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PCB, WI reject FICA report on security in Pakistan

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and West Indies Board have rejected the report prepared by Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) about lack of security for international players in the country.

FICA on Tuesday issued a report stating that it was dangerous to play international cricket in the Asian country. It had said that Pakistan continues to experience significant terrorist attacks across the country and westerners have in the past been directly targeted and killed in the country.

“Indiscriminate and targeted attacks are likely to continue, and expert advice is consistent with all Government Agencies and Diplomatic Missions, who generally advise to reconsider the need to travel,” the international cricket association said in its report.

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PCB said that the association had done great disservice to the cause of cricket in general and Pakistan cricket in particular by advising players not to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore next March because of ‘security reasons’.

“FICA has cited unnamed expert security consultants for updated security advice that claims Pakistan is at an extremely elevated state of insecurity,” the board said in a statement.

Meanwhile, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) also slammed FICA’s report and said that it was sending the team to play in Pakistan.

The WICB said that FICA “sits thousands of miles away from Pakistan and cannot name even one credible security expert, yet makes a sweeping negative statement about the security situation in Lahore.”

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T10 League: Shahid Afridi dismisses three wickets in the new format!

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UAE: Shahid Afridi yesterday (14th of December) wrote history by dismissing three batsman  – South African Rilee Rossouw, West Indian Dwayne Bravo & Indian Virendar Sehwag – off three balls in the first ever hat-trick in cricket’s newest format of T10.  

Pakhtoons that were asked by Marathas to bat first scored 122. In response Maratha Arabians scored 96 for 7.  Pakhtoons’ Fakhar Zaman scored 45 while Maratha’s Alex Hales managed to muster-up 57.

TEAMS:

Maratha Arabians: Virender Sehwag, Shaiman Anwar, Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons, Rillee Rossouw, Ross Whiteley, Imad Wasim, Roelof van der Merwe, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami, Hardus Viljoen, Wayne Parnell, Kumar Sangakkara, Kamran Akmal.

Pakhtoons: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Smith, Ahmad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Shahid Afridi, Amjab Javed, Mohammad Nabi, Liam Dawson, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Shaheen Afridi, Saqlain Haider.

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NZ vs WI: Trent Boult – Paceman of Black Caps – gets his 200th test wicket!

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HAMILTON (Seddon Park): By taking the wicket of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (caught by Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson at gully) Trent Boult has become the 42nd player in test history to take 200 wickets.

He got his 200th scalp as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 240 runs today completing a 2-0 sweep of its first test series since March.

Left-arm swing bowler Trent Boult is the sixth New Zealand cricketer to have accomplished this feat.

New Zealand’s top test wicket-takers:

Sir Richard Hadlee…. 431

Daniel Vettori…………361

Chris Martin…………..233

Chris Cairns…………..218

Tim Southee…………..207

Trent Boult……………200

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Bangladesh appoints Shakib Al Hasan as Test Captain!

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DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has replaced Mushfiqur Rahim by Shakib Al Hasan as Test captain.

All-rounder Shakib (already T-20 skipper) had led the Test side in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011.

He will be leading the pride of Bengal Tigers against Sri-Lankans next month in the two-Test home series.

It is pertinent to mention here that following the South Africa debacle (when Tigers lost tests with heavy margins) while BCB had deemed it fit to let wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim concentrate on his batting, no other major changes had been made in the equipe.

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