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Lahore Qalandars celebrate after taking a wicket. Photo: Twitter/PSL
Lahore Qalandars celebrate after taking a wicket. Photo: Twitter/PSL
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Lahore Qalandars Set To Win Prize Money Of Rs 10 Million If They Win PSL 2022

Lahore Qalandars are set to win prize money of Rs 10 million if they win the 2022 Pakistan Super League (PSL), Masud Zafar, the CEO of the Bank of Punjab, said. The BOP CEO and Atif Rana, the CEO of the Lahore Qalandars, signed an agreement during a ceremony ahead of the upcoming PSL edition.

Former cricketer Mohammad Hafeez, the Lahore Qalandars, and the management of the BOP attended the ceremony. After striking the deal with the PSL team, Masud Zafar lauded the tournament for motivating budding cricketers to take up the sport as a profession. He also had words of praise for the Lahore Qalandars.

Lahore Qalandars Picture Credit: Twitter
Lahore Qalandars Picture Credit: Twitter

Lahore Qalandars Will Be Captained By Shaheen Shah Afridi

Lahore Qalandars have started practice matches in preparation for the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Newly-appointed skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi says that the camp is very important to know the players as it will benefit everyone.  Lahore Qalandars have started their preparations in full swing. After three days of training, the players played a practice match under the leadership of Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Lahore Qalandars’ Shaheen Shah Afridi is the new skipper — AFP
Lahore Qalandars’ Shaheen Shah Afridi is the new skipper — AFP

Pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has represented Pakistan in 21 Tests, 28 ODIs, and 39 T20Is and has been with the Lahore Qalandars squad since 2018. In that time, he’s picked up 50 wickets from 37 games, which is a record for the franchise. He is their new skipper.

“The PSL promotes healthy activities among the youth as cricket holds special sentiments for the people. The core objective of this alliance is to encourage playing sports and especially cricket among the youth,” Masud Zafar was quoted as saying.

“Lahore Qalandars is not just my favorite team but also of the majority of the cricket fans. It’s not a sponsorship rather it’s a partnership between the two entities with common goals and objectives. To further infuse the interest in the league, new joint products will soon be launched that will be beneficial for both organizations,” he stated.

“Today is a big day of my life as I had started my professional career as a banker and today sitting with the topmost banker of Pakistan makes me really feel proud,” he added.

The Lahore Qalandars have been the perennial underachievers in the history of the PSL. Sohail Akhtar, who is uncapped in international cricket, had stepped up as captain over the past two seasons. Under his leadership, Lahore Qalandars won the 2018 Abu Dhabi T20 trophy and finished runners-up in the PSL in 2020, but lost their way last year when they finished fifth in the six-team league.

Former captain and player of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars (LQ) Mohammad Hafeez has shown support for the new skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi as a captain. The star bowler was named captain of the franchise for the seventh edition of the PSL.

Lahore Qalandars Have Been Runners Up In PSL 2020

Despite having players like Brendon McCullum, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, and Shaheen Shah Afridi in their ranks, they are yet to get their hands on the coveted trophy. In the first four seasons, they failed to qualify beyond the first round.

Mohammad Hafeez celebrates with teammate Fakhar Zaman. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP) (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Mohammad Hafeez celebrates with teammate Fakhar Zaman. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP) (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2020, they qualified for the final but lost to the Karachi Kings by five wickets at the National Stadium. In the previous edition, they promised a whole lot, but four losses on the trot showed them the door of elimination. It remains to be seen if they can turn their fortunes around in the upcoming season of the league.

Umar Akmal. (Getty Images)
Umar Akmal. (Getty Images)
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Umar Akmal Apologizes For Not Reporting Corrupt Approaches

Umar Akmal has apologized for not reporting corrupt approaches last year, which led to him being banned for 12 months. Umar Akmal was last year suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not reporting spot-fixing approaches made to him before the start of the 2020 PSL.

Claiming to have learned his lessons, the controversial Pakistan batsman has apologized for not reporting corrupt approaches last year, which led to him being banned for 12 months. The 30-year-old keeper was last year suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

Umar Akmal Asks Forgiveness From The PCB For Not Reporting Corrupt Approaches

The batsman was banned in February 2020 for failure to report approaches before PSL 2020. The Court of Arbitration for Sport had reduced his ban to 12 months but hit him with a fine of 4.25 million Pakistani Rupees for breaching the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code.

