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India's Pujara out for handling ball LONDON: India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was given out for handling the ball on the opening day of Derbyshire's English County Championship match against Leicestershire on Tuesday.The 26-year-old right-hander, the International Cricket Council's Emerging Player of the Year in 2013, was dismissed in the 20th over, leaving hosts Derbyshire on 62-3.Pujara became the first player to be given out handled the ball in England since 1996, when Karl Krikken was dismissed while playing for Derbyshire against India on the same ground.Handled the ball is a rare method of dismissal and has accounted for only seven batsmen in the history of Test cricket.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Have to improve as a fielding unit: Hafeez ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Hafeez the Lahore Lions captain in Champions League Twenty20 2014 in Hyderabad said that we believe the way they are showing their talent in the field, as batsmen and bowlers, it's really good but we have to improve as a fielding unit, we really have to raise the standard of fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders."Their Oppo Champions League Twenty20 2014 Group A opener against Kolkata Knight Riders was always going to be difficult ...
Injured Australia captain Clarke shaking up fitness regime MELBOURNE: Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke will arrive in the United Arab Emirates five days ahead of the rest of the test squad as he races to be fit for the two-match series against Pakistan.The 33-year-old blamed training directly after a long-haul flight for an injury to his left hamstring in Zimbabwe last month.Clarke, who subsequently aggravated the injury in a one-day match against the African team, has already been ruled out of the ODI ...
Qualifiers tour Australia in World Cup warm-up SYDNEY: The four qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup -- Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland and the UAE -- are all in Australia this week in preparation for next year's tournament.Afghanistan, who have never played in Australia, have two matches against Western Australia that begin on Monday before travelling to Canberra for another game later this week.The 20-man Afghan squad was greeted in Perth over the weekend with a picnic in Kings Park put on by ...
Hafeez backs Afridi as T20 captain ISLAMABAD: 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 ...
Watson out of Pakistan Test series with injury SYDNEY: 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 ...
Trott denies Johnson caused Ashes exit LONDON: 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 ...


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