Oct 312017

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping to host Bangladesh and South Africa next year, with Afghanistan and Ireland having already shown interest in playing in Pakistan, claimed board chairman Najam Sethi. “Afghanistan and Ireland are ready to visit Pakistan next year but we are looking for the big names to come to Pakistan and play a full series here after we successfully hosted World XI and Sri Lanka in T20Is in Lahore,” said Sethi. “We hope that, after Sri Lanka’s visit, Bangladesh and South Africa will also come here next year. We can’t really say when, but we will try to host them some time in 2018.” After T20 success, Sri Lanka promises more Pakistan tours International cricket finally resumed in Pakistan as the first Test-playing nation came to the country, eight years on from the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. The post Hope to bring Bangladesh, South Africa to Pakistan soon: Sethi appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 202017
Hasan Ali becomes No 1 ODI bowler

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Hasan Ali moved up six places to become the top-ranked ODI bowler in the ICC rankings here on Friday.Hasan’s haul of five for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi gave the pacer a big boost in ranking points. The 23-year-old, who has taken nine wickets in the series so far, became the fifth bowler at the top of the ODI rankings this year after Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Josh Hazlewood. Outside the top 20, Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal (up three places to 36th), South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo (up 30 places to 52nd) and Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain (up seven places to 61st) were the other bowlers to move northwards. The latest rankings also see de Villiers climb to the top of the ODI table for the 14th time in his career.A knock of 176 by AB de Villiers in the second ODI against Bangladesh, which included 15 fours and seven sixes and came off only 104 balls, helped South Africa edge India at the top of ICC ODI Team Rankings by taking a 2-0 winning lead in the three-match series. De Villiers, who has leapfrogged Australian David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli, had first attained the top position in May 2010 and the number of days he has spent at the top is second most after retired Windies great Vivian Richards. De Villiers has now been at the top for 2,124 days. Richards was number one for 2,306 days. Other [Read More…]

Sep 152017
Independence Cup

The recent cricket series between Pakistan and World XI has brought back happiness to the cricket loving nation. Cricket in the country suffered after the Sri Lankan team attack. Every country refused to tour Pakistan. The country’s national team then played all international matches in the UAE. This year, the PCB convinced a few players who were taking part in the PSL to visit Pakistan for the final match. The successful event that was conducted in Lahore paved way for the recently concluded Independence Cup. The final of the three-match Twenty20 series was played on Friday (Sep 15). Pakistan has welcomed 14 foreign players from six different countries, including South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh. The Captain of the World XI team was Faf du Plessis from South Africa. Upon arriving in Pakistan, all the foreign players revealed that they were satisfied with the security condition of the country. It was a wonderful series. It is hoped that international cricket will finally come to Pakistan. Minhaj Wajid (Karachi)   Click for detailed story

Aug 252017

LAHORE – A host of former Pakistan greats have welcomed the return of top-class cricket to the country with a three-match Twenty20 International series against a World XI to be played under lights at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 12, 13 and 15 September. The World XI side, which has been selected and is being managed by former Zimbabwe player Andy Flower, will be led by South Africa captain … Click for detailed story

Aug 042017
Old Trafford pavilion end renamed in honour of James Anderson

James Anderson, with Old Trafford in the background MANCHESTER: England great James Anderson insisted he wanted to win the Ashes again after an end at his Old Trafford home ground was renamed in his honour.The Pavilion End at Lancashire´s Manchester headquarters will now be known officially as The James Anderson End in recognition of England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker´s “immense contribution” to both club and country in the 15 years since his first-class debut.The swing specialist could bowl from The James Anderson End as soon as Friday, when the fourth Test between England and South Africa is scheduled to start at Old Trafford. While Sachin Tendulkar won a 2011 World Cup final with India on a Wankhede ground in Mumbai where a stand was named after him, this is a rare recognition for a still active cricketer in the English game.Indeed Old Trafford´s Brian Statham End was only so named several years after the Lancashire and England pace bowling great, a star of the 1950s and 1960s, had died.For Anderson, born in the Lancashire town of Burnley and someone who has spent his entire career with the county, it was a shock late 35th birthday present.´Surreal´“I´m blown away, really, by the gesture from the club,” he told reporters at Old Trafford on Thursday.“I can´t quite believe it has happened. It is something that usually happens when people have stopped playing or are further down the line. So to have this happen when I´m still playing and potentially bowling from that end [Read More…]

