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If you thought England"s first innings against India in Nagpur was slow… remember Graham Thorpe in Lahore?

And you thought that was a slow day for batting… remember Thorpe in Lahore

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21:33 GMT, 13 December 2012

When Joe Root and Matt Prior left the field with the scoreboard reading 199 for five, it was England’s lowest first-day total in a Test match since they finished on 195 for four against Pakistan at Lahore in 2000-01.

That, however, was off only 84 overs, compared with the 97 they faced on the opening day at Nagpur.

The Lahore Test, which ended in a bore draw, was most famous for an innings of incredible skill and patience from Graham Thorpe, who is now the ECB’s batting coach.

Nuggety: Graham Thorpe hit 118 runs off 301 balls in Lahore

Nuggety: Graham Thorpe hit 118 runs off 301 balls in Lahore

Thorpe hit only one boundary in reaching three figures, and by the time he was out for 118 from 301 deliveries, he had hit all of two fours.

If you thought that was slow scoring, how about the Test between Pakistan and Australia at Karachi in 1956-57.

On the opening day of a game played on matting wickets, only 95 runs were scored as Pakistan reached 15 for two in reply to Australia’s 80 all out. At least there were plenty of wickets.

The fewest runs scored in a day in a Test in England was the 151 managed on the third day of the Lord’s Test against New Zealand in 1978.

Danish Kaneria spot-fixing appeal hearing adjourned

Spot-fixing appeal hearing for Kaneria's lifetime ban adjourned

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18:16 GMT, 10 December 2012

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

The hearing for Danish Kaneria's appeal against the lifetime ban handed down to him by an England and Wales Cricket Board Disciplinary Panel was today adjourned, with the case expected to resume in the new year.

The adjournment came following legal submissions from both sides in London and a new date for the hearing will be agreed in due course.

Kaneria was given the ban in June for his role in a spot-fixing plot.

The 31-year-old Pakistan leg-spinner was found guilty of 'cajoling and pressurising' former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro 40 match in 2009.

Kaneria denies all involvement in the plot and after the hearing in June he immediately indicated his intention to appeal.

Top Spin

The Pakistan Cricket Board said in
July that he would be suspended from playing in his home country until
the outcome of the appeal was known.

Witnesses are yet to be called in the appeal hearing.

Cricket World Cup semi-final fix claims denied by BCCI

BCCI chief dismisses claim of fix between India and Pakistan in World Cup semi-final

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19:26 GMT, 11 November 2012

WAS THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL FIXED

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The chief of Indian cricket has rubbished renewed claims that their World Cup semi-final against Pakistan last year was fixed.

A Sportsmail article, which included content from a yet-to-be-published book, alleges that the match had been played out to a pre-planned script that was apparently e-mailed to an English-based sports betting journalist as it was being played. India won the match by 29 runs in Mohali.

Game in question: India celebrate their win over Pakistan last year

Game in question: India celebrate their win over Pakistan last year

Pakistan v India March 2011

Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan on Sunday reacted angrily to the claims, told reporters: 'I don't generally comment on such newspaper reports but this is the farthest from the truth.

'And it is an insult to the Indian team which worked hard to win.'

Earlier this year the International Cricket Council denied it was conducting an investigation into the semi-final following reports to the contrary.

Then ICC chief Haroon Lorgat said in a statement: 'The story carried by the newspaper, in which it has claimed that the ICC is investigating the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final between India and Pakistan, is baseless and misleading.

Denial: The BCCI have hit back at the claims

Denial: The BCCI have hit back at the claims

'The ICC has no reason or evidence to require an investigation into this match.

'It is indeed sad for spurious claims to be made which only serve to cause doubt on the semi-final of one of the most successful ICC Cricket World Cups ever.'

Ijaz Butt, who was chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board at the time of the match, has called for the current board to take the matter to the ICC.

'I am no longer the chairman and it is not right for me to say anything now but I think the current chairman should take up this issue with the ICC,' he said.

