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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal unveils academy plan

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal announced Thursday that he is setting up a cricket academy to find new talent and produce bowlers like himself to torment the world's best batsmen.

The 35-year-old is regarded as the best spinner in all three formats of the game, and was instrumental in Pakistan's rout of the world's then best Test team England in the United Arab Emirates last year.

He said the Saeed Ajmal International Cricket Academy, in the eastern Pakistani city of Faisalabad, will be free of charge to budding cricketers.

AB de Villiers eyeing dream wicket-keeper/batsman role for long haul

AB de Villiers has claimed he is relishing the dream opportunity to keep wickets for South Africa alongside playing a central role as a batsman in the team.
De Villiers said he loves his current position in the Proteas team as a wicketkeeper and a top-order batsman.
Proteas Twenty20 captain said he wants to stick to the wicket-keeping role in Test cricket for a long time in future as he is fully enjoying it.

Pakistan launches Twenty20 Super League

Pakistan announced Thursday that it would host a multinational Super League in March in hopes the Twenty20 competition can revive international cricket in the troubled country.
There has been no top-class international cricket in Pakistan since attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight Pakistanis and wounding seven visiting players.
Foreign teams have shunned the country over security fears, leaving Pakistan to play its home series in England and the United Arab Emirates.

Sachin Tendulkar's son makes Mumbai U-14 squad

Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun has been named in the Mumbai under-14 squad for the West Zone league games in Ahmedabad from January 20-February 1.

This comes after Arjun's selection in the U-14 probables list last June. The 12-year-old slammed the first hundred of his emerging career in May 2012.

Arjun is a left-hander and bowls left-arm pace.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni in no mood to step down as captain

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said stepping down from the ODI captaincy was something he hasn't thought about and left it to the selectors to take the call.

On the eve of the first ODI against England, when asked whether he had thought about stepping down as captain from any of the versions, Dhoni said: "Never...In team sport, it is important that everyone keeps believing in themselves and understands their responsibility."

Dhoni said it was for the selectors to decide his future as captain.

"We have to wait and watch (the selectors) but that's something that is not in my mind before the start of an important series. I can't think about that. It is very important to stay focused on this series," he said.

New Zealand aim to repel pace barrage in 2nd Test

The New Zealand batsmen were subjected to a barrage of hostile deliveries from their own bowlers as they prepared to combat South Africa's formidable attack in the second and final Test starting at St George's Park on Friday.
"Now that you know the challenge, the intensity and attitude that you put into training has to be as close to a match as possible," said fast bowler Chris Martin in explaining his team's unorthodox preparatio
New Zealand were blown away for 45 in the first innings of the first Test in Cape Town on the way to defeat by an innings and 27 runs.

Rahul Dravid to MS Dhoni: Stick to captaining Tests, not T20s

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has thrown his weight behind the beleaguered MS Dhoni, saying that he is the "only man" capable of leading the Test team but should quit Twenty20 captaincy to avoid becoming "stale".
"Not only is Dhoni the only man to lead India in Test cricket, he is still capable of doing the job well. What it will require from him is a change in the way he captains, a recognition that he can't do everything all the time, and the willingness to ask for and accept help," Dravid said. 

Sri Lanka seek winning start to ODI series in Australia

Sri Lanka are banking on the return of slinging paceman Lasith Malinga to give them a fresh start in the one-day series against Australia, starting in Melbourne on Friday. The explosive Malinga, whose unusual 'slingshot' action makes him difficult to face, was keenly missed by Sri Lanka in their three-Test mauling by the Australians as he concentrated on the shorter forms of the game. In missing the Tests, Malinga became one of the standout bowlers in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League with the Melbourne Stars.

David Warner wants Marlon Samuels to 'control himself'

Australia opener David Warner says controversial West Indian allrounder Marlon Samuels needs to "control himself" better on the field following his recent clash with Shane Warne in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Samuels faces two charges which have been delayed due to his nasty eye injury sustained while playing for Melbourne Renegades against Melbourne stars, captained by Warne. 
Warne was suspended for a match and fined $4,500 after the ugly showdown with Samuels on Sunday. "I've had my heated battles as well on the field with Marlon," Warner said in an interview Sky Sports.

We have a bit inexperienced side: Alastair Cook

Despite a dominant Test series victory over India a few weeks ago, England skipper Alastair Cook is wary of the hosts, saying the players of his "underdog" side will have to play out of their skins to repeat success in the one-day series, beginning here on Friday.
"Clearly we are the underdogs in this series but if you look through our side we have got a lot of firepower and world class players. For us to win this series, those world class players and everyone in our squad have to play out of skin," said Cook ahead of the series-opener at the newly built Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Kandheri.

BCCI set to clash with ICC over DRS

In what seems to be a major setback for the BCCI in its steadfast refusal to accept the Decision Review System (DRS), the Indian cricket board is all set to face a critical vote at this month's ICC Executive Board meeting to be held in Dubai this month. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the ICC Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting in December 2012 saw a debate between the BCCI representative and the representatives of other boards.