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Lack of options leave India struggling with Dhoni dilemma MUMBAI: Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his test captaincy role - if he has the desire to continue - due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour.India's propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011 when the side lost eight consecutive tests with back-to-back 4-0 thrashings in England and Australia.If fans in the world's second-most populous nation, where cricket is treated like a religion, thought that period was the lowest point possible, they were in for a rude awakening when India landed in England for a recent five-test series.Dhoni's garden appeared very rosy indeed when his unfancied side claimed their first overseas win in three years with a comprehensive second test victory at Lord's but the joy and relief proved to be nothing more than a decorative flower.They capitulated meekly against a resurgent England ...

Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher ISLAMABAD: Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher in the ODI series against Sri Lanka saying players should play with confidence and courage forgetting the loss of the Test series.Pakistan will play three ODI matches against Sri Lanka with the first ODI starting from August 23. However Pakistan has lost the two matches test series against Sri Lanka.Talking to APP, Qadir said the Green-Shirts are one of the dangerous team ...
West Indies part ways with coach Gibson ST. JOHN'S: The West Indies parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson on Tuesday, just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association" with team manager Richie Richardson stepping in as interim coach.No reason was given for the departure of Gibson, who had been in charge since 2010 and led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in ...
Clarke insists Zimbabwe not 'token tour' SYDNEY: Captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted Australia's visit to Zimbabwe was not a "token tour" or World Cup audition but was all about winning as players return to international action.A 14-man squad departed Wednesday for Harare to play a two-week series that also involves South Africa -- Australia's first international commitment since the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh more than four months ago."I think it will be a tough series. It's not a token ...
South Africa beat Zimbabwe to take series BULAWAYO: Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell claimed three wickets apiece as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second one-day international to clinch the three-match series on Tuesday in Bulawayo.McLaren claimed figures of 3 for 21 in eight overs while Parnell took 3 for 28 in nine as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 196 in response to South Africa's 257.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Zimbabwe bowl South Africa out for 257 in 2nd ODI BULAWAYO: Zimbabwe's spinners gave their side a chance of a shock victory as they bowled South Africa out for 257 in the second of three one-day internationals on Tuesday.After Proteas openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock made another promising start, spin trio Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu and Sean Williams took wickets at regular intervals to dismiss the Proteas in 49.4 overs.On a drier surface than the one used in South Africa's 93-run victory on ...
Irfan to join Pakistan for Sri Lanka one-days LAHORE: Fit-again paceman Mohammad Irfan will join the Pakistan squad for their one-day matches against Sri Lanka to reinforce the attack after their 2-0 Test series defeat, a board official said Tuesday.The 32-year-old, who holds the record of being the tallest-ever cricketer at seven feet one inch (2.16 metres), will fly out in time for the first ODI in Hambantota on Saturday."The team management in Sri Lanka had asked for Irfan to join the squad ...


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