PCB seeking ICC's advice over ex-Pak skipper Malik's life ban

Saleem MalikKarachi, July 9 - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly seeking advice from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over Salim Malik's life ban after the former Pakistani captain's plea to have his 2000 life ban for match-fixing removed.

The PCB wrote to the ICC after Malik approached Pakistan board's chairman Najam Sethi in April claiming that a lower sessions court had declared the suspension illegal in 2008.

According to The Dawn, Malik argued in his meeting with Sethi that the board should clarify the position with the ICC.

Kallis wants to end international career with World Cup 'high'

Jacques-KallisSydney, July 8 : South African great Jacques Kallis has said that it would be nice if he could end his international career with a World Cup victory, with him as part of the winning side.

A motivated Kallis, who would be playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League later this year, has achieved a lot of prizes in nearly two decades in the game, except for the Cricket World Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan given six months cricket ban for breaching rules

Shakib-Al-HasanMirpur, July 7 : A six months ban from all forms of cricket has been rolled out to Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for breaching rules.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also decided not to issue Hasan any no-objection certificate (NOC) for 18 months.

According to Bangladesh's Daily Star, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon said that the decision came after the board received a series of allegations.

Hasan returned to Dhaka from London after the cricket board asked him to do so while he was on his way for Barbados to join Caribbean Premier League without taking any NOC from the board, the report added. (ANI)

Tendulkar delights crowd in short span, Finch wins it for MCC

Sachin TendulkarLondon - Sachin Tendulkar made everyone at Lord`s nostalgic with some delectable strokes but it was young Aaron Finch, who stole the show with a magnificent 181 as MCC comfortably beat Rest of the World by seven wickets in the `Bicentenary Celebrations` match here on Saturday.

It was a `Union of Legends` as the likes of Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne once again put on their cricketing gears.

Indian bowlers struggle as Derbyshire pile up 326/5

Indian bowlers struggle as Derbyshire pile up 326/5Derbyshire - India yet again produced a listless bowling performance as Derbyshire piled up 326 for five at stumps of the first day of their second tour game ahead of five-match Test series against England, here on Tuesday.

Billy Godleman (67 not out of 159 balls, 8x4s) and 17-year-old Harvey Hossein (53 not out of 89 balls, 8x4s) were at the crease at the end of opening day`s play.

ICC launches tender process for sale of media rights for 2015-23 events

iccDubai, July 1 : The ICC today launched the tender process for sale of media rights for ICC events for the next eight years.

This process offers television and digital broadcasters, content delivery platforms and media conglomerates the opportunity to own an attractive media rights package, either globally or by territory, for ICC events which includes two editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the second largest single sport event in the world, and two ICC World Twenty20 tournaments, the pinnacle event for one of the fastest growing sports formats in the world.

Criticism on Alastair Cook motivates teammates to do better

Alastair-CookLondon, June 30 : The criticism on England captain Alastair Cook is bringing his team mates together to produce a winning performance against India.

England bosses are now convinced that the squad is behind Cook and are determined to give their hundred percent against India to help the captain come out of the strong criticism.

There are plenty around the team who were left stunned at the level of the attack launched by Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen.

Meanwhile, teammates are supporting the captain and showing faith in him.

Scolari says Brazil squad becoming 'more afraid' ahead of Chile WC clash

Luiz-Felipe-ScolariLondon, June 28 : Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that his squad is becoming 'more afraid' as they prepare to face Chile in their first match of the World Cup knockout stage.

Brazil will face Chile on Friday to battle for a place in the last 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

According to the BBC, Scolari said that it is normal for Brazil to be anxious, especially now in the knockout stage where they cannot lose.

The coach said that Brazil has become more afraid, more nervous, adding that it is normal, not because it is in Brazil, but because it is a World Cup.

Indian top-order gets quality batting practice on opening day

Gautam GambhirLeicester: The Indian top-order batsmen got much needed batting practice against a below-par Leicestershire attack as they finished the first day of their opening tour match at a comfortable 333 for four here Thursday.

As many as three batsmen went on to complete their half-centuries with comeback man Gautam Gambhir`s 54 being one of the notable contributions.

Shikhar Dhawan (60 retired), Cheteshwar Pujara (57 retired) were also among the runs as opener Murali Vijay (20) and batting mainstay Virat Kohli (29) were the ones to miss out on a scoring opportunity.

Michael Clarke set to participate in Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, June 25 : Michael Clarke will make his competitive yachting debut in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month for charity.

The 33-year-old Australian cricketer will be a part of the Perpetual LOYAL crew in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month to raise money for medical equipment to assist seriously ill children, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, who will also be hosting a lunch to raise money for sick children, revealed that the endeavor is out of his "comfort zone" but he had decided to take it up as it is for a good cause. (ANI)

Chris Cairns still not out of the match fixing case: Report

Chris-CairnsLondon, June 23 : New Zealand's former cricketer Chris Cairns is reportedly still not over the match fixing allegations against him by former team mates.

