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  1. Ahson8
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    Ajmal: 4-1-17-3
    Worcs lost the game to Warks though.
     
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    Ajmal is in sublime form these days.
     
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    He will be in Australia 2015!
     
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  4. Wistful Reminisces
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    Deffo. Need Wahab and Younis


    Hope they bring Farhat and Faisal too
     
  5. Straight Drive
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    You forgot Abdur Rauf and Junaid Zia?
     
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    Tanvir too

    Farhat abd Faisal are vital. How else will Younis stabilise after a collapse if there isn't one?
     
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    So what about this starting eleven?

    Farhat
    Taufeeq
    YK
    Iqbal
    Misbah
    Kamran(WK)
    Afridi
    Riaz
    Sami
    Tanvir
    Rauf
     
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    Nah, no need for Misbah there, might get a 50 and ruin it all. Perhaps we can bring in Iqbal at 5, Younis at 4, and have Taufeeq at 3, with Nazir opening?

    And replace Afridi with Hafeez :D
     
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    This isn't the thread for this but still:

    Farhat
    Taufiq
    Faisal
    Younis
    Shafiq
    Malik
    Adnan / Mo. Salman / Sarfraz
    Tanvir Ahmed
    Sohail Tanvir
    Abdur Rehman
    Junaid Zia / Abdur Rauf.
     
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    Ajmal: 4/66 & 3/81 vs Leics in a matchwinning effort for the Worcs.
     
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    mA he keeps delivering. Long may in continue iA ya Rab!
     
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    Junaid: 4-0-30-2 vs Derbyshire with yet another win for table-toppers Lancashire.
     
  13. chandtara
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    Not been in the loop for a while.

    I know Amir is playing this year for Essex, are any other Pakistanis representing?
     
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    Pakistani paceman Mohammad Amir continued his rich seam of form from the Champions Trophy win over India, striking early for Essex using a pink ball on a landmark day for English county cricket.

    Amir trapped Middlesex Nick Gubbins-lbw as the latest round of county championship matches got underway on Monday. The new day/night format led to the use of the pink ball with a black seam—ideal preparation for England’s Test players for a match with the West Indies from August 17-21 at Edgbaston.

    http://newsweekpakistan.com/mohammad-amir-in-form-at-county/
     
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    Amir praises Cook's role in welcoming him to Essex

    Mohammad Amir hopes to inspire Essex to the County Championship title after revealing the extent to which new team-mate Alastair Cook has attempted to welcome him.

    The fast bowler has joined his new team after excelling for Pakistan during their Champions Trophy triumph.

    He made his debut for the Championship leaders on Monday against Middlesex, the latest development in a career almost undermined by a conviction for spot-fixing in 2010 that led to a five-year ban.

    When Amir was granted a visa to tour England last summer, then-England Test captain Cook insisted match-fixers should be banned for life to protect the sport’s integrity.

    In November it was then confirmed Amir would join him at Essex, but instead of any potential hostility, the new arrival says their relationship is already “very good”.

    “I met him the first day when I arrived and he was very nice,” said the 25-year-old.

    “He said to me, the funny thing, ‘I want to learn Urdu (Amir’s native tongue), so you have to teach me’.

    “No (there are no issues between us), nothing.

    “He’s always nice and very supportive.

    “Everybody knows he’s a good batsman and a very nice human being, so I think it will be a very good journey with him.

    “The way the people treat me, they are very nice to me; the way they gave me a reception was very, very inspiring for me.”

    Amir got off to the perfect start as he claimed a wicket during his first over as an England bowler.

    But Amir admitted the move has not gone down well in his homeland.

    Amir said: “Some people (in Pakistan) are angry (at this transfer) because they said ‘You should come home first’, but it’s a good opportunity for me, my career.

    “It’s the standard of cricket. County cricket is going up and this standard of cricket you can’t find anywhere else.

    “I can improve my cricket and that was the reason to come here.

    “I do believe (I can help deliver a Championship).