“Seventeen months ago, I made a mistake which caused damage to my cricket and career. I learned a lot during this time and due to that mistake, Pakistan cricket’s reputation suffered badly. I ask for forgiveness from the PCB and from cricket fans around the world,” said Akmal in a video released by the PCB on Wednesday (July 7).

 Umar Akmal pays PKR 4.5 million fine, to take part in anti-corruption rehab program (Reuters Photo)
Umar Akmal pays PKR 4.5 million fine, to take part in anti-corruption rehab program (Reuters Photo)

Umar Akmal admitted that the period had been “very difficult for him”.

“Some people approached me but I was unable to report the same to the anti-corruption unit, due to which I had to face a 12-month ban. I couldn’t play cricket despite being a cricketer. I learned a lot during this time and today I confess before all of you that that mistake brought disrepute to Pakistan Cricket.”

The batsman was banned in February 2020 for failure to report approaches related to fixing just before the start of the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League. Tainted Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal paid the hefty fine of PKR 4.5 million to Pakistan Cricket Board making himself eligible to join the anti-corruption rehabilitation program of the cricket board.

Umar Akmal Urges Fellow Cricketers To Report Any Suspicious Activities

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced the ban on Umar Akmal to 12 months but also penalized him with a fine of 4.25 million Pakistani Rupees for breaching the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code.

Akmal also had a message for fellow cricketers. “I, Umar Akmal, would like to request all of you, as ambassadors of the sport, to stay away from any suspicious activities. If any suspicious individuals approach you, please report it to the anti-corruption unit in a timely manner so that your record and career remain clean.”

File image of Umar Akmal.(AP)
File image of Umar Akmal.(AP)

Umar Akmal has played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 84 T20Is and last played against Sri Lanka in 2019 in a T20I. A Pakistan Cricket Board official was quoted that Umar Akmal might not be able to return to competitive action immediately despite paying the fine. Since Umar Akmal had already served the 12-month ban after being suspended from February 2020, he was eligible to return to cricket after paying the fine.

Umar Akmal, who will turn 31 this month, has not played for Pakistan since November 2019 when he last appeared in a T20 series at Lahore against Sri Lanka while his last Test appearance for his country was way back in late 2011 while his last ODI series was in March-April 2019 against Australia.

Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans Players Pay Tribute to Late Dean Jones
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PSL 2020: Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans Players Pay Tribute To Late Dean Jones

Ahead of the first playoffs of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020, the franchises Karachi Kings and Multan Sultan paid tribute to Dean Jones, who died in September because of a cardiac arrest. The late Australian cricketer was the head coach of Karachi Kings.

Dean Jones, at the age of 59, passed away in Mumbai where he was living in a hotel because of his professional commitments.

Multan Sultan joined Karachi Kings for paying tribute to their late head coach. They formed a ‘D’ and placed a life-size cut out of Jones in the middle, with the words ‘We Miss Your’ printed on it while the digital scoreboard displayed the words ‘Forever in our hearts, Deano!’

Dean Jones
Image Credit: Twitter.

Dean Jones Farewelled At Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground

Dean Jones
Dean Jones. Image Credit: Twitter

Dean Jones, with the name of ‘Prof Deano’, was a highly active social media user and kept his openly about cricket on all the platforms. He had played 52 Test matches scoring 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55. The batsman also had eleven Test centuries to his name.

Apart from Tests, Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs at an average of 44.61, including seven centuries and 46 fifties.

Dean Jones was also given a rich farewell in Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was bid adieu with a final lap of honour at the empty MCG. A total of 10 people, including his family and close friends, attended the event.

Meanwhile, Karachi Kings won the first playoff against Multan Sultan and are now set to play the grand-finale of the PSL 2020. Their opponent in the marquee clash will be the winner between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultan, who will clash again with each other on Sunday (November 15)

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Mahmudullah Tests COVID-19 Positive; Set To Miss Pakistan Super League Playoffs

Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah, who was signed as the replacement of Moeen Ali by Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans, has tested positive for the coronavirus which is why he will now not feature in playoffs scheduled to start from November 14.

