PAKISTAN

  • Pakistan pacer Rahat Ali confident of doing well against India February 6, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan's rookie left-arm pacer Rahat Ali, who got a surprsie cricket World Cup call up, is hoping to play against arch-rivals India in Adelaide on February 15 and said he has the weapon in his arsenal to trouble the strong Indian batting line up. Pakistan on Thursday gave Ali a...
  • Pakistan contract dispute not affecting Cup preparations, says PCB February 6, 2015

    Karachi: A dispute with Pakistan players over their central contracts is not affecting the team's preparations for the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday. Najam Sethi, head of the board's executive committee, said the dispute had been blown out of proportion in the media. "The players are focused...
  • Indo-Pak bilateral ties must for Pakistan players' participation in IPL, says Sethi February 6, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistani players would only be able to play in the Indian Premier League once bilateral cricket ties with India were restored on a permanent basis, according to a Pakistan Cricket Board official. The former chairman of the PCB Najam Sethi, who now heads the powerful executive committee, said that the...
  • Saeed Ajmal may still make it to Pakistan's World Cup squad February 6, 2015

    Chennai: Saeed Ajmal could be cleared to play in the upcoming World Cup according to coaches present during the test conducted on the banned Pakistan off-spinner at the ICC-accredited laboratory here on Friday. The coaches at the centre disclosed that "following the test, the bowler's action show marked changes and his...
  • ICC approves Rahat Ali's induction for World Cup February 6, 2015

    Cricket's governing body on Friday approved paceman Rahat Ali as a replacement player for injured Junaid Khan in Pakistan's squad for the World Cup, which starts next week. The 26-year-old Ali played his only one-day international against Sri Lanka in June 2012, and was a surprise replacement for Junaid, announced by...
  • Cult classic 'Sholay' to be released in Pakistani cinemas for the first time February 6, 2015

    Islamabad: The cult classic "Sholay", an action adventure Bollywood movie circling around two petty thieves hired by a police officer to exact revenge on a ruthless bandit, is set to release in Pakistan, 40 years after hitting Indian theatres. The release of the Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra-starrer, directed by Ramesh Sippy,...
  • Bollywood's iconic film 'Sholay' to release in Pakistan February 6, 2015

    Islamabad: The cult classic 'Sholay', an action adventure Bollywood movie circling around two petty thieves hired by a police officer to exact revenge on a ruthless bandit, is set to release in Pakistan, 40 years after hitting Indian theatres. The release of the Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra-starrer, directed by Ramesh Sippy,...
  • India carrying too many injured players: Dilip Vengsarkar February 6, 2015

    Mumbai: India have made the "mistake" of carrying too many injured players in their squad for the upcoming cricket World Cup, according to former India captain Dilip Vengarkar who reckons that it may be a handicap for the defending champions in their bid to retain the title. In an exclusive interview...
  • Pakistan not a big threat to India in opening tie: Azharuddin February 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Having led India to three World Cup victories against Pakistan, former captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels that the defending champions face no serious threat from their arch-rivals in the much-hyped encounter between the two sides in the cricket World Cup. "India-Pakistan is always a big game. We have not lost...
  • J&K was never Pakistan's and will never be: India February 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir was never Pakistan's and will never be, India said in a sharp reaction to observance of the so-called 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' in Pakistan. Pakistan's "self destructive" and "futile quest for territorial aggrandisement" in the state was well known, spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin...
  • No Sachin Tendulkar gives Pakistan World Cup hope against India February 6, 2015

    India go into the World Cup without the reassuring presence of retired batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for the first time since 1992, which surely must bring relief to arch-rivals Pakistan. Pakistan have lost all their five World Cup meetings against India and Tendulkar, who featured in all of them, proved a...
  • Expert advice for Team India: Bowl stump to stump February 6, 2015

    Former India pacers Venkatesh Prasad and Javagal Srinath want the struggling pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami to concentrate on bowling "stump-to-stump" without trying too many variations in upcoming Cricket World Cup, starting February 14. India will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Adelaide on February...
  • India hits out at Pakistan for Kashmir rallies February 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Reacting sharply, India on Thursday termed the activities undertaken in Pakistan by its leaders and "unsavoury elements" as "futile quest for territorial aggrandisement" to mark so called 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' and said it was high time it should focus on its problems. "We are aware that there are multiplicity...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: Pakistan remain dangerous as ever February 5, 2015

    It was 1992 in Australia. After six consecutive defeats in warm-up, Pakistan team and fans had given up most hope for a maiden World Cup win, for which Imran Khan shunned retirement to have another crack. It was up and down in the group stage, but Pakistan made it to...
  • Rahat Ali to replace Junaid Khan in Pakistan's World Cup squad: PCB February 5, 2015

