August 19th, 2006

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2007 World Cup will be safe, says Dehring

Chris Dehring, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Inc. Managing Director and CEO, is confident next year’s tournament will not suffer negatively from recent international concerns over the terror plots recently uncovered in England.

However, Dehring assured the issue is receiving due attention and will be dealt with depending on how it develops. “It’s early days yet but we discussed it at the board meeting and certainly will be looking at it from a managerial perspective as we see how it unfolds,” he said.

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Yousuf’s feat

Mohammad Yousuf became the first Pakistani to accumulate 600 or more runs in a Test series on English soil. Salim Malik hold the previous record with 488 runs in 5 Tests in 1992. At the end of the second day’s play Yousuf had amassed 618 runs in just seven innings at an average of 103.00 with three hundreds. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

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Cooley predicts his paceman side will be stronger than England

Australia fast bowling coach Troy Cooley predicts his side’s pacemen will be stronger than England’s in the upcoming Ashes series, with reverse swing added to their armoury.

Cooley mentored the attack of Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard that last year helped England claim its first Ashes victory in 18 years but returned to his homeland last year to work with the Australian bowlers.

Asked who he thought had the stronger attack, Cooley told Australian Associated Press: “I think we have.”

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Satisfied Umar Gul seeks better display

While the spotlight on Thursday was on comeback kid Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul silently sat in the Pakistan team dressing room, basking in the glory of a four-wicket haul that helped the visitors gain the upper hand at the start of the fourth Test against England.

Gul in fact finished with better figures (4-47) than Asif (4-56) as England’s innings folded at 173 but even as the reporters and the cameras chased his pace partner, the lanky lad from Peshawar wasn’t envious. “Asif bowled really well,” said the 22-year-old whose quartet of victims on Thursday helped him to take his series haul to 17, the most by any Pakistani bowler in this contest. “In fact the way he bowled helped me gain more confidence,” he added.

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Nervous nineties by both openers in the same innings

On the second day of the Oval Test, both Pakistani openers, Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez, were dismissed in nervous nineties. This provided only the third instance in the annals of Test cricket when both openers failed to score a century by ten or less runs margin in the same innings of a Test match. The previous two instances were recorded by India – one in 1978-79 and the other in 1997-98. For readers interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

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Most hundreds after 70 Tests

Mohammad Yousuf’s masterful unbeaten 115 on the second day of the Oval Test was his 19th ton in the 70th match of his Test career. He became only the 10th batsman to have scored 18 or more tons in first 70 matches of the Test career. Among Pakistani batsmen, Yousuf has the best record after 70 Tests. Previously, only Javed Miandad scored 5000 runs in his first 70 Tests. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

 

* In the first table Don Bradman is an exception to the list as he smashed 29 tons in just 52 Tests of his career.

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McGrath-emulating Asif itching to finish the job

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Mohammad Asif dealt England with a deadly blow on the opening day of the fourth Test on Thursday here at The Oval and then promised he would return in the second innings to finish off the job.

After getting a quartet of victims including the prized scalps of Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen, Asif made it clear he was already looking forward to better his opening day figures of 4-56 when the home team bat again in this Test.

“I am feeling good, my confidence is high after taking some good wickets and I can’t wait to bowl again in the (England) second innings,” the 23-year-old from Sheikhupura said after helping Pakistan skittled out England for 173.

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ICC Champions Trophy to be displayed in seven Indian cities

Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in October and November in India, cricket’s world governing body will put the coveted trophy on display for fans in seven cities of the country.

During its demonstration over 15 days, fans will get chance to see what the top ten ODI teams will be playing for from Thursday in Mohali — venue for opening match of the tournament between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on October 7.

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Yousuf completes 1000 runs in 2006

On the second day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval, Muhammad Yousuf completed 1000 runs in the calendar year 2006. He became the first Pakistani and only the second batsman in the world, after India’s Rahul Dravid, to achieve this mark in the ongoing year. Younis Khan is also a whisker away from achieving this feat as he his tally of runs stands at 998 after his dismissal in the first innings. The table below lists players with 700 or more runs in Test cricket in 2006.

 

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Bad weather again stops cricket in Sri Lanka

The first One-day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka was called off due to heavy rain after just 22 deliveries were bowled here on Friday.

The match itself started after the lunch break and match referee Chris Broad of England ruled it would be played over two days with the second innings to begin on Saturday, the scheduled reserve day.

But the heavens opened again after a brief spell of sunshine, allowing just 16 minutes of play in which India made 11 for no loss after captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat. Dravid was unbeaten on nine and Sachin Tendulkar, returning to international cricket after five months, was on two. The match will continue on Saturday, weather permitting.

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Inzamam wants 300-plus lead

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Pakistan cricket team’s captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is eyeing a first-innings lead of over 300 runs against England in the fourth Test here at The Oval but is aware that wet London weather can ruin his plans of ending the otherwise forgettable series with an emphatic win.

“We are in a great position to win this Test and a lead of 300 to 350 would get us the sort of result we want,” Inzamam said on Friday.

Pakistan bowled out England for 173 and then looked set to coast to a sizeable total with good knocks from openers Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Yousuf.

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McMillan dropped from New Zealand squad

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Former New Zealand batting star Craig McMillan has been left out of the 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy to be played in India from October.

New Zealand coach John Bracewell said on Wednesday that 29 year-old McMillan, who has played 55 Tests and 175 One-day Internationals, was dropped because of a lack of fitness. “Craig McMillan was omitted from the 30 because of concerns about his fitness,” Bracewell said. “This does not mean Craig has been ruled out of contention for next year’s World Cup but he will need to focus his efforts if he is to be selected for the Black Caps over the summer,” he added.

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Openers, Yousuf excel as Pakistan take charge at The Oval

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Mohammad Yousuf continued his run feast against England to shepherd Pakistan to a match-winning position with an unbeaten ton on the second day of the fourth Test here at The Oval on Friday.

Following his big knocks of 202 and 192, Yousuf hit an elegant 115 as Pakistan added 240 more runs to their overnight total of 96-1 for the loss of just two more wickets. Their 336-3 when play was stopped due to bad light, took Pakistan 163 runs ahead of England and, weather permitting, in striking distance of winning their first Test in a series that they have already lost.

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Isolated rooms for dope testing

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will implement strict anti-doping measures for the Champions Trophy at India in October-November and has asked for an isolated room at each venue for the purpose.

The ICC is expected to conduct random tests on urine samples of players who will take part in 10-nation tournament, to be played between Oct 7 and Nov 5. To collect these samples, the ICC has sought a room at each of match venue in Mumbai, Mohali, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

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Dope testing in all ICC Champions Trophy venues

In order to implement strict anti-doping measures for the ICC Champions Trophy in India, the ICC has requested for an isolated room at each of the four venues - Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mohali.

The ICC is expected to conduct tests on random urine samples of the players participating in the tournament in October and November. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed this request, and stated that the dope testing will come under the responsibility of the ICC. “The ICC has asked us to keep one isolated room at all four venues for collecting samples”, Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI executive secretary told Indo Asian News Service. “But dope testing will not be the BCCI’s responsibility. The ICC has a contract with the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and they will take care of this.”

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