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Pakistan will go ahead with tour of Sri Lanka, says PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board has assured its Sri Lankan counterparts that it had no hesitation touring the country for a two-Test series in late July-August, despite the ongoing unrest in the island nation.“We are always ready to support Sri Lanka Cricket even in difficult times and we have no issues touring the country for the test series,” a PCB official said. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is facing problems due to the current uncertain political and economic situation prevailing in the country with daily violent protests on the streets against the government. Cricket Australia which is to send its team to Sri Lanka before Pakistan has said it is monitoring the situation and will take a final decision based on it. But the PCB official said that it was the call of the Sri Lankan cricket and Pa...
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Umran Malik & Zaman Khan: Two pacers defining the speed rush on either side of India – Pakistan border

One of which goes like this. Far away from the country’s cricketing hub, a young boy develops a junoon for fast bowling. His family, uninitiated to the world of cricketing riches, discourages him. The love is obsessive, he doesn’t drop the ball. Spotted by a local coach, the young tearaway is fast-tracked from his club to the state unit. It doesn’t take long for the T20 franchise talent spotters to swoop in. The raw speedster goes under the wings of a pace legend, becoming the country’s new pace hope. A call from the national team is now awaited. For those following the Indian Premier League, this is the story about Umran Malik, Sun Risers Hyderabad and Dale Steyn. Across the border, it is about the Pakistan Super League, Zaman Khan, Lahore Qalandars and Aquib Javed. Malik, 22, touch...
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PCB planning to introduce women’s PSL early next year

Alarmed by the poor showing of the national team in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja on Tuesday said the PCB is planning to introduce a proper domestic set-up for them, which includes a T20 franchise-based league to begin early next year to unearth new talent. “There is a lot of work to be done in our women’s cricket set-up. You have to take into consideration the restrictions and other issues that are unique to women in sports. We have to take steps to have a proper domestic calendar for women with three-day matches,” Ramiz told reporters here. Pakistan lost all its opening four games in the World Cup to lie at the bottom of the points table. Pakistan still have three league matches remaining against the West Indies, England and New Zealand....
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Lahore Qalandars through to Pakistan Super League final

Lahore Qalandars reached the Pakistan Super League final after a thrilling come-from-behind six-run victory over Islamabad United. Lahore, playing for its first title, will meet the defending champion Multan Sultans in the final on Sunday. Lahore lost its only previous final appearance in 2020. Two-time champion Islamabad needed only 39 off the last five overs with five wickets in hand but, in a sensational collapse, lost the last three wickets for just one run to be bowled out for 162 in 19.4 overs. Earlier, David Wiese’s rapid 28 off eight balls lifted Lahore’s total to 168-7. Wiese bowled the critical final over against Islamabad and conceded only one run. No. 9 batsman Mohammad Wasim refused singles off Wiese’s first two deliveries then was run out while attempting to run two. ...
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PSL: Peshawar Zalmi beat Lahore Qalandars in super over

Peshawar Zalmi beat Lahore Qalanders in the first super over of this Pakistan Super League. Thanks to captain Shaheen Shah Afridi blasting 23 off the last regular over, Lahore Qalandars finished at 158-8 to tie Peshawar’s effort of 158-7 on Monday. Peshawar captain Wahab Riaz conceded only five runs in a tidy super over and veteran Shoaib Malik won the game by smashing two successive boundaries off Afridi’s first two balls. Both teams finished the group stage with 12 points but Lahore ended up second on a superior net run-rate than Peshawar. Lahore will take on league leaders Multan Sultans on Wednesday for a place in the final, while Peshawar will meet Islamabad United on Thursday in an eliminator. The Multan-Lahore loser will have another chance to make Sunday’s final when it f...
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James Faulkner leaves Pakistan T20 league over pay row | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Australian bowler James Faulkner allegedly damaged a hotel chandelier before quitting Pakistan's Twenty20 league at the weekend claiming he hadn't been paid, claims that were refuted as "baseless" by the country's cricket board. Faulkner, a member of Australia's 2015 World Cup-winning team, had been playing for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Faulkner abruptly left the league and took to social media to claim that he'd been lied to by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and that his treatment had been a "disgrace". "I apologise to the Pakistan cricket fans. But unfortunately I've had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and leave the @thePSLt20 due to the @TheRealPCB not honouring my contractual agreement/payments," Faulkner said on Twitter. 1/2I apologise to ...
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Australia’s James Faulkner leaves PSL over payment dispute | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner abruptly left the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday citing payment disputes, though the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied the allegation. Faulkner did not play the last three games of his Quetta Gladiators franchise and announced his shock withdrawal on Twitter. "...unfortunately I’ve had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and leave the @thePSLt20 due to the @TheRealPCB not honouring my contractual agreement/payments," Faulkner said in the first of his two posts. 1/2I apologise to the Pakistan cricket fans.But unfortunately I’ve had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and le… https://t.co/eXtve1G6rx— James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) 16452649710002/2It hurts to leave as I wanted to help to get international cricket back in Pakis...
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James Faulkner leaves PSL, accuses PCB for not honouring contractual agreement

