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Cricket News February 2006
England in India
England facing tough India opener
February 28, 2006Injury-hit England are set for their toughest task yet as they open their three-match Test series against India on Wednesday....
Dravid wary of depleted England
February 28, 2006India captain Rahul Dravid has warned that injuries and withdrawals will not make England any less hard to beat when the first Test starts on Wednesday....
Flintoff to stay for whole series
February 27, 2006Andrew Flintoff is to stay in India for the rest of England's tour....
Vaughan and Jones returning home
February 27, 2006England skipper Michael Vaughan and pace bowler Simon Jones have been ruled out of the first Test against India, which starts in Nagpur on Wednesday...
Cook excited by Test opportunity
February 27, 2006Essex opener Alastair Cook is relishing the prospect of his first Test cap after joining England's squad in India...
Gavaskar tells Ganguly to play on
February 26, 2006Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has urged Sourav Ganguly not to retire from playing despite being overlooked for the first Test against England.
The 33-year-old has been in and out of the team and the centre of a public row with India coach Greg Chappell. But Gavaskar, who made 10,122 runs in a Test career that he ended at the age of 38, says Ganguly should keep playing. "Thirty-three is no age to quit. I'd only remind Sourav to let his bat do the talking," the former opener said.
Ganguly says he will continue to play in domestic cricket for West Bengal for the immediate future, but there have been suggestions he might quit if he fails to make an international return soon. Ganguly was India's most successful skipper until he was sacked and then left out of the one-day side after a dispute with Chappell last August.
The left-hander was also eased out of the Test squad but returned against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, where he enjoyed moderate success. Another former Test player, Vivek Razdan, believes the situation has been handled badly by the Indian hierarchy.
"He should not have been treated like this, especially after a not bad performance against Pakistan," he said. "There should be some kind of communication between the selectors and Ganguly regarding the omission."
England slump to crushing defeat
February 25, 2006England's worries ahead of Wednesday's first Test against India increased after an eight-wicket hammering by an Indian Board President's XI in Baroda...
Tour Match, Baroda: President's XI 342-8d & 58-2 bt England 238 & 158 by eight wickets
Team announced, Ganguly out!
February 23, 2006It is official. With the selection committee looking towards the future, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly's illustrious career in international cricket is as good as over, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah hinted on Thursday.
Former national selectors Sambaran Banerjee and Pranab Roy expressed surprise over the exclusion of Ganguly, reports UNI from Kolkata. I do not know what kind of a decision this is. Sourav's inclusion would have meant a healthier mix of young and old. He would have consolidated the middle-order, which is much needed against a team like England. I think the selectors have made a mistake by excluding Sourav, he said.
Promising Moradabad leggie Piyush Chawla said he would justify the selectors faith in him by exploiting the inherent weakness of English batsmen against leg-spinners, reports UNI. With the selection committee picking Mohammmad Kaif, medium-pacer R P Singh, Suresh Raina and Chawla, it will be the first time that four players from UP will feature in the senior side. Indian team for first test: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Wasim Jaffer, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth, R P Singh, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, VRV Singh, Piyush Chawla.
England struggle in Test warm-up
February 23, 2006Hampered by illness and injury, England saw the Indian Board President's XI race to 93-1 in reply to their 238 after day one of their warm-up match....
England squad rocked by injuries
February 23, 2006Captain Michael Vaughan is just one of England's injury concerns with six days to go before first Test in India....
England squad hampered by illness
February 22, 2006England's spin bowling dilemma has been further complicated by news that Ian Blackwell, Monty Panesar and Shaun Udal are all struggling with stomach bugs....
Sehwag passed fit to face England
February 22, 2006India have been lifted by news that key batsman Virender Sehwag will be available for the first Test against England in Nagpur on 1 March....
BCCI & Telecasting Rights
England TV deal decision delayed
February 22, 2006A decision on who will broadcast live coverage of England's Test series in India will be announced on Thursday...
Further delay over Trophy venues
Feb 22, 2006India's cricket board has still to decide the venues for the ICC Champions Trophy, set to begin on 7 October...
