Oct 092017
Racism turned me away from backing Australia teams: Usman Khawaja

MELBOURNE: Test batsman Usman Khawaja has said being racially vilified when he was growing up in Sydney led him to support other countries rather than back Australian sports teams.The Pakistan-born 30-year-old said in a blog post that racial abuse was widespread on the playing field during his junior days and blamed it for curtailing the sporting ambitions of a number of his overseas-born friends.“Getting sledged by opposition players and their parents was the norm,” Khawaja wrote on the PlayersVoice website.“Some of them said it just quietly enough for only me to hear. It still hurt, but I would never show it. Most of the time it was when I scored runs. Some parents take things too seriously.“It is for this reason why so many of my friends, most of whom were born outside Australia, didn´t support Australia in sporting contests. I didn´t either.“Especially in cricket. It was either West Indies, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka. Anyone else.”The first Muslim to play test cricket for Australia, left-hander Khawaja has scored 1,728 runs in his 24 tests at an average of 45.47, and is likely to be selected at number three for the upcoming Ashes series against England.He said the hard-edged Australia teams of his childhood held little appeal.“In hindsight, the fact we didn´t support Australia is disappointing,” he added.“Everything that was going on in our childhood and around us built up this resentment of the Australian cricket team.“I mean, none of them looked like us. “I was brought up to be respectful, [Read More…]

Sep 292017
The rare talent of trouble-prone Stokes

Stokes’ ability with both bat and ball makes him a genuine all-rounderLONDON: Ben Stokes has long been thought of as key to England´s chances of success during the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia, and that view has only hardened since his place was put in jeopardy by his arrest.Speculation over Stokes´s future intensified Thursday when England suspended him from international matches until further notice after the publication of a video apparently showing him fighting outside a Bristol nightclub.The Test vice-captain was included in England´s Ashes squad announced this week, despite his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in the early hours of Monday, after an incident which left him with an injured hand.The unseemly turn of events has left England in a quandary over Stokes, whose ability with both bat and ball makes him that most highly prized of cricketers — a genuine all-rounder.That was true in more ways than one when this year saw Stokes became the Indian Premier League´s most expensive foreign player when he was signed by the Rising Pune Supergiant for £1.7 million ($2.2 million).He made good on the price-tag by scoring 316 runs at a strike rate of 142.98 and taking 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.18 in the Twenty20 event.Six, six, six, sixStokes´s on-field failures can be as great as his successes — the prime example being when Carlos Brathwaite hit him for four successive sixes to snatch a stunning win for West Indies in the last over of the [Read More…]

Sep 262017
England drop Stokes after assault arrest

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f7dc2e377e9c5f41c83196834f1d6865.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8yNi8yMDE3IDM6MzU6MzcgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1RQW5FZzNrcHJUdVF6Y0xYS2x1eFlBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in Bristol and dropped for Wednesday’s fourth one-day international against West Indies.The 26-year-old Durham star was arrested early on Monday in the Clifton district of the city and released under investigation – without charge – the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Tuesday.Both Stokes and England opening batsman Alex Hales, 28, who was with him on Sunday night, will miss the game at The Oval.A statement issued by Avon and Somerset police said: “We were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2:35am on Monday.“A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.“A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and has since been released under investigation.”The police statement also asked anyone who was in the Clifton Triangle area in the early hours of Monday “who saw any part of this incident” to contact them.The incident happened following England´s 124-run win in the third ODI – where Stokes made 73 – in southwest city Bristol on Sunday that put them 2-0 up in a five-match series against West Indies.Wednesday’s fixture at The Oval takes place just hours after England are due to unveil their squad for the Ashes tour of Australia at the south London ground.ECB England cricket director Andrew Strauss, confirmed that both Durham star Stokes – a Test regular – and Nottinghamshire [Read More…]

Sep 142017
Cricket greats come together at glitzy awards ceremony tonight

Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq pose with the trophy during West Indies tour in May 2017, which served as their last before they quit international cricket LAHORE: A glittering awards ceremony will bring together former Pakistan cricketing legends, current players and World XI stars under one roof in a memorable gathering in Lahore tonight.Players from the star-studded World XI lineup, former and current cricketers as well as representatives from the International Cricket Council will be attending the awards galore.Among the former players invited are Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi, with the event intended to serve as a farewell ceremony for these stars at the same time. The Pakistan Cricket Board will be presenting awards to the players in eight different categories, including Lifetime Achievement Awards.The event will be presented by Geo News, and will be aired on the channel at a later date.  Click for detailed story

Aug 272017
Root leads England rally against Windies

LEEDS –  England captain Joe Root threatened to make the West Indies pay for giving him another reprieve in the second Test at Headingley after opposing skipper Jason Holder starred with both bat and ball. England were 171 for three in their second innings at stumps on Sunday’s third day, a lead of two runs, after the West Indies had made an impressive 427 in their first innings. Root, … Click for detailed story

Aug 222017

ST JOHN’S: There was some rare good news for West Indies cricket when explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Marlon Samuels were included in the one-day squad for next month’s series against England on Monday. Gayle, one of the biggest draw cards in world cricket, has not represented West Indies since the 2015 World Cup, while Samuels has been absent for a year because of a dispute with the board. Stokes backs Jennings to return stronger Neither plays for a Test side whose much-mourned decline in fortunes was much in evidence during the innings and 209-run defeat at the hands of England at Edgbaston last week. Sunil Narine, and Dwayne and Darren Bravo all made themselves unavailable for the five-match ODI series, which begins in Manchester on September 19 and concludes in Southampton on September 29. “The panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team,” CWI chief selector Courtney Browne said in a statement. Anderson strike puts England in control after Cook’s 248 “Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super 50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection. Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket [Read More…]

Aug 172017
England face Windies in UK?s first ever day/night Test

The first of a three-match campaign starts at Edgbaston on Thursday with the inaugural day/night Test in EnglandBIRMINGHAM: West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his pacemen can help the “huge underdogs” make life uncomfortable for England during their upcoming Test series.The first of a three-match campaign starts at Edgbaston on Thursday with the inaugural day/night Test in England.Leading British bookmaker William Hill have Joe Root´s men as 1/5-on favourites to triumph in Birmingham, with the West Indies 12/1 against.The reason for the huge disparity in the odds is not hard to find — since 1997, excluding matches against the often struggling Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, the West Indies have won just three out of 86 away Tests, losing 66 and drawing 17.Their last Test win on English soil was at Edgbaston back in 2000 and it would constitute a major upset if they defeated an England side who come into this match on the back of a 3-1 series win at home to South Africa.But with the first Test a pink ball affair, all-rounder Holder believes an emerging pace attack can trouble an England top order where only Alastair Cook and Root are currently certain of their places.“I think our bowling has really carried us throughout the last few Test matches,” said Holder.“Shannon Gabriel has had a pretty decent year; I haven´t been doing too badly, and we´ve got young Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins. “Kemar Roach is actually showing some very, very good form — so I´m really confident in [Read More…]

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