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Aakash Chopra Contradicts Ramiz Raja’s View By Saying No League Can Compete With IPL

Aakash Chopra believes none of the other T20 leagues in the world can compete with the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Ramiz Raja recently highlighted the importance of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for their nation’s cricket economy. He even opined that overseas players might choose the PSL over the IPL if the league goes for an auction instead of the draft process it currently follows.

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

Aakash Chopra: None Of The Other Leagues Can Compete With IPL’s Financial Might

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra presented a contrary view to that of Ramiz Raja.

He observed: “Even if you do an auction instead of drafts, it is not going to happen, you will not see a player playing for 16 crores in the PSL. It cannot happen at all, market dynamics are not going to allow that to happen, it’s as simple as that.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former India cricketer asserted that none of the other leagues can come close to the financial might of the IPL. In the previous year’s auction, Rajasthan Royals had bought South Africa’s Chris Morris for 16 crore.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “To be very honest, Chris Morris’ one ball, when he played last time, was more expensive than the players’ salary in other leagues. Is it even possible to compete or compare yourself with the IPL, whether it is PSL, BBL, The Hundred or the CPL? Is it a slightly misplaced judgment?”

Aakash Chopra added that it is a fallacy that IPL’s financial clout is because it is the only league where Indian players ply their trade. He pointed out that the other leagues would not become as lucrative even if the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were allowed to play in them.

Earlier this week, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja said that he was keen on bringing a major revamp to the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the premier T20 league of the country. Ramiz Raja said that it is time to “elevate the concept” of the PSL, and introduce an auction in the league instead of a draft system. The PCB chairman further said that PSL can come in the bracket of IPL.

Aakash Chopra Reckons Indian Fans Reason Behind IPL’s Brand Value

Aakash Chopra highlighted that the value of a league is governed by multiple factors.

He explained: “The price is decided based on how much money you get from the rights, at what price the teams are sold and then there is a total purse according to which you play. All these are interlinked, they are not separate. If someone sees them separately, he is going to get defeated.”

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The reputed commentator pointed out that India’s vast cricket-loving population is the reason behind the IPL’s brand value.

Aakash Chopra stated: “The story starts with the broadcaster on what value it puts on a property. The biggest thing India has is the people who watch, they are the ones who pay a lot of money, our 130 crores public. That is the asset we have that nobody else has.”

Aakash Chopra concluded by reiterating that a draft or an auction does not make a difference at all and that no one can compete with the IPL. The 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League will begin on March 26, when MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings meet the Shreyas Iyer-led Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai. The 15th edition of the league sees the arrival of two new franchises to the tournament; Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans.

Mark Taylor Photo: © Twitter/Cricket Australia (Main Image)
Mark Taylor Photo: © Twitter/Cricket Australia (Main Image)
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Mark Taylor Lashes Out At Ramiz Raja And Termed Rawalpindi And Karachi Pitches As ‘Roads’

Mark Taylor has hit out at PCB chief Ramiz Raja for the nature of pitches that have been created in the Pakistan vs Australia Test series. After the Rawalpindi pitch attracted severe criticism, even the Karachi pitch has been branded as ‘road’ by many experts and former cricketers.

Pitches in Pakistan have been branded as ‘Roads’ since the commencement of the historic Test series against Australia. As criticism of the pitches prepared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gets thick and heavy, former Aussie skipper Mark Taylor has also joined the bandwagon in slamming the hosts’ board president Ramiz Raja.
Mark Taylor slams PCB for not believing in Pakistan team PHOTO: AAP
Mark Taylor slams PCB for not believing in Pakistan team PHOTO: AAP

Mark Taylor Reckons The Two Pitches At Rawalpindi And Karachi Were Roads

Although the PCB chief Ramiz Raja admitted that the Rawalpindi wicket was not a great advertisement for Test cricket but that also doesn’t mean that Pakistan should create pitches that help the visiting team more.
“Unfortunately, I think it shows where Pakistan cricket is at. They have got some very good cricketers at the moment, and I would love to see their establishment be a little more adventurous with what they’re telling them,” Taylor was quoted as saying.
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja. Image courtesy: ARY Sports
What’s surprising Mark Taylor and many other experts of the game is the fact that Pakistan didn’t create pitches suiting pace bowlers more despite the fact that they themselves have some very good fast bowlers.
“Firstly, the two pitches we’ve had, at Rawalpindi and at Karachi, have been roads. They are hard, you can see there’s not much grass on them. Pakistan bowling is very good, they’ve got some very good quicks these days. It looks to me like they haven’t backed their side in general.”

