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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad among 20 probables players for Series against Sri Lanka



Cricketers Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are back in the game after the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chief selector, Misbah ul Haq, said Monday they would be among the 20 probable players for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.

Ahmed Shehzad and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal have been included in the probables. Veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been named in the list as they have been granted NOC until 12 October to participate in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Fans of Pakistan cricket wants new faces and new talent as they saw Fahar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq and Shaheen Afridi since past year.

Probables:

 Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.

But Twitter reactions does not seems to be happy about it at all. In fact, many have pointed out that Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad gets chances again and again but did not make any sense to include them in the probables' squad once again.




Series against Sri Lanka will comprise one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals scheduled to be held from September 27 to October 9 this year. here is schedule.

27 Sep 1st ODI-Karachi

29 Sep 2nd ODI-Karachi

2 Oct 3rd ODI-Karachi

5 Oct 1st T20I-Lahore

7 Oct 2nd T20I-Lahore

9 Oct 3rd T20I-Lahore

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Hong Kong Super Sixes a unique shorter format of Cricket


Hong Kong super sixes a unique shorter format of Cricket a five over match where each inning is five over and six-players a side. However for this unique sort of game each team relying on All-Rounders reason is a single player is allowed to bowl a single over in a single game except the man in Gloves (wicket-keeper) who is not allow to bowl.

Teams: 8 teams are participate in this tournament.

Current Champion: South Africa

Most Titles: Pakistan, England and South Africa each team holds 5 titles. Since then shorter format spread all over the world due to its popularity among cricket fans. Since inauguration of Hong Super Sixes players like Wasim Akram, Brian Lara, Stephen Fleming and Shane Warne show their performance which helps event gets success.

Other famous cricket leagues are listed below where players from around the world took part.

Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Mzansi Premier League.

In 2017 inspired by shorter format, T10 Management launch T10 League which is approved by Emirates Cricket Board which was new experience and new idea of shorter format. Match duration is 90 minutes and tournament is a round robin followed by semi finals and final.

History

Cricket fans always like entertainment they like to watch high flying shorts again and again. Idea was took place in shape of Hong Kong Super Sixes. Then new format was introduced by Hong Kong cricket with grant of ICC in 1992 and host by HK cricket for 6 consecutive years from 92,93,94,95, 96 to 97 successively. Idea of shorter format catch eyes of fans and become well known around cricket world because of participation of world's famous cricketers.

After a gap of three years in 2001 once again Entertainment began and held yearly till 2012.

Inaugural Edition 1992

Opening HK Cricket Sixes edition was held at the Kowloon Cricket Club and Pakistan won the tournament after beating their arch-rival India by Four wickets in the finals. Wasim Akram was named as Man of the tournament for his all-round performances.

Second Edition 1993

Second edition of HK Cricket Sixes, England defeated Sri Lanka and claimed trophy to its name for the first time. With the help of Dermot Reeve fast blistering 31 not out innings, England chased down the target on the last ball with 3 wickets in hand. Therefore, Dermot Reeve was named as Man of the Match, whereas, Phillip Defreitas was named as man of the Tournament.

Third Edition 1994

Third edition was won by England as its second successive International cricket sixes by beating Australia in the finals. Robin Smith was the Man of the Tournament for HK Cricket Sixes 1994 which was staged at the Kowloon Cricket Club.

Fourth Edition 1995

In Fourth Edition of 1995 HK Cricket Sixes tournament, South Africa defeated  two times champions and defending champion England in the Final. Crookes was named as Man of the tournament.

Fifth Edition 1996

West Indies won the HK Cricket tournament by beating India in the finals with 8 runs. Ridley Jacobs was the Man of the Match due to his blistering performance against India in Hong Kong Super Sixes’96 final. Derek Crookes from South Africa was named as Man of the Tournament.

Sixth Edition 1997

1997 Edition Claimed by Pakistan where they beat depending champion England in finals who previously won two consecutive titles, Zahoor Elahi was named player of tournament.

