Sri Lanka coach Ford refuses to renew contract
Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced that the national cricket team's head coach Graham Ford will be released of his duties after his contract expires in January next year. "Graham Ford has intimated that he would like to be released from his duties at the end of his contract due to his family commitments", SLC release said. The SLC was intending to hold further talks with Ford, who last month was quoted as saying that he would wait until January 2014 to make a decision on his future with Sri Lanka. There have been rumours that Ford will leave his Sri Lankan job to take reins with the English county team Surrey. He had previously coached Kent in 2007. Ford took over as the coach of the Sri Lankan team after Tom Moody left the position in 2011.
Uttar Pradesh gears up to host IPL matches
New delhi: Uttar Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Narad Rai today said that efforts were being made to organise Indian Premier League matches in the state. Talking to reporters Rai said that talks were being held with the BCCI to organise IPL matches in UP. He said that efforts were being made to stage the National Games in 2015 in UP. Rai said that a Test match between India and New Zealand would be played here in November.
Stop running after BCCI, Akhtar urges Pak board
karachi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar says instead of running after the BCCI for normalising cricket ties, the Pakistan Cricket Board should focus on converting the national team into a world class side. The Indian government has rejected visa applications of Faisalabad Wolves, which was to play in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. “I am not surprised... I have always said that we don’t need to run after India all the time and we need to stop begging on different issues whether it is resumption of bilateral cricket ties, allowing our players for the IPL or our team for the Champions League,” Akhtar said. “(what we will lose?) A few