May 31st, 2006

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Pietersen moves up to tenth in Test list

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Kevin Pietersen’s superb 142 in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston has lifted him to a career-best tenth spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. Pietersen had moved into the top 20 only a couple of weeks back after his 158 in the first Test at Lord’s. England now have three batsmen in the top 20 — Marcus Trescothick is in 11th place — down one slot — while Andrew Strauss is in 15th. Among the bowlers, Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff remain in fifth and sixth positions, though Hoggard’s tally of 795 points is his highest ever. It was a forgettable match for Sri Lanka, though Muttiah Muralitharan further strengthened his position at the top of the bowlers’ list with a match haul of 10 for 115. Kumar Sangakkara slipped two places to No.13 while Mahela Jayawardene dropped five slots to No.18 after disappointing performances with the bat. Michael Vandort’s hundred helped him break into the top 100 — he moved up 47 places to 78th.

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Pakistan blind cricketers make it 2-0 against England

Pakistan’s blind cricket team continued their winning streak, beating their England counterparts by eight wickets in the second one-dayer at Worcestershire, according to a message received here from England on Tuesday.

The tourists, who elected to field after winning the toss, restricted England to a moderate a 169-6 in the allotted 40 overs, with Rorey Filed (54) being the top scorer. Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq took two wickets for 21 in his eight overs while Mohammad Fayaz and Mohammad Waqas claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan, in reply, reached required the target in 22.1 overs for the loss of two wickets. Amir Ashfaq led the side to victory with an unbeaten 70 and a found a suitable partner in Mohammad Fayaz who remained unbeaten at 33.

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Pakistan to be all geared up for England assignment: Woolmer

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Pakistan cricket team’s coach Bob Woolmer declared on Tuesday that his team would land in England next month all pumped up to repeat their last year’s success at home against the Ashes winners.

Woolmer admitted England would be tough opponents in their own backyard but added that his team has the firepower to triumph in English conditions.

Pakistan are to travel to England late June for a long tour that includes four Tests and five One-day Internationals (ODIs) besides side matches.

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Pakistan players have a point in the pay dispute

Although the Pakistan Cricket Board has claimed that there is no element of animus or belligerence in the demand put forward by the players for a rise in their retainer fees, one can sense a subterranean rumble which could well escalate into something much louder if the matter is not addressed with equity and justice.

There are many who will feel that given what their counterparts earned a few decades ago, Pakistani players earn so much that they should be satisfied and not be too greedy. I do not subscribe to this view for two reasons; firstly, cricket has now become so huge an industry that it is no way comparable to the activity of the fifties, sixties and seventies.

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Ankle problem not to hinder comeback of Shoaib

shoaibAs conflicting reports continue to surface over the issue of Shoaib Akhtar’s fitness, sources close to the express fast bowler claimed on Monday he is fit enough to make a forceful return to international cricket during the tour of England this summer.

Shoaib, 30, has ignited a controversy by staying away from Pakistan’s conditioning camp in Lahore and there was a new twist to the whole story when skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq recently said that his pacer is currently down with an ankle injury.

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