Seventh Edition 2001

Once again Pakistan emerge victorious for second consecutive time as they beat South Africa this time in final, Wasim Akram claimed man of the series award for his All-Round performance.

Eight Edition 2002

Pakistan become only team to won three consecutive time Hong Kong Super Sixes Title, England makes it into the finals but they could not finishes it in high. Dean Hills was awarded man of the tournament of 2002 edition.

Ninth Edition 2003

Pakistan qualified for the finals fourth consecutive time where they meet two time champions England but couldn't make it in 4 out of 4 as this time England comes hard and beat Pakistan to claim title for third time. Saman Jayantha of Sri Lanka was called man of the tournament for his brilliant performance.

Tenth Edition 2004

England this time again defend title successfully where they beat Sri Lanka  to hold title for 4th time. Hussain Butt was first Hong Kong player who gets Man Of The Tournament Award.

Eleventh Edition 2005

India first time won Hong Kong Super Sixes after beating West Indies in the final. Reetender Sodhi the man who helps India for maiden title and was awarded man of the series for brilliant performances.

Twelfth Edition 2006

Hong Kong Super Sixes 2006 was won by South Africa by defeating Pakistan Cricket Team in the final match. Although the performance of team Pakistan was outstanding, they lost the tournament. Imran Nazir from Pakistan team was awarded “man of the tournament” award. South Africans won the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes second time in 2006 after winning in 1995 against England.

Thirteenth Edition 2007

2007 tournament won by Sri Lanka. The final match was played between All Stars and Sri Lanka. The man of the match was Craig McMillan from the New Zealand for his outstanding performance in the overall tournament. He was the leading scorer of the tournament.

Fourteenth Edition 2008

For fifth time England won the tournament as they beat Australia in the final. Dimitri Mascarenhas of England grabs player of the tournament award of 2008 season.

Fifteenth Edition 2009

In history of Hong Kong Super Sixes the hosts (Hong Kong) was first time qualify for the final but unfortunately they lose to South Africa. Irfan Ahmed of Hong Kong was the man of tournament.

Sixteenth Edition 2010

Glenn Maxwell's All-Round performance helps Australia to beat Pakistan. Maxwell was named man of the tournament for his fantastic performance.

Seventeenth Edition 2011

After last edition of 2010 where they lose to Australia in the final, Pakistan again make it to the final where this time they beat England to hold the title fifth time. Umar Akmal was the man of the tournament.

Eighteenth Edition 2012

South Africa was the winner of 2012 edition where they beat Pakistan, Umar Akmal once again called man of tournament for second consecutive time.

Nineteenth Edition  2017

In 2017 final of Hong Kong Super Sixes South Africa and Pakistan match each other where South Africa emerge victorious. Nazakat Khan was awarded man of the tournament.

Last edition were played in 2017 where South Africa beat Pakistan, next edition is expected to took place in October 2019.

Latest news about Hong Kong Cricket


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Two Hong Kong Players Banned by ICC for Life including One who Already served 30 months ban



Two Hong Kong Players Banned by ICC for Life including one who served 30 months ban. Monday 27 August in Dubai International Cricket Council announces their ban for Breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct during matches between 2014 to 2016.

Irfan Ahmed who was banned from all cricket for two-and-a-half years in April 2016 after admitting breaches of the code, was found guilty on nine charges, Irfan's older brother Nadeem Ahmed on three.

The pair were banned for life, Team mate Haseeb Amjad got five years ban.

Hong Kong is among 92 ICC Associate team not test, Playing second tier team playing at Minnow on the international stage.

ICC Anti-Corruption tribunal panel heard evidence of all three players fixed or contrived for fixing matches, failed for reward, to perform and failed to disclose approaches to fix during number of international games in these two years.

Alex ICC General Manager of Anti-Corruption Unit stated that it has been a long and complex investigation which has uncovered systematic attempts to overcome moments in matches experienced by international cricketers over period of time their conduct was premeditated of both of Ahmed brothers sought to corrupt others.

