Asia Cup Cricket 2008 in Pakistan
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Pakistan Cricket PlayersAzhar Mahmood | Ijaz Ahmed | Imran Khan | Inzamam-ul-Haq | Javed Miandad | Rameez Raja | Rashid Latif | Saeed Anwar | Saleem Malik | Saqlain Mushtaq | Shahid Afridi | Shoaib Akhtar | Waqar Younis | Wasim Akram | Younis Khan | Zaheer Abbas
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Pakistan keeps the Under 19 World Cup Trophy
Pakistan's chances seemed dim when they were bowled out for 109, with leg-spinner Piyush Chawla taking 4-8. But India lost six wickets in putting nine runs on the board, pace man Anwar Ali takign three wickets in his first over on his way to figures of 5-35. Chawla led a rearguard action with an unbeaten 25, but India were still bowled out in just 18.5 overs.
U-19 World Cup Final at Colombo: Pakistan Under-19s 109 (41.1 ov) beat India Under-19s 71 (18.5 ov) by 38 runs
India Pakistan Cricket Series 2006 News
India wraps up ODI series 4-1
Pakistan looked well set after Mohammad Yousuf (67) and Younis Khan (74no) took them to 286-8 in Karachi. Sri Sreesanth took a career-best 4-58, including three wickets in three overs.
India captain Rahul Dravid hit 50 in reply, becoming the eighth batsman to pass 9,000 one-day international runs.
Hero of Indias one-day series triumph over Pakistan, Yuvraj Singh sustained a hamstring strain during his unbeaten knock of 107. The in-form batsman, who batted with a runner in the later part of his innings, was declared the Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Fifth one-day international, Karachi: India 287-2 (46.5 overs) beat Pakistan 286-8 (50 overs) by eight wickets
India beat Pakistan to win series; 3-1
Pakistan were bundled out for just 161, with Rudra Pratap Singh taking 4-40. Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq hit 49 but the other batsmen were poor and India reached their target in the 33rd over despite a mid-innings collapse.
It was a day when the bowlers were in better form than the batsmen and after India won the toss, all their seamers found a good line and length from the off. Within 13 overs, four batsmen had been dismissed, including Younis Khan for a golden duck - lbw to Pratap Singh. The same bowler removed Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Abdul Razzaq for low scores but Pakistan were given some encouragement with a 68-run stand between Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf.
India's batsmen were keen to reach the target quickly, playing around Dravid's typically composed innings of 59. Tendulkar and the out-of-form Mohammad Kaif fell for ducks but young left-hander Suresh Raina gave a masterclass in the off-drive to finish with 35 not out off 34 balls.
Fourth one-day international, Multan: India 162-5 beat Pakistan 161 by five wickets
Inzamam backs injury-hit Pakistan
India won the last two matches to lead 2-1 so Pakistan need a win in Inzamam's home town Multan to stay in touch.
The hosts are without front-line bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi for the rest of the series.
Paceman Umar Gul is also a doubt with a back injury and Pakistan have drafted Mohammad Sami and Rao Iftikhar into the squad.
Meanwhile, Inzamam's opposite number Rahul Dravid has injury problems of his own ahead of the clash at the Multan Stadium.
Opening batsman Virender Sehwag and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have flown home and spinning all-rounder Ramesh Powar was brought in last week.
Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Arshad Khan, Salman Butt, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Arafat, Rao Iftikhar, Mohammad Sami.
India (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Sri Sreesanth, Murli Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ramesh Powar.
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (West Indies), Asad Rauf (Pakistan).
Afridi adds to Pakistan problems
The all-rounder injured his ribs when he slipped over in a bathroom before Monday's loss in Lahore, which gave India a 2-1 series lead. Afridi appeared in the match, scoring 18, but could bowl only three overs. PCB cricket director Saleem Altaf said: "He has bruising around his rib cage and is required to rest."
Pakistan are already missing strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who was ruled out of the series on Sunday after missing the first two matches with an ankle injury. Mohammad Sami was drafted into the squad as cover for Akhtar but no replacement has been announced for Afridi. The fourth match of the series will be played in Multan on Thursday with Karachi hosting the final game on Sunday.
