Green Team Home Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:23:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Green Team 32 32 120283898 PCB set to assign former Pakistani cricketers key responsibilities Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:54:38 +0000 No foreigners would get the opportunity to serve at key coaching posts in Pakistan cricket, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to assign former national cricket stars on key coaching responsibilities.

Several former cricketers have applied for the key slots of head coach, batting coach and bowling coach and it is being discussed to avail their expertise for Pakistan cricket team, a source told APP.

He said former great cricketer Mohsin Hasan Khan, Rashid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq and Saqlain Mushtaq were also set to be given different roles by PCB.

Misbah who has already been appointed as camp-commandant of the pre-season Pakistan camp would be coming as the head coach for the national team, he said.

Lifestyle changes at top of Misbah’s priorities ahead of training camp. Photo: Getty Images

PCB has also named Misbah in the three-member panel to review and finalize the six provincial cricket associations  squads to feature in the revamped domestic season starting from September 12 with the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

The three-member panel comprises Misbah-ul-Haq, Nadeem Khan and Rashid Latif, which will meet at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday after which the six teams will be announced next week with details to follow in due course.

“Misbah’s name was also circulating for the role of chief selector but as he would be travelling with the national team to Australia in November for two Tests and three Twenty20s therefore he won’t be able to monitor the first-class domestic season,” he said.

Apart from all this, Former cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday turned down all rumors about him being the next national team coach and said that he has not applied for the post of Pakistan head coach.

Speaking to the media after the second day of training at the National Cricket Academy, Misbah said, “My complete attention is towards the camp. I am paying special attention to the centrally contracted players. My aim is to get the players to have better fitness and to pick the best players.”

Therefore, currently former wicket-keeper and captain Rashid Latif is the front and favorite candidate for the job of chief selector.

“Rashid was also offered the role of chief selector in former chairman Najam Sehti’s tenure but he declined as he wanted to head the anti-cor*uption unit as well,” he said.

The source said the name of Mohsin Hasan Khan was being considered for the team manager. Mohsin was heading the PCB’s cricket committee previously but resigned saying he wanted to work with the board but he does not want to head the committee.

Former Pakistani captain Waqar Younis has joined the race to become the national team’s bowling coach after he submitted a request Thursday to consider his candidacy for the post.

Waqar Younis joins race to become Pakistan bowling coach. Photo: Getty Images

According to the sources, Waqar Younis is the most high-profile applicant for the post of Pakistan team’s bowling coach. Separately, he has been the team’s head coach twice in the past — the last time being from May 2014 to April 2016.

It is noteworthy that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier announced it was accepting applications for coaching staff. The deadline to submit applications is August 26.

According to sources, former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq is all set to become the coach of the Under-19 national cricket team and his first assignment would be the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup 2019.

The U19 Asia Cup would be played in Sri Lanka from September 5 to 14 and Pakistan team led by Rohail Nazir is placed in Group A along with India, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

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Imran Khan fulfilled another promise regarding Cricket in Pakistan Wed, 21 Aug 2019 21:56:43 +0000 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that its new constitution for 2019 has been approved and came into effect on August 19.

“The PCB received notification from the Ministry for Inter-Provincial Coordination, confirming the cabinet division’s approval of the new PCB Constitution 2019,” read a press release issued by the board.

The new constitution has split the office of the chairman and the chief executive. The managing director of the PCB has now been re-designated as the chief executive.

In the past, changes of government have always rung changes at the PCB because the prime minister has held absolute power with the board. This has made it difficult PCB’s ability to push through a long-term vision, with the board beholden to the desires of its incoming patron every few years. But the new constitution makes a significant change that eradicates the ability of the patron to dissolve the board of governors altogether.

According to new constitution, the country’s Prime Minister who is also the Patron in Chief of PCB has no power to dissolve the board or remove the chairman.

In the past, Imran Khan, who is the current Prime Minister of Pakistan and Patron in Chief of PCB promised to make PCB an independent and politics free association where there will be no political interference.

The patron’s role is now more narrowly worded in Clause 32.5, giving him only oversight authority and the ability to launch an audit if they believed financial mismanagement may have taken place at the board.

Imran Khan is the current Prime Minister of Pakistan and also the patron in chief of PCB. Photo: Facebook

As per Clause 49 (1), the existing BoG shall continue for a period until, at least, four members of the BoG are notified from amongst a pool of seven members (three Cricket Associations and four independent members).

The composition of the Board of Governors will eventually be as follows:

Three members being Presidents of the Cricket Associations (on rotation basis as per applicable regulations to be shared in due course), two members nominated by the Patron, four independent members, including at least one female member, Chief Executive of the PCB and Federal Secretary of the Ministry of IPC as ex-officio (non-voting) member.

