Of … Oh, Canada. Never again.Because of problems with the IG Field artificial surface in both end zones, the Raiders and Green Bay Packers played Thursday night on an 80-yard field.Key players from both sides remained on the bench, and an announced crowd of 21,992 watched the Raiders beat the Packers 22-21 in what could be the last time you play an NFL team play an exhibition game on Canadian soil.Daniel Carlson won the game with a 33-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels India is on right track in its preparations for next year’s World Cup and resting five senior players to test bench strength in the ODI series against Australia was a right decision taken by the selectors.”The decision to drop five senior players for ODI series against Australia has been a brave one. Sehwag and Gambhir are the best opening duo in the world and Sachin is like old wine, getting better every day. More than the batsmen, the decision to rest Zaheer and Harbhajan will definitely impact the bowling attack. But I am sure this is for a justified cause. Even if India lose the ODI series against Australia, there will be nothing to worry,” Akram said.”Indian cricket is surely on the right track. The Test series win against Australia justified their status as world number one and I must laud the national selectors for doing a good job in picking a balanced side for the two matches,” Akram wrote in his column for ESPN Star Sports.Akram said at a time when Pakistan’s selectors were groping in the dark, their Indian counterparts were taking some wise decisions which will impact the future. “At this stage, all nations must be planning for the World Cup early next year and I think, India seem to be making the right moves,” said the legendary fast bowler.He said India’s bench strength is now well established and because of that the selectors rested five senior players against a strong team like Australia. “India’s bench strength has been well established now and this is a great sign. Even a few years ago, Indian selectors would not have dared to rest five of the best players in the country against Australia,” he added.advertisement”India are by no means a weak side (even without five senior players). Folks like Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are good enough and Australia will not have it easy.”This is a great opportunity for youngsters like Saurabh Tiwari and Shikhar Dhawan to prove themselves. I am sure, at the end of the New Zealand series, the Indian selectors will have a problem of plenty.” Akram felt that Indian cricket board should take quick decisions in the IPL mess so that the Twenty20 league is held without any hitch next year.”The only thing that is worrying me in Indian cricket is the crisis over the IPL. Whatever it is, the BCCI should quickly make its decisions so that the ‘clean’ franchises can plan ahead and make the tournament a success.”NEW CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PAKISTAN PLAYERSThe PCB has introduced a revised code of conduct for its players in line with recommendations made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for stricter implementation of anti-corruption laws.”Pakistan’s squad must sign the new code before leaving for a Twenty20, one-day and Test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates later this month,” manager Intikhab Alam said.The new code has been prepared keeping in mind recommendations made by the ICC. “There is a lot more stress on creating awareness among players about anti-corruption laws and regulations,” Alam said, adding that the new guidelines also encompassed domestic cricket.”We don’t want a repeat of what happened in England. I myself have given a detailed briefing to the players about the code of conduct,” he said.Three Pakistan players — Test captain Salman Butt and pace duo Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif — have been suspended by the ICC while an investigation takes place into allegations they had deliberately arranged for no-balls to be delivered at during fourth Test against England at Lord’s in August.The trio, who has all denied wrongdoing, will attend an appeal hearing in Doha on October 30 and 31.Alam said that he had been given increased authority by the PCB to deal with indiscipline and misconduct.”The board has made it clear in the new code that the manager will waste no time in stamping out indiscipline in the team,” he added.