Green Team Home Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:37:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Green Team 32 32 120283898 Ali Zafar reveals date for his new PSL 2020 anthem Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:35:55 +0000 The PSL Anthem of recent edition has turned into a drub one so far as fans have criticized it with the sarcastic trolls which have led the anthem to flop in few hours after its arrival. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were busted out with trolls on “TAYYAR HAIN”.

Ali Zafar, who has sung the PSL anthems for the first three editions were hit among the fans and gave life to PSL being its official tune. The most popular among all three was “AB KHEL JAMEGA”. Fans were loving it and needed something similar for the next edition.

In PSL 2018, the anthem was headed to Fawad who delivered “KHEL DEWANO KA” almost received trolls by more than half of the cricket-loving population and then the drub one, “TAYYAR HAIN” in 2019’s edition has been requested to swipe with another song.

Ali Zafar, has sung the PSL anthems for the first three editions. Photo: PSL / PCB

As the fans admiring Ali Zafar want him to be the official voice of PSL, he has announced that song will be prepared in a short time and will be surprising for all.

Ali Zafar on Friday revealed the date for his highly anticipated PSL anthem. Revealing the date, he said the song and the video is expected to be released by Sunday evening.

Taking to Twitter, Zafar shared a video massage in which he said he has received an overwhelming response from fans whom he had asked to send him their dancing videos to become part of his PSL song.

The singer told that his gmail account has crashed due to a large number of mails he received during the last few days.

“The new song is prepared in a short time and it will be a surprise for all,” confirms Ali Zafar in a conversation with the media.

The creation of a new anthem has a busting and conflicting story behind it which included Ali Azmat on the top.

Ali Azmat in Waseem Badami’s show revealed that some rival artists have hired bloggers to criticize the anthem which in later times became the reason for its downfall. It might indirectly be meant “Ali Zafar”.

Ali has made a hilarious comeback with a sarcastic reply using the title of PSL song 2019, “TAYYAR HAIN” and confirmed that he again will be the face of the league with his voice.

The song will officially be released soon and the enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the song with Waseem Badami being the essential key for the arrival of the new song neglecting Ali Azmat ones.

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Dean Jones revealed reason behind not bowling Umer Khan against Multan Sultans Fri, 28 Feb 2020 21:12:37 +0000 The Multan Sultans on Friday defeated the Karachi Kings emphatically by 52 runs, registering their second victory at home in three days.

In their quest to chase down the Sultans’ 187-run target, Karachi Kings were 120/7 at the end of the 15th over. Their seasoned openers Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam were not able to come up with the goods as both were dismissed for 16 and 13 respectively.

Alex Hales chipped in with 29 runs off 21 balls before Shahid Afridi dismissed him with Shan Masood taking an exceptional catch. Delport and Walton were dismissed for 8 and 15 respectively by Imran Tahir to put the Kings on the back foot.

Multan Sultans defeat Karachi Kings by 52 runs in 10th match of PSL. Photo: PCB / PSL

Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim failed to play an impressive knock, scoring just 5 runs from 6 balls before Afridi sent him to the pavilion. Apart from all this there was a major concern and that was not giving a single over to young left-arm spinner Umer Khan.

The Karachi Kings Head Coach Dean Jones, in a press conference at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan on Friday, revealed that the wind and the plethora of left-handers in the Multan Sultans’ line-up was the reason why young left-arm spinner Umer Khan was not utilised in the bowling department. 

“Hopefully Umer Khan will get more of a chance in the next game. The boys were a little worried about the wind and with a lot of left-handers hitting with the breeze. The spinners like Moeen and Iftikhar got hurt, it was the boys with the over spin who did well on this type of pitch. We have to get the balance a little bit more right against Islamabad,” Jones said.

Umer Khan was the most successful bowler of Karachi Kings in the last edition of PSL. Photo: PCB

Jones stated that the youngster would get a chance in the upcoming games to show his talents in the ongoing Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) 5.

