Poor Pakistan preparation will hurt tourists in Australia Test series
Pakistan’s hopes of upsetting hosts Australia in their upcoming two-match Test series have been seriously undermined by their poor preparation schedule, former Test batsman Dean Jones believes.
The tourists have played three Twenty20s, a day-night tour match against Australia ‘A’ and a two-day contest against a Cricket Australia XI since arriving in Australia.
Jones, who played 52 Tests for Australia in the 1980s and 1990s, said it was insufficient preparation for the Test matches in Brisbane and Adelaide.
“I blame Pakistan’s cricket board for their horrendous scheduling of this Test series,” Jones wrote in a column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday.
“Pakistan have not played a Test match since early January. Do they honestly feel playing a three-day match at night and a two-day match in Perth will get them ready to be competitive against Australia?”
Jones said Pakistan’s inexperienced pace bowlers in particular would ...
Test cricket set to return to Pakistan after more than a decade with Sri Lanka series
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed their two-matches Test tour to Pakistan in December this year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.
Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi will mark the return of Test cricket in Pakistan after 10 years as it will host the first PakvSL contest from 11-15 December. The second Test of the series will be played at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) from 19-23 December.
This Test series will be a part of International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test championship.
Recently, PCB successfully hosted Sri Lanka for ODIs and T20Is in Karachi and Lahore respectively.
The chief executive of the SLC, Ashley de Silva, confirmed their team’s tour to Pakistan for Test series. “We are pleased to confirm our return visit to Pakistan as based on our earlier visit, we are comfortable and convinced conditions are suitable and conducive for Test cricket,
“We also believe ...
Ali Shafiq has been fined for the use of offensive language
Balochistani bowler Ali Shafiq has been fined 20 percent of his match fee for a level 1 offence.
Ali Shafiq's offence was related to the use of language, action or gesture which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his dismissal during a match during his side’s three-day non first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi.
The incident happened on Sunday when Ali dismissed Mehran Ibrahim in the 21st over of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s first innings.
The right-arm medium-fast was charged by on-field umpires Imtiaz Iqbal and Mohammad Sajid at the end of second day’s play for violating article 2.5 of the PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
Ali pleaded guilty and accepted the fine imposed on him by match referee Nadeem Arshad.