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…]

May 092016
Yousuf wants to replace Inzamam as Afghanistan coach

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has applied for the role of head coach of Afghanistan’s cricket team. Another former Pakistani player Atiq-uz-Zaman is also in the run for the top coaching role in Afghanistan. An official of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Monday confirmed that both the former Pakistani players have applied for the role of head coach of Afghanistan cricket team. “Mohammad Yousuf has contacted us through his agent,” confirmed Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Shafiq Stanikzai. Stanikzai said the ACB has got application from different candidates and a final decision would be made after May 27. “We will gather applications till May 27 from all the people interested in the role of Afghanistan’s coaching, after that we’ll shortlist the candidates for further discussions in second phase,” he added. Mohammad Yousuf represented Pakistan in 90 Tests and 288 ODIs, scoring 7,530 and 9,720 runs respectively, from 1998 to 2010. Atiq-uz-Zaman, who recently coached Punjab’s outfit in Pakistan Cup One Day tournament, is a qualified coach and unlike Yousuf has a coaching experience too. Afghanistan’s head coach post has been vacant since former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned from the position to assume the charge as chief selector of Pakistan’s national team. Click for detailed story

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