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday announced that left-arm paceman, Rahat Ali would be replacing injured fast bowler Junaid Khan in Pakistan's World Cup final squad. A spokesman of the board said that the chairman, Shaharyar Khan had approved a request from the tour selection committee to send Rahat for...
  • India prepared to take on Pakistan in Adelaide, says Sourav Ganguly February 5, 2015

    Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said he was looking forward to following Indian vice captain Virat Kohli, South African skipper AB de Villiers and young Australian Test captain Steve Smith in the World Cup. Ganguly made the comment at a book launch event when asked to name three players he...
  • Share revenues else tour is off: PCB to BCB February 4, 2015

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided in principle to call off its tour to Bangladesh in April-May if the Bangladesh Cricket Board refuses to share revenues for the series of two Tests, three One-day Internationals and a T20. "We don't want to end up spending money from our coffers...
  • Pakistan accuses India of changing demography of Kashmir February 4, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday accused India of trying to change the demographic mix of Kashmir by settling non-Kashmiris in the Valley. Ahead of the 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' being observed in Pakistan on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry levelled the charge during a briefing for ambassadors of OIC countries on...
  • Pakistan Cricket Board waiting on Bilawal's selection for WC squad February 4, 2015

    Karachi: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan said on Wednesday that the PCB was still waiting for the tour selection committee to decide if it wanted to have Bilawal Bhatti in the World Cup squad. "We are still waiting for the tour selectors to decide. If they ask for...
  • Pakistan fired up by rock-steady Misbah, swashbuckling Afridi February 4, 2015

    Pakistan one-day skipper Misbah-ul Haq and predecessor Shahid Afridi play for the same team, but come from different worlds. If the unpredictable Pakistanis are to secure a second World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, they need the two heavyweight talents to forge a united front. Misbah is conservative, careful; Afridi...
  • Mohammad Amir wants to be a better person February 4, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan's banned pacer Mohammad Aamir has made it a point to redeem his public image on Wednesday. Aamir has been allowed by International Cricket Council to resume playing domestic cricket immediately although his ban for spot-fixing ends in September. "It is a long road to get back into international cricket for...
  • Sachin Tendulkar factor will be missed in Indo-Pak clash February 4, 2015

    Mumbai: When holders India clash with Pakistan in their potentially high-octane campaign opener of the ICC Cricket World Cup on February 15 at the Adelaide Oval, the awe-inspiring Sachin Tendulkar would be conspicuously absent for the first time in a match between the two arch-rivals in the showpiece event. The batting...
  • Pressure will be on India in opener against Pakistan: Venkatapathy Raju February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: India may have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup but former spinner Venkatapathy Raju feels that being the defending champions the pressure will be on the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team when it faces off against the arch-rivals in their opening game in Adelaide. "India have done better...
  • India-Pakistan matches bigger than World Cup for many: Shoaib Akhtar February 4, 2015

    Cricket is just a game, but try telling that to the 22 players who will walk out for the India vs Pakistan World Cup match in Adelaide on Feb 15. The Pool B contest was sold out in 20 minutes and no other team in world sport will be under as...
  • Barack Obama proposes over $1 billion civil, military aid to Pakistan February 3, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has proposed over $1 billion in civilian and military aid to "strategically important" Pakistan for fighting terror, economic development, safety of nuclear installations and improving ties with India among other objectives. The budgetary proposals released by the State Department after Obama sent them to the...
  • Pakistan to try 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on daily basis February 3, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan, under international pressure to curb terrorism and terrorist activities based on its territory, will conduct the trial of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, on day-to-day basis, local media reported on Tuesday. The Islamabad High Court, whose earlier order for conditional release of...
  • Amir reprieve will encourage others to come clean: ICC February 3, 2015

    Mumbai: The reprieve given to Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir in a spot-fixing scandal will encourage corrupt players to come clean and help maintain the game's integrity, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson said on Tuesday. Amir and his former team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were all banned for...
  • New Zealand beat Pakistan by 119 runs in 2nd ODI February 3, 2015

    Napier: New Zealand made an emphatic statement of form Tuesday in its last official limited-overs international before the Cricket World Cup, compiling 369-5 on its way to a crushing 119-run win over Pakistan to complete a 2-0 sweep of their two-match series. Kane Williamson made 112 from 88 balls and Ross...
  • Rock star Sohail Khan gives Pakistan mountain of muscle February 3, 2015

    Karachi: From throwing rocks down mountains and training by swimming across rivers and streams in Pakistan's troubled north-west, unheralded pace bowler Sohail Khan has come a long way. The 30-year-old was a surprise inclusion in Pakistan's 15-man squad for the World Cup as he was not considered amongst the favourites until...