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No Indo-Pak bilateral series until cross border tension resolves



Just days before the Champions Trophy match to be played between India and Pakistan,Indian sports minister Vijay Goel ruled out the possibilities of a bilateral series to be played between the two countries.Terror and Cricket cannot go hand, Goel stated.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday echoed the government’s position on India-Pakistan bilateral cricket, stating that a series is not practical till terror emanating from across the border stops. Goel remarked that the BCCI must talk to the Indian government before proceeding with any proposal for the series. “The series will not be possible without approval from the government,” he added.

BCCI and PCB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. The PCB had sent a notice of dispute to the Indian board, claiming losses for the BCCI’s refusal to tour in 2015.

“Pakistan is spreading terrorism in Kashmir, indulging in cross-border terrorism. In these circumstances we can’t have bilateral series with Pakistan,” Goel further added.

India is all set to play Pakistan in the forthcoming Champions Trophy on June 4  and the topic came into limelight after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said that India was not averse to playing a bilateral series against Pakistan.

India has not played any bilateral cricket with Pakistan since 2007. After 2013, Pakistan made a short goodwill tour to India that included three One Day Internationals and two Twenty-Twenty Internationals.


Asia Cup: Rashid Khan stars in Afghanistan’s 136-run win against Bangladesh




Rashid Khan

Abu Dhabi | Spinner Rashid Khan celebrated his 20th birthday in style by producing a stunning all-round display as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 136 runs in an Asia Cup match here on Thursday.

Rashid smashed an unbeaten 57 off just 32 balls in a superb counter-attacking batting display to take Afghanistan to a competitive 255 for 7 after opting to bat. He and Gulbadin Naib (42 not out) stitched 95 runs for the unconquered eighth wicket as they rained boundaries towards the end of their innings.

On the back of their late batting pyrotechnics, Afghanistan scored 97 runs from the final 10 overs and that made the difference in the fate of the match which, however, was rendered inconsequential as both sides have already made it to the Super Four stage from Group B.

Later, Rashid showed why he is considered a premier leg spinner in the world by taking two crucial wickets, that of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, the two most experienced players in the Bangladesh side in the absence of the likes of previous match centurion Mushfiqur Rahim.

Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Mahmudullah (27) were the top-scorers for Bangladesh and Rashid claimed their wickets with two gems of deliveries to break the backbone of their run chase. Bangladesh eventually were all out for just 119 in 42.1 overs. Afghanistan will enter the Super Four stage with confidence after having won both their group matches. They play Pakistan in the same venue on Friday.

Chasing 256 for a win on a slow surface, Bangladesh struggled from the very beginning with two wickets falling inside five overs and runs hard to come by. Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7), who made ODI debut Thursday, offered a leading edge to point fielder Aftab Alam of the bowling of off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the fourth over. The next over, pacer Aftab Alam trapped Liton Das (6) LBW with an inswing delivery to reduce Bangladesh to 17 for 2.

Alam and Rahman bowled superbly with a tight line and length. The runs were hard to come by for the Bangladesh batsmen, including experienced Shakib who decided to play a waiting game in view of the precarious situation his team was in.

At the end of 10 overs, Bangladesh were 31 for 2 and it looked like an uphill task to even go near the target. The first boundary for Bangladesh came in the 15th over, and that happened after another senior player Mahmudullah came in. Shakib and Mahmudullah tried to build the innings as they grafted for runs. In fact, the whole of the Bangladesh innings had just five boundaries.

Rashid was introduced in the 22nd over and soon he broke the partnership of Shakib and Mahmudullah in his second over itself. A flat and quick delivery and Shakib was late to bring his bat down and the ball skidded off to hit on the pad right in front of the middle stump. When Shakib, who did not hit a single boundary in his 55-ball 32, was out, Bangladesh were 79 for 5 then and staring at a defeat.

Earlier, Rashid smashed a superb unbeaten half century and shared 95 runs with Gulbadin Naib for the unconquered eighth wicket as Afghanistan made a stunning fightback to post a competitive 255 for 7.

Opting to bat, Afghanistan were initially struggling against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack led by veteran left-arm spinner Shakib, who grabbed four wickets for 42 runs, but Rashid (57 not out) and Gulbadin (42 not out) turned the tables in the final 10 overs. The duo added 97 runs in the final 10 overs with a flurry of boundaries which undid all the earlier good work by the Bangladeshi bowlers. They came together in the 41st over at 160 for 7 and remained unconquered till the end.

Rashid, one of the premier leg-spinners in the world, played the role of the batting anchor for his side Thursday as he hit eight fours and one six in his 32-ball unbeaten innings. Gulbadin faced 38 balls and hit five fours. Rashid hit four boundaries in the final over bowled by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza to end the innings in style with a four.

Hashmatullah Shahidi had kept the Afghans in the hunt with a fighting 92-ball 58 after his side were reduced to 28 for 2 in the sixth over itself. Wickets fell around Shahidi with only opener Mohammad Shahzad (37), with whom he stitched 51 runs for the third wicket, making some contribution.

