Jul 262017
 
Coach Arthur trains young talent at NCA High Performance Camp

Mickey Arthur lecturing the players at NCA  LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur held a morning session with participants of the High Performance Camp underway at the National Cricket Academy here. Arthur, along with other coaching staff at the NCA, lectured the young players during their camp training at the LCCA Ground. During his session, the coach specifically focused on fitness and lectured the participants on the importance of improving their fitness levels. Head Coach NCA, Mushtaq Ahmed also briefed the members of the High Performance camp. The 10-week camp, which commenced on July 3, has been organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board keeping in view the future commitments of the Pakistan team. Players attending the camp are being trained under the supervision of NCA coaches. 27 players were originally named for the camp, of whom some are now abroad due to their cricketing commitments. Openers: Sami Aslam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Sahibzada Farhan Middle-order batsmen: Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Asif Zakir, Umar Akmal Fast bowlers: Usman Shinwari, Sameen Gul, Mohammad Irfan, Mir Hamza, Rumman Raees Spinners: Mohammad Asghar, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Usama Mir Fast bowling all-rounders: Amir Yamin, Fahim Ashraf, Ammad Butt, Hussain Talat Spin bowling all-rounders: Mohammad Nawaz, Agha Salman Wicket-keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hassan.

Jul 062017
 
Hunt ongoing for Misbah, Younis replacements, says Mushtaq

Mushtaq Ahmed LAHORE: Talent hunters at the Pakistan Cricket Board have a pressing task on their hands: filling the void created after the retirement of legendary duo of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who retired together at the end of the West Indies tour earlier in May, leaving some big boots to fill. Former Pakistan spinner and current head coach of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Mushtaq Ahmed, is doing just that: keeping a sharp lookout for possible replacements of the two batsmen. Speaking to media on Thursday, during the PCB high-performance training camp underway at the NCA, Mushtaq said one of the objectives of the camp’s rigorous program is to find and prepare replacements for Misbah and Younis. “Players attending the camp are being put through rigorous training. We are also on the lookout for contenders to fill the positions left behind by Misbah and Younis. We are working hard on the players’ fitness and skills, it is up to them also to work hard and get the maximum out of the camp,” the former spinner said. The camp is also focusing on building upon skills of all-rounders, he added. PCB high-performance camp kicks off from today Players to be trained under the supervision of NCA coaches The high-performance camp continues up to September 9, with the last two weeks dedicated to practice matches. The following 27 players are participating in the camp: Openers: Sami Aslam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Sahibzada Farhan Middle-order batsmen: Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Usman [Read More…]

Jul 032017
 
PCB high-performance camp kicks off from today

Rumman Raees taking tips from bowling coach Azhar Mahmood/File photo LAHORE: A 10-week National High Performance Cricket Camp commenced at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Monday. The camp has been organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) keeping in view the future commitments of the Pakistan cricket team, where the players would be trained under the supervision of NCA coaches, said a PCB spokeswoman. On the first two days of the camp, Monday and Tuesday, the players would undergo one-on-one session with the NCA coaches, where they will work on the data collection related to them. The players would undergo practice session from Wednesday, July 5. Following are the names of the 27 players who would be participating in the camp: Openers: Sami Aslam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Sahibzada Farhan Middle-order batsmen: Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Asif Zakir, Umar Akmal Fast bowlers: Usman Shinwari, Sameen Gul, Mohammad Irfan, Mir Hamza, Rumman Raees Spinners: Mohammad Asghar, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Usama Mir Fast bowling all-rounders: Amir Yamin, Fahim Ashraf, Ammad Butt, Hussain Talat Spin bowling all-rounders: Mohammad Nawaz, Agha Salman Wicket-keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hassan.

Mar 192017
 
Misbah calls for life ban on players involved in spot-fixing

KARACHI: Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has finally broken his silence on the spot-fixing scandal which hit the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League second edition. Talking to media earlier today, the veteran captain called for a life ban on players found guilty of spot-fixing. “Those players found to be involved in spot-fixing should be banned for life. We are very disappointed this happened,” Misbah said, adding that strict action must be taken against the spot-fixers to ensure such incidents never happen again. The 42-year-old captain lamented that the fixing scandal has tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket. “It appears that the [positive] image for Pakistan cricket we had strived to build for the past seven years has been wasted,” Misbah said. About the upcoming tour to West Indies, the skipper said he anticipates the series to be tough, adding that the West Indies’ players know how to leverage their home conditions to their advantage. “West Indies won the last Test against us, that must have boosted their confidence. We have to be disciplined in our batting and bowling and in how we execute our game plan, in order to beat them on their home ground,” Misbah emphasised. Commenting on his retirement plans, the veteran captain said he is thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for not pressurising him in this regard. “They have left the decision to me, and I’m grateful for that. My focus is on playing well and winning the matches,” Misbah remarked.   Cricketers Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad [Read More…]

Mar 172017
 
Shahzaib Hasan charged, suspended by PCB in PSL spot-fixing scandal

LAHORE: Batsman Shahzaib Hasan has been formally charged and provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board in relation to the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal. The Karachi Kings’ batsman was handed a Notice of Charge for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code, when he was summoned before the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) for the third time on Friday. Shahzaib has been charged with violations of Code Articles 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 and has been suspended from participating in all forms of cricket with immediate effect. He now has 14 days to respond to the Notice of Charge. Article 2.1.4 of the PCB’s anti-corruption code states: “Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this Article 2.1.”                       Article 2.4.4 reads: “Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code.”                        Article 2.4.5 states: “Failing or refusing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code by another Participant, including (without limitation) approaches or invitations that have been received by another Participant to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of this Anti-Corruption Code.” Sharjeel, Khalid Latif and Shahzaib can face punishment up to five years, according to the [Read More…]

Sep 152016
 
Science proves Pakistan has greatest cricket team

Science has conclusively proven Pakistan has the best cricket team in the world. No other cricket team is capable of conceding 444 runs in 50 overs without feeling an ounce of shame. At this stage, any news of spot-fixing will be a welcome relief for cricket fans in Pakistan. Virat Kohli was on the brink of becoming a citizen of Pakistan after our cricket team beat India to the top of the test rankings, but I was only able to personally message 7,310 Indians the news before our ODI performances started. I strongly condemn the anti-Pakistan Zionist cult leader Mark Zuckerberg for banning me from Facebook just because I abused 7,310 people. If I cannot post hateful messages against India after Pakistan wins then what is the point of cricket anyway? Nobody is watching the same game for five days for entertainment purposes. If our performances in test matches are like a love marriage, which despite its bumps and bruises is worth in the end, our performances in ODIs are like an arranged marriage with our phuppo ki beti whose occupation on Facebook is ‘Princess at Daddy’s lil princess’. Sure, it is still a marriage but you cannot publicly acknowledge your wife. PHOTO: REUTERS Similarly statuses of “What is cricket? Our national game is hockey” have gone up after our latest debacle in England. Last time a Pakistani delegation performed this poorly in England, Congress had taken control of the sub-continent as a result. Our players seemed to do as [Read More…]