Friday, 30 November 2012

Imran Khan was as complete a cricketer as one could be

There's no question Imran Khan is Pakistan's greatest-ever player:

Nobody's a perfect cricketer, but even his rivals will probably agree that Imran Khan comes pretty close. There's no question he is Pakistan's greatest-ever player, but even that description is an understatement. In fact, he has been world-class in batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy. Even among the game's absolute elite, hardly anyone can make that claim.

Nor did he slow down after retiring from cricket. It would have been entirely natural for him to climb into a comfortable zone of exalted reverence, but he gave that a pass. Instead, he single-handedly founded a philanthropic cancer hospital in Lahore in the memory of his late mother that has become one of Pakistan's premier medical institutes. Now, having just turned 60, he heads a political party that appears poised to emerge with influence in the country's next general election.

The passage of years has made it clear that Imran is really one perfect storm of a man in whom multiple natural gifts - ability, ambition, drive, personality, looks, physique, and pedigree - have come together spectacularly. He was born with advantages and he has gone on to make the most of them.

His family background (Lahore aristocracy) and schooling (Aitchison College, Pakistan's Eton) are as good as it gets in this part of the world. Then there is his unparalleled cricket education, starting from the family compound in Lahore's Zaman Park under the watchful eyes of Majid Khan and Javed Burki, going on to Oxford University, domestic seasons in England and Australia, Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, an old-fashioned apprenticeship in reverse swing with Sarfraz Nawaz, and a complex partnership in battlefield tactics with Javed Miandad.

People say that if Imran succeeds in becoming a statesman, he will have achieved more than any other cricketer. Yet what he has achieved already - setting the philanthropy and politics aside - is quite incredible. As a bowler, his Test average, economy, and strike rate are all better than Wasim Akram's, which is a huge statement when you consider that for two years in his prime, Imran had to sit out with a stress fracture of the shin. And though his career Test batting average is only in the high 30s, it jumps to 52.34 in his 48 Tests as captain; astonishingly this is higher than the corresponding figure for Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Clive Lloyd, Allan Border, Sunil Gavaskar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Len Hutton, and yes, even Miandad.

His fielding never gets talked about because it has been diluted by so much else, but Imran was an excellent outfielder - an extremely safe pair of hands both in catching and ground-fielding, and possessing a near-perfect arm from the boundary. He exercised tirelessly and his body language was always attentive and athletic. He might have adopted a regal air after becoming captain, but his commitment in the field was never diminished.

Sialkot has the ability to beat Pakistan domestic T20

Sialkot is the only team that can lead the Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2012:

Defending champions Sailkot Stallions are the most effective T20 side on the Pakistan domestic circuit. They have missed out on claiming the title only twice, winning it six times. They hold the record for the most number of consecutive wins, being unbeaten for 25 matches between 2006 and 2010. Stallions represented Pakistan in the Champions League in October this year, but failed to qualify for the main event - they lost the opening game against Auckland Aces but won their next game against Hampshire.

Opener Imran Nazir leads the solid top order, and the middle order is centred around captain Shoaib Malik. Seamer Naved-ul-Hasan and promising young left-arm spinner Raza Hasan lead the bowling attack. Stallions will miss spinner Abdur Rehman, who is serving a 12-week ban for using a recreational drug during his stint with Somerset in England.

Spinners helped alot Bangladesh to get a big win

Bangladesh has won 1st ODI by 7 wickets against West Indies:

Darren Sammy wanted West Indies to win the ODI series 5-0, but his team's batting revealed a self-destructive ability in the opening game in Khulna that shut out any hopes of a clean sweep. Instead, it was Bangladesh who were the winners, having beaten West Indies comprehensively despite the absence of their best player, Shakib Al Hasan, to injury. On a safely negotiable pitch, West Indies imploded against spin and lacked intensity in their defence of 199 after Tamim Iqbal delivered an attacking start to the chase. Offspinner Sohag Gazi shone again, picking up four wickets on ODI debut to follow up an impressive start to his Test career, and he was well supported by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who chipped in with three.

 There was some early assistance for seamers on the Khulna track but the spinners, who wreaked the most havoc, didn't find much turn or bounce. West Indies were not victims of the conditions, but their own lack of restraint when the situation demanded more caution than they exercised. Three of their batsmen holed out in the deep, including Chris Gayle in the 11th over shortly after he had smashed two sixes and four fours off seamers Mashrafe Mortaza and Abul Hasan. Gayle had welcomed Gazi into Test cricket with a six off his first ball; he tried to repeat the dose off Gazi's second ball in ODIs, but found Tamim at long-on who back-pedalled and took a difficult catch over his head just inside the ropes.

Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2012's Teams

,All team squads of Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2012:

Abbottabad Falcons:
Younas Khan (Captain),Yasir Hameed,Junaid Khan,Adnan Raees,Yasir Shah,Ahmed Jamal,Mir Azam,
Haroon,Syed Hammad Ali Shah,Sohail Akhtar,Rameez Ahmed,Zeeshan Jadoon,Waseem Akhtar,Khalid Usman,Amjad Waqas,Inaam Khan,Fazal-E-Rabi,Babar Khan,Fakhre Alam (Manager),Sajjad Akbar (Coach)

Multan Tigers:
Zain Abbas,Usman Liaquat,Saeed Anwar Jr.,Naveed Yasin,Sohaib Maqsood,Aamer Yamin,Rameez Alam,
Muhammad Imran,Abdul Muqeet,Rahat Ali,Muhammad Irfan,Abdul Rauf (Captain),Rizwan Haider,Zulfiqar Babar,Muhammad Rameez,Adeel Hanif,Gulraiz Saddaf,Maqbool Ahmed,Ejaz Ahmad (Manager),Waseem Haider (Coach)

Peshawar Panthers:
Fayyaz Ahmad,Israrullah,Riffatullah Mahmand,Iftikhar Ahmad,Akbar Badshah (Captain),Jamaluddin Afghani,Shoaib Khan,Mehran Ibrahim,Nawaz Ahmad,Imran Khan,Waqar Ahmad,Azizullah,Nasir Ahmad,Zohaib Ahmad,Aslam Qureshi,Sajjad Ahmad,Rizwan Ahmad,Gohar Ali,Haji Rozamin Khan (Manager),Abdur Rehman (Coach)

Sialkot Stallions:
Shoaib Malik (Captain),Imran Nazir,Shakeel Ansar,Haris Sohail,Shahid Yousaf,Ali Khan,Mansoor Amjad,Nayyer Abbas,Rana Naveed ul Hassan,Bilawal Bhatti,Raza Hassan,Umaid Asif,Ali Aslam,
Shahid,Muzaffar Awan,Kamran Younas,Yasir Aziz,Faisal Naveed,Adeel Malik,Naeem Akhtar (Manager),
Ijaz Ahmad Jr. (Coach)

