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Yasir Shah, Salman Agha characteristic in Pakistani squad for Sri Lanka Exams



LAHORE: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah marks his return to the nationwide males’s facet as chief selector Muhammad Wasim in the present day introduced an 18-member squad for subsequent month’s two-match Check sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Yasir was instrumental in Pakistan’s 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka on their final tour of the island in 2015, snaring 24 wickets at 19.33. He comes again into the facet after regaining full health. Yasir performed his forty sixth and final Check, so far, in opposition to the West Indies in August 2021.

Salman Ali Agha, who has scored 4,224 runs and brought 88 wickets in first-class, is one other addition to the squad.

Mohammad Nawaz is the third participant to be recalled. He was named within the squad for Australia Exams however was withdrawn as a consequence of damage.

The squad named for the most recent ICC World Check Championship fixtures embody three openers, 4 middle-order batters, three all-rounders, two wicketkeepers, two spinners and 4 quick bowlers.

Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Exams: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah.

Chief selector Muhammad Wasim mentioned they’ve chosen this squad contemplating the circumstances in Sri Lanka and have outfitted the crew with the absolute best sources.

“Our spin division is boosted with the return of Yasir Shah, who proved himself as a match-winner in Sri Lanka on our final tour and Sajid Khan has made the way in which for him. The spin division additionally consists of  two spin all-rounders in Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Ali Agha and left-arm orthodox Nauman Ali..

“Salman Ali Agha has proven constant performances with the bat prior to now three seasons and he’s a useful off-spin possibility.

“Our crew has lately put sturdy performances in Bangladesh and though outcomes in opposition to Australia weren’t perfect we displayed strong cricket and for that cause we’ve got retained the core to instil consistency and continuity and have trimmed the squad measurement following the comfort in Covid-19-induced journey restrictions.

“These two matches are extraordinarily essential for our facet as we’ve got World Check Championship factors at stake. I want our boys all one of the best and I’m positive they may make us proud.”

Babar Azam’s facet will converge in Islamabad on 25 June to finalise their preparations for the Check sequence on the Pindi Cricket Stadium with a seven-day camp that stretches from 26 June to 2 July earlier than departing for Sri Lanka on 6 July.

Pakistan will play a three-day warm-up match between 11-13 July. The primary Check might be performed at Galle from 16 July, whereas the second Check might be staged at Colombo from 24 July.

For Pakistan, who’re on the fifth spot, this sequence is their ultimate away dedication of the present ICC World Check Championship cycle, which stretches from July 2021 to June 2023, and they are going to be keen to enhance their place on the desk by repeating the identical end result as final time with a sequence win.

Pakistan have performed three sequence within the present cycle and with wins in three Exams and two attracts are ranked fifth within the nine-team desk.

Babar Azam’s males levelled the two-Check sequence within the West Indies, defeated Bangladesh 2-0 of their second away task earlier than Australia edged out with a 1-0 victory in Pat Cummins’ facet’s historic tour of the nation.

Within the upcoming 2022-23, Pakistan are set to host England and New Zealand for 3 and two Exams in a bumper dwelling worldwide season.

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World Cup braces for quarter-finals as Spain sack coach



DOHA: Brazil have been gearing up for a showdown with Croatia whereas Argentina ready to face the Netherlands as anticipation mounted on Thursday on the eve the World Cup quarter-finals.

After three weeks of pulsating motion, simply eight groups are left standing because the 32-nation event heads into the ultimate rounds of the knockout competitors after a two-day break.

A blockbuster set of quarter-finals will get beneath approach on Friday when five-times champions Brazil face 2018 runners-up Croatia. That conflict is the appetiser for one more heavyweight World Cup collision between Lionel Messi’s Argentina and three-time shedding finalists the Netherlands.

On Saturday, Morocco will carry the flag for African soccer of their quarter-final conflict with Portugal earlier than holders France face England in an eagerly anticipated showdown.

Wins for Argentina and Brazil on Friday would arrange a titanic semi-final between the 2 South American heavyweights.

For now although Brazil are trying no additional than Friday’s project in opposition to Croatia on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium in Doha. “They’ve particular person high quality and collective high quality in addition to a resilience and persistence,” Brazil coach Tite stated of Croatia.

“We’re conscious of their virtues however my focus is on sustaining our requirements and whoever performs greatest will undergo.” Croatia captain Luka Modric stated Thursday that his aspect have been decided to progress past the final eight.

