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Asif Ali sustains Injury in Pak-NZ Final – Causing Concerning Situation for Green Caps

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Just In: Pakistan faced New Zealand in the Final Match of the Tri-Nation Series on Friday Morning. Men in Green won the Championship Title after defeating the home team by 5 wickets. However, the On-field cameras caught Asif Ali limping, raising concerns about middle-order batter injury for Team Pakistan.

It all happened after Devon Conway played a cover drive on Wasim’s delivery, and Asif attempted to pursue the ball by diving onto its path and was injured. However, Asif’s effort was ineffective because the ball sped past the boundary line.

Perhaps, Asif Ali’s injury is a concern for Men in Green, as his knee badly stuck to the ground in an attempt to block the ball. Asif Ali was visibly in pain until the physio arrived to check on him and forced him to leave the area.

However, Pakistan Cricket Board has provided no information on Asif’s Injury yet, though, as Asif Ali came back in the 2nd innings to bat against New Zealand after this incident but dismissed without entering the double figures. Cricket enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting any updates on his injury.

It is pertinent to mention that Asif Ali is the only reliable hitter in Pakistan’s middle order. During the 2021 World Cup, the batter played several match-winning innings and helped his team to reach Semi-Finals before being defeated by Australia.

The 2022 World Cup will kick start in Australia from October 16, while Baber-led Pakistan will play their opening match of the tournament against India on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan Wins Tri-Series after Beating New Zealand in Finals

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Just In: The Pakistan Cricket Team finally ends its string of losses as they defeated the Kiwis in the Tri-Nation series’ Final match. Men in Green appeared to play disciplined cricket with the bat and bowl throughout that match, recording a 5-wicket victory.

 

From the start, Pakistan tried to stick hardcore New Zealand batting unit, and their efforts became reasonable when they picked up Finn Allen cheaply. However, the skipper Kane Williamson fought back by scoring a half-century, while Glenn Philips and Mark Chapman also played handy innings.

 

Notably, the Green Shirts bowling unit actively intervened, especially in the final five overs of the New Zealand innings, allowing only 33 runs and taking 4 wickets at very crucial moments to restrict New Zealand to 163/7.

In the 2nd innings, New Zealand started quite well as they bowled out Baber Azam before ending up the powerplay. However, Mohammad Rizwan retaliated strong Kiwi bowling attack on the other end and played an innings of 34 runs off 29 balls before being dismissed by Sodhi.

At this moment, when Pakistan lost two reliable batters, Mohammad Nawaz and Haider Ali batted impressively to bring Pakistan back into the game. Mohammad Nawaz played a brilliant inning of 38 runs off 22 balls, while Haider scored 31 runs off just 15 deliveries.

After Haider’s wicket, the experienced Iftikhar came out to bat and smashed 25 runs off 14 balls, helping Pakistan seize a 5-wickets victory with 3-balls to spare. Of course, this victory will boost the confidence and energy of Pakistani players for the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Australia.

It is pertinent to mention the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will begin from October 12. Men in Green will play their opening match against arch-rival India on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Stadium, Australia.

Players Unavailability: West Indies tour of Pakistan likely to be Postponed

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Just In: Men in Green are going through a busy cricketing schedule in the calendar year. During the last nine months, they hosted three different International teams, and there’s still a lot more cricket to play by them.

Australia played a full series against Pakistan at the beginning of 2022. The West Indies then toured Pakistan for a three-match ODI series in June. Most recently, England finished a seven-match T20I series against Pakistan in September.

Pakistan will host several series over the next six months, including the ODI and Test series against England in November, the ODI series against the West Indies in January, and the two Cricket series against New Zealand in January and April.

However, the series between Pakistan and West Indies, scheduled for January, is likely to be postponed. According to the sources, Numerous Pakistani cricketers will compete in various Franchise Leagues in January, and due to their commitments, the series will be delayed or postponed till 2024.

It is worth mentioning that several International T20 Leagues, including Big Bash T20, Bangladesh Premier League, and ILT20 League, will begin their new seasons between the months of January and February.

A few days ago, David White, the chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Board, warned that because of a scheduling issue with the Indian Premier League, numerous Kiwi players would miss the second leg of the series between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Waqar Younis suggests 4-Innings T20 Cricket to Replace ODIs

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Just In: The unprecedented fame surge of T20 Cricket has put the future of Red-ball cricket at stake. Indeed, people love to watch shorter formats of cricket as it provides relatively enhanced excitement and thrill due to the reduction of overs.

Furthermore, the induction of too many T20 Leagues globally pays comparatively handsome match fees to players than they receive in white and red ball cricket, due to which many top-rated cricketers have quit the ODI format.

