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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Pakistan's new Twenty20 Super League postponed

Pakistan's first professional Twenty20 league was postponed indefinitely on Friday after complaints from investors over tight bidding deadlines and from players over scheduling conflicts.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had scheduled the Super League to run from March 26 to April 6. "Over 15 potential franchise buyers, around 10 top broadcasters, and various potential sponsors from large business houses have collected the bid documents and shown extremely keen interest in acquiring respective rights," PSL managing director Salman Sarwar Butt said in a statement. "However, there are several other investors who would like us to give them more time for our various rights."

Former Pakistan players urge board to appoint batting coach

Former Pakistan captains have advised the cricket board here to immediately appoint a local batting coach for the team following their humiliating 211-run loss against South Africa at Johannesburg.

The Pakistan Cricket Community is apprehensive about the fate that awaits the national team in the remaining tests in South Africa after they capitulated in the opening Test. The board's decision to not appoint former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq as batting consultant and send him with the team to South Africa has also come in for criticism from some former players.

Aggression is the key to tame South Africa: Kamran Akmal

Senior wicketkeeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal believes the only way for Pakistan to make a comeback in three-Test series against South Africa is to play aggressively and positively against their fearsome pace attack. "Given the nature of the pitches in South Africa which have pace and bounce you have to keep playing your shots because it is not possible to survive without being positive. The pitches will always have something for the bowlers at any given time," said Kamran, the veteran of 53 Tests, 143 ODIs and 49 T20 matches.

Kamran was overlooked for the Tests in South Africa but is in line to be picked for the limited over games. Pakistan were drubbed by 211 runs in the first Test at the Centurion and there are fears of another repeat in the second Test beginning on February 14 at Capetown which has been notorious for low scores in the last two years. New Zealand was bowled out for 45 recently and Australia also fell for 42 in 2011 after they had bowled out South Africa for 92 runs.

Michael Clarke ruled out of 5th ODI against West Indies due to hamstring injury

Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies in Melbourne on Sunday after complaining of a recurrence of the hamstring trouble that he has carried through the Australian summer.

Clarke's right hamstring was assessed by the team medical staff following the fourth ODI on Friday, which the home team won, and the physiotherapist has confirmed that Clarke has hamstring stiffness. While there is no cause for alarm, the 31-year-old will not travel to Melbourne for the fifth ODI as a precaution. He will leave for Chennai for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Feb 12, as planned.

Nice to get match practice before a big series: Sachin Tendulkar

A morale-boosting century clinched before the much-awaited Test series against Australia, senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday said the ongoing Irani Cup game has given him good match practice ahead of the big clash.

"It's a big series against Australia. I am sure everyone is looking forward to it. Always nice to get some match practice before a big series," Tendulkar, who scored an unbeaten 140 for Ranji champions Mumbai against Rest of India, said before the start of fourth day's play here.

Acclimatising the key to winning in India: Australia coach Steve Rixon

Adamant on sticking to pace despite the dustbowls that await them, Australia's acting head coach Steve Rixon on Saturday said his team's success in the upcoming Test series against India would depend a lot on how quickly it adapts to local conditions.

"Teams are going to play a lot of competitive cricket. This wicket is something that the Indian boys play very well on. We will have to learn to adapt to these very quickly. The purpose of our coming early is to get acclimatised as quickly as possible," said Rixon.

Dean Jones says Oz could use India's own formula for Test glory

Former batsman Dean Jones has said the Australian team should stick with the Indian formula of playing two opening fast bowlers along with a spin duo and a part time bowler to improve their chances of winning the upcoming four-Test match series against the one-day world champions in the tough sub-continental conditions.

"The Australian tour to India this month will be a great examination of where this team is, mentally and physically. It is going to be tough. The triumph in 2004 was Australia's only series win in India since 1969," Jones wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

No regrets battling pain to rescue West Indies: Keiron Pollard

West Indies middle order batsman Keiron Pollard says he did not regret enduring pain in an effort to rescue his side although they lost the fourth ODI against Australia.

Pollard was struck on the finger from a ball that bounced surprisingly but he managed to strike a mature unbeaten 109 that lifted the West Indies from 55 for six to 220 all out in 49.4 overs.

However, Australia cruised to a comfortable five-wicket victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday to win four of the five matches in the series as the Windies face a whitewash.

England beat New Zealand by 40 runs

England beat New Zealand by 40 runs in their opening Twenty20 international at Eden Park here Saturday.

England posted their highest ever T20 score of 214 for seven with Eoin Morgan making 46 and Luke Wright 42.

New Zealand, in reply, made 174 for nine in their 20 overs.

The second match in the series is in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Brendon McCullum claims 'predecessor' Ross Taylor's return in Kiwi squad 'seamless'

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has claimed his predecessor Ross Taylor's return in the Kiwi dressing room has been seamless.

The 28-year-old top-order batsman is back in the Black Caps fold for the first time since he was relieved of the captaincy two months ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Taylor, who made himself unavailable for the tour of South Africa, would resume his international career in Auckland on Saturday in the first of three Twenty20 matches against England.

Australian Shane Jurgensen named Bangladesh head coach

Australian Shane Jurgensen has been promoted from bowling coach to head coach of Bangladesh on a one-year deal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Saturday.
Jurgensen guided Bangladesh to a 3-2 one-day international series win against West Indies at home in December when acting as interim coach after Englishman Richard Pybus refused to continue in the wake of a contract dispute.