Jul 272017
Du Plessis aims for Australia repeat against England

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis has a stellar record as captain/Getty Images LONDON: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes his side could be on the verge of another impressive away series win if they maintain their recent form against England.The Proteas head into Thursday´s third Test at The Oval all square at 1-1 in a four-match series following a thumping 340-run win in the second Test at Trent Bridge last week.South Africa have a proud away Test record. In their past 19 series they´ve won 13, drawn five and lost just one — in India in 2015/16.Their record under du Plessis is excellent, with just one defeat in 12 Tests when the 33-year-old batsman has been their captain.Du Plessis´s successes as a Test skipper include the Proteas´ 2-1 series win in Australia in 2016/17, with the hosts´ lone win coming when South Africa were already 2-0 up. “The situation felt very similar,” du Plessis told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday ahead of what will be the 100th Test staged on the south London ground.Last week´s defeat saw England subjected to some scathing media criticism, particularly from several of their own former captains, and du Plessis said it had been a similar story when South Africa were in Australia.´Free-for-all´“There was quite a bit of press against the Australian cricket team, and then we stepped our game up even more in the second Test,” he recalled.“Then after that, it was a free-for-all — and you could see the Australian team were [Read More…]

Jul 192017
KP refuses to rule out playing for Proteas in World Cup? 19

Former England international cricketer Kevin Pieterson has refused to rule out the possibility of playing 2019 World Cup while playing for the South Africa.The 37-year-old batsman last played for England in January 2014, and he will be eligible to play for the Proteas from next year.Speaking in an interview, Pieterson said: “I’ll play [Twenty20 cricket] in South Africa for the next two years, I’ll play in Australia for the next two years, I’ll play in Pakistan for the next two years.“The issue with [playing in] England next year is I’m building a lodge in Africa and the time I’ll be there with my family and doing stuff in Africa is over this period, so I won’t be in England next year.“And then I don’t think at 39 I fancy warm-ups in the summer,” further adding, “It’s a possibility, wherever it happens we’ll wait until 2019. All I’m doing now is committing to the franchises. I don’t know, we’ll see.” Click for detailed story

Jul 152017
Pakistan meet Sri Lanka in final league match of Women?s World Cup

Sana Mir in a team huddle during ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 Pakistan are confident to end the victory drought in the World Cup when they play Sri Lanka in their last league match on Saturday at Leicester, England.Winless Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be looking to end their campaign in the event on a high note by going all out for a win and in the given circumstances, the match has gained a ‘special status’ for both the sides to salvage their pride.Pakistan captain Sana Mir has urged her teammates to demonstrate a higher brand of cricket to beat Sri Lanka and get a face-saving win.“It is a sour reality that we have lost our all previous six games but still we can make a comeback and players are capable of giving their best,” she said. Chairman PCB terms performance in Women World Cup ‘disappointing’ Shahryar Khan said making Sabih Azhar coach of the team at the eleventh hour did not turn out to be a correct decision Sana said that as a captain she faces heavy responsibility to end the defeats deadlock, adding that she will be doing her best to inspire the team to achieve this objective.“Nothing is impossible, we will be going to the field with a different mindset to utilise every talent in our side to beat Lanka,” she said.Lankan all-rounder Shashikala Siriwardena believes a positive attitude can earn Sri Lanka the victory they crave.Sri Lanka lost by eight wickets to South Africa last time out [Read More…]

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