CricketStay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.., 18 Apr 2014 07:57:46 +0000SRA Framework 2.0en-gbSaeed Ajmal cleared for county cricket Star Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been given clearance by his home board to play a shortened stint with Worcestershire in the English season.

The 36-year-old's departure was held up after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) discussed the matter following confirmation of Pakistan's tour to Sri Lanka in July-August.

"We have given NOC (no-objection certificate) to Ajmal but want him to return in mid-July so that he can be part of team's tour to Sri Lanka," PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told AFP late Thursday.

Pakistan will play two Tests and three one-day internationals in Sri Lanka on a tour which was only finalised last week on the sidelines of an International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai.

Ajmal said he would fly early next week and will be available for Worcestershire's home match against Derbyshire on April 27.

"I am quite used to playing in the English season, but duty-bound to return for national duty once the PCB wants me," he told AFP.

Regarded as one of the best spinners of modern times, Ajmal has so far played 33 Tests, 110 one-day internationals and 63 Twenty20 matches.

He took 24 wickets in helping Pakistan rout then-world Test number one England 3-0 in their series in the United Arab Emirates in 2012.

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]]> (Parvez Jabri)CricketFri, 18 Apr 2014 06:31:30 +0000
Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile.

Stokes has had more than a month already to regret the flash of temper that saw him lash out at a dressing-room locker and break a bone in his right wrist in frustration at making a duck against West Indies in a one-day international in Bridgetown.

The 22-year-old has paid a significant price already, missing England's World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh and earning a rebuke from team management.

It is not the first time Stoke has let his temper get the better of him with painful repercussions.

The stakes were not as high as missed international fixtures when a teenage Stokes punched a fire door, leaving him with a broken bone after a dismissal in an amateur club cricket match.

"I don't think punching lockers is the way forward," Stokes said.

"There is only going to be one winner there ... it is on the pitch where I should be showing my emotions. Next time I look at a locker, I'll know what it did to me.

"I did it when I was a lot younger and I thought I'd moved on from it then.

"I broke a bone then as well. It wasn't a locker - it was a fire door, playing club cricket."

A decade or so later, a miserable run of 18 runs in four innings and no wickets either against the West Indies, plus the unwanted sight of Stokes' own face, caused him to snap once again.

"Funnily enough, there was a picture of myself on the locker," Stokes added.

"It was more about failure on a personal level. I'm very passionate about what I do ... but on that occasion it came out in a way that I regret.

"I hope in the future, if I get to that point again, I'll be able to deal with it in a way that doesn't break my wrist."

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]]> (Abdul Ahad)CricketThu, 17 Apr 2014 22:37:27 +0000
Troubled Trott to take another break : report England batsman Jonathan Trott is set to take another break from cricket due to the same stress issues that forced him to quit the recent Ashes series, according to a report on Thursday.

Trott decided to pull out of England's tour to Australia after the first Test in Brisbane with what the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) described as a "stress-related illness".

The 32-year-old spent four months away from the game working with a psychologist and the ECB's medical team in a bid to rebuild his career.

Trott later described his Ashes exit as a case of "burn-out" and said he hoped to return to England duty this season.

But according to the Daily Mail's report on Thursday he has had to step away from the firing line again after just one Championship match for his England county Warwickshire in which he scored 37 and 26 against Sussex.

According to the Mail, it was "a far from easy decision to take for the emotional Trott, but his anxiety levels have been so high that he felt he had no choice for his own wellbeing".

The report says an announcement to confirm Trott's decision is expected in the next 24 hours, although the player himself was unavailable for comment on Thursday.

The news will inevitably lead to speculation that Trott's England career is over, but he reportedly hopes more specialist treatment will enable him to return.

Speaking weeks before news of Trott's relapse, former England captain Michael Vaughan had criticised the batsman for playing down the illness in a television interview.

"I feel a little bit conned we were told Jonathan Trott's problems in Australia were a stress-related illness he had suffered for years," Vaughan said.

"We were allowed to believe he was struggling with a serious mental health issue and treated him with sensitivity and sympathy.

"He was obviously not in a great place but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference."

Trott has played in 49 Tests for England, scoring nine centuries and 18 half-centuries.

He has scored 3,763 Test runs at an average of 46.45, with a highest score of 226 against Bangladesh at Lord's in 2010.

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]]> (Abdul Ahad)CricketThu, 17 Apr 2014 22:23:19 +0000
Saqlian questions ‘Doosara’ in present era‘doosara’-in-present-era.html‘doosara’-in-present-era.htmlimageKARACHI: Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of "Doosra" in the current era.

The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery," he told a private television channel on Thursday.

He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.

"It (Doosra) can be delivered with the normal bowling action as well, but the bowlers, these days, have to better their techniques and work harder on it to attain perfection", he said.