16 regional cricket associations will be replaced by six cricket associations.

  • Balochistan Cricket Association
  • Central Punjab Cricket Association
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cricket Association
  • Northern Cricket Association
  • Sindh Cricket Association
  • Southern Punjab Cricket Association

District Cricket Associations will be replaced by City Cricket Associations.

Imran Khan wants provincial teams to form the core of domestic cricket in Pakistan. Photo: Getty Images

Both Cricket Associations and City Cricket Associations shall be governed in accordance with their respective model constitutions, which will be approved by the BoG.

Cricket Associations will be sharing more responsibility and providing a forum for City Cricket Associations to pursue better and effective regulations and governance of cricket within their respective jurisdiction.

The General Body will comprise eleven members, including: PCB Chairman, President of each Cricket Association, President of the Blind Cricket Council, President of Deaf and Dumb Cricket Association and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer are the ex-officio members.

To strengthen governance structures, Clause 12 (c) has been added, which requires the Board to implement best corporate governance practices that promote ethical culture in the Board, while  Nominations, HR & Remuneration, and Risk Management Committees have been introduced through Clause 12 (h).

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Azhar Mehmood lashes out at PCB Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:03:58 +0000 Former Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood lashes out at PCB and expressed disappointment over Pakistan Cricket Board’s recent decision of not renewing contracts of the team’s coaching staff, reported Dawn News.

Azhar, head coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Grant Flower were not given extensions after Pakistan ended their World Cup campaign after failing to make it to the semi-finals.

Azhar criticised the PCB for not giving him and Flower the chance to clarify his position before making the final decision. On the other hand, Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed had a meeting with PCB and it’s cricket committee before the announcement was made.

“PCB and its Cricket committee just invited Mickey Arthur from the entire coaching staff but did not give us (Azhar and Flower) a chance to clarify and answer about my own department,” Azhar said during a television interview with DawnNews.

“Throughout my tenure I raised this matter to PCB officials that as bowling coach I must have a say in selection matters as I had a better idea about every bowler but it didn’t happen,” said Azhar.

“After the Champions Trophy victory, Arthur became more powerful and he took all the major decisions along chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and captain Sarfraz but Mickey was dominating.”

Mickey Arthur and Azhar Mehmood during practice session of Pakistan Cricket Team. Photo: Getty Images

Azhar admitted fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain’s selection in the World Cup squad was a mistake and Usman Shinwari deserved to be in place of the former.

Mohammad Hasnain of Pakistan at The Kia Oval on May 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

“Dropping Usman Shinwari was a mistake and injustice, Selectors rated Hasnain because of his pace but in my opinion there was not much difference between Shinwari and Hasnain’s pace,” revealed the British-Pakistani.

“More importantly, Shinwari was in form and had taken wickets in limited overs cricket before the World Cup.”

Azhar, however, didn’t play down Hasnain’s potential as a future Pakistan team member. But during the World Cup, Azhar said, the hours he put in with Hasnain during practice didn’t give much return.

Strangely, Hasnain was also ignored when the the PCB awarded central contracts to 14 players last week and was also not named for the national team’s upcoming pre-season camp.

“Hasnain is also a good prospect. Although I worked hard with him but see they didn’t offer him the central contract or invited him for the pre season camp so I think we should make a proper system where we pick and groom players instead pick and later forget them,” said Azhar.

About the more experienced bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, Azhar said the duo were still a need for the Pakistan side — specially for Test cricket. Amir had recently announced his retirement from the longest format while Wahab has featured in Tests sporadically.

Azhar said Amir and Wahab’s role should be managed and both should be saved for series in Australia and England considering pace-friendly conditions there.

“Amir and Wahab should be playing Test Cricket because Pakistan need their experience but selectors should pick and choose Test matches for Wahab and Amir specially for England and Australia tests.”

The former bowling coach said he has faith in the upcoming younger lot of pacers. He said left-armers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shinwari are here to stay.

Azhar also said that he was satisfied with his own performance as the Pakistan bowling coach since the last three years and feels happy that he trained some raw youngsters and helped them solidify their place in the national side.

“I’m satisfied with my performance, When I joined, most of the bowlers were inexperienced and I worked very hard with them. Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Shinwari and Shaheen — all came as newcomers during my time and they worked hard and produced good performances,” he said.

Azhar also backed Sarfraz to lead Pakistan in the World T20 next year but urged the captain to improve his game when it comes to Test cricket.

