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West Indies axes Pakistan tour KARACHI: Pakistan's hopes of hosting international cricket matches suffered another setback on Saturday after the West Indies refused to compete in a short two Twenty20 match series in the South Asia nation over security fears.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had proposed holding a two-match series in the spring after hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore on March 9.However PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said the potential tour had been axed."The West Indies Board have conveyed to us verbally that the 'thing' is off," Khan told AFP."The West Indies players' union is not willing, so at the moment they have refused."Pakistan did host Zimbabwe for three Twenty20s and as many one-day internationals in May-June 2015. But that failed to convince the bigger teams to resume tours.Cricket officials in Pakistan are now hoping the successful staging of the PSL final in Lahore will encourage foreign teams to consider competing again in ...

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South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an innings JOHANNESBURG: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs on the third day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.South Africa hit 426 in their first innings then bowled out the tourists for 131 and 177 to claim the three-match series 3-0.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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Chappell's criticism 'uncalled for and unbecoming', Misbah hits back Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has lashed out at Australia's great Ian Chappell's criticisms of Pakistan, saying they were "uncalled for and unbecoming" of someone with the latter's stature in the game."The comments do not make any sense or suit a cricketer of his stature," wrote Misbah in his column for cricket.com.au. He asked whether Australia's abysmal recent record in Asia warranted a similar rethink.Australia have lost their last nine Tests in a row in India, ...

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Wade hits last-ball century to guide Australia to 268-9 BRISBANE: Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade hit a run off the last ball to reach a century as Australia scored 268 for nine off their 50 overs in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Brisbane on Friday.Wade saved the Australian innings after the batting top order slumped to 78 for five after winning the toss.Wade, who has been under pressure to score runs after a lean spell, turned the innings in a 82-run stand with all-rounder ...

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Shakib double ton crushes New Zealand WELLINGTON: A double century from Shakib Al Hasan and a ton from Mushfiqur Rahim hammered New Zealand as records tumbled and Bangladesh took control of the first Test on Friday.They closed day two at Wellington's Basin Reserve on 542-7, subjecting New Zealand to a harsh day on the field.Shakib fell 15 minutes before stumps for 217, the highest score ever by a Bangladesh player.Mushfiqur went a short time earlier for 159 after the pair had ...

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Amla hits century in 100th Test JOHANNESBURG: Hashim Amla made a century in his 100th Test match as he and JP Duminy put South Africa in command on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.South Africa reached 338 for three at the close of play, with Amla unbeaten on 125 at the Wanderers Stadium.Duminy made 155 before he was caught at second slip off Lahiru Kumara in the penultimate over of the day, ending ...

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Former captain questions Mohammad Amir's inability to swing Pakistan former captain and opening batsman Aamer Sohail has been critical of fast bowler Mohammad Amir, saying that the left-hander is a shadow of his former self, as he is unable to swing the ball.Mohammad Amir was unable to live up to his name, despite making a much-hyped international cricket comeback, after serving a five year ban for spot-fixing."A lot was expected from Amir in this series and to be fair to him, a lot ...