Former chief selector Haroon Rasheed tipped to re-join PCB in key position

KARACHI: Just two months after being sacked as Pakistan chief selector, former Test cricketer Haroon Rasheed may return to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as Director Cricket Operations, Press Trust of India (PTI)reported on Thursday.
“Recently at the Board of Governors meeting when the issue of hiring a new Director Cricket Operations came up and Haroon’s name was mentioned, Shaharyar didn’t support giving him another shot at any post in the PCB but majority of the members said if he applied he should be considered,”

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Neelum-Jhelum power project gets record Rs100bn financing

A consortium of 16 banks has arranged Rs100 billion sukuk for the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project in what is the country’s biggest ever funds mobilisation for a public sector entity.


The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), which leads the consortium, has the largest share (of around Rs35bn) in the funds being raised under Shariah-compliant tool.

Mufti Ahsan Waqar, chairman of NBP’s Shariah board, told Dawn that financial closure for the sukuk has been achieved and the bonds would be ready to trade on the stock market after completion of other formalities.


Pakistan lose women’s ODI series

England wrapped up the women’s One-day International against Pakistan with a resounding 212-run victory in the second game at Worcester on Wednesday.

After Pakistan opted to bowl first at the County Ground, openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont both hit maiden ODI centuries as England posted a mammoth 378-5 in 50 overs — their highest total against Pakistan.

Winfield bettered her previous best one-day score of 31 by reaching 123 off 117 balls with 15 boundaries and two sixes, while Beaumont improved her 70 in Tuesday’s series opener by contributing 104 off 116 (10 fours and two sixes) in the first-wicket stand of 235.

Natalie Sciver then punished the bowling with a 33-ball innings of 80 that included seven fours and six sixes.

Pakistan, in reply, mustered 166 all out in 47.4 overs. Bismah Maroof offered some resistance with an 81-ball 61 (eight boundaries). Seamer Anya Shrubsole was the chief wicket-taker with figures of 4-19.

The final ODI will be played on Monday at Taunton.

Summarised scores:

ENGLAND 378-5 in 50 overs (L. Winfield 123, T.T. Beaumont 104, N.R. Sciver 80, H.C. Knight 26; Maham Tariq 2-63); PAKISTAN 166 in 47.4 overs (Bismah Maroof 61, Javeria Khan 26, Sana Mir 21; A. Shrubsole 4-19, N.R. Sciver 2-12, K.H. Brunt 2-27).

Published in Dawn, June 23rd, 2016

Jadhav leads India to T20 series win

Kedar Jadhav blasted his highest score in Twenty20 Internationals as India beat Zimbabwe by three runs in a tense finish to claim the three-match series 2-1 at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bowl first, restricting the tourists to 138 for six in their 20 overs on a slow wicket as Jadhav top-scored with 58 from 42 balls.

But the hosts battled to keep up with the scoring rate and went into the final over of the match, bowled by Barinder Sran (2-31), needing 21 for victory.

When the first two balls of the over went for 12 runs a sensational victory looked on the cards, but Sran came back well and bowled Elton Chigumbura (16) off the last delivery of the innings to leave Zimbabwe agonisingly short of a series victory.

It was the first time on India’s six-match limited overs tour that they batted first and, after starts for Lokesh Rahul (22) and Ambati Rayudu (20), Jadhav provided the impetus the innings desperately needed as he blazed seven fours and a six.

India’s opening bowlers restricted the run-rate well as Zimbabwe reached 59-2 at the halfway mark of their innings, with Sran going for just 14 in his first three overs and Dhawal Kulkarni ending with figures of 2-23 in his allotted four.

Vusi Sibanda (28 from 23 balls) top scored for the hosts as several batsmen made starts but could not match Jadhav’s half-century heroics.

India also won 3-0 in the One-day International series that preceded the 20-over games.



K.L. Rahul b Madziva 22

Mandeep Singh c Maruma b Tiripano 4

A.T. Rayudu c Chigumbura b Cremer 20

M.K. Pandey run out 0

K.M. Jadhav c Chigumbura b Tiripano 58

M.S. Dhoni b Tiripano 9

A.R. Patel not out 20

D.S. Kulkarni not out 1

EXTRAS (LB-1, W-3) 4

TOTAL (for six wkts, 20 overs) 138

FALL OF WKTS: 1-20, 2-27, 3-27, 4-76, 5-93, 6-122.

DID NOT BAT: J.J. Bumrah, B.B. Sran, Y.S. Chahal.

BOWLING: Chatara 4-1-34-0; Tiripano 4-0-20-3; Madziva 4-0-32-1 (2w); Chibhabha 4-0-19-0 (1w); Cremer 4-0-32-1.


C.J. Chibhabha c Chahal b Sran 5

H. Masakadza lbw b Patel 15

V. Sibanda lbw b Kulkarni 28

P.J. Moor c Mandeep Singh b Chahal 26

M.N. Waller c Bumrah b Kulkarni 10

E. Chigumbura c Chahal b Sran 16

T. Maruma not out 23

EXTRAS (LB-8, W-3, NB-1) 12

TOTAL (for six wkts, 20 overs) 135

FALL OF WKTS: 1-17, 2-57, 3-60, 4-86, 5-104, 6-135.

DID NOT BAT: A.G. Cremer,

N. Madziva, D.T. Tiripano, T.L. Chatara.

BOWLING: Sran 4-1-31-2 (1nb, 3w); Kulkarni 4-0-23-2; Bumrah 4-0-23-0; Patel 4-0-18-1; Chahal 4-0-32-1.

RESULT: India won by three runs to win series 2-1.

UMPIRES: R.B. Tiffin (Zimbabwe) and T.J. Matibiri (Zimbabwe).

TV UMPIRE: L. Rusere (Zimbabwe).

MATCH REFEREE: R.B. Richardson (West Indies).

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Kedar Jadhav.

MAN-OF-THE-SERIES: Barinder Sran.

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AAJ News Channel Apologies

Pemra Notice

Aaj TV have air the apologies at channel.

It all began with Hamza questioning the oppression of Ahmadis during one of his programmes.

“The community is being suppressed but if you talk about it, people say ‘You’re from that community that’s why you’re saying this,’” said Hamza. “I am not an Ahmadi, I am a Sunni Muslim.”

This triggered a harsh response from a religious cleric who allegedly threatened Hamza of ‘dire consequences’ in another TV show on TV One.

Soon after the notification was issued, the actor took to social media and said: “There is a divine pleasure in suffering in the way of Allah (SWT) and his beloved Prophet & Messenger Muhammad (SAW).”