Nov 062017

ADELAIDE: Veteran pace spearhead James Anderson said Monday he was open to replacing suspended Ben Stokes as England vice-captain for the coming Ashes Test series. Joe Root’s squad left home without their usual deputy skipper, who is awaiting the outcome of a police probe into his involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have not yet ruled him out of the series, which starts with the first Test in Brisbane on November 23. ‘Root must convince players they can win Ashes’ Anderson told reporters assuming the vice-captaincy was “not something I have really thought about to be honest”. But when questioned on whether he would decline if asked to fill the role, he replied: “Of course not, I wouldn’t. Certainly over the past few years I have seen my role in the team as being a leader, especially with the young bowlers coming in, I try and help out where I can.” The 35-year-old, who is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 506 in 129 Tests, said he already fulfils a leadership role in the team with support from former skipper Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad. “War” of words begins ahead of Ashes “That is part and parcel as a senior player who has played over 100 Tests, to be a leader,” he said. “Myself and Stuart try and lead the bowling attack, Alastair has been captain. We have a nice leadership group. My experience as a senior player [Read More…]

Nov 052017

RAJKOT: Colin Munro Saturday said he was relishing batting top of the order after his blistering century powered New Zealand to a series-levelling win against India in the second T20I. Munro, a middle-order batsman who was promoted to open the innings in India, smashed an unbeaten 58-ball 109 to propel the Kiwis to 196-2 in Rajkot. Kiwi fast-bowler Trent Boult then claimed four wickets to restrict India to 156-7 despite a valiant 42-ball 65 from Indian skipper Virat Kohli. But it was Munro’s supreme batting show that set up New Zealand’s 40-run win after their opening loss to India in the three-match series. Dew no excuse for dropped catches, says NZ captain Williamson “I love batting at the top of the order, getting the team off to a flyer with Guppy (Martin Guptill),” the left-handed batsman said after receiving the man of the match award. “The way I bat is the same every time, whether I’m chasing 200 or 120. Go out there, stay still and try and hit fours and sixes.” Munro put on 105 runs for the opening wicket with Guptill, to lay a solid foundation after the Kiwis elected to bat first on a wicket that promised runs. Munro made the most of his two reprieves, on 45 and 79, to register his second T20 ton — in just 54 balls. “Few chances went my way, but that’s T20 cricket, you need luck in your way. Felt good with the bat, but had been getting out at funny [Read More…]

Nov 022017

KARACHI: World’s best ODI all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez underwent bowling actions test on Wednesday at the Loughborough University in England, after he was reported during the Sri Lanka series last month. Hafeez recently upstaged Bangladesh’s Shakibal Hasan as the top ODI all-rounder, just a day after he was reported for an illegal bowling action. Hafeez reported again for suspect bowling action According to sources, Hafeez was asked to bowl four overs during the bowling action test and the report is likely to arrive in two weeks. The 37-year-old has been reported twice earlier and came back after rectifying his action, which doesn’t allow you to bend your arm more than 15 degrees. Hafeez will face a suspension if he is found to be bowling with an illegal bend in his arm while delivering the ball. He will be asked to correct his action and then will be allowed to bowl in international cricket. Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal believes Hafeez is an important player for the Pakistan and that is why his action is observed so closely by so many. “Hafeez, who was named the top all-rounder, is one of the main players for Pakistan and should pass the test as his bowling plays a huge part in Pakistan’s victories,” he said. Hasan, Hafeez, Malik earn praise The off-spinner, who himself was reported for a suspected bowling action and then rectified it, added: “Hafeez has cleared his test before and he will do it again and will be allowed to bowl for the [Read More…]

Oct 312017

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping to host Bangladesh and South Africa next year, with Afghanistan and Ireland having already shown interest in playing in Pakistan, claimed board chairman Najam Sethi. “Afghanistan and Ireland are ready to visit Pakistan next year but we are looking for the big names to come to Pakistan and play a full series here after we successfully hosted World XI and Sri Lanka in T20Is in Lahore,” said Sethi. “We hope that, after Sri Lanka’s visit, Bangladesh and South Africa will also come here next year. We can’t really say when, but we will try to host them some time in 2018.” After T20 success, Sri Lanka promises more Pakistan tours International cricket finally resumed in Pakistan as the first Test-playing nation came to the country, eight years on from the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. The post Hope to bring Bangladesh, South Africa to Pakistan soon: Sethi appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 202017

LAHORE: The mutual admiration between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir continues as the latter announced himself as one of the biggest fans of the former on Friday. Couple of days ago, a video of Indian skipper Virat Kohli surfaced with Bollywood actor Amir Khan where the former was seen praising Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir. mir one of the toughest I’ve faced, reiterates Kohli “In recent times, where I have played, there is Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. He is one of the top-two bowlers in the world. He is one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be always on your ‘A’ game or he will strike. Outstanding, very good bowler,” Kohli had said. Amir, while addressing journalists in the National Cricket Academy, Lahore, returned the favour and thanked Kohli for his kind words. “I am a great fan of the Indian captain,” said Amir. “Virat is one of the toughest batsmen [to get out] in the world. I enjoyed a lot after taking his wicket [in the Champions Trophy].” He added: “Whenever Virat talks about me, it gives me immense pleasure and I want to thank him for his kind words.” Amir further said that getting Kohli out early is the first thing on his mind whenever he plays against India. “If any team gets the wicket of Kohli early, that means they’ve dismissed half the Indian team,” he said. “Whenever we meet on the field I try my [Read More…]

