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Babar Azam reinstated as Pakistan’s white-ball captain | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Babar Azam has been named as the white-ball captain of the national team in a significant development for Pakistan cricket, marking his return to leadership roles after stepping down as all-format captain following the World Cup debacle in India.Pakistan's disappointing performance in the 50-overs World Cup last year prompted Babar Azam to relinquish the captaincy, as the team failed to progress beyond the group stage."Following unanimous recommendation from the PCB’s selection committee, chairman Mohsin Naqvi has appointed Babar Azam as white-ball captain of the Pakistan men's cricket team," announced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on social media platform X.The decision comes after pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi was handed the reins of the T20 squad, while Shan Masoo...
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Decision on Shaheen Afridi’s future as captain will be taken after national camp: PCB head Naqvi | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Mohsin Naqvi has suggested that a verdict regarding Shaheen Shah Afridi's captaincy tenure in the T20 team will be made following the forthcoming national camp at Kakul.PCB insiders have hinted that wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan is the frontrunner to assume the captaincy role in both white-ball formats."The selection committee and board is working on two or three things and the selectors will take decision on the captaincy after the training camp in Kakul," Naqvi told reporters here."The selection committee has to do some brainstorming and sit together and decide on the captain," Naqvi said, adding that his committee is in favour of continuity.Following Pakistan's disappointing performance in the ODI World Cup in India, Shaheen was appoint...
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‘Oh bhai… tez khel’: Inzamam-ul-Haq’s angry outburst at Shaheen Afridi | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: After legendary Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram criticised Shaheen Afridi's move to promote himself at No.5 in Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches, former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has also raised questions about Lahore Qalandars skipper's decision to bat up the order.Inzamam lambasted Shaheen for batting at No. 5 during Lahore Qalandar's PSL encounter against Quetta Gladiators on Sunday.Shaheen found himself in the crossfire of Inzamam's criticism despite notching up a quickfire half-century off 28 balls. The former Pakistan captain expressed concern that the captain and Abdullah Shafique had used up too many deliveries.Inzamam also opined that Lahore Qalandars looked set to post more than 200 but they ended up scoring only 166/7."This partnership between Abdullah Shafique an...
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Watch: Shaheen Afridi responds to doubters with ‘finger on your lips’ celebration in PSL | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] 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 leagu...
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Watch: Viv Richards charges on the field in celebration as Mohammad Wasim’s last-ball six sends Quetta Gladiators to PSL playoffs | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Quetta Gladiators clinched the final spot in the Playoffs of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) with a heart-stopping last-ball six to seal a sensational six-wicket victory over Lahore Qalandars at Karachi's National Stadium.Facing a target of 167 for victory, the equation boiled down to four runs needed off the final delivery with Mohammad Wasim Jr.on strike. With the left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi entrusted to deliver the crucial ball, anticipation reached its peak among fans and players alike.To the astonishment of many, Shaheen Afridi missed his mark, delivering a full toss, and Wasim Jr. seized the opportunity, unleashing a mighty swing of the bat to launch the ball into the stands, sparking jubilant scenes in the Gladiators' camp. Even the legendary Viv Richards could...
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PCB may ‘restore’ Haris Rauf’s central contract | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] 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.R...
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Former Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez reveals conversation with Babar Azam | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] 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 pla...
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PAK vs NZ, 2nd T20I | New Zealand beats Pakistan by 21 runs, leads 5-match series 2-0

[ad_1] New Zealand players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed during the T20 cricket international between New Zealand and Pakistan in Hamilton, New Zealand on Jan. 14, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP New Zealand overcame the loss of its captain in an innings that faltered late to beat Pakistan by 21 runs in the second Twenty20 International on January 14, taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The Black Caps failed to build on the foundation of the first half of its innings, making 194 for eight batting first after being 111 for one at the end of 10 overs. The batting slump followed captain Kane Williamson retiring hurt after 10 overs with a tight hamstring. Pakistan also stumbled in the second half of its innings and was bowled out for 173 in the 20th over. Williamson is...
