Jan 062018
Fakhar resistance in vain as NZ win by 61 runs D/L

Photo credit: photosport.nz WELLINGTON: Kane Williamson scored a century and Tim Southee captured three wickets in a devastating spell to guide New Zealand to victory over Pakistan in a rain-shortened One Day International on Saturday. New Zealand won the match by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system to take a 1-0 lead in the five-game series while ending Pakistan´s nine-match winning streak in ODIs. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/46fcd25f4b49ce31f4a06aa4db888207.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS82LzIwMTggNTo0MjoxMyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPWtETHRXdFV5MWNPNyt6UUdyWWEwWGc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] With Williamson top scoring with 115 off 117 balls, New Zealand posted a daunting total of 315 for seven on a wet and windy day at the Basin Reserve. Pakistan were struggling at 161-6 in the 31st over when rain forced the players from the field, before play was eventually called off. Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman finished unbeaten on 82 but received little support from his teammates, who had arrived in New Zealand on a roll after winning last year´s Champions Trophy tournament. Southee rocked the tourists from the outset of their innings when he dismissed Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, both leg before wicket, in successive deliveries in the first over. Southee missed out a hat-trick but dismissed Shoaib Malik, caught behind for 13, after Mohammad Hafeez fell to a Trent Boult bouncer for one, leaving Pakistan in deep trouble at 37-4 long before the rain set in. Pakistan had won the toss and opted to field first.  For more than 20 overs the umpires kept the bails off after they tired of repeatedly replacing them after they were blown away. But the [Read More…]

Nov 122017
PSL franchises pick players for next season

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/78888f5906e201734d574444e4d13225.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMTIvMjAxNyA0OjM0OjE0IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9RWVjdHZra0tmWkpGUHZyOHpQSjlrZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: All six franchises of Pakistan Super League completed their team line-up on Sunday after picking players in six different categories to complete the squad of 20. Lahore could pick only 19 after they exhausted the limit of pay-scale. All the teams entered the drafts for third edition with squad of 9 retained players and picked 7 more. One each in Platinum, Diamond and Gold category and two each from silver and emerging players’ categories. Sunday’s draft started with Lahore Qalandars making the first pick in Platinum category by opting for Australia’s most sought after T20 player Chris Lynn. The Qalandars franchise later picked Mustafiz ur Rehman of Bangladesh in Diamond and Bilal Asif in Gold category. Lahore picked left-arm spinner Raza Hassan and all-rounder Sohail Akhtar in silver category while Shaheen Afridi and Ghulam Mudassar were picked in category of emerging players. In Supplementary category, Lahore Qalandars picked Sri Lanka’s Angelo Matthews, New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan and Gulraiz Sadaf to complete their squad. South Africa’s JP Duminy was picked from platinum category by Islamabad United. The franchise also picked Luke Ronchi in Diamond and Fahim Ashraf in Gold category. Sam Billings and Zafar Gohar were picked by Islamabad United in Silver categories while dashing batsman Sahibzada Farhan and all-rounder Hussain Talat were Islamabad’s emerging category picks. England’s Alex Hales, David Willey, Pakistan’s Mohammad Hassan and Mohammad Husnain were picked by Islamabad as their four Supplementary category players to complete the squad of 20. Karachi Kings picked [Read More…]

