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Hafeez served notice over ICC bashing

Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday issued show-cause notice to all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez for criticising ICC’s conduct of his bowling action. Hafeez has been asked to respond within seven days. On May 13th, Hafeez took a swipe at ICC nearly two weeks after the body cleared him to return to bowling at international level after remodelling…

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ICC vows to ‘take any action warranted’ over Gaza unrest

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court vowed Tuesday that she was watching closely the unrest in Gaza and would “take any action warranted” to prosecute crimes. “My staff is vigilantly following developments on the ground and recording any alleged crime that could fall within” the tribunal’s jurisdiction, Fatou Bensouda warned in a statement…

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Bangladesh ‘really disappointed’ at Australia tour cancellation

The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it was “really disappointed” that a test tour of Australia had been scrubbed for financial reasons. Bangladesh had been scheduled to play two tests and three one day internationals Down Under later this year but there was no mention of it when Australia’s schedule for the 2018-19 home season was…

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ICC suspends coach under corruption code for approaching Sarfraz

A UAE coach has been provisionally suspended and charged with three counts of corruption for approaching Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz during an ODI series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. Irfan Ansari has been charged with making a corrupt approach to a player and for not cooperating in an investigation by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit since…

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Pakistan remain No.1 T20I team in the world

Pakistan remained the No.1 team in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Men’s Team Rankings. Pakistan is continuing to hold a four-point lead over second-placed Australia, with India at No.3 after gaining two points in the latest update. There were, in fact, no changes in the top seven positions, but the big development was down at…

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Hafeez clears bowling test, permitted to bowl in international cricket

Pakistani off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez has been permitted to bowl after he cleared the bowling test, the ICC said on Tuesday. “Following remedial work and re-assessment, the bowling action of Mohammad Hafeez has been found to be legal and and the off-spinner can now resume bowling in international cricket,” the ICC said in a statement. The…

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Champions Trophy to be replaced with world T20 tournament

Kolkata: The International Cricket Council said Thursday it will kill off the Champions Trophy tournament and replace it with a world T20 championship that will be held every two years. The death-knell for the 50-over Champions Trophy is the latest stage of efforts to use 20 over cricket in a new campaign to get wider…

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Afghan star Rashid Khan picked for world XI T20 match

London: Afghanistan’s mesmerising leg spinner Rashid Khan will play for a World XI in the one-off Twenty20 clash with West Indies at Lord’s to raise funds for stadiums damaged by last year’s hurricanes in the Caribbean. The 19-year-old — who is ranked number one in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 bowling rankings — said…

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Afridi, Malik to play for World XI against West Indies at Lord’s

KARACHI: International Cricket Council (ICC) has included Pakistan’s two star all-rounders in its World XI squad for T20i against West Indies. Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik have confirmed their participation and will be playing against West Indies at Lord’s on 31 May. According to ICC, the match is being organized to raise funds for stadia…

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ICC forms committee to resolve PCB-BCCI series dispute

DUBAI: International Cricket Council has formed a three-member panel to hear the dispute regarding the series between Pakistan and India. The committee will hear the case from 1st to 3rd May. No sides will be allowed to challenge the judgement. “The International Cricket Council today confirmed that the Hon Michael Beloff will chair the Dispute…

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Training camp for England, Ireland tours begins

LAHORE: Pakistan team’s training camp for the upcoming tours of England and Ireland began on Wednesday. Pakistan will play two Tests against England and a Test match against Ireland in summer this year. The coaches are working hard to improve the fitness along with batting, bowling and fielding of the players. ICC one-day team of…

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ICC forms panel to resolve Pakistan-India cricket dispute

LAHORE: The International Cricket Council has created a dispute resolution panel to hear Pakistan’s compensation claim against arch-rival India for refusing to play a bilateral series. Sporting ties between the cricket-mad South Asian neighbours have suffered in recent years amid rising political tensions, and Pakistani cricket authorities say their Indian counterparts have violated a 2014…

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Babar Azam No.1 ranked T20 batsman, Shadab 2nd-ranked bowler

DUBAI: Pakistan extends lead at the top in team rankings; Windies slip from fifth to seventh Pakistan opener Babar Azam has reclaimed the number-one batting ranking. Spinner Shadab Khan has vaulted into second position for the first time in his career in the latest MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were released on Wednesday…

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Maroof, Mir seal ODI series for Pakistan in Women’s Championship

COLOMBO: Pakistan kept up their winning run in Sri Lanka, following up their 3-0 win in the ICC Women’s Championship one-day international series with a one-wicket win with one ball left in the first of three Twenty20 Internationals at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club on Wednesday 28 March. Asked to bat first, Sri Lanka finished at…

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Test ranking: No Pakistani bowler in top ten

DUBAI: Not a single Pakistani bowler could make it to the top 10 positions in the Test bowlers rankings. According to the fresh rankings by International Cricket Council, leg spinner Yasir Shah was at No. 13. South Africa’s Morne Morkel climbed five places to No.5 in the rankings. New Zealand’s Trent Boult has reached No.7…

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ICC nominates David Boon as referee for Pakistan’s T20 series

PHOTO: COURTESY ESPN The International Cricket Council has nominated David Boon as the referee the T20 series between Pakistan and West Indies The T20 series will kick off on April 1 and end on April 3. The matches will be held at the National Stadium in Karachi. Boon will come to Karachi along with ICC’s…

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Legendary Viv Richards hopes World Cup spot to boost Windies cricket

Legendary batsman Viv Richards said West Indian cricket will benefit from qualifying for the World Cup, and that it would have been a huge blow had they not made it to England in 2019. The West Indies — whose fortunes have plummeted in recent years — were in danger of missing out after the International…

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ICC missed chance to lead over ball-tampering scandal – Graeme Smith

Cape Town: Former South African captain Graeme Smith has hit out at the International Cricket Council, saying the sport’s governing body missed a chance to show leadership over the Australian ball-tampering controversy. Speaking to South Africa’s Independent Media, Smith said: “I think the ICC missed an opportunity to really handle this properly and lead our…

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Nepal to do battle with MCC and Dutch at Lord’s

London: Nepal, recently granted full one-day international status, received another boost on Monday after being invited to contest a T20 tournament with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Netherlands at Lord’s. The Nepalese — who now have both ODI and T20 international status — will play the tournament on July 29, the MCC announced….

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Smith quits as Royals IPL captain after scandal

New Delhi: Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals on Monday replaced Australia’s Steve Smith as captain over his role in a ball-tampering controversy. Smith, who is on a $1.9-million contract with the Royals, will be replaced by India’s Ajinkya Rahane as skipper for the new IPL season starting April 7. “Steve believes given the current…

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IPL to adopt DRS for first time

New Delhi: This year’s Indian Premier League will feature the Decision Review System (DRS) for the first time, organisers have said. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed that the technology will be used when the eleventh edition of the cash-rich tournament gets underway next month. “Yes, this idea has been going around for many years,” Shukla…

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