Mark Taylor, who led Australia in the 1998 tour of Pakistan, opined that Pakistan has great cricketers in their ranks, but PCB has not backed their side due to fear of loss. Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has slammed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not providing an opportunity for an exciting Test series between Pakistan and Australia.

The cricket fraternity has been criticizing PCB for producing dead pitches in the first two Tests of the series at Rawalpindi and Karachi. There has been no assistance for the bowlers from the surface. Fans are bored of watching these games on lifeless pitches and a historic series has taken a negative impact.

Mark Taylor Expected A Bit Of Grass In Surfaces Of The First 2 Tests Which Would’ve Been Helpful For Pakistan Pacers

Ramiz Raja, issuing a statement amid the criticism the Rawalpindi pitch got, said that Pakistan didn’t want to gift the game in Australia’s lap. And hence, such wickets were created. Mark Taylor, responding to Ramiz Raja, said that the hosts don’t have to create green tops but a bit of grass would’ve been welcomed by their own seam bowlers.
“More or less they’re saying ‘don’t lose this series’. That is my worry. Just don’t lose. Pakistan pitches have never been minefields or green tops, but you would’ve expected a bit more grass with their quicks. And their batting is also very good. I would’ve loved to see good pitches put out for the first two (matches) and I think we would have had a very good series,” Taylor explained.
In the first match at Rawalpindi, over 1000 runs were scored with only 14 wickets falling and the second match at Karachi is more or less the same.  After Australia scored 556 runs in the first innings of the Karachi Test, Pakistan were bundled out for just 148.
Mitchell Starc led the Australian pace attack with three wickets to put the visitors in the driving seat on day three of the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi. The lanky left-arm pacer used reverse swing to devastating effect, taking 3-29 as Pakistan were bundled out for a paltry 148 in reply to Australia’s mammoth first innings of 556-9 declared.
Abdullah Shafique broke into the Pakistan Test side despite very little first-class experience AFP/Getty Images
Abdullah Shafique broke into the Pakistan Test side despite very little first-class experience AFP/Getty Images
Captain Babar Azam and Abdullah Shafique thwarted Australia’s push for victory during the second session of day four, but Pakistan still faced an uphill battle to save the second Test. Needing to survive 172 overs, Pakistan were 104 for 2 at tea with Babar Azam 47 not out and Abdullah Shafique unbeaten on 44. They still require another 402 runs for a record victory but are focused on staving off defeat having already faced 48 overs.
Pakistan 148 and 104 for 2 (Shafique 44*, Babar 47*) need 402 more runs to beat Australia 556 for 9 dec and 97 for 2 dec
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
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Salman Butt Lashes Out At PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja Regarding 1st Test Pitch At Rawalpindi

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain spoke in detail about Ramiz Raja’s statement following the first Test in Rawalpindi. Pakistan and Australia had played out a dull draw in the first Test in Rawalpindi.

However, the criticism over the pitch at the Pindi Cricket Stadium has continued with many former Pakistan cricketers lashing out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The Test saw only 14 wickets falling throughout the five days, with Australia managing to take only four.

Following the first Test’s conclusion, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt had lashed out at the people at the helm of cricket in Pakistan for the poor pitch condition, insisting that the cricket in the country won’t grow with such a “rotten” mindset.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Salman Butt Reacts To Ramiz Raja’s Statement Urging Him To Speak About Pakistan’s Strength

During the same video, Salman Butt also reacted to Ramiz Raja’s statement following the end of the Test where the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman had said that they cannot play to Australia’s strength by making fast and bouncy pitches.

