Pakistan Survive Major Scare To Overcome Ireland

Having come so close to recording another major scalp on Thursday, Ireland were once again left to rue a missed opportunity as Pakistan finalised their preparations for the Champions Trophy with a thrilling two-wicket win in the second One-Day International at Clontarf. With the visitors staring down the barrel of an upset defeat, Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz smashed the Irish bowling attack to all corners of the picturesque Dublin venue as they added 93 for the eighth wicket.
26 May 2013

Thrilling Tie Between Ireland And Pakistan

Ireland once again underlined their ability to compete with the heavyweights of world cricket, coming close to recording another famous victory over Pakistan but in the end had to settle for a tie in the first One-Day International in Dublin. Paul Stirling's second successive century against Pakistan got Phil Simmons' side off to the perfect start in their pursuit of 276 before Kevin O'Brien's explosive innings of 84 meant the game went into the final over.
23 May 2013

Final Scotland-Pakistan Match Washed Out

The second and final One-Day International between Scotland and Pakistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled at a wet Raeburns Place in Edinburgh. After several inspections throughout the day, the umpires were left with no choice but to call the game off, meaning Pakistan take the series 1-0 courtesy of their 96-run in the opening game two days ago.
19 May 2013

Misbah Leads Pakistan To Comfortable Win Over Scotland

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq led by example, scoring an unbeaten 83 to set up a 96-run win for his side over Scotland in the first One-Day International in Edinburgh. Misbah comfortably top scored in Pakistan's 231 for seven before Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal took three wickets apiece to bowl Scotland out for 135.
17 May 2013

Scotland Name Strong Squad To Take On Pakistan

Scotland have named a strong squad for their two-match series of One-Day Internationals against Pakistan on 17th and 19th May in Edinburgh. New captain Kyle Coetzer will lead the side for the first time and there are as many as eight cricketers in the squad with county contracts.
15 May 2013

Pay Rise For Contracted Pakistan Cricketers

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has awarded 30 players central contracts and given its contracated players a pay rise of 15% with match fees also increased. Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi are the five players awarded Grade A contracts with eight players given Grade B contracts, eight more Grade C and the remaining nine stipend contracts.
14 May 2013

Ireland Unchanged For Pakistan ODIs

Ireland have named an unchanged squad for their One-Day International against Pakistan in Dublin with the same players that beat United Arab Emirates in two ODIs in March entrusted to take on Misbah-ul-Haq's side. The squad is an experienced one, and coach Phil Simmons believes his side is capable of beating Pakistan - as they did during the 2007 World Cup.
14 May 2013

O'Brien, Misbah Look Ahead To Ireland-Pakistan ODIs

Having played in the famous 2007 victory over the same opponents, Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien is looking forward to his side's two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan later this month. O'Brien, who has now played for Ireland 190 times, was making just his 15th match when, under Trent Johnston's captaincy, they sent shockwaves around the world with one of the World Cup's biggest upsets.
8 May 2013

Pakistan Drop Afridi For ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan have named their 15-man squad for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, which will be held in England this June. Shahid Afridi's axing is the big news, although Umar Akmal and Younus Khan have also been dropped from the team that narrowly lost a five-match series in South Africa in March.
29 April 2013

Pakistan's Champions Trophy Hopes Hit By Gul Withdrawal

Pakistan fast-bowler Umar Gul has been ruled out of the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, which will take place in England in June, with a knee injury. He will also miss the One-Day Internationals against Scotland and Ireland next month. Gul first felt discomfort in his knee during the ODI series against South Africa last month and missed the final three matches in the series in order to rest it.
18 April 2013

Pakistan Pair Lose Corruption Ban Appeals

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and team-mate Mohammad Asif have lost their appeals against bans for corruption after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) upheld the suspensions imposed on them by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Butt was banned along with team-mates Mohammad Amir and Asif after they were found guilty of breaches of the ICC anti-corruption code, conspiring to bowl no balls at specific times during the Test series against England in August 2010.
17 April 2013

Lengthy Bans For Two Pakistan Umpires

Pakistani umpires Nadeem Ghauri and Anis Siddiqui have been suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for four and three years respectively for corruption. The pair fell victim to a TV sting operation purporting to offer financial rewards in exchange for the umpires giving favourable or dubious decisions.
13 April 2013

Pakistan Leave Younus Out Of Champions Trophy Probables

Pakistan have left former captain and vastly experienced batsman Younus Khan out of their 30-man list of probables for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Younus has played 253 One-Day Internationals, but managed just 116 runs in five matches during the recent series in South Africa.
31 March 2013

England Women To Take On Pakistan In July

England Women will take on Pakistan Women in two One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals from 1st to 5th July in a set of additional international fixtures. Louth will host its first One-Day International before the remaining three matches, the Twenty20s on the same day, will be played at Loughborough University.
27 March 2013

Super De Villiers Leads South Africa To Series Triumph

The hard-fought One-Day International series between Pakistan and South Africa was denied the finale that it perhaps deserved in Benoni. AB de Villiers made the most of being dropped early in his innings to end on 95 not out and help his side overhaul Pakistan's inadequate 205 with six overs to spare. Pakistan's innings had been one of disappointment as the middle-order all squandered starts, four of them passing 20 but none going on to pass 50. All of the South African pace attack bowled tidily and not without threat.
24 March 2013

Smith Unlikely To Play Final ODI As Ankle Injury Returns

South African batsman Graeme Smith may miss the fifth and final One-Day International against Pakistan on Sunday (24th March) after his ankle injury flared up during the fourth game in Durban. Pakistan won the match by three wickets to level the series and Smith's absence in the decider, would be a huge blow for the Proteas, who are already missing Faf du Plessis with a back problem.
21 March 2013

Misbah, Farhat Help Pakistan Level Series

The latest twist in the see-sawing One-Day International series between South Africa and Pakistan saw the tourists eventually take a three-wicket win in the fourth match in Durban to level the series at 2-2. They made a flying start although South Africa recovered to post a score of 234 for nine and after a poor start themselves, Pakistan almost threw away a winning position before scrambling home with eight balls to spare.
21 March 2013

De Villiers Pleased To Have Passed Wanderers Test

South Africa One-Day International captain AB de Villiers says he is pleased to have come through a major test of his leadership skills in Sunday's 34-run win over Pakistan. In a high-scoring game, South Africa defended 343 for five by bowling Pakistan out for 309 and de Villiers had to combat Shahid Afridi, who blasted 88 in just 48 balls.
20 March 2013

'Nice Little Contest' Shaping Up - Robin Peterson

Ahead of tomorrow's fourth One-Day International between the South Africa and Pakistan in Durban, South African all-rounder Robin Peterson says the series is shaping up to be a 'nice little contest'. South Africa lead the series 2-1 after wins in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg but will be missing batsman Faf du Plessis due to injury.
20 March 2013

Injuries Affect Both Sides Ahead Of Fourth ODI

Both South Africa and Pakistan have injury concerns ahead of the crucial fourth One-Day International in Durban on Thursday. Faf du Plessis has been ruled out for the remainder of the series with a back injury, while Pakistan have called up Sohail Tanvir as cover for Mohammad Irfan and Umar Gul.
19 March 2013


News Update - Weekend review

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