The Karachi Kings coach stated that his side was beaten in all departments while hoping for a change in fortunes in the remaining matches.

“We got beaten in the batting, bowling and fielding. Not much else can be said. It was a good pitch, none of our top four batted deep. We dropped catches and didn’t bowl in the right areas. We got beaten all over the place, just lacking a little bit of confidence and a little bit of rhythm at the moment. Hopefully it’ll happen soon,” he said.

The 58-year-old was baffled by the dropped chances despite working very hard on the fielding aspect of the team.

“If you come down and watch us train, I have hit thousands of balls. It just comes down to a little confidence at the moment. It always happens, when the guys start to score runs the fielding follows through. At the moment, none of our overseas batsmen have made any runs. That is leaking into the team. I can’t put my finger on why we aren’t taking our catches,” he said.

Jones claimed that struggling opener Sharjeel Khan is the right man to open the innings for Pakistan in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

“I don’t think Sharjeel Khan is struggling, that is the way he plays. He dropped that one catch, the confidence is not completely there. I will tell you why he is there. I think Sharjeel Khan is good enough to open the batting for Pakistan in the World Cup. I still think Pakistan has got a weakness in their batting order and they don’t know who should open the batting or bat down the order. I hope Sharjeel gives me two or three wins with the bat. The boy has won me and Islamabad a title,” he said.

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Mushfiqur Rahim revealed whether he will tour Pakistan or not in April Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:57:26 +0000 On Tuesday, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan urged star batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to change his mind and tour Pakistan next month.

Mushfiqur had cited safety concerns to skip the first two parts of a three-leg tour of Pakistan. The 32-year old Rahim didn’t travel to Pakistan, for the first two legs as he was concerned about his  safety while citing his family had refused him to tour Pakistan.

Hassan told reporters that Mushfiqur had not informed the board of his decision about the final leg.

“But I hope he will go (to Pakistan),” Hassan said. “Every contracted player should go. Family is important for everybody, but country is more important.”

Mushfiqur Rahim was the only Bangladeshi cricketer to refuse to travel to Pakistan. Photo: ICC

Hassan said Mushfiqur should take advice from his brother-in-law Mahmudullah Riyad — who led the T20 team in Pakistan and was part of the Test side as well — and other teammates before making his final decision.

“We’ve said we won’t force anyone. But after speaking to all, I think he should go,” said Hassan.

Today premier wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has once again declined to visit Pakistan, to play for the national side. 

World no 52 Test Batsman Mushfiqur Rahimm has stressed that he would not change his mind about skipping the tour of Pakistan.

“I have clearly stated my stand regarding going or not going to Pakistan and they [BCB] have accepted it. There was an offer from PSL and I was asked whether I give my name or not but I did not give for the tournament,” said Mushfiqur Rahim.

“They [board] should have respected me because I did not put my name despite knowing the current situation. So it is pretty clear [that I will not go] and it will not change in the future and I have all the good wishes for them who travels there.”

Bangladesh will travel to Pakistan again on April 3 for one 50-over match and the second Test scheduled to be held in Karachi. Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan was split in three, and the last of these is lined up for early April, when the two teams play a one-off ODI [April 3] and the second of two Tests [from April 5], all in Karachi.

The two teams first played a three-T20I series in Lahore in January and then the first Test in Rawalpindi earlier this month. The Tigers felt the absence of Mushfiqur in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan as well, as they lost the series 2-0 with one game washed out.

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PCB asks Umar Akmal to return cheque Thu, 27 Feb 2020 18:50:39 +0000 On Thursday, 20 February, The Pakistan Cricket Board suspended wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect for breaching of its Anti-Corruption code.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has already begun investigations into Quetta Gladiators batsman Umar Akmal’s alleged involvement in spot-fixing after suspending him.