    “When you do the basics right anything is possible. Let’s see what’s going to happen.”

    >Simon Harmer blasted a massive hole in Warwickshire’s batting at Chelmsford to take the first 14-wicket haul of his career and move Essex clear at the top of the County Championship last week.

    Harmer took eight second-innings wickets for 36 runs - career-best figures for an innings - to finish with figures of 14 for 128.

    Essex won by a resounding innings and 164 runs.

    Ravi Bopara hit a stunning 192 for Essex in their innings.

    They are currently playing Middlesex in the County Championship, in the first day/night trial with the pink ball.

    http://www.thurrockgazette.co.uk/sport/15376300.Amir_praises_Cook_s_role_in_welcoming_him_to_Essex/
     
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    Junaid can spark a Red Rose Blast bid

    Karl Brown is hoping Lancashire will benefit from an improved Junaid Khan in this summer’s T20 Blast, with the Pakistan ace set for his third Lightning debut on Friday.

    Junaid, who Brown has described as “one of the best yorker bowlers in the world”, has missed the first two matches due to visa problems.

    But the left-armer’s arrival in England is imminent – a little over a month after leaving with the Champions Trophy under his belt.

    The 27-year-old overseas star was named in the ICC’s Team of the Tournament thanks to eight wickets from four matches.


    His latest debut is expected to come in Friday’s 19,500 sold-out Roses clash with Yorkshire Vikings at Old Trafford (6.30pm).

    “I think Junaid’s going to be a massive player for us this year,” said opening batsman Brown.

    “We know what he brings, and it’s nice to have somebody back that’s played for us before. He’ll be part of the team straight away, which is great for everyone.

    “He’s one of the best yorker bowlers in the world, and that’s massive towards the end in T20 cricket.

    “If you know you’ve got a player like that in your side, you will win the odd game you probably shouldn’t do.

    “You know how tight the games can be. A lot are won within the space of 10 runs. So to have someone like Junaid, who can take wickets up front or at the end, it makes a massive difference.”

    Junaid has taken 31 wickets in 18 Blast matches for Lancashire across two seasons in 2011 and 2014, including a career best 4-12.

    In 2011, he helped the Lightning reach Finals Day but could not play because he was touring Zimbabwe with Pakistan, where he made his Test debut.

    “I can remember one game at Northants a few years ago when we were defending a small target (111 – Junaid took 2-12 in a three-run win), and he bowled one of the best spells I’ve ever seen,” said Brown, who is no fan of facing him in the nets.

    “He’s just got a real belief in his game that when he stands at the top of his mark, he’s going to execute what he wants to do.

    “It’s the trajectory he bowls. It’s just different because he isn’t as tall.

    “Even if his yorkers aren’t right on the button, it’s still difficult to hit because he doesn’t get the bounce 
other bowlers get. That helps him.

    “He’s been brilliant for us. If he’s anywhere near where he was the last two times, he’ll be great again.

    “More international experience can only benefit him, and hopefully he comes even as an improved player. If he does, it will be unbelievable.”

    Brown has scored 35 and four at the top of the order in Lancashire’s opening two matches this season - a win at Durham on Friday and defeat against Leicestershire at Liverpool on Sunday.

    He has scored fifties in Roses wins against Yorkshire at Old Trafford in each of the last two seasons.

    “It’s a game I always look forward to,” he added.

    “I find it really easy to get up for and focus in that game.

    “They’re big rivals, and I think that competitive edge comes out a bit more. But I’m sure it does for everybody else in both sides.

    “It’s just a game I really enjoy playing in. And it’s always nice to get one over on the Yorkies. Everybody knows that!

    “We’ll be looking to do it again.”

    http://www.lep.co.uk/sport/cricket/...naid-can-spark-a-red-rose-blast-bid-1-8642645
     
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    Sussex Sharks host Hampshire and Shahid Afridi in NatWest T20 Blast

    Actually, Boom Boom - Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi - went bang, bang, bang, bang as he took four wickets for Hampshire with his leg-spin in their 22-run win over Glamorgan in Cardiff.

