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Pakistan complete series in style; IND 2-4 Discuss ODIs
Shoaib Malik (72) Inzamam-ul-Haq (68) and Yousuf Youhana (50) were the main scorers in a total of 303-8.
India's innings was interrupted for 15 minutes when bottles were thrown onto the outfield with the score 94-6 and they were eventually all out for 144. It was their heaviest one-day defeat by their arch-rivals, surpassing a 143-run loss in Jaipur in 1999. The game began just as Friday's encounter at Kanpur had ended with Shahid Afridi taking the attack to India's bowlers. After failing to score off the first ball he faced, Afridi followed that with 4-4-4-6-4 from the next five as Ashish Nehra's opening over cost India 22.
Pak-India series decider in New Delhi today Discuss ODIs
The match will be watched by Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the middle of tight security conditions as the ground will be virtually surrounded by security forces, Indian law enforcement agencies and rangers. According to the curator of the pitch, the pitch is a batting paradise and will do a bit in the first session.
The last time a match was held in March 2002 on January 31 between India and England. England won the nail-bitter by 2 runs. Pakistan will be playing their first match in this ground. As the record suggests India has 50-50 record winning 5 and loosing 5 in ten completed games.
Inzamam expresses 'hope' of winning; Dravid 'confident' of winning Discuss ODIs
Its good to see the way weve fought back. Even in the Test series, we came from behind to draw level. The players are confident after winning three consecutive one-dayers.
Pakistan were trailing 1-0 in the three-Test series before bouncing back to win the third and final match at Bangalore to level the series. When we came here we were written off, but I am happy we have been able to fight back, said Inzamam. Inzamam is confident the spirit shown by his players on the tour would lead to a series victory. This tour was very important ... The main thing on this tour is the way we have fought back. That is why we are in this position. Inzamam said leg spinner Danish Kaneria, who took 19 scalps in the tests, and paceman Naved Ranas 14 wickets so far in the one-dayers had provided depth to the bowling. Stand-in India captain Rahul Dravid says his team need to dismiss hard-hitting Shahid Afridi early today if they want to square the six-match series against Pakistan today. It will help us if we can get Afridi out early, Dravid said ahead of the high-profile sixth and final match, to be watched by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh amid tight security.
We lost the last match because of Afridis remarkable knock. That made all the difference. One cannot do anything if somebody bats like Afridi did yesterday, said Dravid. The India skipper, who top scored for India with 86 in Kanpur, said he did not believe his team was under pressure even after losing three successive matches. Its disappointing to lose three matches in a row, but weve played some good cricket in the series. We now need to have just one good day on the field. We have the potential to level the series, said Dravid. He said the team was motivated to win the crucial game, which is also John Wrights last as India coach.
There is always motivation to win whether it is somebodys last match or not. John has been with the team for close to five years. It has been an eventful journey, he said.
We have valued his contribution. He will be missed not only as a coach but also as a friend.
Awesome Afridi pummels India into submission; IND 2-3
The 25-year-old opening batsman, who also holds the record for the fastest one-day hundred (37 deliveries), equalled West Indian Brian Lara's 45-ball effort against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 1999.
Afridi struck a 46-ball 102, all but eight runs coming in boundaries, as Pakistan made 252 for five in 42.1 overs in reply to India's 249 for six.
It was Pakistan's third successive victory after losing the first two matches. Earlier Naved-ul-Hasan's accurate opening burst rattled the Indian top order as they limped to 38 for 3 at the ten-over mark. Apart from the relentessly disciplined length that Naved maintained, the batsmen also had to contend with a pitch with variable bounce as the batsmen struggled, edged and finally fell. India made 249-6 and Naved-ul-Hasan ended up taking 3-35. Captain Rahul Dravid hit 86 while Mohammad Kaif gave the innings a boost with 78 off just 88 deliveries.
India made three changes from the team beaten in Ahmedabad. Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble and Dinesh Mongia all came into the side as Sourav Ganguly, Ashish Nehra and Murali Kartik made way. Though Ganguly's six-match ban is suspended following his appeal, the selectors asked him not to fly from Calcutta to Kanpur and the side was instead led by Dravid, who won the toss.
And now BCCI asks Ganguly not to play fifth ODI !!
Since less than 24 hours remain for the start of the Kanpur match, the board felt it is extremely important for the players to concentrate and focus on the match so that they could bring out the best performance, the boards secretary Karunakaran Nair said in a statement. In view of this, the board has decided to continue with the selected team for the Kanpur match, he said. This position was duly explained to Ganguly and he appreciated the boards decision.
Dravid captain; Kumble, Sriram back in Indian side
The Chennai southpaw picked 29 wickets on the India under-19 tour of South Africa in 1992-93 before leading the team against Australia in 1994-95. A reliable number three batsman, he has opened for his state and is ready to fit into the Indian side at any position. He was also the first winner of the Gavaskar Border Scholarship in 2000 to the Australian Institute of Sports. Indian Team for the last two matches: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag , M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Dinesh Mongia, S Sriram, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, L Balaji, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar.
Ganguly slapped six-match ban, Dravid to captain India
In Ganguly's absence, Vice Captain Rahul Dravid would now lead the side while swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag has been made Vice Captain, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Joint Secretary Gautam Dasgupta said here today.
India took 236 minutes to bowl 48 overs against Pakistan, exceeding the allocated time limit by 26 minutes. "No excuse was offered by the captain," said Match referee Chris Broad. Ganguly, who has been under fire for poor batting form, was penalised 70% of his match fee for the same offence in last week's third one-day international.
Pakistan ties series after marvellous run chase; IND 2-2
No change in batting order, says Ganguly; Pitch to favor team batting first!
He has made just 61 runs in eight innings 48 in five in the Test matches, and 13 in the first three one-dayers on Pakistans current tour of India.
When you dont score, there is bound to be criticism, he acknowledged. But I cant deny the fact that I have also got support from the media. As captain, I have a responsibility to score runs. I have been a success before, there is no reason why I cant do it again. The important thing is how quickly I can come out of this slump. The Sardar Patel Gujarat stadium is as good a place as any for him to shed his lean trot. In late 2000, he had made a sparkling 144 against Zimbabwe, the highest individual score at this ground. Not only that hundred, I have got two Test centuries here too, he said. I have good memories of playing here, I hope it turns out lucky for me again tomorrow. Ruling out a change in the opening combine here, Ganguly added, I wont be opening, not in this game. We will stick with Sachin and Sehwag for here. I dont foresee any changes in the batting order. With a lush green out-field, the pitch is a batsman's paradise that has witnessed many exciting matches after acquiring the status of an international stadium in 1986. Needless to say then, the pitch is batsmen friendly. An average inning score in 18 innings played here in nine matches, which also includes matches played by other teams, is 224 runs. The average of 1st innings, team batting first, stands at 237 runs. Results of all the One-Day International matches played here indicate the team batting first went on to win the tie. Concentrating on the seven matches India has played at Motera, the host lost two matches as the team succumbed while chasing the target set by the opposition.
SC permits Kotla to host sixth one day
Putting aside its earlier contentions with the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) over the safety issue, MCD stressed before the court that the stadium was safe to host the match.The stadium, which DDCA President Arun Jaitely once said would be having five star facilities, will accommodate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistans President Pervez Musharraf along with 30,000 spectators during the match.
India yet to win a major home series since 2000
Inzamam looks forward to level ODI series; Ganguly fined match fee
A fighting 64 by Irfan Pathan, for his maiden one-day half- century, was India's only consolation, apart from 28 from vice captain Rahul Dravid and 32 from Mohammed Kaif as the Pakistani pace battery scalped wickets one after the other. Indian wicket keeper Dhoni, who scored a match-winning 148 in the second one-dayer, hit out in front of his home crowd but was caught slogging at Naved. "No it's not about a lot of pressure, because Veeru has been scoring runs regularly. Our middle order had not got much of a chance. This is the first time that they got a chance. Its' not a big deal and we will make a strong comeback in the forthcoming matches," said Dhoni. Meanwhile Indian captain Sourav Ganguly's woes continued with the ICC fining him his entire match fee for his side's slow over rate in the third one-day international against Pakistan in Jamshedpur.
