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Rashid Khan becomes the youngest No.1 in men’s cricket

  At just 7,092 days of age, Afghanistan’s teenage leg-spinning sensation has become the top-ranked ODI bowler, making him the youngest ever No.1 in men’s rankings history. After a year in which Rashid Khan left plenty of records in his wake – and for which he was given the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year award…

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India’s run-machine Kohli attains rare double in ICC Rankings

Virat Kohli becomes the second batsman to cross 900-point mark in both Tests and ODIs; Rashid shares top spot with Bumrah amongst bowlers. ⊁ India captain becomes only the second batsman to cross the 900-point mark concurrently in Tests and ODIs ⊁ Rashid Khan and Jasprit Bumrah take joint-top position among bowlers; Rashid also moves…

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It’s not finished yet, says ‘world best’ Kohli

Johannesburg: Indian captain Virat Kohli, labelled the best batsman in the world by head coach Ravi Shastri, wants his team to rise to one more challenge before they finish their gruelling South African tour. “The tour is not over,” said Kohli ahead of a three-match Twenty20 series starting at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on…

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ICC criticises Bangladesh Test pitch

Dhaka: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday penalised the “below average” pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week’s Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening…

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Ex-Pakistan skipper Salman Butt to play in Bangladesh

The disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has arrived in Bangladesh to play his first full-fledged competition outside his homeland since serving a five-year ban for spot fixing, an official said Tuesday. He was cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board to play in the latest edition of the Dhaka Premier League, a popular Bangladesh club…

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Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi makes it to ICC’s U19 World Cup Team

DUBAI: Pacer Shaheen Afridi was the only Pakistan to be included in International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Under-19 World Cup Team. The left arm fast bowler had taken 12 wickets in the competition. ICC announced South Africa captain Raynard van Tonder to lead the Team of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup which ended in Tauranga…

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ICC continues investigation into Ajman cricket event

LAHORE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday confirmed it is continuing its investigation into the Ajman All Stars event. According to the information made available here, ICC General Manager Anti-Corruption Alex Marshall said: “The event was not approved or in any way anctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and, therefore, neither the ECB…

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Cricket: South Africa, India battle for top spot again

Durban: South Africa and India will vie for the world number one ranking again when they meet in a six-match one-day international series, starting at Kingsmead on Thursday. The one-day games start just five days after India retained their top ranking in Tests, although second-placed South Africa closed the points gap by winning the series…

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Babar Azam becomes second Pakistani to top ICC T20 rankings

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam and New Zealand bowler Mitchell Santner have topped the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen and Bowlers respectively, following the conclusion of their series which the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champions won 2-1. Babar was rewarded for finishing as the leading run-scorer in the series (109 runs) with a…

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Third Test will resume Saturday despite pitch fears – ICC

Johannesburg: The Third Test between South Africa and India will resume on Saturday despite fears over the Wanderers pitch which was described as “dangerous” and caused an early stoppage on Friday, officials said. “The on-field umpires, in consultation with the match referee, and after speaking with both the captains and groundsmen, have decided that the…

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Rajan Nayer charged under ICC anti-corruption code

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Rajan Nayer with three counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Nayer, the Treasurer and Marketing Director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association, has also been provisionally suspended with immediate effect and has been charged with the following three offences under the Code: Article 2.1.1 being party…

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‘World-class’ Perth Stadium gets ICC green light

PERTH: The International Cricket Council Thursday approved the new Perth Stadium to host all international formats of all the game, formally lowering the curtain on the city’s venerable WACA Ground. The new 60,000-capacity stadium will host a sold-out one-day international against England on January 28 in the first sporting event held at the state-of-the-art arena….

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New Zealand dethrone Pakistan in latest T20 rankings

New Zealand have returned to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings after winning the three-match series against the Windies by 2-0. New Zealand had entered the series against the Windies in third place behind Pakistan (124 points) and India (121 points) on 120 points. New Zealand moved ahead of India after winning the…

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Here’s how Pakistani fans can welcome 2018

2017 was a successful year for Pakistan cricket as it emerged victorious in the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy this year and we can recall that glorious moment by watching the winning catch of Sarfraz Ahmed near midnight to welcome 2018. ICC tweeted that Sarfraz Ahmed will take the winning catch of ICC Champions Trophy 2017…

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Gleeful Aussies look to 5-0 Ashes rout over England

A 5-0 series whitewash and the playing futures of England veterans Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad were focal among Australia’s reaction to winning back the Ashes on Tuesday. Steve Smith’s team reclaimed the Ashes after bowling England out for an innings and 41-run victory in the third Test in Perth on Monday. The Australians now…

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Bombshell fixing claims rock Ashes series

Perth, Australia: Cricket chiefs voiced “grave concern” but said there was no evidence the third Ashes Test between Australia and England starting Thursday has been corrupted after a match-fixing bombshell rocked the series. British newspaper The Sun alleged two bookmakers, including an Indian “Mr Big”, had offered to sell it details of rigged periods of play…

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International Cricket Council to examine India pollution Test

NEW DELHI: Medical experts are to examine whether India was right to hold a Test match against Sri Lanka during hazardous smog in New Delhi, the game’s world governing body said Friday. The controversy will also be discussed at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in February. “The ICC has noted the conditions in which…

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ICC imposes one-year ban on cricketer for doping violation

The wicketkeeper-batsman had inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut. The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been suspended from all cricket-related activities for twelve months after pleading guilty to breaching Article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code. Mr Shahzad…

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Jason Holder suspended for Hamilton Test

Windies captain Jason Holder has been suspended for one Test and fined 60 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 30 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during New Zealand’s innings and 67 runs victory in the Wellington Test, which ended on Monday. Chris Broad…

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Video: Saeed Ajmal’s emotional moment after announcing retirement

LAHORE: Legendary off-spinner Saeed Ajmal couldn’t hold back his tears on Wednesday when he announced that he would no longer play for Pakistan in any format of the game. In the video, you can see the Pakistani bowling great breaking down as he thanks his parents, wife and PCB for helping him along his journey…

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PCB committee to review Hafeez’s bowling action

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board has said that it stands by Mohammad Hafeez and is lending all its support to rectify his bowling action. According to a press release, PCB has setup a bowling action review committee in this regard. The members include Ahsan Raza, Ali Zia, Saleem Jaffar, and Sajjad Akbar. The committee has been…

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