The 29-year-old is suspected of having agreed to fix three different moments in his side’s opening game against Islamabad United. Umar’s phones, laptop and ipads have been sent to forensics, with a charge sheet expected to be prepared once further investigations are finished.

Early investigations suggest that there is evidence in Umar’s phone implicating him of spot-fixing.

Now Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly asked Umar Akmal to return the cheque he received in advance payment for his Pakistan Super League (PSL) contract.

The players participating in the HBL PSL 5 have been paid 70 per cent of their due amounts. Pakistan players have received their dues in Pakistani Rupees (PKR) instead of Dollars.

Akmal is disallowed from taking part in any cricket-related activity under the PCB, “pending the investigation being carried out by PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit”. Photo: PSL / PCB

However, Akmal was asked to return the cheque because of his involvement in a corruption case. PCB maintains that by not reporting the fixing approach, Umar has breached its anti-corruption code, which is also a violation of his PSL contract.

In this case, the 29-year-old batsman is no more entitled to receive the money.

A PCB spokesperson has also confirmed the news, saying that the suspended player is contract-bound to return the cheque or money if he has cashed it.

Umar Akmal, the brand ambassador for Quetta Gladiators, was suspended days before the tournament over failing to report a fixing offer worth Rs. 50 million.

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Islamabad and Quetta Gladiator light up Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Thu, 27 Feb 2020 18:46:15 +0000 PSL is back in its full flow from its two-day break, and we had a match at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium between the home team, Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss, and the Gladiators opted to field first.

Quetta cemented themselves as two early wickets fell, Luke Ronchi and Dawid Malan were bowled out by Naseem Shah.

For a couple of over’s, Islamabad struggled but as Shadab Khan’s hitting started, the cards were turned and Islamabad was back in the game. He struck three fours and two sixes in his innings of 39(25) as he was dismissed later by Ben Cutting.

Asif Ali’s and Colin Munro’s cameos were helpful for the United’s as Colin Ingram’s marvelous stance got them to a total of 187/7. Ingram remained not out as he scored 63 off 40.

Islamabad kept themselves steady and was looking the favorites to win, they had Quetta 102/4 at one stage with Jason Roy being the only good score of 50(30). But the calm of Islamabad was soon brought to an end by the Gladiator’s skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s dangerous batting. He hit five boundaries scoring 33 off 22 deliveries and gave his team a chance to win until he was bowled by Faheem Ashraf.

On the crease, Mohammad Nawaz was joined by Ben Cutting who smashed all hopes left of the Islamabad United fans all over the ground. The game went to the last over and the final runs were scored by Cutting as Quetta finished their chase. He finished his innings with a four, scoring 42 runs off 17 balls including two fours and four sixes.

Ben Cutting was awarded the Man of the Match for his spectacle in the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

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Gladiators shine once again against United Thu, 27 Feb 2020 18:40:43 +0000 Quetta Gladiators getting more and more engaged in the HBL PSL since the last season, has edged off Islamabad United for the second time in the fifth season of the league.

The one of the favourites to challenge the trophy kicked off United before in the first match played at Karachi followed by an opening ceremony.

This is the second consecutive time United have faced defeat against Sarfaraz’s side which has pushed up them in the rank table.

Ben Cutting, being essential element of Gladiators in today’s match, smashed two massive sixes to Amad Butt in the last over and sealed a victory in the second most thrilling match of HBL PSL till now after Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United match.

However earlier, Colin Ingram’s explosive knock of 64 helped United to reach a mighty score of 187 declaring target of 188 but, Sarfaraz being one of the finest T20 captains, took his team to top once again snatching first spot from Multan Sultans.

The United being home side have lost infront of their home crowd facing a worst luck as if those two last sixes were not had smashed.

Updated table for HBL PSL 2020 rankings:

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Another Cricket Stadium to be Revamped to host PSL matches next year

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Another Cricket Stadium to be Revamped to host PSL matches next year Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:25:19 +0000 Sindh government has decided to restore the lost glory of the historic Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad following the steps of KPK Government who is working on renovations of Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar.

