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PCB has no option but to appoint Misbah as captain till 2015 World Cup: Ijaz INCHEON: 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 ...

Pakistan, BD directly placed in QF of Asian Games women cricket INCHEON: 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 ...
Ganguly wants revival of Indo-Pak matches ISLAMABAD: 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 ...
Miandad says Ajmal not essential to WC hopes KARACHI: 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 ...
Afridi urges player to come together for ICC World Cup 2015 ISLAMABAD: 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 ...
Pakistan focused on ICC World Cup 2015 preparations ISLAMABAD: 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 ...
Hughes to replace injured Clarke in Pakistan series SYDNEY: 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 ...


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