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Miandad says Ajmal not essential to WC hopes KARACHI: Batting legend Javed Miandad said Thursday Pakistan could still win next year's World Cup even if star spinner Saeed Ajmal remained suspended due to a chucking ban.Ajmal, the world's leading one-day bowler, was suspended last week after tests found his action vastly exceeded the permitted 15 degrees of straightening.The ban has dented Pakistan's hopes of adding to its solitary World Cup win when the tournament is held in Australia and New Zealand next February to March."We have won the title and that's history so we can win the title again if our players play to their potential," said Miandad, who is regarded as the best batsman Pakistan has produced and played a vital role in their last World Cup triumph 22 years ago in Australia.He stressed that the team was not all about Ajmal, who is ranked the world's best one day bowler by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ...

Afridi urges player to come together for ICC World Cup 2015 ISLAMABAD: Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi urged his team-mates to back one another if they were to win the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and end the country's 23-year long wait for the coveted trophy for the second time, Cricket reported.Afridi, who has been re-appointed the T20 captain, said he was 12 when Pakistan were last crowned World Champions in 1992."I can vividly remember that it was the holy month ...
Pakistan focused on ICC World Cup 2015 preparations ISLAMABAD: The ICC World Cup 2015 trophy made its first public appearance in Pakistan at the iconic Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore as part of its global tour.Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq received the prestigious trophy at the Minar-e-Pakistan and said, "The ICC Cricket World Cup is the biggest global tournament for a professional cricketer, Cricket country report.All teams are gearing up for this event and all our strategies are building up to prepare ourselves for the challenge."Pakistan had ...
Hughes to replace injured Clarke in Pakistan series SYDNEY: Batsman Phil Hughes will replace injured captain Michael Clarke in next month's one-day series against Pakistan, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.Clarke was ruled out on Tuesday after scans revealed the hamstring injury that cut short his Zimbabwe tour was worse than first thought and included tendon damage.The national selection panel confirmed Hughes will replace him in the three-game series in the United Arab Emirates.Hughes had been named in the Test squad to play Pakistan and ...
Chanderpaul emulates Lloyd to turn screw on Bangladesh GROS-ISLET: Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 30th Test century put the West Indies firmly on course to win the second Test with Bangladesh as the tourists were struggling on 55-2 at lunch in their second innings chasing an unlikely target of 489 on the fourth day of the match at Beausejour Stadium on Tuesday.Following unbeaten innings of 85 and 84 previously in the series, 40-year-old Chanderpaul's unbeaten 101, together with 66 not out from Jermaine Blackwood, allowed home ...
Australia captain Clarke ruled out of Pakistan ODIs SYDNEY: Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of next month's one-day international series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates due to a hamstring injury and is doubtful for the test series to follow.Australia's leading batsman, Clarke flew home from Zimbabwe recently after aggravating his left hamstring injury during a one-day international tournament."Since returning to Australia Michael has had a series of investigations that have confirmed a significant hamstring injury," Cricket Australia physiotherapist ...
Miandad wants Afridi to prove he is the right man for T20 ISLAMABAD: Legendary Batsman Javed Miandad on Tuesday while terming the appointment of Shahid Afridi as the next Twenty20 skipper, a wise decision said now the all-rounder needs to work harder on his form and prove he was the right man for the right job.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced Afridi as the T20 captain till the next 2016 T20 World Cup while also retained Misbah-ul-Haq as the captain of Test and ODI squads ...


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