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Monday, 31 October 2011

ICC rebukes Pietersen for questioning umpires in 20-20 international

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reprimanded key England batsman Kevin Pietersen for showing disdain at an umpire's decision during his team's six-wicket victory over India in a Twenty20 International at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Saturday.

Injured McKay doubtful for Bulawayo Test against Zimbabwe

New Zealand's preparations for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe have taken yet another hit as fast bowler Andy McKay has been struck down with a stomach bug.

Using Jesse Ryder as specialist batsman isn't far away, says Taylor

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has admitted that injured all-rounder Jesse Ryder's days at the bowling crease in international cricket could be numbered.

Yuvraj launches his cricket academy

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh Monday launched his dream project, state-of-the-art training centres for budding cricketers at Pathways Schools in Noida, Balliawas and Aravali in Haryana's Gurgaon district.

West Indies 355 & 207-3 v Bangladesh 231 - close

West Indies were 207 for three wickets in their second innings at stumps on the third day of the second test against Bangladesh on Monday.

PCB knocked back plans for improving players' fitness levels: Ex-fitness trainer

Pakistan cricket team's former fitness trainer David Dwyer has confirmed rumours that his plans for improving players' fitness levels were knocked back by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Pakistan crowned Hong Kong Sixes champions

Pakistan has been crowned Hong Kong Sixes champions after they defeated England by 35 runs on Sunday.

PCB won't compromise on discipline, says Zaka Ashraf

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s new chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that he would not tolerate any groupism or indiscipline from the players.

Bishoo strikes earn West Indies first innings lead

West Indies were 27 for one wicket in their second innings after leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo struck twice to help dismiss Bangladesh for 231 on the third day of the second test on Monday.

PCB likely to undergo changes under new chairman Zaka Ashraf

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s new chairman Zaka Ashraf is likely to fire some senior officials and also make some placement changes, it has been claimed.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Pakistan 281-4 v Sri Lanka 239 - close

Pakistan were 281 for four wickets, a lead of 42 runs over Sri Lanka, at the close on the second day of the second test in Dubai on Thursday.

Future is bright for Pakistan, feels Shahid Afridi

Talismanic Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said on Thursday the new chairman of the nation's cricket board gave hope to the embattled cricket side and took a swipe at the "old man" he replaced.

Schumacher keen to meet Tendulkar at Indian Grand Prix

Legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is looking forward to his second meeting with India's cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, a die-hard fan of motorsports.

South Africa and Australia in search of momentum

South Africa and Australia reckon Friday's decisive one-day game could have a bearing on next month's test series and both are giving their injured players every chance to prove their fitness for the Durban clash.

Century is a relief for Pakistan's Azhar Ali

Pakistan's fast-rising one-drop batsman Azhar Ali showed great delight and relief over scoring his maiden hundred in the second Test against Sri Lanka, a landmark that had eluded him for 14 matches.

Bopara at risk as Coach Flower plans to chop flops

England head coach Andy Flower has vowed to remove several cricketers from the squad after being embarrassed by the 5-0 series whitewash against India.

Cummins impresses in one-day adversity

Veteran Australian cricketer Mike Hussey has said that he is quite impressed with the responses of teenage pacer Pat Cummins, especially after being smashed around St George's Park in Port Elizabeth for figures of 1-73 from his 10 overs in Australia's 80-run defeat last Sunday.

Flower suffers flashback to Jamaica rout after one-day whitewash in India

Andy Flower's tenure as coach with England began with the humiliation of seeing his side dismissed for 51 in Jamaica and he says the feeling is similar now after Alastair Cook's team were whitewashed 5-0 by India in the Airtel one-day series.

Pak pacer Tanveer's first wife files complaint against him for giving 'life threats'

Pakistan cricketer Sohail Tanveer's first wife, Nosheen Agha, has filed an application against him at the Shalimar police station in Islamabad, seeking the registration of an FIR against the left-arm pacer for threatening her.

Morkel replaces Swann as World No.1 ODI bowler

South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has taken over as the number-one ranked bowler from England’s Graeme Swann in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI Player Rankings for bowlers.

