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Tom Harrison Flies To Pakistan To Mend Relations With PCB After October 2021 Tour Cancellation Hurt PCB

Tom Harrison, England and Wales Cricket Board Chief Executive, has flown to Pakistan to meet PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja in a bid to mend relations that were damaged by the cancellation of last month’s tour.

According to sources in the PCB, besides meeting Ramiz Raja, Tom Harrison is also due to call Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad before he flies out to Dubai for the final of the T20 World Cup and the ICC Executive Board meeting on November 17.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison. (Credits: Twitter)
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison. (Credits: Twitter)

Tom Harrison’s Decision To Go To Pakistan Came After It Was Announced Australia And West Indies Would Tour Pakistan In 2022

After New Zealand decided to abandon its tour of Pakistan right ahead of the first ODI, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had announced that its men’s and women’s tour of Pakistan would not go ahead as planned.

The England men’s team was set to tour Pakistan in October for the first time since 2005, while their women have never played in that country. However, ECB had cancelled both the series, citing the “mental and physical well-being” of players and security concerns, a decision that was met with heavy criticism.

Australia
Australia. Image Credits: Twitter

Tom Harrison’s decision to come to Pakistan comes on the heels of the announcement by Cricket Australia that it will be touring Pakistan early next year. Australia’s confirmation to send its team to Pakistan had come days after the West Indies board announced it would be touring Pakistan in December for a white ball series.

Australia’s men’s team is set for a three-format tour of Pakistan in March-April 2022, playing in the nation for the first time since 1998. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced details for the seven-match tour on Monday.

The campaign will comprise three ICC World Test Championship matches through march, three ICC Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs (29 March to 2 April), and one T20I (5 April). Australia’s last tour of Pakistan was in 1998-99, which in turn was their first series in Pakistan since 1959-60.

Ramiz Raja Would Be Taking Up The Case Against New Zealand Cricket And ECB At ICC Board Meeting

The confirmation by the two boards has come as welcome news for the PCB, which was shattered by the decision by New Zealand Cricket to pull out its team from the tour of Pakistan in September because of security threats and later the ECB’s decision also not to send its teams for white-ball matches.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

But one PCB source made it clear that while Tom Harrison’s visit was welcome, and so was his assurance that England would make a full tour of Pakistan late next year, Ramiz Raja would be taking up the case against New Zealand Cricket and ECB strongly at the ICC board meeting.

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
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Mohammad Amir Takes A Dig At Ramiz Raja Saying That PCB Chairman Gets A Lot Of Benefits

Mohammad Amir, the former Pakistan pacer, has taken a dig at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja over his comments that he won’t take a single penny as salary during his tenure. Mohammad Amir retorted that the office of the PCB Chairman doesn’t entail salary but comes with plenty of benefits.

Ramiz Raja made a comment while addressing club presidents in Pakistan on Wednesday (October 20). Mohammad Amir then took to Twitter to point out that the post of PCB Chairman comes with benefits, though he wasn’t entirely sure if this was the case.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Mohammad Amir: PCB Chairman Gets A Lot Of Benefits Taking A Dig At Ramiz Raja

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja issued an indirect yet stern warning to the board’s officials drawing handsome salaries, saying that everyone will have to work to justify their positions. Ramiz Raja stressed on employees of the board to reduce expenses and save costs, adding that he had been told by the prime minister himself how he saves expenses at the Prime Minister House and the Prime Minister Office.

“To the extent I know, PCB Chairman is not paid a monthly salary but gets a lot of benefits. I may be wrong, but this is what I have heard,” Mohammad Amir tweeted.

In his address to club presidents, Ramiz Raja said that he had sacrificed a budding career to take up the post, and he did that for the honour.

Mohammad Amir | AFP
Mohammad Amir | AFP

“I have come to this cricket board without any salary. I won’t get a single penny for the next three years. I have sacrificed my ongoing career to take up this post. The car that I own is a 2008 model one. I don’t regret the fact that I don’t own a big house or a fancy car or money. Many a time, you need to play an innings for the honor.”

In his address to club presidents, Ramiz Raja mentioned that he doesn’t need the salary of a PCB Chairman and noted that he will serve for the next three years without taking it. However, he added that he feels the PCB chairman is an honourable position, and it should be the number one priority.

