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ICC happy with associates' progress at world events KARACHI: The International Cricket Council's faith in associate member teams was vindicated by their recent showing in the World Twenty20, development manager Tim Anderson has said, singling out the Netherlands' upset win over England.Six ICC associate member countries -- Ireland, Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands -- took part in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, as part of the governing body's efforts to expand cricket beyond the 10 Test-playing countries.The Netherlands humiliated England by 45 runs in the Super-10 stage, while unfancied Hong Kong fulfilled their dream of getting a big scalp with a two-wicket victory over Test team Bangladesh in the first round.Anderson said the Netherlands' victory over England, their second in two meetings after also beating them in the 2009 World Twenty20, was a good sign for next year's 50-over World Cup which will feature four associate teams. "The Netherlands performed very well ...

Miandad wants players to play for the country ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad wants those players in the team who can play for the country and not for themselves saying if there is any doubt in a player's mind than he should quit playing.Miandad said when he used to have tears in his eyes whenever he played at Sharjah. "I had the burden of my nation and I played for my people," he said while talking to a private news channel.Miandad said whichever ...
Afridi asked to explain criticism KARACHI: PCB authorities on Wednesday demanded an explanation from star all-rounder Shahid Afridi after he criticised the team's "negative" approach for their early exit from the World Twenty20.Pakistan failed to reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in five editions, prompting Afridi to take a swipe at the team's batsmen who stumbled in their final match against the West Indies which they lost by 84 runs.Sri Lanka won the title by beating ...
Sri Lanka party marred by player dispute COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's team flew home in triumph Tuesday to a huge street party after winning the world Twenty20 tournament, but celebrations were marred by controversy over the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.Tens of thousands of fans lined the street from the main international airport to downtown Colombo, a distance of 35 kilometres (21 miles), causing traffic chaos across the capital as the heroes passed by in a motorcade.Sangakkara and Jayawardene, both former ...
Rashid Latif reluctant to takeover as chief selector KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif is so upset with recent developments in national cricket that he was reluctant to takeover as the chief selector.Outspoken Rashid Latif was named chief selector by Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi after the removal of Zaka Ashraf a few weeks ago.He was to resume his duties on April 01 but he was sitting at home after completing his assignment as an analyst with Pakistan Television on April ...
PCB was offered 'Big Four' role, says chairman LAHORE: PCB chief Najam Sethi has said his predecessor spurned an offer by India to join the so-called "big three" during a major reorganisation of the game's administration.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was initially one of three countries which opposed the revamp of the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved by members in February.The move handed the majority of the powers and revenues to the "big three" of the game -- India, Australia and England.Pakistan and ...
Worcestershire sign New Zealand duo LONDON: Worcestershire have signed New Zealand pair Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan for part of the 2014 season, the English county side announced on Tuesday.Batsman Munro will be Worcestershire's second overseas player for this season's domestic Twenty20 competition, alongside Pakistan spin bowler Saeed Ajmal.McClenaghan will replace Ajmal for a six-week period in July and August, when the spinner will be unavailable as he has agreed to play for the Antigua Hawksbills in the Caribbean Premier ...


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