Pakistan in danger of not directly qualifying for World Cup 2019

Pakistan is in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom as it currently sits at eighth position in the One Day International Team Rankings.

Pakistan is at eighth position with 89 points, two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies, said an A former world champion, Pakistan has sets its sights on direct qualification for the World Cup 2019 as it takes on the in-form reigning world champion and number-one ranked Australia in a five-ODI series starting in Brisbane on Friday.

To at least maintain its pre-series ranking points, Pakistan needs to win one match of the series, while victories in more than one match will earn it crucial points.

If Pakistan wins two matches, then it will join Bangladesh on 91 points but will be ranked behind its Asian rivals by a fraction.

In the scenario of Pakistan winning the series, it will move ahead of Bangladesh and, as such, will enhance its chances of qualifying directly for the event it won in Australia in 1992.

On the flipside, Australia will retain its pre- series points if it wins the series 4-1, while it will concede one point if it wins 3-2. Australia can fall from the top pedestal but to make it happen, Pakistan will have to win by 4-1 or better.

However, considering that Australia leads Pakistan 33-16 on a head-to-head in its backyard, including 15 wins in 19 ODIs this decade, this looks highly improbable.

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match and the ODI predictor function is available here.

Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.

The four bottom-ranked sides will be joined by six teams from the ICC World Cricket League in the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 and the top two sides will complete the 10-team World Cup line-up.

Meanwhile, third-ranked India takes on fifth-ranked England in a three-ODI series starting in Pune on Sunday, January 15. While India will be aiming to narrow the gap with second-ranked South Africa, England will be targeting an upward movement.

India can rise to as high as 114 points if it sweeps the series, but if the series result is reversed, then England can move up one place to fourth and India can slide to fifth.

Panamagate case: burden of proof lies with PM’s counsel, judges say

Panama case: burden of proof lies with PM’s counsel, judges say

The prime minister’s counsel, as he resumed his arguments before the Supreme Court during hearing of the Panamagate case on Thursday, was quizzed about a money trail for the London flats and asked to prove there were no inconsistencies in the PM’s speech in the National Assembly last year.

Panama-papers-pakistaniThe PM’s counsel, Makhdoom Ali Khan, denied that his client had anything to do with the London flats before the five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

Khan argued that the family business was transferred to Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hussain Nawaz after the death of Mian Sharif, the PM’s father. “Nawaz Sharif had nothing to do with it,” he said.

“If there was no connection, then how does the money trail lead to the London flats?” Justice Khosa inquired. “There are two different money trails before us. How did the money go from Jeddah and then to London? And how did the money go from Dubai to London and then Qatar?”

The PM’s counsel denied Nawaz Sharif had been a director of the family’s Dubai factory.

“How can we believe that he was never the director?” Justice Khosa asked. “No documents have been submitted before us to prove he was never the director.”

Khan told the bench that the Dubai factory was established after taking a loan, upon which he admonished by a judge for presenting documents in court that did not make this apparent.

The counsel in turn asked the court to form a commission “to go to Dubai and review allegations made against the prime minister.”

Justice Ijazul Hassan observed that the prime minister had recognised the Dubai mills and said all records are available. “Now the burden of proof is on you,” he told the PM’s counsel.

Khan was of the opinion that presenting documents and proof is the petitioner’s job.

Justice Khosa reiterated that “the prime minister’s lawyer will have to satisfy the court” regarding the ownership of the Dubai factory.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed told Makhdoom Khan that the Panamagate case is based on contradictions in statements made by the prime minister on the floor of the National Assembly after the Panama leaks last year.

The judge, referring to the plaintiff’s allegations that Nawaz Sharif provided incorrect statements, told the counsel, “If you disagree, then you will have to prove it.”

“If there is a small mistake in the speech, it can be overlooked. But if mistakes were made on purpose, there will be serious consequences,” Justice Ejaz Afzal warned.

“We do not believe that the speech was wrong but if something was hidden on purpose, we will consider that to be a half truth,” Justice Khosa said.

The counsel told the judge that the prime minister, in his speech, was providing an overview of his family’s business.

“He was not taking an oath or answering a specific question,” Khan said. “The prime minister’s speech was not a statement in a court.”

Makhdoom Khan said that there are two ways to remove the prime minister: the first is through the submission of a no-confidence motion. The second requires that Members of the National Assembly prove that the PM is dishonest.

“The Supreme Court, however, cannot disqualify him based on the statements and claims of others,” Khan said.

“Did the prime minister tell the truth or did Hussain Nawaz tell the truth,” Justice Ejaz inquired. “If one of them has told the truth, then the other has lied.”

“The record the the prime minister referred to in his address has still not come forth,” Justice Gulzar observed.

Justice Khosa remarked, “The prime minister had said his life is an open book. There seem to be some pages missing from that book.”

Makhdoom Khan finished the days arguments by telling the court that the matter of the money trail has nothing to do with the Nawaz Sharif.

“The business belongs to the [premier’s] children. The record will be presented by their lawyer.”

“The lawyer of Hassan and Hussain Nawaz will present details about the business and the money trail record,” Makhdoom Khan said.

The hearing was adjourned till Friday.

Pakistan to tour West Indies for full series in March

Pakistan to tour West Indies for full series in March

West Indies will host a full series, including three Tests, against Pakistan beginning on March 31, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.

Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain will stage two Twenty20s, to be followed by three one-dayers at the Guyana National Stadium.

Kingston’s Sabina Park will host the first test from April 22, followed by matches in Bridgetown (April 30-May 4) and Roseau (May 10-14).

Former giants West Indies rank a lowly eighth in Tests and WICB manager of operations Roland Holder said the series against number five Pakistan would offer an additional opportunity to improve their ranking.

“Any series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies,” he said in a statement.

There was no word from WICB, however, on the possibility of playing two Twenty20s in Pakistan, which remains a no-go zone for top teams wary of security issues in the country.

“There is an offer (from the PCB) to play two T20 matches in Pakistan, subject to Players’ Association agreement and security clearance,” Holder had earlier told ESPNcricinfo.

Schedule of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies:

Mar 31: 1st T20I, Port-of-Spain

Apr 2: 2nd T20I, Port-of-Spain

Apr 7: 1st ODI, Providence

Apr 9: 2nd ODI, Providence

Apr 11: 3rd ODI, Providence

Apr 22-26: 1st Test, Kingston

Apr 30-May 4: 2nd Test, Bridgetown

May 10-14: 3rd Test, Roseau

Monmouthshire Ahmadiyya Muslims donate to Home-Start

Monmouthshire Ahmadiyya Muslims donate to Home-Start

MONMOUTHSHIRE’S family support charity Home-Start has been presented with a donation of £500.

Home-Start was chosen by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK to be a beneficiary of its flagship Charity Walk for Peace, an annual event that has raised nearly £3m for good causes throughout Britain over the last 28 years.

Monmouth MP David Davies, who has held discussions with Ahmadiyya Muslims in Parliament, presented a cheque on their behalf to Home-Start manager Pam Lloyd.

Based at Bridges Community Centre in Monmouth, Home-Start Monmouthshire offers emotional and practical help to families with young children who are experiencing stress or difficulties.

Mr Davies said: “When Ahmadiyya Muslims asked me if they could support a local charity, I was delighted to mention Home-Start.”

Pam Lloyd added: “It is always lovely when we receive unexpected donations that we haven’t had to canvass for and I would like to thank David for nominating our scheme.

“We are struggling to find funding for 2017-18 so it will be carried forward to boost the budget and used to help families in Monmouthshire.”.