England in India
Jones happy with comeback effort
February 21, 2006England pace bowler Simon Jones is ready to make up for lost time in the Test series against India....
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India board begins Dalmiya probe
Feb 21, 2006The Board of Control for Cricket in India is to launch an inquiry into its former president Jagmohan Dalmiya....
World Twenty20 Championship
Twenty20 Cup rejected by India & Pakistan
February 20, 2006Pakistan and India have rejected the idea of a World Twenty20 Championship as they think it would not gel with the hectic international schedule, officials said here yesterday. "The idea dilutes the importance of international cricket and after a meeting with Indian officials we mutually decided to oppose the Twenty20 World Cup," Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan told a Press conference. The officials of Pakistan and India also decided Asia's joint bid for the 2011 World Cup would be finalised on February 24 in Mumbai. Asia will make a joint bid for the World Cup with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh agreeing to host the event. The Indian cricket chief stated that India and Pakistan had reached an agreement under which the national champions of the Ranji Trophy and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy would play annually for the Mohammad Nissar Cup. "The first super-final of this series would be held from May 4 to 8 in Dharamsala in Uttar Pradesh and it would be an annual event," he said. The trophy is named after Nissar who was born in Lahore and bowled the first ball for India in test cricket in 1932 at Lord's. Also the BCCI considers the eight-team Champions Trophy format from the 2008 edition a victory of sorts. The new format approved in Dubai will see eight teams playing the final round of Champions Trophy over 15 days. The Indian board had been pushing for a shorter format since this year's edition will be a longer format of 21 days.
England in India
Bowlers complete England victory
February 20, 2006England's bowlers warmed up for the first Test against India on 1 March by closing out a 238-run win over Cricket Club of India in Mumbai (Bombay)...
England take control in tour game
February 19, 2006Ian Blackwell took 4-57 and England's fielders made three run outs to bowl Cricket Club of India out for 251 on day two of the warm-up match ...
Yuvraj doubtful for England Test
Feb 19 2006India coach Greg Chappell fears in-form batsman Yuvraj Singh will miss the first Test against England...
Blackwell out to make Test case
Feb 19 2006Ian Blackwell went into England's tour opener knowing he had to do something to impress ahead of the first Test...
Blackwell hoping to make his mark
Feb 14 2006Ian Blackwell believes his superior batting could earn him a place in the England team for the first Test with India on 1 March...
England trusting Jones to deliver
Feb 13 2006England coach Duncan Fletcher hopes Simon Jones can inspire England to success in the Test matches in India...
Vaughan plays down knee concerns
Feb 12 2006England captain Michael Vaughan insists he is fully fit after knee surgery and ready for the team's tour of India...
Under-19 World Cup
Pakistan keeps the Under 19 World Cup Trophy
Feb 19, 2006Pakistan became the first under-19 team to retain the world title when they beat India by 38 runs in an extraordinary final on Sunday in Colombo.
Pakistan's chances seemed dim when they were bowled out for 109, with leg-spinner Piyush Chawla taking 4-8. But India lost six wickets in putting nine runs on the board, pace man Anwar Ali takign three wickets in his first over on his way to figures of 5-35. Chawla led a rearguard action with an unbeaten 25, but India were still bowled out in just 18.5 overs.
U-19 World Cup Final at Colombo: Pakistan Under-19s 109 (41.1 ov) beat India Under-19s 71 (18.5 ov) by 38 runs
India in Pakistan
India wraps up series 4-1
Feb 19, 2006India's Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Dhoni shared a breath-taking stand of 146 to clinch an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the final one-day game. Yuvraj made an unbeaten 107 from 93 balls and Dhoni (77no) hit four sixes in the final three overs to reach a target of 287 with 19 balls remaining.
Pakistan looked well set after Mohammad Yousuf (67) and Younis Khan (74no) took them to 286-8 in Karachi. Sri Sreesanth took a career-best 4-58, including three wickets in three overs.
India captain Rahul Dravid hit 50 in reply, becoming the eighth batsman to pass 9,000 one-day international runs.
