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ICC to charge Australian captain Ponting over TV damage

2011 World Cup news bits: Ponting will be charged for venting his anger in the dressing room after he was dismissed during his side's victory over Zimbabwe.

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Sehwag misses training again

MUMBAI // Virender Sehwag, the Indian opener, missed practice for a second consecutive day after he picked up a knee injury during his scintillating 175-run knock in the World Cup opener against Bangladesh.

Sehwag had suffered the injury on Saturday, which left him requiring a runner, during the 140-ball knock when he scored his highest one-day score.

Sehwag did not join his team mates in Bangalore on Wednesday for the batting and fielding session. "It was an optional practice session today. He will definitely join us from tomorrow," India team manager Ranjib Biswal said from Bangalore over the phone.

Sachin Tendulkar, who underwent an MRI scan on his left knee on Sunday night, was back at training. Sehwag has also been in the news for sporting a jersey without a regulatory number unlike everyone else stipulated.

Ponting to pay for his anger

MUMBAI // Ricky Ponting, the Australia captain, will be charged for allegedly damaging a television set in the dressing room after he was run out for 28 in the 91-run victory during his side's opening World Cup victory over Zimbabwe.

"Ricky Ponting is being charged ... there will be a charge," an International Cricket Council (ICC) spokesman would only confim.

He said the governing body were waiting for the Australian team to arrive in Nagpur later today for their next match against New Zealand to inform Ponting.

"We need to talk to him ... because we don't know what he's going to say to it," the spokesman added.

Ponting was criticised in the India media for the episode but Lachy Patterson, an Australian team spokesman, said it had been overblown.

"Ricky threw his box [groin protector] into his bag and it flew up into a TV set," Patterson was quoted as saying in The Australian newspaper.

"It wasn't smashed. There was a small blackout on one corner of the screen. It was still working when [it was] replaced."

ICC fumes Butt Salman replaces bat with mike on cricket ground

Salman Butt said he was delighted to "renew his ties with cricket" after he made his debut as a television pundit for Pakistan's opening World Cup match against Kenya.

Last week the sport's governing body (ICC) said it was unhappy the banned former captain had been hired by little-known Channel Five in Pakistan and was checking whether he had breached the terms of his punishment after being found guilty of corruption.

Butt was adamant though that he was in the clear. "I don't see anything wrong in working as an expert for the Pakistan matches. I am not allowed to play any cricket or take part in cricket activity organised by the ICC or the Pakistan Cricket Board so I am not breaching the terms of my ban," Butt added.

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