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner revealed that he will not be participating in the Pakistan Super League 2022 over a payment dispute and blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not honouring his contractual as well as financial obligations. Stating that the PCB had lied to him,  the 31-year-old took to Twitter and said, “ I apologise to the Pakistan cricket fans, but unfortunately I have had to withdraw from the last two matches and leave the PSL due to the @TheRealPCB not honouring my contractual agreement/payments. I’ve been here the whole duration and they have continued to lie to me. It hurts to leave as I wanted to help to get international cricket back in Pakistan as there is so much young talent and the fans are amazing. But the treatment I have received has...
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Multan Sultans record biggest win in Pakistan Super League history

Defending champion Multan Sultans recorded the second-highest total in the history of Pakistan Super League to set up a record-breaking 117-run win over Quetta Gladiators on Friday. Led by captain Mohammad Rizwan’s (83 not out) fifth half-century this season and a whopping 71 off just 26 balls from Rilee Rossouw, Multan racked up 245-3 after Rizwan had won the toss and opted to bat first. The total fell just short of Islamabad United’s PSL record total of 247-2 against Peshawar Zalmi at Abu Dhabi last year. Quetta folded meekly for 128 in 15.5 overs against the pace and spin of Multan with Umar Akmal scoring a rapid 23-ball 50 while Jason Roy (38) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (17 not out) were the only other batters to reach double figures. Fast bowlers Shahnawaz Dahani and David Wil...
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PSL 2022: Wasim Akram ‘surprised’ to see reactions to his animated chat with Babar Azam

Pakistan Super League outfit (PSL) Karachi Kings’ president Wasim Akram was caught on camera animatedly talking to captain Babar Azam during the match between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans on Wednesday. This led to a lot of speculation and sharp reactions from netizens on what the Pakistan great could be saying to Azam, with a lot of theories flying around all over the internet. On Thursday, however, Wasim Akram played down the reported ‘tiff’ by saying that he was only asking Babar about the bowlers’ plans as they were not executing and conceded too many runs at the backend. He also hailed Babar for trying his best in the match that Kings lost by seven wickets. what’s happening here 🥲Wasim Akram You can’t do this with Babar Azam #BabarAzam #KarachiKings #Rizwan#Khushdil Shah pic.tw...
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Multan Sultans hand Babar Azam’s Karachi Kings 8th straight PSL loss

Defending champion Multan Sultans kept Karachi Kings searching for its maiden victory in the Pakistan Super League by registering a thumping seven-wicket win against Babar Azam’s team. Multan has 14 points from eight games and is now assured to finish among the top two in the playoffs with two more league games still to play. The 2020 champion Karachi is yet to get its first points, losing all five games at home and now three in a row in the Lahore-leg of the event. Multan once again showed its depth in the batting order, reaching 175-3 with three balls to spare to the dismay of Babar, who will be leading Pakistan in the next month’s three-test home series against Australia. “We lost this game due to poor overs and poor fielding as well,” Babar said. “If the team does well, the form com...
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PSL: Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings in thriller

Islamabad United’s left-arm fast bowler Waqas Maqsood dropped a catch off his final ball but still ran out Chris Jordan of Karachi Kings to clinch a dramatic one-run victory in the Pakistan Super League. Karachi, led by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, agonizingly finished on 190-8 for their seventh loss in a row and were eliminated from the playoff race with three league games still to go. Islamabad jumped to No. 3 with eight points from seven games behind table-toppers Multan Sultans (12 points) and Lahore Qalandars (10 points). Imad Wasim (55) and Pakistan Under-19 captain Qasim Akram (51 not out) had narrowed Karachi’s target to eight runs off the final over with their 108-run sixth-wicket stand, thanks to at least three dropped catches by the sloppy Islamabad fielders. Wasim hamme...
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Babar Azam’s Karachi Kings lose fifth straight game in PSL

Two-time champion Islamabad United won by a commanding 42 runs to hand Karachi Kings their fifth straight loss in the Pakistan Super League. Host Karachi, led by Pakistan T20 captain Babar Azam, will go to Lahore next week for the final leg of the PSL without a point. Another defeat will put the team on the brink of elimination. Islamabad skipper Shadab Khan, who won the toss and opted to bat first, continued his brilliant all-round form and raised his wickets tally to 14. Shadab picked up 4-15 through his sharp legspin bowling that restricted Karachi to 135-9 in its unimpressive chase. Earlier, Islamabad’s seasoned T20 top order made 177-6 on a slow and dry wicket with Paul Stirling hitting 39 upfront in his last PSL game this season and Shadab scoring 34 off 19 balls. Stirling will b...
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Andy Flower takes leave from PSL franchise to attend IPL mega auction | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Former Zimbabwe star Andy Flower has left Multan Sultans midway into the Pakistan Super League season to be in India for the IPL mega auction on February 11-12. One of Zimbabwe's most successful cricketers, Flower, who coached Multan to the PSL title last year, will be in Bengaluru for the auction as he is the head coach of the new IPL franchise, Lucknow SuperGiants. According to Multan Sultans' media department, Flower will be available virtually and will return to Pakistan on February 13. The PSL franchise will be without Flower for at least 10 days. Sultans will face Peshawar Zalmi on February 5 and 10 and take on Lahore Qalandars on February 11. Flower will rejoin the side before the match against Karachi Kings on February 16. Pakistan's former leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed, a...
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“You have come to the wrong shop”: Salman Butt’s response to Sarfaraz Ahmed’s ‘fixer’ jibe

