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BCCI Informs ICC That Indian Government Has Agreed To Issue Visas For Pakistan Cricketers For T20I WC

BCCI has informed the apex council that the Indian government has agreed to issue visas to the Pakistan cricketers for the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to begin in October this year.

Babar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team will have no difficulty in travelling to India for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in October as the government is set to grant visas to the players from the neighbouring nation.

Babar Azam. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
Babar Azam
(Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Informs Apex Council About Government’s Decision To Give Visas To Pakistan Payers

It has been learnt that BCCI secretary Jay Shah has informed the Apex Council about the government’s decision on giving visas to the Pakistan players.

“The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear,” an Apex Council member told PTI.

“It will be decided in due course of time. However we had promised ICC that it will be sorted. The secretary announced during the meeting.”

BCCI's Jay Shah, Sourav Ganguly
BCCI’s Jay Shah, Sourav Ganguly

India and Pakistan have not played the Test series for more than 14 years. As far as bilateral series in ODIs and T20Is are concerned, it has been over eight years. They face off each other during ICC events and Asia Cup. India and Pakistan faced off each other last in a bilateral series in December 2012 in India(3 ODIs, 2 T20Is) while the last Test between the 2 nations was in November 2007 (3 Tests in India).

The last time the Pakistan team played on Indian soil was in the T20 championship in March 2016, two months after the Pathankot attack. On that occasion, the Home Ministry gave multi-city visas to Pakistani fans who had tickets for the matches. Before that, BCCI granted visas to Pakistani fans for the 2011 World Cup semi-final at Mohali. The 2019 World Cup in England was when the two teams last met at a neutral venue. India won that match by 89 runs.

PCB Chief Ehsan Mani Confirms ICC Told Pakistan That They Will Get Written Confirmation About Issuance Of Visas By The End Of Next Month

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani had said that the team would be going to India for T20 World Cup with the full protocol or the tournament be shifted to some other venue. PCB had also insisted on a written assurance from ICC that BCCI will issue the visas on time.

“I have informed the board that the BCCI was supposed to give us visa assurances by 31st December but that didn’t happen because their President, Saurav Ganguly was twice hospitalised,” he said at a media conference here.

“But I have now again taken up this matter with the ICC and am in touch with them. I also have another virtual conference with them tomorrow on this issue. The ICC has told us that we will get our written confirmation by the end of next month.”

Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani

“Either we will be going to the World T20 with full protocols or it will have to be moved elsewhere,” he said while insisting that the PCB wanted written assurances that India will issue visas for the Pakistan team, fans and journalists.

India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series for many years now due to political tension between the two countries. For the T20I World Cup, the BCCI has also zeroed in on nine venues where World T20 will be held with Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the final. The other venues are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Dharamsala.

Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
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Mohammad Hafeez Opens Up On Pressure Of Playing T20 World Cup In India

Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder has opened up on the pressure of playing in India by claiming that winning the bilateral series before the T20 World Cup would teach players to perform in those conditions.

The 40-year-old also stated that a sound process would always lead to good results.

Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)

Mohammad Hafeez Is A Big Believer Of The Process

Pakistan veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez would be participating in his sixth T20 World Cup when the event occurs in India later this year. Like all teams, the 2009 champion has been finetuning their World Cup plans ahead of the tournament, while the PCB is working through the procedures of getting visas.

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)

“I am a big believer of the process. When you have a sound process then your end result or product is always going to be good. Wherever the event may be in India or anywhere, would be a big stage. You have to go through these smaller stages of bilateral series first and by winning them you can match up with any side in the final stage that is the mega event itself,” Mohammad Hafeez said while speaking on Cricket Bazz YouTube channel.

Mohammad Hafeez has been in tremendous form in the last few months in the shortest format, performing incredibly well in the T20 series in England and New Zealand. He averaged a daunting 155 and 70 in those, respectively. The 40-year old had also performed well in PSL 2020, smashing 312 runs in 13 matches at 39 with a decent strike rate of 125.30. Mohammad Hafeez, who has played 99 T20Is, could be a real asset in the middle-order.

