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Sarfraz Ahmed to miss Australia ODI after mother falls ill

Sarfraz Ahmed to miss Australia ODI after mother falls ill

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Media Director Amjad Hussain told DawnNews on Tuesday.

Sarfraz will return to Pakistan on the first available flight to see his mother, PCB sources said.

Sarfraz’s return is a second blow to the Pakistan One Day International squad, which is to face Australia without paceman Muhammad Irfan, whose mother passed away earlier this week. Irfan will be replaced by Junaid Khan.

According to PCB sources, Muhammad Hafeez will join the Pakistan team today, whereas Khan will join his teammates tomorrow.

Pakistan and Australia will face off in Brisbane on Jan 13.

Ian Chappell tells Pakistan to improve their cricket or stay home

Ian Chappell tells Pakistan to improve their cricket or stay home

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes Cricket Australia should not invite Pakistan cricket team for a Test series Down Under in future until the tourists improve their game and provide some challenge to the home side.

“Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites’,” Chappell was quoted as saying by ESPN.

“You can’t continue to [play poor] cricket. You can’t bowl poorly, have conservative field placings and field sloppily and expect to play decent cricket in Australia,” he added.

Chappell, 73, also slammed captain Misbah, saying, “A lot of their struggles were because they had no leadership. There was no inspiration from Misbah, so things have got to change in Pakistan.”

“Australia have made some improvements, but whether their performances were flattered by the way Pakistan played…we will find that out in India as that will be the big test,” he added.

Pakistan were whitewashed by Australia in the three-match Test series.


Misbahul Haq confident of changing history in Australia

Misbahul Haq confident of changing history in Australia

MELBOURNE: The Pakistan team, six years in the making and armed with insider knowledge from coach Mickey Arthur, are poised to make history in Australia, veteran skipper Misbahul Haq said Wednesday.

Misbah, who exerts a calming influence on the mercurial Pakistanis, believes the side has developed into one that can finally deliver a series win after 11 fruitless tours to Australia.

Misbahul Haq wants Pakistan to be first Asian side to win in Australia

Pakistan have won only four of their 32 Tests Down Under and have lost their last nine Tests since their last victory in Sydney in 1995.

No team from the sub-continent has won a Test series in Australia, further underlining the massive undertaking.

But Misbah, who scored just 76 runs in four innings in his only tour to Australia in 2009-10, is confident the tourists can turn things around against Steve Smith’s men, who are themselves emerging from a recent losing five-Test run.

“We took almost six years to develop this team and that team showed a lot to the world when we played in England and in ‘home’ conditions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi,” he told reporters ahead of Thursday’s day-night Test at Brisbane’s Gabba.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur plots demise of former team Australia

“So we have a lot of faith and confidence behind that. These players are experienced enough and they have the belief that they can do it.

“We’ve had some unbelievable successes in the past. I think those victories and those performances always give you confidence, even in Australia,” Misbah said.

“No doubt the conditions are tough but once you have confidence and belief I think you can change the history.”

Much of Pakistan’s confidence flows from the insights coach Arthur has on the Australians after his time as their national coach up to his sacking ahead of the 2013 Ashes series in England.

“He knows the ins and outs of most of the players, he knows their strengths and weaknesses,” the captain said.

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“That’s always helpful when you have that sort of inside information about the opposition. We feel we have that sort of advantage and he’s giving his input to the players how we need to go about the business. That can really help us in making our strategies.”

No one has beaten Australia at their Gabba fortress since the West Indies in 1988, but the unique challenge of the first pink-ball Test under lights at the ground makes Pakistan’s chances difficult to assess.

“It is not only the Gabba conditions but also the pink ball, day-night Test match,” said Misbah, who at 42 is the oldest current Test player.

“The players are not that much familiar with the pink ball and these conditions. That could be a challenge, especially under lights. It’s always a challenge when you come to play in Australia because these conditions are totally different from the rest of the world, a bit more bounce and pace here.”

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He continued: “You need some time to get used to these conditions, especially if you are playing under lights and using the pink ball. That could be a little bit tricky, especially for the batsmen.”

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is looking to make an impact with the extra bounce from the Gabba pitch.

“He’s a wonderful bowler, he proved himself not only in the UAE but also in England,” Misbah said. “Shane Warne was very successful in Australian conditions because of the bounce he gets from these wickets.”

He added: “We believe he (Yasir) is the kind of bowler who can make his impact especially in Australia where bounce can play a big role during the series.”

Australia ponder pace quartet for Pakistan opener

Australia may unleash an all-pace attack against Pakistan for the series-opening day-night test in Brisbane, home captain Steve Smith said.

Josh Hazlewood thinks Pakistan more settled than Australia

Smith expects fast bowler Jackson Bird, recalled for the last test against South Africa, to hold his place in the 11, meaning debutant paceman Chadd Sayers could edge out spinner Nathan Lyon for the match starting at the Gabba on Thursday.

