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Pakistan recall Taufeeq Umar for Australia Tests KARACHI: Pakistan recalled experienced opener Taufeeq Umar on Saturday for the first Test of the two-match series against Australia starting next week. The 33-year-old, who played the last of his 43 Tests in Sri Lanka two years ago, is one of the four openers in the 16-man squad with fit-again Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad likely to get into the final eleven for the first Test starting in Dubai from October 22. Pakistan, who announced a preliminary 19-man squad on Wednesday, are in a fix to find a suitable replacement for ace spinner Saeed Ajmal who was last month suspended because of an illegal bowling action. The 37-year-old spinner's action was reported in the Galle Test in Sri Lanka in Pakistan's last Test series in August this year. Pakistani selectors have named leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who is yet to play a Test, and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar who made his Test ...

India mulls 'serious action' as Windies abandon tour NEW DELHI: India's cricket chiefs could take "serious action" against the West Indies, including possibly refusing to play a return series, for abandoning their tour because of an internal payment dispute, a top official said Saturday.The West Indies cut short the tour of India on Friday even though a fifth one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played."What has happened is very disappointing and calls for serious action," Board of ...
Australia hand coach Lehmann contract extension SYDNEY: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his integral role in turning around the fortunes of the team with a one-year contract extension until June, 2017, Cricket Australia said on Friday.The former test batsman took over from South African Mickey Arthur in the wake of last year's calamitous tour of India and helped guide the side to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a series triumph in South Africa that saw them briefly top ...
Doolan hits hundred as Clarke fails in warm-up SHARJAH: One-drop batsman Alex Doolan hit a fighting hundred, but skipper Michael Clarke failed in Australia's four-day warm-up game against Pakistan 'A' in Sharjah on Thursday.Doolan's 104 anchored Australia's 273-8 at close on the second day at Sharjah stadium but top-order including Clarke did not get the much-needed practice.Pakistan 'A' had declared their first innings at their overnight score of 305-8 with skipper Asad Shafiq remaining not out on 108.Clarke, who is recovering from a ...
Hafeez declared fit for Test selection KARACHI: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been declared fit and would be available for selection for the first Test against Australia starting in Dubai from Oct 22, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday."Hafeez was put through batting, bowling, fielding sessions for the last three days," it said.After the batting session today, Dr Sohail Saleem, General Manager, Sports Medicine, PCB, under whose watch Hafeez was undergoing recovery and rehab, declared him "ready to play", with ...
Ajmal bowls with revamped action under Saqlain's supervision ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal on Wednesday for the first time bowled with his revamped action under the supervision of Saqlain Mushtaq.Ajmal bowled a number of overs to experienced all-rounder, Muhammad Hafeez who has also resumed batting in the nets after having to return home from the UAE because of a hand injury during practice, Press Trust of India repored Thursday."I am confident of getting cleared before the World Cup and my ambition is ...
Shafiq hits hundred as Australia get good workout SHARJAH: Asad Shafiq geared up for the upcoming Test series against Australia by hitting a century in a four-day practice match between Pakistan 'A' and the tourists in Sharjah on Wednesday.Skipper Shafiq was unbeaten on 108 and Ehsan Adil not out yet to score as Pakistan 'A' reached 305-8 on the first day at Sharjah stadium.Shafiq hit two boundaries off paceman Mitchell Johnson and another couple off Peter Siddle to reach his hundred off 148 ...


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