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England to tour Pakistan for the first time in 17 years

England T20I team led by Jos Buttler will play seven games from September 20 to October 2 in Karachi and Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced in a statement on Tuesday. It will be England’s first visit to Pakistan in 17 years. 🗓️ 𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 📢 Great news for fans as Pakistan are set to host England after 17 years! 📢 Read more: https://t.co/iyz8N2ZEMu#PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/WX0RkoOwWx — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 2, 2022 The National Stadium in Karachi will host the matches on September20, 22, 23 and 25, before the action will shift to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, where the remaining three matches will be played on September 28, 30 and October 2. The seven T20Is will be part of the first leg of England’s tour of Pakistan and they will return after the ICC Me...
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Shaheen Shah Afridi out of second Sri Lanka Test with knee injury | Cricket News – Times of India

Shaheen Shah Afridi (AFP photo)GALLE: Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka with a knee injury, the team said Thursday. Shaheen, a left-arm quick, played a key part in the tourists' opening win on Wednesday in Galle as he took four wickets in the first innings. "Due to a knee injury sustained on the fourth day of the first Test, Shaheen Afridi will miss the second Test, which will be played in Galle from July 24," read a team statement. He will stay with the Test side in Sri Lanka, where his initial rehabilitation and management will continue under the supervision of the team's medical staff, the release added. The 22-year-old Shaheen, who has taken 99 wickets in 25 Tests since making his debut in 2018, led the Pakistan pace attack in...
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Pakistan to play two tri-series at home in new FTP: PCB sources | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has included two tri-series involving Australia and England at home in their Future Tours Program, which is set to run from 2023 to 2027. A Pakistan Cricket Board source said on Wednesday that in the new FTP, which will be finalised at the ICC chief executive's meeting next week, Pakistan has included two home tri-series. "Pakistan has taken the stance that since it will not be playing India in any bilateral series in the new FTP cycle it wants to host more tri-series events at home to generate revenue," the source said. He said that in the new FTP, Pakistan would be playing fewer Tests compared to other countries. "Bangladesh and West Indies have more matches because they will play India several times in the new FTP while Pakistan will not." The sour...
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How Babar became Baadshah Babar: Balance, weight-transfer, will to win and never to relax

Sometime last year, Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq asked present superstar Babar Azam about being bracketed with Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. Is it added pressure or incentive to perform? Sitting next to the avuncular Inzy bhai, Babar first said how he feels grateful and happy that his name is spoken of like that before he homed in on the vital change he made because of this comparison. “Why were their names on top? Naam tab banta hai jab team jeetti hai (You become famous when the team wins). Their top performances were noted for the wins. I made that change in myself. Win games,” he said on Inzamam’s YouTube channel. Put double effort.” It’s a lovely chat, the kind that one would have imagined how Inzy bhai would talk normally, off-camera too. The gentleness, the pauses, the direc...
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Dhananjaya de Silva returns, Oshada Fernando to open in first Pakistan Test | Cricket News – Times of India

Dhananjaya de Silva (AFP photo)GALLE: Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva will return to the team after recovering from Covid-19, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said Friday ahead of the first Test against Pakistan. The two-match series starts Saturday in Galle, where the hosts first lost to and then hammered Australia in recent weeks. They will be bolstered by the return of de Silva, a batting all-rounder who was one of four players to get the virus before and during the second Test against Australia. De Silva replaces Kamindu Mendis, who made an impressive 61 on debut in the previous match. "Oshada Fernando will open the innings with me. Dhananjaya De Silva takes his place back and we'll have to look again who is batting at five and six," Karunaratne said. "I mean Dhananjaya or (Dinesh) Chandi...
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Five-member ECB security team to visit Pakistan ahead of bilateral series | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: A five-member security team of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will visit Pakistan on July 17 to inspect arrangements and potential venues ahead of England's tour to the country. The England Cricket Team are scheduled to tour Pakistan for the first time since 2015 when they play a 7-match T20I series and three Tests in September or October. "The delegation which includes two cricket operations officials, two security experts and a representative of their professional cricketers association will be visiting Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi," a senior Pakistan Cricket Board official told PTI. The official said that the visit by the recce team is part of the routine inspection tour. "The delegation will visit the venues, team hotels and also meet with security offi...
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PCB chief Ramiz Raja uses bulletproof vehicle owing to security threat | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has told the national assembly standing committee on sports that he uses a bulletproof vehicle because of a security threat. Responding to questions on the benefits and perks he gets as chairman of the board, Ramiz said he is "not a big financial burden" on the PCB as the former national team captain, among other things, also takes care of his medical expenses. "Ramiz did tell the committee members at one stage that he only used the bullet proof vehicle of the board because of a security threat otherwise he avoided taking any perks from the PCB," a source aware of the meeting proceedings said. He said none of the national assembly committee members had inquired from Ramiz about his future as chairman of the board after the change...
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‘I haven’t even thought of life beyond Babar Azam’: PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