“We want to have another look at the wicket today… to determine how much grass is on the wicket and things like that,” Smith told reporters in Brisbane at the pre-match media conference on Wednesday. “Jackson will probably play, he played the last game and played pretty well so I dare say he will play.”

The Gabba wicket, which traditionally offers pace and bounce, had a layer of grass on the eve of the venue’s first day-night test. Cloudy conditions are also forecast at the end of the week which could make the pink ball swing as both sides hope to eke out an early advantage in the three-test series. Curator Kevin Mitchell suggested the match might not last the full five days if the weather was humid.

Australia’s Usman Khawaja confused for a Pakistan player

“It’s not beyond the realms of possibility,” he told reporters. Lyon took four wickets to help a re-jigged Australia side beat the Proteas in the day-night match in Adelaide, a return to form for the off-spinner after he struggled in defeats at Perth and Hobart as South Africa claimed a 2-1 series win.

Pakistan’s batsmen took Lyon apart in a 2-0 series loss for Australia in the United Arab Emirates two years ago but the spinner has an excellent record in Brisbane and has not missed a test there since his debut in 2011.

“So I’ll leave you guys to write that, that there’s going to be four quicks and stuff,” Lyon said earlier in the week. “I’m confident of playing, I’ll put it that way.”

Australia have not lost a test at the Gabba since 1988 when they were beaten by Viv Richards’ West Indies.

Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz come to blows during training

Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz come to blows during training

KARACHI: The Pakistan’s team management is likely to take action against fast-bowler Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah after the teammates were involved in a scuffle during a practice session in Brisbane on Wednesday.

According to a PCB official, the duo came to blows following an argument while playing football on the eve of the opening Test against Australia starting from Thursday.
Steven Smith offers spin advice to Yasir Shah

“Nothing major happened but that is a disciplinary breach,” the official told The Express Tribune. “The team management may take action against the two players after hearing from them.”
Pakistan players have a history of altercations during international tours with the brawl between former fast-bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Muhammad Asif in Johannesburg in 2007 ICC World Twenty20 being the most infamous one.

The two were involved in a dressing-room spat which resulted in Asif being struck by a bat on his left thigh. Akhtar was later sent home over the disciplinary breach.

However, later, both players buried the hatchet by posting a picture together from Yasir’s twitter account.

Momina Mustehsan named Islamabad United’s Empowerment Champion

Momina Mustehsan named Islamabad United’s Empowerment Champion

Singer Momina Mustehsan has been named as Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United’s Empowerment Champion.

According to a statement, Momina will feature in the team’s marketing and social channels, and will participate in events and campaigns in the coming months.

Apart from being a vocalist, Momina is known for her commitment to social issues in Pakistan. Last month, she was among public figures who came together for a campaign against domestic violence for UN Women Pakistan.

Islamabad United owner Amna Naqvi said Momina’s contribution to social issues makes her an ideal person for the position.

“We decided to incorporate Momina into the Islamabad United family as our Empowerment Champion because we believe it is our responsibility to foster more positive and progressive mindsets in our country,” she said.

“The empowerment of women in Pakistan is something we feel strongly about, and is something that Momina can be the face of. She is someone who is a role model for young women in Pakistan; the grace with which she has conducted herself through her rapid rise, while maintaining her principles is exemplary,” she added.

Regarding the partnership, Momina said she was honoured.

“I feel honoured and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality in Pakistan,” she said. “The vision that Islamabad United have for social issues, particularly with their Empowerment Programmes is something I feel strongly about, and look forward to contributing to.”

National players hail Leisure Leagues

National players hail Leisure Leagues

KARACHI: Pakistan national football players, including Kaleemullah, captain Hassan Bashir and women’s team captain Hajra Khan, hailed the launch of the Leisure Leagues in Pakistan which was announced at the British Deputy High Commission office in Karachi on Monday.

“Leisure Leagues is a very positive step as it will help unearth players who can represent Pakistan in the future,” Kaleemullah told The Express Tribune. “We desperately need a league system as that would help groom the youth into professional footballers.”

Leisure Leagues is a UK-based organisation which holds five-a-side, six-a-side and seven-a-side leagues in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and USA.

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The organisation has been active for the past 25 years and its president Tim Ollerenshaw revealed that they have plans to launch their operations in Pakistan from next year.

The leagues structure is such that it is not limited to just attracting professional players; it will try to rope in anyone who wants to play football, and this is an aspect which excited Pakistan midfielder Muhammad Adil the most.

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“The best thing is that anyone can play these leagues and that will give a lot of opportunities to many people to showcase their skills,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2016.

