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Abdullah, Imam, Naseem progress in ICC Rankings



ISLAMABAD :Pakistan’s trio of Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq and Naseem Shah have progressed within the MRF Tyres ICC Males’s Check Participant Rankings launched Wednesday.

Pakistan openers Abdullah Shafique (up 5 locations to fifteenth) and Imam-ul-Haque (up 12 locations to thirty eighth) have attained career-best rankings after slamming centuries within the first innings and figuring in a 225-run stand, stated a press launch.

In the meantime, Naseem Shah has progressed 5 locations to 54th with 5 wickets within the match whereas different quick bowler Zahid Mahmood’s six-wicket haul helps him enter the rankings in 109th place.

Nonetheless, Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne has overtaken England’s Joe Root to seize the highest spot within the Rankings after changing into simply the eighth participant to attain a double-century and a century in the identical Check.

Labuschagne, who was simply two factors behind Root earlier than the 2 ICC World Check Championship (WTC) Assessments accomplished over the previous week, now enjoys a wholesome lead on the prime at the same time as Root has slipped to fourth place – behind Steve Smith and Babar Azam.

Labuschagne’s scores of 204 and 104 not out within the first Check towards the West Indies in Perth have earned him 50 ranking factors and he leads compatriot Smith by 42 ranking factors. Labuschagne has regained the No. 1 place after Root overtook him in mid-June with
successive centuries towards New Zealand.

Smith himself has gained two slots after contributing to the win with unbeaten scores of 200 and 20, together with Labuschagne registering the fifth occasion of two Australians scoring double-centuries in the identical Check. Smith’s tally of 893 ranking factors is his highest since January 2021.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has moved up one place to fifteenth amongst bowlers after an eight-wicket haul that helped full a 164-run victory and consolidate his staff’s prime place within the WTC factors desk.

For the West Indies, captain Kraigg Brathwaite is again within the prime 20 after scores of 64 and 110 within the Perth Check whereas Kyle Mayers has progressed to forty first within the bowlers’ rankings.
England’s epic 74-run win within the first Check towards Pakistan in Rawalpindi displays within the rankings for his or her batters in addition to the seam bowling pair of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, who completed with 5 wickets every within the match.

Centurions Zak Crawley (up two locations to forty sixth), Harry Brook (up 90 locations to seventieth), Ben Duckett (re-entered at 127th place) and Ollie Pope (up two ranking factors) have all gained within the weekly replace as have Anderson (up two locations to 3rd) and Robinson (up seven locations to a career-best eighth).

In Males’s ODI Participant Rankings, India’s Shreyas Iyer has moved up seven locations to joint-Twentieth after scores of 24 within the first match of their ongoing sequence towards Bangladesh and 49 within the previous closing match of the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup Tremendous League sequence towards New Zealand.

Charith Asalanka of Sri Lanka (up three locations to thirty fourth), Lokesh Rahul of India (up 4 locations to thirty fifth) and Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran (up 4 locations to forty first) are among the many others to progress within the rankings for ODI batters.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has gained 4 slots to achieve sixth within the ODI bowlers’ rankings
after grabbing 4 for 37 within the final match of their Tremendous League sequence towards Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has hopped seven locations to achieve ninth amongst bowlers after his five-wicket haul towards India whereas Sri Lanka leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj are in joint-Twenty sixth place. New Zealand seamer Tim Southee (up 5 locations to twenty ninth) and India’s Shardul Thakur (up 9 locations to forty second) have additionally progressed.

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Starc haul and Marsh blitz assist Australia hammer India



VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA: Mitchell Starc’s 5-53 and a blazing 66 by Mitchell Marsh helped Australia demolish India by 10 wickets within the second one-day worldwide to stage the sequence at 1-1 on Sunday.

Starc, a left-arm fast, rattled the Indian batting together with his tempo and swing to bundle out the opposition for 117 in 26 overs in Visakhapatnam.

Openers Travis Head (51) and Marsh, who smashed six sixes in his 36-ball blitz, then took aside the Indian bowling to romp residence in 11 overs and stage the three-match sequence with one recreation left.

Australia completed the chase with 39 overs to spare and bounce again from their opening loss.

Starc led the workforce’s deadly assault with the wicket of Shubman Gill for a duck after the vacationers determined to bowl first after in a single day rain.

Two successive strikes from Starc to get returning skipper Rohit Sharma for 13 after which Suryakumar Yadav, out for a second straight first-ball duck, pushed India onto the again foot.

KL Rahul performed out the hat-trick ball however lasted for simply 11 extra deliveries earlier than falling leg earlier than wicket to Starc, who returned figures of 4-31 in his first spell of six overs.

Skipper Steve Smith took a surprising one-handed catch at first slip to dismiss Hardik Pandya for one off the bowling of Sean Abbott, who took three wickets.

Smith went full stretch to his proper and was airborne when he took the catch off an edge from Pandya, setting social media abuzz with reward for his “superman” effort.

Virat Kohli tried to hit again for India with a rating of 31 that included 4 boundaries earlier than he was trapped in entrance by Nathan Ellis.

Wickets stored tumbling and the departure of Ravindra Jadeja, the hero from Friday’s first match in Mumbai, for 16 off the bowling of Ellis added to India’s woes.

