign of good things to come for the Spaniard this season.

The Ryder Cup stalwart picked up the 11th European Tour win of his career, and his 26th worldwide, by beating Finland’s Mikko Ilonen at the third hole of a sudden-death playoff in Doha on Saturday.

Jan 24, 2014

Chelsea foolish to sell Mata, says Hudson

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea have been foolish to allow Spain playmaker Juan Mata’s imminent transfer to Premier League rivals Manchester United, the club’s former crowd favourite Alan Hudson said on Friday.

Hudson left Chelsea in acrimonious circumstances along with the ‘King of Stamford Bridge’ Peter Osgood in 1974 after they fell out with then-manager Dave Sexton and he said the decision to sell the popular 25-year-old Mata was equally controversial.

Jan 24, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea foolish to sell Mata, says Hudson

LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Chelsea have been foolish to allow Spain playmaker Juan Mata’s imminent transfer to Premier League rivals Manchester United, the club’s former crowd favourite Alan Hudson said on Friday.

Hudson left Chelsea in acrimonious circumstances along with the ‘King of Stamford Bridge’ Peter Osgood in 1974 after they fell out with then-manager Dave Sexton and he said the decision to sell the popular 25-year-old Mata was equally controversial.

Jan 21, 2014

Willian form may trigger Mata’s Chelsea exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Juan Mata could be on the way out at Chelsea and, despite Jose Mourinho saying earlier this season he preferred Oscar in the No. 10 role, it is the form of another player that has led to the Spaniard being ignored recently.

Oscar’s fellow Brazilian Willian made a slow start to the campaign after spurning a move to Tottenham Hotspur at the last minute in favour of a big-money transfer to Stamford Bridge from Russians Anzhi Makhachkala in August.

Jan 21, 2014

Soccer-Willian form may trigger Mata’s Chelsea exit

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Juan Mata could be on the way out at Chelsea and, despite Jose Mourinho saying earlier this season he preferred Oscar in the No. 10 role, it is the form of another player that has led to the Spaniard being ignored recently.

Oscar’s fellow Brazilian Willian made a slow start to the campaign after spurning a move to Tottenham Hotspur at the last minute in favour of a big-money transfer to Stamford Bridge from Russians Anzhi Makhachkala in August.

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