اسلام آباد: پاکستانی کھلاڑیوں کی ٹیسٹ کرکٹ میں شاندار کارکردگی کے بعد رینکنگ میں بھی بتدریج بہتری آرہی ہے۔آئی سی سی کے اعلامیے کے مطابق متحدہ عرب امارات میں مسلسل تیسری فتح کے بعد پاکستانی کھلاڑیوں سرفراز احمد، محمد حفیظ، ذوالفقار بابر، یاسر شاہ، راحت علی اور عمران خان نے کریئر بیسٹ رینکنگ حاصل کرلی ہے۔کپتان مصباح الحق جو پہلے ٹیسٹ کی پہلی اننگ میں 102 رنز ناٹ آؤٹ رہے تھے، نے بھی کیرئیر بیسٹ آٹھ سو بیالیس پوائنٹس حاصل کرلیے جس کے بعد وہ رینکنگ میں آٹھویں نمبر پر آگئے ہیں۔ادھر رنز کے انبار لگاتے یونس خان بلے بازوں کی رینکنگ میں چھٹی سے پانچویں پوزیشن پرآگئے جبکہ اظہر علی سترہویں پوزیشن پربراجمان ہیں۔اس کے علاوہ وکٹ کیپر بیٹسمین سر فراز احمد کا دو درجے ترقی کے بعد اکتیسواں نمبر، احمد شہزاد اٹھارہ اور محمدحفیظ بارہ درجے کی چھلانگ لگاکر باونویں نمبر پر پہنچ گئے جبکہ باؤلرز رینکنگ میں بھی وہ انتالیسویں نمبر پر براجمان ہیں۔ سری لنکا کے کمار سنگاکارا پہلے نمبر پر موجود ہیں۔بیٹسمینوں کی طرح باؤلرز کی رینکنگ میں بھی بہتر ہوئی ہے جہاں ذوالفقار بابر گیارہ درجہ ترقی کے بعد اکتیسویں اور یاسرشاہ دو درجہ ترقی کے بعد پینتیسویں پر آگئے۔جنوبی افریقا کے ڈیل اسٹین بدستور پہلی پوزیشن پرقابض ہیں۔ پابندی کے باوجود سعید اجمل کا ابھی بھی دسواں نمبر ہے۔اس کے علاوہ بنگلہ دیش کے شکیب الحسن آل راؤنڈرز کی ریکنگ میں پہلے نمبر پر ہیں۔
Former Pakistan bowling coach Daryl Foster and one of cricket’s leading biomechanics experts, Daryl Foster, said the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) crackdown was going out of its way “to get rid of some of the best spin bowlers in the world.”
In an exclusive interview with Cricket Australia, Foster said the game was poorer without the likes of the Saeed Ajmal.
“I wasn't surprised, just disappointed for the boy [Ajmal] himself,” Foster, who previously worked with Sri Lanka’s spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan on his action, said.
The ICC banned the 36-year-old Ajmal on Tuesday after biomechanic tests at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia, revealed all his deliveries breached the permissible limit for straightening of the elbow joint.
Foster, who has also coached Western Australia and Kent, said he was a little disappointed with the crackdown against the spinners.
“We seem to be going out of our way to sort of get rid of some of the best spin bowlers in the world. But ... if that's the way the ICC are going then people have to comply with what the rule is.”
Ajmal has about five months to correct his action and appeal for a reassessment in order to play in the World Cup.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan conceded it was a big jolt coming less than six months before next year's 50-over marquee event.
Foster, who recently worked on the action of Sri Lankan off-spiner Sachithra Senanayake, who was banned in July this year, said Pakistan had the facilities and the expertise to fix Ajmal’s action.
“I don't think we can afford to be losing such a great talent like this out of the game.”
According to Foster, who worked with Pakistan in 2001, remedial work could take as little as a week if the player was receptive to the advice of the experts.
Suspect bowling actions have remained a problem for Pakistan for a while with Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik being reported in the past.
Former fast bowler Akhtar, who like Muralitharan was also cleared to bowl on medical grounds, has advised Ajmal to legally challenge the ban.
“I would advise Saeed to legally challenge not only the ban but the entire protocol and method being used by the ICC to test bowlers,” Shoaib said.
“I don't know how much the PCB is going to support Saeed on this issue but to me the best option for him is to take the ICC to court.
“The way I look at it he has to fight this case himself if he wants to play in international cricket again.”
ISLAMABAD: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday said Pakistan ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's test will be conducted using the same testing protocol that were earlier followed for the testing of Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand's Kane Williamson.
In a press release issued here, an ICC spokesman said Ajmal will be tested on Monday at the Cricket Australia National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
He said Ajmal's test will be conducted by their accredited and lead team of Human Movement Specialists.
“This process will be managed by the ICC personnel and use Cricket Australia facilities. The testing date and location were agreed in consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board, with Brisbane being one of a number of world-class facilities that can now be used by ICC accredited Human Movement Specialists for testing bowlers with suspect actions,” he said.
The ICC spokesperson said in its efforts to make testing more accessible across cricketing countries, the ICC is currently in the process of accrediting Human Movement Specialists at these facilities so they are able to test bowlers using the ICC testing protocol.
“The results of the tests on Saeed Ajmal's action will be known in about two weeks following which the ICC will announce the findings via a media release. Until such time, the ICC will not make any comment on this matter,” he said.
BANGALORE: Pakistan pulled off a surprise 2-0 win over India Wednesday, with a late goal from Saddam Hussain ensuring them a share of the spoils in the first football series between the arch rivals for almost a decade.
