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Streak accepts 'full responsibility for his actions' but says he was never involved in fixing

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Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Heath Streak, who was handed an eight-year ban for corruption by the ICC, has apologized and accepted ‘full responsibility’ for his actions. However, he added that he was never involved in any attempts to fix matches. The 47-year-old was banned earlier this month after he admitted to five breaches of the ICC's anti-corruption code. The charges included revealing inside information which could be potentially used for betting purposes and failing to disclose the receipts of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit that the participant knew.  The games in question included the 2018 Tri-series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan series in 2018, the IPL 2018 and APL 2018. "I apologise to my family, friends ... my fellow Zimbabweans who have ... shown me love and support during the numerous trials and tribulations we have faced," Streak said in a statement quoted by The Telegraph. Streak admitted to receiv

I enjoy bowling alongside Shaheen Afridi and I like his aggression: Hasan Ali

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I enjoy bowling alongside Shaheen Afridi and I like his aggression: Hasan Ali Hasan Ali was menacing on the first day of the Test series opener between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. He trapped four batsmen and conceded 53 runs and was, particularly, impressive with the old ball. His consistency was impeccable today and it seems like the pacer is gradually getting back to his old rhythm before he got plagued with injuries.  Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first. It was the correct call from Brendan Taylor but Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali bowled well in tandem and challenged the outside edge consistently, not allowed the hosts to get off the hook. Hasan Ali snared Kevin Kasuza - who went without troubling the scorers. Thereon, he got the prized scalp of  Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor on five, Roy Kaia missed out on a half-century and was removed on 48 by a perfect yorker that rapped him on the pads and umpire Rusere raised the dreaded finger. Regis Chakabva added valuable 19 runs down

‘Don’t think ending IPL is the answer’ – Pat Cummins

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‘Don’t think ending IPL is the answer’ – Pat Cummins Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders paceman Pat Cummins says ending Indian Premier League during the ongoing pandemic in the country is not the answer. India has seen a massive COVID-19 outbreak over the last few weeks which has left people dying outside hospitals in large queues.  Three of Cummins’ countrymen have already left for Australia which includes Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa. Tye, in his recent interview with cricket.com.au, had criticized the IPL franchises for spending huge amount of money on the tournament while people were finding it hard to get into the hospitals. "We are doing everything we can to make sure we don't take any resources out of the frontline," Cummins told news channel WION. He added that teams playing each day would at least help people get through their days despite sad state of affairs in the country. "There's an aspect that us playing every night for three or four

Pakistan openers cap off flawless day after Hasan, Shaheen destroy Zimbabwe

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Pakistan openers cap off flawless day after Hasan, Shaheen destroy Zimbabwe Pakistan dominated the opening day of the first Test against Zimbabwe on the back of some destructive pace bowling by Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi in Harare on Thursday. Hasan finished with 4-53 while Afridi grabbed 4-43 as Zimbabwe -- who won the toss and batted -- were dismissed for a paltry 176 on a slow pitch at Harare Sports Club. Abid Ali then replied with a solid unbeaten 56 while fellow opener Imran Butt made 43 not out as Pakistan closed the day on 103 without loss. Both Abid and Butt were cautious at the start, having failed miserably in Pakistan's 2-0 home series win over South Africa in February. Abid took 13 deliveries to open his account but once he got underway with a pull for four off Richard Ngarava, he eased into his work striking nine further boundaries. Butt, who had managed just 36 in his first four Test innings, was more circumspect as the pair offered no chances to Zimbabwe's

'I have a lot of respect for Jasprit Bumrah': Mohammad Abbas

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'I have a lot of respect for Jasprit Bumrah': Mohammad Abbas In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Pakistan's Test specialist Mohammad Abbas praised the natural prowess of Jasprit Bumrah and called him a fantastic asset for his country.  Abbas opines that Bumrah has got a natural bowling action and coaches shouldn't fiddle with such bowler's bowling action as they might lose their potency with too much tinkering. “I haven’t played against Bumrah yet, but I do know that he has done wonders with the ball. His bowling action has been discussed a lot but, in my view, that is his natural action, and such actions should not be tinkered with by any coach,” said Abbas. Pakistan Test ace bowler also made it clear that changing a natural bowling action can damage the overall condition of a bowler and chances of injury becomes higher.  “When you bowl a certain way, it can take a long time to change an action which is natural to the bowler and also increases the chance

