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Lightning, rains kill 41 people in Pakistan as authorities declare a state of emergency in southwest – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tragedy struck Pakistan over the weekend as storm-related incidents claimed the lives of at least 41 individuals across the country, with lightning strikes and flash floods wreaking havoc in various regions. The authorities in the country's southwest have declared a state of emergency.According to officials, 28 people lost their lives due to lightning strikes since Friday, while Pakistan's national disaster management authority (NDMA) has issued warnings of landslides and flash floods as more rain is forecasted in the coming days.Punjab, Pakistan's largest province, bore the brunt of the devastation, with 21 fatalities attributed to lightning strikes between Friday and Sunday alone."I have asked the NDMA to coordinate with the provinces... and for the NDMA to provide relief g...
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Pakistan: Sharif family ‘afraid’ of prisoner number 804, says leader of Imran Khan’s party – Times of India

QUETTA: Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan's National Assembly, Omar Ayub has said that the Sharif family was "afraid" of prisoner number 804, referring to Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Chairman and the country's former prime minister Imran Khan by his prisoner number, Geo News reported.Addressing a press conference in Quetta on Sunday, Ayub asserted that PTI has focused on raising awareness among the masses, with claims that his party would form the next government once the current administrations are dissolved, Adding to that, he stated, what PTI wanted was supremacy of the law and constitution."This is not old Pakistan. People have now awakened. Despite hurdles, our rallies have been successful," Ayub said.The PTI leader further disclosed that his party workers were tortured and w...
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Amir Sarfaraz Tamba, Man Behind Indian Prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s Murder, Shot Dead In Pakistan

New Delhi: Amir Sarfaraz Tamba, an accused in the murder of Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh and a close associate of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit founder Hafiz Sayeed, was killed by unidentified gunmen in Lahore on Sunday, official sources said. Tamba was attacked by motorcycle-borne assailants in the Islampura area of Lahore in Pakistan and was rushed in critical condition to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, the sources said. Singh, 49, died of cardiac arrest in Jinnah Hospital Lahore in the wee hours of May 2, 2013, after being comatose for nearly a week following a brutal assault by inmates including Tamba, inside the high-security Kot Lakhpat jail. ALSO READ | Pakistan: Militants Kill 11 People In Latest Terr...
Sports

For Babar Azam, Jasprit Bumrah is not likely to do better than Naseem Shah in…. | Cricket News – Times of India

Jasprit Bumrah hasn't looked back since his toe-crushing yorkers, bowled with an unconventional stiff-arm action, for Mumbai Indians made him a global star. He has gone on to become the leader of India's battery of pacers, which has been talked about as among the best in the world over the last five years. But when Babar Azam was posed a hypothetical question on a podcast, he said he won't prefer Bumrah to bowl a decisive last over for him as captain in a T20 match. Babar has recently been reappointed as Pakistan's white-ball captain, replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi in the post, after he led the side in just one T20I series. Speaking on a podcast, Babar was given a situation as a captain on the field and asked which bowler will he trust to deliver the decisive last over in a T20 match. He...
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‘I still dream to play for Pakistan’: Mohammad Amir makes himself available for T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In what could be a huge boost for the Pakistan cricket team, fast bowler Mohammad Amir decided to come out of retirement and made himself available for the upcoming T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in the West Indies and USA.The left-arm pacer turned to social media to declare his intentions of once again wearing the green jersey and serving his country."I still dream to play for Pakistan! life brings us to the points where at times we have to reconsider our decisions, There has been few positive discussions between myself and the PCB where they respectfully made me feel that I was needed and can still play for Pakistan after discussing with family and we'll wishers I declare that I am available to be considered for upcoming t20WC ,I want do this for my country as it comes ...
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Pakistan’s search for foreign coach extends as Shane Watson, Darren Sammy opt out | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan's quest for a foreign coach has encountered setbacks as former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and former West Indian captain Darren Sammy have withdrawn from contention for the position of head coach of the national team.Sammy declined approaches from the PCB, citing his existing contract with the West Indies board as the head coach of the WI white-ball teams.Meanwhile, Watson returned home on Saturday night after turning down the offer from the Pakistan board.According to a knowledgeable source familiar with the situation, senior PCB officials engaged in extensive discussions with Watson in Karachi during the Pakistan Super League matches, offering him the position of head coach.“Watson had initially shown interest and kept certain financial and other conditions to accept...
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Sri Lanka appoint former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed as fast-bowling coach | Cricket News – Times of India