Mohammad Amir has been amid controversies throughout his career. Having made a comeback in 2016 after a lengthy ban for spot-fixing, Mohammad Amir called time on his career prematurely in December 2020. He cited differences with the Board and support staff as the reason for his decision.

Mohammad Amir Came Out Of Retirement After Coaches Misbah-ul-Haq And Waqar Younis Step Down

Earlier this year, however, the former left-arm pacer revealed that he was ready to come out of his retirement if the new PCB administration addressed all his concerns. However, there hasn’t been any further development in this regard. Mohammad Amir has represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. He has 259 wickets to his name in international cricket.

The pacer played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. He represented Pakistan in 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. He also featured in 61 ODIs and claimed 81 wickets at an average of 29.62.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP

Mohammad Amir, the left-arm fast bowler, has decided to come out of international retirement. The 29-year-old pacer stunned the cricket world by announcing his international retirement last year. However, the pacer clarified that he made the big decision because of his issues with the team management.

After Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their posts, Mohammad Amir decided to make himself available for his country once again. Meanwhile, Pakistan will be taking part in the T20 Worldcup 2021 without the services of world-class fast bowler Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
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One Strong Investor Told Me That A Blank Cheque Is Ready For PCB If Pakistan Beats India In The T20 World Cup: Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has revealed that PCB will get a blank cheque if the Babar Azam-led side beats India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. India will face Pakistan in their opening game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24.

The last time India and Pakistan faced each other was in the round-robin stage of the 2019 ODI World Cup, where the former won by 89 runs (DLS method). Their last T20 World Cup face-off resulted in India’s 6-wicket win over Men in Green in Kolkata in the 2016 edition.

However, due to the unfortunate political situation, the two teams haven’t played a bilateral series since 2012-13. Pakistan and India’s last bilateral ties at either of the two neighbouring countries were 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs in India way back in 2012.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Ramiz Raja: Blank Cheque Ready If Pakistan Beats India In T20I WC

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cited “increasing concerns about traveling to the region” just days after New Zealand also pulled out of the Pakistan tour over security concerns. A deadly 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore saw Pakistan become a no-go destination for international teams.

In between 2012 and 2015, UAE staged most of Pakistan’s “home” games since the attack. A rapid improvement in security in recent years has led to the return of international cricket, with Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa, and Bangladesh touring in the past six years.

“PCB runs 50 percent on the funding of ICC. 90 percent of funding to ICC comes from India. I’m afraid that if India stopped funding ICC, then PCB might collapse because PCB gives zero percent funding to ICC. I’m determined to make Pakistan cricket strong,” Cricket Pakistan quoted Ramiz Raja as saying in a meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC).

India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES
India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“One strong investor told me that a blank cheque is ready for the PCB if Pakistan beats India in the upcoming T20 World Cup,” Ramiz Raja added.

It’s worth noting that the Men in Green are yet to beat their arch-rivals in a World Cup game in 12 encounters across the T20I and 50-over editions. The PCB has a golden opportunity to strengthen its finances if the Pakistan cricket team is able to defeat India at the forthcoming T20 World Cup on October 24 in Dubai.
Newly-appointed PCB chairman Ramiz Raja informed that he was approached by an investor who has promised him a blank cheque if Pakistan can register their first win over India at the upcoming T20 World Cup tie.

Ramiz Raja: If Pakistan’s Cricket Economy Is Strong, England And New Zealand Wouldn’t Use And Bin Pakistan

Last month, New Zealand decided to end the tour against Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert. The PCB chairman said teams won’t withdraw from touring Pakistan if the board has strong financial support.

“If our cricket economy is strong, we won’t be used and then binned by teams like England and New Zealand,” he said. “Best cricket team and the best cricket economy are two big challenges,” said Ramiz Raja.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2021
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2021. Image Credits: Twitter

India, champions in the inaugural edition played in South Africa in 2007 and finalists in 2014, will also have Afghanistan, New Zealand, and two qualifiers from Round 1 to contend with in Group 2. Meanwhile, Group 1 comprises England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, and two qualifiers from Round 1.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman will get underway from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.

The role of the batting coach was Younis Khan's first full-time appointment with the PCB since his retirement in 2017 Getty Images
The role of the batting coach was Younis Khan's first full-time appointment with the PCB since his retirement in 2017 Getty Images
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Younis Khan May Take A Key Position In PCB Again After Quitting As Batting Coach In 2020/21

According to the sources, Younis Khan, the former Pakistan captain and ex-batting coach, may once again take up a position in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

As appointments continue in the PCB after Ramiz Raja took charge of the board, sources said the former captain is likely to get responsibilities in the new set-up.