Only the playoffs, comprising of four matches, were left to play in the PSL as the group stage had already been played in February before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic had halted the league, and thus, it was postponed. Now, Pakistan had got the window to host the remaining crucial encounter to decide the winner of this season.

Notably, PSL 2020 is the first season being hosted in Pakistan while the other past editions since inauguration were organised in the UAE.

Mahmudullah isolated himself after two positive results:

Mahmudullah
Mahmudllah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While talking to ESPNCricinfo, Mahmudullah expressed that he was surprised by his news being tested positive for the infectious virus. Currently, he has isolated himself in the hotel room and will also not feature in the playoffs.

“I was surprised with a positive result from my Covid test, on November 6. I didn’t have fever or any other symptoms other than a bit of cold. Nothing more than that. I got tested for a second time yesterday, and that also came out as positive,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying.

“I am now taking rest in a separate room. I am a little worried about my wife and kids. I am seeking everyone’s prayers for quick recovery and for my family’s well-being,” he added.

Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah Riyad (Image Credit: Getty Images.)

“It is disappointing to miss the chance to play in the PSL. It is a competitive tournament. It was a good opportunity to play a couple of matches there,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying.

“I am now looking forward to getting well soon and try to participate in our Bangabandhu T20 Cup,” the skipper added. 

The remaining four matches (playoffs) of the tournament will now be played in Karachi on November 14, 15, and 17.

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PSL (Credits: Twitter)
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PCB Announce Schedule For Remaining Games Of PSL 2020

All four remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will be played in Lahore in November. Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the development on Wednesday while also announcing the schedule for the remaining games of the tournament.

Earlier this year in March, PSL 2020 was postponed indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus outbreak. The tournament was postponed just before the playoffs stage.

As per the new schedule,  there will be one double header – the qualifier and Eliminator 1 – on November 14, followed by Eliminator 2 on November 15 and the final on November 17. All games are set to be played at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore. The PCB also hinted that if the situation improves, fans could be allowed in stadiums.

“The final four matches of the event will be played under Covid-19 protocols, including bio-secure bubble for the players, match officials and event-related staff. The matches are currently planned to be held behind closed doors, though the situation will be closely monitored and will be reviewed in October,” said the PCB in a release.

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PSL (Credits: Twitter)

Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi are the teams who will fight it out for the PSL 2020 trophy. The CEO of PCB, Wasim Khan also added that there will be more tournaments in the pipeline after PSL.

“PCB is planning to hold its 2020-21 domestic season, which will include a number of age-group, men and women competitions, as well as home international series against Zimbabwe and South Africa. “All domestic 2020-21 season matches will prove to be catalyst for the successful planning and delivery of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021, which will be held in February/March next year,” said Khan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s tour of England recently ended. After losing the three-match Test series, the visitors drew the T20I series 1-1.

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PSL (Credits: Twitter)
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Spending More Than What We Earn: PSL Franchises Want PCB To Frame New Financial And Ownership Model

The 6 PSL (Pakistan super league) franchises have jointly made a request to the Pakistan cricket board to revise the financial and ownership model of the tournament, opining that it is causing losses to them but benefitting the PCB. The relations between the franchises and the board strained after PCB excluded three franchises -Karachi, Lahore and Multan, from the negotiating table for defaulting on payments.

The franchises were supposed to get 20-22 crores as their share of earnings. The PSL was postponed after league-stage matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The franchises have pointed out that they are spending far more than what they earn. A joint letter to the PCB was sent by the franchises intimating the PCB after the last-minute cancellation of the governing council meeting which was scheduled for July 28.

Indian players to participate in Pakistan Super League?
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Franchises want PCB to be more professional

The PCB insisted on only having a meeting with those franchises who have fulfilled their financial obligations and hence cancelled the meeting scheduled on 28th of July. The 6 franchises insisted that in future only the PCB Chairman or the CEO Wasim Khan should address future meetings between the franchises and the board.

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PSL trophy (Image Credit: Google)

The six franchises also claimed in their mail that the response of the board to their problems has been unprofessional. They have also accused that the board’s current policy was causing losses to them but benefitting the PCB

PCB still uncertain on conducting the remaining matches

The PCB still remain uncertain whether to conduct the remaining four matches of the PSL-5, which were postponed due to the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 or announce the winner on the basis of points table position after the completion of the league matches.

