Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.There is more trouble for the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR in the Games consultants’ case. Headlines Today had reported how Suresh Kalmadi-led OC had appointed 35 consultants including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who had been paid hefty amounts for consultancy and other services but they hardly did any work. The CBI is now investigating how much money was spent by the CWC OC on these consultants, who were also given high profile designations in addition to huge sums of money. Raids in overlay contracts’ case Meanwhile, the CBI continued its crackdown on the overlay contracts given out for CWG projects. On Thursday morning, it carried out raids at twenty places, including fifteen in Delhi, two in Mumbai and one in Kolkata. This comes after the registration of three new cases in connection with the renovation of Shivaji and Talkatora stadia for the October 2010 Games. Among those the CBI raided were NDMC chief architect S.S. Gupta and offices of Raja Aederi, consultants who had the contracts for renovation of CWG stadia.
S Sreesanth and Ricky PontingAction ManAfter he made it to the World Cup squad, S. Sreesanth tweeted, “No drama only action.” By action, he perhaps meant verbal duels on the field. What else could explain his altercation with Ricky Ponting during the warm-up game at Bangalore? Having beaten Ponting on a few occasions, Sreesanth went up to him to say a few words and the Australian skipper gave it back. We prefer a five-wicket haul to this drama.AB de VilliersNo ShrinkingTest wicket-keeper Mark Boucher says the South African ODI team should be unpredictable, the Pakistan way. But one-day keeper AB de Villiers is not amused. “Who said that? Oh it’s Boucher. We don’t want to be branded unpredictable. We have our own style of play,” he said in Chennai. He is also not happy with the team seeking the help of psychologist Henning Gericke. “We don’t need more psychologists. There is no worry about failing under pressure. The past is past.” So no more choking? We will wait for a big match.MS DhoniHome RunAfter complaining about the pitch in Bangalore, M.S. Dhoni threw all thoughts of playing according to the situation out of the window in India’s warm-up match against New Zealand at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai. He smashed a 64-ball 108 to crush the Kiwis by 117 runs. The Indian skipper, who plays for the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, seemingly got pumped up by the support of his 35,000 “home” crowd who cheered every run scored by him.advertisementRizwan CheemaClose CallTouted as one of the probable winners of the World Cup 2011, England escaped a humiliating defeat by just 16 runs in their warm-up match against Canada at Fatullah in Bangladesh. Their experiment with Kevin Pietersen as an opener also bombed as the batsman negotiated 49 balls for his 24. “I will look to play my normal game. It’s not a pinch-hitting role,” he said after the match. For Canada, Rizwan Cheema’s 93 went in vain as the lowest-ranked team came tantalisingly close to victory.