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Cricket: Pakistan's Wasim urges unity ahead of ICC meet

Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram Friday warned cricket administrators that the game could not afford a damaging split, as they prepare to debate controversial plans to reform the governing body. The International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet in Singapore on Saturday to discuss and possibly vote on a plan to give the sport's most financially powerful nations -- India, England and Australia -- a greater say in running the world game

Cricket: Pakistan spot-fixing trio dream of comebacks

Pakistan's talented but tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer Wednesday vowed to return to international cricket, three years to the day after they were banned for spot-fixing. On February 5, 2011 an anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned the three players for a minimum of five years for arranging no balls to order during the Lord's Test against England in August 2010.

Cricket: Pakistan appoints Aamir Sohail as chief selector

Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail was Tuesday appointed chief selector of the national cricket team and also tasked with developing the game in the country. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the 47-year-old will act as the head of a four-man selection panel besides being the director of game development. The director role encompasses everything from grassroots to first-class cricket.

Cricket: Australia win toss and bat in final T20 with England

Australia won the toss and chose to bat in the third and final Twenty20 international against England in Sydney on Sunday. Australia have already clinched the T20 series with wins in Hobart and Melbourne and will be looking for a clean sweep at Sydney's Olympic stadium. Australia made two changes, with batsman Chris Lynn and paceman Josh Hazlewood making way for all-rounder Daniel Christian and fast bowler Ben Cutting.

Cricket: Imran blasts ICC's 'colonial' revamp

Pakistan legend Imran Khan slammed controversial plans to reform cricket's governing body on Friday, saying they would take the game back to the days of colonialism. Moves to restructure the International Cricket Council (ICC) to hand power to India, Australia and England, the game's financial powerhouses, were passed in principle during a board meeting on Tuesday. Khan, who captained Pakistan to their sole World Cup win in 1992, said the proposals harked back to the days when England and Australia had effective right of veto at the ICC.

Cricket: Imran blasts ICC's 'colonial' revamp

Pakistan legend Imran Khan slammed controversial plans to reform cricket's governing body on Friday, saying they would take the game back to the days of colonialism. Moves to restructure the International Cricket Council (ICC) to hand power to India, Australia and England, the game's financial powerhouses, were passed in principle during a board meeting on Tuesday. Khan, who captained Pakistan to their sole World Cup win in 1992, said the proposals harked back to the days when England and Australia had effective right of veto at the ICC.

PM's concern over condemned 'blasphemy' Briton in Pakistan

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday he was "deeply concerned" about a mentally-ill British man sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy, adding that his views had been made clear to Islamabad. "We take this extremely seriously and we're making that clear at every level," Cameron said in reply to a question about Mohammad Asghar's case in parliament. Asghar, who has lived in Britain for 40 years and still has family here, was sentenced last week for writing letters claiming to be a prophet of Islam.

Cricket: Australia down England by 13 runs in T20

England lost the opening Twenty20 international in Hobart on Wednesday after narrowly failing to chase down Australia's massive 214-run target. The Australians were always in the box seats, with the tourists on 176 for nine with an over left. But some prodigious late hitting by Ravi Bopara got England to within 13 runs of the target at the finish. Bopara smashed seven sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 65 off 27 balls but paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled the Australians to victory with four for 30 off his four overs.

Cricket: Australia down England by 13 runs in T20

England lost the opening Twenty20 international in Hobart on Wednesday after narrowly failing to chase down Australia's massive 214-run target. The Australians were always in the box seats, with the tourists on 176 for nine with an over left. But some prodigious late hitting by Ravi Bopara got England to within 13 runs of the target at the finish. Bopara smashed seven sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 65 off 27 balls but paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled the Australians to victory with four for 30 off his four overs.

Cricket: Pakistan chief says four nations oppose ICC revamp

Pakistan's cricket chief said Tuesday that his board, along with South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, were united in opposing plans to revamp the game's governing body. Proposals under discussion at a two-day International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Dubai on Tuesday and Wednesday would effectively cede control of the sport to the three richest nations: India, Australia and England.
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