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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

It was my kind of situation: Shahid Afridi

Mirpur: His blistering 25-ball 59 helped Pakistan beat Bangladesh by three wickets and reach the finals of the Asia Cup and Shahid Afridi on Tuesday said he was always confident of scoring the required runs as the situation gave him the license to play shots.

Misbah-ul-Haq predicts Shahid Afridi will light up World T20

Mirpur: With the World Twenty20 beginning here in less than a fortnight's time, explosive allrounder Shahid Afridi's ominous form augurs well for the Pakistan side, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said on Tuesday.

Unsold at auction but Brett Lee remains Indian Premier League fan

New Delhi: He might have gone unsold at the players' auction this year but retired Australian pacer Brett Lee on Wednesday said he remains a huge fan of the Indian Premier League and the Twenty20 event could throw up the elusive fast-bowling talent that India desperately needs.

Virat Kohli laments mistakes that cost India heavily in Asia Cup

Mirpur: India skipper Virat Kohli said it was difficult to keep the motivation level high coming into an inconsequential contest against Afghanistan and lamented crucial mistakes in the matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan that cost them heavily in the Asia Cup.

Asia Cup: Sunil Gavaskar Slams Indian Team For Fielding Same Playing XI

MIRPUR: Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday slammed the Indian team management for fielding an unchanged XI in the dead rubber against Afghanistan and wondered whether the "fear" of bench players succeeding over current favourites has prompted it to play the same team.

Asia Cup: India beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets

Mirpur: India beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets and ended their Asia Cup campaign with a win and a bonus point. With the chance to make it to the final was out of question, India outplayed Afghanistan in this game.

De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain

World's No.1 batsman AB de Villiers is not sure he would take over as the South African Test captain succeeding Graeme Smith, who will be retiring from international cricket after the third and the final Test against Australia.

Kallis admits was 'little taken aback' at Smith's retirement announcement

Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has expressed his surprise at the retirement announcement by Test captain Graeme Smith, saying that he was a 'little taken aback' by Smith's mid-Test announcement of his retirement from international cricket.

All professional cricketers from England, Wales 'hair-tested' for illegal drugs

All professional cricketers in both England and Wales have reportedly been 'hair tested' for illegal drugs, marking a significant increase in the scope of testing in domestic cricket, which employs over 400 players.

Swann backs Giles to help England regain 'world-beaters' status

Retired England off-spinner Graeme Swann has backed limited-overs coach Ashley Giles as the ideal person to replace Andy Flower as England's head coach and make the team 'world-beaters' again.

Gavaskar blasts India's favouritism after Pujara, Pandey get benched again

The India team management were at the receiving end of an unusually vocal Sunil Gavaskar who questioned the logic of not giving bench players a game against Afghanistan.

Mohammed Shami becomes 2nd fastest Indian to take 50 wickets in ODIs

Mohammed Shami has completed 50 wickets in one day internationals. In the 9th match of Asia Cup 2014 between India and Afghanistan, Shami picked up two wickets which helped him to reach the landmark.

Injured MS Dhoni takes his Harley Davidson for a spin

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who underwent rehabilitation after sustaining a left side-strain injury during the second Test in New Zealand, was seen embracing his Harley Davidson bike in Ranchi.

Smith strikes as Australia close on victory

Part-time leg-spinner Steve Smith took the key wicket of Faf du Plessis as Australia closed on a series-deciding victory on the fifth day of the third and final Test against South Africa on Wednesday.

West Indies bowl in deciding ODI against England

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo won the toss and chose to bowl against England in the deciding third and final one-day international at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday.

India bow out of Asia Cup with easy win

World Cup champions India ended their disappointing campaign in the Asia Cup with an eight-wicket romp over minnows Afghanistan in their final league match in Dhaka on Wednesday.