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

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.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
Rashid Khan[photo: Twitter]

Rashid Khan Expressed Desire To Bowl To Retired Sachin Tendulkar Again

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s spin sensation has expressed his desire to bowl to the Master Blaster someday. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar continues to be a source of inspiration for players of the present generation.

While several were lucky to share the field with the batting maestro, others who missed the privilege often wish to have that opportunity sometime in their lifetime.’

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Photo Credit: Twitter/@cricketworldcup)

Rashid Khan: It Would Be A Huge Pleasure To Bowl To Someone Like Retired Batting Legend Sachin Tendulkar

During a recent interaction with Crickwick on YouTube, Rashid Khan was replying to a specific question about Sachin Tendulkar losing his wicket to leg-spinner just once during the last 13 years of his limited-overs career. In response, Rashid Khan said that’s the reason why he wants to bowl to him as he (Sachin Tendulkar) hardly loses his wicket to leg-spinners.

The leggie added that “more than getting him out, it would be a huge pleasure to bowl to someone like Tendulkar.”

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

He further reiterated that picking his wicket is a “different thing”, but it would be a “dream come true” to just bowl to the legendary cricketer. During the interview, he also spoke about his style and said, as a spinner one needs to have an idea of the kind of deliveries they need to “bowl to a particular batsman”.

Rashid Khan Will Be Seen In Action In The Pakistan Super League Next

Rashid Khan further explained that every batsman plays his “deliveries differently” and that led him to “study really hard” on how or where to bowl at them. Rashid Khan also recalled bowling to former Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq and considered it to be a huge moment for him.

Rashid Khan made his One-day International debut for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe in October 2015 and has become an indispensable part of the national team. The 22-year-old leg-spinner has so far played in five Tests, picking 34 wickets, while in 74 ODIs he took 140 wickets. In the T20 Internationals, he has scalped 85 wickets from 51 outings.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

The spin sensation — who is one of the most wanted players for the T20 franchises across the globe –will be next seen in action in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Rashid Khan, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, is set to turn out for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. Ever since his debut IPL season in 2017, Rashid Khan has garnered all the right eyeballs owing to his mastery with the ball.

The leg-spinner turned in a few memorable match-winning efforts in SRH’s journey to the finals of the 2018 edition. He took 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in that edition. He has 85 scalps in 69 IPL games averaging a mere 20.1 at an economic rate of 6.23-the lowest economy rate ever in IPL history.

Rashid Khan has been SRH’s standout bowler over the last few seasons of the IPL. The Afghanistan leg-spinner has grabbed 10 wickets in 7 games in IPL 2021 at an impressive average of 17.20 and a splendid economy rate of 6.14.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Fakhar Zaman Would Love To Play Alongside AB de Villiers In PSL 2021 For Lahore Qalandars

Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan and Lahore Qalandars batsman has revealed that he would love to play alongside former Protea batsman AB de Villiers in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

PSL 2021, which was suspended earlier in the year, is all set to resume on June 9. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the schedule for the remainder of the T20 league in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Fakhar Zaman Is A Big Fan Of AB de Villiers And Wants Him To Play For Lahore Qalandars

In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman discussed Lahore Qalandars’ chances in the remainder of the tournament. Asked if there was one player he would want to play alongside in the PSL, Fakhar Zaman instantly responded that he wants AB de Villiers to play for his team again.

“From the very start, I am a very big fan of AB de Villiers. I follow him a lot. He did represent Lahore Qalandars, but did not play a lot of matches. So if you ask me about one player, I want AB de Villiers to play for Lahore Qalandars.”

AB de Villiers-PSL
AB de Villiers-PSL

South African legend De Villiers played seven matches for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 2019. He scored 218 runs at a strike rate of 128.99 with a best of 52 not out, before being ruled out of the remainder of the edition with a back injury. Despite international retirement, AB de Villiers has been in great form in T20 leagues.

He played seven matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021 and smashed 207 runs at a strike rate of 164.28 averaging 51.75. AB de Villiers is 6th on the list of maximum run-getters in the history of IPL and has amassed 5056 runs in 176 games averaging 40.77 with 3 tons and 40 fifties.

Several cricket legends including Sunil Gavaskar has praised AB de Villiers’ exquisite batting technique. Sunil Gavaskar heaped huge praises on the 360-degree range of the Royal Challengers Bangalore stalwart.

