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PCB, ECB in discussions about graduation of Rawalpindi Take a look at



RAWALPINDI: A illness bug within the England cricket squad on Wednesday compelled Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to carry discussions in regards to the graduation of the primary Take a look at match at Pindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi.

The primary Take a look at of the three-match sequence is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

A number of England gamers and officers, together with captain Ben Stokes caught a viral an infection.

The unwell gamers have been suggested to relaxation, and don’t take part within the closing follow session on the eve of the match.

“The PCB and ECB are in discussions relating to the graduation of the first #PAKvENG Take a look at as some England gamers are down with viral an infection. The PCB continues to observe the state of affairs, is involved with the ECB and can present additional updates in the end,” the PCB stated on its twitter account.

“We’re in discussions with the PCB relating to the beginning of the primary Take a look at as a consequence of a viral an infection inside our camp,” the ECB stated on its official twitter deal with.

England top-order batsman Joe Root, who took questions within the pre-match press convention as a substitute of captain Stokes additionally spoke on the state of affairs within the English camp.

“There’s going to need to be Marcus Trescothick, Rob Key and Brendon McCullum – there’s going to need to be a brand new prime three for tomorrow,” he responded jokingly when requested for an replace on the England squad.

“So far as I’m conscious, there’s a couple of guys not feeling 100 per cent. I didn’t really feel nice yesterday and I awakened loads higher right this moment. So hopefully it’s simply 24 hours of virus; don’t suppose meals poisoning or Covid or something like that.

“It’s simply a type of issues that we’ve got sadly picked up as a bunch. We are attempting to do completely all the pieces proper to ensure that we ready very well for this sport and generally life throws these sorts of issues at you as a squad, and we simply obtained to see how we pull up tomorrow and do be proper and able to go.”

England had already named their taking part in XI for the sport, with Liam Livingstone in line for his Take a look at debut and Ben Duckett again within the facet after six years.

Root stated that England would nonetheless look to discipline the named XI, however admitted modifications might be made if anybody fails to recuperate in time.

“It’s exhausting to say,” stated Root when quizzed if everybody might be match for tomorrow. “I’ve not seen anybody this morning. Actually obtained straight on the bus. Guys will do all the pieces they will. Work actually exhausting in that respect. Time will inform I suppose.

“There isn’t a lot you are able to do, aside from doing all the pieces you possibly can to gasoline and hydrate. Do all of the issues away from the sport that’s going to serve you very well tonight in preparation for tomorrow. That’s all we are able to do now. It’s the place we’re at as a crew.

“Typically you simply choose up a bug and virus. When you’re all tied collectively in a single resort, it will probably unfold round. Now we have carried out all the pieces we are able to to attempt to mitigate that. Now we have to see how issues go right this moment and tomorrow.”

The sequence is essential for Pakistan as they hunt for a spot within the ICC World Take a look at Championship 2021/23 Remaining. They’re at the moment fifth within the desk with some extent share of 51.85 and might want to win as lots of their remaining 5 Checks to stay in rivalry.

England’s possibilities of making the Remaining stay mathematically doable, however they’re realistically out of the race after a poor begin to their marketing campaign.
They’re positioned seventh within the standings with a factors share of 38.6.

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Javed Miandad takes a dig at Indian cricket board for withdrawing from Asia Cup



QUETTA: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad makes a daring assertion concerning India’s withdrawal from Asia Cup 2023 scheduled in Pakistan.

Javed Miandad, often known as a nightmare of the Indian bowlers, said throughout the exhibition match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators at Bugti stadium, Quetta, that the Pakistan workforce is enjoying sufficient of cricket and don’t want India to outlive.

“India can go to hell in the event that they don’t need to come to Pakistan to play cricket. Pakistan don’t want India to outlive,” stated Javed Miandad.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah, the son of Indian Residence Minister Amit Shah, beforehand made some statements that India is not going to journey to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023. In reply, Chairman PCB Administration Committee Najam Sethi additionally replied with some extent mark that Pakistan will even not journey to India for the ICC World Cup 2023 as India at all times backs off every time Pakistan will get such alternatives.

The 65-year-old cricketer additionally takes a dig on the Indian Authorities and states India is afraid to play towards Pakistan.

“Why is India afraid to play towards Pakistan? They know in the event that they lose to Pakistan, the general public is not going to spare them. Narendra Modi will disappear; their public received’t depart him,” stated Javed.

