Cricket Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:36:33 +0000 SRA Framework 2.0 en-gb Bangladesh win toss, elect to field in 2nd ODI imageST. GEORGE'S: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat in the second One-Day International of the three-match series at the National Stadium in Grenada on Friday.

Needing victory to keep the series alive following the home side's three-wicket win in the opening match on Wednesday, the tourists have made one change to their final eleven with experienced left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak replacing young fast bowler Taskin Ahmed.

Despite the complete failure of the top order of the West Indies batting that left them reliant on Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin to reach the target two days earlier, there is no change to the Caribbean side, although a shuffling of the batting positions may be in the offing.

Unsettled weather and a forecast of rain during the day suggest that the Duckworth/Lewis Scoring Method will come into play, a prospect that influenced Mushfiqur into choosing to bowl first.


West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo (capt), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain.

Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite (BAR), Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV Umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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Ajmal to miss Sri Lanka match for tests on his action imageKARACHI: Under-scrutiny Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will miss part of his side's one-day series against Sri Lanka as he undergoes tests on his bowling action in Australia, officials said Friday.

The 37-year-old, ranked number one in one-day internationals and Pakistan's main bowling weapon, had his action reported as suspect during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle earlier this month.

Under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules Ajmal is required to clear his action from an accredited biomechanics lab within 21 days of the report, but he is free to play until then.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said Ajmal will have tests in Brisbane.

"Ajmal will be sent to Brisbane to undergo tests and a PCB official will go with him," Ahmed told AFP. "The team management is arranging for his travel from Sri Lanka."

Team manager Moin Khan said Ajmal is in Hambantota where Pakistan will play the first of three one-day internationals on Saturday.

"If he gets a flight on Friday then he will miss the first one-day (match) but we are trying to get him back by August 26 in time for the next game a day later in Colombo," Khan told AFP.

The third and final match is in Dambulla on August 30.

Ajmal's action was first reported in 2009 but he was cleared as there were only doubts over his "doosra," a special delivery which turns the other way than a normal off-spin.

However, this time match officials have raised concerns over several deliveries including some bowled from over the wicket, raising threats he could face a ban and would need remedial work on his action.

Sri Lanka's Sachitra Senanayake and New Zealand's Kane Williamson -- both off-spinners -- were also reported and subsequently banned from bowling after their actions were reported last month.

Senanayake has undergone remedial work in Western Australian University last week but will have to wait a report from the University to get clearance.

The Pakistan team will be hit hard if Ajmal is banned as they face tough series against Australia and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates from October to December.

He is also a crucial part of Pakistan's lineup for the World Cup in February-March next year.

Ajmal has so far taken 178 Tests 182 one-day wickets. He is the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with 85.

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Pakistan regroup for Sri Lanka ODI imageHAMBANTOTA: Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other's firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away.

The two former world champions have been drawn in different halves for one-day cricket's showpiece that is to be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Pakistan, the 1992 champions, will look to bounce back after an embarrassing 2-0 whitewash for Misbah-ul Haq's tourists in the short Test series that concluded on Monday.

Sri Lanka, who won the World Cup four years later in 1996, hope to build on a successful run by Angelo Mathews' team in limited-overs cricket this year when they won the one-day Asia Cup and the World Twenty20.

"Our recent record has been good, but we have to make sure we remain consistent and do the basics right," Mathews said ahead of the first match in Hambantota.

"The one-dayers will be different and Pakistan will come hard at us. They are a good side and we have to be at the top of our game."

Mahela Jayawardene, who retired this week from Test cricket to concentrate on his World Cup preparations, and fellow veteran Kumar Sangakkara lead a strong batting line-up that also includes opener Tillakaratne Dlshan.

Sri Lanka will miss off-spinner Sachithra Senenayake, who is undergoing remedial work on his bowling action after being reported by umpires on the England tour in June.

But Pakistan will be without one-day cricket's top bowler Saeed Ajmal for part of the series with the off-spinner, who was also reported for a suspect action, flying to Australia for testing.

"If he gets a flight on Friday then he will miss the first one-day (match) but we are trying to get him back by August 26 in time for the next game a day later in Colombo," team manager Moin Khan told AFP.

Pakistan captain Misbah was confident the tourists will recover from the Test whitewash to put on a better display in the one-dayers.

"This is a different format and we play it well," said Misbah, whose team beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in the one-day series in the United Arab Emirates in December.

"This is a good chance to assess ourselves since the World Cup is not too far away. Every one-dayer we play will tell us where we stand."

Pakistan were reinforced by eight one-day specialists, including the talismanic Shahid Afridi and former captain Mohammad Hafeez, who joined the squad after the Tests.

Lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan, one of cricket's tallest bowlers at seven feet, one inch (2.16 metres), is also back after recovering from a hip injury.