India takes lead at Lahore, Series 2-1
India won the toss and chose to insert the hosts, who hit 288-8 thanks to Shoaib Malik (108) and Abdul Razzaq. Irfan Pathan (49-3) and Rudra Pratap Singh (51-3) each took three wickets.
Third one-day international, Lahore: India 292-5 beat Pakistan 288-8 by five wickets
Pakistan looking to bounce back
The teams go to Lahore level at 1-1 in the five-game series after India's seven-wicket triumph on Saturday. Inzamam will have to do without paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who is out with an ankle injury, but he remains upbeat. The Indians have a concern of their own, with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh again doubtful with an injured finger. Without him, his team claimed their first win of the tour in Peshawar when they chased a target of 266 with consummate ease. Captain Rahul Dravid was buoyed by the performance but is refusing to get carried away.
Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul Haq (Captain), Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Arshad Khan, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Asif.
India (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Shanathakumaran Sreesanth, Murali Kartik, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar.
Shoaib to miss series remainder
Shoaib's ankle injury was thought to have recovered in time for him to make Sunday's match after he had missed the first two games in the series. Shoaib performed brilliantly against England before Christmas but the ankle injury cropped up in the early part of the Test series against India. He was not at his most effective in those matches, which were played on wickets that favoured batsmen, but tried his heart out.
Cricket fans cause border chaos
Several fans were hurt, one seriously, in the crush as people flocked to Monday's one-day match in Lahore. Fans stormed the immigration building, causing staff to flee. Riot police took three hours to restore order. Officials were unable to cope with demand but later opened extra counters allowing all fans to cross the border.
India cruise to win, Series 1-1
But Virender Sehwag, with a blistering 67, and Sachin Tendulkar (42) put on 105 to give India a flying start. Dravid (56) and Yuvraj then added 118 as the tourists levelled the series with almost seven overs to spare. It was India's first victory on this tour - they lost the Tests 1-0 - and did some repair work to a poor record of 11 defeats in 16 one-dayers to their neighbours.
Man of the Match: Irfan Pathan (3-43)
Second one-day international, Rawalpindi: India 266-3 bt Pakistan 265 by seven wickets
ICC steps in to defuse row
The Pakistani captain had termed Indias appeal unsporting, leading his Indian counterpart Rahul Dravid to issue a statement defending his teams action and transferring the psychological pressure back on to the opposition by saying the Indians had the option of taking the issue further but chosen to let it pass, given the importance and the context of the series in mind.
It wasnt quite degenerating into a war of words, though the potential was fairly immense; Broads move to ask both parties to desist from making a further comment on the topic couldnt have been more timely.
Akhtar to miss second ODI against India
Akhtar has had an injury in his left ankle for the since taking 17 wickets in the 2-0 victory against England in the three-Test home series.
Powar joins India one-day squad
Harbhajan is struggling with the finger injury which forced him to miss the opening defeat in Peshawar on Monday. Powar, 27, played in two one-dayers on India's 2004 trip and although he failed to take a wicket, impressed with his control and combative approach. A consistent performer domestically, Powar is a handy lower-order batsman. The second one-dayer will be played in Rawalpindi on Saturday with India looking to bounce back after their seven-run loss under the Duckworth/Lewis rule. Left-armer Murali Kartik stood in for Harbhajan in Peshawar but conceded 64 runs in nine overs and was hit for three big sixes by Shoaib Malik.
Inzamam finds new ways to get out.
Inzamam deflected a throw from Suresh Raina aimed at the stumps with his bat and was unhappy at the decision.
The umpire can give a batsman out if he feels the batter has got in the way of a fielder who is about to take a catch or attempt a run-out.
But the obstruction has to be seen to be a deliberate act to be given out. This is a very uncommon method of dismissal hardly ever seen in club or international cricket. However Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq was controversially dismissed in this fashion during Pakistan's one-day international against India in Peshawar. The Pakistani batsman was out of his crease when he "defended" Suresh Raina's throw at the stumps from the outfield. The Indian fielders rightly appealed and Inzamam was given his marching orders, much to his chagrin.
Inzamam-ul-Haq is only the third batsman to be dismissed obstructing the field in ODIs.
Rameez Raja was the first, against England at Karachi in 1987-88. He suffered the agony of being dismissed on 99, when he hit the ball with his bat to avoid being run out while attempting a second run to complete his hundred off the final ball of the match.