There was no affirmation concerning the place the match would happen. Whereas Pakistan has the internet hosting rights of the Asia Cup, the ACC President had earlier said that India is not going to be touring to Pakistan.

Shah, who additionally Secretary of the BCCI, demanded that Asia Cup be moved to a “impartial venue” final yr.

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Tottenham report past Kane’s wildest goals



LONDON: Harry Kane mentioned netting his 267th Tottenham purpose to turn into the membership’s all-time report goalscorer is a second he’ll always remember after scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester Metropolis on Sunday.

The England captain slotted dwelling the one purpose on quarter-hour towards the Premier League champions to maneuver previous Jimmy Greaves, who scored 266 objectives for Spurs between 1961 and 1970.

“It’s arduous to place into phrases and I’m so glad it got here in a win,” mentioned Kane. “To do it in entrance of the house followers it’s a second I’ll always remember.”

The 29-year-old is now additionally simply the third participant to web 200 Premier League objectives, after Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208).

“There was a lot discuss it during the last couple of weeks I needed to get it achieved as quickly as doable so to do it in an enormous recreation, towards the most effective groups on the earth, it’s a particular feeling,” added Kane.

“Once I began taking part in within the Premier League it wasn’t even in my wildest creativeness to attain 200 league objectives. To be there now’s thrilling, I’ve acquired loads extra years left so hopefully a couple of extra to come back.”

Kane can be stage with Rooney as England’s joint report goalscorer after bagging his 53rd worldwide purpose within the World Cup quarter-final defeat towards France in December.

Nevertheless, regardless of his heroics for membership and nation, he’s but to win a significant trophy in his profession.

Greaves, who died aged 81 in 2021, is considered one of the pure purpose scorers in soccer historical past.

A member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, who netted 44 instances for his nation, Greaves is the very best scorer in English top-flight historical past with 357 objectives.

“An entire hero,” mentioned Kane on Greaves. “Top-of-the-line strikers to ever play the sport so to even be in that firm is a particular feeling. I’m certain his household might be watching and be very proud.”

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Maiden Take a look at ton for Chanderpaul in opposition to Zimbabwe



Tagenarine Chanderpaul struck his first Take a look at century and fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite additionally reached three figures because the West Indies reached 221 with out loss on Sunday after a rain-affected second day of the primary Take a look at in opposition to Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

Captain Brathwaite recorded his twelfth Take a look at ton as he made 116 whereas Chanderpaul, son of West Indies nice Shivnarine, closed on 101.

It’s the highest opening partnership by West Indians since Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell scored 254 in opposition to New Zealand in Antigua 11 years in the past.

Saturday’s play had been deserted due to rain quickly after lunch with the vacationers 112-0 and the inclement climate intervened once more.

Play was solely in a position to begin at 1500 native time (1300 GMT) on Sunday after sawdust had been scattered throughout the damp areas within the outfield.

As was the case on the opening day, the West Indies openers took few probabilities, scoring at fewer than two and half runs per over in opposition to some tight Zimbabwe bowling on a sluggish pitch.

Brathwaite, who has been in a wealthy run of kind, seemed the extra snug and was the primary to achieve his century. By the shut he had confronted 246 balls and hit seven fours.

Chanderpaul was extra circumspect though there have been moments when he performed like his father who solely retired from Take a look at cricket eight years in the past, having racked up 30 centuries in 164 Assessments.

Whereas it took his father 19 Assessments to achieve his first century, Chanderpaul junior has wanted simply three.

The 26-year-old left-hander solely made his debut in Perth in opposition to Australia in November when he scored 51 and 45. He adopted that with 47 and 17 in Adelaide and checked out house alongside Brathwaite in Bulawayo.

He struck 10 fours and a six throughout the course of his innings, citing his century with a neat tuck behind sq. for a single.

“He (Chanderpaul) appears to be like to be world-class and is a high opener,” stated Brathwaite on the shut. “Glad we’ve got acquired some huge partnerships to date and would like to proceed.”

Every of the Zimbabwe bowlers deserves credit score for conserving a good rein on the West Indies scoring, spinner Wellington

Masakadza conceding simply 30 runs from a good 16 overs which included six maidens.

The match, which is the primary for the West Indies with Brian Lara appearing as efficiency mentor, is the primary of two in a Take a look at collection in Bulawayo. The second is scheduled to begin on February 12.

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