Monday, 10 December 2012

Shahid Afridi cut from ODI squad

Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has been dropped from the one-day squad for the tour of India in December. Opening batsman Imran Nazir and allrounder Abdul Razzaq, who were part of the team against Australia in the UAE in July, were also left out.
ODI squad: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar.

Pakistan should not tour India: Ehsan Mani

Former ICC President Ehsan Mani has criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for agreeing to tour India for a short one-day series later this month.
"I think the PCB is wrong to have agreed to this. If it is a political decision, then the PCB should have asked the politicians to make sure that India reciprocated by coming and playing against Pakistan even if it was at a neutral venue," Mani said in an interview on '' website. 
Mani, who was Pakistan's representative in the ICC before becoming its President in 2003, said he couldn't understand how the PCB agreed to play in India when the nation owes Pakistan two series which it has cancelled out on.

Danish Kaneria positive ahead of ECB appeal hearing

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and his lawyer are hoping that an appeal hearing by the England and Wales Cricket Board, which starts from Monday, will remove or at least reduce the life ban imposed on the cricketer for involvement in spot-fixing in county cricket.
Their hopes have been raised after former Essex player, Mervyn Westfield, whose testimony at the earlier disciplinary hearing of the ECB this year played a big role in Kaneria being found guilty, announced he will not appear for the appeal hearing. 

India remain at No. 3 in ODI rankings

India remained at third position behind England and South Africa in the latest ICC ODI Championship rankings released here on Sunday.
India are on 120 points, a point behind leaders England and South Africa who are tied at 121 points each. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli retained his number two slot along with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (6th) and opener Gautam Gambhir at 9th in the ICC ODI Player rankings. 
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin went a place down at 5th and is the only Indian bowler to feature in the list of Top 20 ODI bowlers. South Africa's Hashim Amla continues to lead the chart for best ODI batsman as the Top 10 slots remained unchanged.

I want to create an impact against India: Umar Gul

Pakistan's experienced pacer Umar Gul has said that seniors like him will have to shoulder the bulk of responsibility in the upcoming much-awaited series against India. Gul said he was focusing on the Indian and South African tours.
"I know how important both series are for us and me as the most experienced pacer in the side. I am working hard and I want to create an impact against India," Gul said. The pacer from Peshawar has taken identical number of 158 wickets in 45 Tests and 111 ODIs for Pakistan but it is in T20 cricket where he has made a stronger impact, taking 62 wickets in 49 matches.

Sachin Tendulkar moves down to 19th in ICC Test rankings

Pragyan Ojha retained his fifth position while Sachin Tendulkar slipped a place down to be ranked 19th in the latest ICC Test rankings released here on Sunday. Left-arm spinner Ojha, gained six points to reach a career-best 773 rating points after he finished with five wickets in the Kolkata Test against England.
Offie Ravichandran Ashwin moved two places to seventh in the latest ranking for all-rounders, led by South Africa's Jacques Kallis, after he scored 91 runs and took five wickets against England. Dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag moved a position up to 23rd and his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir (35th), too, gained a position

Rahul Dravid questions talent and quality of Indian players

Former India captain Rahul Dravid was scathing in his criticism after India's abject surrender in the Kolkata Test, questioning the "skill, ability and talent" of the players who are representing the country.
"People talk about attitude and say [the players] don't care because there is too much money in the Indian Premier League. That's one side of things but the main thing is their lack of skill and ability, which is more worrying for me. It raises questions as to the talent and quality of players coming through," Dravid told BBC Test Match Special. "One of the challenges India face is that our domestic cricket is not of the quality to allow players to seamlessly move into international cricket." 

Ross Taylor inflames sacking row with lying claim

Fired captain Ross Taylor has accused New Zealand Cricket of misrepresenting the circumstances of his dismissal, further inflaming a row overshadowing New Zealand preparation for their tour of South Africa. Accounts given to the media by Taylor, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White and national coach Mike Hesson differ widely, leading Taylor to say in a radio interview on Monday that Hesson and NZC's versions are untrue.
White and Hesson say Taylor was asked to remain as Test captain but relinquish the captaincy of the New Zealand ODI and Twenty20 teams to Brendon McCullum. Taylor disputes that claim. Asked on Monday whether someone at New Zealand Cricket was lying about the offer of the Test captaincy, Taylor replied "definitely." In an increasingly bitter dispute being played out in the full glare of the media, the parties only agree that Taylor learned that he was to be stripped of the captaincy four days before last month's second Test against Sri Lanka

Pakistan Cricket Board to get Haroon Lorgat as consultant for PPL

The Pakistan Cricket Board has succeeded in convincing former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat to become a consultant for its Twenty20 Premier League scheduled for next year.
An official in the Board told PTI that after discussions, the PCB has convinced Lorgat to help them as a consultant/advisor on the PPL. "Although nothing has been signed or sealed as yet but the PCB has roped in Lorgat and want to use his expertise in not only organising the PPL but also convincing international teams to resume playing in Pakistan," the source said. 

