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Younis dropped from ODI team LAHORE: The career of veteran batsman Younis Khan in one day cricket seemed to be over when national selectors on Wednesday dropped him from the one-day squad to play Australia in the United Arab Emirates next month. The decision comes as a surprise for the aging batsman who has expressed the desire to be a part of the Pak team to feature in next year's world. The selectors have filled the place of Younis, who is struggling with the bat , with Umar Amin and Asad Shafiq, the middle order batsmen. Pakistan ODI squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal , Fawad Alam, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Maqsood, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Raza Hasan, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Junaid khan. The decision to axe Younis seems in right direction as the batsman has not played one day cricket since March 2013 and returned home in ...

Afridi, Umar Akmal among players penalised for poor fitness ISLAMABAD: Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman and Raza Hasan are the four big names among the Pakistan players found to be below their optimum level of fitness by the PCB.They will each have 25% of their monthly retainer docked for four months, starting with August's fee. At the end of the four-month period, they can have their fitness reassessed, ESPN reported.The PCB had attached greater importance to fitness in its new contracts handed ...
India's Pujara out for handling ball LONDON: India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was given out for handling the ball on the opening day of Derbyshire's English County Championship match against Leicestershire on Tuesday.The 26-year-old right-hander, the International Cricket Council's Emerging Player of the Year in 2013, was dismissed in the 20th over, leaving hosts Derbyshire on 62-3.Pujara became the first player to be given out handled the ball in England since 1996, when Karl Krikken was dismissed while playing for Derbyshire ...
Have to improve as a fielding unit: Hafeez ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Hafeez the Lahore Lions captain in Champions League Twenty20 2014 in Hyderabad said that we believe the way they are showing their talent in the field, as batsmen and bowlers, it's really good but we have to improve as a fielding unit, we really have to raise the standard of fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders."Their Oppo Champions League Twenty20 2014 Group A opener against Kolkata Knight Riders was always going to be difficult ...
Injured Australia captain Clarke shaking up fitness regime MELBOURNE: Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke will arrive in the United Arab Emirates five days ahead of the rest of the test squad as he races to be fit for the two-match series against Pakistan.The 33-year-old blamed training directly after a long-haul flight for an injury to his left hamstring in Zimbabwe last month.Clarke, who subsequently aggravated the injury in a one-day match against the African team, has already been ruled out of the ODI ...
Qualifiers tour Australia in World Cup warm-up SYDNEY: The four qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup -- Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland and the UAE -- are all in Australia this week in preparation for next year's tournament.Afghanistan, who have never played in Australia, have two matches against Western Australia that begin on Monday before travelling to Canberra for another game later this week.The 20-man Afghan squad was greeted in Perth over the weekend with a picnic in Kings Park put on by ...
Hafeez backs Afridi as T20 captain ISLAMABAD: Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has come out in support of the appointment of Shahid Afridi as the national T20 captain. The former national T20 captain, who is presently leading the Lahore Lions team in the Champions League in India, said he had no regrets over the appointment of Afridi. "When I decided to step down as the national T20 captain this year I took the decision after much thought and I don't regret that ...


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