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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif leave for Switzerland to fight their ICC bans

Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif left for Switzerland Tuesday to fight to overturn bans imposed two years ago for spot-fixing.

Captain Butt and fast bowlers Asif and Mohammad Aamer were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for contriving to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010.

Australia beat West Indies by 39 runs to win ODI series

Shane Watson hit a century on his return from injury and James Faulkner claimed four wickets as Australia beat the West Indies by 39 runs to claim victory in the one-day international series on Wednesday.

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Watson, opening the innings after four weeks out with a calf injury, smashed 122 off 111 balls. Supported by 86 from Phil Hughes, he helped Australia reach 329 for seven after winning the toss in the third ODI of the five-game series.

Michael Clarke says 'team man' McKay leader of Oz pace pack in ODIs

Michael Clarke has claimed Australian one-day player of the year Clint McKay is the most important bowler for him in the fifty-over squad, adding the pace man is the first bowler to be picked in the team before any game.

Mckay, who turns 30 later this month, has taken 68 wickets at an average of 21.91 from his 39 matches and among Australians only Dennis Lillee (70 wickets) and Brett Lee (69) have been more prolific from the same period at the start of their careers, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf says 'conspirators' behind isolation of Pakistan in cricket world

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has said he believes there is a conspiracy to keep Pakistan isolated in the cricket world.

The Nation quoted Ashraf, as saying that there are elements who don't want to see the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and neither do they want the Super League Twenty20 tournament to be held on time.

However, Ashraf said, that ten PCB has not given up hope and are confident of organizing the super league T20. Ashraf said arrangements for the super league were continuing at full steam.

Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar plotting Mumbai Indians IPL coup

Australian Ricky Ponting and Indian Sachin Tendulkar have already started planning Mumbai Indians' strategy in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season through text messages.

Ponting was picked up by Tendulkar's franchise for 400,000 dollars in the IPL auction last week, the Age reports.

It caused one Indian media outlet to describe the pair playing together, and possibly opening the innings, as an unprecedented miracle.