Yasir Shah breaks into ICC top ten

It took Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah just nine Test matches and a rich haul against Sri Lanka to grab the No. 9 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking for top 10 Test bowlers.

The 29-year-old leggie, who hails from Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has 54 wickets in his bucket at an . . . → Read More: Yasir Shah breaks into ICC top ten

Salman Butt confesses to his role in spot-fixing scandal

Pakistan’s cricket chief on Tuesday said former national team captain Salman Butt has confessed to his role in a spot-fixing scandal, potentially paving his way for a return to international cricket.

The 31-year-old was one of three players banned for a minimum of five years for their part in arranging deliberate no-balls in return for . . . → Read More: Salman Butt confesses to his role in spot-fixing scandal

ICC chief executive believes Mohammad Amir can make successful comeback

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson says Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir can make a successful return to international cricket despite his long absence from the sport because of a ban for spot-fixing.

Amir was suspended from all cricket for five years after being found guilty of spot-fixing in a Test against England in . . . → Read More: ICC chief executive believes Mohammad Amir can make successful comeback

In Kaneria’s defense

Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board, which banned him for life in 2012.

The 33-year-old was punished for introducing then Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to illegal bookmakers.

“I have not pressured him or done anything that’s brought the game into disrepute, so I’m not guilty,” he said.

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Voting against ‘big three’ was an emotional decision says Ramiz

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to abstain from voting on the new reforms presented by the executive board in the crucial International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting on Saturday is only going to make the situation more difficult for them, feels former captain and renowned commentator Ramiz Raja.

In an exclusive interview with The Express . . . → Read More: Voting against ‘big three’ was an emotional decision says Ramiz

Big three proposal vehemently opposed

The Pakistan Cricket Board has been told by its Governing Board to strongly oppose the changes proposed by India, Australia and England cricket boards in the governance and distribution of finances in the ICC.

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf told reporters after the meeting of the Governing Board that the members had been given a detailed . . . → Read More: Big three proposal vehemently opposed

Shehzad gets fined for pushing Dilshan

Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for pushing Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan during the third one-day game, the sport’s governing body said Monday. Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 113 runs on Sunday to go 2-1 up in the five-match series, with the last two games in Abu . . . → Read More: Shehzad gets fined for pushing Dilshan

Pak cricket chief confident about Indian security for women team

Pakistan cricket chief Zaka Ashraf on Tuesday expressed confidence that Indian authorities would provide security to his women’s team in the up-coming World Cup.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) shifted Pakistan’s matches from Mumbai to Cuttack following threats by the right-wing Shiv Sena party. The tournament is to be held from Jan 31 to Feb . . . → Read More: Pak cricket chief confident about Indian security for women team

Pakistan campaigns for home grounds in S Africa

By Telford Vice

PAKISTAN used their arrival in South Africa yesterday to campaign for the return of international cricket to their country.

Misbah-ul-Haq’s men have not played a Test at home since March 2009 – when militants attacked the visiting Sri Lankan team’s bus, killing six policemen and two civilians and wounding six . . . → Read More: Pakistan campaigns for home grounds in S Africa

Bangladesh to decide cricket tour to Lahore on Dec 20

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will inform Pakistan Cricket Board about their position regarding the proposed Bangladesh tour to Pakistan by December 20, it has been learnt.

“We hope that we will be able to clear our position by December 20. We’ll sit with our stakeholders, including players and concerned government officials, very soon. We . . . → Read More: Bangladesh to decide cricket tour to Lahore on Dec 20