February 11th, 2007

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Referee tells South Africa and Pakistan to cool it

Match referee Chris Broad revealed on Friday that he has told South Africa and Pakistan to keep a lid on their tempers in the ongoing one-day international series.

Broad, the former England batsman met with rival captains Graeme Smith and Inzamam-ul-Haq, as well as the team managers, before the start of play in the rain-affected third one-dayer at St George’s Park here.

“I have seen indications of rising tensions among the two sets of players over the course of the Test and ODI series and I wished to remind everyone of their responsibilities to each other and the game in ensuring everyone upholds the spirit of cricket,” said Broad.

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ICC turn down Pakistan squad request

Pakistan have had a request to allow them extra time to name their World Cup squad turned down by the International Cricket Council (ICC), but due to their lengthy injury list have sent a second request for an extension.

The final 15-man squads need to be named by February 13, but Pakistan’s last ODI in South Africa is not until the following day and they already have a number of players out of action.

However, Saleem Altaf, the PCB director of operations, told Reuters: “Our first request was turned down and the ICC said if we had any injury problems, we could ask for replacements from the World Cup technical committee as per the rules.”

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England seek happy ending to tour

Friday’s upset win over Australia in the first tri-series final has a resurgent England firmly believing they are poised to salvage something from the wreck of their Australian tour.

Against all odds, the English continued their remarkable late tour form reversal when they secured a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three finals on the back of Paul Collingwood’s brilliant batting and fielding.

The second game is in Sydney on Sunday and an English victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground would be an upbeat end to a disastrous tour previously marked by poor form, injury woes and shattering defeats.

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South Africa, Pakistan ODI of extreme importance

Sunday (today)’s fourth cicket One-day International between South Africa and Pakistan is of extreme importance to both teams after Friday’s match in Port Elizabeth was abandoned because of rain.

With the World Cup just weeks away, Pakistan want to build on the confidence boost they received when they demolished South Africa by 141 runs in Durban on Wednesday.

South Africa are eager to show that their defeat was just a blip in their run-up to the World Cup. The five-match ODI series is currently tied 1-1.

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Afridi banned for four ODIs over Centurion incident

All-rounder Shahid Afridi’s World Cup ambitions took a blow on Saturday when he was banned for four ODIs after being found guilty of breaching the ICC’s Code of Conduct during Pakistan’s one-dayer against South Africa at Centurion earlier this month.

The punishment means Afridi will have to miss at least two of the World Cup matches in the West Indies next month.

The verdict came from Match Referee Chris Broad, who found Afridi guilty of a Level 3 offence after a hearing in Cape Town on Saturday which was also attended by Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and manager Talat Ali.

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India grapples with fitness problems

India’s cricket team is grappling with fitness problems just two days before selectors are due to name their World Cup squad.

Middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh’s stiff back has frustrated in team management’s plan to get him back into form after his absence due to a knee injury in November. Paceman Irfan Pathan’s sore shoulder has made him a doubtful starter for Sunday’s limited-overs international against Sri Lanka.

Sunday’s match in the western Indian city of Rajkot provides the Indian and Sri Lankan players their last opportunity before the World Cup squads are picked on Monday - midway through the four match one-day series. The first one-dayer on Thursday abandoned after heavy showers disrupted play in Kolkata.

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Afridi charged under ICC Code of Conduct

Shahid Afridi’s spectacular return to form could come to a grinding halt as the flamboyant all-rounder has been charged under the ICC’s Code of Conduct following an incident during the opening One-day International (ODI) against South Africa at Centurion on Sunday.

According to a media release issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday, Afridi has been charged with a Level 3 offence under section C 2 of the Code which refers to “conduct unbecoming…which could bring (players or officials) or the game of cricket into disrepute.”

The charge was laid by ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed and relates to an incident, which took place after Afridi was dismissed.

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