June 19th, 2006

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Tendulkar to make comeback this week

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Sachin Tendulkar will make his much-awaited return to cricket through a series of charity matches in England beginning this week. He has been sidelined since March after undergoing shoulder surgery, but will appear for Lashings against Cambridge University Cricket Club at Fenners on Wednesday.

Tendulkar, 33, will then face Reigate CC on Sunday, June 25, before taking on Middleton CC in West Sussex the next weekend. He will conclude his stint with Lashings against Sutton Valence School in Kent on July 6.

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Atkinson overseeing pitch for St Kitts Test

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The West Indies captain Brian Lara may not have got the fast bowling attack he requested from the selectors but he may get a Warner Park pitch with a lot more bounce and life.

Officials in St. Kitts have brought Andy Atkinson, the International Cricket Council (ICC) pitch consultant, into the island to prepare the hallowed turf for the third Test between the West Indies and India, starting on Thursday.

“Well, this one wouldn’t have too much grass, but there would be plenty of life otherwise,” Atkinson said. “The trouble is captains request a lively pitch, but the moment the ball starts flying around their ears, they go out and slam curators.”

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Dictating terms role of Inzamam in team selection bothering PCB

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Pakistan cricket team’s captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has slowly assumed an all-powerful role in the selection process of the national team and not everybody within the cricket set-up is happy about it.

‘The News’ has gathered that some of the senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials are not too pleased with the way things are going as far as the selection procedure is concerned and want the national selection committee to be more assertive than it has been in recent times.

According to Board insiders, Inzamam has been playing an influential role in team selection “to the point of dictating terms” by overruling recommendations made by the selection committee and almost handpicking players in the squad.

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Test series will be close: Wasim Akram

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Former captain Wasim Akram expects Pakistan to be involved in a tight Test series with England this summer despite winning 2-0 on home soil last winter.

Their hero then, Shoaib Akhtar, has not played since February due to ankle and knee problems and fellow paceman Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is also an injury doubt.

But Wasim said: “It looks like it is 50-50 because England are also struggling with fitness and injuries. The Pakistan team has got used to Shoaib not playing.”

Wasim featured in Pakistan sides that won Test series in England in 1987, 1992 and 1996.

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