Ex-Pak bowling coach Foster believes 'quality spin' will play decisive role in CWC

Daryl Foster

Karachi, Feb 15 - Former Pakistan bowling coach and leading biomechanics expert Daryl Foster has claimed that he would have certainly picked Saeed Ajmal after Mohammad Hafeez had to withdraw due to injury, as he believes that quality spin would play a decisive role in Australia and New Zealand.

Although there is a popular notion that wickets in Australia are conductive to pace bowling alone, Foster believes otherwise and claims that good quality spin bowling would be key in the World Cup.

Foster, who worked with Pakistan in three stints between 2001 and 2004, said that the perception among visiting teams of fast and bouncy pitches was true to some extent but often captains made the mistake of packing too many pacemen in the side, The Dawn reported.

Afridi among 8 partying Pak players fined for violating team's WC curfew

Shahid Afridi

Karachi, Feb 13 - Pakistan flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, along with seven other teammates have been fined for violating a team curfew ahead of their much-anticipated World Cup opener against arch-rivals India on Sunday.

According to the Dawn, eight of the Pakistan players, which also included former captain Shahid Afridi and opener Ahmed Shehzad, were fined 300 Australian dollars after they came late to their Sydney hotel.

Headed by former military officer Naveed Cheema, Pakistan team management claimed that players went with their friends for dinner but came back late.

Moreover, a warning has also been issued for players as a repeat offense would pave their way for an early exit from the sport's pinnacle tournament.

Efforts to restore power underway after nationwide blackout hits Pak

Efforts to restore power underway after nationwide blackout hits PakKarachi, Jan 25 - Attempts to restore power are underway after a major blackout hit Pakistan around midnight on Saturday, leaving about 80 percent of the country shrouded in darkness, a report said.

Almost all of Pakistan including, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad and Balochistan plunged into darkness around 11:50 p.m. on Saturday night as Baloch separatists attacked transmission lines near Naseerabad in Balochistan, causing the national power grid to trip and shutting down electricity supply to most parts of the country, reported the Dawn.

Terrorists' 'safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable': Obama

Barack ObamaKarachi, Jan 24 - United States President Barack Obama said, ahead of his crucial visit to India, that terrorists' "safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable".

According to the Express Tribune, Obama also said that those behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attack should be brought to justice.

He claimed to have been relentless in the fight against terrorism and prevention of nuclear weapons.

Obama said that the devastating attack in Peshawar had shocked people worldwide that killed 132 students in an army school.

The U.S. President asserted that both 9/11 and Mumbai attack victims included people of India and the U.S. (ANI)

Afridi eying to eclipse De Villiers' fastest ODI ton in WC

Karachi, Jan 21 - Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi admitted that he would like to eclipse the record set forth by the swashbuckling South African skipper AB de Villiers, who hit the fastest one-day international century off just 31 deliveries.

Afridi held the record of the fastest one-day hundred for nearly 17 years after hammering 102 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi.

The veteran all-rounder said that one doesn't plan out to set such records, adding that it happens when one has a very special day and confidence is sky high, the Dawn reported.

Suspended Ajmal claims needs time to perfect new bowling action to hinder WC chances

Karachi, Jan 15 - Pakistan's suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has claimed that it would be really difficult for him to appear in the World Cup as he needs some time to perfect his new action, but is confident about clearing his reassessment on January 24 in Chennai.

Ajmal feels that he needs some more time to get full command over his new action and would not be ready to play international cricket even if he clears the test.

Ajmal claimed that he feels he needs some mileage before gaining perfection over his new action, and added that it would be really difficult for him to appear in World Cup, The Dawn reported.

'Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on children'

Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on childrenKarachi : The sporting fraternity of Pakistan has called for the postponement of the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in the wake of the terrorist attack on the army school in Peshawar.

In one voice the sports fraternity strongly spoke out against the terrorist attack and said their hearts and minds were with the families of those who have lost their children in the attack.

Nearly 141 people including 132 children were killed in the attack yesterday, which led to a military operation to kill the terrorists and clear the school.

Pak actress Kubra Khan set to make Bollywood debut with 'Welcome to Karachi'

Kubra KhanKarachi, Nov 11 : Pakistani model and actress Kubra Khan will be making her Bollywood debut with the film 'Welcome to Karachi.'

The 'Na Maloom Afraad' star said that she is playing the lead girl in this project working alongside the amazing Arshad Warsi and Jackky Bhagnani, the Dawn reported.

Khan added that she had to go through the traditional auditions and the team happened to like her work.

The movie, which will be directed by Ashish R Mohan, is a satire about two Indians who get stranded in Karachi without any proper travel documents and is expected to release in 2015. (ANI)

Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai to donate 50,000 dollars for Gaza schools destroyed during conflict

malala yousafzaiKarachi, Oct 30 : Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousufzai has reportedly decided to donate 50,000 dollars to help rebuild the United Nations schools in Gaza which were destroyed during the 50-day conflict between Palestine and Israel in July and August, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency said.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement on Wednesday that after winning the World Children's Prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, the 17-year-old Pakistani children's rights activist said that she would donate her prize money to the agency, reported the Dawn.

Saeed Ajmal bowls with revamped action under Saqlain Mushtaq's supervision

Saeed AjmalKarachi: Pakistan's suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal yesterday for the first time bowled with his revamped action under the supervision of Saqlain Mushtaq.

Ajmal bowled a number of overs to experienced all-rounder, Muhammad Hafeez who has also resumed batting in the nets after having to return home from the UAE because of a hand injury during practice.

"I am confident of getting cleared before the World Cup and my ambition is to make the World Cup squad," Ajmal, who bowled with high speed cameras filming his deliveries, said.

