Pak out of under 19 world cup

Skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Tevin Imlach hit half-centuries as the West Indies upset Pakistan by five wickets to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Monday.

Hetmyer scored 52 and Imlach made 54 to ensure a gallant 113 by Umair Masood went in vain as the West Indies surpassed Pakistan´s 227 for six with 10 overs to spare.

The West Indies take on host Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Mirpur on Thursday. India plays Sri Lanka in the first semi-final at the same venue on Tuesday.

Pakistan´s defeat prevented an all-Asian semi-final despite Umair´s man of the match-winning performance, but the West Indies played better all-round cricket to emerge deserved winner.

Umair came to the crease in the 15th over with Pakistan struggling at 40 for four and rebuilt the innings in the company of Salman Fayyaz after half the side was back in the hut by the 21st over.

Umair, who had scored 13 not out and 10 in previous matches in the tournament, hit 15 boundaries and two sixes before he was out in the final over.

Salman remained unbeaten on a defiant half-century, which included three hits to the fence and a six.

The revival came after a two-wicket burst by seamer Chemar Holder and fiery fast bowling by Alzarri Joseph, who conceded just 28 runs in his 10 overs.

Once Joseph´s spell finished in the 36th over, Pakistan added a further 109 runs to set the West Indies a challenging target.

The Caribbean flair was evident as the West Indies raced to 100 for one by the 16th over.

Hetmyer and Imlach put on 77 for the second wicket to take the score to 122 for one, before two needless run outs saw the total slip to 147 for four.

Shamar Springer was the fifth batsman to fall for 37 when 38 runs were still needed for victory, but Jyd Goolie (26 not out) and Keemo Paul (24 not out) saw their side home.

Messi will not play in Rio Olympics.Argentina coach

Lionel Messi will not chase a second Olympic football gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said on Monday.

Martino added he did not want the Barcelona forward, who will captain Argentina at the Centennial Copa America in the United States in June, to suffer burnout after a demanding season.

He can take three over-age players in his under-23 squad to the Rio Games but Messi, who helped Argentina win their second Olympic football title in Beijing in 2008, will not be one of them.

“Messi won’t go to the Olympic Games because there is a lot of competition for the national team this year,” Martino said with World Cup qualifiers also in mind.

“We have the Copa America, the Olympic Games and after that four rounds of the qualifiers,” he told Radio La Red.

“The reality at Barcelona shows the season will be long. I want to win very much but not at any price, nor for throwing the players on to the pitch for them to die there.”

Messi led Argentina to the 2014 World Cup final in Rio where they lost 1-0 to Germany after extra time.

The 16-team Copa America, to celebrate 100 years of the world’s oldest active international football tournament, will be played from June 3-26 with the 10-member nations of South America’s CONMEBOL and six from rival region CONCACAF taking part.

Argentina, who also won Olympic gold at the 2004 Athens Games, failed to qualify for London 2012.

After T20 Pak lost ODI series against NZ in rain hit match

Babar Azam’s career-best 83 went in vain for Pakistan as New Zealand clinched the series with a three-wicket win in the rain-hit Auckland ODI.

Bating first Pakistan were all out for 290 in 47.5 overs.Hafeez was 2nd top scorer with 76.from home side Miln got 3 wickets while Bolt and henery got 2 wickets each.

Chasing a big total home team lost it,s skipper B Mcullam for a duck,Guptil and williamson steadied innings.Guotil got out for 82 while Williamson scored 84.After rain interuption target was reduced to 265 which NZ got in last over.

Captain Azhar Ali and Amir got 2 wickets each.Guptil declared man of tha match.

Graham Ford: Surrey head coach leaves The Oval for Sri Lanka

Surrey head coach Graham Ford is leaving the county to return to the Sri Lanka national team.

The 55-year-old South African left his role as Sri Lanka coach in 2014 to take charge at The Oval.

In 2015, he led Surrey to promotion from County Championship Division Two and to the final of the One-Day Cup, where they lost to Gloucestershire.

“He has played an integral role in the progress that we have achieved,” said director of cricket Alec Stewart.

“He has worked tirelessly with the players and his efforts can be seen in their individual performances and the team’s results, culminating in promotion back to the First Division.

“It was a very tough decision for Graham to leave Surrey but we understand that the opportunity to go back and coach at international level with Sri Lanka was too good to turn down.

“Despite the timing of his decision, we wish Graham all the best and we will immediately start our search for a new head coach.”

Ford, who has also worked for Kent and South Africa, was shortlisted for the England coach’s job in 2009, with that role eventually going to Andy Flower.

Last Chance For Pakistan to comeback in NZ ODI series

Pakistan will fight for a comeback in three match one day series against New Zealand.Match will start 6 am PST.After a comfortable win in first ODI,kiwis are favourite to win this match and series at their home ground.

Pakistani skipper Azhar Ali is determined to fight back and level the series.Last match of the series will be played on Sunday 31st of January.Pakistan is at No 8 in ICC ODI ranking while New Zealand is at 4.

[pullquote]New Zealand has also beaten Pakistan in three match T20 series 2-1.[/pullquote]

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