Monday, 4 March 2013

It’s unfair to criticize Whatmore: Mohammed Hafeez

Unless it is the World Twenty20 final, winning a match in the shortest format is seldom the cause for massive celebration. Today, it was.

For Mohammed Hafeez, Pakistan's thumping of South Africa was as much an individual triumph as it was a team one. It showed that he has not lost his touch even after the Test series brought that up for debate. It showed that the team is not incapable of competing with and beating an opposition that continues to be talked up as better than them. And it showed those who have called for heads to roll, their words came too early.

Australia 74/2 in 2nd innings, trail by 192 runs against India

West Indies defeat Zimbabwe by 41 runs, clinch series 2-0

Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten 45 off 24 balls and Samuel Badree followed with 3 for 17 on Sunday as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs to complete a 2-0 win in the Twenty20 series. Pollard slammed three fours and three sixes to lift the West Indies to 158 for 7 off 20 overs. Opener Lendl Simmons anchored the top order with 41 off 39 balls.

There were two wickets apiece for Zimbabwe legspinners Tino Mutombodzi (2 for 28) and Natsai M'shangwe (2 for 33). Badree put the skids under Zimbabwe's run chase early with the wickets of both openers and captain Brendan Taylor.

Changes likely in Pakistan team management: sources

Even if Pakistan does well in the upcoming one-day and T20 series, it is possible that key positions in the team management, including the job of coach and manager, may be offered to former players.

Pakistan bowling coach under fire after South Africa debacle

Pakistan's bowling coach Mohammad Akram is likely to face the heat after the lacklustre showing by the pace attack in their recent 0-3 drubbing in the Test series against South Africa. Sources close to the team have claimed the bowlers have little respect for Akram and primarily don't take his advice or tips seriously.

Mickey Arthur defends 'technically flawed' Lyon's Hyderabad Test axe

Coach Mickey Arthur has defended their decision to axe Nathan Lyon from the Australian playing eleven for the second Test against India in the Hyderabad Test, saying the sidelined off-spinner has technical issues to work on.

Rahul Dravid says Oz made 'tactical blunder' by dropping Lyon

Rahul Dravid has claimed Australia's decision to drop off spinner Nathan Lyon was a tactical blunder as the touring bowlers struggled against the hosts on the second day of the Hyderabad Test.

Faf du Plessis says Proteas can learn from brutal T20 mauling by Pakistan

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis, after suffering an embarrassing Twenty20 defeat on Sunday at the hands of Pakistan, has said his team can learn a thing or two from the Pakistani players.

Arjuna Ranatunga willing to help revive international cricket in Pakistan

Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has said he is willing to help Pakistan in reviving international cricket in the country, which was stalled four years ago following a dreaded terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers.

Sri Lanka name squad for first Bangladesh Test

Sri Lanka's selectors on Monday picked a 16-man squad for the first Test against Bangladesh starting in Galle on Friday:

Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul put woes behind them to give Pakistan win

Captain Mohammad Hafeez and bowler Umar Gul put their test woes behind them as Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs on Sunday to win the two-match Twenty20 series 1-0.