Cricket Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.. Cricket Matches Live, cricket score, ODI Teams, Test Matches, Current cricket Updates. http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket.html Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:55:44 +0000 SRA Framework 2.0 en-gb Sri Lanka make bright start in decider http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247469-sri-lanka-make-bright-start-in-decider.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247469-sri-lanka-make-bright-start-in-decider.html imagePALLEKELE: Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga provided Sri Lanka an aggressive start on the opening day of the decisive third and final Test against Pakistan in Pallekele on Friday.

The left-handed pair put on 70 for the second wicket as Sri Lanka, sent in to bat by Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq, recovered from an early setback to end the morning session at 85 for one in 26 overs.

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 34 and Tharanga, who replaced Kumar Sangakkara for the match, was on 39 at the break. Both batsmen hit five boundaries each.

Pakistan won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka responded with a seven-wicket victory in the second match in Colombo.

Pakistan secured an early break with the wicket of Kaushal Silva, who had scored 125 in the first Test and 80 in the second.

Silva made nine when he was caught behind off left-arm seamer Rahat Ali, who was picked alongside Ehsan Ali and Imran Khan in a new-look pace attack by the tourists.

As the early moisture on the pitch dried out under a hot sun, conditions became favourable for batsmen on the evenly paced wicket.

Rahat proved the most expensive of the four bowlers used by Pakistan, conceding 41 runs in his nine overs.

Both sides reshuffled their packs with four changes each in a bid to break the 1-1 series deadlock.

Besides the three seamers who came in, Pakistan also brought in left-hand batsman Shan Masood.

Two of those changes were forced as pace spearhead Wahab Riaz was sidelined with a fractured hand, and Mohammad Hafeez was not available since he has to be tested after being reported for a suspect action in the first Test.

Left-arm seamer Junaid Khan and spinner Zulfiqar Babar were dropped.

With Sangakkara opting out of the decider and batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage showing poor form, Sri Lanka recalled two left-handers in Tharanga and 34-year-old Jehan Mubarak.

Mubarak played the last of his 10 Tests in December, 2007 -- before any of his current teammates had made their debut.

The hosts also left out veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and injured fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera to play seamers Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep. Dhammika Prasad leads the three-man pace attack.

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parvezjabri@yahoo.com (Parvez Jabri) Cricket Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:35:44 +0000
Sri Lanka 85-1 in third Pakistan Test http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247448-sri-lanka-85-1-in-third-pakistan-test.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247448-sri-lanka-85-1-in-third-pakistan-test.html imagePALLEKELE: Sri Lanka, sent in to bat, were 85 for one in their first innings at lunch on the opening day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Pallekele on Friday.

Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 34 and Upul Tharanga was on 39, the pair having put on 70 for the second wicket after Kaushal Silva was dismissed for nine.

The series is tied at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka took the second in Colombo by seven wickets.

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parvezjabri@yahoo.com (Parvez Jabri) Cricket Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:50:03 +0000
Pakistan bowl first in Sri Lanka decider http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247447-pakistan-bowl-first-in-sri-lanka-decider.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247447-pakistan-bowl-first-in-sri-lanka-decider.html imagePALLEKELE: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in the decisive third and final Test in Pallekele on Friday.

Both sides made four changes each in a bid to break the 1-1 deadlock.

Pakistan went in with a fresh three-man seam attack in Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil and Imran Khan, and also brought in batsman Shan Masood.

Pace spearhead Wahab Riaz has been sidelined with a fractured hand, while Mohammad Hafeez is not available since he needs to undergo mandatory tests after being reported for a suspect action in the first Test.

Left-arm seamer Junaid Khan and spinner Zulfiqar Babar were dropped.

Sri Lanka will take the field without batting great Kumar Sangakkara, who had committed himself to playing just two Tests against Pakistan and two more against India in August before retiring.

Sangakkara was replaced by another left-hander, Upul Tharanga, while batsman Jehan Mubarak came in for Kithuruwan Vithanage in the middle-order.

The hosts also left out veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and injured fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera to play seamers Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep. Dhammika Prasad leads the three-man pace attack.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Jehan Mubarak, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal.

