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Jun 212017
 
Sarfraz awarded BMW SUV, plot on ?Geo Khelo Pakistan?

KARACHI: Sarfraz Ahmed – the captain of Pakistan cricket team – honoured Geo Khelo Pakistan game show today in its 25th episode as a guest, alongside hosts Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, and was presented two gifts in acknowledgement of his and the team’s service to the country.Entering to thunderous applause and loud chants of ‘Sarfraz Zindabad’, the captain appeared surprised and humbled at the welcome he received. He was awarded luxury SUV BMW X1 as a joint thank-you from JS Bank and Dewan Motors as well as a plot of land by Bahria Town.Pakistan under the captainship of Ahmed bagged an unexpected win on Sunday against the longstanding archrival India in the ICC Champions Trophy final held at The Oval in Lambeth, South London. The victory was not only memorable but celebrated by Pakistanis all around the world. Pakistan create history, thrash India in Champions Trophy finalFakhar Zaman scored his maiden century while Mohammad Amir tore apart the Indian top-order as Pakistan defeated India Speaking to Geo.tv, Ahmed thanked God and also expressed his gratitude to the team and fans. “I’m really thankful to Allah for providing us with so much honour and giving us the opportunity to enhance our reputation. In addition, it is our parents’ and fans’ prayers that got us to this place,” he said, adding that the team worked really hard for this victory.Ahmed was pleased to attend the game show and enjoyed being in the presence of legendary cricketers Akram and Akhtar, who he [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 
Afridi terms Pakistan?s win historic, stresses importance of consistency

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/60489c8e3542725c9b74e732af04627b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDEyOjI2OjI1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9a0k3bUpxSTJ5M1NDYXBJbE9ZZ3hFdz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi has termed Pakistan’s win in the ICC Champions Trophy as one which will go down in the history books.Speaking to journalists after attending an event here on Tuesday, Afridi said: “What Sarfraz and his team have done will go down in history. When miracles happen they are remembered for a long time.”Afridi added that only a few people had expectations from the team to reach the semi-final.“They won the trophy and I would like to congratulate the entire country and in my opinion, the way the Pakistani people treated those cricketers with respect, love and the way they were welcomed is the most important thing for me.”More needs to be doneThe former skipper stated that more needs to be done to improve the state of Pakistan cricket and there should be no complacency with this win. Afridi called for an improvement in the structure, pitches, umpiring and equipment moving forward.“We should not think that after winning one trophy we have conquered the world. A lot needs to be done in domestic cricket. Winning and losing are part of the game as we saw with Australia and New Zealand. Consistency is the most important thing. There needs to be a system to ensure that Pakistan keeps winning trophies.”Pakistan the lowest-ranked team in the tournament shocked the world when they defeated India by 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday.Since the victory, there have been celebrations all across the country and [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 
Greats lament 'sad day' as Kohli topples Kumble

NEW DELHI: Batting great Sunil Gavaskar lamented a “sad day” after Anil Kumble stepped down as India coach over a rift with captain Virat Kohli, leaving the hotseat vacant once again.Kumble said Tuesday his position was “untenable” after Kohli questioned his leadership style and told the Indian board he had reservations about the spin legend extending his one-year stay.Since Duncan Fletcher left in March 2015, India, currently the world´s top Test team, have struggled for stability with Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Bangar both taking on temporary roles before Kumble´s reign.“I have very little knowledge about the differences between Virat and Anil. But it is a really sad day for Indian cricket,” Gavaskar told NDTV.“India have won everything since the time Anil took over,” he added. “I can´t see Anil doing much wrong in one year. Differences (can) happen in any team but see the results.”India suffered a humiliating defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, but Kumble also helped them reclaim the number-one Test ranking and maintained an unblemished record in five Test series.Former India captain and coach Bishan Singh Bedi also signalled his disappointment, tweeting: “If there´s more intelligent/committed Crkt analyser than @anilkumble 1074 on Indn horizon (we are) ignorant really!”Kumble, 46, had already appeared headed for the exit after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised for a new coach last month, although he was an automatic candidate.Former India opener Virender Sehwag and Australia´s Tom Moody are reported to be among the [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 
Cricket Captain Sarfraz makes differently-abled fan's day

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/312c3261eca9adaff73864795cd9ef93.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDc6NDA6MjMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT16S3dZa21iTkhHcXhVb3FXcTJiZWxnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Pakistan Cricket Team captain Sarfraz Ahmed once again won hearts when he gifted his shirt to a differently-abled fan on a visit to Hyderabad on Wednesday.The elated fan, Fawad, expressed his happiness at receiving the memento from his favourite cricketer.Hundreds of fans gave Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed a hero´s welcome as he arrived home carrying the Champions Trophy early on Tuesday.Men, women and children packed Karachi airport as Sarfraz returned from England.Sarfraz held up the trophy to loud cheers and chants of “Long live Sarfraz!” as a police band played patriotic songs nearby.“(We won) thanks to Allah and the prayers of the whole nation,” Sarfraz said in brief comments as he jostled his way through the crowd of well-wishers.The celebrations did not end once he reached his residential block in central Karachi, adorned with colourful lights and Pakistan flags, where fans climbed on rooftops and balconies to watch him return.Sarfraz came out on the balcony with the trophy and showed it off to fans, waving and making the victory sign with two fingers as the crowds outside threw rose petals. He also took selfies of the memorable reception. Click for detailed story

Jun 212017
 
Hockey World League 2017: Pakistan to face off against Argentina on Thursday

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/28c177e5e6e9244677d771be0b89af12.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDc6NTQ6MjUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1LekFDTzdtSGxsYnNFdjJadDRRZHRnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team, which has been favoured by luck, will face off against Argentina in the quarterfinals of Hockey World League League semi-final tournament tomorrow (Thursday).Pakistan hockey team, which conceded three consecutive defeats against Netherlands, India and Canada, qualified for the quarterfinals after Canada and Scotland drew 1-1 on Tuesday. Scotland had to win the match in order to qualify for the quarter finals of the tournament. On Monday, Pakistan tasted its first victory of the tournament after defeating Scotland 3-1 in their last pool match. World league: Pakistan hockey team leaves for UK The hockey team will play a three-match series with Ireland before the World League On the other hand, Argentina has had a dream run and has been undefeated in the competition so far. It defeated Korea 2-1, Malaysia 5-2, China 10-0 and it drew with England 3-3. In other quarter finals fixtures, India will face off against Malaysia, Netherlands against China and England against Canada. The World League Semifinal Round is also a 2018 World Cup qualifier.However, if Pakistan fails to qualify for the world cup it will have to win the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy, which will be held in India later this year. Click for detailed story

Jun 202017
 
Amir all set to debut for English county Essex this summer

Mohammad Amir. Photo Courtesy: Essex Cricket Champions Trophy hero Mohammad Amir, who destroyed the Indian top three in his fairytale spell in the tournament finale, is all set to make his county debut for Essex this summer. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the fast bowler for featuring in English county cricket later this season. Amir will represent Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast, England and Wales’ Twenty20 cricket league. Pacer Junaid Khan has also been issued an NOC to play for Leicestershire county this year. Junaid Khan bagged 8 wickets in the recently-concluded Champions Trophy – the third highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Amir claimed 5 wickets, three of which were the crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in Sunday’s finale.  Click for detailed story

Jun 202017
 
Pakistan played ?perfect game? in Champions Trophy win: Gilchrist

NEW DELHI: Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan´s adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has watched its world ranking slide as top teams have refused to tour the conflict-prone country, forcing the home side to play all international matches abroad.Only Zimbabwe have visited Pakistan since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore which prompted all other major teams to call off tours.Pakistan entered the eight-team Champions Trophy in England and Wales ranked dead last, but upset arch-rivals India with a 180-run thrashing in Sunday´s final.“Deep in your heart, as a cricket lover, you can´t be disappointed to see a nation like that (win). We all know their struggles of not getting any international cricket back home,” Gilchrist told reporters in New Delhi.“They are basically a nomadic team which plays abroad. Perhaps because of that, they were able to adjust well in those conditions.” It was Pakistan´s first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies´ victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles plaguing their cricket board at home.“The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable,” said the former wicketkeeper-batsman, adding the win was a “positive story” for cricket.“Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket. India, after a very impressive tournament, just got [Read More…]

Jun 182017
 
Azhar, Fakhar smash fifties as Pakistan in control

LONDON: Openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman broke through pressure brought on by India pacers with quick boundaries, after Pakistan were put in to bat by India in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval on Sunday.Pakistan’s young batting sensation Fakhar was given a second life when he was caught behind off a no-ball by Bumrah earlier in the inning.  geo_embedgallery The cricketing world’s biggest match will decide the Champions Trophy title, as archrivals Pakistan and India reignite rivalry yet again after facing off in their group game on June 4.  Pakistan vs India Final: Highlights Pakistan are batting first in the final Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday´s semi-final at Birmingham´s Edgbaston.But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir, who missed Wednesday´s impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England with a back spasm, returning. Amir replaced fellow left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his one-day international debut with two wickets against England.India´s lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world´s top eight ODI nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8.Playing XI Click for detailed story

Jun 182017
 
Preview: Resurgent Pakistan chase title dream in blockbuster finale against India

LONDON: The sporting world’s biggest clash, the game that always ‘stops two nations’ unfurls on Sunday when a resurgent Pakistan face title holders India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.And the question millions of cricket fans around the world, possibly even a billion, are all asking is ´which Pakistan will turn up?´Rising from the ashes after a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals India at Edgbaston on June 4, where some often thoughtless bowling and timid batting, along with woeful fielding, led to coach Mickey Arthur labelling the performance as “shambolic”, Pakistan went on to defeat top-ranked South Africa and knocked out Sri Lanka as well as hosts and favourites England to burst into the finale, shocking all those who had written them off. geo_embedgallery So which Pakistan will turn up? Will it be the slick, skilled side who hammered England by eight wickets in the semi-finals, with Hasan Ali, the competition´s leading wicket-taker, spearheading a brilliant bowling effort as the previously unbeaten tournament hosts were dismissed for just 211 before the likes of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman helped knock off the runs in dashing style?When it comes to assessing most teams, the temptation is to look at their most recent result as a form guide.But not only have Pakistan, the lowest ranked team in a tournament featuring the world´s top eight one-day international sides, long been regarded as world cricket´s most “unpredictable” outfit, they have lost all three of their previous knockout matches against India at ICC tournaments.´History [Read More…]

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