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Volume 10 No. 23

Leagues and Governing Bodies

A top official said that India is "unlikely to embrace the concept of day/night Test matches" because a previous experiment in first-class cricket fell flat, according to the AFP. The Int'l Cricket Council announced this week that Tests can now be played under lights. Cricket Australia "applauded the move," but the Board of Control for Cricket in India "was lukewarm toward the idea," despite having tried the concept in a domestic final in '97. BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said, "We were the first to experiment with this and our experience was not so great. At this stage we have no such proposal" (AFP, 10/31).

TRYING TO SURVIVE: In Chennai, S. Dinakar wrote the ICC's approval to day/night Tests and the "manner in which this has been done is nothing less than shocking." How can cricket's governing body "leave it to the member boards to decide on the type and colour of the ball to be used for a form of the game as important and prestigious as Test cricket?" Is the ICC "allowing cricket to be diluted?" Even if it supports day/night cricket, the ICC "clearly needs to specify the colour of the ball." The idea behind allowing night matches "is to attract more spectators," but then Test cricket is still "widely followed on TV." Test cricket is "quite simply the pinnacle of the sport." There are other ways to ensure that Test cricket "survives and does so in a manner that underlines its glory" (THE HINDU, 10/31).

British car brand Bentley "will return to the racetrack with a GT car in '14 as Volkswagen, which owns the brand, restructures its GT involvement," according to Lüttgens & Wittemeier of Volkswagen "has already three of its brands competing in the FIA GT3 series," Porsche, Lamborghini and Audi. In '14 a fourth one will follow as Volkswagen "prepares the return of Bentley to the racetrack." Research & Development Head Wolfgang Dürheimer, who is charge of Volkwagen's motorsport activities, said, "We will present ourselves in GT racing with Bentley starting in 2014." Bentley's last motorsport involvement was in '03 when it won the 24 Hours of  Le Mans race. Dürheimer added, "The brand has celebrated numerous victories in motorsports, not only the overall victory in Le Mans in '03" (, 10/30).

Great Britain's Horsemen's Group was to hold a "crisis board meeting" Wednesday following the sudden resignation of Philip Freedman, who had been due to become chairman on  Jan. 1, according to Chris Cook of the London GUARDIAN. Freedman's departure "appears to have been caused by repeated clashes" with Group CEO Alan Morcombe, over the way in which the body should proceed. Freedman wrote in a statement: "I am resigning from the board with immediate effect. It has become clear in recent days that the differences between the chief executive and myself over how the HG should best act in the interests of its members are so great that we cannot continue working together." Freedman was unavailable for further comment, and was believed to have boarded a plane to California for this weekend's Breeders' Cup before the news broke. Morcombe responded by releasing a "terse" statement, noting the group "is disappointed with Philip's decision, and unsuccessful efforts were made to get him to reconsider." Wednesday's meeting was to be between Morcombe and representatives of the group's constituent bodies, the Racehorse Owners Association, the National Trainers Federation, the Professional Jockeys Association, the National Association of Stable Staff and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (GUARDIAN, 10/30).

An independent analyst will be appointed to review every aspect of Australian cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Athlete and staff integrity "are expected to be the core issue of the wide-ranging review" (HERALD SUN, 11/1). ... Pakistan cricket authorities insisted that preparations "were well on course" for a Twenty20 league with int'l stars in March next year. The Pakistan Premier League is seen "as a key step toward reviving int'l cricket in the country" (AFP, 10/30).