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South Africa reject tri-series proposal

September 7, 2008

South Africa reject tri-series proposal

With South Africa pulling out of the possible tri-series, Pakistan are now looking to organise a one-day series with Sri Lanka

The proposal for a tri-series in South Africa, also involving Pakistan and probably Sri Lanka has been rejected by Cricket South Africa, who said their top players need to rest after the recent tour of England.

“Cricket South Africa [CSA] have today informed us they can’t arrange the series as their players have had a long and hectic tour of England which ended on a disappointing note for them,” Shafqat Naghmi, the Pakistan board’s chief operating officer, said. Naghmi was also told by a CSA official that “South Africa’s leading players were not interested in playing in a series immediately after their tour of England”.

South Africa’s coach Mickey Arthur had expressed concerns that fatigue was hampering his team’s progress after their 4-0 loss to England in the recent one-day series and warned the administrators against “flogging a dead horse”.

The PCB was trying to arrange the tournament to fill the gap created by the postponement of the Champions Trophy which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September. However, five of the participating nations said they would not travel to Pakistan because of security concerns, forcing the tournament to be put off.

“We have the option of inviting one or two teams for one-day matches but will only go ahead with them after getting a clearance from the Interior Ministry,” Naghmi told .

Pakistan are now trying to set up a one-day series against Sri Lanka.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi


Shoaib to join Surrey on Sunday

September 6, 2008

Shoaib Akhtar: “The eventual aim is to play for Pakistan and I feel Surrey offers me the best opportunity to prove my fitness”

Shoaib Akhtar has sorted out his visa formalities and is expected to join county side Surrey on Sunday. Shoaib had been sent back home on arrival at Heathrow Airport on Thursday as he was carrying the wrong type of visa.

Surrey, in their bid to stave off relegation from Division One of the County Championship, had sought Shoaib for their final three games of the season. Shoaib missed the ongoing fixture against Kent – which has been affected by rain – but will be available for the final two matches against Hampshire and Nottinghamshire. The fast bowler, though, was headed to India on Saturday to take part in a TV show.

Shoaib has previously had county stints with Durham, Somerset and Worcestershire. He has played only one first-class match this year and was banned by the PCB for five years in April. The ban was subsequently reduced to 18 months, and later suspended. Shoaib was picked in Pakistan’s squad for the Champions Trophy but he still has to pay a fine of Rs 7 million (approx US$92,000) to the board.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi