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Wasim praises Pak duo

New Delhi: Praising Misbah-ul Haq and Younis Khan for playing the role of senior players to perfection in the match against Sri Lanka, Wasim Akram said the Pakistan team need to rally around the experienced duo if they are to do well further in the World Cup. “It really heartens me to see the senior boys doing their jobs. Younis is an intelligent man and so is Misbah. Both have played a lot of ODIs and if Pakistan have to roll on, then this pair has to hold the innings together, every day,”Akram wrote in his column for a website.

 

Rehman ruled out

Colombo: Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has been ruled out of Pakistan’s next World Cup match against Canada on Thursday after suffering a leg injury. Misbah-ul Haq has also picked up a minor hamstring strain but it isn’t too much of a concern. “Rehman sprained his leg while fielding in the match against Sri Lanka. It’s an adductor muscle rupture,” Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan managersaid.

Dwayne replacement

Calcutta: The West Indies Cricket Board selection committee has selected Guyanese leg spinner Devendra Bishoo to join the West Indies squad, according to a media release on Monday. Pending the approval of the ICC technical committee, the 25-year-old Bishoo will replace the injured all rounder Dwayne Bravo.

 

Betting arrests

Bangalore: Eighteeen persons were arrested Monday — four in Bangalore and 14 in Bellary — on charges of betting during the World Cup match between India and England. With the arrests, the number of those held by police in connection with the betting racket has gone up to 20.

 

Dhoni’s desire

Bangalore: As a cricket fan, there’s only one cricketer whose signature Mahendra Singh Dhoni would like to treasure — his own teammate and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. “It is not hard to guess… it is one and only Sachin Tendulkar,” Dhoni replied when asked his choice of player to obtain an autograph at the launch of a book titled Stumped containing pictures, caricatures and autographs of his World Cup teammates.

 

Dockrell’s plan

Bangalore: Ireland’s left-arm spinner George Dockrell Monday said they will use the experience of playing against England before to prepare for their next World Cup tie against the English side on Thursday. “We are familiar with quite a few of the English guys as we have played against them in the Twenty20 World Cup last summer and before in Belfast. We are working on our game plan accordingly since our Twenty20 World Cup appearance,” Dockrell said.

 

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