Aug 232017

LONDON: Former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi blasted 101 in only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire’s 101-run victory at Derbyshire in the T20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday. All-rounder Afridi hit seven sixes and 10 fours to power Hampshire to 249 for eight, their highest T20 score. Write off Pakistan at your own peril: Afridi Skipper James Vince made 55 from 36 balls as Hampshire passed their previous best of 225 for two against Middlesex in 2006 and, faced with an improbable target of 250, the Falcons crumbled to 148 all out with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott each taking three wickets. Hampshire promoted Afridi to opener against the county he played for in 2003 and he swept and drove four boundaries from Wayne Madsen’s first over before Calvin Dickinson took two fours from Hardus Viljoen. Afridi foundation, KMC sign MoU Afridi’s previous high score in the competition this season was 18 but he pulled Ben Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-storey media centre. He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six but after driving Imran Tahir for another huge six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen. It proved expensive as Afridi dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a blistering hundred before he top-edged another big pull and was caught at long-leg. The post Afridi’s maiden T20 ton leads Derbyshire rout appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 222017

ST JOHN’S: There was some rare good news for West Indies cricket when explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Marlon Samuels were included in the one-day squad for next month’s series against England on Monday. Gayle, one of the biggest draw cards in world cricket, has not represented West Indies since the 2015 World Cup, while Samuels has been absent for a year because of a dispute with the board. Stokes backs Jennings to return stronger Neither plays for a Test side whose much-mourned decline in fortunes was much in evidence during the innings and 209-run defeat at the hands of England at Edgbaston last week. Sunil Narine, and Dwayne and Darren Bravo all made themselves unavailable for the five-match ODI series, which begins in Manchester on September 19 and concludes in Southampton on September 29. “The panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team,” CWI chief selector Courtney Browne said in a statement. Anderson strike puts England in control after Cook’s 248 “Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super 50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection. Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket [Read More…]

Jul 312017

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has demanded a public apology from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for issuing an offensive statement after the May 31 blast in Kabul, but the latter’s chief has said that there is no need for it. Afghanistan’s capital was rocked by a bomb blast in May which killed 80 while nearly 500 were left injured, and soon after the blast the ACB tweeted that it is cancelling the mutual agreement with Pakistan. Spot-fixing scandal continues to bleed PCB “One day, their chairman [Atif Mashal] met me and was very positive about having good relations,” PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said in Lahore as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “But next day he gave an extremely political statement about Pakistan, so then we told them that we don’t have anything to do with you. “He later did express his regret on making the statement and had also apologised privately. But we, the board, have taken a position that until they apologise in public, we should not be reviving any cricketing ties with them.” During their meeting in Lahore, just three days before the blast, both boards agreed to strengthen bilateral cricket relations through future series between the two national teams, A teams and U16 teams. Sethi’s nomination in PCB challenged The PCB also promised technical assistance through training for curators, scorers, umpires and coaches, and also promised to provide its biomechanics facility to Afghanistan. PCB further offered to provide a cricket ground to Afghanistan to use for their tournaments and [Read More…]

Jul 232017

England on Sunday beat India by nine runs to win the Women’s World Cup at London. The winning feeling! #ENGvIND #WWC17 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 23, 2017 India were set a score of 229 runs by Heather Knight’s England but they lost their last wicket in the 49th over, just nine runs short of the target. The crowd loves it! England win #WWC17! — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 23, 2017 For India, Punam Raut was the top-scorer with 86 off 115 balls. Anya Shrubsole was the chief destructor for England as she bagged six wickets in 9.4 overs for 46 runs. Amazing achievement by @englandcricket Women! World Cup Winners #goboldly #WWC17Final — Chris Woakes (@chriswoakes) July 23, 2017 Earlier, England were helped by Natalie Sciver (51 off 68) and Sarah Taylor (45 off 62) as they scored 288-7 in their 50 overs. Super proud of the girls. Tough luck today but womens cricket in India has truly arrived. Thank you girls .Salute your spirit.#WWC17Final — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2017 Jhulan Goswami bagged three wickets for India in her 10 overs, giving away only 23 runs with three maidens to her name. The post England women crowned champions of the world appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 222017

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has failed to wrap up the infamous spot-fixing scandal from the Pakistan Super League second season despite spending hundreds of thousands of rupees on it from its funds, per Daily Express. During the sophomore season of its prized T20 league this year, Pakistan cricket once again faced a moment of infamy when it occurred that several of its cricketers were embroiled in a fresh spot-fixing scandal. The board at that time reacted immediately, suspending Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif before adding some other names to the list, but it has failed to conclude the matter despite several months having passed by. Spot-fixing trial against Sharjeel, others underway Meanwhile, the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice (R) Asghar Haider and formed to probe the case, has continued to conduct the hearings. Haider, and the two other members of the said tribunal — former PCB Chairman Lt Gen (R) Tauqir Zia and ex-Test cricketer Waseem Bari — are each paid Rs25,000 per day for their sources, per sources. According to a modest estimate, the tribunal conducted 29 hearings between May 15 and July 18, totaling to Rs2.1m in payments made to the tribunal members alone, which does not include the legal cost. Hence, after tarnishing the board’s reputation once, the spot-fixing case continues to bleed the PCB. The post Spot-fixing scandal continues to bleed PCB appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 172017