Kiwi female umpire among eight officials for women's cricket World Cup qualifier

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the eight match officials who will stand in the Women's World Cup Qualifier 2011 to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from November 14 to 25.

Mohammad Yousuf wants PCB's explanation for exclusion from Pak team before comeback

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has said that he is available to play for the country if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) informs him the reason behind his exclusion from the national team.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Alastair Cook enjoying captaincy despite losing badly against India

England ODI skipper Alastair Cook is still enjoying leading his side despite suffering one defeat after another against India.

Proteas beat Australian by 80 runs in Port Elizabeth ODI

South Africa returned to form with a convincing 80-run win against Australia in the second one-day international at Port Elizabeth.

Clarke hopes Watson will be fit to play 3rd ODI against South Africa

Australia skipper Captain Michael Clarke is hopeful that all-rounder Shane Watson will be fit to bowl in the ODI series-decider against South Africa on Friday.

Pakistan confident ahead of second Sri Lanka Test

Misbah-ul Haq will look for an improved performance from his fielders to menace Sri Lanka in the second Test which starts at Dubai sports city stadium from Wednesday.

West Indies edge towards safety in rain-hit test

Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny claimed four wickets on his debut but could not stop West Indies from moving towards safety in the rain-hit first test against Bangladesh on Monday.

Morgan, Mendis, Watson notch ICC Twenty20 rankings top spots

England's Eoin Morgan, Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka and Shane Watson of Australia were announced as the number-one ranked batsman, bowler and all-rounder, respectively, in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 International (T20I) player rankings, which were released in Dubai today.

Taylor, Fleming want Watson to cut down on workload

Former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor has said that all-rounder Shane Watson should remain a Test opener to manage his workload in both all forms of the game.

England No.1 T20 side, India 5th

Reigning World Twenty20 champions England are the No.1 ranked side in the Twenty20 International (T20I) team rankings launched here Monday.

Rashid Latif blames Pak cricket chiefs of “murdering” Kaneria’s international career

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif has accused the country’s chiefs of the popular game of “murdering” leg-spinner Danish Kaneria by refusing to let him play despite being cleared of a spot-fixing allegation in Britain.

ICC T20I rankings will give a lot of context to cricket's shortest format: Yuvraj Singh

Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh today said that the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s Twenty20 International (T20I) team and player rankings, which were launched in a ceremony in Dubai, will give a lot of context to the shortest format of the game.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Bookie Majeed approached me: Shahid Afridi

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has revealed that alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed, who is at the centre of a spot-fixing scandal since last year, approached him and tried to befriend him several times in the past.

England desperate to win last two ODIs: Jonathan Trott

England's seasoned middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott said Saturday that the visitors are desperate to win the remaining two ODIs of the five-match series against India.

Second Taylor century in vain as New Zealand win

For the second successive match, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor hit an unbeaten century and finished on the losing side as New Zealand won the second one-day international by four wickets at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Third day's play called off in Bangladesh

The first test between Bangladesh and West Indies at Chittagong was affected by the weather again on Sunday as early drizzle and a damp outfield forced the cancellation of the third day.

Misbah-ul Haq blames Pak's sloppy fielding for letting Sri Lanka off the hook in 1st Test

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq has blamed sloppy fielding as the key reason for his team's failure to win the first Test against Sri Lanka in the UAE.

Bell should open in remaining ODIs against India: Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has questioned the team management's decision not to include middle order batsman Ian Bell in the first eleven for the ongoing series against India, and suggested that he should open the innings in the remaining two matches of the lost series.

Oz keeper Haddin poised to record 2000 Test runs, 1000 dismissals

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin turns 34 today and is poised to record 2000 Test runs and 1000 dismissals.

Brilliant Gayle century spearheads Jamaica win

Discarded West Indies opener Chris Gayle sent the sternest of messages to his detractors by plundering a brilliant century to propel Jamaica to a convincing 134-run victory over Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in their Regional Super50 Group B clash at Everest here.

