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Inzi under the cloud: Twitter explodes against Fawad’s exclusion from England tour

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced national team's 16-member squad including five uncapped players for the series against Ireland and England. But there's a catch - the squad doesn't have Fawad Alam who is the top domestic performer. The expulsion prompted cricket enthusiasts to turn their guns on Inzimam-ul-Haq for allegedly preferring his nephew over Alam. Twitter was in virtual meltdown following official statement of the Pakistan Cricket Board unveiling name of the 16 players was released.…

Lucky Scot gets Twenty20 tickets courtesy ARY News

KARACHI: A Pakistani origin fan living in Scotland got the surprise of his life when he received five tickets for the first Twenty20 international between Pakistan and the West Indies in Karachi on Sunday after complaining of running pillar to post for tickets without success. Mohammad Afzal in his televised comments on ARY News said being excited at coming to Pakistan to watch the series but complained that he didn't get the tickets. "I have tried everywhere but didn't get tickets for the match. I flew in from…

PCB anti-corruption unit catches Bangladeshi bookie

SHARJAH: Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption unit has caught a Bangladeshi bookie, sources said on Friday, as the first attack on Pakistan Super League (PSL) by bookies has been handled properly. A source said that the detained Bangladeshi national, Umar, had tried to contact Pakistani and foreign players -- apparently those who featured in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in November-December last year -- on social media. Another source said that Umar was involved in pitch siding -- a term used for those fans who…

Pakistan Super League players’ draft tomorrow

LAHORE: The players' draft for third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), will be held in Lahore, tomorrow (Sunday). The third edition of popular cricket league PSL will be held in UAE in February 2018. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a list of 501 cricketers on Friday for the players’ draft in Lahore to be attended by the six franchises of the league. A total of 501 foreign and local cricketers will be available for selection at the player’s draft for six teams. PSL teams have already retained nine…

Sri Lanka cricket team arrive in Pakistan for third T20

LAHORE: Sri Lanka´s cricket team arrived in Lahore under heavy security Sunday to play the final Twenty20 of a three-match series, eight years after they were attacked by gunmen there. The team and their officials were taken to a five-star hotel in a bomb-proof bus with hundreds of security guards on the roads and at the resort. International cricket was suspended in Pakistan after the 2009 gun attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, which left eight people dead and seven visiting players and their staff members…

PCB announces Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka ODI series

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced the 15-member Pakistan team for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka in the UAE- the adopted home ground of Pakistan cricket team. Former ODI captain Azhar Ali, who played an important role in Pakistan's Champions Trophy campaign has been left from the squad . Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announcing the team said, "The Champions Trophy team has been retained except Azhar Ali, who has been rested for the ODI series to gain full fitness." The young…

World XI series: Gaddafi Stadium preparing to retake cricket’s world stage

LAHORE: Groundsmen are rolling down the pitches, welders are repairing barbed wire, and workers are splashing on a new coat of paint at Pakistan's centrepiece Gaddafi Stadium, which has witnessed both history and controversy -- and is now preparing to retake cricket's world stage. Next week the ground will ring out with the sound of Pakistan's national anthem once more as the home team takes on a star-studded World XI, the highest-profile international fixture in the country since a deadly militant attack eight years ago.…

Indian government rejects cricket series with Pakistan

NEW DELHI: India on Monday ruled out any cricket series against Pakistan until "cross-border terrorism" stops, referring accusations against Pakistan. The Indian and Pakistani cricket boards are scheduled to meet in Dubai on Monday to discuss a possible bilateral series. And the two countries play each other at the Champions Trophy in England on June 4. But they have not played a bilateral series in India or Pakistan since 2012. India's sports minister Vijay Goel said: "India, Pakistan cannot play bilateral series…

Umar Akmal withdrawn from Champions Trophy squad

LAHORE: Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has been removed from Pakistan's ICC Champions Trophy squad after he failed to clear a fitness test, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said in a statement. The PCB chief said that it is the second fitness test which Akmal failed within the span of two months, hence he has been removed from the squad with immediate effect. Pakistan team is currently in England to take part in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy event. The cricketers fitness test was held…

Younis Khan denies reviewing retirement decision

KARACHI: Record-breaking Pakistani batsman Younis Khan has denied that he is reconsidering his retirement, and rubbished speculations hinting that he may extend his international cricket career if the Pakistan Cricket Board and team ask him to review his decision.  Earlier, there were speculations that he was reconsidering his retirement. Confirming his retirement, Younis said that his statement relating retirement was wrongly portrayed and the tour of West Indies would be his last Test cricket career tour. It is…