Jun 032017
 
Bits and Pieces

Azan TV beat i3H Emerging Talent By our correspondent KARACHI: Azan TV defeated i3H Emerging Talent by 10 runs in their match of the 22nd Dr MA Shah Night Trophy here at the Asghar Ali Shah Stadium on Friday night. Azan TV posted 166-9 in the allotted 20 overs with Sami Afridi scoring a fine 84 off 57 balls, striking 11 fours and three sixes. Furqan Khalil belted a 21-ball 23 with two fours and a six. Qaiser Atiq made a valuable 12-ball 21 with four fours. Spinners Zaki Khan got 4-21 and Waseem Dilawar captured 3-29. i3H Emerging Talent, in response, were restricted to 156-9. Sufyan Khan hit a 38-ball 42 with two fours and one six. Dedar Azeem chipped in with a 26-ball 35 with four fours and a six. Waseem Dilawar cracked 33 off 17 balls, hammering four fours and two sixes. Ali Khan, Hamza Ansari, Hanan Achakzai and Rabish Ahmed got two wickets each. Haider stars as KG demolish Acme Technologies By our correspondent KARACHI: Haider Ali spun hosts Karachi Gymkhana to an emphatic 56-run victory  over Acme Technologies in their Group B encounter of the 32nd edition of the Omar Associates Karachi Gymkhana Ramazan Festival Twenty20 Cricket Tournament 2016 here at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground on Saturday. The Karachi Gymkhana left-arm spinner Haider (4-12), adjudged Man of the Match, tormented the Acme Technologies innings as they were bundled out for 106 in 17.4 overs while set a target of 163 in 20 overs. Off-spinners [Read More…]

May 252017
 

If you’re a cat lover and willing to make a career out of petting cats, an Irish veterinary clinic might have just the right job for you. Just Cats clinic in Dublin is hiring a full-time professional “cat cuddler” who has “gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time.” Purr-Worthy Job for crazy cat lover at @justcatsdublin Apply at : https://t.co/01vtpkP6bi pic.twitter.com/5YFo0fd3Yr — Just Cats Vet Clinic (@JustCatsDublin) May 23, 2017 “Are you a crazy cat person and love cats? Does cattitude come naturally to you? Do you feed the stray cats in your locality?” Dublin’s sole cats-only vet clinic wrote in the job advert posted online. “If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, how about working with cats as a full time job at Just Cats Veterinary Clinic?” Meet Simba, king of the house! According to the ad, the ideal candidate needs to be soft-spoken and “capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients.” It adds that the ability to understand different types of purring would be an added advantage that might help applicants secure the job. However, qualifications recognised by the Veterinary Council of Ireland would be a must to apply. The posting has been viewed more than 7,000 times on the advertisement site. This post originally appeared on Time magazine’s Money section The post Want to get paid to cuddle cats all day? appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed [Read More…]

May 202017
 

DUBLIN: Mashrafe Mortaza was a satisfied captain after Bangladesh swept aside Ireland to win their first match in the ODI tri-Series. A much-improved bowling performance, after Mortaza won the toss, put the Tigers in control and they knocked off the 182 runs required for victory inside 28 overs, for the loss of just two wickets, with Soumya Sarkar finishing 87 not out from 68 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. England wary of Ireland threat “We didn’t take early wickets in the last match but this time the bowlers did a really good job and that’s something we are looking for all the time,” said Mortaza. “Winning the toss was crucial as there was some moisture and both fast bowlers used it well.” Mustafizur Rahman took the wicket of the dangerous Paul Stirling with his third ball, and although Rubel Hossain did not take a wicket his pace and movement consistently troubled the Ireland batsmen. The introduction of Mosaddek Hossain accounted for Ireland captain William Porterfield and when Shakib also struck in his second over, Ireland were 61-3. Ed Joyce, playing his first match of the series, and Niall O’Brien, who scored a century against New Zealand in their previous match, led a recovery of sorts. However, Mustafizur returned to have O’Brien caught at third man, inches inside the boundary, and when Joyce followed in the next over, the first international wicket for debutant slow left armer Sunzamul Islam, Ireland were back in trouble at 126-5. Mustafizur added the wickets [Read More…]

Apr 062017
 
Latham to lead NZ in Champions Trophy warm-ups

AUCKLAND: Tom Latham has been appointed New Zealand captain for one-day matches against Ireland and Bangladesh ahead of the Champions Trophy, New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday. The 25-year-old opening batsman will step in for usual captain Kane Williamson, who has commitments in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Vice-captain Tim Southee will also still be playing in the IPL when the triangular series starts in Ireland on May 12. “Tom has been a leader within the side for a while now and this is a chance to continue his development in that area,” selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement. “It’s a great learning opportunity for Tom and a chance for other squad members to take on a bigger leadership role too.” Fast bowler Seth Rance and all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn, who was drafted into the Test squad last month but did not play, could make their ODI debuts during the series. Pace bowler Neil Wagner could also make his ODI debut during the series. “This is a fantastic opportunity to give new players a taste of international cricket, as well as reward guys who have pushed their way back into contention,” said Larsen. Click for detailed story

