Jun 232017
 
Fakhar Zaman: From village boy to hero

MARDAN, Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman was once banned from playing cricket in his village and beaten by his brothers because he was simply too good — but he has returned a hero after his starring role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win. His eyes bright, the tall 27-year-old posed for selfies and was garlanded with flowers as he was welcomed back to his home in Katlang in northwestern Pakistan. Fakhar said he was still taking it all in after he top-scored with 114 off 106 balls to lead Pakistan to a shock victory over arch-rivals India in the final, after making his ODI debut earlier in the tournament. “I did not feel much at that time,” Fakhar told AFP, referring to Sunday’s final in London. “Then I came here, and people started coming here… They all are giving me love, so now I feel that I have done some great heroics.” Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display in the climax of a tournament featuring the world’s top-eight One-day International nations. They piled up 338 for four, bolstered by left-handed opener Fakhar’s maiden hundred, in what was just his fourth One-day International. His efforts set social media alight during the match, with laudatory articles and memes quickly going viral. But, Fakhar said, it was not always so: in fact his village once refused to allow him to take part in local cricket games. “I played one or two hard-ball matches in school and scored some runs. I then became popular in the whole [Read More…]

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
 
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 192017
 
Number one and nothing less

That Pakistan defeated its arch rival, India, is good news for everyone in the country. The victory of Pakistan is a matter of pride and joy for the entire nation. Undoubtedly, it is a remarkable achievement for a team which was struggling even to qualify for the final round of the Champions Trophy. The team had a bumpy start in the tournament, but it finished the game in style. Once again the opening partnership by Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali did a magic trick which helped the rest of the batsmen to set a formidable total of 338. This time, the middle order batting line-up played beautifully as well and fully supported the team. Then the fiery bowling spell by Pakistani pacers, especially Muhammad Amir, did the real damage. Although India has the strongest batting line-up, it proved to be a wall of sand before Pakistan’s steely and indomitable bowling attack that trounced, stunned and crushed the top-order batsmen, almost in a jiffy. It is hoped that this massive win will help bring international cricket to the country. Ever since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team, many international cricket teams have declined to visit and play in Pakistan. It is also hoped that this win will boost the confidence of new players. Throughout the tournament, the young players of the team kept the spectators spell bound with their marvellous performance and ability. The players must continue to work hard to bring more such titles to home. Muhammad Fayyaz [Read More…]

Jun 182017
 
President congratulates nation, team on Champions Trophy triumph

President Mamnoon HussainSunday felicitated the Pakistani nation and national cricketteam on winning the ICC Champions Trophy-2017.The president also congratulated the Pakistan CricketBoard on this achievement, said a press release.He said the national cricket team had attained historicvictory through its commitment and resolve.Praising the marvelous performance of the players, thepresident said that hard work, passion and unflinching resolvepaved the way to great successes.Pakistan cricket team had achieved tremendous successwith the same commitment, he said, adding like in cricket,great accomplishments could also be attained in differentfields of life through common resolve and unity.Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage. Click for detailed story

Jun 182017
 

Pakistan beat India by 180 runs on Sunday in their first-ever final appearance in the Champions Trophy and won their first-ever silverware at The Oval courtesy an all-round show. Here is what everyone will be talking about in the next few days. Never write off Pakistan They qualified for this by the skin of their teeth. They entered it as the lowest-ranked side in the tournament. When asked who will win this tournament, almost all experts agreed on one answer — anyone but Pakistan. History and ecstasy Pakistan’s as they claim first-ever Champions Trophy There is a reason that ‘unpredictable’ tag refuses to let go of this side. This is Pakistan’s greatest-ever sporting achievement In 70 years, Pakistan have pulled off some miraculous achievements in various sports. There have been the World Cups and Olympic medals in hockey and the World Cup and World T20 in cricket but never have Pakistan punched above their weight quite like they did here. The hockey team almost always entered a tournament as one of the favourites, while Pakistan boasted the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad back in 1992. Razzaq backs Pakistan bowlers to do damage against India This team had an inexperienced skipper, an unsettled bowling attack and a woefully mediocre and out of form batting line-up. Yet here they stand, champions of the world. Fakhar etches his name in history Nothing ever writes your name in Pakistani folklore than a century against India. Nothing quite grants you immortality [Read More…]

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