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PCB announces 15-member squad for ICC under-19 World Cup 2018!

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a squad of 15 and four reserve players for the forthcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 to be played in New Zealand in January next year.
The U-19 team will play three-match ODI series against Australia this year on December 27, 29 and 31 and later will tour New Zealand to play two ODI matches on January 3 and January 5, 2018, respectively.
Later, the team will participate in the ICC U-19 World Cup commencing from January 13, 2018, in New Zealand.
Hasan Khan will lead the side, who made his first-class debut for Karachi Whites in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy this season.
15-member Squad: Mohsin Khan, Imran Shah, Rohail Nazir (Wicketkeeper), Muhammad Taha, Zaid Alam, Emmad Alam, Ali Zaryab, Saad Khan, Hassan Khan (C), Musa Khan, Shaheen Shah, Munir Riaz, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali, and Suleman Shafqat.
Reserve Players: Mukhtar Ahmad (WK), Muhammad Junaid, Haider Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, and Azam Khan.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan had won Under-19 World Cup twice, having won the tournament in 2004 and 2006. West Indies is the defending champions.

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T10 League: Shahid Afridi dismisses three wickets in the new format!

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UAE: Shahid Afridi yesterday (14th of December) wrote history by dismissing three batsman  – South African Rilee Rossouw, West Indian Dwayne Bravo & Indian Virendar Sehwag – off three balls in the first ever hat-trick in cricket’s newest format of T10.  

Pakhtoons that were asked by Marathas to bat first scored 122. In response Maratha Arabians scored 96 for 7.  Pakhtoons’ Fakhar Zaman scored 45 while Maratha’s Alex Hales managed to muster-up 57.

TEAMS:

Maratha Arabians: Virender Sehwag, Shaiman Anwar, Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons, Rillee Rossouw, Ross Whiteley, Imad Wasim, Roelof van der Merwe, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami, Hardus Viljoen, Wayne Parnell, Kumar Sangakkara, Kamran Akmal.

Pakhtoons: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Smith, Ahmad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Shahid Afridi, Amjab Javed, Mohammad Nabi, Liam Dawson, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Shaheen Afridi, Saqlain Haider.

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NZ vs WI: Trent Boult – Paceman of Black Caps – gets his 200th test wicket!

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HAMILTON (Seddon Park): By taking the wicket of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (caught by Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson at gully) Trent Boult has become the 42nd player in test history to take 200 wickets.

He got his 200th scalp as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 240 runs today completing a 2-0 sweep of its first test series since March.

Left-arm swing bowler Trent Boult is the sixth New Zealand cricketer to have accomplished this feat.

New Zealand’s top test wicket-takers:

Sir Richard Hadlee…. 431

Daniel Vettori…………361

Chris Martin…………..233

Chris Cairns…………..218

Tim Southee…………..207

Trent Boult……………200

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Bangladesh appoints Shakib Al Hasan as Test Captain!

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DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has replaced Mushfiqur Rahim by Shakib Al Hasan as Test captain.

All-rounder Shakib (already T-20 skipper) had led the Test side in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011.

He will be leading the pride of Bengal Tigers against Sri-Lankans next month in the two-Test home series.

It is pertinent to mention here that following the South Africa debacle (when Tigers lost tests with heavy margins) while BCB had deemed it fit to let wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim concentrate on his batting, no other major changes had been made in the equipe.

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