June 6th, 2006

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No chop and cut in national squad till 2007 World Cup

The movers and shakers of Pakistan cricket on Monday agreed the need to avoid any “chop and cut” in the lead up to next year’s World Cup in the West Indies, a top official said.

Abbas Zaidi, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Director of Board Operations, told this correspondent that one of the positive outcomes of Monday’s Ad-hoc Committee meeting in Lahore was that “more or less everybody agreed that there shouldn’t be any chop and cut till the (2007) World Cup”.

With everybody, Zaidi meant the PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, members of the Ad-hoc Committee, Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and chief selector Wasim Bari.

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Murali routs England as Lankans level series

Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan just missed out on a historic 10-wicket haul as Sri Lanka crushed England by 134 runs in the third and final Test to level the series 1-1 at Edgbaston here on Monday.

The home side, set a record 325 to win on a dry, wearing pitch, collapsed from 84 without loss to 190 all out on the fourth day. Off-spinner Muralitharan finished with eight for 70 off 30 overs, a spell which was only interrupted by tea.

He looked on course to join fellow spinners Jim Laker of England and Anil Kumble of India as the only men to take 10 wickets in a Test innings. But after dismissing the first seven batsmen, his chance evaporated when Matthew Hoggard was brilliantly run out by a direct throw from Charmara Kapugedera.

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Jaffer, Dravid put India in command against West Indies

wasim

Wasim Jaffer and Rahul Dravid built an unbeaten third-wicket century partnership to strengthen India’s cause on the fourth day in the opening Test against the West Indies on Monday here at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

At lunch, India had reached 308 for two in their second innings, with Jaffer undefeated on 172 and Dravid, the Indian captain, unbeaten on 50. The pair added 161 to give India a lead of 178 and revive the visitors’ fortunes in the Test, after the West Indies looked in control having gained a first innings lead of 130.

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Bari seeks complete report on Shoaib before selectors meet

wasimbariChief selector Wasim Bari is hopeful of getting a complete report on pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s fitness ahead of the national selection committee’s meeting on June 8 in Lahore to finalise Pakistan’s 16-man squad for the forthcoming tour of England.

“I am expecting that everything would be clear about Shoaib’s fitness before our meeting,” Bari told this correspondent from Lahore on Monday. “We need to know everything about his condition before finalising the team for England,” added the former Test cricketer.

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Tendulkar targets August one-dayers comeback

Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar has told Sky Sports that he is targeting the one-day tri-series in Sri Lanka in August for his comeback but that he is still three or four weeks away from being fully fit.

Tendulkar, who is in London, spoke to Sky at a sun-drenched Lord’s, and said that his shoulder was on the mend. “It’s been a couple of months since the surgery and the strength levels are reasonably back,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that I am totally happy with it, and neither of the doctors are totally happy with the strength levels, but I have regained a fair amount of the strength and it should take another three or four weeks for me to be 100%.”

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