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PCB announces 15-member squad for ICC under-19 World Cup 2018!

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a squad of 15 and four reserve players for the forthcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 to be played in New Zealand in January next year.
The U-19 team will play three-match ODI series against Australia this year on December 27, 29 and 31 and later will tour New Zealand to play two ODI matches on January 3 and January 5, 2018, respectively.
Later, the team will participate in the ICC U-19 World Cup commencing from January 13, 2018, in New Zealand.
Hasan Khan will lead the side, who made his first-class debut for Karachi Whites in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy this season.
15-member Squad: Mohsin Khan, Imran Shah, Rohail Nazir (Wicketkeeper), Muhammad Taha, Zaid Alam, Emmad Alam, Ali Zaryab, Saad Khan, Hassan Khan (C), Musa Khan, Shaheen Shah, Munir Riaz, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali, and Suleman Shafqat.
Reserve Players: Mukhtar Ahmad (WK), Muhammad Junaid, Haider Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, and Azam Khan.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan had won Under-19 World Cup twice, having won the tournament in 2004 and 2006. West Indies is the defending champions.

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ICC charges Jayasuriya in anti-corruption probe!

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DUBAI: Dashing former Sri Lankan batsman and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged for not cooperating with a match-fixing probe and concealing information, the International Cricket Council said today.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Jayasuriya on two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and have given him 14 days to respond,” the ICC said in a statement.
Jayasuriya, 49, was reportedly asked to cooperate with an inquiry from ACU chief Alex Marshall who visited Sri Lanka last week.
“The charges include failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation,” the ICC said.
The other count included “obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code”.
The ICC’s ACU is acting on the lead given in a sting operation in a documentary by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television earlier this year.
The documentary revealed how fixers rigged two Test matches between Sri Lanka and India in July last year and Sri Lanka versus Australia in August 2016.
Jayasuriya played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20s for Sri Lanka and was also a former captain during his illustrious career between 1989-2011. He is also a former member of Sri Lanka’s parliament.

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Cricket: WI 76-6, lead India by 20 runs in 2nd Test

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HYDERABAD: The West Indies were 76 for six at tea, leading India by 20 runs in their second innings on day three of the final Test in Hyderabad today. 
Sunil Ambris on 20 and skipper Jason Holder on 4 were batting at the break in a bid to fight their way back into the match. They trail the series 1-0. Paceman Umesh Yadav took three wickets to take his overall match tally to nine.

 

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India 80-1 at lunch in second West Indies Test

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HYDERABAD: India was 80-1 at lunch in reply to West Indies’ first innings score of 311 on day two of the second and final cricket Test in Hyderabad on Friday.
Prithvi Shaw, on 52, and Cheteshwar Pujara, on 9, were batting at the break after Lokesh Rahul was bowled by Jason Holder for four. The hosts trail West Indies by 231 runs.
Earlier Umesh Yadav returned career-best figures of 6-88 to help bowl out the tourists early in the morning session.
India leads the two-match series 1-0.

Relevant: India paceman Umesh Yadav claimed six wickets to help dismiss West Indies for 311 after Roston Chase completed his century on day two of the second Test on Friday. Yadav returned career-best figures of 6-88 as the hosts bowled out the West Indies early in the morning session. The tourists survived 101.4 overs after electing to bat first in Hyderabad. Chase top-scored with a gritty 106 off 189 deliveries – his fourth Test century. The overnight batsman was finally bowled by Umesh after starting the day on 98. Umesh picked all the three wickets in the morning session after the West Indies, who trail the two-match series 1-0, started on 295-7. Umesh, who had lost his pace partner in debutant Shardul Thakur early on day one, was ably supported by left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav who claimed three wickets. Thakur suffered a groin strain in just his second over of the match and limped off the ground after bowling 10 deliveries. He was sent for scans and has not returned to the field since. The West Indies innings was largely built on the 104-run seventh-wicket stand between Chase and skipper Jason Holder, who made 52.

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Cricket: Chase’s 98 boosts WI in the 2nd Test against India

2nd WI Test: Indian bowlers claim 3 wickets!

 

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