Money Talks, Nobody Would Say No To India, Khawaja On Teams Pulling Out Of Pakistan Tours
MELBOURNE 24 Sept: Pakistan-born Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja says “money talks” and no team would say no to touring India but it is “easy for players and organisations” to turn down assignments in Pakistan or Bangladesh.
England followed New Zealand in pulling out of the Pakistan tour, citing security concerns, dealing a massive blow to the country’s efforts to bring back international cricket.
“I feel it’s very easy for players and organisations to say no to Pakistan, because it’s Pakistan. I think the same thing would apply too, if it were Bangladesh. But nobody would say no to India, if they’re in the same situation,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by ‘The Australian Associated Press’.
“Money talks, we all know that, and that’s probably a big part of it.
They keep proving time and time again through their tournaments that they’re a safe place to play cricket. I think there’s no reason why we shouldn’t go back,” said the cricketer who moved to Australian from Pakistan with his family at the age of five.
Khawaja said he would happily travel to Pakistan to play. Australia are scheduled to tour Pakistan next year.
“There’s a lot of security. Heavy, heavy security. I’ve heard nothing but reports about people feeling safe.
“Even talking to the guys during the PSL about what it’s like…they would say the same thing to me ‘like 10 years ago, maybe not, but now 100 percent’.”
JKCA Regrets For Missing Name Of One Selected Player While Announcing The Team To Represent J&K In Vinoo Mankad (U- 19 Men’s)
Srinagar Jammu Sep 11: In a press release issued today, Brig Anil Gupta, Member Administration, JKCA has informed that the name of Arnav Gupta who was selected for the U-19 Men’s junior team by the selectors was missed erroneously while releasing the list of selected players yesterday.
The error was brought to the notice of the Sub-Committee by Arun Sharma, Chairman, Men’s Junior Selection Committee.
Brig Anil Gupta has regretted the error on behalf of the Sub-Committee and apologized from Arnav Gupta and the selection committee.
He has also assured that greater care would be exercised in future to prevent such errors. kns
Police Felicitates Winners Of Kashmir Premier League 2021 In Budgam
Budgam, 01 September: Police on Wednesday facilitated the winners of Kashmir Premiere League in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Police said that in order to boost the morale of the players and to encourage sports activities among the youth, Police in Budgam today felicitated the cricket team (Budgam Braves) for winning the Kashmir Premier League 2021 (Kashmir based cricket tournament) by organizing an event for appreciation for players at District Police Lines Budgam.
SSP Budgam, Tahir Saleem-JKPS while speaking on the occasion congratulated the winners for making the feat and hoped that they would inspire other youth also in engaging them in sports activities. He also stated that the sports play an important role in the overall personality development of an individual and is important for channelization of youth energy to keep them away from negative forces. Appreciating their role, the players were felicitated with appreciation certificates presented by SSP Budgam. He also emphasised on youth to take advantage of sports events organised by Budgam Police on a regular basis, they said.
The event was also attended by Dy.SP DAR DPL Budgam and other police officers, they said.
Pertinently, the Kashmir Premier League 2021 was organised by Army (15th core Srinagar) from 28th July 2021 to 29th August 2021 which was played in two phases in which total of 196 teams from across the valley participated. Out of 196 teams only 10 teams from 10 districts made it to the second phase of the League. The final of the League was played between Budgam Braves and Shahi Shopian on 29th August 2021 where Budgam Braves emerged as winners by defeating Shahi Shopian, reads the statement.
New Zealand Announce First Pakistan Tour In 18 Years
New Zealand are set to tour Pakistan for a limited-overs series in September and October – it’ll be New Zealand’s first tour of Pakistan since 2003.
The tour is set to start on September 17 with the first ODI in Rawalpindi, with subsequent ODIs to be played on 19 and 21 September.
The teams will then move to Lahore for the five-match T20I series, starting 25 September.
India Vs Pakistan T20 WC Match Likely To Be Held On Oct 24, India And Pakistan Are Slotted In Group 2 Along With The World Test Championship Winners New Zealand And Afghanistan
New Delhi, Aug 4: The marquee T20 World Cup clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in all likelihood will be held on October 24, which is a Sunday, even though the ICC will be releasing the official schedule of the tournament in few days.
It has been learnt that the ICC normally keeps two to three sets of schedule before zeroing in on the final one. But, it is a given that with the kind of traction an Indo-Pak rivalry generates, the match will have to be held on a weekend.
