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Cricket: Green Shirt Naseem Shah breaks world record playing against BD

RAWALPINDI CRICKET STADIUM: Green Shirt Naseem Shah, 16, made history by becoming the youngest cricketer to take a hat-trick when he dismissed Bangladesh’s Najm-ul-Hossain Shanto, Taij-ul-Islam and Mahmudullah here on day three (Sunday 9th of February, 2020) of the first Test match.

Naseem’s first victim was Hossain who was dismissed LBW, so was Islam. Third batsman Mahmudullah was caught at slip. Earlier, the record was held by Bangladesh’s leg-spinner Alok Kapali who took a hat-trick at the age of 19 against Pakistan.

Bangladesh were 126-6 at the close. They required another 86 runs to avoid an innings defeat with two days to play. Pakistan were bowled out for 445 in their first innings.

Some 10,000 cricket aficionados converged to watch Babar Azam heap double tons up resuming 242-3 but Pakistan lost him to the first ball of the day.

Relevant pieces published earlier:

Kashmir issue: Firdous Awan says no cricket with India

9th of February, 2020

RAWALPINDI CRICKET STADIUM: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Information, Firdous Ashiq Awan has stated here government believed that restoration of cricket ties with India was not possible at present because of the current situation in IOJ&K.

Demanding India to lift curfew from IoK immediately Firdous Awan said: “Innocent Kashmiri people are being subjected to worst form of atrocities by Indian forces…the cricket ties between Pakistan and India are not possible…Pakistan is a peaceful country and wants restoration of international cricket”.

Cricket: Green Shirts dismiss Bangladesh for 233 runs

RAWALPINDI: Green Shirts managed to dismiss Bangladesh for 233 on the first day of the Test here today (Friday 7th of February, 2020).

Pakistan’s decision to allow the BDs bat first yielded results as fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah sent seven visiting cricketers back to pavilion. Afridi’s fast bowling dismissed 4 for 53. The match had to be stopped due to insufficient light.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.