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  • PCB under fire for not postponing New Zealand ODI in the wake of Peshawar massacre 9 hours 4 minutes ago

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) authorities have come under fire for not postponing the fourth One-day International against New Zealand by a day in the wake of the terrorist attack in a Peshawar Army Public School in which around 132 schoolchildren were killed. Former Test players and critics on different...
  • Banned Saeed Ajmal to play against Kenya 13 hours 54 minutes ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will finally make an appearance in a competitive cricket match three months after being suspended by the ICC for an illegal bowling action. The Pakistani selectors on Thursday included Ajmal in the country's A squad for the last two matches of the one-day series against...
  • Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara handed ICC fine for dissent 4 days ago

    Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee from their victory over England on Saturday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed the penalty after deciding Sangakkara was "showing dissent at an umpire's decision". The disagreement came at the start of 34th over when the...
  • Virat Kohli returns to top 20 in the ICC Test rankings 5 days ago

    Dubai: Indian batsman Virat Kohli on Sunday broke into the top-20 of ICC Test rankings at 16th after his stupendous back-to-back hundreds in the opening cricket Test against Australia in Adelaide. Kohli, whose twin hundreds went in vain as India lost the match by 48 runs on Saturday, rose 11 rungs...
  • Phil Hughes' brother scores 63 in return to cricket 6 days ago

    Sydney: Phillip Hughes' older brother returned to Sydney grade cricket on Saturday for the first time since the Australia batsman's death, and Jason Hughes had a most appropriate score. The elder Hughes scored 63 for Mosman against Sydney, the same number of runs his brother made when he was fatally struck...
  • Pakistan chief selectors question ICC for chucking calls 1 week ago

    Karachi: Former Test spinners and chief selectors Iqbal Qasim and Salahuddin Ahmed have questioned the current protocol of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for bowlers and said it was destroying the careers and livelihoods of players. The 61-year old Iqbal Qasim, who played 50 Tests as a left arm-spinner, felt it...
  • Saeed Ajmal to play against Kenya before biomechanics test: PCB December 11, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally decided that suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal should play two one-day games against Kenya this month before he goes for his final biomechanics test in Chennai. An official of the board said on Thursday that Saeed will feature in one or two matches of the...
  • PCB prepares to send Ajmal, Hafeez to India for biomechanic tests December 10, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's suspended off-spinners, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammed Hafeez will be sent to Chennai in India to undergo informal biomechanic tests as part of PCB's desperate attempts to get them cleared for next year's World Cup. PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media on Wednesday in Lahore that they had applied...
  • Off-spinners in firing line of ICC crackdown December 9, 2014

    Off-spinners could be in danger of becoming an endangered species as exponents fall by the wayside in the recent crackdown on illegal bowling actions by cricket's world governing body. Ever since the International Cricket Council (ICC) accepted a recommendation by its cricket committee in June to punish bowlers with suspect actions,...
  • PCB to decide on Saeed Ajmal's biomechanics test on Monday December 7, 2014

    Karachi: With Mohammad Hafeez also being suspended from bowling in international cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board will decide on Monday when to send Saeed Ajmal for the official ICC biomechanics test. Ajmal made a quiet return to Pakistan on Saturday from London where he has been working on his bowling action...
  • Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez suspended over bowling action: ICC December 7, 2014

    The International Cricket Council on Sunday confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez to be illegal and, as such, the offspinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level...
  • Mentally torn after Phil Hughes tragedy, Sean Abbott to sit out club games December 5, 2014

    Sydney: Australian fast bowler Sean Abbott whose bouncer proved fatal for Phillip Hughes would be sitting out this weekend's round of club fixtures as Sydney Club Cricket returns after the tragic incident. The 22-year-old who plays for Sydney University in grade cricket will miss the next few matches along with New...
  • SCG retires pitch No.7 following Phil Hughes death December 5, 2014

    Sydney: Sydney Cricket Ground's Pitch No.7, the 22-yard strip on which Phillip Hughes fell after being fatally struck by a bouncer on head, has been retired. The wicket square at the SCG has 10 pitches. Hughes received his fatal blow on pitch No 7 and fell face-forward. He succumbed to the blow...
  • PCB wants ICC to delay biomechanic test of Saeed Ajmal December 5, 2014

    Karachi: Within days of asking the ICC for dates to conduct the biomechanic tests on suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan Cricket Board now wants the process to be delayed as the bowler is not yet ready. An official in the Board told PTI that the PCB had initially requested the...
  • Spirit of cricket on show as fans mourn loss of Phillip Hughes December 3, 2014

    Cricket fans gathered across Australia on Wednesday to mourn the death of batsman Phillip Hughes, a show of support described by Michael Clarke as the "spirit of cricket that binds us all together" in a eulogy to his close friend. While Clarke was speaking at the funeral in Hughes's hometown of...
  • I am a batting all-rounder, says Axar Patel December 1, 2014

