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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Pakistan's Danish Kaneria bids to overturn life ban

Pakistan's Danish Kaneria will try to resume his cricket career when he challenges a life ban for spot-fixing in London on Monday.

Misbah ul Haq backs Proteas experience to help Pak win Champions Trophy

Pakistan Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq has set his sight on winning the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, saying that the South Africa tour was good preparation for the team ahead of the eight-nation tournament.

Wasim Akram says 'aggressiveness, adaptation' key to being good fast bowler

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said that although there are no 'serious concerns' regarding the lack of quality fast bowlers in the country, however, the available batch needs to be aggressive and also adapt to the new rules that have been introduced in one-day international (ODI) cricket.

Shane Watson says 'team succession planning' real reason behind quitting deputy role

Australian cricketer Shane Watson has said that the real reason behind his quitting the vice-captainship was not only to focus on his own game but also to allow the team to plan for the future beyond captain Michael Clarke.

Zimbabwe celebrate record test win against Bangladesh

Zimbabwe bowled a hapless Bangladesh out for 147 in their second innings to complete a massive 335-run victory in the first test at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Mohammad Hafeez backs 'positive' Misbah for good leadership qualities

 Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has reiterated his support for Test and ODI skipper Misbah-ul Haq, saying that Misbah is a cricketer with a positive frame of mind and is also a good leader.

'Isolated' Akmal 'empty' without playing Tests

Experienced Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, who is no longer a preference for Test cricket, has said that he missed the longer version of the game, adding that he felt a sense of emptiness without playing Test cricket.

Timeline of cricket corruption cases

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who on Wednesday lost their appeal at the Court of Abritration for Sport against spot-fixing bans, were the first players with team-mate Mohammad Aamer to be punished by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Brendan Taylor holds off Bangladesh on testing pitch

Brendan Taylor's sixth Test half-century steadied Zimbabwe as Bangladesh struggled to make full use of a green wicket on the first day of the first Test at Harare Sports Club.

CAS reject Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif's appeal against ICC ban

The cricket careers of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif appeared over after they lost their appeals against spot-fixing bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi refuses to join PML-N

Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi reportedly met chief of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif on Sunday to condole the death of his brother, but denied reports of him planning to join the opposition party.

Pakistan T20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez fourth 'icon' player to sign for Caribbean T20 tournament

Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has become the fourth international icon or 'franchise player' to join the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament.

Hafeez, who currently ranks No. 2 behind Australia's Shane Watson in the standings for all rounders, has scored 1013 runs in 43 matches while his record in T20s is 35 wickets in 43 matches coming at an average of 22.14, the Dawn reports.

PCB denies reports of eyeing 'Grant Flower as batting coach'

 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed reports that it was in talks with former Zimbabwean batsman Grant Flower to appoint him as batting coach of the national team.

Misbah ul Haq declines county offer for national duty

Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Monday he had turned down an offer from English county Worcestershire as it would have meant missing duties with the national side.

Misbah, who turns 39 next month, has been leading Pakistan after reviving his career in the aftermath of the spot-fixing saga of 2010, which saw then-captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer banned and jailed.

Former Pakistan coach Aaqib Javed says pacer Wahab Riaz is wasting his talents

 Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed has described the underachievement of talented fast bowler Wahab Riaz.

PCB suspends umpire Nadeem Ghauri for four years on charges of corruption

Pakistan cricket umpire Nadeem Ghauri has said that he would appeal against his suspension for four years by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on charges of corruption.

The umpire's corrupt act was revealed during a sting operation by an Indian television station in 2012, Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Shahid Afridi backs 'right man' Misbah to lead Pak in ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has shown his faith on the leadership of Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq, saying that he is the right man for the job to lead the squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

Shahid Afridi blasts ex-PCB chairman Butt for 'Misbah-Hafeez rift' comments

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has lashed out at former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, saying that Butt should quit making comments harming the game in the country.

Recently, Butt had claimed that Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore had formed a nexus to pressurise Test and one-day skipper Misbah-ul Haq, a statement that drew a strong denial from the two team members, the Express Tribune reports.

'Excited' Saeed Ajmal hopes for success on Indian pitches in Champions League T20

Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has expressed his excitement at his participation in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament to be held in India later this year, saying that he hoped that the Indian pitches will be an advantage for him in the tournament.