“Sarfraz is wonderful T20 captain, Also he did well in ODIs too, where he won us the Champions Trophy. He is still young and can improve in all three formats.”

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Sharjeel Khan is all set to return Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:11:17 +0000 Tainted international cricketer Sharjeel Khan, currently suspended from playing cricket in a spot-fixing case, has offered unconditional apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), team-mates, fans and family.

Sharjeel was suspended from national and international cricket for five years by the PCB in 2017 along with Khalid Latif and Nasir Jamshed in a spot-fixing case which erupted on the very first day of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL).

After completing half of the period of ban, Sharjeel, met PCB officials here on Monday and after a meeting it was announced that the left-hander is now allowed to play the game.

“I offer my unconditional apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board, my team-mates, fans and family for the irresponsible conduct that brought embarrassment to everyone. I request for forgiveness and assure I will show more responsibility in my future actions,” Sharjeel said in a joint statement with the PCB.

Sharjeel Khan apologises as PCB waives ban sentence. Photo: Getty Images

”I remind all cricketers to strictly and religiously follow the PCB Anti-Corruption Code as breaching it will only earn momentary gains but the consequences will be severe and last for rest of the career,” the statement added.

I have agreed on the future course of action with the PCB, including helping it in its education sessions on anti-corruption, Sharjeel said.

“I will soon return to club cricket but will not rush into domestic cricket as I have been away for nearly 30 months and need time to reclaim my fitness and form.”

In the statement, the PCB said Sharjeel has been allowed to re-enter into competitive cricket after undergoing half of his ineligibility period and that he wil go through a thorough rehabilitation process.

”The Pakistan Cricket Board today met with cricketer Sharjeel Khan and agreed with him on the roadmap for his re-entry into competitive cricket. Sharjeel has undergone an ineligibility period of two-and-a-half years for breaching provisions of the PCB Anti-Corruption Conduct,” said the statement.

“It was agreed Sharjeel will complete rehabilitation, designed by the PCB’s Security and Anti-Corruption Department, before the end of the year and then reintegrate into top level cricket.”

“The rehabilitation, among other things, will also include attending and delivering lectures on the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, visits to orphanage homes as part of social service and participating in integration sessions with the Pakistan cricket team players and player support personnel,” it states.

The Anti-Corruption Tribunal of the PCB had banned Sharjeel, who has appeared in one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20 internationals, last year in August for five-years with half of his sentence to remain suspended.

Newly appointed Director PCB Security and Anti-corruption, Lt. Col. (R) Asif Mahmood, says: “We met Sharjeel today in which he showed remorse and regret for his actions. The PCB never takes pride in penalising its players, but it has a non-negotiable and zero-tolerance approach to matters relating to corruption.”

“I hope this serves as a reminder to all those who think they can get away with violating rules as the PCB is vigilant and committed to eliminate the menace of corruption from the game.”

In the past, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir had also been caught up in the similar case. After completing half of their ban imposed by the International Cricket Council, they all went through the rehab process by apoligising in public and held press conferences separately.

However, in contrary to that case, it seems that leniency has been shown by the PCB towards Sharjeel as the word ‘spot-fixing’ was not mentioned in the statement.

When contacted, a PCB spokesman said Salman, Asif and Amir were penalised by the ICC under its own Code of Conducts of 2010, but Sharjeel was punished under the PCB’s own rules, functional in 2017, in which there is no condition for such cricketers to face media before starting the rehab process.

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Joe Root hits back at critics after controversial catch Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:02:27 +0000 Marnus Labuschagne made history as international cricket´s first concussion substitute before his valuable fifty helped Australia draw the second Ashes Test against England at Lord´s on Sunday.

Labuschagne was not confirmed as playing until Sunday morning when Australia star Steve Smith was ruled out with concussion, having been hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer during his 92 on Saturday.

Brought into the Test as international cricket’s first ever concussion substitute, Marnus Labuschagne was welcomed to the game by a Jofra Archer bouncer to the grille on the second ball he faced and exited it after a terse exchange of words with England captain Joe Root.

In between those two instances he helped Australia save the Test, making a fighting 59 off 100 balls after coming out to bat at 2-19.

The most controversial thing to come out of the final day of the drawn Lord’s Test was Joe Root’s contentious “catch”.

The England captain claimed to have taken a diving catch to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne and the video umpire decided not to overturn the decision despite replays seeming to show that it bounced just before Root got his hands under the ball.

Root defends controversial Labuschagne catch. Photo: Getty Images

Labuschagne was adjudged to have been caught cleanly at midwicket by Root after umpire Aleem Dar sent the decision upstairs with a soft signal of out and third umpire Joel Wilson concurred with the original on-field decision.