Hero of Indias one-day series triumph over Pakistan, Yuvraj Singh sustained a hamstring strain during his unbeaten knock of 107. The in-form batsman, who batted with a runner in the later part of his innings, was declared the Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Fifth one-day international, Karachi: India 287-2 (46.5 overs) beat Pakistan 286-8 (50 overs) by eight wickets
India to rest Tendulkar
Feb 18, 2006Having already clinched the one-day series in emphatic fashion, India will seek to try out their bench players as they go into the fifth and final ODI against Pakistan on Sunday with the hosts desperate to salvage some pride. The Indians are on a roll at the moment and will also be keen to sign off the tour with another resounding victory which will stand them in good stead for the forthcoming home series against England.
"We want the players to develop different kinds of skills and adapt to different situations in the ongoing process of developing the team," Indian captain Rahul Dravid said on the eve of the match. "Trying to be too careful with youngsters may not be too helpful in their growth. You have to put people under pressure and see how they respond."
BCCI & Telecasting Rights
BCCI's projected revenues 3354 crores!
Feb 18, 2006The total revenue comprising Sahara's team sponsorship, Nike's kit sponsorship and media rights amounts to Rs. 3354 crores for next four years....
India's cricket broadcast rights fetch US$612 million
Feb 18, 2006Nimbus Communications bought Indian cricket's four-year broadcast rights for US $612 million..
Under-19 World Cup
India to meet Pakistan in Under 19 World Cup Cricket Final
Feb 16, 2006Defending champions Pakistan set up a clash with favourites India in the final of the under-19 cricket World Cup after crushing Australia by 163 runs here Friday.
Second Semi: Pakistan 287/9 (Ali Asad 66, Riaz Kail 87) beat Australia 124 (T. Khwaja 59) by 163 runs. India booked its place in Sunday's finals with a thumping 234-run victory over England Wednesday, and Pakistan's victory has set up an exciting summit clash between the sporting archrivals.
First Semi: India 292-4 (50 overs, C.Pujara 129 not out, R.Sharma 59) beat England 58 (20.1 overs) by 234 runs.
The national teams of both countries are currently involved in a three-match Test and five-match one-day series in Pakistan. While the hosts won the Test series 1-0, the visitors bounced back to the take the one-day series 3-1, with the fifth match also coincidentally scheduled for Sunday. Teams:
India: Ravikant Shukla (Captain), Piyush Chawla (vc), Abu Nechim Ahmed, Saurabh Bandekar, Debabrata Das, Gaurav Dhiman, Ravindra Singh Jadeja, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohnish Parmar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Pinal Shah, Rohit Sharma, Mayank Tehlan, Vijaykumar Yomahesh. Coach: Venkatesh Prasad.
Pakistan: Safaraz Ahmed (c, wkt), Ali Khan, Rameez Raja, Ibrahim Mohammad, Nasir Jamshaid, Ali Asad, Riaz Kail, Anwer Ali Khan, Syed Imad Wasim, Jamshaid Ahmed, Akhtar Ayub, Laiq Mohammad.
India in Pakistan
India beat Pakistan to win series; 3-1
Feb 16, 2006India produced a sublime bowling and fielding performance to set up a five-wicket series winning win over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international.
Pakistan were bundled out for just 161, with Rudra Pratap Singh taking 4-40. Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq hit 49 but the other batsmen were poor and India reached their target in the 33rd over despite a mid-innings collapse.
It was a day when the bowlers were in better form than the batsmen and after India won the toss, all their seamers found a good line and length from the off. Within 13 overs, four batsmen had been dismissed, including Younis Khan for a golden duck - lbw to Pratap Singh. The same bowler removed Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Abdul Razzaq for low scores but Pakistan were given some encouragement with a 68-run stand between Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf.
India's batsmen were keen to reach the target quickly, playing around Dravid's typically composed innings of 59. Tendulkar and the out-of-form Mohammad Kaif fell for ducks but young left-hander Suresh Raina gave a masterclass in the off-drive to finish with 35 not out off 34 balls.
Fourth one-day international, Multan: India 162-5 beat Pakistan 161 by five wickets
Inzamam backs injury-hit Pakistan
Feb 16, 2006Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is backing his injury-hit side to have enough firepower to level the one-day series against India on Thursday.
