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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Nobody qualified to suggest Sachin Tendulkar on retirement: Viv Richards

West Indian cricket legend Viv Richards has backed Sachin Tendulkar to continue despite his poor form, saying the senior Indian batsman is the best person to decide on his retirement and should continue as long as he wants.
"Nobody is qualified enough to tell him [Tendulkar] when they think he should go," Richards told BBC Radio Shropshire

Zaka Ashraf thanks BCCI for shifting India-Pakistan T20 game

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf on Saturday thanked BCCI president N Srinivasan for postponing the second Twenty20 International between India and Pakistan by a day, which was scheduled to be played in Ahmedabad on December 27.
"Zaka Ashraf has sent a letter to Mr Srinivasan thanking him for this gesture," PCB media manager Nadeem Sarwar told PTI. The PCB, in its request to the BCCI, had asked for the Ahmedabad match to be re-scheduled as the fifth death anniversary of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007, falls on that date. 

Inzamam-ul-Haq advises Pakistan batsmen to be aggressive

Pakistan batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised his players batsmen to be aggressive in the limited-overs series against archrival India later this month and predicts the team that handles the pressure better will emerge the winner.
The former Pakistan captain will spend a week with the players at the training camp in Lahore before the team leaves for India on December 22. 
He says Pakistan has a lot of individual match-winners and whoever "shows aggression will succeed against India."

I was waiting for one long innings, says Virat Kohli

After scoring a patient century under pressure to lead a remarkable Indian fightback against England in the fourth, Virat Kohli said this was the innings he had been waiting to play for some time. "I was waiting for this one long innings. I was working hard for the last one month. You can't keep performing every innings and there will be ups and downs. But you need to stay positive whether you do well or not. That's what I did," said Kohli after the third day's play when he scored 103.
Kohli, along with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, put on a 198-run stand for the fifth wicket to rescue the home team from a precarious 71 for four last evening. Under-performing Kohli, who had scored a couple of 19s and 20s in the last six innings earlier in the series, said he was backing himself to do well despite the failures. "Mentally I was feeling really good (right through the series). I got into the 20s three times, probably got a good ball in Ahmedabad. I made a few mistakes, after that I was waiting for this one innings. 

India vs England: Dhoni misses ton, India 297/8 at stumps on Day 3

Virat Kohli slammed a patient century while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed it by just one run as the duo showed admirable tenacity under pressure to lead a remarkable Indian fight back which has restored the balance in the fourth and final cricket Test against England here on Saturday.
Resuming at a precarious 87 for 4 in response to England’s first innings total of 330, Kohli (103) and Dhoni (99) played with great discipline and curbed their natural stroke play on a slow track as the hosts reached 297 for eight at close on the third day which was dominated by the home team.

Pakistani pacers have ability to rattle Indian batsmen: Misbah, Hafeez

Pakistan's one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Twenty20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez believe that the pace bowlers picked for the much-anticipated series in India have the ability to rattle the strong batting line-up of the hosts. "I believe that the pacers selected in the squads have the potential to upset the Indians in their own backyard," Hafeez said.
He said tall left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan would be used as a "surprise package" in the Twenty20 series. "For the pace bowlers, it is a great opportunity to shine and establish themselves in the team because a series against India is always followed very closely by everyone," Misbah added. Hafeez will lead Pakistan in the two T20 matches while Misbah will be captaining the one-day squad for the three matches in India.

PCB undecided on Pak players' BPL participation

The Pakistan Cricket Board is yet to take a policy decision on whether to let its players compete in the Bangladesh Premier League early next year even though the deadline to issue No Objection Certificates for the event has passed. Although the deadline set by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for players to send NOCs of their respective boards passed two days back, the PCB has still not issued NOCs to any player.
"We will soon take a policy decision on permitting players to play in the BPL as presently we are dealing with other more important issues like the tour to India," a Board official said on condition of anonymity. The players auction for the next BPL season is also due to be held on December 19. In the inaugural season of the BPL, held in February this year, around 20 players from Pakistan represented the franchises and their presence ensured the standard of the league was lifted considerably.