In such a situation, renowned Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis has an odd notion, believing it would be better to have two innings of T20 cricket, akin to red-ball cricket, rather than reducing the ODI format to 40 overs.

Waqar Younis has shared his thoughts while responding to a question posed by the cricket website ESPNcricinfo on its official Twitter page stating “Should ODI Cricket be reduced to 40 overs per side?”

In response to the query, the former captain stated, “Instead of shortening the number of overs in ODIs to speed up the match, we should try two T20 innings played according to the Test format with a 10-minute intermission between each side’s innings.”

It is pertinent to mention that Waqar Younis is the third most successful pace bowler in ODI cricket. During his cricketing career, the ace fast bowler took 416 wickets in 258 innings. However, the list of Highest wicket-taker is dominated by Muttiah Muralitharan, who has 534 wickets, followed by Waseem Akram with 502 wickets.

Irish Women Cricket Team to Visit Pakistan Next Month

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Just In: Irish Women’s Cricket Team will visit Pakistan to play three matches of ICC Women Championship 2022-23, followed by 3-T20Is. Pertinently, it will be Ireland’s National Cricket Team’s first visit to Pakistan since becoming an associate member of ICC.

According to details, Ireland will have three ICC Championship matches starting from November 4, while the 3-T20 match series will begin on November, 12. The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore will serve as the venue for every game in this series.

The touring side will arrive in Lahore on October 29, and after four days of practice sessions, they will play the series opener on November 4. PTV Sports is the Official Telecasting Chanel of Ireland tour of Pakistan 2022 Live in Pakistan.

Notably, it is the second successive series of both engaging sides in the ICC Women’s Championship. While Pakistan had played Sri Lanka and won by 2-1, Ireland lost in their series opener against South Africa by 3-0.

Ireland is the fourth International Cricket Team to visit Pakistan in the calendar year, as Australia, West Indies, and New Zealand has already wrapped their scheduled tours on Pakistan soil. In the future, New Zealand will come to play 3-Tests and Three ODI matches.

Tania Mallick, the head of women’s cricket, commented on the Irish tour, saying, “We had a wonderful time hosting Sri Lanka this year in Karachi, and we are now set to host Ireland at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Women’s cricket is entering a new era, and after hosting Ireland, the Women’s League will soon take place.

“We want fans to come to the stadium and support Pakistan Women’s cricket team for what promises to be exciting six days of cricket in Lahore. Indeed, the series will also provide an opportunity for young cricketers to upskill themselves,” Chief added.

PCB Chairman praises Crystal Palace FC’s Medical Team Efforts in Shaheen and Fakhar Rehab

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Just In: After a nearly three-month-long wait, Pakistan Cricket Fans finally heard the good news about Shaheen Shah’s availability for the next World Cup 2022. According to the sources, Shaheen, alongside Fakhar Zaman, will join the national side ahead of the mega cricket event.

Notably, both cricketers were sidelined from the squad after sustaining injuries during the Sri Lanka series and the Asia Cup, respectively, and were sent to the Crystal Palace Football Club in London for rehabilitation under the supervision of Dr. Zafar.

And now that both players have joined the National Squad following the passing of their fitness tests, PCB’s Chief has congratulated Dr. Zafar and his entire medical staff for their efforts and thanked Crystal Palace Football Club for looking after Fakhar and Shaheen throughout their trying times.

Pakistan Cricket Team Chairman Ramiz Raza applauds Dr.Zafar on his official Twitter handler, saying, “A big shout out to Dr. Zafar and his team at Crystal Palace Football Club for taking care of our heroes, Fakhar and Afridi.”

The Cricket Chief also announced the establishment of a World-Class Rehabilitation Center in Pakistan for National Cricketers and other Athletes in the country. “To our fans, we will set up a world-class rehab centre here Inshallah that will look after all athletes and not cricketers only.” Chairman concluded.

 

Potential Change in Opening Pair is Risky, says Pakistan’s Batting Coach

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Just In: Since the end of the 2022 Asia Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Team’s in-consistent middle-order batting unit has been in the spotlight. As the World Cup approaches, many former cricketers and experts demand to make potential changes in the entire batting line-up.

Muhammad Rizwan and Baber Azam, Pakistan’s opening duo has impressed everyone with consistently performing over the past two months, while the rest of their batting order has persistently failed to deliver with the bat.

In such a scenario, Pakistan Cricket Board is considering breaking this duo by sending one batter down the order to support the middle order. While some cricket experts feel that the best way to arrange an in-competent batting unit is to send Baber to bat at no. 3 or 4, while Fakhar Zaman shall open with Rizwan.

However, Pakistan’s Batting Coach, Mohammad Yousuf, claims that any potential change to the top order ahead of the World Cup could be risky, as both opening batters are comfortable in their positions and consistently producing game-winning performances.

