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Sohaib should bat up in the order: Iqbal Qasim KARACHI: Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that sending talented Sohaib Maqsood up in the order could prove more benefiting and productive in Pakistan team's interest."Sohaib and Fawad deserved all the credit and encouragement for their outstanding batting which powered Pakistan to remarkable victory in first one-dayer," he told APP on Monday on the eve of the second One-Day being played in Hambantota on Tuesday.He said Sohaib has batted up in the order and even opened the batting and deserved to bat at four or five spot.Pakistan was dire straits at 106-5, but Sohaib and Fawad in fighting 147 runs 6th wicket stand set-up a thrilling win with one- ball to spare.Multan-based Sohaib hit an awesome 89 off 73 balls with nine boundaries while batting at number seven spot while Fawad hit seven boundaries in his 61-ball 62 and Ahmed Shehzad (49) and put up gutsy performance.Senior batsmen like ...

Pietersen says IPL not to blame for India Test form LONDON: Kevin Pietersen has said it is wrong to blame the Twenty20 Indian Premier League for the tourists poor Test form in England.In the absence of exiled former captain Pietersen, England came from behind to beat India 3-1 in a five-Test series, with skipper Alastair Cook overseeing the recovery.That led many pundits to take what IPL star Pietersen said were "lazy potshots" at the lucrative Twenty20 event, which some have blamed for turning the heads ...
Younis to return from Sri Lanka after family tragedy KARACHI: Veteran batsman Younis Khan will play no further part in Pakistan's one-day series in Sri Lanka following the death of his 10-year-old nephew, an official said on Monday."Younis will return home on Monday as his nephew Saad Khan died while having a liver transplant in India," a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said.The 36-year-old Younis made only 3 in Pakistan's four-wicket win in the first one-day international in Hambantota on Saturday.Saad's body will reach Pakistan ...
Collingwood stays on at Durham LONDON: Durham captain Paul Collingwood has ditched plans to retire by signing a new one-year deal with his native county, it was announced Monday.The 38-year-old former England all-rounder, who has recently coached Scotland and may have formed part of Ashley Giles's backroom staff had his old Test colleague become England coach.But with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) opting for Peter Moores as Andy Flower's full-time successor and Paul Farbrace installed as assistant coach, ...
Clarke injured, Bailey in as Australia captain HARARE: Michael Clarke was forced out of Australia's tri-series opener against Zimbabwe with a hamstring injury on Monday, but there was still no room for Phillip Hughes in the Australian side.George Bailey stepped in to captain Australia in Clarke's absence, but with Brad Haddin shifted up to open the batting and Mitchell Marsh picked at three, Hughes was left to perform 12th man duties.Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to field in ...
Rain delays England-India ODI opener BRISTOL: Rain delayed the scheduled 10:00am local time (0900GMT) toss and 10:30am (0930GMT) start of the first one-day international between England and India in Bristol on Monday.Heavy overnight and persistent early morning rain made a prompt start at the County Ground, in south-west England, impossible with the pitch and square extensively covered.India, the 50-over world champions, were looking to bounce back following their 3-1 defeat in the preceding Test series, a campaign that ended with ...
BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as 'personal opinion' MUMBAI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments as "personal opinion" after the national team's captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year's World Cup. "I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told Reuters on Monday about Dhoni's comments on the eve of their one-day series against ...


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