Jun 212017
Afridi terms Pakistan?s win historic, stresses importance of consistency

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/60489c8e3542725c9b74e732af04627b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDEyOjI2OjI1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9a0k3bUpxSTJ5M1NDYXBJbE9ZZ3hFdz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi has termed Pakistan’s win in the ICC Champions Trophy as one which will go down in the history books. Speaking to journalists after attending an event here on Tuesday, Afridi said: “What Sarfraz and his team have done will go down in history. When miracles happen they are remembered for a long time.” Afridi added that only a few people had expectations from the team to reach the semi-final. “They won the trophy and I would like to congratulate the entire country and in my opinion, the way the Pakistani people treated those cricketers with respect, love and the way they were welcomed is the most important thing for me.” More needs to be done The former skipper stated that more needs to be done to improve the state of Pakistan cricket and there should be no complacency with this win. Afridi called for an improvement in the structure, pitches, umpiring and equipment moving forward. “We should not think that after winning one trophy we have conquered the world. A lot needs to be done in domestic cricket. Winning and losing are part of the game as we saw with Australia and New Zealand. Consistency is the most important thing. There needs to be a system to ensure that Pakistan keeps winning trophies.” Pakistan the lowest-ranked team in the tournament shocked the world when they defeated India by 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday. Since the victory, there [Read More…]

Sep 202016
'Ambitious' Imaad aims to change Pakistan's 'inconsistent' image

KARACHI: Pakistan all-rounder Imaad Wasim believes that time has come for Pakistan cricket team to change the perception about the team of being inconsistent. Imaad was speaking ahead of Pakistan’s three-match series against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates, and the young all-rounder expressed confidence that Pakistan can do good against the World T20 champions in the series. “What we have decided as a group is that we will be consistent, and the label, people say we are inconsistent, which is true,” he told media in Dubai. “And, I think now things have to change for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. We are trying to show the same skill level and intensity as we did in Manchester,” Imaad added. Imaad, who got everyone’s attention during Pakistan’s away series against England, aimed that he is trying to become a match-winner for the team. “I have my aims and goals; I want to be a person who can be a match-winner. I worked really hard when I was young and playing domestic cricket, so I just want to perform for my team,” he said. “I am a very ambitious cricketer and an ambitious human being, I just love playing for Pakistan,” said the Wales-born all-rounder.

Jun 182016
On this day: When Afridi shocked unbeaten Proteas single-handedly

Pakistan’s Group B in the 2009 World T20 was the only group where the two teams to go forward into the last-eight were decided on the basis on run rate. Hosts England opened the event with a shock loss to minnows Netherlands. The loss was followed by a victory over Pakistan in the latter’s first match of the tournament. However, in their second encounter of Group B, Pakistan downed Netherlands by 82 runs to go forward. People lied and tried to drag my name in the mud after World T20 exit: Afridi In Group A, India won both their matches to top the group. In Group C, Sri Lanka were on top with two wins while South Africa remained unbeaten in Group D. Pakistan were then pitted against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Ireland in Group F. Meanwhile, South Africa, India, West Indies and England made it in Group E. Pakistan was able to down New Zealand and Ireland but lost to Sri Lanka in their group. While, South Africa, famously known for choking at the last hurdles, were unbeaten in their group. We are not producing quality cricketers, says Afridi The semis saw Pakistan take on Greame Smith-led South Africa while Sri Lanka took on West Indies as the latter upset favourites India and England. PHOTO: AFP The semi-final was a spectacle as the Men in Green walked on to the pitch to bat first after winning the toss. Openers Shahzaid Hasan (0) and Kamran Akmal (23) departed on 28. Afridi was [Read More…]

May 062016
Mickey Arthur appointed Pakistan head coach

KARACHI: Former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur is to take charge of Pakistan following the resignation of Waqar Younis after the World T20 tournament. “His contract is being finalised,” the country’s cricket board said in a statement on Friday. “It is expected Mickey Arthur will join the PCB towards the end of this month.” Coaching Pakistan, traditionally a fractious bunch of talented individuals, is one of the toughest jobs in international cricket and Waqar stepped down last month after the team’s poor World T20 display in India. Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was also appointed as new chief selector in April. The 47-year-old Arthur coached his native South Africa from 2005-10 and also led Australia for two years from 2011. Pakistan rose to number two in the Test rankings last year after series wins in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and by beating England in the United Arab Emirates in November. However, they started 2016 with defeats in the 50-over and T20 series in New Zealand and went out of the World T20 on the back of three group stage defeats. Those results prompted former fast bowler Waqar to resign and also saw all-rounder Shahid Afridi lose the T20 captaincy. The selection committee was also dissolved by the Pakistan Cricket Board. (Photo: Reuters/File)

Apr 082016
#INDvPAK: Biggest T20I match ever on Twitter

The Pakistan-India match at Eden Gardens continued to steal the WorldT20 limelight as 1.12 million tweets were generated for the encounter making it the most-tweeted match ever on the social media platform. According to the statistics provided by Twitter, the quarter-final match between India and Australia was the second most tweeted match on the website. Meanwhile, the India-West Indies semi-final gathered the third most number of tweets. World T20: Sana Mir reigns supreme, Afridi lags behind in social mentions PHOTO COURTESY: BLOGS.TWITTER.COM In the most tweeted moments, the Pakistan-India clash bagged the third position when MS Dhoni’s men beat Shahid Afridi’s side by six wickets. The moment accumulated 12.4K tweets in one minute. West Indies batsman Carlos Brathwaite’s four sixes on the first four balls of the last over of the final was the second most famous moment on the social site with 14.3K tweets per minute, while Australia’s defeat at the hands of India was the most famous moment on Twitter with 16K tweets generated in one minute. Ground honour for West Indies captain Sammy PHOTO COURTESY: BLOGS.TWITTER.COM Moreover, the most-retweeted tweet was posted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he congratulated Dhoni’s team for bagging a last-ball victory against Bangladesh in their Group 2 Super10s match. That was a thrilling game! Congratulations Team India. Very happy. Well played Bangladesh. #IndvsBan — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2016 Twitter also created a dream team out of the most-mentioned players on the social site and Pakistan’s former T20I [Read More…]

