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Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ gesture adds to the spectacle, says Root

BIRMINGHAM: England captain Joe Root took Virat Kohli’s “mic drop” gesture in good spirit and said the India skipper’s mocking imitation of him had added to the spectacle of test cricket. England were cruising at 216 for the loss of three wickets on the opening day of the first test on Wednesday when an ill-judged call by Jonny Bairstow led to Root being run out on 80 following a brilliant throw by Kohli. Kohli celebrated the dismissal with a “mic drop” gesture, pretending to drop an imaginary microphone, just as Root…

Test cricket a step forward for ambitious Ireland

DUBLIN: Ireland will make a giant leap when they host their first ever test match, against Pakistan in Dublin on Friday, the start of what will be a slow introduction to the longest format of the game, according to Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom. Ireland will become the first team to debut in the test format since Bangladesh in 2000, after being awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last June along with Afghanistan. The benefits of being a full member are more likely, especially…

ICC mulls strategy to save Test cricket from T20 influence

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to consider changes that will help cricket boards address the issue of talent drain due to mushrooming growth of T20 leagues across the world. It is believed that the decline of West Indian team has taken place simultaneously with the rise of T20 leagues, as Caribbean players are always in high demand and available to play T20 tournaments. But their success is not reflected at the international level. Two-time World Cup winners West Indies are currently taking…

Test match cricket being strangled by Twenty20 “weed”, says Michael Holding

LONDON: Test match cricket faces a bleak future with the sport’s administrators failing to control the ‘runaway weed’ of the hugely popular Twenty20 format, former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding said. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced its 2018 schedule on Tuesday and despite seven tests being included none of them will take place in June or July when one-day matches against Australia and India take centre stage. Holding said it was an example of the five-day format playing second fiddle…

Ramiz Raja wants Test ‘window’

LONDON: Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja has urged the International Cricket Council to set aside a two-month window solely for Test matches in a bid to preserve the longest form of the game. While crowds for Tests in countries such as England remain strong, Raja, a member of the influential MCC world cricket committee, fears interest in Asia is “dwindling” thanks partly to the rise of lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions such as the Indian Premier League. “I feel that the ICC has a decent plan in the shape of…

I want to carry on playing Test cricket if “Pakistan wants me”: Younis Khan

SYDNEY: Pakistan’s Younis Khan said he wants to carry on playing Test cricket for his country as he nears the summit of 10,000 Test runs. Younis, at 39, in the autumn of a trail-blazing 17-year playing career, reached another milestone with his first century in Australia in the current third Sydney match, making a Test hundred in 11 countries. But Younis, who is just 36 runs away from becoming the first Pakistani batsman to score 10,000 Test runs, said he wants to bat on for Pakistan if "they want me." "It all…

Ricky Ponting calls for bat size restriction

CANBERRA: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting wants size limits on bats because he believes batsmen are enjoying an unfair advantage, especially in Test cricket, and said he would raise his concerns at the MCC World Cricket Committee meeting on Monday.

Amir backs life bans for fixers

KARACHI: Fast bowler Mohammad Amir said match-fixers should be banned for life as he prepares to return to Test cricket at Lord’s, where an infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal landed him a jail term and a five-year ban.