May 9th, 2006

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Majid raises issue of Shabbir at ICC Cricket Committee meeting

Pakistan’s former Test captain Majid Khan has tabled the issue of banned pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed being given another chance by the International Cricket Council (ICC) experts to clear his bowling action.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official confirmed that the Cricket Committee meeting, held in Dubai last week, had made several recommendations, one of them apparently was about the ICC giving another chance to the PCB to have Shabbir’s action reviewed.

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Sarwan escapes injury in traffic accident

Ramnaresh SarwanWest Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has passed himself available for this weekend’s One-day International double-header against Zimbabwe in his homeland following a traffic accident.

The West Indies’ website reports that the 25-year-old Sarwan escaped unhurt after being involved in the collision shortly before noon in the Guyana capital.

“I am fine, no scrapes, no scratches, no bruises or anything, and I’m fully available to play cricket this weekend at Bourda,” Sarwan told the team’s website.

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Harbhajan Singh says team set to do well in the West Indies

Ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that the Indian team was all geared up for the forthcoming one-day series against West Indies.The five-match one-day series will be played between May 18 and May 28. Two matches will be held at the ground of Jamaica, two in Trinidad and the remaining one in St. Kitts.

Singh, who met the hearing-impaired children in Ludhiana, said that India was looking forward to a good tour despite the tropical climate.

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Rashid Khan praises Pakistan A team efforts in EurAsia Series

The Pakistan A team coach, Rashid Khan showered praise on his team members on Saturday and described them as a complete unit as they greatly lifted themselves to beat India in the EurAsia Series final in Abu Dhabi.

“I think the players really picked up their game dramatically. Their body language was completely different and they were charged up to play in a final against India. It showed in their performance,” former Test player Rashid Khan said.

The Pakistan A team returns home today after handing out the strong Indian A team, their only defeat of the tournament.

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McGrath wants to play in Champions Trophy

McgrathAustralian pace bowler Glenn McGrath intends not to heed the advice of his skipper Ricky Ponting and make his cricket comeback in the Champions Trophy one-day tournament in India in October, press reports said on Thursday.McGrath, the most successful Test fast bowler with 542 wickets, has not played a game of cricket since his wife Jane was re-diagnosed with cancer on February 3.

But the 36-year-old paceman wants to spearhead the attack as Australia seeks to regain cricket’s Ashes against England here next southern summer. McGrath missed Australia’s recent tours of South Africa and Bangladesh to be by her side but, with Jane making steady improvement, he is looking at his comeback options ahead of the Ashes series.

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Genius is in a team empowered, not just individual glory

Quite apart from being ruled by the presiding deity of our times, money, English football and Indian cricket have much in common. An irrational following that equates sport to a daily soap, a ravenous media, immature might even be the right adjective, that sometimes seems disinclined to sift the irrelevant from the truly sensational, obeisance to the individual superstar and, as a consequence of these three, complete surrender to hype.

And so England would have us, and worse still their fans, believe that the World Cup cannot be won without Wayne Rooney in much the manner we kidded ourselves into thinking that no game could be won without Sachin Tendulkar.

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Smith looking forward to end of torrid season

smithAfter a miserable run of one win in eight Tests, South Africa captain Graeme Smith is looking forward to the end of the season.

Smith, whose own batting form has also suffered, leads South Africa in the third and final Test against New Zealand, starting on Friday.

“I think we’re all looking forward to packing the gloves and pads away, an opportunity to reflect and look back on the season. It’s been a tough one, in which we’ve learnt a lot, especially myself,” Smith told a news conference on Thursday.

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