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Flintoff set for 'big bash' with rugby league stars LONDON: Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff may no longer be a member of the England side but that won't stop him from returning to cricket duty for Twenty20 action with an Australian twist.With the Ashes underway, Flintoff -- victorious in his one-bout boxing career -- will be back on more familiar territory with two Twenty20 matches involving English and Australian cricket stars of yesteryear.Also taking part in the Betfred Big Bash Challenge at the Grappenhall ground in Lancashire, north-west England, on July 30, will be players from the nearby Warrington Wolves rugby league club.Grappenhall's most famous member is former Lancashire and England batsman Neil Fairbrother, Flintoff's agent, who said Thursday: "Fred will be up for this all right. He was forced to retire through injury at 30. He is 34 now and will be determined to show he's still got it."Wolves star Ben Westwood added: "All the lads are up for it, ...

Hafeez century takes Pakistan to 266 against Ireland DUBLIN: Mohammad Hafeez scored his fifth century in one-day international cricket to put Pakistan in a commanding position in the first match of their series against Ireland at Clontarf on Wednesday.The Pakistan innings was interrupted four times by rain but only three overs were lost and the tourists scored 144 off 16 overs after the final rain-break to finish on 266 for five.Ireland's revised target was 276 off 47 overs.Hafeez, who came to the wicket ...
ICC withdraws umpire Asad Rauf from Champions Trophy NEW DELHI: Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf has been withdrawn from next month's Champions Trophy tournament in England amid media reports he is under Indian police investigation for spot-fixing, the ICC said Thursday.The announcement comes a week after police arrested three cricketers, including Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, accusing them of deliberately bowling badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).The International Cricket Council (ICC) said the decision ...
Vettori out of second Test against England LEEDS: Daniel Vettori was on Thursday ruled out of playing in the second and final Test against England starting in Leeds on Friday after doubts over his ability to last a five-day match.Former captain Vettori hasn't played a Test for nearly a year, mainly because of Achilles trouble, and was only originally selected for the one-day leg of this tour.But a calf injury suffered by his fellow left-arm spinner Bruce Martin during New Zealand's thumping ...
India spot-fix scandal 'shameful' says sports minister NEW DELHI: India's sports minister on Thursday branded as "shameful" the spot-fixing scandal involving the arrest of three cricketers, including Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, and 11 bookmakers.Police last week arrested Sreesanth and teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila from the Rajasthan Royals, accusing them of deliberately bowling badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars."It is very shameful. As a young person, as a sports fan, as the sports minister of the country, ...
ICC launches Champions Trophy website ISLAMABAD: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday launched an official event website for the ICC Champions Trophy to be staged in England and Wales between June 6 and 23.The website will have short form match highlights from all matches in the tournament as well as exclusive behind the scenes content with all the teams and leading players, as well as special pieces around the event, says a press release issued here on Thursday.The site ...
Pakistan win toss and bat against Ireland DUBLIN: Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat in the first one-day international against Ireland on Thursday.Ireland made two changes to the team that played the United Arab Emirates in their last one-day game in March with Tim Murtagh and Andrew White replacing Max Sorensen and the banned John Mooney.Pakistan made one change to the team that beat Scotland in the ODI in Edinburgh last week with Shoaib Malik in for Umar Amin.TeamsIreland: W ...


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