League Notes: Indian Cricket Board Opposes Probe By Mudgal Panel; SC Reserves Order
India's Supreme Court on Tuesday "reserved its order" on setting up a panel to probe allegations of spot-fixing and betting against Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan and 12 cricketers in the Indian Premier League. A bench headed by justice A.K. Patnaik, which had suggested that the probe be conducted by the justice Mudgal Committee, "reserved the order" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 4/29). ... The National Rugby League’s "inspiration," Alex McKinnon, "has been offered a job for life, as the rugby league family vows to support him in his heroic battle against spinal injuries." NRL CEO Dave Smith has "revealed the NRL would find an ongoing role for the popular Newcastle Knight." Smith: "His spirit and determination are an inspiration for all of us" (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4/29). ... A Malaysian professional badminton league -- the Malaysia Purple League -- will start this year and run from September to February, at the Lee Chong Wei Sports Arena. It "promises a total prize" of RM2M ($600,000). Malaysia's "superstar" Lee Chong Wei and five-time world champion Lin Dan of China "are set to be the main crowd pullers" -- with many more expected to grace the league like four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China, South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae and Indonesia’s Markis Kido (THE STAR, 4/29). ... Singapore Athletic Association suspended VPs Loh Chan Pew and Steven Lee "have been reinstated to their respective positions within the national athletics body on Tuesday, following the decision of an appeals committee." The duo was "earlier suspended" by SAA President Tang Weng Fei, but an independent appeals board led by local sports administrator Low Teo Ping "overturned that decision" (STRAITS TIMES, 4/29). Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been given the green signal by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to organize a Twenty20 league next month. The league named ''Love Pakistan Peace Cricket League 2014'' is expected to be played across five cricketing centers including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar from May 3-18 (PTI, 4/29).