Shane Warne’s Body Arrives At Airport For Flight Back To Australia

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The body of cricketer Shane Warne arrived at a Bangkok airport Thursday to be flown back to Australia where the cricket superstar is to receive a state funeral. A coffin wrapped in the Australian flag and containing the 52-year-old, who died on Thailand’s Koh Samui island Friday, arrived at Don Mueang airport. Autopsy results confirmed that the leg-spin bowler — one of the greatest Test cricketers of all time — died of natural causes after a suspected heart attack.

Warne “didn’t just inspire a cricketing generation — he defined it,” said a statement by the Victoria government announcing the state funeral would be held on March 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Warne was discovered late Friday at a luxury villa on Koh Samui where he was on holiday, after failing to meet friends that evening.

He was taken to the Thai International Hospital Samui but despite medical efforts he could not be revived.

On Monday, police said an autopsy had found “the death was due to natural causes”.

Surachate Hakparn, assistant to the national police chief, added that Warne’s father said the player “had been suffering chest pains and was planning to return home for a check-up after this trip”.

In their first public comments since the death on Friday, Warne’s parents, brother, children and ex-wife expressed deep sorrow, paying tribute to one of the greatest Test cricketers of all time and the man they loved.

“To find words to adequately express our sadness is an impossible task for us and looking to a future without Shane is inconceivable,” parents Keith and Brigitte Warne said in a statement.

“I miss you so much already,” said daughter Summer Warne. “I wish I could’ve hugged you tighter in what I didn’t know were my final moments with you.”

“I wish I could’ve told you that everything was going to be OK and hold your hand.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison led tributes to one of the country’s “greatest characters”.

Over the weekend fans paid homage to Warne at his statue outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground — including offerings of cigarettes, beer and meat pies — to remember an extraordinary cricketing talent with a huge appetite for life.

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Credited with reviving the art of leg-spin, Warne was part of a dominant Australian Test team in the 1990s and 2000s and helped his country win the 1999 limited-overs World Cup.

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Cricket Australia Open To PCB Chief Ramiz Raja’s 4-Nation Cricket Tournament Proposal

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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja is determined to float the proposal of an annual four-nation tournament, involving India, Australia and England, even after receiving cold response from the BCCI. A reliable source in the PCB said Ramiz was still working on his proposal and had also spoken about it with officials of some other leading boards. Ramiz had earlier said that he would propose to the ICC an annual four-nation T20 event, involving his country, arch-rivals India, Australia and England, the revenue from which will be shared by all members of the world governing body.

Ramiz’s proposal, which has been rejected by BCCI secretary Jay Shah, got a boost on Wednesday when Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Nick Hockley said that Australia is open to hosting a Tri-Series with India and Pakistan.

Hockley, who was in Rawalpindi to witness the first Test between Pakistan and Australia, told reporters that personally he felt it was a good idea which could be explored.

“Personally you ask me, CA would definitely be very open to considering the proposal and hosting a Tri-Series with Pakistan, India and Australia,” he said.

He pointed out that Australia had large communities from South Asia and sub-contingent and a series involving India and Pakistan would be a big draw for the game Down Under.

India and Pakistan have only played each other in ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events since 2013 because of strained diplomatic relations between the two countries.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah had snubbed Ramiz’s proposal last month, insisting that the Indian board was more interested in expanding the sport globally and having it included in the Olympics and the proposal was a short-term commercial initiative.

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Hockely conceded that everyone wanted to see India and Pakistan play against each other anywhere in the world and they would also be playing in the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.

“It’s a contest that everyone wants to see in world cricket and if we can help support further opportunities we would love to do that.”

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Faheem Ashraf Tests Positive For COVID-19, Ruled Out Of 2nd Test Against Australia

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Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf was on Wednesday ruled out of the second Test against Australia, starting Saturday, after testing positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival in Karachi. Faheem, who also missed the first Test due to a fitness issue, arrived with the home squad and was forced into a five-day isolation after returning a positive test.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said if required, a replacement will be named for Faheem soon.

The Australian team also reached Karachi amidst heavy security and was driven straight from airport to the hotel.

Both teams will have their full practice sessions at the National Stadium on Thursday morning.