If I were Sachin Tendulkar I would go: Sourav Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Sachin Tendulkar needs to get some runs quickly.

“Sachin desperately needs to get runs. He has achieved a lot. He is getting a long rope because of what he has achieved. He should know himself that how he needs to turn it around,” Gangulytold a TV channel.

“As somebody watching it from outside Tendulkar is not performing… I think if I were Tendulkar I would go. But it’s up to him at the present moment. We want to see the great man going with a bat held high and not in terrible form.”

Alastair Cook says England hasn't silenced critics yet

England captain Alastair Cook has claimed the team is yet to shut their critics' up, who have often lambasted the players for their inability to play spin well, but the skipper believes the team is moving in the right direction.
England won the third Test match against India in Kolkata to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing series, and Cook wants the player to give their best to win the final Test match in Nagpur, starting Dec 13.
"You cannot look too far ahead in this game. Cricket has a way of biting you on the backside," the Daily Express quoted Cook, as saying after their seven-wicket win at Eden Gardens.
"The first thing we had to realise was that we had a problem against spin even if it wasn't as big as everybody made out. We have worked our socks off and we are now starting to get a few results from it," he added.

Mushfiqur Rahim hails Bangladesh series win over West Indies

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Sunday hailed his team's hard-fought series win over the West Indies as the country's "biggest" ever given the absence of talismanic all-rounder Shakil Al Hasan.
Bangladesh held their nerves to clinch the deciding fifth and final one-day in Dhaka on Saturday by two wickets for a 3-2 series win, their second over the West Indies in three years.
"We were missing a big performer in this series," said Rahim of Shakib's absence, Bangladesh's best performer in recent seasons who had been laid low by a shin injury.

Ian Botham says India can't stop best England side to tour them since 1984-85

Test great Ian Botham has claimed the current England side is the best among previous English teams to tour India, and added the host would find it very difficult to stop Alastair Cook's men in the final Test match at Nagpur.
"The bowling line-up have been magnificent and with the combination of seam and spin the Indian's don't have an answer. A second brilliant performance out of two and as good as Alastair Cook was again, this was one for the team," Botham wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror.
"Where England are rampant, India are faltering and to be honest I don't see how they can stop Cook's side. They are stronger in every area and the results are proving it. They will want to finish things off in style in Nagpur and no matter which way India turn I think they will be picked off by England. They are dominant," he added.

Alastair Cook credits Mushtaq Ahmed for victory

England captain Alastair Cook Sunday gave credit to the coaching staff, especially spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed, for the team's resounding victory in the third cricket Test against India at the Eden Gardens here.

"We are very lucky that we've got people like Mushtaq, David Saker and Andy Flower around. We really have a great coaching staff. Mushtaq has been great in these conditions. Having played all his cricket in these conditions, he has nuggets of advice which he acquired playing here (subcontinent). He has so much to give and we have so much to learn not only from him but all the coaching staff," Cook told mediapersons here after England won the match by seven wickets.
While the former Pakistan leggie is the spin coach, Zimbabwean great Andy Flower is the head coach. Saker is their bowling coach.

Darren Sammy defends under-performing Chris Gayle after series loss

Captain Darren Sammy was left defending under-performing opener Chris Gayle after the West Indies slid to a 2-3 defeat in the five-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh here.

The left-handed Gayle, one of the finest limited overs batsmen in the contemporary game, managed just 72 runs from five innings in the series as the Caribbean side's batting struggled throughout.
Sammy contended, however, that the team's performances did not centre around one player.

"I would like to see all my players perform. Things don't always go the way you want them to. Obviously Chris is a very experienced player and I know he will come back good anytime," Sammy told a media conference Saturday night.

England beat India by 7 wkts, lead Test series 2-1

A listless India succumbed to their second successive humiliating defeat on home soil has England overcame a few hiccups to clinch the third cricket Test with an emphatic seven-wicket victory and take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four match series in Kolkata on
Needing 41 runs to win the match after dismissing India for 247 in the second innings, the visitors lost three quick wickets to add a tinge of excitement to an otherwise lop-sided contest before cruising home with more than two sessions to spare.

Captain Alastair Cook (1), Jonathan Trott (3) and Kevin Pietersen (0) were out cheaply but Ian Bell (28 not out) held his nerve to take the team to the victory target at the Eden Gardens.

Bangladesh take West indies ODI series with nervy win

Bangladesh kept their cool under pressure to beat West Indies by two wickets in the fifth one-day international and take the five-match series 3-2 on Saturday.
Nasir Hossain played a crucial unbeaten innings of 39 as the home side survived Kemar Roach's vicious pace and the crafty spin of Sunil Narine to overhaul the West Indies' 217 all out with six overs in hand when they ended 221-8.
Roach finished with 5-56 while Narine claimed 3-38 but they were unable to help defend the West Indies total, driven by a powerful half-century from Kieran Pollard who cracked 85 off 74 balls including eight sixes.