Pakistan’s preferred leg-spinner in Tests, Yasir Shah, believes captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s limited-overs option Shadab Khan needs to play four-day cricket to further master the art of spin bowling. Yasir, while talking to PakPassion, said Shadab’s variety is great. “It’s a matter of great pride for me that there is another leg-spinner in our team who is performing so well,” said Yasir. “Shadab is an excellent leg-spinner and possesses a lot of variety in his bowling. He has a good googly and can also bowl an excellent flipper and slider too. I know that because we have both worked and practised together.” Yasir joins Misbah in MCC line-up against Afghanistan He added that Shadab would improve further but he first needs to learn to be patient and only Test cricket can help him master that skill. “I feel that he will continue to improve further as he plays more matches for Pakistan,” he said. “What I would recommend is that he plays 4-day cricket. This experience will really help him in playing Test cricket, as in the longer format you really need a lot of patience to succeed. Bowling in long spells will provide him with a good idea of how to bowl in Tests.” ‘No mystery delivery’ Yasir was former Test captain Misbahul Haq’s main weapon against teams in the fourth innings and the leggie wants to further develop the deliveries in his armoury. “At the moment, my emphasis is on making sure that my action is correct but I [Read More…]

Jun 262017

LONDON: Pakistan pace man Mohammad Amir continued his rich seam of form from the Champions Trophy win over India, striking early for Essex using a pink ball on a landmark day for English county cricket. Amir trapped Middlesex Nick Gubbins lbw as the latest round of county championship matches got underway on Monday. The new day/night format led to the use of the pink ball with a black seam — ideal preparation for England’s Test players for a match with the West Indies from August 17-21 at Edgbaston. Domestic cricket history was also made in Glamorgan’s game with Derbyshire as the latter’s 16-year-old Afghan-born spinner Hamidullah Qadri became the first player born in the 2000s to play Championship cricket. Floodlit cricket is not totally new to England as it first came to their shores on July 23, 1997, in a limited overs match between Warwickshire and Somerset at the same Edgbaston ground where the Test match will take place. …and here it is! @iamamirofficial gets his first Essex wicket with Gubbins out lbw. #ESSvMID — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) June 26, 2017 The county championship has had one day night game in 2011 between Kent and Glamorgan but got mixed reviews from the players and attendance was not impressive. England bowling great James Anderson believes batsmen will not particularly like the experience. “I’ve had no experience with pink balls. I don’t think the batsmen are hugely in favour of it,” said Anderson before play got underway. “All the reports I’ve heard [Read More…]

Jun 222017

LONDON: Afghanistan and Ireland will join the ranks of full Test-playing nations after receiving the backing of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) conference on Thursday. The body said it had voted to admit the two nations into the elite group that is permitted to play traditional five-day Test matches. As new full members of the ICC, Ireland and Afghanistan will take the total of countries playing Tests to 12. Until 1982 there were only seven but that year Sri Lanka were admitted. Zimbabwe then joined in 1992 and Bangladesh became the most recent member in 2000. Cricket has a long history in Afghanistan but the country played amongst the sports minnows until gaining one-day international (ODI) status in 2011. Two years later, still suffering from the impact of war and conflict, the country was given ‘associate member’ status of the world governing body ICC. In 2015, Afghanistan played in their first 50-over World Cup and they have also featured in the World T20 competition. Ireland have steadily progressed in the game and first qualified for the World Cup in 2007 when they pulled off a shock win over Pakistan and they have qualified for both World Cups since. The post Afghanistan, Ireland become Test-playing nations appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 222017

KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has praised the current team for winning the ICC Champions Trophy but also criticised the domestic structure and quality of cricket being played in the country. While speaking at the MoU-signing ceremony between ICMAP and Shahid Afridi Foundation at the former’s premises, Afridi said: “No one had any expectations that this team would even reach the semi-finals but the way they played and went all the way deserves appreciation. This is the beauty of ICC tournaments that no one can expect who will be in the finals. Any team can spring surprises.” He further said that the team defeated top teams but there is still a lot of work to be done at the domestic level. Classic win wins all-round plaudits “I have been and will keep on saying that the structure of domestic cricket in Pakistan should be modified and the quality of pitches, balls and standard of umpiring should be improved,” he said. “We cannot relax after winning the trophy. We have to work a lot on the domestic structure to keep the national team consistent.” Praising the efforts of Fakhar Zaman, the former all-rounder said that in modern cricket every team needs an attacking opener. “There is a need of attacking openers who can score quick runs for the team and Fakhar fits the bill,” he said. Talking about the seniors’ place and role in the side, the 37-year-old Afridi added: “If they are able to find cricketers of the seniors’ calibre [Read More…]

Jun 192017
‘Haan Bhai…saray hee har gaye phir!!!’

There was something different about the latest Pakistan and India fixture right from the beginning. The usual animosity was replaced with relative geniality. Saurav Ganguly was defending Pakistan against Amir Sohail’s comments, Indians were standing up for Sarfaraz Ahmed against people making fun of his English and most Pakistanis were simply glad to be in the final – let alone think about winning it. Things were so calm; Sarfaraz Ahmed even gave MS Dhoni his baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS Everybody knew that India was going to win it and Pakistan was simply there to complete the formality of playing the finals of the Champions Trophy. The entire nation expected the worst when Fakhar Zaman nicked a ball outside his off stump for a regulation catch for MS Dhoni and he held on to the ball like it was Sarfaraz Ahmad’s baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS But then everything changed – Indians showed that they also had no balls and Fakhar Zaman got a free hit instead of a lot of free s**t from fans. Boy! Did Fakhar Zaman make the most of the respite? Even Azhar Ali was hitting the ball all over the park. At one point, Azhar had 29 of 32 balls and Fakhar Zaman had 16 of 29 balls – finally proving the multiverse theory as clearly this match was being played in some parallel alternative universe. Jasprit Mumrah, wait no Bumrah, could not do much with the ball but he managed to get Azhar Ali run out. Was a [Read More…]

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