India won the last two matches to lead 2-1 so Pakistan need a win in Inzamam's home town Multan to stay in touch.
The hosts are without front-line bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi for the rest of the series.
Paceman Umar Gul is also a doubt with a back injury and Pakistan have drafted Mohammad Sami and Rao Iftikhar into the squad.
Meanwhile, Inzamam's opposite number Rahul Dravid has injury problems of his own ahead of the clash at the Multan Stadium.
Opening batsman Virender Sehwag and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have flown home and spinning all-rounder Ramesh Powar was brought in last week.
Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Arshad Khan, Salman Butt, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Arafat, Rao Iftikhar, Mohammad Sami.
India (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Sri Sreesanth, Murli Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ramesh Powar.
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (West Indies), Asad Rauf (Pakistan).
Afridi adds to Pakistan problems
Feb 14, 2006Pakistan's hopes of saving the one-day series with India have been dealt a blow with Shahid Afridi ruled out of the remaining two games through injury.
The all-rounder injured his ribs when he slipped over in a bathroom before Monday's loss in Lahore, which gave India a 2-1 series lead. Afridi appeared in the match, scoring 18, but could bowl only three overs. PCB cricket director Saleem Altaf said: "He has bruising around his rib cage and is required to rest."
Pakistan are already missing strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who was ruled out of the series on Sunday after missing the first two matches with an ankle injury. Mohammad Sami was drafted into the squad as cover for Akhtar but no replacement has been announced for Afridi. The fourth match of the series will be played in Multan on Thursday with Karachi hosting the final game on Sunday.
India takes lead at Lahore, Series 2-1
Feb 13, 2006India produced a thrilling batting display to beat Pakistan in the third one-day international and take a 2-1 series lead in the five-match series. Sachin Tendulkar (95), Yuvraj Singh (79*) and Mahendra Dhoni (72*) all hit half-centuries as the tourists reached a target of 289 in Lahore with 14 balls remaining.
India won the toss and chose to insert the hosts, who hit 288-8 thanks to Shoaib Malik (108) and Abdul Razzaq. Irfan Pathan (49-3) and Rudra Pratap Singh (51-3) each took three wickets.
Third one-day international, Lahore: India 292-5 beat Pakistan 288-8 by five wickets
Pakistan looking to bounce back
Feb 12, 2006Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is confident Pakistan can make amends for their mauling in Rawalpindi when they face India in Monday's third one-dayer.
The teams go to Lahore level at 1-1 in the five-game series after India's seven-wicket triumph on Saturday. Inzamam will have to do without paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who is out with an ankle injury, but he remains upbeat. The Indians have a concern of their own, with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh again doubtful with an injured finger. Without him, his team claimed their first win of the tour in Peshawar when they chased a target of 266 with consummate ease. Captain Rahul Dravid was buoyed by the performance but is refusing to get carried away.
Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul Haq (Captain), Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Arshad Khan, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Asif.
India (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Shanathakumaran Sreesanth, Murali Kartik, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar.
Shoaib to miss series remainder
Feb 12, 2006Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been ruled out of the remaining three one-day internationals of the five-match series against India.
Shoaib's ankle injury was thought to have recovered in time for him to make Sunday's match after he had missed the first two games in the series. Shoaib performed brilliantly against England before Christmas but the ankle injury cropped up in the early part of the Test series against India. He was not at his most effective in those matches, which were played on wickets that favoured batsmen, but tried his heart out.
Cricket fans cause border chaos
Feb 12, 2006Indian riot police were called to restore order after about 3,000 cricket fans caused chaos at the Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan.
Several fans were hurt, one seriously, in the crush as people flocked to Monday's one-day match in Lahore. Fans stormed the immigration building, causing staff to flee. Riot police took three hours to restore order. Officials were unable to cope with demand but later opened extra counters allowing all fans to cross the border.
India cruise to win, Series 1-1
Feb 11, 2006Yuvraj Singh hit a superb unbeaten 82 to guide India to a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international in Rawalpindi. Shoaib Malik (95) and Younis Khan (81 not out) were the mainstays in the hosts' 265 all out off 49.2 overs.
