Sarfaraz refrains from commenting on reports of grouping in Pakistan team
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed avoided making any comments on Wednesday over reports of conflict with Pakistani players, as the media speculated on alleged grouping within the national team.
As soon as the Pakistani team captain reached London, he was surrounded by a group of journalists inquiring about disputes within the Pakistan squad.
But Sarfaraz responded but saying: "Talk to media manager Raza first…then we can discuss it."
On Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a clarification regarding allegations of friction in the team.
"There is no reality in the news related to conflicts between players and the captain," a spokesperson for the PCB said.
"Board and players have given full confidence to Sarfaraz. There are tough dressing room talks but there is no grouping. The team wants to perform well in the tournament and they will," said the PCB spokesperson.
The PCB official said that the players and coach ...
CWC2019: New Zealand WON match against South Africa
New Zealand,chased a target of 242 runs set by South Africa, win the match on lost of 6 six wickets in World Cup match in Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Opener Colin Munro was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada after scoring just 9 runs.
South Africa had struggled against the Kiwis' bowling attack earlier and managed to post 241 runs after Rassie van der Dussen scored a 67 off 64 balls. Hashim Amla made a sluggish 55 off 83 balls but Van der Dussen's 67 not out came at better than a run-a-ball.
New Zealand had won the toss — that was delayed by 90 minutes due to a wet outfield — and put the Proteas to the bat.
After a pitch inspection at 10.15am local time, umpires Nigel Llong and Ian Gould will inspect the pitch again at 11am. Conditions have been overcast, and there's the possibility of light rain later this morning, but the weather forecast for the rest of the day ...
Mother's pride sees Afghanistan's Shahidi carry on after bouncer blow
Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi said his desire not to worry his mother was the main reason he got back up after being felled by a Mark Wood bouncer in a World Cup match against England on Tuesday.
Shahidi had made 24 when he took his eye off a 90 mph delivery from the fast bowler that thudded into the side of his helmet and saw him hit the turf immediately after the sickening impact.
It seemed the 24-year-old was about to retire but, donning a new helmet, Shahidi carried on to top-score for Afghanistan with 76 in an otherwise lopsided 150-run loss.
"I got up early because of my mum," Shahidi told reporters after Afghanistan's fifth defeat in as many matches this tournament.
"I lost my father last year so I didn't want her to hurt. My whole family was watching, even my big brother was here in the ground watching. I didn't want ...