Cricket Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.. T20 Cricket, ODI Matches, Test Matches, Cricket Series Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:34:29 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Steyn in South Africa squad for World T20 imageJOHANNESBURG: 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 said in a media release from Cricket South Africa on Wednesday.

"He brings tremendous experience and leadership to the team, not to mention his skills as the outstanding fast bowler of his generation."

The side will be captained by Faf du Plessis, who takes over from test and one-day international skipper AB de Villiers.

Young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who impressed in the test series against England, has earned his place in India while there are also places for batsman Rilee Rossouw and all-rounder David Wiese, who missed South Africa's last series in India late last year through injury.

Aaron Phangiso has also been preferred to Eddie Leie as the second specialist spin bowler.

"The inclusion of Aaron means that we have all our spin bowling options covered with he, Imran Tahir and JP Duminy offering the different varieties. Left-arm spin bowlers tend to play big roles under Indian conditions," Zondi added.

The same squad will do duty in the upcoming series against England and Australia during the course of the next four weeks.

South Africa open their World Twenty20 campaign against England on March 18. They will also play Sri Lanka and West Indies in their pool, along with the top side in the first round group that contains Scotland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David Wiese.

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Pakistan drop Shehzad for Asia Cup, World Twenty20 imageDUBAI: 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 chief selector Haroon Rasheed said the squad was selected after considering the conditions in Asia Cup hosts Bangladesh and India, where the World Twenty20 will be staged.

"While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted by the selectors, and all concerned gave their consent in this regard," Rasheed said.

"The T20 team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A team tours. The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well in both tournaments."

Shehzad's place goes to 29-year-old Khurram Manzoor who had played 16 Tests and seven one-day internationals for Pakistan but has never featured in a Twenty20 game.

He scored 309 runs in Pakistan's Twenty20 tournament with a strike rate of 133 which earned him the place.

Rasheed said it was not as if Shehzad hasn't been given a chance to show his worth.

"We gave Shahezad consistent chances. His confidence level is down after a run of poor form, which happens to players, so why not give a chance to someone else who is in good nick?" said Rasheed.

Left-arm paceman Rumman Raees and left-arm spinning allrounder Mohammad Nawaz were also rewarded for their showings at domestic level.

The 21-year old Nawaz has taken eight wickets in four Pakistan Super League matches in Dubai and showed good form with the bat as well.

Also returned to the squad is lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan, rested for the Twenty20 series in New Zealand, making a four-pronged pace attack with all left-handers, with the sole right arm bowler coming in the shape of medium pacer Anwar Ali.

The Asia Cup will be played from February 24-March 6 followed by the World Twenty20 from March 8-April 3.

Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Rumman Raees

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PCB announces squad for T20 World Cup, Asia Cup imageToday, 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 ‘Quetta Gladiators’ and ‘Islamabad United’ respectively.

However, Test opener Khuram Manzoor as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan approval for the 15 member squad for upcoming ICC World T20 (T20) in India and Asia Cup.

Shahid Afridi will lead the national T20 squad. The T20 Asia Cup is scheduled to be hosted by Bangladesh from February 24 to March 6 followed by the T20 World Cup in India from March 8 to April 3.

However, the final squad for both events is as follow: Shahid Afridi (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Rumman Raees.

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Gul unlikely to feature in T20 WC, Asia Cup imagePakistan’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 up four wickets in as many fixtures. According to local media report, “I’ve been playing domestic cricket regularly and have featured in all PSL matches so far and feeling fully fit too,” he said. “I’m putting in a lot of effort and my rhythm is good too,” added Gul.

The T20 World Cup will be held in India from March 8 to April 3 while the Asia Cup will be staged in Bangladesh from February 24 to March 6. However, South Africa, England, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka are in Group 1, while India, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand are in Group 2.

Gul, who has played 47 Tests and 126 ODIs for Pakistan since making his debut in 2003, recently Gul selected for T20 series against New Zealand after a gap of about ten months.

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De Kock, Amla centuries sink England imageCENTURION: 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 made the target look easy as they put on 239 for the first wicket.

De Kock in particular was in majestic form as he made 135 off 117 balls, with 16 fours and four sixes before he hit leg-spinner Adil Rashid, England's best bowler, to Root at mid-off.

Amla went on to make 127 before flashing at a wide ball from Chris Jordan to be caught behind with just eight runs needed.

South Africa won with 22 balls to spare. England lead the five-match series 2-1, with matches in Johannesburg and Cape Town to come.

South African captain AB de Villiers praised an "unbelievable" effort by De Kock and Amla but said he was always confident South Africa could win.