Marnus Labuschagne not giving up on T20 World Cup dream

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Marnus Labuschagne not giving up on T20 World Cup dream Australia's top-order Test specialist batsman Marnus Labuschagne has expressed concern for his fellow teammates that are in a dilemmatic situation in India amid the Covid-19 crisis.  While some of the Aussie players have left India, including Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, others are still taking part in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, Labuschagne has admitted that getting ignored in the IPL auction was a 'blessing in disguise' for him.  "I would love to have played in the IPL, it's a great tournament. But there are always two sides to the coin. It certainly looks like it was a blessing in disguise," said Labuschagne. Currently, Marnus is gearing for his T20 stint with English county Glamorgan and he's excited to take part in 14 T20 Blast games this season. The gritty right-handed batter is confident of developing his overall white-ball game and earning his place in th

PCB to appoint a new PSL director

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PCB to appoint a new PSL director The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to bring in a new director for their most prized brand Pakistan Super League (PSL). According to ARY News, PCB's Director Commercial Babar Hamid is looking after PSL affairs these days. However, soon the board is going to finalize the appointment of a new PSL director. The PCB has faced a lot of criticism after the postponement of the sixth edition after people raised voices over mismanagement and breach of the bio-secure bubble. According to reports, PCB will advertise for PSL's new director in the next few days. Those who are interested can apply for the position before May 13. The first assignment of the new PSL director would be the remaining matches of the PSL-6 that are set to commence from June 1. All the remaining matches will be staged at National Stadium, Karachi. The tournament will end on June 20 in Karachi. Initially, a serious breach in the bio-secure bubble led to an indefinite postpon

Sajid Khan over the moon after receiving maiden Test cap

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Pakistan has introduced the off-spinner Sajid Khan Pakistan has introduced the off-spinner Sajid Khan who hails from Nawan Kali Mardan in the ongoing first Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club.  Khan became the 244th Test player for Pakistan as he fulfilled his dream of representing Pakistan after working hard for more than 15 years in the domestic circuit.  After receiving his Test cap from captain Babar Azam, Sajid revealed his feelings and credited his mother for her unwavering support. Some consistent performances in the recent domestic seasons helped him earn a national team call-up. The off-spinner has played Under-16 and Under-19 cricket for Peshawar and he’s been playing first-class cricket for the past decade.   “My mother would be the happiest person back home as she prays a lot for me. Thanks to God as there is a lot of hard work behind this. I can’t express my feelings right now. It has been a journey of 13-14 years as I played U16, college cricket, U19, first-

PSL 6 - Usman Khawaja set to fulfill dream of playing in Pakistan

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The two-time Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Islamabad United have roped in the dashing Aussie opener, Usman Khawaja in the PSL replacement draft on Tuesday. The upcoming remaining matches will be Khawaja's maiden appearance in the glitzy domestic tournament of Pakistan and he's looking forward to fulfill his dream of playing in his birth country. He was born in Islamabad before his family emigrated to Australia at age five. “As long as I’m playing domestic cricket in Australia I won’t get the opportunity to play in the PSL. This might be a little blessing in disguise to play over there. I’d love to go over there and play,” Khawaja told cricket.com.au. Khawaja talked about his wonderful experience of playing in other Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh and anticipated a similar experience when he dons the color red to represent the Shadab Khan-led Islamabad United. “I’ve played in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh but I’ve never played in Pakistan where I w

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson to leave India today after quitting IPL midway

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Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson to leave India today after quitting IPL midway Australian cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have left India after leaving the IPL midway owing to the worsening situation of coronavirus pandemic in the country and travel restrictions.  Both players represented Royal Challengers Bangalore and are now on their way to arrive at their homes today according to the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) and will follow two weeks of hotel quarantine. There was uncertainty around these players' date of departure from India after the Australian government announced to suspend flights from India until May 15.  The first Australian player to leave the ongoing IPL was Andrew Tye who left the country earlier this week. Zampa and Richardson can join Australia for the forthcoming tour of West Indies that comprises three ODIs and as many T20Is. Amid the catastrophic situation of COVID-19 in India, Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced earlier