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)

TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi (IND)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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asfiaafzal@gmail.com (Asfia Afzal) Cricket Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:10:14 +0000
Pakistan, Sri Lanka reshuffle pack for decider http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247394-pakistan-sri-lanka-reshuffle-pack-for-decider.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247394-pakistan-sri-lanka-reshuffle-pack-for-decider.html imagePALLEKELE: Pakistan and Sri Lanka will ring in several changes, most of them forced on them, in a bid to win the decisive third and final Test starting in Pallekele on Friday.

Both sides are pulling out all the stops to break the 1-1 deadlock after Pakistan won the first Test by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka responded with a seven-wicket victory in the second.

For the first time in 15 years since Kumar Sangakkara's debut in July 2000, Sri Lanka will go into a Test without either him or the retired Mahela Jayawardene in the ranks.

Sangakkara, Test cricket's leading current run-getter, committed himself to playing just two Tests against Pakistan and two more against India in August before retiring.

Sangakkara, who has 12,305 runs from 132 Tests, will be replaced at his pivotal number three position by another left-hander Upul Tharanga, 30, who played the last of his 19 Tests a year ago.

"It's a strange experience to be without Mahela and Sanga, but we have some good young players who are ready to step in," vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne told reporters on Thursday.

"Upul has been around for a long time and understands the demands of Test cricket."

Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, who suffered a side strain on his debut in the second Test in Colombo, will undergo a fitness test before he is picked for the crucial match.

"Chameera is 50-50 for the Test," said Thirimanne. "It is not yet certain if he will play."

Sri Lanka are planning a three-man pace attack, instead of two as in the previous Tests, on a greenish Pallekele stadium pitch that should favour seam movement on the opening day.

"It's a good wicket for batting, but it does help the fast bowlers at the start," said Thirimanne. "We may play three seamers and just one spinner."

Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who managed to take just two wickets in the first two Tests, is likely to be dropped, leaving young off-break bowler Tharindu Kaushal as the chief spin option.

If Chameera is unfit, seamer Suranga Lakmal will make his first appearance in the series to share the new ball with Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep.

Pakistan are forced to make two changes, with pace spearhead Wahab Riaz ruled out because of injury and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez not available since he has to undergo mandatory tests after being reported for a suspect action in the first Test.

"At least we have 11 players to pick from," skipper Misbah-ul Haq said on Thursday. "We have a lot of options and each one of them is focused on doing well for the country."

Left-hand batsman Shan Masood is likely to replace Hafeez at the top of the order and left-arm seamer Rahat Ali could come in for Wahab, but Misbah indicated the team had not been finalised.

"We will field a combination that is good enough to win the match," he said. "With Jayawardene and Sangakkara not there, this is our best chance to beat Sri Lanka."

Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.

Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Kithruwan Vithanage, Jehan Mubarak, Kusal Perera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal.

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s.rs96@yahoo.com (Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui) Cricket Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:07:39 +0000
Pakistan capable of winning Test series despite issues: Mohsin http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247370-pakistan-capable-of-winning-test-series-despite-issues-mohsin.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247370-pakistan-capable-of-winning-test-series-despite-issues-mohsin.html imageKARACHI: Former chief coach Mohsin Khan is confident that Pakistan is capable of winning the 3-Test match series against Sri Lanka despite some chronic problems.

"Though we are facing problems without our trump fast bowler Wahab Riaz and Hafeez's suspect bowling action. But we have played fighting cricket on the tour so far," he told APP in an interview here on Thursday.

The series deciding third and final cricket starts in Pallekele International Stadium from Friday.

However, Pakistan will be without injured Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Hafeez, who is flying to Chennai to undergo test of his suspect bowling action.

"Pakistan team is bunch of good cricketers. But most of our problems are lack of players handling and technical issues are all ourself created," the former opening batsman, said.

Mohsin Khan said too much bowling pressure on Wahab Riaz brought his downfall while left arm paceman Junaid Khan is not properly boosted or handled after coming back from injury.

"Junaid is super fiery bowler.But our supporting staff and team management was unable to motivate and boost him to return to his top form,"he said.

Junaid,he said was lacking killers instinct despite bowling well at times.

He complimented leg-spinner Yasir Shah for his excellent bowling which helped Pakistan to win the first Test in Galle.

He negated the impressions that Sri Lanka may be preparing lively track after consistent success of Yasir Shah to nullify his bowling.

Mohsin said Pakistan came back strongly to win the first Test and went down in the second after were being dismissed for 138.