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    The 37-year-old will line up for Hampshire in Wednesday's Sky Live game, too, as he, young leggie Mason Crane, skipper James Vince and the rest of the team head to Hove to face Sussex Sharks (6pm, Sky Sports 2).

    Afridi be looking to rip through Sussex - who began their Blast campaign with an eight-run defeat to Glamorgan on Sunday - alongside Crane, who will show Sky Sports a few tricks of his trade before the game starts.

    Reece Topley was Afridi's accomplice against Glamorgan on Friday night, though, with the former Essex paceman taking three wickets as Hampshire successfully defended 167-5.

    Sussex are blessed with another ex-Essex left-armer, too, in Tymal Mills, and although a hamstring injury will prevent him from playing against Hampshire, the quick will be on our commentary team in the Pod.

    We will also be catching up with Sussex's Barbados-born seamers, Joffra Archer and Chris Jordan, ahead of a match which can't come soon enough for Luke Wright, with the former Sussex skipper having smashed 101 from 53 balls against Glamorgan over the weekend.

    Watch Sussex Sharks v Hampshire in the NatWest T20 Blast, live from 6pm, Wednesday, Sky Sports 2.

    http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/sussex-sharks-v-hampshire/18096/10944930/preview
     
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    Imad Wasim to feature for Durham in England’s T20 Blast

    KARACHI: Twenty20 cricket’s top ranked bowler Imad Wasim is all set to feature in the Twenty20 blast in England for Durham county, the all-rounder said on Wednesday.

    The 28-year-old is waiting for his visa and if it is issued he will fly to feature in the Twenty20 blast.

    “It’s a great opportunity to play for Durham in the Twenty20 blast. I am waiting for the visa,” said Imad, who retained his world number one Twenty20 bowler ranking on Monday.

    He has replaced South African Imran Tahir as world’s top ranked Twenty20 bowler.

    Imad also received good news of his elevation to “B” category in the central contracts issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board. H was placed in “C” category in the contracts announced last year.

    Mohammad Amir is representing Essex and Shahid Afridi is playing for Hampshire in the T20 blast in England.

    https://arynews.tv/en/imad-wasim-feature-durham-englands-t20-blast/
     
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    Hampshire win again but Afridi has a quiet game. Scored 5 and went wicketless
     
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    solid bowling by JK for Lancashire

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    Sarfraz looking forward to dream T20 stint with Yorkshire

    KARACHI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said he's looking forward to get maximum advantage from the much-awaited opportunity to play county cricket during his stint with Yorkshire.

    Sarfraz, who led his team to a dream victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, was signed by Yorkshire last week for a short stint in the NatWest T20 Blast.

    The 30-year-old said that he has always wanted to play county cricket and hopes that the spell with Yorkshire will help him become a better professional.

    "I always wanted to play county cricket and when the opportunity to represent Yorkshire came I couldn't say no to this fantastic offer," he said.

    "It's a dream come true for me and hopefully this stint with Yorkshire will help me become even a better professional,” added Sarfraz, who was recently handed Pakistan's Test captaincy.

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    Sarfraz signs up for Yorkshire in England’s T20 Blast

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    Sarfraz is likely to feature in five T20 Blast matches and join the team on July 27. He is currently waiting for his visa.

    The skipper said he is proud to be part of Yorkshire, a team which was previously represented by legends like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

    "Yorkshire are a big club with a big reputation and I'm proud to be following in the footsteps of other Pakistanis who have played at Headingley such as Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul Haq,” he said.

    Sarfraz, who has led Pakistan to seven victories in eight T20Is as captain, said he is aiming to contribute his part in making Yorkshire victorious in the event, adding that playing in the tournament will also be a learning opportunity for him.

    "I hope I can contribute in as many victories as I can in my five-match stint and provide the crowd the sort of entertainment they are looking for," he said.

