Pakistan v New Zealand LIVE: Pakistan grind to 207-4 on day one

Sport360 staff 24/11/2018
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Ajaz Patel struck towards the close of play on day one.

New Zealand medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme took two wickets to rattle Pakistan to 56-2 at lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Dubai on Saturday.

Grandhomme dismissed openers Mohammad Hafeez (nine) and Imam-ul-Haq (nine) in successive overs after Pakistan won the toss and batted on a flat Dubai stadium pitch.

Then, Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail repaired the early damage with a watchful century stand for the third wicket before the former was run-out for 81.

Asad Shafiq (12) became the fourth Pakistan batsman to fall on the opening day Ajaz Patel getting the better of him towards the closing stages on Saturday. Pakistan were placed at 207-4 with Sohail batting on 81 when stumps were drawn on day one.

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The ICC World Twenty20 will now be called as the ICC T20 World Cup.

The International Cricket Council on Friday announced that the ICC World Twenty20 will now be official renamed as the ICC T20 World Cup.

This means that the next edition of the tournament to be held in Australia in 2020 will be called as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

The tournament has been known only as the ICC World Twenty20 ever since it was launched in 2007 in South Africa with the ‘World Cup’ tag being reserved only for the 50-over edition.

The move to rename the tournament has been welcomed by the skippers of Australia, India, Pakistan among others.

“It’s exciting for Australia to be hosting both the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020,” Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch stated.

“Representing your country in a World Cup is a huge honour, and winning the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 on home soil was an incredible feeling. Now, we get the chance to take on the world’s best T20 teams in Australia as part of this showcase event,” he added.

India skipper Virat Kohli too hailed the decision as he looked forward to the 2020 edition Down Under.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to be part of the T20 World Cup in Australia. The pinnacle event for T20 cricket is rightly now the World Cup. India won the first edition of the World T20 in 2007 and it would be a great moment to hold the T20 World Cup trophy aloft in Australia,” said Kohli.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, whose team is the No1 ranked T20 outfit in the world, welcomed the ICC’s decision to provide some context to the 20-0ver tournament.

“By renaming the World T20 as T20 World Cup, the ICC has enhanced the reputation, value and prestige of this extremely difficult and challenging tournament. This event has previously been referred to differently in marketing and digital campaigns, television broadcast, media reports and, as such, there was no clarity on where this event was ranked amongst the other ICC events. I am sure this amendment will give the event its due credit and well-deserved identity,” Sarfraz said.

“Pakistan is the best T20I side in the world and I am sure we will be an even better and stronger outfit when the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup takes place in the second half of 2020. After next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, we will shift our attention to the 20-over format and will aim to add another T20 World Cup to our collection,” he continued.

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Windies pacer Gabriel to miss second Test against Bangladesh

Waseem Ahmed 23/11/2018
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Gabriel (c) will be suspended for the Mirpur Test.

West Indies will have to make do without the services of their key pacer Shannon Gabriel in their second Test against Bangladesh after he was served with a one-match suspension by the ICC.

The Windies quick was sanctioned after he was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel in the ongoing first Test between the two sides at Chattogram.

Gabriel was punished for ‘inappropriate physical contact’ with Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes during the first day of the Test.

The incident occurred during the eighth over of the Test on Thursday with Gabriel making deliberate contact with Kayes after the Bangladesh batsman looked to take a quick single off his bowling.

The charges against the Windies bowler were brought forward by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Illingworth along with third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth official Masudur Rahman.

Gabriel admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee David Boon with no formal hearing being required in the matter.

The pacer was awarded two demerit points for the offence while also being fined 30 per cent of his match fees. This was the second such offence for the Windies bowler in the past 24 months after he had been awarded with three demerit points and fined 50 per cent of his match fees during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April last year.

With the accumulation of two more points on Friday, Gabriel has crossed the four-point threshold which automatically translates to a one-Test suspension.

As such, Gabriel will be unavailable for the second Test at Mirpur which gets underway on November 30.

At stumps on day two at Chattogram, the hosts had reached 55-5 in their second innings after 17 wickets fell on Friday. Bangladesh had taken a 78-run lead in the first innings after Windies had been bowled out for 246 in reply to their 324.

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