India tour for Champions League is a learning curve: Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad HafeezKarachi: Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez has described their tour of India for Champions League twenty20 tournament as a great learning curve for the players and Pakistan cricket.

"We are not in India just to play cricket, we want to go back by impressing the Indian people with our attitude, behaviour and cricket. There is a lot of demand for our players and Pakistan cricket in India and we don't want to spoil that image," Hafeez said on Geo Super channel during a telephonic talk from Hyderabad Deccan.

CLT20: Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes - Preview

Punjab Hobart HurricanesMohali: After their best-ever show at IPL 7, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their aggressive brand of cricket when they start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 here on Wednesday.

Riding on their power-packed batting line-up, Kings XI took IPL 7 by storm before finishing runners-up and George Bailey's men will look to continue their dominating show in their CLT20 debut.

CLT20: Bowlers to be blamed for defeat, says Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad-HafeezRaipur - Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez blamed his bowlers for his team's crushing 72-run defeat against Northern Knights in their second qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 here on Saturday.

"The decision of electing to field was right because the pitch was helping the seamers. We didn't bowl well. We as a team didn't bowl well, didn't field well and I think their partnership for fourth wicket (between DR Flynn and DJ Watling) took the game away from us," Hafeez said in the post-match press conference at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.

Boycott says will not be putting his money on England for WC at this time

geoffrey boycottLondon, Sep 12 : Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said that he would not be putting his money on England currently for the World Cup.

But, the legendary batsman believes that England plays Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia , the three minnows, and if they are able to win against them, they are into the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Boycott said that although England seems to be at sixes and sevens, one-day cricket is a funny game, The BBC reported.

Robin Uthappa attracts highest bid of Rs 5.30 lakh in KPL auction

Robin Uthappa attracts highest bid of Rs 5.30 lakh in KPL auctionBangalore - Hard-hitting batsman Robin Uthappa attracted the highest bid at Karbonn Wadiyar Karnataka Premier League (KPL) players' auction with Bellary Tuskers clinching his services for Rs 5.30 lakh here on Sunday.

Karnataka speedster Abhimanyu Mithun drew the second highest bid as he went for Rs 5 lakh to Bijapur Bulls.

The third highest bid of Rs 4 lakh was for Bharath Chipli and Belagavi Panthers was successful in roping him into their team.

India placed very well for the World Cup: Sourav Ganguly

saurav-gangulyBirmingham: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has said that the Men in Blue are peaking at the right time and are currently placed very well for the 2015 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their 2011 title.

India hadn't won an ODI series of particular importance since their wins against Australia and West Indies in the 2013-14 home season. They had lost to South Africa and New Zealand away, and also did not have an impressive outing in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh either.

Vaughan adamant Cook must quit ODI captaincy for England to win WC

Michael VaughanJohannesburg, Sep 04 - Former England skipper Michael Vaughan once again called for the sacking of current captain Alastair Cook, saying that he must be removed from the nation's ODI captaincy if they are to have any chance of winning the next year's World Cup.

England's humiliating nine-wicket ODI defeat by India at Edgbaston on Tuesday, a result that saw the world champions take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in a five-match series and win with nearly 20 overs to spare, was the final straw for Vaughan.

Veteran cricketers slams England's ODI approach as 'old fashioned'

Alastair-CookLondon, Sep 3 : England served up one of their worst ever one day performances, facing a nine-wicket defeat against India.

As captain, Alastair Cook is the lightning rod for the abject failure that is going on around him and after overseeing an utter shambles of a performance at Edgbaston, his position is even weaker.

However England's loss to India to complete a series defeat was so bad that it is no longer a question of personnel that needs changing - it is a complete overhaul of their attitude and approach, the Mirror reported.

Former Pak captain Rashid Latif says Misbah should step down as ODI skipper

Former Pak captain Rashid LatifIslamabad, Sep 03 - After Pakistan's dismal show in ODI series in Sri Lanka, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif wants Misbah-ul-Haq to step down as ODI skipper.

According to the Dawn, Latif said Pakistan were disastrously under-prepared for the World Cup which is now just four months away.

The former wicket-keeper told the Press Trust of India that it was time for Misbah to be replaced, keeping in mind the way Pakistan performed in Sri Lanka.

Latif said that the team seamed directionless even with the presence of former high profile cricketers like Waqar Younis and Moin Khan.

Moores admits England has 'got to work fast' to become serious contenders for WC

Peter MooresJohannesburg, Sep 02 - England coach Peter Moores has admitted on Monday that the squad faces a race against time if they want to prove themselves to be serious contenders to win next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

No England side has ever lifted the World Cup, with the last of their three losing appearances in the final back in 1992, when the tournament was last staged 'Down Under'.

