ICC Player Of The Month: Babar Azam And Alyssa Healy Among Those Nominated For April
Dubai, May 5: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, opener Fakhar Zaman and Nepal’s Khushal Bhurtel are the men players nominated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for April’s ICC Player of the Month Awards. In the women’s category, Australia’s Alyssa Healy and Megan Schutt and New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek have been nominated.
In the month of April, Babar became the No.1 ranked batsman in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings, ending India captain Virat Kohli’s long reign at the top of the charts. His compatriot Fakhar Zaman also produced a stellar showing during the month, scoring two centuries in the ODI series victory over South Africa, including a magnificent 193 in the second match in Johannesburg.
Completing the men’s shortlist, Nepal’s Bhurtel was the leading run-scorer as his team won a tri-series also featuring the Netherlands and Malaysia. His significant contribution with the bat totalled 278 runs, including four half-centuries in five matches.
In the women’s category, Australia’s Alyssa Healy played three ODIs versus New Zealand, scoring 155 runs at an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 98.72. Her efforts saw her finish as the leading run-scorer in Australia’s series victory over New Zealand that extended their record-winning streak to 24 ODIs. Her teammate Megan Schutt became Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the same series, taking seven wickets at an average of 13.14.
New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek played two ODIs against Australia, achieving career-best figures of six for 46 in the second match of the series, and followed this up with three more wickets in the final match, finishing with nine wickets at an average of 7.77.
The three nominees for either category are shortlisted based on on-field performances and overall achievements during that month (the first to the last day of each calendar month).
This shortlist is then voted on by the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprises prominent members of the cricket family including senior journalists, former players, broadcasters, and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame.
The Voting Academy will submit their votes by email and retain a 90 per cent share of the vote. Additionally, fans registered with the ICC will be able to vote via the ICC website once the shortlisted players are announced and will have a 10 per cent share of the vote. Winners are announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels.—(ANI)
IPL 2021 Put On Hold As COVID-19 Strikes More Teams, May Get Cancelled Too
The tournament has been suspended indefinitely. We will try to conduct the event in the next available window but this month is unlikely,” league chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI.
The Board of Control for Cricket In India has suspended the tournament for at least a week, as per sources. Tuesday’s Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians match in Delhi came under cloud after Wriddhiman Saha of SRH tested positive.
“…we will take stock if we can find a suitable window later during the year. It could be September but these are all speculations. As of now we are not conducting it any further,” said BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla.
The Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match was suspended on Monday after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier of KKR tested positive
According to sources, IPL 2021 may be cancelled and held at a later date depending on India’s cricket schedule. India are to tour England and play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton in June.
The BCCI had been trying to continue with IPL but the increasing number of counts in different teams has made it rethink. The tournament which brings in 4000 crores of revenue to the Indian cricket board has always been a priority for the BCCI. Despite the pandemic, it held the IPL in UAE last season. The tournament passed off COVID-free.
But things have turned for the worse from earlier this week. KKR players testing positive was a starting point. It was slowly revealed several groundstaff in Delhi were infected by corononavirus that has left thousands dead in India.
Earlier on Tuesday, it was being said that the tournament would move to Mumbai again. As per original plans, IPL 2021 was to be played in a single location but the BCCI changed its mind and spread the tournament over six cities — Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. The Kolkata and Bangalore legs were to start on May 9.
Painful Performance We Played Poor Cricket Babar After Pak’s Loss Against Zimbabwe
Harare, April 24: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has lamented his side’s performance in the second T20I of the three-match series against Zimbabwe, saying that the Green Shirts played poor cricket and it was a painful performance.
Despite skipper Babar’s 41-run knock, Pakistan suffered a shocking 19-run defeat in a low-scoring second T20I against Zimbabwe here at the Harare Sports Club on Friday.
“It’s a very painful performance. In South Africa, we had chased down 200; similarly here, we should have won this game comfortably. But unfortunately, we played poor cricket and continued to struggle in the middle order. Today, it was not just the middle order but our batsmen right through couldn’t perform the way we expect them to. It was a collective collapse and we lost as a group. But credit to Zimbabwe who came back so strongly today,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Babar as saying.