Faisalabad Wolves:
Misbah ul Haq (Captain),Asif Ali,Ali Waqas,Khurram Shahzad,Naveed Latif,Muhammad Salman,Waqas Maqsood,Samiullah Niazi,Asad Ali,Saeed Ajmal,Ehsan Adil,Hassan Mahmood,Sabir Hussain,
Jehandad,Farrukh Shahzad,Asif Hussain,Imran Khalid,Tariq Fareed (Manager),Naveed Anjum (Coach)

Lahore Lions:
Nasir Jamshaid,Muhammad Hafeez,Ahmed Shahzad,Umar Akmal,Muhammad Yousaf (Captain),Kamran Akmal,Abdul Razzaq,Wahab Riaz,Zia ul Haq,Aizaz Cheem,Mustafa Iqbal,Imam ul Haq,Raza Ali Dar,Tanzeel Altaf,Abdul Ghaffar,Sohail Ahmad,Adnan Rasool,Muhammad Waqas Sr.,Shahid Hamid Butt (Manager),Mohsin Kamal (Coach)

Islamabad Leopards:
Umar Gul (Captain),Raheel Majeed,Rao Iftikhar Anjum,Zohaib Ahmad,Shan Masood,Afaq Rahim,Umair Khan,Bazid Khan,Moeid Ahmed,Faizan Riaz,Immad Wasim,Naeem Anjum,Nasrullah Khan,Hamza,
Nadeem Abbasi,Junaid Nadir,Sarmad Bhatti,Sajid Ali,Salman Ghias,Nasir Iqbal (Manager),Taimoor Azam (Coach)

Lahore Eagles:
Abid Ali,Imran Farhat,Taufiq Umar (Captain),Azhar Ali,Babar Azam,Sami Aslam,Usman Salahuddin,
Kamran Sajid,Junaid Zia,Imran Ali,Muhammad Khalil,Qaisar Ashraf,Saad Naseem,Adnan Akmal,Asif Raza,Hafiz Muhammad Zohaib,Waqas Aslam,Farooq Aslam,M. Ijaz Butt (Manager),Manzoor Elahi (Coach)

Rawalpindi Rams:
Shahid Ahmed,Awais Zia,Babar Naeem,Umar Amin,Hammad Azam,Jamal Anwar,Sohail Tanvir (Captain),
Yasir Arafat,Muhammad Nawaz,Samiullah,Muhammad Ramiz,Naveed Malik,Umer Waheed,Zahid Mansoor,Saad Altaf,Nasir Malik,Adnan Mufti,Adil Gulbahar,Asif Islam Rasool (Manager),Sabih Azhar (Coach)

Quetta Bears
Atta ur Rehman,Abdullah Jan,Mohibullah,Sardar Wali,Ramiz Raja,Muhammad Farhan,Mir Wais Khan,
Sabir Hussain,Shah Mureed,Umar Qasim,Noshad Irshad,Jalat Khan,Hamal Wahab,Arun Lal,Gohar,Faiz (Captain),Nazar Hussain,Naseer Khan,Sher Ali,Muhammad Khair (Manager),Arshad Khan (Coach)

Hyderabad Hawks:
Sharjeel Khan (V. Captain),Azeem Ghumman,Aqeel Anjum,Rizwan Ahmad (Captain),Lal Kumar,Mir Ali Talpur,Shahzad Haider,Kashif Bhatti,Hanif ur Rehman,Farhan Ayub,Nasir Owais,Rehan Riaz,Rehan Nizamuddin,Zeeshan Gul,Mohammad Shahroz,Aslam Sattar,Jawad Ali,Muhammad Owais,Shakil Ahmad (Manager),Shaukat Mirza (Coach)

Bahawalpur Stags:
Usman Tariq,Kashif Siddique,Hamid Ali,Bilal Khilji (Captain),Moinuddin,Zaka ur Rasheed,Muhammad Ali Haider,Kamran Hussain,Muhammad Talha,Ataullah,Muhammad Mudassar,Ansar Javed,Ahmed Raza,Imranullah,Faisal Elahi,Jehanzeb,Waqas Khan,Zulqarnain Haider,Nadeem Hussain (Manager),Shahid Anwar (Coach)

Karachi Dolphins:
Shahid Khan Afridi (Captain),Anwar Ali,Asad Shafiq,Atif Maqbool,Azam Hussain,Behram Khan,Fawad Alam,Hafiz Asad Baig,Khalid Latif,Khurram Manzoor,Mir Hamza,Misbah Khan,Muhammad Sami,Sarfraz,Ahmad,Shahzaib Hassan,Sohail Khan,Syed Saad Ali,Tanvir Ahmad,Khalid Nafis (Manager),Tauseef Ahmad (Coach)

Karachi Zebras:
Adeel Malik,Ahmed Iqbal,Asif Zakir,Haris Ayaz,Daniyal Ahsan,Fahad Iqbal,Faisal Iqbal,Faraz Ahmad,Javed Mansoor,Muhammad Waqas,Ramiz Aziz,Ramiz Raja (Captain),Ruman Raees,Saeed Bin Nasir,Shaharyar Ghani,Tabish Khan,Tahir Khan,Uzair ul Haq,SMA Naqvi (Manager),Azam Khan (Coach)

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2012 Fixture

Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2012 starts from 1st of December:

Zulfiqar Babar still hoping to get chance in national team of Pakistan

Babar is the leading bowler of President's Trophy with 62 wickets:

It has been 65 years since any one walked into the national side from Okara, a small town southwest of Lahore. The 85-year-old Israr Ali, who played in Pakistan's first Test in 1952, was the last. His international career was short and frustrating but, six decades later, left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar could be set to emulate Israr.

With 62 wickets, Babar is the leading bowler in the President's Trophy charts ahead of the final. He will turn to 34 on December 10, the same day the selectors will be finalising the Pakistan squad for their ODI and T20I series against India.

Okara is nearly 85 miles away from Lahore, a district of Sahiwal Division of Punjab. The agricultural town has fertile land, with fields of potato, tomato, sugarcane, wheat, rice and corn and in sports it's a significant nursery for hockey. Cricket is a popular sport in the region but only a dozen clubs are active, with the Gymkhana Cricket Ground the only proper cricket facility. Cricket is mainly played in the open uneven fields around the outskirts of the city.

