Wellington, Mar 05 - Pakistan cricket team head coach Waqar Younis has said that changes in the ODI games is a little unfair to bowlers, tipping the balance of the game too far in favour of the batsmen due to flat wickets, fielding restrictions and bigger bats .
Younis was a master of the fast Yorker, in his playing days, which made him one of the most effective death bowlers in the history of the game. And he still believes the yorker is the most effective delivery in the late overs but says that bowlers have a tough job under any circumstances.
Karachi, Mar 05 - Former Pakistani fast bowling great Shoaib Akhtar has reportedly been blasted on Twitter for mocking the national squad in a popular Indian comedy television show.
Akhtar appeared with Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh on a comedy show in India called 'Comedy Nights with Kapil', which is popular in both India and Pakistan.
Among other things, Akhtar joked about Pakistani cricket team captains being old, saying that if they add up Misbah-ul Haq's, Younis Khan's and Shahid Afridi's ages the team would itself be 150 years old, The Dawn reported.
Johannesburg, Mar 05 - Blasting proposals to slash the 2019 World Cup to just 10 nations, Indian cricket batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has branded it as a 'backward step' and suggested that they should get 25 teams participating in the next tournament.
Tendulkar, who is an ambassador for the World Cup on behalf of the International Cricket Council (ICC), said that the ICC should be expanding the frontiers of the game with Test teams encouraged to pit their 'A' sides against Associate nations such as Afghanistan and Ireland.
Johannesburg, Mar 04 - Australian all-rounder Shane Watson might reportedly just have played his last ODI for the team after he was dropped from the side that beat Afghanistan by a record 275 runs in their World Cup tie on Wednesday, with chairman of selectors Rod Marsh insisting that he have to rely on someone else's lack of form or an injury to get back in.
Watson, who has been an automatic selection by Australia, struggled in the first two matches against England, going off for a duck and gave bowling figures of 0-13, and New Zealand, scoring 23 and not bowling.
London, Mar 05 - Manchester City recorded a 2-0 win over bottom club Leicester City on Wednesday following their damaging Premier League loss at Liverpool on Sunday.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini dropped struggling captain Vincent Kompany, and despite it being the defending champions' best performance, it did help them maintain their chase behind current league leaders Chelsea .
City took the lead when David Silva scored right on half-time but the three points were not completely secure until substitute James Milner turned in a simple finish two minutes from time, the BBC reported.
London, Mar 05 - Arsenal brushed aside a spirited Queens Park Rangers side 2-1 at Loftus Road in a fourth consecutive Premier League win and maintain their top-four place in the table.
Following a goalless first-half, forward Oliver Giroud put Arsenal ahead in the 64th minute from a close range before star striker Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead five minutes later.
However, QPR displayed power-packed performance in the first-half and tried to provide some resistance in the form of Charlie Austin , who struck a late stunner with eight minutes left.
Sydney, Mar 04 : Australia recorded a whooping 275-run victory over Afghanistan in their Cricket World Cup tie on Wednesday at the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground in Perth, thanks to opener David Warner's damaging antics with the bat and Mitchell Johnson's devastating spell.
Put in to bat first, Australia posted a mammoth total of 417-6 in their allotted 50 overs, breaking the record for the highest total in the World Cup that was posted by India (413) against Bermuda in 2007.
Sydney, Mar 04 : In an attempt to reduce the risk of injury to players, Irish all-rounder John Mooney came out to bat wearing a self-designed helmet that protects the back of a batsman's neck during his side's loss to South Africa in their World Cup tie in Canberra on Tuesday.
Last year, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was passed away after succumbing to injuries he endured from a bouncer at the SCG. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman was knocked out after the ball made impact under his helmet, on the back of the neck.
Wellington, Mar 04 : Pakistan have moved to fourth spot in Pool B table on Tuesday with a comprehensive win over the United Arab Emirates by 129 runs in their World Cup tie in Napier.
Put in to bat first, Pakistan crossed the 300-run milestone for the first time in this year's tournament as they went on to post a challenging target of 339 runs.
Following the dismissal of opener Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad (93) and Haris Sohail (70) steadily built a strong 160-run partnership for the second wicket to steer Pakistan to a stable position.
Sydney, Mar 04 : England paceman Stuart Broad has claimed that he has had times when he felt the ball just about to hit his face in the middle of the night, after he got his nose broken by a bouncer from India's Varun Aaron last year.
Just three months prior to Phillip Hughes' passing in Sydney after being struck by a bouncer in a domestic game, the English bowler was struck in the face while attempting to pull Aaron in a Test match.
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