The main offenses regarding Hong Kong matches against Canada and Scotland where players fixed specific overs even these matches were won by Hong Kong so it doesn't affect the results of tournament, but we can't reiterate strongly enough to any player, considering it that we treat any form of spot-fixing with the most seriousness.

He further explained that " with the fixers finding it harder than ever before to penetrate the highest level of the game, we are increasingly seeing them turn their attention to other avenues in the sport and we will continue to work with our members to ensure players at all levels and educate about dangers of corruption.

"The severity of the offences is reflected in the sanctions and we hope will deter other players from this path and demonstrate to cricket fans around the world our commitment to a corruption free cricket. "




Monday, August 26, 2019

Sri Lanka agrees to play three ODIs and T20I in Pakistan, Karachi and Lahore will host

Sri Lanka agrees to play three ODIs and T20I in Pakistan, Karachi and Lahore will host.


Sri Lanka agrees to play three ODIs and T20I in Pakistan, Karachi and Lahore will host, is another step to Cricket Comes Home. PCB were aspect about to resume test cricket in the country, meanwhile Islander refuses to play red ball cricket in Pakistan.

Sri Lankan minister Harin Fernando told to reporters at Colombo " we are not in position send our team for test cricket there but our team will visit for 8 days for T20I and ODIs". he suggests U.A.E for tests as Pakistan hosted many series since Decade after 2009 terror attack on Sri Lankan team at Lahore. he further express that Date will be announce but will be in late months of 2019. both boards after a long talks mutually agrees for shorter formats.

According FTP Sri Lanka were suppose to visit Pakistan for 2 tests for World Test Championship  was converted to white ball tour after a phone call discussion between PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and Sri Lankan Cricket president Shammi Silva. PCB release stated on Friday 23 August.

PCB welcomes SLC decision to make their efforts to help Pakistan cricket bringing back cricket to the land. SLC confirm their visit after they send their security team to Pakistan and they visit to city Karachi and Lahore the decision was taken after positive reports given by security team which were visited Pakistan.

Since past 12 years PCB did his best to bring back cricket  home.They get succeed to bring Zimbabwe cricket team and West indies for short tours and Sri Lanka is among the teams which visited Pakistan for short tour 2 years ago. the main role plays by PSL which brings many international cricketers to Pakistan for 2nd, 3rd and 4th season . after success of 2nd and 3rd edition matches in home now all of international players agrees to comes to Pakistan . players like Shane Watson who were refuses to come to Pakistan for previous 3 seasons and some big name of T20I like Ab Devilliers , Collin Munro, Alex Hales, Keron Pollard. Now Pakistan is ready to host full fifth season of PSL of 2020.

CONFIRMED now Sri Lanka cricket will be arrive in Pakistan on 25 September and will fly back on October 10. Here is schedule,

27 Sep 1st ODI-Karachi

29 Sep 2nd ODI-Karachi

2 Oct 3rd ODI-Karachi

5 Oct 1st T20I-Lahore

7 Oct 2nd T20I-Lahore

9 Oct 3rd T20I-Lahore

Friday, August 23, 2019

Pakistan will visit England in 2020 for three Tests including three T20I



Pakistan will visit England in 2020 for three tests, Tour will also includes with 3 T20I. Tests will be part of World Test Championship. Tour was announced on 21 August.

Tour will start from tests at Lords cricket stadium 30 July to 03 August. second Test will be held in Manchester from August 7 to 11 August and the final game will be hosted at Trent Bridge from August 20 to 24 While The three T20Is will be played on August 29, 31 and September 2 in Leeds, Cardiff and Southampton.

Confirmed that World Cup 2019 Winner  England's return tour in 2022 will be played in October (3 ODIs) and in December 3 Tests. "This tour holds special significance since this will be Pakistan's first-ever tour of England for World Test Championship matches," Zakir Khan, PCB's director for International cricket, stated that this tour will also prepare them for the all-important ICC T20 World Cup in Australia latter in 2020.

