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

Shahid Afridi May Retire After PSL 2022

Shahid Afridi looks set to finally call time on his playing career, strongly suggesting next year’s season at the Pakistan Super League will be his last.
Shahid Afridi, who is currently with Multan Sultans and spent two seasons at Peshawar Zalmi and one at Karachi Kings, expressed a desire to represent a fourth franchise, Quetta Gladiators, in his final season.
Shahid Afridi suggested he may finally call it a day AFP/Getty Images
Shahid Afridi suggested he may finally call it a day AFP/Getty Images

Shahid Afridi Last Played For Pakistan More Than 5 Years Ago But Has Continued To Play In The PSL Since Its Inception

Shahid Afridi last played international cricket for Pakistan more than five years ago in 2016 but has continued to take part in the PSL ever since its inception well into his forties.  In his international career, he scored 11,196 runs with 11 centuries and 51 half-centuries. He also picked up 541 wickets at the highest level with 10 five-wicket hauls.
“Maybe this ends up being my last PSL,” Shahid Afridi told reporters. “I would like to play for Quetta Gladiators this season, provided Multan allows me to leave. If Nadeem Omar and Quetta’s owners want to have me, I would love to represent them.”
Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP
Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs, and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP

He captained Peshawar Zalmi in the first season and was part of the team that won the title the following year. His current franchise, Multan Sultans, are the defending champions, having beaten Peshawar Zalmi in the final in June. Shahid Afridi played a part in the first half of this year’s edition before missing the UAE leg with a back injury.

Shahid Afridi, however, who played four times for Multan Sultans during the Karachi leg of the tournament, wasn’t available for the UAE leg after suffering the injury during training. Shahid Afridi retired from international cricket back in 2016 but continued to play league cricket mostly in Pakistan.

He has won the PSL with Peshawar Zalmi in his second season at the franchise, and also played a minor role for the Multan Sultans when they won the trophy last year.

Shahid Afridi Has Been One Of The Most Successful All-rounders In PSL

In case Shahid Afridi retires next season, he would walk away from the Pakistan Super League as one of its most successful all-rounders. To date, Shahid Afridi has 44 wickets in 50 Pakistan Super League games at an economy rate of 6.97. That places him eighth on the all-time list; no one who has taken more wickets and conceded fewer than seven runs per over.

While he has been relatively less successful with the bat, he has still had an impact. His 465 runs have come at a strike rate of 153.46 – only Kieron Pollard (166.24), Luke Ronchi (166.12), and Asif Ali (164.29) top that for those with at least 30 innings. Babar Azam tops the list of highest run-getters with 2070 runs in 58 PSL matches. Kamran Akmal with 1820 runs is 2nd on the list.

Wahab Riaz. Image-Sky Sports
Wahab Riaz. Image-Sky Sports

Amongst bowlers, Wahab Riaz tops the list with 94 wickets while the likes of Hasan Ali -72 scalps, Faheem Ashraf, and Mohammed Nawaz-55 scalps each, Mohammed Amir-54 scalps, Sohail Tanvir-53 scalps, and Shaheen Shah Afridi-50 scalps are amongst bowlers with 50 or more wickets in the PSL.

The 2022 Pakistan Super League will take place in January and February after it was moved to an earlier window to avoid a clash with the Indian Premier League and squeeze in a tour by Australia.

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

Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images
Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images

Darren Sammy Insists PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Due To Him And Wahab Riaz

Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz had allegedly breached the bio-secure bubble in the first half of PSL 2021. The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 will reportedly resume in the first week of June, and all the teams would be gearing up for the marquee event.

Wahab Riaz. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.
Wahab Riaz. Image – @thePSLt20/Twitter.

Darren Sammy Insists He And Wahab Riaz Didn’t Break The Bio-Secure Bubble

The T20 tournament, which was initially scheduled to take place in February and March, was suspended midway after several members contracted the COVID-19 virus despite being in the bio-bubble. While the main reason behind the breach isn’t understood yet, some reports suggested that Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy have violated the protocols. Darren Sammy is the head coach of Peshawar Zalmi, while Wahab Riaz leads the side.

