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Mohammad Rizwan has been in red-hot form in T20s in 2021. (Shaun Botterill/Getty)
Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan plays a shot as England wicket keeper Jos Buttler looks on during the third Vitality International T20 match between England and Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford on July 20, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Rumours Of Differences In The Pakistan Team Are Baseless, Says Mohammad Rizwan

Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s keeper has rubbished rumours of differences in the team. According to Mohammad Rizwan, all talks of favouritism are completely baseless. Over the last few months, allegations of favouritism and claims of the captain and coach not being on the same page have been doing the rounds in Pakistan cricket.

In an interview back in May, discarded left-arm pacer Junaid Khan made the shocking claim that players get a run in the national team only if they are close to the captain and team management. Pakistan’s Test vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan has asked for a break ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Pakistan Test vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan has asked for a break ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup
Pakistan Test vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan has asked for a break ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup | Photo Credit: AP

Mohammad Rizwan: Rumours Of Differences In The Pakistan Team Are Baseless

Speaking to the media ahead of the second Test against West Indies in Jamaica, Mohammad Rizwan asserted that the current Pakistan set-up is working for the betterment of the team.

He commented: “It is important for everyone involved to be on the same page. I don’t think there is any division on that front in our team. These rumours are totally baseless about favouritism.”

Apart from his impressive run in T20 cricket, Mohammad Rizwan also led Multan Sultans to the PSL title this year. The 29-year-old has been rewarded by being named deputy to Babar Azam in the Test side.

Asked about the responsibility of leadership, the wicketkeeper-batsman asserted: “I am not feeling any pressure right now. It’s crucial to be firm in leadership. I do try to give my inputs to Babar (Azam). He is very calm under pressure and never shows his emotions even if he is tense inside.”

Pakistan vs West Indies © AFP
Pakistan vs West Indies © AFP

Despite finding themselves in a winning position, Pakistan ended up losing the first Test against the West Indies by one wicket as the hosts chased 168 in an incredible finish. At 114 for 7, Pakistan had the Windies on the mat but failed to put the finishing touches. Mohammad Rizwan, though, backed the team and pointed out that they were slightly unlucky in the first Test.

He stated: “Quite a few edges didn’t go to hand and we weren’t good in the field at certain periods. But the boys put in their best effort and we’re confident of bouncing back in the next game which is a crucial game for us. Hopefully, we can perform well and level the series.”

Pakistan is presently engaged in a 2-match Test series against West Indies, the result of the first match in which didn’t go in their favour. Though Mohammad Rizwan is hopeful of the team making a comeback in the second Test, he said that 2-match series don’t give enough time for the new players to test themselves.

West Indies needed 26 more at the fall of their eighth wicket and when they lost their ninth, still needed 17, but they managed to get over the line in a thrilling finish. The loss was Pakistan’s third such game in the last few years where they were denied a win after being on the brink of one.

Mohammad Rizwan: Batting In West Indies Pitches Were Tough

Pakistan’s batting yet again failed to deliver in the first Test as they managed scores of only 217 and 203. Mohammad Rizwan, however, pointed out that the conditions in Jamaica are tough for batting.

“It’s not that the boys haven’t given acceptable performances. In a short series like this, we can’t make changes overnight and it’s also important to back our openers. Ultimately, opening in Tests isn’t an easy task at all. You also need to look at the conditions on offer. On pitches where batting is really tough, we can’t really fault the openers alone.”

Story Image Hasan Ali, Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi won't face Afghanistan next month AFP/Getty Images
Hasan Ali, Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi won’t face Afghanistan next month AFP/Getty Images

The second Test between Pakistan and West Indies will begin in Jamaica on August 20. Meanwhile, Pakistan is set to rest Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali for the upcoming ODI series against Afghanistan in Sri Lanka next month, keeping the T20 World Cup in mind.

Pakistan has played more games than any other team besides England since the Covid-19 outbreak, which in turn has meant significantly long periods of travelling as part of a biosecure bubble.

Both Mohammad Rizwan (44) and Babar Azam (40) have played more international games than any player in the world since April 2020. Shaheen Afridi played 37 while Hasan Ali, since his comeback early this year, went on to play 20 games across all formats. All four also played two editions of the PSL, adding further time spent in bio-bubbles.

Kemar Roach celebrates Michael Steele/Pool via AP
Kemar Roach celebrates Michael Steele/Pool via AP
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Kemar Roach Feels His 30 Was His Best Innings After West Indies Win By 1 Wicket

Kemar Roach, West Indies fast bowler reflected on his match-winning knock against Pakistan by saying it was by far the most important innings of his career.

