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What is the point now..these officials dont have had any balls to point finger at him when he was captain.Now they are pulling his legs when he is not a captain.
 

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zaheer khan bowled a off side yorker and mr gavaskar are saying this is a perfect yorker aftre scoring over 10000 runs in test Mr gavaskar dont even know what is the perfect yorker perfect yorkers wont bring dot balls but brings the wicket but we can cretsise indians because they dont know how to bowl yorkers right on the tows as wasim and waqar use to do im sure in whole india no bowler is their to bowl yorkers like them thats why when ever they see indian bowler bowls a bowl outside off stamp full delivery they say it is a yorker how many wickets indian bowlers took by yorkers and how many pakistani bowlers took you will judge it by your self out of 10 yorkers indian bowls 6 out of them are fulltoss and two are outside off stump
 

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Saeed Anwar ready to coach batsmen

Updated at: 1915 PST, Tuesday, February 10, 2009
LAHORE: Former skipper Saeed Anwar has said that he is ready to coach Pakistani batsman particularly the opening pair.

Talking to Geo News here on Tuesday, the star opener said that our batsmen need to work more on their mentally toughness instead of physical training.

Salman Butt and Nasir Jamsheed are good opening batsman, Anwar said, adding that he always advised Butt to play with open heart and don’t try too hard on his batting flaws.

“I used to play Wasim Akran and Waqar Younis without helmet during the training camp which helped me a lot in batting,” he commented.
 

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Pathan brothers drive India to a t-20 thrilling win.

India beat Srilanka 4-1 in five match odi series in Srilanka.

The reigning World Champions India recovered from a stunning middle order collapse to post a thrilling three wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their historic inaugural Twenty20 International worked off under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

The Indians restricted the home side to 171 for 4 and then reached their target with three wickets and four balls to spare in this very first Twenty20 International played in Sri Lanka.

India were cruising along at one stage following a 45 run stand between the two left handers Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. However Sri Lanka came back into the game through a splendid spell of bowling from leg spinner Malinga Bandara.

But India again recovered through their eighth wicket pair of brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan who held their nerves during the latter stages to put on 59 runs from just 25 deliveries.

Yusuf was simply amazing as he remained unbeaten on 22 from ten deliveries and Irfan on 33 from 16 balls.

Earlier skipper Tillekeratne Dilshan led from the front with his maiden Twenty20 half century to help Sri Lanka reach 171 for 4 from their 20 overs after they had won the toss and elected to bat first. The dashing opener launched a calculated attack on the experienced Indian bowlers to hit a top score of 61 from just 47 deliveries.

Dilshan who was dropped by Irfan Pathan from the bowling off Zaheer Khan in the very first over took full advantage to take Sri Lanka into a position of strength with some clean hitting before making his exit in the 17th over.

Dilshan reached his fifty while stroking consecutive boundaries from the bowling of Ishant Sharma who in fact conceded 17 runs from that over. The Sri Lankan captain also put on 45 runs for the fourth wicket along with Chamara Kapugedera who made a breezy 16 from just nine deliveries.

Sri Lanka of course were well set for a much bigger total at the start when Sanath Jayasuriya set the stadium ablaze with some power hitting from the very first over. The dynamic left hander was threatening to take the game away from the Indians before he was undone by a stunning catch from Ishant Sharma.

Jayasuriya collected 18 runs from the fourth over bowled by Ishant Sharma while hoisting two sixes on either side of the wicket during a brilliant opening stand of 59 runs from just 5.5 overs.

Sri Lanka were maintaining a run rate of over ten runs at this stage of the innings but they somewhat lost their momentum after the dismissal of Jayasuriya. However Chamara Silva joined skipper Dilshan and the pair brought up Sri Lanka’s third fifty from only 23 deliveries.

The Lankans of course failed to add the finishing touches with the pair of Chamara Silva and Kaushalya Weeraratne been able to collect just three singles from the last over of the innings.

Currently, Dhoni's team is third in the ODI and Test world ranking, with the No.1 slot in both well within their grasp. So, to concede a home series to India is no disgrace, just as losing on home shores to the Australians during the peak of their powers wasn't.

Anyway you look at this Indian outfit, there's hardly a flaw. Said simply, they have world class batsmen and bowlers - fitted together into a fine-tuned machine; cricket's Rolls Royce, if you like. As well, they have a store-full of spare parts to fall back on, meaning replacement-players. It is a reflection of their depth of talent that players who not long ago were heralded as "stars" somehow seem to have disappeared - the likes of Murali and Dinesh Karthik, R. P. Singh. too many to recall. At the same time, new names like Ravindra Jadeja and Balaji appear in the current squad.

This can suggest only one thing: India manages its talent systematically. In other words, it has a well-structured system that ensures the deserving talent finds itself into reckoning for national selection.

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Forgotten Asim Kamal makes the trek back to Test squad



Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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KARACHI: Pakistan on Tuesday recalled the hitherto forgotten middle-order batsman Asim Kamal in a provisional 22-man squad for this month’s opening Test against Sri Lanka, apparently in a bid to fill up a gaping hole caused by the absence of Mohammad Yousuf.

Also included in the preliminary squad are three more middle-order batsmen from Karachi — Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam and Saeed Bin Nasir — but chief selector Abdul Qadir told ‘The News’ that Asim Kamal will be his choice for the first Test getting under way in Karachi from February 21.

But Qadir was quick to add that he would consult with new captain Younis Khan before announcing the final Test squad by February 18.

“I firmly believe that any man who can contribute to the team cause is good enough and Asim is one such player. He is my choice for the opening Test but the final decision will be made after consultations with Younis and (coach) Intikhab Alam,” said Qadir, Pakistan’s former Test leg-spinner.

The extended squad that will attend a brief training camp at the Steel Town here from February 15 had no place for medium-pacer Rao Iftikhar Anjum — one of the few success stories of Pakistan’s disastrous ODI series against Sri Lanka last month.

Also overlooked by the selectors was struggling fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who is nursing a knee injury and may undergo surgery soon.

But young paceman Mohammad Talha received an expected nod from the selectors as a reward for his highly impressive performance in domestic matches.

The selectors also decided to give a lifeline to senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who is under fire for his poor form with the bat. Afridi was chosen as captain of the local squad for a two-day warm-up game against the Sri Lankans to be played here at the Southend Club Stadium on February 17-18. He is also on the 22-man squad for the training camp.

Also given an opportunity to attend the conditioning camp is another middle-order batter Bazid Khan while the selectors indicated that they might overlook out-of-form wicket-keeper Kamral Akmal by picking young stumper Sarfraz Ahmed for both the training camp and the 15-man squad for the two-day game against the tourists.

All-rounder Shoaib Malik, who was asked to step down as Pakistan captain after a humiliating 234-run defeat in the series finale against Sri Lanka, was retained while leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was recalled. Kaneria last played for Pakistan in the Bangalore Test against India in December 2007.

“We have chosen the finest available cricketers for the opening Test,” said Qadir who met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt at the Board headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday. Also present were Younis and Intikhab.

Qadir said that there was an open discussion after which the provisional squad was chosen through consensus.

“I’m a team man,” said Qadir. “As chief selector, I will always give due importance to suggestions from fellow selectors, captain and coach so that the best possible Pakistan team is chosen each and every time,” he stressed.

Qadir gave detailed explanations over the selection and omission of each and every player.

Speaking on the selection of Asim Kamal, Qadir said that the left-hander is one of the best-available middle-order batters in the country. “Asim has experience and more importantly he knows how to stay on the wicket. In short, he has the sort temperament needed to excel in Test cricket.”

Asim, 31, played the last of his 12 Tests in December 2005 against England in Lahore and has since been overlooked for national duty because of unimpressive form.

Qadir said that he rates Fawad Alam highly as a Test prospect. “Fawad Alam can become a very good Test cricketer. He just needs to work on a couple of his weak points like playing the short ball,” he said.

Qadir said that he and fellow selectors are well aware that the national team management is not happy with Akmal’s performance. “You can see that we have chosen Sarfraz for both the camp and the two-day game. In fact he is our vice-captain for the warm-up match,” he said.

The chief selector justified the decision to axe Rao from the squad.

