Afridi Banned From Hampshire | PCB Strike Again

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi's will not be able to play for English country side Hampshire in the Twenty20 competition after the Pakistan Cricket Board decide to revoke the 'NOC' after the cricketer's outburst against country's cricket board. 

Afridi decided to announce his "retirement from international cricket" today till the regime under Ijaz Butt are in power. As of now, Afridi's cricket career is in a jeopardy after PCB decided to revoke his NOC and suspend his central contract with immediate effect. 

It also means that Afridi who was committed to play in the inaugural Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) will not be seen in action. "There is nothing bigger than a man's respect, and the way the board has treated me, there is a limit to everything," an emotional Afridi was quoted as saying by a leading television channel. "I will not play under this board. If a different board comes in, I will definitely return but I cannot play under this board. When you have been humiliated like this, by dishonourable people, what is the point in playing on?," 

Afridi who was gearing up to play for Hampshire said. "The way I've been treated... the future doesn't look too good. I can't play under a board that doesn't respect its players. Because of this, under protest, this is a conditional retirement," he had said.
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Afridi Announces Retirement From International Cricket

Afridi Announces Retirement From International Cricket

Former skipper Pakistan cricket team Shahid Khan Afridi has announced retirement from international cricket here late on Monday, Geo News reported.

According to sources, Afridi’s disagreement with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over some issues resulted in his early retirement.

He said it was hard for him to play under a cricket board, which pays no respect to senior players.
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Lionel Messi All 53 Goals | Video 2011

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Fognini Vs Montanes Highlights Video | Roland Garos 2011

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Crowd booed Fognini at the end of the match he played the last few games without even moving, took about 6 minutes for treatment. Montanes just didn't knew what to do.

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Vitaly Petrov Crash Video| Monaco 2011

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Alguersuari Hamilton and Sutil Involved too.

Sutil hits the barriers coming out of Tabac, suffers a rear puncture and is struggling to keep his vehicle in a straight line. There's a big queue, Alguersuari smacks into the back of Hamilton and Petrov, trying to avoid the incident, hits the barriers all on his own. It's messy

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Pakistan Considering Hosting Sri Lanka in UAE

With Sri Lanka refusing to tour Pakistan later this year, Abu Dhabi and Dubai could once again end up hosting the Test and ODI series in October this year.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approached the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for hosting its home series in the UAE, according to the ECB’s Chief Executive Officer Dilawar Mani.

Speaking to Gulf News ECB’s Chief Executive Officer Dilawar Mani said, "The PCB has requested us to prepare costing for the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in October as well as for the Pakistan-England series at the end of January, again the venues being Abu Dhabi and Dubai."

The Zayed International Cricket Stadium is likely to stage two Tests and three ODIs while Dubai will get to stage one Test, two ODIs and the T20 international.
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Pakistan "A" Team Might Tour Afghanistan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed to send the Pakistan 'A" Team to Afghanistan but faces a uncertain situation as it awaits security clearance from government officials.

According to ‘The News’ the idea of inviting Pakistan national team was earlier presented by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Nasimullah Danish in a meeting with the PCB chief Ijaz Butt.

Though, Butt did not guarantee sending the main team but yet he assured that PCB would send it’s A team to Afghanistan to play the first-ever match to be held at Jalalabad cricket stadium, which would be ready for inauguration in a few months.

“The board has decided to send it’s A team to show a good gesture that both the cricket boards are looking to help each other,” a source said. “But the whole idea depends on government approval.”

Earlier, Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif said that he was planning to invite Pakistan national team to Afghanistan for an international series.

Meanwhile, Nasimullah Danish confirmed that during the meeting with Butt the Afghan officials requested him to send Pakistan team to Afghanistan for an inauguration in Jalalabad.

“PCB has agreed to send the A team but things have not been finalised yet. The match in Jalalabad would be an exhibition match,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said that their main aim is to play against Pakistan’s national team.

“We want to play against Pakistan’s national team. If other countries are not willing to come here then we are present to help our brothers,” he added.
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Sergio Perez Accident Video | Monaco Grand Prix

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The young Sauber F1 driver a huge crash coming out of the tunnel hit the side barrier and then hit a barrier at over 200 KMH. The Mexican was very wide coming out of the tunnel and he veers right, hitting the barrier in exactly the same place as Rosberg. The Sauber flies down over the chicane and hits the tyre wall that Rosberg missed side on, with Perez holding his helmet as he made contact. An ambulance was quickly to the scene.

Confirmed Perez news No fractures, he has concussion and is in a stable condition in hospital, signs are encouraging.

Nico Rosberg had a similar crash during qualifying but he avoided the barrier Perez couldn't.

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Chris Gayle IPL 2011 | Video Highlights

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John Flanagan voted Reserve Team Player of the Year

John Flanagan has been named the club's reserve team Player of the Year after a brilliant season for the youngster in which he broke into the club's starting XI towards the end of the season.

