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  • Five all-rounders to watch out for in World Twenty20

    The fifth edition of cricket's World Twenty20, featuring 16 teams, will start in Bangladesh on Sunday.

    Here are the all-rounders to watch out for during the tournament:

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    Shahid Afridi, Pakistan

    An aura of unpredictability always hangs around Shahid Afridi when he takes the cricket field.

    His swashbuckling batting and fiery legspin make him an exciting player in the shortest format of the game but there is always a chance for him to self-destruct, by throwing away his wicket at a crucial juncture or by means of wayward bowling.

    On his day, however, the 34-year-old former captain can win a

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  • Authorities in cricket-crazy Bangladesh have asked fertiliser factories to halt production in a bid to divert gas supply to power plants.

    It is all in a desperate attempt to ensure an uninterrupted electricity supply ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.

    The World T20 will feature 16 teams and starts on March 16 with the final on April 6.

    "We have no other options,” Mohammad Hussain Monsur, chairman of the state-owned Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, said.

    “(We must) shut down fertilizer factories for some time to ensure gas supply to power plants,"

    "Today we have asked all seven, except one,

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  • Smith’s retirement ushers in new era for South Africa

    South Africa's Graeme Smith (AFP)

    He was seen as a brash, arrogant and aloof South African but no one can dispute the impact Graeme Smith had on the world stage as he became the most successful captain in Test history.

    Smith's decision to retire from international cricket just nine weeks after Jacques Kallis quit will usher in a new era for South African cricket, which now finds itself shorn of experience and potentially in a leadership crisis.

    The 33-year-old's runs at the top of the order will be missed but so too will his strength of character and grit in times of adversity.

    He has, in many ways, been the face of South

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  • Confident Afghans see no surprise in taming Tigers

    Afghanistan have high expectations of achieving success on the cricket pitch and despite being relatively new to the sport, their breakthrough 50-over victory against a Test-playing nation was met with only muted celebrations among the players.

    Cricket gained prominence in Afghanistan after the refugees who had fled while the country was ravaged by the Soviet war started returning home in the 1990s.

    And it was only in June last year that the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body, granted Afghanistan associate status, which is the second tier of membership behind the 10

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  • On This Day in 1921: Australia enjoy first Ashes whitewash

    Warwick Armstrong of Australia

    Australia became first nation to win the Ashes 5-0 on this day in 1921 in the first series to be played after an eight-year break due to the First World War.

    The whitewash, which would not be repeated for another 86 years, was clinched with a nine-wicket victory over England in the fifth Test at Sydney.

    The Australians, captained by Warwick Armstrong, easily routed a side that had been decimated by a war that claimed the lives of 166 English first-class cricketers.

    The locals’ emphatic run of victories had also begun in Sydney, where in the first Test they beat England by 377 runs.

    This was

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  • Warne factor big as Australia seek answers

    Shane Warne's vast Test experience has been well utilised by the Australian squad in the lead-up to the series-deciding third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

    Captain Michael Clarke says the veteran of 145 Test matches and arguably the greatest leg-spinner of all time has played a leading role in mentoring the team in his role as a consultant.

    Clarke believes Warne's cricketing brain and infectious personality will help lift the squad after the demoralising 231-run loss in the second Test in Port Elizabeth last Sunday.

    "It's been fantastic having him around and

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  • Fans again treated disgracefully amid ECB-Pietersen farce

    Sports fans are the last ones to know anything - we all know this. That is not the way it should be, but it will always be that way.

    There are countless examples of how the key people in professional sport - the fans - are shamefully neglected, and considered unworthy of honest and frank information.

    Rarely has this ever been quite so obvious as it currently is with the Kevin Pietersen saga. The ECB have unceremoniously disposed of their greatest on-field asset without so much as a cursory explanation.

    What has been made quite clear is that the England management either cannot or do not want

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  • Kevin Pietersen

    Not really teeming with exciting strokemakers, England, from a fan's perspective, may have just become a lot less watchable after the unceremonious sacking of Kevin Pietersen.

    The international career of Pietersen, without doubt the most talented and flamboyant England batsman of his generation, ended after the 33-year-old was kept out of the team's rebuilding process following their recent Ashes whitewash.

    Every top team recognises the need for at least one maverick batsman whose unorthodox aggression can unsettle opposition.

    David Warner does it with aplomb for Australia, while team mate

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  • Maverick Pietersen goes out with a whimper

    The international career of Kevin Pietersen, the most talented and flamboyant England batsman of his generation, ended in untypically quiet fashion.

    The 33-year-old South African-born right-hander was left out of the one-day party to tour West Indies this month as England look to rebuild following their recent ignominious Ashes defeat.

    Coach Andy Flower quit after the calamitous tour of Australia and the axing of Pietersen signalled another bold move to begin a new era for English cricket.

    Pietersen scored 8,181 runs in 104 Tests, including 23 centuries, and over 4,000 runs in one-day

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  • It makes you think of every over-competitive adult that has stood on the sidelines barking orders at their children or relentlessly berating youngsters. Only this man hammered a team of kids himself.

    Former first-class cricketer Craig Findlay bludgeoned 307 runs off 115 balls as he left St John's College's teenage bowling attack begging for him to retire.

    The result, unsurprisingly, was a thoroughly dejected and demoralised group of young cricketers who had lost their love of the game almost entirely.

    The ex-New Zealand first-class player and Hawke's Bay Cricket Association chief-executive

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