"Doosra" is a delivery, from an off-spinner, which drifts away, after pitching, instead of coming in to a right-handed batsman. Under the ICC regulations, a bowler is allowed to flex the elbow, of the bowling arm, at an angle of 15 degrees while delivering the "Doosra".

Saqlain Mushtaq, however feels the 15-degree relaxation, from the ICC, is way too much. Citing his own example, the former off-spinner added that he used an array of muscles to deliver "Doosra" cleanly.

"My grip was different and I used the back shoulder muscle in tandem with the front-foot and the calf muscle to deliver the "Doosra" with ease.

"It is not impossible to do it cleanly, but the bowlers need to practice more to reach that level', Saqlain, who claimed 208 wickets in 49 Tests for Pakistan from 1995 to 2004 commented.

"My era was different, now, when the ICC has already relaxed the limit, we should live with it and move on instead", he concluded.

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketThu, 17 Apr 2014 13:08:37 +0000
Akmal in trouble over wedding party Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal could be in fresh trouble with the law after a party for his wedding breached local rules restricting marriage celebrations, police said Wednesday.

Officers in the eastern city of Lahore said the 23-year-old international held a function on Tuesday that violated bylaws which say only one food dish can be served at wedding parties, which must end at 10:00 pm.

Akmal, who was to wed former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir's daughter Noor Amna on Wednesday, left the venue before the police raid.

"There were violations of marriage act and a case has been registered and four people were arrested," police official Rana Imtiaz told reporters.

The law was brought in to try to curb excessive wedding celebrations and has proved unpopular in Lahore, traditionally known for lavish marriages.

Imtiaz said Akmal was not named in the police report, but action could still be taken against the cricketer, as it was his function.

It comes a month after Akmal was cleared of violating traffic rules and scuffling with a policeman.

The officer in question forgave Akmal, saying he was a "national hero", following a match-saving century against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.

Akmal's wedding has attracted big headlines in Pakistani media over his hairstyle and expensive sherwani -- the groom's traditional long coat.

Umar has so far played 16 Tests, 94 one-day and 56 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketWed, 16 Apr 2014 13:44:17 +0000
Court rejects plea to reinstate Srinivasan as BCCI chief DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected N. Srinivasan's plea to reinstate him as India's cricket chief, saying he had effectively turned a blind eye to allegations of wrongdoing in the Indian Premier League.

The court last month ordered Srinivasan to stand aside as president of the Indian board, installing batting great Sunil Gavaskar to oversee the latest edition of the Twenty20 tournament which opens later Wednesday.

Srinivasan, seen as the most powerful man in world cricket, asked the court on Tuesday to reinstate him, saying he was being unfairly blamed for corruption allegations that have hit the board's flagship IPL.

But the court said Srinivasan knew about, but did not take seriously, allegations contained in a court-commissioned report over claims of illegal betting and spot-fixing embroiling the IPL.

Justice A.K Patnaik reiterated the court's opinion that Srinivasan's presence as head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was preventing a fair probe into the allegations.

"We cannot close our eyes after having come to know about allegations," the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted Patnaik as saying, adding the court wanted the BCCI to handle the investigations itself.

"It (the report) said all these allegations were brought to his (Srinivasan's) notice but he did not take any action. That means he was aware about the allegations and did not take it seriously," he said.

The court asked the BCCI to provide details on how it planned to conduct any probe into the allegations contained in the report, before adjourning the case until April 22.

A court-appointed panel has been looking into allegations into last year's IPL when former Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was caught deliberately bowling badly while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in return for thousands of dollars from bookmakers.

The panel's report, sections of which were released in February, concluded that Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan -- who was the team principal of the Chennai Super Kings -- could be guilty of illegal betting on IPL games.

The Super Kings are owned by India Cements, whose managing director is Srinivasan. The team are captained by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

On Tuesday, Srinivasan, who is still due to take over as head of the International Cricket Council in July, told the court in his affidavit that he had not been involved in any corruption or cover up of any wrong doing.

With its massive TV audiences, India generates almost 70 percent of the game's revenues and several Test nations are heavily dependent on its largesse.

International news organisations, including Agence France-Presse (AFP), have suspended their on-field coverage of matches hosted by the BCCI since 2012 after the board imposed restrictions on picture agencies.

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]]> (Imaduddin)CricketWed, 16 Apr 2014 12:22:53 +0000
Blind T20 Cricket from April 24 The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Twenty-20 Blind Cricket Tournament will be staged at two different venues Islamabad and Abbottabad from April 24 to 30 with 12 teams battling it for the title.

Talking to APP, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) Chairman Syed Sultan Shah said the teams participating in the mega event include Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Quetta, Bahawalpur, Okara, Gujranwala, Azad Kashmir, Peshawar, Faisalabad and PBCC Young Stars.

Sultan Shah said we will be selecting a total of 30 probables for the national team to play in the World Cup to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in December. "From the 30 probables a final squad of 17 players will be finalized," he said.

