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Ajmal to Unveil Special Delivery Against England   by Zilare

Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan offspinner, has confirmed he will unveil the "special delivery" he has been working on during Pakistan's upcoming Test series against England in the UAE. Ajmal had said in August, before Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe, that he was saving the variation for the England series, and has now said he will try it but will revert to his existing variations if it does not work. "I am working on a special delivery," he said at Pakistan's training camp in Lahore. "I won't tell you about it but you will know it when you see it. If it does not prove to be reliable then I will shift my focus back to the deliveries that have brought me success and I will keep that variation for the next series."Ajmal was the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket in 2011, with 50 wickets from eight games at an average of 23.86, and was a key factor in Pakistan winning five of those Tests. He took 18 wickets during Pakistan's last series in the UAE, against Sri Lanka in October-November last year, and said he recognised he would have an important role to play against England. "We are going fully prepared and are working on special plans for their batsmen. I am aware of the weight of responsibility on me and am ready for it. In Dubai, the ball does break on the second and third day so hopefully I can play an important role. In Abu Dhabi it's difficult because it's a batting track."Much of Ajmal's success in 2011 accrued from the inability of batsmen to read his doosra. Often in games, Ajmal bowled almost as many balls that turned the other way as regular offbreaks, leading to some apprehensions about him going the way of Saqlain Mushtaq in losing the ability to bowl his stock delivery. He also bowls with a flatter trajectory than most offspinners, but said that was because he was not comfortable flighting the ball. "If I bowl with flight I cannot bowl well. If I bowl at a quicker speed I can then use variations in pace. If I take 90% of my wickets with the doosra why should I not bowl it? Whether you bowl a doosra or an offbreak, the ball should be bowled on the right line and one should take a wicket with it."Ajmal's style of bowling is in stark contrast to England's offspinner Graeme Swann's, which is based on beating the batsman in the air and repeatedly landing his stock delivery on the right length. Though Swann took just 27 wickets in the eight Tests he played in 2011, he remains the highest-ranked spinner in the ICC Test rankings, and Ajmal said there would be healthy competition between the two of them through the series. "Swann is a good bowler and has even been the No. 1 bowler in the world. He has his own variety, I have my own."Pakistan lost just one Test in 2011, and have won their last three Test series, though two of those have been against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Ajmal, though, pointed out that his best performances of the year had come against stronger opposition. "Whomever you play against, you have to work for your wickets. Sri Lanka are a top team and I was Man of the Series against them. West Indies [against whom Ajmal took 17 wickets in two Tests] are not a bad team either - we have never beaten them in an away series. Bangladesh was not that good a team but only nine of my wickets came against them."
Sri Lanka need mental strength - Duleep Mendis
Duleep Mendis, the chairman of selectors for Sri Lanka, has said the team is going through a period of transition and needs to be given time to start performing consistently. Sri Lanka's victory over South Africa in Durban in December 2011 was their first in Tests for 18 months, and the team had faced plenty of criticism during their barren run. However, Mendis said it was only a matter of time before the team came together. "You need to develop the spinners," he told ESPNcricinfo. "You need to develop the fast bowlers. Now Rangana Herath is becoming a good bowler. Even for the seamers, you need to give them a little time to play matches and to get wickets. They should know how to get 20 wickets. "You need to give them time. You need to give them matches. Then only will you gradually become successful."When Kumar Sangakkara resigned as captain after the 2011 World Cup, he said it was to give Sri Lanka a chance to start planning for the 2015 tournament, and Mendis confirmed that the selectors were looking at player development in that context. Their strategy, he said, was to blood young players in the limited-over formats first, and then in Tests."What we thought was we will put more emphasis on the youngsters in the T20 games and some of the one-day games. Then even in the Test team, we thought, whenever possible, we will introduce some of the youngsters into the side and see how they perform."Since Sri Lanka's loss to India in the World Cup final on April 2, 2011, eight Sri Lanka players made their debuts in Test cricket, four in one-day cricket and five in T20 internationals.According to Mendis, the key trait the players needed to develop was the mental strength to cope with the demands of top-level cricket. "You need a lot of mental coaching. You come to Test level and what you need is mental strength. You have learned the technical aspects of the game already, so you need the mental strength to go through difficult times, and to come out of the difficult times."One of the main criticisms Sri Lanka faced over the last year and a half has been their bowling attack's lack of incisiveness, but Mendis said the pace department was shaping up well. "I would say the pace attack is not a problem. We are going with Dilhara [Fernando], who is clocking 140kph, Chanaka Welegedara, who is bowling well, Dhammika Prasad and Thisara Perera."At the same time, he said there was room for improvement and that there was a problem in the spin department but "with a lot of experience gained on these tours, they will come into a position where they can become match-winners."To ease the transition, and to cope with any injury problems, Mendis said the selectors had earmarked a group of 10 bowlers and a similar number of batsmen as players with the potential to play for the national side. "Some of them are performing well in the A team," he said. "Some of them are performing well with some of the other teams and the best are in the national team."Sri Lanka's defeat of South Africa in Durban came after they received a three-day hammering in Centurion. According to Mendis, that defeat would have rankled the side and motivated them to prove themselves in the next game. "When you get beaten in one game, you want to do well in the next game; just to make a comeback and show that you can do much better than the other side. It was a good team effort to beat South Africa in South Africa for the first time. "To beat any country away is something to talk about and especially to beat South Africa for the first time in South Africa, it was a great victory."What Mendis wanted to see is the team producing those kinds of results on a regular basis. "You need a lot of encouragement for the players and you need to put them on the right path, but more than anything else, I always emphasise, you need a lot of mental strength."
Bresnan ruled out of warm-up match
Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of England's first warm-up game in the UAE after suffering discomfort in his right elbow. Bresnan, who currently stands 12th in the ICC Test bowler rankings, underwent surgery on the elbow just over a month ago and reported soreness in the nets on Wednesday.As a consequence, he sat out training on Thursday and Friday and won't be risked for the match against an ICC Affiliate and Associate XI starting on Saturday. "Tim Bresnan, in particular, has still got a bit of swelling in his elbow as a reaction to his operation, so he's not quite ready yet," Andrew Strauss, the England captain, said. "We're aiming for the second warm-up game with him."With just two warm-ups games scheduled before the Test series Bresnan's chances of proving his match fitness are receding. His absence will give either Chris Tremlett or Steven Finn an opportunity to challenge for a Test place, although Tremlett is also suffering from an eye infection which has hindered his preparation."[He has a bit of a sore eye at the moment, but that is nothing of great concern to us. It's just niggles more than anything," Strauss said.Neither Tremlett or Finn offer Bresnan's prowess with the bat, however. Bresnan is currently averaging 45.42 with the bat and 23.60 with the ball and has helped England to victory in all 10 of the Tests in which he has played.Finn, at least, believes that a month playing in New Zealand just before Christmas should have provided excellent preparation for this tour. While conditions in UAE Buy Cheap Jerseys are unlikely to provide as much assistance as Finn enjoyed in New Zealand, he believes the slow pace of the pitches in both countries will be similar."It was a great experience for me, and I feel like I've learned a lot from it," Finn said. "The wickets were quite slow and low, so it was good to go and get some practice on those sorts of wickets."It was just a good chance for me to go and do a lot of bowling. I bowled 140 overs in the four games. It was something I really wanted to do personally, and the satisfaction I got from going over there was great."

