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Asian Cricket News September 2006

Asian Cricket - from the sidelines..

Inzamam cleared of ball tampering charges

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was on Thursday cleared of the ball tampering charges. Pakistan Cricket Board spokesperson Abbas Zaidi confirmed the acquittal as the ICC Disciplinary Hearing concluded in London at the Oval.
However, it was not all-good news for Inzamam as he has been banned for four One-Day Internationals for bringing the game into disrepute. This means that he will miss the Champions Trophy that will take place in India next month. "Inzamam has been cleared of ball tampering but was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute. It is a Level 3 offence and he has been banned for four ODIs with immediate effect," ICC spokesperson James Fitzerald said.
The 36-year-old had 24 hours to appeal against the verdict that was given after the Code of Conduct hearing by ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, but he chose not to raise a voice. Umpires Darrell Hair of Australia and Billy Doctrove of the West Indies had leveled the charge after Pakistan forfeited the Oval Test. Hair had penalised the team five runs for ball tampering on the fourth day of the match and Pakistan protested by refusing to take the field after tea that led to the first ever forfeiture of a Test. Inzamam and the two umpires were among 11 witnesses, who gave evidence in the closed hearing.

Roger Wijesuriya appointed Sri Lanka Under-19 coach

Roger Wijesuriya, the former Sri Lanka cricketer and national selector, has been appointed coach of Sri Lanka's Under-19 team for a three-year period commencing November 1.
Reacting to the decision, Wijesuriya, who has proved himself to be a successful coach at the school level, said: "I consider this appointment as a stepping stone towards becoming coach of the senior national team one day." Wijesuriya has 14 years' coaching experience of schools he has trained St Benedict's, St Peter's (twice) and Royal, and has guided teams to the school championship title on six occasions. He also coached CCC to honours in 1995-96 when they won the division I title under Jerome Jayaratne. Wijesuriya, 46, played in four Tests and eight ODIs for his country in the 1980s as a left-arm spinner. After his retirement he served as a national selector for three years, and as member of the tournament and coaching committees of Sri Lanka Cricket. As a player, Wijesuriya was less than impressive, picking up one wicket in four Tests at 297, and needing an average of 97 overs to get a wicket. But as an U-19 player himself, Wijesuriya did better, getting 25 wickets in a series against Pakistan.

Bangladesh appoint new manager for ICC Champions Trophy

The Bangladesh Cricket Board have sacked manager Harunur Rashid only ten days after he was appointed after media raised allegations against him.
The board have acted quickly in naming former captain Khaled Mahmud as the new manager. The joint-secretary of the board Reazuddin Al Mamun told media that he hoped Mahmud can benefit the team, after working very closely with many of them in the past.

Pakistan coach to train Chinese cricket team

Pakistan has appointed a coach to train budding cricketers in China as part of the joint effort by the International Cricket Council and the Asian Cricket Council to give a fillip to the sport in the country.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed well-known cricketer, Rashid Khan, as coach to train the young Chinese players, Pakistan Cricket Board chief, Shaharyar Khan said.
Shaharyar, who also heads the ACC, said "they start with a disadvantage of no heritage. There is no tradition of playing cricket in China. This is a big minus. "They (the Chinese) don't know who Bradman was. If you don't know who Bradman was or who Gary Sobers was, how are you going to play cricket?," he said after the ACC teamed up with the ICC to provide a special fund of USD 400,000 to build cricket infrastructure in China.
He said Rashid would coach China's under-15 team which is scheduled to participate in the ACC Trophy, to be held in Thailand in December this year, for the first time. Khan, who is part of the ICC and ACC delegation to get first hand information on the efforts being taken by the communist country to popularise cricket, urged the Chinese Cricket Association (CCA) to expose their teams to international competitions. Pakistan is also planning to send its school team to China and the CCA could think about sending a Chinese school-level team to Pakistan, he said.

