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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 for Lahore Lions.Their inexperienced middle order crumbled against Sunil Narine before Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa helped complete a fairly easy chase of 152 at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium,Wisden India reported.Despite that, Mohammad Hafeez, the Lahore captain who seemed quite confident on the eve of the match, said he was happy with his team's performance. "We played good cricket," he said. "As a captain, I'm very happy with the performance of the team. We ...

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 ...
Watson out of Pakistan Test series with injury SYDNEY: Australia all-rounder Shane Watson was Sunday ruled out of next month's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a calf injury.The injury-prone Watson was recovering from an ankle he sprained in training which forced him out of last month's tri one-day series in Zimbabwe when he suffered complications."While Shane has made steady progress with his rehabilitation he has suffered a setback, experiencing some right calf soreness," national team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris ...
Trott denies Johnson caused Ashes exit LONDON: England batsman Jonathan Trott insisted Saturday that Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was not responsible for his early exit from England's Ashes tour as he criticised Michael Vaughan's reaction to his health problems.When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the first Test in Brisbane, England officials said he was suffering from a "stress-related illness".However, South Africa-born batsman ...
PCB has no option but to appoint Misbah as captain till 2015 World Cup: Ijaz INCHEON: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had no options but to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as captain till 2015 World Cup, former board Chairman Ijaz Butt said."Misbah was only available choice for PCB and it was okay in current circumstances," he told a group of reporters at Bangkok Airport during his stopover on Thursday, reports Ehsan Qureshi.He expressed the hope Misbah would now be fully focused for the series against Australia and New Zealand in United Arab Emirates ...


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