At the start of PSL 2021, the duo was accused of breaching the bio-secure protocols to meet team owner Javed Afridi during their practice session. As per the rules, they were supposed to be in isolation for three days and had to return two negative COVID-19 tests to be allowed back in the bubble. However, Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz joined the squad before the required period, and the latter even played all the games.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

Subsequently, fans lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for easing the norms for the duo. The duo came under the scanner even further when the entire competition was postponed. Speaking of the same, Darren Sammy claimed he had nothing to do with the PSL being paused indefinitely.

“I wouldn’t say we broke the bio-secure bubble. This is new territory for everybody. When I read the news, it made it sound like Wahab and myself left the hotel and ventured out. We just had training and we said hello to our boss (Javed Afridi). By the time we realized what had happened, we had two COVID tests, so did the Boss,” Sammy said in an interview with The Current.

Peshawar Zalmi has a strong squad for PSL 2021 consisting of the likes of Fabian Allen, David Miller, Fidel Edwards, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and the team management will expect their batsmen to perform better under mentor and batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq’s guidance.

Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton, and another Islamabad United player besides one support staff member with the Karachi Kings (Kamran Khan) testing positive for Covid-19 have led to concerns which eventually led to the postponement of PSL 2021.

Darren Sammy: PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Because Of Me And Wahab Riaz Shaking Hands With Peshawar Zalmi Boss

Highlighting that no one from the Peshawar Zalmi squad had got infected, the former West Indies captain said that the whole team was very strict about the rules, so it would be wrong to claim that PSL 2021 was suspended due to Wahab Riaz and his actions.

“We were negative and I could tell you from that day onwards, Peshawar Zalmi was really strict to the books and if you noticed, none of our players tested positive during or after that and the tournament was definitely not called off because of me and Wahab shaking hands with our boss at the cricket ground,” he added.

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

PSL will now be resuming in Abu Dhabi, with Darren Sammy joining his team soon. The Wahab Riaz-led side is currently second in the team standings, with three wins in five games.

Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. The remaining 20 Pakistan Super League 2021 matches are scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP

Peshawar Zalmi Signs Inzamam-ul-Haq As Mentor And Batting Consultant For PSL 2021

Peshawar Zalmi took to social media Twitter on Saturday to announce that they have signed former Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq as a mentor and batting consultant for their remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.

Inzamam-ul-Haq is one of the most successful batsmen in Pakistan cricket history. The former Pakistan skipper played 378 ODI matches, scoring 11,739 runs at an average of 39.53. In Test cricket, Inzamam-ul-Haq has amassed 8,830 runs, including 46 half-centuries and 25 hundred.

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Peshawar Zalmi Ropes In Legendary Former Pakistan Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq As Mentor Cum Batting Consultant

Since retiring, Inzamam-ul-Haq has had coaching stints with Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Peshawar Zalmi welcomed him to their franchise with the following tweet: “Legend Inzamam Ul Haq joins Peshawar Zalmi as Mentor/Batting Consultant for remaining matches of PSL 6. Welcome to the Zalmi family.”

Inzamam-ul-Haq played a vital role in the rise of the Afghanistan cricket team. When he was the team’s coach, the Afghans upset the West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Peshawar Zalmi has a strong squad for PSL 2021, and the team management will expect their batsmen to perform better under Inzamam-ul-Haq’s guidance.

Peshawar Zalmi Is In 2nd Spot Before IPL 6 Was Suspended Midway Due To Bio Bubble Breach

Having recorded three wins and two defeats in the first phase of PSL 2021, Peshawar Zalmi is currently in the second position on the points table, behind defending champions Karachi Kings. Peshawar Zalmi won three of their five matches in the first phase of PSL 2021.

Peshawar will resume their PSL 2021 campaign on June 4 against the Lahore Qalandars. The team has a strong chance of qualifying for the next round.

Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

With the likes of Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Fidel Edwards, David Miller, and Sherfane Rutherford in their ranks, Peshawar Zalmi will start as one of the favourites to win PSL 2021 in the UAE.

Shimron Hetmyer will make his Pakistan Super League debut with Multan Sultans. PSL 6, which was suspended in March, will resume in Abu Dhabi in June. Multan Sultans signed the West Indies big-hitter along with opener Johnson Charles.

