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Cricket: ICC likely to impose deadline.

Zimbabwe Cricket is likely to be given three months to get its house in order - or lose its Test status.

The ICC will monitor events closely while Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) attempts to patch together plans for its next top-level international engagement.

ICC will need assurances that a strong Zimbabwe side will feature on the tour of West Indies, which is due to include two Tests and five One-Day Internationals, starting in April.

The odds are stacked against ZC after Zimbabwe's government took over the running of cricket in the nation on Friday but left Peter Chingoka in charge.

Pakistan and India are planning to play a Twenty20 charity match to raise funds for earthquake victims in northern Pakistan.

The earthquake which struck northern Pakistan on Oct 8 has left over 73,000 dead and some three million homeless.

The Pakistan board had also dedicated gate money from a recent ODI against England for the victims.

Meanwhile Pakistan have lost their opening batsman Yasir Hameed with typhoid for the first Test against India which starts on Jan 13.

Gloucestershire have signed up David Brown and Grant Hodnett for a 12-week trial from the start of the new season.

Hodnett made his first-class debut against Warwickshire last season.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 9, 2006
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