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LAHORE---Pakistan will try and
carry its winning momentum
against Zimbabwe into their one-
day international series from today,
knowing nothing less than a 3--0
win would keep them in contention
for next year s Champions Trophy.
Pakistan clinched the Twenty20s
with two hard-fought victories in
front of sell-out crowds of 27,000
at Gaddafi Stadium, in the first major
international cricket matches in the
country in six years.
Pakistan was whitewashed 3--0
in ODIs in Bangladesh recently,
dropping the team to No 9 in the
world rankings. Pakistan will lose
two more points even if it wins 2--1
"We know it s (3--0 victory) very
important for the Champions Tro-
phy, but it s also necessary to build
the team," said Azhar Ali, who cap-
tained Pakistan for the first time in
the Bangladesh series.
Pakistan has beefed up its squad
by recalling fast bowler Mohammad
Sami and allrounder Shoaib Malik.
Malik last played an ODI in the 2013
Champions Trophy, while 34-year-
old Sami has been out for three years.
Sami and Malik had a mixed
return in the T20s against Zimbab-
we, but Ali insisted Pakistan needed
experienced players in the ODIs in
the absence of retired allrounder
Shahid Afridi, and injuries to fast
bowlers Mohammad Irfan and Rahat
"Every team plays with four
bowlers, plus two, three allrounders,
which we missed in Bangladesh," Ali
"We are trying to develop a com-
bination which has good allrounders,
and we have six, seven bowlers in
Along with allrounders Malik and
Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan has
picked Anwar Ali, and the uncapped
Hammad Azam and Imad Wasim,
who can bat down the order.
Ali is one of the several players
who hasn t played an international
at home since making their Pakistan
debuts over the last six years. He
enjoyed the electrifying atmosphere
at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, when
Pakistan clinched a tense two-wicket
"It s very emotional for me," he
said. "I ve been playing for Pakistan
for the last five years, but haven t
played at my home ground. It s an
exciting moment for me ... it s great
that cricket has returned to Pak-
The Zimbabwe bowlers and field-
ers disappointed their captain Elton
Chigumbura after the batsmen gave
them decent totals of 172 and 175 in
"Our batting is good and it s down
to our fielding and bowling,"
Chigumbura said. (AP)
England is closing in on hiring a new coach for
its national cricket team.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said yesterday
it is in exclusive negotiations with its preferred can-
didate, who is widely reported in the British and
Australian media to be Trevor Bayliss.
Bayliss, a 52-year-old Australian who has never
played international cricket, is a former coach of Sri
Lanka and led the team to the World Cup final in
2011. He has also coached New South Wales to two
Sheffield Shield titles in Australian domestic cricket
and won the Indian Premier League when in charge
of Kolkata Knight Riders.
"If Trevor Bayliss is the new coach of England,
then England are very lucky," Australia spin-bowling
great Shane Warne said on Twitter. Speaking as a
pundit on British broadcaster Sky Sports, Warne
described Bayliss as a "background coach" who "plays
cricket in the right way."
Paul Farbrace, England s temporary coach following
the firing of Peter Moores two weeks ago, was the
No 2 to Bayliss with Sri Lanka.
Another Australian, Jason Gillespie, was widely
considered the front-runner for the vacant role after
his impressive work at English county side Yorkshire
and has held two rounds of talks with Andrew Strauss,
England s recently appointed director of cricket.
Gillespie said he had spoken to Strauss again yes-
"I m not that preferred candidate, so that s their
call," Gillespie said. "I d hardly say (I m) disappointed.
I think it would have been a good job to have, no
question. There s exciting times ahead for English
cricket and it would have been a great challenge, but
it s not to be." (AP)
down coach search
to one candidate
Pakistan hopes to carry on winning momentum
LAHORE---Pakistan international cricketer Raza
Hasan has failed a doping test and the Pakistan
Cricket Board says it has banned the 22-year-old
left-arm spinner for two years.
The PCB says it received "an adverse analytical
finding for the presence of a prohibited substance"
in Hasan s urine sample, but didn t specify which.
Hasan was tested in January during a domestic
competition in the southern port city of Karachi.
The spinner didn t respond to a notice from the
PCB for a hearing in March and has been subsequently
banned for two years.
Hasan made his international debut with a Twen-
ty20 against Australia in the United Arab Emirates
in 2012 and took ten wickets in as many T20s.
He also took one wicket for 68 runs in his only
one-day international against New Zealand at Dubai
Hasan banned 2
years for doping
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