    "I am learning every day as a player and as a captain as well, so it would be nice to have a taste of the T20 Blast," he added.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/150222-sarfraz-looking-forward-to-t20-stint-with-yorkshire
     
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    Fakhar all set for NatWest T20 Blast

    Pakistan Champions Trophy final hero Fakhar Zaman has reportedly sign Somerset County for England’s popular domestic cricket competition NatWest T20 Blast.

    Geo News citing its sources close to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the left-hander has signed a deal with the club and will be seen in action during the T20 Blast, which is currently underway in England.

    Fakhar, who made headlines with his blistering match-winning century against India in the Champions Trophy finale in June, will represent Somerset for four weeks.

    He has been issued a No Objection Certificate by the PCB in this regard, the sources informed, the channel added.

    The 27-year-old opener was also drafted into the Caribbean Premier League for the upcoming season, but he preferred to feature in England’s domestic cricket season instead, the media outlet added.

    http://www.brecorder.com/2017/07/27/361709/fakhar-all-set-for-natwest-t20-blast/
     
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    Somerset sign Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman

    Somerset have announced the signing of Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman as a replacement for injured New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson.

    Anderson has been forced to cut short his stay at Taunton after a stress fracture to his back ruled him out of the remainder of the NatWest T20 Blast.

    The 26-year-old has struck 142 runs at an average of 71 in four South Group matches to leave Somerset well placed to qualify for the knockout stages, but will now fly home for treatment on his injury.

    Anderson said: "I am grateful to Somerset for giving me an opportunity to play cricket in England and only sorry that I have been unable to conclude my stay with them.

    "However, I hope that at some point in the future when my back problem has been resolved that I will be able to return."

    Somerset have filled the void left by Anderson by signing Fakhar until the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old, who struck a century in Pakistan's Champions Trophy final win over India earlier this summer, will be available in the Specsavers County Championship as well as the T20 Blast.

    Director of cricket Matt Maynard said: "It's great to have Fakhar joining us and in addition we will have Dean Elgar back for the final three NatWest T20 Blast group-stage games.

    "However, Dean has to return to South Africa for a camp prior to the South Africa v Bangladesh series. As a result, he will play no further Specsavers County Championship cricket for us. This is why Fakhar will be available for us in both formats until the end of the season."


    https://www.sportinglife.com/cricket/news/fakhar-zaman-joins-somerset/92322
     
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    Yorkshire’s new arrival Sarfaraz hoping to inspire Pakistani youngsters

    SARFARAZ AHMED said he wants to be the catalyst for more Asians to watch Yorkshire after fans flocked to greet him in Bradford last night.

    The club’s new overseas signing was officially unveiled at Park Avenue after joining for the rest of the NatWest T20 Blast.

    The Pakistan captain, who debuts against Derbyshire at Headingley tomorrow in his first game since leading his country to Champions Trophy glory against India at The Oval on June 18, said that he was proud to follow in the footsteps of former Yorkshire players and fellow countrymen Younus Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq.

    And although he is only here for the final five group matches, plus up to three knockout fixtures, Sarfaraz believes that his presence can help Yorkshire towards their first T20 trophy and also fuel added interest in their activities among the Asian population.


    “There are lots of Pakistani people living in Leeds and Bradford and hopefully they will go and watch Yorkshire,” said the wicketkeeper/batsman, who replaces Peter Handscomb after the Australian was called up for his country’s tour to Bangladesh.

    “Bradford almost looks like a Pakistani community, and when I got the contract to play for Yorkshire I got lots of messages from people on things like Twitter and Instagram saying that they were happy.

    “Hopefully, the youngsters among them will go on to play for England or Pakistan in the future.

    “Lots of Pakistanis play in the Sunday league, or the Saturday league, and hopefully I can help encourage more youngsters as well.”

    Sarfaraz, who met local local cricketers and mingled with around 200 fans at a Park Avenue ground undergoing redevelopment, is a marquee signing for a club committed to engaging with people of all ethnicities.