Chasing a target of 168 runs, West Indies suffered some serious setbacks as they were reduced to 114/7 at one point. The partnerships that Kemar Roach built, initially with Joshua Da Silva and later on with Jayden Seales, were crucial in getting West Indies home with just a solitary wicket to spare.

Kemar Roach Associated Press
Kemar Roach Associated Press

Kemar Roach’s 30 Was His Best Innings With The Bat, Feels The Pacer After West Indies Scrapes Through Winning By 1 Wicket

Speaking to the broadcaster after the match, Kemar Roach admitted that he had never been in a similar situation before. After taking a five-for in the morning, No. 11 Jayden Seales hung around for his partner Kemar Roach to hit the winning runs

“By far. By far (the best innings with the bat). I have never been in a situation like that before. Batting with the tail, I am a part of the tail. For me, just go out there and believe, that was the biggest thing. Believe, stay positive,” Roach said.

Jayden Seales and Kemar Roach bump fists after the winning runs, West Indies vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Kingston, 4th day, August 15, 2021
Jayden Seales and Kemar Roach bump fists after the winning runs, West Indies vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Kingston, 4th day, August 15, 2021, © AFP/Getty Images

The pacer added that the key was to focus on one ball at a time and not think ahead.

“Bat each ball at a time. Our batting coach says, “Monty, one ball battles”. Just take on one ball at a time. At the end of the day, it came off and we won the Test match.”

West Indies were set 168 to win. But they ended up battered and bruised and barely standing as Pakistan, and especially Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, went all guns blazing. Kemar Roach’s strength of will translated into 30 unbeaten, match-winning runs.

His experience shepherded the 19-year old Jayden Seales, who had already announced that he was ready for the big stage by picking up 5 for 55, through a last-wicket partnership that just wouldn’t be broken, even across four high-pressure overs.

Kemar Roach Advised Jayden Seales To Protect His Wicket

Kemar Roach hit Hasan Ali through the covers to seal the victory for the West Indies and remained not out on 30. When young fast bowler Jayden Seales walked in as the No. 11 batsman for the West Indies, they were still 17 runs away from the target. Kemar Roach revealed that the only advice to his young partner at the other end was to protect his stumps.

“I just told him that, protect your stumps. Obviously, on that wicket, the biggest threat is the ball straight. So I just told him to protect the wicket as best as he could. If you get nicked off, if you get caught, that’s fine. Just protect your wickets. He did it very well.”

Jayden Seales celebrates the dismissal of Fawad Alam (Photo: AFP)
Jayden Seales celebrates the dismissal of Fawad Alam (Photo: AFP)

The 33-year-old, who is the leader of the fast-bowling pack, is impressed with Jayden Seales, whom he believes is one for the future. West Indies pacer Jayden Seales was earlier reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Sabina Park.

“He showed great fight. He is a star for the future. He has a good heart. He is very calm under pressure. I am proud of him as well,” Roach signed off.

Jayden Seales became the youngest West Indian to take a five-wicket haul in Test matches earlier in the match. He was declared the Player of the Match for his match figures of 8/125. With the victory, West Indies have gone 1-0 up in the two-match series.

West Indies’ Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite‘s 97 off 221 deliveries was the highest individual score across all four innings of an extremely tight game.

West Indies 253 (Brathwaite 97, Holder 58, Afridi 4-59) and 168 for 9 (Blackwood 55, Roach 30*, Afridi 4-50) beat Pakistan 217 (Fawad 56, Holder 3-26, Seales 3-70) and 203 (Azam 55, Seales 5-55, Roach 3-30) by one wicket

Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP
Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP
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Hasan Ali Wants To See Himself As An All-Rounder In All 3 Formats

Hasan Ali, Pakistan’s energetic pace bowler wants to become a top all-format all-rounder like his illustrious predecessors Wasim Akram, Abdul Razzaq, and Azhar Mahmood.

Hasan Ali played all the three ODIs against England where he returned a five-wicket haul in the second game. It was his first ODI five-wicket haul since 2017 after having had been set back by a back injury that ruled him out for over a year. He was then hit by a groin injury on return, forcing an absence that extended 20 months.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP
Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP

Hasan Ali Wants To See Himself As An All-Rounder In All 3 Formats

Hasan Ali missed the first of the three T20Is against England as a precautionary measure after picking up a strain in his left leg during a training session at Trent Bridge. Hasan Ali played only 1 T20I in which he picked a solitary scalp conceding 28 runs. He had picked 6 scalps in 3 ODIs against England and was the joint 2nd highest wicket-taker in the ODI series.

