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No spinners in India-A squad for warm-up game against England; Raina to skipper, Yuvi recalled

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The new All- India Senior Selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil included Cancer Survivor and Punjabi Prince, Yuvraj Singh in the 14 man India A squad that will face the touring English side in their opening 3 day warm up match slated to take place in Mumbai from October 30. Yuvraj made a strong case for his selection, proving both his calibre and fitness during his double ton (208) for North Zone against Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy fixture last week. Yuvi marked his return to international cricket against New Zealand in a T20 international at Chennai and the succeeding World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka after conquering cancer.

The 14 member squad will led by Suresh Raina, who along with Yuvraj will be pressing hard for the Number 6 position thrown open by the retirement of VVS Laxman.


Anil Kumble succeeds Clive Lloyd as ICC Cricket Committee Chairman

The ICC Board agreed unanimously to appoint former India captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. Kumble, 41, who took 619 Test and 337 One-Day International wickets, succeeds former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd in the role.

The ICC Board also agreed to extend the terms of both Mark Taylor (representing former players) and David Kendix (statisticans) for a further term.


Brian Lara remembers role of his father as he enters ICC Hall of Fame

West Indies legend Brian Lara was inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame at the ICC Awards ceremony on Saturday night. The superb left-hander from Trinidad who set several records in his illustrious cricket career was warmly applauded and showered with praise as he became the 17th West Indian to be inducted.

Lara was smartly attired and flashed his trademark smile as he was presented with his ICC Hall of Fame cap. The former West Indies captain was accompanied by his brother Winston and sister Agnes at the gala ceremony at the Water's Edge Resort. He dedicated the award to his late father Bunty Lara, who died before his son made his international debut for the West Indies.


Kumar Sangakkara named Test Cricketer of the Year 2012

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara has been named the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2012 at the LG ICC Awards.

During the performance period, he played 14 Tests and in 27 innings, he compiled 1,444 runs at an average of 60.16, including five centuries and five half-centuries. His highest score of 211 came against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October 2011, while he also scored 199 not out against the same side on home soil in Galle.

The independent voting academy of 32 highly credentialed cricket experts put Sangakkara first, ahead of an impressive group of players that had been short-listed, including Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander and Australia captain, Michael Clarke.


Sunil Narine wins Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2012 Award

Up-and-coming West Indies bowler Sunil Narine has been named as the Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2012 at the LG ICC Awards in Colombo. The 24-year-old from Trinidad, follows in the footsteps of last year's winner and fellow West Indies bowler, Devendra Bishoo, in claiming the award. The off-spinner played in three Tests for the West Indies claiming 12 wickets at an average 31.50, while in the 15 ODIs he played in he claimed 28 wickets at an average of 18.82.

Narine was the top choice of the 32-person voting academy, coming out ahead of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal, Doug Bracewell of New Zealand and Australia's James Pattinson.


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