"We were up for it today," said De Villiers.

"There was urgency in the field and a bit of hunger. I would have bowled first. Quite a few of us come from here and we know it is difficult to defend here at night."

Root made his 125 off 113 balls with ten fours and five sixes, scarcely playing a false stroke.

He shared a second wicket partnership of 125 with Alex Hales, who made 65 off 73 balls, and 82 for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes, who slammed 53 off 37 balls.

A mix-up with Stokes caused Root to be run out and South Africa came back into the match by taking another three wickets, including that of Stokes, in quick succession.

David Willey and Adil Rashid scored 27 runs off the last 15 balls of the innings as England finished strongly

With lightning flashing around the ground early in the South African innings, De Kock and Amla were soon ahead of the required run rate should play have been stopped. But the weather cleared and they batted on serenely.

De Kock, at the age of 23, became the youngest player to score ten one-day international centuries, reaching the mark off 96 balls, while Amla scored his 22nd one-day hundred off 109 deliveries.

Morgan paid tribute to "an incredible opening partnership" by the South African pair but added: "We didn't string together enough balls in the right areas to put pressure on them."

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De Kock, Amla centuries help South Africa sink England imagePRETORIA: Centuries from openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla guided South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over England on Tuesday that kept alive their hopes of winning the five-match series of one-day internationals.

Joe Root made a sparkling 125 as England, after winning the toss and electing to bat, piled up 318 for eight in 50 overs.

De Kock (135) and Amla (127) then amassed 239 for the first wicket to lay the platform before South Africa reached the target with 22 balls to spare to cut their series deficit to 2-1.

England, seeking to become the first touring team to win a test and ODI series in South Africa for 14 years, now bid to clinch overall victory in Johannesburg on Friday.

De Kock, 23, was particularly brutal as he became the youngest player to record 10 ODI hundreds. He also made an unbeaten ton in the first game in Bloemfontein.

Amla cut and pulled his way to a 22nd ODI century, and third in a row at Centurion Park.

Earlier, Root eased to his seventh ODI century with a masterful display of power and placement, hitting 10 fours and five sixes.

Root added 125 for the second wicket with opener Alex Hales (65) and 82 for the fifth with Ben Stokes (53) before being run out following a calamitous mix-up with the latter.

Paceman Kyle Abbott took two for 50 and was the only South African bowler to keep his economy rate under six an over.

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Sri Lanka stun India by five wickets in first T20 imagePUNE: Debutant Kasun Rajitha picked up three crucial wickets to help a depleted Sri Lanka stun the top-ranked Indians by clinching a five-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international in Pune Tuesday.

Belying their status as underdogs, the inexperienced Sri Lankan pace attack skittled out their hosts for a paltry 101 in 18.5 overs, India's third lowest score in T20 cricket.

After Rajitha took the wickets of India's first three batsman, Dasun Shanaka bagged three other top order scalps on a bouncy wicket in Pune, helped by some poor selection by the hosts.

Sri Lanka made hard work at times of meeting their target, losing five wickets during the chase, but the Dinesh Chandimal-led side eventually eased home with two overs to spare.

Regular T20 skipper Lasith Malinga, Test captain Angelo Mathews and premier spinner Rangana Herath have all stayed at home as they try to shake off niggles before Sri Lanka begin their defence of the Asia Cup later this month and then return to India for the World T20.

But their stand-ins soon showed they would not be overwhelmed by a capacity crowd at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

The 22-year-old Rajitha made his presence felt right away with a double strike in his first over in international cricket. In-form Rohit Sharma was the first to go, caught by Dushmantha Chameera off only the second delivery and Ajinkya Rahane (4) followed soon after.

Rajitha nearly got his third wicket in his next over, only to see Danushka Gunathilaka spill a sitter at third man to give Suresh Raina a life. His disappointment was short-lived as Shikhar Dhawan was caught by Gunathilaka for just nine.

Raina made little use of his reprieve and he was cleaned up by Shanaka in the ninth over for 20 as the wickets tumbled with alarming regularity.

"They (Rajitha and Shanaka) were exceptional. They hit the right length from the start," said batsman Chamara Kapugedra, one of the Sri Lanka side's few old hands.

"We always knew we were the underdogs but knew if we played to our full potential we had a chance," he told the Star Sports television network.

India should have been full of confidence after their recent 3-0 T20 away series win over Australia, which secured their place at the top of the rankings but none of their batsmen showed any kind of form.

- Poor shot selection -

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made just two before being caught behind off Shanaka, admitted that the team had failed to adapt to the conditions and some of their shots had been rash.

