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PCB asked to ensure merit on grass roots level ISLAMABAD: A number of Cricket Club heads in Islamabad have raised their concern over the selection critria of the Islamabad Cricket Association (ICA) for future players saying favouritsm was spoiling national cricket.The officials of Cricket Clubs on Monday asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play its role in removing injustice being done with the deserving and competent players.Talking to APP, cricket club officials said ICA office-bearers and coaches only accommodate their own club players thus competent players could not make their way for selection in national team.North and Central Zones heads, they blamed, select their near and dear ones ignoring the talented players.They said recently West Zones' trials were conducted by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Coach Ali Zia and he openly appreciated and selected players of different clubs but later on his selection was changed. "List was maneuvered and out of 16 boys selected surprisingly 9 were from Punjab club. ...

Zimbabwe fly to Pakistan for high-stakes tour HARARE: Zimbabwe have left Harare for a high-stakes tour of Pakistan, national cricket association spokesman Lovemore Banda said on Monday."The team has left (Harare)," Banda told AFP. "They are going (to Pakistan) via Dubai."It is the first tour of Pakistan by a Test-level team since seven Sri Lankan cricketers were wounded during a 2009 attack by militants in Lahore.Zimbabwe are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday and play two Twenty20 and three one-day internationals ...
Javed Miandad slams ICC for destroying Pakistan cricket Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has accused the ICC of interfering in affairs related to the country's cricket.“The ICC is trying to meddle in the affairs of Pakistan cricket with no positive result. They have absolutely no idea about what is good for Pakistan cricket or who, for that matter, is running cricket in our country and how effective that management is," Miandad was quoted as saying to a local media. Former captai­n Javed Miandad ...
Broad apologises for missing sponsor event LONDON: England bowler Stuart Broad has revealed that he has apologised for missing a sponsor event last week, following media reports he had been out drinking the night before.Broad was due to appear at a function in London last Thursday to preview the forthcoming two-Test series with New Zealand, but failed to turn up.The Daily Mail claimed it was because he had been out with former England wicketkeeper Matt Prior until 7am, but the 28-year-old ...
Australia opener Rogers to retire after Ashes SYDNEY: Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers said Monday he plans to retire from Tests after this year's Ashes series in England.At the age of 37, the left-hander said he was on track to finish his international career at the end of the five-Test Ashes series in August."I'm very happy, I've been pretty fortunate to have this second go at it and have loved every moment of it," Rogers told Fox Sports."But time calls on everyone ...
No ICC umpires for Pakistan-Zimbabwe on security concerns KARACHI: Cricket's governing body said Sunday it would not send its neutral umpires for the Pakistan-Zimbabwe series after receiving a report from a security consultant, allowing the hosts to use their own officials.Zimbabwe is set to become the first Test playing nation to tour Pakistan in six years after international cricket was suspended following a March 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said it received confirmation from ...
Strauss wants England to follow All Blacks' example LONDON: Andrew Strauss wants England to learn from rugby union giants New Zealand as he seeks to build a united cricket side capable of beating the world's best teams.The All Blacks, the reigning world champions, have long been the pre-eminent team in their sport and Strauss believes it is New Zealand's "unbelievable pride" which has helped them achieve so much success.Strauss has faced a testing first week in his new role as England's director of ...


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