ICC World Test Championship will add significance and context to the Test series against West Indies and Pakistan,” ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison said in a statement. As hosts will play home series against these two nations in 2020  part of World Test Championship.

PCB and the English and Wales Cricket Board enjoy an amicable relationship and this being Pakistan’s third bilateral tour of England in the last four years perfectly mirrors it. In 2010, the ECB provided the PCB facilities to host Australia in a two-match Test series

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sharjeel Khan to make a return in cricket after an unconditional apology to PCB

Sharjeel Khan to make a return in cricket after an unconditional apology to PCB
Sharjeel Khan to make a return in cricket after an unconditional apology to PCB(cricket fever)

Sharjeel Khan to make a return in cricket after an unconditional apology to PCB. in a meeting with PCB officials on Monday August 19 PCB agrees for his re-entry in cricket.

PCB stated that Sharjeel Khan will be complete his rehabilitation of 30 months which PCB was issued after 2017 Pakistan Super League spot fixing involvement. Which was issued by PCB anti-corruption tribunal for five years. He will play again after ban ends.

At suspension period Sharjeel Khan never accept his involvement in PSL spot-fixing. and made an appeal against ban in the court where court rejected his appeal. his case was also judge by and independent arbitrator which also favor board's decision. Sharjeel then rethink his plan and finally accept PCB's term which i.e Sharjeel Khan can Resume Cricket in one condition PCB

During meeting with Board officials Sharjeel Khan offers an unconditional apology to Pakistan Cricket Board, Team-mates, fans and family for his irresponsible activities. and asks board for forgiveness and made commitment for his future to perform his duties with honesty and prosperous, PCB official website describes on Monday 19.

He further advised all cricketers to strictly follow PCB Anti-Corruption Conduct Codes, Breaching it could cost your whole career and status for life and could face serious consequences for temporary gains. he further assures that he will follow all rules and regulations regarding  future course of action including its educational sessions on anti-corruption.

PCB's Security Director for Anti-Corruption Lt Col  Asif Mahmood  said that Sharjeel Khan is fully committed and showed regret for his actions. He further insists that PCB is fully aware regarding to make cricket safe from corruption and related issues. he explains that the board never takes pride for penalizing its players but it something which must be treated to avoid further hurt the board and cricket Pakistan. i hope this will decrease violation and will warns those who thinks that they can escape from Anti-corruption tribunal eyes.




Sunday, August 18, 2019

Breaking: Sharjeel Khan can Resume Cricket in one condition PCB


Sharjeel Khan can Resume Cricket in one condition PCB official stated that he could play cricket again for the Board if he accepts his Engagement in spot-fixing during second season of PSL. Sharjeel Khan who was banned by PCB Anti-Corruption Tribunal for 5 years in August 2017 during 2nd PSL edition. Last time he was played in February 2017. The suspension relinquish off means that Sharjeel will soon serve his designated ban (30 months – two and a half years). Hence, he could soon return to cricketing action. The mighty power hitter left-handed opener has been on the side-lines for the last two and a half years. He was banned from all forms of cricket. He was playing for Islamabad United back that time.

Since a few years PCB manage well to control spot-fixing after a Lords test scandal where three Pakistani crickiters Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Muhammad Amir were involved in match fixing each of them faced 5-years banned. And serve Jail also for plotting No-Balls. Agent Mazhar Majeed also sentenced in prison. The scandal was took place in England vs Pakistan test match in 2010 at Lords. Later Mohammad Amir accepted his involvement and blames Salman Butt for doing so.

However then now PCB makes strict decisions to avoid these type of scandals. Sharjeel's banned could be end soon. Quaid-e-Azam Trophy gets underway in September. However, there is one condition. A PCB official stated that Sharjeel Khan could take part in the Quaid-e-Azam tournament only if he admits to his involvement in the spot-fixing controversy. Moreover, he needs to apologize for his actions as well.

