Cricket TV - A review of day five of the Cricket World Cup, which saw Pakistan prove their class with an emphatic 205-run victory over Kenya, who slumped to their second straight defeat in Hambantota. Shahid Afridi broke records with five for 16 and four Pakistan batsmen scored half-centuries.
Four players scored half-centuries and Shahid Afridi took five wickets as Pakistan overcame a shaky start to comprehensively beat Kenya by 205 runs in their Cricket World Cup Group A match in Hambantota.
Good early work from Kenya's bowlers reduced Pakistan to 12 for two before Kamran Akmal (55), Younus Khan (50), Misbah-ul-Haq (65) and Umar Akmal (71) all passed fifty as Pakistan posted an excellent score of 317 for seven.
Blind cricket: Pakistan have beaten Australia by five wickets in the opening Twenty20 match in Adelaide. In the morning at Park 25, Adelaide, Pakistan won the toss and asked Australia to bat first.
Australia scored 152 runs on the board for the loss of six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Mathew Horsey was the top scorer with 31 runs, Muhammad Waqas took 2 wickets for 24 runs in 4 overs, while Abdul Razzaq claimed one wicket for 24 runs.
Twin centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq put Pakistan in position to beat Bangladesh by 89 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 warm-up match in Dhaka.
The venue which will host the tournament's opening match on 19th February witnessed Pakistan rack up 285 for nine before Bangladesh were dismissed for a disappointing 196 in reply.
Every team in the 2011 ODI World Cup will be playing under a shadow. Australia will play under the shadow of their three-time winning run; South Africa will play under the shadow of their historical sloppiness while Sri Lanka will play under the shadow of their 1996 victory...
Cricket TV - As the build-up to the 2011 Cricket World Cup continues, John Pennington and Amit Masram look at the chances Pakistan - champions in 1992 - have of performing well in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They look at the squad picked for the tournament which begins with the recent match-fixing allegations fresh in the memory.
Uncapped fast bowler Junaid Khan has replaced left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir in Pakistan's 15-man World Cup squad after Tanvir was ruled out with a knee injury.
Although Tanvir played during Pakistan's recent 3-2 One-Day International series win in New Zealand, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) do not consider him fit enough to play in the World Cup.
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has responded to the results of the independent tribunal that banned three Pakistan cricketers for at least five years after they were found guilty of match-fixing.
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were handed sentences of five, seven and ten years respectively having breached the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have been handed lengthy bans following an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing in Doha, Qatar.
The three were found guilty of deliberately bowling no balls during the fourth and final Test against England in August 2010 at Lord's although Butt was found not guilty of deliberately batting out a maiden over during the same game.
Jesse Ryder blazed his way to 107 in 93 balls to set up a consolation victory for New Zealand over Pakistan in the sixth and final One-Day International in Auckland.
New Zealand claimed a 57-run victory after scoring 311 for seven and then dismissing Pakistan, who claimed the series 3-2, for 254.
Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have been charged with corruption by England's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The three players are alleged to have been bribed to bowl no-balls to order during their country's tour of England last year, the allegations coming to light during the fourth Test at Lord's.
All-rounder Shahid Afridi will captain Pakistan during the World Cup, which gets underway on 19th February, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed.
Afridi has been at the helm during his side's impressive performances in New Zealand, which has seen them clinch the One-Day International series. Misbah-ul-Haq will remain as his vice-captain.
Ahmed Shehzad scored his maiden One-Day International century to set up a series-clinching 41-run win for Pakistan over New Zealand in the fifth match in Hamilton.
Shehzad made 115 in 109 balls as New Zealand posted 268 for nine and they then dismissed New Zealand for 227 inside 47 overs to move into an unassailable 3-1 lead in the six-game series.
New Zealand have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the fourth One-Day International against Pakistan in Napier.
They went on to lose the match by two wickets, and bowling their overs too slowly meant they ended one over short of their target.
Misbah-ul-Haq's calm and collected unbeaten 93 guided Pakistan to a two-wicket victory over New Zealand in the fourth One-Day International in Napier.
Pakistan overhauled New Zealand's score of 262 for seven with an over to spare with Misbah holding the innings together as wickets tumbled at the other end.
Mohammad Hafeez hit 115 as Pakistan hit back to level their six-match One-Day International series against New Zealand with a 43-run win in the third match in Christchurch.
Hafeez's innings helped Pakistan post 293 for seven and New Zealand then closed on 250 for nine and the series remains locked at 1-1 with three games remaining.
The second One-Day International between New Zealand and Pakistan in Queenstown was abandoned due to rain after just 4.2 overs of play were possible.
Pakistan had raced to 31 without loss, with openers Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad on four and 25 respectively, before heavy rain descended.
Tim Southee took five wickets before New Zealand cruised to an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first One-Day International in Wellington.
Southee returned five for 33 as Pakistan were dismissed for just 124 - a score which New Zealand had little difficulty in overhauling, managing to do so in just 17.2 overs.
New Zealand have named a 12-man squad for the first two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan, leaving out Kyle Mills, Kane Williamson and Luke Woodcock from the 15-man World Cup squad.
The first two matches in the series take place on 22nd and 26th January in Wellington and Queenstown respectively.