Things are heating up in Pakistan cricket after former captain Salman Butt responded to wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed who took a jibe at him by calling him a “fixer.” “Pakistan ko on duty beachne wala fixer jub niyat pe bhashan dega phir to Allah he Hafiz hai (If the one who sold Pakistan on duty is giving lectures on intentions, then only god can protect).#justsying.” Sarfaraz tweeted. This was in response to Butt’s criticism of Sarafaz’s recent outing in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022. Pakistan ko on duty beachne wala fixer jub niyat pe bhashan dega phir to Allah he Hafiz hai .#justsying — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) February 2, 2022 Butt had also stated that Sarfaraz “needs to look after his own performance” as he has been the second-choice wicketkeeper-batter...
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Multan beat Lahore in record-breaking PSL chase | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI (Pakistan): The opening pair of Shan Masood and captain Mohammad Rizwan hit half-centuries to power defending champion Multan Sultans to a five-wicket win over Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League on Saturday. Left-handed Masood made 83 off 50 balls while Rizwan's (69) sublime form in the T20s continued as he scored his second successive half-century in Multan's record-breaking chase of 209-5 with two balls to spare. It was the highest-ever successful chase in the PSL, which is in its seventh season. Opener Fakhar Zaman's blistering 76 off 35 balls had earlier set up Lahore's strong total of 206-5 after Rizwan won the toss and opted to field. With 17 required off the last two overs, Lahore skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-40) pushed Multan in a tight corner by conceding o...
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Watch: Fire breaks out inside Karachi’s National Stadium

Just two days before the first game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season, a fire broke out inside Karachi’s National Stadium. According to a report on Cricket Pakistan website, the fire inside the make-shift commentary box was caused due to short circuit in the power lines during the preparations. Following this incident, a PCB spokesperson confirmed that a fire brigade vehicle and personnel have been deployed at the stadium to deal with any emergency from now onward, according to the aforementioned website. It should be noted that the commentary box on the third floor of the National Stadium has been moved to the ground due to being part of the biosecure bubble of commentators and broadcasters. Fire erupted in National Stadium last night. Situation under control now#PSL7 #LevelHa...
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Six-team Pakistan Super League set for Karachi, Lahore

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says”robust” Covid-19 health and safety protocols are in place ahead of its month-long domestic Twenty20 competition in Karachi and Lahore, with several foreign cricketers participating in a six-team event. “In the present-day environment, all international sport events are going ahead because there is more awareness and information about the pandemic,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja told The Associated Press on the eve of Pakistan Super League (PSL). Karachi will host the first leg of the tournament beginning Thursday before the league moves to Lahore on Feb. 10. Lahore will also host the playoffs and the final on Feb. 27. Last year the PSL was postponed in March after six players tested positive for COVID-19 in a bio-secure bubble, and the league was switched...
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Five new COVID positive cases reported by three franchises ahead of PSL | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: At least three franchises out of six have reported five new COVID positive cases, including players and officials, ahead of the Pakistan Super League beginning next week. The six franchises have started assembling in Karachi with the Pakistan Cricket Board launching the seventh edition of the league on January 27 at the National Stadium in Karachi. On Thursday, sources said that three franchises had reported five positive cases of players and officials. "These are the first positive cases in Karachi among the teams," one source said. Quetta Gladiators franchise has already lost three overseas signings including Shermon Hetmayer, James Faulkner and Luke Woods for their first match as the trio tested positive and have gone into isolation before they even boarded the flight to Kar...
Huge honour to lead Lahore Qalandars in PSL: Shaheen Shah Afridi | Cricket News – Times of India
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Huge honour to lead Lahore Qalandars in PSL: Shaheen Shah Afridi | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: Lahore Qalandars have named Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi as the skipper of the team ahead of the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Shaheen has replaced Sohail Akhtar, who was the captain of Lahore Qalandars for the last two PSL seasons. Shaheen said it is a huge honour for him to lead Lahore Qalandars in the upcoming season of PSL. "What a humbling journey, Alhumdulillah! It's a huge honor to Captain @lahoreqalandars - the most popular franchise of @thePSLt20. We'll play together as a team and win both hearts and the trophy iA Thanks @sameenrana @atifnaeemrana @AJavedOfficial bhai for the opportunity," Shaheen Shah Afridi tweeted. What a humbling journey, Alhumdulillah!It's a huge honor to Captain @lahoreqalandars - the most popular franchise… https://t.c...