Mohammad Hafeez Felt Execution Of Skills Under Pressure Is Of Utmost Importance

The all-rounder claimed that the execution of an individual’s skills under pressure was the most important factor in high-voltage and high-intensity encounters on the international stage.

“What I have experienced is that in all the high-voltage and high-intensity games, the most important thing is the execution of skills under pressure. When you are under immense pressure that is where it is important to execute all the skills that you have or have learned. When you perform well in those cases you have the ability to absorb more pressure. This drives you to better performances,” he said.

Pakistan National Cricket Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Mohammad Hafeez believed Pakistan had a great opportunity to prepare for the mega event because all of their future fixtures before the T20 World Cup would be on away tours.

“Pakistan cricket has a great opportunity because they will be featuring in away series like South Africa in their home turf, England in England, and West Indies in West Indies. This will determine where we stand as a team.

“If we can do well in these series and create a winning momentum then it will show that everyone is ready. This will show that everyone is ready to perform under pressure. The winning away series is a big morale booster. This gives you confidence for any big event,” Mohammad Hafez concluded.

Mohammad Hafeez and Sharjeel Khan on Friday returned to the T20 teams for the South Africa and Zimbabwe series scheduled to take place next month. The return of the two players was announced by Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim on Friday in a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three one-day internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against South Africa from April 2 till April 16. After it’s conclusion the team will depart to Zimbabwe, where they will play two Tests and three T20Is.

Mohammad Hafeez, the second-longest serving Pakistan cricketer in the current setup, could yet extend his 17-year career. His original plan was to retire in November 2020 after the T20I World Cup in Australia but he said that he would continue to make himself available as the tournament was delayed due to Covid-19. Mohammad Hafeez said he wanted to go out on a winning note.

40-year-old Mohammad Hafeez has played all but one World T20 – the one Pakistan won in 2009. He played for Pakistan in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 T20I World Cups managing 426 runs and picking 13 scalps.

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Amir is aiming to shrug his poor form. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Pakistan Players Should Be Given Space And Freedom: Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir, former Pakistan pacer who recently retired from international cricket due to his differences with the national team Pakistan’s management, on Thursday called for an end to the “scary” dressing room culture in Pakistan cricket.

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.
Mohammad Amir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mohammad Amir: Give Players Space, Freedom And End Scary Environment In Dressing Room

Mohammad Amir had retired last month after alleging that he has been “mentally tortured” by the management of the national team, comprising chief coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

“Give players some space and freedom. Put an end to this scary environment in the dressing room, these very players will win you matches,” he told the media.

The left-handed pacer insisted that he was dropped from the side for personal issues and not because of his performance in preceding series.

“The issue is not about performance I know I can make a strong comeback but it is about this mental torture they put you through,” he said.

Misbah-ul-Haq,
Misbah-ul-Haq. Photo Credit: PCB.

The 28-year-old said the coaches should tell him why he was dropped the next day after taking 21 wickets in the Bangladesh Premier League.

“If this is not a personal issue then what is it,” he asked. He also dismissed remarks by Misbah about his speed going down.

“My speed went down because I was not fully fit and fatigued. When I went to the Lanka Premier League I was fresh and I bowled at 145KPH,” he said.

Mohammad Amir also said he couldn’t play with coaches with different mindsets.

“One coach says speed does not matter what is important is taking 20 wickets (Waqar made the remarks on Thursday when asked about the lack of speed of the bowlers in New Zealand) and the other coach says speed is important in international cricket (Misbah said this at his interaction). Who should we believe? First think what you want to say than try to teach Mohammad Amir.”