WICB wants PCB to reschedule upcoming series in West Indies

Keen on having a Test series against India in August next year, the PCB has expressed its inability to accomodate a request from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to reschedule the Pakistan's team upcoming tour to the Carribean nation.
A well-placed source in the cricket board told PTI today that Pakistan, according to the FTP calendar, is scheduled to tour West Indies in July for a Test and one-day series. "The West Indies board, without informing the PCB, has now invited India and Sri Lanka for a limited overs series in July and wants the Pakistan team to tour in August," the source said

Pakistan-India Ahmedabad T20 postponed by a day

The second T20 International between India and Pakistan scheduled for the 27th December to be played at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, has been rescheduled by a day.
“The game will now be played on Friday, 28 December 2012. The rest of the itinerary is unchanged,” a BCCI media release by its Honorary Secretary, Sanjay Jagdale, said. The match has most likely been postponed due to the Gujarat Assembly Elections.

Shane Watson's current batting form similar to 'Chinese takeaway'

Shane Watson's failure to convert good starts into big scores in Test cricket is similar to a Chinese takeaway that looks good initially but leaves one craving for more in the end, according to cricket writer Peter Badel.
Watson scored 30 in the first innings of the Hobart Test against Sri Lanka and once again failed to make most of the start.
"Cricket Australia high-performance boss Pat Howard created the odd ripple when he intimated last month that Shane Watson, minus his bowling, may not be among the country's top-six batsmen," Badel wrote in his column for News.com.au

Marlon Samuels says match-fixing scandal made him better person

West Indies all rounder Marlon Samuels, who was found guilty of providing information to a bookmaker during a one-day series against India in 2007, has said the whole scandal had made him a better person.
In 2008 the International Cricket Council suspended Samuels for breaching rules that made it clear players couldn't receive money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute.
Samuels has maintained his innocence, labelling the whole saga unjust, and those close to him believe he's in the process of trying to clear his name through the right legal channels.

Misbah says good performance in T20s will earn Shahid Afridi place back in Pak ODI squad

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has given all-rounder Shahid Afridi some hope, days after being dropped from the one-day squad for India series, saying that the all rounder can retain his place in the 50-over squad is he performs well in the two Twenty20 internationals.
There was mixed reaction to Afridi's exclusion from the 15-man ODI squad, with many fans welcoming the decision to do away with the 'non-performing star' while former players criticised the move.
Misbah, in an interview that also featured T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, however, left the door open for Afridi's return to the ODI squad.
"Dropping Afridi wasn't an easy decision. But if he performs in the T20s, he will be retained for the ODIs," Dawn.com quoted Misbah, as saying.
The beleaguered Afridi will have an added incentive to perform well in the T20s after chief selector Iqbal Qasim also hinted that the player could make a comeback in the ODI squad.

Ricky Ponting's dad delighted to have son back after 17 years

For 17 years, Graham and Lorraine have shared their eldest boy, Ricky Ponting, with the rest of Australia and international cricket, but now they are delighted to welcome their son back in the family after the former captain retired from the game.
Friday's lap of honour in front of his home crowd just a week after announcing his retirement signified the end of Ponting as public property.
Graham, a 61-year-old groundskeeper from the Launceston working class suburb of Mowbray, said there had been many a tear spilt during Ricky's final Test in Perth but Friday was a happy day.

Sri vs Aus: Sri Lanka 87 for 4 at close in 1st Australia Test

Sri Lanka were 87 for four at the close in reply to Australia's 450 for five declared on the second day of the first Test at Hobart on Saturday.
Thilan Samaraweera was out for seven in the day's final over with Tillakaratne Dilshan not out 50.
Scoreboard at the close of the second day of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday:
Australia 1st Innings (299 for 4 overnight)

Andrew Flintoff appears slimmer after winning debut boxing bout

Andrew Flintoff, who had suffered from Bulimia during his teenage, looks a shadow of his former self as his weight stays off following his debut boxing.
Flintoff recently silenced critics when he beat Richard Dawson in his heavyweight boxing debut that lasted just eight minutes, and it seems he has managed to keep any excess weight off since his surprise victory and has perhaps lost even more.
The 34-year-old former cricketer stepped out on Thursday looking increasingly slim as he enjoyed a night out with the boys, which included David Beckham and James Corden.

Umar Amin says Pak youngsters eager to beat 'archrivals' India on home turf

Umar Amin, who was recently recalled in Pakistan's Twenty20 squad for their upcoming limited over series against India, has said they are not touring their neighbours for the sake of number but to beat them on their own home turf.
A classy left-hander known for his impeccable timing, Amin made his international debut in the 2010 Asia Cup but scored just 34 runs from three innings.
Later in the same year he made his Test debut during the ill-fated tour of England where he finished with an average of 12 from the four Tests he played against Australia and England.
Amin said he is ready to make amends for the lost opportunities in the past, and added that the series against archrivals India is going to be cracking.