Younis Khan. Pic/AP, PTI
Younis Khan. Pic/AP, PTI

Younis Khan May Take Up A Position In PCB After Ramiz Raja-Aaqib Javed Meeting

A couple of days ago, an important meeting was held between former fast bowler Aaqib Javed and PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. The former told the PCB chief to concentrate on the grass-root level to improve Pakistani cricket.

Aaqib Javed reportedly advised him to focus on cricket academies, adding that they were particularly important in strengthening cricket in the country. However, sources said that Aaqib Javed is hesitant to join the PCB and feels he is better off with the Lahore Qalandars.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

As former Test cricketer, Aaqib Javed is reluctant to join Pakistan cricket, former captain Younis Khan is preparing for another entry in the PCB. The leading runs getter for Pakistan in Test cricket Younis Khan parted way with the Pakistan team as the batting coach earlier this year.

The former batsman resigned from the top job on June 22 even though he was roped in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a two-year contract, which would’ve come to a conclusion after the 2022 T20 World Cup. Younis Khan is the only Pakistan player to score 10,000+ Test runs and  Pakistan’s highest run-scorer in Test cricket with the most centuries. He is also the only player to score Test hundreds in all 11 countries. He announced his ODI retirement in November 2015 after having announced his T20I retirement in 2009.

Saqlain Mushtaq Likely As Pakistan’s Head Coach

Former Pakistan bowler Saqlain Mushtaq will most likely be appointed head coach for the national team for the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup. The 44-year-old is currently serving as the head of the International Player Development at the National High-Performance Centre in Lahore.

Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004
Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004 (Reuters)

The PCB has already appointed former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden and former South Africa pacer Vernon Philander as consultants for the T20 World Cup.

Wasim Khan. (Image Credits: Twitter)
Wasim Khan. (Image Credits: Twitter)
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Danish Kaneria Believes Wasim Khan’s Resignation As PCB CEO A ‘Blessing In Disguise’

Danish Kaneria, former Pakistan leg spinner slammed outgoing CEO Wasim Khan and believes his departure is a blessing for Pakistan cricket. Wasim Khan stepped down as the CEO of the PCB on Wednesday and his resignation was accepted.

Wasim Khan, who took charge as the PCB CEO in 2019, vacated the position four months before the end of his contract. He revealed that it has been an honor to serve Pakistan cricket but felt the time was to move on and spend more time with his family.

Wasim Khan (Getty Images)
Wasim Khan (Getty Images)

Danish Kaneria Questions Wasim Khan’s Role In Pakistan’s Improvement As The Leg Spinner Blames Him For Failure To Convince England To Tour Pakistan

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Danish Kaneria felt Wasim Khan hardly did anything good for Pakistan cricket. The 40-year-old accused the former CEO of being power-hungry and wealth-oriented. Danish Kaneria also blamed Wasim Khan for failing to convince England to tour Pakistan.

Pakistan’s cricket board said its chief executive had resigned, two weeks after New Zealand and England abandoned tours in the country over security concerns. New Zealand Cricket called off their first tour of Pakistan in 18 years just as the first ODI was due to start in Rawalpindi earlier this month.

Their decision was swiftly followed by England’s cancellation of a planned short tour too next month. PCB gave no reason for Wasim Khan’s resignation, but said it would meet later to “consider the matter”.

“What has Wasim Khan done for Pakistan cricket? He has only ruined Pakistan cricket by running behind money. When Ramiz bhai requested him to work for 30% less money, he declined as the powers were snatched away from him. Khan’s misuse of power damaged and harmed Pakistan cricket. If he had such contacts with England, why couldn’t he convince them to tour Pakistan?”

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

Pakistan’s much-anticipated home season this year was in a hapless situation as both New Zealand and England withdrew from their scheduled tours of the nation. The decision by both cricketing boards faced severe backlash from the PCB, who had to cope with massive financial losses.

Danish Kaneria Backs Aaqib Javed To Become Director Of Pakistan Cricket

Danish Kaneria said he expects the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja to create a director’s position and dissolve the CEO’s spot. He tipped former paceman, Aaqib Javed, to fit well in the new position, stating he has great credibility and will work well with Ramiz Raja.

