Pak vs Eng: Pakistan won’t disappoint, says Ramiz Raja

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja has expressed hope that the Men in Green will not disappoint in the Pakistan vs England series decider, scheduled to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium today (Sunday) at 7:30pm.

“We are not the best team in the world but Pakistan will not disappoint as there are several match winners in the team, not just one,” Ramiz said in a conversation with Geo News.

As the clock ticks on the nail-biting clash this evening with Pakistan looking to claim the series, the former cricketer and commentator reiterated that losing is not an option for the national squad. He asked the fans to have faith in the Green Shirts and back them.

He also requested people to show more acceptance and be flexible towards the team’s outcomes as they are making some mistakes and may make more.

Ramiz went on to say that fans have now started taking ownership of their national team and that is the reason they are going to the stadiums to watch the matches.

“Cricket is spreading happiness,” he said.

The PCB chair had thought the public would lose interest in the series as it featured seven T20 matches between two teams, but pointed out that the interest kept increasing up until the final match.

Ramiz further stated that the interest hasn’t faded away because the team’s temperament is improving and the bilateral series featured matches where the winners were decided in the last overs.

“Thrilling matches are the reason behind pumped-up interest among the fans,” he concluded.


Malan, Woakes star in England´s T20I series win over Pakistan

LAHORE: Dawid Malan hit a brilliant half-century and pace bowler Chris Woakes took three wickets as England thrashed Pakistan by 67 runs in Lahore on Sunday to win the seven-match T20 international series 4-3.

Malan hit a 47-ball 78 not out and was ably supported by Harry Brook (46 not out) and Ben Duckett (30) to lift England to 209-3 in 20 overs.

The visitors then restricted the home team to 142-8 to end their first tour to Pakistan in 17 years with a series victory.

England won the first, third, sixth and seventh games while Pakistan won the second, fourth and fifth.

The result denied Pakistan their first T20I multi-game series win over England, who have won five while drawing the other two.

Pakistan never recovered from losing the in-form Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, their top run-scorer in the series, in the opening two overs.

Woakes had Azam caught at short cover for four before Reece Topley bowled Rizwan for one with his second delivery.

Shan Masood’s 43-ball 56 came in vain as Pakistan were never in the hunt for their highest successful chase.

Pakistan’s best chase in a T20I was the 208 they achieved against the West Indies in Karachi last year.

Khushdil Shah made 27 off 25 balls and added 53 for the fourth wicket with Masood but leg-spinner Adil Rashid removed him to break the stand.

Woakes, who took 3-26, dismissed Asif Ali (seven) and had Masood caught brilliantly by Adil Rashid in the 19th over to end Pakistan´s hopes.

Earlier, Malan and Brook led England’s recovery from a jittery 39-2 with openers Alex Hales (18) and Phil Salt (20) gone after a quick 39-run start — both falling in the fifth over.

Dropped twice by Pakistan skipper Azam on 29 and Mohammad Wasim on 62, Malan struck eight fours and three sixes in the 13th half-century of his T20I career.

Malan added 62 for the third wicket with Duckett to put the innings back on track.

Brook, dropped on 24 by Azam off Haris Rauf, struck four sixes and a four in his 29-ball innings and added 108 for the fourth wicket with Malan in 10.1 overs.

For Pakistan, fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain took 1-32 while fellow paceman Wasim went for 61 runs in four wicket-less overs.

England took the attack to Pakistan and scored 60 in their last five overs.


Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain.

England: Alex Hales, Philip Salt (wk), Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley


England’s Moeen Ali likes Karachi cuisine more than Lahore

English cricket team captain Moeen Ali wasn’t too pleased with the food in Lahore as compared to Karachi.

“Food wise, I’ve been a little bit disappointed in Lahore. Karachi was really nice,” Ali shared in a post-match press conference Sunday after his side’s victory against Pakistan in the seven-match T20I series.After a lacklustre show on Sunday, Pakistan lost the seven-match series after losing the final T20I against England by 67 runs.

Ali appreciated the English team’s performance against Pakistan. “It was a good series for us as English players performed well throughout the series,” he said.

“Efforts were required for come back in series after losing two matches continuously, though I am happy to see that batters and bowlers accepted the challenge and won the series,” he added.