Chasing 119, barring Babar, Mohammed Rizwan (13), and Danish Aziz (22), no visiting batter was able to cross the double figure-mark. In fact, no batsman was able to score above six runs for Pakistan from the lower middle-order and the tailenders.
Babar’s wicket brought the hosts back in the game and after that Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. In the next over, Aziz departed after scoring 22 runs. At that time, Pakistan was 79/5 in 16.2 overs. Luke Jongwe didn’t give any change to Pakistan for a fightback as he returned figures of 4-18 in his 3.5 overs. He was also adjudged as the Player of the Match. Pakistan collapsed from 79/5 to 99 in no time.
“The wicket was similar to the other day but it was suitable for batters and that is not an excuse anyway. As a professional, you adapt to every condition but I think we as openers didn’t give a good start from the top and then our middle order was struggling to step up. The World T20 is closing in and we have to sort this out as soon as possible. The next game we will come back and make a good combination,” said Babar.
Pakistan and Zimbabwe will now lock horns in the third and final T20I on Sunday.
Pakistan Cricket Players Will Get Visas For World T20 In India: BCCI Apex Council
New Delhi:17 April 2021, Pakistan’s cricket players will get visas to compete in the T20 World Cup in India this October, the BCCI’s apex council has been told by Board secretary Jay Shah following “government assurances”.
Shah told the council in a video conference meeting held on Friday where it was also decided that the mega-event will be staged across nine venues with Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the final.
The other venues are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala and Lucknow.
“The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However, whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear,” an Apex Council member told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“It will be decided in due course of time. However, we had promised ICC that it will be sorted. The secretary announced during the meeting.”
India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket for close to a decade now due to diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
Pakistan has been demanding assurances from the ICC that visas will be granted to its players for the 16-team extravaganza, which will complete seven editions this year.(PTI)
Mehbooba Blames Orange Jersey For Indian Cricket Team’s Defeat Against England In World Cup 2019
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday blamed the Indian cricket team’s new orange jersey for their loss against England in a World Cup match on Sunday.
“Call me superstitious but I’d say it’s the jersey that ended India’s winning streak in the #ICCWorldCup2019,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.
The Indian team sported a second choice jersey for the World Cup match against England, following International Cricket Council’s home and away rule.
There has been some debate in political circles with regard to the choice of orange as the dominating colour for the second jersey.
Earlier, Mehbooba said for a change both Indian and Pakistani fans were on the same page, rooting for India’s.
“Pakistani cricket fans are rooting for India to win the match against England. Chalo kum say kum cricket ke bahaane (at least in cricket), for a change both countries are on the same page,” Mehbooba said in a tweet.
J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) To Host 1300 Teams For District Cricket Tournaments
J&K Cricket Association is all set to launch this seasons district level tournaments across Kashmir & the registration process has been completed with around 1300 teams registering in Kashmir province.
The tournament is the initiative of JKCA to provide platform for the district level players. The new cricket sensation of J&K and current Mumbai Indian’s pacer in Indian Premier League Rasikh Salam’s talent got nurtured during last year’s district level events. Rasikh was called for talent hunt where he was observed by Irfan Pathan.
For the first time in the history of JKCA an open district level tournament was conducted in which players from all districts, clubs of State were given chance to show their talent. It worked as number of unknown player’s performed well who then were called for the talent hunt and other coaching camps.
Players like Rasikh Salam from Kulgam who made it to IPL and Zahid from Tral and Basit from Kupwara are all product of this event.
The official said that for the first time in cricket history of J&K district level events would also be held in Kargil and Leh. The district level tournament of this event will also be held in Leh and Kargil. The teams in both districts have already registered and matches will start soon. The format of the event is 40- overs and it is great platform for the cricketers.
India, Pakistan Cricket Match Nothing Less Than A War: Virender Sehwag
Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag has said that the cricket match between India and Pakistan was nothing less than a war and that India should win it. “There is another point that is discussed. We should do whatever is good for the country’s welfare. When India and Pakistan play a match, it is nothing less than a war. We should win the war, not lose it,” Sehwag has said at an event in Goa.