The Blind Cricket World Cup (BCWC) will be held from December 1 to 15. Pakistan has won two World Cups in 2002 and in 2006.

Sultan Shah said a two-member selection committee including Nafees Ahmed and Tahir Mehmood has been formed to pick the players.

Sultan Shah also requested the Punjab Government to build a stadium for the national blind cricket team so that they don't have to go from pillar to post for organizing matches.

"We have got 45 kanals of land at Ferozepur, Lahore but we don't have sufficient funds to build a stadium therefore I request the higher authorities to help us," he said.

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]]> (Parvez Jabri)CricketWed, 16 Apr 2014 09:51:07 +0000
PCB may cut Ajmal's English county stint Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's stint with English county Worcestershire may be set for a shorter duration to compensate for his country's hastily-arranged Test and one-day series against Sri Lanka.

"We are still discussing how much time he (Ajmal) can be away as we now have a scheduled series in Sri Lanka," Pakistan Cricket Board chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told AFP.

PCB finalised a two-Test and three one-day match series in Sri Lanka, which is likely to interrupt Ajmal's stint with Worcestershire for whom he also played in 2011.

The series was only finalised on the sidelines of an International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai last week.

The 36-year-old spinner was due to arrive in the UK for Worcestershire's first championship game on Sunday, but the county said they were still waiting.

"It's hugely disappointing," Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale was quoted as saying by BBC.

"You have to get the PCB no objection certificate (NOC) before he is physically available to play."

"You are probably only talking about a few days, but we are in the hands of the PCB, who control his commitments. It's disappointing not to have him here when we had originally hoped."

Worcestershire have also signed New Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan who was due to replace Ajmal for a six-week period in July and August, when the spinner was due to feature in the Caribbean Premier League.

But Ajmal will now tour Sri Lanka with Pakistan team in that period, making him doubtful for the Caribbean tournament as well.

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]]> (Abdul Ahad)CricketSat, 12 Apr 2014 20:30:20 +0000
Paceman Amir won't play in World Cup even if ban reduced Banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will not be eligible for next year's World Cup even if he returns early to domestic cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi told a news conference in Lahore that under the amended anti-corruption laws of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Aamir's five-year ban could be reduced by 12 months.

Aamir, 21, was banned for a minimum five years in 2011 for spot-fixing during Pakistan's fourth test against England at Lord's in 2010.

His captain Salman Butt and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Asif were also banned for the same offence and the three players served jail terms in Britain in 2011-12.

Sethi said Pakistan had pushed for a reduction in Aamir's suspension because of his age.

"The message we got from the ICC committee at this week's meeting in Dubai was that Amir could get a one-year relaxation under the amended anti-corruption laws," he added.

The amended ICC anti-corruption code should ensure quicker returns to international cricket for players serving long-term bans.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said that although Amir could play first-class cricket he will not be eligible for next year's World Cup.

"They are no indications even if the ICC reduces the ban it will allow him back to international cricket before the five- year ban period ends," Ahmad told Reuters.

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]]> (Abdul Ahad)CricketFri, 11 Apr 2014 18:50:14 +0000
Big Three's ICC deal benefits Pakistan Pakistan cricket chief Najam Sethi said Friday his country will get eight years of series, including with archrivals India, earning $30 million, after agreeing to the revamp of the game's governing body.

Pakistan had opposed changes to the International Cricket Council (ICC) which hand the majority of powers and revenues to the "big three" of international cricket, India, Australia and England.

The suggested reforms were approved by majority (eight out of 10 countries in favour) at the ICC Board meeting in February, during which Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting.

After an ICC meeting in Dubai on Thursday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced it would conditionally support the reforms -- to be officially signed in June this year -- which Sethi said will bring major benefits to cash-strapped Pakistan.

"We were left isolated in world cricket, we could have gone bankrupt but we agreed to the revamp after getting written assurances of eight years cricket with all member countries including India which will benefit us to the tune of three billion rupees," he told a press conference.

India have not played a full series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, which New Dehli blamed on militants based across the border.

Pakistan did play a short limited over series in India in December 2012 but a full tour has yet be finalised.

Pakistan have not hosted any international cricket since attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore five years ago.

Sethi also said banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer could get a one-year relaxation in his five-year ban for spot-fixing.

"The ICC has promised us to consider our request of relaxing of the ban on Aamer and a decision is expected in a meeting in June," said Sethi. "Aamer can get a one year relaxation during which he can play first-class cricket."

Aamer along with former captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif was banned from all cricket for a minimum of five years over a spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

The trio agreed to bowl deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord's Test against England in August 2010, a scandal broken by the now defunct British tabloid News of the World.

Last year the ICC had agreed to form a committee to consider relaxing certain conditions of the ban on Aamer, regarded as one of the best young bowlers in international cricket at the time of his suspension.

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]]> (Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui)CricketFri, 11 Apr 2014 14:24:37 +0000