CricketStay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.., 21 Sep 2014 22:03:53 +0000SRA Framework 2.0en-gbHafeez backs Afridi as T20 captain Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has come out in support of the appointment of Shahid Afridi as the national T20 captain. The former national T20 captain, who is presently leading the Lahore Lions team in the Champions League in India, said he had no regrets over the appointment of Afridi.

"When I decided to step down as the national T20 captain this year I took the decision after much thought and I don't regret that decision at all", Hafeez was quoted as saying by the website www.cricketcountry on Sunday.

"I am happy for Afridi and it will be my endeavor that as senior players I would like to work with him to see Pakistan do well in the coming matches", he said.

Hafeez said he was happy to see that the Pakistan Cricket Board had appointed Afridi as captain until the World T20 in India. "I never thought about the captaincy when the board was to announce the new captain. What I am happy about is that they have given Afridi a proper term as captain".

"I am sure with his vast experience the two years that he has he will build a strong team for the World T20. He is a aggressive player and can get the players to push themselves", he added.

Hafeez said if Pakistan cricket was to move forward it was important to have continuity and stability in the team and in key positions. "I believe that a captain and coach should be given proper time to do what they want to get the team to perform well and achieve the required results".

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketSun, 21 Sep 2014 14:24:08 +0000
Watson out of Pakistan Test series with injury Australia all-rounder Shane Watson was Sunday ruled out of next month's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a calf injury.

The injury-prone Watson was recovering from an ankle he sprained in training which forced him out of last month's tri one-day series in Zimbabwe when he suffered complications.

"While Shane has made steady progress with his rehabilitation he has suffered a setback, experiencing some right calf soreness," national team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

"As Shane has previously had similar calf injuries, we plan to hold back his return to running and bowling for approximately 7-10 days.

"The injury will mean that his preparation for the UAE tour will be considerably affected and he would have been unavailable for the T20 and ODI part of the tour and significantly limit his bowling preparation for the Test matches."

Watson's injury gives Mitchell Marsh a chance to make his Test debut against Pakistan on October 22.

Kane Richardson has taken Watson's place in Australia's Twenty20 and one-day squads, while swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus has been drafted into the Test line-up.

"The selectors have opted for another pace option in Ben as we feel we have enough cover in the allrounder position," chief selector Rod Marsh said in a statement.

"Shane has done everything he can to get up for this tour and left no doubt in our minds that he wanted to push through," Marsh said.

"Had the decision been left to Shane, he would be on the plane to Dubai. However as selectors we have taken a conservative approach to ensure he has the best chance of being fit for the big (domestic) summer ahead."

Watson's objective will be to return for the home limited-overs series against South Africa in November.

"I've been here before and know what I need to do to get back to full fitness. That means remaining positive and working hard," Watson said.

Watson has overcome a series of injuries in his career, but played all 10 matches in last year's back-to-back Ashes series against England.

It was a calf issue in South Africa that stopped that run, forcing him to miss the first two Tests against the Proteas in February.

Pakistan have been forced to play their home series at neutral venues, such as the UAE, since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

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]]> (Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui)CricketSun, 21 Sep 2014 08:07:02 +0000
Trott denies Johnson caused Ashes exit England batsman Jonathan Trott insisted Saturday that Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was not responsible for his early exit from England's Ashes tour as he criticised Michael Vaughan's reaction to his health problems.

When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the first Test in Brisbane, England officials said he was suffering from a "stress-related illness".

However, South Africa-born batsman Trott later told Sky television he'd been "burnt out" but was not depressed.

That prompted Vaughan, England captain from 2003-2008, to write in his Daily Telegraph column in March that he felt "conned" because he thought Trott's comments in the interview were a sign he'd been struggling for cricketing reasons, not mental health ones.

However, in an interview with Saturday's Daily Mail, Trott said: "A lot of people said it was Mitchell Johnson but it really wasn't. It was what was going on with me; self-inflicted really.

"Give him (Johnson) credit. He bowled really well in the one-day series and Tests...I've actually had a few centuries against Johnson, so I wouldn't say it's a technique issue.

"But without digging deeper and finding out what's going on, that's what people focus on," added Trott, who in 49 Tests has scored 3,763 runs including nine hundreds at an average of 46.75.

Trott, 33, has not played for England since the Brisbane match although he subsequently returned to county duty with Warwickshire, although a recurrence of the illness in April led to another break from cricket.

But since coming back again with the Midlands county in June, Trott has been in fine form for Warwickshire with four centuries -- two each in the County Championship and the 50-over One Day Cup.

After his second break from cricket, Vaughan wished Trott a speedy recovery but the way in which he initially responded had left its mark.

"There were a few people who had a go at me and I suppose it gives a true reflection of their personality," Trott said.

"I guess there will always be people who don't like you...But it was quite hard to take, from someone who had played in the England team. That's the measure of the person you are dealing with I suppose."

Reflecting on his state of mind when he first took time out, Trott said: "I wasn't sure if I wanted to play cricket any more. It became a relief to be away from it."