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Saturday announced appointment of former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed as the fast-bowling coach of its men’s team.In an official statement, SLC said, “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of former Pakistan pace bowler Aaqib Javed as the national team’s ‘fast bowling coach.’ He will work with the national team until the completion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in the West Indies and USA during June 2024.”Currently, Aaqib holds the position of director of cricket operations and head coach at Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.He will promptly join in his new role with Sri Lanka Cricket.“We warmly welcome Aaqib and believe that his immense international experience, both in playing and coaching, will help o...
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Watch: On this day in 2012, Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international hundred | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar scripted history on this day in 2012 when he scored his 100th international century while playing in the Asia Cup for India.It was Tendulkar's 49th and final century in ODI cricket and, interestingly, only his first against Bangladesh in the format.Tendulkar was 38 years old at the time and he had to wait for over a year between his 99th and 100th international ton.His 99th century came against South Africa in Nagpur in the 2011 World Cup.But Tendulkar's 100th ton went in vain as India went on to lose the match against Bangladesh by five wickets in Dhaka.Tendulkar scored 114 runs off 147 balls with 12 fours and one six, helping India to 289/5.Bangladesh chased down the target with four balls to spare, with Shakib Al Hasan's 49 in 31 balls helpin...
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‘I did that for Pakistan’: Controversy as Babar Azam reveals he wasn’t satisfied with batting order change

Earlier this year when Pakistan faced New Zealand away from home Babar Azam who was the opener of the side before that was demoted down the order to number three. Pakistan lost the series 4-1. Mohammed Rizwan would blame breaking the opening pairing as one of the reasons behind the loss and he would say it has “hurt Pakistan.” Rizwan also would go on to say “Babar bhai has a big heart,” at the time. However, Pakistan’s talisman during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) would reveal that he “wasn’t satisfied” with the decision to bat down the order. “It was the Pakistan team’s demand at the time. I did that for Pakistan.” he would say to the reporters during a media interaction for PSL. “If I was asked individually, I wasn’t satisfied with the decision to bat at one down position. H...
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Watch: Peshawar Zalmi’s thrilling last over win against Karachi Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Peshawar Zalmi successfully defended 147 to beat Karachi Kings by two runs in a thrilling match in the Pakistan Super League at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday.Peshawar fast bowler Aamer Jamal conceded only one bye on the last ball when Karachi batter Irfan Khan needed a boundary.Peshawar moved to the top of the standings and will play the first qualifier in the playoffs on Thursday. Karachi, which was already eliminated from the playoffs race, finished fifth overall with four wins in 10 matches.Peshawar scored 147/6 on a tricky pitch which offered plenty of turn. Karachi came agonizingly close in reaching 145/5. Irfan Khan hit 39 not out and almost won it.The official handle of the league shared a video of the thrilling last over finish:!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t,...
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Watch: Shaheen Afridi responds to doubters with ‘finger on your lips’ celebration in PSL | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Two-time defending champion Lahore Qalandars' disastrous season in the Pakistan Super League ended with only one win against Islamabad United in 10 league games.On Sunday, Quetta Gladiators finally sealed a playoff spot cricket after four years as Mohammad Wasim pulled skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi for a last-ball six and handed Lahore Qalandars a six-wicket defeat at the National Stadium in Karachi. But earlier, Afridi hit 55 after promoting himself to No. 5 and Abdullah Shafique was 59 not out as Lahore made 166/4 after choosing to bat first. Facing flak over his team's performance in the league, Afridi slammed a 39-ball 59.Afridi reached his fifty off just 28 balls with a six off Abrar Ahmed over long-off and celebrated it with a 'finger on your lips' gesture.The league shar...
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PCB may ‘restore’ Haris Rauf’s central contract | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An authoritative source within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated on Monday that bowler Haris Rauf's core contract might be "restored" following an evaluation by the board's legal experts.Due to Rauf's refusal to participate in the three Test series against Australia that they lost 0-3 in January, his central contract was canceled two days before the Pakistan Super League began.According to a PCB official, Rauf's appeal, which calls for the reinstatement of his central contract, is being examined by the legal team."There are chances that the appeal might be accepted, and his contract restored," the source said.Rauf's dislocated shoulder keeps him out of the PSL for the time being. He was playing for Lahore Qalandars when he was injured during the PSL's third game.Rauf pl...
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Inzamam-ul-Haq slams PCB’s decision to remove Mohammad Hafeez | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Because of the team's recent poor performance, Mohammad Hafeez was removed from his position as Team Director by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Inzamam-ul-Haq, a former captain of the team, has criticized the board, saying it is unfair to "target" former players for administrative positions when they refuse to take accountability for the team's performance.Following a 1-4 T20 International series loss to New Zealand and a 0-3 Test series loss in Australia, the PCB had severed ways with Hafeez last month.After the T20 series in New Zealand, Hafeez's initial short-term contract came to an end, as the Sports Ministry recommended against signing a long-term deal."Can someone explain the reasoning behind removing Muhammad Hafeez as team director but retaining Wahab Riaz as chief sele...
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How Cameron Green might prepare for home Tests against India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: According to head coach Andrew McDonald, Australia's Cameron Green is expected to forego the white-ball series in Pakistan later this year in favor of playing Sheffield Shield in order to get ready for the highly anticipated home Test series against India in December.The 24-year-old found success in the current Test series in New Zealand, as he struck a career-high 174 not out in Australia's decisive victory in the opening game on Sunday in Wellington.The recent T20I series between the West Indies and New Zealand did not feature him; instead, he was saved for West Australia's Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Hobart, when he amassed an undefeated 103 runs, which served as a perfect warm-up for the first Test against the Kiwis."It's a big decision to leave anyone out ...
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Babar Azam pips Chris Gayle to become fastest batter to score 10,000 T20 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Wednesday achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the fastest batter to score 10,000 runs in the T20 format.Babar accomplished this milestone in just 271 innings, surpassing the previous record held by former West Indies star Chris Gayle, who took 285 innings to attain the feat. India's Virat Kohli is third on the list, having taken 299 innings.Playing for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Babar needed only six runs to set the world record and successfully achieved it during the match against Karachi Kings. Notably, he is also leading the PSL side.Babar, who missed the milestone by getting out on 68 in the last game against Quetta Gladiators, became the 13th player overall to reach the 10,000-run mark in the T20 format. It...
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Watch: Fun, banter and a sprint race between Shoaib Akhtar & Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

