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Irfan returns for Pakistan ODI series

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ISLAMABAD (AP) Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was recalled by Pakistan on Friday for the five-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka next week after recovering from a stress fracture in his pelvis.

Irfan was injured during the Cricket World Cup and missed the quarterfinal against Australia. He also missed the historic home series against Zimbabwe, and the 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh.

Wahab Riaz was not included in the 16-man squad for the series beginning on July 11, but chief selector Haroon Rashid said if the left-arm fast bowler recovered from a hand injury, he could be flown in for the last two ODIs.


Sri Lanka reach 272-8 at close on day 1

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Opener Dimuth Karunarane was the only batsman to handle Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah as he notched his second century in leading Sri Lanka to 272-8 at stumps on the first day of the third test on Friday.

Karunaratne saw off a difficult period in the morning when Pakistan's seamers had lot of help from the pitch. After opener Kaushal Silva fell with the total on 15, he added 91 runs for the second wicket with Upul Tharanga. The left-hander met Yasir confidently, but he was the only one on his team. (MORE)

Aussies favorite going into Ashes series

(AP) -- One of sport's great rivalries looks lopsided heading into the third Ashes series in two years.

Even the most optimistic, one-eyed England cricket fan would struggle to pick holes in the Australia squad that arrived in Britain two weeks, seeking to retain the urn won back so convincingly in a 5-0 whitewash Down Under 18 months ago. (MORE)

Smith: From 'next Warne' to top batsman

(AP) -- As Steven Smith fizzed down wristy leg-spinners to a team of over-50s in the quaint surroundings of Kent's local cricket league in southeast England, onlookers were in no doubt that this reserved 17-year-old would go on to represent Australia.

It was 2007 and a newspaper back in his home city of Sydney had already labeled Smith as the "next Shane Warne." (MORE)

Sri Lanka, Pakistan seek series win

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka will play a test without batting greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene for the first time in 15 years when the team meets Pakistan for the series decider starting Friday.

The 37-year-old Sangakkara, who announced last weekend that he'll be retiring from test cricket next month, was available only for the first two matches of the series that were shared 1-1. Jayawardene retired last year after a 17-year test career. (MORE)

SA apologizes for using drone camera

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Cricket South Africa apologized on Thursday for using a drone camera during its practice session the previous day.

Last December, the Bangladesh civil aviation authority banned all unmanned aerial vehicles, which did not have prior permission, from its airspace for national security and general safety reasons. (MORE)

Rashid, Finn named in England test squad

LONDON (AP) England shuffled its bowling attack for the first Ashes test in Cardiff, recalling uncapped legspinner Adil Rashid and paceman Steven Finn in a 13-man squad announced on Wednesday.

Rashid was an unused member of the squad in the recent three-test series in the West Indies, and wasn't called up for the two-test series against New Zealand in May. He wasn't even included in a 14-man group that took part in a pre-Ashes training camp in Spain from Saturday to Tuesday. (MORE)

Mustafizur to face South Africa in T20

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) South Africa will find out in its opening tour match on Sunday what all the fuss is about Bangladesh sensation Mustafizur Rahman.

Mustafizer, the 19-year-old left-arm pacer, exploited his unknown ability and offcutter to take a record-tying 13 India wickets in the recent three-match one-day international series won by Bangladesh. (MORE)

Van der Merwe wants to join Netherlands

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Former South Africa spin bowler Roelof van der Merwe has decided to try and play international cricket for the Netherlands after being granted a Dutch passport.

Cricket South Africa said Tuesday that Van der Merwe, who represented the Proteas in 13 one-day internationals from 2009-10, will seek to represent the Netherlands immediately. He is hoping to make the Dutch squad for the World Twenty20 early next year. (MORE)

Santner on Kiwi list of contract players

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All-rounder Mitchell Santner is the only newcomer included on New Zealand Cricket's list of 20 contracted players for 2015-2016.

Santner, a left-hand batsman and left-arm spin bowler, was named Wednesday for his first appearance on the list after strong performances on New Zealand's recent tour to England, where he played all five one-day internationals. (MORE)

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