June 25th, 2006

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Complaining about too much cricket sheer nonsense

Pakistan’s cricket team has left for England to play four Tests — the first of which starts on July 13 at Lord’s — and five One-day Internationals during its two-and-a-half months stay. Pakistan has remained unbeaten on English soil in Tests since 1987, but now the injury-hit side has a 50-50 chance of maintaining its unbeaten record.

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq faces a few worries regarding the fitness of some key players at this crucial stage. Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has already been ruled out for the series as he had failed to recover from his ankle injury.

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Shoaibless Pakistan prepare for first four-Test tour in over a decade

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Are skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Bob Woolmer prepared for the testing times ahead in England? It is now officially confirmed that the blue eyed boy of Pakistan cricket is now out for the first half of the much awaited England tour. Shoaib who has been the hero of Pakistan’s three match home Test series victory against England last October failed to do the same in the Tests against arch rivals India earlier this year and since he has been out of the action.

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Ton-up Jayawardene takes Sri Lanka to series win

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene scored a chanceless unbeaten century on Saturday to complete an eight-wicket win over England and give the tourists an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match One-day International (ODI) series. England’s pace bowlers produced one of their most abject displays in recent years as the Sri Lankans, deprived of Muttiah Muralitharan, waltzed to their victory target of 262 with nearly eight overs to spare. Jayawardene, a graceful, wristy right-hander, was as sublime as England were wretched, his run-a-ball 126 not out including 19 fours. His first 50 came off 40 balls and he reached three figures with a perfect back-foot drive to the boundary off strike bowler Steve Harmison. England, having opted to bat in Durham, managed 23 fours and one six in their 50 overs as they made 261 for eight, with Ian Bell top-scoring with 77.

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Selection committee not Inzamam will pick 16th man, says Bari

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Chief selector Wasim Bari claimed on Saturday that Pakistan have delayed an announcement on their 16th man for the tour of England a day after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said that rookie pacer Samiullah Niazi has been included in the touring party.

“There has been no decision yet on the selection of the 16th man in the Pakistani squad,” Bari told this correspondent. “And once it is decided which player would get that opportunity then the announcement would come from the national selection committee,” added the former Test cricketer, visibly displeased over Inzamam’s move to take the selection matters in his hands.

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