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Why Hardik Pandya? Why no Rohit Sharma?: Fans set social media ablaze over India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup poster | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a highly-anticipated 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup clash on June 9 at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County, New York. This prestigious tournament will take place from June 1 to June 29 and is co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States.After the schedule announcement, Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the ICC event, unveiled a poster featuring the India-Pakistan clash across their social media platforms. The banner had the images of the newly-appointed captain Shaheen Afridi alongside Hardik Pandya in anticipation of the showdown.The post sparked significant confusion among fans, leading to speculation about whether Hardik Pandya had replaced Rohit Sharma as the captain for the upcoming T20 World Cup next year.India, w...
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‘T20 cricket, who cares?’: Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis criticize decision to rest Shaheen Afridi for Sydney Test | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan pace greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis have voiced criticism over the decision to rest fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi in the third and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The controversial move came after Pakistan had already lost the series 0-2, raising questions about the absence of Shaheen in the farewell Test for Australia's opener David Warner.Speaking on the decision, Akram claimed that the call was entirely Shaheen's and not influenced by the team management. Akram delivered a stern message, urging players to prioritize between aspiring to become greats of the game or focusing solely on financial gains through T20 cricket.Scorecard: Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test"Straight after this, there are five T20s in New Zeala...
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Pakistan rested Shaheen Afridi, Imam-ul-Haq for third Test against Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan have opted to rest star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and opener Imam-ul-Haq for the third and final Test against Australia. The decision was announced on Tuesday as Pakistan revealed their playing XI for the New Year's Test, set to commence on Wednesday. Pakistan's strategic adjustmentsThe inclusion of 21-year-old Saim Ayub and 30-year-old Sajid Khan highlights the team's strategic adjustments.Saim Ayub, making his Test debut, arrives on the back of strong List A performances for Karachi, showcasing his potential after debuting in T20 international cricket in March of the previous year.Despite limited Test experience, Saim brings a fresh perspective to the playing XI. In his eight T20I matches, he has accumulated 123 runs at an average of 17.57.Sajid Khan, returni...
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Shahid Afridi wants Mohammad Rizwan, not Shaheen Afridi, to lead Pakistan – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: After Babar Azam's departure from captaincy in all three formats in November, Pakistan named Shaheen Shah Afridi as their new T20I captain and Shan Masood as their Test captain. Former Pakistan skipper and dynamic batsman Shahid Afridi expressed his inclination towards wicketkeeper-batter Rizwan over left-arm fast bowler Shaheen for the T20I leadership. Afridi praised Rizwan as a resilient individual, advocating him as the ideal candidate to steer Pakistan in the quick-paced format of the game.“[I admire Rizwan's] hardwork and focus level. His best quality, which I like most, is only focusing on his game and paying no heed to who doing what and what not. He is really a fighter!” Afridi said.“I want to see him [Rizwan] as the T20 captain but mistakenly, Shaheen became th...
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Salman Butt wants Pakistan to follow India’s footsteps to end winless run in Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: In the 12 times Pakistan have toured Australia, they have never managed to win a series Down Under. Making the matter worse is the 14 straight defeats that Pakistan have endured as their winless run since 1995 continues.Former Test captain Salman Butt feels that if Pakistan are to break their disastrous run in Australia they should take cue India as the neighbouring country has recently beaten the Aussies in their own backyard twice in the recent times.The Pakistan side is currently in Australia for a three-match Test series that began in Sydney on Thursday.India have beaten Australia twice -- 2-1 in the four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in 2020-21 and 2-1 again in 2022-23.Highlighting the game-planning and execution of the Indian team in Australia, Butt pointed o...
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1st Test: David Warner’s ton guides Australia to 346/5 against Pakistan on Day 1 | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: David Warner dispelled any concerns about his Test match prowess on Thursday by launching a formidable assault, amassing an impressive 164 runs against Pakistan's bowlers on Day 1. Australia finished the day at 346-5 after 84 overs in the series opener at Perth.The 37-year-old, set to bid farewell to Test cricket after the third and final game in Sydney, joined forces with Usman Khawaja (41) to forge a formidable 126-run opening partnership, capitalising on winning the toss.In the 43rd over, Warner showcased his class with a delightful upper cut for four, reaching a brisk 125-ball century — his 26th in Tests. This achievement prompted his trademark celebratory leap and a cheeky 'shush' towards the media box. The opener's stellar performance laid a solid foundation for A...
