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Friday, 1 February 2013

Stephen Fleming hints CSK may not go for foreign player in IPL auction

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming on Friday indicated that his team may not look for foreign players in Sunday's IPL auction here as he felt "looking for new overseas players will lose fan base".
Asked about continuing with the existing players in the CSK squad, Fleming said, "We would like to continue with the players. We associate with those quality players and develop them and plan our strategies. It is dangerous situation when you are looking for new overseas players as you will lose the fan base. We want to develop our relations with the same players as they would have understood the needs of the team and the management. The fans expect consistency from the players and performance and we need to deliver that," he said at the press conference for the Chennai Super Kings Super Cup, a local tournament for corporate clubs, to be organised by CSK.
The former New Zealand captain said that CSK would be looking for a "local bowling leader". Asked if any of the players who played in IPL 2012 was found lacking in his performance, Fleming said, "We are to assist the players to perform. We do not get into situations like that. We make assessments every year. If we buy a player, we believe in them. One area we address to is local bowlers options. We did not have the local bowling leader. We are trying to rectify that for the coming season. We are looking for young bowlers are will fit in to our thinking," he said.

Pak vs SA: Pakistan dismiss South Africa for 253

Seemingly oblivious to South Africa's celebrations of Graeme Smith's 100th Test as captain, Pakistan stole the show by bowling out the Proteas for 253 on day one of the first Test.
On Smith's 32nd birthday, the Wanderers crowd was expecting a dominant showing from its long-serving leader, only for Pakistan offspinner Mohammad Hafeez to be the unexpected star. Hafeez took two key middle-order wickets before making short work of the tail to finish with figures of 4 for 16. He then opened the batting and scored all of Pakistan's runs as the tourists closed on 6 without loss.

Pakistan says 50 foreigners signed for T20

More than 50 foreign players have so far signed up for Pakistan's first major Twenty20 league, organisers said on Thursday, despite a warning from the international players' association not to take part.

Salman Sarwar Butt, managing director of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), gave the figure and said more overseas players were "likely to sign up shortly", in a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement.

He revealed neither any players' names nor their nationalities but said the overseas interest showed the league, due to start on March 26, was "attractive both in terms of cricket and financial gains".

Shahid Afridi urges world to end Pakistan isolation

All-rounder Shahid Afridi has made an emotional appeal to the cricketing world to end Pakistan's four-year isolation over terror attacks.
No international cricket has been played in Pakistan, which suffers near daily Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked violence, since gunmen attacked the
Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009, killing eight Pakistanis and wounding seven visiting players. Minnows Bangladesh twice called off tours last year over security fears and the head of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) has warned players not to take part in an inaugural Twenty20 tournament in March.
Former captain Afridi said Pakistan has been sidelined and had "suffered because of being the frontline state in the war" against Islamist militants.