Oct 162017
Shadab shines all-round as Pakistan takes lead against Sri Lanka

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/82528773fbbfa8af30f56891eaac7b3a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTYvMjAxNyA3OjA3OjQ3IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9Mlg0ckV6b21hb0tnbHB4c3l0QnRGUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ABU DHABI: Spinner Shadab Khan gave spectacular performances with the bat and ball on Monday, helping Pakistan to a 32-run victory against Sri Lanka in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi. The young cricketer first came to the rescue of a shaky Pakistani batting side, scoring an unbeatable 52 off 68 deliveries.  Shadab played the supporting role in an invaluable 109-run seventh-wicket stand with centurion Babar Azam, after Pakistan were left struggling at 101 for 6 on a sluggish Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. Pakistan, who had won the toss and chose to bat first, found the going tough as they lost half the side at the end of 20 overs for just 79, but Azam and Shadab led the fightback as Pakistan posted a 220-run target for Sri Lanka. Babar Azam enters record books with one more ODI century Century on Monday was Babar’s fifth consecutive in UAE 23-year-old Azam knocked a brilliant 133-ball 101, scoring his second successive century and become the quickest to score seven ODI centuries by achieving the feat it just 33 innings. Later, Shadab spun his magic with the ball, picking up 3 wickets for 47 runs as Pakistan dismantled the Lankan side for 187 in the 48th over. Sri Lankan skipper Tharanga scored a fighting 112 not-out, adding 76 runs for an eighth-wicket partnership with 9th man Vandersay (22). Pacer Hasan Ali and spinner Mohammad Hafeez took 1-32 and 1-24 respectively in their 10 overs each.  Today’s victory was Pakistan’s [Read More…]

Oct 152017
In pictures: Pakistan cricket team celebrates Babar Azam's birthday

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f3a2a838c70fd0175d9bf95961c6a582.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTUvMjAxNyAyOjE3OjU2IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9bUdQWWFRZXRGVUVQOTdnRzJnMUpWQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ABU DHABI: Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam celebrated his 23rd birthday with other players on Sunday. Since Azam is in Abu Dhabi, away from home for the second One Day International, he cut his birthday cake in the dressing room of Sheikh Zayed Stadium amid practice sessions. All the players, including the birthday boy, enjoyed the break they took for celebration. Azam has so far represented Pakistan in 32 ODIs, 11 Twenty20 Internationals and the same number of test matches.    Team members wish Babar Azam as he cuts his birthday cake.   Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam pose for a photo.  Shoaib Malik applies cake on Babar Azam’s face.  Babar Azam with Imad Wasim.  Birthday boy with Sarfaraz Ahmed. 

Sep 042017
ODI ranking: In-form Hafeez earns career-best ranking

Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez. Photo: File DUBAI: Mohammad Hafeez has climbed to his career-best number 2nd ranking in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings for all-rounders. According to the table issued by ICC, followed by Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakibul Hasan, Hafeez has cemented his position with 338 rating. Moreover, the former skipper has achieved 20th ranking in ODI batting. The senior player played a remarkable inning of unbeaten 57 runs in the Champion’s Trophy final against India. Among other Pakistani to feature in the table is youngster Babar Azam, who has also reached his career-best 5thposition. Hasan Ali has also made his mark in the ranking table by becoming the 7th ranked best bowler in ODIs. In the overall team ranking position, Pakistan has elevated its position to number 6. Pakistan entered in the Champions Trophy tournament being the lowest ranking team of the eight competing sides, a dramatic win in the tournament improved the points of Sarfraz Ahmed’s side. 

Apr 132017
Pakistan should also prepare for tougher opponents: Afridi

KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has congratulated Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for leading the team to victories in T20 and One-day International (ODI) series in West Indies but added that the team should also prepare for tougher opponents. “First I congratulate new captain Sarfraz for leading the team to victories,” Afridi said during a press briefing here on Thursday at National Stadium. “However, I must warn the players to adapt to contemporary cricket, which demands more power hitting. Beating teams like Australia and South Africa would be tougher and we cannot beat them if we continue to play slow,” he said. Afridi, who has recently been named among eight Ambassadors of Champions Trophy, said Pakistan have good bowlers and recently some more bowlers have made the cut for the national team after performing well in Pakistan Super League (PSL) but now the need is of good batsmen in the side. “The only good young batsman we have now is Babar Azam. There is a need to start working on young batsmen in order to provide national team reliable batsmen in near future,” he added. He said that he has joined Karachi Kings as their President and has planned to start working to find hunt and train talented cricketers initially in Sindh and then in Pakistan. Afridi has come under criticism for bypassing Pakistan Cricket Board to sign a deal with Karachi Kings while leaving his previous team Peshawar Zalmi without its management consent. However, Afridi has said that he [Read More…]