South African Richardson named new ICC chief
Dubai—David Richardson, the former South Africa wicketkeeper, has been chosen by the International Cricket Council as its new chief executive.
The 52-year-old Richardson, who played 42 Tests and 122 one-day Internationals, will replace fellow South African Haroon Lorgat when the latter’s four-year term ends in June, subject to the appointment being ratified at June’s ICC Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur.
The appointment was approved by the ICC Board in a teleconference on Thursday following a recommendation by the organisation’s nominations committee after the leading candidates were interviewed in Mumbai last weekend.
Serena Williams beats Sharapova in Madrid
Madrid—Serena Williams cruised past No. 2 Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 Friday to advance to the Madrid Open semifinals along with top-ranked Victoria Azarenka.
Williams sealed her seventh straight win over Sharapova with an emphatic slam on the new blue-clay court. Azarenka overcame a shaky start to beat French Open winner Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The ninth-ranked Williams opened strong, hitting six aces and earning two early breaks to take the first set.
Australia bowling coach McDermott quits
Sydney—Craig McDermott has quit as bowling coach of the Australian team, citing the conflicting demands of constant touring with family life, Cricket Australia said Friday.
Former Test fast bowler McDermott, 47, has worked with great success in developing Australia’s fast bowling stocks in the 12 months he has been in the job.
“It has been a very difficult decision to leave my position as the bowling coach of the Australian cricket team, a job I have thoroughly enjoyed since beginning 12 months ago,” McDermott said in a statement.
PCB XI beat CDA XI in T20 match
Islamabad—Chairman PCB XI put up a clinical performance to win the Twenty20 festival fixture by 32 runs against Chairman CDA XI here at Diamond Cricket Ground Islamabad.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Chairman PCB XI amassed 192 for the loss of four wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Khalid Latif was the main contributor, who scored 76 off 46 that included four boundaries and three towering sixes. Shoaib Malik, who hit two boundaries and four sixes off 31 balls, was another main scorer as he made 56. Opners Ahmed Shahzad and Muhammad Hafeez scored 14 and 18, respectively.
For CDA XI Rahat Ali took two wickets, while Junaid Khan and Aizaz Cheem grabbed one wicket each.
Ronaldinho expected to be left out of Olympics
Sao Paulo—Brazil coach Mano Menezes did not picked Ronaldinho for exhibitions ahead of the London Olympics, limiting the player’s chance of making it to the games.
Neymar, Alexandre Pato, Oscar and Paulo Henrique Ganso were among the 23 players summoned for the exhibitions against Denmark on May 26, the United States on May 30, Mexico on June 3 and Argentina on June 9.
The players selected on Friday are expected to form the core of the team that will try to win its first Olympic gold medal, and Menezes hinted that those not on the list likely won’t be in London.