Oct 162017
Babar Azam enters record books with one more ODI century

KARACHI: Pakistan’s flamboyant batsman, and probably the most dependent batsman of the current lot, Babar Azam has scored yet another century in ODIs, his seventh of career, came during the 33rd inning of his career on Monday.Babar smashed six boundaries to score 101 off 133 deliveries to achieve several records simultaneously.The 23-year old batsman has now most numbers of runs and most numbers of centuries in his first 33 ODI innings.With a crucial inning of 101, Azam has now scored 1659 runs in the first 33 innings of his ODI career, nine more than South African great Hashim Amla.He is also now the quickest to reach seventh ODI ton by reaching it in 33 innings, next to him is Hashim Amla with seven tons in 41 ODI innings. Zaheer Abbas reached seven ODI centuries in 42 innings while Quinton de Kock reached his seventh ODI century in his 50th innings.His current batting average 57.20 is second best among all the batsmen who have batted at least 30 innings in one-day-internationals. Only above him is Ryan ten Doeschate whose batting average is 67.00, mainly because of greater numbers of not-outs in his career.The century on Monday was Babar’s fifth consecutive in UAE, which makes him the first ever batsman to score five consecutive tons in one country. He scored a hundred in his first ODI of the on-going five-match series against Sri Lanka. He also scored three back to back centuries against West Indies earlier in UAE. He surpassed South Africa’s [Read More…]

Sep 262017
Misbah, Younis' absence to be felt in Sri Lanka Test: Asad Shafique

ABU DHABI: Pakistan’s vice-captain and middle-order batsman Asad Shafique has said that his side would feel the absence of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan as green shirts prepare to take on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Abu Dhabi from Thursday.“Misbah and Younis’ absence would definitely be felt but now it is up to the experienced team players to fill the void,” Shafique said while speaking to media at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.To a question about his middle-order batting, he said that he will be able to play in the top order.The vice-captain further added that the team is fit and comfortable with playing under UAE conditions.“It’s a balanced team balling and fielding wise,” he said, specifically praising Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Aamir.Shafique said he also liked the fact that Mir Hamza is also there, who is a young and talented player, and has the experience of playing in Emirates too.He said Sri Lanka was a good opponent given the conditions in UAE. They have some great bowlers and the spectators will get to see great matches, Shafique added. Click for detailed story

Jul 132017

ISLAMABAD: Facing mounting pressure following the damning report by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panamagate case, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly sought an urgent telephonic contact with the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al Makhtoum. This was revealed in a letter purportedly written by Foreign Office to the Embassy of UAE in Islamabad seeking an ‘urgent arrangement’ for telephonic contact between the two leaders. Calibri in spotlight as ‘Fontgate’ could leave Pakistan sans Sharif “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad and has the honour to inform that H E Prime Minister of Pakistan wishes to urgently speak to H E Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Makhtoum, the vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE over the telephone,” reads the letter a copy of which was available with The Express Tribune. The letter dated 12 July also said the Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi had already contacted the UAE authorities in this regard. However, the assistance of the esteemed Embassy was solicited for the earlier confirmation of a convenient time slot to make this telephone call today (Wednesday). “Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the esteemed Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad the assurances of its highest consideration,” the letter further said. The letter also [Read More…]

Jul 072017
Tumbling currency

On Wednesday (July 5), an unexpected financial event happened in the country. The Pakistani rupee went down by 3.1 percent in the opening hours of forex trade market, creating a shortage of foreign currency in the market as, in such situation, dealers and traders usually prefer to hold instead of selling the stock. By midday, the dollar had risen to Rs108.50, and when the market closed on Wednesday, the dollar stood at Rs108.25. This was the largest single day drop in the value of the Pakistani rupee in the last nine years. This sudden decline has shocked many economists across the country. Some believe that this surprising and intriguing fall of the Pakistani rupee might have been the result of a planned and concerted speculative attack on the Pakistani rupee by some people, who have a large amount of money, in order to make quick money. It is indeed the truth that Pakistan is having huge current account deficit that is expected to reach $8 billion by the end of the financial year 2017. Although this current account deficit is a big challenge for the country’s economic managers, the country has sufficient forex reserves to finance its current account deficit which will start improving once the heavy machinery imported during current financial year is installed and starts producing goods for the export market. The Pakistani rupee has been reasonably stable during the last four years since this government came into power and the stability of currency has played a significant [Read More…]

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