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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…

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…

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…

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.