Front on replays of Root’s catch, which had deflected off the helmet of short leg, showed the ball bouncing up but it was unclear if that was up off his fingers or the grass.

Labuschagne hears it from Bairstow as he is caught. Photo: Getty Images

The side on replay painted a more positive picture for the England captain and one that convinced umpire Wilson the catch had been taken cleanly.

Labuschagne was less convinced, exchanging words with Root on his way off the field. Root hit back at suggestions he had grassed the catch after the match.

“You can feel your fingers underneath the ball. You look at slo-mos and they always look worse than they are,” Root said.

“As a fielder you know if your fingers are under the ball, I clearly felt that was the case. I’m an honest guy, I am not going to try and cheat the game regardless of the situation,” he added.

“It is quite disappointing when it’s slowed down and people start to question your integrity. We play the game in a certain way, and that’s the right way.”

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Jofra Archer revealed what happened when Smith was hit by Ball Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:05:32 +0000 England fast bowler Jofra Archer insisted he had no intention to hit Australia’s Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test, saying “everyone s heart skipped a beat” after he felled the star batsman with a fearsome bouncer at Lord’s.

In a compelling passage of play on Saturday’s fourth day that saw World Cup-winner Archer, making his Test debut, repeatedly test Smith with the short ball, the 24-year-old Sussex quick produced a 92.4 mph (148.7 kph) bouncer that hit Smith on his unprotected neck.

Smith – batting on 80 in the 77th over – was hit by a delivery from Archer in the unprotected part of the back of the neck. The medics ran into the middle from both sides, as the England players rushed to the former Aussie skipper immediately.

The England players crowd round Steven Smith after he was hit. © Getty Images

Smith, who fell to the ground, retired hurt after receiving on-field treatment. But after just 46 minutes away, Smith returned at the fall of the next wicket before he was lbw to Chris Woakes for 92.

It was the first time this series that England had dismissed Smith for under a hundred after his innings of 144 and 142 in Australia s 251-run win victory in the first Test at Edgbaston. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Archer was criticised on social media for exhibiting a lack of concern on the field for Smith s well-being but in an interview with BBC Radio before Sunday’s final day, he insisted: “That is never the plan (to hit a batsman).”

“You are trying to get a wicket first. To see him go down, everyone stopped and everyone s heart skipped a beat,” he added.

“After he got up he was moving around and you breathe a sigh of relief. No-one wants to see anyone getting carried off on a stretcher. It was a good challenge, a really good spell. For me, I wouldn’t like to see it end like that.”

Archer insisted he was just trying to force Smith out of his comfort zone.

“I’ve never seen Smith get out of his own accord until yesterday, so I was just trying to rattle him,” he told Sky Sports.

“I was trying to get him out, I had a short leg and a leg slip and he was trying to work the ball off his hip, so if one bounces a bit more it should go to short leg, or one of the guys waiting.”

England’s Jofra Archer celebrates after taking the wicket. Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP / Getty Images

Smith was not wearing the additional neck guard on his helmet that came into use following the death of Phillip Hughes after his former Australia team-mate was hit by a bouncer in a 2014 domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.

“You don t ever want to see anyone carried off on a stretcher, or you don’t want to see them missing a day, or a game, especially with what happened a few years ago as well. It’s never a nice sight,” said Archer.

The build-up to this match had seen Australia coach Justin Langer question whether Archer had the stamina required for Test cricket, as opposed to one-dayers where bowlers are restricted to a maximum of 10 overs per match.

But Barbados-born Archer, coached at Sussex by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, returned fine figures of 2-59 in 29 overs where his speed rarely dropped below the 90 mph mark.

“Obviously a lot of people haven’t seen first-class cricket shown on TV, so they won t know what I’m used to doing anyway,” Archer said Sunday, with England set to resume on 96-4 in the second innings, a lead of 104 runs.

After stumps, Langer praised Archer’s performance by saying: “His endurance was outstanding today, his skill, his pace.

“To be able to bowl 29 overs today, what a great effort. Time will tell whether that has an impact,” he added, with only a few days between the end of this match and Thursday’s start of the third Test at Headingley.

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Yuvraj Singh responds hilariously to Akhtar’s tweet on Smith incident Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:35:51 +0000 Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has criticised England’s Jofra Archer for not checking on Australia’s Steve Smith after he was hit with a bouncer on Sunday during the second Ashes Test match.