Fakhar Zaman: Lahore Qalandars Don’t Panic

Lahore Qalandars struggled in the initial few seasons of the PSL. However, they have been highly impressive over the last couple of years. They were runners-up in PSL 2020, and have done well this year too, winning three out of four games. Asked about the reason behind the change in Lahore Qalandars’ fortunes, Fakhar Zaman opined that they don’t panic irrespective of a win or a loss.

“I think what’s good about the current Lahore Qalandars setup is that we do not chop and change too much. Earlier, if we used to lose one game, we used to immediately change the combination. But now, even if we win or lose, we do not panic.”

 Lahore Qalandars’ captain Sohail Akhtar. — PCB/File
Lahore Qalandars’ captain Sohail Akhtar. — PCB/File

Praising skipper Sohail Akhtar, Fakhar Zaman added that he is a lucky captain and the team has often staged a comeback from difficult circumstances.

“Secondly, I feel Sohail Akhtar is a lucky captain. Under his leadership, we have won matches from difficult circumstances. The way he leads, he never makes you feel like he is the captain. He behaves just like a normal friend. So, not panicking and Akhtar coming in as captain, these two things have had a major role to play in our change in fortunes and now we are winning regularly.”

Fakhar Zaman has scored 189 runs in four matches for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 2021 at a strike rate of 143.18 and an average of 63.

Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied

Shaheen Afridi Will Try His Best To Make A Name Like His Idol Wasim Akram

Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan, and Lahore Qalandars left-arm fast bowler has named spin all-rounder Shahid Afridi and pace sensation Wasim Akram as the two cricketers from his country he admires a lot, apart from his elder brother Riaz Afridi. Riaz Afridi himself was a fast bowler who played one Test for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in Karachi back in 2004.

Shaheen Afridi has played 17 Tests, 25 ODIs, and as many T20Is picking 58, 51, and 27 wickets in the respective formats averaging less than 30 in each format. In December 2018, the imposing 6ft 6in left-arm pacer became the 35th player to make his Test debut for Pakistan under the age of 19. He debuted in the same year in ODIs and T20Is.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shaheen Afridi Will Try His Best To Make A Name Like Wasim Akram

In a YouTube interaction with Cricket Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi was asked to name his favorite Pakistan cricketers.

The 21-year-old responded: “From the very start, I have maintained that my big brother Riaz Afridi is my ideal player. I started playing cricket after watching him and, of course, Shahid Afridi. In bowling, I was very fond of Wasim bhai (Wasim Akram). I will try my best to make a name like him. The way he served Pakistan, I want to do the same and make the country proud.”

Shahid Afridi brings out his trademark starfish celebration Pakistan Super League
Shahid Afridi brings out his trademark starfish celebration Pakistan Super League

Shaheen Afridi will be seen in action for the Lahore Qalandars when PSL 2021 resumes in Abu Dhabi soon. Asked to review his franchise, the pacer described the team as one with high-quality players.

He stated: “We have world-class players in our Lahore Qalandars squad like Rashid Khan, Mohammed Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman. If we need more players in the future we will look at it. But as of now, the present Lahore Qalandars team is the best.”

Shaheen Afridi Is Focussing On Cricket At This Moment While Replying On Wedding Plans And Date

As cricket fans would be aware, Shahid Afridi confirmed a while ago that fast bowler Shaheen Afridi would be marrying his eldest daughter Aqsa Afridi.

Asked about when the wedding will happen, Shaheen Afridi replied: “Let’s see. Right now my focus is on cricket. There are back-to-back World Cups coming up, so I am concentrating on that as of now as I want to play the World Cups for Pakistan.”

Shaheen Afridi
Shahid Afridi’s daughter will marry Shaheen Afridi. Image-Twitter

There are two back-to-back T20 World Cups scheduled for 2021 and 2022, followed by the 50-over World Cup in 2023. On what kind of cricketing interaction takes place between him and Shahid Afridi, the 21-year-old revealed that they do not discuss much.

He said:“Not much (discussion on cricket). When we do, it is mostly about how my cricket is going. He gives me good wishes and asks me to make Pakistan proud with my performances.”

Shaheen Afridi’s PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars had a good run in the T20 league before the tournament was suspended. They won three and lost only one of their four games. The pacer was the second on the list of leading wicket-taker with nine scalps when the event was halted.

There is no clarity yet over the resumption of PSL 2021 with players’ arrivals from Pakistan being delayed due to clearance issues. The organizers recently confirmed that the final of PSL 2021 will be played on June 24 instead of June 20. Also, the departure date of the Pakistan team for England has been pushed back to June 25 from June 23.

