Jun 152017
India pick Pant, Yadav for WI tour

NEW DELHI: Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav were picked on Thursday for India’s limited-overs tour of the West Indies comprising five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 starting June 23. The two youngsters replace opening batsman Rohit Sharma and allrounder Hardik Pandya from the 15-man Champions Trophy squad, which is defending its title in England and Wales. Pant, who has played just one T20 international for India, and Yadav were already on the radar after being named among five players kept on standby for the 50-over tournament. The duo have been rewarded for their excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive displays in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Pant, 19, hit two fifties for Delhi Daredevils in the recent IPL edition, following on from a 326-ball 308 in the domestic Ranji Trophy last season. His aggressive left-handed batting and ability to handle the pressure of a high-stakes match impressed chief selector MSK Prasad, who described him as a “player for the future”. Yadav piqued interest in his Test debut, clinching four wickets in India’s series victory over Australia in March. The 22-year-old from Kanpur in northern India also put in a strong showing for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders. The Virat Kohli-led India will leave directly for the Caribbean Islands after wrapping up their ongoing Champions Trophy campaign. India though do not officially have a coach for the West Indies tour, with Anil Kumble only contracted until the end of the Champions Trophy. [Read More…]

Jun 022017
Pakistani players will perform their best against India, says Manager Talat Ali

BIRMINGHAM: Former test player and manager of Pakistan Cricket team Talat Ali is hopeful for a victorious start of Pakistan’s campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy with a win against India.Pakistan will take on India on Sunday in its first game of champions trophy, the high voltage match is considered as most awaited game of the tournament.Talking exclusively to geo.tv, Talat Ali said that team’s moral is very high and players are coming to UK after a positive tour of West Indies were team won series in every format of the game.“Team’s morale is very high, every player is eager to give his best against India and aiming to kick off the tournament with win against India. My observation is that players are very committed for the tournament,” Talat told Geo on sidelines of Pakistan Cricket team’s training session on Friday.“We won in every format during West Indies tour which boosted players’ morale, boys are really looking forward to the big match,” he said.Talat, who has represented Pakistan in 10 tests from 1972 to 1979, said that he has told players not to get involved in any war of words to create pre-match hype.“My instruction to boys is very clear and that is to focus on cricket only don’t give any importance to any hearsay,” Talat said.“Let your bat and ball do the talking,” he added, when asked what his advice is to the players ahead of the India game. Click for detailed story

May 162017
Misbah gets hero's welcome in Lahore: 'We have accomplished what teams across the world only dream of'

Mr and Mrs Misbah ul Haq at Allama Iqbal International Airport ─DawnNews. Former Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq arrived at the Allama Iqbal International Airport on Wednesday morning to rapturous fans waiting for him at the airport.The cricketing great is returning after Pakistan's historic defeat of the West Indies in the Caribbean. Showered by rose petals and welcomed with cheers, Misbah, accompanied by his wife, was greeted by family members, PCB officials and fans as he walked out of the arrival lounge. Explore: Overwhelming love, praise for Misbah and Younis after Windies jinx broken"It's an honour for me," Misbah expressed his gratitude to the cheering crowd. The cricketer was presented garlands and bouquets "I am happy with my performance. Winning in the West Indies will be something I will always remember," the former test captain said as he spoke to journalists at the airport."The credit for this accomplishment goes to the Pakistan Cricket Board, the players' families, and the whole team," he added.Pondering over his recent milestone, Misbah said, "We have accomplished a feat many teams across the world only dream of.""These sort of victories will help bring fresh talent into the spotlight. It is crucial that we keep succeeding like this," the recently retired cricketer noted. "I'm grateful to the nation for all their prayers and support."Earlier this week, the national team clinched their first series victory in the West Indies in a fitting farewell to the now-retired captain.“This was just incredible,” Misbah said after the series win.“I am thankful for [Read More…]