Mohinder Amarnath was the second, when he kicked the ball away from the bowler to prevent being run out, against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad in 1989-90.
Pakistan won First ODI by 7 runs (D/L Method)
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar bounced back to form with 100 to pass 14,000 runs in one-dayers with his 39th century. He put on 94 and 126 with Irfan Pathan (65) and Mahendra Dhoni (68 off 53) but Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (4-62) and Mohammad Asif (3-30) sparked a late collapse. The tourists lost Virender Sehwag soon after being put in but Tendulkar, who struggled as India lost the Tests 1-0, made his 39th one-day ton in Peshawar.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (4-62) and Mohammad Asif (3-30) mopped up the tail but India's total was a ground record. First one-day international, Peshawar: Pakistan 311-7 bt India 328 by seven runs (D/L rule)
Pakistan aim for one-day success
Pakistan have won 10 of 15 one-day matches against India, and eight of their last 10, with Inzaman as captain. The home team will probably need a 4-1 series win to leapfrog South Africa, who are currently playing in the VB Series in Australia. They start as favourites before a sell-out crowd of 15,000 at the Arbab Niaz stadium for the first international match in the north-western border city for two years.
Pakistan will take confidence from their 341-run win in Karachi, which handed them their first Test series win over India for 19 years. Faisal Iqbal, who hit his maiden Test century in that match, has been rewarded with a place in the squad for the one-day series. All-rounder Shoaib Malik returns after a family bereavement and promising youngster Yasir Arafat is in the squad.
India may miss off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who injured a finger while fielding in the Karachi Test.
Iqbal picked for one-day series
Iqbal's 139 helped Pakistan beat India in the Tests and the player can now help them repeat that success over the same opposition in the one-dayers. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and paceman Mohammad Sami are omitted from the 16-member squad, however.
The first of five matches is scheduled for next Monday in Peshawar. Kaneria and Sami have been regular members of the Test and one-day squads. The selectors have found places for two all-rounders, Shoaib Malik and Yasir Arafat. Malik returns after missing the final Test due to a family bereavement, while Arafat is a promising youngster who played against England.
Squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Arshad Khan, Salman Butt, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Arafat.
Tendulkar under fire after heavy defeat
The hosts romped to victory by 341 runs with a day to spare, routing their traditional rivals for one run short of their worst ever defeat in runs to win the series. Players are normally under tremendous pressure to win due to the decades-old political animosity between the two nations. With tensions easing, the focus was solely on cricket. Debates in the Indian media were aimed at the failure of the formidable batting line-up after the first two Tests in Lahore and Faisalabad ended in high-scoring draws. Youngster Yuvraj Singh hit a defiant 122 in the second innings, but none of the other players managed fifty in the game. "Tendulkar is over the hill. He should quit and other youngsters should take over," lawyer Sandeep George said. "Tendulkar should go because he has lost his touch," engineer Vijay Ramaiah said. "The more he plays, he will become a liability to the country and himself." The collapse only added to concerns that India's middle-order batsmen Tendulkar, captain Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and Vangipurappu Laxman were all past 30.
Pakistan stun India to win series at Karachi
It was India's second heaviest defeat by a runs margin in their Test history. Pakistan began the day on 511-5 in their secoing innings and added 88 runs in quick time before stopping their innings.
Pakistan's victory by 341 runs is their biggest win in terms of runs, bettering the previous best of 301 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 1994. India managed to escape its worst defeat in terms of runs by a solitary run - Australia had thrashed them by 342 runs at Nagpur in 2004-05. Third Test, Karachi, day four: Pakistan 245 & 599-7d beat India 238 & 265 by 341 runs
Pak leads by 518, tightens noose..
The pitch has flattened out considerably since 14 wickets fell on the first day, with little assistance for the bowlers. Younis and Yousuf set the tone for the day by notching up their fourth century partnership of the series, and looked set to add to their tally of two hundreds apiece when they took Pakistan to lunch on 270-2. Kumble removed them both with straightish deliveries, although Yousuf had the consolation of moving to fourth on the list of Pakistan run-scorers.
