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Minister stops Sri Lanka cricket team leaving for India

COLOMBO: Sports Minister of Sri Lanka Dayasiri Jayasekera stopped nine cricketers leaving for India on Tuesday to take part in a one-day series because he was unhappy with the team choice, sources said. The nine players were on their way to Colombo airport late Monday for the overnight flight when they were ordered to return, one of the team told AFP on condition of anonymity. The rest of the squad are already in India taking part in a Test series. Sri Lankan cricket is in chaos and the national side has lost 21…

Pakistan hope to overcome Sri Lanka in ODI series

DUBAI: Pakistan are counting on a change in format and players to overcome a resurgent Sri Lanka in the five-match one-day series starting in Dubai from Friday. Pakistan were upset 2-0 in the preceding Test series but they are hoping to change their fortunes and carry the limited over form which helped them win the eight-nation Champions Trophy held in England in June this year. They only have skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, batsmen Haris Sohail and Babar Azam and fast bowler Hasan Ali from the Test series, while experienced…

No Pakistani player featured in ICC Test, ODI teams of the year

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year. But none of the Pakistan players could make it to either of the teams. According to ICC, former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara selected the sides based on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. Pakistan is currently ranked 3rd in the ICC Test rankings, and 8th respectively in the ODI rankings. Pakistan team made history in August this year when it…