Oct 072017
Why is everyone 'focusing only on Imam'? chief selector Inzamam

DUBAI: Inzamam ul Haq — the chief selector of Pakistan cricket team — on Friday defended his team selection process as he addressed the media at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Responding to a question by Geo News, Inzamam ul Haq boldly admitted that uncapped left-hand batsman Imam ul Haq is his relative, but said with a smile that it is the selection board that finalizes the team after consultation with coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed. “Yes, I am the uncle of Imam ul Haq.” “I have selected 15 players for the one-day team but everyone is focusing only on Imam,” he noted, before adding that Imam “has been performing in the domestic circuit”. Inzamam ul Haq expressed high hopes for the young players and their performance on-ground. “We cannot select a batsman only on the criteria that he is the highest scorer,” the chief selector said, referring to the selection of middle-order batsman Haris Sohail instead of the one with highest runs in the domestic circuit. Uncapped Imam-ul-Haq in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka ODI series Azhar Ali rested; Imam-ul-Haq selected in view of domestic performance: Chief Selector Inzamam “Talent, batting skills, and technique are also to be considered for the selection of any player”, he stated, noting that “scorecard would be enough to judge the players” if the number of runs scored was the only criteria. Inzamam revealed that they had been working with Sohail since the past six months before the final selection. He also explained that the efforts of those [Read More…]

Aug 232017
Akmal submits reply to show-cause notice

LAHORE: Batsman Umar Akmal on Wednesday submitted his reply to the show-cause notice issued to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following his media outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur. Akmal recently alleged that Arthur had verbally abused him in front of Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. “I had talked to the media after verbal abuses by head coach Mickey Arthur became unbearable for me,” he said. He went on to say that he had been tolerating injustices for the last three to four years.He said he continued to “suffer injustices” at the hands of coach Arthur, which prompted him to speak out finally. Akmal said, “I had been tolerating the abusing for long. I couldn’t tolerate the unjust behaviour anymore,” said Akmal, hoping that the PCB chairman would do justice with him. He said his criticism was not aimed at the PCB. He only raised questions after suffering verbal abuse from the coach, he said.The batsman added that he had always respected the system and was submitting the reply to the show-cause notice despite not being in the central contract list. Akmal had also claimed that he was dropped from the team after an unjustified warning, andthat he wanted to inform the PCB regarding the behaviour of the coaching staff.Arthur has refuted the allegations and said the batsman was not telling the truth.

Aug 172017
PCB issues show-cause notice to Umar Akmal

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/aefb9e7dada17b5972c110a97dd252fa.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xNy8yMDE3IDk6MzY6NTkgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1qSXVxSkMzNW1LQjg0WldMdnBsV2V3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= 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 [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 …

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 geo.tv, 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 [Read More…]