Ganguly was ordered to appear before an ICC hearing following the match in which his bowlers took almost 30 minutes longer to complete their 50 overs than the allotted three-and-half hours. "We have learnt he has been fined his full match fee. We have to wait for a formal announcement from the ICC," an Indian cricket official told Reuters.It is the second time in six months that Ganguly has had to front an ICC hearing over his side's slow over rate.
Naved-ul-Hasan wrecks India; IND 2-1
Irfan Pathan's spirited 64, his first one-day international fifty, was the only real resistance as the visitors cut their deficit to 2-1 in the series.
Naved removed Virender Sehwag (2), Sourav Ganguly (4), Mahendra Dhoni (28) and Yuvraj Singh (1) to reduce India to 82-6 in reply to 319-9, Salman Butt hitting 101.
Naved returned to claim the final two wickets as India slumped to defeat. He first burst onto international scene with his one-day debut against Sri Lanka at Sharjah immediately after the World Cup when Pakistan dropped eight players after the first round exit. Pakistan 319 for 9 (Butt 101, Malik 75, Nehra 3/57) beat India 213 all out in 41.4 overs (Pathan 64, Kaif 32, Naved 6/27) by 106 runs.
Pakistan look to keep hopes alive : Third ODI today
Younis is likely to replace Mohammad Hafeez, while paceman Iftikhar Rao and spinner Danish Kaneria could come in for Mohammad Sami and Arshad Khan. Pakistan unsuccessfully chased big targets in Cochin and Vishakapatnam and batting first could be the key to winning at the Keenan Stadium, with hot weather forecast.
India are without paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji, who has a side strain.
The tourists have a good record in the eastern city, having won the last two one-dayers between the teams. India (from): Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar , Dinesh Mongia, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra. Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Yousuf Youhana, Mohammed Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammed Sami, Iftikhar Rao, Shahid Nazir, Arshad Khan, Danish Kaneria.
Agarkar added to Indian squad; Balaji rested!
Agarkar, whose last one-day appearance was against Bangladesh at Dhaka in December, has taken 203 wickets in 134 matches. India leads the series 2-0 with the remaining matches to be played in Jamshedpur (April 9), Ahmedabad (April 12), Kanpur (April 15) and New Delhi (April 17).
Pakistanis insured for $445,000 in Gujarat Discuss ODIs
India and Pakistan will play the one-dayer on April 12 in Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat state where at least 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were hacked, burnt or shot to death in 2002 following the death of 59 Hindus in a train carriage fire blamed by state authorities on a Muslim mob.
Gujarat Cricket Association president Narhari Amin said each of the 16 Pakistan cricketers and support staff will be insured for $22,000 for the two-day duration of their stay in Ahmedabad. "This insurance is to safeguard us against any eventuality," said Amin, adding this was the first time cricketers were being insured for security reasons. Some 15,000 police and security personnel will be on hand to guard the cricketers at the hotel and the 47,000-capacity Gujarat stadium where the match will be played, Amin said.Footnote: By getting the BCCI to change the Test venue, the Pakistanis not only distorted Gujarat's image worldwide, but managed to obtain a silent apology and confession of sorts from the Indian Government. By insuring the visiting Muslim players, they have played right into the Pakistani hands and have proved to all beyond doubt that the Indians accept the fact that India is not safe for Muslims. Are there no self-respecting Indians alive in India? What is next?!
Cricketers learn to cope with intense heat ahead of 2nd ODI today Discuss ODIs
In Cochin, the mercury touched 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) during the series-opening match and the relative humidity was measured at 65 percent. But the temperature had shot up to 37 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity stood at 70 percent when the teams took to the nets for practice early Monday in Visakhapatnam on Indias eastern coast. "Playing in these conditions is very tough. April in India is always like this," said vice captain Rahul Dravid , reflecting the views of players on both teams. "Its a matter of how we cope with the conditions. Youve got to manage your time and recover well, on and off the field," said Dravid, who batted for 47 overs to score a composed century in the first one-dayer, but stayed in the dressing room when India came out to field. He did not field at all at Cochin. "One has to leave enough in the tank for the next match, and whoever manages it better will win the series," he said. Pakistans vice captain, Younis Khan, said his team was also testing ways to avoid heat exhaustion. "During non-match days, were trying to reduce the heat-related problems through shorter training sessions," said Khan, who missed the first one-dayer due to viral influenza. Dravid added India would stick to the batting order with out-of-form skipper Sourav Ganguly at No.3. "Its a challenge for any team to carry along players who are out of form, and still manage the same result," said Dravid. "Im sure Ganguly will get runs sooner or later."
Visakhapatnam gears up to host 2nd ODI; Teams arrive Discuss ODIs
Police had made elaborate security arrangements as policemen stood throughout the 12-km from the airport to the hotel. Meanwhile, Groundsmen under the supervision of the curator are working overtime to give finishing touches to the pitch and the outfield.
Kolkata rallies behind Sourav Ganguly Discuss Sourav
No one denies Sourav's batting has hit rock bottom. Again, of the three top captains, Sourav's average is the lowest 37 against Azhar's 43 and Gavaskar's 50. The last Test series, 48 runs in 5 innings, is his worst ever.
But the question on the lips of 'non-calcuttans' is whether the records say the whole truth? Who needs a captain when half of the team play like world beaters? Sehwag and Dravid's batting pulled India thru the three tests and the first one day. The tail enders gave ample support. How much did the capatincy mattered? But in the one test India lost, it was Sourav's defensive approach that made the difference.
Discuss Sourav Ganguly's captaincy
Inzy applies for Indian Citizenship Discuss Inzy
"Inzy's surprise decision comes just days after a West Bengal family claimed that the Sultan of Multan was their descendent and were even prepared to hand over to him his 'rightful share of the ancestral property'." So ran the article in HT (Tabloid), causing a flurry of activity on message boards all over the cricketing world."There has been a mixed response to the news in Pakistan - from stunned silence to studied optimism.".
"Inzamam will, in all probability, settle in Kolkata... As part of his Indian inheritance, Inzamam will receive a mansion located on the outskirts of Kolkata and 700 hectares of irrigated land near Someshpur town where Ashadul's family lives." continued the April 1st article, with a warning "All Fool's Day!"
He atoned for his second ball dismissal earlier in the game by removing Abdul Razzaq, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Hafeez. Pakistan were finally all out for 194 in reply to India's 281-8.
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid were the batting stars for the home side as they made 108 and 104 respectively.First one-day international, Cochin: India 281-8 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 194 (45.2 overs) by 87 runs
To strengthen the Pakistan team, the PCB selectors have sent pacer Rao Iftikhar, Shahid Nazir and all rounder Mohammad Hafeez for withdrawn Yaseer Hamid, Toufiq Umar and Mohammad Khalil. Shoaib Malik who was touring with Pakistan second string has also joined the side. However, the doors of return to the team have been closed for fast bowler Shoaib Akhter for discipline reason.
But there is a sad news for the Pakistani supporters that in form batsman Younis Khan who was in great form in the Test series aggregating 508 runs with an average of 101.60 is a doubtful starter as he has been suffering from fever. A sell-out crowd of 75,000 is expected to watch the match. "We were sold out days ago. It will be a packed house," said Karunakaran Nair, Secretary of the Indian Cricket Board and a key official of local Kerala (Cricket) Association. There will be flat wicket, not ideal for fast bowlers. For this, both the teams may switch over to more spinners. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said, "Pakistan may have drawn the Test series with exceptional cricket, but the one-dayers are a different ball game and we are confident of doing well. We have happy memories of this ground after beating Australia and South Africa here in the past." On his captaincy, Sourav said, "That (captaincy) is for the selectors to decide. I have been around (as captain) for quite a long time. I have nothing to prove to anybody."The Pakistan captain Inzamam Ul-Haq said his team was high on morale after the brilliant Test victory in Bangalore, but warned them against complacency. "We cannot carry our win in Bangalore to Cochin. It is a new game and we (have to) start from the beginning,' said he. The Indian selectors have slashed spinner Anil Kumble, middle order batsman V.Laxman, opener Gambhir and wicket keeper Dinesh Karthic from the team for Yuvaraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Ashish Nehra and Mahender Dhoni. The batting strength of India is supposed to be the best in the world after Australia. They have qualities to face any kind of bowler for runs. The bowling power is also praiseworthy, consisting of Irfan Pathan, L.Balaji, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Murali Kartik. To the contrary, Pakistan are comparatively a weak side in all the three faculties of the game. The Pakistani batsmen often lose concentration on the pitch; the bowlers fail to keep the line and length of the ball and the fielders miss the easy catches even. The most trusted batsman is Izamam-ul-Haq. Others may or may not make runs. None of the bowlers is fearsome as were Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
''The wicket will be a purely batting track as is the practice in any one day match around the world," observed the curator of the pitch, veteran G. Kasturi Rangan.
