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Fakhar Zaman breaks into top 20 for the first time

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has vaulted into the top 20 for the first time in his career in the latest ODI player rankings. The rankings were released on Sunday following the conclusion of the West Indies-Bangladesh series and also include player performances from the Zimbabwe-Pakistan series. Fakhar scored 515 runs in the series and has gained a total of 22 places to move into 16th position. He also became the first Pakistani player to score a double century. Fakhar was ranked 24th when the player rankings were…

Babar out of England series with forearm fracture

LONDON: Pakistani batsman Babar Azam will miss the remainder of the two-match series against England after fracturing a bone in his left forearm on the second day of the first test at Lord’s on Friday. The 23-year-old righthander top-scored with 68 to help the tourists reach 350-8, a lead of 166, but retired hurt before the close of play after being struck by a Ben Stokes delivery.  "In that last session we took him off the field because he couldn't grip his bat properly, we treated him for pain," Pakistan…

Sarfraz proud of Imam and Babar as Pakistan survive Ireland scare

DUBLIN: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised the character of young batsmen Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam after they ensured his decision to enforce the follow-on in Ireland's inaugural Test did not backfire. Only three times in the 141-year history of Test cricket have a side won after following-on but when Pakistan were 14 for three, chasing a modest 160 to win on Tuesday's final day of this stand-alone match, it seemed Ireland might mark their entry into the format with a stunning success. But 22-year-old left-handed…

Babar Azam becomes No.1 T20 batsman, Shadab 2nd-ranked bowler

KARACHI: Pakistan opener Babar Azam has reclaimed the number-one batting ranking while wrist spinner Shadab Khan has vaulted into second position for the first time in his career in the latest International Cricket Council rankings following the conclusion of Pakistan-Windies series in Karachi on Tuesday. Babar, who captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012, was in stellar form when he scored 17, 97 not out and 51 as Pakistan consolidated their position at the top of the team rankings following a 3-0 series…

Talat, Babar lead Pakistan to West Indies T20 series win

KARACHI: Opener Babar Azam missed a maiden hundred by three runs as Pakistan trounced the West Indies by 82 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Karachi on Monday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Babar cracked 13 fours and a six in his 58-ball innings, reaching 97 not out to guide Pakistan to their highest-ever T20 total of 205-3 in 20 overs after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first at the National Stadium. Paceman Mohammad Amir took 3-22 as the West Indies were…

Babar Azam says he can’t be just like Virat Kohli

KARACHI: In every field, one has a role model that one looks to follow to progress in that particular sphere, so does young and enthusiastic Pakistani player and Karachi Kings' leading batsman Babar Azam. When it comes to taking inspiration for his game, he says he looks towards Virat Kohli as his ideal player. Babar Azam, himself current top T20 international batsman, seems truly impressed by the captain of neighbouring country. Read More: Babar Azam tops T20I player rankings "I do not just copy Virat Kohli, but I…

Babar Azam tops T20I player rankings

Babar Azam has topped the ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, following the conclusion of their series against New Zealand which the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champions won 2-1. Babar was rewarded for finishing as the leading run-scorer in the series (109 runs) with a rise of 11 places that has put him on top for the first time. He now leads Australia’s Aaron Finch (784 points) by two points. Read More: Fast-rising Hasan doubtful for PSL start Babar is the second Pakistan batsman to top the T20I rankings after…

ICC rankings: Hasan Ali becomes no.1 ODI bowler

Pakistan’s emerging fast bowler Hasan Ali has become the world’s number 1 One Day International (ODI) bowler, according to latest ICC rankings. Hasan Ali’s haul of five for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, which Pakistan won by seven wickets for a decisive 3-0 lead in the five-match series, has given the pace bowler a big boost in ranking points. The 23-year-old, who has taken nine wickets in the series so far, has moved up six places to become the fifth bowler at the top of the ODI rankings this…

Babar Azam moves up to career best sixth position in T20I rankings

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has risen 21 spots to grab a career-best sixth position in the ICC T20I Player Rankings. Babar was the  player of the series and helped complete a 2-1 victory over the World XI in the Independence Cup series played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The 22-year-old started with a fine innings of 86 and followed with two other useful knocks of 45 and 48 to finish as the highest run scorer in the series with 179 runs, eight more than his compatriot Ahmed Shehzad, who has gained nine slots to…