Dec 272017
Aqib Javed appointed head coach, Fakhar Zaman vice captain of Lahore Qalandars

LAHORE: Former bowler Aqib Javed has been named new head coach of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars for the upcoming season, while opener Fakhar Zaman has been appointed vice captain of the team.Aqib replaces Paddy Upton, who was the head coach for the first two seasons of PSL, in which Lahore Qalandars finished at bottom on both the occasions.“It is an honour to be the head coach of this franchise,” Aqib told after his appointment.“I have learnt a lot from Paddy’s experience in previous editions and will try my best to help Lahore finish victorious in the third edition of PSL,” the former pacer added. Aqib Javed (R) along with LQ owner Fawad Rana Aqib, who was member of Pakistan’s World Cup 1992 winning squad, will also remain the director of cricket operations of the franchise.He was previously the assistant coach of Pakistan’s national team and also the head coach of UAE. Under his coaching UAE achieved the status of ODI and T20I team and also qualified for World Cup 2015.Fakhar Zaman, meanwhile, has been promoted as vice captain of the team. He will be the deputy of Qalandars skipper Brendon McCullum.“I am happy to be appointed as vice captain of Lahore Qalandars, working with Brendon will help me grow as a player and with this association, I will also try to tell Baz about our local players,” Fakhar said after his appointment.“We have a very good combination this year and Insha’Allah we will finish at the top [Read More…]

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

[embed_video1 url= 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.  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 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…]

Jun 182017
Bahria Town Karachi announces one kanal plot for Fakhar Zaman

Rs1 million each for other team members; Pakistan’s biggest cricket stadium already under construction in Karachi’s Bahria Town to promote cricket KARACHI: For scoring a blistering… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 172017
Show no fear, Afridi tells Sarfraz

LONDON: When he was Pakistan’s captain, one of Shahid Afridi’s greatest ambitions was to win a world title for his country. He failed to realise that dream after having lead Pakistan to the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup and to a first-round exit from the 2016 World Twenty20 championship. On Saturday, Afridi hoped that his successor Sarfraz Ahmed will succeed where he failed. Sarfraz, the aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman, will lead Pakistan in a dream final of the ICC Champions Trophy against India on Sunday (today). “Before I dwell on Pakistan’s strategy for the big match, I want to say that the final has given Sarfraz a God given opportunity of leaving a lasting legacy. The feisty wicket-keeper batsman is still learning the art of captaincy, yet has grown in stature as leader in every game this tournament. My advice to Sarfraz for the final is simple — take all decisions wholeheartedly and without any fear whatsoever,” Afridi wrote in his column on the official ICC website. “In big games, you need captains to have a clear mind since they are the ones who have to steer the ship. Sarfraz needs to back his own abilities to the hilt since a confused or timid approach can hurt the team and dampen the chances of success.” Afridi stressed that Pakistan’s senior duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will have to deliver. “Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez need to come to the party for the big game, both these players have contributed [Read More…]

Jun 072017
Sarfraz credits team on collective effort to beat South Africa

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed was a relieved man on Wednesday after Pakistan’s win against South Africa by 19 runs at Edgbaston.Pakistan registered first win in the ICC Champions Trophy on D/L method after rain forced an early abandonment of the match with Pakistan 19 runs ahead of the par score.Sarfraz told media after the win that it was a collective team effort with improved bowling and fielding performance.“Credit goes to the team, every player played his part with bowlers and fielders did the best to the team,” he said.When a journalist asked the Pakistani captain about the efforts implemented to improve the standard of fielding, the young wicket-keeper batsman replied that the team actually did nothing.“Rain did not allow us to do fielding practice, so we actually did nothing,”  responded Sarfraz, to make everyone in the press conference laugh.Pakistan is now at third position in the group and has one more match to go in the tournament and Sarfraz was hopeful that Pakistan would make it to semi-finals.“We will try to keep the momentum going, the team has clicked at the right time,” he said.He also hailed the young debutant Fakhar Zaman and said the opening batsman has a good future.“I knew about Fakhar’s ability as we used to play in same club but let’s not put too much pressure on him as it is just the start of his career,” Sarfraz said. Click for detailed story

Jun 072017
Fakhar Zaman earns praise from England, NZ greats after ODI debut

Fakhar Zaman has earned the praise of former cricketing greats Stephen Fleming and Michael Vaughan after making his one-day international (ODI) debut against South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy.Zaman, who scored 31 off 23 balls, maintained an impressive strike rate of 134 with six boundaries, earning the praise of cricketing legends on Twitter. "Where has Fakhar been hiding? (He) looks like a marvellous striker of a ball!" exclaimed former England captain Michael Vaughan in a tweet during the match. Similarly, former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming expressed his surprise at the talent of the 27-year-old batsman."Question has to be asked ─ where has this Fakhar been hiding? Great start Pakistan!" tweeted Fleming, the Black Caps' most successful captain. Zaman was handed his Pakistan cricket team cap by Shoaib Malik prior to the match against South Africa in Birmingham, marking his ODI debut. Click for detailed story

Feb 182017
Pietersen powers Gladiators to thrilling win over Qalandars

SHARJAH: A destructive batting show by Kevin Pietersen powered Quetta Gladiators to a five-wicket win against Lahore Qalandars at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Chasing a gigantic target of 201, Gladiators, after losing their top order in quick succession, were revived by a stormy 88 not out off 42 balls by Pietersen, who returned to his destructive batting form after failing in the earlier three matches. Helped along by captain Sarfraz Ahmed, the England batsman steered the Gladiators to the target. Anwar Ali hit the finishing runs after Sarfraz departed for 45. 16.1 SIX! Sunil Narine to Kevin Pietersenwatch #HBLPSL #AbKhelJamayGa — PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 18, 2017 Gladiators lost opener Saad Nasim for mere 5 runs off Tanvir, which left the team one down for 13. Ahmad Shehzad was the next to depart for 15. Rilee Rossouw showed some resistance but fell for 33. Perera followed him to the pavilion shortly afterward for a mere 1. 2.2 OUT! Sohail Tanvir to Saad Nasimwatch #HBLPSL #AbKhelJamayGa — PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 18, 2017 Jason Roy’s quickfire fifty off 24 balls saw Lahore Qalandars off to an explosive start, helped along by Fakhar Zaman, Qalandars’ previous match hero, who opened the innings in place of captain McCullum after Gladiators won the toss and sent Qalandars in to bat first.  3.5 SIX! Anwar Ali to Jason Roywatch #HBLPSL #AbKhelJamayGa — PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 18, 2017 The England batsman, however, fell right after, leaving the Qalandars one down at 77. Umar [Read More…]

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