Pakistan spinner Raza Hasan arrested at rave party

Pakistani left arm spinner Raza Hasan has been caught by police at alcohol-fuelled rave party held in Islamabad.

The police has raided a hotel and detained the 22-year-old alongside a bunch of people including dancers for allegedly partying involving alcohol.

Earlier, Hasan had tested positive for consuming cocaine and faces a two-year ban from international cricket.

Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Pakistan and also a strict punishable offence.  

Hasan has played ten Twenty20 internationals and only a single one-day international for his country.
26 April, 2015

Derbyshire sign Proteas’ Hashim Amla

Derbyshire have announced the signing of South Africa captain Hashim Amla on a short-term deal.

The 31-year-old, who has scored 6757 runs in 82 Tests for South Africa at an average of 52.78 - will play three T20 Blast fixtures and two County Championship matches as a replacement for Martin Guptill, who has been called up for New Zealand’s Test squad for next month's tour of England.

"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to play in England this summer," the veteran batsman told the club's official website

"Derbyshire are an ambitious club with an exciting young team and I've enjoyed working with Graeme [Welch, Elite Performance Director] before. I'm looking forward to making a strong contribution in both four-day and Twenty-20 cricket for Derbyshire next month.”

Amla`s first Derbyshire encounter will be on May 10 when they take on Northamptonshire in the County Championship.

He has also played 115 ODIs, scoring 5 692 runs at 55.26, and 26 T20 internationals, adding 600 runs at a strike rate of 122.44.

Derbyshire will be Amla's fourth English county club, after having spells with Surrey, Nottinghamshire and Essex.

Report: India’s itinerary till December 2015

The Indian Cricket Team is all set to fly to Zimbabwe in July, as per the reports from Mumbai Mirror.

  • Team India will travel to Bangladesh, right after the conclusion of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League. 

  • India to play 3 One Day International’s and two Twenty20’s against Zimbabwe and later will head to Sri Lanka for a three-test match series, under Virat Kohli's captaincy.

  • In October, India to host South Africa which includes three Tests.

  • In December, the team is expected (not sure) to play against Pakistan in the UAE.

Expected Itinerary:

June: Tour of Bangladesh

July: Tour of Zimbabwe

August: Tour of Sri Lanka

September: Champions League T20

October-November: South Africa's tour of India

December: Tour of UAE against Pakistan
20 April, 2015

The Lyth of the Land

Adam Lyth scored 1489 runs at an average of 68 in the county championship last summer. His partnership with Alex Lees was prolific. But can one of the stars of 2014 force his way into England’s Ashes plans? 

Waiting For An Opportunity

England have tried, but failed, to find a solid opener partner for skipper Alastair Cook since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012 and they need one if they are to upset the market and pull off an Ashes win. Despite scoring a test century last summer, England decided to move on from Middlesex’s Sam Robson. Instead they selected Lyth and veteran Jonathan Trott in their squad for the West Indies – the first challenge of what could be a testing year for English cricket.

As a known quantity with nine test centuries under his belt, the management gave Trott the opportunity to open with Cook in the first test. Although this is understandable, the decision has been criticised by a number of supporters – not least those east of The Pennines who know what Lyth brings to the table.

Trott hasn’t played for England since leaving the ill fated Ashes tour of 2013 with a ‘stress related’ illness (although he subsequently claimed it was just burn out). What’s more, at 33 years of age the Warwickshire man is hardly the future.

Critics have also complained that Trott isn’t actually a specialist opener: he often bats at four for Warwickshire and has played almost exclusively as a number three in his 49 tests. Why play someone out of position?

With Trott in the side, England’s top order has a rather stodgy feel to it. Neither Cook, Trott, nor the current number three Gary Ballance, are known for scoring quickly. Lyth’s supporters claim the Yorkshireman’s dashing style would be a nice contrast and raise the tempo somewhat.

Lyth’s aspirations, however, are currently buried under the weight of England’s managerial conservatism. With Trott is pole position to score runs against a weakened West Indies team, it could be some time before Lyth gets his chance.

Thinking the Unthinkable

Having scored heavily in domestic cricket, Lyth might wonder what more he can do. He might also look at little enviously at Alastair Cook who, at the time of writing, hasn’t scored an international hundred for almost two years. When you’re eagerly awaiting a single opportunity, it’s frustrating when favourite sons are given infinite chances.

The winds of change, however, are blowing through the corridors of power at the ECB. Paul Downton, the managing director of English cricket, was recently dismissed; there’s also a new chief executive officer, Tom Harrison, in place.

What’s more a new ECB chairman, Colin Graves, will be in place next month. As a Yorkshireman, Graves knows all about Lyth’s qualities. Perhaps Alastair Cook won’t be so untouchable under the new regime? Lyth might yet end up replacing the skipper.

A New Generation Calling?

At 27 years of age, Adam Lyth is mature enough to succeed immediately at test level. He’s served his apprenticeship in county cricket yet he’s still young enough to enjoy a prolonged international career should he get his chance.

Is he talented enough? Only time will tell. His career’s had its ups and downs, but fifteen first class hundreds at an average of 43 suggests Lyth has plenty to offer.

The problem for Lyth is whether he’ll have a chance to establish himself before the Ashes. If Cook and Trott struggle for runs in the West Indies, but the selectors persist with them against New Zealand in May, the left hander could make his debut against the mighty Aussies. What a baptism of fire that would be.

West Indies test squad to face England 2015

Rookie batsman Shai Hope and Guyana leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo duo has been included in West Indies’ 14-man squad for the three test match series against England, starting from Monday.

Second Test from April 21.
Third Test from May 1.

WI Squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Sulieman Benn, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.
12 April, 2015

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