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1) Mathews applauds ‘unbelievable’ Younis

2) PCB forms committee to investigate Umar-Junaid spat

3) Ireland looking to get Test status by June

Mathews applauds ‘unbelievable’ Younis:

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has congratulated Pakistan batsman Younis Khan for becoming the first batsman from Pakistan to score 10,000 Test runs. Younis, who will retire after the ongoing series in West Indies, scaled the milestone during the first Test against West Indies in Kingston earlier this week.

Younis has been involved in some memorable battles against Sri Lanka over the years. The most famous of them came in 2015 at Pallekele when he starred in Pakistan’s highest-ever run chase.

Srilanka under the captaincy of Mathews had all the reasons to believe that it had game and the series in the bag when it set up a 378 target in the third Test. No team had ever chased as many to win a Test match in Sri lanka, but a stunning 171 not out inning by Pakistan’s senior batsman turned the game upside down.

“We thought we had done enough to win that Test match” Mathews stated. Defending 378 on a fifth day wicket, any captain would feel confident that he could win ,” said Matthew. “Younis had different plans. He started peppering us to all parts of the ground and took the game away from us. It was an unbelievable knock.

“That’s the best knock I have ever seen anyone played against us. We had them 13 for two and we were pretty sure to of knocking them out , but Younis proved us wrong. He knew when to defend and when to accelerate and it was a master class inning. Younis showed Great example of how to bat under pressure,” he added.

PCB forms committee to investigate Umar-Junaid spat:

The Pakistan Cricket Board has formed a three-member committee to look into a recent verbal spat involving Punjab teammates Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan in a domestic competition.

The two cricketers were involved in a war of words on Thursday (April 27), after Punjab captain Umar accused his teammate Junaid of not informing him and team management about his absence from the Pakistan Cup clash against Sindh. “I just found out when I walked into the ground that he (Junaid Khan) is absent. I’m very surprised. The manager and coach told me he’s not going to be playing today. It’s a shocking news for me, as captain,” Umar said on national TV during the toss.

The captain’s comments evoked a response from the seamer, who released a video from his hotel. Junaid claimed that he was shocked to hear Umar’s comments and revealed that the team management was aware of his illness which caused him to miss the contest.

“I am saddened to hear Umar Akmal’s remarks that he made on television, saying ‘I ran away from the team’. I disagree with that. I am dealing with a case of food poisoning and the team management is well aware of that. In fact, I was advised by the team doctor to take a rest day,” Junaid said in the video.

The committee, headed by the General Manager of Domestic Cricket Operations Shafiq Ahmed and consisting the Punjab team coach and manager will submit its findings to PCB for further course of action, a media release from the national board confirmed.

Ireland looking to get Test status by June:

Ireland are optimistic about achieving Test status by June later this year. after the International Cricket Council, on Thursday (April 27), put in place a new process for the associate members wishing to become full members.

Speaking at an event in Dublin to announce Turkish Airlines as the new chief sponsor of its men’s senior team, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom confirmed that Ireland had voted in favour of the new governance changes in the ICC that would see a newly-formed membership committee decide on the matter, provided the applicants meet the pre-decided criteria.

“The decision made by the ICC this week to clear the way forward for new full members to arrive by virtue of receiving merit-based criteria is so important because that speaks directly to what we’ve been arguing over the last few years,” said Deutrom on Thursday. “It’s going to be about 20 to 25 criteria and it’s going to be across governance, administration, cricket structures, development and performance, financial sustainability. Every prospective member has to be able to satisfy all of those criteria. We’ve done a bit of a desktop exercise in looking into it and we are reasonably encouraged by our ability to satisfy those criteria.”

Once an associate member applies for the full membership, the application will be screened by the committee before a recommendation on the same is passed on to the ICC board. A final decision would be likely taken at the ICC annual conference, slated to be held on June 22.

“Once we make that submission it will go through to a brand new constituted membership committee. That membership committee will consider that application and make a recommendation accordingly to the ICC board and to the ICC annual conference, which this year takes place in London, with the AGM happening on June 22nd.

“So, with a fair wind, with us satisfying those criteria – that’s the first hoop to jump through. The second is the membership committee and the third is a decision by the ICC membership. If we manage to hurdle all those barriers then we could be a full member and a Test member by June 22nd this year.”

Additionally, Deutrom is also confident that Ireland will receive an increased amount of funding – regardless of whether they successfully attain full membership or not – under the new revenue model set in place at the Dubai meet.

ICC has decided to set aside a total of $280 million for the associate nations and Deutrom was hopeful of getting a better funding in the next eight-year cycle. “It would be what we hope is a very significant increase in funding levels.”

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