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Pakistan captain Babar Azam wants World Cup glory to fulfil boyhood dreams | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: High-flying skipper Babar Azam hopes that his extraordinary run-scoring can fire Pakistan to World Cup glory -- and in the process fulfil a childhood dream. The 27-year-old is in the form of his life across the three formats of international cricket and last week became the first batsman to hit three consecutive centuries on two separate occasions in ODIs. But Azam told AFP that his prolific form will count for little if it does not bring success at the T20 World Cup in October in Australia and the 50-over showpiece in India next year. "No doubt I am enjoying my form," top-order batsman Azam, who is ranked number one in the world in both ODI cricket and T20 internationals, said in emailed comments. "But with this form my prime goal is to win the two World Cups for Pakistan in t...
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Babar Azam creates massive record despite missing ton against West Indies in 2nd ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

MULTAN (Pakistan): Babar Azam reached another massive feat in men's international cricket history as he became the first batter to score nine consecutive half-centuries in all three formats of cricket. Pakistan skipper scored 77 off 93 balls in the second ODI match against West Indies and added yet another fifty-plus score to his name to enter the record books for a massive batting record. This was Babar's ninth-consecutive fifty-plus score in men's international cricket, which is now the longest streak for any batter. His half-century streak started with a 196 during the second Test against Australia, following it up with a 66 and 55 in the third and the final Test. The three-match ODI series against Australia saw Babar smash two centuries, registering 57, 114, and 105* in the three ga...
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Will the real Man of the Match stand up? Babar Azam’s hat tip to finisher Khushdil Shah after award wapsi

Dear Readers, At Multan the other day, Babar Azam first slayed the record for three successive ODI tons, and later, broke cricket’s age-old award ceremony convention. Beautiful gesture from the skipper 😍@babarazam258 gives his player of the match award to @KhushdilShah_ 🏆👏#PAKvWI | #KhelAbhiBaqiHai pic.twitter.com/7BrSiV7TyL — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 8, 2022Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Called to receive the Man of the Match for his 103 from 107 balls in the second game of the series against West Indies, Babar hurriedly walked past the puzzled chief guests – one holding the giant cheque and the other a trophy – and reached for the microphone: “Yeh Man of the Match mai Khushdil Shah ko dena chahta hu.” Not waiting for anyone around him to second his mot...
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Babar Azam hits three ODI tons in a row – for second time

Babar Azam became the first batsman to twice score three consecutive centuries in one-day internationals after his 103 helped Pakistan beat West Indies by five wickets on Wednesday. Captain Babar shared a 103-run partnership with Imam-ul-Haq (65) and a 108-run stand with Mohammad Rizwan (59) as Pakistan chased down a target of 306 in Multan to go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series. The 27-year-old Babar made two centuries against Australia before Wednesday’s match and also racked up three tons in a row in 2016, all against West Indies. WHAT A WIN 👏 Multan witnesses Pakistan's highest successful run chase against West Indies in ODIs 🙌✨#PAKvWI | #KhelAbhiBaqiHai pic.twitter.com/MOhFbgk1RFBest of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 8, 2022 ...
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Intense heat will test Pakistan, West Indies in ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

MULTAN: Intensive heat will test the fitness of players when Pakistan hosts the West Indies in the three-match limited-overs international series starting Wednesday. The temperature is expected to top 45 degrees Celsius (113 F) this week in Multan, and organizers have pushed back the starting time for games to 4 p.m. local time to offer some respite. Players will be given ice collars and vests during stoppages in play, and extra water breaks to keep them hydrated. "We'll try to make the guys understand what they have to do personally to hydrate themselves properly both before, during and after the games," West Indies coach Phil Simmons said Tuesday. "The heat is going to be extreme, (but) Pakistan are playing in the heat, too, so it's going to be an even contest when we start the day. H...
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Skipper Babar Azam and chief selector Wasim spar over Shan’s batting number

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has refused chairman of selectors Muhammad Wasim’s request to accommodate specialist opener Shan Masood in the middle-order for the West Indies series as the differences between the two is now out in public domain. Wasim in an interview to a YouTube channel had said that he was in touch with Shan, who is scoring heavily in English county championship as well as Vitality T20 blast matches. Wasim had discussed with Shan about the possibility of trying him out in the middle-order in white ball formats as competition for the opening slots was very tight in the Pakistan team. “I have told Shan that he should now try to bat in the middle-order so that we have evidence he can make the change for us,” Wasim said. Interestingly, when the media spoke to Babar, he made ...
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Skipper Babar Azam and chief selector Muhammad Wasim spar over Shan Masood’s batting number | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has refused chairman of selectors Muhammad Wasim's request to accommodate specialist opener Shan Masood in the middle-order for the West Indies series as the differences between the two is now out in public domain. Wasim in an interview to a YouTube channel had said that he was in touch with Shan, who is scoring heavily in English county championship as well as Vitality T20 blast matches. Wasim had discussed with Shan about the possibility of trying him out in the middle-order in white ball formats as competition for the opening slots was very tight in the Pakistan team. "I have told Shan that he should now try to bat in the middle-order so that we have evidence he can make the change for us," Wasim said. Interestingly, when the media spoke to Babar,...
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Shadab, Nawaz back in Pakistan squad for West Indies ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: All-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz have returned to Pakistan's squad for next month's one-day international series against the West Indies, selectors said on Monday. Shadab, 23, and the 28-year-old Nawaz were part of Pakistan's Twenty20 series against the West Indies in December but have since been out of action with injury. The three-match series against the Windies will be staged in Rawalpindi on June 8, 10 and 12. The ODIs were initially slated as part of the West Indies' 2021 tour of Pakistan but were postponed after a spate of Covid cases in the visitors' camp. "Nawaz and Shadab are now fully fit, which has allowed us to leave out Asif Afridi and Usman Qadir," said chief selector Mohammad Wasim in a statement. "We have given the best chance to the squad to win the...
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Babar Azam reminded of PCB policies after he brings brother for net practice