But Virender Sehwag, with a blistering 67, and Sachin Tendulkar (42) put on 105 to give India a flying start. Dravid (56) and Yuvraj then added 118 as the tourists levelled the series with almost seven overs to spare. It was India's first victory on this tour - they lost the Tests 1-0 - and did some repair work to a poor record of 11 defeats in 16 one-dayers to their neighbours.
Man of the Match: Irfan Pathan (3-43)
Second one-day international, Rawalpindi: India 266-3 bt Pakistan 265 by seven wickets
Musharraf backs India on Inzamam dismissal
Feb 10, 2006President Pervez Musharraf praised the fighting spirit of both the Pakistan and the Indian cricket teams during their current matches, at a tea party he hosted for them in Islamabad on Friday. In their 45-minute meeting, Musharraf won over the players by telling them, "Inzamam-ul-Haq's dismissal at Peshawar was a correct one and the Pakistan captain is wrong in his protest and should not blame India for unsporting behaviour."
The president, who was dressed in a blue suit (and not his uniform), felt the wickets for the first two Tests were not good for competitive cricket.
Court bans cricket score updates on mobiles, websites
Feb 10, 2006The Madras High Court has asked the service providers across the country not to give score updates of the India-Pakistan one-day international cricket series on mobile phones and websites after a firm said it had exclusive rights on the information. The court was acting on a civil suit filed by Marksman Marketing Services, which said it had secured the rights to send out short messaging texts (SMSs) of scores from Vectracom, a Pakistani firm.
The companies providing instant score updates named in the civil suit are Bharati Televentures (Airtel), the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Reliance Infocom, Hutchison Essar (Hutch), IDEA Cellular (Idea), Aircell Cellular, Aircell Ltd, Spice Telecom, Tata Indicom, Sify, Yahoo Webservices Ltd, IndiaTimes, IMI Mobile, PhonyTunes.com, Rediff.com, Pyro Mobile, ON Mobile Asia-Pacific and CricInfo India. The suit also names the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Powar joins India one-day squad
Feb 07, 2006India have brought off-spinning all-rounder Ramesh Powar into their squad for the one-dayers in Pakistan as cover for Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan is struggling with the finger injury which forced him to miss the opening defeat in Peshawar on Monday. Powar, 27, played in two one-dayers on India's 2004 trip and although he failed to take a wicket, impressed with his control and combative approach. A consistent performer domestically, Powar is a handy lower-order batsman. The second one-dayer will be played in Rawalpindi on Saturday with India looking to bounce back after their seven-run loss under the Duckworth/Lewis rule. Left-armer Murali Kartik stood in for Harbhajan in Peshawar but conceded 64 runs in nine overs and was hit for three big sixes by Shoaib Malik.
Inzamam finds new ways to get out.
Feb 06, 2006Inzamam-ul-Haq out for obstructing the field in the win over India in the first one-dayer.
Inzamam deflected a throw from Suresh Raina aimed at the stumps with his bat and was unhappy at the decision.
The umpire can give a batsman out if he feels the batter has got in the way of a fielder who is about to take a catch or attempt a run-out.
But the obstruction has to be seen to be a deliberate act to be given out. This is a very uncommon method of dismissal hardly ever seen in club or international cricket. However Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq was controversially dismissed in this fashion during Pakistan's one-day international against India in Peshawar. The Pakistani batsman was out of his crease when he "defended" Suresh Raina's throw at the stumps from the outfield. The Indian fielders rightly appealed and Inzamam was given his marching orders, much to his chagrin.
Inzamam-ul-Haq is only the third batsman to be dismissed obstructing the field in ODIs.
Rameez Raja was the first, against England at Karachi in 1987-88. He suffered the agony of being dismissed on 99, when he hit the ball with his bat to avoid being run out while attempting a second run to complete his hundred off the final ball of the match.
Mohinder Amarnath was the second, when he kicked the ball away from the bowler to prevent being run out, against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad in 1989-90.