Karachi Kings are the current table-toppers in PSL 2021. They have won three out of five matches and have the best net run rate among all franchises.

Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters
Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters

Sarfaraz Ahmed Admits He Gets Agitated On The Field Often But Is Normal Away From The Ground

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Quetta Gladiators’ captain has admitted that he does get agitated on the field quite a lot. He, however, asserted that whatever happens on the field stays on it and doesn’t affect his off-field equation with players.

Quetta Gladiators had a rough time in PSL 2021 as they lost four of their five matches before the tournament was suspended due to COVID-related breaches. In a number of games before the postponement, Quetta Gladiators skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen losing his temper.

Quetta Gladiators’ Sarfaraz Ahmed Photo Courtesy : PCB
Quetta Gladiators’ Sarfaraz Ahmed Photo Courtesy: PCB

Sarfaraz Khan’s Style Is To Be Expressive On The Ground But Off It, Everything Becomes Normal

In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, though, Sarfaraz Ahmed clarified that there was nothing much to it and he was just disappointed with the team for failing to grab their opportunities.

The former Pakistan captain explained: “It is just my style (to be expressive). During crunch time, and when you are not doing well, it is important to avail all the opportunities that come your way. But all these things (getting angry) happen on the ground, nothing is taken off the field. Everything is normal once we come out of the ground.”

Sarfaraz Ahmed. Photo: File
Sarfaraz Ahmed. Photo: File

Quetta Gladiators began their PSL 2021 campaign with a loss to Karachi Kings by seven wickets. They subsequently also went down to Lahore Qalandars (nine wickets), Peshawar Zalmi (three wickets), and Islamabad United (six wickets). They opened their account with a 22-run triumph over Multan Sultans before PSL 2021 was suspended.

Sarfaraz Ahmed Blames Fielding As Reason Behind Losses In PSL 2021 And Isn’t Disheartened With Limited Opportunities In Pakistan Team

Asked to analyze what went wrong for Quetta Gladiators in the first four games, Sarfaraz Ahmed felt that the team did not do badly, but it was the fielding that cost them in a big way.

He elaborated: “If you look back at the five matches, we did reasonably well, but the major factor that let us down was fielding. We were really poor in that department. We missed catches and run-outs at important times and that was a major setback, which is why we lost so many matches.”

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the emergence of Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s opportunities in the Pakistan playing XI have dried up. He played only one ODI in South Africa and one T20I in Zimbabwe. The 34-year-old, though, is happy to be part of the team set up and wants to keep learning.

He asserted: “There is nothing to be disheartened about. My aim when I am with the Pakistan team is to improve my skills and fitness as much as possible. Irrespective of whether you are playing or not, when you are part of the team, you get a chance to interact and learn from top coaches. We have Misbah-Ul-Haq, Younis Khan and we also get a chance to work with Mohammad Yousuf sometimes. So we get a lot to learn from these great players. I always try to keep on learning and, even when I play PSL games, I try to implement what I have learnt and do my best on the field.”

Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators will resume their PSL 2021 campaign when they face Islamabad United in Abu Dhabi on June 3.

Former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was among 25 players and staff of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) sixth edition, whose visas to the United Arab Emirates were delayed. Pacers Mohammad Hasnain, Imran Khan, PCB Media Department Officer Emad Hameed, Asif Afridi, Umar Amin, Muhammad Musa, Zaid Alam, Zeeshan Ashraf, Abrar Ahmed, Imran Randhawa, Mohammad Haris, and Aamir Khan are among the players and staff who have been denied a visa.

Quetta Gladiators Squad:

Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Azam Khan, Naseem Shah, Zahid Mahmood, Anwar Ali, Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Usman Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Dale Steyn, and Usman Khan

pakistan cricket board[photo: India Tv News]
pakistan cricket board[photo: India Tv News]

Pakistan Cricket Board Is Considering UAE As A Venue To Stage Remainder Of PSL 2021

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering the United Arab Emirates as a venue to stage the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament, but the country’s Covid-19 body will take a final call, the governing body said on Thursday.

The PCB’s flagship tournament was suspended after 14 games in March after seven individuals, including six players, tested positive for Covid-19.

