Friday, April 11, 2014



Pakistan went out from the Super-10 stage after a disillusioning 84-run rout against the West Indies on Tuesday, neglecting to achieve the last four without precedent for five releases of the competition since its origin in 2007.
Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez (left) speaks with reporters in Lahore, on April 3, 2014 © AFP Arif Ali
Hafeez said he acknowledged obligation regarding the early passageway.

"I acknowledge all the obligation of group's disappointment," Hafeez told journalists after a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) meeting in Lahore.

Hafeez headed Pakistan to the semi-finals in the last World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka two years back, soon after assuming control from Misbah-ul Haq.

The all-rounder, who opens both the batting and the bowling with his off-twist, said nobody had constrained him to stop.

"I am under no weight and felt that I must venture down as pioneer by assuming ownership, its for the PCB to choose who to lead the group," said Hafeez.

Pakistan have no task before their arrangement against Australia in October, when they play two Tests, three one-days and one Twenty20 in the United Arab Emirates.

The 33-year-old said he was primed to join the positions under any skipper.

"I am primed to play under any skipper as I have done my employment with obligation as chief and additionally player," he said.

Pakistan started the World Twenty20 with a thrashing against most despised adversaries India before winning their next two recreations against Australia and Bangladesh.

Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez plays a shot throughout the World Twenty20 match against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, on April 1, 2014 © Afp/file Munir Uz Zaman

Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez plays a shot throughout the World Twenty20 match against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, on April 1, 2014

© Afp/file Munir Uz Zaman

Hafeez said an excess of unforced mistakes had set back the ol' finances the group.

"Our players conferred slip-ups which prompted our thrashing and we assume ownership," Hafeez. "I have officially apologized to the country for letting down our fans."

He said he might likewise surrender the bad habit captaincy of the one day group, which is headed by Haq.

Hafeez headed Pakistan in 29 Twenty20 matches, winning 17 and losing 11, while one was deserted.

Mentor Moin Khan said Hafeez's choice ought to be applauded.

"Hafeez has acknowledged obligation and has ventures down so we all must laud his choice," Khan told columnists.

All-rounder Shahid Afridi, who headed Pakistan to the semi-finals of the last 50-over World Cup in India three years back, is broadly tipped to assume control over the captaincy.

Conversing with journalists independently, he said: "I am primed to assume ownership to me for Pakistan

Wednesday, April 9, 2014



The veteran left-hander knocked a 35-ball 52 not out in his last Twenty20 match to guide the Sri Lankan pursue of a humble 131-run focus in 17.5 overs at a pressed Shere Bangla stadium.

Thisara Perera hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a winning limit to seal the win, completing with 21 not out.

In any case it was Sangakkara who moored the pursuit with six limits and a six in his unbeaten thump.

The triumph gave Sri Lanka their first world title in 18 years since winning the World Cup (50 overs) crown in 1996 and gave the World Twenty20 a fifth champion in as numerous releases.

India won the inaugural release in 2007 emulated by Pakistan (2009), England (2010) and the West Indies (2012).

It likewise broke Sri Lanka's curse of losing the last of real world level occasions as they had lost two World Cup (50 overs) finals (2007 and 2011) other than being runners-up in as numerous World Twenty20 occasions in 2009 and 2012.

The triumph likewise gave an essential swansong to veteran Mahela Jayawardene and Sangakkara who advertised they will stop Twenty20 cricket after this competition.

Interestingly India were denied an opportunity to turn into the first group ever to hold three real cricketing titles at one time, in the wake of securing the 2011 World Cup title and the Champions Trophy a year ago.

Sri Lanka lost wickets at standard interims as Indian spinners connected weight, however Sangakkara held one end in place.

Openers Kusal Perera tried for five and Tillakaratne Dilshan for 18 preceding Sangakkara included 34 for the third wicket with Jayawardne (24) and an alternate 54 for the unfinished fifth wicket with Thisara.

India were lessened to 130-4 by some tight Sri Lankan playing notwithstanding a splendid half-century by Virat Kohli.

Kohli scored a 58-ball 77 for his eighth Twenty20 half-century — his fourth in this competition — after India were sent into bat in a match lessened by 40 minutes because of sprinkle.

The drizzle spiced up the pitch for bowlers however Kohli was getting it done when he went to the pleat after India lost Ajinkya Rahane (three) in Angelo Mathews' second over of the innings.

Let off by Lasith Malinga at mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath's first conveyance when 11, Kohli exploited the laspe by hitting five limits and four sixes preceding he was run out off the last conveyance.

Kohli included 60 for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma (29) and an alternate 55 for the third with Yuvraj Singh who backed off the rhythm with a snail-paced 11 off 21 balls.

Sharma hit three limits throughout his 26-ball thump before he was gotten off Herath who completed with 1-23 in his four overs.

So effortless were India's last four overs that there was no limit and a well-set Kohli got only seven balls to play, limiting their aggregate severely.

With the win Sri Lanka additionally topped a long over two month tour of Bangladesh throughout which they won all matches in a respective arrangement against the home group and five-country Asia