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After going wicketless on the first day in Sharjah, Nathan Lyon was the only Australian to make a breakthrough on day three as Babar Azam and Haris Sohail ground down the bowlers with unbeaten centuries. It was slow going for much of the day as Pakistan A crawled along at less than three an over until tea,...

Virat Kohli cracked his 20th ODI hundred and Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane made fifties as India comfortably downed a seemingly eager-to-leave West Indies in Dharamsala. The news that West Indies’ tour had been cut short due to the players’ payment dispute with their board broke during India’s innings, and the visitors backed that up with a shoddy all-round...

The West Indies tour to India has been thrown into uncertainty with the BCCI saying it had been called off by the WICB and announcing a replacement tour, while the West Indies board said in a later statement that it had not taken any such decision. The developments followed a protracted payment structure dispute between the players, the WICB and West Indies Players’...

If there was any doubt that Alex Doolan would bat at No.3 in the first Test in Dubai, there is not any more. Doolan scored a confident century on the second day against Pakistan A in Sharjah, where he showed his adeptness against both pace and spin to join the in-form Steven Smith in leading Australia’s strong recovery from a shaky top-order start. Although the Australians...

ISLAMABAD: All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has fully recovered from a hand injury and is fit for next week’s first test against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, Hafeez missed the one-off Twenty20 and the three one-day internationals against Australia after injuring his left hand during a practice match at Sharjah. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s...

The University of Western Australia (UWA), whom the International Cricket Council (ICC) relied upon for the last 20 years to develop models to test illegal bowling actions, has raised serious doubts over the reliability of the recent biomechanics tests that have seen several international bowlers suspended from the game. To date Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, Sri Lanka’s...

Asad Shafiq will enter the first Test in Dubai full of confidence after scoring a breezy century against the Australians on the first day of their tour match in Sharjah. Steve O’Keefe took 3 for 76, helping his case for a Test debut in what will probably be a twin-spin attack with Nathan Lyon. There was barely any turn in the pitch, and the fast men were only able...

LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricket team captain Wasim Akram has urged struggling skipper Misbah-ul Haq to say good-bye to ODIs, while blaming a lack of international cricket and the absence of a system for developing young players for the team’s disappointing defeats in recent months. Pakistan lost the final ODI against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to complete a...

LAHORE: Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq believes Saeed Ajmal has rectified his action to permissible limits and is ready to undergo a test to return to cricket, the country’s board said. The PCB will first send Ajmal, who was barred from bowling in international cricket for an illegal action, for an informal review, chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters. The...

Shahid Afridi has said that Misbah-ul-Haq was the “best choice as Pakistan captain” for the upcoming World Cup. His comments in support of Misbah’s captaincy came through a PCB media release after Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chief, had expressed disappointment with Afridi’s remarks in a post-match conference after the third ODI. “Let me state...

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