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Haroon Rasheed appointed chief selector of Pakistan cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan's former batter Haroon Rasheed has been appointed as the chief selector of the national selection committee.Najam Sethi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), told reporters in Lahore on Monday that Haroon will be heading the new selection committee but the remaining members would be decided later.Haroon, 69, was also named on the 14-member cricket management committee to run the PCB, on December 22, by the patron-in-chief of the board, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif."Haroon has now resigned from the management committee as we don't want a conflict of interest as he is now chief selector," Sethi said.Haroon who played 23 Tests and 12 ODIs for Pakistan had retired as Director of the High Performance Centre of the PCB last year.He has held many other positions...
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Mickey Arthur rejects Pakistan Cricket Board’s offer to return as coach

Pakistan’s coach Mickey Arthur. File | Photo Credit: AP Mickey Arthur has spurned an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to return as the head coach of the national team, forcing the board to continue its search to find a replacement for incumbent Saqlain Mushtaq.The PCB on January 10 said it was in discussions with Arthur for a new stint as head coach but the South African won't be able to take up the role right away as he has a long-term contract with Derbyshire."Owing to his long-term contract with Derbyshire, we have also discussed a proposal to act as a consultant to the PCB on a time-sharing basis with Derbyshire," PCB said in a statement."Unfortunately, however, this option is proving difficult to materialise for various reasons on both sides. Under the circumstances, th...
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I don’t have to justify myself to anyone: Babar Azam on questions over his captaincy | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam was bombarded with questions over his captaincy future following a winless Test season at home.Speaking to media ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand, Babar shut down a journalist when asked if he was thinking about stepping down as Test captain because of his poor record at home since last year.“I think we are having a white ball series now and the Test matches are over. So if you have any questions about this white ball series ask about that,” Babar shot back on Sunday.When Babar was asked again about his captaincy and whether it was affecting his batting, he retorted: “I don't have to justify myself to anyone. I know how I am doing. My focus is on performing well for Pakistan"Babar also said the players were excited about the One-Day series...
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Pakistan, New Zealand build towards World Cup with ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan and New Zealand will face off in the first of three one-day internationals in Karachi Monday, with an eye on this year's World Cup in India.The preceding Test series between the two teams failed to produce a result in either of the two Tests -- both in Karachi -- ending a miserable season for both teams.Pakistan failed to win any of their three Test series at home, losing four of the eight Tests including their first-ever 3-0 whitewash at the hands of England.New Zealand also failed to win any of their last six Tests.But Babar Azam is confident his team will do well in the limited over matches."Pakistan has proved themselves to be a good white-ball team and this series provides us a perfect launching pad to kickstart our World Cup preparations," said Azam of the World ...
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Pakistan captain Babar Azam rues winless home season | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam is dejected by the team's winless home season but refuses to blame players' injuries or unresponsive pitches for their lean run.Pakistan twice returned from the brink of defeat to force a 0-0 stalemate in the two-Test series against New Zealand, which followed a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of England last month.They have now gone eight Tests at home without a win, which put paid to their hopes of making the World Test Championship final, and Babar conceded this was not how he expected the season to unfold."The Test season hasn't gone according to expectations," Babar told a news conference after Pakistan narrowly avoided a third successive home series defeat."It's not an excuse but some of our players were unfit which disturbed our combination."Their ...
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PCB threatens to take legal action after Ramiz Raja’s outburst | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday threatened to take legal action against Ramiz Raja after a war of words broke out between the Board's new management committee and the former chairman following his unceremonious exit.Last Thursday, Raja was removed as PCB chairman by the country's government, which appointed a 14-member committee, headed by Najam Sethi, to run the affairs of the game for the next four months.Following his sacking, Raja alleged that he was not allowed to even take his belongings from the board office after the government suspended the constitution."Najam Sethi tweets at 2 in the night that Ramiz Raja is out. Is this respect for a former captain? I was not even allowed to go to the office and collect my belongings," Ramiz said on Monday on his YouTube chan...
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‘Mera saman bhi nahi lene diya inlogo ne’: Ramiz Raja hits out at PCB management