He received 41 per cent of the votes conducted by a poll on the club's official website, putting him a clear first ahead of Spanish youngster Suso who claimed 30%, and Daniel Pacheco who received 8% of the total votes.

Talking to, Flanagan said: "First of all I would like to thank all the supporters because it is special having them vote for me, especially with me being a local lad.

"It's been a fantastic season for me and the fans are always brilliant with me.

"I would also like to thank Frank McParland, Rodolfo Borrell and Pep Segura at the Academy and our former reserve-team boss John McMahon. They have all been a big help for me."
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Pakistan Vs Ireland Live Streaming | Ist ODI 2011at Belfast

Live Streaming Pakistan Vs Ireland Ist ODI 2011 at Belfast

The match will not be telecasted, SkySports have the rights to cover the match but they won't telecast it.

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Liverpool Close to Signing £10m James McCarthy

Liverpool are reportedly close to signing  Wigan Athletic's Republic of Ireland international midfielder James McCarthy.

McCarthy, 20, has been on Liverpool's radar for some time, with the Republic of Ireland international having rejected the chance to join Liverpool before joining Wigan for £1.2m from Scottish side Hamilton Academical in 2009 as he felt regular football would be better for his development..

Kenny Dalglish is a huge admirer of the 20-year-old and the Reds are believed to be willing to spend as much as £10 million to land one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League.
"Liverpool have shown the most interest for quite a while and have convinced him that it will be the best move to fulfil his potential," the source added. "Being a Glaswegian from a Celtic-supporting family, working with Dalglish is obviously a big factor as well."
"It is 90 per cent done, all sides now seem to accept it is going to happen and it's a matter of everyone trying to get the best deal," according to

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Liverpool Slap £8m Price Tag on David Ngog

Liverpool have slapped an £8million price tag on French striker David Ngog.

The Reds are prepared to sell the 22-year-old Frenchman who is keen to secure regular first team football.

Ngog made 38 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring only two league goals out of a grand total of eight.

Ngog has mustered just 19 goals in 94 appearances for Liverpool and could remain in the Premier League if West Brom and Newcastle choose to follow up their initial interest.

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Sri Lanka Premier League Players | T20 League 2011

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has secured the services of several prominent overseas cricketers, including the likes of David Warner and Shaun Tait from Australia and Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard from the West Indies for the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League T20 tournament (SLPL).

Full list of overseas players:

Australia: David Warner, Shaun Tait, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Christian.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal.

India: Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Munaf Patel, Paul Valthaty, Praveen Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar.

Ireland: Kevin O'Brien.

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori.

Pakistan: Imran Nazir Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz.

South Africa: Albie Morkel, Herschelle Gibbs, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Makhaya Ntini.

West Indies: Chris Gayle Danza Hyatt, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard.
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Sri Lanka Premier League Schedule | T20 League 2011

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Sri Lanka Premier League Postponed

The first season of Sri Lanka Premier league 2011 will start from July 19th, 2011 and end on August 4th 2011. All the matches of SLPL 2011 will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Their will be total of 24 matches, 21 league matches, 2 semi final matches and 1 SLPL 2011 Final. 

The SLPL 2011 final will be played on 4th August 2011 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The first match of SLPL 2011 is between Basnahira Bears v Kandurata Kites and followed by Nagenahira Nagas v Ruhuna Rhinos. The 21st SLPL 2011 league match is between Ruhuna Rhinos v Wayamba Wolves on July 31st 2011.

Get the detail information on SLPL 2011 fixtures below.
Sri Lanka Premier League 2011 Schedule