He was reacting to recent comments from the duo after returning from New Zealand. Both the coaches in their interactions with the media spoke at length about the statements made by the pacer about them and his accusation that he had decided against playing international cricket because of the mental torture caused by them.

Mohammad Amir Is In Pakistan’s Plans And Can Be Back In Team If He Starts Performing Again: Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis said he was “hurt by Mohammad Amir’s statement” besides commenting he is in Pakistan’s plans in future and can be back in the team on basis of good performance.

“It is unfortunate that he gave such a statement and the way he made the exit from (international) cricket. He is a wonderful cricketer and I always advocated his case before Najam Sethi (previous PCB chairman). I also talked to (national team) players when he staged a comeback in 2016 to welcome him back (after the 2010 spot-fixing scandal),” Waqar said in Lahore.

Waqar Younis also said that he felt ‘sad’ after reading the pacer’s statements about him and insisted that the left-arm pacer was dropped for the New Zealand tour because of poor form and fitness.

“He is in our plans and if he starts performing again he can be back in the team.”

Asked about the remarks by the two coaches, Amir said: “I am glad he (Waqar) felt sad and bad because at least he will now realize how much someone’s statement can hurt you like I felt when he made statements about my decision to retire from Test cricket. I didn’t say anything wrong and I only spoke the truth, nothing else.”

Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis (Image Credit: Google)

Mohammad Amir said he faced mental torture after reading statements from Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis where they blamed him and said he let down the team for the defeat in Australia.

“They also said that I didn’t want to play Test cricket and his decision has nothing to do with managing workload. I was hurt by such comments and they caused me mental anguish,” he said.

Mohammad Amir said he was now being given advice that he should play domestic cricket to get back his form and a place in the Pakistan team in future.

“I think a player knows what is best for him and where he should play domestic cricket or league cricket,” he said.

The pacer, who was banned for match-fixing for five years for bowling two deliberate no balls, said no one needed to tutor him on having patience.

“Knows one knows about patience better than me. Because for five years I was not permitted to touch the cricket ball. I waited for five years to resume playing cricket and when I didn’t lose courage and patience then do you think I will do now just because I am not performing well,” Amir said.

Mohammad Amir said there were numerous legends in Pakistan cricket in the likes of Shahid Afridi who had made several comebacks into the team after announcing retirements.

“Be it Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf or Shahid Afridi they all made several comebacks so I am not worried I know if one performs he will be able to make a comeback.”

Mohammad Amir played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement.

Hasan Ali, back injury
Hasan Ali (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Hasan Ali Looks To Make Comeback For Pakistan After 1 Year Gap

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is keen on making a comeback in the Pakistan side after being on the sidelines for the more than a year. The right-arm pacer last played for Pakistan, in a World Cup match against India, in June 2019.

Hasan Ali is a Pakistani cricketer who made his first-class debut for Sialkot in 2013. He made his international debut for Pakistan in August 2016 in ODI and was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which Pakistan won with Hasan Ali named player of the series after taking thirteen wickets.

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali-Getty

Hasan Ali: Difficult Time For Sitting Out For Around 1 And 1/2 Years

Hasan Ali has remained out of action due to recurring back injuries. The Central Punjab captain also spoke about his side’s superb comeback in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where they qualified for the final despite playing poorly in initial matches and the odds stacked against them.

“Obviously it was a difficult time for me considering that I was a permanent member of the side and then suddenly had to sit out for around one and half years,” said Ali.

“I still remember the time when Sri Lanka was playing T20Is at Gaddafi Stadium and I was doing my rehab at NCA, I almost had tears in my eyes as I was unable to play for the national side. It was disappointing but this is part of life as there are ups and down in cricket.”

Central Punjab were at a stage placed at the bottom of the six-team table after the end of the fifth-round and without a single victory to their name. The defending champions made an inspirational comeback by winning four out of their last five matches and drawing the fifth to climb to the second spot on the points table with a tally of 137 points which sealed their final’s spot.

