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Pakistan announces squad for T20 Triangular, Zimbabwe ODI series

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced the the 15-member T20 squad for the triangular series featuring Australia and Zimbabwe, and the squad for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.  The board's national selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq after consultation with captain Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur made the announcement. The triangular series will take place from July 1 to July 8, 2018, whereas the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe will commence from July 13, 2018. The ODIs…

Pakistan announce squad for Scotland T20s

IRELAND: Pakistan, the world's top-ranked Twenty20 side, announced a 15-member squad Monday for their two matches against Scotland later this month. There was only one change in the squad from the T20 series against the West Indies in April, with Haris Sohail replacing Babar Azam, who fractured his wrist during the first Test against England last week. Pakistan drew the two-Test series 1-1 after winning the first match at Lord's and losing the second in Leeds on Sunday. Their two T20s against Scotland will be played…

Shahid Afridi to captain World XI after Morgan pulls out due to injury

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will replace Eoin Morgan as captain of the ICC World XI squad for the Twenty20 International against West Indies at Lord’s after the latter has been forced to pull out due to a fractured finger. England’s limited-overs skipper, Morgan’s compatriot Sam Billings will take his place in the squad on Thursday. Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills have also been added to the World XI squad. Afridi, a leg-spinning all-rounder, represented his country in…

Chris Woakes ready to fill Stokes void in England’s Ashes squad

LONDON: Chris Woakes is desperate to prove his worth as a batsman during England's Ashes tour of Australia in the absence of fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes. Durham star Stokes did not fly out to Australia with the rest of the England squad on Saturday, having been suspended from international duty following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He remains under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, with Stokes and England still waiting to discover if he will face…

Neymar left out of Brazil squad for Argentina friendly

Neymar and several other top Brazilian players have been left out of the national squad for friendlies next month against Argentina and Australia, coach Tite said on Friday, giving them a long summer break for the first time since 2013. The Barcelona striker has played a major tournament every summer since the World Cup in 2014 and he, along with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, who is suffering from a muscle strain, were left out Tite's reformed squad. Regulars Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo and Dani Alves were also spared…

Pressure mounting on BCCI to name India Champions Trophy squad

NEW DELHI: India is coming under increasing pressure to name a squad for the impending Champions Trophy, with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid joining calls for the cricket board to quit stalling. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) missed an April deadline for announcing a team, and will hold a special meeting on Sunday to discuss a potential withdrawal from the 50-over international tournament. But the powerful BCCI is facing mounting criticism over its stalling tactics, which stem from a dispute with…

West Indies name 16-man squad for T20 series against Pakistan

BRIDGETOWN: West Indies have named their 16-man squad for the upcoming four-match Twenty20 Internationals series against Pakistan starting on March 26 in Barbados and Trinidad. The World T20 champions squad will be cut to 13 before the first match. The series will open in Barbados, where the first Twenty20 will be played at the Kensington Oval on March 26; then the squads will move over to Trinidad for three additional matches. These matches are scheduled for March 30, April 1 and April 2, at the Queen’s Park Oval.…

Australia unchanged for first Pakistan Test

SYDNEY: Australia named an unchanged squad Thursday for the opening day-night Test against Pakistan as they look to build on progress made after a team clear-out following a horror run of five defeats. The shake-up ahead of the third and final Test against South Africa last month worked with the new-look Australia finally getting a win under their belts, and selectors have stuck by the same 12. "We were very pleased with how the team came together in Adelaide after some significant changes following the Tests in Perth…

Pakistan announce unchanged test squad for Australia tour

LAHORE: The selectors of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have finalized the 16-member Test squad for the upcoming three-match series against Australia, ARY News reported on Monday. According to a press release of the cricket board, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and the national selection committee have finalized the team after consultations with Coach Mickey Arthur and Captain Misbah-ul-Haq. No changes have been made to the test squad which is currently playing a two-match test series in New Zealand. Pakistan (squad):…

Australia make six changes for third test against South Africa

ADELAIDE: Crisis-hit Australia made six changes to their Test squad Sunday for this week's third day-night Test against South Africa in Adelaide. Selectors named debutants English-born opener Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson in a 12-man squad with pacemen Chadd Sayers and Jackson Bird returning, and Matthew Wade coming in as wicketkeeper. Australia last made as many as six changes in 1984, when they faced the then formidable West Indies. Joe Burns, Adam Voges, Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill and Joe…