May 14th, 2006

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Manager submits report to PCB on Abu Dhabi incident

The manager of the Pakistan A team that recently won the EurAsia Cricket Series in Abu Dhabi has submitted his report on the entire happenings of the tour and has mentioned the incident involving four players.

A source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Shafiq Ahmed had delivered the report on Thursday to the Board offices and had outlined in detail that Hasan Raza, Misbah-ul-Haq, Taufeeq Umar and Zulqarnain Haider did indeed go to Dubai without informing the management.

A senior official of the Board has said that this in itself was a serious punishable offence.

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Inexperience not a worry: Dravid

DravidSounding confident after India’s recent successes in One-day Internationals, Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said the upcoming series in the West Indies would throw great challenges to the youngsters who have no experience of playing in the islands.

“It could be good in some ways,” said Dravid. “They don’t have the experience of losing a series there. They can get some experience by talking to the senior members of the side.”

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ICC approves redrawn of India FTP schedule

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) initiative to redraw its international schedule for coming years was given official stamp by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new six-year Future Tours Programme (FTP).

ICC, which was furious as the BCCI went ahead and altered its fixtures, recently, has accommodated India’s rescheduled series against Australia, England and Pakistan in the latest, expanded FTP.

Accordingly, India will host the world champions Australia every September from 2007 to 2010 featuring four Tests and seven one-dayers in all. In return, India will tour down under twice in 2007 and 2011 to play four Tests and a tri-series on each visit.

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Jayasuriya heads for England

jayasuriyaVeteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya will join his Sri Lanka teammates in England after reversing his decision to quit.

The left-hander, 36, will arrive in England well ahead of the second Test in Edgbaston from May 25 and stay for the third Test and the subsequent five One-day Internationals, Chief Selector De Mel told reporters.

“Jayasuriya indicated a willingness to make himself available for Test cricket again and we decided to send him to England as soon as possible,” he said.

The build-up to the three-Test series, starting at Lord’s later on Thursday, has been overshadowed by Jayasuriya’s dramatic comeback less than a month after he said he was quitting Test cricket to concentrate on one-dayers.

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Giles aims to return in first Test against Pakistan

GilesEngland spinner Ashley Giles hopes to return to cricket next month and put his injury misery behind him.

Hip and hernia problems have dogged the Warwickshire left-armer, a key member of England’s Ashes-winning side last year, in recent times and he has ruled himself out of the three-Test series starting against Sri Lanka here at Lord’s on Thursday.

But he hopes to be ready for the first Test against Pakistan, the second team touring England this year, which starts at Lord’s on July 13.

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PCB rules out tussle with BCCI over 2011 World Cup final

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that there would be no tussle with the Indian cricket board over hosting of the 2011 World Cup final and promised the tournament would be one of the best held since its launch in 1975.

Chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan played down fears of any tussle with India over who would host the semifinals and final insisting this issue would be resolved during the year.

“We are due to have some meetings with our hosting partners in the next few months and hopefully by the time the ICC Champions Trophy is held in India in September we would’ve reached a decision on where the final would be held,” he said.

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