Warne and Tendulkar unite on Legends T20 League proposal

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Cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne have united to organise an ambitious Legends T20 League, featuring retired players, and they held a meeting with ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson on Wednesday in Dubai, appraising him of their plans and seeking advice on future course of action.

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The competition is believed to be a series of Twenty20 games staged in different countries, including the USA. The series will feature two teams, captained by Tendulkar and Warne, of 15 retired cricketers.

Warne tweeted: “Exciting meeting today with the #ICC Game on #SachinversusWarne!!!” He then attached a picture of him and Sachin in front of The Address Dubai Marina.

According to reports, Brett Lee, Andrew Flintoff, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Michael Vaughan, Sourav Ganguly, Mahela Jayawardene are among the former stars who have been approached for the proposed league.

The first series of matches is likely to be held in the US in September.

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Pakistan selectors recall Shahzad for Test series against Sri Lanka

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Ahmed Shahzad returns to the Pakistan Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.

LAHORE: The National Selection Committee led by Haroon Rasheed has recalled opener Ahmed Shahzad to the Pakistan ​Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka while another opener Shaan Masood has also been brought back.

In naming the Test squad, the selection committee had also consulted with the Pakistan team management including Head Coach Waqar Younis and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.

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Shahzad was axed from the ODI and Test squads for the tour of Bangladesh as Younis hoped to improve his attitude. 

The decision was met by severe criticism from experts and fans as they felt Shahzad was​ one of the genuine match winners in the side.

He was then named in the T20 and ODI squads against Zimbabwe and did well in the shortest format but did not feature in a single ODI on home soil.

The selection committee, however, ​does not appear ​keen to follow Younis' lead.

“While selecting the squad, the selection committee considered the following key areas: Suitability to play in varied playing conditions; potential to perform at international level; current form and fitness and performance in the previous tours of Bangladesh and recently concluded Pakistan ‘A’ team’s tour of Sri Lanka; feedback from the team management on the performance of players on Bangladesh tour,” ​c​hief selector Rasheed explained.

“Fawad Alam, Sami Aslam and some other players were also under consideration but could not be included but they remain on the selectors radar. Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Sohaib Maqsood are continuing ​rehab after sustaining injuries and it is hoped that they would be available for selection in the near future.”

Pakistan will player Three Tests against the Islanders,​ followed by five ODIs and two T20Is.

“Selection committee has also kept its options open in case of need for the 16th member keeping in mind the extreme weather conditions in Sri Lanka,” he added. 

 The 15-member Test squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (Vice-Captain), Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (Wicket keeper), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil.

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Gooch: Ashley Giles unlucky to be overlooked for England

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Giles was overlooked for the England job ​in favour of Peter Moores in 2014.

Graham Gooch ​has tipped Ashely Giles ​to coach England at Test level in the future​​, insisting​ ​he was​ "unlucky"​ ​to miss out on the job when Trevor Bayliss was appointed last month. ​

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Having led England’s ​limited overs side​s​ for over a year, Giles was overlooked for the combined ODI and Test role ​in favour of Peter Moores in April 2014.

Following the departure of Moores last month, Giles' name was again mentioned in conjunction with the role but the ​former spinner – who is currently Lancashire’s director of cricket – once again missed out. 

However, Gooch feels that it is only a matter of time before the former ​he is put in charge of the national team.​

"I think Ashley Giles has been a bit unlucky not to get the job," Giles told Sport360. "England’s poor finish in the T20 World Cup contributed to the loss of his position last year. If England had done better in the tournament I think he might have got the job. 

"He is certainly one English coach that has the international pedigree to take the position. He has gone to Lancashire as the time probably wasn’t right for him but I wouldn’t be surprised if some time in the future that Ashley becomes coach of the England cricket team."

​After the departure of Moores, new ECB director Andrew Strauss opted for a foreigner in Australian Bayliss to coach England. 

Gooch expressed some reservations about the decision, stating he'd have preferred to have an Englishman in the role​, especially with the Ashes series coming soon. 

“It is yet to be seen how an Australian gets on coaching England against Australia," Gooch added. "It is a new dynamic to say the least. But let’s give the guy a chance and I am sure he is looking forward to what will be a big challenge. 

​"​It will be an incredibly tough ask to begin with as it is against Australia, who are riding high at the top of the Test rankings.​"​

In an ideal world you would want the same nationality as the team you are coaching. But in this progressive world, things change and this is a new concept, especially when we are playing Australia. 

Despite his resverations, Gooch admitted that Bayliss' credentials were there for all to see. 

"It’s yet to be seen how it works out but I’m sure, in time, he will prove to be a successful coach for England," Gooch said.

“Tre​vor Bayliss has got a good track record.

“He coached Sri Lanka and he’s been around in the IPL and New South Wales so his pedigree is good."

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