SLPL 2011 1st Match

Tue Jul 19         
Basnahira Bears v Kandurata Kites

SLPL 2011 2nd Match  
Wed Jul 20        
Nagenahira Nagas v Ruhuna Rhinos

SLPL 2011 3rd Match
Wed Jul 20        
Uthura Oryxes v Wayamba Wolves

SLPL 2011 4th Match
Thu Jul 21        
Uva Unicorns v Basnahira Bears

SLPL 2011 5th Match  
Thu Jul 21        
Kandurata Kites v Nagenahira Nagas

SLPL 2011 6th Match
Sat Jul 23        
Ruhuna Rhinos v Uthura Oryxes

SLPL 2011 7th Match
Sat Jul 23        
Wayamba Wolves v Uva Unicorns

SLPL 2011 8th Match  
Sun Jul 24        
Basnahira Bears v Nagenahira Nagas

SLPL 2011 9th Match
Sun Jul 24        
Kandurata Kites v Ruhuna Rhinos

SLPL 2011 10th Match
Mon Jul 25    
Uthura Oryxes v Uva Unicorns

SLPL 2011 11th Match  
Mon Jul 25        
Wayamba Wolves v Basnahira Bears

SLPL 2011 12th Match
Tue Jul 26        
Kandurata Kites v Uthura Oryxes

SLPL 2011 13th Match
Tue Jul 26        
Nagenahira Nagas v Wayamba Wolves

SLPL 2011 14th Match  
Thu Jul 28        
Ruhuna Rhinos v Uva Unicorns

SLPL 2011 15th Match  
Thu Jul 28        
Uthura Oryxes v Basnahira Bears

SLPL 2011 16th Match
Fri Jul 29        
Wayamba Wolves v Kandurata Kites

SLPL 2011 17th Match
Fri Jul 29        
Uva Unicorns v Nagenahira Nagas

SLPL 2011 18th Match
Sat Jul 30        
Basnahira Bears v Ruhuna Rhinos

SLPL 2011 19th Match
Sat Jul 30        
Kandurata Kites v Uva Unicorns

SLPL 2011 20th Match
Sun Jul 31        
Nagenahira Nagas v Uthura Oryxes

SLPL 2011 21st Match
Sun Jul 31        
Ruhuna Rhinos v Wayamba Wolves

SLPL 2011 1st Semi-Final
Tue Aug 2        

SLPL 2011 2nd Semi-Final
Wed Aug 3        
SLPL 2011 Final -
Thu Aug 4        
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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Afridi pulls out of Ireland Tour

Shahid Afridi has pulled out of the two-match ODI series against Ireland due to the illness of his father.

According to Geo News report, Afridi had informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he would not be available for the two matches in Ireland on May 28 and 30.

"Afridi wants to spend time with his ailing father who is under treatment in the United States. It has nothing to do with him being removed from the One-day team captaincy," a source claimed.

The Chairman of the PCB, Ijaz Butt removed Afridi as captain earlier this month and replaced him with Misbah-ul-Haq who is presently leading the team in the Test series against the West Indies.

Unofficially, the reason for removing Afridi as captain but retaining him in the One-day squad as a player was because Butt is unhappy with the allrounder's habit of frequently addressing the media and discussing team issues.

The board had even issued a notice to Afridi for making statements on team matters after he returned home from the West Indies after leading the team to a 3-2 win over the West Indies in the five-match ODI series.

The source said Afridi, who is obviously disappointed with his sacking as captain, will now reach England late and might even miss a few matches for his county Hampshire in the T20 tournament in England.
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Sri Lanka "Rejects" PCB's Invitation to Visit Pakistan

Sri Lanka will not tour Pakistan until security issues there are sorted out, a top cricket official said on Monday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has invited Sri Lanka to play a series there later in 2011, more than two years after gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore, killing six policemen and a van driver and wounding several players.

Pakistan has not hosted any international cricket since the attack in March 2009.

Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said: "Until everybody agrees (to tour Pakistan) it is very difficult to send our team. Everybody should understand the worst affected will be the players and their families."

He said that Sri Lanka has offered to provide its venues to Pakistan to host its home matches until security improves.
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Afghanistan’s match in Abbottabad moved to Islamabad

The third one-dayer between Afghanistan and Pakistan A has been moved from Abbottabad to Islamabad. 

Abbottabad, a regular venue for first-class matches in Pakistan, attained international significance on May 2, following a US military operation in the town that culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden. “The itinerary has been revised and now the Abbottabad match will be played in Islamabad on May 25,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said. No official reason was given for the decision which was taken at a meeting on Thursday between PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and interior minister Rahman Malik.

The rescheduled match will now be the series opener, and will be followed by games in Rawalpindi and Faisalabad, on May 27 and 29 respectively. Afghanistan are set to become the first international team to tour Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009. 

The Afghan side, coached by former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, will arrive in Islamabad on May 24. Afghanistan have made rapid strides in international cricket, progressing in 2009 from ICC Division Five to Division One and securing one-day status the same year. They also won the ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2010, and qualified for the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
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Shahid Afridi Considering Retiring From One Day Internationals

Former ODI captain Shahid Afridi is likely to retire from One Day Internationals after being axed as captain earlier in the week.

Sources close to Afridi say that Afridi is really dejected on the way the PCB has dealt with him on his media leakages about his differences with head coach Waqar Younis.

Earlier on Thursday, PCB sacked Afridi as captain of the Pakistan’s One Day Internationals team and replaced him with 36-year old Misbah-ul-Haq.

The decision was made for Pakistan’s upcoming two-match ODI series against Ireland where veteran top-order batsman Younus Khan will also join the team. Younis who was a part of the Pakistan team for the test series against West Indies came back after the death of his brother.

Afridi is still part of the team as a regular player, but PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt had told media that his place in the team is not cemented and he will have to prove his abilities.

Following his remarks in the media, which wasn’t the first instance, the PCB had slapped Afridi with a notice demanding reasons for his media outburst. Following his media outburst, Afridi rapidly lost support in the cricket board for not abiding by the board rules and continuing to talk to media despite several warnings by Ijaz Butt, PCB chairman, and other top authorities.