“We don’t have to play to their strengths, we definitely don’t want to do that. The whole Pakistan would agree to it. But what is our strength? Please tell us that. If we go by his words, we don’t have any strength at all. We don’t have fast bowlers, spinners, batsmen don’t have confidence,” said Butt on his official YouTube channel.

Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali
Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali. (Photo: PCB)

“It’s not about the chairman. It is not about Ramiz Raja. He speaks about positive things, but the way these pitches were prepared.. either he doesn’t know or he is misinformed. In both cases, it is him and the Pakistan cricket that is suffering.”

Ramiz Raja more or less confirmed the suspicion that the Rawalpindi pitch had been prepared to nullify Australia’s pace strength as well as cover for Pakistan’s weakened resources, with fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf, the opener Abid Ali, and the leg-spinner Yasir Shah all out injured. The third and final Test takes place in Lahore from March 21-25.

Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and fast bowler Hasan Ali were ruled out of the first Test match against Australia, after suffering injuries. Pakistan may look to re-shuffle their pace attack with Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf in contention to feature. Australia are expected to include a second spinner in Mitchell Swepson should conditions suit. Faheem Ashraf will miss the second Test as well, as he tested positive for COVID and has to isolate for five days.

Salman Butt: Ramiz Raja Should Know Characteristics Of Every Pitch In Pakistan

Salman Butt further added that Ramiz Raja has played cricket for Pakistan and he should know the characteristics of every pitch in the country.

“More importantly, he is not a chartered accountant-chairman. He was a cricketer. If you ask me the characteristic of every stadium in Pakistan, I can readily tell you. And I’m sure he will tell you as well, it is not possible that he doesn’t know. If he doesn’t know, I don’t know who knows,” said Butt.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Ramiz Raja has conceded that the drawn Rawalpindi Test was not a good advertisement for Test cricket. He reiterated the claim he made when he first took over the post that Pakistan needed a complete overhaul of its pitches but said the process could only begin after the end of the 2021-22 season.

Mitchell Swepson. © Cricket Australia
Mitchell Swepson. © Cricket Australia
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Australia Likely To Field 2 Spinners In 2nd Test With Mitchell Swepson Making His Debut

Australia are likely to play two spinners as they go in search of a win in Saturday’s second Test in Karachi after Pakistan batted their seamers into the ground in the draw at Rawalpindi.

The historic occasion — Australia’s first Test in Pakistan since 1998 — was marred by a pitch described as “dead” by vice-captain Steve Smith as Pakistan piled up 728 runs combined in both innings for the loss of just four wickets, and one of those was a run out.

Australia's bowlers bowled 239 overs in Rawalpindi and took just four wickets AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s bowlers bowled 239 overs in Rawalpindi and took just four wickets AFP/Getty Images

Australian Pacer And Skipper Pat Cummins Hinted At Fielding 2 Spinners including Debutant Mitchell Swepson In The 2nd Test

Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique both made maiden Test hundreds — Imam-ul-Haq scoring one in each innings — while senior batsman Azhar Ali also passed three figures during five attritional days. The series now moves to Karachi’s National Stadium, a favourite hunting ground for Pakistan, who have won 23 of the 43 Tests they have played there while losing only twice.

Australia have never won in Karachi in eight attempts, losing five and drawing three. With conditions sultry, the pitch is likely to help the slow bowlers, prompting Australia to rest at least one of their famed pace trio of captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

“From our intel in Karachi and Lahore, a second spinner is probably the way to go but we’ll have a look,” said Cummins, hinting that leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson, 28, could make his Test debut alongside veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Mitchell Swepson. Getty Images.
Mitchell Swepson. Getty Images.

“Just about everyone got into the series,” said Cummins, whose side made 459 in their only innings in Rawalpindi without anyone making a century. All the batters got some runs. We’re still feeling relatively fresh going into the game.”

Pace bowler Hasan Ali, who missed the first Test through injury, is likely to replace Naseem Shah for the hosts. But Faheem Ashraf, who missed the first Test through injury, has now been sidelined with Covid-19.