Afghanistan’s star-leg spinner Rashid Khan will return to Lahore Qalandar for the PSL 6. The six-team tournament was stopped after 14 games in March after seven people, including six players, tested positive for COVID-19, and the franchises were allowed to add two more players to their squads in Saturday’s virtual players draft.

Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz (c), Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Bismillah Khan, David Miller (partially available), Fabian Allen (partially available), Fidel Edwards (partially available), Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Rovman Powell, Waqar Salamkheil, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, and Umaid Asif

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.

Shoaib Malik
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Shoaib Malik Suffered Car Crash But Escaped Unhurt

Shoaib Malik, former Pakistan skipper suffered a horrific car crash in Lahore on Sunday, 10th January. Shoaib Malik was returning to his hotel from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six draft event.

Shoaib Malik, who is married to Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza reportedly met with the horrific accident after attending the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft event for the sixth edition of the elite T20 tournament at the High-Performance Centre in Lahore.

Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shoaib Malik Perfectly All Right Despite His Expensive Sports Car’s Destruction

Regarded as one of the finest all-rounders to play white-ball cricket for Pakistan, Shoaib Malik’s luxurious sports car rammed into a truck in Lahore. He represented the Peshawar Zalmi side in the previous edition of the Pakistan Super League and attended the event as the franchise’s representative. He met with an accident after the PSL draft event ended and the front part of his expensive sports car was completely destroyed after the crash.

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik. Image Credits: Getty Images

According to a report filed by SAMAA TV, it has been learned that he tried to overtake Wahab Riaz’s car when he lost control of his fancy sports ride. The report added that the all-rounder tried his best to avoid the accident although his vehicle lost control before crashing into the truck on the sidewalk. Though Shoaib Malik’s car was totaled, the Pakistani cricketer escaped the crash unhurt. He last played T20I in 2020, ODI in 2019 and Test in 2015.

“I am perfectly all right everybody. It was just a happenstance accident and Almighty has been extremely Benevolent. Thank you to each one of you who’ve reached out. I am deeply grateful for all the love and care…” ~ Shoaib Malik,” the former Pakistani captain said in his tweet.

The 38-year-old Pakistan’s all-rounder debuted in 1999 and has played 35 Tests, 287 ODIs and 116 T20Is where he averages more than 30 across formats. Shoaib Malik was captain of the now-defunct Sialkot Stallions. He led them to a world record 8 domestic T20 titles with the last one coming on 18 May 2015. He represented Karachi Kings(2016-17), Multan Sultans(2018-19) and Peshawar Zalmi(2020-21) in Pakistan Super League.

Shoaib Malik Was Sitting In The Car But Requested Not To Take Photo: Eyewitness

In regards the fatal car crash that took place on Sunday night in Lahore, the former Pakistan skipper lost control of his vehicle before colliding ‘head-on’ with a truck that was parked nearby a local restaurant. The 38-year-old was returning back to his hotel only to meet with the accident.

“Malik sahab was sitting in it,” an eyewitness was quoted as saying. “He was present on the spot and I tried to take a video of him but he requested me not to,” the eyewitness added.

Shoaib Malik's Car Accident
Shoaib Malik’s Car Accident. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He has represented the Pakistani national side in all three formats of the game in the international arena. The veteran Pakistani all-rounder has been retained by the Peshawar Zalmi side in the Platinum category for the next edition of the PSL.

Andre Russell
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

PSL 2019: Multan Sultans Name Andre Russell as Replacement for Injured Steven Smith

Pakistan Super League (PSL 2019) franchise Multan Sultans on Thursday (January 24) have signed an imperative all-rounder Andre Russell. The Windies brute force Russell shall replace injured Steven Smith.

Steven Smith, PSL 2019
Steven Smith has to wait for more. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, former Australian skipper has picked an elbow injury. Thus, it ruled him out for the competitive cricket for at least six weeks.

Russell, who was the part of two-time PSL champions Islamabad United (IU) would undoubtedly bring a wealth of experience to the Sultans table.

Interestingly, the maiden edition of the PSL held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Russell claimed 16 scalps in 10 outings. To be precise, in 2016, he became leading wicket-taker in Pakistan’s domestic professional league competition.

On the other side, Sultans have already availed the services of experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi and a prominent batsman Shoaib Malik.

