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

Dec 132017
Zaheer flays PCB over feeble role in new FTP

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test captain Zaheer Abbas has taken a swipe at the country’s cricket authorities over their failure to safeguard Pakistan’s interests in the new Future Tours Programme of the International Cricket Council (ICC).Once finalised, the new FTP will hand Pakistan a raw deal as it will get fewer matches than most of the other full Test-playing nations. “I’m really sad and angry at the way Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has tackled this issue so far,” Zaheer, who has also served as ICC President, told ‘The News’ in an interview on Wednesday.“Among the various task entrusted on the people running the PCB one of the most important one is to make sure that Pakistan cricket gets its fair share in international cricketing action. From what I have read it seems that it hasn’t happened. The PCB has failed to fight for the cause of our cricket. They have not tackled the (FTP) matter well and that is a big cause of concern for all of us,” he stressed.According to reports, the new FTP which is being finalised by the ICC tilts heavily in favour of the nations who once formed the infamous ‘Big Three’ – India, England and Australia. In the new programme South Africa join them as the fourth team to get maximum benefit.Pakistan have been left to languish on the sidelines, almost degraded to the level of minnows like Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan. “That’s unacceptable,” Zaheer said. “I mean how can such treatment be justified? Pakistan is [Read More…]

Dec 112017
Signing new FTP conditional to India series, says PCB

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that it will not sign the revised structure of cricket competitions unless there is a valid agreement from India in bilateral cricket series with Pakistan.In a statement issued on Monday, the PCB reiterated its position on bilateral series with India.“Our position is that the PCB’s agreement to the revised structures for international cricket is subject to the condition that the PCB has a valid agreement to play bilateral matches with India and that India vs Pakistan matches would be included in the Future Tour Programs (FTP),” said the PCB.“This continues to be our position,” the statement added.It also added that if the dispute panel favours, then FTP should be adjusted to reflect the decision of ICC dispute resolution panel. “PCB has also informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference. Further to that the PCB’s claim is based on an existing agreement with the BCCI which contemplates that India will tour Pakistan in December 2019, August 2020 and Nov – Dec 2022 and Pakistan will tour India in Nov – Dec 2021,” it said. The statement adds that under the prevailing circumstances, the PCB’s position is that if the Dispute Resolution Committee decides the dispute in PCB’s favour, then any FTP will need to be adjusted to reflect the decision.“Any agreement of the PCB to any new FTP structure will therefore be without prejudice to [Read More…]

Dec 112017
PCB drags in T20 Global League to defend T-Ten League

[embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: In another desperate attempt to defend the controversial T-Ten League and cover-up own blunders, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dragged Cricket South Africa’s product Global T-20 League into the issue. While comparing the privately owned league with an official league of an ICC board member, PCB says that the two franchises were allowed to invest in T20GL and the same way one was allowed to be part of T-ten league.PCB, on its official media announcement twitter handle (@TheRealPCBMedia), responded to The News story published on December 12th.“PCB gave clearance to Lahore Qalandars & Peshawar Zalmi to participate/field teams in SA Global League on the same lines Karachi Kings/ARY were given clearance for T10, all franchises hold equal importance for PCB,” states PCB in the tweet.It is worth mentioning that the Global T20 league was owned by Cricket South Africa, unlike the T-Ten league, which is owned by a private businessman.One wonders how a competent cricket authority like PCB can compare the two leagues.The PCB’s statement of naming three different franchises may also create bitterness among PSL franchise owners ahead of PSL’s third edition and can harm the atmosphere of the league.One must not forget the fact that the franchise Karachi Kings was also among the PSL franchises to raise its voice against the T-Ten league, but later became a partner of the same league.PCB continues to add that it can’t block the opportunity for players or coaches to earn extra, especially in a free window.“We can’t block [Read More…]

Dec 092017
Mohammad Asif claims double standards by PCB in dealing with spot-fixing trio

KARACHI: Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Asif has blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for double-standards in dealing with players who were banned for spot-fixing in 2010.Asif, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, was banned for five years by the ICC after he was caught bowling a pre-panned no-ball during a sting operation conducted by a UK media house.Off the three, only Aamir has been able to make a comeback to international cricket after serving his ban. The two others are still waiting for their opportunities.“Double standards in the policy (towards the trio) is obvious, he (Mohammad Aamir) was quickly added to the team and we are still waiting for a chance. At least, call us to the camp and see if we are capable of doing something,” he said.The fast bowler said that he is playing highest level cricket in Pakistan and performing well.“I deserve a chance for my performance,” he said.Asif added that if he was given a chance, he’ll make everyone forget his past with his performance in the team.“If people can pardon Mohammad Aamir, then why I or Salman can’t,” asked Asif.“If given a chance, I will try to make people pardon me with my performance. I am sure if I can deliver, people will also accept me,” he added.The fast bowler, who will turn 35 on December 20, added that he still feels the same as he did in 2010 and finds himself fit enough to achieve the fitness level set by PCB.Asif added that [Read More…]

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