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Virender Sehwag set to join commentary panel for inaugural ILT20 season | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag will be setting the inaugural DP World ILT20 on fire with his action-packed commentary. The tournament will be played between January 13 to February 12 this year. The six-team competition will be held across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah in the UAE.Apart from Sehwag, who has scored over 17,000 international runs, the six-team tournament will have Ian Bishop, Simon Doull, David Lloyd, David Gower, Wasim Akram, Mohammad Azharuddin, Harbhajan Singh, Waqar Younis, Niall O’ Brien in their commentary panel."I am really excited to be part of the ILT20 commentary team. The teams in the tournament are evenly matched and each of the franchises have many exciting players. I am certain that it will be a magnificent tournament and I feel very p...
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Sachin Tendulkar had the technique capable of handling everything: Brian Lara heaps praise on the Little Master

West Indies legend Brian Lara was recently asked in a conversation with Fox Sports about the best bowlers and batters he has faced during his time as an active cricketer and he reserved praise for none other than Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar. “Definitely Sachin Tendulkar and that’s not taking anything away from pre-Sachin time in Indian batting because obviously they had Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin. But when you are talking about an Indian player in India, there are a number of them who are going to score a lot of runs against you. When the Indian batsmen left India, there were few who would survive and acclimatize the conditions in Australia or the Caribbean. That was the first thing I saw with Sachin. It doesn’t matter where you took him, it doesn’t matter the pace of the b...
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Review of Sultan by Wasim Akram with Gideon Haigh: Reverse swing

Wasim Akram dwells upon cricket, Indo-Pak issues, injuries, an up-down equation with Waqar Younis, match-fixing allegations, and his coaching and commentary stints. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Wasim Akram remains the high priest of left-arm fast bowling. Readers of a certain vintage may prefer Aussie Alan Davidson but when you talk to batters of a more recent pedigree, they all concur that Akram was the best.The Punjabi from Lahore was intrinsic to Pakistan’s global cricketing imprint. Akram’s story had to be told, and in a non-fiction realm that features Osman Samiuddin’s  The Unquiet Ones and Aayush Puthran’s  Jazba, two books that respectively chronicled Pakistan’s men’s and women’s cricket, wordsmith Gideon Haigh enters the fray, helping the great speedster highlight his life thro...
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PCB announces free entry for second Test against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday announced free entry for spectators for the second and final Test against New Zealand at the National Bank Cricket Arena, starting on Monday.The decision to allow free entry comes after a disappointing crowd turnout in the series-opening first Test on Friday after bad light stopped play on Friday.🚨 Free entry for spectators for the second #PAKvNZ TestMore details ➡️ https://t.co/nw2T5mCfnk#TayyariKiwiHai https://t.co/Cfcb5RgezS— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1672479638000"The spectators are only required to bring either their original CNIC or B-form to enter the stadium and they will be able to watch the action free of cost from any of the premium (Imran Khan, Quaid, Wasim Akram and Zaheer Abbas), first class (Asif Iqbal, Waqar Hass...
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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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Saleem Malik was negative, selfish and treated me like a servant: Wasim Akram | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pace legend Wasim Akram in his biography 'Sultan: A Memoir' has accused his former Pakistan teammate Saleem Malik of being selfish and negative. The startling revelations in the biography also read that Malik treated Akram like a servant in the early phase of his career, making him give massage, clean his clothes and boots. "He would take advantage of my junior status. He was negative, selfish and treated me like a servant. He demanded I massage him, he ordered me to clean his clothes and boots," read an excerpt from the biography. Akram, who made his international debut in 1984, played under Malik's captaincy from 1992 to 1995 and there were reports that the two players were not on good terms. Malik, however, denied the allegations, saying Akram wrote all these to promote hi...
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Wasim Akram, Sanath Jayasuriya roped in as brand ambassadors for Lanka Premier League | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Legendary cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya and Wasim Akram have been roped in as brand ambassadors for the third edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) to be held from December 6 to 23. Jayasuriya, one of the most destructive batters of all-time, has scored more than 20,000 international runs and took 440 wickets for Sri Lanka, while Akram picked up a total of 916 international wickets during his illustrious career for Pakistan. "I am delighted to be the brand ambassador of the third edition of the LPL. This tournament is a great addition to the domestic cricket calendar and has found some great talents in Sri Lanka," Jayasuriya said in a release. "It gives us an ideal platform to find and nurture the best cricketing talent and we saw that during the Asia Cup, earlier this yea...
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Arshdeep Singh has great potential but comparing him to Wasim Akram will put him under pressure: Jonty Rhodes | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former South African star Jonty Rhodes feels Arshdeep Singh has grown tremendously as a cricketer and has great potential but comparing him to the great Wasim Akram will put him under pressure. The 23-year-old left-arm India pacer was one of the positives of India's T20 World Cup campaign that ended with a semifinal defeat to eventual champions England. Arshdeep, with his ability to swing the ball both ways ended up as the team's leading wicket-taker, claiming 10 scalps from six games at an economy of 7.80. "I think that's putting him under a lot of pressure, to compare him to the great Wasim Akram, the sultan of swing," Rhodes told reporters after he was announced as the mentor for 'Samp Army' globally. "Arsheep has certainly grown in the last two years and that's been the c...
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Jalti pe tel daalna, tweet pe tweet karna, just don’t do it man: Wasim Akram says without taking Shami’s name