In the third edition of the PSL, Russell had a tough in which he could bag four wickets in four outings. However, this time around under the dynamic leadership of Malik, Russell could get more opportunities with the ball in the UAE.

Owing to the stability at the top, Sultans also rely on English pick James Vince, who had a solid domestic season in the United Kingdom (UK).

Zalmi repose faith in Andre Fletcher:

Andre Fletcher
Andre Fletcher knows what it takes to seize an opportunity. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

On the other side, Peshawar Zalmi roped in Andre Fletcher who couldn’t leave an impact in the last season.

“It is great to have Andre Fletcher back since he is not only a good player. But a true sportsman off the field as well,” Zalmi’s Director Cricketing Affairs and head coach Mohammad Akram said in a release.

In the previous edition, Fletcher could score 86 in five games. But Akram expressed delighted on the rejoining of Fletcher while maintaining he sets up an ambience.

“He is known to be someone who keeps the dugout atmosphere entertaining. We are super excited to have him back with us,” Akram added.

Meanwhile, Zalmi Chairman Javed Afridi has also expressed excitement over the inclusion of Fletcher.

The fourth edition of PSL will kick off on February 15, 2019. In a curtain raiser, Zalmi will take on Sarfraz Ahmed’s Quetta Gladiators in Dubai.

Sports round-up, Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, PSL 2018,
Kamran Akmal played a blinder for Zalmi against Kings. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Kamran Akmal believes he can play in all the three formats

Discarded Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal has expressed his desires to play in all the three formats of the game. Akmal was instrumental as he powered Peshawar Zalmi into the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) with a match-winning 27-ball 77 against Karachi Kings in the second eliminator.

Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal played a blinder for Zalmi against Kings. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The wicket-keeper batsman has been performing well in the domestic circuit and has been knocking the doors of the national selectors. Akmal was ignored for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand despite being the top scorer in the National T20 tournament, scoring 432 runs in eight innings. He also smashed the country’s highest T20 score, 150 during the tournament.

Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal was one of Pakistan’s batting mainstays.(Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Once one of the batting mainstays of his team, Akmal has found it tough to regain his spot in the national side and has raised questions on several occasions regarding his exclusion.

Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal has been performing well in the domestic circuit as well. Image Courtesy: Twitter

A couple of days after he set the Gaddafi stadium ablaze with his amazing stroke play Akmal said that his domestic record backs his claim to play in all the three formats.

He said:

“Those who have any doubts on my performance in all formats must turn the pages of domestic cricket during the last three years. I have scored more runs than any other batsmen in all formats of the games. Be it a T20, one-day or four-day cricket my performance is enough to make my critics believe that I am ready for all formats. Performing in all formats of the game does not come as a fluke. In fact it is the result of hard work and complete focus on the game. I am happy that my hard work has paid off.”

He also added he was ready to play any role the management or the selectors asked him to play.

“The job of a player whether he is young or experience one is to perform to a level where everyone can easily acknowledge his contributions. Over the years I have been doing that for region and for department. It is not in the PSL alone that I have been a leading performer. One-day and four-day cricket played under the PCB umbrella would also vouch for contributions.” 

Kamran Akmal
Akmal is the leading run scorer in the PSL till now. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Akmal also spoke on his knock in the eliminator:

 “I always look towards the team requirements. Zalmi required a brisk start in a rain shortened match. I am glad that along with AD Fletcher, I set the platform for a big total. At the end the opening wicket partnership turned out to be the decisive one for our team.”

Here’s the news feed:

Massive security cover deployed in Karachi ahead of PSL final

PCB chief Najam Sethi says half of all PSL 4 matches will be held in Pakistan

Daren Sammy
Daren Sammy. Credits: Twitter

Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy showcases his Rapping skills

The West Indians have always entertained the fans both on and off the field. The Windies players bring in the x-factor with themselves and entertain the fans with their attitude on the field and then off it. Nothing was different in this case in the PSL as well.

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy has never failed to entertain the fans. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings in the second eliminator and booked a place for themselves in the final of the PSL for the second consecutive time. The Zalmi are also the current defending champions of the Pakistan Super League.

Darren Sammy
Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings by 13 runs. Image Courtesy: Twitter

However, before the players took the field to fight it out in the second eliminator, Darren Sammy along with his national team-mate Andre Fletcher were seen showcasing their rapping skills.