“As of now, Sunday, October 24 looks the likely option as the first week’s Qualifying round matches starting October 17 will be held in Muscat, Oman,” a source privy to developments in the ICC board told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Pakistan Holds Off Late West Indies Charge To Win 2nd T20
Providence (Guyana), Aug 1: Pakistan survived Nicholas Pooran”s late blitz to beat West Indies by seven runs in the second Twenty20 and go 1-0 up in the four-match series.
Left-handed Pooran smashed six sixes and four boundaries on Saturday but his unbeaten 62 off 33 balls could carry the West Indies to only 150-4.
Pakistan was put into bat first and scored 157-8 with captain Babar Azam (51) and Mohammad Rizwan (46) continuing to score heavily up front.
Jason Holder grabbed 4-26 and Dwayne Bravo got the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman off successive deliveries as Pakistan lost six wickets for 23 runs in their last four overs.
Rizwan and Azam combined in a 67-run second wicket stand before Rizwan was run out in the 15th over.
Holder returned in the 17th over and Azam was out caught behind after a television referral. The Pakistan captain walked off the field in disbelief.
The West Indies power-hitters couldn’t mount a charge against the experienced offspin of Hafeez, who conceded just six runs off his four overs and clean-bowled Andre Fletcher with his second delivery.
Legspinner Shadab Khan (0-22) also gave away just one boundary that strangled the West Indies run chase on a slow pitch.
“We were 10-15 runs short, but our bowlers bowled very well, and I think we should give them credit,” Azam said.
“Hafeez showed his experience in the powerplay and as captain it pleased me a lot.”
When Ewin Lewis had to retire hurt due to cramps after scoring 35 off 33 balls, West Indies still needed 82 runs off the last six overs.
While Kieron Pollard couldn’t find boundaries against the pace, Pooran timed the ball well and hit his sixes against fast bowlers Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali.
“I thought the way the bowlers bounced back shows we’re consistent with the ball,” Pollard said.
“At the end of the day we could have taken a few more singles … there are things we continue to look at, and it”s all about improvement as the games go on. We were on the losing end today, but all hope isn”t lost.”
The first T20 was washed out in Barbados on Wednesday. Guyana hosts the remaining two T20s on Sunday and next Tuesday, followed by a two-Test series in Jamaica.—(AP)
Resurgent Pakistan Beat England By 31 Runs In T20 Run Fest
NOTTINGHAM: Liam Livingstone smashed the fastest Twenty20 century by an Englishman in just 42 balls against Pakistan but it was in vain as England lost a white ball match for the first time this summer, falling short by 31 runs in Trent Bridge on Friday.
England’s regulars returned from quarantine after a second-string squad swept the one-day international series 3-0, with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Tom Curran back in the team and Eoin Morgan leading the side.
Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl first but the move backfired as Pakistan capitalised on the short boundaries, smashing 20 fours and 12 sixes to post 232-6 — their highest total in T20 internationals.
In response, England were bowled out for 201.
Seamer Shaheen Afridi (3-30) struck early to dismiss Dawid Malan, diving forward on his follow-through to have the opener caught and bowled, before he had Bairstow caught off a top edge to leave England two down in the fourth over.
Pakistan’s poor fielding was a major talking point in the final ODI but they turned up on the night, taking difficult catches in the deep and even inflicting a run out with a direct hit.
Moeen Ali fell when Haris Rauf took a bizarre catch in the deep, holding on to the ball even as he jumped into Sohaib Maqsood’s arms as his team mate tried to avoid a collision, while Jason Roy (32) failed to make good on a bright start.
Livingstone hit a barrage of sixes to initially bring up England’s fastest T20 fifty in just 17 balls but kept going to reach his maiden T20 century with a six.
But as wickets fell at the other end, the pressure was on Livingstone and he was caught the very next ball on the boundary on 103 as the asking rate crept above 14 per over.
PAKISTAN’S FLYING START
Earlier, Pakistan’s openers got the tourists off to a flying start with 49 runs in the power play before increasing that run rate as skipper Babar Azam brought up their 100 in the 12th over with a six.
Mohammad Rizwan hit 63 off 41 balls in a 150-run opening stand before he was flummoxed by a slow bouncer from Lewis Gregory, edging it to Bairstow.
Azam picked up where he left off after his knock of 158 in the third ODI, hitting 85 of 49 balls before he was caught behind off David Willey.
Despite having two new batsmen at the crease in the death overs, Fakhar Zaman (26 off 8) and Mohammad Hafeez (24 off 10) constructed a 46-run partnership off just 16 deliveries to guide Pakistan to their record total.—(Reuters)
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)
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