South Africa legend Kallis signs up for MCL2020 UAE

Barny 16/06/2015
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Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been announced as the fourth icon of the Masters Champions League (MCL).

Taking place in the UAE, the MCL includes illustrious names such as Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram and Brian Lara.

The addition of Kallis was revealed through the MCL YouTube channel and you can keep up-to-date with the latest competiton news by following the league on Twitter.


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(L-R) Sangakkara, Murali & Akram have enjoyed this fixture.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan is a cricketing fixture steeped in history, with matches being played between the nations dating back to 1982.

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The two sides from the sub-continent come up against each other in the first of three Test matches on Wednesday in Galle and expectations are high for both teams.

Here, we look at the all-important stats that have defined the matches between the two nations over the past 43 years.

Match results          
Venue Mts SL Pak Draw Period
In Sri Lanka 20 6 6 8 1986-2014
In Pakistan 21 6 8 7 1982-2009
In UAE 6 1 2 3 2011-2014
In Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 1999
Total 48 13 17 18 1982-2014
Series summary in Sri Lanka from 1986 to 2014          
Month, Year Mts SL Pak Draw Series won
Feb-Mar 1986 3 1 1 1 Drawn
Aug 1994 2 0 2 0 Pakistan
Apr 1997 2 0 0 2 Drawn
Jun-Jul 2000 3 0 2 1 Pakistan
Mar-Apr 2006 2 0 1 1 Pakistan
Jul 2009 3 2 0 1 Sri Lanka
Jun-Jul 2012 3 1 0 2 Sri Lanka
Aug 2014 2 2 0 0 Sri Lanka
Total 20 6 6 8  
Series summary: Played 8: Sri Lanka won 3, Pakistan 3, Drawn 2          
Overall series results            
Venue Mts SL Pak Draw    
In Sri Lanka 8 3 3 2    
In Pakistan 9 3 3 3    
In Bangladesh 1 0 1 0    
In UAE 2 0 1 1    
Total 20 6 8 6    
The series in Bangladesh was the final of the Asian Test cricket Championships final in 1999            
Highest team totals        
Sri Lanka        
644-7d at Karachi   Feb 2009 (Drawn)
606-10 at Lahore   March 2009 (Drawn)
533-9d at Galle   Aug 2014 (Won)
Pakistan        
765-6d at Karachi   Feb 2009 (Drawn)
600-8d at Galle   June 2000 (Won)
594-10 at Dhaka   March 1999 (Won)
Lowest team totals      
Sri Lanka      
71-10 at Kandy Aug 1994 (Lost)
73-9+ at Kandy Apr 2006 (Lost)
101-9+ at Kandy Feb 1986 (Lost)
+ one batsman absent hurt      
Pakistan      
90-10 at ColomboPSS Jul 2009 (Lost)
100-10 at Galle June 2012 (Lost)
117-10 at Galle July 2009 (Lost)
Total individual 100s  
Overall 85 (Sri Lanka 41 – Pakistan 44)  
in Sri Lanka 36 (Sri Lanka 17 – Pakistan 19)  
Highest individual scores  
Sri Lanka  
253  Sanath Jayasuriya at Faisalabad Oct 2004 (Won)
240  Mahela Jayawardene at Karachi Feb 2009 (Drawn)
231 Thilan Samaraweera at Karachi Feb 2009 (Drawn)
Highest in Sri Lanka: 221  Kumar Sangakkara at Galle Aug 2014 (Won)
Pakistan  
313 Younus Khan at Karachi Feb 2009 (Drawn)
236  Taufeeq Umar at Abu Dhabi Oct 2011 (Drawn)
211  Ijaz Ahmed at Dhaka Mar 1999 (Won)
Highest in Sri Lanka 196 by Mohd Hafeez at Colombo SSCJune 2012 (Drawn)
Leading run-scorers  
Sri Lanka  
2,809 Kumar Sangakkara in 21 mts, 41 inns, ave 80.26
1,687  Mahela Jayawardene in 29 mts, 55 inns, ave 32.44
1,490 Sanath Jayasuriya in 17 mts, 30 inns, ave 51.38
Most in Sri Lanka 1432 runs by Kumar Sangakkara in 10 mts, 20 inns, ave 89.50
Pakistan  
2,019  Younus Khan in 26 mts, 43 inns, ave 50.47
1,559 Inzamam-ul-Haq in 20 mts, 31 inns, ave 59.96
927 Misbah-ul-Haq in 15 mts, 23 inns, ave 46.35
Most in Sri Lanka 796 runs by Younus Khan in 13 mts, 22 inns, ave 39.80
Most individual 100s  
Sri Lanka: 10 – Kumar Sangakkara  (Most in Sri Lanka – 5 by Kumar Sangakkara)
Pakistan: 7 – Younus Khan  (Most in Sri Lanka 2 by Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Shoaib Malik,Younus Khan, Azhar Ali)
   
