Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf on Friday said that Sri Lankan legend and world's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket Muttiah Muralitharan would have never been allowed to play top-flight cricket had current ICC rules on chucking would have been in place during their time.
Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, who capped a memorable test against Australia in Dubai with hundreds in both innings, said he had thought of skipping the two-match series after being dropped from the 50-over squad.
Former West Indies great Michael Holding is happy that ICC is finally coming down hard on bowlers with suspect action but he feels that the game's governing body is "20 years too late" in executing a clampdown on suspected chuckers.
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not "innovative and proactive enough as captain, especially in Tests" although India would remain a strong contender to retain their World Cup title in Australia next year.
Pakistani selectors have named experienced opener Taufeeq Umar and senior batsman Younus Khan in a 19-member squad for the two-test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, starting next week.
Debutant spinner Taijul Islam completed a five-wicket haul but veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was left unbeaten on 85 as the West Indies declared at 484 for seven before lunch on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh in St Vincent on Sunday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicket-keeping skills in the Test format has came under scrutiny yet again with former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe saying that the Indian gloveman has become a mere "stopper" due to burnout and attrition.
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson are the new "fabulous four" of Test Cricket but will go through "teething problems" before shooting for the stars.