    Yorkshire have worked hard in the past decade and more to rid themselves of a reputation that was perhaps not as impressive in this area as it might have been, and they recently entered into a ground-breaking partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and Bradford Council to restore Park Avenue to its former glory and encourage more participation in cricket among Bradford’s South Asians.

    The signing of the Karachi-born Sarfaraz can only help in that respect, with the player yesterday pronouncing himself impressed with the ground’s new state-of-the-art eight-lane net facility and willingly chatting to youngsters present.

    As Yorkshire paraded him to the press and public on Yorkshire Day, a symbol of the county’s pride and togetherness, Sarfaraz said that he hoped his immediate impact would be to inspire the club to on-field success.

    “The position is very good (in the table),” he said.

    “I’ve met the players and they are a very good bunch, and hopefully we will qualify for the finals.

    “I’ve also talked with Younus Khan and he said it’s a very good county with a very good management.

    “Younus said it’s very professional and hopefully I will learn a lot.”

    Sarfaraz, 30, will be the fifth Pakistan overseas player to represent Yorkshire after Younus, Inzamam, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Imran Tahir, the leg-spinner who now plays for South Africa.

    Like Younus, whose name suddenly changed from Younis after arriving at Headingley a decade ago, Sarfaraz has suddenly gone from “Sarfraz” after he insisted that Sarfaraz, in fact, is the correct spelling.

    It is not the spelling of his name that matters, of course, but his cricketing ability, with his T20 record standing at 1,626 runs from 120 games at an average of 28, with a strike-rate of 126 runs per 100 balls.

    Sarfaraz also averages 40 from 36 Test matches and 36 from 75 one-day internationals, and he hopes to bring various qualities to Yorkshire’s T20 team.

    “I’m a middle order batsman and can strike the ball,” he said.

    “I can also rotate the strike and play some tricky shots – late cuts, reverse sweeps – and I will try my level best to help us qualify.

    “I feel very lucky to play for Yorkshire, and I’ve always enjoyed playing in England.

    “I’m very excited about playing my first game.”

    Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s first-team coach, is equally excited to have Sarfaraz on board.

    “He’s someone that we had our eye on for a while, knowing that there might be a chance that Pete would go during the Twenty20s,” he said.

    “We wanted to go down the route of replacing Pete like-for-like because we believe that the balance of the team is just right, and that if we’d brought in another batter, it would have meant that we’d have had to drop a bowler.

    “I think he’s a fantastic guy, and we spoke to a few coaches who have worked with him and the feedback was really good.”

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/spor...ing-to-inspire-pakistani-youngsters-1-8681422
     
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    Amir takes five for Championship leaders Essex

    LONDON: Pakistan's Mohammad Amir took five for 18 as English County Championship leaders Essex had the better of the opening day in a First Division encounter away to Yorkshire at Scarborough on Sunday.

    The left-arm fast bowler's first 'five-for' for Essex in just his second Championship match was instrumental in Yorkshire being skittled out for a meagre 113.

    Essex ended the first day on 188 for five, a lead of 75 runs, with captain Ryan ten Doeschate 61 not out.

    Amir, speaking after joining Essex following his Champions Trophy campaign, insisted in June that he had no problems with his new team-mate.

    "I met him the first day when I arrived and he was very nice," said Amir of Cook.

    "No (there are no issues between us), nothing. He's always nice and always very supportive."

    http://www.brecorder.com/2017/08/07/363424/cricket-amir-takes-five-for-championship-leaders-essex/
     
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    Mohammed Amir is a legend

    This spell with Essex is massive for him and with two 5fers and a 10fer he has improved over the last 6 months especially after that unforgiving Aussie Tour.
     
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    Mohammad Amir shatters records as he leads Essex to victory with 10-wicket match haul

    Unbeaten Division One leaders Essex thumped Yorkshire inside two days to strengthen their bid for a first County Championship title in 25 years.

    Captain Ryan ten Doeschate's 88 took Essex from 188-8 to 231 all out before lunch - a first-innings lead of 118.