Former Pakistan cricketer and PCB chief Ramiz Raja has opened up on his sudden exit from the cricket board saying he has been ill-treated by the management. “Aisa inhone hamla kiya cricket board mein aake. Mera saman bhi nahi lene diya inlogo ne. Subah yeh 9 baje, 17 bande dhandate fir rahe they cricket board mein. Jaise ki koi FIA ka chapa par gaya. (They attacked the cricket board (office) and did not even let me collect my belongings. Early morning at 9 around 17 guys stormed into the office, which felt as if the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan has raided the office),” said Raja in his Youtube channel video on Monday. Ramiz Raja and his Board were recently ousted by the Pakistani government after the PCB’s 2019 constitution was revoked and a 14-member committee chaire...
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Decision to send Pakistan team to India will be taken at government level: Najam Sethi | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The decision to send the Pakistan team for the ODI World Cup in India next year will be taken at the government level, the new Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has said.Speaking with reference to the threat made by his predecessor, Ramiz Raja, that Pakistan will consider pulling out of the mega event if India didn't come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, Sethi said on Monday that, "if the government says don't go to India, we will not go"."Where Pakistan and India's cricket relations are concerned, let's be clear. (The)decisions on whether to play or not play tour or not tour are always taken at the government level," Sethi told a press conference in Karachi."These are decisions only taken at the government level; the PCB can only seek clarity."Sethi added that he will b...
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1st Test, Day 1: Babar Azam ton lifts Pakistan after New Zealand strike early | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Captain Babar Azam struck an unbeaten 161 as Pakistan overcame a wobbly start to score 317-5 against New Zealand on the first day of the opening Test at Karachi's National Stadium on Monday.Babar rode his luck in a 277-ball innings which contained 15 fours and a big six to bring up his century while Agha Salman was unbeaten on three at stumps after New Zealand failed to capitalise on a strong start with the ball.Babar opted to bat first and the touring side began their first Test in Pakistan in 20 years by taking two quick wickets via stumpings, with Ajaz Patel removing Abdullah Shafique for seven and spin partner Michael Bracewell dismissing Shan Masood for three.Bracewell could have had the key wicket of Babar in the 15th over, but Daryl Mitchell dropped a simple chance at fi...
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ICC CEO pitches for more Test-playing nations to tour Pakistan

ICC CEO Geoff Allardice wants to see more Test cricket being played in Pakistan following the successful series against England | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Geoff Allardice is keen to see more Test cricket being played in Pakistan following the successful completion of the three-match series against the Ben Stokes-led England. The three matches, played in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi, saw spectators give a huge thumbs up to Test cricket, even though the hosts lost the series 0-3. Australia also toured Pakistan earlier this year, with packed stadiums for the three-Test series indicating the fans' craze for the longest format of the game in the country. "The fans in Pakistan are passionate about the game and passionate about their team, but most...
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Ramiz Raja to be replaced as PCB Chairman: Reports

Ramiz Raja is reportedly set to be replaced as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman. According to a report in Geo News, Raja, who was elected for a three-year term in September last year, will be followed by Najam Sethi. Sethi, 73, previously served the PCB as its Chairman from 2013 to 2014. The reports come on the backdrop of Pakistan’s defeat in the Test series against England at home. The Three Lions powered to an eight-wicket win in the third and final Test on Tuesday to complete a historic series sweep in Pakistan. It was Pakistan’s first-ever 3-0 loss in a three-test series on home soil. An interim selection committee will most likely be formed to announce the squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand starting from December 26. If Raja does leave the office, then it w...
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Babar Azam still wants to captain Pakistan despite England whitewash | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Babar Azam has no intention of giving up the Pakistan captaincy despite overseeing a first-ever 3-0 Test series whitewash at home, saying that leading the side was "a matter of honour".Pakistan lost to England Tuesday in the third and final Test in Karachi by eight wickets, after going down in the first two matches by 74 runs in Rawalpindi and 26 in Multan.It was also the first time Pakistan have lost four Tests on the trot, having been beaten by Australia in Lahore in March.Asked if he would quit the captaincy to concentrate on batting, Azam told a news conference he still enjoyed the challenge."Captaincy is a matter of honour for me. I will do whatever best I can for my country and for myself," he said."I enjoy it more when under pressure and it doesn't affect my batting."But...
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3rd Test, Day 3: Rehan Ahmed’s record haul sets England on course for clean sweep in Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

England leg spinner Rehan Ahmed picked five wickets on his Test debut to put the team on course for a comfortable victory in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Karachi on Monday. With two days of play remaining, England need 55 runs to win the Test and become the first Test team to complete a 3-0 whitewash in Pakistan, having won the first two Tests in Rawalpindi and Multan. Ahmed's spin bowling proved to be the game-changer for Ben Stokes' team as wickets tumbled in clusters at the National Stadium. The 18-year-old became the youngest debutant in men's Test history to take a five-for, beating the record held by Australia's Pat Cummins. After scoring 304 in the first innings, Pakistan were bowled out for 216 in the second, setting England a target of 167. The visitors struck 3...
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Azhar Ali set to retire from Test cricket after England series