Two Pakistan umpires banned on corruption charges

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned umpires Nadeem Ghouri and Anis Siddiqui for four and three years respectively after they were found guilty of being willing to compromise their integrity in discharge of their professional duties.

Wasim Akram calls off Bollywood marriage rumours

Pakistan cricket icon Wasim Akram demanded privacy and respect from fans and media alike Friday, calling for an end "once and for all" to rumours he is marrying Bollywood heroine Sushmita Sen.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Wasim Akram requests BCCI to allow Pak players to play in IPL

 Former Pakistan captain and pace legend Wasim Akram has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow the Pakistani players to take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal learning 'new mystery bowling variations' ahead of ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan off-spinner Saaed Ajmal is preparing to learn new variations in bowling ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, even as he represents his department Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) in the ongoing domestic President's Cup ODI tournament.

Pakistan media says wrong selection' may cost team ICC Champions Trophy win

Pakistani media has lambasted the list of 30 probables for the ICC Champions Trophy announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week, saying that selection may cost the country any hopes of winning the ICC Champions Trophy.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returns for Zimbabwe Tests

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Friday returned to bolster Bangladesh for an upcoming two-Test series in Zimbabwe after recovering from a shin-bone injury.

Shakib, who underwent surgery in Australia in February, missed last month's tour of Sri Lanka. He has scored 1,835 runs and taken 102 wickets in 28 Tests.

Gillespie, Guptill recalled to Kiwi Test squad for England series

New Zealand pace bowler Mark Gillespie and batsman Martin Guptill have been recalled into the Test squad for the re-match with England.

PCB eyeing Moin Khan for 'suitable' team management role

Former Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Moin Khan has been considered by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a suitable post in the team management, according to sources.

Alastair Cook eyeing long-term England dominance until next World Cup

 England captain Alastair Cook expressed confidence about his team's long-term success, saying that his team's dominance in the game may go through until the World Cup in two years.

Stating that he believes that England's recent lacklustre displays in the drawn Test series against New Zealand will soon be forgotten as they head into a busy programme, Cook said that there is a chance of winning the World Cup if they manage to have success in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and the Ashes, News.com.au reports.

'Sultan of swing' Wasim Akram calls for politics to be 'separated' from sports following IPL stand-off

: Former Pakistan Test captain Wasim Akram has said that politics must be kept separate from sports following India stalling all bilateral ties after the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which were blamed on Pakistani-based militants.

Wasim Akram stresses need for Pak bowlers to master swing for international success

Former Pakistan Test captain Wasim Akram has said that it is necessary for Pakistani bowlers to master the art of swing bowling for winning in international games.

Pak unlikely to tour Caribbean in 2013 following PCB-West Indies plans clash

Pakistan's tour to West Indies this season appears to be in jeopardy after the cricket boards from both the countries failed to find a suitable window for the tour.
Pakistan, which was originally scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July, is unlikely to go ahead with its tour following a clash of plans between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the Daily Times reports.

Former keeper Rashid Latif urges Younis Khan to retire from ODI and start coaching

Former national captain Younis Khan has been suggested to quit one-day cricket and take up coaching of the national side by former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif.

ICC Champions Trophy: Bhajji sidelined, Praveen Kumar and Pervez Rasool included in probables list

Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool has achieved another first by getting the nod from the selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been left out.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Uncapped trio in South Africa's Champions Trophy squad

The preliminary squad of 30 players for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament to be played in England and Wales in June has been revealed by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The final squad of 15 will be named later this month.

Four uncapped players in England Champions Trophy squad

England named four uncapped players on Thursday in a provisional 30-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June.

The selectors included uncapped Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra and seamers James Harris and Chris Wright in the squad which will be cut to 15 players by May 5.

Pakistan to prepare English-style pitches for Champions Trophy

Pakistan's cricket authorities Thursday ordered English-style pitches to help their struggling batsmen prepare for the Champions Trophy, to be played in England in June.

Pakistani batsmen had a woeful time on the fast and bouncy tracks in South Africa where they were whitewashed 3-0 in Tests and edged out 3-2 in the one-day series last month.

Alastair Cook may 'doctor' home pitches to 'fry' Aussies during Ashes

England captain Alastair Cook has said that England is ready to beat Australia during the Ashes series this year.

