January 22, 2017

The coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Arthur was once the head coach of the Australia Cricket team.

However, he was sacked three years ago in a dismissal that was alleged to have been acrimonious and in which the South African laid a claim for a high profile severance from his employers.

Less than two years into his tenure as the coach, his post began t0 unravel especially during the 2013 tour of India where his team led by Michael Clarke were whitewashed 4-0.

And during the infamous ‘homework-gate’ scandal, four of their players were stood down for a test. The Champions Trophy tournament held in London a few months later, saw England’s Joe Root being punched by opening batsman, David Warner on a boozy night out at a bar.

With the discipline of the team appearing to be in complete disarray, Arthur was thus dismissed just three weeks before the Ashes and replaced with Darren Lehmann, who currently is the coach of the Australian Team.

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Pakistan knocked out from Asia Cup

August 4, 2016

India, after a run of 8 successive wins, finally saw a defeat at the hands of South Africa in the practice game played in Mumbai yesterday.

Regardless of it being a practice game, the stadium was full and the proceedings took place in full intensity.

There were runs written all over the wicket which was bare and flat and the short boundaries were only adding to the excitement of the batsmen.

It was the making of a run fest and it panned out to be exactly that with the batsmen from both the teams swinging their willows as hard as they could.

India, however, couldn’t land that last killer punch as their skipper MS failed to smash the boundary needed off the last ball.

India, actually, could have had a better chance of winning the game if their think tank had let the two settled batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina continue batting.

But, with the view of giving the big hitters the ideal situation to have a test of their skills, both those players were made to retire and Yuvraj and MS took the matter in their hands in the 16th over.

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England Cricket team was beaten by Pakistan in the third test match

November 30, 2015

The England Cricket team was beaten by Pakistan in the third test match at Sharjah earlier today and with that, the latter was able to win the series as well.

Needing 238 more runs to win the game and square the series up, the English batsmen couldn’t rise to the occasion and despite, the resilience shown by the captain Alastair Cook, they fell short by some distance.

For Pakistan, the spinners delivered the goods as they were expected to with Yasir Shah having another belter of a test match.

England would be pretty disappointed with this loss especially after where they were in the context of the match at the closure of the opening day.

They had been able to send Pakistan packing at not a big score on a surface which was decent for batting and thereafter, they had the opportunity to take a big first innings lead which they failed to do.

Mohammed Hafeez, who is in the Pakistani team only as a batsman these days after being banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council, then played one of the innings of his life in the third innings and took the game away from England almost on his own.

A few people were still backing England to hunt down 284 to win the test match, but, with the surface getting more and more abrasive and Ben Stokes being injured and not expected to contribute in his full capacity, it was a bit too many to score.

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