June 17th, 2006

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Lara, Dravid, Murali to star in Pakistan earthquake relief match

laraBrian Lara, Rahul Dravid and Muttiah Muralitharan are among the big names that have committed to playing for an International XI in a fund-raiser for victims of the Pakistan earthquake, the organisers said on Friday.

The star-packed side will take on Pakistan at The Oval on July 10 in a Twenty20 match with all proceeds to go to those who have suffered as a result of the earthquake which struck northern Pakistan last October. The quake killed more than 70,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

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Inzamam looks towards Mushtaq after injury of Rana

MushtaqVeteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed might get a call to play for Pakistan against England this summer if medium pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is forced out of the forthcoming series due to a groin injury.

The Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has been pushing for Mushtaq’s inclusion in the national squad all along and now that Rana has joined Shoaib Akhtar on the injury list, the googly specialist might finally make a comeback after being out of the playing eleven since the fall of 2003.

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Sri Lanka hold on to down England in first Twenty20

Sri Lanka kept their nerve to beat England by two runs at the Rose Bowl here on Thursday in what was the tourists’ first Twenty20 international.

The visitors, dismissed for 163 after winning the toss, held England to 161 for five from their 20 overs.

England’s Paul Collingwood, with four for 22, returned the best figures in the seven-match history of Twenty20 international cricket but it was not enough to give his team a win.

Opener Marcus Trescothick then took England to the brink of victory with 72 off 57 balls including one six and nine fours.

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Pakistan might delay naming 16th man for England tour

Pakistan may send a 15-member squad to England later this month and delay naming their 16th man till before the start of the first Test at Lord’s if injured pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is ruled out of the tour, chief selector Wasim Bari said on Friday.

Bari told ‘The News’ that the selection committee could ask the team management to first go to England and then ask for Rana’s replacement before the opening Test getting underway from July 13.

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