The on-field rivalry between Shoaib Akhtar and Harbhajan Singh during their playing days is well documented in a number of India vs Pakistan matches over the years. But the Indo-Pak duo's off-the-field camaradarie as co-commentators nowadays is equally engrossing for viewers across the globe. Some of those scenes are seen on the latest vlog posted by Shoaib Akhtar on his YouTube channel, which captures moments from the ex-Pakistan pacer's commentary stint at ILT20, alongside Harbhajan, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram and a few others. Did Shoaib Actually Beat Harbhajan??? | Shoaib AkhtarOne of those moments shows Akhtar and Harbhajan trying to beat each other in a sprint race, while some of the other clips show them, along with Akram, involved in a friendly banter in Punjabi. Beside...
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Watch: Sana Javed cheers for husband Shoaib Malik in PSL 2024 match | Cricket News – Times of India

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik had his new wife, Sana Javed, cheering for him from the sidelines during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) match between Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings on Monday. Playing for Karachi Kings, Malik scored a 35-ball 53, including 2 sixes and 5 fours. However, Malik's effort was in vain as Karachi were bowled out for 130 while chasing 186 to win.Various video clips, which went viral on social media, showed a smiling Sana watching proceedings at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Shoaib, who divorced India's tennis ace Sania Mirza, has married Sana and announced the news of their marriage on social media in January this year. Sania's family later confirmed that the couple has divorced. “Sania has always kept her personal life away from the public eye. However, t...
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Irfan Pathan Slams Pakistan Fans for Mocking India’s Defeat in U19 World Cup Final | Cricket News – Times of India

India's former all-rounder Irfan Pathan slammed the taunting social media posts from Pakistan fans following India's defeat on Sunday in the Under-19 World Cup final against Australia, who secured a dominating 79-run victory with an impressive performance.After the match, several Pakistan fans took to social media to troll India for their third consecutive defeat against Australia in an ICC event final. Posting his reponse on microblogging platform 'X', Irfan criticized such remarks and stated that mocking and trolling their neighbouring country reflects poorly on Pakistan as a nation."Despite their U19 team not making it to the final, keyboard warriors from across the border find pleasure in our youngsters' defeat. This negative attitude reflects poorly on their nation's mindset. #pado...
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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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‘Devastated’ Pakistan players crestfallen after losing U19 World Cup semi-final by 1 wicket against Australia – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia shattered Pakistan's dreams in a nail-biting finish to secure a spot in the final against India. The heart-stopping semi-final clash at the Under-19 World Cup witnessed unparalleled drama and intensity, with the outcome hanging in the balance until the very last moments.After an enthralling 99 overs of play, the match came down to the wire, with Australia needing to chase down three runs off the final six balls with just one wicket in hand. In a moment of high tension, vice-captain Raf MacMillan edged the ball to the boundary, sealing victory for Australia by the narrowest of margins – one wicket.The sight of devastated Pakistani players, lying motionless on the ground and shedding tears, painted a poignant picture of heartbreak. Despite their valiant efforts, Pakis...