PCB ropes in Wasim Akram to mentor Pak quicks

Former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Wasim Akram has been brought in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to supervise a 10-day specialised camp for fast bowlers in Karachi.

ICC introduces new 'No ball' playing condition

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new playing condition for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20s) that instructs the umpires to call 'No ball' whenever a bowler breaks the non-striker's wicket during the act of delivery.

This playing condition will come into effect on April 30, and the first international match to be played under the new regulation will be the first ODI between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Bulawayo on Friday May 3.

PCB chief selector Iqbal Qasim admits need to improve 'middle-order' batting

Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chief selector Iqbal Qasim has admitted that there is a need to improve the middle-order batting following the team's recent whitewash in South Africa.

Talent hunt winner bags IPL contract with Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals Thursday awarded an IPL contract to Kumar Boresa, winner of the 'Cricket Star Rajasthan 2012' -- a talent hunt presented by the Royals and Dainik Bhaskar to unearth the hidden talent in the state. The 18-year-old Boresa, who won the contest in 2012, has signed a contract with the Rajasthan Royals worth Rs 10 lakh,and is all set to don the royal blue jersey in ongoing Indian Premier League.

It's a fresh start for us, says Angelo Mathews

Pune Warriors might have ended at the bottom up of the table in the last two IPL editions, but current captain Angelo Mathews Thursday said that his side would be making a fresh start and look for a better result this season. "It is going to be a fresh start. Past is past, we got to look for the future. We have a great team and we will take one step at a time and focus on our games," Warriors captain Angelo Mathews told reporters.

Shane Watson to miss Rajasthan Royals' opening game

Rajasthan Royals' Australia all-rounder Shane Watson will miss his team's opening IPL game against Delhi Daredevils to be played at the Feroze Shah Kotla here on Saturday.

Chennai Super Kings are an all-round side, says MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is upbeat about the chances of his side in the ongoing IPL, saying that he has got an all-round team with some impact players in it. Talking to the media at the launch of CSK merchandise here Thursday, Dhoni said that the core of the team was intact and he would expect a strong show by his side in this edition also.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

'Struggling' Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul may go same way as 'dropped' Younis Khan ahead of Champions Trophy

The future of senior Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi and paceman Umar Gull appear to be in doubt ahead of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, according to team management sources.

With veteran Younis Khan axed from the list of 30 probable players named on Sunday for the Champions Trophy, team management sources said the poor performances of Afridi and Gul has put a question mark on their international cricket future prospects.

Pakistan chief selector says 'dropped' Younis Khan's career not over yet

Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that veteran Younis Khan's career is not yet over, even though he has been omitted from the country's 30-man initial squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England.

'Relieved' Saeed Ajmal says no surgery needed ahead of ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he will not require surgery to treat his abdomen problem, which was related to hernia, as it can be treated by medication, ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Ajmal, who has made a late start in international cricket, said that the news came as a relief for him, adding that he had a complete examination with all the necessary tests in Lahore at the weekend, the Daily Times reports.

Former Pak coach Mohsin Khan slams Whatmore's appointment as 'disaster' for team

Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has criticised the appointment of Dav Whatmore as the current head-coach for the team, saying that Whatmore's appointment has been a disaster for the squad following a disappointing performance in South Africa.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in T20

Sri Lanka registered a 17-run victory over Bangladesh in the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Sunday.

Bangladesh finished at 181-7 in reply to Sri Lanka's 198-5, with Mohammad Ashraful (43), skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (39) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (31) being the main scorers.

Jesse Ryder feeling 'heaps better' after waking up from coma

New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder has said he is feeling 'heaps better' in his first public statement after a street attack put him in intensive care.

Ryder, 28, was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning and placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, in an attack outside a bar.

Pakistan drop 'out-of-form' Younis Khan from Champions Trophy squad

Pakistan has dropped out-of-form Younis Khan from a 30-man initial squad for the eight-nation Champions Trophy.
The move comes after the middle order batsman failed to perform in recent one-day matches.

England out-batted, out-bowled and out-thought by New Zealand: Alec Stewart

Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart has said that the Alastair Cook-led national squad were out-batted, out-bowled and out-thought by New Zealand during their tour of that country.
Stewart said England would do well to improve skills in all departments of the game ahead of this year's Ashes series.