In 2009-10, Babar had his most productive season with 96 wickets, ahead of another left-arm spinner, the Pakistan international Abdur Rehman, who took 88. Although he has been contention for last three years and was selected for Pakistan A tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies, he has continued to be ignored. He was named in the list of probables for the England tour in 2010 but never made into the squad.

New Zealand leveled test series with Sri Lanka

New Zealand's tough fight tied test series with Sri Lanka:

New Zealand shrugged off five consecutive defeats with one of their most memorable victories in recent times, squaring the two-Test series with a 167-win at the P Sara Oval. Hammered in under three days in Galle, New Zealand stretched the hosts in Colombo by holding the edge over all five days and rounded things off just after tea, despite a resilient 84 by Angelo Mathews.

It was New Zealand's first Test win in Sri Lanka since 1998, and in a remarkable coincidence, that victory at the R Premadasa Stadium was also by the same margin. This win drew parallels with their inspiring win at Hobart a year ago. On both occasions, New Zealand were hammered in the first Test, but stunned the hosts by showing the resolve to fight back. While the Hobart Test was anybody's game till the final moments, this Test was dominated by the visitors and coming into the final day, the only realistic outcomes were a New Zealand win and a draw.

Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from test cricket

Ricky Ponting to retire after perth test:

As emotional as anyone has ever seen him, Ricky Ponting lost his customary composure when telling team-mates of his decision to retire from international cricket on the eve of the third Test against South Africa in Perth.

For so long the stony-faced embodiment of Australian cricket, Ponting and other members of the squad wept as they came to terms with the fact a Test career that began at the WACA ground in 1995 would end at the same ground 17 years later. "I tried to tell them a lot, but I didn't get much out," Ponting said. "As I said to the boys this morning, they've never seen me emotional, but I was this morning."

If the decision drew a previously unseen well of feeling from within Ponting, its reasons were coldly logical and team-oriented. After failing twice with the bat in Adelaide and thrice in this series, having given himself the best possible lead-in via domestic cricket Ponting concluded that he was no longer good enough to perform at the level he preferred. For so long Ponting's watchword had been consistency - now he spoke ruefully of "consistent failure."

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Shane Watson confident that he can bowl

Shane Watson struggle to make himself a part of bowl:

Shane Watson has bowled 71 first-class overs in the past year. Peter Siddle delivered nearly that many in the Adelaide Test alone. Watson has bowled with the red ball in only one match this summer - the Sheffield Shield game in which he broke down after four overs. Since the start of last season, he has sent down fewer first-class deliveries than Simon Katich. And yet Australia will rely heavily on Watson to ease the workload of the frontline fast men when the Perth Test starts on Friday.

It is easy to forget how little long-form cricket Watson has played in recent times. His presence around the squad, and his omnipresence in Twenty20s and one-dayers around the world never keep him away from a headline or a highlights package. But the decider against South Africa at the WACA will be Watson's first Test on home soil since the disastrous 2010-11 Ashes campaign. How his body will cope remains to be seen, but he is confident that his most recent calf injury is behind him.

"Over the last week I've been gradually building up my running and my bowling," Watson said in Perth on Wednesday. "I bowled six overs in the nets yesterday before we left in Adelaide so I'm certainly going to be up to bowling as many overs as Michael [Clarke] wants and probably the normal sort of workload really that I bowl in a Test match. Things have progressed really well over the past week so I'm ready to go."

Pietersen and Swann omitted from T20 squad

Pietersen and G Swann not included in T20 squad against India:

England will use the T20 and ODI series against India either side of Christmas to rotate their squad.

Graeme Swann has been omitted from both squads while Steven Finn will only take part in the ODIs in January. Kevin Pietersen is back in England's ODI squad but he will also miss the T20s.

Stuart Meaker could be in line for a T20 debut, as the only player uncapped in T20s in the 13-man squad which doesn't include a specialist wicketkeeper. Jonny Baristow, who kept in England's World T20 defeat to Sri Lanka in Pallekele, will take the gloves again.

Bairstow replaced Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps after a poor run of scores but Kieswetter retains his place in the 15-man ODI squad which shows further signs of England's desire to protect the workload of their players ahead of back-to-back Ashes series.

"We are constantly looking to manage the workload of players as effectively as possible and this winter is no different," national selector Geoff Miller said. "So there are number of players who are being rested for parts of the winter programme to enable them to take part in fitness and conditioning programmes in preparation for a busy 2013.

"We know that playing limited overs cricket in India can be challenging but the T20 and ODI series provide an excellent opportunity for these players to show that they have learnt valuable lessons from the last ODI series against India and improved as players in subcontinent conditions."

Left-hand batsman included in Bangladesh ODI squad

Bangladesh cricket team included left-handed batsman for ODIs:

Mominul Haque, a left-hand batsman, has been brought into Bangladesh's squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies as a replacement for the injured Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladesh board announced their decision after the completion of the warm-up match between BCB XI and the West Indians in Khulna, where Mominul made 43.

Shakib was ruled out of the first two ODIs because of a stress reaction in his right tibia that caused a shin injury. He has another scan scheduled for December 1 and that will determine the length of his layoff.

"The team management had asked for a batsman to replace Shakib for the first two ODIs, so we picked Mominul," Bangladesh's chief selector Akram Khan said. "He has been batting well for the last one and a half years but I feel it will be wise not to have too many expectations of him because he is new. We will only want him to do things that a batsman does.

"We picked him from among the form batsman. He has been consistent for the A team, scoring runs in West Indies, and also has runs in first-class cricket at home."

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

New interview of Legendary Umpire Simon Taufel

I just tried to earn their respect on performance:

What made you want to become an umpire, and importantly, what made you continue to want to do it?

When I stopped playing, one of my close friends suggested I join him in an umpiring course. I did not really want to, but he twisted my arm and I went along and we did the course at the New South Wales Cricket Umpires' Association [NSWUA]. It was a good experience. I managed to pass their exam and my mate failed, so he went back to play cricket and I decided to stay on and look at umpiring as a way of earning some extra dollars to help me through university.

I did not take to umpiring with a view to going anywhere or doing anything - I just wanted to be part of it, but it's my nature that if I do anything or take up a project, I try and do it to the best of my ability. So, very quickly I found myself just working up through the grades, like a player would.

Who were the people who helped you in your development?

I had some really good teachers, and great leadership from some very, very experienced people within the game - guys who were Test umpires or guys who had been around Sydney grade cricket for a large number of years. I was extremely lucky that they were very happy to pass on the benefit of their experience, to share knowledge, and also able to mentor me in a way that helped create who I am today. They helped me in my umpiring style, where I try to be as unobtrusive as possible and try to be as professional and player-conscious as possible. I would not be talking to a player out on the field unless the player spoke to me. I would not try to be the centre of attention. I would make sure my preparation and presentation were of very high standards. Looking back now, I was just lucky to be part of the NSWUA for so many years, learning those values of cricket umpiring.