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Pakistan were also without pace bowler Hasan Ali for the first Test as he was also unfit while fast bowler Haris Rauf who was named in the initial squad couldn’t play after testing positive for COVID-19 in Rawalpindi.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Former Pakistan Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq Gives Verdict On 1st Test Match

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The second Test match between Pakistan and Australia ended in a draw. The hosts declared their first innings on 475/4 in Rawalpindi, with Australia responding with 459. By the time the visitors were bowled out, there was no time for a result. Pakistan went on to bat the entire Day 5 without losing a wicket as openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haque smashed tons. The match also received plenty of criticism regarding the pitch conditions and former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq branded the game as “really strange”.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam said, “In this Test, there were a lot of complaints over the wicket condition. ‘What is this pitch?’ asked a lot of people. I believe the pitch in the next Test will be better, one that can yield results”.

Giving his take on the Rawalpindi pitch, he said, “When there is a drawn Test nowadays, it feels really weird. I can’t recall the last time we had a Test like this, where you knew it was going to be a draw from the first day. As a result, the pitch will undoubtedly be more sporting (in next Test). You help spinners by making a turning pitch. You take advantage of the home field advantage, but don’t make a dead pitch”.

The 52-year-old also praised Australia for doing a “fantastic job adapting to the pitch”. He also stated that the hosts can win the series “if they curate the pitches according to their strengths.”

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“Even Australia did a fantastic job adapting to this pitch.” In the first innings, I expected Pakistan to lead by 100-150 runs, but Australia came close to matching Pakistan’s total. “Australia has never backed down, but I still believe Pakistan can win this series if they curate pitches according to their strengths”, he said.

Pakistan host Australia in the second Test of the three-match series at the National Stadium in Karachi beginning March 12.

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Former India Cricketer Aakash Chopra Predicts WTC Finalists

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Having recently beaten Sri Lanka in the Mohali Test, India saw their percentage points increase to 54.16 in the World Test Championship table. Despite the gains, they are still fifth in the WTC standings with Australia (77.77%) occupying top spot. Pakistan (66.66%) are second, followed by Sri Lanka (66.66%) and South Africa (60.00). Former cricketer Aakash Chopra analysed the Rohit Sharma-led side’s prospects of reaching the WTC final and stated that “it’s not going to be easy”. He also went on to say that there was a strong possibility for a “Pakistan vs Australia final”.

Speaking about India’s chances in his YouTube channel, he said, “You will have to get 100% points in the four-Test home series against Australia, which means you will have to win all four Tests. If you lose even one match, you will get 75% points and if another gets drawn, it will become even lesser. You cannot have a draw, it cannot rain.”

“We are 1-0 ahead in the ongoing series. We will win that 2-0, so 100% points. We have to play two Tests in Bangladesh. We have the full expectation of winning, full confidence but we are playing away from home. There is one Test remaining in England. We lost to South Africa. It’s not going to be easy.”

Also commenting on New Zealand’s chances for this year’s final, Chopra stated, “New Zealand have just two Tests left at home. You have drawn the series against Bangladesh, you have drawn the series against South Africa also. New Zealand is dead, New Zealand is stuck.”

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Also giving his prediction on the three teams who could battle it out for the berths in the final, Chopra stated, “I am not counting England, Bangladesh, West Indies, and I won’t count New Zealand as well. I don’t think Sri Lanka have a chance at qualification. I believe it will be between three teams — Australia, India, and Pakistan. If Pakistan don’t prepare such roads, there’s a strong possibility of a Pakistan-Australia final”.

India face Sri Lanka in the second Test match of their two-match series on March 12. It will be a day-night game and will be held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Chennai.

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Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq Makes A Name For Himself, Relatively Speaking

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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haqhas shed some of the burden of being the nephew of a legend with a century in each innings against Australia in the drawn first Test.  The 26-year-old’s uncle is former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, but Imam’s exploits in the drawn Rawalpindi Test have now given him recognition in his own right. The pitch may have been a batting-friendly flat track, but Imam still had to show immense concentration and discipline for knocks of 157 and 111 not out. In doing so he became the 10th Pakistan batsman to score a century in each innings of a Test, and only the fourth against Australia, behind former captains Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali.

His performance will not only cement his place in the Pakistan Test side, but will also silence a legion of critics who go after him after every failure.

The criticism usually circles back to suggestions he only has a place in the side through the family name.

“I don’t care what people say here and there and never lose heart,” Imam said after scoring his maiden Test century on Friday.

“I want to take challenges and excel.”

Despite being cricket royalty Imam’s journey hasn’t been easy.

His uncle is Pakistan’s third-highest Test run-scorer with 8,830 and most prolific in one-day internationals, 11,701.

Despite obvious natural talent Imam was labelled “parchi” — an Urdu term used for someone given undue favouritism — and not helped by the fact that he was first picked in 2018 when his uncle was the chief selector.

Imam had the game, most fans agreed, but was nepotism at play?

