Dec 232017
Imad Wasim dropped as PCB announces ODI squad for New Zealand tour

[embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: All-rounder Imad Wasim has been dropped while former captain Azhar Ali made a comeback as Pakistan announced a 15-member squad for the five-match series against New Zealand.Junaid Khan was also not included in Pakistan’s squad and was replaced by Amir Yamin in the team.“Imad Wasim was again feeling discomfort in his previously injured knee which ruled him out from the ODI Squad. Immad has been told to work on his fitness in NCA,” said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.The chief selector added that the team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in the domestic tournament. “Azhar Ali makes a comeback in the ODI squad after being rested in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He is making a comeback after gaining full fitness,” added the chief selector.“Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the ODI squad due to a fracture in his right foot and doctors have advised him six-weeks rest. Aamir Yamin comes in to replace the left arm pacer in the squad,” he said.According to PCB, the team was finalised after consultation with captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur. The T-20 squad will be announced later.The five-match ODI series will take place from January 6, 2018, to January 19, 2018, whereas the T-20I series will commence from January 22 and will conclude on January 28, 2018.The PCB has also announced a 9-member team management for the tour. Aun Zaidi has been promoted as the media manager [Read More…]

Dec 212017
PCB probing Afro T20 fiasco after sponsors pull out

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that it is looking into details of the incident in Uganda related to AfroT20 league but added that negotiating terms of the agreement wasn’t the responsibility of PCB.Several Pakistani players, including Saeed Ajmal, Imran Khan and Yasir Hameed, were scheduled to take part in Uganda’s Afro T20 League, however, the league was canceled after organisers failed to release payment to the players.Reports say that the organisers were unable to make payments after the sponsors of the tournament pulled-out of the deal.A PCB statement issued on late Thursday evening said that PCB is currently looking into the incident which has taken place in Uganda during the Afro T20 League and once complete information is received, further course of action will be advised.“It may be mentioned that it is the responsibility of the players to negotiate the terms of their engagement and not that of the PCB whose role is confined to the issuance of NOCs on the condition that the players are not required for PCB duty at home or abroad,” said the PCB.The PCB clarified that it released players to participate in the league only after consultation with the International Cricket Council (ICC).“PCB received applications from players to participate in the Afro T20 League being played in Uganda. Upon inquiring of the bonafides of this League from ICC, we were advised by the ICC that Afro T20 League has been approved by them and that it is been played under the umbrella [Read More…]

Dec 212017
PCB names 18 probables for fitness test camp

File photo The Pakistan Cricket Board has named 18 probables for the fitness test camp ahead of Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand for ODI and T20I series.A statement from PCB said that players will undergo fitness tests on 23rd of December in Lahore.However, two of 18 players, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali have already appeared for fitness tests and they will continue to play the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final for SNGPL against WAPDA in Karachi.Those who will appear in the fitness tests include Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fakhr Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Amir Yamin, Hasan Ali, Ruman Raees, Amir Yamin, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Nawaz.Pakistan will play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is in the tour to New Zealand starting from 6th of January.The National team for the tour will be announced after the results of fitness tests are known. Click for detailed story