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KARACHI: Pakistan will do whatever it takes to win the two-Test series in Sri Lanka even if it means spoiling senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene's farewell party, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday.

Former Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene, who has scored 11,671 runs in 147 Tests averaging over 50, announced last month he would retire from Test cricket after the home series against Pakistan starting at Galle on Wednesday.

“If we are to win the series in Sri Lanka, we have to ensure that their top batsmen, particularly Jayawardene, is not allowed to get many runs,” Misbah told a news conference on the eve of the team's departure for Sri Lanka.

“I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved but we are going to Sri Lanka to win the two-Test series and we know how important it is for us to not allow their senior players to score.”

Jayawardene, 37, has also scored 11681 runs in 420 one-dayers and with stalwart Kumar Sangakkara is the mainstay of the Sri Lankan batting.

Misbah predicted a tough series against the Sri Lankans who have a strong home record.

“It is going to be a tough series because Sri Lanka have been playing lot of Test and other cricket. But we have prepared hard and I have confidence in our bowlers,” said Misbah.

“Our spinners have traditionally done well in Sri Lanka but we are banking on our pace bowlers as well.”

Misbah, who turned 40 in May and has a modest strike rate in one-dayers, was coy about his chances of leading Pakistan in next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“I just focus on the match at the moment because that is important. No one knows what will happen after one day so why think about the World Cup.

“I take it one match at a time and carry on from there. And I am under no pressure because of the captaincy debate,” he added.

SOUTHAMPTON: Moeen Ali spun England to victory as they ended a streak of 10 Tests without a win by beating India by 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton on Thursday.

Ali took six for 67 in 20.4 overs, including a spell of four for 17 in 22 balls as England completed a crushing win that saw them level the five-match series at 1-1.

India, chasing what would have been a new fourth innings record winning total of 445, were bowled out for 178 before lunch on the fifth day.

After resuming on 112 for four, India collapsed as they lost their final six wickets for 66 runs inside 25 overs on Thursday, with only Ajinkya Rahane (52 not out) offering much in the way of resistance.

India, 1-0 up after their 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's, resumed knowing the most any side had made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the 418 for seven by the West Indies against Australia at St John's in 2002/03.

The tourists had lost three wickets late Wednesday to England's 'part-time' spinners Ali (two for 33 in 12 overs) and Joe Root (one for five in two overs) after Murali Vijay had been run out.

Rahane was 18 not out and Rohit Sharma dropped on five by James Anderson after he put down a caught and bowled chance, six not out.

But India lost a wicket without adding to their score.

Man-of-the-match Anderson struck with his third ball Thursday after Sharma, feeling for the ball a long way outside off stump, was caught behind by Test debutant wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

And it was not long before the Lancashire duo combined again as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (six) was undone by an excellent full-length delivery that nipped away off the seam.

Anderson had taken two wickets for six runs in 12 balls, with India now 120 for six.

COLOMBO: Wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal and spinner Ajantha Mendis were left out of the Sri Lanka squad of 15 named for the two-Test series against Pakistan starting at Galle next week.

Chandimal lost his place to Niroshan Dickwella who made his Test debut in the second Test against South Africa in Colombo last week and scored a half-century.

On the strength of his performance Dickwella has been retained for the two Tests against Pakistan.

Mendis has been left out after a disappointing bowling performance in the drawn Colombo Test which secured a 1-0 series win for South Africa.

Mendis, one of three spinners in the side, failed to take a wicket in either innings while conceding 85 runs. Mendis' place has been filled in by fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep who returns after injury.

Shaminda Eranga, who missed the Colombo Test due to a hand injury, and Suranga Lakmal have been selected subject to fitness.

“Eranga has recovered from his injured hand that required eight stitches, it's a question of whether he can field,” said Sri Lanka manager Michael de Zoysa.

“Lakmal complained of pain in his heel during the second innings of the second Test.

“We had a scan and an x-ray done but there doesn't seem to be any fracture or anything but we are monitoring him carefully.”

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play two Tests in Galle and Colombo from August 6 and 14 respectively before the teams play a three-match ODI series between August 23 and 30.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedara, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep.

RIO DE JANEIRO: Germany will have to contend with black magic as well Brazil's Selecao in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final as a voodoo priest plans to curse die Mannschaft.

Brazil will be without injured superstar Neymar in Belo Horizonte, but black magic enthusiast Helio Sillman from Rio de Janeiro says his curse will hinder Joachim Loew's team in the semi-final.

“I'll take their top player and bind his legs so he can't run on the pitch,” said Sillman, referring to the voodoo doll of an undisclosed German player that will be cursed in a ceremony before the game.

In his shop “World of Orixas” in the northern neighborhood of Madureira, Sillman carries out a ritual before each Selecao game.

Using a a small football pitch-shaped box as his alter, he puts inside lit candles in the colours of the opposing team and the voodoo doll of their most important player.

Sillman's curse on James Rodriguez did not stop the Colombian star from scoring in his team's 2-1 defeat to Brazil in Friday's quarter-finals.

And he was powerless to prevent Selecao star Neymar from suffering a fractured vertebrae against the Colombians that has ruled him out of the World Cup.

