Dec 042017
Kamran Akmal becomes first Asian to complete 800 FC catches

KARACHI: Pakistan’s out-of-favor wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, on Monday added yet another feather to his cap by completing 800 catches in first-class cricket.Akmal, 35, is unpopular with cricket fans due to the perception of his wicket-keeping skills but he continues to defy this opinion with his performances at the domestic season.He reached the milestone of 800 FC catches during the Quaid-e-Azam trophy match at SBP ground, where he was playing super 8 round’s match for WAPDA against KRL.He claimed 7 catches in the match, 5 in first and 2 in second innings of the game.Kamran is not only the first Pakistani but also the first Asian player to reach this milestone and only the second non-England player after Rod Marsh to achieve the feat of 800 first-class catches.Out of the 33 players to reach 800 FC catches, 31 are from England.With a total 865 dismissals behind the wicket, Kamran is also Pakistan’s most successful wicketkeeper in First Class cricket.He was also the leading scorer in recently concluded National T20 tournament. Click for detailed story

Nov 242017
Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt score world?s highest T20 opening partnership

Kamran Akmal is also the first ever Pakistani and the first wicket-keeper batsman to score 150 runs in a T20 inningKARACHI: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and former captain Salman Butt put up the highest-ever T20 partnership for the opening wicket on Friday, creating a world record by scoring 209 runs between them.The feat saw the two batsmen beat the previous best of 207 by Kent’s JL Denly and DJ Bell-Drummond against Essex in English county cricket. This is also the third highest ever partnership for any wicket in a T20 inning.During the same inning, Kamran also became the first ever Pakistani and the first wicket-keeper batsman to score 150 runs in a T20 match.The 35-year old out-of-favour batsman smashed 12 sixes and 14 fours to score an unbeaten 150 for Lahore Whites against Islamabad in National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi.He also surpassed South Africa’s Quinton de Kock to post the highest individual T20 score by a wicket-keeper; the South African wicket-keeper had scored 126* before Kamran overtook him by scoring an unbeaten 150 today.The opener is the first Pakistani and 8th overall to score 150 or more in a T20 inning. His score of 150* is the 10th highest individual score in the shortest format of professional cricket. Kamran Akmal becomes first Pakistani to score four consecutive 50s in T20sKamran joined 15 other batsmen from around the world who have scored four consecutive 50s The inning has also helped Kamran Akmal to become the first Pakistani and only third [Read More…]

Jun 032017

Pakistani cricketers believe that they can add one more victory to their Champions Trophy tally against India if they go in with a positive attitude and deliver to the best of their capabilities on Sunday in Birmingham. Both teams will open their 2017 campaign with the high-profile clash at Edgbaston, and left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir says cricket has changed since he last played against India in the 2009 Champions Trophy. Sarfraz’s problem against India “To be honest, cricket has changed a bit [since 2009],” said Amir in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board. “At that time, only four fielders were allowed inside the circle, now you can have five fielders inside the circle. Also you have two new balls. So, cricket has changed since then.” The 24-year-old added that the game has become much faster but English conditions will help the bowlers and Pakistan must deliver their best if they are to down India. “There is a lot of T20 cricket now so the game has become faster but English conditions assist fast-bowlers, especially in May and June. If we deliver our best, there are good chances [that we will beat India],” he said. Champions Trophy unearths superstars: Malik Shoaib Malik was the hero for Pakistan when they beat India in the 2009 Champions Trophy by 54 runs, scoring 128 off 126 balls, and the all-rounder unsurprisingly counts it as his favourite knock against India. Pakistan bowlers will have to operate smartly: Aaqib “My favourite innings against India [Read More…]

Mar 082017
Kamran Akmal all set to make a comeback

Kamran Akmal turned out to be the best batsman and wicket keeper of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season II with his outstanding 353 runs and 12 catches behind stumps. Kamran is now all set to make his way back to the national team. If this happens, wicket keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan will have to leave his place to make room for Akmal. It’s also a fact that the experienced wicket keeper batsman Kamran Akmal is not going to be the first choice for wicket keeping, reason being the presence of Sarfaraz Ahmad in the squad. On the other hand, reports claim that coach Mickey Arthur has reservations over Kamran’s selection as a fielder/batsman. He is also of the view that inclusion of Akmal at the age of 35 may go against future plans. Click for detailed story

