Pakistan Observer


Peshawar clinch KP Inter-Region Women Netball trophy

Peshawar—Peshawar clinched the trophy after defeating strong Mardan in the final of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Region Women Netball Championship final played at Girls Degree College Nowshera on Sunday. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

ICC president ‘ignored’ at the World Cup presentation ceremony

mumbai—It was the ICC chairman N. Srinivasan and not the ICC president AHM Mustafa Kamal who handed over the glitterous World Cup trophy to the victorious Australians. Apparently this has surprised quite a few former ICC presidents, who, in the past, had got the opportunity to handover the trophy to the winning team. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Clarke dedicates World Cup to tragic Hughes

Clarke dedicates World Cup to tragic Hughes Melbourne—Australia captain Michael Clarke dedicated Sunday´s World Cup final triumph to Phillip Hughes, the team-mate who died after being hit on the head by a bouncer last year. Clarke, who made 74 in the seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in what was his last one-day international, described Hughes as the squad´s 16th man at the six-week tournament. “I´m sure everybody standing on this stage will say we played this World Cup with 16 players,” said Clarke. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

No backing down on Black Caps’ fearless style: McCullum

No backing down on Black Caps’ fearless style: McCullum Melbourne—Skipper Brendon McCullum is adamant there will be no backing down in the Black Caps’ fearless approach in the wake of their crushing World Cup final defeat to Australia. Australia powered to a seven-wicket defeat of New Zealand before a record 93,013 Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd, winning their fifth World Cup crown with 16.5 overs to spare. McCullum’s Black Caps stormed into their first World Cup on the back of an unbeaten eight-match run playing an aggressive swashbuckling brand of cricket. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Australia rout New Zealand to lift 5th World Cup trophy

Australia rout New Zealand to lift 5th World Cup trophy Melbourne—Skipper Michael Clarke scored 74 runs in his last one-day international as Australia decimated New Zealand to win their fifth cricket World Cup by seven wickets in a one-sided final in Melbourne on Sunday. New Zealand, who defeated Australia by one wicket in the pool phase, were all but out of the match after being dismissed for just 183 following captain Brendon McCullum´s decision to bat first, having won the toss. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Duncan Fletcher not seeking renewal of contract with team India

Mumbai—With Team India’s loss in the World Cup’s Semi Final against Australia on Thursday, coach Duncan Fletcher’s association with Dhonis is over. According to the BCCI’s senior official, Duncan Fletcher’s contract with the Indian team which was till the World Cup, is ended on Thursday when the team was ousted in the second Semi Final. “Duncan Fletcher is not seeking the renewal and the board is also not offering him the fresh contract”, the official further added. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Pace aces hold key in World Cup final showdown

Melbourne—In a tournament dominated by the bat the World Cup is set to be decided by the raw speed and bounce of Australia’s express quicks or the verve and swerve of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Unheralded before the past six weeks, the Kiwi pair have burst to international prominence and, along with the pyrotechnics of Brendon McCullum, inspired New Zealand to their maiden World Cup final. “I think their new ball bowling has been exceptional,” Australian captain Michael Clarke said. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Dharmasena, Kettleborough to stand in World Cup final

Melbourne—Sri Lanka´s Kumar Dharmasena and England´s Richard Kettleborough will be the on-field umpires for Sunday´s World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne, the International Cricket Council said Friday. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

ICC to consider new ODI rules to help bowlers

Sydney—The highlight reels at the World Cup have been running hot with batsman smashing balls all over cricket stadiums in Australia and New Zealand. Teams and individuals have been racking up record totals and the crowd have loved it, whooping and cheering every time another ball is dispatched into the stands. With the benefits of bigger bats and smaller boundaries, the world’s best batsmen have been piling on the runs, hitting more than 450 sixes. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Sri Lanka blames fitness for World Cup flop

Colombo—Sri Lankan cricketing authorities blamed a lack of fitness and the poor form of the side’s top order batsmen for failing to progress beyond the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya—a member of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup-winning team—said officials will draw up new standards to ensure better fitness and take “hard decisions” about players who were below par. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

MCG holds no fears for Black Caps: Southee

Melbourne—Martin Guptill lit up Wellington with the highest score in World Cup history. Eden Park erupted when Grant Elliott launched Dale Steyn for a match-winning six, as it had when Kane Williamson did the same off Pat Cummins. Brendon McCullum has batted like a man who thinks this is five-over cricket, not fifty-over. But for all the batting thrills, it has been New Zealand’s bowlers who have shone most consistently in this tournament. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Spin or seam? India confident of passing Sydney test

Sydney—India will go into Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against Australia in Sydney confident of success irrespective of whether the wicket took turn or assisted fast bowlers, opener Rohit Sharma said. The wear and tear at the end of a long season was evident when the covers were removed at the Sydney Cricket ground on Wednesday, revealing a dry, brown pitch that would gladden India more than their rivals. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Clarke backs Warner to behave, Johnson leads battle cry

Sydney—Australia captain Michael Clarke expects temperamental opener David Warner to be on his best behaviour in Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against India, but Mitchell Johnson is ready to step up the sledging war. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Spinners will play key role in Sydney: Shastri

Sydney—India’s team director Ravi Shastri believes the spinners will have a key role to play in Thursday’s semi-final against hosts Australia at the SCG. India’s spin-duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been crucial in suffocating the opposition’s flow of runs during the middle overs this World Cup, and Shastri backed his slow bowlers to once again rise to the occasion. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details