Pakistan’s all format captain Babar Azam has been politely reminded about the policies of the Pakistan Cricket Board after he brought his younger brother to the high performance centre in Lahore and allowed him to have net practice. Babar came under criticism after a picture was posted on social media that showed his brother Safeer in the nets with Pakistan pacer Shahnawaz Dahani bowling to him. The social media post caused a ruckus as the PCB policies governing its high performance centre clearly state that only Pakistan players, first class players or junior cricketers can use the facilities and staff at the HPC with permission of the authorities. “Babar came to the centre three-four days back with his brother and this was before the conditioning camp had begun. And his brother later ...
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PCB to adopt new policy for centrally contracted players | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board will adopt a new policy for its centrally contracted players from July 1 with the new contracts being given out for two different formats instead of the existing one contract mechanism. An official in the board told PTI on Saturday that contracts will be given out for red ball and white ball formats. "Essentially players who represent and perform for the country in both formats will be given separate red ball and white ball contacts meaning they will earn two retainers instead of the existing one," he said. He said that the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja had in principle agreed to a 25 to 30 percent increase in the monthly retainers of the players who will be given contracts. "While match fees for all centrally contracted players in different categories rema...
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In numbers: Virat Kohli remains the best Indian batter overall, but the wait for big scores continues | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: He hasn't scored a hundred in more than two years, his overall scoring form has dropped, and despite all his efforts he continues to struggle to get big scores. Despite all these, modern day batting great, Virat Kohli remained the best batter for India even in the last couple of years.The description - 'the only batter with 50-plus average in all three formats' - doesn’t hold true anymore for the former India captain, as Kohli’s Test average has gone down below 50 after a long time (49.95 to be precise).Despite the dip, experts and fans admit that he hasn't really lost form, is hitting the ball well and timing his shots perfectly, but somehow the big scores continue to elude a batter who at one time was the most prolific batter in international cricket.What is interesting tho...
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Shane Watson picks Virat Kohli ahead of Smith, Root, Williamson and Babar

Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has picked Virat Kohli as the best batter among the ‘big five’ in Test cricket, preferring to not read much into the Indian maestro’s failure to score a hundred since November 2019. As per Watson’s list, the former India captain has pipped the likes of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Babar Azam. “In Test match cricket, I am always going to say Virat Kohli,” Watson said when asked by Isa Guha who he thought is the best Test batter in the world, in his latest episode of the ICC Review. “It’s nearly superhuman, what he is able to do because he has such high intensity every time he goes out to play,” Watson added. While Kohli has slipped to 10th on the ICC rankings, the Indian great continues to hold a remarkable Test batting record. He ...
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Babar Azam, Rachael Haynes named ICC ‘Player of the Month’

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was on Monday voted as the ICC ‘Men’s Player of the Month’ for March, while Australian opener Rachael Haynes bagged the honour among women. Azam scooped the honour following a number of thrilling batting displays in Pakistan’s multi-format series against Australia. Amassing 390 runs in the pulsating Test series, his supreme contribution was highlighted by his record-breaking innings of 196 in the second Test, salvaging a draw for his side against the odds on the final day in Karachi. At the forefront of his side’s batting unit, his exploits during the subsequent ODI battles that took place in March also cemented Azam’s claim as the standout player in international cricket during the month. Azam received the award ahead of fellow nominees Kraigg Brathwaite (We...
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Babar Azam, Kraigg Brathwaite and Pat Cummins nominated for ICC men’s Player of the Month award | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: International captains Babar Azam from Pakistan, Kraigg Brathwaite of West Indies and Australia's Pat Cummins have been shortlisted for the ICC men's Player of the Month award following their outstanding individual performances in March. In women's category, England bowler Sophie Ecclestone, and run-machines Rachael Haynes (Australia) and Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa) are in the running to scoop the award following stellar performances in the recently concluded ODI World Cup. The winners will be announced next week. Babar played an integral part in Pakistan's batting during the recent series against Australia, amassing 390 runs during the month in Tests, including a record-breaking 196 in the second Test to salvage a draw. In addition, his efforts at the crease in the two ODI ma...
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Pakistan beat Australia to clinch ODI series 2-1

Pakistan won its first one-day international series against Australia in 20 years after a nine-wicket romp on Saturday. The home side clinched the series 2-1 after a depleted Australia was bowled out for 210 in 41.5 overs, and the chase ended on 214-1 in 37.5 overs. The post ODI series win celebrations and a special message for the team from head coach @Saqlain_Mushtaq #BoysReadyHain I #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/eG1THqrnGS — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) April 2, 2022 Pakistan captain Babar Azam made his second successive century in an unbeaten 105 and Imam-ul-Haq continued his dream run of form with an unbeaten 89. Australia posted 300-plus scores in the last two ODIs but crashed against the Pakistan pace. Haris Rauf (3-39) and Shaheen Afridi (2-40) jolted the top order and young fast ...
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Watch highlights: Pakistan level ODI series with 6-wicket win over Australia

Captain Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq smashed powerful centuries Thursday as Pakistan leveled the three-match series against a depleted Australia with its biggest ever successful run-chase in an ODI. Babar made a blistering 114 off 83 balls and Imam scored 106 as Pakistan marched to 349-4 with an over to spare for a six-wicket win. Australia had earlier made another imposing total of 348-8 after Babar won the toss and elected to field for the second game in a row. Ben McDermott’s (104) maiden test hundred formed the cornerstone of Australia’s strong total. Khushdil Shah scored an unbeaten 27 off 17 balls and Iftikhar Ahmed (8 not out) raised Pakistan’s memorable victory with six balls to spare after Babar and Imam had dominated an inexperienced Australian bowling attack. Travis Head (89...
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Pakistan complete record run chase to level ODI series with Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan completed their highest successful run chase in one-day internationals when they chased down a mammoth target of 349 to beat Australia by six wickets in Lahore to level the series at 1-1 on Thursday. Centuries from skipper Babar Azam (114) and opener Imam-ul-Haq (106) allowed the hosts to reach the total on a pitch that aided batting. A stunning win for Pakistan.Centuries for Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam help them chase down 348 with an over to spa… https://t.co/vUkGo8Ix8V— ICC (@ICC) 1648750380000Imam and Fakhar Zaman (67) gave Pakistan a solid foundation with an opening stand of 118 before Babar walked on and helped Imam build another century partnership as Australia, who used seven bowlers in total, failed to contain the flow of runs. Pakistan still needed to score 70 off the ...
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Pakistan vs Australia: Reverse swing key to Australia’s victory hopes, says Starc | Cricket News – Times of India

Reverse swing will be the key for Australia if the touring side are to beat Pakistan in the deciding third and final Test at Lahore and clinch the series, fast bowler Mitchell Starc said on Wednesday. Starc and fast bowling colleague Pat Cummins wreaked havoc towards end of play on the third day at the Gaddafi Stadium as Australia picked up the last seven Pakistan wickets for 20 runs to take a first-innings lead of 123. The touring side find themselves in a familiar position as the second Test in Karachi, where they set Pakistan a fourth-innings target of 506 over the last two days but were unable to take 10 wickets for victory. Pakistan captain Babar Azam's heroic 196 and an unbeaten century from wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan meant both teams came to Lahore after two drawn Tests. "Last ...
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3rd Test: Cummins, Starc spark spectacular Pakistan batting collapse | Cricket News – Times of India

Australian fast bowling pair of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc carved through the Pakistan batting late on Wednesday, sharing nine wickets between them to hand the touring side a first-innings lead of 123 in the deciding third and final Test. Captain Cummins bowled an impeccable line and length to pick up his seventh five-wicket haul in Tests while Starc spewed fire with his pace and reverse swing to take four as Pakistan were all out for 268, replying to Australia's total of 391. The hosts lost their last seven wickets for 20 runs in a dramatic collapse in the final session of the third day at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium. Scorecard: Pakistan vs Australia, 3rd TestAustralia openers Usman Khawaja and David Warner managed to see through three overs before stumps to take their side to 11/0, e...
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The pitch wasn’t an excuse for us not being able to get over the line in the second Test vs Pakistan: Australia coach Andrew McDonald | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia could have been 1-0 up in the ongoing three-match Test series against Pakistan. After settling for a draw in the opening Test in Rawalpindi, they created a few chances to seal the deal in the second Test in Karachi, but failed to grab them. One big potential turning point was in the 168th over when Usman Khawaja dropped Mohammad Rizwan off Mitchell Swepson's delivery, The wicket-keeper batsman went on to score an unbeaten ton to help the hosts salvage a draw. Rizwan, who scored an unbeaten 104 in Pakistan's second innings after Babar Azam's majestic 196 put Pakistan in control, was dropped on 91 by Khawaja. Australia fell short of a win by three wickets on the final day. Many former cricketers, including Mark Taylor and Wasim Akram slammed the pitches which have bee...