“We tried to instill self-belief in the players gave them the confidence that the team will start performing soon. The younger players had the hunger to make a name for themselves, especially after the departure of some of the senior players for New Zealand tour,” he said.

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali- Credits: Getty Images

“I have been playing international cricket for the past three to four years and I applied that experience while leading the side. Thankfully, we succeeded as a unit. As a fast-bowler, I’m naturally aggressive and tried to adopt the same approach in the captaincy department as well,” he added.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are at the top of the points table with 161 points with 5 wins and 1 loss in Quaid-e-Azam trophy while Central Punjab is second with 137 points. Southern Pakistan, Baluchistan, Northern Pakistan and Sindh are the other teams competing.

Hasan Ali: It’s Up To Team Management To Select Me In Squad For Upcoming South Africa Series

Hasan Ali, who already has 42 wickets in nine games averaging 18.95 in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy playing for Central Punjab, also shed light on his own performance in the tournament bearing in mind the home series against South Africa comprising of 2 Tests and 3 T20Is.

“I’m trying to make a comeback in the national side so it was important that I perform well on the field as well as show that I’m completely fit,” he said.

“I’m ready to represent the national team and it’s now up to the selectors and team management as to whether they have faith in me for South Africa series. My fitness is good and I have performed well on dry pitches of Karachi, which don’t offer much help to the fast-bowlers,” he added.

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali. Image Credit: Getty Images.

He also reiterated that he is available for all three formats despite facing injuries and workload concerns.

“I’m still young and ready to play all three formats of the game. Injuries are part of a cricketer’s career and especially fast-bowlers. It is now up to the team management to decide my role in the national side,” he concluded.

26-year-old Hasan Ali has played 9 Tests, 53 ODIs and 30 T20Is where he picked 31, 82 and 35 wickets respectively. His last Test was in January 2019 while T20I and ODI match came in May-June 2019.

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Current Pakistan Pacers Don’t Have The Flexibility To Bowl 20-25 Overs: Mohammad Asif

Mohammad Asif, former Pakistan pacer said that the current crop of Pakistan pacers haven’t exhibited enough control in line and length and have been guilty of spraying the ball down the leg-side far too often.

The 38-year-old pacer reckons that the current bunch of Pakistan fast bowlers are older than what their age suggests. Mohammad Asif, who last appeared for Pakistan back in 2010, stated that the youngsters who are aged about 20 or more on paper appear 10 years older.

Mohammad Asif
Mohammad Asif (Image Credit: Google)

Mohammad Asif: Pakistan’s Young Pacers Don’t Have Flexibility To Bowl 20-25 Overs And Don’t Know How To Bend Body

Currently, pacers Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Muhammad Musa Khan are the ones who are in their early or late 20s. Mohammad Asif feels they don’t have the ability to bowl long spells.

Mohammad Asif said that they appear aged and don’t have the flexibility to bowl 20-25 overs while speaking to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal on the latter’s YouTube channel.

“And they are so aged. It is written as 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28 years old because they don’t have the flexibility to bowl 20-25 overs.”

“They don’t know how to bend the body; they become stiff. They are not able to stand on the field after bowling a 5-6 over spell,” Mohammad Asif stated.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. Credits: ICC

Shaheen Afridi has taken 39 wickets in 12 Tests, Mohammad Musa is yet to pick a wicket in 1 Test he played and Naseem Shah has picked 20 wickets in 8 Tests. Mohammad Hasnain has played 6 ODIs and 10 T20Is.

Mohammad Asif: It Might Have Been 5-6 Years Since A Pacer Took 10 Wickets In A Test Match

Mohammad Asif said that the current pacers had difficulties to pick up wickets at regular intervals and have been found wanting even in seamer-friendly conditions. The 38-year-old quipped that the paces haven’t exhibited enough control while bowling and have sprayed the ball down the leg-side far too often.

