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Miandad asks PCB not to rush into preparations as India can't be trusted ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad on Sunday advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to rush into preparations for the series with India in Sri Lanka this December as India could not be trusted to keep its commitment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials had been continuously changing their stance on the matter and they might again back out at any moment, he said while talking to APP.It may be added that PCB have been pursuing BCCI to honour its commitment under the memorandum of understanding in return for the former's support the Big3 set-up in the International Cricket Council and play a (Pakistan's) home series, but the latter have been avoiding on one pretext or the other. After their consensus to play the series in Sri Lanka, the PCB have got approval from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and now the ball in BCCI's court.Miandad said ...

Big crowds make up for teething issues for pink-ball debut ADELAIDE: Cricket's inaugural day-night test between Australia and New Zealand finished within three days but bumper crowds helped to compensate for the pink ball's dominance of the bat.Australia went down as victors of the first floodlit test after sealing a nerve-jangling, three-wicket victory late on Sunday but organisers will also claim a win, with 120,000 fans flocking to Adelaide Oval through the match."The whole test match was a great innovation, it was a great spectacle ...

West Indian Narine suspended over illegal action DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Sunday suspended West Indian spinner Sunil Narine after his action was deemed illegal by an independent assessment.The 27-year's action was reported during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Pallekele this month and was subsequently assessed in a biomechanical laboratory in Loughborough, England.The ICC confirmed Narine's action was illegal."The ICC has found the bowling action of Narine to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended ...

England aiming for Twenty20 whitewash: Vince DUBAI: England newcomer James Vince is hoping his team will go for a clean sweep of the Twenty20 series against Pakistan when they play the third and final match in Sharjah on Monday.The 24-year-old batsman batted with confidence to score 41 on his debut and then 38 in the second as England won both matches in Dubai to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead.Vince vowed England would not be complacent and would go for a 3-0 ...

Skippers praise day-night Test as success ADELAIDE: The world's first day-night Test match was a great success, rival skippers Steve Smith and Brendon McCullum agreed Sunday, after the match at the Adelaide Oval lived up to its much-hyped billing.Thirty-seven wickets tumbled in three days as the pink ball dominated the bat, and the first Test to be played under lights in the 138-year history of the five-day game drew a total of 123,736 fans through the gates. The tension lasted into ...

Gignac goal secures Mexican last-four berth for Tigres MEXICO CITY: France's Andre-Pierre Gignac struck a fine goal from outside the box to give UANL Tigres a 1-0 win at Chiapas and secure their place in the Mexican Apertura championship semi-finals.Tigres went through 3-1 on aggregate after Saturday's win, having beaten Chiapas 2-1 at home in Wednesday's first leg of the quarter-final.Former Olympique Marseille striker Gignac took a layoff from former Brazil striker Rafael Sobis and volleyed a rising shot into the top far ...

Escudero breaks deadlock to win Chinese FA Cup for Jiangsu SHANGHAI: Sergio Escudero ended more than three hours of stalemate with a goal in the second period of extra time to hand Jiangsu Sainty the Chinese FA Cup with a 1-0 aggregate win over Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday.The Spanish-born Escudero, who joined Jiangsu from FC Seoul this year, prodded home in the 110th minute of the second leg at Hongkou Football Stadium to give the club their second FA Cup title following their 2013 success.Shanghai ...


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