PESHAWAR: PCB today announced the schedule of 5-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia.
Matches will be played in the UAE with the series opener in Sharjah on 22nd March and the last match in Dubai on 31st March. Pakistan is ranked 5th on the ICC ODI team rankings, while Australia is sixth – just two points behind. The series is part of both sides’ ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 preparations, where Australia will defend the title. Both the sides will square off against each other in the event proper in Taunton on 12 June.
“Australia are the World Champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their World Cup preparations,” PCB Director Cricket – International, Zakir Khan, said. “The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral international series and the HBL Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months. But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see the Australia cricket team live in action for the first time since 1998.
“However, the CA has confirmed that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the HBL PSL 2019 matches and bilateral series against other international sides in Pakistan, and will also speak with the ICC-recommended PCB security consultant. In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC,” Zakir Khan added.
Lahore hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017 (referred by Sir Richie Richardson of the ICC panel). A month later, Sri Lanka played a T20I at the same venue. In April 2018, Karachi was the venue for three-T20I series between the West Indies and Pakistan (refereed by David Boon of the ICC panel). Last month, the West Indies women’s team played three T20Is against Pakistan women’s team in Karachi. The inaugural edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League in 2016 was played in the UAE, but 2017 final was held in Lahore. While Walled City and Port City shared three matches between them in 2018, eight matches are scheduled in the upcoming event which commences on 14th February.
22 March – 1st ODI,
24 March – 2nd ODI,
27 March – 3rd ODI,
Abu Dhabi (d/n)
29 March – 4th ODI,
31 March – 5th ODI,
PSL 2019: Qalandars, the first side to reach 200!
SHARJAH: With the help of Umar Siddiq’s 53 off 38 balls and James Vince’s 84 off 41 balls, Qalandars became the first team to score double centuries in the ongoing PSL here today.
In the tenth PSL clash, Qalandars representing the Walled City took a solid stand against the Multan Sultans beating them by six wickets. Earlier, Qalandars won the toss and elected to field. Sultans set a victory target of 201 runs. S Lamichhane took three wickets. For Lahore Qalandars, AB de Villiers scored 52 runs and D Wiese 45.
Teams: Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Salman Butt, AB de Villiers, Sohail Akhtar, Salman Agha, Brendan Taylor, David Wiese, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali
Multan Sultans: James Vince, Laurie Evans, Umar Siddiq, Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian, Andre Russell, Hammad Azam, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas, Irfan Khan, Mohammad Irfan
Umar Amin inspires from Younis Khan’s presence in Peshawar Zalmi
ISLAMABAD: Peshawar Zalmi batsman Umar Amin Friday says that he takes his inspiration from legendary former cricketer and team mentor Younis Khan, whom he credits for his improved batting technique.
Talking to a private news channel, he said, “I consider myself very lucky to have Younis Khan in our dressing room. He guides us, he is helping me with technical stuff,” adding, he has been getting tips to play the ball more quickly. “I’m just taking it game by game and trying to live in the present. I want to be better with every passing match,” he shared when asked if he is targeting a spot in the World Cup squad for Pakistan.“I’m enjoying the PSL. It’s up to the selectors to decide who to pick,” Amin added. The 29-year old said the players are craving to play in front of their home crowd when the PSL action comes to Karachi and Lahore in the latter part of the tournament next month.
Cricket: S. Africa v S. Lanka scoreboard
Port Elizabeth: Scores at the end of Sri Lanka’s first innings on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at St George’s Park today.
South Africa, first innings, 222
Sri Lanka, first innings
D. Karunaratne c De Kock b Rabada 17
L. Thirimanne c and b Olivier 29
O. Fernando b Olivier 0
K. Mendis c De Kock b Olivier 16
K. Rajitha b Rabada 1
K. Perera c De Kock b Rabada 20
D. de Silva c De Kock b Mulder 19
N. Dickwella c Elgar b Rabada 42
S. Lakmal lbw b Maharaj 7
V. Fernando not out 0
L. Embuldeniya absent injured
Extras (lb1, nb2) 3
Total (37.4 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Karunaratne), 2-34 (O. Fernando), 3-59 (Mendis), 4-64 (Thirimanne), 5-66 (Rajitha), 6-97 (Perera), 7-128 (De Silva), 8-154 (Lakmal), 9-154 (Dickwella)
Bowling: Steyn 10-2-39-0, Rabada 12.4-3-38-4, Olivier 10-1-61-3 (2nb), Mulder 3-2-6-1, Maharaj 2-0-9-1
Match situation: South Africa lead by 68 runs on the first innings
Toss: South Africa