“We did an awesome factor by going to the quarter-finals, however no matter that we wish to do extra,” the Actual Madrid midfielder stated. “We now have to play our greatest match. And if we do this we’ve an opportunity of successful.”


– Ronaldo bust-up denied –

On Saturday, all eyes shall be on France and England’s battle on the Al-Bayt Stadium, the Bedouin-tent impressed construction situated within the desert exterior Doha.

England stated Thursday that ahead Raheem Sterling is ready to return to the squad after initially leaving the crew’s World Cup base following a break-in at his household dwelling.

Sterling didn’t characteristic in England’s squad for the 3-0 last-16 win in opposition to Senegal, and it might be a serious shock if the 28-year-old begins in opposition to France. In Saturday’s different quarter-final, buoyant Portugal shall be seeking to finish Morocco’s fairytale run to the final eight.

Portugal produced probably the most scintillating shows of the event by dismantling Switzerland 6-1 within the final 16 after coach Fernando Santos opted to drop Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s alternative, 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos, fired an excellent hat-trick as Portugal ran riot.

Based on reviews in Portugal, Santos’s bombshell resolution to drop Ronaldo prompted the 37-year-old celebrity to threaten to stroll out of the crew camp.

However the Portuguese Soccer Federation (FPF) issued a press release denying the reported bust-up with the previous Actual Madrid and Manchester United star. “The FPF clarifies that at no time did the captain of the Selecao, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to go away the nationwide crew in the course of the keep in Qatar,” stated the federation.

“On daily basis Ronaldo is increase a singular observe file on the service of the nationwide crew and the nation, which should be revered.”

Elsewhere on Thursday, Spanish soccer authorities introduced the dismissal of coach Luis Enrique following the crew’s shock elimination in opposition to Morocco, naming under-21s boss Luis de la Fuente as his alternative.

Spain hammered Costa Rica 7-0 of their opening recreation in Qatar however suffered a shock defeat by Japan that resulted in a second-place end in Group E.

Spain have been robust favourites to beat Morocco within the first knockout spherical however misplaced 3-0 on penalties after the sport completed 0-0 following extra-time.

“Each the president, Luis Rubiales, and the sporting director, Jose Francisco Molina, have advised the coach their resolution,” the RFEF (soccer affiliation) stated in a press release.


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Aqeel, Muzammil, Shoaib, Mudassar transfer into semis in Nationwide Rating Tennis C’ships



ISLAMABAD: Aqeel Khan, Muzammil Murtaza, Muhammad Shoaib and Mudassar Murtaza have moved into semifinals of thirty fifth Federal Cup Nationwide Rating Tennis Championships right here at S Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Advanced on Thursday.

High seed Aqeel Khan confronted little resistance from eighth Seed Barkatullah. Within the opening set, Aqeel served and returned properly to complete the set comfortably at 6-1. Within the second set which was marked with aces and lengthy rallies and the rating went as much as 5-5 all as each gamers held their respective serves, Aqeel broke the eleventh sport of Barkat by hitting some winners down the road pressured out Barkatullah in 7-5.

The 4th seed Muzammil Murtaza conveniently gained his encounter towards upcoming proficient Abdullah Adnan 6-2, 6-3. In his pursuit of victory he added his foot pace and high spin making him a pressure to be reckoned with.

The sixth Seed Mudassar Murtaza certified for the semi last when third seed Muhammad Abid retired damage as a result of damage at 5-0 within the first set.

In one other males’s singles quarterfinal Muhammad Shoaib toppled Yousaf Khalil in a one-sided affair 6-2, 6-1.  Shoaib served and returned properly easing his approach to transfer into the semifinals.

The semi-finals could be performed between Aqeel Khan Vs Muzammil Murtaza and Muhammad Shoaib Vs Mudassar on Friday.

Within the Junior 18&Below class sixth Seed Muhammad Talha Khan, the upcoming proficient triggered a significant upset through the course of his quarter-final encounter with 2nd Seed Mahatir Muhammad Khan. In pursuit of his victory, he added his foot pace and topspin to make him a pressure to be reckoned with. M. Talha Khan managed to oust the 2nd seed 6-2, 6-2.

