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Black Caps sceptical about day-night Tests WELLINGTON: New Zealand's top players are overwhelmingly against plans to play "day-night" Test cricket when they tour Australia this year, fearing it will "devalue" the game, the New Zealand Cricket Players Association said Thursday.The concept of day-night cricket played under lights using a pink ball has been enthusiastically promoted by Cricket Australia (CA), which is keen to bring the five-day game to prime-time television audiences.CA trialled day-night first class cricket in the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield season with a view to staging the first ever Test under lights when New Zealand tour Australia in November.But NZ players' association chief executive Heath Mills said the Blacks Caps were sceptical."We were asked by New Zealand Cricket to get the thoughts of the players a few months ago," he told AFP. "The results were overwhelmingly not supportive of playing day-night Test cricket."New Zealand are set to play three Tests in Australia, with Adelaide regarded ...

Bell won't rule Pietersen out of England contention LONDON: There is still away back into the England side for exiled star batsman Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell said Thursday.Newly-appointed England director of cricket Andrew Strauss told Pietersen, in international exile since the team's return from their 5-0 Ashes thrashing last year, that he would not be considered for selection for the upcoming home series with New Zealand and Australia.Bell, who said Pietersen was "probably the best player I've played with", told a news conference ...
Pietersen ruled out of India bonanza LONDON: Star batsman Kevin Pietersen's disappointing week continued on Wednesday as calf and Achilles injuries ruled him out of joining up with his side for the lucrative Indian Premier League.The 34-year-old South Africa-born player, who on Tuesday saw his hopes of a recall to the England side dashed because of what director of cricket Andrew Strauss termed a 'massive trust issue', was due to take up his contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad and play his first ...
Muhammad Amir returns back with a bang Pakistan’s left-arm fast-bowler Muhammad Amir made a return to domestic cricket with a wicket on the first legal ball of his over.Muhammad Amir, who was banned for five years for spot-fixing case in England in 2010, by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was allowed to participate in domestic cricket matches.It marked an impressive return since the International Cricket Council (ICC) relaxed his five-year ban in January this year. “I enjoyed bowling in the match and ...
Misbah breaks Imran Khan’s record Pakistani famous skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has broke another record of legendary Imran Khan. He has now become the first Pakistani skipper to declare maximum innings in Test cricket. According to local media reports, Misbah who has broken or leveled several records in the past and now yet again has broken the unique record of Pakistan. This time he became the first Pakistani skipper who has declared more innings than any other skipper of the Green-Shirts. Misbah ...
Bangladesh to resume scandal-hit T20 event DHAKA: Bangladesh plan to revive a lucrative Twenty20 tournament in December, two years after it was suspended in the wake of match-fixing scandals, officials said on Wednesday.The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which started in 2012, was postponed indefinitely after the second edition the following year amid revelations that former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and four others were involved in fixing matches."A lot of things happened since the last edition of BPL. But we've now decided ...
Lack of trust all round as England pull plug on Pietersen LONDON: "Just pick your best available players and let's stop over complicating sport.... It's a game of Cricket .. Nothing more Nothing less," tweeted Michael Vaughan as Kevin Pietersen's international career was effectively ended for good.Vaughan, the star batsman's first England Test captain a decade ago, posted his comment on a day in which the phrase "lack of trust" was deployed so often to justify Pietersen's ongoing exile it was as if therapists from the ...


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