The bespectacled Imam was Pakistan’s highest run-getter in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup — where Pakistan lost in the final — finishing with 382 runs in six games.

He also showed form in an A Series against Bangladesh, before scoring 848 in 11 matches in the 2016-17 domestic season.

Inzamam insisted he wasn’t playing family favourites, saying his nephew was selected on the advice of coaches Mickey Arthur and Grant Flower.

“Mickey and Grant came to me and stressed that they wanted him for the team, so only after that he was selected,” he said at the time.

The youngster made an instant impact, scoring a hundred on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

His first Test, in 2018, was a match-winning 74 not out against Ireland when Pakistan were teetering at 14-3, chasing 160.

While Imam’s ODI form only improved, his Test fortunes slumped and he was dropped after failing in Australia in 2019.

But on the back of two hundreds in domestic cricket, Imam returned to the fold — and made the chance count in Rawalpindi.

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“Every time I failed they started trolling me but I have a resolve that I will answer them with my bat, with my runs,” he said.

“I want to make my own name.”

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Ravichandran Ashwin Shares Story Behind Shane Warne’s “Strong Shoulders”, As Told By Rahul Dravid

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India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said head coach Rahul Dravid was “extremely sad” after Shane Warne’s sudden demise. The legendary Australian cricketer died on March 4 due to a heart attack in Thailand. Warne’s death at the age of 52 sent shockwaves around the cricketing world. Ashwin said he had a chat with Dravid, who had shared the dressing room with Warne for three years in IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals after battling against each other for a long time in international cricket.

“I was talking to Rahul Dravid who was extremely sad. For a spinner, your shoulder and upper-half of the body has to be extremely strong because you have to use many rotations to spin the ball,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.

“Because for a spinner to master your craft, you should keep bowling in the nets. More so, if you are a leg-spinner. He had strong shoulders and that was his massive advantage,” he said.

The seasoned off-spinner then revealed a conversation between Dravid and Warne about the latter’s early stages of cricketing career.

“It seems Rahul bhai asked him, ‘How do you have such strong shoulders? What do you do?’ It is such a unique story. There is a sport called Aussies rules football.

“It is sport like rugby. It seems he wanted to play the sport but was not built for it since people who play it are tall and well-built blokes.”

It is a known incident that as a child, Warne had suffered two broken legs when another kid jumped from a height and landed on his back.

With both legs swathed in plaster casts, Warne had to push himself around in a cart, developing extraordinary strength in his upper body.

“So, they used to bully him and it seems he broke both his legs while playing. He couldn’t walk and was on bed rest. For 3-4 weeks he walked or rather floated using his bare hands and those made his shoulders strong and there was no looking back.

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“That’s what he has told Rahul bhai. We all face obstacles in life, but look how Warne converted it as his success formula,” Ashwin added.

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Kevin Pietersen Pays Emotional Tribute To “Special Sportsman” Shane Warne

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The world was left in shock when former Australian cricketer Shane Warne died in a Thailand hotel last week. Since his death, wishes and prayers have been pouring in from all around the world. His friends, family members, teammates and even most of his opposition players have acknowledged and mourned the tragic passing away of the spinner. One such opponent which Warne had a famous rivalry with during his playing days, Kevin Pietersen, shared an Instagram post about, paying an emotional tribute to Warne, calling him a “special sportsman, competitor and person.”

The caption of the post read:

“He played hard and I mean VERY hard, but he always congratulated you if you did something pretty special! Just a special sportsman, competitor & person! Love ya, Shaunie!.”

Recently, the Thai police cited an autopsy report claiming that Warne had died of “natural causes”.

“Investigators received an autopsy report today in which a forensic doctor concludes the death was due to natural causes,” Krissana Pattanacharoen, deputy national police spokesman, said in a statement.

“Investigators will conclude the autopsy reports and send them to state prosecutor as soon as possible,” Krissana added.

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During his lifetime, Warne played 145 Tests, 194 ODIs and 55 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

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Australia Captain Pat Cummins Reacts To Criticism Of Rawalpindi Pitch After Dull Draw Against Pakistan

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Australian skipper Pat Cummins said he would leave it to fans and commentators to pass judgement on a dead wicket that saw his team’s first Test in Pakistan in nearly a quarter of a century end in a tame draw in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. “I think the players always want a fair battle between bat and ball, and that’s when I think Test cricket is at its best and most rewarding,” the diplomatic Cummins said when asked about a pitch that yielded 1,187 runs for just 14 wickets over five days.

“It’s for fans and you guys (media) to kind of watch it from the outside and kind of judge the spectacle.”