According to the BBC, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would not charge match fixing offenses against the former NZ cricketer.

Cairns indicated that was the case with a text message yesterday which suggested he had read the Daily Telegraph report but could not comment as he was "awaiting the Met Police and CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] decision".

Morkel says Proteas determined to make life easy for new skipper Amla

Morne-MorkelJohannesburg, June 21 : South Africa paceman Morne Morkel has said that the squad is determined to make life as easy as possible for newly appointed Test captain Hashim Amla as they prepare for next month's tour of Sri Lanka.

Morkel said that it is a bit of a new-look team, a fresh team, but one that has played well.

According to Sport24, Morkel said that with Amla leading South Africa's Test squad, they are a team that wants to back him and play well for him to make his job a bit easier.

Ashwin stays on eight spot in Test bowlers chart

R AshwinDubai: India may not have played a Test match for more than three months now but off-spinner R Ashwin held on to his eighth spot in the ICC Test bowlers` rankings led by South African paceman Dale Steyn.

Ashwin, who has bagged 104 wickets and accumulated 788 runs in 19 Tests, has also stayed firm behind Vernon Philander in the all-rounders` chart.

Cheteshwar Pujara also kept India`s flag flying high in the Test batsman`s table as the Saurashtra batsman climbed three places to occupy the seventh spot.

Star batsman Virat Kohli (10) also maintained his position in the top-10, which is led by South African AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers named South African Cricketer of the Year

AB de VilliersJohannesburg: AB de Villiers dominated the Cricket South Africa Awards banquet by bagging four awards, including Cricketer of the Year 2014, here on Wednesday evening.

De Villiers was also named Test Cricketer of the Year, was recognised by his peers as SA Players? Player of the Year and by popular vote of the public, SA Fans` Cricketer of the Year.

The only award for which De Villiers was nominated but did not win was the ODI Player of the Year which went to Quinton de Kock, who scored four centuries in the period under review including three in consecutive innings.

Encouraged by UAE success, BCCI hopes for controversy-free IPL

Encouraged by UAE success, BCCI hopes for controversy-free IPLMumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday stopped short of confirming if paceman Morne Morkel was approached by a suspicious element in the UAE leg of the IPL and remained confident that the current edition of the T20 league will not be hit by any off-field controversy.

There were reports that after being approached by a suspicious person, Kolkata Knight Riders` South African pacer Morkel had alerted the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the IPL.

De Villiers, Amla vie for Test captaincy

AB-de-Villiers-Hashim-AmlaJohannesburg: Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa`s Test captain. Cricket South Africa`s board meets in Johannesburg Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm.

Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March. The national selectors will table their recommendation for the captaincy, but the final decision will be made by the board.

IPL final scoreboard: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL final scoreboard: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight RidersBangalore, June 2 - The following is the scoreboard in the Indian Premier League final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday.

Kings XI Punjab:

Sehwag c Gambhir b UT Yadav 7

M Vohra c & b Chawla 67

GJ Bailey b Narine 1

WP Saha not out 115

GJ Maxwell c Morkel b Chawla 0

DA Miller not out 1

Extras (lb 4, w 3, nb 1) 8

Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 199

Knight Riders take home second IPL title

Knight Riders take home second IPL titleBangalore, June 2 - Manish Pandey's innings made sure Wriddhiman Saha's valiant knock of 115 not out went in vain as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by three wickets to clinch their second Indian Premier League (IPL) title at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday.

Put in to bat, the Kings XI were powered to a strong total of 199/4 by Saha's maiden and brilliant century after they suffered an early setback. In reply, Pandey's 94 anchored the 2012 edition champions to victory with only three balls to spare.

Smith has no immediate retirement plans despite suffering another serious injury

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, June 01 - Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who seemingly sent a farewell message earlier this week, has reportedly revealed that he has no immediate plans to retire despite suffering another serious injury.

Smith, who is set for surgery in Cape Town after fracturing his knee playing for English county cricket side Surrey, said that he hopes to continue his career.

According to Sport24, Smith said that he has unfortunately gone to play for county cricket two years in a row and picked up two pretty serious injuries, which shortened his time at the club.

Sehwag's ton leads Kings XI Punjab to first IPL final following 24-run win over CSK

Virender SehwagJohannesburg, May 31 - Veteran Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has returned to his original best by scoring an impressive century to lead the Kings XI Punjab to their first Indian Premier League (IPL) final following a 24-run win over the Chennai Super Kings in the second eliminator at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Punjab, which will meet the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final in Bangalore on Sunday, managed 226 for six in their innings, which was highlighted by a magnificent 122 off 58 balls by Sehwag, including twelve fours and eight sixes.

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