Aug 202017
Brathwaite reported for suspect bowling action

The Windies’ off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the hosts won at Edgbaston on Saturday.The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Windies’ team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 24-year-old’s bowling action.Brathwaite’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Brathwaite is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. Click for detailed story

Jun 182017
Kohli, Sharma collapse in high-octane Champions Trophy final

Pakistan full-speed ahead Squads India's inning got off to a rocky start with skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma succumbing to Pakistan's bowling attack two overs in, leaving the blue shirts at 7/2 in the second inning of the high-octane nail-biting final of the Champions Trophy at London's Oval ground on Sunday.India are at 16 runs at the loss of two wickets in the 4rd over. Pakistan full-speed ahead India won the toss and opted to put Pakistan in to bowl first. The green shirts set a daunting target of 339 for the loss of four wickets for India to chase down ─ the team's second-highest total against India. A 128-run opening partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali set the mood for the first inning, with Azhar and Muhammad Hafeez both racking up half centuries, whereas Fakhar smashed 114 off 106 deliveries, and Babar Azam scored a solid 46 off 52. The opening pair broke two records ─ one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs), and the second for the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over.The last time Pakistani openers scored more than 100 runs prior to the fall of the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003. This is only the second time the same has happened outside Asia. Head-to-head, the record is in favour of India against Pakistan in all ICC tournaments. However, [Read More…]

Jun 172017
ICC places murals on CT finalist teams route

LONDON: Ahead of the high voltage ICC Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India, the ICC has placed murals at The Oval, explaining the journey of both the teams to the final of tournament.The murals are spray-painted to create various caricatures of players from both the team. Captains from both the teams – Sarfaraz Ahmed of Pakistan and Virat Kohli of India – signed the wall which depicted their caricatures with the tournament’s trophy.“Will India claim their third ICC Champions Trophy?Can Pakistan provide yet another upset?Now is time for Heroes to become Champions” reads the wall. These murals placed at the Lords also carry a caricatural story of Pakistan and India’s road to the final.“Pakistani bowlers have propelled their side to the final. And the batsmen have played their part too with a series of vital knocks,” reads the caption on one of the caricature.“After a shaky start, Pakistan have rallied. Their fast bowlers are on song, inspired by the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed,” reads another caption.These murals are part of ICC’s initiative to engage fans in event-related activities to add some off the field colours to an already colourful event of the most followed sport in sub-continent. Click for detailed story

Jun 172017
The curious case of the fervent Pakistani fans

Not very long ago, in a popular satire show on one of the cable channels, the father of political satire in Pakistan, Anwar Maqsood questions the late Moin Akhter, dressed as a Bangladeshi cricketer, as to why Bangladesh have stopped winning games against Pakistan?The amusing reply, scripted by the great writer and rendered to perfection by the best comedian produced by Pakistan, is one that leaves one in fits of laughter. The late Moin Akhter (as a Bangladeshi cricketer) explains that when Pakistan lose a game they are grilled with all sorts of allegations from match fixing to foul play. “In our country, the river hits a reverse flow; if we win, everyone is shocked. We are taken into custody, kept awake during the night and questioned hard as how on Earth did we win, what did we do to get such results? We ultimately decided not to win onwards.”Interestingly, Pakistani fans have similar cautious feelings at the moment. Although they are pumped up, joyous, ready for revenge and right behind their team. But take them aside and ask them to put their hands on their hearts and give an honest reply – and a healthy majority will open up to the fact that all this is too good to be true. For many it’s like coming up to a temporary oasis, an artificial surrounding – but one they are happy to believe and live in till at least this Sunday. Pakistan vs India final, that too in the Champions [Read More…]

May 232017
ICC to review security for Champions Trophy after Manchester attack

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on display in Cardiff. Photo: ICCThe International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday it will work with the relevant authorities to review security measures for the upcoming Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup, after a deadly terrorist attack in Manchester sent shockwaves through the country.In a statement issued in the aftermath of the attack, the ICC said it will assess its security in line with the threat levels.“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific attack in Manchester. The ICC and ECB place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.“We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments. We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels,” the statement read. 22 killed in ‘suicide attack’ at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester British police say lone attacker died at venue “The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” the ICC statement added.London, Birmingham and Cardiff are the three venues which will host the ICC Champions Trophy matches in England and Wales from June 1-18.At least 22 people, including some children, were killed [Read More…]

May 052017

Pakistan right-hand batsman Azhar Ali on Friday moved up two places in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test batsmen’s rankings even after his team faced a 106-run defeat against West Indies on Thursday. Pakistan, set a target of 188 runs to win the second Test and seal the three-match series, were unable to fathom the bounce of the day five pitch at Barbados and were all out for 81 courtesy three ducks by Babar Azam, captain Misbahul Haq and Asad Shafiq. ‘Responsible’ Misbah, Azhar earn Sallu’s praise However, Azhar Ali’s 105-run knock in the first innings and 10 in the second innings helped him move to the eighth position to share the spot with South African batting star Hashim Amla, with both on 748 rating points. Misbah, who was playing his penultimate Test before retirement, scored 99 and a duck to retain his 20th position in the rankings, while returning opener Ahmad Shahzad moved up four places to the 62nd position with scores of 70 and 14. Yasir’s gains Leg-spinner Yasir Shah bagged nine wickets for Pakistan in the second Test with a seven-for in the second innings to lift himself to the 13th position in ICC Test bowler’s rankings. Yasir six-for hands Pakistan advantage He gave 94 runs in the second innings for his seven wickets to bag the second best figures by a Pakistan bowler against West Indies after former captain Imran Khan 7-80 in 1988. Team rankings Pakistan were placed on the fifth position with 97 points [Read More…]

Apr 282017
Karachi may host international cricket stars again

KARACHI: Cricket fans in Karachi may still get an opportunity to cheer for international stars at National Stadium later this year when a proposed team of international stars would visit Pakistan for three T20 games. Reliable sources have told that PCB officials, on sidelines of ICC meeting in Dubai, had suggested Giles Clarke to have at least one match of the suggested Pakistan vs ICC World XI in series. However, Giles did not make any commitment. “PCB suggested two in Lahore and one in Karachi. But Giles did not commit to anything as yet,” said a reliable source. The source added that further discussion on matter would be held during ICC’s annual conference in June before a final approval in August. “Giles would sit down with his security company and consider all issues before giving us green light for hosting the games,” the source added. Another source privy to matter said that PCB’s initial plan for having the game in Karachi was in the view of giving a farewell match to former captain and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi. “PCB wanted to give Afridi an opportunity to lead Pakistan’s team against the World XI in his hometown, Karachi,” the source revealed. “The original offer made to Afridi was of playing the game in Karachi but Afridi wasn’t ready to play a farewell match,” the source added. The ICC last week had agreed, in principle, on arranging a tour of a world XI team to Pakistan in September to make ways for [Read More…]

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