Following Pakistan’s defeat to England in the 2022 T20 World Cup final, Indian bowler Mohammed Shami had quote tweeted Shoaib Akhtar’s heartbreak emoji expressing tweet with the response, “Sorry brother. It’s call karma.” Now, without explicitly taking anyone’s names, Pakistan cricket experts Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Misbah ul Haq and Shoaib Malik counselled current and ex cricketers to control themselves. “As ex-cricketers or as a present cricketer sitting here, our job is to maintain harmony and spread friendship between nations. The statements and tweets we make they should be positive towards each other. Bajay ke hum jalti pe tel daale (Don’t rub salt on wounds). That’s very important,” Akram said to A Sports. “Our job is to spread love among people. We should try to be neutral....
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They could not handle the pressure; We made mistakes but fought well: Pakistan experts react to PAK vs ENG T20 World Cup final result

Pakistan cricket experts Wasim Akram, Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis on Sunday pointed out where Pakistan went wrong in their T20 World Cup final match against England but lauded the team’s fighting spirit. “I think it was top effort by the Pakistan team but I felt that they could not handle the pressure. It felt like we could not execute our plans properly due to the pressure. That led to mistakes. The pressure was why there were mishaps in our batting. Clearly we lacked discipline and game awareness in batting as well as in bowling. You have to assess the conditions and then communicate fast as well as reassess your targets and obviously knowing your resources and the conditions, you have to maximize. If you are laidback in a match like this and when a chance comes, if you put one foo...
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A biryani before final got Akram going: a Melbourne restaurateur recalls 1992, looks forward to Sunday

Melbourne restaurateur Iftikhar Shah answered an SOS call from fast bowler Wasim Akram just hours before Imran Khan’s Pakistan beat England to lift the 1992 World Cup trophy at the MCG. “They were serving sandwiches. Akram said to me bowling kaise kare payenge yaar. ‘If there is some leftover of last night’s biryani can you get it?’. I said it will be done but give an hour or so,” Shah recalls this little-known desperate plea for comfort food. Luckily for Akram, Shah was seated next to the dressing room. Akram was still craving for the biryani the team had ordered the previous night before playing the biggest match of his life. Piping hot biryani was delivered to the dressing room and Akram went on to bowl two unplayable deliveries in the famous win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Thirt...
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T20 World Cup: Not exactly Imran’s team but Babar’s Pakistan ready to repeat history | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The stage is the same, the backdrop eerily similar to what it was three decades ago, but Imran Khan with his aura and charisma was a different beast compared to Babar Azam, who is a win away from emulating the iconic former skipper. More than 30 years back, the then 39-year-old Imran was mentally retired as a cricketer but turned up as a leader of men to beat a solid England side led by Graham Gooch and win Pakistan's first global trophy -- the 50 over World Cup at the MCG. Even though Imran, with his Oxford education and world view was very different from Babar, the quintessential Lahori, both the Pakistan captains are bound by a common thread -- taking their team to the final of a World Cup with a slice of luck and a lot of pluck. Imran was "skipper" to every player in that...
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Since introduction of IPL, India have never won a T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram

After India were demolished by England by 10 wickets in their semifinal clash in Adelaide Oval, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram pointed out the fact that since the introduction of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Men in Blue have never won a T20 World Cup. “Everyone thought the IPL will be the big difference between India and other teams. IPL started in 2008. India won a T20 World Cup before that in 2007. Since the advent of the IPL, India have never won a T20 World Cup. They won a World Cup in 2011 but that’s 50 overs,” Akram said on A Sports. India were eliminated from the Group stages in the last T20 World Cup in 2021 and earlier this year, they couldn’t make it to the last stages of the Asia Cup. Akram also raised the question that if Indian players played another overseas league i...
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If I was Babar, I would get hold of the guy who’s making the video; some things are personal: Wasim Akram slams PAK team’s locker room videos

With the advent of social media, a lot of things have changed when it comes to interacting with our favourite celebrities. The lives of cricketers, who are worshiped like gods in their countries, have also become more accessible to their fans through their social media handles. Pakistan Cricket’s Twitter handle is no different. Throughout the T20 World Cup, they have documented the journey of the team through various videos which showcases the cricketers in different moods. Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, however, is not a fan of documenting every single thing that goes on around the team, insisting that some moments were meant to be private. On Sunday, after making their way to the semifinals after defeating Bangladesh by 5 wickets, the Pakistan Cricket Twitter handle shared a video of sk...
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‘Babar should bat at No.3, Mohammad Haris to open, and Shaheen is back to his best’: Shahid Afridi, Waqar, Younis Khan, Aquib Javed gung-ho about Pak’s chances