    Mumbai: Axar Patel, who grabbed attention with his effective left-arm spin bowling for India in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka, insisted he was a batsman who could bowl. Patel played a blistering knock of 64 not out against South Zone to pilot West Zone into the Deodhar Trophy final. "People...
  • Batsman sacrifices record to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes December 1, 2014

    Sydney: A batsman in a club match in Victoria has paid a touching tribute to Phillip Hughes by deciding to sacrifice breaking a long-standing record. According to a report in The Courier Mail, Shaun McArthur, captain of Ballarat club side Haddon, was batting on 220 and was blazing his way to...
  • Phillip Hughes' funeral to be live screened at SCG December 1, 2014

    Sydney: The Sydney Cricket Ground will be open to the public on Wednesday for a live screening of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' funeral. According to report in Daily Telegraph, the SCG will show the live feed of Channel Nine's broadcast on their super screens. Hughes' funeral will be held in his home...
  • ICC says clampdown on bouncer 'unlikely' November 30, 2014

    London: International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson on Sunday said that a clampdown on bouncers was unlikely despite the tragic death of Australian Phillip Hughes, according to a report. Hughes died on Thursday, two days after he was struck on the back of the neck, just underneath the headguard by...
  • PCB keen to make Saeed Ajmal play domestic cricket: reports November 30, 2014

    Karachi: The bowling action review committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recommended that suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal appear in some domestic cricket matches before he is considered for World Cup selection. A member of the committee told PTI that at its meeting last Friday the committee was satisfied that...
  • Cricket's aggression will return, says Geoff Lawson November 30, 2014

    Sydney: Former Australian pacer Geoff Lawson feels cricket will return to being played aggressively but appreciated the decision of New Zealand and Pakistan bowlers not to bowl bouncers on day two of the first Test following Phillip Hughes' death. According to Lawson, the sport would return to its old self but...
  • 21 years ago, a cricketer died in similar circumstances as Phil Hughes November 30, 2014

    Melbourne: The rare injury that claimed Phillip Hughes' life has been caused by a cricket ball only once before and it happened 21 years ago when another player was killed during a training session. The rare injury that claimed Hughes, and its unbearable consequences, are known all too well by another...
  • Bouncers here to stay despite Phillip Hughes tragedy November 28, 2014

    On the opening day of the last Ashes series, Mitchell Johnson set the tone for five matches of Australian domination by sending a series of 150km per hour missiles whistling past the ears of a succession of English batsmen. Australians packed into the Gabba and watching on television around the country...
  • Pakistan and New Zealand players mourn Phillip Hughes's death November 28, 2014

    Sharjah: Pakistan and New Zealand teams and officials on Friday observed a minute's silence and wore black armbands to join the world in mourning young Australian batsman Phillip Hughes. Hughes, 25, died yesterday from a rare head injury after a devastating on-field blow in a first-class match in Sydney, leaving the...
  • Touching #putoutyourbats Phillip Hughes tribute goes viral November 28, 2014

    Sydney: Cricket bats were pictured leaning against front doors, stadiums and statues on Friday as the spontaneous #putoutyourbats tribute to fallen batsman Phillip Hughes went viral. Pictures of bats posted with the hashtag flooded Twitter as ordinary fans and star players alike joined in the touching memorial, a day after the...
  • Sean Abbott faces task to make sense of Phil Hughes loss: experts November 28, 2014

    People do not associate cricket with death and the shock loss of Phillip Hughes, against all rational expectation, will be the hardest thing for bowler Sean Abbott to deal with, according to trauma experts. Abbott's short-pitched delivery struck Hughes in the neck during a domestic match on Tuesday, with the impact...
  • Australian media 'shares agony' of Phillip Hughes death November 28, 2014

    The tragic death of batsman Phillip Hughes dominated the front pages of Australia's media on Friday as "the nation shares the agony of an innings cut short", while rallying behind the youngster who bowled the fatal ball. Hughes died Thursday from a rare head injury after a devastating on-field blow, sparking...
  • Former England pacers feel for Sean Abbott after Hughes death November 28, 2014

    Two former England fast bowlers who were centrally involved in near-fatal accidents on the field voiced their concerns for paceman Sean Abbott on Thursday following the death of Phillip Hughes. The cricket world was united in grief after it was announced that Hughes, due to celebrate his 26th birthday this weekend,...
  • Cricketing world mourns Phillip Hughes' death November 28, 2014

    Flags flew at half-mast at cricket grounds across the world on Friday and players left bats outside their doors in a social media tribute to Australia's Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday after being struck by a ball. Hughes' passing from a "catastrophic" head injury dominated the front and back pages...
  • Phillip Hughes' death hard to digest: Nari Contractor November 27, 2014

    More than five decades after his near-fatal head injury in the Caribbean, former India captain Nari Contractor could not believe Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes lost his life despite wearing a helmet. The left-handed Contractor was stuck on the skull by a Charlie Griffith bouncer in a practice match against Barbados during...