The Zalmi players bonded with each other before the match and were engaged in playing FIFA and the West Indian entertaining the rest of the lot.

Sammy and Fletcher were seen singing and dancing to the rap song “Man’s Not Hot” sung by British comedian Michael Dapaah, who plays the character of ‘Big Shaq’ in the online comedy series ‘Somewhere In London’.

Peshawar defeated Karachi by 13 runs at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. The Zalmi’s posted a respectable total of 170/7 in their 20 overs. Kamran Akmal was the star of the innings as he scored a 27 ball 77. Skipper Darren Sammy also played a handy cameo of 23 off just 12 balls.

Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy
Kamran Akmal played a blinder for Zalmi against Kings. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Karachi, on the other hand, lost just two wickets in their innings but still fell embarrassingly short of the target by 13 runs.

The final of the tournament will be played at the Karachi national stadium in Karachi on 25th March 2018.

Here’s the news feed:

We Should Try to Invite Indian Players for PSL: Shahid Afridi

Karachi To Host 2018 PSL Final, Lahore To Host Eliminators

PSL (Credits: Twitter)

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Peshawar Zalmi to face of Islamabad United in PSL 3 finale –

Sports round-up, Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, PSL 2018,
Kamran Akmal played a blinder for Zalmi against Kings. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Batting first, Darren Sammy-led Zalmi rode on the brilliant half-century of wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal. The aggressive opening batsman alongside new batting partner Andre Fletcher registered 107-run stand for the first wicket.

In the rain-curtailed fixture, Zalmi set the target of 171 in 16 overs for Karachi Kings-led by Mohammad Amir in Imad Wasim’s absence.

The grand finale of the third edition is slated for the National Stadium in Karachi on March 25. Zalmi will face off table-toppers United.

Windies are through to the 2019 World Cup after DLS win –

Sports round-up, Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, Windies, Scotland, 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers
Jason Holder expressed satisfaction after an all-important win. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In yet another enticing clash, it is more of a heartbreak for Scotland cricket.

In the Super Six clash of the WC qualifiers, Windies is topping the charts with four wins in five outings. The Jason Holder-led side has collected eight points.

At the Harare Sports Club, Windies found it hard it between the overs before rain played the spoilsport.

In the virtual semifinal clash, Scotland made the Caribbean toil hard before qualifying for the marquee event scheduled in England, next year (2019). Scotland were five-run short when umpires decided it’s enough for the day.

The fast bowler for Scotland Safyaan Sharif was adjudged Man of the Match for his splendid figures of three for 27 in his nine overs.

Trent Boult Southee strangulate England for 58 –

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Kane Williamson took a screamer to send Stuart Broad back to the hut. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In the day-night Test at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday (March 22), New Zealand bowlers proved to be a nightmare for England batters.

The Joe Root-led side was bundled out for 58 in 20.4 overs. Boult bagged six wickets as his new-ball partner Southee settled with four.

At stumps, the Kiwis were 175 for three in 69 overs. The hosts took the first innings lead of 117. Skipper Kane Williamson is batting on 91 off 177 balls as Henry Nicholls scored 24 off 67 balls.

Serena Williams crashes out of Miami Open –

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Naomi Osaka shock Serena Williams in the opening round of Miami Open. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ace Tennis star Serena Williams lost in straight sets to Noami Osaka from Japan 6-3, 6-2. The rare blip saw the veteran crashing out in the very first round of the Miami Open 2018.

After making a return, Serena had a torrid time against Noami at the court. Pertinently, she was making a return after the motherhood.

It was first career win for Naomi against the World No. 1. With this win, she has advanced to the first mandatory final.

Recently, the emerging talent Naomi clinched the Indian Wells title.

Lewis Hamilton shoots back at Nico Rosberg –

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Lewis Hamilton clinches four coveted titles. Photo Credit: Web.

Lewis Hamilton hits back at the former F1 racer Nico Rosberg. Both drivers have represented Mercedes. The four-time World Champion Hamilton responds to the jibe by terming Rosberg is trying to gain much hype over ‘inconsistency comment’.

In his latest presser, Hamilton, who registered 62 wins, is adamant in approach after Rosberg has given his advice to drivers on how to surpass Hamilton in 2018 Formula One title.

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