Javeria Khan will captain Pakistan for the tour of Bangladesh as well as the home series against Australia. The 30-year old veteran of Pakistan women’s cricket takes over duties in the absence of regular captain Bismah Maroof, who is recovering, after undergoing surgery for sinus problems. There is a chance Maroof could be fit for
Salman Iqbal, the president of the T10 League, has stepped down from the position two months before the second edition of the tournament, citing “lack of transparency” and lack of “proper systems and monitoring”. He has distanced himself from the venture and warned Pakistani players against taking part in the league. Iqbal, owner of the
Big Picture There’s nothing that can be said to downplay this game that’ll convince anyone. A dead rubber, with both sides – in spite of Hong Kong’s best efforts – already through to the next stage? Who cares? It’s Pakistan versus India. This tournament’s format isn’t one where finishing first has any meaningful advantage, either.
10:26 AM ET Shashank KishoreESPN Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, hasn’t taken the Asia Cup scheduling too kindly, given it will leave his team travelling back and forth from Abu Dhabi to Dubai for the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup. This will also be the case for Afghanistan and Bangladesh, while India have
Toss: Hong Kong chose to bat v Pakistan Babar blasts off during the World Cup Qualifiers IDI/Getty Images In their first game at this year’s Asia Cup, Hong Kong captain Anshy Rath decided to bat in blazing conditions in Dubai. It is his side’s first ODI against a top-eight side since the Asia Cup in 2008,
Eight games in the fourth season of the PSL will be held in Pakistan as the PCB released the schedule for the T20 tournament, which will begin on February 14 in Dubai. The final has been given to Karachi for a second year running and it will take place on March 17. The new chairman
Big Picture If an Associate side wants to celebrate a landmark day, who better than Pakistan to share their (non-alcoholic) champagne with. They have championed the Associates’ cause more regularly and sincerely than any other Full Member, who have never quite exuded the superiority complex that, with the reduction of the World Cup to ten
“Baal sabke kaale hai” (All of you have black hair), quipped Sarfraz Ahmed as he sat alongside Rohit Sharma, Angelo Mathews, Mashrafe Mortaza, Asghar Afghan and Anshy Rath at the captains’ press conference to unveil the Asia Cup in Dubai on Friday. It elicited laughter among the audience. Sarfraz was just getting started with his
A meeting between the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq would appear to have ended the uncertainty surrounding Inzamam’s role in a selection controversy that arose over the past few days. The meeting, requested by Inzamam after he took exception to rumours circulating in the Pakistani media he had abused his position to
Plucky Peshawar make it two in two Despite the tired, yet inescapable narrative of departments reigning supreme against regions in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, Peshawar continue to defy the odds in the second round. Fresh from an upset victory in the first round against KRL, they put in another commanding performance as they took down another
Peter Siddle removed Kane Williamson off his second ball of the match © Getty Images Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb have been deemed surplus to requirements in the first Australian Test squad since the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, with the experienced Victorian pair of Aaron Finch and Peter Siddle called
New PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has removed the quartet of advisors, including former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, Islamabad regional head Shakeel Sheikh and two others, who were appointed by his predecessor Najam Sethi during his tenure. Although Shoaib had tweeted on Thursday claiming he had resigned from the position of advisor to the PCB chairman,
In just under two weeks’ time, Pakistan will face India for the first time since last year’s Champions Trophy final. Hasan Ali picked up three wickets in Pakistan’s 180-run win in that match, but he didn’t get to bowl to Virat Kohli, who fell early to Mohammad Amir. Hasan won’t get to bowl to Kohli
Former New Zealand allrounder Grant Bradburn has been appointed Pakistan’s fielding coach, filling the position left vacant by Steve Rixon, who had opted against renewing his contract, citing personal reasons. Bradburn’s first assignment with Pakistan will be in the UAE for the Asia Cup 2018, which starts on September 15. He was appointed for a
Newly elected chairman Ehsan Mani has vowed to push ahead with Pakistan’s case against India in the ICC dispute committee, calling the BCCI’s approach “contradictory” and vowing not to back down. On his first day in office, he also set his sights on fixing the domestic structure, promising to make Pakistan cricket stronger than ever.