Afghanistan crossed the 100 mark exactly at the halfway stage but Shakib was only getting better as he bowled out Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan (8) who was beaten by the flight of the delivery and drove the wrong line to see his stumps uprooted. Shakib then added another wicket to his kitty in the 34th over by having Samiullah Shenwari (18) to reduce Afghanistan to 239 for 5.

Shahidi was holding one end together all these while but he was also out in the 38th over as he edged a Rubel Hossain delivery to the wicketkeeper for a soft dismissal. At 160 for 7 in the 41st over, it seemed that Afghanistan would struggle to even reach 200 but Rashid and Gulbadin had other ideas.

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Shahbaz Nadeem breaks List A bowling world record with a sensational spell




Shabaz Nadeem

Chennai | Jharkhand spinner Shahbaz Nadeem on Thursday broke a two-decade-old world record for best bowling figures in List A cricket, with an incredible haul of 8/10 against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here.

Left-armer Nadeem, who has been knocking on the doors of the Indian team for a while now, ran through the Rajasthan batting to end a sensational spell. Rajasthan were all out for 73 runs in 28.3 overs with Nadeem’s final figures reading 10-4-10-8. Jharkhand eventually won the game by seven wickets.

The previous best bowling effort was also in the name of an Indian in Delhi left-arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi, who achieved figures of 8/15 against Himachal Pradesh in a 1997-98 match. Sanghvi appeared in just one Test for India, back in 2001 against Australia.

“I didn’t know until some people told me that I had broken the world record. It feels really good to play for the state (team) and do well and help it win matches,” he told PTI reacting to his feat. Nadeem also bagged a hat-trick in the match, dismissing M K Lomror (6), C D Bist (0) in the 20th over and T N Dhillon (1) off the first ball of the 22nd over. “I was happy with my performance and the hat-trick made it more special. It is nice to do that,” he said.

Nadeem said he was happy with the way he was bowling and felt that the stint as net bowler to the Indian batsmen at the ongoing Asia Cup in Dubai was helpful. “Bowling to the batsmen in the national team helps a lot. I was able to work on my bowling. You can know where you stand when you bowl to top-quality batsmen. I am happy I got the opportunity,” Nadeem added.

He joined the Jharkhand team here on September 18. About the pitch here, Nadeem said it aided the spin bowlers but one had to stick to the basics. “My idea was to bowl on the stumps and keep a good length. I knew if I bowled in the right areas, there would be purchase from the wicket. I did that and got the results. The Rajasthan team got off to a good start and were 30 for no loss in the 8th over. When I came on to bowl and in the second or third delivery I felt there is something in the wicket,” he said.

The 29-year-old has played 99 First-Class matches, taking 375 wickets at 29.74. He has taken 124 wickets at the List A level in 87 games besides 89 scalps in 109 T20s. He has been a consistent performer for Jharkhand in all formats including the four-day Ranji Trophy. He was recently part of the India A team which played in England and also the home series against Australia A.

The Jharkhand spinner, however, is not fretting about an India call-up.”Right now I am bowling well, in the right areas. I have to keep improving. Instead of think about national selection, my focus in on each and every game I play. I feel I have to do my thing and leave the rest to God,” he added.

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Asia Cup: India overpowers Pakistan’s challenge to enter final 4

Anil Rajpurohit




Dubai | The Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team on Wednesday defeated arch rival Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup by 8 wickets with 31 overs left. This is India’s biggest victory against Pakistan internet of overs left.

Marked as one of the most watched sports rivalries in the world the Indian team played Pakistan after nearly a gap of 1 year. During the last encounter in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final underdog Pakistan surprised everyone by defeating the tournament favourite India in the final encounter.

The Indian team entered the match after achieving a near victory against the debutant Honk Kong yesterday. Considered as the title winner India had just defeated Honk King by just 26 runs.

Winning the toss, Pakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed elected to bat first. However, the decision could not favour the Pakistani team lost the 1st wicket in the second over as Imam-Ul-Haq was caught behind on Buvneshwar Kumar bowling.

Veteran Shoiab Malik (43) and Babar Azam (47) gave a relief to the Pakistan side after the fall of early wickets.
But both the players could do much as the Pakistani side was all out for 162 runs and couldn’t even complete 50 overs.

Credit to the bowling department of Indian team over bowled magnificently after receiving a setback in a form of Hardik Panda’s injury. During his fifth over Pandya was taken out of the ground on a stretcher after he received an injury.

Bhuvaneshvar Kumar was the pick of the bowler, he took 3 crucial wickets at an economical rate of 2.14 runs per over sending both the opening batsmen back to pavilion. He was also awarded the man of the match for his match-winning performance (3/15).

Part-time bowler Kedar Jadhav also took 3 wickets for 23 overs while Jasprit Bumrah and chinamen Kuldeep Jadav took 2 and 1 wickets respectively.

Chasing a target of 163, the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan gave a steady start to India. Sharma scored a half-century (52) while continuing his brilliant form Shikhar Dhawan scored 46 runs.

Entering the team after clearing his Yo-YO test Ambati Rayudu scored a match-winning 31 runs. Rayudu was joined by Dinesh Karthik till the very end of the match who also scored 31 runs.

India will next play Bangladesh on 21st September in the super four leg of the Asia cup.

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