“I want to see myself as an all-rounder in all three formats and I am putting in extra yards in the nets. I am inspired by Wasim Akram, Abdul Razzaq, and Azhar Mahmood and want to contribute in crucial times for my team,” Hasan said in an interview.

Hasan Ali , who is gearing up for the four-match T20 series and two Test matches in the West Indies, took five for 51 in the second ODI against England at Lord's before bowling an impressive spell, in the last T20I. - AP
Hasan Ali, who is gearing up for the four-match T20 series and two Test matches in the West Indies, took five for 51 in the second ODI against England at Lord’s before bowling an impressive spell, in the last T20I. – AP

He said that he is trying to improve his power-hitting qualities.

“I usually get to bat in death overs in T20Is and the only option I have at that point is to hit the ball hard. I am working to improve my power-hitting in the practice sessions and learning how to score more and more runs against Yorkers, bouncers, and slower deliveries.”

Hasan Ali since his comeback to the Pakistan team early this year after a spate of injuries has impressed greatly with the ball but at times his hard-hitting in white-ball games has also helped Pakistan.

Hasan Ali Is Keen To Do Better In The Upcoming West Indies Series

Hasan Ali, who is gearing up for the four-match T20 series and two Test matches in the West Indies, took five for 51 in the second ODI against England at Lord’s before bowling an impressive spell, in which he gave only 28 runs, in the last T20I. Hasan Ali said that T20 cricket is all about variations and a good bowler should have command on bowling different variations.

“I have been practicing different deliveries in the nets and am very keen to do better in the upcoming series against the West Indies. I believe in giving everything for the team once I step on the field – whether it is by taking a wicket or hitting the ball out of the park.”

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali Source: Pakistan Cricket

But he also revealed his love for batting as well.

“I want to be a batsman who contributes consistently to the team.”

Injuries kept Hasan Ali out of international cricket for nearly 18 months after the World Cup 2019 but since returning to the Pakistan team he has already snared five-wicket in an innings five times.

Hasan Ali earned his recall to the national team after he made headlines when he scored a sparkling 106 not out off just 61 balls, smashing seven sixes and 10 fours, to help Central Punjab tie the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020-21 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Hasan Ali, who is known for his exploits with the ball, showcased his batting prowess in the contest. The batsman scored his maiden first-class hundred to get his team back into the match. The 26-year-old slammed a spectacular 106 from just 61 deliveries and shifted the momentum with his stellar knock.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP
Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP
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Hasan Ali To Miss First England T20I Due To Left Leg Strain

Hasan Ali, Pakistan pacer has been rested for the first of the three T20Is against England as a precautionary measure due to a strain in his left leg, which he picked during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

The fast bowler will now be assessed ahead of the second T20I, following which a decision on his participation will be made.

Hasan Ali picked up an injury during training on the eve of the game
Hasan Ali picked up an injury during training on the eve of the game © AFP

Hasan Ali Picked Up A Strain In His Left Leg

Hasan Ali will miss the first of the three T20Is against England as a precautionary measure after picking up a strain in his left leg during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday. PCB has announced Hasan Ali’s unavailability on the morning of the first game.

Hasan Ali played all the three ODIs against England where he returned a five-wicket haul in the second game. It was his first ODI five-wicket haul since 2017 after having had been set back by a back injury that ruled him out for over a year. He was then hit by a groin injury on return, forcing an absence that extended 20 months.

Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP
Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP

A decision on the pacer’s further availability will be made after assessments ahead of the second T20I. The first match of the three-match series will be played on Friday (July 16).

Babar Azam-led Pakistan will take on Eoin Morgan’s England at Trent Bridge on Saturday. In a disappointing 0-3 drubbing at the hands of a seconds-string England in the ODI series, Hasan Ali shone brightly in the 2nd ODI, bagging five wickets for 51 runs.

Babar Azam Led Pakistan Will Be Under Pressure For Losing The ODI Series 3-0 And Because Of England Regulars Return In T20Is

After the drubbing, Babar Azam & Co are aiming to bounce back and clinch the three-match T20 series against Eoin Morgan’s England, who have got their first team back after the entire squad was put into isolation following a COVID outbreak in the Three Lions camp ahead of the Pakistan series.