Sean Williams ruled out of first Test, Brendan Taylor to lead Zimbabwe

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Sean Williams ruled out of first Test, Brendan Taylor to lead Zimbabwe Zimbabwe have been dealt a blow on the eve of their Test series opener against Pakistan with skipper Sean Williams failing to recover from a soft tissue injury to his left hand. Williams will be forced to miss the first game scheduled to begin at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday. The senior all-rounder copped the injury in the first T20 international last week and was ruled out of the subsequent T20I. Williams later returned to the team for the series-decider on April 25, albeit he had not fully healed to ideal levels of fitness. The 34-year-old could not contribute much during the third T20I and perished for just nine as Pakistan clinched the series 2-1. Williams' absence paves the way for Brendan Taylor to temporarily take over the reins of the side just as he performed the leadership duties in Zimbabwe's historic T20I victory over Pakistan in the second clash of the three-match series. Zimbabwe will arg

Ramiz Raja calls for a team director instead of head coach

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Ramiz Raja calls for a team director instead of head coach Former Pakistan captain turned commentator Ramiz Raja has advocated for the appointment of a team director instead of a new head coach. In an exclusive interview with ARY News program 'Sports Room', Raja called it a way of 'modern thinking'. “I think all the things related to the senior team, U19 cricket, A team, academies, first-class coaches should be overseen by a team director,” Raja said. The renowned analyst also suggested that there should be different coaches for different formats and roles should be given to each and every player in the squad. “Roles must be defined where there can be a different coach for T20 cricket and Misbah-ul-Haq should remain coach for Test cricket,” he added. He further made his point clear by saying that coaches shouldn't be appointed for 2-3 years instead, the board should opt for 'horses for courses' on a short-term basis. “Coaches must your ‘horses for courses’.

Gaikwad special powers CSK to fifth win on the trot

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Gaikwad special powers CSK to fifth win on the trot Chennai Super Kings beat bottom side Sunrisers Hyderabad to go top of the IPL on Wednesday as the big-money tournament staged its first game in India's coronavirus stricken capital. Scores of police guarded the barricaded gates around the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Dehli during the match which Chennai won by seven wickets in 18.3 overs. Normally the stadium would be packed with 40,000 people for major cricket games. But with Delhi accounting for more than a tenth of the 3,200 coronavirus deaths recorded across India each day, the city has been put under a night curfew and tough, daytime restrictions. Only a handful of people were on the darkened streets around the stadium, kept empty as all IPL games have been this year. Fans could only watch on television as Chennai raced past Sunrisers' 171 for four, with Ruturaj Gaikwad hitting 75 off 44 balls and his fellow opener Faf du Plessis 56 off 38. As the crisis grows, TV coverage

Cricket South Africa members' council ratify changes to MOI 

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Cricket South Africa members' council ratify changes to MOI  The Cricket South Africa (CSA) members council has agreed to change the organisation's memorandum of incorporation (MOI) and to devise a system for a majority autonomous board that will prevent the sports ministry to disown the cricket organising body in South Africa.  In the vote, all provincial presidents voted in agreement with the modified MOI. Previously, on April 17, only six provincial presidents gave their nod to the MOI so the talks, impending crisis and sports ministry's involvement, not to mention, the threats have seemingly changed the stance of provincial presidents.  South Africa's powerful sports minister Nathi Mthethwa made the headlines in the recent past owing to his fiery statements to abolish CSA and make it null and void which would have led to all international cricket coming to a standstill.  The minister was set to use the National Sports and Recreation Act and dissolve CSA but the sign

Women's T20 Challenge likely to be postponed

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Women's T20 Challenge likely to be postponed: BCCI sources The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to postpone the 2021 Women's T20 Challenge amid the rising coronavirus cases in the country and the unavailability of foreign players due to air travel restrictions. Although there is no official news yet, the sources from ESPNCricinfo have reported that the board will have to face logistical challenges in order to fly overseas stars from countries like England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Usually, the Women's T20 Challenge takes place during the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs stage but it wasn't possible this year due to the coronavirus surge in the country. As some of the highly-rated IPL stars have also pulled out midway, the BCCI officials agree that it is 'highly unlikely' for women's tournament to take place. The United Kingdom (UK) has put India on its travel red list and Australia has also