PCB, chairman, Ehsan Mani, India, Pakistan,
PCB

If they hold the remaining four games, including the final, the PCB is set to lose around three to four crores in doing so.

 

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PCB And PSL Franchises Are Very Disappointed With Each Other

The relations between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises are not going well anyway. While three PSL franchises have failed to fulfil their financial and sponsorship obligations, the PCB is highly disappointed with these franchises and interacted strictly with these franchises.

The recent PSL Governing Council meeting was scheduled on 28th July 2019. However, that meeting was called off due to the unavailability of the PCB Chairman and CEO, who were in the UK for vacations. All the franchise owners were unimpressed on that meeting postponement and they sent a hard-hitting email to the PCB.

PCB, PSL franchises, PSL 2020
Pakistan Cricket Board. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

But in reply, the PSL project executive Shoaib Naved informed that the three PSL franchises, who have failed to fulfil their financial and sponsorship obligations, would not be the part of the PSL GC or any further discussions until their dues get cleared.

A reliable source in the board said according to PTI, “Shoaib Naved made it clear that the board has decided why should the franchises who had kept their financial matters with the board up to date suffer because of the defaulting franchises.”

The PCB is following very strict nature at the present moment

While the franchises are asking to clear their shares of the PSL revenues, the PCB is not considering their demands until completion of their submission of all required details.

The source added, “The PCB has taken the stance that until the franchises don’t submit all details asked for as per contractual obligations they can’t get their shares plus defaulting franchises have to first clear their dues and give all sponsorship details before things can move ahead.”

The fifth edition of the PSL started on 20th February 2020. It was the first time when Pakistan was hosting a complete edition of the PSL. While the league stage was completed, the COVID-19 pandemic forced to postpone the entire playoffs/knockout stages of the PSL 2020.

PCB, PSL franchises, PSL 2020
PSL trophy (Image Credit: Google)

While the franchises want to complete the last-four stages, the PCB is not interested to continue the PSL 2020 due to chances of further losses. Instead of rescheduling the remaining matches of this tournament, the PCB wants to decide the tournament winners according to the final position in the points table.

Shoaib Akhtar, India, Auckland
Shoaib Akhtar. Photo Credit: AFP.
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Shoaib Akhtar: Pakistan Super League (PSL) Franchises Are In Huge Financial Crisis; I Will Save Them

Former Pakistan speedster, Shoaib Akhtar has opened up on the poor financial status of the franchises contesting in Pakistan’s Premier T20 league tournament, the Pakistan Super League. Appearing on a television show, Shoaib Akhtar also claimed he didn’t see the PSL taking place for the next 16 to 18 months.

The Pakistan Super League has been put on hold mid-way since a long time now due to the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. Although major cricketing events are now planning a return back on the field, the PSL is still a tournament that might permanently be ruled out, at least for this year.

PSL 2020, PSL, PSL Players
Photo Credit: PSL 2020

The board was also forced to organise some matches in Karachi and Lahore before empty stadiums because of the virus after the league was held completely for the first time in Pakistan since its launch in 2016.

Shoaib Akhtar Sheds Light On The Poor Financial Status Of PSL Clubs

“I know some people wouldn’t like to hear this but some owners are looking to sell their franchisees. I would be more than happy to provide financial and non-monetary support to keep the PSL alive and to thrive,” he said.

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Shoaib Akhtar. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“I think if we do the math, the PSL can’t be held before 16 to 18 months. The World Cup will also take probably after eight months because time is needed for the coronavirus issue to settle down,” Shoaib Akhtar added.

I Will Make Sure That The PSL Stays Alive: Shoaib Akhtar

“The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don’t think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation. As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers,” Akhtar claimed.

The former fast bowler claimed he will not allow the PSL to die and he will come forward with financial and other support to help save the T20 league.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Google)

“I will make sure that the PSL thrives and stays alive and it gets big brands to make progress,” he added.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had to suspend the fifth edition of the PSL in March this year due to the COVID -19 pandemic with the final stage of the event remaining.

