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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Australia to play England in June ODI series Full ODI Schedule

They might have walloped Australia in the last Ashes series but the English clearly can't get enough of the No.1 one-day cricket team.

Australia is due to play its third one-day series in four years in England next June and July following the release of the England and Wales Cricket Board's 2012 schedule on Wednesday.

The planned series will mean that Australia will have played at least 17 one-day internationals against England on British soil in between Ashes series in the United Kingdom.

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Australia will also squeeze in a one-dayer against Ireland in Belfast into their 23-day itinerary.

There are concerns about familiarity breeding contempt for cricket fans in Australia and the UK with the 2013 Ashes series in England being followed up by a return series in 2013/14 in Australia.

The latter series has been brought forward because of the competing demands of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Full ODI Schedule:

June 21 Australia v Leicestershire - Grace Road

June 23 Australia v Ireland - Stormont, Belfast

June 26 Australia v Essex (D/N) - Chelmsford

June 29 Australia v England - Lord's

July 1 Australia v England - The Oval

July 4 Australia v England (D/N) - Edgbaston

July 7 Australia v England - Durham

July 10 Australia v England - Old Trafford

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Pakistan to use bowler Akhtar book in court case

Pakistan cricket authorities said on Wednesday they would use confessions made by retired paceman Shoaib Akhtar in his autobiography in court to justify disciplining the former international.

In the book, launched last week in India, Akhtar confessed to ball-tampering and other violations of conduct during a 14-year career that was marred by injury and discipline problems before his retirement in April this year.

The book, "Controversially Yours", has riled Indian fans and media alike with harsh comments on batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, claiming the duo were not "match winners."

Akhtar's appeal against a record seven million rupee (then $82,400) disciplinary fine imposed three years ago is pending in the Lahore high court.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffzul Rizvi said excerpts of the book will now be used in court against the one-time world's fastest bowler.
"In a writ case it is important for someone to have clean conduct and in his autobiography Akhtar has confessed to breach of discipline and has not come out clean, so we will use them in the court case," Rizvi told AFP.

Akhtar was banned for five years after he criticised the PCB for axing him from the central contracts in early 2008.
His suspension was later reduced to 18 months, and although the fine was imposed, he was allowed to play international cricket.
In October 2007, Akhtar was banned for 13 matches and fined 3.4 million rupees for hitting teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat just days before the Twenty20 World Cup in September in South Africa.

"Akhtar has confessed to all breaches of contract which justifies PCB's action of 2008," said Rizvi. "He has also violated his central contract which remains intact until year after a player's retirement," said Rizvi.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also took a swipe at Akhtar.

"Akhtar is talking nonsense and we will take action officially once we get the book," Butt said earlier this week. "His comments can hamper our efforts of reviving cricket series with India."

Former captain Shoaib Malik, who Akhtar described as "a stooge of former PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf," said no one should take the book seriously.
"We should not take him seriously and his allegations are not worthy of response," said Malik.

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Pakistan to use bowler Akhtar book in court case

Pakistan cricket authorities said on Wednesday they would use confessions made by retired paceman Shoaib Akhtar in his autobiography in court to justify disciplining the former international.

In the book, launched last week in India, Akhtar confessed to ball-tampering and other violations of conduct during a 14-year career that was marred by injury and discipline problems before his retirement in April this year.

The book, "Controversially Yours", has riled Indian fans and media alike with harsh comments on batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, claiming the duo were not "match winners."

Akhtar's appeal against a record seven million rupee (then $82,400) disciplinary fine imposed three years ago is pending in the Lahore high court.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffzul Rizvi said excerpts of the book will now be used in court against the one-time world's fastest bowler.
"In a writ case it is important for someone to have clean conduct and in his autobiography Akhtar has confessed to breach of discipline and has not come out clean, so we will use them in the court case," Rizvi told AFP.

Akhtar was banned for five years after he criticised the PCB for axing him from the central contracts in early 2008.
His suspension was later reduced to 18 months, and although the fine was imposed, he was allowed to play international cricket.
In October 2007, Akhtar was banned for 13 matches and fined 3.4 million rupees for hitting teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat just days before the Twenty20 World Cup in September in South Africa.

"Akhtar has confessed to all breaches of contract which justifies PCB's action of 2008," said Rizvi. "He has also violated his central contract which remains intact until year after a player's retirement," said Rizvi.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also took a swipe at Akhtar.

"Akhtar is talking nonsense and we will take action officially once we get the book," Butt said earlier this week. "His comments can hamper our efforts of reviving cricket series with India."

Former captain Shoaib Malik, who Akhtar described as "a stooge of former PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf," said no one should take the book seriously.
"We should not take him seriously and his allegations are not worthy of response," said Malik.

