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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Umar Akmal draws criticism from former players

Pakistan's young batsman Umar Akmal has drawn flak from former players and critics for his below-par performance during the just-concluded tour of India. Even Pakistan's former captain Wasim Akram singled out Umar for criticism after the third and final one-dayer in Delhi on Sunday.
"When will Umar learn to play responsibly. He has been around in international cricket now for a considerable time. He really needs to think about his game now," Wasim said. 

Marlon Samuels ruled out of Big Bash with injury

West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels, awaiting punishment for his involvement in a bat and ball throwing incident with spinner Shane Warne, will miss the remainder of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition through injury.
The Melbourne Renegades player has a suspected fracture of the eye socket suffered on Sunday when he top-edged a bouncer from Melbourne Stars' Lasith Malinga into his face.

Nasir Jamshed to seek tips from Inzamam and Saeed Anwar

Pakistan star batsman Nasir Jamshed, who scored back-to-back centuries in the first two one-dayers in the series, and the victorious Pakistan team was accorded a warm welcome here today.
"In the rush to get to the airport I forget my trophy but the team management says I will get it soon," Jamshed said. "But the welcome we have got today is really out of this world and it shows just how important it was for us to win this series for the people," the left-hander said. 

ODI series a chance to compensate Test loss: Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh on Monday said that the upcoming ODI series against England will provide the hosts with an opportunity to avenge the losses in Tests late last year. "England defeated us in the Test series recently. They are a good unit. We have to play well to defeat them in the upcoming ODI series and avenge our loss," said the allrounder.
Yuvraj is satisfied with his form and hoped to be able to play bigger innings in the five-match series. "I am hitting the ball well and playing well in patches at the moment. I have been in good form in the T20s, hope to carry it forward and play longer innings in the series," he said. 

Virender Sehwag set to play Vijay Hazare zonal one-dayers for Delhi

Dropped from the Indian ODI squad, senior opener Virender Sehwag is all set to play for his state team Delhi in the North Zone leg of the National One-day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Sehwag is certain to play in the first Test against Australia at the Kotla from February 22 and the 34-year-old will get serious match practice while playing for Delhi in the zonal leg, which starts on February 13 in Himachal Pradesh

Shami Ahmed credits Wasim Akram and Gambhir for success

India's promising young pacer Shami Ahmed has credited Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram and India opener Gautam Gambhir for his success.
The 22-year-old on his debut against Pakistan in the third and final ODI at the Ferozeshah Kotla Sunday bowled a game-changing 48th over which gave India a 10 runs win in the dead rubber. 

India-Pakistan Kotla ODI fixed: Paul Nixon

Former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has sparked controversy by suggesting that Pakistan deliberately lost the third ODI against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Sunday.

"Pakistan throwing this game away eh. Watch this space. Pakistan will just loose last few balls," Nixon tweeted after the sudden collapse of Pakistan that helped India deny a clean sweep to the visitors.

Cricket Australia CEO says Warne-Samuel's fight 'will help promote BBL'

Cricket Australian chief James Sutherland has said that the brawl between Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels during a Big Bash League (BBL) match at the MCG on Sunday has been good for the promotion of the league.

Sutherland said that while he did not condone Warne's actions, his outburst at Samuels would create a stronger rivalry between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades.

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf insists Bangladesh team's Pakistan tour 'still on'

Contradicting media reports, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has said that the tour of Bangladesh to Pakistan was still on and only date adjustments were being worked out in consultation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
According to earlier media reports, Bangladesh, which was expected to tour Pakistan for a short series, called off their January tour of Pakistan due to security concerns, reports The Nation.

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf says defeating Indians at home an 'honour' for Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has said it is an honour for the country to have defeated India in their own land.

Ashraf lauded the Pakistan team for their performance in India, and said they deserve appreciation for the way they fought in India, reports the Daily Times.

Ashraf made the comments as the Pakistan team returned home after winning the ODI series against archrivals India and drawing the Twenty20 series 1-1.