Karachi, Apr 17 : Pakistan's legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas is surprised by the naming of Azhar Ali as the nation's ODI captain and believes that it would put the young cricketer under pressure because he had not been part of the one-day squad for the past two years.
Abbas said that Ali had not been part of the ODI side for the past two years and now suddenly he was named ODI captain which is surprising. Like many experts and players, he added that he too was surprised by Ali's appointment as ODI captain.
Karachi, Apr 17 - Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes that India's star batsman Virat Kohli needs to mature as the captain in order to emulate former Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's success in the longer format of the game.
Kohli succeeded Dhoni as the captain of the Test side after the latter decided to retire from the five-day game during India's tour of Australia prior to the World Cup.
Karachi, Apr 16 : Pakistan left-arm orthodox spinner Zulfiqar Babar has been picked in place of injured leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the forthcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, beginning from tomorrow at Mirpur.
Yasir injured his left hand during a practice match against BCB XI in Fatullah, and subsequently received three stitches on the injured area.
Yasir became the third player to have been ruled out of the Bangladesh series after Sohaib Maqsood and Sohail Khan.
Though Yasir has been ruled out of the ODI series, he is still in the Test team, the Dawn reported.
Karachi: The PCB is planning to plead the case of banned cricketer Salman Butt with the International Cricket Council. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said in an interview that the former Test captain, who is serving a five-year ban for spot fixing, had shown willingness to meet all the requirements before the Board can plead his case with the ICC for some relaxation.
"In our recent communication with him, Butt appears to have learnt his lesson and his admission of guilt is in line with the ICC protocol on rehabilitation of 'corrupt' players."
Karachi: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has said that the decision to call back Moin Khan from the World Cup and later sack him as chief selector was taken to keep his prestige and reputation intact after the Casino incident.
"After the Casino incident, Moin was facing a difficult situation and the possibility of a loss of reputation and prestige in the team and generally in Pakistan cricket, that's why we decided to call him back home and later sack him," Khan told Geo Super channel last night.
Karachi, Apr 15 : Pakistan's disgraced former Test captain Salman Butt has once again sought forgiveness for his infamous role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, insisting that he is a changed man now, as he advises youngsters to avoid shortcuts in life.
Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir had all been banned for being a part of infamous no-balls in the Lord's Test against England in 2010.
Karachi, Apr 12 : Pakistan newly-appointed one-day skipper Azhar Ali said that his team will not take World Cup-quarterfinalist Bangladesh lightly in the forthcoming three match one-day series, with the first match starting on Friday at Dhaka.
Ali succeeded Misbah-ul-Haq, who led Pakistan to the World Cup quarterfinal before bowing out to eventual winners Australia.
Karachi, Apr 11 : Pakistan cricket team's head coach Waqar Younis has claimed that he has no place for 'foul-mouthed' criticism targeted at him or the team.
Pakistan is preparing for their upcoming series against Bangladesh. Following the team's practice session at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Younis said that he was aware of all the comments being directed towards the team but had blocked out foul-mouthed rants from former players and experts.
Karachi, Apr 11 : Pakistan's incumbent cricket team coach Waqar Younis is of the opinion that off-spinner Saeed Ajmal would make a solid comeback as he has the experience to do so and insisted that he would deliver for the team against Bangladesh.
The Pakistan squad is participating in a training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore where Pakistan team is participating in a training camp for the series against Bangladesh which would get underway from April 17.
Karachi, Apr 09 : Pakistan speedster Wahab Riaz confirmed that he has signed a deal with English county side Surrey for its domestic Twenty20 campaign.
The left-arm pacer will be joining sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen at the county for a very short period before returning to the national squad for its series against Sri Lanka.
Raiz came to limelight with his ferocious spell during Pakistan's quarterfinal match against Australia at the World Cup.
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