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Jupiter in the House of Fortune Augurs Well for Indian Cricket   by G Kumar

Till May 6, Jupiter will be in Pisces, in the 9th. The World Cup Cricket,
therefore, will take place when Jupiter transits the 9th. Saturn will be in
the favourable third. The only negative factor is that Mars will be moving
over to the 8th, on 20th March. So things are looking good for India!

Imran Khan, the former Pak skipper, was on TV yesterday contradicting
Petersen's view that the WC longish schedule is negative. On the other hand,
it is positive, he feels. The greatest threat a team can face is injuries.
He cited the example of the Pak defeat in the 1987 final, when their 3 major
players were injured.

Now India is also smarting from injuries. Praveen Kumar is flying to England
for treatment and Sreeshant may be roped in. Asked about Sreeshanth, Imran
said that Sreeshant is not a bad replacement. His oustwingers are excellent.

About the Pak skipper problem, Imran said that Misbah does not have adequate
experience. The World Cup will be fiercely competitive, and Misbah simply do
not have the experience to handle tough situations, which may arise. Misbah
did play well yesterday, scoring 93 no and winning the match for
Pakistan.Imran said India are favourites and Sri Lanka are second
favourites. But he warned that Pakistan can be the dark horse. Pak may enter
the semis, upsetting the theory that Sri Lanka or SA, Australia, England and
India may reach the semis.

Dhoni said he will convert pressure into responsibility. There is a theory
that India in 1983 had nothing to lose, as they were written off as
underdogs, and hence they performed well, as they played without pressure.
They were not a star studded side, like the present one, and was a team of
bits and pieces players. Bits and players players are players capable of
taking one or two wickets, and can score 30/40 runs. Not people who score
200 not out!