Pakistan won First ODI by 7 runs (D/L Method)
Feb 06, 2006Pakistan won the first One Day International at Peshawar in a closely contested match. Salman Butt scored 101 and Shoaib Malik 90 as Pakistan reached 311 for 7 wickets in 47 overs against India's 328 All out in 49.4 overs.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar bounced back to form with 100 to pass 14,000 runs in one-dayers with his 39th century. He put on 94 and 126 with Irfan Pathan (65) and Mahendra Dhoni (68 off 53) but Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (4-62) and Mohammad Asif (3-30) sparked a late collapse. The tourists lost Virender Sehwag soon after being put in but Tendulkar, who struggled as India lost the Tests 1-0, made his 39th one-day ton in Peshawar.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (4-62) and Mohammad Asif (3-30) mopped up the tail but India's total was a ground record.
First one-day international, Peshawar: Pakistan 311-7 bt India 328 by seven runs (D/L rule)
Pakistan aim for one-day success
Feb 06, 2006Pakistan have captain Inzamam-ul-Haq back and are aiming to grab the number two spot in the world rankings as they begin the one-day series against India.
Pakistan have won 10 of 15 one-day matches against India, and eight of their last 10, with Inzaman as captain. The home team will probably need a 4-1 series win to leapfrog South Africa, who are currently playing in the VB Series in Australia. They start as favourites before a sell-out crowd of 15,000 at the Arbab Niaz stadium for the first international match in the north-western border city for two years.
Pakistan will take confidence from their 341-run win in Karachi, which handed them their first Test series win over India for 19 years. Faisal Iqbal, who hit his maiden Test century in that match, has been rewarded with a place in the squad for the one-day series. All-rounder Shoaib Malik returns after a family bereavement and promising youngster Yasir Arafat is in the squad.
India may miss off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who injured a finger while fielding in the Karachi Test.
Iqbal picked for one-day series
Feb 02, 2006Pakistan's selectors have rewarded batsman Faisal Iqbal for his maiden Test century in Karachi with a place in the squad for the one-day series.
Iqbal's 139 helped Pakistan beat India in the Tests and the player can now help them repeat that success over the same opposition in the one-dayers. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and paceman Mohammad Sami are omitted from the 16-member squad, however.
The first of five matches is scheduled for next Monday in Peshawar. Kaneria and Sami have been regular members of the Test and one-day squads. The selectors have found places for two all-rounders, Shoaib Malik and Yasir Arafat. Malik returns after missing the final Test due to a family bereavement, while Arafat is a promising youngster who played against England.
Squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Arshad Khan, Salman Butt, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Arafat.
Tendulkar under fire after heavy defeat
Feb 02, 2006Dismayed Indian fans launched a rare attack on their favourite player Sachin Tendulkar yesterday, a day after India suffered a crushing defeat by Pakistan.
The hosts romped to victory by 341 runs with a day to spare, routing their traditional rivals for one run short of their worst ever defeat in runs to win the series. Players are normally under tremendous pressure to win due to the decades-old political animosity between the two nations. With tensions easing, the focus was solely on cricket. Debates in the Indian media were aimed at the failure of the formidable batting line-up after the first two Tests in Lahore and Faisalabad ended in high-scoring draws. Youngster Yuvraj Singh hit a defiant 122 in the second innings, but none of the other players managed fifty in the game. "Tendulkar is over the hill. He should quit and other youngsters should take over," lawyer Sandeep George said. "Tendulkar should go because he has lost his touch," engineer Vijay Ramaiah said. "The more he plays, he will become a liability to the country and himself." The collapse only added to concerns that India's middle-order batsmen Tendulkar, captain Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and Vangipurappu Laxman were all past 30.
Pakistan stun India to win series at Karachi
Feb 01, 2006It was India's second heaviest defeat by a runs margin in their Test history. Pakistan began the day on 511-5 in their secoing innings and added 88 runs in quick time before stopping their innings.
It was India's second heaviest defeat by a runs margin in their Test history. Pakistan began the day on 511-5 in their secoing innings and added 88 runs in quick time before stopping their innings. In Picture: Sachin's stumps shatter, Pakistan team with the trophy. Third Test, Karachi, day four: Pakistan 245 & 599-7d beat India 238 & 265 by 341 runs
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Test and ODI venuesArrival - 1 Jan 2006 Lahore
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