Sunday News Roundup
It’s always interesting to see what the media is reporting, especially in the lead up to a series involving India and Pakistan. I’ll try and do media round ups when ever I can. I managed to squeeze out some time this weekend, despite the onset of the wedding season in Karachi, as I type it’s already Monday, and so this might be just a tad belated. But here goes anyway.
Inzi’s a really sagacious character when it comes to handling the press, he doesn’t give away a lot and his press conferences are often very predictable. Nothing different here
when he tells The News’s
Waheed Khan all the usual pre-series dialogues (‘India going to be a tough opponent’ ‘strong squad picked’ bla, bla, bla,) in addition to some slightly more interesting revelations.
He said he “expected” Ganguly’s recall, also adding that by picking Zaheer Khan, Parthiv Patel and Saurav Ganguly India had opted for those with previous experience of having done well against Pakistan in Pakistan.
He in part hinted Pakistan could also go for a similar plan, and bring back Umar Gul to the side. Gul picked up 5-31 in the 2nd test at Lahore in the 2004
tour to set up Pakistan’s 9 wicket win but hasn’t played a test since.
Shoaib Malik has also revealed he had surgery on his heels
in order to be fit for next month’s home series against India.
However, arguably the most relevant piece of news in the context of this series appeared in the Dawn
. Darrell Hair has managed to get the green signal from the ICC for officiating in final two tests at Lahore and Faislabad despite a string of controversies he was involved in during the England-Pakistan test series, including one which forced the PCB to file an official complain to the ICC.
Rudi Koertzen and Daryl Harper will stand in the first test, and Koertzen and Simon Taufel will accompany Hair in the second and third tests respectively. Taufel will also officiate all five ODIs; his Pakistani counterparts are yet to be named by the PCB.
Worth noting here that the PCB did suggest to India the idea of both neutral umpires in ODIs like was the case against England, but the BCCI rejected this proposal.
Ranjan Madugalle and Chris Broad will oversee proceedings as
chief police officer
match referee in the test and ODI series respectively.