It was on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test that Smith – batting on 80 in the 77th over – was hit by a delivery from Archer in the unprotected part of the back of the neck. The medics ran into the middle from both sides, as the England players rushed to the former Aussie skipper immediately.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Steve Smith of Australia is struck by a delivery from Jofra Archer of England during day four of the 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s Cricket Ground on August 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Smith was taken off the field and after Peter Siddle got out, he came out to bat again and was ultimately trapped in front on 92.

The former Australian skipper could not take the field on the final day of the Test and was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne who became the first concussion substitute in Test cricket.

The England players crowd round Steven Smith after he was hit © Getty Images

Akhtar on Sunday tweeted that “It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain”.

“Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman, courtesy requires that the bowler must go and check on him,” he added.

The Rawalpindi Express host also stated that “he was always the first one to run to the batsman” when any such incident occurred.

Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh seems to be bossing Twitter after retiring from international cricket as he posted a hilarious reply to Rawalpindi express Shoaib Akhtar’s tweet on an incident in the ongoing Ashes series.

India’s Yuvraj Singh, with whom Akhtar appears to have a good friendship, saw the tweet and revealed what actually used to happen with the Rawalpindi Express hit someone.

“Yes you did [checked on the batsman]! But your actual words were hope you’re alright mate because there are a few more coming,” Singh wrote in what was a lighthearted remark.

Earlier, India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had revealed that he was terrified every time legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowled at him.

Yuvraj made the revelation just a day after he announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL).

While he faced some of the best bowlers the sport has ever seen, Yuvraj conceded that he was always frightened when batting against Shoaib Akhtar.

I was always frightened when batting against Shoaib Akhtar, said Yuvraj.

Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that India hasn’t “produced a more elegant batsman than Yuvraj Singh”.

Akhtar also called Yuvraj “a very good friend” and reminisced about the first time they played against each other.

“A rock-star, a match winner, a great junior and a very good friend of mine, Yuvraj has retired from international cricket,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by India Today.

“I remember for the first time I played against him in 2003 in Centurion during the World Cup where he played a beautiful knock… I went to him and talked to him. I was deeply impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the game.

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Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja lashes out at Grant Flower Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:17:36 +0000 Cricketer-turned -commentator Ramiz Raja has slammed the former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower for his criticism of the security situation in Pakistan.

Flower, recently in an interview with ESPNCricinfo, had said that the “lack of freedom and security aspect” was the most frustrating thing of living in Pakistan during his five-year tenure as the Men in Green’s batting coach.

‘Will miss the friendly people, but not the backstabbing ex-players’ – Grant Flower. Photo: Peter Della Penna

While reflecting on his tenure as the batting coach, Flower slammed the politics within the backdoors of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and local media.

“Some of the backstabbing by ex-players and a lot of the politics that happens within the TV channels, the journalists and some of the politics in the PCB itself; I won’t miss those, certainly,” Flower was quoted as saying.

The former Zimbabwe cricketer was also concerned with opener Fakhar Zaman’s future and said that the left-hand batsman needs to sort out his technique to get among the runs again.

Whereas, the 48-year-old was full of praise for the top-order batsman Babar Azam and described him as the best Pakistan batsman he had ever coached.

While answering a question regarding his own future, Flower said that he will continue to work on his skills and will be looking for some new coaching assignments.

Flower joined the Pakistan team as batting coach in 2014. His five-year tenure finally came to an end when the PCB decided against renewing his contract after the Men in Green failed to qualify for the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup semi-finals.

While speaking in a Youtube video, Raja was disappointed with Flower’s statement and claimed that he was looked after well by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“I felt really bad when Grant said that security was a concern in Pakistan,” said Raja.

“I had seen him regularly roaming around the liberty market, visiting various restaurants and jogging outside on the streets. The PCB provided him excellent security as well as five-star accommodation in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Lahore.”

The 57-year-old also feels that the PCB was supportive of his services despite no drastic improvement in Pakistan batting.

“The PCB experimented with him for 5 years, yet there are no Pakistani batsmen in the ICC rankings for top ten batsmen,” he said.

Former Pakistan cricketer believes that coaches should be more graceful in their exit when their contracts expire.

“I have noticed a trend around the world that when coaches leave their job, they start criticising their previous boards,” he said.

“I think a person should show more grace and not badmouth their previous employers. I was part of the PCB as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), yet when I left my job, I didn’t criticise the organisation.”

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Sri Lanka Cricket Board made a big decision regarding Pakistan Tour Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:26:26 +0000 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hopeful to resume Test Cricket in Pakistan this year as a high-level delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket assessing the security arrangements in Karachi ahead of the former world champions’ proposed tour.