The world record for a successful fourth-innings chase is the 418 West Indies made to beat Australia in Antigua in 2003, while the highest at the National Stadium is the 315 Pakistan got against the Aussies in 1994. Third Test, Karachi, day three (close): Pakistan 245 & 511 -5 v India 238
India struggling to keep pace; Pak leads by 180
Pakistani openers made 109 before Salman Butt was lbw'd by Ganguly for 53. Imran Farhat put on 57. Third Test, Karachi, day two (close): Pakistan 245 & 173-2 v India 238
Dramatic reversals in Karachi test after Pathan hat-trick
Irfan Pathan (5-61) took a hat-trick in the first over, the first bowler to do so, but Kamran Akmal struck a brilliant 113 to lead his side to respectability. Pathan had Salman Butt caught at first slip by Rahul Dravid, trapped Younis Khan lbw and bowled Mohammad Yousuf with another big inswinger.
India's batsmen soon ran into problems of their own as Asif and Shoaib found plenty of seam movement to remove Dravid and Sehwag with only 14 on the board. Third Test, Karachi, day one (close): Pakistan 245 v India 74-4
|All the Indian Hat Tricks|
|1||Irfan Pathan||Test||Salman Butt||Caught||2006||Karachi||Match in progress|
|vs. Pak||Younis Khan||LBW|
|2||Harbhajan Singh||Test||Ricky Ponting||LBW||2001||Kolkata||India won by 171 runs|
|vs. Aus||Adam Gilchrist||LBW|
|3||Kapil Dev||ODI||Roshan Mahanama||Caught||1991||Kolkata||India won by 7 wickets|
|vs. SL||Rumesh Ratnayake||LBW|
|4||Chetan Sharma||ODI, WC||Ken Rutherford||Bowled||1987||Nagpur||India won by 9 wickets|
|vs. NZ||Ian Smith||Bowled|
Test teams announced for Karachi; Ganguly returns.
India: V Sehwag, R Dravid (Captain), V V S Laxman, S R Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, S C Ganguly, M S Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), I K Pathan, Z Khan, R P Singh, A Kumble
Younis Shines in Drawn Match
The sides set a new mark for sixes in a match, with 27, in compiling the seventh-highest runs aggregate in a Test match ever, with 1,702.
And Dhoni bowled an over, giving away 13 runs.
Laxman and Dravid took India to 21 for 0, before the match ended. The third and final Test begins in Karachi on Sunday.
Second Test, Faisalabad: Pakistan 588 & 480 drew with India 603 & 21-0
Pakistan extends lead in Faisalabad
Earlier Mahendra Dhoni extended his maiden Test century to 144 in a stand of 210 with Irfan Pathan. Pathan fell 10 short of a first hundred but a Harbhajan Singh cameo ensured a first innings lead of 15 for India.
Second Test, Faisalabad, day four (close): Pakistan 588 & 152-1 v India 603
Dhoni's maiden century carry India to safety
However, four wickets fell for 45 in 11 overs after lunch and as Dhoni came in 107 were needed to save the follow-on. Dhoni hit some fierce strokes in an unbroken 160 stand with Irfan Pathan.
Second Test, Faisalabad, day three (close): Pakistan 588 v India 441-5
India chase 588 in Faisalabad
Despite a bad back, Inzamam (119) hit his 25th Test ton, passing India coach Greg Chappell to move to 10th all-time. Afridi, on 85 overnight, cut loose in a career-best innings of 156 from 128 balls, with 20 fours and six sixes. Debutant Rudra Pratap Singh had Razzaq caught behind to end with figures of 4-89.
Sehwag, who began dangerously, edged Abdul Razzaq to second slip to fall for 31.
Second Test, Faisalabad, day two (stumps): Pakistan 588 v India 110-1
Pakistanis make India suffer
Left-armer Pratap Singh took three wickets, including dangermen Younis Khan (83) and Mohammad Yousuf (65). But captain Inzamam-ul-Haq (79no) and Shahid Afridi put on an unbeaten 163 from 193 balls for fifth wicket. Second Test, Faisalabad, day one (stumps): Pakistan 379-4 v India
Ganguly dropped, as Pakistan bats in Faisalabad
Pakistan dropped seam bowlers Rana Naved and Mohammad Sami for all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Asif. India opted for five bowlers, with Zaheer Khan and RP Singh coming in for Sourav Ganguly and Ajit Agarkar.
