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Misbah claims Pak won't mind 'another crack' at archrivals India if both teams progress to WC semis

Misbah claims Pak won't mind 'another crack' at archrivals India if both teams p

Karachi, Mar 19 : Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq has claimed that his side won't mind another crack at archrivals India if both teams are successful in progressing to the World Cup semifinals.

Branding the possibility of another showdown between the two sides as a golden opportunity, Misbah said that Pakistan would be glad if they win the semis and end up breaking the India World Cup jinx in the process.

Oz team picks veteran Waugh's brains over dinner ahead of WC quarters against Pak

Oz team picks veteran Waugh's brains over dinner ahead of WC quarters against Pa

Karachi, Mar 18 : Australia invited legendary cricketer Steve Waugh over dinner for meting out advice to the current squad, who are preparing for the quarterfinal clash against Pakistan in Adelaide on Friday.

Two-time World Cup winner Waugh had a dinner meeting with the entire squad on Tuesday night and was also available at the nets on Wednesday.

Explosive batsman Aaron Finch said that it was good to sit down over dinner with him and just chat about cricket and World Cups, admitting that there aren't many better-credentialed players to talk to about it, the Dawn reported.

Saeed Ajmal may replace injured Irfan if Pak advance to WC semis

Shaharyar Khan

Karachi, Mar 18 - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that ace spinner Saeed Ajmal could substitute injured towering pace bowler Mohammad Irfan, if Misbah-ul-Haq's men progress into the World Cup semifinal.

Earlier on Tuesday, Irfan was ruled out of the Pakistan's World Cup squad due to a stress fracture to his pelvis.

'Excited' Akram eager to see 'lefties' showdown' during Pak-Oz WC quarters

'Excited' Akram eager to see 'lefties' showdown' during Pak-Oz WC quarters

Karachi, Mar 17 : Former Pakistan pace spearhead Wasim Akram has said that he would be thrilled to witness a lefties' showdown at Adelaide Oval when his country's side will take on co-hosts Australia on Friday in their quarterfinal clash.

The Adelaide showdown would showcase a feast of left-arm pacemen with Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc being the current leading wicket-taker for scalping 16 wickets in the tournament.

While Mitchell Johnson (9) and James Faulkner (3) would form Australia's left-bowling trio, Wahab Riaz (14) and Rahat Ali (7) would be gearing up for Pakistan.

Injured Irfan ruled out of 2015 WC after failing fitness test

Injured Irfan ruled out of 2015 WC after failing fitness test

Karachi, Mar 17 : Pakistan's towering fast bowler Mohammad Irfan on Tuesday was ruled out of the World Cup following his failure to recover from a stress fracture in the pelvis .

Earlier, the left-arm fast bowler had gone for MRI scans in Adelaide after experiencing pain his right hip.

Brad Robinson, Pakistan's physiotherapist, confirmed that the injury ruled Irfan out of the World Cup, the Dawn reported.

Greg Blewett says sharp-fielding will be key during WC quarters against Pak

Greg Blewett says sharp-fielding will be key during WC quarters against Pak

Karachi, Mar 16 : Australian fielding coach Greg Blewett believes that sharp fielding will play a paramount role in the upcoming quarterfinal tie against Pakistan on Friday in Adelaide.

Describing Australia as one of the best fielding unit, Blewett, said that everyone knows how important fielding is, particularly when it comes to the bigger games, the Dawn reported.

Blewett, who played 46 Tests and 32 ODIs in his career, said that over the last month or so they have shown a fair bit of footage of some really good Australian fielders who have gone before these guys.

Shoaib Mohammad says Pak need to 'tighten up bolts' to beat Oz in WC quarterfinal

Shoaib Mohammad

Karachi, Mar 16 - Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Mohammad has said that Misbah -ul-Haq's men need to display a much-improved performance against co-hosts and title favourites Australia, if they are to beat them in their World Cup quarterfinal tie on Friday in Adelaide.

Congratulating Pakistan after their seven-wicket win over Ireland on Sunday, Shoaib opined that they would need to put up a better showing against Australia, adding that Pakistan have their confidence high and could certainly upstage Australia on their day, the Express Tribune reported.

Shakib wants Mahmudullah to be in 'prime form' during WC quarterfinal against India

Shakib Al Hasan

Karachi, Mar 14 - Bangladesh stand-in skipper Shakib Al Hasan said that he hoped in-form batsman Mahmudullah continue his scintillating form during their crunch World Cup quarterfinal tie against defending champions India in Melbourne on March 19.

Mahmudullah smacked his second consecutive hundred with a 123-ball 128 in their three-wicket loss to co-hosts New Zealand on Friday.

Reflecting on Mahmudullah's performance, Shakib said that the all-rounder needs to continue his form, adding that he was in great touch so hopefully he could contribute with bat and ball, the Dawn reported.

Umar Akmal claims `unfair` to compare him with Virat Kohli as they bat at different positions

Umar Akmal claims `unfair` to compare him with Virat Kohli as they bat at differ

Karachi, Mar 13 : Pakistan's young middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has claimed that it is unfair to compare him with Virat Kohli because the Indian batting star bats higher up the order.

Akmal claimed that it is always his effort to deliver 100 percent for the team and Pakistan but added that he knows people compare him to Kohli which is not right because the Indian batsman bats higher up the order.

Mushtaq Ahmed claims Pak's 'confidence, self-belief' reminds him of Imran's 1992 WC winning squad

Mushtaq Ahmed claims Pak's 'confidence, self-belief' reminds him of Imran's 1992

Karachi, Mar 13 : Pakistan's spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed has claimed that the confidence and self-belief in the squad reminded him of the World Cup winning squad under Imran Khan in 1992, insisting that this could see them winning the coveted tournament this year.

Former leg-spinner Mushtaq was part of Imran's team that came back from the brink in the preliminary league to beat England in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win their only World Cup title so far 23 years ago.



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