Meanwhile, the government has announced a holiday for Kochi on the game day. The port city is brimming with activity and law and order machinery is working overtime. Five Team India players Rahul Dravid , Irfan Pathan, Mohammed Kaif, Harbhajan Singh and Lakshmipathy Balaji arrived in the city on Wednesday.
Sourav, India will hit back: Dravid
Pushpa, a professor by vocation, tackles mostly themes that blend man and nature. In a career spanning 40 years, Pushpa Dravid has held over 40 exhibitions in India and abroad, besides winning 14 prestigious awards, including the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi award.
On his skippers form, Dravid said: Sourav has been around for ten years playing lot of cricket. He knows exactly what he needs to do and he is working at it, he said.
The first ODI is scheduled to be held in Kochi on Saturday.
Pakistan warms up with an 8 wicket victory; Malik finally meets his in-laws!
Ganguly's captaincy under fire; blames team
"We lost too many wickets quickly because we got too defensive," Ganguly said. "It was not a conscious effort to get in a negative mode, but it cost us." The hosts, 25 without loss overnight, were 102 for one at lunch but were bowled out for 214 in the last two sessions.
Ganguly has suffered a wretched time with the bat scoring 21, 12, 12, one and two in the series and he was booed to and from the crease by the crowd during his short innings on Monday. He said the question of retaining him as captain was for the selectors to answer. Meanwhile, people have started talking about axing Ganguly, the most successful captain in Indian history. "On his batting form, Ganguly doesn't deserve a place in the team," former Indian captain Bishan Bedi said on Tuesday. "He should not be blocking the way of competent young players sitting among the reserves." "Ganguly's failure as a batsman was evident right through the series, but the last two days showed he didn't even have a game plan," Bedi said.
"As Ganguly shrinks from the unexpected defeat... the calls for his crown and his place in the team have become shriller," The Times of India said in a front-page report on Tuesday. Ganguly is India's most successful Test captain, with a 19-13 win loss record in 47 Tests. Ganguly will be 33 by the time the next Test series comes round in October against Zimbabwe.
Inzamam gets one-match ban for dissent; Pak media hails skipper
"We had a hearing with the match referee Chris Broad for two counts of excessive appealing and dissent," said Saleem Altaf, manager of the Pakistan cricket team. "On the first count, he has been fined 30 percent of his match fees and on the second, a level two offence, he has been given a one-test match ban." Altaf said both instances were during the first half hour of play on Monday.
Pakistan are scheduled to play their next test in West Indies in May.Meanwhile, back in Pakistan, the knives which were out baying for his blood have suddenly vanished and Inzy finds himself at the centre of adulation as the local media heaped praise on him after yesterday's series-levelling win at Bangalore.
'The Nation' said, ''Pakistan's beleaguered captain, Inzamam-ul Haq gave the expression 'leading from the front' new interpretation with aggressive batting and smart placing of field and bowling changes.
Praising Inzamam for his astute captaincy, Dawn wrote, ''For Inzamam, it was a wish fulfilled, a dream come true. A victory that he had so desperately wanted in his 100th Test, came about through a remarkable team-effort and his intelligent captaincy.'' Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad also singled out the burly Multa player for the brilliant win at Bangalore.
Anil Kumble omitted from Indian team for one-dayers
The 34-year-old Kumble claimed 17 wickets in the three-test series including a face saving 37* in the last innings when the frontline batsmen fell like nine-pins. The series ended in a 1-1 draw on Monday following Pakistan's 168-run victory in the final test in Bangalore.
Batsman Vangipurappu Laxman, wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and opening batsman Gautam Gambhir were the other test squad members to be left out. India: Saurav Ganguly (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid , Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Murali Kartik, Dinesh Mongia, Mahendra Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ashish Nehra, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan.
TVS Cricket Cup Series Drawn Discuss Current Series
Pakistan make three changes for India one-dayers
March 24-28, 2005
Day one: Inzamam-ul-Haq made a century in his 100th Test match as Pakistan ended the first day of the final Test against India in a strong position on 323-2. Lakshmipathy Balaji and Irfan Pathan dismissed both openers to leave the tourists reeling on 7-2 in Bangalore.
But captain Inzamam took advantage of a good pitch to stroke a chanceless 184, while Younis Khan made a patient 127. Their partnership is a record for any wicket by a touring team in India and has set up what should be a big total.
Brief scores: Pakistan 323-2 v India Day two: Pakistan made a mammoth 570 all out in 167.5 overs in the first innings against India in Bangalore. Younis Khan topscored with 267. Inzamam couldn't add anything to his overnight score of 184 as he was dismissed off the very first Balaji delivery in the morning. Harbhajan Singh took 6 wickets for 152 runs.
In reply, India were 55 for no loss, still trailing Pakistan by 515 runs. Sehwag was not out on 39 of 33 balls.
Brief scores: Pakistan 570 all out (Younis Khan 267, Inzamam-ul-Haq 184, Harbhajan Singh 6 for 152) India 55/0. Day three: At stumps, India were 379/6 (100 ov) with Laxman batting at 51 (108) and Pathan at 0 (12). Sehwag scored 201 (262) on a day when most of the other batsmen dissapointed the Indian fans. Sachin scored 41, Dravid 22, Ganguly 1 and Gambhir 24. India trail by 191 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings. Day four: India were 25/0 at stumps, chasing a target of 383 set by Pakistan to win the 3rd and final test. Pakistan had declared their second innings at 261/2 after Shahid Afridi made a quick fire start, hitting 58 off 34 balls. Some gritty batting by Younis Khan 84* and Yasir Hameed 76 was instrumental in Pakistan's run rate of 5.22, that allowed them to declare within 50 overs.
Scores: Pakistan 570 and 261/2 decl vs India 449 and * 25/0. Day five: India "managed" to lose the final test and draw the series against Pakistan by getting all out for 214 in 90 overs. Kumble 37 (52) was the only batsman who played with any sense on a day when the famed Indian batting side crumbled. The much-vaunted quartet of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar , Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman could muster only 39 runs between them. Shahid Afridi took 3 crucial wickets for 13 runs in 17 overs. For India, Gambhir top scored with 52 (124).Final Scores: Pakistan 570 (Younis Khan 267, Inzamam-ul-Haq 184, Harbhajan Singh 6 for 152) & 261/2 declared (Shahid Afridi 58, Younis Khan 84*, Yasir Hameed 76) BEAT India 446/9 (Sehwag 201, Sachin 41, Laxman 79*) & 214 (Gambhir 52, Kumble 37*) by 168 runs.
Pakistan Wins Bangalore, Draws Series! Discuss Bangalore Test
Earlier Shahid Afridi took three wickets, including the key one for 16 of Sachin Tendulkar , who had become the third highest run-scorer in Tests.
No team had ever scored more than 276 (West Indies in 1987) in the second innings to win a Test in India.
India 449 & 214 lost to Pakistan 570 & 261-2d by 168 runs.
Sehwag dominates Pakistan bowlers Discuss Bangalore Test
Sehwag finally fell for 201 as India reached 379-6 after the third day in reply to Pakistan's first innings 570.
Sehwag had put on 98 for the first wicket with Gautam Gambhir, 74 for the second with Rahul Dravid and 85 for the third with Sachin Tendulkar .
Third Test, Bangalore, day three (stumps) India 379-6 v Pakistan 570.
267 was nothing exceptional, says Younis Discuss Bangalore Test
In fact, it was the highest score by a Pakistan batsman in India. It was also Younis' first double century. "This wasn't a great innings. I drew inspiration from Inzamam's knock yesterday, but, of course, I couldn't play like him," he said.
