September 18

Cottrell lacks the quality to justify price tag, says Gambhir

first_imgKOLKATA, 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.last_img read more

December 24

OMAGH BOMB REPORT: RUC SPECIAL BRANCH WITHHELD INTELLIGENCE FROM MURDER INQUIRY TEAM

first_imgThe scene of devastation following the Real IRA bomb attack on OmaghAN investigation by the North’s Police Ombudsman has confirmed that RUC Special Branch did not provide some information to detectives investigating the Omagh bombing, due to their interpretation of the law at that time.In a report published this morning, the Police Ombudsman outlines the findings of an investigation which focused on certain intelligence obtained between 15 August and 9 September 1998, held by police.A previous investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office had focused on the use of other information held by police at the time. A total of 29 people and two unborn children died, including three Buncrana schoolboys, when the Real IRA detonated a bomb in Omagh town centre on August 15, 1998.No one has ever been convicted of the massacre.In January 2009, Sir Peter Gibson, who led a British Government review of intelligence matters related to the bombing, published his report in which he said Special Branch had acted in a ‘cautious’ way in their provision of material to the team investigating the bombing.In March 2010, a report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said it believed ‘further investigation was required into what Special Branch gave to the investigation team, when it was given, and what information was withheld and why.”The PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott then asked the North’s Police Ombudsman’s Office to conduct an independent investigation of a number of specific matters concerning how RUC Special Branch handled its intelligence and its relationship with Government Communication Headquarters – a Government body which deals with intelligence and security matters.Police Ombudsman investigators spoke to a range of witnesses, including Sir Peter Gibson, to serving and retired police officers and to officials from other Government agencies.  They also looked at a substantial amount of ‘intelligence’ and investigative material:“I believe we had unfettered and unrestricted access to all the relevant documentation held by the PSNI,” said Dr Maguire.Like the previous report by the Police Ombudsman’s Office, in viewing this particular material, Dr Maguire also found no evidence police had information which, if acted upon, could have prevented the Omagh bombing.His investigation identified a number of occasions when information was shared with the detectives investigating the bombing.Special Branch provided detectives with details of public telephone kiosks from which the bomb warning calls were made and the identities of people who were suspected to have been involved in the bombing.However, the Police Ombudsman established that Special Branch did have information – telephone numbers – which were not passed to the detectives.Omagh town centre seconds before bomb went off. Spanish father and son picture miraculously survived the attack“The consequence was that the police investigation was required to invest substantial resources in analysing related records, resources that might well have been better utilised at that early stage of the inquiry,” he said.Dr Maguire concluded that Special Branch had acted ‘cautiously’ in not disclosing all the intelligence available to the team investigating the Omagh bombing.“I am satisfied this action was as a result of the interpretation by Special Branch of both  what  Sir Peter’s report called ‘ the strict conditions imposed by GCHQ’ on the RUC and the legislative framework which prevailed at the time and which, for all intents and purposes, is still in place, albeit in a different legislative form.”“The view held by the relevant police officers was a reasonable one in the circumstances,” he said.OMAGH BOMB REPORT: RUC SPECIAL BRANCH WITHHELD INTELLIGENCE FROM MURDER INQUIRY TEAM was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaDR MICHAEL MAGUIREOMAGH BOMB REPORT: RUC SPECIAL BRANCH WITHHELD INTELLIGENCE FROM MURDER INQUIRY TEAMPOLICE OMBUDSMANlast_img read more