Sri Lanka v West Indies live: follow the World Twenty20 final

LIVE: Sri Lanka v West Indies – follow the score from the World Twenty20 final

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13:53 GMT, 7 October 2012

Sri Lanka recalled teenage spinner Akila Dananjaya for the ICC World Twenty20 final against West Indies at the Premadasa Stadium.

Dananjaya was left out of the hosts' semi-final victory over Pakistan at this same venue three days ago when his replacement Rangana Herath took three vital wickets with his left-arm orthodox.

But against the Windies Sri Lanka chose to switch the two spinners again. West Indies, unchanged from their semi-final trouncing of Australia here, won the toss and chose to bat first under lights before a capacity and partisan crowd of 35,000.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat

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Showpiece: Sri Lanka face West Indies in the final

Showpiece: Sri Lanka face West Indies in the final

Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman fails drug test

Pakistan spinner Rehman failed drug test during Somerset stint

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21:29 GMT, 2 October 2012


Cannabis test: Pakistan bowler Abdur Rehman

Cannabis test: Pakistan bowler Abdur Rehman

Pakistan's Abdur Rehman faces a ban from cricket after testing positive for cannabis during his recent stint with Somerset.

Sportsmail understands that left-arm spinner Rehman has admitted the offence and any suspension will be at the lower end of the scale – between two and four months – as cannabis does not enhance performance.

The 32-year-old was expected to be at a Sialkot Stallions training camp this week to prepare for their Champions League campaign but failed to turn up.

He is not in the Pakistan squad which qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals.

Pakistan beat Australia by 32 runs to pip India on a better scoring rate and face Sri Lanka on Thursday. West Indies play Australia on Friday.

World Twenty20 2012: India crash out despite beating South Africa

India crash out of world T20 despite beating South Africa as Pakistan seal semi spot

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17:46 GMT, 2 October 2012

India failed to reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals despite beating South Africa by one run in a gripping final Super Eight Group Two match on Tuesday.

India's total of 152 for six was not enough because in the 17th over eliminated South Africa passed the target of 121 runs that ensured Australia and Pakistan would move into the last four.

Hosts Sri Lanka will meet Pakistan in the first semi-final in Colombo on Thursday and Australia take on the West Indies on Friday in the same stadium. The final is on Sunday.

Dejected: India are out of the world Twenty20 despite beating South Africa in Colombo

Dejected: India are out of the world Twenty20 despite beating South Africa in Colombo

Scrambling: India batsman Suresh Raina dives for the crease during his innings of 45

Scrambling: India batsman Suresh Raina dives for the crease during his innings of 45

India scratched their way past 150, boosted by a late burst from Suresh Raina (45) and captain MS Dhoni (23 not out).

South Africa lost in-form opener Hashim Amla second ball but thanks to Faf du Plessis's rapid 65 they threatened a first Super Eight victory before falling just short, Zaheer Khan claiming figures of three for 22 for India.

Lakshmispathy Balaji was twice hit for six in the final over but he bowled Albie Morkel and his brother Morne to seal victory with one ball to spare.

Top scorer: South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis hits out on his way to making 65

Top scorer: South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis hits out on his way to making 65

Roar: India seamer Zaheer Khan (left) celebrates after dismissing Hashim Amla (right)

Roar: India seamer Zaheer Khan (left) celebrates after dismissing Hashim Amla (right)

World Twenty20: Australia through to last four

Australia advance to last four of World Twenty20 despite narrow defeat to Pakistan

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14:24 GMT, 2 October 2012

Australia sustained a 32-run defeat in their final Super Eights match against Pakistan, but were still able to celebrate a place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals while their conquerors faced an anxious wait in Colombo.

Pakistan will know their fate only after the result of South Africa versus India this evening, but Australia successfully booked their place in the last four as they edgily reached their qualification target of 112 runs.

Their final score of 117 for seven was nowhere near enough to win the match, with Pakistan making 149 for six in the first innings.