Oct 182017

KARACHI: Peshawar bowler Taj Wali’s controversial running out of Wapda’s Muhammad Irfan to win their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tie by just four runs on the final day has left many shaking their heads in disapproval but Wali the pacer insists he was well within his rights to Mankad the runner. Irfan was trying to pinch a few inches and sneaked out of his crease while Wali was running up to bowl. Upon noticing this, Wali whipped the bails off to give his side a win by the narrowest of margins. “I came on to bowl when we needed two wickets and they needed 15 runs,” said Wali, while speaking to The Express Tribune. “I noticed Irfan was leaving his crease earlier than he should be when my bowling partner, Muhammad Imran Senior, was bowling.” Wali admitted that they had been trying to run out Irfan from that time on. “He did this for three balls so I went up to Imran and told him to run him out if he does so again. However, that chance never came,” he said. “Irfan is exceptionally tall so I knew he would leave the crease earlier. At that point I decided to run him out.” The pacer refused to feel any guilt for his actions. “I did everything according to the rules of cricket,” he said. “I don’t know why they are making an issue out of it. We played smartly and won the match, this is what happens when you give a chance to [Read More…]

Oct 162017

DUBAI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed believes experimenting with the number of days in Test match cricket should be given a chance. The debate over reducing the number of days from five to four for a Test match is picking up the pace, with almost every pundit batting in favour or against the idea. The move from five to four days is supposed to help bring back the audience which is leaving Test cricket for more entertaining and less time-consuming formats of ODI and T20. Sri Lanka should come to Lahore, says Sarfraz Ahmed “I can’t say much about this, the experts are better suited to comment on the matter, but if you see in New Zealand and Australia, the results of the Test matches come on the fourth day or early on the fifth day because of the conditions there. So if they are trying to experiment with the number of days, then they are most welcome,” said Sarfraz in a video interview for Roznama Express. ‘Batting failed us in Sri Lanka Tests’ Pakistan were, for the first time in the UAE, whitewashed by a team, Sri Lanka, 2-0 in the Test series and when asked, Sarfraz said batting was to blame for the defeats. “When you lose, people start finding mistakes in your game plan,” he explained. “I believe we didn’t bowl well. The kind of bowling attack we had, we thought we could get Sri Lanka out, but we were unable to do that.” He continued by saying that [Read More…]

Oct 072017

DUBAI: Pace spearhead Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka after suffering a shin injury during the ongoing second Test in Dubai on Saturday. Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] said the 25-year-old had an MRI scan, after which he was advised to rest for two to three weeks. “Amir has been ruled out of the ODI series against Sri Lanka due to a stress related injury in the right shin. The fast bowler has been advised two to three weeks rest after he underwent an MRI scan,” said a PCB release. Herath stars as Pakistan crumble in first Test Amir walked off the field on Friday during the first day’s play in the second Test, but was cleared to bowl on Saturday. He managed to bowl just three overs though, 19.3 in the match, before once again limping off the field. Pakistan were 51-0 without loss after Sri Lanka piled up 482 in their first innings. The tourists lead the series 1-0. Amir will be replaced by another left-arm paceman, Usman Shinwari. The first one-day international will be played in Dubai on Friday, followed by two in Abu Dhabi (October 16 and 18) and the last two in Sharjah (October 20 and 23). The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the last in Lahore on October 29 — subject to security clearance. The post Amir out of Dubai Test, ODI series against Sri Lanka appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 282017

KARACHI: PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, upon his return from abroad, has reviewed the report on Umar Akmal submitted by the PCB’s Disciplinary Committee and has sanctioned their findings. Umar was found by the committee to be in breach of clauses 2.2.5, 4.1 and 4.4 of his central contract when he clashed with head coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Grant Flower. Akmal set to be banned for three matches: report For the violation, Umar has been banned for three matches, while a fine of Rs1 million has also been slapped on the right-hander. Umar would also not be given any NOC to participate in foreign leagues or matches for the next two months. Sethi said these sanctions have been placed with a heavy heart but with the hope that they serve as a precedent for all cricketers. The post Sethi sanctions Umar Akmal ban appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 122017
Cost of hosting World XI: Businesses near Gaddafi Stadium closed for revival of cricket

International cricket is coming home with the tour of World XI. It’s definitely great news for all; be it cricket fans who have been missing seeing Team Green live in action or young cricketers who never had the opportunity to play in front of the home crowd. The national cricket team will face off World XI in a three-match T20I series at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The first T20I of the three-match series is taking place tonight. The second and third T20Is will be played on September 13 and 15, respectively. While the revival of the international cricketing is welcoming as it will open doors for international teams to visit the country and help present a soft image of Pakistan, the cost that the business community is paying to host these matches in Punjab’s provincial capital is something that cannot be overlooked. Why isn’t World XI coming to Karachi, Sindh minister asks Sethi According to reports, authorities have forced businesses in the surroundings of the Gaddafi Stadium to close down for four days. Further, residents and shop owners in the area have also been asked to sign a surety bond stating that they will not let “miscreants” use their properties for subversive activities. Efforts were made to contact DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf to comment on the issue but he did not respond. Army soldiers patrol at the main entrance of the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 12, 2017. PHOTO: AFP One of the entrepreneurs who have been [Read More…]

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