KARACHI: The ICC Champions Trophy on its Pakistan tour was unveiled at Karachi’s Edhi Home on Thursday, with cricket legends Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan getting to spend some quality time with it.
Afridi, who is also the Pakistan Ambassador for the championship, unveiled the trophy along with the Edhi Family and the kids at the orphanage.
“An honour to unveil the ICC champions trophy at the iconic Edhi center; met the iron strong kids and offered Fateha,” wrote Afridi on his official Facebook account.
The former all-rounder added that he will travel to England to watch high-voltage Pakistan-India match. ‘I will definitely go there, Pak-India match is always interesting to watch.’
The ICC Champions Trophy started its journey on March 21st from Dubai. Since then the trophy has been travelling to various cities around the world. Karachi is the seventh city to welcome the trophy. The trophy will also travel to the Mohatta Palace and the University of Karachi, where fans will get the chance to see the trophy.
Shane Watson named Player of PSL 2019
LAHORE: Shane Watson of Quetta Gladiators was named as the Player of HBL PSL 2019 after the 2007 World Cup winner with Australia finished as the leading run-getter in the 32-day tournament, which culminated at the National Stadium on late Sunday.
Watson finished the series with 430 runs from 12 matches at an average of 43 and a strike-rate of 143.8. He clubbed most number of fours and sixes in the tournament, 43 and 22, respectively, said the information made available here.
Watson won player of the match awards against Islamabad United, when he scored 81 not out, Peshawar Zalmi, when he scored 91 not out, and again versus Peshawar Zalmi in the Qualifier, when he top-scored with 71 and then bowled the crucial last-over of the match to help his side win by 10 runs.
Watson, for his consistency with the bat and proving to be one of the decisive factors in Gladiators’ title-winning campaign, was also declared Brighto Best Batsman of HBL PSL 2019.
Hasan Ali of Peshawar Zalmi was adjudged the Go Lootlo Best Bowler of HBL PSL 2019. The fast bowler picked up crucial wickets and finished the series with 25 wickets at an average of 13 with an economy-rate of just under seven.
Hasan took four wickets in a match three times.
Luke Ronchi won the Jubilee Safe Hands of HBL PSL 2019 award when he dismissed 11 batsmen behind the stumps, while Peshawar Zalmi’s Kieron Pollard was declared the ARIAL and J. Best Player on the Field, when he finished the series with 284 runs, five wickets and 10 catches.
Karachi Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan was named as the newly introduced Emerging Player of HBL PSL 2019 award. The 18-year-old mesmerised the top-order of all the sides and claimed 15 prized scalps at an economy-rate of just over 7.
Islamabad United was declared the winner of Cool & Cool Spirit of Cricket award, which they dedicated to their middle-order batsman Asif Ali in recognition to this commitment to the team despite the ailment of his young daughter.
The individual winners were chosen by an independent panel, which included Mudassar Nazar (Chairman, Event Technical Committee), and also comprised respected commentators Ramiz Raja and Danny Morrison.
Winners are, Cool & Cool Spirit of Cricket;Islamabad United, Emerging Player of HBL PSL 2019; Umer Khan (Karachi Kings), ARIAL and J. Best player on the field; Kieron Pollard (Peshawar Zalmi), Jubilee Safe Hands of HBL PSL 2019; Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United), Go Lootlo Best Bowler of HBL PSL 2019; Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi),Brighto Best Batsman of HBL PSL 2019; Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators), HBL Player of PSL 2019; Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators).
Cricket PSL IV Final: Quetta beats Peshawar to become Champions!
KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators beat 3-time finalists Peshawar Zalmi by 8 wickets to fetch the championship for the first time.
People from all over the Metropolis and beyond converged today at the National Stadium here to witness the clash of Peshawar Zalmi with Quetta Gladiators.
The star-studded closing ceremony commenced with a moment of silence observed to pay respects to the victims of the NZ Mosques ‘massacre. Following the National Anthem, 30,000 aficionados made the stadium reverberate with Pakistan Zindabaad slogans.
Quetta won the toss and, keeping the dampness in mind, asked Peshawar to bat first.
Peshawar Zalmi sets 139 target for Quetta Gladiators
Quetta Gladiators: SR Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, RR Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), DJ Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Danish Aziz, MTC Waller, Mohammad Irfan, DR Smith, Azam Khan, Saud Shakeel.
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Imamul Haq, KA Pollard, Sohaib Maqsood, DJG Sammy (c), Wahab Riaz, CJ Jordan, Hasan Ali, TS Mills, Umar Amin, Nabi Gul, Khalid Usman, Misbahul Haq, Umaid Asif, ADS Fletcher, LA Dawson, Ibtisam Sheikh, LMP Simmons.
NZ Mosques Massacre: Bangladesh cricketers back home
DHAKA: The Bangladesh cricket team arrived home in Dhaka on Saturday, a day after narrowly escaping the mosque attack that killed 49 people in New Zealand.
At least 17 members of the Bangladesh cricket team drove up to Christchurch’s Masjid al Noor mosque in a bus to join Friday prayers when a gunman stormed the building, in what is thought to be the worst act of terror directed against Muslims in a Western country.
The team arrived at Dhaka airport late Saturday, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Rabeed Imam.
“The only thing I can say that we are very lucky,” skipper Mahmudllah Riyad told reporters after arrival.
“With all of your prayers… now we could return here alive. I cannot describe what is going inside us, what we have seen,” he added.”
“All of us in the team could not sleep properly. The only thing that popped up in our mind was how lucky we are.”
Mahmudllah also thanked the BCB and New Zealand Cricket for making arrangements to help them return home quickly.
The team was in Christchurch for their third and final Test match against the home side scheduled to begin Saturday, which was promptly canceled to allow the cricketers to return home as soon as possible.
Team manager Khaled Mashud said players and staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building.
They stayed on the bus for eight to 10 minutes before leaving it after sensing danger, according to Mashud.
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said it would be difficult for the national cricket team to overcome the shock of narrowly escaping the shooting.
“It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it after the experience we had here,” he told reporters at Christchurch airport, moments before the team left for Bangladesh.
“It is better that we are returning… because everyone’s family is worried. I just hope after returning home we can overcome it with the passing of time,” Tamim said.
Dhaka complained that players were not provided with any security when they traveled to the mosque.
“In future, whenever we send our cricket team abroad we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday, according to the state-run news agency BSS.
Australia’s cricket team canceled a tour in Bangladesh in 2015, citing a lack of security, while the Australian Under-19 cricket team skipped ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016 on the same ground.
England’s cricket team was provided security equal to that of a head of a state when they visited Bangladesh in 2016, months after one of the worst extremist attacks on foreigners in a Dhaka cafe.