Well-oiled batting puts Australia in the box seat against S.Africa

After a period of worrying uncertainty, Australia once again boasts a batting line-up to be feared.

Andy Flower defends Trott's role in one-day side

England coach Andy Flower has defended Jonathan Trott's role in the one-day side.

Ex-pacer Pascoe says include players in national squads after proven domestic performances

Former Australian fast bowler Len Pascoe has cautioned Cricket Australia to include players in national squads only after they have been tried and tested in the domestic circuit.

Pak pacer Sadaf Hussain says he 'wanted to give up cricket' following mother's death

Sadaf Hussain, who was part of the Pakistan team for the Caribbean tour, has said that he 'wanted to give up cricket for good' following his mother's demise.

Pakistan didn't push Sri Lanka hard enough in 1st Test: Muddaser Nazar

Pakistan did not push Sri Lanka hard enough in the first Test in the UAE, wrongly thinking that it was just a matter of time before they would get the desired result, former Test cricketer Mudassar Nazar has said.

Zaka Ashraf to take charge as PCB chief from Monday

The new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf, will take charge from Monday after being released from his position as the head of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL) this week.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Mohammad Asif points to former Pakistan captain Salman Butt in spot-fixing trial

LONDON - Pakistan bowler Mohammad Asif suggested from a court witness stand on Friday that his former captain and co-defendant Salman Butt had to have been involved with an alleged spot-fix to bowl no-balls during a test match against England last year — but stopped short of a definitive accusation.

Imran Khan supports Salman Butt’s claim in court

Pakistan great Imran Khan has confirmed that banned Test captain Salman Butt used to call him up from England to discuss strategies on the 2010 cricket tour.

Ricky Ponting ready to mentor young Aussies

Ricky Ponting says that not being Australian captain means he now has time to mentor the squad’s exciting young talent.

Australia needs to make most of Cummins' rare talent: Johnson

Australia's pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has said that the team needs to make the most of teenager Pat Cummins' rare talent and should play the 18-year-old as much as possible.

Martin set to become fourth Kiwi to take 200 Test wickets

New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin is poised to become the fourth bowler in the country's cricket history to take 200 Test wickets.

Johnson ready to answer critics during South Africa cricket tour

Widely panned for his poor form after an inconsistent 12 months which yielded just 21 Test wickets at 41.28 since the start of the last Ashes series, Australian fast bowler Johnson is gearing up for a return to the devastating form he showed against the Proteas in 2008-09.

Mithun replaces injured Yadav for remaining ODIs

Abhimanyu Mithun has been named as replacement for Umesh Yadav, who sustained an injury during the Mohali ODI against England, and has been ruled out of the remainder of the ODI series against England.

Chaos in PCB has “gotten worse now”: Imran Khan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which has always been in chaos, is in an even worse crisis now, former captain Imran Khan has said.

Sangakkara keeps Pakistan at bay in first Test

KUMAR Sangakkara put his wealth of experience on show with a pugnacious unbeaten hundred to keep Pakistan's victory bid on hold in the first Test.

Win over England not revenge says Dhoni

India’s One-Day International (ODI) series win over England should not be regarded as revenge for the side’s humiliating defeats to the same opposition a few months ago, said MS Dhoni.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Pakistan declare after 314-run lead

Pakistan declared their first innings at 511-6 on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi stadium here on Thursday, having an overall lead of 314. Opener Taufiq Umar hit a career-best 236.

New ball rule help helping fast bowlers: Vinay Kumar

India's medium pacer R. Vinay Kumar said Wednesday that fast bowlers are getting more swing with the introduction of the new International Cricket Council (ICC) rule of two balls in an ODI innings.

Mindless diving is of no use: Jonty Rhodes

His flexibility and quick reflex actions had left many people in awe but Jonty Rhodes, one of the greatest fielders of cricket, says mindless diving is of no use as fielding is all about knowing the right technique.

'Fielding is not about mindless diving, it is more about learning the right technique and knowing how can one do it right without getting hurt. There is a technique involved in diving without hurting yourself,' Rhodes told IANS here Thursday.