We're through: Australia advanced to the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 despite suffering a 17-run defeat to Pakistan

We're through: Australia advanced to the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 despite suffering a 17-run defeat to Pakistan

Starc the Star: Australia celebrate after Mitchell Starc removes Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez

Starc the Star: Australia celebrate after Mitchell Starc removes Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez

Big hitter: Nasir Jamshed of Pakistan goes for a boundary in the final Super Eight match in Colombo

Big hitter: Nasir Jamshed of Pakistan goes for a boundary in the final Super Eight match in Colombo

Australia skipper George Bailey won the toss and opted to field first, Mitchell Starc making good on that call when he removed the dangerous Mohammad Hafeez for four with the first ball of the second over.

The left-armer should have added the scalp of Nasir Jamshed for a duck two deliveries later, but he was dropped by Glen Maxwell at slip.

Jamshed was soon off the mark and a couple of quick boundaries by Imran Nazir got Pakistan's innings going.

The on-song Shane Watson accounted for Nazir (14) just before the end of the powerplay, but Jamshed continued compiling runs steadily alongside Kamran Akmal.

Fifty run salute: Jamshed celebrates his half century as Pakistan beat Australia to give themselves a chance of reaching the semi-finals

Fifty run salute: Jamshed celebrates his half century as Pakistan beat Australia to give themselves a chance of reaching the semi-finals

Butter fingers: Umar Akmal drops his bat as he scrambles through for a single

Butter fingers: Umar Akmal drops his bat as he scrambles through for a single

Jamshed struck Pat Cummins for the first six of the day in the 11th over and followed with a second off Xavier Doherty moments later.

Four more off Brad Hogg brought up Jamshed's 50 and Akmal clubbed a six of his own off the veteran spinner.

Doherty eventually prised out Jamshed for 55 and Starc returned to remove Akmal and Shahid Afridi as he returned three for 20.

Only Abdul Razzaq, with 22 off 17 balls, made a significant contribution in the closing overs.

Australia's dangerous opening pair failed a trial by spin, both Watson and David Warner lbw for eight to Raza Hasan and Hafeez respectively.

Eyes on the ball: Kamran Akmal plays a shot

Eyes on the ball: Kamran Akmal plays a shot

Number three Mike Hussey provided the backbone of the innings, making 54 not out in 47 balls, including the boundary that ensured his side would continue in the competition.

But he was the only man to get to grips with the Pakistan attack.

Bailey hit a four and a six before falling for 15 to Saeed Ajmal, who also deceived Matthew Wade and Cummins with successive balls.

Hafeez and Hasan finished with with two wickets apiece as Cameron White and Maxwell also fell to turn.

London 2012 Olympics: Holland 9 Great Britain 2: No hockey gold for GB

Holland 9 Great Britain 2: Deadly Dutch shatter hopes of home hockey gold medal

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Great Britain's men delivered on their promise to attack and entertain but spectacularly failed in their bid to reach a first Olympic final since the gold medal winners of 1988.

The scoreline hugely flattered the world No 3 side as goals began to rain in after the break as the hosts flatly refused to give up their dream trailing 4-1 at the interval.

But in no way should it reflect on GB's performance or endeavour as they admirably tried to match the Dutch, who are masters at playing an open game, in terms of attacking at every opportunity.

Dutch of class: Roderick Weusthof (second right) leads the celebrations at the Riverbank Arena

Dutch of class: Roderick Weusthof (second right) leads the celebrations at the Riverbank Arena

All too easy: Holland's Floris Evers scores past Great Britain goalkeeper James Fair

All too easy: Holland's Floris Evers scores past Great Britain goalkeeper James Fair

In aiming to copy their heroes of the 1980s they racked up their heaviest international defeat in the process – having previously lost 8-1 twice against Pakistan (2000) and Spain (2011).

They will now face Australia in Saturday's bronze medal play-off in a repeat of their pool encounter, which was an equally-entertaining 3-3.

Holland meet defending champions Germany in the final.

Consolation: Ashley Jackson (second left) is congratulated after scoring for Great Britain

Consolation: Ashley Jackson (second left) is congratulated after scoring for Great Britain

On the run: Harry Martin gets past Rogier Hofman (left) and Robbert Kemperman of Holland

On the run: Harry Martin gets past Rogier Hofman (left) and Robbert Kemperman of Holland

Ashley Jackson and Rob Moore scored GB's goals, with the latter sliding in six minutes from the end to highlight the determination not to give up.

