Oct 162017

DUBAI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed believes experimenting with the number of days in Test match cricket should be given a chance. The debate over reducing the number of days from five to four for a Test match is picking up the pace, with almost every pundit batting in favour or against the idea. The move from five to four days is supposed to help bring back the audience which is leaving Test cricket for more entertaining and less time-consuming formats of ODI and T20. Sri Lanka should come to Lahore, says Sarfraz Ahmed “I can’t say much about this, the experts are better suited to comment on the matter, but if you see in New Zealand and Australia, the results of the Test matches come on the fourth day or early on the fifth day because of the conditions there. So if they are trying to experiment with the number of days, then they are most welcome,” said Sarfraz in a video interview for Roznama Express. ‘Batting failed us in Sri Lanka Tests’ Pakistan were, for the first time in the UAE, whitewashed by a team, Sri Lanka, 2-0 in the Test series and when asked, Sarfraz said batting was to blame for the defeats. “When you lose, people start finding mistakes in your game plan,” he explained. “I believe we didn’t bowl well. The kind of bowling attack we had, we thought we could get Sri Lanka out, but we were unable to do that.” He continued by saying that [Read More…]

Aug 012017
Lahore Qalandars' ambidextrous bowling prodigy Yasir Jan to train at MCC

KARACHI: Persisting with the vision of finding and promoting talent from the grass-root, PSL team Lahore Qalandars – in a unique move – has arranged training program for one of its rising stars, Yasir Jan.Yasir – an ambidextrous quick bowler, and may be first from Pakistan – was spotted by Lahore Qalandars during its talent hunt, the Rising Stars program, last year.The “Rising Stars” initiative held last year saw over 113,000 registrations from aspiring talent at eight locations across Punjab, four of them were shortlisted to be with Lahore Qalandars’ side in PSL 2. Yasir Jan is now being sent to UK where he will participate in three-month long training program at Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Watford Town Cricket Club.“Yasir Jan is now being sent for a cricket grooming and training program at Marylebone Cricket Club and Watford Town Cricket Club where his skills will be harnessed and he will receive extensive cricket training from the best the cricketing world has to offer at the home of cricket,” said Lahore Qalandars in a statement. Atif Rana, CEO of Lahore Qalandars, stated that Yasir is an exceptional talent and his development is extremely important, not only for Lahore Qalandars, but also for Pakistan Cricket.“Not every individual with raw talent is discovered, and even less so, encouraged. We want to ensure Yasir has every opportunity to develop as a cricketer and hone his unique talent,” said Atif Rana.“Yasir is a special talent, the only ambidextrous fast bowler of Pakistan. His development [Read More…]

Jun 182017
President congratulates nation, team on Champions Trophy triumph

President Mamnoon HussainSunday felicitated the Pakistani nation and national cricketteam on winning the ICC Champions Trophy-2017.The president also congratulated the Pakistan CricketBoard on this achievement, said a press release.He said the national cricket team had attained historicvictory through its commitment and resolve.Praising the marvelous performance of the players, thepresident said that hard work, passion and unflinching resolvepaved the way to great successes.Pakistan cricket team had achieved tremendous successwith the same commitment, he said, adding like in cricket,great accomplishments could also be attained in differentfields of life through common resolve and unity.Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage. Click for detailed story

Jun 182017

Pakistan beat India by 180 runs on Sunday in their first-ever final appearance in the Champions Trophy and won their first-ever silverware at The Oval courtesy an all-round show. Here is what everyone will be talking about in the next few days. Never write off Pakistan They qualified for this by the skin of their teeth. They entered it as the lowest-ranked side in the tournament. When asked who will win this tournament, almost all experts agreed on one answer — anyone but Pakistan. History and ecstasy Pakistan’s as they claim first-ever Champions Trophy There is a reason that ‘unpredictable’ tag refuses to let go of this side. This is Pakistan’s greatest-ever sporting achievement In 70 years, Pakistan have pulled off some miraculous achievements in various sports. There have been the World Cups and Olympic medals in hockey and the World Cup and World T20 in cricket but never have Pakistan punched above their weight quite like they did here. The hockey team almost always entered a tournament as one of the favourites, while Pakistan boasted the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad back in 1992. Razzaq backs Pakistan bowlers to do damage against India This team had an inexperienced skipper, an unsettled bowling attack and a woefully mediocre and out of form batting line-up. Yet here they stand, champions of the world. Fakhar etches his name in history Nothing ever writes your name in Pakistani folklore than a century against India. Nothing quite grants you immortality [Read More…]

Jun 062017

While Pakistan fans lick their wounds after a chastening 124-run defeat against India, captain Sarfraz Ahmed says the mood in the camp is good and remains ‘confident’ ahead of their clash with South Africa in Birmingham on Wednesday. “South Africa is a really good team and we are working out plans for their team combination,” said Sarfraz. “As a captain, I am confident going into the match against them. The players are motivated. We’ve told them to play without feeling any pressure. I am hopeful that we’ll bounce back against South Africa.” Pakistan’s humiliation against India was meant to be When asked how the team management lifted the confidence of the players after defeat against India, Sarfraz said: “India-Pakistan match was a crucial one. Four to five players who faced India for the first time might have felt some pressure but we tried to pull them out of the gloom. “The mood in the camp is good. We briefly sat down together so that the players could improve their spirits and because the upcoming matches are important. Hopefully, the team will perform better in the next two matches.” Costly errors against India irk former cricketers Sarfraz received some stick in the cricketing circles for making a number of bad decisions against Virat Kohli and his men, one of which was not using right-arm off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez, who is considered highly effective against left-handed batsmen. “We wanted a wicket and we got it from Shadab. Shoaib Malik had bowled two overs [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…]