The former South African cricketer was here in the capital to promote a new range of wellness and endurance supplements by Evolution Sports Nutrition Pvt Ltd, of which he is one of the directors on board.

Shane Warne backs Lehmann for Cricket Australia’s top job

Legendary spinner Shane Warne believes that Darren Lehmann’s mix of people skills and appetite for cricket would make him a standout candidate to become Australia’s next chairman of selectors or coach.

ICC to launch Twenty20 International rankings next week

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will launch the Twenty20 International team and player rankings in a ceremony in Dubai on October 24.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Bangladesh bowl out West Indies for 61

SHAKIB Al Hasan bagged four wickets as the West Indies fell for just 61 in a one-day loss to Bangladesh overnight.

Junaid Khan takes five wickets to rip up Sri Lanka

JUNAID Khan's maiden five-wicket haul helped Pakistan bundle out Sri Lanka for just 197 on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Alistair Campbell steps down as Zimbabwe's head selector to concentrate on commentary work

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Alistair Campbell resigned as Zimbabwe's head selector on Tuesday to focus more on his work as a commentator, saying there was a conflict of interest in holding both roles.

Salman Butt accused of pressurizing Asif to bowl no-balls

The lawyer representing Mohammad Asif has accused former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt of pressurizing Asif to bowl a no-ball during the Lord's test against England last year.

Shahid Afridi withdraws retirement from international cricket

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has withdrawn his decision of retiring from international cricket and said that he is available to play for the country, according to a news report.

Junaid Khan grabs three as Sri Lanka slump on first day of test

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan grabbed 3-21 as Pakistan reduced Sri Lanka to 115-7 at tea on the opening day of the first test on Tuesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Stop being selfish, Mohsin Khan tells Umar Akmal

KARACHI: Pakistan’s chief selector and interim coach Mohsin Khan has asked middle-order batsman Umar Akmal to “stop being selfish” and work on playing big innings if he wishes to make a successful comeback to the squad.

India leapfrogs England into fourth position in ICC ODI rankings

World champion India has moved ahead of England to fourth position in ICC ODI rankings after taking a 2-0 lead in the ongoing five match series. gland had started the series in fourth position on 113 ratings points but has now slipped to 110 ratings points whereas India has jumped from 112 to 115 ratings points.

South African pacers will target 'desperate' Warner: Mark Boucher

South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has the pacers will apply the blowtorch to a desperate Australian opener David Warner in the one-day series starting in Centurion on Wednesday.

Spot-fixing case: Salman Butt tells London court about Majeed's 'suspicious' text

Tainted Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has said that he was "suspicious" and had challenged his former agent, Mazhar Majeed, over involvement in match fixing at the World Twenty20 tournament in 2010.

Cricket Australia's coach hunt goes global

Cricket Australia has launched a global hunt to find next cricket coach.

Pak head coach hiring process ‘halted for time being’: Intikhab Alam

The hiring process of a new coach for the Pakistan cricket team has been delayed, Intikhab Alam, head of the coach-finding committee appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has said.

Umar Akmal working hard in bid to 'remove tag of being suitable only for limited-overs cricket'

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal, who has been dropped from the Test squad for Sri Lanka, has said that he is working hard to regain his place in the team for the longest format of the game.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Pakistan cricket needed a change of guard: Wasim Akram

Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels a change of guard at PCB was "much needed" and welcomed the appointment of Zaka Ashraf as the board chief.

India names unchanged squad for remaining ODIs against England, two changes for T20 game

NEW DELHI - Indian selectors Monday named an unchanged squad for the remaining three one-dayers of the ongoing five-game series against England that India leads 2-0.

Cricket: India take 2-0 lead over England

Seam bowler Vinay Kumar's career-best haul of 4-30 helped India earn a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over England in the second one-day international to take a 2-0 lead in the five-game series.

Cricket: McCullum and Guptill steal the show again

Black Caps' openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill gave New Zealand a strong platform to produce another impressive win over Zimbabwe in their second Twenty20 encounter in Harare this morning.

