Apr 262017

KARACHI: The successful holding of Pakistan Super League final in Lahore earlier this year has finally opened the doors for more international cricket in Pakistan.

Cricket’s bigwigs during the ICC meeting in Dubai agreed on sending a World XI team to Pakistan to play three T20i matches later this year.

The decision was followed by the review of reports from security officials from various boards and the ICC, which they prepared during their visit to Lahore for PSL final.

Najam Sethi, the chairman of PSL and PCB’s Executive Committee, confirmed that ICC will send a team comprised of top players to Pakistan to play three T20s.

“Giles Clarke has reviewed security report of ICC experts & agreed 3 T20 matches in Pak end Sep of ICC Team of world’s TOP current players,” Sethi tweeted after the ICC meeting in Dubai.

Pakistan hosted PSL final in March this year, the house-full final between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta gladiators featured top players like Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels.

Security managers from four cricket boards, along with an ICC security expert, were in Lahore to witness the PSL final and the security arrangements being made by the PCB.

Among them, Reg Dickason – who earlier advised FICA on security matters ahead of PSL – was also present. He was represented ECB, along with Julian Siebrand.

Security experts from Bangladesh, Major AKM Anisud Dowla, security head of Cricket Australia Sean Carroll, along with Sri Lanka’s Sarathchandra Liyanage was also present at the PSL final.

ICC’s security manager Sean Norris was also in Lahore to witness the security arrangements made by the Pakistan government and PCB for the final of PSL.

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Apr 262017
Khalid Latif fails to appear before anti-corruption unit

LAHORE: Khalid Latif failed to appear before the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on Wednesday. Latif who has already announced that he will contest spot-fixing allegations against him, had a day earlier expressed reservations over the ACU. Following his failure to appear, it is expected that the PCB will level further charges against Khalid Latif. Latif has been charged with breaches of Articles 2.1.1; 2.1.2; 2.1.3, 2.1.4; 2.4.4; and 2.4.5 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. Spot-fixing, an illegal betting practice, has been rife in Pakistan cricket in recent years. PCB officials have vowed zero tolerance in the current case, saying they have solid evidence. Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, 34, became the first culprit to be punished when he confessed to the only charge against him, of “not reporting an offer of fixing”. He was banned for one year, including six months suspension. Latif and Sharjeel Khan — both openers for Pakistan´s Twenty20 team — were provisionally suspended and expelled from the PSL in Dubai on February 10 on charges of meeting a suspicious man linked to an international betting syndicate. Sharjeel faces five charges on counts relating to fixing and failure to report it. Latif faces the same charges with an additional sixth charge of attempting to lure other players to fixing. The charges against them could result in a life ban. Click for detailed story

Apr 262017

KARACHI: A slight increase was witnessed at the Pakistan bourse on Wednesday as the KSE 100-share Index inched up a few points with the announcement of quarterly results by scores of companies. The financials helped maintain investor interest in the market, allowing the miniscule ascent. At close, the Pakistan Stock Exchange’s (PSX) benchmark index recorded a rise of 42.34 points, or 0.09%, to end at 49,827.51. According to Elixir Securities’ analyst Ali Raza, the market maintained a steady activity as quarterly results kept investor interest intact. “On the results front, Fauji Fertilizer (-2.6%) closed lower on profit-taking after its results came in line with estimates, while both Cherat Cement (-3.6%) and Kohat Cement (-4%) tanked after their earnings and pay-out significantly missed street estimates, disappointing investors,” he said. KSE-100 index crosses 50,000 after a three-month gap Index-heavy Engro Corp (-0.7%) and MCB Bank (-0.1%) managed a decent close after their results came broadly in line with the estimates, he added. Meanwhile, according to a report of JS Research, a volatile session was witnessed at the bourse as the index traded between an intra-day high of +169 points and intra-day low of -140 points. “Pak Suzuki Motor Company and Indus Motor Company in the automobile sector garnered investor interest as they once again rose to close at their upper circuits on the back of recent promising 1Q2017 and 9MFY17 result announcements,” said analyst Nabeel Haroon. “Engro Corp slightly lost value as the holding company declared its results for 1Q2017 in which it [Read More…]

Apr 262017
Misbah moves into top 20 of Test batsmen

Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has moved into the top 20 of ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after gaining six spots following the match against West Indies in Kingston. Misbah had an unbeaten 99 and 12 in the match and has previously held a career-best ranking of sixth in October 2013.   Younis Khan maintained his eight positions in the ranking after innings of 58 and six. Younis became the highest run scorer for Pakistan in Test matches – Photo AFP Both Misbah and Younis have announced their decision to retire following the Test series against West Indies. During the first match, Younis reached the milestone of 10,000 runs while Misbah reached 5,000 runs. Other notable Pakistani batsman who moved up the rankings are Sarfraz Ahmed who is at 24 and Babar Azan after gaining 14 places cracked the top 100 at 94. Pakistani bowlers Yasir Shah and Muhammad Amir also saw their rankings improve after the Test win against West Indies. Shah who was the man of the match moved up one spot to 15 while Amir gained 13 slots to reach 42. Yasir Shah was named man of the match in the first Test against West Indies – Photo AFP Click for detailed story

Apr 262017
West Indies fined for slow over rate against Pakistan

KINGSTON: West Indies have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test in Jamaica, which Pakistan won by seven wickets on Tuesday. Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Jason Holder’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, Holder has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. If West Indies commits another minor over-rate breach in a Test within 12 months of this offence with Holder as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Holder and he will face a suspension. Holder pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Gregory Brathwaite. Click for detailed story

Apr 252017
Suicide in Pakistan

The rate of committing suicide is boosting rapidly in all over the world and it is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 years olds globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in 2016, India has the largest number of people who committed suicide – nearly 206,000 people took their lives. India was followed by China and the US with the number of suicide recorded at 186,000 and 45,900 respectively. The staggering number is due to the fact that these three countries have the largest number of people suffering from depression. Pakistan ranked 33rd in the world with almost 3,913 suicides reported in 2015. If the population of a country suffers from depression and commit suicide, the country cannot tread on the path to progress. It is the responsibility of the government to set up centres where the people suffering from any mental illness including depression etc can be treated. Baba Faiz Bal Nigore Click for detailed story

Apr 252017
The Panama verdict

The much awaited verdict of the infamous Panama Papers was given on Thursday (Apr 20). After the announcement, the split decision of the apex court became extremely debatable. In a country where we have moneyed and feudalised politics and stereotyped legal and judicial system, nothing will be changed. Hashim Abro Islamabad ***** It was more of a damp squib than the Mother of All Bombs that this match-fixing nation feverishly awaited. We must now resign ourselves to another sixty days of renewed frenetic speculation to see the results of the promised cleansing process of the Aegean Stables. Unfortunately, given the overall state of gross dishonesty, polarisation and ignorance in the country and the deadly direction the nation has plunged into the additional delay has thrown us back into speculative assumption – something we have been doing extremely well over the last 60 years. Trial by the media and the murderous settling of scores, under various names, have become the norm for Pakistan due to failure of the law and a marked absence of justice for the common man; a point Mashal Khan’s father sadly reiterated. One prays that this JIT will yield something tangible. Dr Mervyn Hosein Karachi Click for detailed story

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