“I predict Ramiz bhai to do away with the CEO position and expect Aaqib Javed to occupy the director’s position. He has done wonders as he has worked with Lahore Qalanders. I have also worked with Javed in the National Cricket Academy and he is a zero-tolerance type of personality. There is also a great understanding between Javed and Ramiz bhai.”

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Wasim Khan is the latest to depart from the Pakistan cricket circle, following former coaches Misbah-Ul-Haq and Waqar Younis’s resignation. The Men in Green find themselves slightly unsettled by multiple off-field issues ahead of the T20 World Cup, where the team’s selections were also questioned.

Wasim Khan, who is British with Pakistani heritage, had made huge efforts to revive international cricket after a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team sent Pakistan into isolation for years. Hired on a three-year contract in 2019, he had organized Pakistan’s tours of England and New Zealand amid severe Covid-19 restrictions last year.

Pakistan has only hosted South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe since the 2009 attacks.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
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David White Grateful To PCB For Organizing Safe Departure Of New Zealand Team

David White, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive on Sunday said that he is grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for helping organize the safe departure of the New Zealand team. Later on Sunday, NZC chief executive David White said they were faced with no option but to abandon the tour after receiving advice from their government of a specific and credible threat.

New Zealand cricket chief David White clarified that they had no choice but to call off the tour of Pakistan after being alerted by their security officials just minutes before the first ODI in Rawalpindi on Friday. The entire limited-overs series was called off due to security concerns. Arrangements will now have to be made for the safe return of the New Zealand cricket team, which visited Pakistan for the first time in 18 years for an international series.

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White during a press conference. Photo: File
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White during a press conference. Photo: File

David White Credits Wasim Khan For Professionalism

New Zealand made headlines across the cricket fraternity when the cricket team called off its bilateral ODI and T20 series minutes before the toss for the first ODI between the two sides was scheduled to take place in Rawalpindi. The Black Caps had arrived in Pakistan after 18 years to play a cricket series. Pakistan was scheduled to host New Zealand for a series of 3 ODIs and 5 T20 internationals in Rawalpindi and Lahore from September 17 to October 3.

“We appreciate this has been a terribly difficult time for the PCB and wish to pass on our sincere thanks to chief executive Wasim Khan and his team for their professionalism and care,” said White in an official statement.

Wasim Khan (Getty Images)
Wasim Khan (Getty Images)

David White also said NZC and the BlackCaps had been very much looking forward to the Pakistan series but were faced with no option but to abandon the tour after receiving, on Friday, advice from the New Zealand government of a specific, credible threat. This advice was supported by NZC’s security consultants – who were on the ground in Pakistan, and by other independent sources.

“What I can say is that we were advised this was a specific and credible threat against the team. We had several conversations with New Zealand government officials before making the decision and it was after informing the PCB of our position that we understand a telephone discussion was conducted between the respective Prime Ministers,” said White.

“Unfortunately, given the advice we’d received, there was no way we could stay in the country,” he added.

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White admitted the fact that the board was initially satisfied with security arrangements in Pakistan for which they sent their team to the country.  PCB CEO Wasim Khan has confirmed that the New Zealand Cricket team will fly out of Pakistan in a chartered flight.

The visitors refused to leave the hotel room minutes before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi and NZC called off the tour after following a security alert from their security advisors. The New Zealand men’s cricket team on Sunday arrived in Dubai after leaving Islamabad on a charter flight.

David White: New Zealand Too The Only Responsible Course Of Action Possible

David White said NZC remained comfortable with its initial decision to tour Pakistan, based on comprehensive assessments of the security situation, and the risk mitigation measures promised. New Zealand was scheduled to play three ODIs in Rawalpindi starting Friday (September 17) before the series shifted to Lahore for a five-match T20I series, but the entire tour now stands unilaterally postponed following the visitors’ expression of concern.

“Everything changed on Friday. The advice changed, the threat level changed and, as a consequence, we took the only responsible course of action possible,” he said.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2021
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2021. Image Credits: Twitter

The New Zealand men’s cricket team on Sunday arrived in Dubai after leaving Islamabad on a charter flight. The contingent of 34 players and support staff are now settling into their Dubai hotel and undergoing their 24-hour period of self-isolation. Of this group, 24 will return to New Zealand over the next week or so, as flights and MIQ rooms in New Zealand become available.

