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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt signs confession note
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt signs confession note

Salman Butt Former Pakistan national team captain Salman Butt signed a confession note admitting his role in the spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan versus England series in 2010. Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan confirmed that Butt has signed the confession statement.  The 31-year-old Lahore-born batsman played 33 Tests, 78 ODIs and 24 T20s for Pakistan till August 2010. The left-handed ope

Jun 17 2015
10 promising Pakistani cricketers who failed to live up to their potential
10 promising Pakistani cricketers who failed to live up to their potential

Pakistan has been blessed with cricketing talent in abundance, but has also been plagued with either that talent fizzling-out too soon or cases of premature retirement for various reasons (not in good books of selectors, match-fixing or consumption of banned drugs). ‘Stability’ has been the biggest headache for the Pakistani team for decades now. So much is expected from the 1992 WC winners. A nation that produced Zaheer Abbas, who p

Jun 11 2015
Shoaib Akhtar wins long-standing legal battle with PCB
Shoaib Akhtar wins long-standing legal battle with PCB

Shoaib Akhtar had been slapped with a 13-match ban for hitting Mohammad Asif with a bat in 2007 Former Pakistan tearaway Shoaib Akhtar, who famously went on a rant last week against the current Pakistan team’s dismal performance, has won a major victory over the Pakistan Cricket Board in a long-standing case regarding an act of indiscipline in 2007. Akhtar had hit teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat in the lead-up to the 

Feb 26 2015
Salman Butt reportedly confesses to PCB about involvement in 2010 spot-fixing case
Salman Butt reportedly confesses to PCB about involvement in 2010 spot-fixing case

Salman Butt Banned Pakistan captain and opening batsman has reportedly made a full-fledged confession to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the very first time. Butt was found guilty of spot-fixing in 2010, when Pakistan was playing a Test series England. He was banned along with Mohammad Asif and young pacer Mohammad Amir. “Apparently Butt during his meeting made a full confession that he knew and was involved

Feb 18 2015
Mohammad Amir to make comeback in March
Mohammad Amir to make comeback in March

Mohammad Amir it set to make his comeback to cricket in Grade-II with Omar Associates Mohammad Amir has been signed by Omar Associates to play in the Patron's Trophy Grade-II national tournament which begins from March 9. Mohammad Amir was allowed by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play domestic cricket in Pakistan with immediate effect. The Patron’s Trophy Grade-II national

Mohammad Amir - Struck down in his prime
Mohammad Amir - Struck down in his prime

Mohammad Amir celebrates the wicket of England’s Eoin Morgan at Lord’s in 2010 In light of Mohammad Amir’s recent return to Pakistan’s cricket scene after his ban, this is an ideal moment to re-assess his career. There is no denying that this young bowler made a severe error in judgement and he has paid dearly for it. However, even thought he has wasted precious time, Amir is only 22. It is st

Feb 3 2015
ICC allows Mohammad Amir to make immediate return to domestic cricket
ICC allows Mohammad Amir to make immediate return to domestic cricket

Mohammad Amir Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been cleared to play domestic cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect. The 22-year-old, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, had been found guilty of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010, and was subsequently banned for 5 years in February 2011. Butt and Asif, meanwhile, had been handed out bans for 10 and 7 years, r

Jan 29 2015
Tainted Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir set for return to cricket
Tainted Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir set for return to cricket

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan looks on during day two of the 2nd Test between Pakistan and Australia played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on July 22, 2010 in Leeds 22-year-old Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was seen as one of his country’s most promising cricketers of this generation before getting embroiled in the 2010 betting scam and receiving a five-year ban, is set for a return to domestic cricket as early as next month, a

Jan 24 2015
Revised code to help cricketers return early from corruption bans
Revised code to help cricketers return early from corruption bans

N Srinivasan, David Richardson and Mustafa Kamal Dubai, Nov 10 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday approved changes to its anti-corruption code that may allow banned players to return to domestic cricket before completion of their penalty period provided they meet certain criteria. The amendments, which were earlier discussed in earlier meetings, were ratified at the latest meeting here. The changes could benefit banne

Nov 10 2014
ICC planning reintegration of banned players
ICC planning reintegration of banned players

Mohammad Amir should soon make a return to competitive cricket   ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has said that cricket’s governing body is planning to make changes to its anti-corruption code in order to allow players that are suspended a chance to play domestic cricket within a certain period before the end of their bans. "The revised code is being discussed in the meetings and hopefully we could bring it to you i

Oct 28 2014
Dale Steyn at Galle: A memory to cherish
Dale Steyn at Galle: A memory to cherish

Dale Steyn was at his mesmerising best at Galle Mohammad Asif’s heroics:  The last time I witnessed some high quality pace bowling in Sri Lanka was way back in 2006 at Kandy where a tall Pakistani bowler named Mohammad Asif rattled the home batting line-up, not with sheer pace but with some skillful bowling. The Lankans started their second innings with a lead of 109 runs and were sitting pretty at 22 fo

Jul 20 2014
Does cricket as a sport really frown upon cheating?
Does cricket as a sport really frown upon cheating?

Mohammad Amir Does cricket as a sport really frown upon cheating? More pertinently, do those charged with governing it take appropriate action to dissuade others from walking down the same path? We’d like to believe that. Match-fixing is as good a place to start as any, although it is worth noting that the crooks have got with the times. We live in an instant world; rather than spend time and energy, which they no doubt require

Jun 27 2014
Shoaib Akhtar's debut in International Cricket
Shoaib Akhtar's debut in International Cricket

Shoaib Akhtar made his debut as a 22 year old who had raw pace as his key weapon. Regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in the world, Shoaib Akhtar was really aggressive with his approach. With genuine pace, he also had that Punjabi attitude to complement which made him competitive on the field. A long and a fast run up and then beating the best of the batsmen with pace was the real signature Shoaib. But his career was full o

Jun 27 2014
Five of the best knocks of Kevin Pietersen
Five of the best knocks of Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen was a major force to reckon with in the English batting line-up. He was somebody who had an unique style of playing the game and approaching situations. With an innate flair for playing an attacking brand of cricket, he was the ideal batsman for the shorter versions of the game. He was no less a Test batsman, which is testified by the fact that he had 3 double hundreds to his name. He never had any fear for a bowler and could be r

Feb 6 2014
Moments that changed cricket forever: Match-fixing scandals
Moments that changed cricket forever: Match-fixing scandals

Hansie Cronje during his cross-examination at the King Commission of Inquiry into allegations of cricket match-fixing in 2000 There are many famous sports, more famous than cricket, involving huge number of fans and money that would bedazzle a common man. And yet cricket, with all its glitz and glamour, is considered to be the sport played by gentlemen. This was at first the literal truth due to the fact that only the nobles were able to afford

Sep 5 2013
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