Former players most prominently Wasim Akram blasted the PCB's decision to sack Afridi as the ODI captain.
"It was wrong to sack Afridi, who has recently brought glory to the country against all odds," Wasim Akram was quoted as saying by a sports website.

"Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket. Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked. What is the PCB up to," he said.

The news was reported by the "THE NATION" newspaper.

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Pakistan Cricket Board Invites Sri Lanka to Tour Pakistan

The Pakistan Cricket Board has not given up hope of reviving international cricket at home and have again officially invited Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan later this year for the future tours program series. Sri Lanka are due to play three tests, five one-day internationals and a T20 match as part of the FTP series that Pakistan will host.

But the Sri Lankans who were targeted by militants on their last tour in March, 2009 in Lahore have already said they would prefer to play the series at neutral venues.

"The government wants this (series to be held in Pakistan)," a senior PCB official was quoted as saying on Saturday. "We have asked SLC again to let us have their views on the issue." The prospect of the series actually taking place in Pakistan remains a distant one. So far the government has only passed on verbal instructions to the PCB, who in turn have written to SLC. 

As of Saturday, when a SLC official was asked about the development or whether the board had been approached, he said: "Not to my knowledge."

Most of Pakistan’s major cities, where such a series is likely to be played – have been targeted fairly recently by terrorist attacks, within the last year in the cases of Lahore and Karachi. 

Afghanistan will actually become the first international team to play in Pakistan next week when they take on Pakistan ‘A’ in three 50-over games. Interestingly enough, one of the games was arranged for Abbottabad, but after the meeting between Ijaz and Rehman the venue was switched to Islamabad.
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21 May, The Day Saeed Anwar's 194 Annihilated The Indian Attack

Exactly 14 years ago on this day [May, 21], the cricketing world watched one of the finest innings ever played by one of the finest players Pakistan has ever produced, as Saeed Anwar smashed all records on his way to 194.

It was the 6th match of the Pepsi Independence Cup at the Chidabaram Stadium in Chennai, both teams needed to win to qualify for the two finals. Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first, the rest as we know is history.

Saeed Anwar broke the record for the highest individual innings in a one-day international by scoring 194 runs, from 146 balls, hitting 22 fours and five sixes.

It was a remarkable exhibition of controlled aggression, even if he was helped by a runner, Shahid Afridi, for most of the innings (as he was suffering from heat exhaustion and loss of fluid).

Saeed Anwar broke the previous record set by Viv Richards's, who scored 189 for the West Indies against England at Old Trafford in 1984, by five, and might have reached a double-hundred had he not top-edged a sweep to be caught at fine leg in the 47th over.

After the match Saeed himself said: "To beat India in India is something special. Only we know the pressure we were subjected to back at home after our loss at Bangalore in the World Cup."

Due to Anwar's 194, Pakistan comfortably won in the end by 35 runs. Saeed Anwar's record stood for 12 year utill it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar.

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Sacking Shahid Afridi is a Huge Mistake says Wasim Akram

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has committed a huge mistake by sacking Shahid Afridi as the ODI captain.

Wasim Akram said the 36-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq, who replaced Afridi, has no future and he doesn't see him in charge for more than six-to-eight months.

"It was wrong to sack Afridi, who has recently brought glory to the country against all odds," Wasim Akram was quoted as saying by a sports website.

Afridi, who led a young Pakistan team to the semi-finals of the World Cup, was sacked after a fall-out with coach Waqar Younis over selection issues.

Wasim said that the PCB's decision lacks logic and it was disrespectful of them to sack Afridi for "trivial matters".

"Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket. Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked. What is the PCB up to," he said.

"The present Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is on the wrong side of 30 and I don't see him leading the side beyond six to eight months,"

Wasim also said that the constant re-shuffling of players and captains will not help the team.

"It is a wrong step taken by PCB, and only (chairman) Ijaz Butt is to be blamed for this," he said.

"In Pakistan, the coach wants all the power and when it doesn't happen, the fight begins," said Wasim.
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Afridi Axed | Misbah Named Captain For Ireland Series

The Pakistan Cricket Board has removed Shahid Afridi as one-day team captain for the forthcoming series against Ireland. Chairman of the board Ijaz Butt told a media conference in Islamabad that senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq would lead the team in the two one-day matches against Ireland on May 28 and 30.

“Afridi has been retained as a player in the one-day squad but the captaincy has gone to Misbah,” Butt said without elaborating the reason for the decision.

PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told The Associated Press that it is the “policy of the board to appoint a captain on a series to series basis.”

Afridi had captained the team to the World Cup semi-finals where they lost to India and recently also guided them to a 3-2 win over the West Indies in the ODI series in the Caribbean.

Afridi ruffled feathers in the PCB and team when he returned from the Caribbean early this month and told the media that he was not happy with people interfering in his work.

Although the all-rounder didn’t name names, media reports said he had developed differences with head coach Waqar Younis over team selection issues.

The PCB issued a notice to Afridi to explain his conduct as he had violated the players’ code of conduct with his statement on team affairs.

