Jan 102018
Pakistan names 15-member squad for T20 series against New Zealand

Ahmed Shehzad – File Photo  LAHORE: Pakistan on Wednesday named its 15-member squad for T20 series against New Zealand. The three-match series will commence from January 22 and conclude on January 28, 2018. “Imad Wasim was yet to recover from his knee injury and was told to continue his rehabilitation at the NCA. Mohammad Nawaz has been named to replace Imad Wasim. Sohaib Maqsood was not considered for selection due to a back injury, and will undergo rehabilitation at the NCA,” said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan’s 15-member T-20I squad 1) Sarfraz Ahmed (C)/W-K 2) Fakhar Zaman 3) Ahmed Shehzad 4) Babar Azam 5) Shoaib Malik 6) Harris Sohail 7) Muhammad Hafeez 8) Muhammad Nawaz 9) Shadab Khan 10) Faheem Ashraf 11) Amir Yamin 12) Muhammad Amir 13) Hasan Ali 14) Rumman Raees 15) Umar Amin

Jan 092018
New Zealand beat Pakistan in rain-affected second ODI

Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45 Three half-centuries including a late charge by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan went in vain as New Zealand hunted down D/L revised target of 151 with seven balls to spare in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday. Fifties by Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan carried Pakistan to 246 for nine batting first against New Zealand.  [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/6d27cbadd28fe143180d9a1796146194.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS85LzIwMTggNzoxNTozMyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPU9jOU5TYWVxc0IrcXhuVkg0OHFiT2c9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] However, rain interrupted the match, reducing the second inning to 25 overs and revising down the target to 151. Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45. Mohammad Amir had Colin Munro caught in the deep for duck. Faheem Ashraf extinguished skipper Kane Williamson’s inning at 19 before rain stopped the match.  Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez hit a solid 60, the 33rd ODI half-century for the veteran right-hander as he held the first half of the innings together. Hasan then blasted his first 50 and Khan his second when they mounted a rescue mission with Pakistan 141 for seven in the 37th over. The pair featured in a 70-run stand off 49 deliveries for the eighth wicket. It was Sarfraz Ahmed´s call to bat when he won the toss, saying it looked like a wicket that would favour the side having first use of it. But just as in the first ODI in Wellington on Saturday, the Pakistan top order were not allowed to settle. Imam-ul-Haq, in for the injured Fakhar Zaman, was out for [Read More…]

Jan 052018
Sarfraz looks to keep winning momentum in New Zealand

Sarfraz Ahmed pictured during Champions Trophy 2017/ICC KARACHI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has his eyes set on continuing the team’s winning run in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand starting Saturday. The winners of Champions Trophy 2017 are heading into the series with a winning streak of nine consecutive games, and Sarfraz is hopeful his team will continue the momentum. “After Champions Trophy our players were boosted [a lot]. We have a lot of faith in our players and we have continued the same team with just one or two changes to give them a proper chance and make a good lineup,” Sarfraz said in a press conference in Wellington ahead of the first one-day international against New Zealand. The skipper pointed out that Pakistan’s batting and bowling both have been performing well and the series will be a good contest against New Zealand as the Black Caps are equally good. New Zealand expecting tougher examination from Pakistan Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak before they take on NZ on Saturday “Fakhar Zaman is playing well, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Amir are bowling well. So, we are confident to see some good cricket here,” he added. Kiwis have a good record against Pakistan in New Zealand during recent years, but Sarfraz is hoping to change that pattern. “We have played here before, some are playing for the first time some played here before so we know how the conditions would be. We will try to sustain our [Read More…]

Jan 052018
New Zealand expecting tougher examination from Pakistan

Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak before they take on NZ on Saturday  WELLINGTON: Having walloped the West Indies without raising a sweat, New Zealand are expecting a more rigorous workout when the one-day series against Pakistan begins in Wellington on Saturday. Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak, which includes winning the ICC Champions Trophy and in their one warm-up game they scored an impressive 341-9 against a New Zealand XI with unbeaten centuries to openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali. They then rolled the New Zealand side for 221 with Shadab Khan taking four wickets. New Zealand dominated the West Indies in every game of their tour, but coach Mike Hesson was wary of the Pakistan threat. “They´re as good a bowling attack as there is going around in world cricket at the moment. Certainly very varied. They´ve got wrist spinners, finger spinners, and left and right arm quicks,” Hesson said. “They´ve got some very good performers and from a batting point of view they´re experienced.” But they will have to adjust to New Zealand conditions with overnight rain forecast and strong southerly winds during the day, which could pose problems for top-order batsmen Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam. Fakhar, who averages 44.44 from nine ODIs, “has had a great start to his international career but has never toured New Zealand, so there will be challenges adapting to different conditions,” said New Zealand quick Tim Southee. On the Basin Reserve wicket and with the prospect [Read More…]

