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Breaching code of conduct: Akmal issued show cause notice for allegations against Arthur

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LAHORE: Umar Akmal was issued a show-cause notice today for breaching Code of Conduct after he levelled severe allegations of verbal abuse against the head coach Mickey Arthur.

The show-cause was issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). According to a PCB official, the cricketer has been ordered to file a reply to the notice within seven days.

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old batsman had claimed that the head coach abused him during a net practice at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“He [Arthur] asked who allowed me to enter the NCA. He told me that it was better that I play club cricket instead of practicing at the NCA,” the cricketer said.

Arthur had denied that he had abused Akmal saying that he will take the latter to the court.

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Cricket: Chandimal banned for ball tampering

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PARIS: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss his side’s third Test against the West Indies after being found guilty of ball tampering on Tuesday.

Chandimal was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second day’s play of the second Test, which concluded at Gros Islet on Monday.

He was given two suspension points and fined 100 per cent of his match fee, the International Cricket Council announced in a statement. The points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first.

 

 

 

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England’s new ODI record of 481-6 against Australia

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NOTTINGHAM: Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow both hit hundreds as England broke the record for the highest score in a men’s one-day international for the second time in two years at Trent Bridge by scoring 481 for six against Australia on Tuesday.

Hales made 147 on his Nottinghamshire home ground and Bairstow 139 as England surpassed their own previous all-time record men’s ODI total of 444 for three, also set at Trent Bridge, against Pakistan in 2016. England captain Eoin Morgan became England’s all-time leading run-scorer in this format during a 67 that featured 21-ball fifty — England’s quickest at this level. Bairstow’s hundred was his fourth in six ODIs while Hales’s century ended a run of low scores. “It was amazing,” Bairstow told Sky Sports. “This ground is a special ground for us.

It always tends to bring something exciting – what a pitch it is.” Hales added: “We’ve had some great memories here as a team and today is another special day. “The 500 was murmured when Morg (Morgan) came out but we just couldn’t get there,” he added with England, already 2-0 up in this five-match campaign, eyeing a second series win this year over world champions Australia following a 4-1 success ‘Down Under’ in January. Jason Roy, who made 120 in England’s 38-run win in the second ODI in Cardiff on Sunday – a match Morgan missed because of a back spasm — could have had back-to-back hundreds but instead ran himself out on 82.

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Cricket: Heino a hundred hero again as Kent reach Lord’s final

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LONDON: South Africa batsman Heino Kuhn’s superb run in limited-overs cricket continued as his fourth century in five One-Day Cup innings helped guide Kent into their first Lord’s final for a decade as they just did enough to beat Worcestershire by two wickets on Sunday.

Kuhn, all of whose four Test appearances for the Proteas came during last year’s tour of England, followed on from where he left off with hundreds against Surrey, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire by making 127 in Sunday’s semi-final as Kent closed in on a victory target of 307. The 34-year-old Kuhn was dismissed with visitors Kent still requiring four from three balls but the very next delivery saw Harry Podmore hit teenage seamer Pat Brown for a boundary to seal a hard-fought win. It had seemed highly unlikely there would be any last-over drama at all in Worcester when the hosts collapsed to 48 for four.

But wicketkeeper Ben Cox, widely regarded as one of the best glovemen in county cricket, gave the New Road faithful plenty to cheer with the bat in an impressive inning of 122 not out. He received good support from Brett D’Oliveira – whose South Africa-born grandfather Basil, an England batsman, and father Damian, both played for Worcestershire – who made 78 during a stand worth 140 runs. Kent too suffered a top-order collapse, slumping to 31 for three. But Kuhn, playing for Kent under the Kolpak ruling in a move which effectively saw him call time on his South Africa career, reached his latest hundred off 99 balls, including seven fours and a six.

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