Asked if India should play Pakistan in the World Cup, Sehwag said, “There are two points which are discussed, whether we should have a war with Pakistan or not (and whether we should play Pakistan).” India and Pakistan will lock horns in a World Cup round-robin match on 16 June.
The World Cup will be played in England and Wales between May 30 and July 14 this year. All teams are scheduled to play nine round-robin matches each before four teams qualify for the knockout stage.
There have been calls for the India team to boycott the match against Pakistan from several fans and former cricketers following February’s militant attack in Pulwama that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.
A Girl From Shopian Kashmir Jasia Akhter Got Selected In India Women Cricket Team
Deputy Commissioner Owais Ahmed today congratulated Jasia Akhter who was recently selected in ‘India Reds’ women cricket team. Jasia is the first girl from Jammu and Kashmir who has been selected in the coveted cricket team.
The Deputy Commissioner met family of Jasia and congratulated them on the grand success of their daughter. “Jasia belongs to a far flung village of Bradipora in Shopian and despite the odds, she has made it to the Reds,” he said. He said that the youth in rural areas are gifted with great talent and the administration has taken many steps to guide them towards greater success. He said that Jasia not only brought laurels to district Shopian but this is also a moment of happiness for the whole state.
“This is the first time that any girl from J&K has been chosen for India Reds and we share this happiness with the family of Jasia and whole State,” he said. Having many firsts to her credit already, ace woman cricketer of the J&K, Jasia Akhtar, who plays for Punjab in the national arena has been selected to play for India Reds team in the upcoming Women’s Challenger One-day trophy. Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday announced its three teams for the upcoming Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy One-Day Tournament-2019. India Reds, India Blue and India Green – all comprise of 13 players each and will play against each other in the event from January 3 in Andra Pradesh.
Earlier, last year, Jasia had become the second cricketer from J&K after Roopali Slathia of Jammu to be selected for the national camp. Even though she took part in the national camp but couldn’t make it to the Indian cricket team. However, this time Jasia is confident of making it to Indian cricket team by doing well in the upcoming challenger trophy. “I am happy to see my name in the list and being rewarded for the hard work. This is another chance for me to do well and get a place in Team India,” Jasia said.
17 Year Old Pace Sensation From Kulgam South Kashmir Sold to Mumbai Indians For 20 Lakh Rs
The evening of Tuesday brought a new sparkle to Ashmuji village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, as a 17-year-old boy from the place made his debut for 2019 IPL season and was sold to Mumbai Indian for Rs 20,00000.
“Yesterday it was just a surprise addition to IPL 2018 after Rashik was shortlisted of a among the four players from Jammu and Kashmir who have been inducted in the list, but this evening it turned into happiness” A friend of Rasik Salam said.
Salam caught the eyes of the nation earlier this year after his decent performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He was then called for a trial session by Mumbai Indians.
Salam was picked for the senior team despite having least experience in the cricket age bracket.
The feisty youngster debuted against Rajasthan and instantly shone for his team in the very second match against the mighty Tamil Nadu side.
In fact, he took two crucial wickets in the match. Both J&K captain Parvez Rasool and Irfan Pathan, who is currently playing the role of a mentor, later praised him for his sublime performances.
Salam added another feather in his hat in a short time after the addition to the IPL list. There, he finds himself in a company of some of the most prominent and seasoned players.
Now after he was picked by Mumbai Indian team, Rasikh will get to share the dressing team with some of the best players in the world and will play a vital role in shaping up his bright future. The mere fact that the youngster was among 226 Indians from over 1000 entries is a testament of cricket’s bright future in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam is now the fastest player to reach 1,000 Twenty20 International runs, as he achieved the feat during the third and final match of the T20I series against New Zealand on Sunday. Azam, who opened the innings for Pakistan against the Black Caps, scored 79 off 58 deliveries, and reached the 1000-run mark when he reached 48. With that, he overtook Team India captain Virat Kohli by one innings. Azam completed the landmark in just 26 innings, beating the previous record set by India’s Virat Kohli, who reached 1,000 runs in 27 Twenty20 innings.