The series is going to be a huge step in preparations for the upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup for both teams and nail-biting encounters may be seen when the series kicks off on Friday. Things will be difficult for the visitors as a host of England regulars will return to the side including captain Eoin Morgan.

Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan (Getty)
Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan (Getty)

Pakistan was undone in the ODI series due to the lack of partnerships at the top of the order and the only time they crossed 200 was when two of their top three batsmen registered big scores. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will take a cue from their series win over South Africa earlier this year and hope to give brisk starts, with pitches very conducive for scoring runs in England.

Mohammad Rizwan has the license to take on the bowlers as Babar Azam takes up the anchor role, and both will need to practice their roles to perfection should the Men in Green have any chance to win the T20I series.

England recently won the three-match ODI series against the visitors with their second team after the first side had to self-isolate due to seven Covid-19 cases in the squad just before the series. Several second-team players gave commanding performances as England beat Pakistan 3-0.

Three players who have stood out in the ODI series against Pakistan are fast bowler Saqib Mahmood, seam-bowling all-rounder Lewis Gregory and James Vince, who scored a century in the third ODI. The likes of Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, and Eoin Morgan return while Ben Stokes has been rested.

ENG vs PAK Probable Playing 11

ENG Playing 11

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordon, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Curran

PAK Playing 11

Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf

England vs Pakistan Photo Credit: (Getty Images)
England vs Pakistan Photo Credit: (Getty Images)
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Ramiz Raja Dissatisfied As A “Glorified County Team” Had Twice Beaten Pakistan

Ramiz Raja, a former Pakistan cricketer-turned-commentator is extremely unhappy with the way Pakistan has been beaten by a second-string England side comprising of relatively inexperienced cricketers. For the second ODI game in a row, Pakistan’s batting failed to show spine and was caught off guard by England.

Pakistan couldn’t chase down a target of 248 against an inexperienced bowling attack. Ramiz Raja used the term ‘glorified county team’ while describing the relatively weak England side, giving viewers an account of the enormity of the defeat.

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

Ramiz Raja Laments As A Glorified County Team 2nd-String England Has Beaten Pakistan Twice In A Row For Which Pakistan Is Under The Threat Of A Whitewash

In a video on his YouTube channel, Ramiz Raja explained how Pakistan’s series loss is a reflection of the failure of their cricketing system. He fears Pakistan might even lose the series 3-0.

“If you try to measure the series defeat of Pakistan on a rectre scale of the earthquake, you will find the value to be fifteen. This is a massive blow and I don’t understand how one can defend it. We are talking about a glorified county team that has beaten Pakistan. Look how the tables have turned that now Pakistan are under the threat of a whitewash,” Ramiz Raja said.

Having scored a handy 40, Lewis Gregory also picked up three wickets
Having scored a handy 40, Lewis Gregory also picked up three wickets © AFP

Asked to bat first, England posted 247 courtesy of a 97-run stand between Phil Salt (60) and James Vince (56). When Lewis Gregory and Brydon Carse came together, England had just lost three wickets for four runs and was precariously placed at 160 for 7. At that stage, a total of 200 looked unlikely.

But the pair added 69 in 77 balls – a record eighth-wicket partnership at Lord’s in ODI cricket – to drag England to what proved to be a competitive total on a Lord’s surface offering assistance to both seam and spin bowlers.

Chasing a target of 248, all Pakistan needed was a steady start. But their top order flopped again. Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, and Mohammed Rizwan, the in-form batsmen for them, had yet another forgetful outing with the bat.
In the first 10 overs, three wickets were down.
Saud Shakeel was the only batsman who showed the composure and desire to stay out in the middle and build an inning. He notched up his maiden ODI fifty and kept a little bit of hope alive for Pakistan.

Ramiz Raja Asks When Will Some Overrated Players Who Keep On Playing For Pakistan Be Changed

Ramiz Raja took a direct dig at the Pakistan coaches and spoke about a few of the ‘overrated’ players present in the team. He feels it is high time there must be changes in the coaching setup and also in the team.

“If the alarm bells don’t ring now I don’t know when they will. Such headlines are unbearable for Pakistani fans. How much more time should be given to the coaches before their performance is judged? Some overrated players keep on playing for Pakistan. When will this all change?” Ramiz Raja signed off.