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Alex Hales
Alex Hales (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Karachi Kings Owner Reveals How Alex Hales’ Message Pressed The Panic Button For PSL 2020

Like the other sports, cricket has also faced indefinite stoppage amid the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak. The virus suddenly shook the cricket world when the wrong news was roaming about Alex Hales’ positive report in coronavirus case, who was earlier busy in the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2020). His PSL franchise (Karachi Kings) owner Salman Iqbal has recently revealed how Hales’ scary message pressed the panic button for the PSL 2020.

Despite the coronavirus already started to dominate the world, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continued the PSL 2020 with extra special care but also put the choice for the foreign players that they could return to their home. England cricketer Alex Hales, who was playing for Karachi Kings, was one of those who chose to leave the tournament in the middle.

Alex Hales, PSL 2020, coronavirus
Alex Hales (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

After the news was roaming that Alex Hales tested positive in coronavirus cases, he rubbished the news and clarified that he had some fever, a dry and persistent cough, but didn’t involve in the test yet.

On the other hand, Salman Iqbal has recently revealed that Hales informed him that he had the coronavirus symptoms.

According to BBC, Salman claimed, “It was two o’clock in the morning in Pakistan and we had a message from Alex Hales saying: ‘Boss, I have symptoms of Covid-19 and I think you should all get tested.”

I was trying hard to get somebody to Birmingham to get Alex Hales tested: Karachi Kings owner

After hearing that news from Hales, the team was in panic due to the fear. Later, every one of the team was tested and the tournament was postponed on 17th March 2020.

Salman Iqbal, Alex Hales, PSL 2020, coronavirus
Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Salman added, “I then got a call from coach Dean Jones saying he wanted to meet straight away.

“We were all scared. If you have the symptoms, you have to be isolated. I was trying hard to get somebody to Birmingham to get Hales tested.

“I even asked if my doctor from London would go to him but it couldn’t happen.

“In the end, we had to get everyone in the team tested. All of them started panicking and we postponed the tournament the next day.”

The league stage of the PSL 2020 was already concluded, while according to the revised schedule, both the semi-finals would be played on 17th March 2020. But on the morning of the scheduled semi-finals, the PCB decided to postpone the tournament.

It was the first time when Pakistan was organising the entire tournament of a PSL season. Before leaving the PSL 2020, Hales scored 239 runs in five innings (seven matches) with an average of 59.75 and strike-rate of 156.20, including two half-centuries.

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South African bowler Dale Steyn (C) celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of unseen Pakistan batsman Mohammad Amir during the third day of the second Test cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town on January 5, 2019. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Watch: Dale Steyn Reveals His Favourite Cricket Memory

Despite his age, South African cricketer Dale Steyn is till now one of the dangerous fast bowlers in the cricket world. Last year, he had a long break because of injury and now he is again back in action. Recently, he featured in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 which has been postponed because of coronavirus outbreak.

Playing for Islamabad United, he dominated the field against the opposition in PSL.

In between the game, he took out the time to answer the question of the fans. He had opened up on inside stories and also revealed his favourite moment in the cricket.

Dale Steyn identifies his favourite cricketer:

Answering Google autocomplete questions in a video released by Tetra Pak Pakistan, the pacer revealed that his South African teammate AB de Villiers is his favourite cricketer.

Answering to the question, he said, “He [AB de Villiers] is just an incredible batter and he is also a good friend.”

The 36-year-old also opened up on his mantra to remain fit and healthy. He said that all he wants to keep himself fit and healthy and also consume packaged milk.

Speaking about his favourite memory in all his years of playing cricket, he old that South Africa’s first Test win in Australia is what stands out the most.

“We won the first Test in Perth and then the second one in Melbourne. Eventually, we went on to the series for the first time in Australia. That is my mo

st favorite cricketing memory,” Dale Steyn said in the video.

Steyn got the last question to name his bunny where he first jokes about his neighbour whom he had dismissed a billion times in backyard cricket.

But, coming to the point, he named Mohammad Hafeez, as the one whom he found it easy to get hold of in the field.

Here is the video of Dale Steyn:

Dale Steyn Google Autocomplete Interview

What makes Dale Steyn such an amazing bowler and why is he talking about bunnies ?? ?Watch the Google Autocomplete Interview with Dale Steyn to find out more!#TetraPak #IslamabadUnited #NutritionPartner #UnitedforGrowth

Gepostet von Tetra Pak Pakistan am Montag, 16. März 2020

 

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