Sep 132017
Cricket comes home, again

The contest itself, while keenly fought, lacked the edge which would make it more memorable So there it was. Yet another attempt at bringing back international cricket to Pakistan. After the 2015 tour by the Zimbabwe team, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had been trying to convince the international teams of the viability of playing cricket in front of Pakistani audience and 2017 seems like the year it all came together. First, there was the Pakistan Super League final earlier in the year in which international players such as Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and others readily agreed to visit Pakistan. Then, in June, Pakistan’s stunning victory over India in Champions Trophy tournament led to an unprecedented goodwill and all the hard work by the PCB seemed to be paid off as International Cricket Council agreed to send a World XI to Pakistan. Thus, September was the chosen month when a motley crew of international players was assembled together to be part of this historic event. Unlike the PSL final where former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan questioned the quality of the international players coming to Pakistan, this team, without a shadow of doubt, was brimming with quality. Dominated by active South African players such as captain Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir, who joined hands along with former England captain Paul Collingwood, former Australian captain George Bailey, former West Indian captain Darren Sammy and others to form a considerably challenging team. In fact, this World XI [Read More…]

Jul 092017
Lewis ton carries West Indies to thumping T20 win over India

Evin Lewis blazed his second hundred against India to lead the West Indies to a rampaging nine-wicket victory in the one-off T20 international at Sabina Park on Sunday. Replying to the tourists’ challenging total of 190 for six, Lewis stole the spotlight from returning local hero Chris Gayle with a blistering unbeaten 125 in taking the home side to 194 for one with nine balls to spare. It was the first T20 international hundred scored by a West Indian in the Caribbean, and puts the left-handed opener alongside Gayle and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum as the only players to have scored more than one century in the international format of the game. Lewis’ innings was highlighted by 12 towering sixes and six fours off only 62 deliveries. This memorable knock came 11 months after he compiled an even 100 against the same opponents in Fort Lauderdale, where the West Indies sneaked a one-run win a high-scoring encounter. He completely dominated an 82-run opening stand with Gayle, who fell to debutant Kuldeep Yadav for 18 in the ninth over. Marlon Samuels then supported Lewis’ explosive innings with an assured unbeaten 36 off 29 deliveries as their unbroken second-wicket stand of 112 saw the West Indies home in the 19th over. Lewis fittingly ended the contest with another swing for six off spinner Ravindra Jadeja to achieve the highest individual score in a T20 international chase. “It was at the back of my mind that I didn’t get a score in the [Read More…]

Mar 302017
Shehzad returns to field after injury scare

PORT OF SPAIN: Pakistan batsman Ahmad Shehzad collided with West Indian batsman Chadwick Walton and had apparently suffered a neck injury. However, the opener returned to the field after being cleared by the doctors. Team Physiotherapist said: “Ahmed returned from hospital after imaging found nothing wrong with his spine.” He said that he was found normal on symptoms, neck examination, cognitive ability, and balance assessments before returning to play. He further said that they will continue to monitor the batsman further. Shehzad was stretchered off the field after the nasty collision. The incident happened when Shehzad, who was trying to run out the batsman, rammed into the batsman. Both men were down after the collision but batsman Walton got up but Shehzad was taken off the field. An ambulance also arrived at the scene.

Oct 262016
Misbah disappointed at West Indian downfall

ABU DHABI: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq showed disappointment over the downfall of once-mighty West Indies after Pakistan achieved a series-clinching win in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Pakistan thumped West Indies by 133 runs on the fifth and final day to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The defeat is West Indies´ 19th in their last 29 Tests since November 2013, having won only four and drawn the remaining six. It is in total contrast to the West Indies team of the 1980s, when under Clive Lloyd´s captaincy they were an indomitable force at international level, going undefeated in 27 Tests from January 1982 to December 1984. “That´s bit disappointing and if you see their strength in international cricket they were always a force but now they are having a downfall,” said Misbah after Pakistan´s victory in Abu Dhabi. “They are a young side with some players performing well in bits and pieces at the moment. They will become a good side but at the moment they are lacking experience. “Everyone wants to see a strong West Indies side like we had in the past. Right now it´s really a big disappointing factor for all of their fans.” West Indies now face the prospect of a whitewash in the Tests, with the third and final match starting in Sharjah from Sunday. They were also routed 3-0 in both the Twenty20 and one-day international series which were played before the Tests. Misbah, who equalled the legendary Imran [Read More…]

Oct 022016
Windies great Andy Roberts suggests Pakistan to play outside UAE

KARACHI: The former West Indies great Sir Andy Roberts has suggested Pakistan Cricket team to play more cricket outside UAE as it is not helping Pakistan Cricket due to batting friendly surfaces. Talking exclusively to Geo News in Karachi, the fiery bowler of his era stated that Pakistani Cricketers are good in Test Cricket, but they need to get more experience in ODIs around the world and country’s limited overs’ bowling needs to be improved. “It is no good to be playing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where pitches suits all the batsmen. This is where Pakistan Cricket is lacking, their bowling is not what it should be in ODIs,” said the former West Indian great when asked about his views on Pakistan’s not-so-good position in ODI rankings. He added that Pakistani players aren’t playing in IPL, and their participation is very much limited in other leagues around the world, which is not allowing Pakistani players to gain proper experience of limited over Cricket. The former West Indies bowler also spoke about Pakistan’s left-arm bowler Mohammad Aamir and advised him to concentrate to improve his performance by continuing the hard work. “It is not easy for him as he’s making a comeback after five years, he is very good bowler and only 24 years of age, so he has a long way to go,” he said of Aamir.“All he needs to do is bowl as much as he can,” he said. Roberts is in Karachi for a talent hunt program [Read More…]