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COLOMBO---Sri Lanka's cricket officials have
rejected a proposal from Pakistan to play a first-
ever day and night Test match during a series to
be played later this year.
Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement yesterday its
executive committee turned down the proposal
because the national team had not practiced under
lights with a pink ball to be used in the match. The
decision was taken after consulting the national team
management, it said.
The two sides will play three Test matches, five
one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games
starting December in the United Arab Emirates. The
International Cricket Council last year decided to
allow Test playing nations to play day and night Tests
if there was mutual agreement on the hours of play,
type and colour of the ball. (AP)
Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, has
asked his team to guard against compla-
cency when they take on Zimbabwe, who
are unranked in Tests, and placed 10th in
the ODI rankings. Pakistan have strong
records in both Tests and ODIs in Zim-
"The danger that I see anyway is com-
placency," Whatmore said at the NCA in
"We don't want to be complacent in any
of our makeup, including our preparation.
We may be playing Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe,
but these are still three-four very important
matches for Pakistan.
"There is a bit of difference in rankings,
but as you know cricket has some uncertain
glories in the game. We can't take anything
for granted; we take one game at a time.
We rather think about taking one game at
a time rather than (thinking about clean
sweep). We always like to be in competition
and we have an opportunity to play some
Test matches and ODIs as well as T20
games. We finish with Test matches and
we bounce into the South Africans (in the
Pakistan have played eight Tests in Zim-
babwe, and after losing the first one by an
innings, they won six out of the seven fol-
lowing ones. In the 15 ODIs that have been
played between the two teams in Zimbabwe,
only once has the home side managed to
sneak a win. In their last tour of Zimbabwe
in 2011, Pakistan won every game they
While Zimbabwe players boycotted their
training ahead of the series, Pakistan players,
except the ones playing in the Caribbean
Premier League, have been training indoors
at the Bob Woolmer centre due to rains.
The team had an injury scare when Sohaib
Maqsood, who is part of the T20 squad,
injured his back. Whatmore, however,
remained optimistic about Maqsood's fit-
"Sohaib Maqsood is a new player who
has been selected in T20 format. At the
moment he is battling a little bit of fitness
but we expect him to be okay by tomorrow
evening," Whatmore said. "I am happy for
him that he is selected, but he has to prove
his fitness within the next day and a half."
Pakistan have experimented with their
team combination since Whatmore's
appointment as head coach, and he said
that the inconsistent results are not a direct
reflection of the policy. He said the frequent
changes come with their pros and cons, but
everyone has been working hard. "Some-
times new players are exciting to work with,"
he said. "When new players are picked, it
does change a little bit the balance and the
approach, getting used to them, getting
them use to me. There's a bit of give and
take; some advantages and disadvantages,
do it to the best of my ability."
Zimbabwe's players are "back to full
training," and are likely to rubber-stamp
an agreement with their board on Sat-
urday after agreeing terms on payment.
The newly-formed players' union will
continue to represent cricketers' issues
and the series against Pakistan will go
ahead as planned.
It was confirmed that the players have
reached consensus with Zimbabwe Cricket
after two days of meetings. One of them,
who asked not to be named, said ZC had
provided an assurance that outstanding
salaries from the month of July would be
paid and that cricketers would receive
match fees from now on.
The exact amount has not been
revealed, although the Zimbabwe Inde-
pendent had reported players were
demanding US$5,000 per Test match,
$3,000 for an ODI and $1,500 for every
Given that the board is in severe debt,
it is unlikely it will be able to match those
figures but the players are said to be sat-
isfied with the amounts ZC has offered.
"We wanted to make them aware we were
the only international team that were
playing without match fees," the player
"Now we will be receiving them."
The issue of disbursements from the
board's share of ICC events, which ZC
MD Wilfred Mukondiwa said yesterday
morning was the only outstanding article
of debate, has still not been resolved.
Instead, the players have been told the
board needs "more time to do research,"
and will clarify its position on how the
monies from such tournaments will be
distributed in an appendix to the new
With financial concerns smoothed over,
the players will continue to prepare for
the series against Pakistan that starts
August 23, with the board announcing a
21-member practice squad. "Training has
resumed in full and as things stand now,
there will be no boycott of the series," the
However, the players' association formed
by a group of senior players - believed to
be Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza,
Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya and Elton
Chigumbura---will become a permanent
fixture in Zimbabwe cricket.
