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Cricket: England greats turn on team after Dutch debacle

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Michael Atherton rounded on the current side after they bowed out of the World Twenty20 with a humiliating 45-run loss to the Netherlands in Chittagong on Monday. Bowled out for just 88 with more than two overs to spare in reply to the Netherlands' 133 for five, defeat set the seal on a miserable tour programme for England, already unable to reach the semi-finals of this event, following their 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.

Cricket: Broad looks for new England era after tough winter

Stuart Broad looked forward to a new England era after a miserable winter ended with a World Twenty20 exit in Chittagong on Saturday. England went down by three runs in a pulsating Super-10 stage Group One match against South Africa, going out of the semi-final race after two defeats in three matches. That ended a frustrating winter for England who lost the coveted Ashes in Australia, a whitewash which turned acrimonious with the axing of key batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Cricket: South Africa in World Twenty20 semis as England go out

South Africa produced another clinical performance to beat England by three runs in Chittagong to advance to the World Twenty20 semi-finals on Saturday. AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla hit half-centuries to anchor South Africa's highest total of the tournament of 196-5 before Wayne Parnell took 3-31 to keep England down to 193-7 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. South Africa are the second team to qualify for the semis after 2007 champions India cruised to the last four from Group Two.

Cricket: 'Tearful' Bird named Yorkshire president

Celebrated former umpire Harold 'Dickie' Bird has been elected the new president of his local team Yorkshire, the English county side announced on Saturday. Bird, 80, received 91 percent of the votes from Yorkshire's members during their annual general meeting and succeeds former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott in the role. Yorkshire said on their official Twitter page that Bird had accepted to take up the one-year role with a "tear in his eye".

Cricket: Pietersen plans Caribbean commute

For most cricketers the fact the Caribbean Premier League and its English county Twenty20 equivalent are taking place at the same time would mean playing in both was impossible. However, England exile Kevin Pietersen is planning to do just that, turning himself into a jet-set player like no other by flying in and out of the West Indies, a commute of thousands of miles, from his London base. "I will be fulfilling ALL my @surreycricket commitments and just flying into the Caribbean to honour this opportunity," Pietersen told his Twitter followers on Friday.

Cricket: Record-breaker Gavaskar takes charge off-field

As a record-breaking Test opener and captain of India, Sunil Gavaskar was renowned for his stout defence on even the stickiest of wickets. Now he will have to display the same qualities of defiance and immaculate foot-work as he steps to the crease for India's troubled cricket board. "As an opening batsman, you must be ready for all kinds of challenges," Gavaskar said after the Supreme Court recommended he step into the breach at the top of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Cricket: Record-breaker Gavaskar ready for BCCI innings

As a record-breaking Test opener and captain of India, Sunil Gavaskar was renowned for his stout defence on even the stickiest of wickets. Now he will have to display the same qualities of defiance and immaculate foot-work as he steps to the crease for India's troubled cricket board. "As an opening batsman, you must be ready for all kinds of challenges," Gavaskar said after the Supreme Court recommended he take over as interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). "I will do everything to the best of my abilities," he told the NDTV network.

Cricket: Gavaskar to take over troubled India board

The Supreme Court installed batting legend Sunil Gavaskar as the interim head of India's troubled cricket board Friday after forcing the scandal-tainted incumbent N. Srinivasan from office. Three days after warning Srinivasan they would order him to stand down if he tried to cling to power, a panel of judges announced that 64-year-old Gavaskar would take the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Cricket: Court set to order India chief to quit

India's Supreme Court was expected to issue an order Friday for beleaguered cricket board chief N. Srinivasan to quit, after proposing his replacement by batting legend Sunil Gavaskar over a betting scandal. A two-judge panel has warned the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it will issue an order for Srinivasan's dismissal on Friday after describing his refusal to quit so far as "nauseating".

Cricket: Court installs Gavaskar as interim BCCI chief

The Supreme Court installed batting legend Sunil Gavaskar as the interim head of India's troubled cricket board Friday in place of the scandal-tainted incumbent N. Srinivasan. Gavaskar would be made "interim working president" of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the court said, adding that the appointment would place him in overall charge of the upcoming edition of the annual Indian Premier League. str-co/lto
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