    A second superb spell of pace bowling in the match from Mohammad Amir (5-54) then saw Yorkshire bowled out for 150, and Essex eased to 34-2 for victory.

    Pakistan paceman Amir was unplayable at times on a seamer-friendly pitch at Scarborough, finishing with career-best match figures of 10-72.





    The Pakistan 'King of Swing' strikes again! @iamamirofficial bowling Kohler-Cadmore for 4. #YORvESS pic.twitter.com/rpq8IeRFR8

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 6, 2017

    WICKET and Mohammad Amir has a 10 wicket match haul. His latest victim Coad caught at 2nd slip by Simon Harmer for 28. 131-9. #YORvESSpic.twitter.com/YmrkRu6hz2

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 7, 2017

    There it is for @iamamirofficial! He has 5 in the second innings and 10 for the match as Coad finds Harmer at slip. #YORvESSpic.twitter.com/y3dwW8kBMX

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 7, 2017

    @iamamirofficial is making it swing a mile as Tom Kohler-Cadmore is his latest victim! #YORvESS pic.twitter.com/4rrrozOp0Y

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 7, 2017

    What a performance from @iamamirofficial on Day One today in the @CountyChamp as he gets his first 5-wicket haul for the Club! pic.twitter.com/f4R2uFT0qL

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 6, 2017

    Essex now lead second-placed Lancashire by 49 points with five games left.

    Amir's match figures of 10/72 are the best in his first-class career. This is only the 2nd time he has ever taken 10 wickets in a first-class game. Amir had match figures of 10/97 for National Bank of Pakistan against Lahore Shalimar way back in 2009.

    Amir has taken in 203 wickets first-class cricket so far; he completed his 200 first-class wickets milestone during the 2nd innings of this game. Amir has played 51 FC matches so far and averages 22.96 with the ball.

    http://zeenews.india.com/cricket/wa...ictory-with-10-wicket-match-haul-2030947.html
     
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    Bachera Tom Kohler-Cadmore
     
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    Boom Boom blasts 42-ball century

    Pakistan's Shahid Afridi has blasted 101 from only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire's huge win over Derbyshire in the quarter-finals of England's T20 competition on Tuesday.

    Afridi hit seven sixes and 10 fours to power Hampshire to 8-249, their highest T20 score and the equal-eighth highest of all time.

    Skipper James Vince made 55 from 36 balls and Aussie George Bailey 27 from 11 as Hampshire passed their previous best of 2-225 and, faced with an improbable target of 250, the Falcons crumbled in reply as Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott took three wickets each.

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    Afridi is the fifth man in T20s to score a century in 42 balls, the equal 12th fastest ever, but he fell well short of Chris Gayle all-time record of a 30-ball ton in 2013.

    Afridi revealed that he had managed to convince skipper Vince to move him up to opener having spent most of the season in the lower order.

    "I asked the captain and coach yesterday if I could bat higher up the order because seven or eight is not my position," Afridi said after his maiden T20 century.

    "In crucial games you have to take chances. The first six overs are important and you need batters who play aggressively like me to utilise this.

    — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 22, 2017
    "I wanted to put pressure on them from the start although it was not easy because the new ball was seaming. The first six overs are important and I tried to start on the attack.

    "The last time I opened the batting for Hampshire was finals day in 2011 but the main thing is confidence and I felt confident today."

    Hampshire promoted Afridi to opener against the county he played for in 2003 and he hit four boundaries from Wayne Madsen's first over before Calvin Dickinson took two fours from Hardus Viljoen.

    Afridi's previous high score this season was just 18 but he pulled Ben Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-storey media centre.

    He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six but after driving Imran Tahir for another huge six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen.

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    It proved expensive as the man known as Boom Boom dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a blistering hundred before he top-edged another big pull shot and was caught at long-leg.

    He was dismissed in just the 13th over but the late fireworks from Vince and Bailey pushed Hampshire's total into record territory.

