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Former Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez reveals conversation with Babar Azam | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez revealed details of his conversation with star batters Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan during the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand.Pakistan managed to avoid a whitewash in the five-match T20I series by securing a 42-run victory in the final game, ending their tour with a 4-1 record. In the first three games, Babar displayed signs of returning to form after a lackluster performance in last year's World Cup and the Test series against Australia.Against the Kiwis, he scored 57, 66, and 58 respectively, amassing a total of 213 runs with an average of 42.6 for the series. Hafeez emphasized the significance of every player's contribution in the team's success during his conversation with Babar."You are a great player, y...
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Mohammad Hafeez out as Pakistan national cricket team director | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE (Pakistan): Pakistan cricket authorities said on Thursday they would not renew the contract of national team director Mohammad Hafeez, showing him the door after disastrous tours of Australia and New Zealand.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed 43-year-old Hafeez in late 2023 after the side crashed out of the World Cup in India.But in his brief tenure Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 in a Test series in Australia and lost 4-1 in the Twenty20 series in New Zealand."Hafeez's contract expired after the New Zealand series last month so PCB is not extending it," PCB media director Aaliya Rasheed told AFP.A losing streak has prompted a major shakeup for Pakistan, with skipper Babar Azam stepping down from all three formats in November and foreign coach Mickey Arthur also getting sac...
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Pakistan Cricket Board terminates Haris Rauf’s central contract. Find out why

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday terminated the central contract of pacer Haris Rauf as a penalty for pulling out of the recent Test series in Australia. The board also announced that Rauf will not be granted a ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) to play in any foreign league up to June 30 of this year. “Fast bowler Haris Rauf has been penalised by Pakistan Cricket Board, following a probe into his refusal to join Pakistan’s Test squad for the tour of Australia 2023-24. After a thorough hearing process conducted by a PCB committee and taking into consideration the views of all stakeholders involved in the matter, Haris’ central contract has been terminated from December 1, 2023 and no NOC (No objection certificate) to play any foreign league will be granted up to June 30, 2024,...
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PCB terminates Haris Rauf’s contract for refusing to play Tests in Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday took disciplinary action by terminating the central contract of fast bowler Haris Rauf due to his withdrawal from the recent Test series in Australia.Additionally, the PCB declared that Haris would not be issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in any foreign league until June 30, 2024."Fast bowler Haris Rauf has been penalised by Pakistan Cricket Board, following a probe into his refusal to join Pakistan's Test squad for the tour of Australia 2023-24," the PCB said in a statement."After a thorough hearing process conducted by a PCB committee and taking into consideration the views of all stakeholders involved in the matter, Haris' central contract has been terminated from December 1, 2023 and no NOC (No objection ce...
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PCB to revisit players’ social media policy after Babar, Shaheen appear on ‘X’ spaces | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board expresses discontent with the former captain Babar Azam and the current national T20 captain Shaheen Shah Afridi for their involvement in a fan interaction session on the social media platform 'X'.Although the Q&A sessions on 'X,' previously known as Twitter, affirmed Babar's popularity with over 20,000 fans participating, and Shaheen's session drawing around 4000 fansA source within the PCB reveals that the decision by these senior players to proceed with the social media sessions, evidently organised by their agent, has not been well-received by the cricket board."The PCB will look to revisit some of the clauses that the centrally contracted players need to adhere to," the source said."The clauses covering the social media activities of contra...
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Political uncertainty casts shadow on Pakistan Cricket Board leadership with Mohsin Naqvi’s appointment | Cricket News – Times of India

