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On Shaheen Afridi-Babar Azam Rift Speculation, Pakistan Cricket Team Manager Says “The Ones Ruining…” | Cricket News

Pakistan men's national team manager Wahab Riaz has rubbished the rumours of rift between star players Shaheen Shah Afridi and Babar Azam after the latter was handed back the T20I captaincy following the pacer's brief stint as skipper during T20I series in New Zealand back in January. Shaheen was given the T20I leadership following Pakistan's underwhelming performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup held in India back last year, in which they finished fifth after winning just four matches out of nine. This appointment was made keeping in mind the ICC T20 World Cup, starting this year from June 1 in the West Indies/USA.But during his first assignment as captain, Shaheen suffered a 1-4 loss to the Kiwis away from home. A disastrous bottom-place finish in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) with ...
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“#RIP Pakistan Domestic Cricket”: Ex Star Lashes Out As Mohammad Amir Is Picked For T20I Series | Cricket News

These are some interesting times in Pakistan cricket. After the re-appointment of Babar Azam for the T20I series, the Pakistan Cricket Board has made some interesting choices for the T20I series against New Zealand. Having reversed their decisions of retiring from international cricket, fast bowler Muhammad Amir and left-arm spinner Imad Wasim were recalled to the 17-member Pakistan squad for the five-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting April 18. The 10-day series will feature three games in Rawalpindi and two games in Lahore.Amir, who was convicted for spot-fixing charges and also briefly did jail time in England, had last played international cricket in 2020 before calling it quits to ply his trade in T20 leagues. He retired from international cricket due to his difference...
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Azhar Mahmood Named Pakistan Head Coach For New Zealand T20I Series | Cricket News

Former fast bowler Azhar Mahmood has been named as the head coach of the Pakistan men's cricket team for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday. The five-match T20I series will start on April 18 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium and will conclude on April 27 at the Gaddafi Stadium, in Lahore. "Azhar represented Pakistan in 164 internationals, taking 162 wickets and scoring 2,421 runs," PCB said in an official statement.Azhar's previous assignment with the Pakistan men's cricket team was from 2016-2019 when he was the bowling coach.Meanwhile, Wahab Riaz has been named senior team manager, with Mohammad Yousuf as batting coach. Saeed Ajmal, who was the bowling coach on the last tours of Australia and New Zealand, will ...
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Tainted Pacer Makes Comeback As Pakistan Name Squad For New Zealand T20Is | Cricket News

Star pacer Mohammad Amir and all-rounder Imad Wasim made sensational comebacks in cricket, as they have been named in Pakistan's 17-player squad for the five-T20I series against New Zealand. The five-match T20I series will start on April 18 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium and conclude on April 27 at the Gaddafi Stadium, in Lahore. Amir and Wasim both reversed their retirement decision to make themselves available for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024."Also named in the squad are all-rounder Imad Wasim and fast bowler Mohammad Amir. The two experienced campaigners had become available after coming out of retirement last month," the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement on Tuesday.Imad has played 66 T20Is in which he has scored 486 runs at a strike rate of 131.7 and t...
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10 Runs To Defend In Final Over? Babar Azam Picks Between Pak Pacer And Jasprit Bumrah | Cricket News

Indian cricket team fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has made a name for himself as a death-over specialist with his yorkers being one of the most feared balls in world cricket. During any run chase, Bumrah will mostly be the pick of any captain when it comes to bowling the final over but Pakistan skipper Babar Azam made it clear that he will pick his national side teammate in that scenario.  In an episode of a podcast onZalmi TV, Babar was asked if he is the captain and his team needs to defend 10 runs in the final, who will he choose as the bowler - Naseem Shah or Jasprit Bumrah."One over, T20 match, you have to win the match, you have two options to defend 10 runs, whom will you give the last over, Naseem Shah or Jasprit Bumrah?" the hosts asked.Babar did not hesitate and answered - "Nasee...
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Usman Khan, Banned By UAE Cricket For 5 Years, Set To Play For Pakistan | Cricket News

