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The physical fitness of Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, is being monitored 'on a daily basis'.
The physical fitness of Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, is being monitored 'on a daily basis'.
Tim May has been increasingly frustrated by the power struggles in the ICC.
Tim May has been increasingly frustrated by the power struggles in the ICC.
Shane Warne is Australia's most successful bowler in Tests. Paul Kane / Getty Images
Shane Warne is Australia's most successful bowler in Tests. Paul Kane / Getty Images

Cricket round-up: Dale Steyn could miss Champions Trophy opener

And Tim May, another former Australia spin bowler, resigns from international players' union in frustration.

Dale Steyn, theSouth Africa fast bowler, is doubtful for the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy against India in Cardiff on Thursday after being diagnosed with a mild left side strain.

Steyn had complained of tightness during South Africa's warm-up defeat to Pakistan at the Oval in London on Monday, leaving the field to receive treatment after bowling five overs and them going to hospital to undergo a scan.

"At this stage we are unable to determine whether he will be available for the first match against India in Cardiff, however, we will be assessing and treating intensively on a daily basis," said South Africa's manager Mohammed Moosajee in a statement on Tuesday.

There are also doubts over left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who has swelling after being hit on the left foot in Monday's match.

Quinton de Kock has joined the squad as cover for captain and wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. De Kock is not an official member of South Africa's Champions Trophy squad but will travel with the squad for the tournament.

Warne backs Pakistan-born leg-spinner

Shane Warne believes Australia leg-spinner in-waiting Fawad Ahmed can complete a "courageous" journey from asylum seeker to Ashes hero.

Ahmed, who fled his native Pakistan in 2010, could be a late call-up into Australia's squad before the first Test next month if his application for Australian citizenship is fast-tracked.

Legislation is currently before the Australian parliament that would allow the 31-year-old to join a 16-man Australia squad that currently only has one specialist slow bowler in Nathan Lyon.

"I think for him the whole story of his is a very courageous one," Warne told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"He's come to Australia for a better life. What he has done is an interesting story.

"I wish him all the best and I really hope all the documentation goes through because I think he could be a real surprise element for Australia.

"He's got that surprise element and he doesn't get flustered about anything. I think he could be very good for Australia."

Warne believes Ahmed is already a better option than the 22-capped Lyon, despite the leg-spinner having played just three first-class matches since his arrival Down Under.

Ahmed took 16 wickets in that time, after making his debut in February for Victoria the same state where Warne began a career that brought him 708 Test scalps.

Tim May resigns

Tim May has resigned as the chief of cricket's international players' union as his frustration with the sport's powerbrokers finally boiled over.

May's resignation from the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) comes less than a month after he controversially lost his position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee to Indian television commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.

The former Australia Test spinner, a FICA member for 16 years and chief since 2005, said he was tired of battling an Indian-dominated ICC board, one he claimed was unwilling to make governance changes recommended by the Woolf Report.

"Cricket increasingly seems to be pushing aside the principles of transparency, accountability, independence and upholding the best interests of the global game, in favour of a system that appears to operate through threats, intimidation and backroom deals," May said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The players deserve better.

"Increasingly, the administrators of the game seek to force out or alienate those who question its alleged misuse of power, or those who seek greater transparency, or provide rational argument against the ills of the administration.

"It appears that some administrators just don't want to be held to account to the standards that are expected of them ... the current system is failing us."

The Woolf report was the ICC's independent governance review headed by Lord Woolf. It called for sweeping changes in the administration of cricket and the running of its governing body.

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