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Coach Mickey Arthur rejects Amir, Hasan Ali’s request for rest

National cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has denied requests from fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir to be rested in the remaining two matches of the T20 series against New Zealand. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir had both requested the national coach to rest them in the remaining two matches and had said that…

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Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs

Skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in one-day internationals as he powered India to 392-4 in their second match against Sri Lanka. The opener led the Indian charge, smashing 12 sixes and 13 fours in an unbeaten 208 after the hosts, who trail the three-match series 1-0,…

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Future of the Women in Green

By Arsalan Iqtidar Khan  Who would have thought 5 years back that team of girls from Pakistan would go on to beat a team from a country which holds proper domestic circuit down under in New Zealand. Like every field women are coming forward and showing their skills in cricket. We are still far behind…

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Cricket: Witchcraft helped us win, says Sri Lanka captain

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s surprise two-match Test cricket win against Pakistan this month was down to witchcraft, captain Dinesh Chandimal said Tuesday, drawing mockery on social media. Chandimal told reporters he had received a special blessing from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the two-match series in the United Arab Emirates. “I am always ready to…

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Pakistan performed well in ODIs in 2017

Pakistan performed well in the 50-over format in 2017 as they won 66 percent of their matches this years. According to International Cricket Council (ICC), Pakistan played 18 one-day internationals. They won 12 games and lost six matches. Babar Azam was the top scorer for Pakistan in the 50-over format as he made 872 runs…

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Five things Pakistan should do to level series

  By Omair Alavi   They are down 1-0 in the ongoing two-match series with Sri Lanka, but Sarfraz Ahmed and the boys are still not out of contention. One win can level the series for Pakistan if the team stays in sensible mode rather than in self-destruction mode because that helps the opponents more….

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Cricket: Sri Lanka steps up security after crowd trouble

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will deploy unprecedented security for Thursday’s fourth one-day international against India to prevent a repeat of crowd trouble which broke out following a humiliating defeat for the home side, police said. Some 1,000 additional police will be deployed at the 35,000-seat capacity Premadasa Stadium in Colombo while CCTV cameras will be used…

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Windies, Pakistan agree dates with World Cup in mind

ST. JOHN’S: West Indies and Pakistan on Wednesday revealed plans to play three Tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean between March and May.

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Australia’s raconteur bowler Max Walker dead at 68

SYDNEY: Former Australia medium-pace bowler and colourful television commentator Max Walker has died aged 68 after a long battle with skin cancer.

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TV umpire to call no-balls in England-Pakistan ODIs

LONDON: A system where the third umpire is responsible for the calling of front-foot no-balls will be trialled during the upcoming England-Pakistan one-day series, the International Cricket Council announced Saturday. The standing umpire at the bowler’s end is currently responsible for both checking for front-foot no-balls and then adjudicating on whether a batsman is out…

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Pakistan in must-win situation to qualify for World Cup 2019

MALAHIDE: Pakistan launch their quest to make sure of an automatic qualifying spot at the 2019 World Cup in England when they face Ireland in two one-day internationals at Malahide, near Dublin, on Thursday and Saturday. The fixtures, Pakistan’s lead in to a five-match ODI series against England, come with the 1992 world champions languishing…

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Cricket: Pakistan arrives in Ireland for ODIs

DUBLIN: Pakistan cricket team led by skipper Azhar Ali arrived in Dublin on Tuesday to play two one-days against host Ireland. Pakistan will take on Ireland on August 18 and 20 before returning to England for five-match ODI and two-match T20 series. The team was joined by new arrivals from Pakistan. Pakistan Team of their…

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England drop Vince for Pakistan ODIs

LONDON: England dropped struggling batsman James Vince for their one-day international series against Pakistan, it was announced Tuesday. But they have recalled fit-again Durham duo Ben Stokes and Mark Wood into a 15-man squad which also features a call-up for Vince’s Hampshire team-mate Liam Dawson, yet to make his ODI debut. The five-match series starts at…

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Sethi sure Pakistan-India series to be held by all means

ISLAMABAD: Brushing aside apprehensions about Pakistan-India series, head of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) executive committee Najam Sethi said he was sure that series between arch-rivals would be held at a neutral venue by all means.

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Sarfraz likley to lead Pakistan A against England Lions

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to lead the Pakistan A team in the series against England Lions to be played in the UAE this December. Talking to APP, a PCB official said Sarfraz will lead the Pakistan A team in the series against England Lions. “If Sarfraz will…

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South Africa to tour India this year

NEW DELHI: South Africa will play four Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches during a tour of India in September-December this year, the Indian board said on Monday. Matches schedule: Sept 29: T20 practice match, Delhi Oct 2: : First T20 international, Dharamsala Oct 5 : Second T20 international, Cuttack Oct 8 :…

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Qasim hopes Pakistan will play with passion in ODIs

ISLAMABAD: Former left-arm spinner Iqbal Qasim has expressed hope that Pakistan team will play with the same passion and zeal in the One Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka as they did in the recently ended test series. “The morale of the team is high. Players look in good spirit and I hope they…

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Bangladesh upbeat for South Africa ODIs

DHAKA: A fast-improving Bangladesh are confident of upsetting another of world cricket's powerhouses on home turf when they take on South Africa in a three-match ODI series starting on Friday. Although Bangladesh suffered a 2-0 reverse in the recent Twenty20 series against the visitors, the game's one-time whipping boys have become a force to be…

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High Commission hosts reception for Pakistan team in Colombo

ISLAMABAD: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain hosted a banquet to welcome Pakistan cricket team in Colombo. The team is visiting the island nation to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s with their Sri Lankan counterparts, said a press release received here. Welcoming the cricketers…

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Zaheer vows to stand shoulder to shoulder by ICC

ISLAMABAD: Newly elected International Cricket Council (ICC) President Zaheer Abbas Thursday vowed to stand shoulder to shoulder with the ICC members saying more and more efforts would be done to make the people fall in love with the game of cricket. Zaheer assumed the role of the ICC President on day three of the ICC…

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Bangladesh call up uncapped Talukdar for Pakistan ODIs

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Wednesday named uncapped opener Rony Talukdar in a 14-man squad for the first two of their three one-day internationals against Pakistan this month. Talukdar has been rewarded for consistent performance in domestic competitions, having top-scored in the Dhaka Premier League with 714 runs at an average of 51 — including two centuries….

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