Short Sport, January 1, 2013
Bangladesh tour of Pakistan 'unlikely'
Bangladesh are unlikely to tour Pakistan due to security concerns, despite making a commitment to do so at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in October. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said last month Bangladesh had confirmed a visit for this month, which would have made it the first international side to tour Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009. "We have made a commitment to travel to Pakistan. But still there are some concerns," Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said yesterday. "We have noticed the security situation in Pakistan has not improved significantly, rather deteriorated. In this circumstance, we think it will not be very wise to tour." Reuters
Tributes planned for Greig and Hussey
Fans at this week's final Australia-Sri Lanka cricket test in Sydney have been asked to wear tributes to the late Tony Greig and retiring batsman Mike Hussey. Wide-brimmed hats were suggested to recall the memory of former England captain and television commentator Greig, who died of a heart attack, aged 66, on Saturday. Fans will also be urged to don the trademark white nose-protective zinc sunscreen synonymous with retiring Australian batsman Hussey, who has decided that he will be playing his last test starting on Thursday against the visiting Sri Lankans. AFP
NZ jockey Mundy killed in race fall
Jockey Ashlee Mundy of New Zealand has died after being severely injured in a fall at the Kurow racecourse on the country's South Island. Mundy, 26, who was based in Australia but rode 232 winners in New Zealand, returned from her home in Queensland to visit family and to ride on the South Island circuit during the holiday period. AP