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Volume 10 No. 25

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Former Chief Justice of Punjab High Court Mukul Mudgal, "known for his uprightness," said that Indian cricket "is in a good shape and Chennai Super Kings are one of the best sides in the Indian Premier League," according to Vijay Tagore of the MUMBAI MIRROR. Mudgal said that he "never had held any bias" against the Board of Control for Cricket in India although he has always "been known be an ardent critic of the BCCI." Mudgal: "That is a misconception, I've never held anything against the BCCI. In fact, I think, the BCCI is one of the better run sports bodies in the country." Having been appointed chairman of the IPL probe committee by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Mudgal "is still not aware of the terms and conditions but said he is confident of finishing the probe in the stipulated time." The Supreme Court "has given the panel four months time." The other two members of the committee are senior advocate and Additional Solicitor General N. Nagehswar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta (MUMBAI MIRROR, 10/9).

: The PTI reported "under-fire" BCCI President N. Srinivasan said that "his conscience was clear and he did not quit his post despite calls for his ouster since he has done nothing wrong." Asked if his conscience allowed him to continue as the BCCI president even after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan was chargesheeted by Mumbai Police in connection with the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, Srinivasan said, "Most certainly, I would not have taken up the position if I felt otherwise. And, as I said in the beginning I stand for what I do. If I have done something wrong, yes, my conscience would not permit me" (PTI, 10/9).

Hot Spot "has been axed for this summer's Ashes series," according to Chris Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Six weeks out from the first Test against England in Brisbane, "it has emerged the controversial infrared camera technology has been sidelined by the series' broadcaster Channel Nine." Hot Spot's Australian inventor Warren Brennan confirmed on Wednesday that the decision-review device, "which uses heat readings to analyse whether there has been contact between the ball and the bat and pads, would not feature in the showpiece five-Test series." Brennan said, "It's their decision and that's what's been communicated to us. As far as I'm concerned, it is final. We're just moving on with things. Channel Nine have got a new deal with Cricket Australia which I know has cost them a lot more money." The development leaves the ball-tracking component, Eagle Eye, audio evidence picked up by stump microphones and slow-motion replays "as the remaining tools at the disposal of the third official in the Ashes." The cost of Hot Spot -- the company charges A$10,000 ($9,400) a day for the four-camera system Nine has used, which totals $250,000 for the Test series -- "is a key reason behind the broadcaster cutting ties but its poor performance in England is also understood to be a factor." Brennan, however, "was not upset with Nine, which initially introduced Hot Spot as an entertainment product before it was added to the DRS, but directed his ire at CA for refusing to provide financial support." Brennan: "I don't have a beef with Channel Nine. The disappointing thing for us is that Cricket Australia didn't engage at all with us to try and come on board and help with this situation. They just said, 'No, it's got nothing to do with us. It's Channel Nine's responsibility'" (SMH, 10/10).

FIFA "remains optimistic" the upcoming U17 World Cup "will be an operational success," however it warned that "there is still work to be done before the tournament kicks off this month," according to John McAuely of THE NATIONAL. FIFA’s inspection team on Tuesday completed its final assessment of the six venues chosen to stage the three-week event, with Dubai’s Rashid Stadium the last of the sites examined. FIFA Deputy Dir of Competitions Inaki Alvarez said that all six host venues -- Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Rashid Stadium, the Sheikh Khalifa Int'l Stadium in Al Ain, Sharjah Stadium and one each in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah -- "require some finessing, from the preparation of training pitches to the installation of IT infrastructure." Alvarez "expects each site to be '100 per cent complete' within the next three to five days," in preparation for the arrival of FIFA’s delegates later this week. The teams arrive Sunday (THE NATIONAL, 10/8).