May 162017

With the first ever victory in a series against the West Indies, Misbah ul Haq said goodbye to the world of cricket on a high note. His glittering career came to an end with dignity, grace, elegance, poise and balance. In 2010, when he became the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, the team was badly trapped in the web of the match fixing and spot fixing scandals. He picked up the pieces and finished into an invincible and unassailable unit. With the unblemished career, Misbah was a trendsetter who set such records to his names which will remain untouchable for ages in the history of cricket. Because of his unique and slow – although calculated batting style – he earned bitter criticism on the part of his critics but he, time and again, proved them wrong. Misbah, grabbed the award of ‘Spirit of the Year’ in 2016. It goes to his credit that he remained uncontroversial throughout his career and won the confidence of his players as well as the entire team management. Whenever the team management put its trust in him, he never let them down. Even at the age 42 he is fit as a fiddle. His fitness will serve as a source of inspiration for youngsters. With cool, calm, consistent and resolute demeanour, his absence on the field will be felt for long. Muhammad Fayyaz Mianwali Click for detailed story

May 152017
I would have finished in Australia, but my wife motivated me to continue, Misbah

KARACHI: Pakistan’s most successful cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq wrapped up his splendid Test career on Sunday with a memorable win against West Indies, Pakistan’s first ever series win in the Caribbean Islands. Misbah ended his career as Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper, leading Pakistan to 26 Test wins, most by any Pakistani captain. Also, he led Pakistan to 11 series victories, most by any Asian captain. He’s also the first Asian captain to win three Test matches in West Indies. “There’s nothing better than that. Whatever success I had through my career, I couldn’t have asked for a better finish,” said an ecstatic Misbah after Pakistan’s 101 runs win at Dominica following a nail-biting and thrilling encounter. The 42-year-old batsman, who scored 5222 runs at the average of 46.62 in 132 innings of 75 Tests gave credit to his family, specially his wife for motivating him to continue playing after he was down following a poor show in Australia. “I would like to thank my mother, sisters, family and wife. It was only for her, I would have finished in Australia but she felt I could go on,” said Misbah while praising his wife Uzma. Misbah added that he enjoyed playing alongside Younis Khan throughout his career. “Special thanks to Younis, and very best of luck in his future life. It was a very fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships, and I loved every moment of that,” he said of playing with Younis. “In the [Read More…]

May 142017
3rd Test: Chase and Holder dig in to defy Pakistan

An unbroken 53-run seventh-wicket partnership between Roston Chase and Jason Holder frustrated Pakistan's push for a series-clinching victory with the West Indies holding on at 146 for six at tea on the last day of the third and final Test at Windsor Park in Dominica on Sunday.Set an improbable target of 304 and starting the final day at seven for one, all looked lost for the home side when Shane Dowrich became Yasir Shah's fourth wicket of the innings to make the score 93 for six in mid-afternoon.However, Chase, the leading run-scorer on both sides in the series, found a resilient partner in Holder on the way to his fourth score in excess of 50 in the series. He will resume on 66 in the final session of the match with the West Indies captain on 22.With as much as two-and-a-half hours' play still available and the hosts' tail-enders not expected to offer substantial resistance, Pakistan remain favoured to give the retiring pair of captain Misbah ul Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan an historic farewell unless Chase and Holder can extend their partnership deep into the last period of play.Pakistan have yet to win a Test series in the West Indies after seven previous tours dating back to 1958. Resuming after lunch at 73 for four, a swift end to the match looked likely as Vishaul Singh and Dowrich both fell to Shah, lifting the leg-spinner's wicket tally in the series to 24, equalling his previous best effort which [Read More…]

May 132017

KARACHI: Former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu believes Pakistan missed a golden chance to win the series when they lost the second Test match against West Indies at Bridgetown. Pakistan, in the third Test match, after scoring 376 runs in the first innings, are trying to win the three-match series in order to give retiring captain Misbahul Haq and veteran batsman Younus Khan a rousing farewell. Batsmen have put behind second Test’s failure: Babar Azam “We missed a golden chance to bag the series when we lost the second Test match against West Indies,” said Sallu. “Now we are in a very weak position to win the third Test as we couldn’t enforce follow-on on the hosts. If we could’ve gotten them out for a low score and enforced follow-on, we could have made a match out of it.” Sallu further said that, even after batting slow on the first two days of the match, we had to plan to dismiss them but that didn’t happen. “The most important thing is that we couldn’t get them out as quickly as we would have liked,” said Sallu. “This has tilted the match towards a draw and there is rain forecasted for the coming days too, so we might go home with a levelled series.” On a spinning track, reverse swing to come into play for pacers: Azhar Ali Pakistan opener Azhar Ali scored 127 off 334 balls in the first innings for Pakistan to help the visitors put 376 runs on the [Read More…]

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