Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore says Saeed Ajmal has apologised for his remarks that the only differences between the Australian coach and his two Pakistani predecessors are the salary package and language barrier. Ajmal told Geo Super that former Pakistan internationals Waqar Younis and Mohsin Khan handled the players very well during their coaching stints,while Whatmore “doesn’t have the knowhow of our language… It’s just the difference of money which we are giving to (foreign coaches),otherwise there’s no difference,” he said,defending the credentials of homegrown coaches. Whatmore wrote on Twitter he had read Ajmal’s quotes and he was deeply hurt by the offspinner’s remarks. Later Wednesday,Whatmore tweeted: “Ajmal has personally come to apologise to me and explained the context of what he ment and I have accepted. I just want to add that Ajmal is a very nice person but has fallen prey to a few tricky questions.”
World Cup to stay in subcontinent: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar believes defending champions India are favourites to retain the ICC Cricket World Cup title in 2015 and exuded confidence that the trophy will remain in the subcontinent. With exactly 500 days to go before the first ball is bowled in the World Cup 2015 on February 14,Tendulkar hoped that MS Dhonis side will successfully defend the title and make India only the third country after West Indies and Australia to win back-to-back titles. Along with India,Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also good sides. I am partial towards India and want them to do well. That would be really exciting. It will give so much happiness to the entire nation, he said. That is something I would want,along with a billion plus people who will also be expecting the same thing to happen, added Tendulkar. India,which lead the ICC ODI Team Rankings table by a distance,has been drawn in Pool B and will open its campaign against Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15.
Bangladesh recall left-arm spinner Razzak
Bangladesh ended left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak’s two-year absence from the Test squad by naming him for next week’s first Test against New Zealand in Chittagong. The 31-year-old played the last of his nine Tests in August,2011,even though he has been a regular member of the limited-overs side for the past few years. Young batsman Anamul Haque,20,who missed Bangladesh’s last Test series against Zimbabwe in April due to college exams,also returns to the squad for the series opener starting October 9.
Duleep quarters: South to play West at Chennai
South Zone have their nose slightly ahead as they kick off the Duleep Trophy campaign against West Zone who are missing quite a few key players due to their commitments to the India ‘A’ squad and the franchise competing in the Champions League Twenty20. West will be without Rohit Sharma,Cheteshwar Pujara and Abhishek Nayar,to name a few,in the four-day match starting here tomorrow. West captain Wasim Jaffer,highest scorer in this tournament with 2534 runs from 29 matches,was cautious in his pre-match comments. The seasoned right-hander said his team will concentrate on the job in hand and look to progress in the tournament.