He believes that Pakistan can win this Test, as the pitch has started cracking and the spinners will play a big role. But, at the same time, he is sad that they cannot win the series despite the effort.
Inzamam fifth player to slam hundred in 100th test Discuss Bangalore Test
Inzamam became only the fifth player in history to score a century in his 100th test, joining an elite club containing England's Colin Cowdrey, Gordon Greenidge of West Indies, Pakistani Javed Miandad and England's Alec Stewart.
His magnificent 263-ball knock, with 25 fours, was the highest score by a batsman in his centennial test, surpassing Greenidge's 149.
Inzi aims to level series in his 100th Test Discuss Bangalore Test
Pointing out that the toss would play an important role in the match, Inzamam also hinted that he would make atleast two changes to the side which lost at Kolkata.
"I don't need to stress how important this match is for us. We have to take a simple approach of winning at all costs. We have to be aggressive and positive," Inzamam told reporters. On the other hand, Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly hoped that the ICC would soon sort out the controversy over Harbhajan's "doosra" bowling action.
Though Inzamam admitted that the controversy surrounding off spinner Harbhajan Singh's 'doosra' delivery, he was not considering it as a great advantage. Asked whether he feared that his captaincy would be at stake if the side lost the series against India, Inzamam said such things (talks) happen from time-to-time. "It's important to focus on the task at hand; to win the match.
Inzamam ruled out any "tension" in the team and said his "arguments" with Shahid Afridi could not be described as "tension". To a question, he said his most unforgettable moment was when he was part of the Pakistan team that won the World Cup in 1992. And the most regrettable one was that he scored a mere 19 runs from six matches in the 2003 edition.
India retains the same team for the Bangalore Cricket Test against Pakistan Discuss Bangalore Test
Harbhajan Singh will not be allowed to bowl his Doosra Discuss Doosra
Broad targeted Harbhajan after India's win in the second Test at Calcutta when he bowled out two batsmen with the delivery during Pakistan's second innings.It is the second time Harbhajan has been reported by Broad in four months. He had to remedy his bowling action after a query by Broad in a Test in Bangladesh last December.
Harbhajan can play for India when the third Test against Pakistan starts on Thursday in Bangalore but cannot bowl the doosra until he completes remedial work with the International Cricket Council (ICC). In Picture: One of the computer images of Muttiah Muralitharan's doosra action that was supplied to the ICC in a biomechanist's report. ICC effectively banned Muralitharan from bowling his doosra - a delivery deemed illegal.
Teams in Bangalore, rest after five-day battle
Indian Coach John Wright visited the M Chinnaswamy stadium and inspected the pitch, prepared for the crucial third and final test beginning from March 24. Chief Curator Narayana Rao told UNI that good cricket was in store as the pitch was expected to be a batting pitch for the first three days.
March 16-20, 2005
Day one: Indian openers had yet another great start on a pitch that was shorn of most of the grass cover after Ganguly won the toss and opted to bat.
At lunch India were 126/1 (30 ov) with Dravid on 22 (48) and Sehwag on 64 (92). Soon after lunch, Sachin Tendulkar 52 (102), who repalced Sehwag 81 (114) reached 10,000 Test runs and Rahul Dravid reached his century.
Abdul Razzaq removed Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman off successive deliveries before Dravid 110 (222) put on 46 with Dinesh Karthik 28* (47) to end the first day on 344-6. Dravid was out in the last over.Day two: India's Dinesh Karthik runs himself out (In Picture) as Pakistan make the perfect start to day two. The last wicket partnership of 44 between Kumble 21* (36) and Harbhajan Singh 27 (39) took India to 407. In reply, Pakistan ended the day with 273/2 on board. Younis Khan 108 (167) and Yousuf Youhana 101 (172) were at the crease. They trail by 134 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.Day three: India were 133/3 with Dravid 54 (92) and Ganguly 4 (9) at the crease when bad light stopped play. A well settled Sachin Tendulkar , who was complaining of bad light, was on 52 (91), when he was given out by Bucknor in one of the worst umpiring decisions. He was given out caught behind, although Pakistan barely appealed and replays showed the ball missed the bat by an inch.
Earlier Pakistan innings folded at 393, giving India a lead of 14, after they started the morning at a healthy 273/2. Azim Kamal (In Picture), was the last wicket to fall before lunch, run out by Tendulkar.Day four: India set Pakistan a target of 422 after declaring their second innings at 407 for nine a little over an hour after tea on the penultimate day of the second cricket Test. Dravid scored 135 for his 20th test century and shared in a 165-run fifth wicket partnership with teenaged wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, who missed out on his maiden hundred, dismissed for 93.
In reply, Pak raced to 95/1, losing the wicket of Shahid Afridi, who scored 59 (59) and shared a 93 run 1st wicket partnership with Taufeeq Umar, who remained not out on 29 (61).
Brief Scores: India: 407 (Dravid 110, Sehwag 81, Tendulkar 52) and 407/9 decl. (Dravid 135, Karthik 93, Tendulkar 52)
Pakistan: 393 (Younis 147, Youhana 104) and 95/1 (Afridi 59)
Pakistan require another 327 runs with 9 wickets in hand on the last day to win the match.Day five: Anil Kumble took 7-63 as India wrapped up victory in the second Test against Pakistan by 195 runs in Calcutta. The leg-spinner finished with match figures of 10-161 in Pakistan's first ever defeat at Eden Gardens.
Kumble removed Younis Khan with the first ball of the final day and bowled skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq before Taufeeq Umar edged Laxmipathy Balaji to slip. Kumble and Harbhajan Singh (2-51) then ran through the middle and lower order to put India 1-0 up with one Test left.Brief Scores: India 407 & 407-9 dec bt Pakistan 393 & 226 by 195 runs.
India Wins Second Test Kolkata Test
India started the day as favourites, as neither of the two options before Pakistan - scoring 327 for a victory, or surviving 90 overs for a draw - were easy to achieve.
Scores: India 407 (Dravid 110, Sehwag 81) and 407 for 9 dec (Dravid 135, Karthik 93) beat Pakistan 393 (Younis 147, Youhana 104) and 226 (Afridi 59, Kamal 50, Kumble 7-63) by 195 runs.
Dravid, Second best only to the Don Jammie's Records
At the Eden, the ground where he rediscovered himself with Laxman in that historic stand, after taking flak for his slow-scoring rate, in 2001 against Australia, Dravid stands on the verge of something special.
Both his centuries110 and 135 in this Test have come in the face of severe pressure, and both times he has walked back smiling.With a Test average of 58.45, second only to Sir Don Bradman, Dravid today stands as the worlds best batsman.
Bucknored: Sachin walks into dressing room crying! Worst Umpire?
"Sachin had tears in his eyes as he returned to the dressing room,'' a member of the Indian team said. "He just couldn't express his shock at the decision. He was furious,'' he added. In Pakistan last year, he turned down several genuine appeals and gestured at wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel to keep quiet in a manner which was humiliating.
Bucknor has umpired in 17 Tests involving India and they have won just four.
Tendulkar the fastest man to 10,000 test runs; India off to a good start Sachin
India were 126-1 at lunch and added another 30 in eight overs following the restart before Sehwag paid the price for over-confidence. Sehwag's (81) departure brought in Tendulkar, but it was Dravid who assumed the senior partner's role. After a prolonged start, Tendulkar looked set for his 35th Test hundred, but that was put on hold again as his attempted cut off a wide Afridi delivery was pouched by Akmal.
Sachin Tendulkar became only the fifth batsman to complete 10,000 test runs. Former captain Sunil Gavaskar, the first player to accumulate 10,000 runs, is the only other Indian to reach the milestone. The 31-year-old Tendulkar, playing his 122nd test, already holds the records for runs and centuries in one-day cricket and shares the record for most test hundreds (34) with Gavaskar.
A large contingent of groundsmen are working overtime to create a carpet like field, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Pitches and Grounds Committee, which supervises cricket pitch preparations across the country, says that it is taking all measures to provide a balanced playing surface favouring both bowlers and batsmen.
Preparations are also in full swing for making and allocating a separate stand for visiting Pakistan and Indian cricket fans in the sprawling stadium that can accommodate over 100,000 people.