They said the machine malfunctioned, I had to bowl

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'They said the machine malfunctioned, I had to bowl (the fastest delivery) after a year again' - Shoaib Akhtar Reminiscing the day when he speared the fastest supernova, Shoaib Akhtar, remembered and claimed how he had to dart the fastest delivery twice because some people alleged the speed-gun to have malfunctioned on the first occasion. Akhtar contends that he had to bowl the fastest delivery again to prove his critics wrong. The Rawalpindi Express thrived on pace and it seemed like he was born to cast the fastest bowl in his life. Shoaib became the trendsetter to break the 100 mph barrier and after him, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, and Mitchell Starc crossed the 160 kph mark.  Shoaib Akhtar launched the fastest recorded delivery in the 2003 World Cup match at Newlands against England when he clocked 161.3 km/h and stunned the cricket world. The media was abuzz about it and were trying to find loopholes, not ready to accept the aberration.  “Afterwards they said, the machine is not

I have full confidence in my Test team - Babar Azam

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As the Pakistan team gears to face Zimbabwe in the longer format, Babar Azam addressed a pre-match press conference and Pakistan skipper looks forward to carrying winning momentum against the hosts.  "We will try to carry winning momentum and our team is well gelled. We will look at the wicket and decide our final eleven. The pitch isn't easy here but we have adjusted to the conditions now. We are used to (the conditions) after practice sessions," said Babar. "We were playing on bouncy wickets in South Africa and over here it kept slightly low which made it a bit difficult for us here. The pitches were double paced here which made it a bit difficult to adjust. There is a bit of grass on the pitch which will help both bowlers and batsmen (in the Test). Babar Azam feels the seasoned campaigners in the shape of Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali and Hasan Ali make Pakistan a very strong outfit. "I have full confidence in my test squad, we have experienced players in the shape o

Billy Stanlake's Derbyshire debut delayed as Championship not

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Billy Stanlake's Derbyshire debut delayed as Championship not considered "elite sport" The tall and lanky fast bowler from Australia, Billy Stanlake has been prevented from making his County debut for Derbyshire as the Championship is not considered ' elite sport '. Billy had arrived in England on Sunday and was gearing up to play in the Championship match against Nottinghamshire starting on Thursday. However, he couldn't take part in the match because the County Championship doesn't hold any status of an elite sport according to the UK government. Stanlake would have played in the T20 Blast or the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy because these tournaments have government exemptions on the grounds of being deemed elite sport. Therefore, the Aussie paceman will have to serve a certain period in quarantine before he's allowed to make his County debut for Derbyshire. "We originally thought he would be available for the Nottinghamshire game because he'

Good opportunity for backup spinners to prove themselves in

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Good opportunity for backup spinners to prove themselves in Yasir's absence - Misbah Ahead of the first Test match against Zimbabwe, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has hinted at giving an opportunity to the uncapped spinners in the squad. While the ace spinner Yasir Shah is unavailable for the upcoming two-Test series due to a knee injury, Pakistan will try domestic stalwarts such as Zahid Mahmood and Sajid Khan. Misbah has urged the backup spinners to make a case and perform well in the absence of Yasir. “We are missing Yasir Shah here but the two-Test series provides a very good opportunity for the backup spinners to show their worth. Both Zahid and Sajid have been bowling brilliantly in domestic cricket. Hopefully, if the opportunity comes they would make the best use of their abilities. It would be high time for them to bring their best of domestic experience to the international level,” Misbah said as quoted by The News. The head coach is also expecting the players to repli

I wish to be janneman to all Pakistanis with my performances in PSL

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I wish to be janneman to all Pakistanis with my performances in PSL - Janneman Malan Islamabad United has roped in South Africa top-order batsman 'Janneman Malan' in the replacement draft for the remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six matches.  The 25-year-old has represented his country in nine T20Is and has an average of 26.33. In domestic cricket, he has played 52 T20s and amassed 1571 runs at an average of 32.06. Malan is excited to be drafted by former PSL champions and is sanguine to deliver the goods for the franchise in the remaining matches of PSL 2021. Malan found out what 'Janneman' means in Urdu - sweetheart - and he aspires to become a janneman to all Pakistanis with his performances. "Excited to join @IsbUnited Heard so many great things about the franchise. I just found out what Janneman means in urdu. I wish to be janneman to all Pakistanis with my performances in the PSL. #UnitedWeWin," said Malan in a tweet. Islamabad United franchi

