Oct 182018
Kaneria admits guilt in spot-fixing case: Spin bowler should have admitted guilt years ago, says PCB

LONDON: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has admitted his role in a spot-fixing case involving former Essex team mate Mervyn Westfield on Thursday, more than six years after he was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).Westfield was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to accepting a payment to concede a set number of runs off an over in a 40-overs English county match against Durham in 2009.Kaneria, who had repeatedly denied any involvement in trying to engineer particular situations in a game, was banned for life by the ECB in June 2012 for “cajoling and pressurising” Westfield into accepting money.“My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012,” the 37-year-old said in an interview. “I have become strong enough to make this decision, because you cannot live a life with lies. “Kaneria remains Pakistan’s most successful spinner with 261 wickets in 61 Tests. He last played for Pakistan against England at Trent Bridge Test in 2010, and has not appeared in any first-class game since March 2012.“I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, my Essex cricket club, my Essex cricket fans.I say sorry to Pakistan,” Kaneria added. “If the ECB and ICC (The International Cricket Council) and other bodies would give me a second chance I can help to educate young people in cricket, teach them that if you do wrong you are finished [Read More…]

Oct 142018
PCB may include Wasim, Misbah in cricket committee

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday said they are considering the names of former captains Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq for the cricket committee.According to sources, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani consulted with patron Prime Minister Imran Khan for the inclusion of Misbah and Wasim into the committee.Sources further said, there is complete confidence over the names of Misbah and Wasim with players from the 70s and 90s also expected to be a part of the committee.Former captain and manager Intikhab Alam is also a strong contender to be a part of the cricket committee, sources added.Earlier this week, cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja said a “cricket committee” is the need of the hour.Stressing upon urgent measures in the management and administration departments of the cricketing board, Ramiz suggested that a cricket committee, consisting of former and current players, should be in place.“Such a committee should be given the task of taking care of domestic cricket as well as of improving the Think Tank responsible for making crucial decisions,” Ramiz said.

Dec 232017
Imad Wasim dropped as PCB announces ODI squad for New Zealand tour

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/d56e406dba3a22495f0ac4f68289abd9.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMjMvMjAxNyAzOjA5OjIyIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9V05FUEhyU0IrT3RJaDNoZkk1M3RlZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: All-rounder Imad Wasim has been dropped while former captain Azhar Ali made a comeback as Pakistan announced a 15-member squad for the five-match series against New Zealand. Junaid Khan was also not included in Pakistan’s squad and was replaced by Amir Yamin in the team. “Imad Wasim was again feeling discomfort in his previously injured knee which ruled him out from the ODI Squad. Immad has been told to work on his fitness in NCA,” said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. The chief selector added that the team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in the domestic tournament.  “Azhar Ali makes a comeback in the ODI squad after being rested in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He is making a comeback after gaining full fitness,” added the chief selector. “Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the ODI squad due to a fracture in his right foot and doctors have advised him six-weeks rest. Aamir Yamin comes in to replace the left arm pacer in the squad,” he said. According to PCB, the team was finalised after consultation with captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur. The T-20 squad will be announced later. The five-match ODI series will take place from January 6, 2018, to January 19, 2018, whereas the T-20I series will commence from January 22 and will conclude on January 28, 2018. The PCB has also announced a 9-member team management for the tour. Aun [Read More…]