In the same match, Mohammad Hafeez scored a 34-ball 53 after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat at Dubai stadium. Pakistan enjoy an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Virat Kohli is currently rested for the ongoing T20I series against the Windies. In the recently concluded five-match ODI series against the West Indies, Kohli ensured India won 3-1, scoring three back-to-back hundreds.
Kohli will resume cricket when India tour Australia down this month, starting with the T20I series on November 21.
Pakistan Left-Arm Spinner Abdur Rehman Retires From International Cricket
Former Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who along with teammate Saeed Ajmal famously stunned England during a 3-0 defeat in 2012, announced his retirement from international cricket Wednesday, Pakistan’s daily The News reported today.
The 38-year-old took 19 wickets and Ajmal finished with 24 when Pakistan whitewashed the then-world number one Test team in United Arab Emirates six years ago in one of the finest performances of his career.
However, Rehman said he was disheartened as of late after being ignored by national selectors, the report said.
“I am announcing retirement from international cricket with a heavy heart,” Rehman told media in Lahore city of Pakistan. “It was a tough decision but I have decided to call it a day.”
A wily spinner, Rehman finished his 22-Test career just one short of a deserved hundred wicket mark, while he took 30 in 31 One-day Internationals and eight wickets in 11 Twenty20 Internationals.
His last Test was in Sri Lanka in 2014 before the selectors began picking younger players in his place to form a new team.
Rehman said dismantling the English batsmen in 2012 was his most memorable moment as a professional.
“The partnership with Saeed was really great and I can´t ever forget that England series when we clean swept them,” said Rehman.
“I played in World Cups, in T20s so am very grateful I managed all that,” said Rehman, who will continue playing first-class cricket in Pakistan.
“I´m sad I couldn´t get that 100th wicket, that would´ve really been something, but I´m still grateful for 99 wickets in 22 Tests. Very few left-arm spinners have that,” he added.
Rehman´s reputation was also briefly hit by a 12-week ban after failing a drugs test during a stint with Somerset just a few months after his brilliant bowling against England in 2012. (The News)
NIT Orders Closure Of Shops Inside Campus Due To India Vs Pakistan Cricket Match
Authorities at National Institute of Technology Hazratbal, Srinagar on Wednesday ordered the closure of all the shops inside the campus in view of Indo-Pak cricket clash which is scheduled to begin from 5:00 pm today.
“In view of Indo-Pak cricket match scheduled today i.e. 19/09/2018, all shopkeepers of the NIT campus are hereby directed to close their shops from 4:00 pm to midnight as a precautionary measure to avoid untoward incident,” reads a notification issued by the Ex-Engineer P&D wing of NIT Hazratbal, Srinagar.
An official told GNS that the decision was taken to avoid any tension between local and non-local students who would watch Indo-Pak match at shops inside the campus.
Last year, local and non-local students clashed during the Indo-Pak cricket match. The clash prompted NIT authorities to suspend class work for several days.
Irfan Pathan Kick Starts JKCA Talent Hunt In Srinagar Area Of Central Kashmir
Ace cricketer Irfan Pathan started his stint with cricket in Jammu and Kashmir with a mega talent hunt organized by the state’s cricket association at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium Srinagar on Thursday.
Pathan, who was roped in by JKCA as mentor-cum-coach, arrived in Srinagar on June 22 and directed the association to conduct selection processes at the district level to develop grass root level cricket.
Subsequently, selection process was held by the JKCA across the Valley.The shortlisted players were then called for the selection process monitored and by Pathan.
The selected players from under-14, 16, 19 and 23 age groups from far flung areas arrived in Srinagar on Thursday for a two-day selection process.
“I am happy to see such a raw talent. There is no substitute to hard work and at all levels of cricket. It is basic need for delivering well on the field,” Pathan told the players.
Invoking Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram, Pathan told the players to work harder. “Akram who was known for his lethal yorkers would train in nets for close to one and half hour every day,” he said
Pakistan Beat England By Nine Wickets In First Test At Lord’s
England succumbed to a miserable nine-wicket defeat by brilliant Pakistan on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord’s.