"It was something the players put
together because we did not have a proper
arrangement in the past. The board is
now open to the idea of having a player
association and we wanted to take that
chance," the player said. "There are a lot
if issues that crop up in Zimbabwean
cricket and without a singular voice it
was very difficult for us to get things
Zimbabwe have had many aborted
attempts at a players' association and have
not had a fully functioning body since a
player representative sat on the board
before the white-player walkout. Unlike
then, when Zimbabwe's players were
divided over race, they "all united" in their
cause to fight for what they consider better
Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the remainder
of the international season with a stress fracture
in his lower back. His absence creates a space in
England's bowling attack for the fifth Investec Ashes
Test, which begins on Wednesday.
Bresnan was preferred to Steven Finn for the second
Test at Lord's and has performed well in the series
with 10 wickets and two crucial contributions in the
closely-fought fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.
Bresnan made 45 in England's second-innings to
boost his side's lead before making a breakthrough
with the wicket of David Warner when Australia
were on course to chase 299 for victory. England
went on to win comfortably and clinch the series.
But now Bresnan will be unable to help England
attempt to win their fourth Test of the series at The
Oval. Bresnan will begin a recovery and rehabilitation
programme and a date for his return to cricket will
be determined in due course.
The injury is the latest setback for Bresnan who
needed elbow surgery for the second time in February
which ruled him out of England's tour of New Zealand.
His absence is a blow to England's one-day plans.
He has been a feature in limited-overs cricket and
helped England reach the final of the Champions
Trophy in June. England take on Australia in two
T20s on August 29 and 31 before a five-match ODI
series starting on September 6. (ESPNcricinfo)
Whatmore wants Pakistan to
guard against complacency
Zimbabwe players make peace with board Bresnan out for
season with back injury
Sri Lanka rejects
day-night Test proposal
The construction work of stadiums in
Sylhet and Cox's Bazar for next year's World
Twenty20 will be completed by mid-Octo-
ber, said BCB president Nazmul Hassan.
The expected finishing time is likely to
exceed the ICC's September 30 deadline but
an inspection team from the governing body
is likely to see enough evidence of progress
buy the BCB the extra 15 days.
The ICC team was to arrives in Dhaka
yesterday, and will visit both cities as well
as the two alternative venues in Fatullah and
BKSP, Bangladesh's largest sports institute.
"I have no doubt that the construction
work will end by mid-October," Hassan said.
"We will finish the alternative venues (in
Fatullah and BKSP) by September. So I don't
think there will be too many difficulties, but
it is unlikely to be finished by September
30." Earlier this week showed the Sylhet sta-
dium has made significant progress since
work began in June. The structure of two
floors of the four-storey pavilion building
has been completed. Located on the northern
end of the ground, the building is directly
linked to the main entrance from the airport
On the opposite side, the interiors of the
media structure are being refurbished, and
work has gone on at a rapid pace there as
well. A hill, on the north-west part of the
ground, is being carved to be at the same
level as the one-tiered galleries on either
side. It is being called the green gallery, and
will be a grass bank on top of the hill.
Around 400 workers have been employed
for the project, with the contractors being
strictly told to work around the clock by the
country's finance minister AMA Muhith,
whose hometown is Sylhet.
He has visited the ground a number of
times since work started, and has directed
all authorities to cooperate with the BCB
and National Sports Council, the custodian
of all sporting venues in the country.
The cricket committee of Sylhet's Divi-
sional Sports Association has also helped in
the project, although they have no direct
authority of the stadium or the construction
They are acting as a conduit in various
ways, like making sure each of the two roads
and walkways are built around the ground.
Shafiul Alam, the committee's chairman,
was hopeful that the stadium will be com-
pleted on time for the World T20 which
begins on March 16 next year, and the
inspection team that arrives in Sylhet on
August 20, will see a lot more than what
they saw in June.
"Work has progressed significantly over
the last two months," he said.
Bangladesh World T20 venues make progress
Tim Bresnan was pretty pleased to remove David
Warne on the fourth of the fourth Ashes Test at
Chester-le-Street on Monday. Bresnan was
instrumental in England's victory in Durham.
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