Mitchell Swepson is in line to make his Test debut for Australia with Pat Cummins conceding after the Rawalpindi draw against Pakistan that two spinners is “probably the way to go”. Conditions in Karachi, where the second Test starts, are expected to be more conducive to spin, further strengthening the case for Mitchell Swepson to debut, Pat Cummins said after the first Test.

Mitchell Swepson would be the first specialist leg-spinner to earn his Test debut for Australia since Bryce McGain in Cape Town in 2009. The 28-year-old has taken 154 first class wickets at 34.55.

Babar Azam Praised Effort Of Pakistan Batsmen And Nauman Ali While Ramiz Raja defended The Flat Pitch

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali, who took a career best 6-107 in Rawalpindi, was Pakistan’s match-winner in Karachi last year on debut against South Africa with seven wickets.

“The way our batters played and how Nauman bowled in difficult conditions was good,” said Pakistan captain Babar Azam of his side’s performance in the first Test of the three-match series.

“There were some positives to take for us. We have some of our fast bowlers available for the second Test so we should be stronger in that department.”

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Ramiz Raja, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, defended the flat pitch in Rawalpindi.

“I understand the frustration of the fans but there is a lot of cricket still remaining to be played,” said Raja.

“Just for the heck of it, we can’t prepare a fast pitch or a bouncy pitch and put the game in Australia’s lap.”

Ramiz Raja has conceded that the drawn Rawalpindi Test was not a good advertisement for Test cricket. He reiterated the claim he made when he first took over the post that Pakistan needed a complete overhaul of its pitches but said the process could only begin after the end of the 2021-22 season.

Ramiz Raja more or less confirmed the suspicion that the Rawalpindi pitch had been prepared to nullify Australia’s pace strength as well as cover for Pakistan’s weakened resources, with fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf, the opener Abid Ali, and the leg-spinner Yasir Shah all out injured. The third and final Test takes place in Lahore from March 21-25.

PSL 2022: Pakistan Cricket Board confirms, Pakistan Super League 7 (PSL 7) to be held in January-February window, venue not yet finalised.
PSL 2022: Pakistan Cricket Board confirms, Pakistan Super League 7 (PSL 7) to be held in January-February window, venue not yet finalised.

PCB Gives Nod For Women’s Pakistan Super League From Next Year

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given a green signal for a franchise league tournament for women cricketers, head of women’s wing Tania Malik announced on Wednesday.

PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has also approved the idea. It was supposed to begin this year but due to World Cup, there is no window left for them so they postponed it for next year. If it happens, Pakistan will be the first Asian country to host a franchise-based league for women players.

Pakistan Women's Cricket Team
Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Men’s Pakistan Super League was originally launched in 2016 with initially 5 teams. Women’s tournament is likely to follow the same trend in their inaugural season.

In a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Tania Malik also hailed Pakistan’s women’s team’s performance in the two practice matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh. She said that the team combination is looking good and she expects them to qualify for the last four.

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

Pakistan beat New Zealand and Bangladesh in the warm-up games of the World Cup

Our team combination is good, and hopefully, the team can progress in the final four,” Tania said.

She lauded Southern Punjab Cricket Association for taking the lead in promoting women’s cricket. PCB also will organize a T20 match between Southern Punjab and Sindh on March 4 as a part of celebrations of Women’s day.

“Since taking office, women’s cricket has been facing difficulties. Efforts are being made to take steps for the promotion of women’s cricket and women to come forward in every field,” she added.

Pakistan will start its World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India on March 6 at Mount Maunganui. Pakistan could never beat them in their ODI history as India got better of them on all 10 occasions.

In the entire Women’s World Cup history, they won just two games which were against Sri Lanka and West Indies in the 2009 edition. In the 2017 World Cup, they finished last in the table with 7 losses.

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Misbah-ul-Haq 2011 World Cup semifinal
Misbah-ul-Haq played a knock of 56(76) in the semifinal of World Cup 2011

ICC Keeps On Emphasising That Politics Should Not Be Involved As Far As Cricket Is Concerned – Aamer Sohail

Former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail reckons that India and Pakistan should play more against each other as he believes that politics should not be involved in cricket.