Starc wrapped up the innings together with his ninth ODI five-wicket haul. Axar Patel, who got here into the workforce instead of Shardul Thakur, was unbeaten on 29 after hitting two sixes.

The left-handed Head and Marsh got here out firing as they smashed Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami to all components of the bottom.

Head started the assault with two straight boundaries off Siraj and Marsh quickly joined the cost with a string of fours and sixes.

Marsh, who hit 81 in his workforce’s opening loss, hit two straight sixes off Pandya to achieve his fifty off 28 balls.

Head quickly raised his fifty and Marsh hit the successful boundary to take the sequence decider to Chennai on Wednesday.



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Shaheen Afridi named PSL 2023 crew captain



LAHORE: Lahore Qalandars’ skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi was appointed as captain of the Crew of Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) 2023 by an impartial panel headed by technical committee chairman Haroon Rashid.  The panel additionally included commentators Bazid Khan, Daren Ganga, Nick Knight and Sana Mir as members.

Whereas choosing the facet, the impartial panel thought of a variety of T20 cricket features, together with consistency, impression on the facet and total recreation, and very best crew mixture in order that this crew can tackle any T20 facet on any given day at any venue in any circumstances.

Afridi impressed Qalandars to complete on prime of the factors desk with seven wins, then helped his facet to bounce again from a Multan Sultans drubbing within the qualifier by overcoming Peshawar Zalmi in Eliminator 2, and, lastly slapped a 15-ball 44 not-out and took 4 for 51 to not solely stroll away with the participant of the ultimate award but additionally guided his facet to their second successive PSL title. That is the fourth successive 12 months Afridi has made it to the unique facet for the reason that PSL groups’ idea which was launched in 2019.

The facet additionally consists of Sultans’ gamers Abbas Afridi and Ihsanullah, who received the Rising and Participant of PSL 8 awards, respectively. Just like the Multan duo, it’s also the primary time for Mohammad Haris and Azam Khan to be chosen for the crew of the match. Total, the facet consists of 5 gamers from shedding finalists Sultans, two gamers every from Qalandars and Zalmi, and one participant every from Islamabad United and Karachi Kings.

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam have been chosen as openers, with Haris, Rilee Rossouw, Azam and Kieron Pollard forming a formidable center order. Imad Wasim, who has been picked within the Crew of PSL for the primary time, is available in as an all-rounder, adopted by wrist spinner Rashid Khan and three quick bowlers in Afridi, Ihsanullah and Abbas. That is the fourth time in 5 years Babar has been chosen as an opener, although the primary time was along with his accomplice Rizwan, who himself has been chosen within the crew of the match for the third successive time.


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Wasim Akram hopes to see cricket ‘evolve’ in Saudi Arabia



ISLAMABAD: Wasim Akram, former Pakistan captain and a legendary pacer, has mentioned that Saudi Arabia may kind its correct cricket workforce because the Kingdom recurrently hosted tournaments, including he needs to see the sport “evolve” within the Gulf nation.

Akram made his first-ever journey to the Saudi capital of Riyadh in February this yr the place he held a gathering with the chairman of the Saudi Arabia Cricket Federation (SACF), Prince Saud bin Mishal, to debate the way forward for the game within the Kingdom.

In an interview with Arab Information, Akram spoke in regards to the rising cricket expertise in Saudi Arabia, saying although he didn’t get an opportunity to witness Saudi cricketers, he wish to go to the Kingdom once more.

“I might like to go and see the expertise, and I’m certain, they will kind a correct cricket workforce, the place they will really beat the affiliate international locations,” the previous pacer mentioned.

“However for that, they have to have home common leagues, and that too, like I mentioned earlier, on turf pitches. That’s crucial for Saudi cricket to evolve.”

Akram’s go to adopted the latest strengthening of cricket ties between the 2 international locations. In January, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, mentioned his nation was ready to share its experience within the sport with Saudi Arabia the place cricket is more and more rising in recognition.

The identical month, Javed Afridi, who owns the Pakistan Tremendous League franchise Peshawar Zalmi, introduced that his workforce was going to play exhibition matches within the Kingdom, Arab Information reported .

“I met with the chairman of the Saudi Arabia Cricket Federation, who’s a really eager and avid fan of cricket,” Akram mentioned.

“And naturally, there are a whole lot of expats: Pakistanis, Australians, Indians, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans. All of them are there, and so they love one sport, that’s cricket. The [Kingdom] has about 16 districts, and so they do put up common tournaments, [but] I believe what they want is a correct cricket floor and turfs, that’s the place Saudi cricket will evolve.”

Akram added he went to Riyadh for the primary time and was amazed to see town.

“The climate was unbelievable,” he mentioned. “It was chilly really. It was about 11 to 12 levels. And basically, the site visitors was in all places. However other than that, the nation is evolving. It has advanced a lot.”

Since its institution in 2020, the SACF has launched a collection of main initiatives, together with a nationwide cricket championship, a company cricket match, a league for expatriate staff, and social applications in a number of cities.

It oversees 15 official associations representing the game in 9 areas and has introduced plans to arrange extra associations within the remaining areas to make sure that cricket actions are held throughout the Kingdom.

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