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

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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 He was named within the squad for Australia Exams however was withdrawn as a consequence of damage.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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Grealish says his greatest is but to return at Manchester Metropolis

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MANCHESTER: Manchester Metropolis playmaker Jack Grealish stated he’s “nowhere close to” full health as he continues his restoration from a groin harm however is assured followers will see the very best of him when he returns to the facet.

Grealish picked up the issue in August and has been restricted to 6 appearances in all competitions this season.

“I’m positively nowhere close to 100% in the intervening time,” Grealish instructed Metropolis’s web site.

“I performed 90 minutes in opposition to West Ham United and 45 in opposition to Bournemouth once I picked up my harm. So, I nonetheless have loads of health to enhance upon however that can come over time.

“I simply must preserve coaching to be the very best of my potential after which I’ll get probabilities on the pitch. And you then’ll see the very best Jack Grealish.”

Grealish, who joined Metropolis from Aston Villa in August final yr for a league-record charge of 100 million kilos ($107.98 million), has scored just one aim this season however the England worldwide isn’t frightened about his numbers.

“For me, it’s not all about objectives and assists […] they imply lots for attacking gamers however I simply don’t suppose soccer is nearly that,” he stated.

“I hoped that throughout the second season, I play extra and carry out higher. That’s what I must do, nobody wants to inform me that myself.

“It takes some time to adapt to a Pep Guardiola group and his system, so I’m positive I’ll.”

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Usman Wazeer knocks out Thai boxer to assert WBO Youth title

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Usman Wazeer on Wednesday made the nation proud as he knocked out Thailand’s Somphot Seesa to assert the vacant WBO Youth 147lbs world title within the Highland Boxing Present in Bangkok.

The 22-year-old Usman, who beforehand received all of his eight skilled bouts, was high of the invoice within the present as he began confidently within the first spherical, in accordance with info obtained right here.

He stored on exerting strain to unsettle his 23-year-old opponent. A flurry of proper and left robust blows ultimately noticed him knocking out Somphot Seesa within the sixth spherical.

Nicknamed ‘Asian Boy’, Usman has additionally moved to the WBO’s welterweight world rankings after the win. He grew to become the Asian welterweight champion for the WBA after flooring down hard-hitting Phatiphan Krungklang in June this yr in his hometown in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Joe Root shares his pleasure over enjoying Check sequence in Pakistan

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England’s aggressive strategy to Check cricket beneath skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum has paid wealthy dividends at house and batsman Joe Root is eager to see the way it fares overseas in several circumstances.

Casting apart warning and taking the sport to the bowlers in an strategy that has been dubbed ‘Bazball’, England have chased down intimidating targets with fearless batting to win six of their final seven Exams, all on house soil.

They subsequent go to Pakistan for a three-test sequence in December adopted by two Exams in New Zealand in February and Root instructed Sky Sports activities he hoped England would go from energy to energy with their attacking model of cricket.

“The problem for us now could be to maintain going for it, hold attempting to discover new areas within the format and see how far we will take it,” he mentioned.

Touching upon the upcoming Check sequence with Pakistan, whereby the English aspect will likely be touring Pakistan to play three matches in direction of the top of this 12 months, Root highlighted how thrilling the chance was.

“I’m actually excited [for the Test series against Pakistan]. I’ve by no means been earlier than. If you have a look at among the video games which have been there within the final couple of years, the groups touring there, it has seemed nice so actually wanting ahead to getting on the market,” he mentioned, “I’m actually excited to do one thing totally different. Having performed the sport for 10 years in worldwide cricket, to now get the chance to play there’s a actually thrilling likelihood.”

“You are feeling like you possibly can win video games from anyplace while you’re enjoying like this. I feel that’s essentially the most thrilling factor and makes us such a harmful workforce to play in opposition to.

“It might be actually thrilling to try to do it in several circumstances and see the place we go this winter, the place we go overseas onto totally different surfaces in several elements of the world.”

Root was changed by Stokes as Check captain however he nonetheless desires to assist mentor the youthful gamers within the aspect.

“I’m actually excited simply to get my enamel into attempting to attain as many runs as I can for Ben and the workforce and see the place we will get to as a aspect,” he added.

“As an skilled participant within the workforce I’ve nonetheless obtained a job in main in a distinct capability, serving to with among the youthful batters and youthful guys and hopefully that can profit us as nicely.”

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