"Bad batting cost us dearly inspite of team's great fight back in the second innings with Azhar hitting a century," he mentioned.

He said lack of planning, fitness and technical issues are self created because of lack of proper placement of players and their use.

Mohsin said if Pakistan will be missing Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Hafeez, Sri Lanka will be without Kumar Sangakkara to even the balance.

Experience wise Pakistan got the better outfit with better brand of batting.

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parvezjabri@yahoo.com (Parvez Jabri) Cricket Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:02:25 +0000
Hafeez to miss 3rd Test in Pallekele http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247366-hafeez-to-miss-3rd-test-in-pallekele.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247366-hafeez-to-miss-3rd-test-in-pallekele.html imageKARACHI: Mohammad Hafeez will miss the third Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele to undergo a test on his bowling action, a cricket website reported on Thursday.

The offspinner was granted an Indian visa on Wednesday afternoon, and the ICC is expected to confirm a date for the test on Thursday.

The PCB had earlier requested the ICC for an extension to the July 4 deadline for the test, on the grounds that Hafeez had not yet been granted an Indian visa to travel to the accredited testing centre in Chennai.

Hafeez was reported for a suspect action after the first Test in Galle.According to ICC regulations, he is allowed to bowl until the results of the tests are out and he bowled 14 overs in the second Test in Colombo, which Pakistan lost by seven wickets.

Hafeez travelled to Pallekele, the venue for the third Test from July 3, to join the squad, but will now travel to Colombo before leaving the country for the test.

Hafeez was reported on June 21 and according to ICC regulations he needed to appear for testing within 14 days.He faces a one-year suspension from bowling if his elbow flex is found to be over the permissible 15-degree limit because it would be the second time his action was declared illegal in the last two years.

Hafeez had also been reported in November last year and then banned from bowling in December because he was found to have an elbow extension as high as 31 degrees.After a delay due to injury, Hafeez was cleared to bowl only this April following tests in Chennai.

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parvezjabri@yahoo.com (Parvez Jabri) Cricket Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:48:57 +0000
Hafeez Gets an Indian Visa http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247354-hafeez-gets-an-indian-visa.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247354-hafeez-gets-an-indian-visa.html imageAfter so many hurdles, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has finally been issued Indian visa on Wednesday as per Pakistan Cricket Board’s official request.

Hafeez, who is to undergo a test on his bowling action at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai, got the Indian visa on Wednesday afternoon. The ICC had earlier turned down PCB's request to extend the deadline of his test, media reported.

According to local media reports, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to extend the deadline of July 4. If Hafeez fails to clear the test, he would be facing a 12-month ban from bowling in international cricket.

Hafeez, who had joined the team in Pallekelle for the practice sessions, will now be missing third Test as he is to fly to Chennai for his bowling action test.

Hafeez, a Pakistani all-rounder who bowls off-spin, was reported by match officials for an illegal bowling action for the second time within a year during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. He was also earlier reported for a suspect bowling action against New Zealand last year in the UAE.

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madiha786ahmed@hotmail.com (Madiha Shakeel) Cricket Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:34:34 +0000
Haddin won't back down in Ashes war of words http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247287-haddin-wont-back-down-in-ashes-war-of-words.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247287-haddin-wont-back-down-in-ashes-war-of-words.html imageLONDON: Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has insisted there will be no changes in his on-field approach despite calls for an end to 'sledging' during the upcoming Ashes series against England.

Ahead of next week's first Test in Cardiff, England paceman James Anderson has contrasted the sporting atmosphere which prevailed during his side's recent series with New Zealand to the bitterness of the last Ashes campaign, which Australia won 5-0 on home soil in 2013/14, and urged an end to 'sledging' or verbal abuse of opposition players on the field.

But Haddin, much criticised for the way in which he gave departing New Zealand batsmen 'send-offs' during Australia's World Cup final victory in Melbourne in March, was quick to point out that Anderson himself had not been shy of dishing out the 'verbals' during previous Ashes campaigns.

"They start half of it! What about Jimmy Anderson? He has called for peace hasn't he? He better look at himself in the mirror," said Haddin in the build-up to Australia's four-day tour match against Essex in Chelmsford starting Wednesday.

"I have never played in an Ashes campaign where things have got out of hand, this one will be no different," said the 37-year-old Haddin, a veteran of 65 Tests.

