Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq quashes rumours about his death in a road accident

Waseem Ahmed 11/07/2018
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Razzaq has put to bed rumours circulating about his death.

Abdul Razzaq was making headlines on Wednesday morning with rumours circulating on social media that the former Pakistan all-rounder had passed away in a road accident.

The speculation started from a Facebook post and soon spread like wildfire, leading to Razzaq having to put them to bed himself.

The 38-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday to quash the talk through a video post.

“A post on social media [Facebook] said that I was involved in an accident and subsequently died. There is no truth in such a thing as I am alive and well,” Razzaq, who took 100 Test wickets for Pakistan, stated in the video.

“People should refrain from posting such fake news on social media without properly investigating the story,” Razzaq added.

The all-rounder had an international career spanning two decades in which he played 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20s for Pakistan.

He has the distinction of scoring over 5,000 runs and picking up over 250 wickets in ODI cricket along with over 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests.

Razzaq made his debut for Pakistan all the way back in 1996 before making his last international appearance in an ODI against South Africa in November, 2013.

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Rohit Sharma feels the three ODIs could reveal a lot about the Indian side.

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma insists their one-day international tour will be crucial to their World Cup preparations.

The tourists face England the first of a three-match ODI series at Trent Bridge on Thursday having won the T20 campaign 2-1.

England are number one in the ODI rankings, with India second, and hit a record 481 for six in Nottingham in their victory against Australia last month.

England and Wales host the World Cup next year allowing India to hone their skills in this country.

Sharma said: “It is very important, since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world.

“In terms of preparation it’s very important, in terms of our combinations and what our targets are going to be .

No1 ranked England will battle No2 ranked India in the ODI series.

No1 ranked England will battle No2 ranked India in the ODI series.

“We have seen England against Australia and they were really high scoring games, it’s gong to be crucial to see where we are as a team.

“In the last year or so we have played some good cricket, in and out of India, this tour brings another challenge for us.”

England whitewashed Australia 5-0 last month and their record score at Trent Bridge last month has left expectations of another big knock. But Sharma insists India will remain calm even if they need to chase down a mammoth target.

He said: “This team likes chasing down targets. Whatever we do we don’t go out and bat like we have to score 400 runs. We bat normally and see where you are at 30 overs and analyse it.

“We noticed the last series played here it was high scoring games and this is where they scored 481 runs.

“I’m expecting nothing else than a high-scoring series. It’s always nice to see the score in front of you and see how you can bat.”

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Brad Hogg wants India to unleash Kuldeep Yadav in Test series against England

Sudhir Gupta 11/07/2018
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Hogg wants India to field Kuldeep Yadav in the Test series.

Kuldeep Yadav’s left-armed wrist-spin is already proving to be the major talking point in India’s ongoing tour of England. The 23-year-old became the first chinaman bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in T20I cricket when he returned with figures of 5-24 at the series opener in Manchester.

The youngster then went wicketless in the second T20 at Cardiff before being dropped from the line-up in the decider as India went on to capture the three-match series by 2-1.

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg, who was a successful chinaman bowler himself, believes that Kuldeep should be a part of India’s Test squad for the five-match series which will follow the ODIs. Kuldeep has played only two Tests so far in his young career after making his debut against Australia in March last year. He managed to pick up nine wickets in the two games.

“Kuldeep provides the much-needed variety to the Indian spin attack and I would definitely have him in the Test squad,” Hogg told the Press Trust of India.

Hogg feels England have a big weakness against spinners.

Hogg feels England have a big weakness against spinners.

“I feel Kuldeep attacks the stumps a lot more and his quick-arm action does bamboozle the opposition. Having said that, I would like to see him bowl a lot quicker when he sees the batsmen step out and attack him. It will not allow the batsmen to play the power-strokes,” the Aussie added.

Hogg, who played seven Tests, 123 ODIs and 15 T20s for Australia in his career, feels England’s batsmen have an inherent weakness against spin.

“English batsmen tend to sweep as they are scared to use their feet. Also, they don’t pick the ball from the spinner’s hand. Kevin Pietersen was the exception. Bowling against him was difficult because he had quick feet and also possessed a long reach. He could reach off to good length deliveries and negate the spin. But England don’t have the luxury of having someone like KP in their top-order,” Hogg explained.

All eyes will now be on how Kuldeep performs in the three-match ODI series which gets underway at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.

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