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Sarfraz proud of Imam and Babar as Pakistan survive Ireland scare

[ad_1] Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised the character of young batsmen Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam after they ensured his decision to enforce the follow-on in Ireland's inaugural Test did not backfire.Only three times in the 141-year history of Test cricket have a side won after following-on, but when Pakistan were 14 for three, chasing a modest 160 to win on Tuesday's final day of this stand-alone match, it seemed Ireland
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Bashar: Strong bench crucial for Ireland’s Test growth

[ad_1] Every first is special in cricket. The first run, 50 or a 100, or a dismissal; there are phases for every landmark. On Tuesday — after a 12-year wait since international debut — Ireland completed its first in whites, against Pakistan, at the Malahide Oval in Dublin. The last nation to attain Test status, before Ireland, was Bangladesh in 2000. Habibul Bashar, a key member of that squad, still remembers the
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Aditya Tare: ‘MI has backed Kishan as he is talented’

[ad_1] Mumbai Indians (MI) reserve wicketkeeper Aditya Tare on Tuesday had words of praise for young Jharkhand stumper Ishan Kishan, saying that the stumper has enormous talent and that’s the reason why the IPL defending champion has backed him.“He is pretty young. 19-20 years old and the talent that he has is enormous. That’s the reason Mumbai Indians have backed him as the first choice,” said the Mumbai Ranji Trophy-winning
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Ireland misses records, but wins hearts

[ad_1] Among the Test playing nations, only Australia won its first-ever Test match — against England in Melbourne in 1877. Ireland, following on in the second innings in its debut Test against Pakistan at the Malahide Oval in Dublin, had a chance to enter the record books. Had the Irishmen won the fixture, they would have been the second team in history to clinch a win on debut.Ireland also had
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BCCI opposes Sreesanth’s plea for relaxing ban to play in English county

[ad_1] The BCCI on Tuesday opposed the plea by former cricketer S. Sreesanth seeking a relaxation of the lifetime ban on him by the country’s apex cricketing body so that he could play in county cricket in England.Opposing the plea with a “heavy heart”, senior counsel Parag Tripathi told the Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, that the apex cricketing body has appealed against the order discharging
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ICC working group to meet BCCI officials in Delhi

[ad_1] The ICC working group will be meeting the senior BCCI officials, here, on Thursday to discuss some of the prevailing issues in world cricket, including the future of Tests. The working group in ICC formulates policies and then takes feedback from its stakeholders (member nations, sponsors).BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and CEO Rahul Johri are expected to be briefed about the ICC
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Colin Graves: ‘Youngsters not attracted to cricket, that’s why 100 ball idea’

[ad_1] England Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Colin Graves feels that young people “are just not attracted to cricket” and that is the reason the board’s new 100-ball-a side tournament has been conceptualised.“The younger generation, whether you like it or not, are just not attracted to cricket. In all the work, surveys and research we have done, the younger generation wants something different,” Graves said.“They want more excitement, they want it
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Shashank Manohar elected unopposed independent ICC Chairman

[ad_1] Shashank Manohar will serve a second term as the independent Chairman of the International Cricket Council after he was the sole nominee put forward by the ICC Board. Manohar, who became the first independent ICC Chairman in 2016, will continue for a second two-year term following his unopposed election. During the last two years, Manohar had led significant reform of the sport, reversing the resolutions of 2014, introducing a
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19 years on, Bangladesh bury hatchet with former coach Greenidge

[ad_1] Bangladesh has finally buried the hatchet with West Indies batting great Gordon Greenidge -- nearly two decades after unceremoniously sacking him as head coach in the middle of the 1999 World Cup.The Bangladesh Cricket Board hosted a reception for Greenidge late Monday in Dhaka, reuniting the coach with his former players and the executives who dumped him.Greenidge led Bangladesh to the ICC Trophy title in Malaysia in 1997, and
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A Royal at heart, Zahir hopes to play the IPL next season

[ad_1] There is many a slip between the cup and the lip. The age-old adage could well hold true for Afghanistan spinner, Zahir Khan. The 19-year-old chinaman bowler, who was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), had to give up on his dreams of playing the star-studded tournament after sustaining a shoulder injury during a practice game.While his other Afghan team-mates are taking the