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Mohammad Hafeez cleared to resume bowling

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is free to resume bowling in international cricket after remedial work and a re-test on his action.

Off-spinner Hafeez is free to resume bowling. Credit: Reuters

Off-spinner Hafeez, 34, was banned from bowling after being reported for a suspect action five months ago in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi and then failing an initial test on its legality.

He was therefore unable to be selected to bowl in the World Cup, but injured his calf anyway and was ruled out of the global tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Hafeez played as a specialist batsman in Pakistan's one-day international defeat against Bangladesh on Sunday, making a duck at number three in the defeat in Dhaka.

But after the International Cricket Council confirmed his action has been proven legal in Chennai this month, Hafeez can bowl again for his country.

Javeria Khan, an all-rounder in Pakistan's women's team, has also had her action cleared - almost five years after it was first reported and then failed an initial ICC test.

Pakistan to host Test cricket for first time in six years

Pakistan appear set to host Test-playing opposition in their home country for the first time in more than six years.

Pakistan will host Zimbabawe on home turf. Credit: Reuters

Zimbabwe have reportedly agreed to travel for a short one-day international series next month, likely to take place in Lahore and Karachi.

No tourists have played in Pakistan because of security fears since the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in March 2009 - when six policemen and two civilians died, and several of the tourists were injured.

'Home' Test and ODI series' in the meantime have taken place in the United Arab Emirates, England's destination for the second time this autumn, a tour for which an exact schedule is still to be confirmed.

The details of Zimbabwe's proposed trip are also not yet known.

But Pakistan Cricket Board president Shaharyar Khan has stated that, after discussions with his Zimbabwean opposite number Wilson Manase, he expects the short tour to go ahead.

Shaharyar said:

He (Manase) told me they are coming and they are coming with their full team - but (just) for a week.

They will send a security team to assess the situation, following which they will confirm the tour. So they will come in the middle of May, and our efforts will be to host matches in Lahore and Karachi.

– Pakistan Cricket Board president Shaharyar Khan

Tendulkar pays tribute to cricketer who died after colliding with team-mate

Sachin Tendulkar has paid tribute to a "promising" Indian cricketer who has died after colliding with a team-mate while attempting to take a catch during a club match in Kolkata.

The Board of Control for Cricket In India confirmed on their official Twitter account that 20-year-old Ankit Keshri had passed away after suffering "a cardiac arrest following on-field injury".

According to reports, Keshri regained consciousness after the incident on Friday during a Cricket Association of Bengal senior one-day match, where he was only playing as a substitute fielder having been the 12th man, but died in hospital on Monday.

Former national team captain Tendulkar, the highest runscorer in Test and one-day international history, was among several India stars to offer their condolences at the news.

Tendulkar tweeted:


Anderson 'proud' of record-breaking achievement

James Anderson has become England cricket's leading wicket taker. Credit: Nigel French / PA Archive/Press Association Images

England bowler James Anderson has spoken of his pride after becoming England's leading wicket taker in Test cricket.

The Lancashire paceman usurped Sir Ian Botham after he had West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin caught by Alastair Cook for his 384th record-breaking Test wicket in his 100th match.

The West Indies eventually held on, thanks to a Jason Holder century, to earn a draw in the first Test match in Antigua.

I am hugely proud. It is great to have my family here and taking over from an English legend is a proud moment.

It (the record) has not been a target. I love taking wickets, I love playing for England, it is a dream come true to play for England let alone for 100 Tests...

It's been an incredible journey. I am delighted to be here."

– James Anderson speaking after the match

A moment of history: Anderson beats England record

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson is now the leading test wicket-taker in English cricket history.

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