June 21st, 2006

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Fans stumped by demand for Ashes cricket tickets

The highly-anticipated first Ashes Test between Australia and England sold out in just 90 minutes on Tuesday, as fans on both sides complained about the difficulty of getting tickets to the Down Under series.

The first four days of the Brisbane Test sold out quickly on Tuesday, after days one to four of the Sydney, Perth and Adelaide Test matches were snapped up within minutes the previous day, Cricket Australia said. Tickets for the largest Test venue, the MCG in Melbourne, go on sale on Wednesday.

The sale this week of some 340,000 tickets for England’s tour follows a two-week period of exclusive sales to those who registered as part of the so-called Australian Cricket Family.

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West Indies players threatening industrial action

Members of the West Indies cricket team chosen for the third Test against India, starting at Warner Park on Thursday, have given the West Indies board until Wednesday to settle matters related to their contracts or face some kind of “industrial action.”

Although the players’ association and the Windies board have settled their long-running dispute over retainer contracts, the players have been playing the current series against Rahul Dravid’s side without either a retainer or match/tour contract in place.

“We are interested in resolving this matter, but we are not getting any response from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB),” Dinanath Ramnarine, President of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), told the Nation newspaper in Barbados.

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Rana Naved has fifty-fifty chance to avoid surgery

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Injured medium pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has a 50-50 chance of escaping any serious damage and might play a role in Pakistan’s Test campaign against England later this summer, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Tuesday.

“Rana was examined by a specialist in London yesterday and the initial report on his groin injury seems pretty positive,” PCB’s Director of Board Operations Abbas Zaidi told ‘The News’.

“The player has a 50-50 chance of avoiding a surgery and if his injury can heal just through medication then there are chances that Rana could play on the tour of England,” he added.

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New report on injury of Shoaib expected today

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Express fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is slowly regaining fitness and could be included in Pakistan’s squad for the tour of England if a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) medical commission report, to be issued today, gives him a green signal.

Abbas Zaidi, Director of PCB Operations, told this correspondent from Lahore on Tuesday that “apparently there is an improvement in Shoaib’s condition”, something that has lifted hopes of seeing him in action against England.

But he added that anything conclusive could only be said about the injured bowler once the medical commission issues its report on the progress made by Shoaib in his efforts regain match fitness. The report is expected to be announced today.

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England lose again to Sri Lanka

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Sanath Jayasuriya scored his 20th century and took the vital wicket of Kevin Pietersen to inspire Sri Lanka to a 46-run win over England in the second One-day International (ODI) at The Oval here on Tuesday. Jayasuriya’s 122 off 136 balls, full of trademark uppercuts over point and gully, set the foundation for the touring side’s 319 for eight before England, completely outclassed, subsided to 273 all out. Pietersen made 73 off 76 balls but his departure, making it 176 for four in the 32nd over of the run chase, sealed the home side’s fate.

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Sri Lanka won toss

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