Best bowling in an innings        
Sri Lanka        
9/127 Rangana Herath at Colombo SSC Aug 2014 (Won)
8/83 Ravi Ratnayeke at Sialkot Oct 1985 (Lost)
6/48 Rangana Herath at Galle Aug 2014 (Won)
Pakistan        
8/58 Imran Khan at Lahore Mar 1982 (Won)
7/118 Danish Kaneria at Karachi Nov 2004 (Won)
6/34 Waqar Younis at Kandy Aug 1994 (Won)
Best bowling in a match        
Sri Lanka        
14/184 Rangana Herath at Colombo SSC Aug 2014 (Won)
10/148 Muralitharan at Peshawar Mar 2000 (Won)
9/162 Somachandra de Silva at Faisalabad Mar 1982 (Drawn)
Pakistan        
14/116 Imran Khan at Lahore Mar 1982 (Won)
11/71 Mohd Asif at Kandy Apr 2006 (Won)
11/119 Waqar Younis at Kandy Aug 1994 (Won)
Leading wicket-takers  
Sri Lanka  
88 Rangana Herath in 17 mts ave 28.19
80 Muralitharan in 16 mts ave 25.46
47 Chaminda Vaas in 18 mts ave 37.06
Most in Sri Lanka: 52 wickets by Rangana Herath in 9 mts ave 24.38
Pakistan  
66 Saeed Ajmal in 14 mts ave 32.88
63 Wasim Akram in 19 mts ave 21.27
56 Waqar Younis in 13 mts ave 22.73
Most in Sri Lanka: 38 wickets by Saeed Ajmal in 8 mts ave 32.39
Overall Test record          
Sri Lanka          
Venue Mts Won Lost Draw %win
Home 117 49 27 41 41.88
Away 118 22 57 39 18.64
Total 235 71 84 80 30.21
Pakistan          
Venue Mts Won Lost Draw %win
Home 151 56 22 73 37.09
Away 238 66 88 84 27.73
Total 389 122 110 157 31.36

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Leading Light: Kumar Sangakara

Kumar Sangakkara will get a chance to build on his prolific Test record before retirement when familiar foes Sri Lanka and Pakistan contest their fourth series in two years from tomorrow.

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The 37-year-old has not responded to media speculation that he will play three more home Tests – two of the three matches against Pakistan and one against India in August – before ending his 15-year-career.

The left-hander is head and shoulders above other current Test batsmen. His 12,203 runs and 38 centuries far exceed second-placed Alastair Cook of England, who has 9,000 runs and 27 hundreds.

Sangakkara is unlikely to catch up with record-holder Sachin Tendulkar’s Test tally of 15,921 runs and 51 hundreds, but his 11 scores of 200- plus are just one short of Australian legend Don Bradman’s record of 12.

In Sri Lanka’s previous Test, against New Zealand in Wellington in January, Sangakkara hammered 203 to continue a prolific streak that saw him make 221 against Pakistan and 319 against Bangladesh last year.

Sangakkara, who has already quit one-day and Twenty20 cricket, will meet Sri Lanka Cricket officials this week to decide how many more Tests he will play in the home season.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have already played six series in as many years, the last of which also took place on the island a year ago. The hosts won both Tests, leaving Pakistan without a win in Sri Lanka since 2006.

Pakistani captain Misbah-ul Haq, 41, hopes to rectify that record and build on a commendable 2-0 win over Australia in the UAE last year, followed by a 1-0 triumph in Bangladesh this May.

“It is always interesting to play Sri Lanka because both sides know each other’s game well,” said Misbah. “Pakistan has done well in Tests recently and that has given us a lot of confidence.”

Sri Lanka’s coach Marvan Atapattu said Pakistan will miss spin spearhead Saeed Ajmal, who was not selected after struggling with a remodelled bowling action on the Bangladesh tour last month.

“Now that he is not there gives us a psychological advantage,” he said.

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