But Trott said a "last throw of the dice" visit to renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who has worked with five-times world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, Liverpool Football Club and the British cycling team restored his self-belief.

"I'd found someone who understood me," Trott said. "Someone I could speak to. I called Abi (Trott's wife) and I just said 'I'll be fine now'."

As for his current state of mind, Trott said: "I'm just enjoying playing for Warwickshire right now and if I get the chance to play for England again, great."

But he added it was harder to convince people of a recovery in his case. "I guess people are a bit more wary than if it was an (physical) injury...There is less evidence to, I suppose, to prove I am better."

Unfortunately for Trott, he was lbw for just two to former England team-mate Paul Collingwood while batting for Warwickshire against Durham in the One-Day Cup final at Lord's on Saturday.

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketSat, 20 Sep 2014 15:30:13 +0000
PCB has no option but to appoint Misbah as captain till 2015 World Cup: Ijaz Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had no options but to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as captain till 2015 World Cup, former board Chairman Ijaz Butt said.

"Misbah was only available choice for PCB and it was okay in current circumstances," he told a group of reporters at Bangkok Airport during his stopover on Thursday, reports Ehsan Qureshi.

He expressed the hope Misbah would now be fully focused for the series against Australia and New Zealand in United Arab Emirates before heading for the World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February/March2015.

He however said Shahid Afridi's appointment as the Twenty20 for two years was not wise because of fitness challenges for such a long time.

He defended his sacking of foreign coach Geoff Lawson of Australia and said that Pakistan team never needed outside coaches. He said appointing Dav Whatmore was also a mistake of the PCB.

Ijaz Butt favoured the appointment of Waqar Younis as Pakistan team coach for the second time.

"Pakistan coaches know their players and their psyche and that could be more benefitting as compared to foreigners," he remarked.

He said that Pakistan coaches are loyal to their own country as compared to foreign coaches.

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]]> (Parvez Jabri)CricketFri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:49 +0000
Pakistan, BD directly placed in QF of Asian Games women cricket Defending Champion Pakistan and runners-up Bangladesh are directly placed in the quarter-finals of XVII Asian Games Women Twenty20 Cricket Championship, according to schedule provided in the official media guide of the games.

Sana Mir's team had won the gold medal at Guangzhou in China in 2010 by beating Bangladesh in the final by 10 wickets thanks to a brilliant all-round show by Nida Dar.

27-year-old from Gujranwala, Nida, who is here with the team won the man of the match awarded by taking three wickets for 16 with his off-breaks and smashed an unbeaten 51 in 47 balls to steal the limelight.

With India opting out of the men and women cricket event of the Asiad, Pakistan got bright chances to retain their crown in presence of Bangladesh and Sri Lankan teams.

Pakistan will take on top team of group "D" in the quarterfinals while Bangladesh clash with group "D" number two team on Sept 24 at Yeonhui Cricket Ground.

China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal and Hong Kong teams are also taking part in the women competition.

In absence of India and Pakistan teams from the men championship, defending champion Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh favourites to reach the final.

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]]> (Parvez Jabri)CricketFri, 19 Sep 2014 11:18:46 +0000
Ganguly wants revival of Indo-Pak matches Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Indo- Pak matches are bigger than the Ashes hoping that peace prevails and the bilateral matches between both countries can be played again creating more wonderful memories.

Ganguly said both Pakistan and India have produced some great players in the past and continue to do so but we are friends who are fighting on the field to win cricket matches.

"The absence of Indo-Pak games at international level is hurting the game and I hope these issues get sorted out as soon as possible and the two great sporting rivals can recommence their rivalry," Ganguly told

Speaking about his special memories in encounters against with Pakistan, Ganguly said his best memory was going to Pakistan in 2004.

"We went to Pakistan after many years and won the Test and ODI series. That really was a fantastic tour and we really enjoyed visiting and discovering Pakistan," he said.

Ganguly said they enjoyed the red-carpet welcome and the hospitality from everyone. "I was just talking to Wasim Akram the other day about this tour and discussing how fabulous it was touring Pakistan," Ganguly said.

Talking about Pakistan's recent loss to Sri Lanka, Ganguly said he is surprised as Pakistan has always produced good talent. "During my playing career, I played against some high class cricketers such as Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf along with some other top class players such as Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq," he said.

Ganguly said Pakistan has always produced top class players and to see them not producing similar class of players at the present moment is really disheartening and puzzling.

"This is just a phase that every country goes through where players struggle but Pakistan will get back again soon," he said.

Commenting on the Pakistani batsmen, Ganguly said he hopes with the level of interest the green-shirts have in the game, they will start producing quality players once again.

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]]> (Parvez Jabri)CricketFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:41:35 +0000
Miandad says Ajmal not essential to WC hopes Batting legend Javed Miandad said Thursday Pakistan could still win next year's World Cup even if star spinner Saeed Ajmal remained suspended due to a chucking ban.

Ajmal, the world's leading one-day bowler, was suspended last week after tests found his action vastly exceeded the permitted 15 degrees of straightening.