But Sillman points to Brazil's results against Cameroon, Chile, Croatia and Mexico as testimony to the influence of his magic.

Voodoo dolls representing a player from each of the Selecao's opponents sit in a bowl.

“Those are the four teams that Brazil have overcome,” he said.

Germany's Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer and Mats Hummels have been warned.

پاکستان اور بھارت کی کرکٹ ٹیمیں آئندہ فیوچر ٹورز پروگرام میں چھ بار مدمقابل ہوں گی۔

پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ کے چیف آپریٹنگ آفیسر سبحان احمد کے مطابق 2015 سے 2023 کے درمیانی عرصے میں آئی سی سی کے فیوچر ٹورز پروگرام میں پاکستان اور بھارت کے درمیان چھ دورے رکھے گئے ہیں جن میں سے چار کی میزبانی پاکستان کرے گا۔

ان چھ دوروں میں مجموعی طور پر 14 ٹیسٹ 30 ون ڈے اور 12 ٹی ٹوئنٹی میچ شامل ہوں گے۔

سبحان احمد کا یہ بھی کہنا ہے کہ پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ اور بی سی سی آئی کے درمیان ان چھ دوروں کے بارے میں مفاہمت کی یادداشت پر دستخط ہو چکے ہیں اور پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ آئی پی ایل کے بعد بھارتی کرکٹ بورڈ سے ان دوروں کی تفصیلات کے بارے میں بات کرے گا۔

پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ کو توقع ہے کہ ان دوروں کو یقینی بنانے کے لیے قانونی معاہدے بھی ہو جائیں گے۔

واضح رہے کہ آئی سی سی میں بگ تھری کے غلبے کے بعد آسٹریلیا، بھارت اور انگلینڈ نے دیگر ممالک کی حمایت حاصل کرنے کے لیے ان سے مختلف اوقات میں سیریز کھیلنے کی پیشکشیں کی تھیں۔

پاکستان بگ تھری کی حمایت کرنے والا سب سے آخری ملک تھا۔

پاکستان اور بھارت کے درمیان ہونے والی کرکٹ دونوں ملکوں کی حکومتوں کی اجازت سے مشروط رہی ہے۔

بھارتی ٹیم نے آخری بار 2008 میں ایشیا کپ کھیلنے کے لیے پاکستان کا دورہ کیا تھا۔

2009 میں سری لنکن ٹیم پر حملے کے بعد سے کوئی بھی غیر ملکی ٹیم پاکستان نہیں آئی ہے۔

پاکستانی کرکٹ ٹیم نے 13 - 2012 میں بھارت کا مختصر دورہ کیا تھا جس میں اس نے تین ون ڈے اور دو ٹی ٹوئنٹی انٹرنیشنل کھیلے تھے۔

Pakistan will face off against Sri Lanka in two Tests and three ODIs in August, officials from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed just a day after the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board meeting.


PCB announces 'conditional' support for 'Big Three'


According to Cricinfo, while there has been a loose agreement on the series in Sri Lanka, tour dates have not been confirmed. With these Tests, both Sri Lanka and Pakistan will bring their 2014 tally to nine Tests, provided all everything goes according to schedule.

Pakistan have no assignment before their series against Australia in October when they play two Tests, three one-days and one Twenty20 in the United Arab Emirates before hosting New Zealand shortly after.

In a statement released to the media following the conclusion of the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai on Thursday, the PCB said it had agreed to the revised ICC resolutions only on the conditions that it would get bilateral series with all members from 2015-2023.

“We had completed the discussion, consultation and negotiation phase with regard to the revised resolutions. It was important for us to get assurances on bilateral cricket with all Boards, especially India, which we have now received. The detailed Future Tour Programs (FTP) are now being finalised with all, especially India,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.

Sethi clarified that Pakistan had decided to change its stance after “the resolutions have been diluted considerably from when these were first presented, and are now unobjectionable.”

KUWAIT: Friday, April 4, 2014 happened to be one of the brightest day for Kuwait Cricket as the large cricket loving fans all over Kuwait had the satisfaction of watching their favorite teams in action during the finals of the Six Nation festival cricket tournament organized by Kuwait Cricket which ended up in a colorful note. Pakistan selected XI the defending champions, retained their title as they prevailed over Indian selected XI by 70 runs to lift the Platinum Cup.  In the morning match, Sri Lanka selected XI defeated Afghanistan selected XI to bag the Gold Cup and Bangladesh edged the spirited Kuwait XI, comprising of only Kuwait nationals to take the Silver Cup.

The presentation ceremony was graced by the presence of many dignitaries to the likes of The Ambassador of Great Briton, H.E. Frank Baker who released the tournament sovenier. Also present were the Ambassador of Australia, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Ambassador of Afghanistan, Deputy Head of Mission of Indian Embassy, Charge D’Affairs of Pakistan Embassy and Head of Bangladesh Military mission in Kuwait. Charge D’Affairs of Pakistan Embassy presented the winning trophy & cash prizes to Pakistan & India teams while the Sri Lankan & Afghanistan Ambassdors presented the Gold Cup & cash prize to Sri Lankan & Afghanistan teams. The Silver Cup & cash prizes were presented to Bangladesh & Kuwait team by The British Ambassador.

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