Are good umpires born or made?

To be a good umpire you have to be a good person, have good people skills and have good values. Those are the things people can constantly improve upon. So it is really important going forward that we look at the right style of person to be a match official. Not everybody is suited because it is a very demanding and challenging role. When you do a good job, no one says anything or notices, but when you do a bad job, you get a lot of criticism and negative focus.

You were one of the umpires who consciously built relationships with players. Was it your personality, or did you do it so you could do a better job?

 All I tried to do was be the best umpire I could be. I just tried to earn their respect on performance. I did not try to earn their respect or build a relationship based on friendship. That is a very difficult and dangerous way to go about it, because you do have to make very tough decisions: as to whether or not to give a player out, whether to abandon a game, and all those sorts of things. So it is really important that you make decisions for the right reasons and build relationships based on respect and trust.

Over the years, has the respect from the players increased or lessened?

Players have always appreciated that umpiring is a difficult job. Whenever we ask a player whether they would like to give umpiring a go, the vast majority of them would say, "Why in the world would I do that? You've got to be joking. I could not stand in the sun for six to seven hours and do what you guys do." There is a healthy level of respect.
 What has happened is, with the way we use technology in cricket today, a lot of people now appreciate how difficult the decisions are to make and how good the umpiring is at the highest level. When you look at the decision-making percentages these days, which are as high as 94 to 95% (and that is the average), there is a healthy understanding and a healthy respect for how difficult an umpire's job is. Having said that, it is incumbent upon me and every match official to always look for ways to get better.

Pakistan wants to invite Indian players for PPL

"Pakistan will be sent invite to India players for PPL",Zaka Ashraf:

LAHORE - Although the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) looks like a distant possibility, with no fixed dates and plans being kept behind closed doors, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has confirmed that an invite will be sent out to the Indian players for the event's maiden edition.
“It's up to them whether they want to take part or not but the PCB will send out an invitation,”Ashraf was quoted as saying.

“My aim is to do whatever I can to put the relations between the two boards back on track because the fans want to see Pakistan and India in action,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ashraf severely criticised the Punjab government and said the unwanted interference - bringing down a wall of Gaddafi Stadium - could harm Pakistan's image and also the prospects of holding PPL matches in the province.

 “Politics should be kept separate from sports because it'll hurt Pakistan's image. We are trying to launch the revival of international cricket here and the Punjab government is doing such things. We can't even think of hosting an international team or a league match in Punjab in the current scenario,” Ashraf said.

Indian squad will be the same for Kolkata test

MS Dhoni's squad is the same for Kolkata despite the ten-wicket defeat in Mumbai:

India have retained 15 players from the squad that lost to England in Mumbai for the third Test at Eden Gardens, beginning in Kolkata on December 5. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who did not play the second Test because of a back injury, was not fit and hence left out.

The BCCI had on Monday said the selectors would pick the squad for the two remaining Tests and the two Twenty20 internationals that follow, but today's release said the selection for the fourth Test, in Nagpur, and the Twenty20 games will be made later.

Yadav, the most effective of India's pace bowlers in the series-opener in Ahmedabad, was advised "at least 10 days' rest" by a specialist in Mumbai, and was not expected to recover in time despite the lengthy break ahead of the Test. "The injury is more serious than it was thought to be, so the team will have to make do without him for at least another Test."

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt,wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Zaheer Khan.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Umesh Yadav will missed third test match

Umesh Yadav injured and will not play third test match against English team:

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who was ruled out of India's second Test against England due to a lower back injury, will miss at least the third Test of the series too, which starts in Kolkata on December 5.

 Yadav, the most effective of India's pace bowlers in the series-opener in Ahmedabad, will not recover in time despite there being a prolonged break ahead of the Test. "The injury is more serious than it was thought to be, so the team will have to make do without him for at least another Test."

South Africa vs Australia 2nd test drawn

South Africa drawn 2nd test and Du Plessis unbeaten by 110:

Faf du Plessis would not have been playing in this Test were it not for JP Duminy hurting his Achilles tendon at the Gabba. And just as Duminy did on debut in Perth four years ago, du Plessis has grabbed his first chance at Test cricket to provide a remarkable result for the South Africans. At the WACA it was a near-record chase of 414 for victory; this time South Africa's challenge was to bat for four and a half sessions on a wearing Adelaide Oval pitch to salvage a draw.

Thanks to du Plessis, they did so. Thanks to du Plessis, the scoreline remains at 0-0 heading into the decider in Perth, despite Australia having had the best of the first two Tests. And thanks to du Plessis, Australia's bowlers will have only four days to recover from some serious exhaustion, especially Peter Siddle, who sent down 63.5 overs for the match and was so debilitated by the time he bowled the final over of the match that he could barely stand up.

England crush out India and Tied test series by 1-1

England won 2nd test by 10 wickets:

England pulled back to 1-1 in a four-Test series when they breezed to a ten-wicket victory on the fourth morning of the Mumbai Test. It was a victory which will have roused England's self-belief in Asia and which brought into question India's entire strategy for the series of relying on sharply-turning tracks, leaving them with much to ponder ahead of the third Test in Kolkata next week.

India's slow bowlers had been outperformed by their England counterparts, with Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann finishing with 19 wickets in the match in favourable conditions they rarely experience. Panesar's match return was 11 for 210, Swann 8 for 113, but the Test had turned on an attacking century from Kevin Pietersen that will live long in the memory.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Shakib Ul Hasan Ruled out of first two ODI agains West Indies

Shakib ul Hasan will not play first two ODI matches due to injury:

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, has been ruled out of the first two of five ODIs against West Indies because of a shin injury. Shakib went for a scan after the fourth day of the second Test in Khulna and was diagnosed with a stress reaction of the right tibia.

"We have decided that he [Shakib Al Hasan] will take no further part in the second Test match and will miss the two ODIs in Khulna," Bangladesh's physio Vibhav Singh said. "We will review his scan report with an orthopedic specialist in Dhaka to decide the best management plan for Shakib."

Muhammad Amir wants second chance

I wants second chance as everyone gets:

"If [Marlon] Samuels can make it then there is no reason why I can't make it," said Mohammad Amir, 20, and three years away from completing his ban for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

"I want to come back with my head held high, with a new spirit and as a role model," he said. "I accepted everything and pleaded guilty only to give myself peace.