Optimism provided by Jos Buttler and Dom Bess on the third evening was dashed by the eighth delivery of the day, when Buttler was trapped lbw by Mohammad Abbas for 67.
That began a collapse of four wickets for six runs, leaving England 242 all out and Pakistan chasing only 64 to win.
Although James Anderson bowled Azhar Ali in the third over, Haris Sohail and Imam-ul-Haq shared an unbroken stand of 54 that had victory sealed 90 minutes into the day.
Following a winter when they did not win in seven Tests in Australia and New Zealand, this is an awful result for England, who spoke before this match of returning to winning ways and developing skills that will make them more competitive in foreign conditions.
Instead, they have lost the first Test of a home summer for the first time in 23 years.
For Pakistan, this is a wonderful result, their thorough preparation leading to a superiority over the hosts in all aspects of the game.
They will have the opportunity to seal their first series win in England since 1996 when the second and final Test begins at Headingley on Friday.
ICC World Cup 2019: India Begin Campaign Against South Africa, Face Pakistan On June 16
India’s campaign begins against South Africa on June 5 at Southhampton and ends with Sri Lanka on July 6 in Leeds before the semi-final and final.
The International Cricket Council’s tentative schedule of the 2019 World Cup which will be held between May 30 and July 14 in England and Wales next year revealed that India’s campaign begins against South Africa on June 5 at Southhampton. India were initially scheduled to play on June 2 but the game has been pushed two matches in order to abide by the Lodha Committee recommendations which require a 15-day gap between IPL and an international assignment.
India’s next challenge will be against Australia on June 9 after which they take on New Zealand on June 13. However, the blockbuster encounter against arch-rivals Pakistan will be played on Sunday, June 16 in Manchester. Following this India face Afghanistan at Southampton on June 22 and West Indies on June 27.
The men in blue complete their round-robin stage with matches against hosts- England on June 30, Bangladesh on July 2 and Sri Lanka on July 6 in Leeds. Here’s the full schedule: India vs South Africa: June 5, 2019 India vs Australia: June 9, 2019 India vs New Zealand: June 13, 2019 India vs Pakistan: June 16, 2019 India vs Afghanistan: June 2, 2019 India vs West Indies: June 27, 2019 India vs England: June 30, 2019 India vs Bangladesh: July 2, 2019 India vs Sri Lanka: July 6, 2019.
Zimbabwe To Host Australia, Pakistan For T20 Tri-Series in July Full Schedule Available Below
The entire tri-series will take place in Harare
Australia and Pakistan will play Zimbabwe in a Twenty20 International tri-series in the African country from July 1, Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed on Tuesday (April 10). The tournament will be held at the Harare Sports Club.
Pakistan will then stay on for bilateral ODI-leg of five matches to be staged at Bulawayo’s Queens Sports Club from July 13.
The tours were earlier under threat due to Zimbabwe Cricket’s financial crisis but after negotiations with broadcasters and sponsors the board has managed to piece things together.
“Following months of negotiations, we are pleased to confirm we will be hosting a T20I triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan, followed by an ODI series against Pakistan,” Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain said.
“Playing two of the game’s biggest teams will provide us with a very welcome litmus test as we forge ahead with our plans to develop a stronger Zimbabwe side capable of consistently competing and winning against the best,” he added.
Australia last toured Zimbabwe for an ODI tri-series in 2014, during which they lost a game to Zimbabwe after 31 years. South Africa eventually went on to win the tournament by beating Australia by 6 wickets with 55 balls to spare.
Meanwhile, Pakistan visited Zimbabwe for a 2-match T20I and 3-match ODI series in 2015 and triumphed 2-0 in both formats.
Top-Ranked Pakistan Swept West Indies 3-0 in Twenty20 Series With Another Thumping Eight-Wicket Victory
Pakistan rode Babar Azam’s (51) second successive half century and Fakhar Zaman’s 40 off 17 balls to reach 154-2 in 16.5 overs.