Ex-Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt says he believed agent's explanation of fixing request

LONDON - Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt told a court in London on Monday why he did not report his agent to authorities for asking him to fix matches.

Arbitrary appointment of PCB chief will affect Pak's performance: Ehsan Mani

Former International Cricket Council chief Ehsan Mani believes that the arbitrary appointment process of the PCB chairman by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari without consulting other stakeholders will badly affect the team's performance against Sri Lanka.

Ex-wife wishes Warnie 'nothing but luck' for his engagement to Liz Hurley

Shane Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan has wished him good luck in his engagement to his lady love Elizabeth Hurley, at the same time showing off her own new romance.

'Aussie-crazy' Liz Hurley says fiancee Shane Warne makes her laugh a lot

Elizabeth Hurley has admitted that she always had a soft spot for Aussies, but it was her cricketer fiancee Shane Warne's sense of humour that really turned her head.

Teenage pace sensation Cummins included in Oz squad for South Africa

Teenage pace sensation Patrick Cummins has been selected in the Australian squad for the Test tour in South Africa.

Marsh brothers cement their position in Oz team

Former cricketer Geoff Marsh's two sons became just the second brothers, after Mike and David Hussey, to play T20 for Australia and the pair is all set to build a long future in the national set-up.

Dhoni's wicket crucial for England's fight back: Dernbach

England pacer Jade Dernbach has admitted that his team will have to find a way of getting Indian captain MS Dhoni's wicket early if they want to comeback in the ongoing series.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Saeed Ajmal feels Pak bowlers ‘can get the better of Sri Lankan batsmen’

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said he thinks that the national team’s bowling attack “can get the better of the Sri Lankan batsmen” in the upcoming Test series in the UAE.

India aim to torment England with spin: Virat Kohli

NEW DELHI: India batsman Virat Kohli said on Sunday the team is hoping to make the most of their spin attack against England after taking a 1-0 lead in the ongoing five-game one-day series.

We can beat Pakistan: Tillakaratne Dilshan

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has said that his team is capable of beating Pakistan in the upcoming tour of the UAE.

Pakistan leave for UAE for Sri Lanka series

Karachi: The Pakistan team departed for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday to play a bilateral series against Sri Lanka, starting with the first Test on Tuesday.

New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets

Harare: New Zealand cruised to a 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 international at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

England playing 'superb cricket': Ramprakash

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has hailed the national team for playing "superb cricket".

Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann are still friends, insists Flower

LONDON: Graeme Swann's criticism of Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography has not affected their friendship, insisted England cricket coach Andy Flower but conceded that he would have wanted the off-spinner to wait till retirement before writing such a book.

Parore backs 'experienced' Rixon to replace Nielsen as Australian cricket coach

Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Parore reckons that former Black Caps coach Steve Rixon is the best man to replace Tim Nielsen as the new Australian cricket coach.

New Zealand Cricket to resist Cricket Australia's likely bid to sign Wright as coach

New Zealand Cricket (NZC)'s Director of Cricket John Buchanan has said that he would resist any advances from Cricket Australia (CA) to sign Black Caps coach John Wright to replace Tim Nielsen as the new Australian cricket coach.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Mickey Arthur in line for Pakistan national team coach's job

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has shortlisted former South African coach, Mickey Arthur, for the post of head coach of the national team.

Spot-fixing: Danish Kaneria rubbishes Salman Butt's claims

KARACHI: Pakistan's Danish Kaneria has taken exception to the statement given by banned skipper Salman Butt during the spot-fixing trial in London that he was introduced to agent Mazhar Majeed by the leg-spinner.

Top South African official ousted again

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Mtutuzeli Nyoka was ousted for the second time in eight months when the board of directors passed a vote of no confidence at a special general meeting on Saturday.

Ganguly hopeful of India's victory in ODI series

PATNA: Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is hopeful of India's victory in the ongoing ODI series against England and said the team was capable of beating any country in the world.

Salman Butt calls Majeed's accurate no-ball predictions "freak occurrence"

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has described alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed's accurate predictions of the three no-balls bowled during a Test match against England last year as "a freak occurrence".