“I feel it might have been 5-6 years since a fast bowler took 10 wickets in a match. We used to salivate after seeing the pitches like the ones in New Zealand. There was no question of leaving the ball as a fast bowler. I never used to leave the ball before taking a five-wicket haul,” he stated.

Mohammad Asif
Mohammad Asif. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“These kids do not have the knowledge. They don’t know how to keep the batsman on the front foot, not give them a single and how to bowl on the wickets. When they try to bowl on the wickets, it goes down the leg-side. They do not have the control,” Mohammad Asif added.

Though Mohammad Asif’s career was short-lived due to his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal at the Lord’s, he picked 106 wickets from 23 Tests and was somewhat effective in the longest format. Also, in 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is, the speedster picked up 46 and 13 wickets respectively.

Pakistan Legend Inzamam-ul-Haq Defines India's Greatest In One LIner
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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Pakistan Legend Inzamam-ul-Haq Defines India’s Greatest In One-liner

Pakistan former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has defined India’s greatest former cricketers Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag in a one-liner during the chat with Ravichandran Ashwin.

On his show DRS with Ashwin, India’s Test off-spinner had a candid talk with Inzamam where he shared some anecdotes between India and Pakistan.

When Ravichandran Ashwin asked Inzamam-ul-Haq to describe Sourav Ganguly in one word, the former cricketer stated him as the great captain. He also stated Sachin Tendulkar as the great batsman.

Inzamam-ul-Haq heaps praise on Rahul Dravid:

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Inzamam-ul-Haq. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

For Rahul Dravid, who is called the Wall, Inzamam stated him as the pure technique. He expressed his admiration for iconic India batsman Rahul Dravid, saying his technique was so pure.

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Anil Kumble. Image Credit: Getty Images.

He named India’s legendry spinner and former Indian head coach Anil Kumble as the serious cricketer. After hearing Inzamam’s answer, Ravichandran Ashwin had a big laugh.

Inzamam stated that Virender Sehwag is a bindass cricketer who doesn’t care about winning and losing and just enjoy his game.

While sharing the video on his Twitter account of the same, Ashwin wrote He was smooth as silk when he batted, and maintained the same elegance during this chat too. Thanks, @Inzamam08.. A full-fledged attempt from me too

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin played for India A in the first warm-up game against Australia A. He got the chance to bat but scored only five runs in India’s first innings. Tomorrow, he will be bowling to get prepared for the four-match Test series which is scheduled to begin on December 17. The bowling allrounder will also be playing in the second three-day match which will be the pink ball Test match.

Asia Cup 2021 To Be Hosted In Sri Lanka; Pakistan Have The Rights For 2022, Says PCB CEO Wasim Khan
PCB CEO Wasim Khan. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Asia Cup 2021 To Be Hosted In Sri Lanka; Pakistan Have The Rights For 2022, Says PCB CEO Wasim Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had the right to host the Asia Cup 2020, and after a long time, it was a major event that Pakistan was set to host at home. But the outbreak of the coronavirus had an impact on all the cricketing schedules. Like other big events and international series, the Asia cup was postponed to next year, i.e., 2021.

In the latest development, PCB Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan has informed that the hosting right of the Asia Cup 2021 has been given to Sri Lanka while for 2022, Pakistan has bagged the rights. It will be the first time since 2008 that Pakistan will arrange this tournament on their home soil.

“The next Asia Cup will be hosted in Sri Lanka in June and we have got hosting rights now for the 2022 Asia Cup,” Khan was quoted as saying in Times Now.

Asia Cup 2020 was set to be hosted in Pakistan:

 

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Asia Cup 2020 was scheduled to take place in August and September, but it couldn’t be conducted because of the coronavirus. But as sports has marked its return after the addition of new norms, the next year is likely to go according to the plan.

Pakistan was earlier denoted as a dangerous area because of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. Still, they have worked on clearing their image after hosting Bangladesh and Sri Lanka teams at home. Last month, Zimbabwe toured there and played ODI and T20I series. The Babar Azam-led side comfortably registered the victory in both the series.