Squash legend Jahangir Khan and franchise captains pose with the PSL 2020 trophy. — Courtesy Karachi Kings Twitter/File
Squash legend Jahangir Khan and franchise captains pose with the PSL 2020 trophy. — Courtesy Karachi Kings Twitter/File

Pakistan Cricket Board Earlier Stated That Pakistan Super League Would Resume On June 1 And The Remaining 20 Games Will Be At Karachi

The governing body Pakistan Cricket Board had said last month that the PSL would resume on June 1 and the remaining 20 games would take place in Karachi’s National Stadium, with the final on June 20.

“Now, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) will announce the decision. If it decides that the league should be resumed, we will bio-secure Karachi and all matches would be played there,” a PCB spokesman said.
“If the NCOC does not give the go-ahead to PCB for holding matches in Karachi, we will consult the franchises to hold the rest of the tournament in the UAE.”

ESPNCricinfo reported that all six PSL franchises had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to move the tournament to the UAE, which also hosted last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The lucrative IPL T20 competition of 2021 was suspended abruptly this week, triggered by a resurgence of the pandemic in India.

Andre Russell is unimpressed by Shakib Al Hasan's biceps ©BCCI
Andre Russell is unimpressed by Shakib Al Hasan’s biceps ©BCCI

The six teams participating in PSL – Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings Multan Sultans, and Quetta Gladiators – selected players who will serve as replacements for originally listed players now unavailable for the rest of PSL 2021.

The Kolkata Knight Riders duo of Andre Russell, who is one of the most sought-after T20 players, will replace Tom Banton in the Quetta Gladiators squad whereas spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will join Lahore Qalandars as Rashid Khan’s replacement.

IPL 2021 Was Also Suspended Indefinitely Midway By BCCI

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, due to at least six covid-19 cases in 4 franchises. Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 was also suspended early in March after 14 matches following an outbreak of cases among players and support staff.

IPL 2021
IPL 2021. Image Credits: Twitter

While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to resume the PSL 2021 on June 1st in Karachi, the BCCI would have to reschedule the IPL 2021.

All six Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to move the remaining games of the rescheduled 2021 edition of the tournament out of Karachi to the UAE because of a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases in Pakistan.

As it stands, the plan is for the teams to assemble in Karachi by May 23 to begin their mandatory seven-day quarantine, and action is scheduled to resume on June 2. Sixteen league-stage matches are slotted till June 14, with the playoffs taking place between June 16 and June 18, and the final on June 20.

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PSL 2021, Match 11: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Fantasy Cricket Tips

Karachi Kings, the defending champions, will play against Lahore Qalandars on Sunday (28th February) night during the 11th match of the PSL 2021. National Stadium (Karachi) will host this match.

Both teams have already played three games each in this PSL 2021. Both teams have got 4 points each in this tournament as both have won twice and lost once each in this season.

PSL 2021, Match 11: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Complete Squads

Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (C), Aamer Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Mohammad Amir, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Chadwick Walton, Daniel Christian, Danish Aziz, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Ilyas, Noor Ahmed, Qasim Akram, Zeeshan Malik, Abbas Afridi

Lahore Qalandars: Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, David Wiese, Salman Mirza, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Joe Denly, Samit Patel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Tom Abell, Salman Ali Agha, Zaid Alam, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sandeep Lamichanne

PSL 2021, Match 11: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Predicted XIs

Karachi Kings: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Joe Clarke, Colin Ingram, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Imad Wasim (C), Aamer Yamin, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (C), Joe Denly, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf, Salman Mirza

PSL 2021, Match 11: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Fantasy Cricket Tips

Karachi Kings

PSL 2021, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Fantasy Cricket
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Currently, Babar Azam is their leading run-scorer with 176 runs in three innings, including two half-centuries (62 and 90*). On the other hand, Sharjeel Khan has scored a century in this tournament while Joe Clarke scored a match-winning half-century in the last game.

Arshad Iqbal has picked up 6 wickets and Waqas Maqsood has scalped 4 wickets.

Lahore Qalandars

PSL 2021, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Fantasy Cricket
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Mohammad Hafeez is currently in great form with the bat as he has scored 33* (26 balls), 73* (33 balls) and 60 runs (35 balls) respectively in this tournament (166 runs in 3 innings). Also, Fakhar Zaman recently played a powerful match-winning knock of 82 not out off 52 balls.

Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has bagged 6 wickets in three matches and right-arm fast bowler Haris Rauf has got 3 wickets in two games.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam

Vice-captain – Sharjeel Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Joe Clarke, Ben Dunk

Batsmen – Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (vc), Fakhar Zaman

All-rounder(s) – Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Mohammad Hafeez (C)

Bowlers – Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi

PSL 2021, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Fantasy Cricket
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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Joe Clarke

Batsmen – Sharjeel Khan (C), Babar Azam, Sohail Akhtar, Fakhar Zaman

All-rounder(s) – Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Hafeez

Bowlers – Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Shaheen Shah Afridi (vc)

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Sandeep Lamichhane took 4-10 from his four overs to set Lahore Qalandars up for victory. Courtesy PCB Sandeep Lamichhane took 4-10 from his four overs to set Lahore Qalandars up for victory. Courtesy PCB
Sandeep Lamichhane took 4-10 from his four overs to set Lahore Qalandars up for victory. Courtesy PCB Sandeep Lamichhane took 4-10 from his four overs to set Lahore Qalandars up for victory. Courtesy PCB

Sandeep Lamichhane To Replace Rashid Khan For Lahore Qalandars

Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal’s spinner has been named as the replacement for Afghanistan spin bowler Rashid Khan in the Lahore Qalandars squad for the ongoing sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Sandeep Lamichhane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner from Nepal, made his PSL debut in the 2019 edition and played seven matches for Lahore Qalandars.

Sandeep Lamichhane
Sandeep Lamichhane Courtesy: Twitter (@Sandeep25)

Rashid Khan Had To Depart After Playing 2 Games For National Duty

Rashid Khan had to depart after featuring in two matches against Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi as he was called up for national duty. Lahore Qalandars won the two games by four and nine wickets respectively.

“Sandeep Lamichanne will be in Lahore Qalandars colors once again as he has been drafted in the 2020 edition’s runners-up’s squad as a replacement for Rashid Khan,” read an official statement from PSL.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Reuters Photo)

Last week, Rashid Khan was named in Afghanistan’s squad for the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe which gets underway from Tuesday.

Rashid Khan though is doubtful for the first Test match against Zimbabwe due to a finger injury on his right arm. He picked 1 wicket bowling 8 overs and was economical again having an economy rate of 5.5 in PSL 2021 besides scoring 27 off 15 balls with 3 fours and a six against Peshawar Zulmi.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Lamichhane will be available to Qalandars for the entire season. Sandeep Lamichanne has an excellent track record in limited-overs cricket so far with 125 wickets in 96 T20 games at an economy rate of 6.79. This will be the second stint for Sandeep Lamichanne in the PSL for the Lahore Qalandars side.

He will be the second player from Associate nation to play in the PSL 2021 after Ali Khan from the USA. Sandeep Lamichhane, in fact, made his PSL debut while playing for Lahore Qalandars in the 2019 edition. He also recently represented the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL 2020/21. The leg-spinner has featured in 10 ODIs and 21 T20Is and has 23 and 34 wickets to his name, respectively.

Mohammad Rizwan Guides Multan Sultans To 7 Wicket Win

The Sohail Akhtar-led side got off to good start with wins in the first two games. However, the Lahore Qalandars lost the third match after half-centuries from Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood guided Multan Sultans to a comfortable seven-wicket on Friday.

Multan Sultans’ Mohammad Rizwan raises bat to celebrate after scoring fifty during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans at the National Stadium, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Multan Sultans’ Mohammad Rizwan. AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Multan Sultans surmounted the 158-run target with 22 balls spare as Mohammad Rizwan, who posted his second half-century becoming the leading run-getter of the season, scored a breezy 49-ball 76, studded with 12 fours, and Sohaib Maqsood hammered 61 not out off 41 balls. Lahore Qalandars will next lock horns with Karachi Kings.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Photo Credit: Twitter/@cricketworldcup)

Rashid Khan Doubtful For 1st Test Against Zimbabwe

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan spinner is doubtful for the first Test match against Zimbabwe due to a finger injury on his right arm. Rashid Khan was injured during his stint in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 where he played for Lahore Qalandars.

The 22-year-old spinner picked up a finger injury while playing for Lahore Qalandars against Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League. He injured his finger while fielding a shot hit by Chris Gayle.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Reuters Photo)

Rashid Khan’s Injury Will Be Reassessed On 28th February Before 1st Test On 2nd March Against Zimbabwe

Rashid Khan made his One-Day International debut for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe in October 2015 and rallied on to make his Twenty20 International debut against the same team later that month.

He has played 4 Tests for relative newcomers in the Test arena, Afghanistan besides appearing in 73 ODIs and 48 T20Is and he has taken 23 Test, 140 ODI, and 89 T20I scalps. He has also picked 75 IPL scalps in 62 IPL games.

