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 squad1) Sarfraz Ahmed (C)/W-K2) Fakhar Zaman3) Ahmed Shehzad4) Babar Azam5) Shoaib Malik6) Harris Sohail7) Muhammad Hafeez8) Muhammad Nawaz9) Shadab Khan10) Faheem Ashraf11) Amir Yamin12) Muhammad Amir13) Hasan Ali14) Rumman Raees15) Umar Amin Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
Guptill assault hands Pakistan second loss

NELSON: Martin Guptill’s maniac hitting helped New Zealand secure a 2-0 lead against Pakistan courtesy a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Nelson on Tuesday.Set to chase a revised target of 151 off 25 overs after losing over two hours to rain, the New Zealand opener switched gears effortlessly to polish off the target with seven balls to spare. Guptill (86 not out) was well complemented by Ross Taylor, who stayed unbeaten on 45.Defending a modest 246, Mohammed Amir provided Pakistan an ideal start with the ball by taking out the dangerous Colin Munro, who edged to third man to bag a two-ball duck. Five balls later, Amir convinced skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to review a lbw call turned down against Kane Williamson when he hadn’t even opened his account. While Williamson did survive the review – the ball tracked to be bouncing over the stumps – he didn’t last long enough afterwards. Shadab Khan took a screamer at backward point to cut short the New Zealand captain’s stay in the middle, reducing the opponents to 47 for 2. Rain arrived shortly afterwards – with New Zealand on 64 for 2 after 14 overs – and only got heavier for the next hour. Having lost more than two hours of play, New Zealand’s target was recalculated to 151 from 25 overs. Effectively, the hosts needed 87 off 66 balls once the play resumed but also had to keep up with the DLS par score in case rain made an appearance again. Fittingly, Guptill [Read More…]

Jan 092018
Batsmen struggle as Pakistan lose again

NELSON, New Zealand: Martin Guptill was at his belligerent best as New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets in Nelson on Tuesday, although captain Kane Williamson admitted a rain delay had done the hosts a favour.The second One-Day International was evenly poised when rain forced the players from the field for more than two hours with New Zealand 64 for two after 14 overs in reply to Pakistan’s 246 for nine.When play resumed under the Duckworth-Lewis system New Zealand’s target was revised to 151 in 25 overs meaning they had 11 overs left to make 87.“Pakistan showed some real resistance at the end and put some partnerships together which would have been a tricky total on that surface,” Williamson said, adding the rain break “worked in our favour a little bit”.But the New Zealand skipper also hailed the “brilliant” partnership involving Guptill and Ross Taylor to get New Zealand home with seven balls to spare.Guptill, 31 off 40 at the break, was 86 not out off 71 deliveries at the end. Taylor advanced from 14 in as many balls to 45 off 43.“For Martin and Ross to come out after that rain break… and play so beautifully and to see Martin play with freedom at his best was great to watch,” Williamson said.“And (with) Ross a calming influence at the other end… it was a brilliant partnership to get us across the line.”It left Pakistan winless after two rain-affected matches in New Zealand with both decided under the Duckworth-Lewis method.“We [Read More…]

Jan 092018
Baig to lead Pakistan in Vietnam Faldo Series

LAHORE: Ahmed Baig – a young, promising amateur golfer of the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) – clinched the Faldo Series Pakistan Championship title in the under-21 category in Karachi, and has been nominated the Captain of Pakistan Team which will represent the country in Faldo Series Championship to be played in Vietnam in March this year. The office-bearers of Wapda Sports Board congratulated Ahmed Baig on winning the title with splendid display of his skills. Faldo Series title is yet another feather to his cap, as Ahmed brought many laurels to him, Wapda and the country during 2017 as well.Prior to his recent victory, Ahmed Baig, won First International Amateur Golf Championship Iran in May 2017, Sri Lankan Junior Championship in August, the CNS Golf Championship Karachi in August, Corps Commander Cup Golf Championship Gujranwala in October, Prime Minister Golf Championship Rawalpindi in November and Punjab Amateur Golf Championship Lahore in November 2017. Click for detailed story

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

Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45Three 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 two in the fourth over and Azhar Ali [Read More…]

Jan 092018
Pakistan condemns ballistic missile attack on Najran in Saudi Arabia

Islamabad, January 09, 2018 (PPI-OT):The Government of Pakistan condemns the ballistic missile attack by Houthi militia on the city of Najran in Saudi Arabia on 05 January 2018. Pakistan commends the Government of Saudi Arabia for destroying the missile before it caused any civilian casualties. It is however concerned at reports that there was some damage to property. The Government reiterates its full support and solidarity with the leadership, the Government and people of Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity and threats against Harmain Sharifain. For more information, contact: Spokesman Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Pakistan Tell: +92-51-9205494 Fax: +92-51-9204202 Cell: +92-336-5644459 Website: www.mofa.gov.pk Click for detailed story

Jan 082018
FIFA WC trophy reaches Pakistan for first time

LAHORE: Football World Cup trophy, on the first tour of Pakistan, will be put on display at a local hotel here on January 10.Despite the ban by FIFA on Pakistan football, the FIFA trophy is touring Pakistan, one of the three countries of South Asia. Maldives and Sri Lanka are the other two countries which are part of the FIFA trophy tour.World renowned beverages company, Coca-Cola, which is part and parcel of world football, is handling the tour arrangements and for this historic FIFA trophy tour in Pakistan, a gigantic event has been arranged by Coca-Cola Pakistan to experience the first ever homecoming of FIFA Trophy to Pakistan.Earlier there were feelings that FIFA’s suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) might hurt disrupt the trophy’s route and Pakistan may no longer be a stop for the World Cup trophy’s world tour.PFF’s suspension led to rumours that the trophy will be going to India instead of Pakistan. However, FIFA’s spokesperson later confirmed that no changes have been made to the tour. Football fans of the country are now looking forward to setting their sights on the fabled World Cup trophy, and it would be a sweet moment for former national skipper Saddam Hussain and midfielder Saadullah. For them, the trophy serves as little more than a stark reminder that while the World Cup may come to Pakistan, Pakistan are not going to the World Cup any time soon.After Pakistan’s tour, the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy will be taken to Sri [Read More…]

Jan 082018
Pakistan eye early wickets of Guptill, Munro in second ODI

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur (L) and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood/File photoPakistan have set their eyes on getting New Zealand batting powerhouses Martin Guptill and Colin Munro out early in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday. Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, speaking to media during a team practice session in Nelson today, said he has faith in the team’s bowling attack to get the key wickets of openers early in the game. “Both [Guptill and Munro] are in great form and playing well. We need to get them out early. We will bowl to get wickets,” he said, noting the distinct playing styles of the two batsmen.“Munro likes hitting. Guptill is a [great] batsman, takes his time. We will aim to get them out.”To a question, the coach said failing to get the openers out early would not take the match out of Pakistan’s hands.“I don’t believe so, I have complete faith in our bowling. Our bowlers can take wickets [at any point in the match]. The new ball will also be key. Our bowling is strong and we will perform [better] in the next match.” Mahmood lamented the rain intervention in Wellington, where New Zealand beat Pakistan by 61 runs (D/L method). But he was quick to laud the Black Caps’ performance.“It was obviously frustrating. But rain wasn’t in our control. Credit to New Zealand, who played really well,” he said, adding that playing in the cold, windy conditions was a challenge. He also rued the missed chance for [Read More…]

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