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Khurram ready for the big test! Opening batsman Khurram Manzoor named in the Pakistan squad for the next month’s ICC World Twenty20 in India, being amazed of surprise inclusion for mega event.Khurram Manzoor, who last represented Pakistan in a Test match in 2014, has returned to the side after scoring big in the National T20 Cup and against the England Lions recently.According to local media report, Khurram said, “The moment I came to know of my inclusion [in the Pakistan squad] for the two tournaments in the afternoon, I had no words to say. For a while, I became speechless and just kept staring at my wife who was sitting with me at the time”. “I just couldn’t believe my fortune had changed at that particular juncture after the huge disappointment of being overlooked for the PSL. But now I have this over-the-moon sort of feeling.“Perhaps, this [Pakistan selection] was destined for me. I thought for ...

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McCullum wants series win to go with 'sweaty cap' memory WELLINGTON: As much as Brendon McCullum looks back fondly on a stellar career, more than anything he wants to sign off with a series win over Australia starting with the first Test in Wellington on Friday. The clash at the Basin Reserve is also his milestone 100th and he bows out of international cricket after the second and final Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch next week.The last time New Zealand claimed a "series" win ...

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Steyn in South Africa squad for World T20 JOHANNESBURG: South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury.Steyn, a key component of the South African bowling line-up, has missed most of the 2015/16 season with first a groin strain and then a shoulder problem that has required intensive treatment."Dale's return is very good news," convenor of selectors Linda Zondi ...

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Pakistan drop Shehzad for Asia Cup, World Twenty20 DUBAI: Pakistan have made four changes to their squad for this month's Asia Cup followed by the World Twenty20 including the axing of struggling opener Ahmed Shehzad after a poor run of form.The 24-year-old Shehzad managed just 33 runs in Pakistan's 2-1 Twenty20 series loss in New Zealand last month and is one of four changes selectors made from the last tour.Also out are Sohaib Maqsood, paceman Umar Gul and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan as ...

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PCB announces squad for T20 World Cup, Asia Cup Today, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced squad for the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.Surprising Pakistan have picked left-arm Rumman Raees and dropped opener Ahmed Shehzad for this month’s Asia Cup and World Twenty20. Besides, Umar Gul Muhammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood were also dropped by the PCB for the mega events while Muhammad Nawaz and Rumman Raees were included after they performed exceptionally well in the ongoing HBL Pakistan Super league (PSL), for ...

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Gul unlikely to feature in T20 WC, Asia Cup Pakistan’s fast bowler Umar Gul is unlikely to become part of upcoming Twenty-20 World Cup and Asia Cup.“I think if a player returns to the team after a gap of six or seven months and is then kicked out again, it’s quite harsh,” Gul said while talking to local media.Umar Gul has featured regularly in domestic cricket recently and has played in all of ‘Quetta Gladiators' matches in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), picking ...

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De Kock, Amla centuries sink England CENTURION: Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla hit hundreds and shared a double century opening partnership as South Africa kept the series against England alive by winning the third one-day international by seven wickets at SuperSport Park on Tuesday.Joe Root made a career-best 125 as England posted a competitive 318 for eight after winning the toss.England captain Eoin Morgan admitted: "I certainly thought at half-time that we would win the game."But De Kock and Amla ...