Balaji fined 30 percent of match fee
The charge was brought by umpires Darrell Hair and Rudi Koertzen and television umpire K. Hari Haran. Broad reached his conclusion after a hearing attended by Balaji, India coach John Wright and the three umpires.
March 8-12, 2005
Day one: Pakistan were dismissed for 312 shortly before the close of play on the opening day of the first test against India on Tuesday.
Brief scores: Pakistan 312 all out (I.Haq 57, A.Kamal 91, L.Balaji 5-76) v India. Day two: Virender Sehwag made up for lost time on a rain-hit day two in Mohali, leading India to 184-1 in reply to Pakistan's 312 in the 40 overs available. He survived drops on 15 and 82 to reach 95 not out, while Rahul Dravid was unbeaten on 39. Gautam Gambhir was the only wicket to fall, caught off spinner Danish Kaneria for 41 after an opening stand of 113.
Brief scores: Pakistan 312 all out India 184-1 v India 181 for 1 (V Sehwag 95*, G Gambhir 41) Day three: Virender Sehwag reaches 100 runs in 129 balls, his 9th in 32 matches. Rahul Dravid 's was the only wicket to fall in the morning session for a well made 50 (117).
At lunch, Sehwag was batting on 166 (209) and Sachin was on 47 (64). India were 318/2, with a lead of 6 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
After lunch, Sehwag fell for 173 (244) caught by Yousuf Youhana bowled Abdul Razzaq, with India at 334/3. Ganguly joined Sachin who was batting at 55 (86), but he didn't last long, getting out at 21 (74) with India at 381 (for 4 in 103.4 ov)
Before stumps, the Little Master got out, 6 short of his century, for 94 (201). India were 447 for 6 wickets in 130.1 overs with a R.R of 3.43 when bad light stopped play. Laxman was not out on 33 (86). Mohali Test Day four: India were all out for 516 (147.3 ov) in the morning session, with a first innings lead of 204. Laxman made 58 in 125 balls supported by Balaji with a quickfire 31 of 36 balls. Kanaria ended the Indian innings with 6 for 150. At stumps, Pakistan were 257-6, a lead of 53 runs with only 4 wickets remaining. Mohali Test Day five: Kamran Akmal 109 (154) and Abdul Razzaq 71 (260) put on a 184-run seventh wicket partnership to lead Pakistan's fightback on the final day of the first test in Mohali. After tea, Pakistan declared the innings at 496/9, their highest total in India. In reply, India made 85-1, losing Sehwag for 36 (56). Match was drawn. Details
Brilliant Pakistan earns Draw in Mohali
Man of the Match Akmal, who suffered cramps during his innings, struck a fluent 109 and dominated in a record 184-run seventh wicket stand with all rounder Abdul Razzaq (71) after the visitors had faced defeat overnight.
Pakistan finally declared on 496-9 setting India an improbable target of 293 from 25 overs. They reached 85 for one losing Sehwag for 36, when the match was called off with eight overs remaining. It was a remarkable result after Pakistan had been 10-3 at one stage on Friday.
In the Pakistani innings, Kumble took his 450th wicket when he caught Mohammad Sami quite brilliantly off his own bowling. He finished with 4-160, while Balaji had 4-95 and nine wickets in the match.
The second match of the series will begin in Kolkata from March 16.
India retain same squad for second Test
Indian Squad :Sourav Ganguly (Captain) Virender Sehwag , Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar , V.V.S. Laxman, Dinesh Kaarthick (wicketkeeper), Yuvraj Singh, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Coach : John Wright
Physiotherapist : John Gloster
Trainer : Gregory Allen King
The five selectors are More (West Zone), Yashpal Sharma (North), Pranab Roy (East), Gopal Sharma (Central) and V.B. Chandrasekhar (South).
India seek rapid finish in Mohali
India's Lakshmipathy Balaji will hope to add to his eight wickets in the match with his fast swing bowling.
First Test, Mohali, day five: India 516 v Pakistan 312 & 257-6.
Balaji dazzles with bat and ball
Lakshmipathy Balaji contributed three wickets to take his haul to eight in the match. The tourists had been in big trouble at 10-3 before Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana added 139 for Pakistan's fourth wicket. Anil Kumble turned the game back India's way as he dismissed Inzamam (86) and Youhana (68) either side of tea.
In the morning session, India finished on 516 after starting the day on 447-6. Danish Kaneria captured the four remaining wickets to finish with 6-150, the best figures ever for a leg-spinner in a Test against India. But Balaji entertained the crowd with three fours in a Kanaria over, one of them an immaculate cover drive that would have made a specialist batsman proud. He added 42 runs in quick time for the eighth wicket with Laxman (58 of 125 balls), who brought up his 21st Test half-century. Balaji made 31 in 36 balls.
Sehwag hits a dazzling 173, Sachin misses a World Record!
Tendulkar, in search of his 35th hundred and the looming 10,000 runs, was largely the reason India couldn't make more than what they ended up with at close. Ironically, Tendulkar was in peach form in his first 50 which came off 78 balls and included seven fours. His next 44 was worth a labour of 122 balls and nearly four hours.
Sehwag shared three successive century stands for the first three wickets, putting on 113, 103 and 118 with Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar.
Sehwag looking to bat all day tomorrow
At the press conference answers come hard and fast, "I am not looking to get just five runs more. I am looking to bat all day tomorrow. And if that happens I know I will score runs at a quick rate. In the Melbourne Test against Australia, I got out for 195 late in the day and after that India struggled. I'll look to ensure that it doesn't happen again."
The first-wicket partnership between Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir was worth 113 and it was the second time in recent matches that the duo put on a hundred-run stand.
Musharraf may visit India to watch cricket
Musharraf had said last week he would love to see the two teams on field - but only if invited. "I love watching any sport.I would love to watch cricket," Musharraf had told Pakistani media, adding: "I don't believe in going anywhere without an invitation.If there is an invitation, one would like to consider."
That set the ball rolling in New Delhi, and cricket may provide a platform to the two sides to continue warming up the otherwise frigid relations.
Pakistani Bookies give India the edge
"The books opened at 1:10 in favour of a draw, 1:5 in favour of Pakistan and 1:0.75 (75 paisas for Rs 1) in favour of India. When the match closed, the odds in favour of a draw and in favour of Pakistan remained unchanged while odds in favour of India varied from 1:0.75 to 1:0.80 (80 paisas for Rs 1 )," it said.
"A majority of Lahore fans are betting on an Indian win because India has the home ground and crowd advantage," the paper quoted a local bookmaker.
Dravid eyes top batsman's spot
Teammate Anil Kumble is currently ranked fifth amongst Test bowlers while his spin-twin Harbhajan Singh is 12th. A good performance from the off-spinner, who sat out the first Test at Mohali, could see him break into the top 10 again.
First test of the India Pakistan series begins today
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will have a problem of plenty, particulary in the bowling department with Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra and Lakshmipathy Balaji all having recovered from injuries. The batting also looks formidable with Sachin Tendulkar , who had missed a number of domestic matches to rest an injured elbow, joining the team again.
The absence of pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar, who pulled out with a hamstring injury, which has considerably weakened the bowling department of Pakistan but Pakistani skipper Inzimam ul Haq has made it clear that India must not count down other bowlers in the Pakistani side.
The Pitch: Meanwhile Mohali's curator Daljit Singh, who has produced pitches for all five Tests played at the venue till date, said that the wicket for the Indo-Pak Test beginning March 8 will likely be seam-friendly on the first three days, before beginning to turn. Also the canopy covers in use in Mohali permits the wicket to breathe, thus keeping it spiced up for the morning sessions.
Inzy said, If Pakistan wins the toss, he will not hesitate for a second before opting to bowl first in the seamer friendly Mohali pitch. In Picture: India captain Sourav Ganguly and his Pakistani counterpart Inzamam-ul Haq with the TVS Trophy on the eve of the first Test at Mohali, on Monday.
Nehra, Yuvraj out of first Test
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq, on the otherhand, kept the cards close to his chest as he refused to name the 12 for the game. He wanted to have one final look at the pitch on the morning of the match before deciding on his eleven.