The second match will be played at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo on August 27 and the third in Dambulla on August 30.

Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul Haq (capt) Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Irfan.

Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv.

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South Africa sweep one day series imageBULAWAYO: Quinton de Kock's quickfire 84 fired South Africa to a crushing 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe as they won the third one-day international by seven wickets on Thursday in Bulawayo.

De Kock wasted little time in his 75-ball innings and was aided by 40 from 33 balls by stand-in captain Faf du Plessis, as the Proteas chased down a target of 166 in just 27.2 overs.

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Yasir aims for a comeback in 2015 WC imageISLAMABAD: Former veteran opening batsman Yasir Hameed aims to make a comeback for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup saying he wants to play a significant role for the green-shirts at the mega event.

Yasir, who made his Test debut against Bangladesh in Karachi in August 2003 and scored centuries in both innings, said he is positive and looks forward to do well in future.

"I am hoping for a comeback into the national side and I have not fulfilled my potential but hope for an international return," he told

Yasir said he wants to play for a significant role for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup. "There is no such target in my mind for the domestic season, but I want to make sure I score as many runs as possible. I want to make use of every opportunity I get and not to throw my wicket away," he said.

Speaking about the standard of domestic cricket in the country, Yasir said there is no lack of talent in Pakistan. "We have some very fine players in our domestic cricket. There have been improvements made in our domestic cricket and if every player works hard and spends extra time working on his skills, the standard of cricket will improve," he said.

Yasir said we have a very good limited over squad. "IPL has created a lot of hype in India, but talent wise, we are far better than them. The players in our domestic cricket are much more capable than theirs," he said.

Yasir said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needs to conduct at least three or four training camps a year to improve the level of fitness of the players. "I am sure the PCB would be aware of it and they will implement it ahead of the upcoming World Cup," he said.

Yasir said there had been many lapses in selection when he was around. "I wish we had more people like Moin Khan, Shoaib Mohammad, Ijaz Ahmed and Wajahatullah Wasti as selectors who respect players and who have an eye to pick good players," he said.

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South Africa rest AB de Villiers, Zimbabwe win toss imageBULAWAYO: South Africa rested captain AB de Villiers and handed debuts to top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw and left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi for Thursday's third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

Faf du Plessis therefore took the reins for the Proteas, who already hold a 2-0 lead in the series, and won the toss and opted to field at Queens Sports Club.

South Africa had already confirmed that opener Hashim Amla would be rested, while Imran Tahir also made way as fast bowler Marchant de Lange played his first international in more than two years.

Zimbabwe made three changes to their side, which included the bold decision to drop premier batsman Brendan Taylor.

Malcolm Waller came in for Taylor, while leg spinner Tafadzwa Kamungozi and medium-pacer Tinashe Panyangara replaced seamers Neville Madziva and Brian Vitori.


Zimbabwe: Richmond Mutumbami, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikander Raza Butt, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura (capt), Luke Jongwe, Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Tafadzwa Kamungozi.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Marchant de Lange, Mthokozisi Shezi.

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West Indies elect to bowl against Bangladesh in 1st ODI imageST. GEORGE'S: West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo won the toss and chose to bowl against Bangladesh in the first fixture of the three-match one-day international series at the National Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday.

Amid the considerable distraction of the replacement of head coach Ottis Gibson, which was only officially announced less than 12 hours before the start of play, the home side omitted all-rounder and former captain Darren Sammy and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller from their final eleven.

Team manager Richie Richardson is performing the role of coach on an interim basis for the series.

In their first campaign away from home for the year, Bangladesh left out a couple of their experienced bowlers in spinner Abdur Razzak and seamer Rubel Hossain.


West Indies: Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo (capt), Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain

Umpires: Joel Wilson (TRI), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV Umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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Lack of options leave India struggling with Dhoni dilemma imageMUMBAI: Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his test captaincy role - if he has the desire to continue - due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour.

India's propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011 when the side lost eight consecutive tests with back-to-back 4-0 thrashings in England and Australia.

If fans in the world's second-most populous nation, where cricket is treated like a religion, thought that period was the lowest point possible, they were in for a rude awakening when India landed in England for a recent five-test series.

Dhoni's garden appeared very rosy indeed when his unfancied side claimed their first overseas win in three years with a comprehensive second test victory at Lord's but the joy and relief proved to be nothing more than a decorative flower.

They capitulated meekly against a resurgent England in the next three matches, the final nail hammered into their coffin at The Oval when they lost by an innings and 244 runs and in less than three days to slump to a 3-1 series defeat.

While coach Duncan Fletcher saw his role reduced after the disastrous test segment of the tour with the Indian board moving quickly to appoint Ravi Shastri as director of cricket, there was barely a murmur on Dhoni's fate.

