Oct 112018
Shehzad added to PSL draft pool

LAHORE: Batsman Ahmad Shehzad’s name has now been added to the PSL pool of players. He is placed in the Gold category.Ahmad played for Multan Sultans last year and is currently placed on their roster. Multan can retain, trade or release him back into the Draft pool. He lost his place in the national team after testing positive in the dope test and serving the 4-month ban as well. However, the ban is back-dated and he will return to the action on November 11, as per the record books thus making him available for Pakistan Super League.Ahmed consumed THC – a synthetic Cannabinoids, which is generally given to the cancer patients to avoid continuous vomitings. Subsequently, Ahmed Shehzad failed in dope test thus being eligible to receive the ban.In the latest development, PCB added Ahmed into the draft pool for the upcoming edition of the tournament. Ahmed delivered the goods when he played for Multan Sultans in the previous edition.While adding the player to the draft pool, they stated the owner of Mulan Sultans can retain Shahzad for the new edition or also can trade or release him in the upcoming drafts.Further, they also clarified that the youngster is placed in the gold category. The addition of Shehzad to Gold Category means the list now has as many as 21 players in that category to pick in the auctions.“Shehzad’s name has now been added to the PSL pool of players. He is placed in the Gold category. Ahmed played for [Read More…]

Dec 292017
PSL franchises complete final picks, most players from emerging categories

KARACHI: All six Pakistan Super League franchises completed their extended squad of 21 players after confirming their final picks from emerging categories and respective talent hunt programs on Friday. The PSL franchises, via a teleconference, confirmed their picks to PSL’s management. Most of the players included in the teams’ extended squads are from the emerging category. Shan Masood (picked by Multan Sultans) and Imran Khan Jr. (picked by Lahore Qalandars) are the only players to be picked with some experience of international cricket to their credit. 28-year-old Shan Masood, who has represented Pakistan in 12 Test matches, was picked by Multan Sultans in the Silver category as the franchise utilised the maximum of increase of $25,000 salary purse. Imran Khan Jr. was picked by Lahore Qalandars from the Silver category. Imran has represented Pakistan in 3 T20Is. The Lahore Qalandars franchise has also added a fast bowler from Azad Kashmir, Salman Irshad, to their extended squad. Salman was picked by Qalandars during this years’ Rising Stars talent hunt program. Salman Irshad was also sent to Australia by Qalandars with rising stars squad for a quadrangular series. Quetta Gladiators, two times finalists, have included left-arm-spinner Mohammad Junaid to the squad. The Quetta based all-rounder was picked by the squad during a talent hunt program in the city. Junaid is also among the standby players for Pakistan’s U19 squad. Born in May 2002, Junaid – aged younger than 16 – will be the youngest player to feature in PSL squads. Peshawar Zalmi have picked [Read More…]

Dec 222017
CM Sindh approves purchase of bulletproof buses for PSL final in Karachi

CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah met with PCB chairman Najam Sethi in Karachi on Friday  KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved the purchase of armoured bulletproof vehicles for players for the proposed Pakistan Super League (PSL) third edition final in the provincial capital. Murad Ali Shah met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi and other board officials on Friday, along with political and security leadership of the province to discuss arrangements for the PSL final in Karachi. “During the meeting, the CM ordered the relevant authorities to purchase bulletproof buses for the players during their stay in Karachi for the match,” a spokesman of the chief minister told Geo.tv. During the meeting, CM Murad reiterated his commitment to ensure best possible security for the PSL 3 final. “The people of Karachi want to witness international cricket at home, and we will do our best to ensure that,” CM Murad said in the meeting. It was also decided in the meeting that a full-dress rehearsal of the security arrangements will be conducted within 30 days. PCB chairman informed the meeting about the players’ views on visiting Karachi for playing the final. The meeting was also attended by Deputy DG Rangers, IG Sindh, Home Secretary among other officials. The PCB has already announced to hold the PSL 3 final in Karachi on March 25, 2018.

