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Misbah says Pakistan can win World Cup

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(AP) -- Captain Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan can "once again rule the world" by winning the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

The return of the tournament Down Under was a good omen for Pakistan, as that was where it won its only World Cup in 1992, when Imran Khan's side beat England in the final.

"As the event is returning to Australia and New Zealand, the level of expectation from us will be quite high," Misbah said on Wednesday as he posed with the trophy in front of Badshahi Mosque and independence monument in Lahore.

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Johnson given time to overcome injury

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Cricket Australia has withdrawn Mitchell Johnson from the start of the Champions League Twenty20 to allow the aggressive fast bowler to recover from a rib injury.

Johnson plays for India's Kings XI Punjab, and might be released to play in the latter stages of the tournament which starts this week and culiminates in a final at Bangalore on Oct. 4. (MORE)

Crowe facing new cancer battle

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe is facing a new health struggle after being told the cancer he had subdued with chemotherapy has returned.

Crowe, who turns 52 on Monday, learned in 2012 he was suffering from lymphoma. After a rigorous course of chemotherapy the disease was believed to be in remission. (MORE)

West Indies beat Bangladesh in 2nd test

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed his 30th Test century and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn followed with 5-72 on Tuesday as the West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 296 runs late on day four of the second test.

The West Indies, playing its landmark 500th test, swept the two-test series 2-0. (MORE)

Afridi named Pakistan T20 captain

ISLAMABAD (AP) Shahid Afridi will captain Pakistan in Twenty20s until 2016 while Misbah-ul-Haq will remain the skipper for the World Cup next year, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.

Afridi replaced Mohammad Hafeez, who stepped down after Pakistan's unimpressive performance at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh this year. (MORE)

Captain Clarke ruled out of ODI series

SYDNEY (AP) Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the limited-overs cricket series against Pakistan next month due to a hamstring injury that forced him home early from a recent series in Zimbabwe.

Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said tests had confirmed "a significant hamstring injury" for the 33-year-old Clarke. (MORE)

Banned Ajmal targets World Cup comeback

ISLAMABAD (AP) Suspended Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal is hoping to compete in next year's World Cup, after completing a rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy.

Pakistan will be without Ajmal in next month's series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates after he was suspended by the International Cricket Council when his elbow extension was tested more than twice the allowable limit of 15 degrees. (MORE)

West Indies build lead of 427 on day 3

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck 63 not out Monday as the West Indies amassed a lead of 427 over Bangladesh on day three of the second test at Beausejour Stadium.

West Indies, after bowling out Bangladesh for 161 to earn a first innings lead of 219, closed on 208-4. (MORE)

Roach puts West Indies in control

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) Fast bowler Kemar Roach grabbed 5-33 Sunday as the West Indies seized control of the second test against Bangladesh as 14 wickets tumbled on day two at the Beausejour Stadium.

The visitors did well to restrict the West Indies to 380 all out after they had resumed on 246-3, despite Shivnarine Chanderpaul's unbeaten 84. (MORE)

West Indies 246-3 at close, day one

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) Opening batsmen Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite hit half centuries as the West Indies built a strong first-day total of 246-3 against Bangladesh in the second cricket test at Beausejour Stadium on Saturday.

Left-hander Johnson, on debut, compiled 66 off 162 balls. He struck five fours and a six. (MORE)


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