Ireland win Intercontinental Cup
John Mooney's second five-wicket haul in the match saw Ireland post a comprehensive victory by 122 runs over Afghanistan to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup final on Friday. Defending champions Afghanistan, chasing 347 runs for victory, were 136 for five overnight but were dismissed for 224. Medium pacer Mooney took 5 wickets for 36 in the Afghan second innings, giving him match figures of 10-81. This was Ireland's fourth title in six editions of the Intercontinental Cup.
Brief scores: Ireland 187 all out in 61 overs (John Anderson 55, John Mooney 33; Dawlat Zadran 4-44, Rahmat Shah 3-36) and 341 all out in 95.1 overs (Niall O'Brien 87, Ed Joyce 78, Kevin O'Brien 47; Mohammad Nabi 4-39); Afghanistan 182 all out in 77.5 overs (Mohammad Nabi 42, Asghar Stanikzai 41; John Mooney 5-45) and 224 all out in 94.5 overs (Rahmat Shah 86 not out, Mohammad Nabi 49; John Mooney).
Bereaved Herath to miss ODI series
Sri Lanka's left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has ruled himself out of the five-match One Day International series against Pakistan, scheduled to commence on December 18 at Sharjah. The decision came after the demise of his mother earlier this week. Herath, however, will join the team for the three-Test series, which will take place after the conclusion of the One-dayers. He became the second senior player to opt out of the series due to personal reasons after former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene made himself unavailable for both Twenty20 Internationals and ODI series.
PCB not in a rush to decide Bangladesh situation
PCB's acting Chairman Najam Sethi has made it clear that the PCB would take no unilateral decision about pulling out of the Asia Cup or the ICC World Twenty20 Championship in Bangladesh despite the growing security concerns in that country. "Both the events are multi-nation tournaments and providing security is responsibility of the Asian Cricket Council and International Cricket Council which are the hosts of these events," Sethi said. There are fears that Bangladesh might lose the hosting rights of the two major events because of the growing unrest and security concerns.