He is one of the economical bowlers as he is 3rd among bowlers with the best economy rates after Daniel Vettori and Sunil Narine in T20Is. His economy rate of 6.24 is the best in IPL history and his bowling average of 20.49 among the top 10 in IPL history.

“Rashid Khan is under-treatment by the relevant health officials in UAE and the final call on his inclusion in the first test will be taken after a reassessment of his injury on 28th February.”

“The Test series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe starts on 2nd March with the first match of the series to be played till 6th March 2021,” the Afghanistan Cricket Board said.

The Afghanistan star is currently participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 and once again, he gave a glimpse of his batting prowess by hitting a match-winning six in the Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi T20 match. Earlier in the match, spinner Rashid Khan bowled an economical spell of four overs, leaking just 14 runs for the Lahore Qalandars.

Rashid Khan for SRH in IPL (BCCI Photo)
Rashid Khan for SRH in IPL (BCCI Photo)

However, batting at number eight position, the maverick spinner scored a quickfire unbeaten 27 runs off 15 deliveries aided by Mohammed Hafeez’s unbeaten 33 to take their side over the line while chasing a modest 141-run total set by Peshawar Zalmi.

Currently the number one T20I bowler in the world, the Afghanistan superstar was plying his trade in Pakistan’s premier T20 tournament for the first time in his career. Last month, he was picked by the Lahore Qalandars as a platinum player in the players’ draft. He played only 2 games before leaving the camp.

Rashid Khan’s Mini Helicopter Shot To Hit A Six Catches Attention Of Fans

Rashid Khan played a mini-helicopter shot to hit a six against pacer Amad Butt in the 19th over in order to score the winning runs for the Lahore Qalandars. His blistering shot caught the attention of the cricketing world after it was shared online on Pakistan Super League’s official Twitter handle.

Sarah Taylor

Pakistan Super League captioned their tweet as, “SO STYLISH,” and it has garnered over 5.5 lakh views, close to 9,000 likes, and hundreds of user reactions on the microblogging site since Sunday.

However, Rashid Khan received a surprise fan comment from former England Women’s team star Sarah Taylor who asked him to teach her the way to play it. Rashid Khan also responded to her and replied that he would surely teach her how to hit the shot.

The first of the two Tests in Abu Dhabi will start on March 2 with the second game scheduled to begin on March 10. They will be followed by a three-match T20I series beginning on March 17

Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma, MI
Chris Lynn. Photo Credit: PSL.

PSL 2020: Chris Lynn’s Quickfire Hundred Propels Lahore Qalandars to Maiden Semi-Final

Australian cricketer Chris Lynn whose exploits we have seen in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Big Bash League (BBL) has now amazed with his 52-ball hundred in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In the ongoing PSL 2020, his whirlwind knock helped Lahore Qalandars to enter the maiden semi-final of the Twenty20 league.

On Sunday, Lynn scored unbeaten 113 runs off 55 balls against Multan Sultans. He was awarded as the Man of the Match for his brilliant show.

Moreover, in the past five editions, his century was the first by any Lahore Qalandars’ player.

Chris Lynn swatted the opposition with his batting pyrotechnics:

Chris Lynn, PSL 2020

Earlier, Sultans won the toss and opted to bat. The middle-order batsman Khushdil played a crucial knock of 70 runs off 29 balls which led the team to set the target of 189 runs.

However, The mammoth total looked short in front of Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman who were on song.

Chris Lynn took the time to set themselves but soon gained the pace. He played a mature knock and kept rotating the strike with Zaman and only went on to hit the boundaries on the loose deliveries.

The leg spinner Usman Qadir picked the wicket of Zaman, which became the sole wicket taken by the Multan Sultans. Although Zaman had set the game for his team, scoring 57 runs off 35 balls.

PSL 2020: Chris Lynn's Quickfire Hundred Propels Lahore Qalandars to Maiden Semi-Final 1

Lynn went on to hit every bowler, especially Bilawal Bhatti and Ali Shafiq. He collected two or three boundaries in every over. Australian cricketer’s staggering innings included 12 fours and eight sixes. His century became the highest-ever individual score by a Lahore Qalandars’ player.

Thus, Qalandars won the game by nine wickets and entered the semi-finals where they will face Karachi Kings, who are positioned second at the points table.

While Sultans, who tops the points table as they have won six games out of ten, will fight against Peshawar Zalmi for the final berth. Both the semi-finals will be played on Tuesday (17th March).