Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 3rd 2016 Contents The new year brought in new fortunes
for Zimbabwe s bowlers, but not their bats-
man, as they snatched a 117-run win from
Afghanistan in the third ODI in Sharjah
to keep the five-match series alive.
Their medium-pacers struck from the
very first over and allowed a biggest part-
nership of only 23 runs as Afghanistan were
routed for 58 in their chase of 176.
Luke Jongwe took his maiden ODI five-
for and Neville Madziva finished with 3 for
27 from six overs to dismiss Afghanistan in
only 16.1 overs.
It barely looked like Zimbabwe would get
anywhere close to victory when they were
49 for 7 after choosing to bat, but Hamilton
Masakadza and Graeme Cremer staged a
comeback for them, striking fifties and shar-
ing a partnership of 104 runs to help the
side move past 150.
With a more respectable total to defend,
Zimbabwe s bowlers dismantled the
Afghanistan line-up, by having most of their
frontline batsmen caught behind.
Unlike Zimbabwe, Afghanistan could not
recover from their score of 47 for 7 and,
except for an Mohammad Shahzad, no other
batsman reached double-figures.
Strangely, both teams were 0 for 2 and
Zimbabwe s recovery was better. Madziva
and Jongwe didn t allow the Afghanistan
batsmen to breathe at all.
Madziva struck off consecutive deliveries
in the first over to remove Noor Ali Zadran
with a yorker and Mohammad Nabi with
a wide delivery which he edged to the wick-
etkeeper. The other opening bowler and
left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro, who came
in for Wellington Masakadza, also chipped
in with two big wickets to reduce
Afghanistan to 39 for 4.
Shahzad, meanwhile, had done a bit of
damage early on to keep Afghanistan alive
by scoring 31 of their total of 39 by the sixth
He used brute force and targeted the leg
side for most of his blows before failing in
his attempt to clear mid-off and Elton
Chigumbura dived forward for a good, low
The rest of the damage was then inflicted
by Jongwe, who stuck to an asking line and
length outside off, extracted good bounce
and produced frequent outside edges.
January 3, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Sri Lanka s
istry has reported
an alleged fixing
approach made to
Kusal Perera and one
other Sri Lanka player to
the country s Financial
Perera and the other player
had allegedly been
approached by a net
bowler during West
Indies tour of Sri Lanka,
SLC officials have said
both players immedi-
ately reported this
the ICC s
Anti-Corruption and Security
Unit (ACSU), but the sports min-
istry has now moved to put a
domestic investigation in motion,
in light of Perera testing positive
for a banned substance in an ICC
suspicion of a net bowler, who
was around for that West Indies
series, so the sports ministry has
passed the information on to the
FCID," sports ministry official
KDS Ruwanchandra said.
Sports minister Dayasiri
Jayasekara has also previously
suggested that a "conspiracy"
may be to blame for Perera testing
positive for a banned substance.
The fixing approach had
allegedly been made in the
approach to the Galle Test,
which Sri Lanka compre-
It is understood to have
been a "soft" preliminary
approach, meaning no spe-
cific fixes were requested,
nor sums offered.
Perera has recently opted to
have his B sample tested, and
is awaiting full details from that
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja believes
the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has "rushed the
issue" by including Mohammad Amir in the ODI
and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of New
Zealand. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Raja said he
would have liked to see more "homework done"
before integrating Amir into the national set-up
after his ban for spot-fixing ended.
"It s a desperate situation because they want to
win and Amir is seen as the guy who can get them
those wins," Ramiz said.
"He has got loads of talent and ability; that has
never been in doubt.
"But yes, the process has been rushed just to
accommodate him and I think Pakistan needed to
give more time to the entire squad to soak it in.
"I think there is the objective view and the emo-
tional view and three-four of the players have been
rather emotional about the subject.
"It is not Amir, it is the theme, the larger picture
that seems to upset them and it needed to heal
properly; it is still pretty raw to some of them. I
wanted more homework done from the board to
make everyone realise the importance of an Amir
Amir s inclusion in the Pakistan squad has been
the subject of a intense debate in recent weeks.
Senior allrounder Mohammad Hafeez and ODI cap-
tain Azhar Ali protested Amir s return by not attend-
ing a conditioning camp in Lahore on December
24, due to Amir s inclusion among the probables
for the camp.
Azhar had to be convinced against resigning from
the captaincy by PCB chief Shahryar Khan, who
has been steadfast in backing Amir s recall.
While sympathising with Azhar for his stance,
Ramiz argued that statements such as the ones
made by T20 captain Shahid Afridi, who said he
was "happy" to have Amir back in the mix, should
be avoided as it could create divisions within the
"PCB has taken a stance on Amir, he has been
included, so there shouldn t be voices now anti or
for Amir," Ramiz said.
"He s eligible to play for Pakistan, let him perform
and get into rhythm. By coming out openly in favour
of Amir, you are dividing the dressing room also
because there are still voices that do not want him
"I would suggest let s not plead Amir s case if
you are player, just go out there, play with him,
try to get along with him and leave it there.
"It is a tough one for Azhar Ali, who obviously
was not comfortable with Amir being in the dressing
room. Now that he has decided to play for Pakistan,
I think he has done the right thing. He has registered
his annoyance; he has made his point felt.
"The entire cricket fraternity knows where he is
with regard to issues of spot fixing but having said
that he shouldn t sacrifice his own career.
"Managing Amir will take a little bit of time, it
is not an impossible situation but the first six to
eight months will be a real test for Pakistan.
"They need to come to grips with a guy who has
got them into these negative headlines. You play
for honour, pride and enjoyment.
"If these three things go missing, then obviously
you shouldn t be playing the game. That s the big
hurdle that some of these Pakistani guys really need
to cross over."
While backing Amir s recall, chief selector Haroon
Rashid had argued that despite having spent five
years in the wilderness, Amir was "still better"
than most of the players he is competing with for
Ramiz, though, was not yet convinced that Amir
was an automatic selection in the playing eleven,
and was worried that the ghosts of his infamous
no-ball at Lord s five years ago could return to
Afghanistan falls for 58
SCORES: Zimbabwe 175 (Masakadza
83, Cremer 58, Mirwais 3-20) beat
Afghanistan 58 (Shahzad 31, Jongwe
5-6, Madziva 3-27) by 117 runs.
PCB rushed Amir's
inclusion says Raja
SL sports ministry
wants fixing approach
Kusal Perera recently
tested positive for a
banned substance in
an ICC doping test.
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