Jan 022018
Coach Arthur confident of good results in New Zealand

Coach Mickey Arthur says Pakistan team has gelled in well with the conditions in New Zealand KARACHI: Pakistan cricket head coach Mickey Arthur feels that players have acclimatised well with the conditions in New Zealand, before the team kicks off its tour with a 50-over warm-up match against New Zealand XI in Nelson on Wednesday. A day before Pakistan’s practice match, Arthur said the team is looking forward to the game and both batsmen and bowlers are well gelled with the conditions. “The team has been really good. We have acclimatised well with these conditions. We had three good sessions of training in which bowlers bowled enough number of overs and batsmen were able to work on defence,” the coach said. Arthur pointed out that New Zealand are a good side at home and the series is going to be a challenging one for Pakistan, but expressed hope that Pakistan will achieve good results in the five-match series against Kiwis. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/47f407b56a1c716f77e934d7818ada0b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yLzIwMTggOTowOToyMiBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUVpNERqcVEzeGxkbFlJN1NoU3QrYkE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] “I am really confident about better results. We have a very balanced team. We have been consistent and players know their roles. I am confident that if we play up to our abilities then we will be a very good match for the New Zealand team and get some success here,” he said. “NZ in these conditions are incredibly good, the practice match tomorrow will be full dress rehearsal for what is going to be a really, really tough series for us.” Replying to a question, Arthur said [Read More…]

Dec 292017
New Zealand beat West Indies by 47 runs in first T20

Colin Munro flashes one through the off side, New Zealand v West Indies, 1st T20I, Nelson, December 29, 2017/Getty Images  NELSON: Debutant Seth Rance sparked a West Indies batting meltdown as New Zealand cruised to a 47-run victory in the opening Twenty20 match at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Friday. Rance took two wickets in successive balls in his second over, including the prized scalp of Chris Gayle, to set the tourists on a downward spiral that ended in the 19th over. New Zealand, sent in to bat first, posted 187 for seven with their total bolstered by 25 off the final over by Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee. But the West Indies, the reigning world Twenty20 champions, never looked like reaching their 188-run target after star batsman Gayle fell cheaply for 12. Because the batsmen crossed when Gayle skied the ball to Glenn Phillips, Chadwick Walton on seven faced he next Rance delivery and he smacked it straight to Anaru Kitchen at cover-point. It left the West Indies at two for 19 and they never recovered from the initial setback. After 16 overs they were 103 for eight before a late slog by Jerome Taylor (20) and Ashley Nurse (not out 20) produced 28 off 12 before Rance came back for his final over to end the West Indies innings with six balls to spare. Rance returned the impressive figures of three for 30, while Tim Southee took three for 36. It continued a miserable tour for the West [Read More…]

Dec 282017
Pakistan team off to New Zealand for ODI, T20 series

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/df11002deb3bf6636073377ee8517e61.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMjgvMjAxNyA3OjUxOjI4IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9YmxETmEzd3YwT1dPeEtIV3l4RFV3dz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LAHORE: The Pakistan cricket team departed for New Zealand late Wednesday for five-match ODI series starting from January 6, 2018, followed by three T20 internationals. The team took off from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport Wednesday night. “Leaving for NZ tour keep remembering in your prayers,” pacer Hasan Ali tweeted prior to the flight. All-rounders Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf shared a picture before departing. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir also tweeted a picture asking for fans’ prayers.  Pakistan ODI squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Aamir Yamin and Rumman Raees. Fixtures ODIs: Jan 03: New Zealand XI vs Pakistan, One-day practice match, Saxton Oval, Nelson (3:00 AM) Jan 06: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington (3:00 AM) Jan 09: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Saxton Oval, Nelson (3:00 AM) Jan 13: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI, University Oval, Dunedin (3:00 AM) Jan 16: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 4th ODI, Seddon Park, Hamilton (6:00 AM) Jan 19: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 5th ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington (3:00 AM) T20Is: Jan 22: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20I, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (8:00 AM) Jan 25: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland (11:00 AM) Jan 28: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui (11:00 AM) (Timings in Pakistan Standard Time)