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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Shahid Afridi says Stop trying to convince Bangladesh to tour Pakistan

Former captain Shahid Afridi feels under current situation no international team will tour Pakistan and advised the PCB to stop trying to convince weak teams such as Bangladesh to play in their country.

Afridi said on Geo News TV on Wednesday that while he understood the honest efforts made by the board to somehow revive international cricket in Pakistan but felt running after teams like Bangladesh would serve no purpose.

"I don't think teams will tour Pakistan in present circumstances. It is better if the board waits for the situation to improve in our country. When things improve all the teams will want to play in Pakistan it is a matter of time," Afridi said.

Australia seek all-round success on India tour

Australia have named a trio of unproven all-rounders in their test squad for the tour of India and thrown a life-line to discarded spinner Xavier Doherty as they scramble to find a winning combination ahead of back-to-back Ashes campaigns.

Following Mike Hussey's retirement, selectors have gambled on uncapped all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques with the duo set to vie for the veteran batsman's number six spot during the four-test series starting next month.

Injured Pak opener Taufeeq Umar replaced by Imran Farhat for Proteas series

Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar, who was ruled out of the tour of South Africa just two days before the first Test starts in Johannesburg due to an injury, has been replaced by Imran Farhat.

Umar, 31, suffered a muscle injury in his shin and the team management decided to call for a replacement, reports Sport24.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar said doctors have advised Umar four to five weeks rest.

Haroon Lorgat claims top international players set to play in Pakistan T20 League

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has claimed top international players have signed up to participate in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) despite security fears.

PSL advisor, Lorgat claimed players could earn at least 100,000 dollars for the two-week tournament in Pakistan, the BBC reports.

Lorgat rejected claims from players' union, Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) boss Tim May that players would stay away because Pakistan is unsafe.

Graeme Smith set to create history as captain

Graeme Smith will become the first cricketer to captain 100 tests when he leads South Africa out against Pakistan on Friday, his 32nd birthday.

"To achieve what he has achieved, I don't think will be achieved very soon again, if ever," team mate Jacques Kallis told reporters in the build-up to the Johannesburg test.

Friday at the Wanderers has been declared 'Biff Day' in a nod to the nickname that exemplifies Smith's dogged nature and bruising style.

New Zealand gets $1.8m from ICC

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) was allocated $1.8 million by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday for next three years to develop the sport in the country.

The fund comes from ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme which is aimed at developing more competitive teams among Full Members and Associate/Affiliate Members.

Bangladesh T20 league hit by new pay row

International cricket stars threatened Thursday to quit the Bangladesh Premier League as the troubled Twenty20 tournament was hit by a fresh dispute over pay.
The second edition of the BPL has already been deprived of any Pakistani players after they were prevented by their national board from taking part on the eve of the tournament.
Now players from five of the BPL's seven teams could walk away in the middle of the competition unless they receive the salaries that they were promised, according to officials and their representatives.

Michael Clarke,Ricky Ponting top IPL auction list

Australia captain Michael Clarke and former captain Ricky Ponting attracted the highest base price in the list of 101 players that feature in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction to be held here Sunday.

The Australian duo will go under the hammer with highest reserve price of $400,000 (approx Rs.2 crore).

Clarke played for Pune Warriors India in IPL 2012 after they bought him on a one-year contract outside of the auction. Ponting was part of the inaugural IPL season, in 2008, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. He was released by the franchise in 2010.