Kallis took retirement

Jacques Kallis had finally decided to retire from international limited overs cricket about six months before start of World Cup. Kallis, who is 38 years old, retired from Test cricket last year. He was hoping to play the upcoming World Cup. However after beating Sri Lanka for the first time in their home, a few weeks later, he decided to quit. 
Kallis realised that his dream of playing World Cup was too difficult & far away. He visualized that the squad that played in Sri Lanka is talented & have a good chance of bringing the trophy home. He would like to thank the South African cricket board, sponsors, players & his fans for great support. He feels that his career journey was amazing.

Jacques Kallis took retirement from cricket.
38 years old, Jacques Kallis took retirement from cricket.

Reason of quitting:
Jacques Kallis realised that he was in poor form during Sri Lanka tour. He scored only 5 runs in three innings and also couldn't bowl a single over. However he is keen to play Twenty20 club cricket.

"I am not retiring from all cricket as I have a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder and, if possible, to help the Kolkata Knight Riders defend the IPL title we won earlier this year," he said.

Jacques Kallis is the only cricketer who scored more than 11,000 runs & took 250 wickets both in ODI & Test cricket. 

Kallis statements:, 

"I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,"

"Ï just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.

"I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey."

ICC banned Moeen Ali

ICC banned England Batsman Moeen Ali from wearing wristbands in support of Palestine. "Free Palestine" and "Save Gaza" were the sayings written on Moeen's wristbands.
Moeen is a Muslim who helped raising charity funds for Palestine that got affected by 3 weeks clash with Israel.
He wore the wristbands in second test against India and got banned by ICC on tuesday.
Moeen broke the disciplinary action under ICC code of conduct that forbids players from wearing, displaying or conveying any messages through bands or clothing without approval from ICC.
Ali was allowed to continue the match but was told by match referee to remove the bands and not to wear them again inside cricket field.

ICC banned Moeen Ali from wearing wristbands in support of Gaza

ICC statement said, "The ICC Equipment and Clothing Regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match," 
"Moeen Ali was told by the Match Referee that whilst he is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field of play and warned not to wear the bands again during an international match."

SL v Pak schedule

Sri Lanka will host Pakistan in August, 2014 for tests and ODI series. Tests matches will be played in Galle and Colombo. Both teams will also play 3 one day internationals in their short tour. Sri Lankan cricket team has stopped visiting Pakistan after there was an attack on their bus at Lahore in March 2009, when they were on their way to stadium. Sri Lankan player got injured and afterwards countries stopped giving NOC to their teams to visit Pakistan for international tours. 

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan tests and ODI matches schedule
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan tests & ODI matches schedule

Sri Lanka will host Pakistan in August, 2014. Pakistan cricket team will arrive at Sri Lanka on 2nd of August and the first test match will be played from 6th of August at Galle. The 2nd match will start from August 14. Also one day schedule is announced. The first one day will be played on 23rd of August in Hambantota. The 2nd match will be played at Pallekele on 27th of August. The 3rd match will be played at Colombo on 30th of August, 2014.

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Cricket revival in Pakistan in doubt

Ireland cricket board was in negotiation with Pakistan cricket board for a tour but after recent terrorist attack on Karachi airport, Ireland has decided to hold back on its tour. Ireland had been willing to tour Pakistan after Bangladesh decided to withdraw from series in Pakistan last year. 
Barry Chambers said “Cricket Ireland and the PCB were in advanced discussions to play three ODIs in Pakistan in September.” He also added, "Cricket Ireland is obviously very keen to secure as many fixtures as possible against Full Members, and these proposed games would have been very beneficial ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup." These discussions has also involved contact with ICC, government and security advisers. However, after recent attack at Karachi airport, hopes of cricket revival in Pakistan has started fading away once again.

Ireland discussions with PCB about tour is on hold
Ireland tour of Pakistan talks on hold

Pakistan has last hosted any foreign team in 2009.

Paul Marsh joined AFLPA

Paul Marsh had been fulfilling his duties as Australian Cricketers Association chief executive and decided its time for him to move ahead and taking role as head of AFL player association. Footy is most popular sports in Australia and cricket has lost heaps of grounds and some good Aussie administrative figures. Its a big blow to cricket and yet an other window of progress to AFL. Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehman said, "Paul has left an indelible mark on both the players and the game." He also added, "From a personal point of view Paul has provided an enormous amount of support. I've really valued his leadership, advice, integrity and mateship. There's no doubt he'll be sorely missed but he's left both domestic and Australian cricketers - as well as the game generally - in a really strong position."

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Paul Marsh quits ACA

Chief executive of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland said, "Paul has made a significant contribution to Australian cricket for more than a decade and on behalf of Cricket Australia, we congratulate him on his appointment to lead the AFLPA. I've enjoyed a healthy relationship with Paul since he became CEO at the ACA and we've worked together in the best interests of Australian cricket."

NZ defeated WI in first Test

New Zealand beat West Indies in the first test match at Kingston by 186 runs. Debutant Mark Craig stars in massive victory by NZ. He took 4 wickets for 91 runs in first innings and 4 wickets for 97 runs in second innings. It is New Zealand second Test win in Caribbean and team should be happy with over all performance. Chris Gayle became 8th West Indian player to score over 7000 runs in Test but he couldn't click with bat in his second innings. 403 was a big target to win and West Indies struggled to bat through 4th day. New Zealand had the benefit of scoring 508 runs in first innings (2 centuries by 2 class batsmen), however they struggled with bat in their second innings. This match would have definitely boost confidence of kiwis and they would be looking forward to win Test series.

NZ beat WI in first test
New Zealand beat West Indies in First Test

Mark Craig has been named man of the match in the first test against West Indies.