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Watch: David Warner’s ‘unbelievable’ six against Pakistan at Perth | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Australia opener David Warner is known to be a swashbuckling batsman with all the shots in the book.But the kind of shot he played on the first day of the first Test against Pakistan at Perth on Thursday was straight from T20 cricket.The second delivery of the 21st over bowled by Shaheen Afridiwas pitched on a length and angling into the left-hander.ButWarner got down low, used his body to get inside the line and then helped it on its way with an audacious flap over long leg and the shot sailed a long way over, leaving the crowd and the commentators amazed.Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, commentating in the Test called the shot "unbelievable."David Warner raced to an unbeaten 72 as he and partner Usman Khawaja amassed 117 without loss by lunch.Australia won the toss and op...
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Shaheen Afridi named vice-captain for Test series against Australia – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan speedster Shaheen Afridi was on Wednesday named the vice-captain of the Test team for the series against Australia, starting December 14 in Perth.On the eve of the first Test, the Pakistan Cricket Board took to social media, announcing Shaheen's appointment. Shaheen, who was earlier named T20I skipper will now serve as the deputy for Shan Masood in the longest format. The change in leadership in Pakistan Cricket happened after Babar Azam decided to step down from captaincy in all formats."Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been appointed vice-captain of the Pakistan Test Team for the series against Australia," a statement from PCB read.Shaheen has played 27 Tests, in which he has managed to register 105 wickets at an economy of 3.08.In the absence of Naseem Sh...
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Watch: Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi clarifies viral luggage loading video | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan's star pacer, Shaheen Afridi, shed light on the viral video where Pakistan players were seen loading their luggage onto a container truck outside Sydney Airport. Afridi clarified the situation, stating that the players were simply trying to save time as they had only 30 minutes before their next flight. The players, considering themselves a family, decided to help each other out, emphasising the unity within the team."I think woh hum sirf time bacha rahe the, kyunki humare pass 30 minutes hi the next flight ke liye.Hum sirf time bacha rahe the. Ladkon ne kaha ki bhai woh do bande hai, kaam kar rahe hai, toh let's help them. Toh bas hum time bacha rahe the, usme aisi koi baat nahi hai [We only had 30 minutes to catch our next flight and we helped because there w...
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Pakistan cricketers unhappy with chief selector for not issuing NOCs to play in foreign leagues | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] KARACHI: Several Pakistani cricketers are reportedly unhappy with PCB chief selector Wahab Riaz for delaying the issuance of NOCs to players to compete in foreign leagues, such as the Big Bash League in Australia, leading to tension between the two sides.Sources close to the players said that all-rounder Imad Wasim had decided to end his international career because of the tension prevailing between the chief selector and the cricketers over the issuance of NOCs.Wasim had announced his retirement on Friday, bringing curtains to his eight-year international career."(Chief selector) Wahab has made it clear to all centrally-contracted players that their first priority is to play for Pakistan and also insisted that anyone wanting to be considered for selection to the national team has...
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Pakistan name Shan Masood, Shaheen Afridi as Test and T20 captains after Babar Azam’s resignation – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: As Babar Azam stepped down from the captaincy duties across formats following Pakistan's World Cup debacle, the PCB, following his resignation, appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as captains for Test and T20I formats.However, there was no communication from the board over who will take the leadership role in the one-day format.Masood and Shaheen were tipped to lead the Test and T20I sides after Babar's resignation.Babar captained Pakistan in all three formats starting October 2019, and led them to number one in ICC One Day International (ODI) rankings for the first time in May.But after Pakistan's disappointing finish at the World Cup, where they couldn't qualify for the knock-outs, Babar and his leadership skills came under severe criticism."Today, I am stepping ...
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Very disappointed but I am keen to lead in rebuilding phase: Babar Azam | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: With an embarrassing 93-run defeat against England, Pakistan wrapped up their disappointing 2023 World Cup campaign in Kolkata on Saturday.Suffering five defeats in their nine group games, Babar Azam and co. finished the tournament at 5th place in the standings. Not hiding his disappointment after another crushing defeat, skipper Babar admitted that the team made mistakes in every department throughout the tournament. However, the 29-year-old hinted that he would like to lead the national team during its rebuilding phase in white-ball cricket."We will sit together and take stock. We'll take positives from this and discuss mistakes. I'm keen to lead the rebuild," Babar said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Pakistan couldn't qualify for the semi-finals of the 50-ov...