"The tradition of the urn deserves that, to play the brand of cricket we play, and England play. We have not won (an Ashes series) here (England) for 14 years now.

"The Ashes will be played in the great spirit (they) always have (been), but it will be contested."

Haddin also said thought of Australia adopting the approach of New Zealand, who have long since abandoned 'sledging', was a non-starter.

"We are not New Zealand. We won the World Cup final. We will play the way we play, which works for us, and if you like it, you like it," he said.

The forthcoming five-Test series will be England's first under Australian coach Trevor Bayliss, someone Haddin knows well from their time together at New South Wales and in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Sixers.

Haddin believes Bayliss will do a good job for England, just as he did while coaching Sri Lanka from 2007-2011.

"Trevor has had a massive influence on my career. It first started as captain as New South Wales, he gave me the chance to do that," said Haddin.

"He is a great person and takes a lot of the anxiety out of the changing room and gets cricketers enjoying the game, will never rant and rave, is pretty even tempered.

"He is a really good appointment, and the bottom line with Trevor is he is a good man."

Meanwhile Haddin said he had no qualms about one of his compatriots being in charge of the 'old enemy'.

"No, I could not care less," he said.

"Trevor is a career coach, he has had some wonderful success with Sri Lanka and New South Wales, everywhere he has been. That is no different to players who want to test themselves at the highest level.

"I called him to congratulate him on his role and said 'I will talk to you after the fifth Test'."

Haddin added: "Ashes campaigns are totally different beasts to any other cricket, but no matter what has happened on the pitch with the result, at the end of the fifth Test, the doors of both changing rooms have been opened, and that has happened ever since I have been involved.

"We will all share a beer with him and maybe he might buy one now he has some pounds."

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s.rs96@yahoo.com (Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui) Cricket Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:44 +0000
Misbah, Younis Should Step Back For Good? http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247261-misbah-younis-should-step-back-for-good.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247261-misbah-younis-should-step-back-for-good.html imageFormer Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal broke his silence on cricketing matters and has advised senior batsmen Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq to call it a day and pave the way for youngsters to be groomed in the national team after it lost the second cricket Test to Sri Lanka in Colombo.

According to local media reports Iqbal said, “I think we need to stop trying to find excuses for every defeat we suffer. Cricket has changed and it is a young man’s game now. I think the seniors must now step down and allow younger players a chance to establish themselves in international cricket”.

“I don’t want to sound unkind to these two as they have done a lot and Younis by playing 100 Tests with an average of 53 has proven himself to be a world class performer. But I think now it is time for Pakistan cricket to think about future and change its mind set on how to play cricket,” Iqbal added.

While Younis and Misbah had given a lot to Pakistan cricket but now it was time for the duo to move on. He pointed out that even Kumar Sangakkara had taken the decision to retire from Tests despite being a bit younger than Younis.

The former captain Asif Iqbal has played 58 Tests and 440 first class matches for Pakistan.

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madiha786ahmed@hotmail.com (Madiha Shakeel) Cricket Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:59:39 +0000
Younis Khan Talks About His Retirement Plan http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247251-younis-khan-talks-about-his-retirement-plan.html http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cricket/247251-younis-khan-talks-about-his-retirement-plan.html imageThe Colombo Test was Younis Khan’s 100th Test, a landmark that only four Pakistan players before him have achieved. Though personally the match was not successful for Younis but after his 100 Test match he has been placed at the top among Pakistan batsmen at that point of careers.

Before playing his 100th test match Pakistani batsman said in an interview that he wants to achieve a lot more than this and have certain goals in his life which he wants to fulfill before quitting his cricketing career.

He said, “I believe I still have a lot to achieve and there is a lot to do in life. But I managed to get to 100 Tests, which is a big honour. A country like Pakistan, where the number of matches is fewer compared to other parts of the world, even Javed Miandad took about 18 years to play 124. For me it has taken 15 years to get to 100,” espncricinfo reported.

While talking about his retirement plans, he added, “It’s very near and obviously I will call off my career with grace. I will walk away myself, but I still have some goals in my mind and I am close to achieving those goals as well. I can't share that goal at this point, but you will know very soon”.

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asfiaafzal@gmail.com (Asfia Afzal) Cricket Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:01:56 +0000