In the 20 test matches Dhoni has led India outside the country since their 2011 50-over World Cup triumph on home soil, the team has emerged victorious on just two occasions while the defeats column has moved rapidly on to an embarrassing 13.

It was not always doom and gloom for the hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman from the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, who enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity after his one-day international debut in 2004 and first test cap a year later.

As a rookie captain of India's Twenty20 side in 2007, he guided his men to victory in the inaugural World Cup in South Africa and was handed the reins of the test team later that year after Rahul Dravid stepped down.


His dashing performances made him a poster boy of Indian cricket, probably second only in popularity to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, due to his no-nonsense attitude and possession of an uncanny Midas touch.

As captain, the 33-year-old took India to the number one test ranking, added the 50-over title to his resume in 2011, after a gap of 28 years, and also won the Champions Trophy in England to forge a permanent place in Indian cricket folklore.

His records probably never allowed administrators to look beyond him as the team's figurehead or put in place a succession plan as Dhoni continues to lead India in tests, ODIs and the shortest Twenty20 format.

When a much-criticised Dhoni was able to keep his job after the 2011 humblings in England and Australia, the general consensus is that it will be up to the player himself to decide when he steps down or hand the reins over to someone else.

Making matters even worse is the fact that following the retirement of several senior cricketers in the past few years, India do not have a single viable option able to step in and replace Dhoni.

Rising star Virat Kohli was considered a possible alternative but the 25-year-old batsman's woeful form in England means he probably needs time to sort out his own problems before shouldering the extra burden of captaincy.

"He (Dhoni) is only surviving because there's no alternative. Otherwise, yes, it's probably time to rethink on test captaincy and take the burden off him," former chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth told Indian television.

"But who's the next captain? That is the problem. I mean with Virat Kohli's form he is not in contention at all."

India's leading national dailies and social media users have been united in their condemnation of the disastrous test series in England with Dhoni and Fletcher bearing the brunt of the collective anger.


While former captain Sunil Gavaskar bemoaned an apparent lack of fight as 'jelly-like resistance', newspapers opted to instead heap praise on the women's team for showing the men how to win on English soil in their one-off test last week.

It could be argued that it was an impossible task to lift the side during the last three tests in England, but critics often highlighted Dhoni's lack of imagination while leading the team.

He did try to lead by example with the bat, however, notching up the second highest amount of runs by an Indian in the series after opener Murali Vijay but most of the time his resistance came as a last hurrah in an already lost cause.

According to former India captain Sourav Ganguly, considered by many as one of the best to have led the country, Dhoni has to improve his tactical acumen and 'reassess himself' as his overseas captaincy was not up to scratch.

"As much as I believe he should still carry on in spite of the call for his head, he needs a massive improvement in his tactics," Ganguly wrote in a column, published by the Hindustan Times newspaper on Wednesday.

"He needs to be lot more proactive rather than allowing it to drift."

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Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher imageISLAMABAD: Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher in the ODI series against Sri Lanka saying players should play with confidence and courage forgetting the loss of the Test series.

Pakistan will play three ODI matches against Sri Lanka with the first ODI starting from August 23. However Pakistan has lost the two matches test series against Sri Lanka.

Talking to APP, Qadir said the Green-Shirts are one of the dangerous team of the world when it comes to winning games. "Our players need to improve their discipline and should play with commitment and dedication," he said.

Qadir said with the inclusion of Sarfraz Ahmed in the Test squad the batting line-up has improved. "Pakistan has an edge over Sri Lanka when it comes to bowling," he said.

Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas disappointed on the national team's performance in the Test series against Sri Lanka said the main reason for our team's defeat in the series is inconsistency in batting. "In one innings our batsmen score 451 runs and in the next they are bowled out on 180 runs in the first test," he said.

Zaheer said the way our batsmen faced spin bowling was looking as if they didn't know how to play it. "I wasn't expecting such a bad performance from the Pakistan side. The way Pakistan team prepared here in the training camps prior to the tour to Sri Lanka seemed like they would go there and whitewash the Test series but Pakistan team has let us down," he said.

Zaheer while praising Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath said Herath proved to be an excellent bowler in the Test series but I am really shocked that our batsmen could tackle his bowling.

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West Indies part ways with coach Gibson imageST. JOHN'S: The West Indies parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson on Tuesday, just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association" with team manager Richie Richardson stepping in as interim coach.

No reason was given for the departure of Gibson, who had been in charge since 2010 and led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in 2012.

However, West Indies are currently eighth in the Test rankings, the lowest among the established nations, eighth in the one-day rankings and seventh in the Twenty20 rankings.

The Bangladesh series comes as the West Indies build up to the one-day World Cup early next year. Ex-captain Clive Lloyd was named head of a new-look selection panel earlier this month.

"On behalf of the Board and West Indies cricket as a whole we express our gratitude to Ottis for his work," WICB chief executive officer Michael Muirhead said in a statement.

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