Pakistan (Playing XI) Inzamam-ul Haq (Captain), S Butt, S Malik, Y Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, S Afridi, K Akmal, S Akhtar, A Razzaq, D Kaneria, Mohammad Asif.
India (Playing XI) R Dravid (Captain), Vi Sehwag, VVS Laxman, S Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, M Dhoni, I Pathan, Z Khan, RP Singh, A Kumble, Harbhajan Singh.
Weather worry for Faisalabad Test
Cold and wet conditions in northern Pakistan led to a lifeless wicket, bringing 1,089 runs for only eight wickets in the drawn match. The Iqbal Stadium wicket has traditionally favoured batsmen, with 12 of the 23 Tests there having ended in draws.
Pakistan have won six Tests and lost five. India lost at the venue in 1982 during Pakistan's 3-0 series win but drew three other matches, including the last one in 1989, when a 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar made his first Test half-century.
India coach Greg Chappell will also have fond memories of the ground where he made 235 not out as Australian captain in 1979 during another high-scoring draw. In November, England wriggled out of a tight situation in a weather-hit game when they slumped to 164-6 in their second innings, while chasing a target of 285. If this Test also ends in a stalemate the series will go down to the third and final Test, beginning in Karachi on 29 January.
India pair fail to set new record
First Test, Lahore, day five Pakistan 679-7d drew with India 410-1
Sehwag and Dravid near World Record
Sehwag (247) and Dravid (128) had advanced to 403-0 at the close on day four of the first Test, needing to reach 480 to avoid the follow-on.
Sehwag hit the second fastest double century in Test history in 182 balls. First Test, Lahore, day four (close): Pakistan 679-7d; India 403-0
Sehwag 96*, Rain, Light stops play
Virender Sehwag timed the ball superbly to move to within four runs of an 11th Test ton, while captain Rahul Dravid has hit a more circumspect score of 37.
The pitch has not deteriorated at all, and is still a batsman's paradise. First Test, Lahore, day three (stumps) Pakistan 679-7d; India 145-0
Afridi and Akmal take Pakistan to 679-7d
Afridi (103) hit 27 in one Harbhajan Singh over and put on 170 at almost eight an over with Akmal (102) as the hosts declared on day two on 679-7. Younis Khan, who was run out for 199, and Mohammad Yousuf (173) put on 319.
Captain Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag took India to 65-0 off 13 overs before bad light ended play early. First Test, Lahore, day two (close) Pakistan 679-7 (dec) v India 65-0
Pakistan batsmen dominate India
Choosing to bat first, they lost Salman Butt to a run out in the third over, but Younis and Shoaib Malik added 124. Younis made 147 with 19 fours while Yousuf hit 11 fours and a six in 95. First Test, Lahore, day one (stumps) Pakistan 326-2 v India
Pakistan batting first in Lahore test
Pakistan (Playing XI) Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Naved-ul-Hasan, Shoaib Akhtar, Danish Kaneria.
India (Playing XI) V Sehwag, R Dravid (Captain), VVS Laxman, SR Tendulkar, SC Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), IK Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, AB Agarkar, A Kumble.
Will Ganguly be included in Indian team?
Frequent meetings between the two teams over the last two years have gradually shifted the emphasis from political to cricketing matters and Gangulys future is the hottest of those topics ahead of the tomorrows start to the Lahore Test. Ganguly, a veteran of 86 Tests, led India to victory in Pakistan in 2004 their first series triumph away from home in 11 years making him Indias most successful Test captain. After being dropped in the Test series against Sri Lanka late last year, a decision that was met with protests in his home city of Kolkata, Ganguly was recalled to the India squad for the three-test Pakistan tour.
But he faces stiff competition from youngsters Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer and Yuvraj Singh for a place in the starting lineup.
Tendulkar predicts tough series
Shoaib Akhtar inspired Pakistan to beat England with a stunning array of brutal pace and devious slower deliveries late last year, but Tendulkar insists there are other dangers awaiting in the home attack.
Pakistan recall Farhat for India
He hit a century against the tourists on Sunday and earned his place after Yasir Hameed was struck by typhoid. Pakistan also welcome back all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who missed the Tests against England with an elbow problem.
