KOLKATA, India (CMC) – Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has criticised Kings XI Punjab’s million-dollar acquisition of West Indies speedster Sheldon Cottrell, labelling the move as a “desperation” buy.Cottrell found himself at the centre of a bidding war between Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI before Kings XI finally secured his services for US$1.2 million.Speaking following Thursday’s auction here, Gambhir said he did not believe Cottrell possessed “enough quality” to justify the lucrative price tag.“There were no better options, Pat Cummins and Chris Morris both were sold out. They tried hard to get Morris but it didn’t work,” said Gambhir, who twice led Kolkata Knight Riders to IPL titles.“I still don’t think Sheldon Cottrell has enough quality to become a (US$1.2 million) bowler. He’s still to build on accuracy and speed yet that he can bowl at 145 (kph) speed. He can look at putting cutters but that might not help at Mohali.“I think Anil Kumble (Kings XI director of operations) picked him up in desperation since they couldn’t get Chris Morris or Pat Cummins. If the demand is high and supply is low, these things happen.”Cottrell has had an outstanding year for West Indies, taking 30 wickets from 23 One-Day Internationals and 14 from 12 T20 Internationals.He also led the attack during a wretched ICC World Cup campaign by the Caribbean side to finish with 12 wickets and was also instrumental in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with 12 wickets at an economy rate of just under eight runs per over for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.At Kings XI, Cottrell joins West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran who were both retained following the last IPL season, and Barbados-born England fast-bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan.
CLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man accused of being involved in a high speed chase during a blizzard earlier this year has pleaded guilty.The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says at about 10:15 PM on the night of February 7th, a deputy located a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro that had been reported stolen near the intersection of Interstate 35 and US Highway 18. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, with the driver fleeing through Clear Lake at speeds of over 100 miles per hour.The driver lost control of the vehicle due to poor road conditions west of Clear Lake near McIntosh Road. The two people in the car fled on foot through a field..31-year-old Jared Schneckloth was later located in a garage and was charged with first-degree theft and driving while barred. He entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent on Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County District Court and will be sentenced on May 8th.A passenger in the vehicle, 26-year-old Dylan Dimig of Schleswig, was charged with interference with official acts. He pleaded guilty last week and was fined $250.