"It was a lot different to what we faced in Australia. After the game, we will talk about the shot selection," said Dhoni.

After Dhoni's dismissal, the big-hitting left-hander Yuvraj Singh (10) was the next to go when Chameera had him caught and bowled in the tenth over.

A cameo of 31 by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin enabled India to edge past the three-figure mark but it was never likely to be enough.

Indian pace spearhead Ashish Nehra gave the fans something to cheer about with the early wickets of openers Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella.

But, showing much more application than their hosts, Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedera then compiled a 39-run third wicket stand that effectively put the outcome beyond doubt.

After their partnership was broken, Milinda Siriwardana also weighed in with an unbeaten 21 to give the visitors a dream start to the series.

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Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in 1st T20 imagePUNE: A depleted Sri Lankan side stunned India by beating the world number one ranked team by five wickets in the first Twenty20 international in Pune on Tuesday.

Debutant medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka shared three wickets each to skittle out India for 101 in 18.5 overs, one of the host's lowest score in T20 cricket.

Skipper Dinesh Chandimal then top-scored with a gutsy 35 to help the islanders reach their target with two overs to spare, giving them a surprise lead at the start of the three-match series.

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Sharjah pitches to help batsmen making big scores: Sarfraz Ahmad

imageISLAMABAD: The skipper of the Quetta Gladiators Sarfraz Ahmad termed the defeat against the Lahore Qaladars as "one bad day" in cricket.

"This is a wake-up call for our team," Sarfraz Ahmad believes Sharjah Cricket Stadium and the atmosphere will once again bring the best out of his team.

"The wicket was different and the pitch looked improved, I think the coming games will produce bigger scores."

"Sharjah will be better, the ground is small and people come in large numbers -it is a small ground, but you have to hit sixes to win matches," Gulf News reported.

"To win matches the top four should score runs in T20. Our bowlers were also winning us matches but they can have one bad day.

Pressure is always there, and a low target is often tricky.

We chased this time a target of around 200 but couldn't reach it.

We will learn from it and play it match by match," Sarfraz added.

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]]> (Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui) Cricket Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:26:00 +0000
Root century boosts England imageCENTURION: Joe Root hit an assured century as England went in search of a series-clinching win in the third one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Tuesday.

England, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, made 318 for eight after winning the toss.

Root made a career-best 125 off 113 balls with ten fours and five sixes, scarcely playing a false stroke.

Root shared a second wicket partnership of 125 with Alex Hales, who made 65 off 73 balls and 82 for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes, who slammed 53 off 37 balls.

A mix-up with Stokes caused Root to be run out and South Africa came back into the match by taking another three wickets, including that of Stokes, in quick succession.

But David Willey and Adil Rashid scored 27 runs off the last 15 balls of the innings as England finished strongly.

Hales and Root, who put on 97 for the second wicket in England?s win in the second match in Port Elizabeth, again played England into a strong position

Hales hooked Kagiso Rabada to Morne Morkel on the fine leg boundary.

The in-form and quick-scoring Jos Buttler was promoted to number four but was out first ball, flicking Rabada to JP Duminy at leg gully.

The momentum of the innings slowed as England captain Eoin Morgan struggled to find his timing, labouring to eight off 24 balls before he was caught at midwicket off all-rounder David Wiese, who had been selected in place of batsman Rilee Rossouw.

But Root continued to bat with controlled skill, reaching his seventh one-day international off 95 balls.

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]]> (Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui) Cricket Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:12:33 +0000
Umar Akmal believes PSL help to perform in Int'l cricket imageISLAMABAD: Lahore Qalandars star batsman Umar Akmal believes that Pakistan Super League will help him perform well in the Twenty20 format.

"PSL is a good step and we hope it will help us in international cricket," said Umar.

Umar scored a blistering 93-run knock off just 40 balls against Quetta Gladiators.

When asked if he was disappointed on missing out on his century, Umar said: "I am not at all sad because this is a big score and had I scored it, it would have been the first in the PSL and my name would have been among the top international cricketers. All credit to Ahmad Shehzad who had scored a century in all formats."

Umar, who bagged the Man of the Match award, explained how the team overcame the setback of Gayle's injury. "Gayle is a big name all over the world, but we are not depending on him alone. We are a team and even if he was not there we needed to tell the world that without him we can win. So it's a good sign that we won and when he comes back it will be more threatening for other teams," said Umar while talking to private media.

"All credit goes to our team management; they were free and relaxed even after two defeats and they gave us confidence and belief. They told us that we can win and that belief we applied in the match. Our aim is to win the PSL by giving hundred per cent," added Umar.

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