Pakistan were 252 without loss in their second innings when the match ended without a result. Australia scored 459 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings score of 476-4 declared.

“Turning up to a pitch — probably not a traditional pitch — you get here in Rawalpindi and coming away with a draw, it’s not a bad result,” Cummins said afterwards.

It was Australia’s first Test on Pakistan soil since 1998, having declined to visit previously on security grounds.

With a draw assured, the Pakistan openers took the opportunity for batting practice ahead of the second Test in Karachi starting Saturday.

The final day was dominated by Pakistan’s openers, with Imam-ul-Haq cracking his second century of the match and Abdullah Shafique scoring a maiden hundred.

Haq made an unbeaten 111 following up his first-innings 157, while Shafique finished on 136.

In doing so, they became the first Pakistan pair to put on a century opening stand in both innings of a Test against Australia, after teaming up for 105 on Friday.

Shafique was the first to reach his century, pushing seamer Cameron Green for a single to reach the mark in 209 minutes. In all, he hit 15 boundaries and a six.

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Haq, who was playing his first Test since December 2019, pushed part-timer Travis Head for two to complete his century in 276 minutes.

Their stand is Pakistan’s highest for the first wicket against Australia in all Tests, bettering the 249 set by Khalid Ibadulla and Abdul Kadir in Karachi in 1964.

So dominating were the two openers that it became only the first instance in 51 years when Australia conceded 100-plus opening stands in both innings of a Test.

Geoff Boycott and John Edrich of England were the last pair to achieve the feat against Australia, in Adelaide in 1971.

The famed Australian pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood — with 674 Test wickets between them before this match — got just one more on the flat, lifeless surface.

Shafique said he was delighted to score a hundred.

“This century will give me confidence and step up my career,” he added.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Nauman Ali bowled a nagging line and length to mop up the Australian tail and finished with career-best figures of 6-107 in 38.1 overs — his third five-wicket haul in eight Tests.

His effort enabled Pakistan to get the last three wickets with the addition of just 10 runs after Australia resumed on 449-7.

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Nauman — whose previous best of 5-35 came on his debut against South Africa in Karachi last year — dismissed Australian skipper Pat Cummins for eight and Nathan Lyon for three in quick succession.

Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi got rid of Starc to finish with figures of 2-88 in 30 overs.

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Australia’s First Test In Pakistan In 24 Years Ends In Tame Draw

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Imam-ul-Haq cracked a century in each innings and his opening partner Abdullah Shafique hit a maiden hundred as Pakistan’s first home Test against Australia in 24 years ended in a tame draw in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. Haq made an unbeaten 111 following up his 157 in the first innings, while Shafique finished on 136 as Pakistan were 252 without loss when the match ended without a result.

Australia scored 459 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings score of 476-4 declared.

Australia’s first Test on Pakistan soil since 1998 — they previously declined to visit on security grounds — was ultimately spoiled by a flat Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch.

A combined total of 1,187 runs were scored for just 14 wickets over five days as the famed Australian pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood — with 674 Test wickets between them before this match — got just one more.

With a draw assured, the Pakistan openers took the opportunity for batting practice ahead of the second Test in Karachi starting Saturday.

In doing so, they became the first Pakistan pair to put on a century opening stand in both innings of a Test against Australia after teaming up for 105 on Friday.

Shafique was the first to reach his century, pushing seamer Cameron Green for a single to reach the mark in 209 minutes. In all, he hit 15 boundaries and a six.

Haq, who was playing his first Test since December 2019, pushed part-timer Travis Head for two to complete his century in 276 minutes.

Their stand is Pakistan’s highest for the first wicket against Australia in all Tests, bettering the 249 set by Khalid Ibadulla and Abdul Kadir in Karachi in 1964.

So dominating were the two openers that it became only the first instance in 51 years when Australia conceded 100-plus opening stands in both innings of a Test.

Geoff Boycott and John Edrich of England were the last pair to achieve the feat against Australia, in Adelaide in 1971.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Nauman Ali bowled a nagging line and length to mop up the Australian tail and finished with career-best figures of 6-107 in 38.1 overs — his third five-wicket haul in eight Tests.

His effort enabled Pakistan to get the last three wickets with the addition of just 10 runs after Australia resumed on 449-7.

Nauman — whose previous best of 5-35 came on his debut against South Africa in Karachi last year — dismissed Australian skipper Pat Cummins for eight and Nathan Lyon for three in quick succession.

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Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi got rid of Starc to finish with figures of 2-88 in 30 overs.

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