The present Indian team is star studded, with a lot of watchwinners. Sachin
is the top scorer in ODIs with 200 no against SA, we have Yuvraj who created
a record in the T20s by hitting six sixes in an over ( overtaking Sobers'
and Shastri's performances, which was only in county cricket ), an explosive
batsman in Sehwag and a blitzkreig batsman in Y Pathan. More experienced is
this team than the 1983 squad. The only enemy India will face is pressure.
As Trevor Bailey used to say " It is the situation". It is pressure which
will be the no 1 enemy. Look at Pathan's last innings. When India were
113/8, the game was almost over. And Yathan played without any pressure.
When he scored a hundred with 8 sixes and 8 fours, then pressure crept in.
There was a chance for India to win and then when pressure came, he got out,
giving the match on a platter to the South Africans!

It is easy for Dhoni to say he will change pressure into responsibility. If
Indian players do not perform well, they would have let the 1 billion
Indians down. They are playing before a 100,000 crowd, watched avidly by
miliions of cricket crazy Indians. There is tremendous pressure on all
teams, but more on India. When everybody thinks that India is favourite,
pressure becomes enormous. But then, India are on their home ground and home
ground advantage can be benign!

India's strength lies in her spinning allrounders. Yuvraj, Pathan, Sehwag,
Sachin, Raina all can bowl and they are fairly well experienced. Another
factor in their favour is theposition of the heavens. Jupiter in Pisces is
in the 3rd in India's national horoscope. Saturn in the 3rd is a redeemer!

India is currently placed 2nd in ODIs, ICC Rankings. Retaining that spot
brings in another pressure situation! Complacency should be avoided at all
costs and anything can happen in one day cricket. Most of the teams are more
or less equal. Australia, England, South Africa and Sri Lanka can stage
upsets at any time. They have better fast bowlers than India!. ( Allan
Border is of the view that Aussies with three genuine fast bowlers will lift
the Cup )

It is to be noted that this will be Sachin's last World Cup. He has created
all records except one. He is not like, like Kapil Dev, a member of the WC
victors! What greater gift can be there than consecrating the WC to Sachin

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Asia Cup 2012 Previews and Reviews    by Maanjony

The 2012 Asia Cup, the 11th edition of this tournament, will be held in Bangladesh.China was interested to host the Asia cup at Guangzhou but it was decided by the Asian Cricket Council that Bangladesh will host the event. It will be the third time Bangladesh will host the event.

The event was supposed to be hosted from 1 March 2012 to 11 March 2012. But it is rescheduled to avoid conflicting with the ODI tri-series in Australia that also includes Sri Lanka and India, which is ending on March 8. Now the tournament will be played from 11 March to 22 March.

The teams in the event are hosts Bangladesh, defending 2010 Asia Cup Champions India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Asia Cup 2012 Schedule and Time Table will begin on Monday, March 12, 2012 in Bangladesh as per cricket schedule announced. 2012 Asia Cup is an international tournament to be organized by Bangladesh. Asia Cup 2012 will consist of 6 ODI and 1 Final match. to be hosted by Bangladesh in March 2012.
The Asia Cup 2012 tournament is a part of Future Cricket Tour Programs (FTP) prepared by International Cricket Council (ICC). Bangladesh will host this tournament, beginning on March 12, 2012. In Asia Cup 2012 bilateral series, first ODI match would be between Bangladesh - Pakistan on Mar 12, 2012 at 14:30 local time to be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
It will be an even contest. Each team will play each other one times. Over all, there will be 11 One Day International matches in the preliminary rounds. The top two teams will move into the finals. After the recent success in the World Cup, the Indian contingent about the series, and is well prepared. On the other hand, the runners up of World Cup 2011 - Sri Lanka, are optimistic about doing well in the series. With a new captain, they are a better and more determined side.

Pakistan Team Squad Asia Cup 2012 is most fantasized squad because after the loosing the Match Against England in T20 now Captaincy and Team Changes are essential. Hafeez's performence doesn't warrant him a place. With this squad, we will have two explosive openers who can take advantage of PP. Then Shafeeq and Misbah stabilizes the middle order and after that, the likes of Akmal, Hammad and Afridi can take charge in the last 15-20 overs. Jamal Anwar needs to be given a proper chance before we revert back to Mr. Kamran AKmal who would continue dropping sitters and costing his team matches!

And for Azhar Ali, he should def be in the squad or can be played in place of Shahzad as opener if the team management wants a stable opener instead of an attacking one. Once Misbah goes, Azhar should automatically find his place in the team!

The team we should be expecting should be based on ability and unfortunately we have seen that most of the current team lacks ability. The team that I would recommend is Kamran akmal (im no fan of his wicket keeping), Ahmed shahzad, Asad shafiq, Umar akmal (wk), Misbah ul haq/Younis khan, Hammad azam, Abdul razzaq, Shahid afridi (c), Saeed ajmal, Umar gul (if hes in rhythm lol), Wahab riaz (bowl over wicket to left handers and around wicket to right handers).Rameez raja, Imran nazir (sent down the order as a hitter), Mohammad talha, mohammad hafeez (even though hes rubbish), these would be the subs.

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