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…]

Jun 232017
Give your guns back

On Sunday (Jun 18), Pakistan won the final match against India in the Champions Trophy. It was indeed an historic win, but what happened after the victory turned celebrations into mourning. People indulge in aerial firing to celebrate the memorable victory. This careless firing took the lives of a few people, including children. The moment of a national joy turned in to mourning for so many families. This is just not a right way to celebrate. Guns should not be used for celebrations. This kind of celebrations puts the lives of innocent people at risk. The entire nation must condemn this senseless and criminal tradition of aerial firing to celebrate events. The government should ban such celebrations and take action against the people involved in aerial firing. Sidra Shoaib Karachi Click for detailed story

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…]

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