April 30th, 2006

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World Cup 2011 should be given to South Asian countries

A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said on the eve of the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai to pick the 2011 World Cup host that the South Asian countries who had made a joint bid were firm that the time had come for the tournament to be held in Asia.

“I really can’t say what will happen at the meeting and whether our bid would be accepted. But what I know is that all four countries are firm that as per the decision taken at the ICC meeting in Sydney last year, the 2011 event should be held in Asia,” Director cricket operations, Saleem Altaf told ‘The News.”

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Gilchrist replaces Dhoni in rankings

In what is turning into a battle of the wicket-keepers, Adam Gilchrist has edged ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to recapture the top batsman’s spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings. Gilchrist leapfrogged his captain, Ricky Ponting, as well as Dhoni thanks to his performances in the recently-concluded three-match series in Bangladesh.

Gilchrist now holds a slender advantage of just three rating points over Dhoni, who himself assumed the top position from Ponting for the first time less than two weeks ago. Ponting’s modest series in Bangladesh saw him slip to third.

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Indian Seniors win third match

Indian Seniors cricket team defeated Pakistan Seniors in the third one-day match by five wickets. Indian Seniors, after winning the third game of the series here, are now leading the series 2-1.Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, after winning the toss, opted to field. Pakistan Seniors scored 211 runs in 37.2 overs. Opener Mohammad Azam Khan played well for his 61 laced with one six and ten fours. In reply, the Indian Seniors achieved the target in 33.3 overs for the loss of five wickets. Surjit Sharma scored 66 with the help of seven fours while Azharuddin made 14 and was bowled by leg-spinner Abdul Qadir. Home Secretary Punjab, Khusro Pervez Khan, District Nazim Jalil Ahmed Sharqpuri, DCO Inam-ul-Haq, Tehsil Nazim Mohammad Virk and others witnessed the match.

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Australia sets up hi-tech base to regain Ashes

Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday opened a state-of-the-art facility that its Test team will use as a base while fine-tuning plans to regain the Ashes from England.

The new Centre of Excellence in Brisbane includes a video analysis room, a top-class gymnasium and integrated sports science facilities.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the host nation would use the facilities to gain an edge as they seek to avenge losing the Ashes last September for the first time in 16 years. The series is due to begin later this year.

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ICC faces difficult scenario over 2011 World Cup bids

Two strong bids, from Asia and Australia, New Zealand, to host the 2011 cricket World Cup will give the sport’s governing body much to discuss at a meeting on Sunday, its Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said on Friday.

Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have submitted a late joint bid to challenge the application made jointly by Australia and New Zealand. The bids, and the hosting of the 2015 World Cup, will be discussed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) board in Dubai, though a decision might not be made immediately, Speed said.

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Shane Warne set to sign a hefty new deal

Spin wizard Shane Warne has already started planning for life after retirement as he is all set to sign a lucrative deal of 300,000 Australian dollars per year with media giant Channel Nine.

“The deal is expected to involve cricket commentary as well as other assignments like public appearance for Sports related matters.” Talks between Warne’s management and Channel Nine’s Chief Executive Eddie Mcguire are at an advanced stage and the deal is expected to be announced within six weeks.

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Proposed tri-series in Abu Dhabi a money-making stint

Calling the planned India-Australia-Pakistan tri-nation One-day International (ODI) cricket series in Abu Dhabi a “money making exercise”, the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) President Paul Marsh has advised the country’s board against planning any such event ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in future.

“Coming off a good break, we probably need something heading into the Champions Trophy this year. But we see a series such as this as fitting under that ‘meaningless tournament’ bracket,” Mash was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald as saying. “Going into the future, why would they need to be playing it other than as a money-making exercise?” he questioned.

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PCB sending official to Abu Dhabi for settling accounts

Pakistan will be sending its accounts manager to Abu Dhabi to not only settle the accounts for the two One-day International (ODI) matches its national team played against India there earlier this month but also to represent the cricket board at the final of the Eurasia Cup on May 5.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman and director cricket operations have been invited for the final but since both of them would be busy on that day with the Ad-hoc Committee meeting of the Board, it has been decided to send the Chief Accounts Manager, Mushtaq Ahmed,” a PCB source said.

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Shane Warne puts heat on England

Australian spin king Shane Warne questioned whether England could handle the pressure of being hunted in next summer’s showpiece Ashes cricket series.

Due to leave for England today, Warne said that Michael Vaughan’s men had yet to show that they had the nerve and confidence to take on all-comers and be world’s best team.

Since ending a 16-year Ashes drought last year, and jumping to No.2 on International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings, England has lost a three-Test series in Pakistan 2-0 and drawn 1-1 in India.

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