Kiwi coach Moles looking forward to pacer Bond’s international cricket comeback

New Zealand cricket team coach Andy MolesWellington, Apr. 8: New Zealand cricket team coach Andy Moles says that he is looking forward to strike bowler Shane Bond’s return to international cricket after he quits the unsanctioned ICL Twenty20 competition.

Bond has indicated that he plans to play a full season for Canterbury in 2009-10, not simply the limited overs competitions. And if the cash-strapped ICL folds he would again be available for international selection a year after cutting his ties with New Zealand Cricket.

Strauss admits Twenty20 out of his league

Strauss admits Twenty20 out of his leagueLondon, Apr. 8 : England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has admitted that he is not ideally suited to Twenty20 cricket, and therefore, he agreed with the selectors that there was need for him to stand down and have someone else in charge for the duration of the second ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Proteas coach Arthur turns the heat on Oz top order

Proteas coach Arthur turns the heat on Oz top orderCape Town (South Africa), Apr. 8 : South Africa cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has turned up the heat on Australia''s top-order batting, saying early wickets will put the Proteas in a massive position of strength in Thursday''s third one-day international.

Australia''s top five batsmen were all dismissed for single figures in Sunday''s second game at Centurion where the tourists were bowled out for 131 with only No. 6 batsman Callum Ferguson and tail ender Mitch Johnson (30) scoring more than 10.

Symonds,Watson and Lee back in squad for UAE series against Pakistan

London, Apr. 8: Cricket Australia (CA) has recalled Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee and Shane Watson for the six match One Day International series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Announcing the 14 man squad for the series starting April 22, the chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said: "Andrew Symonds has been cleared by Cricket Australia to resume playing for the Australian cricket team and he has been included in the squad."

Symonds poor form along with a niggling knee injury, and several off-field controversial incidents forced him to sit out through the last summer.

Hilditch hoped that Symonds would grab the opportunity, and prove that he still possesses those match winning qualities.

Pak players want to take part in IPL

Pak players want to take part in IPLLahore, Apr. 7: Pakistani players have expressed their desire to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) following the tournament’s shift from India.

According to The News, some players have approached the IPL management through e-mails, but have not received any reply.

It is, however, highly unlikely that IPL franchises would recall Pakistan players, as they had earlier refused to play in the league when it was being held in India following a call from their government.

Proteas players are much sought after IPL replacements

Bloemfontein (South Africa), Apr. 7: South African cricketers like batsman J P Duminy and left-arm quick Wayne Parnell have emerged as much sought after and potential replacements for players opting out of the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), given their recent performances against Australia.

A bid of Rand 9.5 million has already been tabled for Duminy, while Parnell is emerging as a red-hot buy after his excellent performance on the second one-day international against Australia.

Yusuf Abdulla is the most recent South African to be snapped up. The Kings XI Punjab approached him after West Indian seamer Jerome Taylor was injured in an auto accident.