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BCCI reprimands Kohli

NEW DELHI (AP):

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has reprimanded Virat Kohli after the star batsman was accused of abusing an Indian journalist at a practice session in Perth during the World Cup.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur says Kohli "has been told to maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times and avoid any such behaviour in the future".

Kohli was accused of abusing Jasvinder Sidhu, a journalist with the Hindustan Times, mistaking him for somebody else who had published a negative story about the batsman's girlfriend.

The journalist complained to the International Cricket Council and BCCI about the unprovoked verbal attack in full view of journalists and team officials, but Indian team management denied that any abusive language had been used.

Rain threatens SA, Pakistan clash

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP):

The weather may play a role in the outcome of Saturday's Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Pakistan in Auckland, with New Zealand's MetService predicting some heavy rain showers during the afternoon.

Should the worst happen and the day-night game is washed out, Pakistan might be glad to accept a point given South Africa's recent form. In each of the last two games, against the West Indies and Ireland, South Africa have scored more than 400 runs and won by more than 200.

Pakistan's form has been far less assured. After losing their first two games against India and the West Indies, the 1992 champions have got their campaign back on track with wins over Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates.

There's been only one washout in the tournament so far, the match between four-time champion Australia and Bangladesh in Brisbane. But as the World Cup progresses into the Southern Hemisphere autumn, it could become more of a concern.

Waqar laments tough times for bowlers

NAPIER, New Zealand (AP):

Pakistan great Waqar Younis said modern one-day cricket is "unfair" to faster bowlers and he's glad he's not playing under current conditions.

Waqar, who is now coach of the Pakistan team, said flat wickets, fielding restrictions and bigger bats have tipped the balance of the game too far in favour of batsmen.

In his playing days, Waqar was a master of the fast yorker which made him one of the most effective death bowlers in the history of the game. He still believes the yorker is the most effective ball to bowl in the late overs but said bowlers have a tough job under any circumstances.

Waqar told reporters after Pakistan's 129-run win over Afghanistan on Wednesday: "It is a little unfair to faster bowlers, I would say, or to any bowlers, especially when the field is (up). You don't really know which way to bowl."