Aug 182017
 
Amir allowed to travel to Pakistan for fitness tests by Essex

KARACHI: English county Essex has confirmed that its oversea signing from Pakistan, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, has been allowed to travel back to Pakistan to attend fitness tests being conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).The county, in a statement released on Friday evening, said that Amir has been released on the request of PCB and he will return to the county after the tests. “Essex Cricket overseas star Mohammad Amir will return to Pakistan tomorrow for a series of fitness and medical tests at the request of the Pakistan Cricket Board,” said the county spokesman.“Amir is scheduled to return to England on August 26, in time for the crucial Specsavers County Championship game against Somerset at The Cloudfm County Ground,” the statement adds.Amir has been impressive with his superb performance with Essex this season with 12 wickets in two county championship matches and 13 wickets in 12 Natwest T20 tournament matches.The Pakistan international will still be involved in Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast clash against Sussex Sharks as the Eagles hunt for a quarter-final place. Click for detailed story

Jun 262017
 

LONDON: Pakistan pace man Mohammad Amir continued his rich seam of form from the Champions Trophy win over India, striking early for Essex using a pink ball on a landmark day for English county cricket. Amir trapped Middlesex Nick Gubbins lbw as the latest round of county championship matches got underway on Monday. The new day/night format led to the use of the pink ball with a black seam — ideal preparation for England’s Test players for a match with the West Indies from August 17-21 at Edgbaston. Domestic cricket history was also made in Glamorgan’s game with Derbyshire as the latter’s 16-year-old Afghan-born spinner Hamidullah Qadri became the first player born in the 2000s to play Championship cricket. Floodlit cricket is not totally new to England as it first came to their shores on July 23, 1997, in a limited overs match between Warwickshire and Somerset at the same Edgbaston ground where the Test match will take place. …and here it is! @iamamirofficial gets his first Essex wicket with Gubbins out lbw. #ESSvMID pic.twitter.com/eNZ08UN7hI — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) June 26, 2017 The county championship has had one day night game in 2011 between Kent and Glamorgan but got mixed reviews from the players and attendance was not impressive. England bowling great James Anderson believes batsmen will not particularly like the experience. “I’ve had no experience with pink balls. I don’t think the batsmen are hugely in favour of it,” said Anderson before play got underway. “All the reports I’ve heard [Read More…]

Jun 192017
 
‘Haan Bhai…saray hee har gaye phir!!!’

There was something different about the latest Pakistan and India fixture right from the beginning. The usual animosity was replaced with relative geniality. Saurav Ganguly was defending Pakistan against Amir Sohail’s comments, Indians were standing up for Sarfaraz Ahmed against people making fun of his English and most Pakistanis were simply glad to be in the final – let alone think about winning it. Things were so calm; Sarfaraz Ahmed even gave MS Dhoni his baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS Everybody knew that India was going to win it and Pakistan was simply there to complete the formality of playing the finals of the Champions Trophy. The entire nation expected the worst when Fakhar Zaman nicked a ball outside his off stump for a regulation catch for MS Dhoni and he held on to the ball like it was Sarfaraz Ahmad’s baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS But then everything changed – Indians showed that they also had no balls and Fakhar Zaman got a free hit instead of a lot of free s**t from fans. Boy! Did Fakhar Zaman make the most of the respite? Even Azhar Ali was hitting the ball all over the park. At one point, Azhar had 29 of 32 balls and Fakhar Zaman had 16 of 29 balls – finally proving the multiverse theory as clearly this match was being played in some parallel alternative universe. Jasprit Mumrah, wait no Bumrah, could not do much with the ball but he managed to get Azhar Ali run out. Was a [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…]

Dec 072016
 

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur said that his team consists of pace quality which can pierce through Australia’s newly-constructed batting line-up. Pakistan have never defeated Australia in a series Down Under and they will be seeing the three-match Test series starting on December 15 in Brisbane as their best opportunity to win their first one in 52 years. The visitors have the best chance to do so with the hosts lacking stability after making drastic changes to their side recently during the series against South Africa. Arthur believes that left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir will be a big name in the upcoming series. However, the 24-year-old has had a difficult stint since his return to national side after a five-year ban for spot-fixing. Mohammad Amir’s take on dropped catches “He [Amir] doesn’t have the pace of Mitchell Starc, but his control is very, very good and when he gets the ball to swing he’s as good as any going around,” said Arthur of the left-armer. “He’s quick enough as well, so he’ll be handful [in Australia].” Pakistan’s pace attack will also derive from left-armers Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali, with the former being notorious for his scintillating spell against Shane Watson in last year’s World Cup quarter-final. Misbah expecting easier time out in Australia Nevertheless, bowling is not the only thing Arthur is worried about as Pakistan’s campaign will heavily depend on their batsmen, who in the past have failed to handle the extra bounce in Australia. “Our attack is good [Read More…]

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