Cricket

South Africa selects uncapped Shamsi, Dale Steyn left out

JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa called up uncapped left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for next month's triangular limited-overs series in the Caribbean and rested fast bowler Dale Steyn amid concerns over his workload.

Shamsi was the only new player in the one-day international squad announced on Friday, although pace-bowling allrounder Wayne Parnell was recalled for the first time in more than a year.

Head selector Linda Zondi said Steyn was rested for the triangular series against West Indies and Australia to keep him fresh for the test season. South Africa, which lost its No. 1 ranking in tests with a home loss to England in January, has series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka this year.

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Pakistan names Arthur as new cricket head coach

ISLAMABAD (AP) Mickey Arthur replaced Waqar Younis as head coach of the Pakistan cricket team on Friday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said the 47-year-old Arthur, a South African who has previously coached his country's national team and Australia, will take up his new assignment at the end of the month. (MORE)

Sri Lanka coach says team prepared for English challenge

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said Wednesday his inexperienced team is likely to face a daunting mental challenge in England but the players are well prepared for it.

Sri Lanka left for England to play three test matches, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international. The team will also play two one-day games against Ireland. (MORE)

Pakistan drops Shehzad, Akmal on disciplinary grounds

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan dropped Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal on disciplinary grounds on Monday for the series against England.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said he read a report from previous coach Waqar Younis and also met with all the stakeholders of the national team before making the decision. (MORE)

Australia captain Smith to return from India to rest wrist

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Steve Smith is set to return from India for treatment on his injured right wrist ahead of Australia's tour to the West Indies.

Cricket Australia medical manager Alex Kountouris on Monday said the Australian skipper had struggled with pain in the wrist for a week during a domestic Twenty20 tournament in India. (MORE)

Aussie players association wants to limit day-night tests

SYDNEY (AP) Cricket Australia's plan to stage two day-night tests next season hit another hitch Friday when the players' association sought a limit of one.

The initial schedule proposed the third test between Australia and South Africa in November at Adelaide - the venue for the only previous pink-ball test - and the series-opener against Pakistan in Brisbane in December be day-night matches. (MORE)

Former SA paceman Donald to join Australia's coaching ranks

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald has agreed to a short-term deal to replace Craig McDermott as Australia's bowling coach.

Cricket Australia confirmed Thursday that Donald, a 72-test veteran who was South Africa's bowling coach from 2011-15, will work with Australia's pace attack during the upcoming three-test tour to Sri Lanka. (MORE)

Kane Williamson confirmed as New Zealand test captain

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Leading batsman Kane Williamson has been confirmed as New Zealand's 29th test cricket captain.

The 25-year-old Williamson has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. (MORE)

Sri Lanka includes Silva in test squad to England

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka on Wednesday included Kaushal Silva in a 17-member squad for a three-match test series in England, a day after he was discharged from hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball.

Silva who has played 24 tests for Sri Lanka primarily as an opening batsman spent two days in hospital following his injury while fielding at short leg in a practice match last Sunday. (MORE)

PCB accepts Younis' apology after arguing with umpires

ISLAMABAD (AP) The Pakistan Cricket Board accepted an apology from Younis Khan on Wednesday for breaching the code of conduct during a domestic one-day competition, clearing him to play if his team makes it to next Sunday's final.

The PCB says in a statement that Younis "expressed regret over his conduct and has duly apologized" after the board served notice to the test batsman on Tuesday. (MORE)