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Friday, 21 December 2012

Nottinghamshire block players joining IPL (Indian Premier League)

English county side Nottinghamshire have defied the wishes of some of their England internationals by banning them from playing in the Indian Premier League, the club said on Friday.

The new IPL season begins on April 3 and Notts players Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Samit Patel are all reported to have attracted interest from teams competing in the lucrative competition.

However, Notts are due to start their County Championship campaign just seven days later and the club's director of cricket, Mick Newell, says the players must make themselves available for domestic duty.

Bangladesh's Shakib, Pakistani duo of Nazir and Afridi hit jackpots in BPL auction

Around 150 foreigners went under the hammer for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) auction on Thursday despite a pay row, and local star Shakib Al Hasan along with Pakistani duo of Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi emerged as the biggest gainers.

Shakib hit the jackpot as he went for 365,000 pounds, but the amount was nearly half of what Afridi was sold for when the country launched the Twenty20 tournament in February, the Daily Times reports.

BCCI clarifies ticket row with PCB

The Indian cricket board Friday clarified that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was offered 3,000 tickets for the brief limited overs series but they wanted fewer.
Reacting to media reports that Pakistani fans were stranded due to unavailability of tickets, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Jagdale said: "We wish to clarify that the PCB had initially asked for 500 tickets each for their fans at Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Kolkata, and 1,000 tickets for Delhi."

Saeed Ajmal all set to take Indian challenge

Beginning the mind games ahead of the one-day series against the arch-rivals, ace Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal says he is ready to bamboozle the Indian batsmen with a new variety of deliveries.
"I have some varieties up my sleeves for the Indian batsmen," he said. Ajmal said the series will be a tough test for his side since India have a formidable batting line-up. 
"For T20 and ODI's they have a strong batting set up and it is going to be a challenge against them. It does not matter whether I am bowling to Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli my aim is to get wickets for my team," he said.

I've lost confidence in Sri Lanka Cricket: Mahela Jayawardene

 Captain Mahela Jayawardene has said that he has lost all confidence in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after his confidential letter regarding payment of guarantee fee to the team support staff from the ICC World T20 held here, was leaked to the media.
"As the captain of the national team I am disturbed and deeply disappointed that a confidential document handed over to SLC has been published in the Daily Mirror on December 19 causing much embarrassment to players and other staff members" Jayawardene said in a letter published today in the 'Daily Mirror'. 

Andrew Flintoff may return to T20s

Andrew Flintoff has had an operation to repair a torn shoulder ligament which looks set to end his boxing career after one bout but the possibility of a return to cricket remains.
It is unclear whether Flintoff sustained the injury during his fight with American Richard Dawson or his many months of sparring while training for the bout, but it is serious enough for him to require surgery which would leave him with many months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy if he decides to return to the ring.

Abdul Qadir's son says 'heart set on playing for Pakistan'

Highly-rated leg spinner Usman Qadir, who is the son of legendary Pakistan bowler Abdul Qadir, has said his heart is set on playing for his country amidst suggestions that the 19-year old can also play for Australia in future.
Usman, who is a more than useful middle order batsman and has represented Pakistan at Under 15 and Under 19 levels, said he has yet to make a decision on which country to represent on the international stage, but indicated that he might play for his home country.
Usman was also a member of the Under 19 World Cup squad that lost to India earlier this year by one wicket in a quarterfinal encounter in Townsville, Australia and was also a member of the Pakistan Under 19 squad that had a very successful tour of South Africa.

Mohammad Hafeez says Pak has devised strategy to beat India in upcoming series

Pakistan Twenty20 team captain Mohammad Hafeez has said his team has chalked out a plan to defeat the arch-rivals in the upcoming event in India.

Hafeez said the fast bowlers of Pakistan would have to work hard to break the batting line-up of the Indian team. He also said Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi were the best spinners of the world, reports The Nation.

India, Sri Lanka, Windies for Tri-Nation Series

The West Indies and Sri Lanka will renew their rivalry then they face each other in a limited overs Tri-Nation Series next year, that also involves powerhouse India.
The tournament, which runs from June 28 to July 11, will be hosted in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
The West Indies were originally scheduled to host Sri Lanka in two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals but the tour has now been deferred to allow players from both teams to participate in the Indian Premier League.
While the Tests have been put back, the one-dayers will be absorbed in the Tri-Nation Series.

Ind vs Eng: India beat England by 5 wickets

Yuvraj Singh produced a brilliant all-round display as India finally brought about some cheer for their fans with a comfortable five-wicket victory over England in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday.

Yuvraj took three for 19 from his four overs to restrict England to a manageable 157 for six and then blasted 38 off 21 balls to set up an easy chase as the home team reached the target with 13 balls to spare.

After the humiliation in the Test series, Indian team saw a change in fortune in the shortest format to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.