Asian Cricket Council chief Nazmul Hasan bats for more India v Pakistan clashes

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ACC chief Nazmal Hasan (l).

Newly appointed Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chief Nazmul Hasan has called on India and Pakistan to play more bilateral matches between themselves in the interest of the game.

Bilateral cricket relations between the two Asian arch-rivals remains at a standstill and matches remain limited to ICC and ACC events like the recent Asia Cup held in the UAE.

Hasan, who is also the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (PCB), intends to make every effort to get giants of the game India and Pakistan playing each other more often.

“I want cricket to be at its place. Pakistan-India game is still the most viewed match in world cricket,” the ACC chief was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.

“Considering that fact, we think they should play against each other. And at the same time, in order to develop cricket in Asia, there should be more cricket between these two countries.

“To be honest, this is a big issue and I will have a discussion on this. I am confident that there will be matches played between them. Both the BCCI and its players want to play against Pakistan. But there are issues which the cricket boards cannot solve.”

India and Pakistan recently met in the Asia Cup.

India and Pakistan recently met in the Asia Cup.

While the BCCI recently turned down the chance to send an India team to Pakistan for the upcoming ACC Emerging Nations Asia Cup, the BCB have agreed to send their U23 squad after assurances on security.

It will be the second time in the last few years that a Bangladesh team will be travelling to Pakistan after the women’s squad toured the country in 2015.

“The tournament is being played in two parts. Our first phase matches are in Pakistan and we will play matches in Sri Lanka if we qualify. India have issues touring Pakistan so we (Bangladesh) also cannot put objection and put the tournament in jeopardy,” Hasan stated.

“It is true that there is security concern in Pakistan. But I have recently visited there and spoke of the security arrangement. We are sending the team only after getting strong security assurance. We ourselves have taken some measures which include sending representatives to asses security arrangements.”

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Records tumble in action-packed second edition of T10 League

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The second edition of the T10 League promised bigger and better action with eight teams battling it out in Sharjah over 12 days.

With top stars from across the world, including eight prominent Indian names, led by Zaheer Khan, in the mix the T10 League saw some memorable action in Sharjah, raising the bar in an already enthralling tournament.

The cricket was of high quality with some incredible records set this year. Here we take a look at a few of them.

Highest team total

Northern Warriors won the second edition of the T10 League.

Northern Warriors won the second edition of the T10 League.

Eventual champions Northern Warriors raised the bar to a new level when they amassed 183 in 10 overs – the highest in the first 10 overs in any cricket format – against Punjabi Legends.

Northern Warriors scored at nearly 20 runs for 10 straight overs against the Legends with Nicholas Pooran hitting 77 from just 25 deliveries and Andre Russell hitting 38 from nine. To put that into context, the very next day the Pakistan Test team scored 207-4 in an entire day’s play against New Zealand in the Dubai Test.

Hales goes hammer and tongs

In the opening match of the tournament, Afghan opener Mohammed Shahzad went berserk as he cracked 74 not out from 16 balls as the Rajputs chased down a 95-run target against the Sindhis in four overs. His 74 was the highest individual score in T10 before England’s Jonny Bairstow cracked an unbeaten 84 off 24 balls for the Kerala Knights against Bengal Tigers.

That record too didn’t stand for long as Bairstow’s compatriot Alex Hales – batting for Maratha Arabians – smashed 87 not out against the Tigers, which remained the highest score in the tournament.

Yamin’s double hat-trick

There was something in it for the bowlers as well. Bengal Tigers’ Pakistani all-rounder Aamer Yamin registered a rare double hat-trick when he picked up four wickets in four consecutive deliveries against Northern Warriors. The same day, veteran Indian cricketer 47-year-old Pravin Tambe of the Sindhis picked up 5-15, including a hat-trick, against Kerala Knights.

Warriors all-rounder Hardus Viljoen finished as the league’s top bowler with 18 wickets from nine games.

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Good morning cricket fans, and welcome to Sunday’s live cricket blog.

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news from around the world. We will be looking ahead to the deciding Test between Pakistan and New Zealand as well as the upcoming Test battled between Australia and India.

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10:30 pm – Warriors win T10 League

Northern Warriors gave another glimpse of their awesome hitting power as they stormed to a 22-run win in the final of the T10 League against Pakhtoon team in Sharjah on Sunday.

For more click here.

8:00 pm – UAE team to travel to Pakistan

Captain Rohan Mustafa and his eager players are all set for an emotional trip to Pakistan in what will be the first major tour by the current senior UAE team to the country.

For more, click here.

2:00pm – Pakistan openers in the spotlight ahead of Abu Dhabi decider

The pressure will very much be on Sarfraz Ahmed and his men as Pakistan get ready to take on New Zealand in the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi from Monday.

Here, we look at the three things the Pakistan skipper and his men need to do to ensure victory in the decider including a wake-up call for their openers.

Mohammad Hafeez will be under the scanner at Abu Dhabi.

Mohammad Hafeez will be under the scanner at Abu Dhabi.

12:00pm – Shaheen Afridi welcomes prospect of Pakistan Test bow

Pakistan‘s 18-year-old left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi said he did not expect a red-ball opportunity to arise so early in his career after finding himself in line for Test debut against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

A shoulder injury to seamer Mohammad Abbas in the second Test in Dubai means Shaheen is all but certain to play the third Test which starts on Monday with the series locked at 1-1.

Read what the youngster had to say about the prospect of his Test bow here.

Shaheen Afridi.

Shaheen Afridi.

11:00am – Ian Bell excited by maiden PSL challenge

Veteran batsman Ian Bell is looking forward to his maiden participation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after being picked up by defending champions Islamabad United in the player draft.

Read what Bell had to say about the prospect here.

Ian Bell is set for a maiden PSL stint.

Ian Bell is set for a maiden PSL stint.

10:00am – Tamim Iqbal nears Bangladesh return

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is all set to make his return from an injury layoff in his side’s upcoming ODI series against the West Indies.

The left-hander has been sidelined ever since he fractured his wrist in Bangladesh’s campaign during the Asia Cup in September.

Read more on this story here.

Nearing full fitness - Tamim Iqbal.

Nearing full fitness – Tamim Iqbal.

8:30am – Paine backs Aussie quicks to keep Kohli in check

Australia skipper Tim Paine believes his pace unit can greatly trouble India counterpart Virat Kohli if they keep their emotions in check in the upcoming four-match Test series between the two sides.

The hosts boast an impressive fast-bowling armoury which includes the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Read Paine’s comments on Kohli here.

Paine (r) is hoping to shackle Kohli with pace.

Paine (r) is hoping to shackle Kohli with pace.

8:00am – Kohli not searching for confrontations in Australia

India skipper Virat Kohli has revealed he no longer feels the urge to get into confrontations with opposition players.

Kohli and his men are set to take on Australia in a four-match Test series which gets underway this Thursday and the spotlight is bound to be on the India skipper who has previous history with the opposition.

Read Kohli’s full quotes on the subject here.

In the spotlight: Virat Kohli.

In the spotlight: Virat Kohli.

7:30pm – India youngster Shubman Gill keeps up impressive form

India‘s Under-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill is in rich form at the moment, churning out runs in all formats.

The talented batsman emerged as a bright prospect for India’s batting following the U19 World Cup where he was the second highest run scorer with 372 runs from six games, including one ton and three fifties.

Read more on Gill’s latest exploits with the bat here.

Shubman Gill.

Shubman Gill.

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