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'Injured' Warner confident of being fit for next week's first Test against Pak

David WarnerKarachi, Oct 13 : Australian batsman David Warner is confident that he would be fit for next week's first Test against Pakistan despite suffering a groin injury in the final ODI in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Warner left the field in clear discomfort during the 35th over of Pakistan's innings in Australia's dramatic one-run victory that rounded out a 3-0 sweep of the series in the United Arab Emirates ( UAE).

The big-hitting opener said that he would need to work with team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris but thought that the injury would not prevent him taking his place in the side when the first of two Tests starts in Dubai on Wednesday week, The Dawn reported.

India should stop testing patience of Pak Army: Musharraf

Pervez MusharrafKarachi : Pakistan's former president and military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has sought to blame India for ceasefire violations along Line of Control, saying it should stop testing the "patience and resolve" of Pakistani Army.

Musharraf, who is facing a treason case in the Supreme Court, said, "Regular ceasefire violations on the LoC by the Indians is not good for the region and deplorable."

"I think India should stop testing the patience and resolve of the Pakistani Army," he said on Express News.

Lehmann claims Johnson, Clarke likely to play in upcoming Test, ODI series against Pak

Darren LehmannKarachi, Sep 29 : Former Australian cricketer and current national team coach Darren Lehmann claimed on Sunday that fast bowler Mitchell Johnson would play in the upcoming Test and ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Johnson withdrew from the Twenty20 Champions League with a rib injury, but was part of the Australian squad that left for the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) on Sunday.

Lehmann calmed fears that the world's leading pacer was a doubt for the first Test against Pakistan that starts in Dubai on October 22, The Express Tribune reported.

Over 33 million Pak kids to be inoculated against polio from today

ak kids to be inoculated against polio Karachi, Sept 29 : Over 33 million children in Pakistan will be administered with polio vaccine during from today till Thursday.

According to the Dawn, a majority of the 7.6 million children in the country's Sindh Province will be inoculated against polio during the four-day campaign beginning on Monday.

Dr. Zafar Ijaz, Director (Health) for the Karachi division, said arrangements to provide security to more than 6,000 teams in Karachi have been taken.

Stringent security measures are in place in volatile areas like Gadap and Baldia Towns, where polio workers and doctors had been attacked several times.

Veteran batsman Younis not named in 'new and younger' ODI, T20 Pak squad

Younis-KhanKarachi, Sep 25 - Veteran batsman Younis Khan failed to find a spot in the ODI team as Pakistan announced the squads for the upcoming one-day and Twenty20 series with Australia.

The Pakistan- Australia series, comprising one T20 and three ODI matches, is scheduled to kick off on October 5 in the United Arab Emirates .

Chief selector Moin Khan announced the ODI squad for Pakistan on Wednesday and Younis was not named as part of the team. The squads were initially going to be announced on Tuesday but had to be postponed for a day in light of the disagreement over the veteran batsman's inclusion in the ODI squad.

'Khoobsurat' earns Rs 3 crores in opening weekend at Pakistani box office

KhoobsuratKarachi, Sep 23 : 'Khoobsurat' has earned Rs 3 crores in its opening weekend at the Pakistani box office , it has been reported.

The film marks the Bollywood debut of Pakistani television star, Fawad Khan, and it was released on 46 screens across Pakistan, the Express Tribune reported.

Amjad Rasheed, owner of IMGC Entertainment, said that this was the first time this has ever happened because no Pakistani film has ever made Rs1 crore on a non-holiday weekday.

It was previously reported that ' Khoobsurat' had comprehensively beaten the Yash Raj Films produced 'Daawat-e-Ishq' in advanced bookings in cinemas in Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi may quit other formats to focus on T20 after World Cup 2015

Shahid-AfridiKarachi - Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder and national T20 captain Shahid Afridi may join the growing band of international cricketers who have opted to retire from other formats to focus only on T20 cricket.

Afridi told reporters at the national stadium that he could quit one-day internationals after the 2015 World Cup to focus only on T20 cricket. "I might do this because the PCB has appointed me captain of the national T20 side until the World T20 in
2016 and I want to focus completely on building a strong team that is capable of winning back the title for Pakistan," Afridi said.

India tour for Champions League is a learning curve: Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad HafeezKarachi: Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez has described their tour of India for Champions League twenty20 tournament as a great learning curve for the players and Pakistan cricket.

"We are not in India just to play cricket, we want to go back by impressing the Indian people with our attitude, behaviour and cricket. There is a lot of demand for our players and Pakistan cricket in India and we don't want to spoil that image," Hafeez said on Geo Super channel during a telephonic talk from Hyderabad Deccan.

Malala set to receive first ever Asia Game changer award

Malala YousufzaiKarachi, Sep 17 : A report has revealed that Malala Yousufzai and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy have been chosen from Pakistan by the Asia society for the first Asia Game changer awards that will be handed out at the United Nations ( UN) later this year.

According to The Express Tribune, the society chose Malala, the teenage child activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, for the award for her incessant fight "for continuing to dream, and fight for girls the world over, after living a nightmare." Chinoy, Pakistan's only Oscar winner, on the other hand, was selected for her "eye-opening" films that gave voice to the voiceless.

Harris says India may face 'brutal summer' from 'Johnson and company' during Oz tour

Ryan-HarrisKarachi, Aug 23 : With three months still left to go ahead of India's tour to Australia, pacer Ryan Harris has said that the hosts would not tone down their aggression and the visiting squad might face a brutal summer from Mitchell Johnson and company in the series in December.

Harris has declared that the Australians would seek to extend India's woeful away-from-home record when they kick-start the four-match series on December 4.

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