West Indies, batting first for the first time in the series, had earlier scored 153-6 after its captain Jason Mohammed won the toss.
Pakistan continued to dominate a weakened West Indies bowling with its opening pair Azam and Zaman putting on 61 runs off only 32 balls.
West Indies opener Andre Fletcher earlier scored 52 off 43 balls and Denesh Ramdin provided late acceleration with a robust 42 off just 18 balls which gave the tourists their best total in the series. West Indies lost the first match by a massive 143 runs before losing the second game by 82 runs, when Pakistan posted its highest ever Twenty20 score of 205-5.
Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir responded to former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi’s tweet about Kashmir.
Gambhir also took to Twitter to respond to Afridi. He went on to mock the vocabulary of Afridi and called it “retarded” as well. “Media called me for reaction on @SAfridiOfficial tweet on OUR Kashmir & @UN. What’s there to say? Afridi is only looking for @UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINTEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!,” Gautam Gambhir wrote in response to Afridi’s Tweet. Earlier Pak former cricket Afridi had strongly condemned the Shopian killings and expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir. In a tweet, Afridi, who has a huge fan following in Kashmir as well, had questioned the United Nations and other international bodies for their ‘silence’ over the bloodshed in Kashmir. “Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren’t they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?” Afridi had tweeted.
India To Meet Pakistan in Champions Trophy Opener June 23 To July 1
India will take on Pakistan in the opening match of the Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 which will be held here from June 23 to July 1.
That match will be followed by another eye-catching fixture, with home favourites and European champions Netherlands taking on Olympic and Pan American champions Argentina.
A sensational opening day of action will be rounded off by the meeting between Australia and Belgium who will meet in what is certain to be a hugely competitive fixture between two of the best attacking sides in the world.
Other schedule highlights include a showdown between European neighbours Netherlands and Belgium on June 24, while a rerun of the 2016 Olympics final between Argentina and Belgium is slated for June 26.
Argentina will be looking to reverse their loss to Australia in December’s Men’s Odisha Hockey World League Final on the last day of the round-robin on June 30.
The Netherlands and India, the champions of Europe and Asia respectively, will clash on June 30.
Manzoor Dar’s IPL Selection: Kaif’s Message For Kashmiri Youth is ‘Pick up Bat And Ball’
Kaif, the former middle order batsman for Indian cricket team who hails from Uttar Pradesh”s Lucknow, stated this while reacting to a video of elated villagers on the selection of Manzoor Dar into cash-rich Indian Premier league (IPL).
Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif said that Kashmir will be beautiful if Kashmiri youth pick up bat instead of gun and pick up ball instead of stones.
Kaif, the former middle order batsman for Indian cricket team who hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, stated this while reacting to a video of elated villagers on the selection of Manzoor Dar into cash-rich Indian Premier league (IPL).
One of the videos reached former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif who was elated to watch the support Dar received.
In a tweet, the 37-year old said, “What a wonderful feeling it must be for Manzoor Dar to watch the celebrations. If instead of a gun, the youth pick up a bat, if instead of stones, the youth pick up a ball, the atmosphere in Kashmir will become beautiful. They need to be encouraged to play a sport and govt should support.”
Dar picked up by IPL’s Kings XI Punjab, belongs to Suganpora Ganastan, a remote village of Kashmir’s Sumbal town.
Since the day Dar got selected by KXIP for Rs 20 lakh, the village has been celebrating the 24-year-old’s success, and videos of the locals dancing on the streets have been going viral. Dar is the second cricketer from Kashmir to be selected for IPL.
Have Not Seen A Six Hit That Far’: Kashmiri Manzoor Dar’s Coach After His Ward Gets Picked By KXIP For IPL 2018
Many outside Jammu and Kashmir had not heard his name before Sunday when he became only the second player from the state to be drafted into an IPL franchise. His name is Pandav, Manzoor Pandav! And he is a magician of bat in the Mahabharata of T20 Cricket.
A big hitter, Manzoor Ahmad Dar aka Manzoor Pandav scored big in the IPL auctions today when he was picked by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 20 lakhs. A T20 specialist, Manzoor is capable of hitting big sixes over the fence with ease.