In this regard, Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, has held deliberations with the high ups of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The government plans to increase the seating capacity of the stadium, revamp the pavilion, and install a scoreboard screen.

The Niaz Stadium has a capacity to accommodate 15,000 spectators.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has already provided confirmation over Peshawar hosting Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches next year.

PCB chairman has confirmed that Arbab Niaz Stadium will be completed in time for the 6th edition of PSL. While speaking to media, Ehsan Mani said:

We are hopeful that it will be ready in time for matches next year. International games will also be played here once domestic league matches are contested.

The chairman further added that the board wants to bring international matches back to Pakistan and Peshawar can play a crucial role in that. Javed Afridi, the owner of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise, tried his utmost best but his efforts have now all come to a standstill.

Now Sindh government is hopeful to complete the restoration of Niaz Stadium as soon as possible and so that it can host PSL matches in the coming years. Besides, Niaz Stadium will also host international Test, ODI, and T20I matches.

According to Commissioner Hyderabad, Muhammad Abbas Baloch, the district administration has halted the ongoing unauthorized construction within the premises of Niaz Stadium.

Sindh sports board had started the construction of a squash and tennis court worth Rs. 65 million and Rs. 20 million respectively.

The administration will provide alternate land for the construction of both sports courts somewhere else within the city, said the Commissioner.

Moreover, the Hyderabad administration has decided to divert the development funds towards resurrecting Niaz Stadium.

About Niaz Stadium was inaugurated by the then Commissioner Hyderabad, Niaz Ahmed in November 1961. Niaz Stadium witnessed the first-ever ODI hat trick by Pakistan’s Jalaludin. The stadium also holds the record of hosting the 1000th international Test match.

In 1973, the stadium hosted its first-ever Test match between Pakistan and England. The last test at the stadium was played between Pakistan and New Zealand in 1984. Niaz Stadium hosted its first ODI in 1982 between Pakistan and Australia. It last witnessed an ODI in 2008 when Pakistan took on Zimbabwe.

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Zalmi giving ‘equal n tough’ competition to Sultans Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:56:55 +0000 Peshawar Zalmi, owned by Javed Afridi and commanded by Darren Sammy, one of the most popular franchises of Pakistan Super League (PSL), known as to be in the finals of PSL thrice , have always been subjugated to terrific performance.

In the ongoing match between Multan Sultans at Multan Stadium newly up-graded, Zalmi have fallen apart as they lost the drive in the batting but are acing it to give ‘equal n tough’ competition with the ball to the oppositions.

Although they did mediocre with the bat, but are trying peerlessly to chase against Multan for the top with the ball.

The newly renovated ground seems like to be working for the proficient bowling attack as at first, Zalmi failed with the bat and now Sultans after being applaudable with bowl and field are giving mediocre outcomes while chasing for the given target.

Peshawar Zalmi after falling short of wickets were restricted on 123 by Multan Sultans as Sohail Tanveer spiffingly seized four wickets along with M.Irfan and M.Ilyas with two for each.

Now at the moment, Zalmi are presenting a tough challenge to Sultans as both franchises are conflicting for being successfully leading on the rank table.

The opening duo of J.Vince and M.Ali were gotten by Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali respectively. After that, Wahab Riaz struck aggressively trapping the Sultan’s commander, Shan Masood, and Zeeshan Ashraf. However, considering the required score accordingly, Sultans are fine with that but are lacking few wickets. Nevertheless, it is still achievable for Sultans.

At the moment, the home side only needs 37 runs in 48 balls to win that isn’t a hard task to go for. We, the Team Green wish good luck to both the teams for the ending.

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Multan Sultans restricted Zalmi’s batsmen beyond limitations Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:32:34 +0000 Multan Sultans as a whole are setting-up their incredible impression among the audience and the fans by kicking out Peshawar Zalmi’s destructive batsmen at very initial.