During a Post-Match Ceremony followed by Pakistan’s 9-runs defeat against New Zealand, Yousuf said, “It’s risky to alter the middle order. Mohammad Rizwan was the Player of the Match in the opening match, after which Baber won the award for Best Batter.”

“The opening duo is performing well in the shortest format since the beginning of 2021, and the management has not discussed making changes to the batting order, with the 2022 World Cup starting the next week.”, he added.

It is pertinent to mention that Rizwan, the team’s wicketkeeper, scored the game-winning 78 runs in the tournament’s opening match against Bangladesh, and Baber scored 79 runs in the very next game, both of which were important to the team’s triumph.

 

Mohammad Rizwan bags, ICC’s “Player of the Month” Award

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Just In: Pakistani wicket-keeper and batsman Muhammad Rizwan has won yet another cricketing title, but this time comes from the International Cricket Council hub. Recently, Rizwan is named the ICC’s player of the month for September 2022.

The young batter continues to dazzle cricket fans with his strokes alongside setting new cricketing records with his sensational and reliable innings. Rizwan has scored seven half-centuries in 10 T20I matches over the course of the past month.

During the previous month’s cricketing journey, he began by scoring an opening half-century against Hong Kong, followed by a half-century against India in the 2022 Asia Cup. Even though Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the event’s final, Rizwan persisted in winning the award for most runs scored, owning 281 runs, including 3 half-centuries, at an average of 56.20 in 6 innings.

Whatsoever, the opening batter firmly maintained his batting streak during the recently concluded series against England, where he scored 316 runs at an average of 63.20 and once again took home the title of Leading Run Scorer of the series.

Finally, the International Cricket Council acknowledged his batting abilities and named him the player of the month for September 2022. The 30-year-old batter expressed his excitement and gratitude upon winning this prestigious reward.

“I want to applaud my teammates who always support me. Such achievements boost confidence. I am happy with my performances with the bat, and I would like to continue this momentum during the T20 World Cup in Australia”, he said.

Naseem Shah joins Training Camp, ahead of T20 WC

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Just In: The ace pacer Naseem Shah has joined the National Team after successfully recovering from a viral infection, which is good news for Pakistani cricket fans. The young speed star was caught in action during the team’s practice session before the 4th T20 match against New Zealand in Christchurch.

It is pertinent to mention that the speed sensational Naseem was ruled out from the T20 series against England last month after coming into contact with a viral virus. The sources claim that Naseem Shah had a positive Covid-19 test and had been bio-bubbled while receiving medical care.

Shah was left behind since he was recovering when the Pakistan cricket team departed for New Zealand to play a Tri-Nation series. Naseem Shah, being named in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, has joined the side, where he may play the remaining games and then fly to Australia to participate in T20 World Cup.

Naseem Shah is now fully recovered and will be available in the upcoming match against New Zealand. However, his appearance is suspicious in that game because team management plans to give him more rest to abstract his 100% in the upcoming mega cricketing event.

Express pacer @iNaseemShah is back and raring to go! 🔥🔥🔥#PakvsNz #PakistanCricket #TriSeries #T20WorldCup2022 pic.twitter.com/1nvuqxraCR

— ProSports (@prosports_pk) October 10, 2022

It is worth mentioning that the ICC World Cup will kick start on October, 16 in Australia. Men in Green will play their opening match against arch-rival India on October 23. Notably, Shah Afridi and Muhammad Husnain are also set to join the squad in Australia.

Fans Criticize Aftab Iqbal for Offensive Remarks towards Baber Azam

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Just In: Famous Pakistani TV Host Aftab Iqbal finds himself in hot waters after making inappropriate comments on Pakistan’s National Team Skipper, Baber Azam, during a Live Show, “Khabarhar.” Recall that Iqbal described Baber as egoistical, and the host received backlash from the audience on such remarks.

According to the details, Aftab Iqbal was questioned about Baber Azam‘s personality, to which he replied that Baber’s short-term popularity has made him arrogant, and the cricketer must remember his history and keep his ego on the ground rather than turning into a dictator.

The host continued by claiming that Baber is responsible for favoritism in Pakistani Camp as he only picks his favorite cricketers for the national team and doesn’t even bother to include deserving players because of his diplomatic and egotistic mindset.

Iqbal further added that the players like Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, and Faheem Ashraf must recruit to the national team squad, and Baber should bring back Shoaib Malik to the team to rein Pakistan’s middle-order batting issues.

However, Aftab’s stinging comments appear to be disliked by the fans of Baber Azam as they all took-on the social media to defend their cricketing star and lash out at Iqbal for such scathing remarks and sense-less cricketing analysis on national TV.