PAKISTANI CRICKETER DODGES JAIL USING CONTRACT CLAIMS

Pakistani Cricketer Mustafa Bashir escaped wife battery jail time after he claimed he was joining a top cricket outfit, The Sunreports.


The player and his legal reps claimed the 34-year old had been offered a deal by cricket club Leicestershire just before his arrest.

It was this claims that helped him escaped getting jailed but there are reports that the claims could have been false. The Sun report says the LeicestershireCounty Cricket Club did not ever hold talks with the player regarding a possible deal, not to talk of offering him a deal.

Bashir repeatedly hit his woman FakharaKarim, 33, for her life choices. He claimed she was now wearing westernized clothes, turning against her family and socializing with ‘English slag girls.’

There are claims that he once said: “If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead.” There are even claims that he eventually hit her when he felt she spent too much time on the phone, speaking with friends that he did not approve of.

The Judge Richard Mansell QC also heard that he forced his wife to drink bleach when they had a row regarding him going on a cricket tour in the Netherlands.

His wife Karim claimed she was fearful for her life but she eventually took the courage to approach the police for help.

“I now feel strong enough to report this to the police. I did fear from my life, he told me he was going to kill me,” she said. (more…)

YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL YOURSELF – MIKE HESSON

The coach for the New Zealand Cricket team, Mike Hesson was of the notion that even though his captain – Kane Williamson – will take their whitewash at the Australian series hard, he needs to learn just how to share the burden.


Last week, Saturday to be precise saw the wounded and weary New Zealanders catch the early flight out of Melbourne. They will rejoin their domestic Twenty20 sides. On December 23, they will reassemble in Christchurch to prepare for the one day series opener on Boxing Day holding in Bangladesh.

Williamson was without Ross Taylor, his trusty deputy during the series in Australia. However, Taylor would be looking forward to a comeback in January for the Bangladesh Tests.

The pain of this 3-0 whitewash will linger for a while for the New Zealand captain, especially considering their 68 runs, which was the closest losing margin in Sydney. (more…)

Dwayne Smith has had a change in role at Gujarat Lions

Dwayne Smith has had a change in role at Gujarat Lions of late and he is bowling more than usual.


In fact, in the last couple of matches, he has bowled the maximum number of overs that a bowler can bowl which is 4 and, his 6 scalps at an average of 8 has justified it too.

Also, in batting, his slot has been swapped with that of Aaron Finch whose placement in the middle order did not pay any dividends.

Smith was having problems at the top too tackling the extra pace up front and it was probably in the interests of both and also, of the team that the alteration of the batting positions of the two was done.

So, the role of Smith, going into the playoffs, is now of an all-rounder who will be bowling with the new ball and batting maybe at 5 with a licence to go for the kill.

Because of Smith bowling as much as he is, Gujarat would go a bowler less in Qualifier 1 in Bangalore and get that inexperienced lower middle order packed with an extra batting resource in the form of an Indian domestic batsman. (more…)

Phil Simmons is looking to have a face-to-face conversation with the players from the Caribbean

Phil Simmons is looking to have a face-to-face conversation with the players from the Caribbean who wants to go ahead in their careers as the specialists in the shorter formats of the game.

According to Simmons, the approach of those guys needs to change and they should really think about having a crack at test matches too as they have got all the skills required for that.

Quite a few West Indies players, in the recent times, have been unwilling to represent the national side in 5-day Cricket.

The payment structure is the main reason to it. The players reckon they don’t get enough for what they offer.

They are making 4-5 times more money plying their trade in the domestic leagues of other countries. So, they stay committed for their franchises rather than their board.

The previous year, the Caribbean team had left the India tour in between which had even sparked a dispute between the boards of the two countries.

That saw Dwayne Bravo not only being sacked from his position as captain of the One Day International team, but, being dropped too as he’s believed to be one who had led the protest of the players. (more…)