There are no doubts that Babar Azam is the face of Pakistan Cricket and has been for quite some time. A player beyond whom Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja hasn’t thought of the game in the country. “Maine toh socha hi nhi Babar Azam ke baad bhi zindagi hai (I haven’t even thought of life beyond Babar Azam),” Raja said in a press conference on Wednesday. The 59-year old was addressing the media after PCB signed a cricket coaching project with Engro Corporation for Pathway Cricket MoU when he was asked if he and the board had circled on a captaincy prospect for the future. His answer was a short and emotional one that conveyed well Pakistan Cricket’s stance on the matter. Another record for Babar Azam 👊 All the changes in this week’s @MRFWorldwide men’s rankings 👇 — ICC (@ICC) ...
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Virat Kohli’s career took off because he was nurtured by Dhoni but in Pak, seniors can’t digest your success: Ahmed Shehzad

Ahmed Shehzad may not be a name which casual cricket fans would be familiar with but he was one of the more notable names in Pakistan cricket not too long ago. Often compared to India’s Virat Kohli due to his look and playing style, the Pakistani batter’s career never quite reached the heights that was once expected of him. In a recent interview to Cricket Pakistan, Shehzad said that while Virat Kohli’s career took off due to the support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the seniors in the Pakistan squad hampered his (Shehzad) career. “I have said this before and I will say it again, Kohli’s career picked off amazingly because he found MS Dhoni but unfortunately, here in Pakistan, your own people cannot stand your success.” “Our own senior players and ex-cricketers cannot digest seeing someone...
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Shahid Afridi says ‘Whatever they say will happen’ on BCCI’s plan to have longer IPL

Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi said that India has the biggest cricket market and “whatever they say will happen.” Speaking on SAMAA TV’s show Game Set Match, the swashbuckling opener said, “It all comes down to the market and the economy. The biggest [cricket] market is India. Whatever they will say will happen.” Afridi was talking about BCCI’s decision to host a longer IPL which could potentially affect Pakistan’s international fixtures. Recently, the IPL media rights were sold for a staggering amount of Rs 48,390 crore. Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, announced soon after that IPL is going to have a bigger window from 2024. “India has seen a digital revolution & the sector has endless potential. The digital landscape has changed the way cricket is watched. It has been a bi...
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Pakistan Cricket Board suspends coach after molestation allegations | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended one of its national level coaches after a player alleged he had molested her. The coach, Nadeem Iqbal of Multan region, was a well-known pace bowler in his playing days and made his first class debut for the same team as fast-bowling great Waqar Younis. A PCB official confirmed that they had initiated an inquiry into the matter to find out if Nadeem had breached his terms of employment with the board. "Obviously we can't carry out any criminal investigation that is for the police to do but our inquiry will find out if he was in breach of his terms of contract with us," the official said. Nadeem, 50, who played 80 first-class matches was in his heyday considered a better bowler than even Waqar and in one match he took seven wickets ...
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PAK vs WI: Shadab Khan gives Pakistan ODI series sweep against West Indies

