Oct 202017

LAHORE: The mutual admiration between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir continues as the latter announced himself as one of the biggest fans of the former on Friday. Couple of days ago, a video of Indian skipper Virat Kohli surfaced with Bollywood actor Amir Khan where the former was seen praising Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir. mir one of the toughest I’ve faced, reiterates Kohli “In recent times, where I have played, there is Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. He is one of the top-two bowlers in the world. He is one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be always on your ‘A’ game or he will strike. Outstanding, very good bowler,” Kohli had said. Amir, while addressing journalists in the National Cricket Academy, Lahore, returned the favour and thanked Kohli for his kind words. “I am a great fan of the Indian captain,” said Amir. “Virat is one of the toughest batsmen [to get out] in the world. I enjoyed a lot after taking his wicket [in the Champions Trophy].” He added: “Whenever Virat talks about me, it gives me immense pleasure and I want to thank him for his kind words.” Amir further said that getting Kohli out early is the first thing on his mind whenever he plays against India. “If any team gets the wicket of Kohli early, that means they’ve dismissed half the Indian team,” he said. “Whenever we meet on the field I try my [Read More…]

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.

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…]