Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed reports match-fixing approach during ongoing Sri Lanka ODIs

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Sarfraz reported the approach to the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit.

The shadow of bookies and match-fixing continues to hover around the Pakistan camp after it was revealed that skipper Sarfraz Ahmed reported a suspicious approach to the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU).

The Pakistan captain is said to have been approached with a lucrative offer by a bookmaker based in Dubai during the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka.

It is said the particular bookie was well known to the Pakistan players and is said to have supplied net bowlers to the team regularly in the UAE.

The spot-fixing approach made a few nights ago, is reported to be regarding advance information on the skipper’s bowling changes.

Pakistan cricket has been dealing with spot-fixing cases in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) with bans handed out recently to Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif.

However, this fresh incident has sparked fears once again in the team management and the anti-corruption officials travelling with the team.

“The matter has been handled as per standard procedure but there is a lot of respect for Sarfraz, who as a captain and player, has set a great example for his teammates on how to avoid attempts to corrupt the game,” an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said on condition of anonymity.

“ICC rules don’t allow us to name player (s) in such cases where approaches are reported but yes Sarfraz got an offer and he immediately reported the matter to the concerned officials, who have taken appropriate action,” the source added.

The official said that the vigilance around the players has been increased following the development while team curfew timings have been reset after being relaxed sometime back.

“On the insistence of head coach Mickey Arthur, there was a bit of relaxation for the players during the ongoing series in the UAE and they were allowed to meet friends and go out for shopping and dinners but now strict procedures and timings have been enforced again,” the official said.

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Arjun Tendulkar bowls in India net session ahead of New Zealand ODI

Ashish Peter 21/10/2017
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Arjun Tendukar seen in action at India's net session.

With India preparing for the upcoming limited-overs series with New Zealand, a special visitor was seen at the team’s net session in Mumbai on Thursday.

With the first ODI between the two sides to be played on Sunday at the Wankhede stadium, Virat Kohli’s men were working hard at the nets where they were joined by a few youngsters from the Mumbai Under-19 team.

Among those was one Arjun Tendulkar, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s 18-year-old son.

The Mumbai U19 boys were present to provide bowling options to the Indians and Arjun could be seen throwing down his medium pacers in the nets.

The left-armed bowler was seen bowling to the Indian batsmen in a video shared by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter.

The 18-year-old had earlier bowled to the England team in the nets two years ago in 2015 at Lord’s in London.

While his father might be one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game, Arjun has taken to pace bowling as his calling.

India meanwhile are set to face the Kiwis in three ODIs followed by as many T20Is. Kane Williamson and his men have already arrived in India and have played two warm-up matches against the Board President’s XI.

India meanwhile have recalled Dinesh Karthik into the setup in the squad for the first three ODIs while struggling batsman KL Rahul has been dropped.

Shikhar Dhawan also returns after missing the Australia ODIs to be with his ailing wife. Ajinkya Rahane meanwhile has kept his place in the squad despite regular opener Dhawan’s return following his strong showing against Australia.

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Hasan Ali becomes No.1 ODI bowler: Three Pakistan bowlers who have achieved the feat before him

Ashish Peter 20/10/2017
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Ajmal had a long rein at the top of the ODI bowlers rankings.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has been garnering all the headlines in recent times with his bowling performances in the 50-over format.

The 23-year-old’s career best 5-34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi propelled him to the top of the charts of the ICC bowlers rankings.

Continuing his brilliant 2017 form, the pacer is also the leading wicket-taking charts in the calendar year with 55 scalps to his name.

Such has been Ali’s instant impact that the right-arm fast bowler has claimed the top ODI spot just 14 months after making his debut for the national team against Ireland in August of last year.

As the lanky bowler continues to draw plaudits for his showings, we look at three previous bowlers from Pakistan who have managed to attain the No.1 spot in the ODI rankings.

Saeed Ajmal

The right-arm off-spinner was the last Pakistan bowler to hold the top crown. The man most famous for his ‘Doosra’ or other one, had a brilliant 2011 which saw him scale that peak in November.

Ajmal had a dream three-year run between 2011 and 2013 where he finished each year as the top ODI bowler. He went on to play 113 matches for his country picking up 184 wickets at an average of 22.72.

His best figures came in a match against arch-rivals India during Pakistan’s tour of the country in 2013 where he claimed 5-24 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.

Ajmal was imperious at the start of the decade.

Ajmal was imperious at the start of the decade.

Saqlain Mushtaq

One of the greatest ODI bowlers Pakistan have produced, Mushtaq has a stellar record in the one-day game.

The right-arm off-spinner was perhaps the first to ever master the ‘Doosra’ and he took to the 50-over game instantly, becoming the then fastest bowler to 100 wickets.

Mushtaq was one of the rare spinners who could bowl equally well at the death overs being given the responsibility to do so on many instances.

He attained the top ranking in the ICC ODI bowlers category in January 1998. He would go on to play 169 matches for Pakistan, picking up an impressive 288 wickets at an average of 21.78.

Saqlain reached the top of the bowlers' ranking in January, 1998.

Saqlain reached the top of the bowlers’ ranking in January, 1998.

Wasim Akram

One of the greatest bowlers to have ever played the game, Wasim Akram was a brilliant exponent of swing bowling with express pace.

Having made his ODI debut in 1984 under the legendary Zaheer Abbas, Akram had a fantastic run in 1989 which bestowed him the honour of the top ranking in the ICC ODI table for bowlers.

He remains the highest wicket-taker for his country in the 50-over format with 502 wickets against his name in 356 ODIs.

Between 1986 and 1989, Akram completed a century of ODI wickets at an average of 22.71 and it was this form which culminated in him topping the rankings chart in October, 1989.

Wasim Akram reigned at top of the rankings in 1989.

Wasim Akram reigned at top of the rankings in 1989.

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