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World T20 - Spinners like Afridi and Ashwin will be successful : Rashid Latif
12.03.16 -
World T20 - Spinners like Afridi and Ashwin will be successful : Rashid Latif



High scores are expected in the World T20 as India continues its practice of producing batsmen-friendly pitches for limited overs games, unlike the traditional turning pitches used for Test cricket.

India has recently produced some very benign pitches, including in last year's five-game home one-day series where South Africa piled up 438-4 at Mumbai in the decider.

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes only the best spin bowlers will be able to make an impact.

"There will be more batting-friendly pitches because it's a T20 format and the ball won't get much old,” Latif told The Associated Press.

"Only spinners like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, (Shahid) Afridi and (Ravindra) Jadeja could trouble the opposition, and that too because they have loads of T20 experience behind them. Otherwise, I don't see spinners getting huge turn.”

South Africa all-rounder David Miller feels the pitches won't get a chance to provide aid to spin.

"It's only a match of three hours duration and so [pitch] is not going to break up,” Miller said. "We have to assess it quickly and react to that.”

South Africa all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy though is fancying his prospects at the World T20 with his handy spin bowling and as one of the better players of slow bowling on surfaces like in India.

"Indian pitches are going to give me a lot of opportunities,” Duminy said ahead of the World T20 "Hopefully, I can make them count. But generally guys have gained experience to play this game in different conditions in different ways.”

England's big-hitting batsman Alex Hales agrees with Duminy that batsmen have methods of combating any turn that does arise.

"If you look down our order there are good players of spin,” Hales said in reference to Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan. "Everyone has to have their own methods. Some like to move their feet and some guys are sweeping, but we're all confident in our own methods.”

The Super 10 stage of the World T20 gets underway on Tuesday with a Group 2 game between India and New Zealand at Nagpur.

Australia, Pakistan and a qualifier from an ongoing preliminary league complete the group. The West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and a qualifier will be in Group 1.

The semifinals will be played in New Delhi and Mumbai and the final will be at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 3.




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T20 World Cup : Pakistan sends a team to review security situation in Dharamsala
07.03.16 -
T20 World Cup : Pakistan sends a team to review security situation in Dharamsala



 Amritsar : A two-member team from Pakistan arrived on Monday to review the security situation in Dharamsala which is scheduled to host the side's marquee World Twenty20 clash against India -- a match that appears to be in trouble owing to protests by Himachal Pradesh's ex-servicemen.

The team, comprising Federal Investigation Agency Lahore Director Dr Usman Anwar and Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Security Officer Col (R) Azam Khan, arrived via the Wagah border and left for Dharamsala.

Pakistan are scheduled to start their campaign on March 16 against a qualifier before clashing with India on March 19.

However, the much-anticipated match has been thrown into jeopardy after HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the game should be shifted out to respect popular sentiment after the Pathankot terror attacks.

Dr Anwar is also part of the six-member special committee constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to probe the Pathankot terror attack.

Third member of the team is Deputy High Commission in India Ubaid Nazamani.

The team will meet senior Indian security officials and assess the lodging and boarding arrangements for the players. Besides, it will assess whether the security situation is suitable for the visit by the cricket team.

Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the security team would meet the Himachal Pradesh chief minister and the state police chief and prepare a report which would be sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
"Threats to the Pakistani cricketers are credible and the team's scheduled departure for India may be delayed until the security officials' delegation gives its clearance," Nisar said.
 
"The trip can be delayed till we are sure that they will be safe. We want to ensure our team is provided complete security in India and this is the responsibility of the Indian government and the International Cricket Council."
 
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had said the match should be moved to another venue out of respect for those killed in an assault by militants on the Pathankot air force base.




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Pakistan cricket team will not depart for India till security clearance granted, says minister
05.03.16 -
Pakistan cricket team will not depart for India till security clearance granted, says minister



Islamabad: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that a security team has been constituted and will depart on Monday for India, to ensure that the Pakistani cricket team is provided complete security while participating in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

"ICC's security team is in India, but time is short as our cricket team is due to leave on Wednesday. We can delay our team's departure till we are sure that they will be safe in India," said Nisar as reported by Dawn.

He elaborated and said, "I have asked the PCB chairman to wait, and the team can wait until the security clearance is assured."

Nisar said that it is the responsibility of the Indian government to ensure security of the Pakistani team, as the world cup is an international tournament, and India should ensure that security is provided to all participants.

"Until security clearance has been given, our team will not leave for the world cup."

A senior officer, director in the FIA, Usman Anwar will lead the investigation team, added the interior minister.
 
Pakistan is slated to kick off their World T20 campaign at Kolkata before they travel to Dharamsala for the high-profile encounter with arch-rivals India.

An Indian group has threatened to dig up the pitch of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala to protest Pakistan’s cricket team participation in the World Twenty20 fixture against India on March 19.
(Courtesy : Dawn)




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Pakistan has enough talent, need to play correct combination: Imran Khan
03.03.16 -
Pakistan has enough talent, need to play correct combination: Imran Khan



Pakistan’s legendary cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said Thursday the country’s cricket team has "enough talent” but there was a need to get the team combination right reported Dawn.
 
Khan’s reaction came after Pakistan exited from the Asia Cup T20 title race yesterday, following a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. Top order remained the team’s major concern.
 
Pakistan, after recovering from 28-4 posted 129-7, came within touching distance of victory after the 18th over, before Bangladesh reached a winning total of 131-5 and secured a place in Sunday’s final against India.
 
"Pakistani cricket fans anger at unceremonious exit of Pakistan team From T20 Asia Cup is understandable as our nation is oozing with talent,” Khan, who captained Pakistan to the World Cup victory in 1992, tweeted.
 
Khan underscored the need to make appointments in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on merit.
 
"This talent can only be polished if PCB becomes an institution built on merit, [including] selection of its head purely on merit,” he said.
 
"But how can we expect [Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif] to select PCB chief on merit when all [organisations] are being headed by people rewarded for services to Sharifs.”
 
On Feb 27, Pakistan had failed to put up a decent show with the bat against India as the whole team slumped to a meagre 83 all out.
 
Despite a fiery opening spell by Mohammad Amir, the total was too small for a solid Indian batting line-up. India had won the game by five wickets.
 
So far in the tournament, Pakistan has only managed to beat the United Arab Emirates on Feb 29. They play against Sri Lanka on March 4 (tomorrow).
(Courtesy : Dawn)




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