Apr 282017
PCB invites bids for a sixth PSL team

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited bids from interested parties seeking to acquire franchise rights for a sixth team to be introduced to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) from 2018 onwards. Interested parties can collect bid documents till May 15 upon payment of a non-refundable payment of USD 1,000. Currently, the PSL consists of five teams, Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi.

Apr 132017
Pakistan should also prepare for tougher opponents: Afridi

KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has congratulated Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for leading the team to victories in T20 and One-day International (ODI) series in West Indies but added that the team should also prepare for tougher opponents. “First I congratulate new captain Sarfraz for leading the team to victories,” Afridi said during a press briefing here on Thursday at National Stadium. “However, I must warn the players to adapt to contemporary cricket, which demands more power hitting. Beating teams like Australia and South Africa would be tougher and we cannot beat them if we continue to play slow,” he said. Afridi, who has recently been named among eight Ambassadors of Champions Trophy, said Pakistan have good bowlers and recently some more bowlers have made the cut for the national team after performing well in Pakistan Super League (PSL) but now the need is of good batsmen in the side. “The only good young batsman we have now is Babar Azam. There is a need to start working on young batsmen in order to provide national team reliable batsmen in near future,” he added. He said that he has joined Karachi Kings as their President and has planned to start working to find hunt and train talented cricketers initially in Sindh and then in Pakistan. Afridi has come under criticism for bypassing Pakistan Cricket Board to sign a deal with Karachi Kings while leaving his previous team Peshawar Zalmi without its management consent. However, Afridi has said that he [Read More…]

Apr 072017
PSL management warns franchises against player transfers

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) management on Friday warned the PSL franchises against the player transfer and exchanges being reported on media, saying “no retentions, transfers or trades may be made or announced outside the officially announced respective windows”. The PSL authorities also made it clear to the franchise owners that, “No one party out of a tripartite agreement can make the announcement (regarding any such development) except for the Pakistan Cricket Board.” The instructions were issued to all franchise owners through an email which was dubbed ‘secret’, however, a copy of which is available with DawnNews. “Any player releases from teams will also be in the respective windows, the players remain contractually active squad members of their previous teams until the time of either the official release or Draft, whichever agreement is reached earlier,” read the email. It is pertinent to mention that this email was reportedly sent following the announcement by Karachi Kings to appoint Shahid Afridi as its president on Friday. “Any non-player understanding or contract does not circumvent PSL rules in as far as player or staff placement is involved,” the PSL management clarified in its email. It further informed and requested everyone to “refrain from any ongoing or further announcements on anything until the windows officially open”, except for stating that all teams will continue to abide by the rules set forth by the PSL.

Apr 072017
Shahid Afridi joins Karachi Kings as president

Former Pakistan captain and star all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Friday announced his decision to join the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings as its president, DawnNews reported. Afridi had recently parted ways with Peshawar Zalmi, the PSL franchise he had played for the two seasons of the tournament. The development was also shared by Karachi Kings on social media. Last month, Afridi took to Twitter to make public his decision, saying he was ending his services as president and player of Peshawar Zalmi owing to "personal reasons". "I'm announcing my end of service as president and player of Peshawar Zalmi Team due to my personal reasons," he wrote. However, earlier this month Afridi blamed Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi's changing vision for leaving the team. “There are a few personal things that I don’t want highlighted in the media,” said Afridi while talking to a private news channel. “I didn’t want to be a hindrance in his new goals and vision. I have a lot of commitments to my own foundation, so I wouldn’t be able to give my services completely to him also. There a lot of projects of my foundation that I need to set my focus on.” On a question if the decision will affect the relationship that both Afridi’s families share, the 37-year-old said: “These things don’t affect our families’ friendship and relation.” The veteran cricket said he was certain his Zalmi fans will support him for all his career choices. At that time Afridi [Read More…]

Mar 062017
Wahab Riaz dedicates dream PSL title win to his late father

LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi’s fast bowler Wahab Riaz has dedicated his team’s dream win in the Pakistan Super League 2017 final to his late father. In an exclusive interview with Geo News, Wahab, who ended the tournament with the highest wicket tally for his team and the second-highest during this year’s edition (15), said his late father had wished to stay with him and see the PSL through. “I dedicate this title victory and my success to my dad. I am missing him a lot,” an emotional Wahab said after Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by 58 runs in the final at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Sunday to claim the PSL 2017 trophy. The pacer termed the title win “a huge honour and achievement” for him and the team. “I was determined to win. I had only one thought throughout the tournament: I had to succeed,” Wahab added. The fast bowler had also dedicated Peshawar Zalmi’s win in the third playoff against Karachi Kings to his late father, who passed away last month – a few days before the start of the Pakistan Super League 2017. “The one I am missing is my father,” Wahab had said post-match in an interview with commentator Bazid Khan, adding that his father had wished to see him playing the final in Lahore.

Mar 062017
In pictures: Darren Sammy's picture perfect moments from PSL 2017

Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy’s signature ‘selfie’ celebration style was one of the highlights os PSL 2017. It started when he took a stunner of a catch against Karachi Kings. But the fun began when he got back up after his incredible dive. The skipper gathered his teammates and posed for a super cool selfie. And since this ‘phone-less’ selfie, Sammy has had plenty picture perfect moments throughout the entirety of PSL 2017, here are some of the best ones: Sammy proved to be a good sport when he took a selfie with a fan who ran onto the pitch before the last delivery to Karachi Kings Sammy shows the ground staff at Gaddafi Stadium, how to take the perfect selfie. Sammy arriving at Gaddafi Stadium like a boss. Warming up for the match by dancing to the tunes of the music at the PSL 2017 opening ceremonymony Sammy grouping his victorious Zalmi team, to take yet another phone-less photo of the ‘champions’. Sammy celebrates by showing traditional dance moves at the closing ceremony of the PSL 2017 It is without a doubt that Sammy, the winning captain, has won the hearts of Pakistanis with these memorable moments when he immersed himself into the PSL 2017.