For two months now, former Pakistani cricketers have been raging at the different tv studios. Three issues particularly pricked them: Babar Azam’s spot in the batting line-up, the brittleness of the middle order, and rushing Shaheen Afridi in without game time. As Pakistan pulled off another Houdini act to reach the semi-final, the mood was best captured by the former Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. “This can only happen to Pakistan, no other team,” Akmal would say on Ary News. Sitting next to him was Younis Khan who would laugh. Ten days back, both had wanted Babar Azam to step down from captaincy after the world cup. “You have to be a leader. Babar doesn’t have the spark to be a leader. He should quit captaincy so that he can focus on his batting. I have quit captaincy four times...
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If I were Bangladesh captain or coach, I would make all these players see psychologists: Wasim Akram

Pakistan legend Wasim Akram said that Bangladesh had only themselves to blame for their loss to Pakistan on Sunday, adding that if he was the Bangladesh coach or captain, he would make sure that the players see psychologists. “Bangladesh have to blame themselves. They should. If I was a captain of Bangladesh team or the coach of Bangladesh team, I will make sure these guys see psychologists. Because at one stage, Shanto was on 54 and things were going well then. They were 73 for 2 and I thought they’ll get to 160. But then Shanto stepped out and played a weird shot off Iftikhar and was bowled. If you had kept on taking singles, the score would have reached 155,” a visibly disappointed Akram said. He also said that the Bangladesh batters should have played Shaheen Afridi’s bowling a litt...
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‘Match-fixing rumours were like trauma’: Wasim Akram recalls dark phase of his career

Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram has addressed allegations of fixing against himself in his upcoming autobiography — Sultan – A Memoir. Shedding light on one of the darkest chapters in his life, Akram, in a conversation with the Guardian, said: “It was tough to revisit those moments in my life – the betrayal, the tragedies – but the reason for doing the book wasn’t money.” “I probably wanted to forget. I’ve been diabetic for 25 years and didn’t want the stress. But my sons are 25 and 21, my younger daughter is almost 18, and it’s my story for them. And my [second] wife, Shaniera. They all wanted to know what happened, my side of the story, because they have heard stuff about me. “People may talk about Wasim Akram, one of the best left-armers, Pakistan and Lancashire etc, and that’s how...
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Pakistan cricket fraternity stands by Imran Khan after assassination attempt

National team captain Babar Azam and former players like Wasim Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed condemned the attack on former Prime Minister Imran Khan National team captain Babar Azam and former players like Wasim Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed condemned the attack on former Prime Minister Imran Khan Former and current Pakistan cricketers on Thursday condemned the the assassination attempt on ex prime minister Imran Khan, a World Cup-winning captain, by an unidentified gunman during a protest march in the eastern city of Wazirabad. The 70-year-old Khan, who led Pakistan to its lone 50-over World Cup triumph in 1992, was shot and wounded in the leg in the attack but is said to be out of danger.Strongly condemn this heinous attack on @ImranKhanPTI. May Allah keep Kaptaan safe and protect our beloved...
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Former and current Pakistan cricketers condemn assassination attempt on Imran Khan | Off the field News – Times of India

KARACHI: Ex and current Pakistan cricketers on Thursday condemned the the assassination attempt on former prime minister Imran Khan, a World Cup-winning captain, by an unidentified gunman during a protest march in the eastern city of Wazirabad. The 70-year-old Khan, who led Pakistan to its lone 50-over World Cup triumph in 1992, was shot and wounded in the leg in the attack but is said to be out of danger. "Strongly condemn this heinous attack on ImranKhanPTI. May Allah keep Kaptaan safe and protect our beloved Pakistan, Ameen," national team captain Babar Azam, who is in Australia for the ongoing T20 World Cup, tweeted. Strongly condemn this heinous attack on @ImranKhanPTI. May Allah keep Kaptaan safe and protect our beloved Pakistan, Ameen.— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) 1667479630000Leg...
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Virat Kohli’s no ball gesture to umpire vs BAN: Pakistan legends have split opinions on incident

Pakistan legends Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and former captain Shoaib Malik were split in their opinions when talking about Virat Kohli’s gesture to the umpire, calling for a no ball for height during the India vs Bangladesh match in the T20 World Cup. In the last ball of the 16th over, Bangladesh bowler Hasan Mahmud bowled a short ball and umpire Marais Erasmus gave it a no-ball. Virat Kohli, meanwhile, was gesturing for a no as soon as it was bowled. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan then had a chat with Virat Kohli and both went back to their positions after sharing a laugh. Malik said on A Sports, “Shakib Al Hasan was probably saying that because you gestured, that’s why the umpire gave a no ball.” Waqar Younis said, “Shakib is saying you do your batting, let the umpires do umpi...