Usman Khan was banned by UAE for 5 years© X (Twitter)Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohsin Naqvi confirmed that Usman Khan is in contention for being selected in the national squad for their upcoming home T20I series against New Zealand. Usman was a part of the recently concluded 29-player fitness camp, which was conducted by trainers from the Pakistan Army. Last week, he was banned for five years by the Emirates Cricket Board. The 28-year-old was "found to have breached his obligations to the Emirates Cricket Board."Ahead of Pakistan's five-match T20I series against New Zealand, Naqvi confirmed that Usman is eligible to play for the Men in Green."[Usman] Khan is eligible for Pakistan and he will play [for the national side]," Naqvi said while speaking to the media as quoted from...
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“Never Made Such Suggestion”: Ex-PCB Chief Blasts Shahid Afridi’s Captaincy Theory | Cricket News

Shaheen Afridi got the axe after just one series as the leader of the side.© YouTubeFormer Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf has defended his decision to remove Babar Azam as captain following the team's disappointing ODI World Cup campaign in India. Zaka also denied claims from Pakistan's former captain Shahid Afridi that he had advised him to appoint Mohammad Rizwan as white-ball captain and not Shaheen Shah Afridi who is his son-in-law. Babar was recently re-appointed as white-ball skipper while Shaheen got the axe after just one series as the leader of the side.“No from what I recall Shahid (Afridi) never made any such suggestion to me to appoint Rizwan as captain in white-ball formats,” Zaka told the media in Lahore.Shahid has claimed several times on television and in inter...
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Pakistan Selectors Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq Likely To Coach Team In T20Is vs New Zealand | Cricket News

Gary Kirsten could be the next white ball format coach if it all goes as per plan.© AFPThe Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to appoint Muhammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq as interim head coach and assistant coach, respectively, for the home T20 series against New Zealand later this month. The decision comes as negotiations with foreign coaches Gary Kirsten and Jason Gillispie continue for a long-term role. A reliable source in the board said that while matters with Gillispie were nearly complete as he had agreed to take over as head coach of the red-ball format, discussions with Kirsten were not yet finalised as he is busy in the Indian Premier League.“Gillispie had agreed with certain conditions pertaining to his fees and presence for a number of days in Pakistan,” the source said.He sa...
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From Sniper Shooting To Carrying Men On Back, Pakistan Cricketers’ Army Training Has Fans Stunned | Cricket News

The Pakistan cricket team's intriguing training ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 has left fans on social media baffled. It was announced a few weeks ago that Babar Azam and his team will undergo military training to gain discipline and improve their fitness ahead of the marquee event. But, the type of drills that the Pakistan team has undergone during their training stint with the army has had fans on social media scratching their heads. From sniper shooting, and lifting men on the back to carrying stones up the hill, the nature of the Pakistan cricket team's training has had fans wondering.In the videos that have surfaced on social media, a Pakistan player could be seen taking sniper shooting lessons from an army personnel. A few players could also be seen lifting other people on the ba...
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“If My Son Had Done Such A Thing…”: Ramiz Raja’s Brutal Verdict On ‘Tainted’ Mohammad Amir | Cricket News

File photo of Mohammad Amir© AFPPakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir announced his decision to reverse international retirement and make himself available for the T20 World Cup 2024. While fans in Pakistan are optimistic about the team's chances in the showpiece event, having heard of Amir's return, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja isn't happy seeing a tainted cricketer like the fast bowling making a return to international cricket. In a candid chat with a TV channel in Pakistan, Raja took a brutal swipe at Amir, saying if his son had done such a thing (fixing) he would've disowned him.Raja recalled his commentary stint when Amir committed the heinous cricketing crime (fixing). The cricketer-turned-commentator recalled the hate he received for finding players committing such corrupt acts ...