Apr 082016

Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood believes left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir was country’s best bowler five years ago and he still has the same status as other bowlers haven’t worked hard enough to earn that position. “Amir was Pakistan’s best bowler five years ago,” wrote Azhar. “He still is Pakistan’s best bowler because he is dedicated and hardworking. He has played no cricket for five years but is still our best bowler. His wrist position is so good and he wants to prove a point. This commitment is missing from some of the other bowlers.” Amir is improving day by day: Hafeez Mahmood criticised other bowlers for not learning with time. “What have the other bowlers been doing for the past five years?” questioned Mahmood. “If they are not willing to learn or change things, then coaches cannot go out there and bowl for the team; it is down to the players. I can pass on my experience and tell them what to do but it’s down to the bowlers to execute the plans. Our plans included yorkers and slower balls, but the bowlers failed to execute these plans.” He added: “I worked with Anwar Ali recently regarding his wrist position and his back leg not being stable but at the end of the day the bowlers need to do on the pitch what the coaches have told them. At the end of the day a coach can only help and give advice.” ‘Amazing’ Amir dealt with odds ‘smartly’, says Ramiz [Read More…]

Apr 062016
World T20: Sana Mir most mentioned women’s player on Facebook

Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir was the most mentioned female player on Facebook during the World T20 tournament held in India. Th 30-year-old was followed by Bangladeshi right-arm medium pacer Jahanara Alam. West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor secured the third place while Indian captain Mithali Raj came on fourth and Australian captain Meg Lanning on fifth position. Windies strike twice to lift two World T20 trophies Meanwhile, outgoing Pakistan men’s T20I captain Shahid Afridi was the third most mentioned player on Facebook during the same period with Indian T20I captain MS Dhoni second and right-hand batsman Virat Kohli topping the list. Another Pakistani, right-hand batsman Umar Akmal, was also able to register his name on number eight in the list of the most mentioned players. The social media platform saw “more than 46 million” interactions during the world event with Pakistan-India match on February 15 at Kolkata attracting 8.2 million engagements – the most during any World T20 match. Anam Amin included in ICC’s WT20 dream team The final between West Indies and England was able to engage the second highest 6.1 million people. The profile frames feature introduced by Facebook was used 17 million times by cricketers, celebrities, public figures and fans. PHOTO COURTESY: MEDIA.FB.COM Moreover, the International Cricket Council page and the team Facebook pages “totaled over 180 million video views during the same period.” World T20 final: how Twitter saw it Also, the special stickers package launched by Facebook for the World T20 was downloaded by [Read More…]

Apr 062016

SYDNEY: Australia’s elite female cricketers were handed a significant pay rise on Wednesday to make them the top earners of any women’s team sport in the country. Cricket Australia said the maximum retainers for contracted players, many of whom helped Australia reach the final of the World Twenty20 in India where they lost to the West Indies on Sunday, had been boosted to Aus$65,000 (US$49,150). This is up from Aus$49,000 and, with extra money earned from the Women’s Big Bash T20 League, match payments and tour fees, some will pull in more than Aus$100,000 annually. West Indies women stun Australia to take World T20 title But this is still a long way behind the top men with the minimum value of a Cricket Australia contract for the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner for the 2016-17 season Aus$270,000. This substantially increases when match and tour fees are taken into account. CA chief executive James Sutherland said Australia’s female cricketers were among the most successful sportswomen in the country and deserved to be rewarded accordingly. West Indies board offers talks with new T20 champs “Cricket is a sport for all Australians and Cricket Australia will continue to invest heavily in the women’s game in the coming years,” he said. “We are determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia. “We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers’ Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace [Read More…]

Apr 042016

Waqar Younis stepped down from his post as the head coach on Monday after a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan. “I am resigning as the head coach of Pakistan cricket team,” said Waqar while addressing the media outside PCB headquarters. “I am stepping away with a heavy heart. I want to thank everyone with whom I have worked honestly for the last 19 months. I tried my best to help all the players become better versions of themselves.” Blame game continues between Waqar, PCB The 44-year-old then reiterated his stance that PCB was wrong in leaking his confidential report to the media, while adding that his dues should be invested in the development of the Pakistani domestic structure. “I request the players, former and current, to take care of Pakistan cricket,” said Waqar. “My services will always be available for the country. Meanwhile, I have three months left till the expiry of my contract. I would request the PCB to invest remaining five to six millions rupees due to me into domestic cricket which lack sponsors.” Earlier, Waqar, in his performance report submitted to the PCB’s Fact-Finding committee, said that former T20I captain Shahid Afridi was ‘non-serious’ during the Asia Cup and World T20 campaigns. He also criticised former selector Moin Khan for giving favours to right-hand batsman Umar Akmal. The post Waqar Younis steps down as Pakistan head coach appeared first on The Express Tribune.