Australia remain unchanged for day-night Test against Pakistan

Australia remain unchanged for day-night Test against Pakistan

MELBOURNE: Australia named an unchanged squad on Thursday for the first Test against Pakistan starting next week, which will be the first day-night Test held at Brisbane’s Gabba.

Steve Smith’s team, drastically overhauled following their series-losing second Test defeat by South Africa in Hobart, salvaged pride by beating the Proteas in the third Test in Adelaide by seven wickets.

The selectors made six changes for the Adelaide Test, but decided the squad that reversed the team’s run of five Test successive defeats deserved another chance under lights in Brisbane.

Mitchell Marsh believes latest heroics not enough for Test recall against Pakistan

“We were very pleased with how the team came together in Adelaide after some significant changes following the Tests in Perth and Hobart,” said chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns in a statement.

“This is a young group with a lot of promise and we believe all deserve their opportunity again in this upcoming Test,” he added.

Asad Shafiq hopeful of good results in Tests against Australia

Opening batsman Shaun Marsh was not considered as he recovers from a broken finger he sustained in the first Test against South Africa.

The first Test of the three-match series against Pakistan starts on December 15.


Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

Suarez to be offered new contract, says Barcelona president

Suarez to be offered new contract, says Barcelona president

BARCELONA: Barcelona’s prolific striker Luis Suarez will be offered a new contract with the Spanish champions until 2022, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Uruguayan collected the European Golden Shoe last season for the top scorer in domestic football in Europe with 40 league goals, helping Barca’s famed ‘MSN’ trio also containing Messi and Neymar score a record 131 goals in all competitions.

“Suarez is going to get a renewed contract very soon, it’s done, just a few small details need to be sorted and we’ll announce it in the next few days or weeks,” Bartomeu told Uruguayan radio station Cadena Celeste.

“It will be a great Christmas present, not necessarily for Luis as he already knows he’s going to continue here, but for football fans. For us he is an important character, he forms part of this spectacular trident we have, which helps the entire team function,” he added.

Suarez has won eight trophies since joining Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, including two La Liga titles, two King’s Cups and the Champions League. He is the club’s joint top scorer in the league this season alongside Messi with nine goals.


Bartomeu added: “We want [his contract] to be even longer, but for the moment he will sign until 2022. You have to adapt to the rules, which have a maximum contract length. We want Luis Suarez to stay at the club for many more years. And when he retires, he will always be welcomed back at Barcelona.”

Umpire sent to hospital after blow to head in Mumbai Test

Umpire sent to hospital after blow to head in Mumbai Test


Umpire Paul Reiffel was taken off the field and sent to hospital after a throw hit him on the back of his head during the first day of the third Test between India and England in Mumbai.

The 50-year-old had collapsed from the blow and play was stopped for a few minutes. Third umpire Marais Erasmus took Reiffel’s place as the on-field umpire.
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England batsman Keaton Jennings had played a stroke towards square-leg as fielder Bhuvneshwar Kumar lobbed a throw back in for Cheteshwar Pujara, who stood between Reiffel and the stumps.

Reiffel fell quickly to the ground after the hit and fellow umpire Bruce Oxenford rushed towards him to provide aid.

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After basic tests by the England physio, Reiffel walked away from the field before being transported to a nearby hospital for further tests.

This article originally appeared on ESPNCricinfo

Boxer Amir Khan’s wife makes shocking claims against in-laws

Boxer Amir Khan’s wife makes shocking claims against in-laws


International boxing star Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom are one of the most adored couples in the industry.

On Tuesday evening, Faryal took to Snapchat and spoke out against her in-laws and domestic abuse she had been facing after her marriage. Openly speaking out on the matter, we had a tough time believing that there may be trouble in paradise for the couple.

Boxer Amir Khan, wife Faryal Makhdoom stun in Ali Xeeshan

Messages posted on her Snapchat hinted at instances of domestic abuse by her sister-in-law and mother-in-law.

“Don’t get your sons married if you’re going to abuse and bully the wife,” she said in a post.

“What about when your sister-in-laws come to hit you when your husband’s not home and still you don’t raise your hand out of respect for you husband?” she questioned in another post.

“Then they think it’s okay to bully you in public and call you BAD!” she continued.

Faryal, who is a human rights activist as well as an occasional ramp walker, further revealed that she lives on her own earnings even after marriage, but her sister-in-law still gives her a hard time.

“I worked my a** off on a catwalk from 7am till 12am at night. My husband’s a multi-millionaire but still work and do my own as I can never touch his BLOOD money, when I have a right too! And then I get hating evil sister in laws shitting on me?,” she wrote in another post.
PHOTO: fashpk

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In a yet another message, the star hints at her in laws forcing Amir to opt for divorce despite her being 9 months pregnant.

She then posted a screenshot of hateful comments posted on her official Instagram page, one of which appear to be from her sister-in-law.