The ban has dented Pakistan's hopes of adding to its solitary World Cup win when the tournament is held in Australia and New Zealand next February to March.

"We have won the title and that's history so we can win the title again if our players play to their potential," said Miandad, who is regarded as the best batsman Pakistan has produced and played a vital role in their last World Cup triumph 22 years ago in Australia.

He stressed that the team was not all about Ajmal, who is ranked the world's best one day bowler by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"We should not depend on one player," he said of the offspinner. "Don't think of a player who is not there, and others should fulfil their responsibilities."

After undertaking remedial work, Ajmal can apply to the ICC for another reassessment of his action and if cleared he can resume bowling at international level.

Pakistan play their first World Cup match against defending champions India at Adelaide on February 15.

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketThu, 18 Sep 2014 14:41:57 +0000
Afridi urges player to come together for ICC World Cup 2015 Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi urged his team-mates to back one another if they were to win the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and end the country's 23-year long wait for the coveted trophy for the second time, Cricket reported.

Afridi, who has been re-appointed the T20 captain, said he was 12 when Pakistan were last crowned World Champions in 1992.

"I can vividly remember that it was the holy month of Ramazan and the entire nation was behind the team. People were praying for Pakistan's success while offering their daily prayers," Afridi said.

"The forthcoming World Cup could be my last in the 50-over format. We need to back each other because it is not the trophy that matters but we want to make our countrymen happy once again after so many disappointments," he said.

Former captain and coach Intikhab Alam, manager of the World Cup winning 1992 team and at present Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) director of domestic cricket, said the never-say-die attitude contributed to Pakistan's grand victory.

"We never let ourselves down even after we mustered three points after five matches. I can recall that every time we got together for team meetings, I always stressed on the team not giving up. This was my philosophy of achieving success in life," the former Pakistan skipper said at the ceremony.

A spectacular display of fireworks took place after the trophy was unveiled following its arrival from Lahore where it reached Karachi Tuesday after visits to Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:48:31 +0000
Pakistan focused on ICC World Cup 2015 preparations The ICC World Cup 2015 trophy made its first public appearance in Pakistan at the iconic Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore as part of its global tour.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq received the prestigious trophy at the Minar-e-Pakistan and said, "The ICC Cricket World Cup is the biggest global tournament for a professional cricketer, Cricket country report.

All teams are gearing up for this event and all our strategies are building up to prepare ourselves for the challenge."

Pakistan had won the title in Melbourne in 1992 and Misbah said, "The Pakistan team's victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 in Australia and New Zealand is still the most special sporting achievement in the minds of our cricketers and all cricket fans in Pakistan.

As the event is returning to Australia and New Zealand, the level of expectation from us will be quite high. The whole team is focused on building our skill levels to face the most difficult challenge in world cricket and with the determination of the players and the backing of the millions of Pakistani fans, we hope to once again bring the thunder down under and rule the world."

The trophy then visited Pakistan's cricket headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium, before it departed for Karachi where it was scheduled to be displayed at the National Stadium during the domestic Twenty20 competition.

At the Gaddafi Stadium, the trophy was welcomed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Shaharyar Khan, who said, "The ICC Cricket World Cup is cricket's premier global event. Pakistan, Pakistanis, our passionate cricketing fraternity and the Pakistan Cricket Board are most pleased to showcase the trophy of the event which will be staged in the Antipodes.

"In keeping with its standing as a top cricketing nation, the green shirts are expected to do well in next year's competition as well." Pakistan has been placed in Pool B along with India, Ireland, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

After playing its opener against India (February 15 in Adelaide), Pakistan will take on West Indies (February 21 in Christchurch), Zimbabwe (March 1 in Brisbane), UAE (March 4 in Napier), South Africa (March 7 in Auckland) and Ireland (March 15 in Adelaide).

This is the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy's 10th stop-over since its journey began on July 3. It is scheduled to arrive in the host countries in the first week of November.

The trophy has so far visited Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, England, Wales, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Ireland and Afghanistan, while South Africa is its next destination. The trophy will also visit Zimbabwe, UAE and the West Indies.

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketWed, 17 Sep 2014 16:14:37 +0000
Hughes to replace injured Clarke in Pakistan series Batsman Phil Hughes will replace injured captain Michael Clarke in next month's one-day series against Pakistan, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.

Clarke was ruled out on Tuesday after scans revealed the hamstring injury that cut short his Zimbabwe tour was worse than first thought and included tendon damage.

The national selection panel confirmed Hughes will replace him in the three-game series in the United Arab Emirates.

Hughes had been named in the Test squad to play Pakistan and was set to travel to the UAE earlier than his teammates to work on his batting against spin with coaching consultant and Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan.

The three-game one-day series against Pakistan, the last for Australia before it hosts the World Cup next year, starts on October 7 with the first of two Tests not until October 22.

Cricket Australia said Tuesday it hoped that Clarke, who has a history of back and hamstring trouble, would be fit to play in the first Test.

Pakistan have been forced to play their home series at neutral venues, such as the UAE, since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

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