New PCB chief Ashraf 'in court trouble' barely days after appointment

A petition against the newly-appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, has been accepted by the Supreme Court.

Dean Jones says he was 'so ready to break Sarfraz's nose' for match-fixing accusations

 Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has said that he was 'so ready to break the nose' of former Pakistan bowler Sarfraz Nawaz some five years ago in Islamabad, for his 'ridiculous' match-fixing allegations.

'Superstar' Cummins ready for Test cricket: Stuart Clark

Former Australia fast bowler Stuart Clark has said that teenage fast bowling sensation Patrick Cummins is ready for Test cricket.

'In-form' Johnson looking forward to seaming tracks in South Africa

Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson, fresh from his match-winning haul for Western Australia, has said that he is confident of taking his good form into the South African tour.

Mental toughness 'difference between winning, losing in tight match situations': Mohsin Khan

Pakistan's interim coach Mohsin Khan has said that at the national team's training camp for the Test series against Sri Lanka, he tried to stress the need for the players to focus on the mental aspects of cricket.

Michael Clarke says Watson 'certainly won't be rested' during South African tour

Australia's Test and one-day captain Michael Clarke has made it clear that Shane Watson, if fully fit, would play every game in South Africa.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Salman Butt says he did not ask bowlers Asif and Amir to cheat in test match against England

LONDON - Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt insisted that he never asked bowlers Mohammad Asif or Mohammad Amir to cheat during a test match against England last year, a British court heard Friday during a trial for alleged spot-fixing.

Salman never pressurised me to bowl no-balls: Mohammed Asif

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Asif, who is being tried for the spot-fixing scandal, on Friday said his former captain Salman Butt had never pressurised him to bowl no-balls or to cheat in any other way, the court heard. The jury heard a transcript of an initial police interview with Asif in September last year, shortly after the now defunct The News of the World's undercover investigation of corruption by the Pakistan cricketers and Majeed became public, espncricinfo reported.

Geoffrey Boycott facing 1m pounds legal bill after losing mansion battle in court

Geoffrey Boycott has lost the legal battle he launched against lawyers over his 2.5 million pounds mansion, and has been criticised by a High Court judge for giving "three completely different answers to the same question".

Manoj Tiwary retained captain for Bengal's T20 squad

Kolkata: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Thursday announced a 16-member Bengal squad for Syed Mushtaq T20 tournament to be held in Jamshedpur from October 20 retaining hard hitter batsman Manoj Tiwary as captain.

Pakistan and India to play blind cricket series

While India and Pakistan await a breakthrough in reviving main cricketing ties, they will field blind teams in a limited over series next month, a Pakistani official said on Friday.

India vs England 1st ODI: India win by 126 runs

India won the 1st One Day International match against England by 126 runs at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.

News of the World lost £104,300 cash in cricket spot-fixing sting, court told

The News of the World lost £104,300 in cash that it paid to the agent at the centre of the Pakistan spot-fixing allegations, a court has heard.

Dhoni, Raina lift India to 300-7 against England in opening one-dayer at Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, India - Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and middle-order batsman Suresh Raina struck half-centuries to help India reach a challenging 300-7 in 50 overs against England in the opening one-dayer of a five-game series.

Cricket: Australia win tour opener by five wickets

Shane Watson made South Africa pay for a dropped catch as he set up a five-wicket win for Australia in the first Twenty20 international at Newlands on Thursday.

Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq backs use of UDRS

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has backed the enforcement of the Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS) in international cricket even as the ICC scrapped the mandatory rule for member boards.

Mitchell Marsh in Australia squad for South Africa one-dayers

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh will replace fast bowler Brett Lee in the Australia squad for the one-day internationals in South Africa, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.

Ijaz Butt out, Javed Miandad returns to PCB offices

Ijaz Butt's departure as Pakistan Cricket Board chairman has led to the return of former Test captain Javed Miandad to the PCB offices.
Besides, he also visited the national conditioning camp at the Gaddafi stadium to give tips to the players.

Cricket-Injured Southee to miss Zimbabwe test

New Zealand paceman Tim Southee will miss the one-off test against Zimbabwe after failing to recover from a knee injury suffered while preparing for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India.