Warner was given out since it shows Umpire’s Call on review while the Original decision was OUT (Image Source: Twitter)
Warner was given out since it shows Umpire’s Call on review while the Original decision was OUT (Image Source: Twitter)
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Decision Review System (DRS) Won’t Be Available In New Zealand-Pakistan Series As PCB And Producers Or Broadcasters Failed To Find An ICC Approved DRS Provider

Decision Review System (DRS) will not be used during Pakistan’s upcoming limited-overs home series against New Zealand due to the non-availability of an ICC approved provider for the technology.

The Pakistan Cricket Board and the producers/broadcasters of the series could not find an approved provider of the technology required to run the system during the series which begins on September 17, according to a source.

Pakistan vs New Zealand — AFP/File
Pakistan vs New Zealand — AFP/File

Decision Review System (DRS) Won’t Be Available In NZ-Pak Series As PCB And Producers Or Broadcasters Failed To Find An ICC Approved DRS Provider

There will be no Decision Review System (DRS) available to the teams if match officials make any mistake during Pakistan’s home series against New Zealand this month. The PCB confirmed on Thursday that DRS would not be used during three ODIs and five T20Is between Pakistan and New Zealand starting from September 17.

“Member Boards can only have DRS technology providers who are approved by the International Cricket Council,” one source said.

Decision Review System-Virat Kohli calls for review using DRS (Image Source: Getty Images)
Decision Review System-Virat Kohli calls for review using DRS (Image Source: Getty Images)

He said the DRS technology will be available for the two T20 Internationals against England in October in Lahore. The New Zealand series will have three ODIs and five T20 Internationals. Rawalpindi will host the ODIs to be played on September 17, 19, and 21 while the T20Is will be played in Lahore on September 25, 25, 29, October 1, and 3.

Decision Review System Provider Not Found As The Rights Were Sold Very Late

Another source said the problem of not being able to find a DRS technology provider and the operator had arisen as the PCB sold the media rights of the New Zealand series very late.

“The rights were sold very late and that is why this problem has arisen. The result is the series will be without DRS technology on television. There was so much international cricket being played around the world at this time that equipment technology provision will have to be arranged well in advance, ” said the source.

England vs Pakistan Photo Credit: (Getty Images)
England vs Pakistan Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

However, the source was hopeful that the PCB will manage to have the technology and its operators during the two-match T20I series against England next month.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP via Getty Images)
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Wasim Khan Issues Statement Denying Any Rifts Between Babar Azam And PCB

Wasim Khan, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO issued an official statement in which he denied any rifts between team skipper Babar Azam and the Board over the selection of the squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. PCB announced a 15-man squad for the forthcoming ICC event a few days ago. Some reports alleged that Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is unhappy with the team selection.

The reports had also alleged that Babar Azam was not taken into confidence as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee picked the team for T20 World Cup. According to reports, Babar Azam wanted to pick openers Sharjeel Khan and Fakhar Zaman, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and leg-spinner Usman Qadir in the squad but in-line PCB chairman Ramiz Raja did not agree.

Wasim Khan (Getty Images)
Wasim Khan (Getty Images)

Wasim Khan:  Babar Azam Is Fully Behind The Decision Of Picking Squad For T20I World Cup

However, PCB CEO Wasim Khan has ruled out any dispute between Babar Azam and the board over the selection of the squad for T20 World Cup 2021. Wasim Khan mentioned that Babar Azam is fully behind the decision of picking the squad for the T20I World Cup 2021.

“It has come to our notice that factually incorrect reports are circulating about the Pakistan national squad environment. The squad for the upcoming international assignments has been announced and our captain Babar Azam is fully behind the direction that is being taken”, the statement issued by Wasim Khan said.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Misbah-ul-Haq and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“On Tuesday afternoon, some of the players had a healthy and positive meeting with former Pakistan captain and member of the PCB Board of Governors, Mr Ramiz Raja, in which there was a consensus on the brand of cricket that needs to be played in the upcoming series and beyond.

“It is important that collectively we get firmly behind the squad so that they have the stability, backing and focus they need prior to going into the ICC T20 World Cup next month,” the statement of Wasim Khan further read.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is slated to begin on October 17. Before the tournament, Pakistan will host New Zealand and England for limited-over series. Recently, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their positions. Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq have been appointed as the interim coaches for the Pakistan team, who will guide the squad for the upcoming New Zealand series.

