Pakistan cricket writer completes 400 Tests

Veteran Pakistani cricket journalist Qamar Ahmed became only the third man in history to cover 400 Test matches on Thursday, at the third match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah.

The 76-year-old, fondly known as Q to friends and cricketers around the world, follows British journalist John Woodcock of The Times and former Australian captain-turned-writer and commentator Richie Benaud to the milestone.

He has also clocked up 732 one-day internationals and eight World Cup tournaments.AFP

IMC shortlists three candidates for Pakistan coach job

The Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during its meeting this week has shortlisted three candidates to take over as head coach of the national team for Asia Cup and World T20 Cup being held in Bangladesh in next three months.

“The interim committee discussed the issue of appointing a new coach after Australian Dav Whatmore leaves after the Sri Lanka series and the names of Moin Khan, Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younis (above) were discussed in detail,” a source close to the IMC said.

Whatmore has announced that he will not seek an extension to his two year coaching contract when it expires in February.PTI


PCB asks Australia to drop a Test and play three ODIs

The Pakistan cricket Board has said that it will be hosting three one-day internationals and probably a T20 match against Australia later this year instead of a test match.

Pakistan was originally scheduled to play just a three-test series against Australia as part of its home series but financial requirements had forced them to ask the Australians to drop a test and instead play three one-day matches.PTI

Watson to rest in ODI series against England 

All-rounder Shane Watson (right) will take a much-needed break from two upcoming one-day internationals against England, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.

“Given Shane’s workload in the past 12 months we consider it would be beneficial for him to have a longer break and continue his training programme at home in Sydney ahead of the final ODI and the tour of South Africa,” said coach Darren Lehman.

The national selection panel said Watson would re-join the squad for the final ODI in Adelaide on January 26.AFP