It’s notable that India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral series against each other since January 2013. Pakistan toured India for a series of two T20Is and three ODIs in 2012-13.

Pakistan won the ODI series by 2-1 while the T20I series ended on a draw by 1-1. Since then both countries faced each other only in multi-nation tournaments like Asia Cup, World Cup, Champions Trophy.

Aamer Sohail
Aamer Sohail (file pic)

Sohail insisted that cricket misses a healthy rivalry because of no India-Pakistan cricket.

“The ICC keeps on emphasising that politics should not be involved as far as cricket is concerned and I agree with that. The contest between India and Pakistan always brings that anticipation all around the world. Cricket fans are deprived of that,” Aamer Sohail spoke to Sportstar.

Recently Pakistan Cricket board chairman Ramiz Raja proposed a quadrangular series among India, Pakistan, Australia, and England to re-establish India-Pakistan cricket.

“Hello, fans. Will propose to the ICC a Four Nations T20i Super Series involving Pak Ind Aus Eng to be played every year, to be hosted on a rotation basis by these four. A separate revenue model with profits to be shared on a percentage basis with all ICC members, think we have a winner,” Ramiz Raja tweeted.

“Rohit Sharma is a good choice as a captain”- Aamer Sohail

As India is looking for a new test captain, Sohail believes that Rohit Sharma is the right candidate to take Indian cricket forward. His experience leading the side in IPL would help him.

“Rohit Sharma is a good choice as a captain. His batting doesn’t seem to get affected by captaincy. Of course, his experience as the Mumbai Indians skipper at the IPL (Indian Premier League) would help. IPL helps the new players get prepared and make them comfortable with the camera.

“But I believe the IPL performances should not be the criterion for selection to the Test team; it should be based only on First-Class cricket,” said Sohail.

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Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)
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Mohammad Hafeez Questions Appointment Process For Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman

Mohammad Hafeez, the former Pakistan captain has raised questions over the appointment process of Pakistan Cricket Board chief besides the decision to reduce teams in domestic cricket.

Mohammad Hafeez also criticized the abolishment of the departmental and bank teams in domestic cricket saying it had left many domestic cricketers jobless and without any future. The PCB two years back abolished the role of departmental and bank teams on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan who himself played a lot of domestic cricket in his days for the national airlines and other departments.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File)

Mohammad Hafeez : The Procedure For Selection Of PCB Chairman Isn’t Right

Mohammad Hafeez, who recently announced his retirement from all international cricket, also questioned the selection process of PCB chairman. He said it was time that elections were held properly to elect the Chairman of the board instead of him basically being a selected nominee of the patron in chief, the Prime Minister. He suggested that the chairman of the cricket board should be elected through elections

“The present process is not correct because presently the chairman PCB was elected under a selection system and the procedure for selection of PCB chairman is not right. The chairman PCB comes on political grounds and the chairman who comes politically does not understand cricket at all,” he said.

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

He suggested that the chairman of the cricket board should be elected through elections. Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja is the current PCB chief. Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja is currently serving as the chairman of PCB after he was appointed on September 13, 2021.

Raja was nominated by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, as a patron of PCB, to manage the functioning of the Pakistan board. Raja was unanimously elected as the chairman in a meeting in Lahore. PCB two years back abolished the role of departmental and bank teams on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan who himself played a lot of domestic cricket in his days for the national airlines and other departments.

Mohammad Hafeez Recently Announced Retirement From International Cricket

The 41-year old announced his retirement after appearing in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20 internationals for his country. His last appearance for Pakistan was in the 2021 T20I World Cup in October after which he skipped the tour to Bangladesh and a home T20 series against West Indies. The 41-year-old played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is while amassing 12,780 runs and 253 wickets across formats in his 18-year long career.

Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Mohammad Hafeez called out for serious elections to take place in the PCB to elect the chairman of the board. Mohammad Hafeez had a difference of opinion with Ramiz Raja in the past after the latter had commented on the player’s international retirement.

The incident happened when Mohammad Hafeez was selected in Pakistan’s squad for the New Zealand tour of 2020-21. Ramiz Raja expressed his dissent and wanted PCB to give youngsters more opportunities. In fact, Ramiz Raja had also asked Mohammad Hafeez to take international retirement gracefully to make way for new players.

In his response to Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Hafeez said that his 12-year-old son has a great cricketing sense than the former Pakistan skipper. Ramiz Raja also slammed Mohammad Hafeez for preferring to play in the T10 league instead of playing for the national team in February last year. The 41-year-old Pakistan all-rounder announced his retirement from international cricket earlier in this month.

Nadeem Khan
Nadeem Khan
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Nadeem Khan Said Suspending The Under 16 And Under 13 National Tournaments Due To Age Fraud Was Correct Decision

Nadeem Khan, who is the High-Performance Director of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the visual assessment confirmed that the players participating in U16 and U13 Tournaments were over-aged, and suspending the event was the right choice to be taken.

The PCB high-performance director said that stating false age to participate in a tournament is a menace that has plagued Pakistan cricket. The Under-16 and Under-13 National tournaments in Pakistan have been suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) due to age fraud. Further bone tests will be conducted for age verification by the PCB.

Nadeem Khan Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Nadeem Khan Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Nadeem Khan Said Suspending The Under 16 And Under 13 Tournaments Due To Age Fraud Correct Decision

The tournament was a brainchild of PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja to promote cricket development through age-group cricket. However, PCB high-performance director Nadeem Khan has said that there have been age fraud concerns detected which have forced the board to suspend the tournament for the moment.

“After visual assessment confirmed that some over-age cricketers were participating in the U-13 and U-16 tournaments, suspending the events and conducting fresh bone age tests was absolutely the right thing to do,” said Nadeem Khan.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Nadeem Khan also added that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not allow these overaged players to take advantage of the flaws present in the system and cause stress to the deserving cricketers who have been denied a chance.

“The PCB, as the sole governing body of cricket in Pakistan, cannot allow over-age cricketers to take advantage of the flaws in the system and cause demotivation and mental stress to deserving under-age cricketers as well as their parents,” added Nadeem Khan.

Nadeem Khan also added that stating false age just to become eligible to participate in the tournament is a menace that has plagued Pakistan cricket.

Nadeem Khan: Decision On Overaged Players Future Participation In PCB Organized Events Will Be Made In Due course

Nadeem Khan reckoned that this practice needs to stop so that the integrity of the tournaments conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can be protected. Nadeem Khan concluded by stating that a decision regarding the future participation of these overaged cricketers in further tournaments will be taken.

“Falsifying age to become eligible to participate in age-group cricket is not only an offense but a menace that has been plaguing our system. This now needs to be corrected to protect the integrity of the tournaments as well as to stop the exodus of young talented cricketers. A decision on their [overage players] future participation in PCB-organised events will be made,” concluded Nadeem Khan.

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

Bone age tests in Multan, where each Cricket Association has fielded two teams each, will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, while tests on 150 cricketers (including playing members, traveling reserves, and a reserve pool of players per side) participating in the U13 event in Karachi will be held on Tuesday.

Players found over-aged following the latest bone age tests, will not be allowed to participate in these competitions. However, before the PCB takes appropriate actions, it will provide these players a two-day appeals window at the back of the fresh tests, during which the players can either undergo another round of bone age tests or submit their original birth certificates and other supporting documents to verify their ages.

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A photo of cricketer Abid Ali. — Abid Ali Twitter
A photo of cricketer Abid Ali. — Abid Ali Twitter
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Abid Ali Aims To Resume Training As Soon As Possible After Undergoing Successful Angioplasty In December 2021

Abid Ali, the Pakistan cricketer who underwent angioplasty in December last year, has started his rehabilitation at Lahore’s National High-Performance Centre (NHPC). The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) medical team is assessing the batter’s progress.

In a video shared by the PCB on their social media handles, Abid Ali revealed how he felt uneasy while batting in a Quaid-e-Azam fixture. The 34-year old stated that he had to leave the ground as the pain intensified.