Passion and politics mix as India faces Pakistan
This is more than a meeting of two large nations for whom cricket is as fundamental to national pride and identity as soccer is to any European or Latin American state Read more at Herald Tribune
India is lovely, people are so nice
In Chandigarh, leading cinema halls have offered free movie tickets to all Pakistanis. Others are specially screening films promoting love across the border. Pakistani fans said the warm reception in India had dispelled all fears they had about coming to Mohali. Some of them joined welcoming Indians in the "Bhangra", a traditional dance popular on both sides of the border.
Sachin needs 121 runs for twin milestone
Tendulkar has already compiled 9,879 runs in 120 Tests with 34 centuries and 13,497 runs in 342 one-dayers with a world record 37 hundreds.
Shiv Sena Threat to Delhi ODI
Meanwhile, 750 Pakistan fans crossed over to India through the Wagah border Sunday to witness the first Test beginning in Mohali on Tuesday. This was after Pakistan cancelled the Samjhauta Express due to tecnical reasons
First batch of 1,000 Pak cricket fans arrives in India to a warm welcome
About 1,000 fans crossed over to India through Wagah check post, the only land route between the two countries. Around 4,000 Pakistani cricket fans are expected to follow their national team for the first match in the much-anticipated test series.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence in 1947, two of them over the disputed region of Kashmir.
India may invite Musharraf to watch cricket
Former Pakistan president General Zia ul Haq had visited India in the late eighties to watch an Indo-Pak cricket match.
In Picture: Musharraf with spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in Rawalpindi.
Rahul Dravid will remain at number three and VVS Laxman at six, despite the latter averaging 53.5 at first drop in Test cricket. Ganguly gave his backing to Gautam Gambhir, banishing speculation Yuvraj Singh could be asked to open the batting again after a failed experiment against Australia last year.
Sachin Tendulkar will bat at number four with Ganguly at five.
With wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik to come in at number seven, India are left with just four spots for bowlers - suggesting Yuvraj could miss out.
The BCCI had Tuesday awarded the production rights to TransWorld International for $1.5 million.
Although,Chandigarh was gearing up for the oath taking ceremony of the new Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the city diverted its attention towards the cricketers for quite a while.
Earlier, Abdul Razzaq scored a fine 63 off 82 balls, including 10 boundaries and two sixes, to help Pakistan to a decent total.
At Stumps: Pakistanis 273 Indian Board President's XI 91/1 (22.2 ov)
Indian Board President's XI trail by 182 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
Match Details Day one: Pakistan were restricted to 165 for five at stumps on the day one of their three-day match against Board President's XI on Thursday. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. The match began late because of an overcast sky then rain. Salman Butt was the first man to go after he was run out by Gagandeep Singh for 21 runs.
Younis Khan followed suit in the next over for nought. Yousuf Yuhana was the third man to go after contributing 18 runs. Pakistan lost their fourth wicket as Taufeeq Umar was dismissed reducing the visitors to 83/4. Umar made 34 before he was caught by Md Kaif at short leg off R P Singh.
At Stumps: Pakistan struggle at 165 for five.
If invited, Prez Musharraf willing to watch cricket in India
Asked whether he would follow the footsteps of his predecessor and military ruler late General Zia ul Haq in pursuing cricket diplomacy with New Delhi by visiting India to watch the cricket series, he said he could consider it, provided he received an invitation.
Shoaib likely to play third Test, ODIs
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan said the panel of doctors working on the bowler would submit its report tomorrow when a clearer picture is expected to emerge.
Mahednra said that TWI had quoted a figure of $1.5 million for the three Tests and six one-day internationals. State-run network Doordarshan will screen the series in India after a court issued an interim order to ensure the matches would be screened.
A decision on foreign channels is expected in the next few days.
Pakistan team arrive in India at last
It is their seventh tour of India since 1952-53. Their last tour was in 1998-99, when they tied the two-Test series at 1-1.
Dalai Lama will not inaugurate match
In another development in the capital today, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said it was not aware of any such objection raised by its Pakistani counterpart. BCCI is yet to get any communication from the PCB over the matter. So we are not aware whether they have any reservation over any issue, BCCI senior vice-president Mr Rajiv Shukla said.
PCB's directive: No Dalai Lama for tour opener
"The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan spoke to the Indian Board officials on Saturday insisting that Pakistan should not be put in an embarrassing position as it enjoyed very good relations with China," a PCB source was quoted as saying by 'The News' in Karachi. Shaharyar also asked the BCCI to be very selective while confirming future engagements of the Pakistan team on the tour, the paper said.
Pakistan squad to stay in Ahmedabad as scheduled
"I think we have a stay of three days in Ahmedabad (March 9-12) and we see no problems with that."
Inzamam seeking revenge in India
Inzamam said: "The Australian tour was a learning experience for all of us.
Indian Team for the first test announced
While Yuvraj Singh edged his way back by virtue of his "past performance against Pakistan", Mohd Kaif and Ajit Agarkar, however, could not find a berth in the team announced by BCCI Secretary S K Nair in Mumbai.
Sourav Ganguly was named skipper for the entire three-Test series. Indian Cricket Team: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Rahul Dravid (Vice-Captain), Virender Sehwag , Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar , VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Kaarthick, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, L Balaji, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh. Nair also announced the Board President's XI, which will take on the visitors in a three-day warm-up match in Dharmshala from March 3-5. Board President's XI: Mohammad Kaif (Captain), Dheeraj Jadhav, Satyajit Parab, Shikhar Dhawan, Y Venugopala Rao, Suresh Raina, Neeraj Patel, Parthiv Patel, Ramesh Powar, S S Paul, R P Singh, Gagandeep Singh, R R Bose and R Ramkumar.
Shoaib has to prove fitness to play in ODI series : PCB
Informing that the tearaway pacer was undergoing treatment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here under the supervision of South African trainer Grant Compton, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director, Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf said Shoaib would have to prove his fitness by playing in competitive cricket if he wanted to join the team in India.
It will be a close contest says Pak manager
"I think it is going to be an evenly and closely contested series. The Pakistan team has shown good performance on the second half of the Australian tour which would have definitely given them plenty of confidence for the Indian trip," Altaf, a former Test fast bowler who is also PCB's Director (Cricket Operations), said in Karachi.
Waqar Younis disappointed the way PCB handled his case
Known as the Burewala Express for his searing pace and toe-crushers, Waqar said that the PCB contacted him in Australia for the assignment while he was not quite willing. "I am not mad to go for just one series, I have no magic stick to set things right at a short notice." Dismissing the impression that he was seeking a hefty salary, Waqar said that he had only wanted a one-year contract, at least till the next Asia Cup in February-March.
HC allows telecast of Indo-Pak series; Series ON!
Before the verdict, BCCI counsel Somaiyaji made it clear that the Cricket Board would not have any dealing with either ZEE or ESS on the question of telecasting Indo-Pak series. Somaiyaji said BCCI, as the owner of the event, had the right to choose and cannot be dictated to by any one.
Justice K P Sivasubramanian cited an earlier Supreme Court verdict in October last before the India-Australia series. Under the October Supreme Court order, Prasar Bharati and SET Satellite Singapore were given the rights to telecast the Australia series in India after ZEE Telefilms (ZTL) and ESPN-Star Sports (ESS) were involved in a court battle and were kept out of contention for that series.
Hours after the High Court order, Prasar Bharati said it was yet to see whether Doordarshan had been given only the terrestrial rights or the satellite rights as well. After studying the order, it would make a proposal, Prasar Bharati CEO K S Sarma said.
Sports channels Ten Sports and Sony said they were keen to produce the forthcoming series and would approach BCCI for the purpose.
Clarify on tricolour: BCCI to Centre
The Home Ministry had made it clear that cricketers cannot get the Indian flag embossed on their helmet or their costume as it was violative of Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act, 1971.
The government also banned India's first ever Grand Prix driver, Narain Karthikeyan, from using his patriotic helmet Livery in F1. The 28-year-old Karthikeyan, who'll debut for Jordan in Melbourne next weekend, said: "(It's) the government's loss. "We're only doing the country proud. I can probably sell that helmet space to sponsors and make a lot of money, so it's their loss."
Ticket sales for India-Pakistan series start Thursday
Pakistan tour not in jeopardy, says India's cricket chief
Mahendra, who took over as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from Jagmohan Dalmiya last September, said there was no way the tour will be cancelled or even postponed. "The tour will go ahead as scheduled," Mahendra told AFP on Wednesday.
