Martin Guptill has hit a quick-fire 105 in just 54 balls with New Zealand posting a monster total of 243 in their T20 clash with Australia at Eden Park in Auckland.
Guptill created history, surpassing former teammate Brendon McCullum (2140 runs) as the highest run scorer in international T20 history, moving to 2188 runs.
Fellow opener Colin Munro also did some serious damage with the bat, smashing 76 from 33 balls as the hosts went to work at the notoriously small venue.
Both were bowled by Australian Andrew Tye and caught by Glenn Maxwell, as Ross Taylor finished the innings with six,
Australia presented with the tough task of chasing down 243.
T20 captain David Warner and Aaron Finch will open for the visitors.
Shoaib Akhtar about Babar Azam
Shoaib Akhtar also had a few words reserved for the batsmen. He spoke about Babar Azam, the country’s leading batsman in the recent times.
Azam has been prolific in limited overs cricket but has failed in Test cricket up until now. Trying to cite reasons for the same, Akhtar feels that the fields are spread out in the limited overs cricket and hence that makes it easier for Azam to score runs. In Test cricket, the field is often close in, and that creates pressure.
“He gets an open field in one-dayers. There are not many people standing in the circle. But he struggles when the field comes in the circle in Test cricket. He should get the art of Test cricket and play his natural game. If you are not able to find the gaps in Test cricket, then obviously there is some kind of problem in your technique. You need to score runs in Test cricket and play with people’s mind. Babar Azam needs to prove himself as a Test match batsman,” conceded Akhtar.
Mohammad Aamir finds replacement of Mohammad Asif
Pakistan’s left hand fast bowler Mohammad Amir in a recent interview said that
“Abbas, I think, is a bowler like him [Asif], in that mould and I really enjoy having him at the other end,” stated Amir, quoted ESPNcricinfo.
The fast bowler stated that since his return to international cricket, he has enjoyed bowling along with Abbas.
“At this time, Abbas is bowling the new ball really well with me. That was a problem we were having, in Tests especially, but seeing Abbas I’m very happy. He is very accurate, bowls really well within his limits. That means there is less pressure on me, because he contains it from his end and so at the other end, I can relax a little bit and go for wickets… I’ve really benefited from Abbas at one end,” said Amir.
The Pakistani bowling spearhead, however, praised Asif calling him “the most dangerous bowler in Pakistan cricket.”
“As a pair when we bowled together, we were very dangerous for any side…. So there is no doubt whatsoever about his ability,” Amir added.
India to play Cricket with Pakistan
LAHORE: Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi has made it clear to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that
Addressing a press conference here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday after the PCB governing board meeting, Sethi said: “Either the BCCI will have to let their team play against Pakistan or forfeit, in case the teams are drawn against each other in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship. They also have to lose precious points.”they have to play against Pakistan, or otherwise they will lose the ranking points.
“I have not received any official information but to be honest, I don’t think India have a lot of choices,” said Sethi. “Either they will play us or they will forfeit and we will get the points. I don’t think any team has a third option.” The PCB chairman then explained why the announcement of the schedule for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been delayed.
“The schedule was ready, but the delay took place because Dubai and Abu Dhabi want more matches in the third edition. Therefore, we had to withhold the schedule as our team is going to the UAE to discuss possible solutions.” According to media reports , BCCI has seeked the permission of Govt for games between Pakistan and India in Test and ODI League.
Pakistan Completes Players Selection Ahead of NZ Tour
Pakistan completed players selection ahead of New Zealand tour while Head Coach Mickey Arthur went to leave after consultation from chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Pakistan Cricket Team will depart for New Zealand on December 20 where five ODIs and three T20Is are scheduled to start from January 6.
Arthur, has gone to Australia on vacation after finalizing the selection with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq of National Team ahead of New Zealand tour.
However, a short training camp will also be set up in New Zealand for Pakistani players whereas Pakistan’s coaching staff also join the team in New Zealand after vacations. Pakistan Team to play single practice match against New Zealand A on January 3 ahead of series.
Opener-Batsman Ahmed Shahzad is likely to drop for limited overs series from New Zealand whereas fast-bowler Usman Shinwari’s name is not being considered due to his fitness problem.
Further, seasoned batsman Azhar Ali is being added for Kiwis tour in replace of Ahmed Shahzad while left-arm-pacer Rumman Raees will be replaced with Usman Shinwari.
PCB’s stance on Hafeez’s bowling Action
PCB is ready to request the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a rechecking of Hafeez’s action, but after the 37-year-old believes he is ready for it. VIA tribune.com.pk
An unofficial biomechanics test is also on the cards if Hafeez requests for it before he goes for a formal checking of his action in an ICC credited
“PCB would like to clarify that it stands behind Hafeez and is lending all its support to him to rectify his bowling action,” the media release read. “The PCB will like to state that a bowling action review committee has already been setup with Ahsan Raza, Ali Zia, Saleem Jaffar, and Sajjad Akbar as its members. The committee has been tasked to provide all possible training and assistance to rectify Hafeez’s bowling action at par with the ICC standards.”
It added: “On the recommendations of the four-member committee, Hafeez will work on his action at the National Cricket Academy and after every 10 days will undergo a test at the biomechanics lab setup in Lahore University of Management Sciences. The committee will then analyse the reports of the tests, and will further guide Hafeez before he proceeds to the official bowling test.”
Wasim akram opinion about Ahmad Shahzad
Speaking to media personnel, the Sultan of Swing said that he didn’t understand why people were against Shehzad.
Former Pakistan fast bowler and Multan Sultans’ Director of Cricket Wasim Akram said on Tuesday that Ahmed Shehzad is still a match-winner regardless of whatever anyone said. He said “I don’t get why people criticise Ahmed Shehzad,” he said. “He’s still young and is playing T20 cricket. I think he’s a match-winner in my opinion,” he said.
Regarding Mohammad Hafeez who was suspended last week by the ICC for his bowling action, Akram had sound advice for the former Pakistan captain.
“An all-rounder has two weapons and if one of them is taken away, he should fortify the other,” said Wasim. “I think Hafeez should concentrate on his batting.”
Reason why Multan Sultans not selected Imran Nazir for PSL 3
Pakistan cricket fans were so excited to watch Imran nazir in Pakistan super league before PSL draft, because of the rumours that Imran Nazir will be playing for Multan Sultans.
Imran nazir also said that “I am 99% recovered from injury & i will be starting practice soon. Insha Allah i will be playing good cricket before retirement” But
According to sources, Director of Multan Sultans Wasim akram said that It was not possible to select Imran Nazir because he is not playing any first class cricket or any T20 cricket for a while now.
According to cricket experts, the reason given by Waseem Akram is fair but fans of Imran nazir are once again disappointed as Imran nazir is out of international cricket from a long time.
One New Venue added for hosting PSL Matches
Till last year, Only Dubai and Sharjah hosted the Pakistan Super League Matches. But this year another UAE is Venue added for hosting PSL Matches.
Buoyed by T20 series success, Abu Dhabi Cricket ready for some PSL action. With around 33,000 in attendance and plenty of entertainment around games between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Zayed Cricket Stadium organizers wished that PSL matches should also be held in UAE.
Now, Abu Dhabi has been added as a PSL venue. Group matches will be held in Abu Dhabi Dubai and Sharjah. Most Probably Playoffs will be held in Lahore And
PSL Grand Final is expected to be held in Karachi for the 3rd Edition. PCB also invested huge amount of money in renovation of National cricket stadium Karachi.