The highest seed Bilal Asim struggled onerous to win his match towards seventh Seed M.Huzaifa Khan. Within the opening set, Bilal served and returned properly to complete the set at 6-4. Within the second set each the gamers confirmed high quality tennis and lengthy rallies finally completed in favour of Bilal within the tie-break 7-6(6).

In Males’s Singles (quarterfinals), Aqeel Khan beat Barkatullah 6-1, 7-5: Muzammil Murtaza beat Abdullah Adnan 6-2, 6-3: Mudassar Murtaza beat Muhammad Abid 5-0 (Retd.): Muhammad Shoaib beat Yousaf Khalil 6-2, 6-3.

In Women Singles (quarterfinals), Sarah Mahboob was given a stroll over towards Amara Qadir, Esha Jawad was given a stroll over towards Sheeza Sajid, Amna Qayyum w/o Mehaq Khokar, Noor Malik beat Soha Ali 6-4, 6-4.

In Males’s Doubles quarterfinals, Muhammad Shoaib, Barkatullah beat Sami Zeb Khan, Abdullah Adnan 6-2, 7-6(3); Muzammil Murtaza, Mudassar Murtaza beat Bilal Asim, Mahatir Muhammad Khan 7-5, 6-4; M.Talha Khan, M.Huzaifa Khan beat Parbat Kumar, Baqar Ali 7-6(2), 6-2; Heera Ashiq, Yousaf Khalil was given a stroll over towards Hamid Israr, Ahmed Naeel Qureshi.

In Junior 18&Below Singles (Predominant Draw quarterfinals), Bilal Asim beat M.Huzaifa Khan 6-4, 7-6(6): Ahmed Nael Qureshi beat Hamid Israr 2-4(retd.): Sami Zeb Khan beat Muhammad Salar 6-2, 7-5: M.Talha Khan beat Mahatir Muhammad 6-2, 6-2.

In Boys & Ladies 12&Below Singles (Predominant Draw), Abdur Rehman beat Muhammad Hassan Usmani 4-1, 3-5, 4-2: Ahmed Khan beat Muhammad Shakib 5-3, 4-2: Haziq Arejo beat M.Junaid Khan 4-0, 4-0: Hajra Suhail beat Ihsanullah Kabir 5-3, 5-3.

The semifinals and Doubles Last of Males’s could be held on Friday.



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Amid criticism, Babar Azam assured of workforce to make a comeback



MULTAN: Pakistan Skipper Babar Azam has stated that efforts could be made to play cricket recreation as per planning and circumstances to win the second check match in opposition to England, saying errors of the earlier recreation would even be overcome.

Addressing a press convention on Thursday at Multan Cricket Stadium, Babar Azam stated that the pitch appears dry which might be useful for spinners.

He stated that dialogue was underway and processed for the announcement of the ultimate eleven within the second check match. He stated that planning couldn’t be modified after a single match or inning however the workforce would play the sport with full confidence.

He stated that gamers had been dedicated and dedicated to acting at their finest by studying from the errors of the earlier recreation.

“The Rawalpindi Check was in our palms however as a consequence of our personal errors we did not win the Check match as a result of back-to-back fall of wickets price us the match,” he stated.

He stated that the quick bowling mixture was being mentioned after the harm of Harif Rauf.

To a query, he stated that 4 predominant quick bowlers performed the sport of all three codecs however now we now have determined to care for the primary bowlers by protecting in view the upcoming necessary matches and sequence.

He brushed apart the notion that he’s underneath any form of strain forward of the second Check in opposition to England in Multan. He reiterated that he doesn’t should show something to anybody, “I’m underneath no strain and at all times attempt to give my finest on the sphere,” he added.

“I don’t should show something relating to my credentials as a participant as I at all times tried to get pleasure from my cricket and study from my errors,” Babar stated. “I don’t give attention to what folks say about me, my solely purpose was to assist Pakistan win with my efficiency,” he added.

Pakistan has made comebacks up to now and might do the identical sooner or later as nicely,” he stated. The Pakistan skipper additionally spoke about the way forward for veteran batter Azhar Ali, who has struggled for runs within the current home season.

“Azhar Ali is a senior participant and I’ll help him as captain however it’s as much as Azhar Ali himself to resolve his future,” he stated.

He stated that planning for all codecs of the sport was completely different and added that Pakistan would enter the bottom with the perfect methods and finest enjoying eleven with an purpose to win the match.


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