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…]

Dec 012016
Amir's dropped catches comment draws ire from management

Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir was cautioned by the team management on Thursday over his earlier comments on dropped catches during the New Zealand Test series. According to reports, the management mulled over Amir’s comments that “dropped catches off his bowling disappoint and frustrate him but affect the team more”, and instructed the pacer to refrain from issuing such statements in the future. Amir, in an interview to ESPNcricinfo during the second Test in Hamilton, had expressed his frustration at the many catches dropped off his bowling in the series. The pacer had three easy chances missed off his bowling in the Hamilton Test: two in the slips and one at midwicket. “Yes, it affects the bowler when you run from 22 yards and your catch is dropped – you’re disappointed and frustrated,” Amir had said. “But it affects the team more than the individual. I’ve been very unlucky, but I try to be a team man. “It’s difficult to keep count, but I think at least 12-13 catches have gone down off my bowling in Tests and about six-seven catches have been dropped in the shorter formats as well,” he had said. The Pakistan team management, however, did not take these comments well and instructed Amir to refrain from giving such statements. Since his return to international cricket after suspension, Amir has had at least 11 catches dropped off his bowling in Test matches. Click for detailed story

Nov 192016
Pakistan batting order collapse once again

CHRISTCHURCH: Pakistan lose Azhar Ali and Misbah before the hundred mark as the Greens struggle in the second inning. Pakistan lead by 55 runs with 3 wickets in hand as Pakistan go down by 122/7. The batsmen have failed to impress in the second innings yet again. Younis Khan returned to the pavilion making only a single run while Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq all failed to make an impact. New Zealand were all out in their first innings for 200. Earlier, Pakistan quick Rahat Ali led a seven-wicket destruction of the New Zealand innings on the third morning to have the first Test delicately poised at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.  Faced with a 67-run first innings deficit, Pakistan were six without loss at lunch after rolling New Zealand for 200 in their first innings. In an action-packed session, New Zealand resumed the day at 104-3 and lost their last seven wickets for 96 runs inside two hours.  Left-armer Rahat finished with four for 62, while Mohammad Amir took three for 43 and Sohail Khan had three for 78.  Colin de Grandhomme continued his remarkable debut for New Zealand with a rapid 29, while lusty hitting at the tail saw Tim Southee add 22 and Neil Wagner 21. New Zealand´s overnight pair Jeet Raval and Henry Nicholls added only one further run before both were back in the hut as Pakistan made inroads from the third over of the day. Nicholls was trapped in front by a good length [Read More…]

Oct 042016
Amir to miss third ODI against West Indies

LAHORE: Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir is returning home and will miss the third one-day international against West Indies in Abu Dhabi. According to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement, “Amir is returning [to] Pakistan today due to serious illness of his mother. The team management has allowed him to travel back home.” On Sunday Pakistan clinched the series with a 59-run win in Sharjah settling the score 2-0. Earlier on Friday Pakistan had secured a 111-run win at the same venue. Amir took one wicket in each of the two matches.   Click for detailed story

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