Hasan Ali picked up 5-51
Hasan Ali picked up 5-51 © Getty

Ramiz Raja also slammed the Pakistan team for disappointing their fans consistently. He believes there must be fundamental changes in Pakistan cricket or else they will continue to face such embarrassing defeats.

England overcomes Hasan Ali five-for to win by 52 runs to take the series with a game to spare. England has wrapped up the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan with a game to spare following a 52-run victory over Pakistan at Lord’s. Having won the first match ODI in Cardiff by nine wickets, it means they go into the final game at Edgbaston on Tuesday with an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
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Most Teams Will Be Accustomed To The Conditions In The UAE For IPL 2021 Preceding T20 World Cup, Says Salman Butt

Salman Butt highlighted how most teams will be accustomed to the conditions in the UAE, with the second phase of the IPL 2021 set to take place there in September-October before the marquee T20 World Cup.

With the T20 World Cup being shifted to the UAE from India, many experts of the cricket fraternity suggest that Pakistan will have a good chance of winning the tournament as the Middle East country was their home ground for several years due to the Sri Lanka bus terrorist attack in 2009 and security issues.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt: India And Top International Players Playing In IPL 2021 At UAE Will Be Accustomed To The Conditions

Salman Butt explained that the Indian players, along with other key international T20 specialists, will have a fair idea of the kind of pitches and conditions to expect in the UAE following their IPL 2021 experience. The former Pakistan batsman said on his YouTube channel that since IPL will take place before the T20 World Cup at the same venues, all players participating in the extravagant league will be confident of a good show.

“IPL will also take place before the World Cup, so Indian players will also play there. All the top international players they will also be part of the IPL.

“So everybody will have a fair idea regarding the kind of pitches, gameplan and average scores. So everybody will be accustomed to the conditions. Even if the World Cup had taken place in India, the conditions there are similar to that in Pakistan.”

Representational image of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad
Representational image of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad

The T20 World Cup was set to be hosted by India. However, given the health and safety concerns due to the ongoing raging COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI has now officially decided to move the tournament to the UAE and Oman.

Salman Butt Believes Pakistan Can Win For Playing A Lot Of Cricket In The UAE And The Remaining Leg Of PSL 2021

Salman Butt believes Pakistan has a good chance of winning or reaching the finals of the T20 World Cup, given the conditions that will be on offer in the UAE are expected to assist spinners. However, the former tainted batsman also added that teams with good fast bowlers will also be a threat in the competition.

Pakistan played their home games in the UAE for several years as they were barred from hosting matches in their own country amidst security concerns by Test-playing nations after a terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players in 2009.

Butt explained: “Pakistan has played a lot of cricket in the UAE, and the remaining leg of the PSL was also played there. Pakistan is in with a good chance because spin bowlers come into play. But if we get pitches like we did in Abu Dhabi, then whichever team has better fast bowlers they too will come into action. Fast bowlers who can hit good length can create a lot of trouble.”

Hasan Ali came in clutch for Islamabad United Pakistan Super League
Hasan Ali came in clutch for Islamabad United Pakistan Super League

Salman Butt further highlighted how the top wicket-takers in the PSL were fast bowlers. Out of the top six wicket-takers in PSL 2021, five were pacers. Mohammad Nawaz (6 wickets, SR 26.00, Eco 7.50), Hasan Ali (13 wickets, SR 18.38, Eco 6.75), Shaheen Afridi (16 wickets, SR 15.00, Eco. 7.30), and Shahnawaz Dahani (20 wickets, SR 12.10, Eco. 8.42) were the standout performers in the recently concluded PSL 2021.

Between 2009 and 2016, Pakistan’s home matches have been mostly held in the United Arab Emirates. However, due to the increase in security and comparatively fewer terrorist attacks, many teams have toured Pakistan since 2015.

These teams include Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa, and an ICC World XI team, with England scheduled to tour in October 2021.

Younis Khan. Pic/AP, PTI
Younis Khan. Pic/AP, PTI
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Younis Khan Denies Hasan Ali Spat As Reason For His Resignation As Batting Coach

Younis Khan, a former Pakistan stalwart announced his resignation as the batting coach ahead of the national side’s tour of England. 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.

A specific reason wasn’t revealed for his departure, but reports of his spat with speedster Hasan Ali started doing the rounds soon. Many reports have claimed that the two players were involved in a heated argument during Pakistan’s successful tour of South Africa early this year.

