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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-15th October 2016

Updated: 15 October 2016 18:35 IST - Published: 15 October 2016 10:12 IST
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Waqar Younis picks Pakistan's all time Test XI

Former legendary Pakistan bowler Waqar Younis took to his Twitter account to pen down his all time Test eleven of Pakistan. The fast-bowler posted a picture of the line-up ahead of the second day of the first Test between Pakistan and West Indies in Abu Dhabi.

The line-up consisted some of the legends like Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, and Javed Miandad which had Imran Khan as the skipper. 

Waqar's XI- Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Younus Khan, Javed Miandad,Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Khan(c), Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, Shoaib Akthar.

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Anurag Thakur inducted into ICC's Finance and Commercial Affairs committee

BCCI president Anurag Thakur was made part of the ICC's Finance and Commercial Committee on Saturday. The decision was taken during the ICC's executive meeting in Cape Town this week. The F&CA is one of the most powerful decision-making sub-committee of ICC as all the revenue related financial aspects are passed through this committee.

Earlier, BCCI had raised questions regarding not having a representative in the F&CA committee and the senior officials of the board went on to say that it was a humiliation with Shashank Manohar being chairman of the global body.

With the latest development, the BCCI will get to exercise more power now.

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Wasim Bari hopeful of revival in Indo-Pak relation

Former wicketkeeper of Pakistan, Wasim Bari has said that he is hopeful that India and  Pakistan will be back playing cricket against each other. Bari, who was part of the first revival series involving India and Pakistan back in 1978-19, said that a revival is the only way forward for both the nations.

"Among other things, cricket is suffering. However, I'm hopeful about yet another revival because, generally, the two Boards and the cricketers have shared an excellent relationship," he was quoted as saying to the Telegraph.

India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012, however, they have regularly faced each other in ICC events.

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Kevin Pietersen joins Channel Nine commentary team

The Channel Nine commentary team will feature a England cricketer Kevin Pietersen in the upcoming Test series between Australia and South Africa.

The right-hander will be took it to his Twitter account to announce the news and seemed quite happy about it. Pietersen's inclusion came in after Michael Hussey and Brett Lee decided not to be part of the commentary team citing personal reasons.

Kevin Pietersen, who is a regular in the Australian Big Bash for the Melbourne Stars, will join Michael Slater, James Brayshaw, Ian Healy and the rest of the Wide World of Sports team to cover the incoming summer of cricket.

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ICC decides to make Women's T20 World Cup a stand-alone event from 2020

Women's cricket received a huge boost on Friday, following ICC's decision to make the 2020 edition of the Women's World T20 a stand-alone event.

This year's World T20 saw the men's and the women's tournament run side by side. Even the finals was a similar affair with the West Indies women's team winning against Australia and the men's team from the Caribbean defeating the England cricket team.

The ICC executives meeting at Cape Town saw Cricket Australia's request of staging the Women's World T20 six months ahead of the corresponding men's edition in Australia being approved.

With the women's cricket attracting more and more crowds lately, the decision was lauded by cricketing fraternities all over.

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Corey Anderson is happy to be back

India will be taking on New Zealand in a five-match ODI series starting on Sunday. The visitors will be looking to make a strong statement in the ODI series after facing a humiliating series whitewash against the Indians.

The Kiwis will be having the services of all-rounder Corey Anderson. The Kiwi last played an international match in March 2015. He was out with a back injury for almost a year. Speaking to the media on Friday, he said, "I am happy to be back... With the boys and in India."

"It's been reasonably tough second time around," Anderson said. "It's one of those things... You have a decent chunk out with injury and you don't really want to sit out again."

The first ODI will be played on Sunday in Dharamsala.

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Proud of my achievement, says Azhar Ali

The first Test match between Pakistan and West Indies saw Azhar Ali becoming the first batsman to score a triple hundred in a day-night Test match. The Pakistani batsman was unbeaten on 302 runs before captain Misbah-ul-Haq decided to declare the innings at 579-3.

Speaking at press conference Azhar said that he was quite delighted with what he had achieved. The 31-year old said, "It's a great achievement for which I am proud and can't explain my feelings. It is something which I will remember my whole life."

Azhar knock of 302 came off 469 balls, which included 23 fours and two sixes. 

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BCCI looks to negotiate key issues with Lodha panel in its Special General Meeting

BCCI will be having a Special General Meeting on Saturday ahead of the next hearing from the Supreme Court on 17th October.

The board will be concentrating on the three big issues- age cap of 70 years, one state, one vote and the cooling off period. The meeting looks to stir up controversy as the associate members have not been invited.  

BCCI president Anurag Thakur had already mentioned that the board won't be accepting all the reforms suggested by the Lodha Panel.

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England's Gareth Batty eyes for a fresh start

England will be kick-starting their Test series against Bangladesh from 20th of October in Chittagong. The team will be banking heavily on their spinners to make good use of the sub-continent pitches. Leading their pack would be the 39-year old Gareth Batty. 

Batty last played for England in 2005. Speaking to Times of India, he said, "In England it's more seam-orientated, so it's actually really nice that spin will play a part. It's a challenge and a really good thing for spinners ."

Batty is the senior most member of the English squad.

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Giles Clarke to look into the financial situation in Pakistan

The ECB President Giles Clarke, along with the CEO of the ICC David Richarson will look into the financial situation in Pakistan  and find solutions to boost the economy.

"We reflect the unique contribution of Pakistan to world cricket. There is a huge amount of goodwill at the ICC board table for Pakistan.Along with the [ICC] chief executive, I have been charged with looking at how we can assist Pakistan. Some of the economics of life has not been easy for Pakistan because they can't play home games," Clarke said.