Posts Tagged Shoaib-Akhtar

Time running out for Pakistan

May 1, 2009 | Cricket | | No Comments

pakteamMatch facts
May 1, 2009
Start time 3pm (11.00GMT)

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Australia are one win away from wrapping up the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, but not much talk has centred around the team’s on-field performance. Since the offspinner Saeed Ajmal was reported for a suspect action the sides have been under more intense focus than during the opening three matches.

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All-round Symonds sees Australia through

April 25, 2009 | Cricket | | No Comments

symondAndrew Symonds may have cut his Rastafarian beads, but he showed tonight there had been no cutback on his competitive spirit or his aptitude as Australia levelled the series 1-1. His two-wicket over, in the face of a marauding Shoaib Akhtar, had kept Pakistan down to a par total, but his bigger contribution came with the bat when Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal threatened to run through Australia for the second time in a row.

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Afridi triggers manic collapse

April 23, 2009 | Cricket | | No Comments

afridiA devastating career-best of 6 for 38 from Shahid Afridi sparked a dramatic Australia collapse in the opening ODI in Dubai as they lost 8 for 27 before being bowled out for 168. The new ground at Dubai Sports City, hosting its first international match, offered plenty of help for the spinners and Australia crumbled after being well-placed on 95 for 1.

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Spotlight on Shoaib and Symonds

April 22, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

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April 22, 2009
Start time 2.30pm (10.30GMT)

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Pakistan picks ICL players for World Twenty20

April 8, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

razzaqThe PCB has included Abdul Razzaq, Naveed-ul-Hasan and Imran Nazir, all three of whom participated in the ICL, in the list of 30 probables for the World Twenty20 to be held in England in June. ICC approval will be required to field the three players in the tournament. The PCB had earlier gone along with the decision of the Sind High Court in February to temporarily lift the ban on 17 ICL-contracted players and permitted them to participate in domestic cricket. Razzaq, Naved and Nazir have been absent from the international scene for more than a year after opting to join the unauthorised league.

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Shoaib aims to return for Bangladesh tour

February 20, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

Shoaib Akhtar has targeted the Bangladesh tour next month for his return to the Pakistan side after a knee injury ruled him out the two-Test series against Sri Lanka starting next week.

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Asif banned for one year by IPL

February 15, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been banned for one year by the IPL for testing positive for steroids during the league’s inaugural edition in 2008. The ban runs till September 21, 2009, back-dated to last September when the IPL imposed a suspension on him. Asif has already been released by his IPL team, the Delhi Daredevils, after a mutual agreement earlier this year and for now the bowler remains suspended by the Pakistan board as well. “Mohammad Asif was found guilty by the IPL Drug Tribunal in as much as a prohibited substance namely Nandrolone was found in the urine sample extracted from the player during the support period and the match played on May 30th 2008 between the Delhi Daredevils and the Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai,” said a statement from the IPL’s three-man drugs tribunal. “The year’s ineligibility for Mohammad Asif will be from September 22, 2008, as that was the date when the Indian Premier League had imposed the suspension order, post which the cricketer has not been allowed to play any match.” Asif had appealed against the findings of the drugs test, mostly on the basis that there was a difference in readings of the levels of nandrolone between two samples of his that were tested. The appeal was delayed several times, before finally he arrived in Delhi in January this year. He subsequently told the tribunal investigating his case that his nandrolone levels had been raised by the use of eye drops that contained the substance, something he was unaware of. He had been using Keratyl to treat a painful and inflamed eye. At the same time Asif was released by the Delhi Daredevils and remained hopeful that the tribunal would clear him of any wrongdoing. In a statement, the ICC confirmed it had been notified about the IPL tribunal decision though said it would only make further comment after considering “the written reasons for the decision in the matter.” It reiterated its expectation that all members observe the ban and that Asif will not be available to play until the ban has been completed. Though he has been punished, the verdict will finally bring some kind of closure to a traumatic time for an increasingly troubled Asif. Ijaz Butt, chairman PCB, told reporters after the decision that a way back for Asif was now open. “After the ban is lifted, we will definately consider Asif for the national team depending on his fitness.” Asif is, however, still embroiled in another mess after being detained at Dubai airport last year for possessing opium, a case which the PCB is still investigating. But the signs from that investigation have been promising: if at all he is punished, it is likely to be a financial fine and a retrospective ban for a few matches. The board’s internal committee will conclude its case, Butt said, at the end of the month. There will be relief for the bowler though, because for the first time in almost a year, he can begin to think about playing some cricket. His last appearance for Pakistan was in April 2008 and the period preceding that had seen him suffering from a long-standing elbow complaint. Asif’s brief international career has already been blighted by such scandals. The events of 2008 came after he first tested positive for nandrolone in 2006, during internal tests conducted by the PCB. That result forced him to pull out of the 2006 Champions Trophy, alongside Shoaib Akhtar, who also tested positive. Even then Asif had pleaded ignorance over the substances he was using and though he was initially banned for a year, that punishment was scrapped on appeal. The latest ban still means, however, that Pakistan will miss him during a host of upcoming assignments: the ODI series against Australia, the Twenty20 World Cup and a tour to Sri Lanka. He is likely, however, to be back in time for Pakistan’s year-end visit to Australia.

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Flintoff and Pietersen most expensive buys

February 7, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

The second IPL auction, held in Goa on Friday, has made Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff the highest-paid cricketers. Each fetched bids of US$ 1.55 million in an event that lacked the glamour and sheer drama of last year’s auction but had its moments of surprise. The bidding war for Mashrafe Mortaza, the 25-year-old fast bowler from Bangladesh, stole the show; he eventually went for $600,000 to the Kolkata Knight Riders – 12 times his base price; a close second was Tyron Henderson, a relative unknown but actually the world’s leading wicket-taker in this format, who was snapped up by Rajasthan for $650,000.

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Younis appointed Pakistan captain

January 28, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

Nearly two years after he should’ve taken over, Younis Khan took his place as the captain of Pakistan, after the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to relieve Shoaib Malik of his duties. Younis, who has twice previously turned down the leadership, takes over as Test and ODI captain, his first assignment less than a month away when Sri Lanka return for a two-Test series.

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Malik questions Shoaib’s commitment

January 23, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

In the most significant statement of his captaincy thus far, Shoaib Malik has effectively put a question mark over the international future of Shoaib Akhtar, openly doubting his fitness and commitment in the field. Younger fast bowlers impressing on the domestic circuit, said Malik, should now be given a chance to prepare Pakistan for the future.

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