Azhar Ali walks off the field after his dismissal during the fifth day of the first test cricket match between Pakistan and England, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on December 5, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP Former Pakistan captain and one of their premier batters Azhar Ali has decided to retire from Test cricket after the third and final match of the ongoing series against England starting here on Saturday. The 37-year-old Azhar has so far scored 7097 runs from 96 Tests at an average of 42.49. He has 19 centuries and 35 fifties to his credit with unbeaten 302 against West Indies in a day-night game being his highest score in the format. He also has eight Test wickets to his name. He has represented Pakistan in 53 ODIs and 49 T20Is, scoring 1895 and 985 runs respectively. "It has been a great hon...
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Pakistan’s Naseem Shah to miss third England Test with shoulder issue | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan pace bowler Naseem Shah has been ruled out of the third and final Test against England in Karachi later this week due to a niggling shoulder problem, the country's cricket board (PCB) said on Tuesday. Shah claimed five wickets in the first match of the series, which England won by 74 runs, but missed the second game as the touring side prevailed by 26 runs to seal a 2-0 series victory before the final clash starting on Saturday. Shah will now travel to Lahore for further assessment at the National High Performance Centre before starting rehabilitation. "The team management has not requested for his replacement at this stage," the PCB said in a statement. "Both Pakistan and England teams will travel to Karachi tomorrow afternoon." Pakistan are also without injured pacemen Shahee...
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Pakistan to host New Zealand for two Tests, three ODIs from December 26 | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan will host New Zealand for two Tests and three One-Day Internationals from December 26 to January 14 with most of the matches to be played here. According to the itinerary released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday, the Test series will commence in Karachi on December 26 while the second match will be played and Multan from January 3. The ODIs are scheduled at the National Stadium in Karachi on January 10, 12 and 14. New Zealand were due to play an ODI and T20I series last year but returned from Rawalpindi without playing any match on the instructions of their government due to an unknown security threat to them. This year has proven to be a bonanza for Pakistan cricket as they have already hosted Australia, while England, after playing a seven-match T20I s...
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Babar Azam remains the backbone of this team: Shahid Afridi | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Facing stern criticism after series loss to England, Pakistan captain Babar Azam got support from former skipper Shahid Afridi, who asserted that the 28-year-old remains the backbone of the team. With England's win 26-run win in the second Test in Multan, Pakistan now trail the three-Test series 2-0. However Afridi claimed that Babar has not been taking advice from senior players in strategising and planning. "If we don't back and value him, who will value? Every player has a bad match here and there. But Babar remains the backbone of this team and he got a century (in the first Test) and 75 in the second Test," Afridi said on a TV channel. "As a captain, I always felt one had to be a good leader and that was possible by uniting all the players. It means that you should discu...
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England’s Jack Leach delighted with ‘special’ 100-wicket milestone | Cricket News – Times of India

MULTAN: England spinner Jack Leach said he surpassed his own expectations after getting his 100th Test wicket on Saturday, calling it a "special" achievement. On day two of the second Test against Pakistan, Leach dismissed Saud Shakeel to reach the milestone in his 31st Test. The left-armer ended the innings with 4-98, having helped put England in command of the match. "I just felt like... 100 wickets feels like quite a lot," said Leach after stumps on the second day. "And it's more than I felt I'll ever achieve." "I need to remember that. As sportsmen and as people, it's easy to just push on to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing, and nothing's ever enough." "If you told me that when I was a kid that I'd take 100 wickets, I would have laughed at you," he added. "So yes...
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Pakistan not coming for T20 World Cup for Blind: CABI president Mahantesh GK | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan cricket team for blind will not come to India to compete in the ongoing T20 World Cup as the players didn't get their visas, Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) president Mahantesh GK said on Wednesday. "Pakistan team is not coming to India, it is confirmed. They haven't got their visas," Mahantesh told PTI on Wednesday. "Pakistan Team has collected passports from Indian High Commission in Islamabad today (7th December 2022) around 2:30 PM after receiving the passport collection e-mail from Indian High Commission but no visa has been issued to Pakistan team," Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) said in a statement. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had earlier given clearance to the Pakistan's visually challenged team but the visa clearance didn'...
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Pakistan blind cricket team denied visa to travel to India for World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan blind cricket team has been denied visa to travel to India for the ongoing Blind Cricket World Cup. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) claimed that the team could not get clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs in India. “This unfortunate incident has left the Pakistan blind cricket team in the lurch,” the PBCC said in a statement. “It was highly likely that Pakistan and India would have locked horns in the final of ongoing World Cup and considering the current form of Green Shirts, Pakistan had high chances to win the World Cup,” the statement added. The tournament is scheduled in India from December 5-17. The PBCC said "it strongly condemns this discriminating act of India as sports should be above regional polit...