Abid Ali. (Image source: Getty)
Abid Ali. (Image source: Getty)

Abid Ali Felt Uneasy During A Quaid E Azam Trophy Match And Underwent Successful Angioplasty In December 2021

The 34-year-old was diagnosed with a case of Acute Coronary Syndrome after he complained of chest pain while batting for Central Punjab against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the last round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He underwent a successful angioplasty in December 2021.

The 34-year-old Abid faced an unusual health condition on December 21 when he felt chest pain while playing a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match in Karachi. The right-handed batter immediately after the chest pain, was rushed along with the team doctor to a local hospital in Karachi where he underwent angioplasty.

Abid Ali said: “I started to feel uneasiness during my innings in a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match. I got a bit worried, and then I felt pain. When the pain intensified, I did some running and spoke to my partner, Azhar Ali, whether I should speak to the umpires. Then I spoke to the umpires and they allowed me to leave the ground.”

Pakistans Test cricketer Abid Ali. — ICC/File
Pakistan’s Test cricketer Abid Ali. — ICC/File

Abid Ali was later admitted to a hospital, where his ECG report suggested that a valve of his heart was blocked.

“While walking off the ground, I felt more uneasiness as I reached the rope and started to vomit and feel dizzy. The team physio and doctor Asad ran towards me. They took off my pads and rushed me in an emergency to a hospital. I thought this is just normal gas or muscular pain. The doctors conducted ECG, which did not come out fine. Doctors told me that a valve of my heart was blocked and they will have to put two stents,” Abid Ali added.

Abid Ali revealed that doctors were in shock as his heart was working at only 30 percent, whereas the heart of a normal person generally works at 55 percent.

“The doctors were stunned by how I was able to even walk as my heart was operating at 30 percent. The heart of a normal person or athlete operates at 55 percent,” Ali said.

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
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When Pakistan Plays India The World Stops To Watch- Ramiz Raja

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja said that there’s a no bigger rivalry than the India-Pakistan contest. He said that if Pakistan plays India in any corner of the world, people would stop to watch it.

Earlier he suggested the idea of quadrangular series involving Pakistan, India, Australia, and England in the T20 format as each nation would get the opportunity to host on a rotation basis.

“Hello fans.Will propose to the ICC a Four Nations T20i Super Series involving Pak Ind Aus Eng to be played every year, to be hosted on a rotation basis by these four. A separate revenue model with profits to be shared on a percentage basis with all ICC members, think we have a winner,” Ramiz Raja tweeted this on Tuesday.

“Playing five bilateral T20Is is tedious”- Ramiz Raja

Since the 2012-13 series in India, Pakistan never played a bilateral series with India. In that tour, Pakistan won the ODI series by 2-1 while the T20I series was drawn by 1-1.

“We want to move forward. Look at the numbers from the T20 World Cup. When Pakistan plays India the world stops to watch and it’s a great spectacle. We have to see what fans want and we have do what is right. We have to talk about this and elaborate what we want to do. There is a potential discussion in the works that I want to table to the ICC and see how it goes,” Ramiz Raja spoke to ESPNCricinfo

The next ICC meeting members meeting will be in March when Ramiz Raja is lily to present his idea. Raja stated that the long T20I series (like 5-match) doesn’t create that much interest as a tri-series or quadrangular series,

“There are numerous rivalries like Ashes, Pakistan-India rivalry so it can’t go wrong when four T20 sides come and play each other. We need to whet the fans’ appetite as they are getting fatigued, and we need to create something outside the FTP,”  Raja said.

Ramiz Raja-Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: (ESPN Cricinfo)
Ramiz Raja-Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: (ESPN Cricinfo)

“Playing five bilateral T20Is is tedious, but if three or four nations play each other rather than bilateral series, that has a massive potential in terms of generating revenue. It’s not like we need to create a parallel body like the Big Four, but it’s about generating interest and the income can go to the other boards too,” he added.

Meanwhile, There is a lot of cricket lining up for Pakistan to host in the next 18 months as Babar Azam & co. will Australia, England, West Indies, and New Zealand.

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