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Miandad questions ICC rankings, says ‘not satisfactory’ Pakistan’s legendary batsman Javed Miandad has criticized the structure of the official ICC team rankings even after Pakistan became the number one ranked test side.According to Indian Express, Miandad said while he was happy that Pakistan, had topped the test ranking table, despite the many problems it was facing as a cricket nation, the ICC need to come out with a better system.“The present system is not satisfactory as there is not a proper system to rank a team on the matches it plays on home and away basis,” Miandad said. “In the existing system it is very difficult for a team to maintain its top ranking and positions change quickly,” he added.Miandad, who played 124 Tests, said he would like to see the ICC start a two-year or four-year cycle of Test matches in which all teams get to play against each other on home and away basis. “How ...

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Smith rests, Warner skippers Aussies in Sri Lanka COLOMBO: Australia's Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month's tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series.Smith captained Australia to an 82-run loss in the second one-day international Wednesday which tied the series 1-1."I hate missing cricket, but in the long run it will do me a world of good," said Smith who returns home with three one-day internationals and two ...

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Windies, India enter new world in United States FORT LAUDERDALE: West Indies face India in two Twenty20 internationals in Florida at the weekend in a litmus test for both cricket's future in the US and Carlos Brathwaite's credentials as Caribbean skipper.After India cruised to victory in the Test series and in the aftermath of the Caribbean squad's latest round of blood-letting, the sides head for the sport's newest outpost, the Central Broward Regional Park, the only purpose-built cricket stadium in the US.Six matches ...

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England beat Pakistan to win 1st ODI SOUTHAMPTON: England beat Pakistan by 44 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method to win the rain-marred first one-day international at Southampton on Wednesday.Victory saw England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.England, set 261 for victory, finished on 194 for three in 34.3 overs before rain, which had twice stopped play previously, halted the day/night match for a third and final time at 9:37 pm local time (2037 GMT). Man-of-the-match Jason Roy (65) and Joe ...

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Azhar leads from front as England restrict Pakistan SOUTHAMPTON: Pakistan captain Azhar Ali led from the front with 82 before England fought back to hold the tourists to 260 for six in the first one-day international at Southampton on Wednesday.In a rain-interrupted innings, Sarfraz Ahmed (55) was the only other batsman to make a fifty and Pakistan's plight in this day/night clash would have been worse had Azhar not twice been dropped on nine.Azhar won the toss in the first of this five-match ...

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Sri Lanka level series despite Faulkner hat-trick COLOMBO: Australia's James Faulkner claimed his maiden hat-trick but could not deny Sri Lanka a series-levelling 82-run victory in the second one-day international on Wednesday. Faulkner dismissed Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera to achieve the feat but ended up on the losing side as Australia, chasing 289 for win, were all out for 206 in 47.2 overs.Matthew Wade top-scored for the touring side with a fighting 76 but Sri Lanka's biggest win over ...

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Pakistan 260-6 against England in 1st ODI SOUTHAMPTON: Pakistan made 260 for six after winning the toss in the first one-day international against England at Southampton on Wednesday.Azhar Ali, the Pakistan captain, top-scored with 82 and Sarfraz Ahmed made 55 in this day/night match.Adil Rashid was England's most successful bowler, the leg-spinner taking two for 51 in his nine overs.This is the first of a five-match series.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...