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Jun 152017
India pick Pant, Yadav for WI tour

NEW DELHI: Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav were picked on Thursday for India’s limited-overs tour of the West Indies comprising five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 starting June 23. The two youngsters replace opening batsman Rohit Sharma and allrounder Hardik Pandya from the 15-man Champions Trophy squad, which is defending its title in England and Wales. Pant, who has played just one T20 international for India, and Yadav were already on the radar after being named among five players kept on standby for the 50-over tournament. The duo have been rewarded for their excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive displays in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Pant, 19, hit two fifties for Delhi Daredevils in the recent IPL edition, following on from a 326-ball 308 in the domestic Ranji Trophy last season. His aggressive left-handed batting and ability to handle the pressure of a high-stakes match impressed chief selector MSK Prasad, who described him as a “player for the future”. Yadav piqued interest in his Test debut, clinching four wickets in India’s series victory over Australia in March. The 22-year-old from Kanpur in northern India also put in a strong showing for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders. The Virat Kohli-led India will leave directly for the Caribbean Islands after wrapping up their ongoing Champions Trophy campaign. India though do not officially have a coach for the West Indies tour, with Anil Kumble only contracted until the end of the Champions Trophy. [Read More…]

Mar 312017
WI coach says batsmen 'gifted' wickets to Shadab

After being bamboozled by young all-rounder Shadab Khan during the ongoing T20i series, West Indies coach Stuart Law has said that his batsmen ‘gifted’ some wickets away, adding that his men should’ve been more ruthless against the youngster, espncricinfo reported. 18-year-old has picked up seven wickets in the two T20is that he has played so far with an average of 3, strike-rate of 6.8 and economy of 2.6. The youngster came into the spotlight after performing for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League 2017, where a number of batsmen failed to pick his googly, the most devastating weapon in the bowler’s armoury. Law said that Shadab has bowled well in the series but many of his batsmen had ‘gifted’ their wickets to him. “He’s bowled very well, but I think we’ve gifted him a few wickets as well. I think we just need to be a little bit more ruthless against him and see what transpires after that.” Experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik was also praising the young talent. “I must appreciate and praise Shadab for the way he has been conducting himself, and taking wickets,” Malik said. “Obviously we all know, if you’re playing against West Indies, you have to keep taking wickets. They are big guys, they hit boundaries and I think this is what we have been doing.” The third T20i between the two teams would be played on Saturday. Click for detailed story

Oct 242016
WI two down in response to Pakistan's 456-run target in second test

ABU DHABI: West Indies lost two early wickets as they face a target of 456 runs, after Pakistan declared their innings at 227-2 on the fourth day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah bowled out opener Johnson for 9 and pacer Rahat Ali had Bravo caught for 13. West Indies were at 86-2 from 31 overs. Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan remained not out at 58 and 29, respectively, as Pakistan declared their innings.  Earlier openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam hit half-centuries to help Pakistan strengthen their grip on the match. Azhar fell on 79 earlier today. Pakistan had reached 114-1 at stumps on Sunday, increasing their lead to 342 after dismissing West Indies for 224 in their first innings. That had given Pakistan a first innings lead of 228 and left them firmly in control as they look to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Pakistan won the first Test — a day-night affair played with a pink ball — by 56 runs to take a 1-0 advantage. But despite the West Indies falling 29 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided not to enforce it and batted again. Both Ali and Aslam survived leg-before decisions through referrals after on-field umpire Michael Gough had raised his finger on both occasions. Gough has now seen four of his decisions overturned in the match with fellow English umpire Richard Illingworth forced to change his initial verdict three times. Aslam was finally dismissed when he [Read More…]

Oct 022016
Pakistan win toss, bat first in second ODI against WI

SHARJAH: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat against the West Indies in the second ODI of the three-match series on Sunday. Captain Azhar Ali said Sharjah’s wicket is good for batting and the team would try to put up a big score for the Windies to chase. The Pakistan team is unchanged from the first ODI, he said. Pakistan thrashed the West Indies by 111 runs in the first ODI played at the same venue on Friday, going one up in the series. Click for detailed story

Sep 282016
Sarfraz reckons whitewash over WI will lift Pakistan

ABU DHABI: Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes the clean sweep over the world champions is the first step towards building a formidable outfit for the future. Pakistan blanked West Indies 3-0 in the Twenty20 series with another dominating eight-wicket win in the third and final match in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. They had won the first two matches by nine wickets and 16 runs in Dubai. Ahmed said the win will go a long way towards establishing a Twenty20 team, struggling after being ousted in the first round of the World Twenty20 held in India in March-April this year. That forced the then skipper Shahid Afridi to step down and Ahmed was handed over the leadership, who won all four matches — also beating England at Manchester earlier this month. “Of course, this is the first step towards building a new team,” said Ahmed. “If we want to become a good team then we have to bring consistency. Both junior and senior players are performing and contributing and that is the sign of a good team.” Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, declared man of the series for his nine wickets in the series, rocked the West Indies’ top order with figures of 3-21. West Indies below par total of 103-5 was never a bother for Pakistan, who chased down the target in 15.1 overs for the loss of two wickets. All did not go well for the West Indies after winning the World Twenty20 title. World Twenty20 winning captain Darren [Read More…]

Sep 092016
PCB appoints Wasim Bari as manager for WI series

LAHORE: Former captain Wasim bari has been appointed as Pakistan cricket team’s manager, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement on Friday. According to the statement, Bari would serve as manager for the team during West Indies series in the United Arab Emirates. It said that current manager Intikhab Alam’s contract was ending on September 30. It further said that Intikhab’s service to Pakistan cricket was commendable. Earlier today, PCB announced the team for three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies. The team was finalized by Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq and the National Selection Committee after consultations with the head coach Mickey Arthur and the T20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Pakistan will face world champions in the series starting with back to back fixtures at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on the 23rd and 24th of September while the third T20 will be played on September 27th in Abu Dhabi. Click for detailed story

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