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

De Villiers And Amla Lead South Africa To Victory

A packed Wanderers crowd, dressed predominantly in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer, were treated to a batting masterclass by players on both sides in the third One-Day International between Pakistan and South Africa. AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla hit fluent centuries, adding a world-record 238 for the third-wicket, to lead South Africa to 343 for three five after they had been asked to bat.
17 March 2013

Mohammad Irfan Leads Pakistan To Victory In Second ODI

An incisive opening spell from Mohammad Irfan lead Pakistan to a series levelling victory in the second One-Day International against South Africa at SuperSport Park. The tall left-arm quick soon had the home side on the back foot and they never really recovered in spite of a mature 58 from Farhaan Behardien. Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik then calmed any Pakistan nerves in their run chase with an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 77.
15 March 2013

Behardien Benefits From Proteas' Attacking Philosophy

South African batsman Farhaan Behardien is growing into his role as a middle-order finisher in the Proteas One-Day International side, approaching his task with aggressive relish. Soon after a match-turning effort for South Africa in the opening ODI against Pakistan, he delivered a similar performance for the Nashua Titans, filling him with confidence ahead of Friday's second ODI at Centurion Park.
14 March 2013

Smith Humbled After Visiting Former School

Ahead of Friday's second One-Day International against Pakistan, South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith returned to his old school to deliver a speech. His visit to to King Edward VII School in Johannesburg came soon after a tragic incident in which nine young cricketers were struck by lightning while putting covers on the pitch during a first-team game.
13 March 2013

Ingram, Bowlers Give South Africa Comfortable Win

South Africa put the disappointment of the Twenty20 defeat behind them with a resounding win in the opening ODI against Pakistan. Colin Ingram and AB de Villiers built on a solid start given to them by Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith to take the home side to 315 for four from their 50 overs. Rory Kleinveldt and Ryan McLaren then helped South Africa bounce back from the good start that Pakistan's openers had given them. McLaren took three for 19 and Kleinveldt four for 22 as the tourists lost regular wickets throughout.
10 March 2013


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