    And Afridi's 101 proved to be literally the difference as Derbyshire were all out for 148 to fall 101 runs short.

    http://www.cricket.com.au/news/matc...rbyshire-george-bailey-james-vince/2017-08-23
     
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    Afridi takes pleasure in opening gamble that paid off

    Hampshire's match-winner Shahid Afridi revealed that he had to persuade director of cricket Giles White and skipper James Vince to let him open the batting against Derbyshire - even though he had not done so in a Twenty20 for Hampshire since finals day in 2011.

    "I asked the captain and coach yesterday if I could bat higher up the order because seven or eight is not my position," Afridi said, after his brilliant 101 - his first century in the shortest form of the game - set Hampshire on their way to a seventh finals day in eight seasons.

    "In crucial games you have to take chances. The first six overs are important and you need batters who play aggressively like me to utilise this.

    "I wanted to put pressure on them from the start although it was not easy because the new ball was seaming. The first six overs are important and I tried to start on the attack.

    "The last time I opened the batting for Hampshire was finals day in 2011 but the main thing is confidence and I felt confident today."

    As it happens, that innings - against Somerset - produced Afridi's next highest T20 score of 80, although it was not enough to win the semi-final for his team.

    Although Hampshire were well on the way to a substantial score, one of the key moments of the match came in the eighth over of the Hampshire innings after Derbyshire captain Gary Wilson had chosen to bowl first, as Wayne Madsen - so often Derbyshire's hero in reaching their first quarter-final since 2005 - dropped the catch at long-on that would have seen Afridi out for 65.

    "I saw it all the way and I thought it was coming straight in, to be fair," Madsen said, having manfully agreed to front up and discuss the moment.

    "I would probably catch those 98 times out of 100. It was just one of those things, it just hit me straight in the middle of the hand and popped right out again.

    "He had already done us quite a lot of damage but that cost us another 40 runs and it was very disappointing obviously."

    Madsen also conceded four boundaries to Afridi in his only over - the first of the innings - but explained that he and skipper Wilson thought it was the right tactic, even if the sight of the explosive Pakistani all-rounder coming out to open was a surprise.

    "We thought about giving Hardus the first over but I was bowling pretty straight at the stumps. Both those sweep shots he played in the first over - if he had missed it would have hit the pads and he was out lbw.

    "Today it has come off for him and, although I have had success bowling at the top of the innings, today it wasn't to be."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/20421095/shahid-afridi-takes-pleasure-opening-gamble-paid-off
     
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    Be Adrifi, Be very Adrifi

    And you know what I met him the other day aswell and took a pic wth him

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    Mohammad Abbas joins Leicestershire for County season

    Pakistan is soon touring England for a two-match Test series and Abbas' experience will be helpful for them.

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    Mohammad Abbas. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

    The trend of the cricketers from Asia playing in County has increased over the years as they are aiming to get used to the conditions in the country. Historically, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have struggled to come to terms with playing in the countries like England and Australia where Kookaburra ball is used which also swings a lot more compared to SG ball used in Asia. However, young Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has also joined the trend ow as he has joined Leicestershire for the upcoming County season.

    The Indian captain Virat Kohli is also set to join Surrey after the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and will play around 3-4 games ahead of India’s tour to England which begins in July. Meanwhile, prior to India, the Men in Green will tour the country in May for a two-match Test series. They are leaving no stones unturned in their preparations for the tour as PCB has picked a 25-man preliminary squad for a camp ahead of the tour.

    Special leeway for Abbas
    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given a special permission to Mohammad Abbas whose name is also there in the list of 25 players. The 15-man squad will be picked soon for the tour which begins on May 10 where Sarfraz Ahmed led side will be involved in the historic Test match against Ireland who will make their debut in the longest format of the game. Though Abbas might be picked for the tour given the fact that he will get the hold of the conditions in England by playing few matches.