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Pakistan team. (Credits: Twitter)

Currently, the Pakistan team is in New Zealand to play the T20I series and Test series. But eight Pakistani players have tested positive for the coronavirus for which New Zealand health authorities have highly criticized them.

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Pakistan Cricket Squad’s 8th Member Tested COVID-19 Positive In New Zealand

Pakistan cricket squad’s another member has tested positive for coronavirus, as confirmed by the Health Ministry of New Zealand on Wednesday. The recent COVID-19 positive case takes the total number of cases in the touring team to New Zealand to eight.

On Tuesday, the Health Ministry of New Zealand confirmed that swabs were taken from as many as 46 members of the touring cricket squad in Christchurch.

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Pakistan vs New Zealand-Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pakistan Will Play 3 T20Is And 2 Tests In New Zealand Tour

Pakistan and New Zealand will play against each other in 3 T20I and 2 Test starting on December 18. The Asian country had initially chosen 35 member squad for the tour, but the squad length was down to 34 after Fakhar Zaman was ruled out due to fever.

“Of those, 42 have subsequently returned a further negative test result. Three are under investigation to determine whether they are historical cases, and one test result is pending,” the Health Ministry of New Zealand had said.

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The player, who tested positive, is one of the three cases reported as under investigation. The Health Ministry of New Zealand said that the other two cases remain under investigation.

“There is one new case of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand today. There are no new community cases. This person is a member of the Pakistan cricket squad and was one of the three cases reported as under investigation yesterday. They have now been confirmed to have an active COVID-19 infection. The two other cases remain under investigation,” the Health Ministry of New Zealand said.

Of the eight positive cases in the 54 member touring party, two are historic or non-infectious. They are observing the isolation period as the other members of the squad who have tested negative. Another set of tests are planned on Day 9, and those who return negative may train in isolation, subject to final approval from the New Zealand health ministry.

Pakistan Team Not Allowed To Train Until Health Official Allows Them

Following Day 12 tests, those in squad clearing the 14-day health check will leave isolation facility. The Pakistan players were guilty of breaching protocols by sharing food, meeting in hallways and seen without masks and were subsequently warned.

The statement added that the Pakistan team is not allowed to train until the Canterbury DHB medical officer of health determines they are satisfied that any training activities are unlikely to transmit COVID-19.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam along with his teammates in aiport
Pakistan captain Babar Azam along with his teammates in Aiport. Image Credit: Twitter.

Pakistan are slated to play three T20Is starting from December 18 and on December 20, and 22, at Auckland, Hamilton and Napier respectively and the ICC World Test Championship fixtures will be held in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch on December 26-30 and January 3-7, respectively.

Starting from December 10, Pakistan A will play two four day games against New Zealand A. Babar Azam will captain Pakistan and the team includes Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz. Still, the likes of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir are not included.

Mudassir Gujjar
Mudassir Gujjar
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Khushdil Shah Slams Fastest T20 100; Mudassir Gujjar Aims To Be Tallest Cricketer

Khushdil Shah, the Pakistan batsman, registered his name in the record books while playing for Southern Punjab in the National T20 Cup by smashing the fastest T20 century by a Pakistani batsman off just 35 balls. He brought up his ton in just 35 balls against Sindh who were beaten by two wickets. It is the fifth fastest T20 century in the world.

He smashed as many as nine sixes and eight fours. Also, the ton came at a time when his side was reeling at 43-4 in first seven overs. But Khushdil Shah and Hussain Talat joined hands for a blistering 127-run partnership to swing the momentum away from Sindh.

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Khushdil Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Khushdil Shah Scores Fastest Ton Off Only 35 Balls Which Is Fastest By A Pakistani

He managed to surpass the record of another Pakistan batsman Ahmad Shahzad, who previously held the record, with a 40-ball ton. In the world, he is behind only the likes of Chris Gayle (30), Rishabh Pant (32), Wihan Lubbe (33) and Andrew Symonds (34).

