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 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

Jan 222017
Dropped catches, misfields: Pakistan?s fumbling woes in the field

Pakistan dropped four catches and let through several unnecessary runs in the fourth ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Here’s a list of the Green Shirts’ major fumbling moments in the field today, accompanied by the overs and commentary: 23.4 Junaid Khan to Smith, 1 run, dropped. Full and angled wide outside off, he chops at it and it flies to Sharjeel at knee height at backward point, and he’s put in a lazy one hand out at this and put it down. Dismal effort. 32.2 Imad Wasim to Warner, no run, Dropped! Back of a length on middle, goes back and tries to cream it to the right of Hasan Ali at mid-on, but he gets it high on the bat and it floats to the fielder. Ali goes slowly, low to his right, and falls over as he tries to take it, it’s been put down. 37.4 Hasan Ali to Maxwell, 5 leg byes, 139 kph, oh dear. It was a lovely yorker, rapped him on the pads and rolled to the right of slip, who has a needless shy at the stump. The bowler is walking back lazily and makes no attempt at stopping this, and it’s four overthrows through mid-on. 38.4 Imad Wasim to Maxwell, 2 runs, dropped. Good length on middle, goes for the sweep, gets a top edge, Hasan Ali changes direction four or five times as he’s running backwards from short fine leg and in the end can barely get a [Read More…]

Jan 192017

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur insisted on Thursday that while left-arm pacer Junaid Khan was not a serial no-ball offender, there was no excuse that justifies him bowling illegal deliveries. Australia could have been 46-3 in the third ODI of the series in Perth after debutante batsman Peter Handscomb was caught at slip in the 11th over. However, he earned a respite when the replay showed Junaid had overstepped the mark. EDGED but Junaid has bowled a NO Ball here. Handscomb survives. https://t.co/VSDIC85eUj #AUSvPAK #AusvsPak #3rdODI pic.twitter.com/fdVdtLWUpt — Tribune Sports (@ETribuneSports) January 19, 2017 Junaid then bowled another no-ball four overs later in a delivery that saw Handscomb dropped at point. The debutant ended up making 82 as Australia reached their target of 264 with seven wickets to spare. Catching 101. https://t.co/VSDIC85eUj #AUSvPAK #AusvsPak #3rdODI pic.twitter.com/YCvaZJq18u — Tribune Sports (@ETribuneSports) January 19, 2017 5 talking points from the third Australia-Pakistan ODI Arthur said his team cannot afford to commit such errors if they aim to win the five-match series. “He’s not much of a serial offender,” said Arthur of Junaid in the post-match press conference. “Junaid was battling into the breeze a little bit, so that caused him to over stride. But it’s still no excuse. We’ve got to be keeping our foot behind the line.” Arthur also said that regular ODI captain Azhar Ali is set to return after missing two games with a hamstring injury. Ton-up Smith leads Australia to seven-wicket win over Pakistan “He [Azhar] had a [Read More…]

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