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Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

ODI series: Ashley Giles insists Kevin Pietersen is in his future plans as is anyone who 'can bring that tempo and win games'

Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

Pakistani Christian villagers march during a protest against the country's strict blasphemy laws against Islam in Korian

Death sentence for British pensioner accused of blasphemy in Pakistan

The man was given the sentence despite having a history mental illness

Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto and the Politics of Pakistan by Heraldo Munoz; book review

We are introduced to Heraldo Munoz, former Chilean ambassador to the UN, as he is called up by Ban Ki-moon and asked to lead a commission into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, killed in the full face of the public on 27 December 2007, on her return to Pakistan after exile.

The ECB could be given greater control by the ICC
England cricket team captain Alastair Cook (left) and his Indian team counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni (right) pose with the championship trophy with Bharti Airtel Gujarat CEO Anant Arora (centre) in Ahmedabad in November 2012

India and England give ICC a plan to save Test cricket

England are brokering a desperate deal with India to try to ensure the survival of world cricket. If it contains elements of naked greed and self-interest there is a growing fear that without it the whole structure of the international game could collapse.

Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar at their wedding reception in New Delhi in 2010

Sunanda Pushkar: Injury marks found on body of Indian politician’s wife

Ms Pushkar's body was discovered in a luxury hotel room by her husband Shashi Tharoor

The ECB could be given greater control by the ICC

ECB could be given an enhanced role in major decision-making when the ICC discuss new proposals

ECB could become one of three central figures alongside Cricket Australia and Cricket for India

An ambulance arrives at the Leela Hotel in New Delhi where wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead

Sunanda Pushkar, wife on Indian government minister, found dead following affair claims

The death of Sunanda Pushkar has sent shockwaves around Delhi

Rahul Gandhi to lead campaign for India's ruling Congress party

Members of India's ruling Congress party erupted in rapturous applause today for Rahul Gandhi, heir to the country's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, who is leading the struggling party's campaign in a general election in May.

Postcard from... Bangalore

The two sisters sat in the airport lounge, waiting for their flight to Kerala. It was delayed. They were keen to get going. Their mother had died the day before and they were going to settle her affairs. “She had a good life. She lived to 97,” explained one of the sisters. “You know what her secret was? Coconuts.”

Devyani Khobragade, India's Deputy Consul General, was allegedly handcuffed and strip-searched on her arrest

It's not the treatment of Devyani Khobragade that is fuelling India's anger at the US

The diplomat was caught bang to rights. But election season changes things...

Bangladesh unrest casts doubt over safety of World T20

Cricket security officials will gather in Bangladesh later this week to decide whether it is safe to stage the World Twenty20 there. They may decide on a last-ditch switch to another country, possibly Sri Lanka, if there are enough concerns that it will be dangerous to run a tournament in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, where there has been severe civil unrest recently.

All that glitters: Amritsar's Golden Temple

Thirty years on from Amritsar: If the SAS were involved, it will embarrass the UK

There would be justifiable anger within the Sikh community

Olympic boxer Mary Kom launches self-defence app and first ever 'female fight club' in India

New app and SMS service will offer advice and tips to women

Delhi police question homeless men after Danish tourist is gang-raped and robbed at knife-point in backpacking area

Police question group of men after woman was reportedly assaulted

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