Butt made it clear Afridi had never been given any assurances regarding the captaincy. He pointed out that the present policy of the board was to appoint captain on a series-to-series basis.

Afridi had struggled with bat and ball in the one-day series in the West Indies but has been leading the national team in limited overs cricket since early 2010 while Misbah has been test captain since last year.
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Sohail Tanvir to Lead Pakistan A versus Afghanistan

Pakistan's out-of-favour Test all-rounder Sohail Tanvir has been appointed the captain of its second string team that will take on Afghanistan in a ground-breaking one-day series to be held later this month.

Tanvir, who has been sidelined from Pakistan duty because of fitness problems and indifferent form, will lead a 15-man Pakistan A squad that includes a number of players who have either played or are knocking at the doors of international cricket.

Pakistan A will play a series of three one-day matches against the visiting Afghans (May 25, First one-day at Faisalabad; May 27, Second one-day at Rawalpindi; May 29, Third one-day at Abbottabad )

Pakistan A squad: Sohail Tanveer (captain), Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sharjeel Khan, Umer Amin, Naveed Yasin, Usman Salahuddin, Rameez Raja, Mansoor Amjad, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Muhammad Talha, Sadaf Hussain.
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Selection Blunders by PCB

Pakistan cricket team capitulated again. Familiar scenes for a Pakistani fan as the team slumped to another defeat and as usual the critics are latching on to the opportunity and the KCCA secretary has even blamed the selectors foe showing Anti Karachi Bias. Is the selection policy of the PCB that bad?? The one word answer is a big YES. Following is a description which will prove the KCCA secretary right in the sense that PCB's selection policy is beyond logic but it will also clarify that only the Karachi players are not the victims.

Fawad Alam

Agreed that Fawad is a player of limited Talent but he has made up for it with intense concentration and with stageering number like he has he is an automatic pick for the test side but no he is NOT. Pakistan prefer Umar Akmal just because he plays well in ODI and t20. On the other hand Fawad was regularly selected in T20I despite lacking the credentials required for a  late order t20 Batter.

Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamshed

Just look at his statistics in the domestic t20 and tell me one reason why he should not be in the Pak T20 team. OO yes i forgot that air ticket prices have increased so why take him to far off places like England and  WI just for one or two t20 games, better option is to play Asad Shafiq in T20s who is already there inspite of him averaging less than 15 with a strike rate of 93 in Domestic T20. Awesome Selection. Same goes for Nasir Jamshed, Umair Khan etc who are constantly over looked for the t20 format and NON performers (in T20D) like Asad Shafiq get to play in T20Is.

Nasir Jamshed averages 44 in first class cricket and please compare him with some of the other test openers and you will see for yourself. Hafeez getting picked in Tests due to good outing in ODIs is another laughable decision.

Sarfraz Ahmad and Adnan AkmalIt was a complete shock to see Mohammad Salman getting the nod over Adnan and Sarfraz in tests. Adnan did a decent enough job in New Zealand and even if he failed to meet PCB's expectations then Sarfraz Ahmad should have been the obvious replacement but NO they picked Salman after his mediocre show in the ODI series. Strange very strange.

Rana Naved, Abdul Razzaq and Tanvir Ahmad
Do i need to tell you people about their utility especially in t20 format. They are auto picks but for reasons known only to PCB they are not considered. Razzaq dropped from all forms after being strategically crucified in the World Cup and Rana's fault seem to be that his stats are good. PC only plays bowlers like Tanvir Ahmad who have economy rate of over 8 and was plundered by Razzaq in Faisal Bank T20 last time around. Poor Tanvir Ahmad got picked for t20 (when he did not deserve to) and failed to make the XI in tests (where he deserves)

Yousuf Vs Younus
Who is better in ODIs?
Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad YousufYounus Khan is a class player everyone knows that but he has never been a prolific limited order batter for Pakistan although he had a few purple patches in the ODI format but even then Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik are better picks than Younus Khan for ODIs. Shoaib Malik was in excellent form (100 vs IND in Champ trophy) when he got dropped and then banned. Even after the lifting of the ban he made a terrific come back in First Class cricket but still he was neglected. Same is Mohammad Yousuf's story who proved his form and fitness before the world cup but he was over looked.

Khurram ManzoorKhurram again not the most elegant players but performed well and managed to win a place in the Pak top order and had a fairly good tour down under and was batting freely in the Pak-SL match on 2 March 2009. The match ended abruptly and so did his test career and he was not only dropped from the XI but from the squad as well.

Anwar Ali, Mansoor Amjad, Hammad Azam etc
These two gems among many others have been consistently neglected despite consistently good outings in the domestic circuit. Mansoor Amjad had a terrific season with Sialkot scoring highly in Q.A Trophy and together with that he is a more than handy leg spin bowler but he along with the Sultan of Swing (as he displayed in Malaysia) has been over looked foe no valid reason. Hammad Azam was not picked when he should have been and was picked when he should NOT have been.

