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Darren Stevens is accused of failing to report a corrupt approach

Darren Stevens is charged in corruption inquiry

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Emilio Colombo

Emilio Colombo

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron poses inside the premises of the holy Sikh shrine the Golden temple in the northern Indian city of Amritsar

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Australia's new coach, Darren Lehmann, (right) addresses the media alongside his captain, Michael Clarke (left)

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Theresa May is pressing ahead with a controversial scheme to force visitors from “high-risk” countries in Asia and Africa to pay a “security bond” of £3,000 before they are allowed into Britain.

India's Shikhar Dhawan batting during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff

Champions Trophy: England to play India in final after Sri Lanka are emphatically beaten

India won by eight wickets in Cardiff

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of J P Duminy of South Africa first ball

James Lawton: Firmer fist will be required if England are to win Champions Trophy final

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