IndoPak Series likely in December

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Pakistan’s government has paved the way for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) permission to play a series against India in Sri Lanka.

Unconfirmed reports from India suggest that the Indian government has done likewise for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If so, in effect, that means that a much-anticipated but shortened bilateral series between the two countries may finally go ahead in December.

“The Prime Minister [Nawaz Sharif] has given permission for Pakistan to play cricket matches with India in Sri Lanka,” the PM’s spokesman and the federal information minister Pervez Rashid told The National.

Officials from the PCB say they have not yet received official communication from the government. One official said that Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, had “apprised” the prime minister — who is also the patron of the cricket board — of the meeting he had with his Indian counterpart Shashank Manohar.

News are coming too, that series will take place in mid of December 2015 with Only T20 Internationals & One Day Internationals. There is no interest in adding Test series to this series by both Boards.

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Younis Khan is added in ODI squad against England

Pakistan Team announced for ODI Series against England at UAE. Younis Khan is making his comeback in ODI team. Bilal Asif is cleared by ICC and he can bowl in ODIs against England. He was reported in Zimbabwe by field umpires during match due to suspect bowling action, then he went to India for a test. Finally He is cleared by ICC.

Azhar Ali (C)

Muhamamd Hafeez,

Ahmed Shahzad

Younis Khan

Shoaib Malik

Sohaib Maqsood

Muhammad Rizwan

Sarfraz Ahmed

Wahab Riaz

Yasir Shah

Muhamamd Irfan

Anwar Ali

Aamir Yameen

Rahat Ali

Zafar Gohar

Bilal Asif.

JUST IN: Yasir Shah hearts himself ahead of test series

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Yasir Shah hearts himself ahead of first test match against England. It was debated everywhere that Yasir Shah and other spinners are very important for Pakistan, with these all spinners Pakistan can repeat their performance against England. England was 3-0 whitewashed in their previous trip to UAE. During that tour duo Ajmal-Rehman made them to dance. In this series it was expected to have same results. But injuries may heart Pakistan. Earlier an off-spinner was reported by umpires during last ODI against Zimbabwe and now Yasir Shah. It means Pakistan will have to look for their 3rd options against England in full test series. Pakistan’s test captain and tour selectors will wait about Yasir’s inclusion by tomorrow morning. He might face a fitness test before 1st Test Match

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A win for Pakistan in Bangladesh

Pakistan cricketers pose for a group photograph with the tournament trophy following the presentation ceremony after the fourth day of the second cricket Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on May 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan cricketers pose for a group photograph with the tournament trophy following the presentation ceremony after the fourth day of the second cricket Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on May 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan want more support from top teams

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Hamid Shinwari has appealed to cricket’s leading teams to offer greater support so their remarkable rise can continue.

Afghanistan, who just over four years ago were playing against Norway and Japan in a minor tournament in Jersey, have made rapid strides forward, qualifying for next month’s ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, their second successive appearance at the event.

But despite being granted one-day international status in 2009 when the team narrowly failed to qualify for the 50-overs World Cup in the Indian subcontinent, opportunities such as a one-off match against Australia in Sharjah on Saturday have been hard to come by.

“This is only our second match (against a full member) in three years, which is not fair,” Shinwari told Reuters.

“Cricket is more than a game in Afghanistan. It brings hope to the country, we want to improve in the game and we have the capacity to compete with any nation. We’re improving at a greater rate than some of the full members.

“I’m sure if they could support us in having such events, at least five, six or maybe eight one-day internationals in a year, then it would significantly contribute to the game’s improvement.”

Afghanistan’s only other ODI against one of the 10 ICC full members was in February against Pakistan, also at Sharjah, a match in which they competed well before eventually losing by seven wickets.

Shinwari said a greater willingness to play matches against Afghanistan was not the only way leading countries could support the game’s development there.

“We would like international leagues like the IPL (Indian Premier League), the Sri Lanka Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, other countries and (English) counties to invite our players to play with them – that would really help improve our players,” he said.

“If they could have such opportunities, I can assure you that in three to five years’ time we will have significant achievements in this field.”

Shinwari said that one million cricketers played the sport within Afghanistan, two international stadiums had been built and there were plans for three more academies.

The security situation at home appears to be the major handicap to development, meaning Sharjah is Afghanistan’s adopted home ground.

But Shinwari said he hoped the ACB’s plans for an Afghan Premier League of Twenty20 cricket in 2014 would help.

“There are two purposes to launching the APL,” he said. “One of them is to encourage international players to play in Afghanistan because we want to convey a message to the world that Afghanistan is secure, particularly in the cricketing area.

“In addition to that, players who are coming into Afghanistan or the APL will make a significant contribution to building community in this war-ravaged country that has been suffering.”