Pakistan squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria, Arshad Khan.
Tour Match,Iqbal stars in draw
Earlier in the first innings, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh had time to follow the upper order past 50 before India declared on 414-7. The match is the only warm-up before the first Test begins on Friday. The only batsman dismissed short of a half century was Mahendra Dhoni, caught off Mohammad Irshad for 22 after Laxman (54) and Yuvraj (59) retired in Lahore. Gambhir (53) Jaffer (58) Dravid (63) Sachin (74) were also among runs. Tour match, Lahore, day three (stumps): India 414-7 dec & 72-0 drew with Pakistan A 358-9 dec
India hoping openers will deliver
Chappell excited by Pakistan tour
Weather hits Pakistan pitch plan
Pakistan include Razzaq in camp
Inzamam says India are favourites
Pressure on Pakistan - Harbhajan
Wasim in call for lively wickets
Swap for two Pakistan-India ODIs
Pakistan star Razzaq in hospital
Ganguly to play for state team
Seamer Gul faces touring Indians
Ganguly recalled to face Pakistan
The selectors also recalled left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan after a three-month absence but dropped batsman Mohammad Kaif and spinner Murali Karthik.
Ganguly, India's most successful Test captain with 21 wins, has scored 5,150 runs in 86 Tests. Ganguly led India to historic Test match and one-day series victories on the last tour to Pakistan in 2004.
Indian cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah announced the list of contracted players for the coming year with Ganguly one of eight in grade A. The others in the top bracket are Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag , VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan, Kumble and Harbhajan.
Yuvraj , Kaif, Mahendra Dhoni and Ajit Agarkar have been put in grade B.
Zaheer, Kartik and Gautam Gambhir form grade C.
India squad for Pakistan Tour: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-capt), Sachin Tendulkar , Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffar, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, RP Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Parthiv Patel (Wicket Keeper).
India to inspect Pakistan venues
"They are going to check the security conditions not only in the venues, but also in hotels and airports," said an Intelligence Bureau official.
The delegation will also hold talks with representatives of the Pakistan interior ministry and cricket board.
The Indian team is due to set off for Pakistan on 6 January. Their itinerary includes three Tests and five limited overs internationals. Karachi, which is due to stage the third Test and final one-dayer, is the most contentious venue. India declined to play a Test there on last year's 2004 tour but this time the government has given permission, subject to security clearance. Only Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have played Test cricket in Karachi since a bomb explosion prompted New Zealand to call off a tour in 2002. Security officers will accompany the Indian players on tour, but Pakistan will have overall responsibility for their safety.
India cleared for Test in Karachi
"Karachi has been cleared for a Test, provided certain security conditions are met," said Rajiv Shukla, chairman of the Indian board's media committee. The match at the National Stadium is due to begin on 30 January. Only Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have played Tests in Karachi since a bomb explosion in the city prompted New Zealand to abandon a tour in 2002.
England refused to a Test in Karachi being included in the schedule for their current tour but a one-day international which they did agree to passed off without incident.
India's itinerary includes three Tests, the first and second to be played in Lahore and Faisalabad, and five one-day internationals.
It will be the third series involving the two teams since their respective governments approved a resumption of cricket ties in 2004.
But the Pakistan Cricket Board are concerned that the importance of the rivalry could be diminished by playing too often.
Pakistan adjusts India itinerary
Pakistan worry of India overkill
Pakistan seeking India agreement
India 'agree' to Karachi matches
India triumphed on their historic 2004 tour to Pakistan, and Pakistan fought back valiantly to draw the 2005 series in India.