ICC to evaluate China's cricket potential

A high-level delegation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) will evaluate Asian sports powerhouse China's potential for cricket, official sources said.
The ICC delegation led by its Chief Executive, Malcolm Speed, and Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khanm, will be in China from tomorrow till September 22 for meeting with senior Chinese sports officials and visiting sports facilities. The chief aim of the mission to Beijing and Shanghai is to find out just how significant a part China can play in expanding cricket's horizons. During an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) seminar in Kuala Lumpur in June, China Cricket Association had briefed the ACC about their grandiose plans to boost cricket in the world's most populous country.
The ACC has so far conducted five coaching courses in Beijing, Kunming, Guangzhou and Dalian cities in the past 12 months. The Chinese Cricket Association's goal is to have 15,000 cricketers by 2009 with accompanying umpires and coaches. The Association expects that the numbers will shoot up to 60,000 cricketers by 2012. By 2020, following the establishment of a national league, international club matches, a national school and inter-city competition as well as a credible Team China, the Chinese expect cricket to be played actively by 1.5 lakh men, women and children. Other delegates to the ICC tour include the ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq, President of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Shravan Patel, and former Sri Lankan international, Romesh Kaluwitharana.

Mushtaq Ahmed takes Pakistan coach job

Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has been appointed as assistant coach for next month's Champions Trophy in India.
The 36-year-old, 52-Test veteran, who is currently playing county cricket with Sussex, has acted as a bowling coach in the past. Cricket board official Saleem Altaf said the contract would be reviewed after the tournament.
Mushtaq was drafted into the Test squad in the home series against England towards the end of last year, but did not play. He was later appointed as bowling consultant in the one-dayers and than bowling coach for the series against India earlier this year.
There was speculation he would be picked for the recent Test series in England, but he was overlooked as Pakistan lost 3-0. Altaf also said Pakistan would set up a training camp in Jaipur for a week and were planning some friendly games before beginning their Champions Trophy campaign on October 17.

Fifth ODI, Pakistan vs England, Edgbaston 2006

England beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

Sajid Mahmood was England's hero as they secured a three-wicket win to tie the one-day series against Pakistan.
The paceman was one of three home bowlers to take two wickets as Pakistan could only total 154-9, Younis Khan (47) top-scoring by some distance. But England were in trouble on 118-7 after losing four wickets in as many overs, including Kevin Pietersen (34). Mahmood kept his nerve to hit 22, adding 37 with Michael Yardy to see the hosts home with 19 overs to spare.
England 155-7 (31 overs) bt Pakistan 154-9 (50 overs) by three wickets

Fourth ODI, Pakistan vs England, Trent Bridge 2006

England beat Pakistan by 8 wickets

Ian Bell hit 86 and Andrew Strauss 78 as England crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in the fourth one-dayer.
Skipper Strauss survived a scare on five, when Inzamam-ul-Haq claimed a slip catch, to put on 110 with Bell after Ed Joyce's early dismissal. Bell and Kevin Pietersen (41) then cantered home with 22 balls left. Earlier, debutant Michael Yardy took 3-24 as Pakistan slumped to 117-6 but Abdul Razzaq (75) hit five sixes and 69 came in four overs as they made 235-8. The last two went for 47 but it did not matter as England ended a run of 11 limited-overs games without a win and breathed life into the series, which they now trail 2-1 in.
Fourth one-day international, Trent Bridge: England 237-2 (46.2 overs) bt Pakistan 235-8 (50 overs) by eight wickets

Third ODI, Pakistan vs England, Rose Bowl 2006

Pakistan beat England by 2 wickets

Younis Khan hit his first one-day century against a Test-playing nation to help Pakistan beat England in the Rose Bowl day-night international.
Needing 272 to win, Pakistan won by two wickets with six balls left. Younis starred before Inzamam-ul-Haq got his team home after others had panicked. For England, Paul Collingwood (61) and Jamie Dalrymple (62) put on 101. At one stage, Pakistan were cruising to victory but some late wickets kept the fans interested up until the end.
One-day international, Rose Bowl: Pakistan 273-8 beat England 271-9 by two wickets

Second ODI, Pakistan vs England, Lord's 2006

Pakistan beat England by 7 wickets

Superb bowling from Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, and good batting helped Pakistan crush England by seven wickets in the second one-dayer at Lord's.
Shoaib (4-28) and Asif (2-10) shone in helpful conditions to shoot England out for 166 in a rain-hit 40-over game. Paul Collingwood hit 35, Rikki Clarke an ODI-best 39 and Chris Read made 30. Jon Lewis (2-11) bowled well but Younis Khan hit 55, Mohammad Yousuf a patient 49 and Inzamam-ul-Haq blasted 42 to put Pakistan 1-0 up with 20 balls to spare.
One-day international, Lord's: Pakistan 169-3 (36.4 overs) bt England 166 (39.1 overs) by seven wickets


Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.