The list can go on and on. The bottom line is that PCB constantly mixes up the selections across different formats and picks a particular player in a particular format at the back of his performance in any other format. Its about time that they learn from their mistakes and realize that there is a certain term called " Horses for Courses".

..........Sarmad Hussain........

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Sri Lanka Premier League begins July 19

Sri Lanka Cricket have confirmed the dates for the first edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League will be from July 19 to August 4, 2011. The seven provinces will play 24 matches over the 18 days, all of which will be telecast live globally. This means that every team will each other once, before the two semi-finals and a final.

Each team will only be allowed five overseas players in their squad, of which only four can be named in the XI. Several foreign players including Chris Gayle, Shoaib Akhtar, Kieron Pollard, Shahid Afridi and Herschelle Gibbs have already been signed for the tournament.

SLC also unveiled the team names for the provinces. The seven teams will be: Basnahira Bears, Kandurata Kites, Nagenahira Nagas, Ruhuna Rhinos, Uthura Oryxes, Uva Unicorns and Wayamba Wolves. The board plans to add two more provinces to the tournament within three years.

SLC are also in on going talks with other International players, including players from India, Australia and Pakistan.
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Classy Yousuf Gives Warwickshire the Initiative With Ton

Mohammad Yousuf made a classy first century for Warwickshire on the first day of their Championship match against Worcestershire at Edgbaston. 

Another troublesome pitch, the second in a week at Edgbaston, made batting difficult until the Pakistan Test batsman reached the crease.

Following on from 81 in last month's clash at New Road, he hit an unbeaten 108 to record the 30th century of his first-class career as the Warwickshire closed on 299-6.

Yousuf and Rikki Clarke began the recovery with a fifth wicket stand of 107 in which Clarke, who struck two sixes of slow left armer Shaaiq Choudry, was the main aggressor. 

Yousuf, supported by Tim Ambrose, accelerated after Clarke was caught behind off Gareth Andrew, racing from a measured 50 to the 30th first-class century of his career in just 39 balls which included 13 fours and a straight driven six off Choudry. 

Yousuf knock earned him high praise from Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles who said:
"It wasn’t a great day one surface but that was an incredible innings by Yousuf, It was probably the best innings I have seen in difficult circumstances. He almost made the pitch look placid the way he played."

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Shahid Afridi Axed | Misbah to Lead Team In Ireland Tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board taking notice of Shahid Afridi's recent comments in the media against the team management have decided to drop him for the tour of Ireland. Misbah Ul Haq will lead the team instead.

Shahid Afridi on his return from the West Indies tour after the completion of the ODI series said: "I don't like people interfering in my domain. I think it would be better if everyone focused on his job in the team."
The PCB are yet to clarify whether Afridi has been permanently removed from the captaincy or is it just for the Ireland tour, more action is expected once the team management sends its report to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Pakistan's tour of Ireland consists of two ODI games, the series starts on May 27, 2011.

More to follow.
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Afridi Faces Disciplinary Action After Remarks Against Management

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sought explanation from Shahid Afridi over his about the team management and Waqar Younis in particular.

Afridi led Pakistan to a 3-2 win in the one-day series in the Caribbean before complaining about "interference".
According to a PCB spokesman, Afridi’s remarks against the team management were a violation of code of conduct.

“No statement can be issued regarding the team management in media,” the spokesman explained., If Shahid Afridi had any apprehensions on the issue, he should have taken them up at board’s meeting, The PCB will take appropriate action after submission of the tour-report at the conclusion of the tour."

Shahid Afridi on his return from the West Indies tour after the completion of the ODI series said: "I don't like people interfering in my domain. I think it would be better if everyone focused on his job in the team."
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Chris Gayle - 37 runs in ONE over | IPL 2011 | Video

Chris Gayle 75 of 50 Balls Vs Chennai Super Kings | Video Highlights

2.1, SIX; Parameswaran lands the ball on a good length outside off, Gayle makes room and opens the bat face to send the ball flying over point. 

2.2, no ball, SIX; The bowler delivers further outside off. It unfortunately still remains in Gayle’s swing arc and flies away once again over the point boundary. More misery for the bowler follows when a no ball is called for overstepping.

2.2, FOUR; The free hit delivery is slightly short. It disappears through midwicket but only along the ground.

2.3, FOUR; Parameswaran corrects his length bowling a back of good length delivery outside off. Gayle simply punches it between cover and extra cover. 

2.4, SIX; The bowling is predictable now. With five fielders on the off side circle, Parameswaran pitches the delivery once more outside off. Gayle, equally predictably, hits another maximum, clearing the mid-off boundary by a distance this time.

2.5, SIX; Gayle goes down the ground over the bowlers head, and the sight screen for a massive 91-metre blow.

