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LONDON: MP Bradford Barrister Imran Hussain speaking on the occasion of Quaid-e-Azam Sunday Cricket League’s 37th Annual Awards lauded the successes of all those taking part in the 2016 season and said: “Great to attend the Quaid-e-Azam Sunday Cricket League’s 37th Annual Awards recently to celebrate the successes of all those taking part in the 2016 season. The league does fantastic work in breaking down barriers for the sportsmen of tomorrow and I am proud to support it”.LONDON: Barrister Imran Hussain seen speaking on the occasion of Quaid-e-Azam Sunday Cricket League’s 37th Annual Awards ceremony.
CWC 2019: Australia reach semi-finals with 64-run win against England
LONDON: Australia posted 64-run win against England in today’s match, making their place in the semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Captain Aaron Finch hit a hundred before England fought back with the ball in their World Cup clash at Lords. Reigning champions Australia looked set for a huge total at 185-2 but, one ball after completing his century, Finch holed out. Australia continued to lose wickets but, with Alex Carey 38 not out, they finished on 285-7 off their 50 overs to leave England with a stiff but not impossible chase against their arch-rivals.
Australia finish with 285/7
Will this score be enough?
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2019
However, an Australia attack led by left-arm quick Mitchell Starc defended a total of 288 to beat the West Indies by 15 runs earlier in the tournament, with Finch side s having won all four games in which they have bowled second at this World Cup.
“To get out straight after a hundred is never ideal,” said Finch. “I think there is enough in the wicket. It is still a pretty good score. “It wasn’t the easiest wicket to start on. The ball was moving for the seamer. We were conscious to get through that and were able to. We could have got a few more runs but we have got to defend it regardless.”
Both Warner, the World Cup’s leading run-scorer, and Steve Smith were booed as they entered and exited the field following their recent return from year-long bans for ball-tampering. England captain Eoin Morgan, who has said it is not his job to tell the crowd how to behave, won the toss in overcast conditions and on a green pitch that promised to help his attack.
Miandad wants Sarfraz to sit with seniors for making a game plan for NZ game
ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad has urged Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to sit-down with senior players in making a formidable game plan for their upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup clash against New Zealand on Tuesday.
Miandad advised Sarfraz to take senior players into confidence in making the game plan for the match against New Zealand.
“After forming a game plan, we must utilize it on the field by involving ourselves in excessive training, as the more you practice the better you get,” he said in an interview.
Citing an example of squash players, Miandad said they would ask for advice from legend Jahangir Khan to improve their game, same like Pakistani players must also seek for suggestions from experienced former players.
“We must also keep an eye on the points table, as at the end net run rate and averages of wickets would matter a lot for the qualification of semis if teams get to an equalizer,” he said and added the coach and manager must keep this in mind.
Former captain Wasim Akram hoped for a repeat of 1992’s show when Pakistan team meets unbeaten New Zealand at Edgbaston.
“New Zealand were unbeaten in 1992 too before playing Pakistan and we won the game, they are unbeaten again and I hope we repeat the show, but boys will have to give their best,” Wasim said.
“There is no need to change the winning combination,” he said.
Wasim said Pakistan’s performance against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday was a perfect answer to critics and he was happy to see the team doing good.
“The win shouldn’t overshadow the mistakes players committed on Sunday, especially in fielding department,” he said.
He said we have dropped 14 catches in the tournament. “We are top on the list of teams dropping most catches in the World Cup which isn’t a good sign,” he said.
The former captain praised Sarfaraz Ahmed’s decision to opt for batting after winning the toss. He also appreciated the way Pakistan’s top ordered performed against South Africa.
“Openers did well, Babar did well, but Babar needs to convert his fifties into hundreds,” Wasim said.
He said Fakhar Zaman is now learning to stay on the wicket, which poses a threat to opponents as his presence keeps the bowlers thinking about stopping his slogs.
To a question, he said Sarfaraz should have come to bat up in the order instead of sending Imad Wasim.
“Was thinking to commit suicide”, Arthur on Pakistan’s defeat against India
LONDON: Head coach Mickey Arthur has claimed Pakistan’s World Cup defeat against bitter rivals India was so painful that it left him wanting to “commit suicide”.
Pakistan suffered a bruising 89-run loss to India in Manchester on June 16, a result which sparked a furious backlash from their frustrated fans.
The defeat put Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals in grave danger.
And, although they kept alive their slender last-four hopes by beating South Africa on Sunday, Arthur admitted the India loss left him feeling desperately low.
“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide,” Arthur said.
“But it was, you know, it s only one performance.
“It happens so quick. You lose a game; you lose another game; it s a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you almost go into sort of survival mode. We’ve all been there.”
Arthur s emotional comment may have been exaggerated to show how passionate he is about his job.
But some fans feel the South Africa-born coach s words are in bad taste given Pakistan s former coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes during the 2007 World Cup.
Pakistan lifted Arthur’s spirits with an impressive 49-run win against South Africa at Lords.
They now need to win their remaining three matches and improve their inferior net run-rate to have a chance of finishing in the top four and advancing to the semi-finals.
Pakistan play New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday.
“We always keep telling our players, it s one performance. Who is going to stimulate us today?” Arthur added.
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