“Rao is certainly one of our best ODI bowlers but he hasn’t earned a place for the Tests,” he said. “We have fine pacers like Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir and would like that they are joined by younger legs like Mohammad Talha,” he stressed.

Rao, who has featured in 56 one-dayers, has played only one Test, against Sri Lanka in Kandy in 2006.

Qadir said that the selectors will closely monitor the performance of several young players in the two-day game and might give one or two a chance in the second to be played in Lahore from March 1.

“The 22 players we have selected for the camp do not make the final list,” said Qadir. “We can pick a player from outside that list if needed,” he concluded.

Pakistan’s training squad: Younis Khan (captain), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Saeed Bin Nasir, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Danish Kaneria, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Gul, Mohammad Talha, Sohail Khan, Abdul Rauf, Saeed Ajmal.

Squad for two-day match against the Sri Lankans: Shahid Afridi (captain), Bazid Khan, Ahmed Shahzad, Saeed Bin Nasir, Azhar Ali, Asim Kamal, Khaqan Arsal, Bilal Khilji, Sarfraz Ahmed (vice-captain), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Khalil, Wahab Riaz, Fahad Masood, Najaf Shah, Azeem Ghumman.

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PCB to overturn ban on ICL players



Wednesday, February 11, 2009
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to lift the ban on its Indian Cricket League (ICL) players on Wednesday (today).

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt is due to address a press conference in Lahore, soon after PCB legal adviser, Shan Gul visits the Sindh High court in Karachi to give the PCB’s version on the ban on ICL players.

The court last week suspended the ban on the players, paving the way for their return to first class cricket. There were then demands from the players for a return to international cricket. However the PCB, according to sources, passed the court judgement to the International Cricket Council (ICC) who reiterated their stance that it was upto respective countries to deal with the issue.

Around 21 players who featured in the ICL were barred from playing in and for Pakistan as the league was not recognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and by the ICC.

Butt, last week, urged star batsman Mohammad Yousuf to snap his ties with the ICL to get his place in the national side back.

Butt, after attending ICC’s meeting in Octber last year, had said that ICC and BCCI were on weaker legal grounds if the ICL took them to court over recognition. At the meeting, the ICC deferred a decision on the ICL’s application for recognition.
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very very very good news 3 on the traut first great saeed will coach our batsman and asim kamal makes back and icl players of pakistan have chance to get back in the team i hope they will get before icc champions trophy and icc T 20

saeed anwar will rock inshahALLAH
 

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ICL cancels World Series in March



Friday, February 13, 2009
MUMBAI: The Indian Cricket League (ICL) has hit recession mode with a series of moves that reflect the current economic realities.

The World Series Twenty20 tournament, scheduled for March, now stands cancelled, and payments to players have been put on hold until the management completes a stringent performance review that could lead to downgrading of payments and even sackings.

Himanshu Mody, the business head of the ICL, said the non-availability of Pakistan players — Lahore Badshahs are the ICL’s biggest draw — was the other major reason for the cancellation of the March tournament, which will be replaced by one involving Indian players. The October edition of the World Series is on schedule as of now.

“Several other initiatives have also been lined up, including a talent-spotting programme in schools across India,” Mody told Cricinfo.

That apart, the ICL is also trying to plug some glaring holes from the last season and has terminated the contracts of Chris Cairns and Dinesh Mongia, who were asked to leave midway through the last season. The official line is that the two have been sacked because of non-performance.

Significantly, the ICL is undertaking a major review of its existing contracts and it is understood that the performances of 18 out of 85 Indian players and 15-16 from a pool of 70 foreign players are under the scanner. Players who fail to perform will either be released or asked to sign up again for a lesser fee.

Three prominent players, two from Australia, and one from Pakistan have confirmed to Cricinfo that their payments have been delayed and said no timeframe has been specified so far. While the players claimed that payments for 2-3 months are to be paid, ICL officials said that dues up to December have been cleared.

The ICL pays its Indian players every month and foreign recruits in quarterly installments and Jason Gillespie, one of the ICL’s foreign recruits, told Cricinfo that “the ICL management told us that they were sorting through their finances.”

“The global credit crisis is affecting everyone, not just sporting organisations,” Gillespie said. “I’m not too concerned. I’m confident everyone will be paid. These are just difficult economic times. Everyone is struggling.” Mody said the ICL is “looking into the issue and grievances, if any, will be resolved”.