Multan Stadium which newly has been renovated by PCB along Rawalpindi Stadium after spending worth of almost 2 Billion PKR seems likely to be working for bowling attack with lush green views.

As the Zalmi’s batsmen have gone back earlier, they have totally run out of momentum losing the form and losing the chances to win. Hence, the lower the score, the lower the chances to be on the top.

Sultans bowling line-attack has given them lead over Zalmi as they have almost restricted them to beyond limitations. Zalmi running out of wickets have lost 9 wickets so far which is an alarming side for Sammy’s team.

The opening duo of Tom Banton and hard-hitting batsman, Kamran Akmal failed lacking potential and momentum as Sultans bowler took lead over them

The left-armed medium pacer, Sohail Tanveer has been outstanding so far picking up four wickets on the brilliant economy of 3.71 bowling 3.3 overs. M.Ilyas and M.Irfan with two wickets each have added their part to the falling of wickets of opponents.

The only three batsmen that reached into double figures are K.Akmal, Haider Ali and L.Dawson with Haider being on top with a knock of 47 off 24 balls. The rest have stuck beyond 25.

It’s been a good day for home siders with the most probable chances to take over a better position on the ranking table as Zalmi has created the worst impression so far when every batsmen have failed miserably neglecting to judge the ball and hit.

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PCB revealed the reason why Pakistan players are not part of Asia XI squad Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:05:25 +0000 Cricket fans might see Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli leading the way when World XI takes on Asia XI in a two-match T20 series in Bangladesh next month.

However, the action-packed series will feel a bit dull in the absence of players from Pakistan, the No. 1 T20 side. The word was that Pakistan’s white-ball captain and top T20 batsman, Babar Azam, and seasoned all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, will be part of the Asian squad.

It later turned out that no Pakistani player was included when the BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, announced the squad in Dhaka. The rumor had it that it was because of the tensed relations between Pakistan and India; however, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) discarded the notion.

The supporters of subcontinental cricket were disappointed to see the absence of top Pakistan players like Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and others in the Asia XI squad. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has clarified that it is not the bilateral relation with India but the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) which prevented their players from playing in Bangladesh. The PSL 2020, which started on February 20, will continue till March 22 – till when the World T20Is are scheduled. The PCB hence denied the BCB’s request to send their players for the series

“The T20Is between World XI and Asia XI were scheduled from March 16-20, while the PSL 2020 is likely to end on March 22,” a PCB spokesperson said.

“Since dates of both the series couldn’t be changed, we offered our regrets to the BCB, both verbally and in writing, which they understood and accepted.”

“It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans and followers.” he added.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India Joint Secretary Jayesh George said that they were aware that Pakistan players won’t feature in the Asia XI squad for the two-match T20 series organised by Bangladesh Cricket Board.

With the belief that the BCB had given a preference to the BCCI over the Pakistan Cricket Board, a PCB official issued a clarification.

George had also played down talks of preferential treatment being handed out to his board.

“What we are aware of is that there will be no Pakistan players in the Asia XI. That is what the message is, so, there is no question of both countries coming together or picking one over the other,” he told IANS.

Indian stars Virat Kohli and KL Rahul who have been named in the Asia XI squad are only expected to play one of the two matches while Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, and Kuldeep Yadav will be available for the full series. The matches will be played in Dhaka on March 18 and 21.

Asia XI Squad: Virat Kohli*, K.L. Rahul*, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shikhar Dhawan, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Mustifizur Rehman, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lasith Malinga, Muzeeb ur Rehman.

World XI Squad: Alex Hales, Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis (Captain), Nicholas Pooran, Ross Taylor, Jonny Bairstow, Kieron Pollard, Adil Rashid, Sheldon Cottrell, Lungi Ngidi, Andrew Tye, Mitchell McClenaghan. (Coach: Tom Moody).

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