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

Younis Khan Denies Hasan Ali Spat As Reason For His Resignation As Batting Coach

The entire incident escalated when Hasan Ali had allegedly refused to take an ice bath following a T20I, which irked the batting coach. Hasan Ali’s refusal to follow the instructions of the trainer Yasir Malik irked Younis Khan and he lost his cool temper as bowling coach Waqar Younis had to jump into the scene for reconciliation.

At first, Younis Khan was unavailable to comment on his resignation, but the 43-year-old has now broken his silence on the ice-bath controversy.

“Hasan Ali apologised to me, and I had forgiven him. To play up the Hasan Ali incident (and use it) as a possible reason for my resignation comes as a surprise to me.”

Younis opens up on spat with Hasan Ali | Photo Credit: AP
Younis opens up on spat with Hasan Ali | Photo Credit: AP

Younis Khan’s own statements have confirmed that everything wasn’t well between him and the national Pakistan players and a heated exchange of words had taken place between Hasan Ali and the former cricketer. As the batting coach has denied his spat being a reason for his departure, it reasons to be seen what led to him quitting the job which he had till 2022 T20 World Cup.

Younis Khan Is The Only Pakistan Cricketer To Score Above 10,000 Test Runs

Earlier, dental treatment and being accused of leaking Men in Green’s team information to his media friends were stated to be one of the prime reasons for Younis Khan’s exit. The Babar Azam-led Pakistan team, meanwhile, is in England and Wales for three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Former Pakistan batting coach Younis Khan
Former Pakistan batting coach Younis Khan (Courtesy: PCB Media)

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.

Alleged misbehavior of a Pakistan Cricket Board official with Younis Khan led to the former captain quitting his batting coach position with the national team ahead of the England tour. Younis Khan wanted to join the team’s bio-bubble a few days later and that conversation with a board official led to him stepping down as batting coach. He had asked the PCB to allow him to join the mandatory bio-bubble for the England tour after a few days’ delay as he had to undergo a complex dental treatment in Karachi

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP
Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP
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Hasan Ali Decides To Opt Out Of Remainder Of PSL 2021

Hasan Ali, a Pakistan pacer has ruled himself out of the remaining matches in the 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL). The 26-year-old decided to opt out of the tournament, citing “personal reasons”. Hasan Ali has been the standout performer for Islamabad United in the ongoing T20 league. In six games, he is their leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps to his name.

He has bowled at an economy rate of 5.83, showing that apart from picking up wickets, he has also been able to keep a check on the run-scoring. Before leaving, the speedster also expressed gratitude to his team for supporting him through the challenging times.

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Hasan Ali Is Thankful To Islamabad United For Their Support And Understanding

Hasan Ali’s absence will be a blow to Islamabad, who is currently second on the PSL table with eight points from six matches. Hasan Ali is the joint third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament to date, with 10 wickets at an average of 14.00, and, even more impressively, an economy rate of 5.83 across 24 overs.

“I want to say to all Islamabad United fans, unfortunately, due to personal reasons I have to pull out of the remaining PSL matches. Some things are more important than cricket and nothing is more important than family,” Hasan was quoted as saying in a statement, ESPNcricinfo reported.

Hasan Ali is the joint third-highest wicket-taker in PSL 2021 Pakistan Super League
Hasan Ali is the joint third-highest wicket-taker in PSL 2021 Pakistan Super League

“I am thankful to Islamabad United for their support and understanding. This team truly is a family that stands with you through thick and thin. I wish the team the very best of luck for the remaining PSL matches,” he stated.

The two times former champions are due to play their next game in the PSL on Sunday against Lahore Qalandars. The 26-year-old had played two games in Abu Dhabi and taken four wickets — two each against Lahore and Quetta Gladiators. There was no immediate confirmation on the nature of the issue and the franchise has requested that the player’s privacy be respected at this time.

Shadab Khan: Hasan Ali’s Departure Will Be A Huge Loss

Shadab Khan, the skipper of the Islamabad United, reckoned that Hasan Ali’s departure will be a massive blow for the team. However, he also had the pacer’s back over the personal family concerns.

“We understand Hasan’s situation right now, family always comes first. We wish Hasan the very best of luck. He will obviously be a huge loss to our team and the tournament, but some things are more important than cricket,” Shadab said.

Colin Munro. (Credits: Twitter)
Colin Munro. (Credits: Twitter)

The United are next set to lock horns with the Lahore Qalandars, led by Sohail Akhtar, on Sunday, June 13 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. With eight points from six matches, Shadab’s men are placed second in the points table.