"I know there were things that shouldn't have happened, but I can't change my past. It is obviously tough staying away from cricket; I am coping with hell at the moment and nobody can understand how difficult it is to live away from cricket. I made a mistake and paid the price for it, but everyone gets a second chance and I want it too."

Amir said the biggest lesson the scandal has taught him is to be cautious when making friends. "I am cautious about trusting people. Just because a person appears to be nice doesn't mean he is a good friend. He is obviously not if he pulls you down when he sinks himself."

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cook and Pietersen equal most centuries for England

Pietersen's unbeaten century for England against India:

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen both equalled the record for most England Test centuries as they carried the fight against India on the third morning of the second Test in Mumbai.

Cook fell for 122, 35 minutes before lunch, caught at the wicket by MS Dhoni as R Ashwin found turn and bounce. Ashwin's relief was evident as he ended a stand of 206 in 53 overs which had stirred England's hopes of achieving a victory to square the series.

 Pietersen saw through the session unscathed - 138 not out from 178 balls - as England progressed to within 29 runs of India's first-innings total with six wickets remaining. He added 76 in the morning session without a care in the world, his anxiety in Ahmedabad a distant memory.

West Indies took test series by 2-0

Bangladesh lost test series by 2-0 vs West Indies:

A hurt hamstring could not stop the effervescent Tino Best from bettering his previous best performance in Test cricket in successive games. Best took three of the last four Bangladesh wickets as West Indies sealed a 2-0 series win before lunch on the final morning.

West Indies needed just 27 in second innings, and Chris Gayle smashed five fours through the covers to complete the formalities inside five overs.

Two matches of President's Trophy moved to Punjab

Faisalabad's Iqbal Stadium will not host the match between State Bank of Pakistan and SNGPL:

Two matches of the last round of the President's Trophy have been shifted out of Punjab, to Islamabad and Mirpur, following differences between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Punjab Government.

"There is no clash between the PCB and the Punjab Government," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "We are a sports body and want the games to go on and to avoid any further disruption we have decided to move our matches from the Punjab province to other parts of the country."

To avoid further disruptions, the President's Trophy matches have been moved to the National Stadium in Islamabad and Quaid-e-Azam stadium in Mirpur. "In the meantime, we are in negotiations with the Government to sort out any the issues they think need to be sorted," the spokesman said. "We want the smooth functioning of our tournament and apart from the President's Trophy matches the Under-19 match (Peshawar v Sialkot) has also been relocated to Peshawar."

The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said the board can't afford any disruptions at the moment. "We understand that the grounds are the property of the Punjab Government and it's up to them if they will let us play but they should show good spirit and work with a big heart," Ashraf told reporters in Lahore. "But if they carry on with such a condescending attitude we are left with no other choice but to take the matches away from the province."

Thursday, 22 November 2012

J Kallis in not able to bowl because of injury

South Africa lost J Kallis's bowling in 2nd Test:

Jacques Kallis will not be able to bowl for the remainder of the second Test but he will be able to bat, South Africa's team management has said, after the allrounder sustained a hamstring injury in the first session and went off the Adelaide Oval. His availability for the third Test in Perth will depend on how he responds to treatment.

Kallis had taken two wickets in 3.3 overs to reduce Australia to 55 for 3 when he aborted his run-up and immediately went off the field. He did not return for the rest of the day, and will now have to spend as much time on the field as he spends off it if South Africa want him to bat wherever they wish. If he is unable to spend enough time on the field, South Africa will have to push him down the batting order to No. 7 or later.

Michael Clarke's fourth Double Century scores this year

Another good innings played by Michael Clarke:

Clarke finished the afternoon unbeaten on 224. That's two innings in this series for two double-hundreds. David Warner struck a highly entertaining 119 earlier in the day, at better than a run a ball. Michael Hussey scored his second consecutive century, an innings that ended only when he played on to Dale Steyn from what became the last ball of the day for 103. If that wasn't enough for South Africa, they also spent most of the day one bowler short after Jacques Kallis left the field in the first session with a hamstring injury.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Abdul Hasan's awesome debute and hundred

Abdul Hasan's great debute and hundred against West Indies:

West Indies bulldozed through the first eight Bangladesh wickets on a flat, low and slow Khulna pitch. In came debutant Abul Hasan, all of 20, and proceeded to do something that had been done only once before in 2059 previous Tests dating back to 1877, by Reggie Duff over a century ago in 1902. Abul, who goes around as a fast bowler, became only the second Test debutant to make a hundred at No. 10. Abul's incredible innings, and his record unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 172 with Mahmudullah, himself on 72, rescued Bangladesh from 193 for 8, and left honours even on day one.

The cluelessness of being a debutant No. 10, if any, was restricted to the first four deliveries of Abul's knock, and a few scattered nervy moments against the second new ball as he approached his hundred. Barring those, the innings was a fresh breeze of audacious boundaries, and sensible defending, which blew the spotlight away from the continuing inadequacies of the specialist Bangladesh batsmen.

Women's World Cup 2013 trophy detained by customs at Mumbai Airport

The trophy should be brought through cargo except baggage:

The 2013 Women's World Cup trophy replica, brought to Mumbai for a promotional launch of the event, has been detained by the customs officials at the Mumbai airport. The tournament will be held in the city early next year. The trophy arrived via baggage from Dubai, and according to customs rules trophies can only be brought into the country through cargo.

"The trophy should be brought through cargo. In the past we have notified that it shouldn't be part of the baggage. Prior permissions are required to bring them as part of baggage. As per the regulation, the authorities will have to pay a duty on it," Airports customs official PM Saleem told Times of India.

Saleem also mentioned that he had received a letter from the BCCI requesting for an exemption from taxes. However, without documents signifying the approval of the central government in this regard, the trophy will not be released, it is understood.

Sindh High Court asks to change PCB's constitution

The post of the PCB director general, created in 2008 by the then chairman Ijaz Butt, may cease to exist:

The Sindh High Court has issued a notice to the PCB to change its constitution, after accepting former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif's petition that sought a 'fair and transparent' functioning of the board.

The petition demands the scrapping of two posts in the PCB, those of the director general and the security advisor, and seeks a new constitution in line with the ICC directives. "The powers assigned to the patron of PCB, who is the president of Pakistan, are in complete disregard and violation of the Constitution, as they smack of a non-transparent and discriminatory approach of the board," the petition said.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Herath Contributed great efforts for crushing win

Sri Lanka crush out New Zealand in 1st test:

A day that began on even terms finished being one-sided. New Zealand's fast-bowling stocks may be promising but their batting continued to be a serious worry and it let them down again, on a day when they had the rare chance of pressing ahead and aiming for a win. They slumped to a fifth straight Test defeat in conditions far less lethal than their scoreline suggested. The batsmen were largely victims of their own approach and lack of confidence against spin on a slow and low pitch.