Jun 022017
Pakistani players will perform their best against India, says Manager Talat Ali

BIRMINGHAM: Former test player and manager of Pakistan Cricket team Talat Ali is hopeful for a victorious start of Pakistan’s campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy with a win against India.Pakistan will take on India on Sunday in its first game of champions trophy, the high voltage match is considered as most awaited game of the tournament.Talking exclusively to geo.tv, Talat Ali said that team’s moral is very high and players are coming to UK after a positive tour of West Indies were team won series in every format of the game.“Team’s morale is very high, every player is eager to give his best against India and aiming to kick off the tournament with win against India. My observation is that players are very committed for the tournament,” Talat told Geo on sidelines of Pakistan Cricket team’s training session on Friday.“We won in every format during West Indies tour which boosted players’ morale, boys are really looking forward to the big match,” he said.Talat, who has represented Pakistan in 10 tests from 1972 to 1979, said that he has told players not to get involved in any war of words to create pre-match hype.“My instruction to boys is very clear and that is to focus on cricket only don’t give any importance to any hearsay,” Talat said.“Let your bat and ball do the talking,” he added, when asked what his advice is to the players ahead of the India game. Click for detailed story

May 202017
Champions Trophy: Team Pakistan undergoes rigorous training session at Edgbaston

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket team underwent another extensive training session in Birmingham on Saturday.Cloudy weather and drizzle in the town forced Pakistan cricketers to go only for indoor training. A team spokesman told Geo.tv from Birmingham that players underwent training session for around three hours at Edgbaston. “Players trained with full throttle, for around three hours,” the spokesman said.“Team worked hard in the nets, batsmen worked to enhance their skills while bowlers worked with the coach on how to utilise English conditions with white ball, overall team morale is high ahead of the tournament,” he added. The spokesman further said that fast bowler Mohammad Abbas, who came into limelight with his extraordinary performance in Test series versus West Indies, has also joined the team squad in Birmingham.Abbas, according to PCB, was added to the camp ahead of Champions Trophy in view of providing him with some experience of white ball.Pakistan Cricket team will launch its Champions Trophy campaign on June 4th with the match against arch-rivals India. Click for detailed story

Apr 062017
Social media reacts to Misbah`s test retirement

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s recent decision to retire from international cricket has made fans and peers nostalgic alike. Since his International test debut in 2001, Misbah has batted his way into the hearts of fellow Pakistanis and cricket fans around the world. His skilled captaincy silenced his critics time to time. Cricketers and fans in the country and all over the world turned to social media to pay tribute to the most successful Pakistani test captain – our very own retiring cricket hero.  1) Thank you Misbah Pak Team will need to pull up its socks from now on after we say fair well to one of the best Captains we have ever had #ThankyouMisbah — Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) April 6, 2017 2) We’ll always remember all the great memories    Congratulations on great career @captainmisbahpk a pleasure to play with u,will always rem our great wins&performances together. — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 6, 2017  3)  Misbah – a symbol of dedication   Dear @captainmisbahpk, thank you for your selfless & immense services to Pakistan Cricket & taking PCT to the top of world. #ThankYouMisbah — Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 6, 2017 The best thing I liked about Misbah was his dedication towards game. If he isn’t playing for Pakistan, then you’ll see him playing domestic. — Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 6, 2017 4) Statement from the ‘chosen one’   @captainmisbahpk we have lots of memories to remember lots of gr8 moments InshA Allah will try to make ur last [Read More…]

Apr 062017
Thank you Misbah!

In the summer of 2010 Pakistan was hit by what many say was the biggest cricket scandal in the country’s history. Pakistani cricket fans still remember what they were doing when news of the infamous spot-fixing scandal flashed across TV screens globally. Many feared that the scandal would mean the team hitting rock bottom and bouncing back would be a long struggle. Then came a man who took charge and led Pakistan Cricket out of darkness. That man was none other than Misbah-ul-Haq who stated his mission as Pakistan’s Test captain in October 2010 with a home series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Later he was also handed Pakistan’s ODI captaincy. Since then, Misbah has led Pakistan in 53 Tests, winning 24 of them – 10 more than any other Pakistani captain –  which makes him Pakistan’s most successful captain.  He is also the first Pakistani to lead his side in 50 or more Test matches. Under Misbah’s leadership, Pakistan won 10 out of 22 bilateral series. No other Asian captain has won more than nine Test series. This means that Misbah is also Asia’s most successful captain in terms of series. Misbah-ul-Haq marked his hundred with a set of push-ups, England v Pakistan, 1st Investec Test, Lord’s, 1st day, July 14, 2016 – Getty Images Mocked by critics as TUK TUK, Misbah responded with a brilliant 56-ball century against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.  His shared the record for the fastest century was later [Read More…]

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