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Friday, 4 January 2013

Javed Miandad cancels India visit: TV reports

Following the controversy over him being granted a visa, former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad, has reportedly cancelled plans to visit India to see the final one-day match with Pakistan in New Delhi.

Several politicians had opposed Miandad being granted a visa by the authorities, saying that it will hurt the sentiments of the people of the country, as he has family ties with Dawood Ibrahim, India's most wanted terrorist. Miandad was expected to arrive in India on January 5 to watch the third and final ODI between the two Asian neighbours neighbours in New Delhi the next day. Miandad, who is now a senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official,

South Africa beat New Zealand by an innings and 27 runs

South Africa beat New Zealand by an innings and 27 runs on the third day of the first test on Friday.

Scores: New Zealand 45 (V. Philander 5-7) and 275 (D. Brownlie 109, B. McCullum 51); South Africa 347 for eight declared.

(A. Petersen 106, A.B. de Villiers 67, H. Amla 66, J. Kallis 60).

Misbah-ul-Haq says Pak missing ‘partnership breaker’ Shahid Afridi against India

Captain Misbah ul Haq has said Pakistan is missing the experience of all rounder Shahid Afridi, who has earned the reputation of breaking partnerships in the middle overs of the game, in the ongoing one-day international series against archrivals India. Afridi scored just 314 runs and took 24 wickets in 29 matches last year before being dropped from the ODI squad, but Misbah has admitted the former captain’s absence was being felt in the middle, especially as Misbah looked around for options during the MS Dhoni onslaught in Chennai.

MS Dhoni blames seniors for defeat in Kolkata ODI

Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni on Thursday blamed another "disappointing batting performance" for the loss against Pakistan in the crucial second one-dayer at the Eden Gardens here, which allowed the visitors to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
"Our bowlers did well to restrict them to 250 runs but our batting was disappointing. The key was to keep wickets in hand but we could not do that, which cost us the match," Dhoni said post the 85-run loss to Pakistan. 

Pakistan outclassed India in every department: Rashid Latif

Former Pakistan players have described the performance of the national side, which beat India by 85 runs in the second ODI at Kolkata to take an unassailable 2-0 lead, as one of the most clinical in recent times.
"Pakistan today completely outclassed India in every department of the game. And I would give full marks to young players like Nasir Jamshed, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan who performed with such a big heart in front of a full house at the Eden Gardens, which is not easy even for a seasoned campaigner," former captain Rashid Latif said. 
"People can't imagine the pressure that Pakistani players face when they are playing at big venues like Kolkata, Bangalore or Chennai. Only those with very strong nerves can still perform. That is why I give full credit to the younger players for their outstanding performances," he said.

Misbah-ul-Haq hails Pakistan's team effort

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday credited a team effort with a special mention for his bowlers after his team won the crucial second onedayer at the Eden Gardens here to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series against India.
"Our opening batsmen gave us a fantastic start and our bowlers bowled really well to take quick wickets at crucial intervals, which allowed us this victory. Victory against India is always big and surely this is a big victory for us," Misbah said in the post match press conference.
He was, however, critical of his middle order for their failure to capitalise on the 141-run opening partnership and conceded that Pakistan target of 250 runs was chaseable.

There is no one like Sachin Tendulkar: Ramakant Achrekar

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's coach Ramakant Achrekar on Thursday reiterated that there is no one like Sachin and took pride that he has served the nation for a long time.
Speaking at the inauguration of Nyuzmakers Cricket Challenge, a tournament for jewellery retailers, a frail Achrekar simply said: "There is no one like Sachin."
However, the 80-year-old Achrekar could only mumble softly and had to be helped by a close family friend Milind Gurav to communicate his feelings about Tendulkar's retirement. When asked about Sachin's recent retirement, Achrekar said the timing he chose to retire is right. "Sachin Tendulkar has served the nation for a long time.

Bangladesh Cricket Board to send delegation to Pakistan

The Bangladesh Cricket Board could send a delegation to Lahore in the next few days to ensure the participation of top Pakistani players in the Bangladesh Premier League beginning on January 18.
Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that a delegation from the BCB headed by its President, Nazmul Hassan was expected soon after Pakistan's series with India ends on Sunday.
"Indications are that they want to reassure us that they want to send their team to Pakistan but didn't get government clearance for the same due to security concerns," a source said.

'Unhappy with quality' Andrew Flintoff to open new chippy in London

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff is so unconvinced with the quality of fish and chips shops in London that he is now planning to open his own.
The cricketer-turned boxer is in talks with TV producers about a news series, where he runs a chippy in London with wife Rachael, the Daily Mail reports.
Flintoff isn't impressed with the quality of fish and chips shops down south, and he wants to open his own up in London selling market-fresh fish, a source said.
The sourced added that Flintoff would be front of house but his wife Rachael, who has a background in catering and events, would run the business.

Aus vs SL: Australia 342 for 6 at stumps

Australia were 342 for six in reply to Sri Lanka's 294 at the close on the second day of the third Test in Sydney on Friday.

Matthew Wade was not out 47 with Peter Siddle on 16.

Scoreboard at the close of the second day of the third and final Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday:

Sri Lanka 1st Innings 294 (L. Thirimanne 91, M. Jayawardene 72; J. Bird 4-41)

Nasir Jamshed, the new batting hero for Pakistan

Successfully battling fitness problems and spot-fixing allegations, Pakistan's young opener Nasir Jamshed has emerged as a hero for Pakistan in the ongoing One-Day International series against India.

The 23-year-old left-hander has cracked back-to-back hundreds in the first two games setting his side on road to a ODI series win on Indian soil after seven years.

Having struck all three of his ODI hundreds against India, Jamshed has become a nemesis of sorts for the current world champions' bowlers.