2.6, FOUR; The Jamaican makes room for another big hit but only gets an inside edge. In an over where nothing has gone right for Parameswaran, the edge runs past fine leg for four runs.
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Pakistani Players Eye Sri Lanka Premier T20 League

Pakistani players sidelined from the IPL and the Champions League T20 tournaments are gearing up for the Sri Lanka Premier League.

Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar have both confirmed their participation in the tournament while several other players are in on going discussion with the league officials.

According to sources, nearly all Pakistan players, including out-of-favour individuals, are interested in the league with all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul and former captain Shoaib Malik currently in discussions with the SLC.

“I’m in talks with the SLC regarding the league,” wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal told The Express Tribune. “It’s a good event and I will try to avail the chance of playing in the league that will keep me busy.”

Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik, who has been out of international action since August 2010 has also shown interest in the tournament.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced it will give an instant go-ahead to the players who wish to take part in the event. “We don’t have any issues as it’s an authorised event and it’s not even clashing with the team’s international schedule,” said PCB spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar.

“My contract is yet to be confirmed but I’ m looking to play cricket whether it’s club or league cricket,” said the former captain. “The Sri Lanka league would be a good option.”
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Shoaib Akhtar Confirms Participation in Sri Lanka T20 League

Snubbed by the Indian Premier League, Pakistani cricketers are eagerly looking forward to participating in the Sri Lankan Twenty20 League which is going to be held from July 15 to August 1.

Retired Pakistani speedster The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akthar has confirmed that he would be participating in the Sri Lankan Premier Twenty20 League. 

Other then Shoaib Akthar, Shahid Afridi has also confirmed his participation in the League and would be captaining the Nagenahira Nagas team.

The tournament stretching for 24 matches would feature seven teams. Former Sri Lanka captains Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara besides current captain Tillikaratne Dilshan will be leading the participating sides along with Afridi, Daniel Vettori and former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas.

The seven teams that are going to participate in the tournament are: 
1. Basnahira captained by Tillakaratne Dilshan.
2. Kandurata captained by Kumar Sangakkara
3. Nagenahira captained by Shahid Afridi.
4. Ruhuna captained by Sanath Jayasuriya.
5. Uthuru captained by Daniel Vettori.
6. Uva captained by Chaminda Vas.
7. Wayamba captained by Mahela Jayawerdene.
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Afghanistan's Tour To Pakistan Finalised | Schedule Included

The Pakistan Cricket Board has finalised the schedule of Afghanistan's cricket team visit to Pakistan. Afghanistan's cricket team will become the first foreign national side to play in Pakistan, two years after internationals were suspended over security fears. International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since March 2009, when gunmen attacked a convoy carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in the eastern city of Lahore.

First ODI Match Pakistan A vs Afghanistan
May 25th, 2011 at Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad

2nd ODI Match Pakistan A vs Afghanistan
May 27th, 2011 at Pindi Cricket Stadium

3rd ODI Match Pakistan A vs Afghanistan
May 29th, 2011 at Abbottabad

The Pakistan Cricket Board has also agreed to conduct coaching courses for Afghan nationals at National Cricket Academy.
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First Class Players to Get Central Contracts

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt has given the go ahead to the PCB cricket committee's proposal of awarding six month central contracts to all active first class cricketers representing regional teams.

All those players who will be in the squad of 20 in the regional teams will be eligible for the contracts according to a source in the PCB.

There would be three categories A, B and C. The top five performers in each team would be placed in the category A. Category B will comprise of the next ten best performers while category C will have five players too.

The players match fee's have also been given a rise. Cricketers representing a region placed in Division I will get Rs. 8000-12000 each for a four-day match while Division II players will get Rs. 7000 each.

Umpires and Scorers Given a Rise too :
The committee has also decided to increment match fees for umpires and scorers according to the nature and status of the tournament.
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Former Players Blast Afridi For " Not Learning From Mistakes"

Pakistan won the second ODI series on the bounce after beating the West Indies 3-2, but former chief selector Abdul Qadir blasted captain Shahid Afridi for not displaying responsibility that a leader is supposed to. Afridi could only manage 28 runs in three innings and was dismissed playing carelessly. This means that Afridi has managed only 112 runs in the last ten innings starting form the World Cup.

“Afridi knows each time he makes a mistake,” Abdul Qadir told The Express Tribune. “And it’s very surprising that he isn’t ready to learn.

“A captain should have the ability to lead from the front but the spirit of responsibility deserts Afridi. He may be a good player but his approach has damaged Pakistan cricket a lot as we have lost quite a few matches only due to his reckless attitude.”

Former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik said that Afridi, who has an experience of 325 ODIs, should have learnt to make his wicket more valuable.

“He should understand that he is representing Pakistan and not an ordinary team,” said Malik. “He has played more than 300 matches and if he is a captain that doesn’t mean that he is forgiven for every mistake he makes.

“To me, he was never the right guy to be in charge but for some reason he was appointed because we had no other option.

