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Friday, 11 January 2013

Pakistan asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed gets PM XI call

Pakistani asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed, who was granted a permanent Australia visa in November, was Friday called up for the Prime Minister's XI match against the West Indies in Canberra.

The 33-year-old leg-spinner left his home in the border region near Afghanistan to come to Australia on a short-stay visa to play cricket in 2010 and has established his credentials at the Melbourne Renegades in the T20 Big Bash League.

He was selected for the one-day match on January 29 alongside Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja and Indian-born fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu.

National Selection Panel chairman John Inverarity described the picks as reflecting the cultural diversity that exists in Australian cricket.

South African Cricketers' Association threatens strike

The South African Cricketers' Association has raised the possibility of taking the world's top-ranked Test team out on a "lawful strike" next month in protest over the makeup of the country's new governing board.
SACA says on Thursday, on the eve of South Africa's second Test against New Zealand, that players are opposed to Cricket South Africa's plans to expand to a 16-member board in 18 months
SACA says if CSA does not reconsider this at a meeting in February, the players' body "would be in a position to take the players out on a lawful strike over this issue."

PCB warns Umar Akmal against reacting to criticism

Pakistan's young batsman Umar Akmal has been cautioned against reacting to criticism by the country's Cricket Board after he hit back at some former players who had questioned his commitment in the recent one-day series in India. Umar shot back at his critics after Pakistan's former captains Rashid Latif, Moin Khan and some others said they were disappointed by the youngster's attitude.
Latif had also advised the national selectors to drop Umar from the team and send him back to domestic cricket until he improved his attitude and approach to the game. Umar got out at a critical time in the third and final one-day international against India in New Delhi last Sunday resulting in a narrow defeat for his team and leading to criticism about his failure to finish off the job. Umar had claimed that the criticism against him was not correct. 

Let Arjun enjoy the game, urges Sachin Tendulkar

It was a proud moment for Sachin Tendulkar the father on Thursday when he witnessed son Arjun take another step in his cricket career by getting selected for the Mumbai under-14 squad. However, the batting legend urged people to let the youngster "enjoy this beautiful game," reported the Indian Express.
Thirteen-year-old Arjun will be part of the Mumbai squad that will take on Gujarat under-14 team in the West Zone league at Motera on January 20. Talking to Indian Express after the news of Arjun's selection broke, Sachin was proud of his son's achievement, which he attributed to the hard work Arjun has put in. "Like any other parent, I feel extremely happy and proud that he is part of Mumbai U-14 team. His hard work has paid off. 

Simon Taufel to deliver MCC Cowdrey Lecture 2013

Australian Simon Taufel will this year become the first umpire to give the prestigious MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday. The lecture began in 2001 in memory of former Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) president Colin Cowdrey, who played a key role in the 'Spirit of Cricket' being enshrined in the preamble of the Code of the Laws of Cricket in 2000.
The retired Taufel, who was voted the International Cricket Council's (ICC) umpire of the year between 2004 and 2008, will become the third non-player to deliver the lecture. The late British cricket journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins gave the lecture six years ago, with former Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu following suit in 2008.

Suresh Raina wicket turned 1st ODI in England's favour: MS Dhoni

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Friday said India could have chased down the stiff 326-run target set by England in the first ODI here had he and Suresh Raina stayed till the end.
Chasing England's 325 for 4, India lacked the batting firepower and were restricted to a 316 for 9 in a high-scoring contest to concede a 1-0 lead to visitors in the five-match series
Till Dhoni (32) and Raina (50) were at the crease, India were well and truly on course but lost wickets in regular intervals to make life difficult for themselves.

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 107 runs in first one-day international

Opener Phil Hughes scored a debut century as Australia amassed 305 for five and dismissed Sri Lanka cheaply for a 107-run victory in the opening match of the five-game one-day international series on Friday.

Hughes became the first Australian to score a century on his ODI debut as the hosts posted a big score after winning the toss against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.

The diminutive left-hander cracked 112 off 129 balls to help set the Sri Lankans a competitive run chase under lights at 6.12 runs an over.

England beat India by 9 runs in first one-day international

England beat India by nine runs in a closely fought contest in the first one-day international played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Friday after setting the hosts a mammoth 326 run target.

England held their nerve to restrict India to 316 for nine and take 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Earlier, openers Ian Bell and Alastair Cook posted a record opening stand of 158 for England against India to set the tone for a high scoring first innings target.

Pakistan axe Akmal brothers for South Africa tour

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and his brothers Adnan and Umar have been axed from the Pakistan squad for the three-test tour of South Africa beginning next month.
Pakistan selectors opted to pick Sarfaraz Ahmed as wicketkeeper for the series which begins on February 1 in Johannesburg.
Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said the squad for the five ODI's and two T20 matches would be announced later.
"That is why we have picked only one wicketkeeper in the touring squad, he said.

Pakistan announces Test squad for South Africa tour

Pakistan on Friday announced a 16-man squad for next month's three Test away series against South Africa.

Pakistan will open the tour with a side game from January 25 before playing three Tests, two Twenty20s and five one-dayers against South Africa on the tour.