Sources are claiming that  left-handed opener is ready to accept the five charges PCB laid out against him but is hesitant to admit to the spot-fixing claims. his lawyer, Shaighan Ejaz admitted that his client wants to play cricket again. Ejaz said that once they receive an answer from the pcb.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Twitter Reacts: Hashim Amla Announces His Retirement From International Cricket

 


Star South African batsman finishes his career with 28 centuries in tests and 27 in ODIs. He was fastest to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 in ODIs.
Was Second Proteas who announces his retirement from International this week as Steyn also quit
his tes cricket. More About Hashim Amla

Here is his Career Stats:



FormatMatInngsRunsAvgSR100s/50sHS
Tests124215928246.6449.9728/41311*
ODIs181178811349.4688.3927/39159
T20Is4444122733.60123.050/897*















Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tamim Iqbal requests for rest ahead of only home test and T20I tri nation tournament



Star opener batsman Tamim Iqbal requested to Board for take a break from international cricket for Only-Test against Afghanistan and Tri-Nation-T20I tournament which will be host by Bangladesh. Cricket Board say in a press release.

Star opener is currently struggling to get in the form. his recent form in World Cup 2019 and during Sri Lanka tour where Bangladesh faced clean sweep was disappointing. He just manage 21 runs against Sri Lanka in 3 matches ODI series. He just score a single fifty in Eight innings and scored 235 in whole whole World Cup 2019 at Average of 29.37.

 Bangladesh Cricket Board were considering for a replace of Tamim Iqbal. During this tough time he wish to take a break for a while from international cricket. however it could be time for Tamim to bring things on the track by taking to opposition in a home fixture advantage.

August 10 BCB Cricket Operating Chairman Akram Khan confirmed regarding his letter, he further says that BCB will take a look after Eid-Al-Adha vacation. BCB will likely to replace Tamim Iqbal and would be a wise step from both Tamim and BCB.


The fifth edition of PSL will be held entirely in Pakistan according to PCB sources



The fifth edition of PSL will be held entirely in Pakistan according to PCB sources. PCB was doing their all efforts since season ONE. Actually PSL initiative was taken on basis to bringing back cricket home. according to sources season 5 will tentatively held from 20 February to 22 March.

Government is fully committed to facilitate PCB in term of security to ensure cricket resume in country. PM Imran Khan recently expressed his interest to held whole season in the home During a press conference.

PSL first edition was starts in Dubai as foreign players were not willing to visit to Pakistan, international cricket was paused in the country after brutal attack on Sri Lankan team in 2007 in Lahore. most of PSL matches hosted by U.A.E. hosting the league in U.A.E was very costly for PCB and the problem was to pull the crowed to the stadium. even matches in Dubai and Sharjah couldn't fulfill their dues was matter of worry for PCB. and one of the main reason of PSL was to build a bridge to bring cricket in the country.

PCB eventually got succeeded as they managed to host last three FINALS in Pakistan and season 4 was more healthy where Pakistan hosted 8 matches of season 4. This time PCB added one more venue as Karachi host first time. previously Lahore was only venue which PCB use for PSL finals.

PCB finally got achievement to convince the franchise owners to bring their foreign players for the whole event. previous three successful visits of foreign players increase confident to take the decision.

PCB also directed to all franchises to pick only those players who are willing to visit Pakistan for whole season. The draft will likely to be held in November or December 2019.  

PCB also need to resolve their financial issues with all franchises, franchises need bank guarantee and are demanding shares in podcast rights revenue from PCB.

To host entire league season in the country will definitely develop its revenue as audience and local sponsors will also starts investment in the league and will create more job opportunities in the country.

PCB has already start working on renovation of stadiums as per reports Karachi will host 9 matches, Lahore 11, Rawalpindi 8 and Multan will get 8 matches of the season.