“He confesses his mistake but never learns,” said Malik.

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Shoaib Akhtar To Be Honored With a Gold Medal

World’s fastest bowler The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar, will be honoured with a gold medal on Saturday by the organising committee of Pakistan Cricket Champions League (T20) at the RLCA Korangi Stadium in Karachi.

Former Pakistan captain and wicket keeper Rashid Latif, alongside his colleagues, has decided to honor the star bowler, who recently retired from international cricket after the ICC World Cup. “Shoaib Akhtar has been a great son for Pakistan and its time to honor him for his extraordinary services for the country,” Rashid told The News.
Shoaib's Farewell Match Plea Ignored
Shoaib Akhtar also wanted to play one more time for Pakistan to say a proper goodbye to the game. He asked his teammates and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials for a farewell match. But both disagreed with the idea much to the disappointment of the maverick quickie as well as his millions of fans.

In 2007, Inzamam-ul-Haq had announced his retirement after Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup in the first round. But the PCB allowed Inzamam to play a Test against South Africa in Lahore as a farewell gesture and also rewarded him with a cash bonus. But the PCB is treating Shoaib Akhtar in an entirely different way.

We should treat stars like stars because they are the ones who have made the country proud,” Latif added. Meanwhile, Rashid Latif will also receive a gold medal for his efforts in promoting the game all over the country.
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Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis At Odds Over Team Selection

Pakistan successfully thumped the West Indies in the first three ODI's but ended up losing two on the bounce as the series ended 3-2 to Pakistan. It maybe a surprise to some but the people who know Pakistan cricket can understand what could be the reasons.

Pakistan skipper Shahid Khan Afridi and coach Waqar Younis were at odds on team selection and before the final ODI both had a fiery debate over inclusions and exclusions of certain players in the team.

According to sources close to the team coach Waqar Younis is not happy with the captaincy and selection skills of Shahid Afridi and thus interfered in the matters so much that it irked Afridi.

The situation was so volatile that Shahid Afridi threatened to pull out of the final ODI but after the interference of Intikhab Alam and other senior members of the squad Afridi agreed to play in the final ODI.

Sources said that the repercussions of the Captain-Coach row will also have its negative impact on the upcoming Test series as a bunch of senior players are unhappy with Waqar Younis as coach.

As always has been the case, Pakistan cricket team never comes out of any series without leaving behind a controversy and the disappointing end of a rather promising ODI series will see Pakistan Cricket Board and its top officials taking some decisions in future.
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Saeed Ajmal Grabs 3rd Position In ICC ODI Bowler Rankings

Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has broken into the top three places of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers for the first time in his career. The latest player rankings were released on Friday after the conclusion of West Indies and Pakistan ODI series in Guyana.

Ajmal, 33, took six wickets in the series against the West Indies which Pakistan won by 3-2, has climbed 16 places and now sits in third position, just five points behind Zimbabwe’s left-arm spinner Ray Price.

Saeed’s rise means that the top four spots are now all occupied by spinners with New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori leading the field and England’s Graeme Swann sitting in fourth position.

Saeed’s jump also means he has now become Pakistan’s highest-ranked bowler with captain Shahid Afridi dropping out of the top 10 after a disappointing series by his high standards. Shahid, who managed just two wickets, has slipped five places to 14th position.

Saeed’s fellow off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has also improved his ranking after claiming six wickets in the series at 23.50. Hafeez is now on number 27 in the rankings.
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Sussex Sign Umar Gul as Twenty20 Expert

Umar Gul, the Pakistan fast bowler, has become the latest Pakistani recruited by an English county team. Sussex signed Umar Gul for Friends Life Twenty20 competition. Rana Naveed is already playing First Class Cricket for Sussex whereas another Pakistani, who  is also England qualified, Naveed Arif is also playing for Sussex.

Counties are allowed to include maximum of two overseas players in Twenty20 competition which means that Umar Gul will be playing along with his compatriots i.e Rana Naveed and Naveed Arif. Naveed Arif will play as local player.
Umar Gul, with 47 wickets, is leading 2nd wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals. He was also leading wicket-taker in ICC World Twenty20 2007 and 2009. He is widely considered as a T20 expert as he has also played for Kolkatta Knight Riders and Western Australia. His bowling figures, 5 for 6 against New Zealand, are best by any bowler in T20 internationals.
He was leading wicket-taker in Pakistan’s ODI series against England in England 2010 where he also took 6 wickets in Oval ODI.
“Coming to Sussex is a privilege and the chance to follow in the footsteps of other Pakistani greats from Imran Khan to Mushtaq Ahmed, and to Rana Naved in the current team, is very exciting,” Gul said.
Currently Mohammad Yousuf, Yasir Arafat, Rana Naveed, Azhar Mahmood are playing for Warwickshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent respectively. Along with Umar Gul, Abdul Razzak and Shahid Afridi are expected to  join Hampshire for Twenty20 competition.
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