Aug 172017
PCB issues show-cause notice to Umar Akmal

[embed_video1 url= style=center] LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to Umar Akmal following the middle-order batsman’s media outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur.“The PCB has issued a show-cause notice to Umar Akmal on breaching code of conduct. The middle-order batsman has seven days to file a reply,” the PCB tweeted, a day after Akmal claimed in a fiery media talk that Arthur had verbally abused him in front of Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. The batsman alleged that Arthur was also abusive towards other players.He went on to claim that senior players did not stop the coach when he was being verbally abused and added that the coach had told him to play club-level cricket instead of coming to the academy. Akmal said he was dropped from the team after an unjustified warning, and that he wanted to inform the PCB regarding the behaviour of the coaching staff.Coach Arthur, however, rubbished Akmal’s claims and said the batsman was not telling the truth. Mickey Arthur verbally abused me, claims Umar Akmal Arthur refutes Akmal’s claims and says Akmal is not telling the truth Arthur also said that he had asked Akmal to improve upon his skills and attitude. This is not the first time Umar Akmal has been at the centre of controversy off the field.In 2014, he was detained at a local police station in Lahore following a spat with a traffic warden over breaking a traffic signal.The middle-order batsman also made headlines after a row [Read More…]

Aug 032017
Ultimate goal is to prepare team for World Cup 2019: Mickey Arthur

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur has said that the ultimate goal is to prepare the team for World Cup 2019 and making the team number one. Talking to the reporters here at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here on Thursday, Mickey said: “Certainly we have a successful year and certainly we are going into the right direction. We are not just focusing on the very … Click for detailed story

Jun 172017
Have prepared game plan based on team's strength: Mickey Arthur

LONDON: Pakistan coach Mikey Arthur said on Saturday that a game plan based on the team’s strength has been prepared for the crucial clash against India in the Champions Trophy final.In an exclusive interview to, the Pakistan head coach said: “It is important that we play to our strengths, we gave too many chances to India in the earlier game.” He added that India’s performance was analysed after the earlier game and the team will concentrate on what it can do well.Arthur said the players have changed their cricketing behaviour and have worked hard at expanding their game.“We will look towards scoring in the 300 range rather than 260 to 270,” said the coach and added that strike rotation has improved.The coach was all praise for captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and said that “he is fantastic, positive and has an attacking mindset”.Referring to the earlier win against England, Arthur said the team believed in its ability and were aware of the brand of cricket that had to be played.“Players had clarity over their roles and were superb,” added the coach.He also expressed his pleasure over the young additions to the team, and said they “came in the side and have played with fear and are a breath of fresh air”.“Very happy that we have found a core group of players who we can take forward and can work with in the 2019 World Cup,” stated Arthur.Arthur expressed his satisfaction at the team’s performance in the middle overs of the game and [Read More…]

May 212017
Champions Trophy: Umar Akmal fails fitness test

BIRMINGHAM: Umar Akmal has been declared unfit by team management in Birmingham, informed sources on Sunday.The decision on whether Umar will be in the squad or not now rests with the coach Mickey Arthur, furthermore, sources have also informed that trainer Grant Ludon has also shown his reservations over Umar’s fitness.The camp for Champions Trophy started on May 17 but surprisingly the middle order batsman has not yet been given a chance for net practice yet. This clearly shows coach`s reservations over his selection in the team.

May 202017
Younis Khan to meet CM Punjab in Lahore

LONDON: Former test cricketer Younis Khan will meet Cheif Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore after arriving back to Pakistan from the United Kingdom.Khan while speaking to Geo News said that there is not a specific agenda of his meeting with the CM Punjab in the meeting and he will revive his career memories during his time with him. The legendary test cricketer will be meeting after receiving a special meeting invite from Sharif.Khan was honoured at Lord’s in recognition of his remarkable career.Talking to Geo News Younis Khan said that he feels truly honoured.“This is more than enough for me. I am really enjoying this. Many players and my friends are here. I feel truly honoured”, he added.Head coach Mickey Arthur said that the work ethic and the way Younis Khan goes about his business is fantastic.“It has been a privilege and an honour to work with a player like Younis Khan”, the coach said.ODI and T20i captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that Younis Khan deserved all the applause.“I have played with him in the last couple of years. He has been a thorough professional”, he added.“With the pressure on, Younis Khan delivered. His classy 218 in the final Test of the summer, at The Oval, helped Pakistan square the series after successive defeats had left them in danger of squandering their win at Lord’s. It was his 32nd Test hundred – and a reminder that his struggles earlier in the series had been a blip rather than part of [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

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