ESPN-Star Sports and Doordarshan have also approached the BCCI to find a solution to the crisis after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday the series was unlikely to be played if the TV issue was not solved.
The Madras High Court is expected to deliver a judgement this week.
Uncertainty over tour worries Pak; Likely to seek compensation.
The tour has already been delayed by four days following the controversy over Ahmedabad as a Test venue for the series. A top PCB official has hinted that the visitors could seek compensation from the BCCI if the tour did not go ahead as per schedule. He pointed out that in the past, there had been instances where compensation had been paid by the host Board on similar grounds and recalled that in 2003, when South Africa had threatened to cancel their tour of Pakistan, the PCB had approached the ICC for compensation before the matter was resolved amicably.
ESPN stumps Zee, offer for offer
Zee, locked in a legal battle with the Board of Control for Cricket in India over four-year telecast rights, had yesterday told the court it was prepared to produce and broadcast the feed for no money. The channel, which was asked to make this offer on paper, today submitted in court a copy of the letter sent to board president Ranbir Singh Mahendra.
But it was ESPNs move towards the end of the day that stumped Zee. The sports channel, which like Doordarshan has so far been holding quiet talks with the board over the Pakistan series telecast, informed the court through its lawyer Vijaya Narayan that we are also going to make a similar offer today.
The root of the legal wrangle lies in the board first suggesting that Zee had won telecast rights at home for four years starting 2004 and then holding back award of the contract.
Now, Pakistan tour in doubt over TV rights row!
"The situation is grim since the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules say that a telecast is a must," Ranbir Mahendra, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told Reuters on Tuesday. "TV is essential for the third umpire, and the ICC could refuse to post officials for the series. If the telecast issue is not decided by next week, they might step in." There will be no closed-circuit television coverage of the matches against Pakistan if there is no live telecast.
The dispute involves India's largest listed media firm Zee Telefilms and the cricket board. The Madras High Court is hearing a case against the board's decision to abandon a $308 million, four-year deal that Zee won in an auction.
Security tightened around Motera stadium, Ahmedabad
Additional police force has been deployed at the stadium and security presence around the pitch has been tightened, police said.
Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) President Narhari Amin told PTI that he had not received any threat call but had only heard about it.
I am fit to play: Sachin
Sachin played against Australia last October despite not being fully fit and was advised to take six weeks' rest by doctors earlier this year because the injury had flared up again. He has suffered from a spate of injuries over the last two years in his back, toe, finger, ankle and elbow, attributed mainly to wear and tear caused by non-stop cricket since he emerged on the international scene in 1989 as a 16-year-old.
Pakistan team to arrive in India on Feb 28
According to the itinerary, Mohali would host the first Test (March 8-12), Kolkata the second (March 16-20) and Bangalore the third and final match (March 24-28). The first one-dayer would be played April 2 at Cochin while the last in Delhi on April 17.
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Pakistan Team for Indian Tour Announced; Inzy Captain
Younis Khan was named the vice-captain in place of Yousuf Youhana while Waqar Younis was appointed as the bowling coach. Paceman Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Khalil were retained in the squad after they passed fitness tests in the morning that were conducted by coach Bob Woolmer and foreign trainers Daryl Lifson, Murray Stevenson and Grant Compton. Pakistan Team for India: Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan (vice-capt), Taufeeq Umar, Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Asim Kamal, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Arshad Khan, Danish Kaneria, Shahid Afridi, Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Khalil and Abdul Razzaq.
Pakistan agree to play one-dayer in Ahmedabad
The BCCI has said it would soon announce a fresh itinerary, and the tour, due to start on February 25, was likely to be delayed by a few days.
PCB clarifies "Pakistan not to play in Ahmedabad"
The facts are as follows: After his meeting with the Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh, PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan denied reports that Pakistan had agreed to play a one-day match in Ahmedabad. The AFP correctly reported him as saying our stance on not playing in Ahmedabad is based on security. Reports that Pakistan had cleared Ahmedabad or we are ready to play a one-day match there are baseless.
It's official: Pakistan Cricket Board okays India tour
"PCB has accepted the Board of Control for Cricket in India's proposal to move the Test venue from Ahmadabad to Kolkata," PCB director (Board Operations) Abbas Zaidi said in a statement here.
"PCB has also agreed to play a sixth one day match at Ahmadabad (after initially refusing to play there)," he said.
Pakistan picks new manager for India tour
Altaf, who was appointed PCB director of operations last month, played 21 Tests and six one-day internationals between 1967 to 1978 as a right arm fast bowler and was also team manager during the Asia Cup in Sharjah in 1995.
Shoaib missing from Pakistan list
The squad for the tour is expected to be announced Saturday. The controversial 29-year-old bowler is the only player missing from the squad that recently toured Australia.
India shifts Ahmedabad Test match to Calcutta
The Ahmedabad Test has been shifted to Calcutta, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said on Thursday. Mahendra told reporters that a redrawn itinerary would be announced this week and the tour, scheduled to start on February 25, might be delayed by a few days.
Pakistan are likely to play the sixth one-dayer in the western city as part of a compromise. The teams were originally scheduled to play five one-dayers and three Tests.
Pak threatens to cancel India cricket tour
"We can't rule out the fact that the Indian board might not accept our request of shifting the Test match from Ahmedabad and the tour can be affected," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said.
Ahmedabad has been the bone of contention between India and Pakistan as Pakistan is adamant on not playing in the City. India said the Pakistan refusal was a tit for tat response since India refused to play a test match in Karachi last year.
Shoaib gets fresh lease of life for tour
BCCI documentary to record India-Pakistan cricket history
"It is going to be a documentary that will trace the Test history between India and Pakistan and is likely to be about 15 minutes long," Amrit Mathur, director of the BCCI's communication and coordination committee (CCC) said in New Delhi.
India sweats over Pakistan tour as time runs out
Venues have still not been finalised, broadcasting rights are embroiled in a court tussle, tickets are still to be printed and flights and accommodation have yet to be booked for the tour starting on February 25.
Bal Thackeray says no to Indo-Pak series
"Pakistan had still not stopped supporting terrorism and it was not proper when our jawans were being killed on the border, to play with Pakistan cricket team," he said.
Natwar to meet Musharraf tomorrow
This is the first bilateral visit by an Indian External Affairs Minister since 1989.
ICC to play mediator in India-Pak venue row
The BJP has urged the government and the BCCI to cancel the tour if Pakistan insisted on avoiding Ahmedabad. ICC chief Mani, however, dismissed fears the tour may be cancelled and was hopeful the Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh's current visit to Pakistan would help resolve the imbroglio.
Shoaib faces disciplinary committee before India cricket tour
Shoaib has taken 144 test and 186 one-day international wickets and has been Pakistan's leading bowler since the retirements of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in 2003. "I am looking forward to touring India," he said. "I'm resting the hamstring strain."
Ask Pak to play in Ahmedabad or call off series, BJP to govt
Malhotra said Pakistan's refusal to play a Test match in Ahmedabad was baffling since West Indies and New Zealand have played a one-day and Test match respectively since 2002, the year the state was hit by communal riots.
VHP joins Sena in cricket chorus
Criticising the Pakistan Cricket Boards reluctance to send its team to Ahmedabad for a match, Togadia said it would be deemed as the victory of the Hindus of the state if the visiting team did not play at the venue.
Inzamam and Ganguly locked in war!
LG was supposed to sign up Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who is in much demand by Indian and multinational companies to endorse their products. Instead, they picked up Inzamam to star in the commercial with Ganguly. Inzamam, according to a news report, had taken clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to fly to India and take part in the shoot. The decision to drop Shoaib was ostensibly taken after the fast bowler dropped out of the touring squad.
The Pakistan skipper refused to speak to the media, saying "Mujhe Izazat nahin hain (I don't have permission)".
India tour: Pakistan team to be named on 18th
Miandad's son to marry Dawood Ibrahim's daughter; Front seeking ban on entry
Dawood is one of the main accused in 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and wanted by Indian police.
PCB assures Inzamam of captaincy
Miandad urges Sena to respect Government's decision
Miandad, who invited Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray to be his personal guest for the 1996 World Cup games in Pakistan and also visited Thackeray in Mumbai last year, said as far as he was concerned, he would not think for a second regarding touring India despite Shiv Sena's most recent reaction.