Rangana Herath was again the wrecker-in-chief, continuing his incredible run in Galle, and finished with 11 wickets in the match. Both his hauls of ten wickets or more in a Test have come in Galle, where he's picked up 46 in eight games at 20.30, including five of his 12 five-fors. His achievement wasn't a surprise, certainly not against an opposition whose performances against spin have been woeful in the recent past. In their last five Tests, all of them defeats, they've lost 62 wickets out of 100 to spin. Only one of those games went into the fifth day.

Sydney Sixes ended Big Bash League contract with Umer Akmal

Umer Akmal's Contract with Sydney Sixes ended after PCB's clearance:

Sydney Sixes ended Umer Akmal's Big Bash League contract after Pakistan Cricket Board's clearance.Sydney Sixes Franchises said that as per contract he will ave to play atleast three matches with Sydney Sixes in Big Bash League. Sydney Sixes ended Umer Akmal's contract after PCB's permission for just one match with Sydney Sixes. According to Sydney Sixes its against to the contaract.

Shahid Afridi ended his Big Bash League's contract

"I ended my contract with Big Bash League",Afridi:

Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said he will not play for Sydney Thunder despite being given permission by the PCB to take part in Australia's Big Bash League. Afridi said he wanted to play in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament instead and that clashes with Australia's Twenty20 competition.

 "I have ended my contract in the Big Bash League, because I want to play in the national event to improve my form and justify my selection in the team," Afridi.

MS Dhoni Happy with bowlers but not with groundsmen

MS Dhoni very happy for great victory but sad on groundsmen:

After India completed a hard-fought victory over England in Ahmedabad, MS Dhoni was full of praise for his bowlers but not for the pitch that made it hard for them to force the win.

At the post-match presentation, he also appeared to have made a comment that could be construed as a veiled attack at the umpires. "They [the bowlers] had to work really hard," Dhoni said. "Not to forget we asked them to follow on, so at a stretch our spinners bowled close to 80 and 70 overs each. Fast bowlers bowled 40 overs. Umesh, I am not really sure how many he bowled. It was hard work for them. Especially if you are expected to take more than 10 wickets to get a team out."

PCB allow the Pakistani Players for BBL this season

Saeed Ajmal and Umer Akmal will miss the last round of national domestic cricket:

Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said he will not play for Sydney Thunder despite being given permission by the PCB to take part in Australia's Big Bash League. Afridi said he wanted to play in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament instead and that clashes with Australia's Twenty20 competition.

"I have ended my contract in the Big Bash League, because I want to play in the national event to improve my form and justify my selection in the team," Afridi told AFP.

The Pakistan board had earlier granted Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Afridi permission to play a few games at this season's Big Bash, on the request of Cricket Australia. Ajmal and Akmal will miss the last round of Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament and will return in time for the conditioning camp in Lahore ahead of the India tour.

"We have reconsidered our decision, on the request of Cricket Australia, as the players had already signed their contract,"PCB. "They will now leave at the tail end of [Pakistan's] T20 tournament, which runs from December 2 to 10, and will return when our conditioning camp starts."

England faced a big defeat in 1st test against India

India won by 9 wickets in first test against England:

India went 1-0 up in the Test series with three to play when they rolled over England on the final day at Motera, taking the last five wickets by lunch to leave themselves needing only 77 for victory and then gambolling to victory with almost indecent haste in less than 16 overs. India can congratulate themselves on engineering a perfect victory; England must embrace change.

India had to labour long and hard to bowl out England a second time, spending ten-and-a-quarter hours in the field, but when they batted again, it was a breeze as Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara unveiled a succession of unrestrained attacking shots that made a mockery of England's painstaking attempts to save the Test.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

New Zealand caught us Surprisingly in the second morning

New Zealand bowlers caught Sri Lanka very well:

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has said the swing New Zealand's seam bowlers generated caught Sri Lanka by surprise on the second morning in Galle. Tim Southee reaped three wickets for 18 from his first spell of seven overs, while Trent Boult took the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara at the other end. Both bowlers moved the ball considerably, with Southee, in particular, finding vicious swing in the air in addition to deviation off the seam.

"This morning they swung it considerably and more than we expected," Ford said. "It was a lovely clear morning and we didn't think it would move as much as it did, when they bowled. It perhaps did catch us a little bit by surprise."

Shane Watson will not bowl in Adelaide

Shane Watson will just take a part in Bat and Field but not in Bowl:

Shane Watson will not bowl in Adelaide, and accepts that his inability to do so will count against him significantly at the selection table ahead of the second Test against South Africa. All eyes were on Watson at Australia's first training session at Adelaide Oval, and while he batted and ran comfortably, the vice-captain did not push his strained calf in an attempt to prove his allround fitness at the bowling crease.

"If that's what Michael and the selectors think is the best balance for the team I'm not going to [oppose that]," Watson said. "I'd love to be out there, but if that's the best balance of the team, that's exactly what's best for the team, and I'm comfortable with that, because the thing I love doing more than anything is being an allrounder, being able to contribute with bat and ball whenever I'm fit, and I know that's my value to a team more than just batting.

2 M's gave a new hope to Sri Lanka

Mahela at 68* and Methews 76*,Sri Lanka 190/5:

Tim Southee and Trent Boult took four wickets for cheap through accurate swing and seam bowling during the first hour on the second day, but Sri Lanka restored parity in the next three, with their captain and vice-captain making brisk half-centuries. From 40 for 5, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews added an unbeaten 140 for the sixth wicket, giving their team the edge in the battle for the first-innings lead.

 They came together when the pressure was beginning to ease: the ball was older, and Southee and Bolt were being eased out of the attack after their opening spells. New Zealand's support cast wasn't as threatening, and Sri Lanka scored more comfortably in the lead-up to lunch.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Batsmen loose the match,Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim was one of the five batsmen dismissed in the second session:

The Bangladesh batsmen must put a greater value on their wickets, their captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said, after his side squandered an opportunity to beat a full-strength West Indies for the first time in a Test. Chasing 245, Bangladesh were 45 for 2 at lunch on the final day in Mirpur, but lost five wickets to slip to 129 for 7 by tea. They were dismissed for 167.

"Shakib [Al Hasan] got an unplayable ball, but some of our top-order batsmen played soft shots," Mushfiqur said. "It is not expected of them. We need to make the bowlers work hard for our wickets.