Asked about the World Series, Mody admitted that that global economic downturn has come as a dampener. Apparently, “ad spends” have dipped so low that a leading TV advertiser who had spent up to Rs 15 crore last year on advertisements has a budget of Rs 50 lakh this year. “The economics of our model is event-based,” Mody said. “This means that if we hold the event, we would be affected by the current climate. But we are fine as of now.”
 

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Ban on ICL players causes loss to cricket: Abdul Razzaq

Updated at: 1931 PST, Friday, February 13, 2009

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Ban on ICL players causes loss to cricket: Abdul Razzaq SHEIKHUPURA: Test cricketer Abdul Razzaq said here on Friday that graph of national cricket team fell due to imposing ban on players, participating in the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

He said that he is happy on getting the permission for playing domestic cricket and would soon be returning to Test cricket.

All-rounder Abdul Razzaq is taking part in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match for the ADBP against Pakistan Customs at the Sheikhupura Stadium after he was allowed to play domestic cricket.

Talking with Shaikh Suhail Ahad of Geo News here at the stadium, Abdul Razzaq said that the imposing ban on ICL players was former chairman PBC Nasim Ashraf’s own decision and it should have been ended after his exit.

He said that all players, trapped by the ban, now want to play for Pakistan and if there are better players they must be given a chance.

Ban on ICL players causes loss to cricket: Abdul Razzaq - GEO.tv
 

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oh my ! missing the era of Wasim and Waqar those were the dayz dying to see another era like that.Pakistan Cricket is a total blow no these days.
 

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IPL will miss pakistan's flavor surely.....Remember there is nothing better in the wolrd watching a fast bowler running hard and fast and getting batsman jump all over their crease...and giving them a hard knock....PS...(Shoaib akhtar against Daredevils.) :P.....Sohail tanveer is the best bowler so far in 20/20....Umar gul surely has one hell of a yorker.....

Asif is a gone case.....

I think Ishant Sharma of India and others like Zaheer Khan are as fast as any bowler in Pakistan and probably far better.

Shohaib was always more hype than reality. His real achievements are too few. He has been whacked all over the ground more times than he has made any real difference on the field. We all remember the solid whacking given to him in South Africa by Sachin and Yuvaraj. Your "experts" were bitterly complaining on TV that night that it was a predetermined attack on Shoaib!
 

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are you out of your mind vinod you compare your zaheer and ishant sharma with pakistani bowlers zaheer who get seriuos betting against paksitan and after 2 matches and ishant havent done anything graet till now you compare these 1 to 2 wickets takers and see their economy almost 6 to 7 and you compare them with pakistani bowlers when you talk about pakistani bowlers wasim and waqar are on the list two i tell you what indian even after 500 years cannot fing greats like wasim and waqar and yes we are behind your team one or two foot but indian team cannot win every match against pakistan even your team is playing good now what we have done with you from 1990 to 2002 do you forgot only few matches india won against us anyway time will soon change when we will again dectet term against your team paksitan has much much more depth in fast bowlers dapartnment even today without any foreign help and india alswas asked MR dannies lallie and wasim akram to look after fast bowlers of india never ever have it home grown fast bowler like of wasim and waqar and our umar gul is even better than your ishant sharma and what you have said about shoain a fully agree with you i hope he soon be taking out of team invasting money on him was very bad from pcb i hope he should not been given contract insist of him pcb should give a contract to upcoming good fast bowler
 

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can you tell me real achievement of zaheer and ishant did they did anything for india when india in verge og losing a match zaheer or ishant did bowled a speel in which they took half of opponent team out and won the match for indian i think no is the answer so how can you say they are betterr bowlers than pakistan bowlers zaheer khan if playes in pakistan domestic cricket he will be getting a good treatment his bowling is nothing whenever he got out batsman i think batsman done the mistakes few of his wickets are good no doubt yes ishant is the best bowler that india ever produced no doubt but judging him internationally he is also a not a graet but he is better than zaheer khan
 

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pakistani bowling era which actully did great goods for criket in general is over. and now their current bowler are no better than say England or west indies team.
 

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