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“Cricketers should be part of the cricket board,” says Shahid Afridi

KARACHI (JAN 09, 2017) Former skipper and all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that the veteran cricketers should be part of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and they should be given big roles in the board.

“Our cricket board should provide the chance to good cricketers who have been retired from international cricket,” Afridi, fondly known as Lala by his fans, said.

The 36-year-old said that board was not focusing on domestic cricket and it was waiting for international teams to visit Pakistan.

“Our board only looks at international cricket, without focusing on the domestic system which means we don’t have any players at the local level,” he said.

Commenting on his performance when he was T20I captain, the Pakistani all-rounder said, “I consider myself to be the best T20 player because there is no one else – that is why we need to have a pool of talent from where players can be picked for the game.”

“Sycophants are very dangerous for anyone”, Afridi said, “We need to rid ourselves of them to improve ourselves.”

“We don’t have any cricket academies, not even in Karachi where players can play.” he said.

When asked about international teams visiting Pakistan to play cricket, Lala said, “We need strong representatives to go to the International Cricket Council to convince them that more international teams should come to Pakistan to play. Until we don’t have this, Pakistan may not have any team coming here.”



Yasir, Wahab in, Shahzad out as PCB announced test squad against Sri Lanka

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq today announced a 16-member squad for the series against Sri Lanka.

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah have been added back to the team for the series that starts on September 28.

The right arm spinner made it to the team after passing a fitness test.

Meanwhile, batsman Ahmed Shehzad and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan have been dropped from the test squad.

The first test of the two-match series will be played at Abu Dhabi from 28th September till 2nd October while the second and final game will be played at Dubai from October 6th till October 10th.

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz

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PCB bans Khalid Latif for five years in PSL spot fixing case

LAHORE: Khalid Latif, the batsman who was sent back from Dubai to Lahore during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) over spot-fixing allegations, is now banned for five years from the cricket.

According to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official, the board’s anti-corruption tribunal announced the verdict after hearing the case and pleas made by Latif.

The tribunal also imposed Rs1 million fine on the right-handed top-order batsman.

“There will be no leniency for him,” said the official.

The 31-year-old was facing six charges including that of persuading three other cricketers — Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Sharjeel Khan — to get involved in spot-fixing in the second edition of the PSL.

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Hashim Amla says he wants to play PSL 3

CAPE TOWN: The South African batsman Hashim Amla has expressed his interest to play the Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s third edition.

Amla, who recently participated in the Independence Cup as a part of the World XI squad, said that he will be busy playing Test cricket for his national side during the next PSL.

However, he said that he will definitely play the tournament if he is free.

The 34-year-old hailed the security arrangements made by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during the World XI tour, and said the step taken by PCB to revive international cricket in the country is commendable.

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