Mohammad Hafeez‘s international career hangs in the balance after the allrounder was left out of Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad. The 37-year old, who was part of the ODI squad for Pakistan’s bilateral series against Zimbabwe, did not feature in any of those matches, and it appears he has fallen down the pecking order of late.
As was widely expected, former ICC president Ehsan Mani has been elected unopposed as PCB chairman for a term of three years. He was the only candidate to submit his nomination papers for the vacant post, and all members of Board of Governors (BoG) unanimously voted for him to head the PCB. He replaces Najam
Former ICC president Ehsan Mani steps closer to being formally elected PCB chairman, after the election commissioner called a special meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) on September 4 in Lahore. A majority of nine out of 10 voting members of the BoG is required to elect the chairman, but given Mani was appointed
Najam Sethi’s departure from his role as PCB chairman is all but confirmed after he formally submitted his resignation on Monday. There had been intense speculation surrounding Sethi’s future in the PCB ever since Imran Khan was elected Pakistan’s prime minister; the former Pakistan captain and Sethi had a famously poor relationship. With the prime
Former Pakistan captain and World Cup winner Imran Khan has won a parliamentary vote, confirming him as the next prime minister of Pakistan. Following the success of his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice), in elections across the country last month, his election to the top political job was imminent. He beat the rival
Nasir Jamshed failed again, this time falling for 4 © AFP Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for ten years after an independent anti-corruption tribunal found him guilty of five breaches of the PCB’s anti-corruption code. In a short verdict, the three-man tribunal ruled on Monday that apart
The Pakistan Cricket Board will have to start their hunt for a fielding coach afresh after Darren Berry withdrew his interest in the role due to personal and professional reasons. Berry, who played 153 first-class matches in Australia from 1989 to 2004, had been in talks with the PCB for more than a month. Pakistan
Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali and Babar Azam were among the big winners at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s annual awards night in Karachi on Wednesday. Abbas was named the Test Cricketer of the Year, while Hasan and Babar walked away with the corresponding honour in ODIs and T20Is. The nine winners on PCB’s annual award night
Much of what the PCB does, and what it took to get to that stage, is full of mystery, and guaranteed to remain that way until someone writes a tell-all book, or Younis Khan finds out and hastily summons a press conference to explain what happened and why it was a personal affront to him.
Pakistan’s international players are set for a significant earnings rise after a fresh three-year remuneration agreement saw salary increases between 25% and 30% for players across the central contract spectrum. The earnings ratio will apply to centrally-contracted players in each of the four traditional categories, A to D. Players’ match fees will also go up
Habib Bank Limited (HBL) will appoint a new captain for this year’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after the team stripped Ahmed Shehzad of the role. Shehzad captained HBL last year in the QeA, but currently stands provisionally suspended from all international and domestic cricket organised by any national cricket board or its affiliate members after returning a
Imran Khan may not be the only cricketing superstar present at his impending inauguration as Prime Minister of Pakistan later this month, with Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Sidhu all potential attendees. Fawad Chaudhry, the spokesperson for the party Imran heads, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that enquiries had been made of the Foreign
New Zealand Cricket has turned down a request from the PCB to tour Pakistan later this year for a T20I series because of security concerns. New Zealand are set to travel to the UAE to play Pakistan for a full tour that is likely to comprise three Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is in
Having made a good fist of the most difficult job in Pakistan, Imran Khan is now all but set for a crack at the second most difficult post in the country – that of its Prime Minister. Results from Wednesday’s general elections are not final and complete just yet – there was a delay in
Toss: Pakistan chose to bat v Zimbabwe Mohammad Amir takes flight after picking up a wicket Getty Images In the final game of the series, Pakistan have decided to set a target for Zimbabwe, much as they had done in the record-breaking fourth ODI. The visitors made three changes to their side, with Mohammad Nawaz, the