Sri Lanka tour rescheduled
Sri Lanka's abandoned tour of New Zealand has been rescheduled for April. New Zealand Cricket officials announced yesterday that two Tests would be played from April 4 to April 8 and April 11 to April 15 at venues still to be decided. The Tests were originally scheduled to take place this month but were postponed because of the south Asian tsunami disaster. New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden announced the Kiwis would host three one-day matches later this month against a Rest of the World team, captained by Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne to raise money for tsunami victims.
Butcher out of tour
England batsman Mark Butcher's tour to South Africa ended on Monday when he was ruled out because of a wrist injury. "Mark will see a specialist in Johannesburg and fly home in the next few days," England media manager Dave Clarke said. "He tried to have a bat in the nets this morning but was unable to grip the bat." Warwickshire's Ian Bell will replace Butcher for the rest of the tour.
Hrbaty fined for oranges
With a diamond-encrusted tennis ball in his luggage, Dominik Hrbaty could easily afford to smile about the NZ$200 (US$139) fine a pair of mandarin oranges in his pocket attracted at Auckland airport. The Slovak who, with Daniela Hantuchova, won the diamond trophy at last week's Hopman Cup, flew into New Zealand on Sunday to complete his preparation for next week's Australian Open and was fined by New Zealand customs for attempting to illegally import the fruit. "It was the most expensive mandarins I've ever had," he smiled.