I declined all offers: Manjrekar SANJAY Manjrekar has stayed away from the controversies of conflict of interest. On a day when it emerged that the Ethics Officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has found fault with many former cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, being involved in dual roles, Manjrekar strove to stay further away from the controversies. “Once I chose a career in media, I declined all offers that would result in a conflict of interest. It’s a principle I have held dear for 20 years,” Manjrekar said in a statement. Manjrekar has played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs in an international career spanning nine years in the 80s and 90s. Since his retirement, he has been a commentator and columnist. Manjrekar is here in England as a commentator for the World Cup. ——————————————————————————————————————————- Fund-raiser THE England-India World Cup game is going to be more than just a contest on the field. It is being used as a fund-raiser for the underprivileged children. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has teamed up with UN and raise the funds. Efforts are being made to raise some good chunk of funds for the underprivileged. Over the next few days, efforts will be made to call people to donate for the cause. The match will be played in Birmingham on June 30. ——————————————————————————————————————————- Lloyd hopeful of WI’s SF chances CLIVE Lloyd, the two-time World Cup winning West Indies captain, thinks the Caribbeans are still in with a chance to qualify for the semi-finals. The Jason Holders men started off with a bang, beating Pakistan in a totally one-sided contest and since then they have been quite below par. “There is still a mathematical chance that the West Indies can make the semifinals. And even though it is looking increasingly unlikely, it is absolutely vital that they try and finish the tournament on a high note,” Lloyd wrote in a column on the ICC media page. West Indies are in the seventh position with three points from five games, including three losses. They play New Zealand today in Manchester followed by the match against India on June 27 in Manchester.