Both GB coach Jason Lee and Dutch counterpart Paul van Ass are devotees of attacking hockey but even they must have been surprised by the first half, played a breakneck speed with barely a pause for breath.

Holland lost midfielder Klaas Vermeulen to a shoulder injury early on following a collision with Glenn Kirkham but that was a rare moment of physicality as the flow of hockey soon took over.

Considering how open the game was it was surprising the first three goals came from penalty corners.

No stopping that: Roderick Weusthof scores for Holland from a penalty corner

No stopping that: Roderick Weusthof scores for Holland from a penalty corner

Sticking at it: Matt Daly of Great Britain battles with Wouter Jolie of Holland

Sticking at it: Matt Daly of Great Britain battles with Wouter Jolie of Holland

Roderick Weusthof powered in one flick high, Ashley Jackson responded with a low effort of his own before Weusthof added his second from the breakdown at another set-piece.

There appeared to be no lack of confidence from the hosts, epitomised when Barry Middleton tried an outrageous deflection over goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann with his back to goal from Matt Daly's pass.

Even when a Mink van der Weerden corner crept under James Fair's right hand there was no let up, although the Cannock goalkeeper was forced into two good saves from Teun de Nooijer and Floris Evers.

That ambition bordered on over-confidence and when players were caught upfield Holland launched a swift multi-pass counter-attack which resulted in Billy Bakker converting from close range.

After the break there was an early penalty corner chance for Jackson but as the home side pushed further forward Holland just picked them off almost at will.

Bakker scored twice to complete his hat-trick, while veteran de Noiijer, on his penultimate international appearance after a 16-year career, Evers and Weusthof were also on target.

Surbiton forward Moore slid in a late consolation to give the appreciative home crowd something of their own to cheer.

Danish Kaneria suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board

Kaneria suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board as bowler appeals life ban

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14:55 GMT, 9 July 2012

Ban: Kaneria has been suspended from playing cricket in his home country

Ban: Kaneria has been suspended from playing cricket in his home country

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has been suspended from playing cricket in his home country by the Pakistan Cricket Board while he appeals a life ban for his alleged involvement in a spot-fixing plot.

The 31-year-old was last month found guilty by the England and Wales Cricket Board of 'cajoling and pressurising' former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro 40 match in 2009.

Kaneria, who denies all involvement in the plot, immediately appealed the ban and the PCB today said they will not consider him for selection until they know the outcome of that.

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'The Integrity Committee of Pakistan Cricket Board deliberated upon the recent ban imposed by Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) of English and Wales Cricket Board consisting of independent adjudicators against Mr. Kaneria and its implementation in Pakistan,' read a PCB statement.

'The committee discussed in detail the ICC and PCB Anti-Corruption codes under which Pakistan Cricket Board is bound to recognise, respect and enforce the ban in its respective jurisdiction.

'It was also brought to the knowledge of the committee that Mr. Kaneria intends to appeal against the decision of the Cricket Discipline Commission.

'Keeping in view this aspect, and in the light of the decision by CDC of ECB dated 22nd June 2012, the facts of which are being considered in detail by the Integrity Committee, and till the matter is finally concluded by ECB's Appeal Panel, the Integrity Committee decided that Mr. Danish Kaneria will not be eligible to play any cricket match, or participate in any cricket event/activity in Pakistan.'

Kaneria has not played for Pakistan since September 2010 because of the spot-fixing allegations.

Salman Butt to appeal 10-year ban from cricket

Shamed former Pakistan captain Butt vows to appeal 10-year ban from cricket

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21:32 GMT, 29 June 2012

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his 10-year ban from cricket for spot-fixing.

Butt is back in Pakistan after being released from prison in Canterbury after serving seven months for conspiracy to cheat.

Making his case: Butt will appeal his 10-year ban

Making his case: Butt will appeal his 10-year ban