India become sole number one in ICC ODI rankings

India TeamDubai: Their dominating performance against England coupled with Australia's shock loss to Zimbabwe today made India the sole number one team in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued here.

"World champion India have been confirmed as the number-one ranked side in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings following Zimbabwe's three wickets victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare on Sunday," the ICC said in a statement.

Boucher hails De Villiers as world's 'best batsman' in all formats

Mark-BoucherJohannesburg, Aug 9 : Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has branded AB de Villiers as the best batsman in the world at the moment.

Boucher, who is a former teammate of De Villiers, said that any time the batsman gets a 100, it is going to be difficult to stop South Africa from winning, and added that that is why he is the best batsmen in the world, in all formats of the game.

A passionate conservationist, Boucher recently attended the announcement of the joint venture between the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy programme and the Blue Bulls, in an effort to bolster the fight against rhino poaching, Sport24 reported.

Cook faces one match ban after England fined for slow over-rate in ODI against India

Alastair-CookLondon, Aug 28 : England captain Alastair Cook is reportedly on the brink of a one-match ban after his side was fined for a slow over-rate in the ODI against India in Cardiff.

Cook had been fined 20 percent of his match fee with the other England players fined 10 percent of their match fees. The skipper would face a ban if England repeats the offence in ODI cricket during the next 12 months, The BBC reported.

India beat England by 133 runs in the second one-dayer at Cardiff and lead the five-match series 1-0 after the first ODI at Bristol was abandoned without any play because of rain.

Suresh Raina's ton helps India trounce England by 133 runs in 2nd ODI

Suresh RainaCardiff : Suresh Raina smashed his first overseas century as India began their one-day campaign on a resounding note when they trounced England by 133 runs in the second ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Sophia Gardens, here on Wednesday.

Put into bat, India, who are looking to put their Test debacle behind them in the limited-overs format, rode Raina's 75-ball 100 to post a challenging 304 for six in 50 overs. The 144-run fifth-wicket partnership between Raina, who registered his fourth ODI century, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52) was the highlight of the Indian innings.

Dhoni's comments on Fletcher to be discussed at working committee meet: BCCI

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniNew Delhi: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s statement that coach Duncan Fletcher continues to remain the `boss` of the team and will stay till the 2015 World Cup has prompted a livid BCCI to take up the matter at the next Working Committee meeting.

The BCCI top brass is fuming at Dhoni`s comments at the pre-match press conference in Bristol, saying that the captain has "over-stepped his brief" and has no business to decide the tenure of coaches.

Harris says India may face 'brutal summer' from 'Johnson and company' during Oz tour

Ryan-HarrisKarachi, Aug 23 : With three months still left to go ahead of India's tour to Australia, pacer Ryan Harris has said that the hosts would not tone down their aggression and the visiting squad might face a brutal summer from Mitchell Johnson and company in the series in December.

Harris has declared that the Australians would seek to extend India's woeful away-from-home record when they kick-start the four-match series on December 4.

Support staff changes could have been made after ODIs: Rahul Dravid

Rahul DravidNew Delhi: Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India`s England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be "tough on everyone concerned".

Talking about the appointment of former India captain Ravi Shastri as Team Director after India lost the fifth and final Test against England in under three days to go down 1-3 in the series, Dravid said: "You don`t have problems if people want to make changes, it`s part of professional sport."

'Injured' Prior planning to make England comeback against Windies in April

matt-priorJohannesburg, Aug 22 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has dismissed suggestions that his international career is over and has targeted April's series in the West Indies for his return from a long-standing Achilles problem.

Prior will undergo surgery next month on the injury, which has dogged him for two years, and flared up in the home series against India, forcing him to step aside after England lost the second Test last month.

Many were quick to write off the right-hander because of the success of his replacement Jos Buttler, who scored 200 in three innings as England won the remaining Tests to claim the series 3-1, Sport24 reported.

Struggling Cheteshwar Pujara gets BCCI nod to play county cricket

Cheteshwar-PujaraMumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen who failed to click in the five-Test series against England that India lost 1-3, has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English county season and will be allowed to do so by the Board.

"Pujara is not part of the ODI or T20 team now and is free to play. He sought my permission to play in county cricket and I have asked him to send me the details. I have decided to allow him to play," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Vadodara.

BCCI: Ravi Shastri appointed to ensure players get their energy back

Ravi-ShastriBangalore, Aug 19 : Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Sanjay Patel said Tuesday that former India captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the director of the national cricket team to ensure that players get their energy back between games.

"The BCCI has talked over it for the past two weeks. The entire situation was considered and the opinion of experts was also taken. In the end, we decided that Ravi Shastri is the right person to lead the team and manage the team in such a way that the Indian players should get their energy back and they should be back in the game," said Patel.

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