Aug 202016
 
Pakista vs Ireland 2nd ODI: Rain delays toss

DUBLIN: Rain delayed toss for the second and last ODI between Pakistan and Ireland scheduled today at the Village Stadium. Pakistan won the first ODI of the series  in what was their biggest One-day International victory in terms of runs. Sharjeel Khan’s sizzling 152 and Imad Wasim’s maiden five-wicket haul on Thursday helped Pakistan win the match. Imad bowled out the home team for a paltry 82 after Pakistan had posted 337 in a match that was reduced to 47 overs because of wet conditions. Alongside Imad, another young all-rounder – Mohammad Nawaz – also sparkled in Thursday’s win against Ireland. Nawaz, also a left-hander, hit 53 off 50 balls to make his presence felt.     Click for detailed story

Aug 192016
 
Five-star Imad hopes to keep shining

DUBLIN: Lost somewhere in the excitement of Sharjeel Khan’s sizzling 152 was Imad Wasim’s maiden five-wicket haul on Thursday when Pakistan recorded what was their biggest One-day International victory in terms of runs. Sharjeel’s blitz helped Pakistan floor Ireland by 255 runs but a win by such a huge margin might not have been possible had Imad not picked up an impressive haul of 5-14. Together with comeback pacer Umar Gul (3-23), Imad bowled out the home team for a paltry 82 after Pakistan had posted 337 in a match hat was reduced to 47 overs because of wet conditions. His figures in the match are the best ever by a Pakistan left-arm bowler. Imad bettered the great Wasim Akram’s 5 for 15 which were the previous best by a Pakistan left-arm bowler in ODIs. All of that was overshadowed as the star of the match was Sharjeel because of his big-hitting prowess. But Imad is pleased to have played a role in Pakistan’s record-breaking win. “The important thing is that we won the match and won it by a very big margin,” said the Swansea-born Imad, who has played seven ODIs and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan. Imad, 27, represented Jamaica Tallawahas in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) this season. The all-rounder who featured for Karachi Kings in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) said that the CPL experience helped him going into the series against Ireland. “It was a learning experience at CPL,” he said. “I was in [Read More…]

Aug 192016
 
Pakistan ?lucky charm? Intikhab hopeful ahead of England ODIs

As one of the longest-serving officials of Pakistan cricket, Intikhab Alam has seen it all — the good, bad and the ugly. The former Pakistan captain’s association with national cricket spans over six decades, first as a player and later in the capacities of a coach, manager and administrator. He was part of the Pakistan squad that won the 1992 World Cup in Australia and then witnessed the Greenshirts’ triumph in the World Twenty20 championship in England in 2009. He seems to be back again as he was present at The Oval last week when Pakistan recorded a series-levelling victory in the fourth and final Test against England. Intikhab has mostly been a lucky charm for Pakistan, but the 74-year-old believes that all that luck streams from the hard work which the players are ready to put in. “This tour is going smoothly both on and off the field, because our team’s performance has generally been good,” Intikhab told ‘The News’ on Friday, a day after Pakistan butchered Ireland by 255 runs in the first of their two One-day Internationals at Malahide. “What happens on the tour is directly linked to how the team performs. If the team is not doing well then it’s easy for it to get embroiled in some kind of trouble. “But thankfully, our boys have been giving their best on this tour and the results are showing,” said Intikhab, who played 47 Tests for Pakistan during 1959-77. Pakistan have generally received very favourable reviews from [Read More…]

Aug 172016
 
Stern test awaits ninth-ranked Pakistan

KARACHI: While the Test team is enjoying a good run, it is Pakistan’s one-day side which has a lot of work to do ahead of their ODI series against Ireland and England, with the first ODI against the former starting today. The Men in Green are facing an uphill task of needing to win all seven matches against Ireland and England to be in a position to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup, as they are currently ranked ninth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings, seven points behind eighth-placed West Indies on 87. With the four bottom-placed teams in the 12-team rankings needing to play in the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2018 alongside six teams from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League, Pakistan will be looking to move above West Indies and secure automatic qualification for the tournament rather than having to go through the qualifiers. Arthur worried about Pakistan’s one-day form As many as seven players have joined up for the limited-overs leg which include senior players Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Sharjeel Khan, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam and rookies Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Ali, while eight players, who were part of the Test side, are skipper Azhar, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmad, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Sami Aslam and Mohammad Rizwan. Azhar, in a press conference, stated that Pakistan need to transfer the consistency of the Test team into their one-day side. “I feel that the Test side produces [Read More…]

Jun 242016
 

DUBLIN: The British government has a “democratic imperative” to call a referendum on whether Northern Ireland should leave the United Kingdom and unite with the Irish Republic, the province’s Irish nationalist Deputy First Minister said on Friday. Switzerland sets up Brexit hotline for worried citizens “The British government now has no democratic mandate to represent the views of the North in any future negotiations with the European Union and I do believe that there is a democratic imperative for a ‘border poll’ to be held,” Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness told national Irish broadcaster RTE. Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce “We are now in unchartered waters, nobody really knows what is going to happen. The implications for all of us on the island of Ireland are absolutely massive. This could have very profound implications for our economy (in Northern Ireland). The post Northern Irish deputy leader calls for vote on united Ireland appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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