Source by : http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hZZaRMql1YOUfUx8FG6Zrgf0TLzg?docId=CNG.1df1059dafd2f113fff8be0b059fe958.721

Pakistan to use bowler Akhtar book in court case

Pakistan cricket authorities said on Wednesday they would use confessions made by retired paceman Shoaib Akhtar in his autobiography in court to justify disciplining the former international.

In the book, launched last week in India, Akhtar confessed to ball-tampering and other violations of conduct during a 14-year career that was marred by injury and discipline problems before his retirement in April this year.

The book, "Controversially Yours", has riled Indian fans and media alike with harsh comments on batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, claiming the duo were not "match winners."

Akhtar's appeal against a record seven million rupee (then $82,400) disciplinary fine imposed three years ago is pending in the Lahore high court.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffzul Rizvi said excerpts of the book will now be used in court against the one-time world's fastest bowler.
"In a writ case it is important for someone to have clean conduct and in his autobiography Akhtar has confessed to breach of discipline and has not come out clean, so we will use them in the court case," Rizvi told AFP.

Akhtar was banned for five years after he criticised the PCB for axing him from the central contracts in early 2008.
His suspension was later reduced to 18 months, and although the fine was imposed, he was allowed to play international cricket.
In October 2007, Akhtar was banned for 13 matches and fined 3.4 million rupees for hitting teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat just days before the Twenty20 World Cup in September in South Africa.

"Akhtar has confessed to all breaches of contract which justifies PCB's action of 2008," said Rizvi. "He has also violated his central contract which remains intact until year after a player's retirement," said Rizvi.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also took a swipe at Akhtar.

"Akhtar is talking nonsense and we will take action officially once we get the book," Butt said earlier this week. "His comments can hamper our efforts of reviving cricket series with India."

Former captain Shoaib Malik, who Akhtar described as "a stooge of former PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf," said no one should take the book seriously.
"We should not take him seriously and his allegations are not worthy of response," said Malik.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sri Lanka win toss as Marsh, Prasanna debut


* Marsh make Australia check debut, Prasanna for Sri Lanka
* Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bat

Left hand batsman Shaun Marsh will debut for Australia as the number batsman, while spinner Seekuge Prasanna will make debut for the home team as the are named the second check 11 between the teams in Kandy on Thursday.

Marsh, son for former Australian check player Geoff, will be a straight swap for former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who has flown home for his second kid birth, while Prasanna will replace left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who has an injured finger.

Geoff Marsh introduced his son with the baggy green.

"We would have desired to have a bat as well, wicket looks fantastic. Little bit emotional moment when Shaun got his Check cap. Lovely for Geoff to come all the way for that. All the boys were excited," Australia captain Michael Clarke said.

Prasanna in his one-day debut against Australia captured wickets for 32 runs.

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan won the toss & chosen to bat first in the second check. Australia lead the three-match series 1-0.

Australia - Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson, Trent Copeland, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh.
Sri Lanka - Tillakaratne Dilshan (captain), Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Suraj Randiv, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welagedara, Seekuge Prasanna.

Might recommend a By local PCB coach selection committee


The special committee constituted by the Pakistan Cricket Board to recommend the next coach for the national team might pick a local for the main job with a foreign consultant.

The Chairman of the committee, which will meet on Thursday, Intikhab Alam told reporters that so far the committee had not even decided on the process for short listing or recommending the feasible candidates.

They said the committee would have no issues recommending a foreign coach either.

"All the speak about foreign coaches & names being mentioned in the media are mere speculation. The committee will meet for the first time on Thursday & settle on a process to pick the new coach," Alam said.



"The board has given us responsibility for shortlisting & recommending a candidate for the coaching position & they will try to do our best," they added.


Interestingly of the committee members, former Check captain Zaheer Abbas has made it clear they is interested in the position if the board make him an offer.


Former Check player Naushad Ali is the third member of the committee while ex-captain Rameez Raja has been given the task of helping the committee & negotiating with foreign candidates for the position.

"I am prepared to serve the country. I have no issues with that but it all depends on whether the PCB needs me. If the PCB believes I can fulfill the responsibility of being coach I am available for the job," Zaheer said.

Geoff and Shaun Marsh make history


This was a touching moment in the team huddle before play.

WHEN Geoff Marsh introduced son Shaun together with his baggy green cap before play, they became the second sister and son combination to play Check cricket for Australia.

It was a tiny bit emotional, captain Michael Clarke said later.A few of the boys were holding back tears.


It is a remarkably rare statistic for cricket's most successful country through 134 years of Check history.

In all 45 men have now followed their fathers in to national teams.


The first was Syd Gregory, who played for Australia against England in 1890, only 13 years after his sister, Ned, had played in the inaugural Check match at the MCG.

Yet it's taken well over a century for another Australian to follow in his fathe's footsteps.