Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st ODI Perera, Mathews fashion massive win in low-scorer
Hambantota—Sri Lanka threw their wickets away through reckless shots, conceded 17 runs through wides and about 10 through misfields, but thanks to the Josephian Mafia - a moniker Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews have earned from the school they shared - still won by a whopping 37 runs. It was an unremarkable night of cricket with most of the wickets owing neither to the bowling nor the pitch, but many will argue it’s a trait that can be attributed to Twenty cricket in general because of the devaluation of a wicket.
ICC, PCB chiefs share common platform on burning issue of spot-fixing
Bipin Dani from MumbaiSir Ronnie Flanagan and Zaka Ashraf, the chiefs of ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) respectively discussed the burning issue of spot-fixing on a common businerss forum platform in London last month. This was revealed by Guy Llyod, the Conference Producer of C-5 Global Conference.
Speaking exclusviely from London, Guy Llyod said, “Zaka Ashraf was invited because there have been some recent match fixing incidents involving Pakistani cricketers (Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif) and the delegates were interested in hearing what the Pakistan Cricket Board is doing to tackle corruption in the sport. This is what Zaka Ashraf spoke about”.
Stephens of US, Sharapova win at French Open
Paris—American teen Sloane Stephens and Maria Sharapova advanced on Friday, while Ana Ivanovic lost in the third round of the French Open.
Stephens reached the fourth round by beating Mathilde Johansson of France 6-3, 6-2. Of the eight teenagers in this year’s draw, the 19-year-old Stephens was the only one to reach the third round. The second-seeded Sharapova defeated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 6-1 in a match postponed a day by the marathon contest between American John Isner and Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.
ICC T20 World Cup every two years with 16 teams from 2014
Karachi—The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has taken an important decision of holding World T20 Cup every two years with 16 men’s team in action from 2014 event.
This step has been taken to encourage the development of the game across the world. However there should not be an ICC World U19 T20, said an ICC statement issued on Friday at the conclusion of two-day Cricket Committee meeting held at Lord’s, London on Thursday.