World Cup selection irks former greats

World Cup selection irks former greats

LAHORE – Many former cricketers have criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for ignoring Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria in the preliminary squad for the World Cup 2011.
The PCB had formed integrity committee to scrutinise the details of the bank accounts and properties of these three players.
The PCB integrity committee cleared Kamran Akmal but denied
NOC to Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria and also did not issue any reason for their non selection.
Former captain

Malik disappointed over World Cup snub

LAHORE – Former skipper Shoaib Malik has said he would stage a comeback in international cricket very soon.
Malik was left out of Pakistan’s preliminary 30-member squad for the World Cup 2011. Malik said he was disappointed at the selectors’ decision especially when he was not given any reason. Malik said that the Pakistan Cricket Board and the selection committee members were avoiding him and were not giving him any reason for their attitude.
Malik said that missing the

Kallis braves injury to rescue South Africa

CAPE TOWN – Jacques Kallis defied medical advice to score a magnificent century which put South Africa in position to win the deciding third test against India on Wednesday.
India dominated the morning session and were on course for their first series victory in South Africa when the hosts stumbled to 121 for five at lunch.
But Kallis, suffering from a side strain caused by a ball from Shanthakumaran Sreesanth during his first-innings century, dug in and supported by Mark

Roddick storms into Brisbane quarters

BRISBANE – Second seeded American Andy Roddick steamrolled his way into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International when he overpowered Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets on Wednesday.
Roddick recovered from an early break to clinch a close first set before running away with the second to win 6-4, 6-1.
Roddick used his booming serve to brilliant effect but he was also able to match his opponent in the rallies, often pinning Dolgopolov deep in the court and

French still in Hopman hunt

PERTH – France kept their Hopman Cup hopes mathematically alive with a 2-1 win over Great Britain in the mixed teams tournament on Wednesday. But the fate of the French pairing of Kristina Mladenovic and Nicolas Mahut is not entirely in their own hands. To reach the final they need record a clean sweep over Italy in their final round robin tie on Friday, and hope that the British team of Laura Robson and Andy Murray, who are out of contention, can upset the unbeaten United States by

Wozniacki, Rezai power into Hong Kong final

HONG KONG – Top seeds Europe powered into the final of Hong Kong’s World Team Challenge Wednesday, with world number one Caroline Wozniacki and her teammate Aravane Rezai notching straight-sets singles wins.
Danish sensation Wozniacki, 20, dispatched China’s top woman Li Na 6-4, 6-3 to help the Europeans to a 4-0 clean sweep in the semi-final clash with Asia-Pacific in the season-opening exhibition. World number 19 Rezai had dismissed Hong Kong’s top-ranked player Zhang Ling

Aisam, Bopanna through to Chennai quarters

CHENNAI – The Indo-Pak express comprising Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi progressed to the doubles quarterfinals of the Chennai Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Brazil’s Marcos Daniel and Argentine Eduardo Schwank here on Wednesday.
It was a hard earned win for the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ as the Brazilian-Argentine pair gave them a good fight. Bopanna and Qureshi broke their rivals once and crucially saved three breakpoints in the opening set to take lead in 28 minutes.

Pakistan announce preliminary Squad for World Cup – Akmal, Yousuf get selectors’ nod, heartbreak for Malik, Fawad

LAHORE – Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and Mohamamd Yousuf finally got the nod from the Pakistan Cricket Board as they were included in the preliminary 30-member list of probables for the 2011 World Cup here on Tuesday. Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria were left out.
The national selection committee under Mohsin Khan met at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore for one last time to finalise the 30 probables for World Cup 2011. After deliberations, the Committee finalized the 30 names.

Pakistan salvage draw in tour match

AUCKLAND – Pakistan’s pre-Test warm-up match against a New Zealand XI ended in a tame draw with both sides agreeing to a truce midway through the third and final day Tuesday.
The New Zealand XI, in reality a shadow Test team, were 111 for four when stumps were pulled, an overall lead of 208.
After the hosts posted 384 in their first innings, Pakistan recovered from a woeful start, when they were 39 for four, to be all out for 287. Skipper Misbah ul-Haq,
who did not

Doha hearing starts tomorrow

DOHA – Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer front a make-or-break anti-corruption tribunal in Doha this week with the threat of life bans hanging over their heads.
The three face charges of spot-fixing during Pakistan’s tour of England last year. It is alleged that they bowled deliberate no-balls – claims they all deny.
They were provisionally suspended by the ICC in October, with the world governing body’s code of conduct carrying a minimum

England ride their luck as Australia hit back

SYDNEY – England rode their luck through a rocky afternoon spell to reach 167-3 in their first innings at the close of play on the second day of a well-balanced fifth Ashes test on Tuesday after dismissing Australia for 280.
Alastair Cook, who was saved from dismissal by a no-ball review, had made 61 with nightwatchman James Anderson alongside him on one after a triple blow from the Australian bowlers had disrupted England’s comfortable post-lunch progress.
England have

Ajmal to return home after father’s death

LAHORE – Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to return home from the national team’s tour of New Zealand after the death of his father, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.
Ajmal is currently part of Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the Test series against New Zealand and is certain to miss the first Test, which starts on Friday, January 1, at Hamilton. “The PCB is making necessary arrangements to facilitate Saeed Ajmal’s early return to the country from New Zealand,”

English Premier League – Injury blow for City, Chelsea eye recovery

LONDON – Chelsea head to bottom of the table Wolves on Wednesday with manager Carlo Ancelotti insisting all is not lost for his defending champions in their quest to retain the Premier League title.
The Blues, held to a 3-3 draw by Aston Villa last time out, could kick-off nine points behind Manchester United if the leaders beat Stoke at Old Trafford on Tuesday. But Italian boss Ancelotti was in defiant mood, saying: “First they (United) have to win (the game in hand). “Second I

Xavi can play 700 for Barca, says Guardiola

MADRID – Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes playmaker Xavi Hernandez could go on to reach 700 games for the club after the Spanish World Cup star equalled the club’s all-time appearance record in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Levante Sunday.
Xavi made his 549th outing in the famous shirt to draw level with legendary centre-back Migueli and at 30 the midfielder is set to go on and set a new benchmark for future generations to beat. “We wanted to win this game for him (Xavi),” said

Women’s Hockey C’ship underway

LAHORE – The 26th National Women’s Hockey Championship is in progress at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi. To spot talented female players, the PHF has constituted a Committee comprised of Mrs. Tanzeela
Aamir Cheema, Secretary PHF Women’s
Wing, Mr Iftikhar Syed and Mr Jan
Mohammad. The Committee will
observe the performance of players
during the Championship and forward
its recommendations to PHF, soon after
the conclusion of the

Colts win SPM Cricket League

LAHORE – SPM Colts won the 4th SPM League Cricket Tournament, beating Global Technologies on Tuesday.
In the Professional Group of the league, SPM Colts beat Global Technology by seven wickets here at Model Town Greens ground. Global Technology scored 163 runs for the loss of nine wickets after batting first.
Mohammad Raja (28), Tahir Riaz (23) and Awais Masood (22) were top-scored for Global. SPM Colts achieved the target for the loss of three wickets, with Yasir Ali (55),

Chelsea boss rules out Beckham bid

COBHAM – Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted on Tuesday that his club will not make a bid to sign David Beckham in the January transfer window.
Beckham is keen to return to the Premier League on a three-month loan from the LA Galaxy during the MLS off-season as he tries to show England coach Fabio Capello he is still worthy of a place in his squad.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has already gone public on his interest in Beckham, but a deal has yet to be concluded for