The Sri Lankan cricket team may soon return to Pakistan to play at least one Test match, more than a decade since militants attacked their team bus in Lahore in 2009.

The PCB had earlier invited the Sri Lankan cricket team to come to Pakistan this October and play two Test matches. Photo: Getty Images

Sri Lanka and Pakistan were originally scheduled to play at a neutral venue, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) sent a security delegation to visit Pakistan after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave them an offer to play one match in Pakistan—it’s first of the World Test Championship.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the security delegation gave SLC “very positive feedback” upon its return from Lahore and Karachi.

“The feedback we got from the security team was very positive,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told ESPNcricinfo.

“We’ll be talking to the PCB about some alternatives before we arrive at a decision. The government will be consulted as well,” he said.

Earlier, Headed by Mohan de Silva, the SLC’s honorary secretary, a four-member SLC security assessment team met with top security officials in Karachi and visited National Stadium — the proposed venue for the first Test between the two teams.

The inspector-general of police (IGP) for Sindh, Kaleem Imam, briefed the visiting delegation about the security arrangements to be made during the Test series, a spokesperson of Karachi police said. Sri Lanka’s counsel general in Karachi also attended the meeting.

The Sri Lankan delegation was assured during the briefing that foolproof security would be provided to the team during their visit. It included the SLC’s chief security advisor, Air Chief Marshall Roshan Goonetileke, head of international cricket, Chandima Mapatuna, and the assistant manager anti-corruption and security, Mudiyanselage Palitha Seneviratne.

Pakistan last hosted a Test match on home soil in 2009. International cricket in the country was largely suspended after March that year when armed militants used bullets and grenades to attack the Sri Lanka team bus taking the players to the Gaddafi Stadium.

Sri Lankan officials and players prepare to board into a helicopter at Gaddafi Stadium after the shooting in 2009.— AP

Pakistan has come a long way since then. In October 2017, a Sri Lanka team did play a one-off T20I in Lahore, but without a number of prominent players in the squad.

Pakistani and Sri Lankan cricketers and officials pose for a photograph before the start of the third and final Twenty20 international match. © AFP

According to the ESPNcricinfo report, the major concern for the SLC now is obtaining individual players’ consent to tour Pakistan. If all goes to plan, Sri Lanka will play at least one Test match in Pakistan in October.

PCB managing director Wasim Khan has also appealed to the MCC, asking for international cricket’s return to the nation.

“It was a very positive meeting with the MCC,” Wasim said. “Shane Warne, Kumar Sangakkara and Mike Gatting, the chair of the committee, were present there. They wanted to me to present on the current security in the country, along with what impact playing no international cricket here has had, and what can be done to restore it.”

“I am very, very confident that we will have an MCC team touring us in the near future. But, there are some matters related to security that need to be covered before they send their team. We will work very closely with the MCC to make sure that the tour happens.”​

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Year 2019 taking the Gems of Cricket Away Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:42:48 +0000 The year 2019 has not finished but rather we have discovered some great players who are retiring from international cricket. either it’s one day or test or all the formats. international cricket has as of now bade farewell to a portion of the world-class cricketers in 2019. It is the standard of the nature that the past age will clear their path for the more youthful part.

  1. Yuvraj Singh:

The 37-year-old all-player Yuvraj Singh, India’s middle-over batting lynchpin in two World Cup triumphs has retired from international cricket in the middle of this year although he will look to play on in Twenty20 leagues around the world.

“After almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on,” he said after tearing up from a video tribute showing highlights of his career.

“Cricket has given me everything and that’s the reason why I am standing here today.”

Yuvraj, who played the remainder of his 304 one-day internationals two years prior, was a key pinion in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was Man of the Tournament at the World Cup four years later. Yuvraj made an enthusiastic come back to the game in 2012 after a protracted battle with uncommon cancer in his lungs and played the remainder of his 40 tests that equivalent year.

  1. Hashim Amla:

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 36 on August 8. The entire cricketing world took to social media to wish him a happy retirement.

he was the only South African to smash a triple ton in Tests. He aggregated 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches and 8,113 at 49.46 in 181 ODIs. He notched up 28 centuries in Tests (four double tons) and 27 hundred in ODIs. In total, he scored more than 18,000 runs across all formats for South Africa with 55 centuries in 349 matches and has been ranked as the number one batsman in both Test and one-day international cricket.

Amla was a South Africa Test captain between 2014 and 2016, the team’s first permanent non-white captain.

