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Hiddink says he turned down Leicester

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

LONDON, April 2: Guus Hiddink says he turned down the opportunity to mage champions Leicester City following the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri and instead recommended Craig Shakespeare.
The experienced former Chelsea and Netherlands coach was in the frame to replace Ranieri after the Italian was sacked just nine months after leading Leicester to a shock Premier League title.
But the Dutchman, 70, told The Sunday Times: "To be strictly correct, I didn't talk directly with Leicester. But you know how the line goes. 'They think of you...'
"They asked not directly but indirectly, but I said no. If you have decided to sack Ranieri, why don't you go with your number two guy?"
Shakespeare was Ranieri's assistant and his permanent promotion last month to the top job has been a startling success, boasting a 100 percent record and hauling Leicester away from the relegation zone.
"Shakespeare knows the club, knows the players," Hiddink added.
"Why don't you go there, you will see what will happen, I said. Happily I was right."
Shakespeare moved within touching distance of achieving his main goal of top-flight survival as the champions beat Stoke City 2-0 on Saturday. IANS
Mortaza suspended for one ODI for slow over-rate offence
Colombo, April 2: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was on Sunday suspended for a match and fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 20 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third ODI against Sri Lanka.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire S. Ravi and fourth official Ranmore Martinesz.
Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension on the all-rounder after Bangladesh was ruled to be two overs short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration, according to an Intertiol Cricket Council's (ICC) release.
In accordance with Article 2.5.1 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
As Mashrafe had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the first ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch on 26 December 2016, this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence within a 12-month period which has led to a suspension. IANS

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