"I thought we had a good Test match except for the last two sessions today. We lost the game in the second session by losing five wickets. It became difficult for us to go all out for the win in the final session. We wanted to bat with six wickets in hand after tea, because scoring any amount of runs with just three wickets is difficult in the final session of a Test match."

Gautam Gambhir Flies back to home after death of his grandmother

Gautam Gambhir returned to Delhi midway through the first Test:

Gautam Gambhir has left the Indian team midway during the Ahmedabad Test against England and returned to Delhi because of the death of his grandmother. The BCCI said no decision has been reached as yet on when Gambhir will be back in action.

Gambhir did not take the field on the third evening, but was in the dressing room.

 If England, who are following on and began the fourth day 219 behind with all their wickets intact, make India bat again, Gambhir is unlikely to open the innings because he has been off the field for an extended period for reasons other than an external injury.

West Indies crush Bangladesh in first test

West Indies beat Bangladesh 1st test by 77 runs:

Tino Best's career has been more miss than hit, but on the rare occasion he combines his raw pace with control, he can be close to unplayable, as Bangladesh found today. Best's four-wicket burst either side of lunch on day five proved to be the final, decisive twist in a match that had burst open with possibilities late on day four. This morning, Sohag Gazi claimed the best figures by a Bangladesh Test debutant to leave the hosts chasing a target of 245, but Bangladesh undid all the hard work done by their batsmen in the first innings and by their bowlers in the second by chasing like a side that has now lost 64 of its 74 Tests

Shahid Afridi need well performance to earn place in team

Shahid Afridi make a role in domestic T20 to pick for India's tour:

While Pakistan will look to select as many experienced players as possible for their limited-overs tour of India in December, Shahid Afridi will not be a sure pick, according to chief selector Iqbal Qasim.

"India tours have always been tough ones," Qasim said in Lahore. "We are wary about India being a very strong host and we want to pick a combination very carefully. Expect no sweeping changes. We need to strengthen the combination with experience but there is always room for an outstanding young talent.

"Nobody, not even Afridi, gets an automatic place in the side at the moment. Afridi is a fine player and has performed well in past, but the upcoming [domestic] Twenty20 cup is the opportunity for him to perform and we will watch him. I am optimistic about him, as he has done a lot in past and still has a lot of cricket left in him."

Friday, 16 November 2012

Pakistan quest Lorgat's help to Lounch T20 League

Pakistan Desire to Lounch T20 League:

Haroon Lorgat, the former ICC chief executive, will be assisting the Pakistan Cricket Board in setting up the proposed Twenty20 league, contributing at a strategic level to ensure the board is headed in the right direction.

Lorgat, who was headed to Sri Lanka, stopped over at Lahore after the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf invited him for his expert opinions on launching the league in March next year.

"It's not a long time from now to then but there is still a lot of planning and work has been done and a lot to be done but I can see that there is a lot of energy to get this league off the ground," Lorgat said at the PCB headquarters. "Cricket is a growing game and Twenty20 cricket seems to have taken roots and I am pleased to see the progress the PCB has made in that respect."

England's former coach expected to sent a report to PCB on pakistan's domestic structure

"I know Pakistan has produced so many talented players",Perter Moores:

The Pakistan Cricket Board has sought an independent review of its domestic cricket structure, appointing the former England coach Peter Moores in a consulting role. Moores, on a two-day visit, is expected to submit a comprehensive report to the PCB in the next 10 days.

The PCB had invited Moores to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore along with former captains Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aamir Sohail, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam to discuss ways to improve the structure and functioning of domestic cricket and the role of the national and regional cricket academies in the country. This is the second instance during the ongoing tenure of current chairman Zaka Ashraf that the PCB has sought recommendations on domestic cricket, after an earlier a task team recommended sweeping changes, which were not implemented over feasibility issues.

Moores, who coached Lancashire to the County Championship title last year, will now help prepare a plan for the PCB to implement. "I know Pakistan has produced so many talented players and I came here to see where things are at the moment and if I can help in any way to move things forward it would be great," Moores said in Lahore.

"It's really interesting to put together the views of some of the great players like Miandad and Waqar. I will see what I can add to the structure, suggesting something that will work well for everybody."

The Pakistan domestic structure has undergone changes almost every two years in the past decade, with regional and departmental teams in the mix. Though the task team did recommended changes to the structure earlier this year, the report never came up and was buried citing most of the recommendations were 'not feasible'.

Moores, 49, made comparisons with the English system. "The system doesn't look particularly different (compared to England). I need some time to find out what is going on," he said. "I can't say that I have the answer because that will obviously come from the people who work here. Every country wants a strong domestic structure in place. What I can see is the great desire to keep Pakistan cricket improving."

Thursday, 15 November 2012

S Afridi,S Ajmal and U Akmal will not play BBL's this session "PCB"

PCB has denied S Afridi,S Ajmal and U Akmal's permission to play BBL:

The PCB has denied Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi permission to play this season's Big Bash League (BBL), the Australia Twenty20 league, to ensure the trio's participation in their domestic Twenty20 tournament ahead of the tour of India. Akmal had signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi would have moved from Melbourne Renegades to Sydney Thunder.

The PCB had earlier issued the players No Objection Certificates to play in the BBL that begins on December 7. The PCB's national T20 championship is set to be played between December 2 and 10, and will be followed by a week-long conditioning camp before the team leaves for India on December 22.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Zimbabwe advertising for "New Coach"

Zimbabwe needs a new coach:

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has advertised for the job of national coach, starting next April. By implication, current coach Alan Butcher's contract will not be renewed.

"ZC wishes to advise that the position of national team coach will become vacant on April 1, 2013 ... ZC is therefore inviting applications for the position," the Zimbabwe board said in a release.

Umer Akmal Dropped From Domestic Cricket

Umer Akmal dropped by SNGPL:

Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, has been left out by his department side Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) from the President's Trophy, the Pakistan's domestic first-class tournament. Akmal had skipped several rounds of the tournament, but was 'discouraged' after being dropped as he had hoped to show his Test credentials in the remaining rounds of the competition.

SNGPL are currently unbeaten in the President's Trophy, topping the table with 45 points after winning five of their six matches. Akmal only featured in one game, against National Bank of Pakistan in mid-October. He played in two Twenty20s against an International XI led by Sanath Jayasuriya and in the Hong Kong Sixes in late October but mainly missed matches due to his brother Adnan's wedding between November 6 and 8. Akmal has been associated with SNGPL since 2007 and scored 2224 first-class runs for the department at 57.02.