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Pakistan beat England 3-2 in the One day SeriesFirst one-day international, Lahore: England 327-4 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 285 (46.5 overs) by 42 runs
Second ODI, Lahore: Pakistan 231-3 bt England 230 by seven wickets
Third one-day international, Karachi: Pakistan 353-6 (50 overs) beat England 188 all out (42 overs) by 165 runs
Fourth one-day international, Rawalpindi: Pakistan 210 (47.2 overs) bt England 197 all out (48.1 overs) by 13 runs
Fifth one-day international, Rawalpindi: England 206-9 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 200-9 (50 overs) by six runs
Pakistan beat England 2-0 in the Test SeriesFirst Test, Multan, day five: Pakistan 274 & 341 bt England 418 & 175 by 22 runs
Second Test, Faisalabad, day five: Pakistan 462 & 268-9 dec v England 446 & 164-6
Third Test, Lahore, day five: Pakistan 636-8d beat England 288 & 248 by inns & 100 runs
- v India A - Hyderabad: Pakistanis won by 8 wickets
- 1st ODI - Cochin: India won by 87 runs
- 2nd ODI - Vishakapatnam: India won by 58 runs
- 3rd ODI - Jamshedpur: Pakistan won by 106 runs
- 4th ODI - Ahmedabad: Pakistan won by 3 wickets
- 5th ODI - Kanpur: Pakistan won by 5 wickets
- 6th ODI - Delhi: Pakistan won by 159 runs
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|BEFORE 2004-05 SERIES|
Pakistan beat India by 6 wickets on Nov 13, 2004 at Eden Gardens, KolkataIndia, after electing to bat first, scored a formidable 292 for 6. But that was not enough for the hosts as Salman Butt's maiden one-day century helped Pakistan beat India by six wickets in their first match on Indian soil in more than five years. In Picture: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan (right) is presented with an award by Indian Sports Minister Sunil Dutt at the function which was held at the dinner break to felicitate Indian and Pakistani skippers.
India Pakistan Cricket Series 2004India won the third and final test by an innings and 131 runs to win the series 2-1. This was India's first series win in Pakistan.
Third Test, Rawalpindi, day four: Pakistan 224 & 245 lost to India 600 by an innings and 131 runs.
It also capped India's first series win away from home since they defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in a three-Test series in 1993.
The 'Friendship Series' helped the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) make a profit of a reported US $20 million and will encourage other cricket playing countries to tour that country, that has been perceived as being unsafe after its notorious law and order problems, notably in Karachi and Peshawar.
Left: Indian captain Sourav Ganguly holds aloft the trophy.
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India, Pakistan & the World Cups
India's World Cup Victory in 1983The 1983 Prudential World Cup in England was a turning point in the history of cricket and for the Indian Subcontinent. The West Indies, India, Australia, and the newcomers Zimbabwe contested the B group, and it got off to a rousing start when India with only one World cup win to this point beat the favourites, the West Indies, by 34 runs. They along with their neighbours, Pakistan, reached the semi-finals for the first time, bringing the spirit of the subcontinent into the world arena for the first time. Though Pakistan lost to West Indies, India beat the then world champions in the final to bring the trophy to Asia for the first time. Binny with 18 (still a record for most wickets in a World Cup tournament), and Madan Lal with 17 wickets were their leading bowlers, and Kapil Dev topped the batting averages. Kapil's Kapil Dev 175* against Zimbabwe still remains one of the most astonishing comebacks in a cricket match. Finals: India won by 43 runs
Score: INDIA 183 all out in 54.4 overs [Srikkanth 38(57 b, 7-4s 1-6); Roberts 3-32] Beat W INDIES 140 all out in 52 overs [IVA Richards 33(42 b, 7-4s); Madan Lal 3-31 Amarnath 3-12]
Pakistan's World Cup Victory in 1992The 1987 World Cup in India and Pakistan was disastrous for both the countries as they lost in their semifinal matches held in their respective countries. Despite Australia's (the 1987 champions) failure to reach the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges Cricket Championships, a record World Cup final crowd of more than 85,000 greeted Pakistan and England at the MCG. Before the finals, a supreme effort from Inzamam-ul-Haq (60 off only 37 balls) aginst New Zealand secured Pakistan's place in the 1992 World Cup final. Pakistan's greatest moment in World Cup history came in 1992 with victory in Australia. After a slow start they built as a team over the course of the competition, winning as other more fancied opponents slipped by the wayside. They beat a tired and beleaguered England in the final with ease. Finals: Pakistan won by 22 Runs
Score: PAKISTAN 249 for 6 Wickets in 50 overs [Imran Khan 72(110 b, 5-4s 1-6; Miandad 58(98 b, 4-4s); Derek Pringle 3-22] Beat ENGLAND 227 all out in 49.2 overs [Neil Fairbrother 62(70 b, 3-4s); Wasim Akram 3-49 Mushtaq Ahmed 3-41]