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BCCI act­ing sec­re­tary Amitabh Choud­hary Fri­day ques­tioned why Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors chief, Vinod Rai, was keep­ing his only other mem­ber of the panel, Diana Edulji, in the dark about crick­et­ing de­ci­sions be­ing taken in re­cent times.

Choud­hary wrote: “How was the re­port of Ms Mithali Raj leaked? Who is the au­thor of the unau­tho­rised, un­prece­dented, mid-sea­son above re­ferred change of rule?” he en­quired.

“It is now part of the BCCI records that while the views of the only other mem­ber of the CoA, so half the CoA-if that need be said, hav­ing far bet­ter cre­den­tials in the game than any of us in the BCCI, have been re­peat­edly ig­nored, con­fi­den­tial mails re­ceived by only a few or­ches­trated to be leaked just to bring dis­com­fort to her in pub­lic eye. DEBU­TANT Will Somerville grabbed three key wick­ets to guide New Zealand to their first away se­ries win over Pak­istan in 49 years with a crush­ing 123-run win in the third and fi­nal Test on Fri­day.

The off-spin­ner took

3-52 and was aided by fel­low spin­ner Ajaz Pa­tel’s 3-42 as Pak­istan came up well short af­ter be­ing set a daunt­ing 280-run tar­get in 79 overs.

They crum­bled to 156 in 56.1 overs on a weary pitch at Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi.

The vic­tory gave New Zealand a 2-1 se­ries win af­ter they had taken the first Test by a nar­row four­run mar­gin at the same venue. Pak­istan bounced back with an in­nings and 16-run win in the sec­ond Test in Dubai.

New Zealand’s last away se­ries win against Pak­istan was a 1-0 vic­tory in matches played in Pak­istan in 1969.

Cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson, whose 139-run in­nings turned the match and the se­ries in his side’s favour, said: “It was fan­tas­tic. Beat­ing Pak­istan in their back­yard is very tough.

“It feels pretty spe­cial, and this will be one that the guys re­mem­ber for a long time.

“We know the game can ebb and flow very quickly but we came out and played very well to­day.”

It was New Zealand’s fifth Test se­ries win in their last six played since Novem­ber 2016. They beat Pak­istan, Bangladesh, the West Indies and Eng­land -- all at home -- with the sin­gle loss came against South Africa.

Somerville, who took 4-75 in the first in­nings to fin­ish with seven wick­ets in the match, broke a stub­born 43-run sixth-wicket stand be­tween top scorer Babar Azam (51) and skip­per Sar­fraz Ahmed, who made 28.

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