Jun 032016
 
Sultan of swing Wasim Akram says life ?exemplary? at 50

KARACHI: Legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram marked his 50th birthday on Friday, saying life is “exemplary” and that his Australian wife told him the half-century “is the new 40”. Regarded as one of the best left-arm pacemen ever to grace the game, Wasim – who celebrated with family and friends – said cricket had brought him great fame, adding: “1.5 billion people across the subcontinent and beyond love me”. “My wife told me 50 is the new 40,” he said. “So it’s enjoyable.” Wasim, popularly dubbed the “sultan of swing”, lives in Karachi with his second wife, Shaniera, and is a renowned cricket expert on various television channels. He said cricket had transformed his life. “Cricket is a great leveller. It transformed my life from an ordinary boy to one who is loved in Pakistan and India by over 1.5 billion people and it’s incredible.” In a storied career of 104 Tests between 1984 and 2003, Wasim took 414 wickets and 502 in 356 one-day internationals – both still a Pakistan record. Wasim also is the only person to have registered twin hat-tricks in both Tests and one-day internationals. He was player of the tournament with 18 wickets when Pakistan won their only World Cup title in Australia in 1992. Wasim said he never imagined achieving star status when he took up the game. “It is a life in which dreams turned into reality. I never imagined this fame and success when I started my career and to have played so much [Read More…]

May 292013
 
Asad Rauf denies IPL fixing allegation

Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who has been withdrawn from the upcoming Champions Trophy over match-fixing allegations, denied charges levelled against him during the Indian Premier League. Addressing a press conference here, Rauf said he was ready to face any inquiry. “I have never been involved in any kind of fixing, neither have I accepted any gift. This allegation is totally … Click for detailed story

May 252013
 

NEW DELHI May 25 (Reuters) – Mumbai Police apprehended a key official of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Chennai franchise late on Friday in connection with a spot-fixing scandal that has also led to the arrest of three cricketers. Former India test
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May 182013
 

SOUTH Australian cricketer Shaun Tait is considering legal action after wrongfully being dragged in to the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal. Tait was named on social media as the Australian cricketer found with thousands of dollars in bundles
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Apr 232013
 
Chris Gayle scores fastest century in <b>cricket</b> history during IPL game
Chris Gayle has set a new record for the fastest century in the history of professional cricket with an astonishing ton off just 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, then went on to make the highest score ever seen
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Apr 072013
 
Punjab thump Pune in Indian Premier League


Kings XI Punjab recorded a crushing eight-wicket win over Pune Warriors in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune yesterday.

After restricting the Pune side to a paltry 99 for nine in the 20 overs, Manan Vohra and Mandeep Singh ensured the win was complete without any hiccups as they took Punjab past the finish line in just the 13th over.

Vohra, named man of the match, made a 28-ball 43 and Singh contributed 31 off 26 deliveries as Punjab opened their IPL account with a massive win.

“I was very nervous before the start,” said Vohra. “There were butterflies in the stomach but as the match progressed and the wicket got better during the course of the innings, it became fine.”

Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist was pleased with the win. “It was an excellent start and everything went right from the opening over,” said the Australian. “We know how important run rates are towards the end of the tournament. The boys adjusted to the conditions very well.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2013.

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