Shiv Sainiks damage Mohali cricket pitch
According to eyewitnesses, the Shiv Sena activists shouted anti-Pakistan slogans as they stormed the PCA stadium.
Pakistan's India tour still muddled
Meanwhile in Pakistan, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that Pakistan team would not play at Ahmedabad due to security risk and schedule of upcoming Pakistan tour to India will be announced within two days.
Pakistan, dissapointed with Australia, wants neutral umpires for one-day games
The ICC introduced an elite panel of umpires, who officiate almost all test matches, in 2002. For one-day internationals, one neutral umpire and one from the host country are appointed.
India flexible on Test venues
Tendulkar sidelined as India tune up for Pakistan series
Tendulkar, the most prolific batsman in contemporary cricket with 34 Test and 37 one-day centuries, has still not fully recovered from a tennis elbow injury sustained in August last year. The 31-year-old, who last played in Bangladesh in December, was advised by doctors not to pick up a bat for six weeks, a period that ends in mid-February. Tendulkar will miss the Challenger one-day series, featuring the countrys top 36 players, which starts in Mumbai on Monday, and a major part of the subsequent inter-zonal Duleep Trophy first-class tournament.
But sources close to the star player indicate that Tendulkar will be fit to play in the Test series against Pakistan starting on March 4.
BCCI working on amicable solution to Ahmedabad issue
On the basis of report given by the security assessment team that recently visited India, PCB has written to BCCI expressing its inability to play in Ahmedabad because of apprehensions over law and order situation in Gujarat, which witnessed communal riots in 2002. The PCB has apparently expressed its preference to play in Chennai, the venue where the team got a standing ovation after defeating India during their last tour in 1999.
India to ask Pak to reconsider decision; PCB: Reason political
The PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, meanwhile, cited "political reasons" for its reservations over playing in Ahmedabad. He confirmed writing a letter to BCCI in this regard and said PCB did not even want to play a one-dayer in Ahmedabad.
The visitors also seem to be reluctant to playing in Bangalore where they said the distance between the team hotel and the venue was high.
First Test team to be chosen during three-day match against Pak
Top Pak players want Shoaib axed from team for India
Top players including Inzamam, Yousuf Youhana, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Rana Naved-ul Hassan and Salman Butt have all decided to insist on omitting Shoaib from the India tour after their return from Australia, local daily The Nation reported. Pakistan cricket team, which has a history of internal confrontations, seems to be brewing with yet another crisis as some players, including skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, have reportedly asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to omit fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar from the squad for the India tour.
Pak asks India for changes in itinerary
Shoaib could miss India tour
Skipper Inzamam-ul Haq, coach Bob Woolmer and manager Haroon Rashid have already conveyed their negative feelings about the fast bowlers form and conduct to PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan.
India can issue 10,000 visas for cricket tour
No controversy over venues for Indian tour: PCB
The PCB chief reiterated Board's decision to continue with Inzamam-ul Haq as captain and former cricketer Wasim Bari as Chief Selector despite the poor showing of the team on the current tour of Australia till the West Indies tour which would follow the Indian tour.
In Picture: PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan is a direct descendent of a Bhopal ruling family and a reputed Pakistani diplomat who retired as Foreign Secretary in 1994. He was specially chosen by former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 to be the manager of the touring Pakistan team to India.
India, Pakistan warm up cricket match from Feb 27
Pak security team inspects Bangalore cricket stadium
Pakistani inspection team visits Chinnaswamy Stadium
"The hotel was good, but I cannot comment on other things because I have to give my report to the board," said the former Pakistani Test speedster. The recce team has so far visited Mohali, a Test venue, Vishakapatnam, where a one-dayer will be played, and met officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Kolkata Thursday. "We will now visit Ahmedabad tomorrow and Kanpur the day after," said Khan.
Musharraf directs Pak captaincy change
Musharraf, who reviewed the performance of the team on the current tour of Australia in a meeting with PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Monday, is believed to have given his go-ahead for making necessary changes in the team management, local daily The News reported on Tuesday.
"Naming the captain, manager and making other adjustments in the PCB set up is in the offing following the meeting between Musharraf and Khan on Monday," the report said. PCB's Media Advisor Abbas Zaidi, however, denied any plans were afoot to change the captain. Inzamam, who had earlier hinted at quitting his post, denied reports that he was considering to resign.
In Picture: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Chief Executive of Pakistan cricket board, Rameez Raja
No ODI in Ahmedabad: PCB
Pak cricket team manager sacked
PCB is yet to decide on a replacement for Rasheed who had been holding the post since April 2003.
Pakistan officials happy with Mohali test venue
However, the main bone of contention is expected to be the test venue in Ahmedabad, the major city in the western state of Gujarat. The state was rocked by India's worst communal riots for a decade in 2002.
In Picture: Mohali cricket ground, one of the most beautiful in Asia.
PCB team criticises BCCI
Khan was here along with Sohail Khan, SSP, Lahore.
Inzy denies reports of stepping down
He however said that Pakistan Cricket Board would decide whether he would remain the team captain after the completion of the tour to India and the West Indies.
PCB unaffected by Shiv Sena threats
"We have full confidence in the Indian board to look after the security and other arrangements for our team. We are not going to be affected by such threats," said Shaharyar Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
No return in a hurry: Sachin
He said that his injury had nothing to do with the use of a heavy bat. "I have been reading articles wrongly attributing my injury to my usage of heavy bats. I have used heavy bats for 15 years without any trouble," he said.
About the series against Pakistan, Tendulkar expressed hope that it would be a good and closely fought series.
Shiv Sena threatens to disrupt Indo-Pak ODI in Delhi
Their activists had dug the pitch at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the capital on January 6, 1999 ahead of a similar match when Pakistan toured India last time. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray had appealed to the Sainiks to prepare a green-carpet welcome for the Pakistani cricket team on its arrival and stop their pitch damaging tactics as the 'country needs the Pakistani team more than a nationalist generation. But twelve days after the Kotla incident, Sainiks stormed the office of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in Mumbai and damaged trophies of historic value.
Indian board confirms Test venues
Pakistan will start the tour with a three-day warm-up game from February 27, while the first Test will start on March 4. The two sides will also play one-day games at Kochin, Visakhapatnam, Kanpur, Jamshedpur and Delhi.
Deciding the Venues..
The Pakistanis, who are set to arrive on February 25, are also scheduled to play five One-day Internationals during their visit. The one-day matches are scheduled for Kochin, Jamshedpur, Visakhapatnam, Kanpur and Faridabad.
India or Pakistan?
Dates announced for Pakistan tour
The two sides will play three Tests beginning on March 4, 12 and 20, but the venues have yet to be agreed. They will be followed by five one-dayers, the first on 28 March, and the tour will end on 9 April. Read More..
Meanwhile Speedster Zaheer Khan today said home conditions would give Sourav Ganguly's men an edge over Pakistan in the upcoming cricket series. "We have better chances of winning the series as we are playing in front of our home crowd. We will strive to provide a good game of cricket," Zaheer said on the sidelines of a fund-raising event for tsunami victims in the coastal Udupi district of Karnataka.
Pakistan tour to India still on
Test and ODI venuesThe Pakistan team will arrive on February 28 for a 50-day tour of India comprising three Tests and six one-dayers. According to the itinerary, Mohali would host the first Test (March 8-12), Kolkata the second (March 16-20) and Bangalore the third and final match (March 24-28).
The first one-dayer would be played April 2 at Cochin while the last in Delhi on April 17.
Any predictions on series outcome? Join the Discussion.. Arrival - February 28 Warm-up game - March 3 to 5 Board President's XI vs Pakistan at Dharamshala First Test - March 8 to 12 Mohali
Second Test - March 16 to 20 Kolkata
Third Test - March 24 to 28 Bangalore Warm-up one-dayer - March 30 Hyderabad First ODI - April 2 Cochin
Second ODI - April 5 Vishakhapatnam
Third ODI - April 9 Jamshedpur
Fourth ODI - April 12 Ahmedabad
Fifth ODI - April 15 Kanpur
Sixth ODI - April 17 Delhi
Departure - April 18