In their previous game, the United beat the Quetta Gladiators by 10 wickets with 10 overs to spare. Colin Munro’s unbeaten 36-ball 90 with 12 fours and five sixes took them over the finishing line.

Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)
Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)
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Mohammad Amir Should Be In Pakistan’s T20I Squad For 2021 World Cup: Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram said that Pakistan needs a bowler of Mohammad Amir’s calibre to guide the young generation. Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram reckons that Mohammad Amir should be included in the national squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup slated later this year.

Back in December 2020, Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 29, and the same created a lot of ruckus in the Pakistan cricket fraternity.

Wasim Akram and Mohammad Amir
Wasim Akram and Mohammad Amir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Wasim Akram Surprised At Experienced Mohammad Amir’s Retirement And Thinks He Should Be In Pakistan’s World T20 Squad

Later he withdrew his retirement, but lashed out, saying that until and unless the current team management is present, he won’t be making a comeback. In the meantime, Wasim Akram who is Pakistan’s all-time highest wicket-taker, criticized the national team management for keeping Mohammad Amir on the sidelines regarding selection in the Pakistan team.

“I am very surprised because Amir is a very experienced bowler and one of the best in the world in T20 cricket. Personally, I think he should be in Pakistan’s World T20 squad,” Akram told a TV channel, reported by Firstpost.

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

Wasim Akram, also a former Pakistan skipper, was clear cut in saying that pacer Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket was personal and no offence should be taken from the same.

“Other players have done it but no one says anything about them. So why Amir? I think if he is available for other formats he should be playing for Pakistan.”

On 26 July 2019, Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. On 17 December 2020, he announced his retirement from international cricket. Mohammad Amir played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. He claimed 259 wickets across formats.

Mohammad Amir has not played for Pakistan since last year when he had a fall out with the Pakistan team head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach, Waqar Younis and has maintained that he will not play for the national team until they remain in charge.

Wasim Akram Feels Experienced Bowlers Like Mohammad Amir Is Needed In T20I World Cup To Advise And Guide Youngsters

Mohammad Amir is a part of the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) where Wasim Akram is the director of cricket and the head coach of the team. Wasim Akram said that Pakistan needs a bowler of Mohammad Amir’s calibre to guide the young generation.

“In World Cup events you need experienced bowlers who can also advise and guide the younger bowlers,” Akram feels.

Naseem Shah of Pakistan celebrates after taking his first test wicket, the wicket of David Warner
Naseem Shah of Pakistan celebrates after taking his first test wicket, the wicket of David Warner (Photo by Chris Hyde – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Wasim Akram said that too much fuss is being created over Mohammad Amir’s personal calls.

Speaking on the same, the veteran said, “Other players also take time off for the birth of their child so what is the big deal.”

With the situation in India deteriorating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a chance for the T20 World Cup to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As per Wasim Akram, Pakistan could have the edge if the mega event takes place in the gulf country.

“We need to have more impact players in the T20 squad, those who can play without fear of failure only then can we do well,” Akram added.

Pakistan defeated South Africa in Tests and T20Is at home earlier this year and then won the T20I and ODI series in the return series before wrapping up the African safari with T20I and Test series wins in Harare. Pakistan has pacers like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Abbas in their ranks.

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
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Zimbabwe Shouldn’t Play Tests Now And Focus On ODIs, T20Is Only, Says Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja said it was a mismatch between minnows Zimbabwe and Pakistan in the 2-Test series and such matches are not going to positively impact the image of the longest format of the game.

Former Pakistan cricket Ramiz Raja has said Zimbabwe, at the moment, should not play Test cricket and focus on white-ball commitments instead, saying one-sided matches involving Zimbabwe don’t help viewership of Tests.

Ramiz Raja lamented the lack of fight from Zimbabwe during their loss to Pakistan (Reuters Photo)
Ramiz Raja lamented the lack of fight from Zimbabwe during their loss to Pakistan (Reuters Photo)

Ramiz Raja: Zimbabwe Didn’t Learn Anything From Pakistan Test Series

Ramiz Raja said Zimbabwe didn’t learn anything from their Test series against Pakistan at home after being hammered 2-0 with innings defeat in both matches played in Harare. Ramiz Raja said “such mismatch series” will only impact the already dwindling viewership for Test cricket and force people to switch from cricket to other sports.