Pakistan vs West Indies: Shadab Khan’s brilliant all-round performance led Pakistan to a 53-run win over West Indies in the third one-day international on Sunday and a 3-0 series sweep. Shadab’s career-best 86 off 78 balls revived Pakistan to 269-9 after the hosts chose to bat first and their top order stumbled against the surprise off-spin of Nicholas Pooran, who finished with 4-48 in 10 overs. West Indies’ own struggle against spin continued as its middle order again capitulated against Shadab (4-62) and Mohammad Nawaz (2-56). The visitors were bowled out for 216 in 37.2 overs, losing by 53 runs under the DLS method. A dust storm in Multan suspended play for an hour during Pakistan’s innings and the match was reduced to 48 overs a side. No. 7 batter Akeal Hosein smashed six sixes and...
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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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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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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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Asif Ali blessed with a baby girl

Pakistan middle-order batter Asif Ali on Thursday took to Twitter to reveal that he and his wife were blessed with a baby girl. “Mere Ghar Ayee Aik Nanhi Pari! Welcome to the World, Sweetheart!” his Twitter post read. Asif Ali has a gut-wrenching backstory where he had lost his first daughter to cancer. For the rest of his life he will carry the pain of losing his daughter. Cricket can never be an adequate solace. Mere Ghar Ayee Aik Nanhi Pari!💓 Welcome to the World, Sweetheart!#blessed #blessedwithababygirl pic.twitter.com/R2dTGQ3gyk — Asif Ali (@AasifAli45) May 19, 2022 Three years ago, ahead of the 50-over World Cup, Ali’s daughter Dua Fatima succumbed to stage 4 cancer. She was just 19 months old. A day after the funeral, Ali joined the Pakistan squad in England. Back then. Asif ...
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‘India not our enemy’: Danish Kaneria hits back at Shahid Afridi over his ‘religious sentiments’ remarks

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has accused Shahid Afridi of instigating people in the name of religion. “India is not our enemy. Our enemies are those who instigate people in the name of religion. If you consider India as your enemy, then don’t ever go to any Indian media channel,” tweeted Kaneria on Monday. The spinner has bagged 261 wickets in 61 Test matches for Pakistan. “When I raised my voice against forced conversion, I was threatened that my career would be destroyed,” he added. It all started when Kaneria in one of his interviews revealed that Shahid Afridi forced him to convert to Islam. India is not our enemy. Our enemies are those who instigate people in the name of religion. If you consider India as your enemy, then don’t ever go to any Indian media channel. @S...
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We require a change in way we are operating our cricket structure: Misbah-ul-Haq | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan's former captain and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said that changing the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not make any difference to the sport in the country. "We require a change in the way we are operating our cricket structure and change our priorities," Misbah said on Geo News channel. He said former Prime Minister Imran Khan's decision to stop departmental cricket and their role in sports didn't appear to have done any good for Pakistan cricket or any other discipline. "It has been three years now with no role of departments or institutions in cricket and other sports and what have we achieved so far?" he questioned. Misbah noted that those departments and institutions which spent money on cricket were now spending that money somewhere else. "They...
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PCB should be independent from the government, says Shahid Afridi | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi has called for making the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) a totally independent body, with no interference from the government in its matters. "I feel the PCB should be independent from the government. The appointment of the chairman and CEO of the board should not be managed by the government. "The PCB needs to be totally independent and have its own in-house election system with no interference from the government functionaries," Afridi said at a reception. Afridi's comments came at a time when uncertainty surrounds the future of the present chairman Ramiz Raja with the change in government and prime minister. Speculations are rife that he would be replaced by a person who is the choice of new PM Shahbaz Sharif. In Pakistan cricket the PM is automati...
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PCB should be independent from the government: Shahid Afridi

Former captain Shahid Afridi has called for making the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) a totally independent body, with no interference from the government in its matters. “I feel the PCB should be independent from the government. The appointment of the chairman and CEO of the board should not be managed by the government. “The PCB needs to be totally independent and have its own in-house election system with no interference from the government functionaries,” Afridi said at a reception. Afridi’s comments came at a time when uncertainty surrounds the future of the present chairman Ramiz Raja with the change in government and prime minister. Speculations are rife that he would be replaced by a person who is the choice of new PM Shahbaz Sharif. In Pakistan cricket the PM is automatically...