Following the inconclusive results of the Pakistan general elections last Friday, the selection of Mohsin Naqvi as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) holds significant implications.In accordance with the PCB's constitution, the newly formed Board of Governors elected Mohsin Naqvi, who previously served as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, as its chairman for the upcoming three-year term on February 6.Traditionally, changes in the country's leadership often trigger shifts in key positions within the PCB. The Prime Minister of Pakistan serves as the patron-in-chief of the PCB, and the chairman's appointment has historically been influenced by political dynamics.Sources familiar with the matter disclosed that Naqvi's appointment was the result of a tacit agreement betwe...
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PCB appoints Syed Mohsin Naqvi as its full-time chairman | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday unanimously appointed veteran administrator Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as its chairman for a three-year term.The election took place during a special meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore."I am deeply honoured and humbled to have been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board," Naqvi was quoted saying in the PCB website."I am thankful for the trust and confidence reposed in me. I am fully committed to upgrading the standard of the game in the country and bringing professionalism in the administration of cricket in Pakistan."A Pakistani media tycoon, Naqvi now holds the position of the 37th full-time chairman of the PCB.Currently, he is fulfilling the role of the a...
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Shahid Afridi advocates one captain for all formats in Pakistan cricket – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to adopt a unified captaincy policy across all formats to avoid internal conflicts and infighting. Afridi's suggestion comes after star batter Babar Azam stepped down from captaincy in all three formats following Pakistan's early exit from the ODI World Cup last year.Afridi emphasized the need for a single captain for all formats, eliminating the vice-captaincy role to provide clarity and a clear chain of command within the team. Speaking to reporters, Afridi stated, "The PCB must have one captain for all formats and there is no need to have a vice-captain. This will give a clear message to all players who are in charge."Supporting team director Mohammad Hafeez, Afridi urged the PCB to offer long...
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Team director Muhammad Hafeez unlikely to get long-term contract from Pakistan Cricket Board | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan team director Muhammad Hafeez is unlikely to secure a prolonged contract from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), currently overseen by the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (Sports) through its representatives.The ex-Test captain held discussions in Lahore with the acting chairman of the board, election commissioner Shah Khawar, and chief operating officer Salman Naseer regarding the recent tours to Australia and New Zealand, as well as his contract.Zaka Ashraf, the former chairman of the interim committee managing PCB affairs, initially granted Hafeez a one-month contract as the director of the Pakistan team, with a promise of extending it to three years. However, when Ashraf sent the contract for ministry approval during the team's presence in New Zealand, he was instr...
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State of affair in Pakistan cricket is really sad: Javed Miandad

Archive picture of former Pakistan cricket national captain and coach Javed Miandad | Photo Credit: via Getty Images Batting great Javed Miandad has lamented the way cricket is being run in the country, saying frequent appointments and changes in the Pakistan team has shaken the confidence of the players. "I have not seen cricket governance anywhere in the world like we see in Pakistan and these state of affairs are really sad," Miandad told media during a ceremony held here to launch the Sindh Premier League. The former Pakistan skipper, who appeared in 124 Tests, said the governance of cricket in recent times had a bad effect on the team and players as well. "I don't think anywhere such frequent appointments and changes in cricket are made and it only means that we don't have contin...
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Zaka Ashraf quits as Pakistan Cricket Board chairman | Cricket News – Times of India

EW DELHI: In a major blow to Pakistan Cricket, the board chairman Zaka Ashraf on Friday announced his decision to resign.Ashraf announced his decision to step down after chairing a managing committee meeting in Lahore. Ashraf took the PCB chief role from Najam Sethi in July last year. The government’s inter-provincial coordination committee had asked Ashraf to cancel a PCB management committee meeting in Karachi this week and stopped him from taking any major financial decisions.However, Ashraf convened an urgent meeting of the 10-member management committee in Lahore on Friday and announced he had quit.“He (Ashraf) thanked members of the MC, the PCB management and staff for their support during this tenure,” the cricket board said in a statement. “Members of the MC and the PCB manageme...
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Uncertainty surrounds Mohammad Hafeez’s long-term contract as Pakistan’s director of cricket | – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been advised by the sports ministry not to proceed with a long-term contract for Mohammad Hafeez, the current director of cricket. Hafeez assumed the role after the 50-over World Cup last year but faces uncertainty regarding an extended contract.The PCB had submitted a long-term contract for Hafeez to the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination for approval, but the ministry recommended continuing with the short-term arrangement. The short-term contract is set to conclude after the T20 series in New Zealand.A reliable source disclosed, "The contract was for a long term period, but the board was told to just continue with the short-term arrangement with Hafeez which ends after the T20 series in New Zealand."Hafeez, along with other new co...
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Arthur, Bradburn and Puttick resign from Pakistan’s NCA roles | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday that Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick have tendered their resignations from their positions at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. The trio had been reassigned to the NCA after a change in their portfolios in November 2023.The statement from the PCB read, "Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick, who were assigned duties at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore after a change in their portfolios in November 2023, have resigned from their respective positions."Following the conclusion of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Pakistan implemented changes in the coaching staff, leading to the reshuffling of roles for Arthur, Bradburn, and Puttick within the NCA. Mickey Arthur had been a...
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Mohammed Hafeez’s Prolonged Meetings Cause Discontent Among Pakistan Players: Reports | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan cricket team's director, Mohammed Hafeez, is reportedly causing discontent among players due to his inclination for lengthy meetings and lectures during the ongoing tour of Australia and New Zealand. The unnamed players express restlessness as they feel that repetitive information is being reiterated in these sessions."He holds very long meetings and gives long lectures and some of the players get restless because same things are repeated," one media report said.Hafeez, a former Pakistan captain, was appointed as the director by the chairman of the cricket management committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) before the Australian tour. Despite being a part of the changes made in the coaching and selection setup after the World Cup, recent reports suggest that som...
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WATCH: This Pakistan cricketer wants Brad Pitt to play him in his biopic | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan cricketers often find ways to grab attention. Recently, the out-of-favour Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad, who has been out of the team for a while, was posed with an intriguing question: which Hollywood actor would he choose to portray him in a biopic? Without hesitation, Shehzad named veteran actor Brad Pitt as his preferred choice to depict him if a biographical film were ever made about his life.In a recent interview, Shehzad, absent from Pakistan's lineup since his last appearance in 2019 against Sri Lanka in Lahore, grabbed the headlines with his unexpected response when asked about the actor he'd envision playing his character in a biopic – a choice that even prompted laughter from the interview host.WATCH:Shehzad has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 59 T20...
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Pakistan Cricket Board ends association with foreign coaches amid team’s poor performance | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In the wake of the Pakistan cricket team's lackluster performances, including a disappointing World Cup campaign, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to part ways with foreign coaches Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick. The decision comes as the board seeks to revamp the coaching setup following the team's struggles.PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf and chief operating officer Salman Naseer will reportedly negotiate a final settlement with the trio.The foreign coaches, who were part of the Pakistan team management during the Asia Cup and World Cup, had taken vacations upon their return to Lahore from India, only to be informed that their services were no longer required with the national team.Initially, the PCB had intended to assign the trio to the National Cr...
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Grant Bradburn parts ways with Pakistan cricket team ahead of New Zealand tour | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Kiwi star Grant Bradburn on Monday stepped down from his position as Pakistan's high-performance coach just before the T20I series against New Zealand. This marked the end of a chapter that saw him hold various roles within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).The PCB initially appointed Bradburn as the head coach of the team for a two-year term.Nevertheless, following the appointment of Mohammed Hafeez as the Director of the Pakistan men's cricket team in November last year, the PCB decided to reorganise the coaching staff's portfolios, a move that affected Bradburn's role.Bradburn took to X to announce his departure and wrote, "Time to close the amazing chapter that has been Pakistan cricket. Three roles over five years, I am proud of what's been achieved and grateful to...
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Pakistan to bring in uncapped opener Saim Ayub for third Test against Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan are expected to field the 21-year-old uncapped opener Saim Ayub in the third and final Test against Australia at Sydney, beginning on January 3.After the dismal form of experienced opener Imam ul Haq whose slow batting has come under criticism in the Pakistan cricket circles, the word is that the team management has finally decided to take a chance with Ayub.The young southpaw has played eight T20Is this year and is widely regarded as a specialist in this format with just 14 First-Class games under his belt.But with the Pakistan batting struggling in the first two Tests which ended inside four days the team management is ready to take a chance with Ayub.The youngster from Karachi made his First-Class debut last year but has impressed everyone with his range of strokes ...
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PCB’s decision to allow selector Sohail Tanvir to play in APL raises conflict of interest cries – Times of India

KARACHI: The decision of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to permit national junior chief selector Sohail Tanvir to play in an on-going T20 league in the United States has come under severe criticism, raising questions about conflict of interest.Tanvir went to play in the American Premier League (APL) soon after announcing Pakistan youth squad for the ICC U19 World Cup.A PCB official said Tanvir had got permission to play in the league at the time of his appointment as the national junior selector.In Pakistan, the powerful positions of senior and junior chief selector and national selectors are paid jobs.Tanvir is playing for the Premium Paks in the APL at the Moosa Stadium in Pearland, Texas, and the league is yet to get approval from the USA Cricket Council.In a recent match against Premi...
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PCB to take up Rizwan’s dismissal during Melbourne Test with ICC | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following the contentious dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan in the second Test against Australia, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has opted to address concerns regarding umpiring decisions and the use of technology with the International Cricket Council (ICC).During the match, the on-field umpire initially rejected Australia's appeal for a caught behind against Rizwan, but the decision was overturned through the Decision Review System (DRS).Despite the 'Snickometer' indicating a spike just above Rizwan's wrist, the Pakistan camp expressed dissatisfaction with the reversal of the decision.A credible insider from the PCB revealed that the board's head Zaka Ashraf engaged in a discussion with team director Mohammed Hafeez. During their conversation, Hafeez conveyed specific concerns...