Pakistan Named A 15 Member Squad And 3 Standby Players For T20I World Cup Omitting Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf, And Sarfaraz Ahmed

Pakistan named a 15-member squad and 3 stand-by players for their campaign in the UAE on Monday. Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, and Faheem Ashraf were notable omissions from the Babar Azam-led side.

Pakistan on Monday named a 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup and the home T20I series against New Zealand and England. Senior members Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz did not find a place while the likes of fresh faces Azam Khan, Asif Ali, and Khushdil Shah made it to the squad.

Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters
Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters

Aggressive opener Fakhar Zaman and leg-spinner Usman Qadir were not picked in the 15-man squad but the two players along with Shahnawaz Dahani were picked as reserves for the T20 World Cup, starting October 17 in the UAE. Babar Azam will lead the 15-man squad which will also not have senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik.

Pakistan squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi.

Reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
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Ramiz Raja As A PCB Chairman Will Benefit Pakistan Players, Says Kamran Akmal

Kamran Akmal, Pakistan veteran former wicketkeeper-batsman has reacted to rumours of Ramiz Raja being in the mix to become PCB’s chairman. With Ehsan Mani’s tenure as chairman likely to end soon, Ramiz Raja is one of the prime contenders for the job. Kamran Akmal expects Ramiz Raja to lift Pakistan cricket to big heights should he take the post.

It was reported that Ehsan Mani will meet Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday (August 23) as convened by the latter’s wishes. Ehsan Mani’s time in the position ends a couple of days after that. But he intends to retain the spot moving forward, adding to his three years of service.

Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani

Kamran Akmal: A Cricketer Coming In As A Chairman Would Benefit Domestic Cricket And Benefit Players Financially

Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, Kamran Akmal recognized that Ramiz Raja’s hiatus from commentary duties could be a signal about his immediate future. The 39-year old feels a cricketer becoming the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman will benefit the players on all fronts since he has previously served as the national team’s skipper as well.

“He hasn’t been going for commentary duties in the last couple of series and that gave us some signals for the future. A cricketer coming in as a chairman would benefit domestic cricket. It will bring in money.

“There was a lot of talk about bringing in money by commercialising so that players get money. Ramiz (Raja) bhai coming in will benefit players financially. Maybe the teams might improve as well. Management might get better as well because he has been a captain himself.”

Kamran Akmal Photo AFP
Kamran Akmal Photo AFP

Akmal added: “Cricket doesn’t improve at the international level. If you want good cricketers, you have to make them at the grassroot level. Unfortunately, no one has been paying attention to it in the recent past. This is why cricketers at the lower level are ignored. We have all seen how sensitive he (Ramiz Raja) is regarding cricket with his words. It is time to walk the talk now.”

Ramiz Raja has played 57 Tests and 198 ODIs. He represented Pakistan (sometimes as captain) during the 1980s and the 1990s. Since retiring from cricket, he has been a commentator in international cricket matches. Ramiz Raja played international cricket for 13 years, appearing in 57 Test matches, with a career average of 31.83 and scoring two centuries.

In the One Day International arena, he played 198 matches and scored 9 centuries. He was a member of the national side that reached the semi-finals of the 1987 World Cup and played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s 1992 World cup win. Ramiz Raja didn’t respond to calls and messages but media reports said that Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also patron-in-chief of the board has decided against giving Ehsan Mani an extension after his term ends this month.

Kamran Akmal : Ramiz Raja Has  Been In The PCB In The Past

Kamran Akmal further stated that Ramiz Raja has previously been in the PCB and brought some transformations as well. The 39-year old pointed out that the cricketer-turned-commentator often pointed out the ways of planning and how development must take place. Thus, Kamran Akmal predicts Ramiz Raja to make better decisions if he becomes the chairman and raises the graph of the Pakistan cricket team.

“He has been in the PCB in the past. He made region cricket and changed the system from division cricket. There is a new system now that was the Prime Minister’s vision. We have always heard him talking about how the team should plan, become mentally strong and develop.

“When he comes in as chairman, he will have an opportunity and would want to see how to raise the graph of our cricket team. This will happen if he makes correct decisions and looks after cricket.”

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of ARY Sports

Pakistan has been one of the most inconsistent teams in recent times. They have some world-class players in their ranks but have failed to sufficiently move forward. The batting line-up sans captain Babar Azam has remained a consistent issue across formats in recent times.