Khushdil Shah
Khushdil Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

In T20 International cricket, the record is held by South Africa’s David Miller and India’s Rohit Sharma, who both got their tons in 35 balls as well.

The 25-year-old Khushdil Shah has played only one T20I for Pakistan where he scored eight runs. He is a left-hander. His List A average is 47.06 where he has eight hundred.

Mudassir Gujjar Of 7’6″ May Be World’s Tallest Cricketer

Meanwhile, a giant tall man, who is 7ft 6ins, is aiming to become the world’s tallest cricketer. Mudassir Gujjar, 21, has reportedly been picked up by Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars and hopes to play for Pakistan one day.

According to dailymail.com.uk, Mudassir Gujjar was born to parents of average height as his father Hashim Mohammad is 5ft 6ins and mother Parveen is 5ft 3ins. He was already over seven-foot-tall, which concerned his parents and siblings but was confirmed by doctors that he has hormonal issues and confirmed he would be above 7 feet tall. By the time he reached high school, he was above 7 feet.

“I was the tallest child in the school and in the neighbourhood,’ he said. ‘I was already six-foot-tall when I was ten and by the time I was in high school, I was above seven-feet-tall.

‘My parents were worried as I kept growing. They were not able to understand why I was growing taller than my siblings and if it will later cause any troubles for me.”

Later the doctors confirmed that he has hormonal issues that was causing a spurt in growth. ‘The doctors said I have a hormonal condition but they couldn’t tell if I will grow more than 7 feet tall! The last time I checked my height was a year and half ago and I was 7’6 since then. I have not grown [taller] since.”

Mudassir Gujjar
Mudassir Gujjar. Photo Credit:Twitter.

“I do not get the right size of shoes! I have to get them customized and for the clothes, I have to buy fabric and then get them stitched,’ he said.

But then he is only looking at the positives. ‘My height is a blessing as I can run faster and be the fastest bowler,” he said.

It isn’t the first time that a cricketer who is over 7 feet tall is getting attention in Pakistan cricket. Earlier, Mohammad Irfan (7ft. 1 inch) tall had also gotten plenty of attention as he made his ODI debut for Pakistan back in 2010. He was intimidated for his height but was in and out of Pakistan team.

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Zimbabwe Call 25-Man Squad For Training Camp For Proposed Pakistan White Ball Series Tour

Zimbabwe have called up a provisional squad of  25, for a training camp in Harare starting on Tuesday,
ahead of their proposed white ball series tour to Pakistan. The October-November tour will see the two sides facing off in three one-day international (ODI) matches and as many Twenty-20 international (T20I) games.

The proposed ODI series which will be played in Pakistan, and will be part of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, is drafted in for 30 October and 1 and 3 November. The T20I matches are scheduled for 7, 8 and 10 November.

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Zimbabwe call up 25 man squad for a training camp ahead of Pakistan Tour

The Zimbabwe squad included limited-overs captain Chamu Chibhabha and other experienced players of the likes of  Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams and Elton Chigumbura. Zimbabwe’s provisional squad for the tour also includes young talent in the form of ex-Under-19 stars Wesley Madhevere, Richard Ngarava, Brandon Mavuta and uncapped players including Milton Shumba and Faraz Akram.

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Luke Jongwe, Peter Moor, Tendai Chisoro and Wellington Masakadza have bounced back in contention for places in the final travelling squad.

On the other hand, the trio of Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis and Ryan Burl have fully recovered from the injuries that ruled them out of Zimbabwe’s last international action earlier this year to make it for the training camp.

Zimbabwe’s training squad for Pakistan Tour:

Faraz Akram, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Peter Moor, Carl Mumba, Richmond Mutumbami, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams