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'Not fully comfortable with pink ball yet' – Azhar Ali

File photo: Misbah-ul-Haq has said, “lining up for high catches for fielders was a challenge as the visibility of the pink ball wasn’t all that great” © Getty Images and Cricket Australia The recent experiment with pink ball in Pakistan domestic cricket saw the players complain about the visibility of the ball under floodlights. The major concern, they said, was the quality of the ball once it got older, as…

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BCB mulls holding Mustafizur back from PSL

The BCB is considering holding back Mustafizur Rahman from playing in the PSL, primarily with his workload in mind © AFP The BCB could hold back Mustafizur Rahman from playing in the forthcoming PSL. While the board has mentioned Mustafizur’s workload as the major worry, ESPNcricinfo has learned there is also concern within the Bangladesh team management of overexposing the left-arm pace bowler too soon. Mustafizur was picked up by…

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Virender Sehwag Comes Down Hard on Inefficient Selectors, State Associations

Virender Sehwag said he could not become a selector as he runs a cricket academy, which would lead to conflict of interest. © AFP Former India player Virender Sehwag, who retired from international cricket on October 20, 2015, has lashed out at selectors who picked players under the influence of ‘people in power’ and at the inefficient running of state associations. (I Have Done What I Wanted To Do —…

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Bancroft, Agar fifties guide Scorchers to easy win

Perth Scorchers 5 for 175 (Bancroft 72, Agar 68, Russell 2-31) beat Sydney Thunder 9 for 145 (Russell 42, Tye 3-22, Behrendorff 3-26) by 30 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Cameron Bancroft was awarded the Man of the Match for his counterattacking 72 © Getty Images Despite their dominance of the BBL over the years, Perth Scorchers have repeatedly been written off. After they slumped to 2 for 1 in the…

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Leicestershire get floodlights green light

Leicestershire hope to have floodlights installed at Grace Road for the start of the NatWest Blast © PA Photos Leicestershire have been granted planning permission to install floodlights at Grace Road, a development that has been viewed as vital to the club’s survival. Floodlit evening T20 matches have become increasingly important to driving gate revenue in the domestic game and Wasim Khan, Leicestershire’s chief executive, said the decision would help…

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BCCI silent in public but starts internal response

On the issue of whether the BCCI was bound to accept the reforms, RM Lodha, the chairman of the committee, had stated that it was not the committee’s job to suggest the course of action for the board © PTI Three days after the Lodha Committee submitted its report, the BCCI is yet to make its first public move, with no official statement being issued by the board and senior…

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Buoyant Afghanistan return to favourite format

Match facts Friday, January 8, 2016Start time 2000 local (1600GMT) Sikandar Raza wasn’t among the runs in the ODI series, but a move up the order could help him find some form © AFP Big picture Over the course of one tour of Zimbabwe and a return series on neutral ground, Afghanistan have notched up a number of firsts: ODI and T20 series wins over a Test-playing opponent, and now…

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Richie Benaud Medal for Australia-West Indies Player-of-The-Series

Former Australia captain Richie Benaud died on April 10, 2015, aged 84 years. He was also a famous commentator. © AFP Cricket Australia and the West Indies Cricket Board will pay tribute to the memory of Richie Benaud with a medal struck in his honour. The Richie Benaud Medal will be presented to the player-of-the-series in the current and all future Test series between Australia and West Indies. (Read more…

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Hashim Amla Feels 'Someone Else' Shall do Better as South Africa Captain

After Hashim Amla’s (right) decision to give up captaincy, AB de Villiers will lead South Africa in the remaining two Tests against England. © AP Cape Town: Hashim Amla on Wednesday announced a shock decision to resign as South African captain after leading his team to a draw in the second Test in Cape Town. He said the decision was taken over a period of time. (Hashim Amla Quits As…

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Mohammad Amir Gets Visa, to Resume Career in New Zealand

Mohammad Amir (centre) completed a five-year ban for spot-fixing from international cricket in September. © AFP Tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir will resume his international cricket career in New Zealand as immigration officials in Wellington on Thursday granted him a visa following a five-year ban and jail time for indulging in spot-fixing during the 2010 tour of England. (Mohammad Amir Named in Pakistan Squad For New Zealand Series) The 23-year-old…

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