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New Zealand coach Hesson extends contract WELLINGTON: Black Caps mentor Mike Hesson has extended his contract until the 2019 World Cup, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Thursday, describing him as the best coach in the country's history.Hesson's contract was due to expire in April next year but NZC said he will be staying on until the end of the next World Cup, to be staged in England and Wales from May-July 2019."Mike's the most successful coach in New Zealand cricket history and, in my opinion, the best selector we've ever had," NZC chief executive David White said."To have him committed to the Black Caps until after the next World Cup is great news for all concerned."Hesson, 41, took over in mid-2012 with New Zealand in the doldrums after a poor run of defeats and soon created controversy by axing the popular Ross Taylor as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum.However, he has revived their fortunes, particularly ...

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Inzamam announces final squad for England tour Pakistan Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has announced a list of 21 probable cricketers for the English Test series kicking off on July 14.The chief selector Inzamam ul Haq announced that the Pakistani side is to consist of five openers, seven middle-order batsmen, seven fast-bowlers, two spinners, and two wicketkeepers.Pakistan players for skill camp: Openers: Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Sami Aslam, Shan Masood, Khurram ManzoorMiddle-order: Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbahul Haq, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif ...

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Langer in no rush to lead Aussies full-time SYDNEY: Justin Langer insisted Thursday he is in no rush to be Australia's next coach as he prepares to lead the team on their tour of the West Indies with Darren Lehmann resting.The former Test opener is filling in for his ex-team-mate, who developed deep vein thrombosis earlier this year, during next month's one-day tri-series in the Caribbean which also features South Africa.While Lehmann has no plans to step away from the job in the ...

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Injury-free Starc gunning to fire again SYDNEY: Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc Thursday said he was raring to go after six months on the sidelines, declaring himself "fit, strong and ready".Starc, 26, is set to make his long-waited comeback in Guyana on June 6 against South Africa during a one-day tri-series that also features the West Indies.The left-arm paceman has been out of action since fracturing his foot in last November's historic day-night Test in Adelaide against New Zealand."It's been a ...

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Players selected on merit: Inzamam LAHORE: Chairman, National cricket committee, Inzamam ul Haq said on Wednesday that the players of Pakistan senior team skill camp and Pakistan A team were selected purely on merit. "The players named for both (skill camp and Pakistan A team) are the unanimous choice of the selectors and performance was the only criteria to consider them and selectors did a job done on justice", he told media at a news conference here on Wednesday at ...

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Miandad urges PCB, to invite Indian players at PSL Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has suggested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to invite the Indian players to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in order to show the world that Pakistan had avoided retaliating against India for keeping Pakistani players out of IPL.Miandad advised the PCB to make the best arrangement for the league as the country’s ‘prestige was at stake’. “Nothing should go off beam,” said Miandad, in an interview to local media.“PCB should ...

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International cricket in Pakistan remains a distant dream, says ICC President International Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas praised the Pakistan cricket board for doing its best to set things right but was of the view that international teams are not returning to Pakistan for another year or two. According to Indian Express, “It will take time for international cricket to return to Pakistan and lot depends on what the situation is in the country in future. But I am optimistic that in this context the ...