India and England captains expect tactical changes due to revised rules in ODI cricket

HYDERABAD, India - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his England counterpart Alastair Cook said Thursday they expect new tactics to be seen in one-day internationals following the introduction of new rules.

We can manage without seniors, asserts Mahendra Singh Dhoni

HYDERABAD: After the disastrous England tour, India have more than revenge on their mind as they lock horns with England in the first of the five ODI matches, on Friday.

Team India needs Harbhajan: Rahul Dravid

NEW DELHI: Off the field too, Rahul Dravid retains the patience of a saint. Adroitly juggling umpteen media commitments, he exudes the same unruffled calm which has characterized his batting. Excerpts from an exclusive interview:

Ind vs Eng: Graeme Swann dismisses Ajinkya Rahane, India 2 down

NEW DELHI: India got off to a bad start as they lost openers Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel against England in the first ODI of the five-match series at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.

Give Fletcher time and space to produce results: Rahul Dravid

NEW DELHI: Duncan Fletcher has not had the best of times since taking over as India cricket coach but veteran batsman Rahul Dravid says he should not be written off just yet as the Zimbabwean needs "more time and space" to produce results.

We're not match-fixers: Michael Clarke

SYDNEY: Australian Test and one-day captain Michael Clarke has defended his players against match-fixing allegations after a sports agent said the country's top cricketers were "the biggest" culprits.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Misbah ul Haq, Abdur Rehman named in cricket magazine's Test Team of the Year

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and left arm spinner Abdur Rehman have been named in a cricket magazine's Test Team of the Year, according to a news report.

Cameron White wants more matches for Oz T20 team before World Cup

Australian Twenty20 captain Cameron White has called for scheduling more matches for the shortest form of the sport, so that his team gains more experience before the T20 World Cup.

PCB seeks Kaneria's 'spot-fixing' questioning session transcript from Essex Police

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has contacted the Essex Police, seeking details of the investigation that involved Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.

Misbah ul Haq anticipates tough opposition from Sri Lanka

“I have told the boys not to take the opposition lightly and demonstrate a better brand of quality cricket to achieve set goals on the tour,” said Pakistan Cricket captain, Misbah ul Haq.

Windies beat Bangladesh by 40 runs

Lendl Simmons smashed a maiden century as the West Indies posted an easy 40-run win over Bangladesh in the first one-day international on Thursday to gain a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka look for revival against Pakistan

Sri Lanka hope to end their Test drought when they face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates later this month, the team's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said on Thursday.

Spot-fix reporter denies hacking phones to source story

A FORMER News of the World reporter has denied hacking phones for his story on spot-fixing in Pakistan cricket.

Nathan Bracken sues Cricket Australia after being ‘forced’ to retire

SYDNEY: Former test paceman Nathan Bracken has taken Cricket Australia to court seeking compensation for lost earnings and expenses after he was forced to retire this year due to a chronic knee injury.

Butt paid bonus for shunning ICL

The jury in the alleged spot-fixing trial involving Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif heard on Thursday in-depth information on legitimate payments made to the players and the breakdown of how their earnings were distributed, including a loyalty payment of £22,000 for declining the Indian Cricket League.

Kosala Kulasekara replaces injured Eranga

Shaminda Eranga has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's Test series against Pakistan in the UAE with a shoulder injury to his right arm, and will be replaced in the squad by uncapped seamer Kosala Kulasekara. Eranga had looked dangerous on Test debut, picking up four first-innings wickets against Australia in Colombo and his absence is a blow to Sri Lanka.

Former Wallaby appointed Cricket Australia GM

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia has appointed former rugby union international Pat Howard to the newly created role of general manager of team performance.

Cricket Australia slams "outlandish" allegations

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says claims made in a London court over Australian match-fixing are "outlandish and made by a person of dubious repute."

Improving Pak cricket's image top priority: Zaka Ashraf

ISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said improving Pakistan cricket's image, which has taken a beating due to allegations of match-fixing, is his top priority.