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Fawad Alam astonishes selectors with impressive fitness test score

LAHORE: Pakistan discard Fawad Alam on Tuesday astonished selectors by scoring 19 points in the Yo-Yo Endurance Test at National Cricket Academy Lahore for upcoming Ireland and England tour. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed scored 17.4 in the same fitness test, whereas 25-year-old Muhammad Rizwan topped with a score of 21; Asad Shafiq with 20 had the second-highest score, while Hasan Ali, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman — all much younger cricketers than Alam — scored 18 points each. Fawad Alam impressed with his batting in the…

England selectors ponder Ashes top-order conundrum

LONDON: England’s selectors name their squad on Wednesday for the Ashes series with the team in a surprising state of flux despite recent home series wins over South Africa and West Indies. England experienced a mixture of crushing victories and heavy losses this summer, eventually winning out because they bat so deep and, in Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, have two of their best-ever all-rounders. But the top order seldom convinced with only opener Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root certain to play in the first test against…

Indian-origin cricketer plays for Ireland after snub by home selectors

CHANDIGARH: Discrimination in selection to represent your home country at an international cricket is not uncommon, the latest victim of  favouritism is India’a Simaranjit Singh (Indian-origin cricketer) who was snubbed by Indian selectors at Under-19 level despite good performances.He is now with Irish (Ireland) team. Singh, whose family still resides in Mohali, has broken into the Irish national team on the back of consistent all-round performances in Ireland's first-class competitions. Simaranjit is known as Simi in…

Steve Waugh, Jason Gillespie open to Australia’s chief selector role

SYDNEY: Former Australia cricket captain Steve Waugh and paceman Jason Gillespie have both expressed an interest in succeeding Rodney Marsh as the country's chairman of selectors. Cricket Australia said last week 68-year-old former test wicketkeeper Marsh would not be seeking to stay on in the role when his contract expires next year and that Australia would have a new chairman of selectors before the next Ashes series. Australia will host the next Ashes series in 2017-18. Former paceman Gillespie is currently coaching…

Clarke grilled over captaincy

SYDNEY: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he still had plenty to offer the team as he was grilled over his captaincy after the side's comprehensive 2-0 Test loss to Pakistan.