Feb 282017
Kamran Akmal excited about PSL final in Lahore

SHARJAH: Peshawar Zalmi wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal is already looking forward to the final of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore. Talking to Geo.TV ahead of the first playoff against Quetta Gladiators tonight, the batsman said his entire team is excited about Lahore hosting the final of the tournament. “My entire team and I personally are very excited and happy that cricket is coming back to Pakistan. What can be better than the final of the PSL being held in Lahore? There could be no bigger achievement than this,” said Akmal, who is the top-scorer this PSL for Zalmi with 208 runs to his name. The batsman praised the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board for making this feat possible. “I give credit to PCB and PSL for making this happen. All of our domestic tournaments are held in Pakistan and they are all held safely. It’s time for PSL to come to our country as well,” he said. Akmal added he was happy for the people of Pakistan who have waited so long for their favourite game to return to the country. Asked about how he was trying to convince international players in his team to come to Lahore for the final, the wicketkeeper-batsman said that the top priority of all the players right now is to focus on tonight’s game. “Everybody is focusing on the matches right now. International players are willing to come to Pakistan, we are just trying our best to reach the final first,” Akmal said. [Read More…]

Feb 102017
PSL 2017: Morgan's brutal knock hands Peshawar Zalmi first win of PSL

Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings, registering their first win of the tournament, by seven wickets. Eoin Morgan's steady knock cemented the victory as he continued to punish the bowlers with periodic boundaries, helping his side to keep the scoreboard ticking in their second match of the Pakistan Super League. Morgan made 80 off 57 balls and remained unbeaten at the crease, and was particularly brutal with deliveries by Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik. He also scored the match winning runs for his side. The 100 run mark for the side was achieved in the 16th over, which proved to be expensive for the Kings as they gave away 19 precious runs in the over, which was sloppily bowled by Malik. Zalmi posted 50 in nine overs after a less than stellar start, with Morgan and Malan smashing away boundaries to steady the innings.Morgan and Malan took charge and ensured the overs were costly for the Kings. Malan fell before the 50 came up for Zalmi, caught on a ball by Imad Wasim and ending a 46 run partnership. Zalmi lost two wickets in the first two overs of their innings, with Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal contributing no runs before returning to the pavilion.Zalmi lost the wicket of their opener Hafeez in the opening over, with Hafeez continuing his streak of getting out for nought. Akmal followed Hafeez soon after in the second over after he was caught off a ball by Sohail Khan. Hafeez was caught leg before on [Read More…]

Dec 132016
BLOG: Sit back, relax and hope we find Talent?

Pakistan is short on talent, Pakistan’s former captain Shahid khan Afridi said this when his spot in the team was being questioned. However once he was discarded from the T20 squad the nation realized that we had talent like Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Muhammad Nawaz and others, who were waiting for an opportunity to make inroads into the Pakistani squad. This is a major dilemma that Pakistan has faced, senior players who clocked years in the team become so individually strong that their position in the team cannot be challenged. Over the years so many talented cricketers who played first class cricket in Pakistan, couldn’t make it to the national squad despite their talent and great stats in the domestic cricket circuit. It seems Pakistan is not willing to move on, not willing to consider that there is talent beyond the existing aging-members in the squad. The Chief Selector, Inzimam ul Haq pointing out the possibility that Kamran Akmal might make it into the squad as a batsman – because his performance in the QeA Trophy can’t be discarded – is a testament to the preceding argument.  Then we have Mohammad Asif, who believes Pakistan’s bowling line up is struggling and he might just be the solution to the problem (so much for modesty). Let me remind you here, that during this years QeA Trophy major players were missing. The cream of Pakistan’s batting and bowling line up were either playing BPL or representing the national team in Australia. This brings me to two very simple [Read More…]

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