Dec 182017
#Bestof2017: Re-live the greatest moments from Pakistan?s Champions Trophy win

The year may be ending, but Pakistan’s victorious campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 remains an unforgettable memory for the fans. A trip down memory lane to re-live some of the greatest moments from the tournament: Hasan Ali’s unbelievable delivery to Parnell An incredible specimen of swing bowling from the sensational Hasan Ali completely floored South Africa’s Wayne Parnell. The delivery was so good, even the young bowler termed it his favourite months after.  The pacer’s celebratory jump also got famous overnight. Flying high  Sarfraz & Amir’s heart-stopping chase  Who can ever forget that heart-pounding win against Sri Lanka? Those narrow misses, close calls, dropped chances, the highs and the lows? Sarfraz’s unbeaten 61 and Amir’s resilient stand of 28 took Pakistan through to the playoffs, but not before leaving us hanging by a thread and almost crying in relief when the match ended with a victory for Team Green! We did it! Sarfraz’s victorious celebration.. unreal. Euphoric. Keep calm and celebrate like royalty  Rumman Raees carried his trademark style from PSL into Pakistan’s semi-final against England. How can you not enjoy his wickets? Watch on, with a smile Eoin Morgan’s stumps – a father’s dream The happiest person in the world when Hasan Ali dismissed England skipper Eoin Morgan was none other than the bowler’s father, whose dream came true that moment. On top of the world  Hasan Ali’s father told the media he had wished for his son to get the skipper out. And he did! And [Read More…]

Nov 142017
PSL squad  limit raised from 20 to 21

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to increase the number of players per Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise from 20 to 21 and raise the player salary cap by USD 25,000. Earlier, the purse allowed per team in the PSL was $1.2 million. Along with the existing squads of 20 players, each team will now be allowed to include a local player from the domestic circuit. The minimum squad of each franchise will consist of 16 players and can be extended to 21 with five supplementary players. “All franchises unanimously decided to increase the player salary cap by USD 25,000 allowing teams to pick a squad of 21 players for this season,” a PCB release said. “The neawly inducted players will be from Pakistan and may include players unearthed through talent hunt programs or top performers from the National T20 Cup taking place in Rawalpindi currently.” A day after the draft was held in Lahore, the PCB held a meeting with all six franchises at the National Cricket Academy, touching upon a variety of issues for the improvement of the league going forward. The highlights of the meeting included the stance against anti-corruption, counterfeit merchandising and talent hunt programmes. Each franchise has a spending cap as players are picked through the draft system from five different categories — platinum, diamond, gold, silver, and emerging. But each category has a varying range and limit. A player can earn in the range of $140,000 to $230,000 for one full season. [Read More…]

Nov 122017
Qalandars hopeful for a good show in PSL 3

Qalandars’ Chairman Fawad Rana says the squad will not let fans down. Photo: Correspondent KARACHI: With the induction of some of the best T20 players in the squad, the management of Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Lahore Qalandars is confident of a better show in the third edition of the series next year. Lahore Qalandars picked Australia’s most sought after T20 player Chris Lynn, Mustafiz ur Rehman of Bangladesh, and Pakistan’s Bilal Asif in Sunday’s draft. It also picked left-arm spinner Raza Hassan and all-rounder Sohail Akhtar in silver category, while Shaheen Afridi and Ghulam Mudassar were picked in the category of emerging players. In the Supplementary category, the team picked Sri Lanka’s Angelo Matthews, New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan, and Gulraiz Sadaf to complete the squad. Qalandars’ Chairman Fawad Rana told Geo.tv that the squad will not let fans down. “I am confident that our team will perform the best in PSL3 and provide Lahore fans reasons to cheer about,” Rana said. “We have a balanced squad.” Rana also highlighted the fact that players groomed by the franchise during the last two years have become a part of other franchises now which, according to him, is a sign of the players’ development program of the team. “Players like Saif Badar and Mohammad Irfan Junior being picked by other franchises shows that our investment in these players was the right decision, and the ultimate beneficiary of this investment will be Pakistan cricket,” Rana said. “We also picked Sohail Akhtar, who was [Read More…]