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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.

Whatmore heaps praise on 'confident' Kohli

Whatmore heaps praise on 'confident' Kohli

Karachi, Mar 12 : Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore has lavished praise on Indian star batsman Virat Kohli for giving consistency to their already solid batting line-up in the ongoing World Cup.

Whatmore, who coached Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja during India's junior World Cup triumph in 2008, said that Virat was confident also as an under-19 captain, adding that there have been many examples of confident young players who don't follow up and follow through, but he is one who has, the Dawn reported.

Whatmore impressed by 'revitalized' Indian bowling attack during WC

Whatmore impressed by 'revitalized' Indian bowling attack during WC

Karachi, Mar 12 : Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore has lavished praise on a revitalized Indian bowling line-up, stating that their revival in form made the defending champions one of the strong contenders for the World Cup title.

Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to the World Cup title in 1996, said that India is a team that is bowling the opposition out frequently and that has been a big plus for them, the Dawn reported.

PCB boss says Pak 'on course' for WC quarters

PCB boss says Pak 'on course' for WC quarters

Karachi, Mar 12 : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has conceded that Misbah-ul-Haq 's men were on course to secure a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Pakistan revived their World Cup campaign after registering three successive win in the ongoing tournament, including one against tournament favourites South Africa, despite losing their first two matches against India and the West Indies.

Reflecting on the team's progress at the World Cup, Shaharyar said that if they could beat the team like South Africa, they could beat anyone, the Dawn reported.

PCB chief claims India, Pak will play six tournaments in next eight years as per MoU signed with BCCI

Shahryar Khan

Karachi, Mar 12 - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has claimed that India and Pakistan would play six cricket tournaments in the next eight years, as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The PCB chief revealed that the current Indian government's attitude is relatively better, and the first home series between the two countries would be played in December 2015 in the United Arab Emirates .

Khan said that they hope India's junior cricket team would also visit Pakistan, The Express Tribune reported.

Herschelle Gibbs believes time has come for Proteas to be world champs by finally wining 2015 CWC

Herschelle Gibbs

Karachi, Mar 11 - Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has claimed that he believes the time has come for the national team to become the world champions by winning the World Cup finally in 2015, insisting that they don't deserve the 'chokers' tag.

The 41-year-old is second only to Jacques Kallis in the list of leading run-scorers for South Africa in ODIs, having scored 8,094 runs from 248 matches at an average of 36.13 with as many as 21 centuries and 37 fifties.

Pak minister claims Moin Khan should be punished for visiting casino as gambling is 'haram'

Pak minister claims Moin Khan should be punished for visiting casino as gambling

Karachi, Mar 10 : Pakistan's Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, has claimed that their national team's chief selector, Moin Khan, should be punished for visiting the casino during the World Cup, as he stated that gambling is 'haram'.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector visited a casino in Brisbane ahead of Pakistan's match against West Indies in the ongoing World Cup campaign and came under severe criticism for the same.



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