Coming from a humble background, Manzoor was spotted by J&K Cricket Association coach Abdul Qayoom when he was playing club cricket in border district of Bandipora in North Kashmir.
IPL Auction 2018: Son of a labourer, Kashmiri Manzoor Dar (Pandav) is ready to wreak havoc for KXIP
“He was playing for local clubs in Bandipora. But when I saw his talent, we brought him to Srinagar. Given his penchant for big hits, he was included in the T20 team”, Qayoom told DNA.
Manzoor did not disappoint the team either and became one of the star performers in the T20 tourney last year. “He is a big hitter of a ball. In one of the matches at Dharmashala, he hit a huge six which was more than 100 yards. I have not seen such a big hit so far”, said Qayoom.
In fact, the coaches were expecting him to make debut in IPL last year given his performance. “Last year he was a very good performer and we were expecting him to be picked for the IPL. It is a proud moment for all of us that he has been picked up”, said Qayoom.
Son of a labourer, Manzoor used to do odd jobs to help the family in meeting the ends. Cricket was his passion and he always remained connected with the game. “He is a good listener. He listens to the advice and also implements it for the greater good of himself and the game”, said Qayoom.
His coach said Manzoor can also bowl medium pace in the match. “He is a batting all rounder who can bowl three, four overs with medium pace easily”, said Qayoom.
In recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, Manzoor had several decent performances which helped him being noticed at the national stage.
Soon after he was picked up, he took to Twitter to thank the Kings XI Punjab for reposing faith in him. “Thank you to the @lionsdenkxip for providing me opportunity to Show the world what I am. I’m extremely excited to Join the #PunjabiBoys Cant wait,” he said.
Social media was abuzz to congratulate the new kid on the block. “Congratulations & all the best for the tournament. Look forward to watching you play”, said Omar Abdullah, former J&K chief minister.
Congratulating the batsman, state sports Minister Imran Ansari hinted that IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla had helped in getting Dar picked up by the Punjab franchise.
“I am personally thankful to Mr Rajiv Shukla Chairman #IPL who has been support for Kashmiri’s today once again showed his commitment to what he says he does. A Big thanks Sir.God Bless you,” Ansari tweeted.
“Congratulations Manzoor Dar (Pandav). Make JK Proud and thanks to friends who made this happen,” the minister added.
1st Asian Team To Beat New Zealand in New Zealand And Win Series By 2-1
Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman starred for Pakistan as they defeated New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 International by 18 runs and sealed the series 2-1 in Mount Maunganui on Sunday (January 28). With this result, they dethrone New Zealand to reach the top spot in the ICC T20I rankings. Set 182, Martin Guptill’s half-century wasn’t enough as all the hosts could manage just 163.
Even before the clash, Pakistan were dealt with an unkind cut when Hasan Ali was ruled out of the contest. The pacer twisted his ankle on the eve of the game and failed to recover in time. Opting to bat, Pakistan lost Ahmed Shehzad early but another impressive knock from Fakhar Zaman helped them stay on course.
Zaman made 46 off 36 before he fell to Mitchell Santner when he was caught at midwicket by Tom Bruce. There was some controversy as replays suggested that the ball had bounced but with no clarity, the third umpire was forced to go with the on-field decision once the soft signal came as out.
Haris Sohail (20 off 12), Umar Amin (21 off 7) and Aamer Yamin (15 off 6) propped up the side with some late hitting and take the team over the 180-run mark. Ish Sodhi went for 47 from his four overs for two wickets while Santner picked up 2 for 24.
With a score on board, Pakistan bowlers had the much-needed cushion ahead of the chase. Shadab ended his night with 4-0-19-2 to break the New Zealand challenge. With Colin Munro out, Kane Williamson was forced to open. The New Zealand captain struggled to get going and fell after a 14-ball 9.
Anaru Kitchen made 16 off 19 before he fell to the legspinner leaving New Zealand at 84 for 2 in the 13th overs. All this while, Guptill had been denting Pakistan with his big hitting. However, Shadab had him caught at midwicket in the very same over to leave the hosts wobbling at 87 for 3.