Pakistan's captain Kaleemullah put his side ahead in the 38th minute and a scrambled shot by Hussain in the 89th minute silenced the 5,000 Indian spectators at the Bangalore Football Stadium.
The home fans had been hoping for more of the same after India won the first match on Sunday 1-0, at the start of the first series between the South Asian neighbours since India toured Pakistan in 2005.
India suspended all sporting ties with Pakistan following the deadly 2008 attacks on Mumbai. However the two countries have played each other in a variety of sports in the last few years, including cricket.
India came close to opening the scoring when a dipping long-range effort by skipper Sunil Chhetri was palmed away by Pakistan's goalkeeper Muzamil Husain.
Chhetri set up debutant Haokip Thonhkosiem to score in the 37th minute, only to see his attempt saved by Husain. Francis Fernandes then squandered a golden opportunity to score off the rebound.
A minute later Pakistan went ahead when Kaleemullah swept home a free kick after being brought down by Indian midfielder Lalrindika Ralte just outside the box.
India swarmed forward in the second half in an increasingly desperate bid to find an equaliser but could not breach a determined Pakistani defence.
Their hopes were finally extinguished when Hussain poked the ball home after a solo run into the Indian penalty box.
The players hugged and shook hands on the final whistle before the Pakistani team took a victory lap, waving their national flag.
The teams are next set to compete in the Asian Games starting in South Korea next month.
India are 150th in FIFA's world rankings while Pakistan languish further down in 164th spot.
KARACHI: Pakistan will do whatever it takes to win the two-Test series in Sri Lanka even if it means spoiling senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene's farewell party, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday.
Former Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene, who has scored 11,671 runs in 147 Tests averaging over 50, announced last month he would retire from Test cricket after the home series against Pakistan starting at Galle on Wednesday.
“If we are to win the series in Sri Lanka, we have to ensure that their top batsmen, particularly Jayawardene, is not allowed to get many runs,” Misbah told a news conference on the eve of the team's departure for Sri Lanka.
“I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved but we are going to Sri Lanka to win the two-Test series and we know how important it is for us to not allow their senior players to score.”
Jayawardene, 37, has also scored 11681 runs in 420 one-dayers and with stalwart Kumar Sangakkara is the mainstay of the Sri Lankan batting.
Misbah predicted a tough series against the Sri Lankans who have a strong home record.
“It is going to be a tough series because Sri Lanka have been playing lot of Test and other cricket. But we have prepared hard and I have confidence in our bowlers,” said Misbah.
“Our spinners have traditionally done well in Sri Lanka but we are banking on our pace bowlers as well.”
Misbah, who turned 40 in May and has a modest strike rate in one-dayers, was coy about his chances of leading Pakistan in next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“I just focus on the match at the moment because that is important. No one knows what will happen after one day so why think about the World Cup.
“I take it one match at a time and carry on from there. And I am under no pressure because of the captaincy debate,” he added.
SOUTHAMPTON: Moeen Ali spun England to victory as they ended a streak of 10 Tests without a win by beating India by 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton on Thursday.
Ali took six for 67 in 20.4 overs, including a spell of four for 17 in 22 balls as England completed a crushing win that saw them level the five-match series at 1-1.
India, chasing what would have been a new fourth innings record winning total of 445, were bowled out for 178 before lunch on the fifth day.
After resuming on 112 for four, India collapsed as they lost their final six wickets for 66 runs inside 25 overs on Thursday, with only Ajinkya Rahane (52 not out) offering much in the way of resistance.
India, 1-0 up after their 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's, resumed knowing the most any side had made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the 418 for seven by the West Indies against Australia at St John's in 2002/03.
The tourists had lost three wickets late Wednesday to England's 'part-time' spinners Ali (two for 33 in 12 overs) and Joe Root (one for five in two overs) after Murali Vijay had been run out.
Rahane was 18 not out and Rohit Sharma dropped on five by James Anderson after he put down a caught and bowled chance, six not out.
But India lost a wicket without adding to their score.
Man-of-the-match Anderson struck with his third ball Thursday after Sharma, feeling for the ball a long way outside off stump, was caught behind by Test debutant wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
And it was not long before the Lancashire duo combined again as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (six) was undone by an excellent full-length delivery that nipped away off the seam.
Anderson had taken two wickets for six runs in 12 balls, with India now 120 for six.
COLOMBO: Wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal and spinner Ajantha Mendis were left out of the Sri Lanka squad of 15 named for the two-Test series against Pakistan starting at Galle next week.
Chandimal lost his place to Niroshan Dickwella who made his Test debut in the second Test against South Africa in Colombo last week and scored a half-century.
On the strength of his performance Dickwella has been retained for the two Tests against Pakistan.
Mendis has been left out after a disappointing bowling performance in the drawn Colombo Test which secured a 1-0 series win for South Africa.
Mendis, one of three spinners in the side, failed to take a wicket in either innings while conceding 85 runs. Mendis' place has been filled in by fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep who returns after injury.
Shaminda Eranga, who missed the Colombo Test due to a hand injury, and Suranga Lakmal have been selected subject to fitness.
“Eranga has recovered from his injured hand that required eight stitches, it's a question of whether he can field,” said Sri Lanka manager Michael de Zoysa.
“Lakmal complained of pain in his heel during the second innings of the second Test.
“We had a scan and an x-ray done but there doesn't seem to be any fracture or anything but we are monitoring him carefully.”
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play two Tests in Galle and Colombo from August 6 and 14 respectively before the teams play a three-match ODI series between August 23 and 30.
Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedara, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep.