India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The Pakistan Cricket Board is expecting to play at least six home and away Test series against India in the next eight-year FTP cycle between 2015 and 2023 which will also include an "off-shore" home series in the United Arab Emirates.

The Pakistan Cricket Board approved to refurbish the test format between India and Pakistan, but they put the stipulation that they will be the part of the bilateral series in opposing to all the members of the International Cricket Council.

By this agreement, PCB generates the amount of 30 billion, which is near about the 310 million U.S dollars over the next eight years if the ICC approves the agreement. Moreover, if this proposal is rejected, it might be seems that the PCB will be bankrupt in two years and this was claimed by the Sethi in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in a press conference.

Sethi said that the decision is made by focusing on the position of the board after sagacity seclusion. To avoid this, the PCB must stay on schedule and they must play a home series in opposing to the Indians as it is the board which generates the most money in all over the boards and of the series in opposing to the India, Pakistan also generates lots of money.

As the infrastructure of the cricket based on the money so it is the requirement of the time and the PCB. The PCB must engage in the bilateral series and they must play the cricket and not to sit like a viewer. Sethi also highlights this point that the world governing board must ask the PCB when they nominate the member from the PCB for the ceremonial role in the ICC President of the next year.

When the decision of the big three was taken by the ICC, then the four boards that are BCCI, PCB, CSA and SLC refused to approve this and they start to deny it. But the proposal has been revised and then it was approved by the full 8 members of the International Cricket Council on February 8, 2014, but the two boards till refuse to accept it and they denied from voting in that very meeting and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board extend the support to the refurbish for 10 days later.

After this no one discusses about the bilateral series with Pakistan and everyone focuses the bilateral series in opposing to the other members except the Pakistan. Since the last July 2013, Pakistan makes no deal in long term broadcasting as this is the major source for the Pakistan Cricket Board. By this the Pakistan faces the discrepancy of nearly about 500 million Pakistani rupees.

But by the present proposal, the stability of the board seems to be sustained and by the long-term deal the amount of 30 billion U.S dollars will be assured for the next eight year cycle. By the broadcasting rights the PCB will get the share of the ICC tournament is off 1.3 percent and now they have the 0.3 means the share percentage will increase by the 1.00 percent and it is the good news for Pakistan cricket.
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Sachin Tendulkar becomes first Indian to feature on Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack cover

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who quit international cricket in November 2013, adorns the cover of the 151st edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The 40-year-old cricketer is the first Indian to feature on the cover of the Almanack. He was earlier chosen to feature on the cover of the second edition of the Wisden India Almanack.

The yellow page shows Tendulkar walking out of the Wankhede stadium after playing his last innings against the West Indies in November last year. The photograph captured Tendulkar acknowledging the crowd with his bat raised.

“Sachin simply picks himself,” said Lawrence Booth, the Wisden editor. “His status and influence on the game are beyond question. Wisden is delighted to add its own tribute to an exceptional career in this year’s Almanack.”

The 2014 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack will be published in London.

The Wisden said: “Tendulkar played Test matches in front of the most demanding fans in the world for 24 years.”
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ICC World Twenty20 Final: India vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have won the toss and decided to field first against India in the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Both teams have played brilliantly throughout the fifth edition of the coveted tournament and in the finals it would be the battle of nerves.

India team is still unbeaten in the tournament and would like to maintain its winning streak. On the other hand, Sri Lanka would love to give a fitting farewell to two of their senior pros, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who will be playing in their last T20 International, as they have announced retirement from the shortest format of the game.

One change for Sri Lanka. Thisara Perera comes in for Seekkuge Prasanna. On the other hand, India are playing with the same XI.

The teams for the ICC World Twenty20 Final:
  • India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
  • Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal(c), Lasith Malinga, Chaturanga de Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne
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Women's World T20 Final: Australia vs England

Australia and England, the two powerhouse teams in women's cricket, have made it to the final of T20 World Cup, and with the sides so closely matched, it promises to be a cracker. The teams are set to face off in the final of Women's World T20 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

The Aussies have won the last two tournaments, which includes beating England in the 2012 final in Sri Lanka. However, Charlotte Edwards' side have won the last two Ashes, which must give them confidence.

The squads for Women's World T20 Final:

  • Australia: Meg Lanning (C), Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani

  • England: Charlotte Edwards (c), Tamsin Beaumont, Kathryn Cross, Jodie Dibble, Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Frances Wilson
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T20 World Cup 2014: Virat Kohli leads India in final

Virat Kohli hit a sparkling fifty and got a partnership of 56 with Yuvraj Singh to give India a six-wicket win against South Africa in the second semi-final of the World T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane provided an explosive start, but left early. The two showed their intent early on and took on the Proteas bowlers. Their 39-run partnership came off 23 balls.

Rohit raced to his 24 in 13 balls with four fours and a six. He fell finally when he tried to hit Beuran Hendricks down the ground, but it went straight up.

Ajinkya Rahane (32) kept the momentum going, but the run rate came down a bit. Rahane fell in the tenth over to Wayne Parnell. He tried to give the charge, swung at the bouncer, got a top edge and was caught at deep midwicket.

At this point, Kohli (72*) and Yuvraj (18) came together. They played sensible cricket, hitting the occasional big shots and keeping the strike rotating. The required run rate slowly inched up.

Yuvraj left in the 16th over when he tried to hit Imran Tahir down the ground. He couldn't get the elevation and was caught out at long-off. The required run rate at that point was 10 per over.

The next over changed all that. Suresh Raina (21) got stuck into Wane Parnell and took him for 17 in an over. The match turned on its head.

Raina tried to clear mid-off in the next over and got caught out instead. But he had done his job. The match was in India's kitty.

MS Dhoni came out to finish things off. With two runs remaining, Virat took a single, tying the scores. Ever the gentleman, Dhoni refused to take a run, allowing Virat to finish things off, which he did with a boundary.

In the earlier innings, South Africa captain Faf du Plesis hit a quick fifty and stitched up a 71-run partnership with JP Duminy to steer South Africa to 172 for four in 20 overs.

Now India meet on Sunday's final against Sri Lanka.

Brief Scores:
  • South Africa: 172/4 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 58, JP Duminy not out 45; R Ashwin 3/22).
  • India: 176 for 4 in 19.1 overs (Virat Kohli 72 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 32; Beuran Hendricks 2/31).
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ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final: India vs South Africa

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the 2nd Semi final of World Twenty20.

Faf du Plessis comes in for Farhaan Behardien for South Africa while Team India remain unchanged from their last match. Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammed Shami remain out of playing XI as Ajinkya Rahane and Mohit Sharma get another game today.

The teams for the ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final:
  • India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
  • South Africa: Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(wk), AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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T20 World Cup 2014, 1st Semifinal: Sri Lanka win by 27 runs via D/L method

Sri Lanka have reached the final of the World Twenty20 with a 27-run win over Darren Sammy's West Indies via Duckworth Lewis method at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur. Sri Lanka have secured their berth in the ICC World T20 final as they await their opposition from the second semi-final between India vs South Africa.

Batting first in the first semi-final, Sri Lanka scored an impressive 160 for six riding on important contributions from Angelo Mathews (40) and Lahiru Thirimanne (45).

In reply, West Indies were 80 for four in 13.5 overs when a storm followed by heavy downpour ruled out any chances of a game. The D/L par score at that point of time was 107 and the Caribbeans were well short of the target.

Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Rod Tucker had to wait as per rules before Sri Lanka were adjudged winners.
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T20 World Cup 2014: Semi-Final Schedule and Fixtures

The best four T20 nations in the world are left standing as the 2014 World Twenty20 semi-finals are set to get underway on Thursday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Bangladesh.

India, South Africa, Asia Cup winners Sri Lanka and defending WT20 champions West Indies negotiated their way through the Super 10 group stage, with the latter two teams having earned their spots in the semi-finals with all-or-nothing wins in their respective last matches.

Let's take a look at the schedule for the upcoming semi-finals:

1 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET
Semi Final 1
Sri Lanka v West Indies
1 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET
Semi Final 2
India v South Africa
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T20 World cup 2014: West Indies thrash Pakistan to reach semi-finals

Defending champions West Indies secured a World Twenty20 semi-final against Sri Lanka on Thursday with a magnificent 84-run win over Pakistan in Mirpur.

In a shoot-out to decide who went through to the last four, West Indies hammered 82 off the last five overs.
Dwayne Bravo fired four sixes in his 46 from 26 balls and put on 71 in 34 balls with Darren Sammy, who hit an unbeaten 42 off 20, as the Windies posted 166-6.

Pakistan lost a wicket first ball and were 82 all out in the 18th over.

It was another irresistible performance from the stylish Windies, who have won three successive games since a seven-wicket defeat against India in their opening match.
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T20 World cup 2014: India face South Africa in the second semi-final

India, who are the first team to enter the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, will face South Africa in the second semi-final on April 4 after the Group 1 games concluded on Monday.

South Africa finished second in Group 1 after Sri Lanka leapfogged them on net run rate following their convincing 59-run win over New Zealand in the virtual quarter-final.

The 2007 champions India enter the semis as Group 2 leaders with 8 points having won all their four matches, beating Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia.

The first semi-final will be in Dhaka on Thursday. And the final will be played in Dhaka on Sunday.

India's road to World Twenty20 semi-finals:
  • Match 1: beat Pakistan by 7 wickets.
  • Match 2: beat West Indies by 7 wickets.
  • Match 3: beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
  • Match 4: beat Australia by 73 runs

South Africa's road to semi-finals:
  • Match 1: lost to Sri Lanka by 5 runs.
  • Match 2: beat New Zealand by 2 runs.
  • Match 3: beat Netherlands by 6 runs.
  • Match 4: beat England by 3 runs.
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