Moeen Ali also praised the hospitality he received during his stayed in Pakistan and loved the foods of Karachi.


WATCH: Fawad Chaudhry’s viral clip hitting boundaries at cricket match

Just like the cricket crazy Pakistani public, several politicians, too, are major fans and cricket enthusiasts, with some even playing a game here and there themselves.

One such cricket-loving politician – PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry – was trending amid the last Pakistan vs England T20I match yesterday (Sunday), in which the Men in Green suffered a disappointing defeat.

A video of Fawad Chaudhry playing cricket at a local ground went viral on Twitter. In it, he could be seen dashing to make a run after hitting a six.One social media user, digging a dig at the green shirts’ performance, even suggested that perhaps the public would have witnessed some sixes if the politician would have been given a chance to play in the team during Sunday’s match.

After a lacklustre show on Sunday, Pakistan lost the seven-match series after losing the final T20I against England by 67 runs.


Pak vs Eng: Pakistan fought till last ball, says Ramiz Raja

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan lost to England 4-3 in the finale at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja hailed the Green Shirts, saying the team fought till the last ball of the game.

Appreciating the Pakistan team’s unity and combination, Raja, in a video message, said that the team has won 80% of its matches in the last 12 months.

“Fans have taken ownership of this team,” the PCB chairman said, adding that stadiums were full during the clashes against England even on working days.


T20 World Cup: India suffer setback as Jasprit Bumrah ruled out

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have ruled out fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the T20 World Cup due to an injury set to take place later this month.

In a statement, the board said that its medical team ruled out the fast bowler following a detailed assessment and consultation with the specialists.

The BCCI added that it would name a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the squad for the marquee tournament soon.

Bumrah was initially ruled out from the ongoing Mastercard 3-match T20I series against South Africa due to a back injury.

The 28-year-old, whose unorthodox action and yorkers make him a valuable limited-overs asset, also missed the recent Asia Cup.


Pakistan tough cookie to play in T20 format: Kiwi captain

New Zealand cricket team captain Kane Williamson believes Pakistan and Bangladesh are two tough teams to play in the T20 format.

Williamson and New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner are looking forward to the New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh tri-series starting this month.

The tri-nation T20 series will be played in Christchurch from October 7 to 14.

Williamson said that getting an opportunity to play against two good T20 teams, Pakistan and Bangladesh, will be beneficial to play competitive cricket before the World Cup.

He said that after the tri-nation tournament, there are also warm-up matches which will help them before the mega event.

New Zealand’s Santner, too, said that Pakistan and Bangladesh teams are very good. “We will get a chance to play against them and gain momentum as we have good players in our squad, focused in every area,” he shared.

Pakistan’s first match in the series is against Bangladesh, while the final is scheduled to be played on October 14.


Coalition of willing’ asked to step up for flood aid

Sherry stresses Pakistan has no money for recovery operations, urges developed world to accelerate funding before winter sets in
• WHO says country ‘on the verge of a public health disaster’; only $90m of $160m received so far

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is out of money to spend on rec­overy from recent devastating floods, Minister for Cli­m­ate Change Sherry Reh­man stressed on Tues­day, urg­ing immediate international help at the UN launch of an aid appeal as the country’s funding needs were rev­ised up by more than five times.

The United Nations incre­ased its aid appeal from $160 million to $816m as rising waterborne diseases and fear of growing hunger pose new risks after weeks of unprecedented flooding blamed on climate change.

“We have no space to give our economy any stimulus,” Ms Rehman, who led the Pakistan delegation, told the conference in Geneva aimed at seeking aid for Pakistan.

The revised appeal was based on an updated on-gro­und needs assessment of the flood situation in the country. The revised Pakis­tan Floods Response Plan (FRP) was shared with UN member states and humanitarian organisations in Geneva.

The minister urged the developed world to accelerate funding for the ongoing domestic climate-linked disaster, which she said had no parallel in history, adding that more than seven million people have been displaced from their homes.

“Just to pick up the pie­ces, we will literally need a new coalition. It can be done to save lives. One-third of all reported deaths and injured are children. We are still in the longest rescue and relief, and life-saving phase crossing 16 nightmarish weeks,” Ms Rehman said.