“Thanks to everyone for the wishes, messages, and calls. Wow! It was truly an amazing journey with the Proteas, one that I was honored to be a part of. So many valuable lessons learned and countless memories made during an incredible #proteafire journey. It’s all the friends and teammates who have actually become family that I walk away richer for. Aww man..probably a book load of stories and memories. Until then I look forward to the next chapter of making more cricket memories on different grounds throughout the world,” Amla wrote in his Instagram post.

  1. Lasith Malinga:

Lasith Malinga confirmed his retirement from ODI cricket during the series against Bangladesh.

Malinga, who retired from Test cricket in 2011, played his final ODI on July 26 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, which was the first match of the three-match series against the visiting Bangladesh team.

The 35-year-old made his ODI debut in 2004 and currently has 335 ODI scalps in 225 matches at an average of 29.02, with eight five-wicket hauls and an astonishing three hat-tricks under his belt.

Malinga is the only bowler to have claimed four wickets in four balls, and he sits 10th on the list of all-time ODI wicket-takers. He has the possibility of surpassing Anil Kumble (337 wickets) to move into ninth place in the list in his final one-dayer.

The iconic fast bowler will continue to play T20Is for Sri Lanka, who are expected to rely on him to help them qualify for the 2020 T20 World Cup.

  1. Shoaib Malik:

The veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has officially announced his retirement from one-day International (ODI) soon after being snubbed by team management. However, the 37-year-old will continue to play the Twenty20 format. Malik, who made his debut in the 1990s, played a total of 287 ODIs, garnering 7534 runs, who also captained Pakistan in 41 ODIs,  the fifth-highest tally for a Pakistan batsman. He also took 158 wickets, in a career that began against West Indies at Sharjah in October 1999.

he admitted it was an emotional moment to call time on his ODI career.

“I am retiring from one-day cricket,” said Malik, who was dropped after a disappointing World Cup featuring two ducks in three matches.

“I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” added Malik.

“I am satisfied with my ODI career and winning the Champions Trophy has been the highlight of my ODI career,” he added to Pakistan’s triumph in England two years ago.

After retiring from ODI cricket post the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, malik played for the Vancouver Knights in Global T20 Canada 2019, the team which finished as the runners-up.

  1. Imran Tahir:

Imran Tahir has been a champion cricketer winning innumerable matches for his side single-handedly. He bid farewell to ODI cricket after South Africa’s premature exit from the ICC World Cup 2019.

Born in Pakistan but married to a South African, the much-traveled Tahir made his ODI debut in February 2011, just a month before his 32nd birthday.

Tahir concluded his ODI career with 173 wickets in 107 matches with the best figures of seven for 45. He has been an integral part of the Proteas set-up since making his international debut.

“It was always my dream to play international cricket and I’m really grateful to everyone who helped me along on the way. They accepted me for who I was, the guy who came from overseas.

“It’s a big moment of my life — I always wanted to play cricket and play as long as I could and now is the right time to go.

“It will be quite a hurtful and sad moment for me but I’ve prepared myself for that, so hopefully it will go well for me and the team,” he said.

The leg-spinner, who is a globetrotter, will continue to represent South Africa in the shortest format of the game. He also represents various franchises in the T20 league around the world.

  1. JP Duminy:

South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy retired from the one-day format of the game after the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019. Duminy, who announced his retirement from Tests in September 2017; however, will continue being available for South Africa in Twenty20 Internationals.

Duminy scored 5117 runs in 199 ODI matches at a strike-rate of 84.58. The off-spinner also claimed 69 ODI wickets with a career-best spell of four for 16. The all-rounder, who has served for the Proteas for long, had a few poor turnouts which led to his decision.

“The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future,” he said.

“While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but I would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority.”

The all-rounder, meanwhile, will continue to play in the T20Is for South Africa and in various franchise leagues around the globe.

  1. Dale Steyn:

After 93 Tests and 439 wickets, the 36-year-old calls time on red-ball career but vows to continue in limited-overs cricket for Proteas.

South Africa’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker Dale Steyn has announced he’s hanging up his bowling boots in the longest format of the game.

“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much,” the 36-year-old said in a statement issued by Cricket South Africa. “In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally.

“It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all.

“I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximize my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport.”

It brings to an end an almost 15-year Test career, having debuted against England in December 2004. Among current players, only Stuart Broad (450) and James Anderson (575) have claimed more Test victims than Steyn, while Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath are the only other pacemen to have taken more wickets.

  1. Muhammad Amir:

Cricketer Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket but reaffirmed his commitment to playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan.

In a statement shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Amir said: “It has been an honor to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game. I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white-ball cricket.”

“It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.”