Apparently, Imran Khan, himself a former captain under whom Ramiz Raja played the 1992 World Cup, feels it is time a former player runs the cricket affairs in the country. Another source said Ehsan Mani had also expressed reluctance to continue for another term due to health issues.

Naseem Shah- GETTY IMAGES
Naseem Shah- GETTY IMAGES
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Naseem Shah Re-enters PSL 2021 Bio Bubble After PCB’s U-Turn

Naseem Shah, Pakistan pacer is reportedly going to re-enter PSL 2021 bio-bubble despite the Covid-19 protocol breach. Naseem Shah was released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week after he was found guilty of flouting the norms set by the board.

As per reports, after a meeting between PCB and PSL franchises, a compromise has been reached, thus paving the way for Naseem Shah’s return for the remainder of the T20 tournament which is to be held in UAE.

File Photo of Naseem Shah in action for Quetta Gladiators in PSL.(Twitter)
File Photo of Naseem Shah in action for Quetta Gladiators in PSL. (Twitter)

Naseem Shah’ Negative PCR Test Report Was Conducted On May 18 Contrary To PCB’s Protocols To Assemble At Hotel By May 24 With Negative Report Not Older Than 48 Hours

As per PCB’s covid-19 protocols, all players were asked to assemble at the team hotels by May 24 along with negative PCR test reports not older than 48 hours. Naseem Shah, 18, did arrive with negative reports but the test was conducted on May 18. Following the recommendation of an independent medical advisory, he was released.

In order to rejoin his PSL franchise Quetta Gladiators, Naseem Shah will have to be tested negative thrice for covid-19 – once before entering the team hotel. He will then be allowed to board the flight for Abu Dhabi.

A Covid-19 protocol violation nearly cost Naseem Shah his involvement in PSL 2021 Getty Images
A Covid-19 protocol violation nearly cost Naseem Shah his involvement in PSL 2021 Getty Images

Earlier, Babar Hamid, the commercial director and head of PSL, had said PCB isn’t happy about the turn of events leading to the release of Naseem Shah from the bubble.

“The PCB doesn’t take any pride in releasing a young fast bowler from its marquee event but if we will ignore this breach, then we will potentially put at risk the entire event. We appreciate Quetta Gladiators for accepting this decision as it confirms we are all aligned to strictly following and implementing the protocols,” Hamid had said.

“This decision will also send out a loud and clear message to all involved in the remaining matches that the PCB will not compromise on any violations and will expel the player or player support personnel irrespective of his stature and standing in the game if they are found to be flouting the prescribed protocols or regulations,” he added.

Naseem Shah is supposed to be the key player for Quetta Gladiators in the PSL. He rose to fame with his pace when he made his Test debut against Australia in November 2019 and then grabbed a hat trick in a Test match against Bangladesh at Rawalpindi last year. He has played in nine Test matches and grabbed 20 wickets.

Naseem Shah Has To Clear A Pre Isolation Covid-19 Test And Return Back To Back Negative Tests To Enable To Boars The Flight To Abu Dhabi

After a meeting between the PCB and the PSL franchises, there has indeed been a compromise with Naseem Shah offered a way back to the PSL. All he has to do is clear a pre-isolation Covid-19 test, which will allow him to re-enter the team hotel, and then return back-to-back negative tests, which will give him the green light to board the flight to Abu Dhabi.

Naseem Shah will play a part in PSL 2021
Naseem Shah will play a part in PSL 2021

Naseem Shah’s negative RT-PCR report was from a test conducted on May 18 instead, with the fast bowler placed in isolation on arrival. A three-member panel on the recommendation of the independent Medical Advisory Panel for the PSL later released him from isolation and confirmed his expulsion from the tournament.

Multan Sultans allrounder Shahid Afridi will not play any part in the remainder of the Pakistan Super League after being sidelined with a lower-back injury. The Sultans announced he felt pain in his lower back while training for the resumption of the league, with the doctor advising complete rest.
Shahid Afridi will be replaced by left-arm spinner Asif Afridi, who hails from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. With Shahid Afridi’s absence, the Sultans lose out on one of the competition’s most experienced players.
Afridi has participated in 50 PSL matches throughout his career, with Mohammad Nawaz the only spinner to have taken more wickets than his 44. He has also scored 465 runs at a strike rate in excess of 150 in a career that has also seen him play for Peshawar Zalmi and the Karachi Kings.
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