Pakistan, on Monday, completed the series win after sealing the 2nd Test by an innings and 147 runs. Babar Azam’s men had beaten Zimbabwe in the first Test by an innings and 116 runs. Earlier in the tour, Zimbabwe had lost the T20I series 2-1 to the touring Pakistan side.

“Such mismatch series should not take place. Test cricket is already under pressure and very few people watch it. If you show them such one-sided matches, then they will switch to watching football or other sports. 3-day Test match is a joke,” Ramiz Raja said while speaking for his YouTube channel.

“Some people are of the opinion that when a weak team plays a strong one, you need to focus on what you learn from it rather than the outcome of the match. You learn from the stronger team’s process and the way it adapts to the changing situation of a game. But I don’t think Zimbabwe learned anything from this series because they were continuously dominated by Pakistan.”

Pakistan batsman Abid Ali celebrates after scoring 200 runs during the second test cricket match against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe on Saturday.
Pakistan batsman Abid Ali celebrates after scoring 200 runs during the second test cricket match against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe on Saturday. AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

“Also, there was no difference in their performance in the second Test as compared to the first one,” he added.

It took exactly five overs on the fourth day for Pakistan to take the solitary wicket they needed to complete a 2-0 clean sweep over Zimbabwe, bowling them out for 231 and winning by an innings and 147 runs. Despite the bowling heroics, it was Abid Ali who scooped up the Player of the Match award for his first double-century.

In the 1st Test, Hasan Ali wrapped up Zimbabwe’s lower order inside half an hour after tea on the third day for a dominant inning win for Pakistan. The last four wickets fell for just 10 runs, with MOM Hasan Ali taking all of them to complete a five-wicket haul and take his match tally to nine. It’s the first time in nearly three years Pakistan won an away Test.

Ramiz Raja Fewels Sad To See Zimbabwe’s Current State Since They Had A Competitive Team In The 1992 World Cup

Ramiz Raja added that Zimbabwe cricket has deteriorated over the last few decades and the dip in quality is visible in the way the senior national team has played. Zimbabwe, ranked No. 10 in ICC Test Rankings, has played against the top 10 sides only 5 times since 2016.

“It’s sad to see Zimbabwe’s current state because they were a very competitive team back in the day. Their team in the 1992 World Cup had three or four world-class players who could take the game away from you if proper planning was not done,” Ramiz Raja said.

“There has been a gradual deterioration in their system and structure along with corruption in cricket board. This performance is a reflection of this deterioration over the past 15-20 years. I hope they do well in the future but for now, they should not play Test cricket and concentrate only on white-ball cricket,” he added.

Zimbabwe is currently ranked 10th in Tests, 13th in ODIs, and 12th in T20Is by the ICC. After getting their Test status in 1992, Zimbabwe cricket enjoyed their golden era between 1997 and 2002 when players like Heath Streak, the Flower brothers- Andy and Grant, and Henry Olonga rose to stardom as Zimbabwe defeated all Test-playing nations except Australia. The team finished fifth in the 1999 World Cup.

But, in the next 2003 World Cup, in protest against the government, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga played wearing black armbands and didn’t play again. In 2004, the Zimbabwe Cricket Union sacked their captain Heath Streak after he had confronted them with the team’s grievances.

Zimbabwe's Heath Streak ©Reuters
Zimbabwe’s Heath Streak ©Reuters

Fifteen first-team players went on strike which resulted in their dismissal from Zimbabwe Cricket. By 2005, the Zimbabwe team had a completely new look with a young 22-year-old Tatenda Taibu taking over the captain’s mantle.

In 2006, Robert Mugabe’s government replaced the board of Zimbabwe Cricket with an interim committee that announced a further 12-month withdrawal from Test cricket. Zimbabwe did not play any Test match between 2006 and 2010. However, since returning to Test cricket in 2011, they have played only 27 Test matches winning only four of them during the last decade.

2nd Test: Pakistan 510 for 8 declared (Abid 215*, Azhar 126, Nauman 97, Muzarabani 3-82) beat Zimbabwe 132 (Chakabva 33, Hasan 5-27) and 231 (Chakabva 80, Shaheen 5-52, Nauman 5-86) by an innings and 147 runs

1st Test: Pakistan 426 (Fawad 140, Butt 91, Abid 60, Muzarabani 4-73) beat Zimbabwe 176 (Kaia 48, Afridi 4-43, Hasan 4-53) and 134 (Musakanda 43, Hasan 5-36) by an innings and 116 runs

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