“I want to thank all my team-mates as well the opponents in red-ball cricket. It has been a privilege to play with and against them. I am sure our paths will continue to cross in limited-overs cricket as all of us play and compete with the same vigor and determination.”

Amir also thanked the PCB for providing him “the opportunity to don the golden star on my chest”.

Amir made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2009, he featured in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. His best bowling returns – six for 44 – were against the West Indies in Kingston in April 2017.

  1. Wahab Riaz:

Days after Mohammad Amir retired from Test cricket, another Pakistan pacer – Wahab Riaz – has said goodbye to the longer format of the game. This time brilliant left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz made an announcement to hang up his boots from Test cricket format. Now, the 34-year-old experienced cricketer who is currently playing in Global T20 League is not interested in playing longer format in cricket so he restricted himself to limited-overs formats.  Wahab Riaz picked up 83 wickets in 27 matches in his ten-year Test career. The talented cricketer made his Test debut for Pakistan against England in the 2010  series where he picked up five crucial wickets after giving only 63 runs. This was considered to be his career-best score so far. He was named in both 2015 and 2019 World Cup squads due to his aggressive bowling spells. Within two weeks, Pakistan lost its two brilliant pacers in Test cricket format which will surely prove to be a big blow for the green army ahead.

  1. Sikandar Raza:

The decision of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has left many cricketers from the country disappointed. Dejected and heartbroken by the ICC decision,  Zimbabwe player Sikandar Raza, announced his retirement. Sikander, who has played 12 Tests, 97 ODIs and 32 T20Is for the country, took to Twitter to express his disappointment and said: “How one decision has made a team, strangers. How one decision has made so many people unemployed. How one decision affects so many families. How one decision has ended so many careers. Certainly not how I wanted to say goodbye to international cricket.”

  1. Solomon Mire:

Zimbabwean all-rounder Solomon Mire has announced his retirement from international cricket through an elaborate Instagram post. The decision, in all probability, has been made in the light of Zimbabwe Cricket’s suspension by the ICC owing to ZC’s inability to prevent government interference from meddling with its administration.

The twenty-nine-year-old seam-bowling all-rounder is the first Zimbabwean cricketer to officially announce his retirement from the international circuit and with a host of other Zimbabwean cricketers such as Sikander Raza, Kyle Jarvis and Brendan Taylor venting their disappointment and agony over the entire issue on social media. During his five-year-long international career, Mire appeared in 47 ODIs, 9 T20Is and 2 Test matches.

  1. Ambati Rayudu:

Humiliated by the national cricket selectors after being ignored for the World Cup, India batsman Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Wednesday. Controversially left out of the original squad, the 33-year-old was not considered as a replacement when India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to a thumb injury he was snubbed from the World Cup squad and in place of him, all-rounder Vijay Shankar was given a chance in the team. While announcing the squad “I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to (a) decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game,” he said in an email to BCCI.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have represented our country. I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team. It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up, for the last 25 years at various different levels,” said the player. The unexpected decision left many surprised.

  1. Johan Botha:

Johan Botha, an all-rounder in its original form, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January, this year with immediate effect. Botha last played for Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL before retiring citing wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue.

“It is obviously a very emotional moment for me, but I feel deep down that the time has come for me to move onto the next phase of my career.

“Cricket has been a part of my life for 19 years & a dream of mine to play at this level since I can remember. I have always left everything out there on the field, but at the moment I just feel like it’s time for me to step aside & let the next players come through.

“Coming into this current season I had some injury concerns & getting through every game has become harder. This has given me the final nudge to make this very difficult but important decision, to hang up my boots for good,” he said.

  1. Nuwan Kulasekara:

Nuwan Kulasekara, the Sri Lankan paceman, called time on his international career with immediate effect in July. The right-arm pacer finished as the third-highest ODI wicket-taker for Sri Lanka among pacemen and fifth-highest overall on the Sri Lankan charts.

Known for his ability to swing the new ball both ways, the 37-year old exits as Sri Lanka’s third-highest ODI wicket-taker among seamers, behind Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga, with 199 wickets in 184 matches. Kulasekara is also the joint second-highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in T20Is, with 66 wickets in 58 matches, behind Malinga on the list.

Kulasekara revealed that he had been due to announce his decision immediately after the World Cup but had held off following a special request by Lasith Malinga to play alongside him in one final ODI.

“I was going to announce my retirement straight after the World Cup but Lasith Malinga made a special request during the world cup to play alongside me in his final game. As such, I wanted to see if there was any way to make that happen. That’s why my retirement announcement was delayed,” he explained.

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