Mohammad Rizwan breaks into top ten in ICC T20I batsmen rankings

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Mohammad Rizwan has been a steady lantern in the age of flashy neon lights. The wicket-keeper batsman's penchant for scoring big runs is helping Pakistan win crucial games and his hunger for helping Pakistan in crises situations is having a ripple effect on the entire team. His preservation, hard work, determination, and consistent performances have paved the way for him to break into ICC T20I top ten batsmen rankings for the first time in his career.  He has leapt from the 15th spot to number 10, displacing Afghanistan's Hazratullah. The hallmark of Rizwan's batting is how he circumvents on any batting track and somehow finds a way to score runs. Rizwan holds his end and puts a hefty price on his wicket. He may not be as aesthetically pleasing as Babar Azam, but he has been mighty effective up the order and providing Pakistan with brisk starts and solid foundation, often masking the meek middle order. Rizwan was the architect behind Pakistan's first and T20I series dec

Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne added to Sri Lanka's Test

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The first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was played on a batting paradise as the two teams scored in excess of 500 in their first innings. The match was drawn on the last day but the hosts have lost two of their players. According to recent reports, fast bowler Lahiru Kumara and young left-arm pacer Dilshan Madushanka have been ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh after sustaining injuries.  The duo has been replaced by Lakshan Sandakan and young medium-fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne. Kumara bowled 28 overs in the first innings of Bangladesh and conceded 88 runs taking just one wicket.  The only successful bowler for Sri Lanka was Vishwa Fernando who took 4/96 in 35 overs. The Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne grabbed all the limelight for his maiden double ton as he smacked a wonderful 244. Dhananjaya de Silva also had a wonderful outing with the bat scoring 166. For Bangladesh, centuries from Najmul Hossain Shanto (163) and captain Mominul Haque (127) took them

Kane Richardson & Adam Zampa yet to leave Mumbai, await return to

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Two Aussie players Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa had decided to leave the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) journey, however, they're still stuck in India, awaiting their return to Australia.  Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) is in talks with the Australian government to make arrangements for the return of their two players who had opted out of their individual IPL contracts.  It's been more than 24 hours since Zampa and Richardson left the bio-secure bubble, following their pulling out from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise. On the other hand, the Australian government has suspended all direct flights from India and it seems Zampa and Richardson will have to stay there till May 15, when the ban on temporary travel will get lifted. According to Cricbuzz, the two players, after leaving their franchise on April 25 moved to a nearby hotel alongside Mumbai airport. Since then, the Bangalore-based franchise has moved to Ahmedabad to take part in their next couple o

Rajasthan looking to sign-up players during loan window

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Rajasthan looking to sign-up players during loan window The Rajasthan Royals (RR) have officially written to the other Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises asking for player loans. Thus far, the Royals are the most affected franchise due to player exodus because of various reasons, one being the deteriorating situation of Covid-19 in India. Currently, the Royals are left with only four overseas players - Jos Buttler, Chris Morris, David Miller and Mustafizur Rahman. They're looking to include more foreign players in their squad with more than 60% of games yet to be played in the tournament. The men in pink have lost top-flight players like Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye. They've been able to win only two games so far and have faced three losses as well.  The IPL playing conditions say that the loan window will kick off at 9 am IST on the day following the 20th league match scheduled for the season and will end at 12pm IST on the day following the 56

IPL amidst India's worst health crisis?

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Sports were introduced to permeate a sense of normalcy but not to salt on the wounds of an entire country. With the death toll rising above 2500 per day in India and coronavirus cases spiked to 349,691 on Sunday, it is astounding to see the Indian Premier League (IPL) glitzy show running in a sepulchral backdrop despite a state of health emergency and amidst the vicious COVID surge in the country. As millions scramble for oxygen and space in the hospitals, how can IPL organisers justify massive spending and continue the irrelevant festivity while being ostensibly oblivious to the harrowing experiences of the patients? Some of the observers opine that IPL is serving as a distraction for those undergoing adversity but isn't the precarious situation also distracting players from keeping their head in the game? Covid cases are skyrocketing and it looks like the Indian government doesn't have the resources, just like any other developing country with twisted priorities to treat the

After run-fest in first Test, Bangladesh hopes to get bowler-conducive conditions at Pallekele