"It's really discouraging for me when I was snubbed by my department for just a petty reason," Akmal told reporters in Lahore. "I am in full practice and was meant to play most of the rounds but due to Adnan's wedding I had to miss most of the matches- a reason that was known to the management but still I am dropped. I was informed that it's a decision taken by higher management, and not the team management."

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

S Afridi & M Yousuf not given permission to participate in domestic cricket

Shahid Afridi and Muhammad Yousuf not included in the list of domestic players by PCB's decision:

The PCB is deliberating whether batsman Mohammad Yousuf and allrounder Shahid Afridi can play in the President's Trophy, a domestic first-class tournament. Both players have expressed a desire to play the tournament, in a bid to work their way back into top form, but were not registered in the teams' probable lists for the tournament.

Afridi, who is struggling for form, is looking to play for Habib Bank Limited to prepare for the limited-overs series against India next month. Yousuf, who hasn't played any cricket since June last year due to personal reasons, was keen to make a comeback to the national team and was asked by the selectors to play domestic cricket first. Port Qasim Authority, one of the domestic teams, was intent on recruiting Yousuf and, on October 30, had applied for him to be registered with them.

South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Match Ends In Draw

1st test match drawn between South Africa vs Australia:

South Africa began the first Test looking every inch the world's best team. They ended it cornered, scrapping unattractively to secure a draw, having weathered a sustained and significant resurgence by Australia over the final two days.

The loss of Saturday's play due to persistent rain deprived the match of enough time for a result given the benign nature of curator Kevin Mitchell's pitch, but Michael Clarke's team will depart Brisbane with the kind of spring in their step that England took from the Gabba after a similar recovery at the outset of the 2010-11 Ashes. Such confidence will be derived as much from how James Pattinson and Peter Siddle discomforted South Africa's batsmen on the final afternoon as from the way Clarke, Ed Cowan and Michael Hussey dominated the visiting bowlers.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Rain Take Over One Dayers Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

One day series of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand affected by rain Sri Lanka take series by 3-0:

Rain robbed New Zealand's best chance of sneaking in a win in a one-sided series, after they restricted Sri Lanka to 123 for 8 in Hambantota. The match began under sunny skies, but little over two hours after the start, rain forced the players off the field and they remained indoors till half past eight, when another downpour brought a soggy end to an ill-timed series. All six matches on tour were affected by rain, with Sri Lanka taking the one-dayers 3-0.

British Journalist's Great Announcement

British Journalist Announced Pakistani Spot Fixers Unguilty:

A British Journalist Ed Hawkins has claimed in his new book that three Pakistani cricketers including Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir were wrongly been convicted by the ICC, declaring all of them innocent. He stated that the International Cricket Council did not carry out the Spot fixing case in transparent manner.British Journalist Declares Banned Pakistani Cricketers Innocent.
According to Hawkins, all the three Pakistani cricketers were unjustly charged and found guilty by the ICC. He stated that Justice Cook, who chaired the case proceedings, was not fully aware of spot or match fixing.

Hawkins, a sport betting journalist, spent months investigating corruption in cricket has stated out the fact that India is the biggest market of cricket corruption and betting in the world. Huge mistakes were made in the spot fixing case and no case was made on the Pakistani cricketers, he added.
His book ‘Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: Journey to the corrupt heart of cricket’s underworld’ will be published on November 15 where the detailed facts would be revealed which might help Pakistani Cricketers to re-open their cases.
In response, Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif expressed relief over the developments and said that I had already said that many things would reveal in the future and they were proven guilty by force which was a conspiracy against Pakistan.

The British journalist has now claimed that the three Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhamamd Amir, earlier convicted for deliberately bowling no-balls that marred the third Test against England in 2011 were innocent.
The report was published in the same British newspaper that earlier claimed the World cup 2011 final between India and Pakistan was fixed.

Ed Hawkins said that the trio was wrongly convicted, accusing ICC of not holding transparent inquiry into the spot-fixing case.

‘Everyone in the Indian book-making world I have spoken to has confirmed it is not possible to bet on the timing of a no-ball’, Hawkins added.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 5th ODI match Today

Sri Lanka leads this ODI series by 3-0:

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Match scheduled to begin at 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT)
Current time: 12:11 local, 06:41 GMT

Sri Lanka squad:
DPMD Jayawardene (capt), AD Mathews, LD Chandimal, A Dananjaya, RMS Eranga, HMRKB Herath, CK Kapugedera, PHT Kaushal, KMDN Kulasekara, SL Malinga, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, KC Sangakkara (wk), WU Tharanga, HDRL Thirimanne

New Zealand squad:
LRPL Taylor (capt), TA Boult, AM Ellis, JEC Franklin, RM Hira, TWM Latham, BB McCullum (wk), NL McCullum, KD Mills, AF Milne, RJ Nicol, JDP Oram, TG Southee, BJ Watling, KS Williamson

Thursday, 8 November 2012

England Tour of India 2012

England will play on Idian's home grouds:

England vs India test matches fixture:

 Date & Time                                              Match & Place

Thu Nov 15 - Mon Nov 19                  1st Test - India v England
04:00 GMT | 09:30 local                       Sardar Patel Stadium,Ahmedabad

Fri Nov 23 - Tue Nov 27                     2nd Test - India v England
04:00 GMT | 09:30 local                       Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Wed Dec 5 - Sun Dec 9                      3rd Test - India v England
03:30 GMT | 09:00 local                       Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Thu Dec 13 - Mon Dec 17                 4th Test - India v England
04:00 GMT | 09:30 local                      Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium,Nagpur

England vs India T20I matches fixture:

  Date & Time                                               Match & Place

Thu Dec 20                                                1st T20I - India v England
14:30 GMT | 20:00 local                              Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune

Sat Dec 22                                                 2nd T20I - India v England
14:30 GMT | 20:00 local                               Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

England vs India ODI matches fixture:

  Date & Time                                               Match & Place

Fri Jan 11                                                    1st ODI - India v England
09:00 GMT | 14:30 local                                Saurashtra Cricket Association 
                                                                    Stadium, Rajkot

Tue Jan 15                                                  2nd ODI - India v England
09:00 GMT | 14:30 local                               Nehru Stadium, Kochi

Sat Jan 19                                                  3rd ODI - India v England
09:00 GMT | 14:30 local                              HEC International Cricket Stadium 
                                                                  Complex, Ranchi

Wed Jan 23                                              4th ODI - India v England
06:30 GMT | 12:00 local                             Punjab Cricket Association Stadium,Chandigarh

Sun Jan 27                                               5th ODI - India v England
03:30 GMT | 09:00 local                            Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association