Pakistan's former captain and now director general cricket in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Javed Miandad has been given the task of assisting the national team's batsmen ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
What is the one thing that defines volatility? The answer depends on who you ask the question. But a die-hard cricket fan is sure to point to Pakistan, the erratic sub-continent giants whose defining trait is oozing talent one day and lacking in temperament the next. HT
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Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was important for the team to do well in the World Twenty20 tournament after the triumph in the World Cup last year.
Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has been sent to Sri Lanka by the Cricket Board to motivate the country's players before the Twenty20 World Cup.
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will get an early chance to size up each other ahead of the World Twenty20 when they clash in a high-profile practice match in Colombo next Monday.
No team has defended its World T20 title in the three editions of the tournament so far. Here's England's chance for a first. Can England do it minus Kevin Pietersen? HT
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Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit half-centuries as hosts Sri Lanka prepared for the World Twenty20 with a nine-wicket win over the West Indies on Thursday.
Indian cricketers have been ordered to wear the same jersey design that won them the World Cup last year for next week's World Twenty20 in a bid to bring them good luck.
The ICC had to drop the idea of screening a message from banned fast bowler Mohammed Aamir on anti-corrruption issues during the briefing of Pakistan players as the squad members told their team manager Naved Cheema that they don't wish to watch the footage once again.
Irfan Pathan scalped five wickets as India warmed up for the World Twenty20 with a comfortable 26-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka in their first practice match in Colombo today.
Although India lost momentum towards the end to lose the Twenty20 International against New Zealand in Chennai, what shone through was how Virat Kohli guided the chase, underlining his sublime touch and maturity that is driving him forward. HT
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Sri Lanka is banking on cricket to repair the damage to its blood-stained image after the brutal end to a 37-year ethnic war as it stages the biggest tournament in the nation's post-independence history.
The high-profile ICC World Twenty20 gets underway in Colombo tomorrow with no clear favourites but inaugural champions India will fancy their chances on the slow familiar tracks of the island nation where they have played a lot of cricket in recent times.
Weak bowling and shambolic fielding, a perennial problem which has afflicted Indian cricket for long, resurfaced at the R Premadasa Stadium on Monday to ensure that the Men in Blue will not go into the World Twenty20 in the right frame of mind. Sanjjeev K Samyal
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