Oct 212017
 
Victory in cricket

Pakistan has won four consecutive ODI matches against Sri Lanka in the UAE by a good margin. After the exceptional victory in the Champions Trophy, the national team has gained a lot of confidence. The recent victory has proven that the country is the champion. The young players of the team have worked hard to create a good image of the country. Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Rumman Raees and Imam-ul-Haq have showed outstanding and terrific performance. Now the country looks forward to win other series as well. Cricket in Pakistan was in a bad shape. The country’s performance in all major tournaments was below average. The nation had no faith in the team, but then the Champions Trophy happened. Although selectors had to deal with a lot of criticism, new players were selected for the tournament. They played exceptionally well and brought the trophy home. Pakistan has an abundance of talented players. These players will put their heart and soul and will win the trophy for their country. It is good that the PCB is giving a chance to these new players. Cricket in Pakistan was in decline, because the board wasn’t introducing any changes. The selection of new players has brought enthusiasm and zeal to the national team. It is hoped that the positive energy of these players will help the country win so many important tournaments in the future. Syed Waqar Ali ( Bannu ) Click for detailed story

Jul 272017
 
Yorkshire confirm signing of ?perfect choice? Sarfraz for T20 Blast

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed with the Champions Trophy The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has confirmed a short-term deal with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who will be replacing the outgoing Australian batsman Peter Handscomb in the NatWest T20 Blast.Sarfraz is due to arrive in the UK before the end of the month, subject to obtaining a visa. He is expected to play the final five qualifying T20 Blast fixtures for Yorkshire Vikings, as well as any potential knockout stages of the competition.Handscomb will leave the UK after the Vikings’ trip to Trent Bridge on Sunday, July 30 in order to join a week-long training camp ahead of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh. “I’ve always wanted to play county cricket so this is an exciting opportunity for me,” Sarfraz told yorkshireccc.com. “Yorkshire are a big club with a rich history and huge reputation and I’m proud to be following in the footsteps of other Pakistanis who have played at Headingley like Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul Haq. It’s a dream come true for me and hopefully it can help me become an even better professional.”“I hope I can contribute towards some victories while I’m there and provide the crowd the sort of entertainment they’re looking for. I look forward to having a taste of the T20 Blast,” the skipper added. Sarfraz looking forward to dream T20 stint with Yorkshire Sarfraz, who led Pakistan to a historic victory in the Champions Trophy 2017, has scored 359 runs in 29 T20Is, at a strike rate of 118.48. [Read More…]

Jul 162017
 
Leaving a mark

Pakistanis have excelled in various sporting activities over the years. This shows that Pakistani sportspersons are not inferior to their counterparts across the world. They have left their mark on the cricket, football and hockey fields. The 2017 Champions Trophy serves as a clear testimony of the surfeit of talent that Pakistani players possess. A large number of players from Balochistan have also excelled in snooker. Unfortunately, the sport is largely ignored in the province. The relevant authorities should join hands to encourage sportspersons.        G M Balochi (Turbat) Click for detailed story

Jul 122017
 
Chandimal, Tharanga to captain Sri Lanka after Mathews? departure

Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal have replaced Angelo Mathews/AFPCOLOMBO: Sri Lanka appointed two new captains Wednesday to replace Angelo Mathews, who resigned after his side´s humiliating home series defeat to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe.Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Test side while Upul Tharanga will captain in limited-overs matches, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.The reshuffle caps a turbulent period for the beleaguered Sri Lankan side, whose loss to Zimbabwe followed a fitness and coaching crisis and an early departure from the Champions Trophy.“Mathews tendered his resignation a short while ago this morning,” said SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala said.“We want to regroup and restructure and move forward.”Mathews said he took the blame for Sri Lanka´s recent woes, and was making room so his successor could prepare the side for the World Cup in 2019.“There were times when I wanted to step down, but I did not want to let the team down at that time because there were no replacements as such,” he told reporters. Mathews steps down as Sri Lanka captain after Zimbabwe humiliation He has reportedly quit the captaincy from all three forms of the game “But I feel this is the right time. The team´s interests supercede my interests. My honest opinion is that there are candidates who can take over the reins.”Mathews bore the brunt of the criticism levelled at Sri Lanka´s cricketers in the aftermath of their 3-2 series loss at home to minnows Zimbabwe on Monday.Mathews described the shock defeat as lowest point in his career and a [Read More…]

Jul 012017
 

An Indian minister on Saturday accused Virat Kohli and his team of fixing the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against Pakistan. India lost the June 18 match at the Oval by a staggering 180 runs. “How could the cricketers, who played so well in the entire tournament, not perform in the final match (in London on June 18)?” NDTV quoted India’s Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale as saying. Rookies and rejects: The Real MVPs of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph “In the match against Pakistan, someone like Virat Kohli who scores a century so often and other accomplished players like Yuvraj Singh who have scored so many runs in the past, looked like they were playing to lose,” he said. “Was the match fixing involved? There should be an inquiry into this.” “Anil Kumble was the coach there. Kohli, who has scored so many runs in the past, what happened to him that day? That’s the reason why I have a doubt that was it a case of match-fixing,” Athawale said. “Our players kneeled in front of a rival like Pakistan. To kneel in front of them in such a way is major act of disrespect to your nation,” the minister added. The post Indian minister claims Champions Trophy final was fixed appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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…]

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