Apr 062017
Latham to lead NZ in Champions Trophy warm-ups

AUCKLAND: Tom Latham has been appointed New Zealand captain for one-day matches against Ireland and Bangladesh ahead of the Champions Trophy, New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday. The 25-year-old opening batsman will step in for usual captain Kane Williamson, who has commitments in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Vice-captain Tim Southee will also still be playing in the IPL when the triangular series starts in Ireland on May 12. “Tom has been a leader within the side for a while now and this is a chance to continue his development in that area,” selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement. “It’s a great learning opportunity for Tom and a chance for other squad members to take on a bigger leadership role too.” Fast bowler Seth Rance and all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn, who was drafted into the Test squad last month but did not play, could make their ODI debuts during the series. Pace bowler Neil Wagner could also make his ODI debut during the series. “This is a fantastic opportunity to give new players a taste of international cricket, as well as reward guys who have pushed their way back into contention,” said Larsen.

Nov 142016
PCB in contact with men?s and women?s team following strong NZ earthquake

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday said that it is in contact with the national men’s and women’s team in New Zealand, following a powerful earthquake in the country. Various cities in New Zealand were jolted by a strong earthquake measuring 7.4 late Sunday night. Players and management of both Pakistan men’s and women’s team were immediately evacuated from their hotel rooms following the earthquake in Nelson and Christchurch, respectively. “PCB’s management has established a contact with Pakistan’s Men and Women Cricket team touring New Zealand for a bilateral series after an earthquake of high intensity hit the country on Sunday,” said a PCB spokesman. “Both teams’ management in a telephonic conversation conveyed about the safety and overall playing conditions in New Zealand in the wake of an earthquake,” the spokesman added. The PCB added that the board is also in contact with Mian Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi, High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Zealand, who is in touch with Pakistani players and facilitating them. Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has said that safety evaluations are ongoing at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval and Nelson’s Saxton Oval ahead of Pakistan’s Test against New Zealand and women team’s ODI match. “New Zealand Cricket will continue to monitor the status of each of those international venues, and liaise with the appropriate authorities ahead of the fixtures,” NZC said in an announcement. “Both Pakistan touring parties, as well as the Pakistan Cricket Board, are being constantly updated on the current situation,” the statement [Read More…]