Ross Taylor, though, came out all guns blazing to put Pakistan on the backfoot. He raced to 21 off seven to put the bowlers under pressure and revive the run chase. But Mohammad Amir dismissed Taylor to end any hopes the hosts had.
Brief scores: Pakistan 181/6 in 20 overs (Fakhar Zaman 46; Mitchell Santner 2-24) beat New Zealand163/6 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 59; Shadab Khan 2-19) by 18 runs.
Meet Manzoor Ahmad Dar, J&K Star Cricketer Eyeing IPL 2018 Contract
He is the first professional sportsperson of the Sonawari village of Kashmir
Meet Manzoor Ahmad Dar from Jammu and Kashmir, a 24-year-old batting all-rounder, from the Sumbal Sonawari village has made his way on the Indian Premier auction list.
The Indian Premier League auction which will be held on 27th and 28th January in Bengaluru. Manzoor is hoping his selection into an IPL team will pave way for the dream of his lifetime, which is wearing the blue jersey of Indian International cricket team.
Manzoor is a man of many talents – a weightlifter, kabbadi player, wood artist and a security guard – but has always had a passion for cricket, his coach and selectors swear by his raw talent and ability to hit balls out of the biggest grounds.
The 24-year-old is the sole bread earner in his family. He is the oldest of the five siblings and worked hard to make ends meet.
He is the first professional sportsperson of the Sonawari village of Kashmir. In the year 2010, he joined cricket club and started playing professional cricket.
Manzoor earned about Rs 3000 from his night job Owing to the poor financial condition, Manzoor’s friend would handover the salary to him and his total earnings for the month came up to a mere Rs 6000.
Now, Manzoor is all set to touch the stars. If selected for an IPL team, he would not just get a chance to play alongside the best cricket talent of the world but also come on the radar of international cricket.
Cricketer Irfan Pathan To Join Jammu & Kashmir Team
Cricketer Irfan Pathan is nearing the finalization of his move to Jammu & Kashmir, having held discussions with Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) head Ashiq Hussain Bukhari. The JKCA has also called a meeting on Wednesday (January 24) to take a final call.
Sources in JKCA told Kashmir News, that Irfan Pathan, an India discard, is likely to take over as a player-cum-mentor of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket team for which he recently obtained a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Baroda Cricket Association.
“The formalities could be completed once Bukhari Sahib, who is now travelling, is back in the country. We have also called a meeting on Wednesday (January 24) to take a final call. The JKCA head also held meeting with former India captain Kapil Dev in this regard,” said an official while talking to KNN.
If Pathan steps in, it would not be the first time that JKCA would be hiring a professional player from another state. Most recently, it had roped in Mithun Manhas (Delhi) as its player-mentor, later turned coach.
With JKCA inching closer to seal the deal, Pathan’s first-class cricket career is set to be revived for now.
54704 Boys, Girls Registered Under ‘Let’s Play’ To Promote Football
As many as 54702 both boys and girls have been registered under “Let’s Play” scheme for promotion of football in the state.
“54702 students / Non-students both boys & girls have been registered under the scheme in 199 Zones of the State,” minister for Technical Education & YSS department said in a written reply to a question by legislator Mohd Ashraf Mir.
The Scheme is being sponsored by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Government of India, under the Scheme Co-branded with “Khelo India” named as “Let’s Play”. Regarding criteria adopted for registration, the minister said, online registration at Zonal level has been made on the portal devised by the Department, Students and non-students—both boys and girls under the age group of 6 years to under 19 years were eligible for the competitions.
“The last date for online registration was extended up to 15th of December 2017.”
Under the scheme, the minister said the Youth of the rural areas in general and Physical Zones in particular will get benefit to participate in the competitions.
“Allied facilities like Refreshment, Uniform, required Equipment will be provided at Zonal, District and State level,” the minister said.
The winner Teams at Zonal level, the minister said, shall get chance to participate at District level and vice-versa.
“Selected probables at State level shall be given a specialized training in sports discipline,” the minister added.