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Former Bangladesh Test and ODI captain, Khaled Mahmud expects a lively surface at Kandy after the first Test ended in a high-scoring draw. The second Test will be up and running from April 29. Even though there was a tinge of grass at Pallekele, yet it didn't offer much assistance to the pacers and wickets were hard to come by. Bangladesh racked up 541/7d and 100/2 while Sri Lanka replied by scoring a mammoth 648/8d in their only innings before the final session got drenched by rain as both teams shook hands. "This definitely wasn't a result-oriented wicket, as there were only 20 wickets taken in the whole first Test match, so I'm expecting something better, a competitive wicket, at least, for the next Test match," said Khaled Mahmud. The last thing Mahmud want to see is another flat and docile wicket where only batsmen can thrive and bowlers toll for five days. Erstwhile Bangladesh skipper felt sorry for the bowlers as they had nothing going in their favour and c

Saqib Mahmood decides against turning up for Peshawar Zalmi in rescheduled PSL

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England and Peshawar Zalmi paceman Saqib Mahmood has decided against turning up for his franchise Peshawar Zalmi in the upcoming rescheduled Pakistan Super League. The Pakistan Super League, which was staged in February and March this year, had to be postponed since coronavirus broke into the bio-secure bubble and started affecting players and officials. The Pakistan Cricket Board then rescheduled the tournament to June 1 at the same venue as a bio-secure bubble will be put in place by a UK-based company.  Saqib, who was an integral part of the Zalmi pace-bowling stock with highest number of wickets in the sixth edition, said the timing of the rescheduled tournament meant that he won’t be able to turn up for the tournament. “Really enjoyed my time with @peshawarzalmipk in #PSL6 earlier this year but given the timing of the rescheduled tournament in June I will be unavailable for the remainder and will be playing for my county @lancashirecricket,” he posted on social media. “I would lik

PSL 6 - Pick order for replacement draft revealed

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PSL 6 - Pick order for replacement draft revealed The Pakistan Super League (PSL) will conduct the replacement draft for the remaining matches of the sixth edition, which had been suspended after 14 matches following a number of Covid-19 cases emerging among the players and staff members. The draft will take place on April 27 at a virtual conference. According to ESPNCricinfo, 134 players, from Australia (10), New Zealand (12), South Africa (18), Bangladesh (7), West Indies (25), Sri Lanka (24), Zimbabwe (6), Afghanistan (16), Ireland (5), UAE (5), Scotland (4), Nepal (1) and Oman (1) are available for the draft. The roster includes some big names including Martin Guptill, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan in the platinum category, and Usman Khawaja, Adam Milne, Morne Morkel, Tamim Iqbal, James Faulkner and Joe Burns in the diamond category. No England player will be free to join due to the dates clash with Vitality T20 Blast, which begins on June 9, after the ongoing County Championship.

PCB congratulates national women’s team on direct qualification for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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PCB congratulates national women’s team on direct qualification for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games The Pakistan Cricket Board has congratulated national women’s team on their direct qualification for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games. The eight-team event, hosted by England, will be played next year from July 28 – August 8. This is the first instance where women’s cricket has been added to the Commonwealth Games. The teams to qualify apart from the hosts are Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan. These teams have secured qualification for as a result of their standing in the ICC T20I rankings. The Pakistan’s national women’s side have previously participated in two South Asian Games, winning Gold medal in Guangzhou, China (2010) and then in Incheon, South Korea (2014). Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar, who was a part of the two South Asian games and won gold in Guangzhou and Incheon, in a press release by the PCB said: “I am super excited about thi

Wahab Riaz disappointed over national team omission, aims to make a strong comeback

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Wahab Riaz disappointed over national team omission, aims to make a strong comeback In an exclusive interview with Shoaib Jatt (Ary News), fast bowler Wahab Riaz revealed the disappointment over the way he was dropped from Pakistan national side based on the performance of just one series. The left-arm pacer hinted that he might not be on the list of favourite players.  “If you ask me honestly, I was disheartened on getting dropped after having just one bad series against New Zealand. I was a top-performer in home series against Zimbabwe, in England and also before that,” Wahab said. The 35-year-old further commented on the lack of experience in Pakistan's bowling line-up, stating that there should be a blend of youth and seniors. “If you look at Pakistan’s current bowling attack, it lacks experience, however, we [me and Mohammad Amir] have experience and have performed,” he added. “We don’t have to prove to anyone but it is up to them [selectors] to induct us or not,” he maintaine