    The first Test match between England and Pakistan will be played on May 24 at the iconic Lord’s in London after which the action will be shifted to Leeds. Sarfraz Ahmed will be keen to lead the young side in England for the first time as they will be playing without Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan for the first time.

    https://www.crictracker.com/mohammad-abbas-joins-leicestershire-county-season/
     
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    Derbyshire: Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz joins county for T20 Blast

    Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz will join Derbyshire for the first 10 matches of this season's T20 Blast.

    The left-armer, 32, was left out of the Pakistan squad that is touring the British Isles before Tests against Ireland and England.

    He has previously appeared in the T20 Blast for Essex, Kent and Surrey.


    "Wahab is a quick and highly-skilled fast bowler who will bring a wealth of experience to our campaign," Derbyshire cricket adviser Kim Barnett said.

    Riaz has taken 197 wickets in 167 matches at an average of 21.22. He has also played in 27 T20 internationals, claiming 28 wickets.

    He will begin his spell with Derbyshire at home against Lancashire Lightning on Friday, 6 July and finish with the home fixture against Birmingham Bears on Friday, 3 August.

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    PCB allows Wahab Riaz to play T20 Blast

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed Wahab Riaz to play T20 Blast in the United Kingdom (UK) by issuing him no objection certificate (NOC).

    According to reports, the left-arm pacer – who is currently dropped from all formats in the international arena – was signed by Derbyshire in T20 Blast. He will play the first match against Lancashire on July 6 as part of his contract for the first 10 games.

    He had earlier started training at National Cricket Academy in Lahore after undergoing nasal operation.

    Wahab has become the first player on the central contract to apply for NOC to go to play a foreign cricket league after PCB’s new policy. The board has also forwarded Wahab’s request to chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Mickey Arthur for comments. He was not picked for Pakistan’s tour to Ireland and England.

    Earlier, the PCB had restricted all centrally-contracted players to just two foreign Twenty20 leagues in a single season besides making it mandatory for non-contracted players to feature in at least three first-class matches in order to get NOC for competing in three T20 leagues during one season.

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/20/pcb-allows-wahab-riaz-to-play-t20-blast/
     
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    Azhar Ali signs as Somerset overseas player after Matt Renshaw injury

    Azhar Ali, Pakistan's Test opener, will make his first appearances in the County Championship later this summer after signing a seven-match deal with Somerset that will take him through to the end of the season.

    Azhar, who had been in Somerset's sights since the end of Pakistan's Test tour in May and June, has been signed as a replacement for the Australian Matt Renshaw, who made three centuries at 51.30 in the opening rounds of the Championship before breaking a finger against Surrey at Guildford last month.

    Renshaw had himself been signed as a replacement for his fellow Australian opener, Cameron Bancroft, who was withdrawn from availability in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March.

    Azhar himself endured a lean time during Pakistan's three Tests against Ireland and England earlier this season, making 73 runs in six innings with a solitary fifty during Pakistan's memorable victory at Lord's.

    However, he had been strongly encouraged to seek out a county deal by the Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur, who recognises the need for his senior players to get enough game-time in the off-season, ahead of their home series against Australia and New Zealand in October and November.

    "Azhar will tell you himself he was a little short this tour," Arthur told ESPNcricinfo at the end of the England tour. "But he is a quality player - Azhar playing well is in the top 10 Test batsmen in the world."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...-somerset-overseas-player-matt-renshaw-injury
     
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    Perfect for Azhar. I hope he finds his form back.
     
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    Century for Azhar Ali on Somerset debut

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    Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali marked his Somerset debut with a century as the visitors established a commanding position in their First Division County Championship match away to Worcestershire on Tuesday.

    The 33-year-old Azhar, a veteran of 65 Tests, made 125 off 188 balls, including 13 fours and two sixes, before he was last man out in a Somerset total of 362 for nine declared at New Road.

    England off-spinner Moeen Ali did his chances of a Test recall ahead of next week’s series opener against India at Edgbaston no harm with a return of five wickets for 107 runs.

    Worcestershire then lost Daryl Mitchell (six) and Moeen (seven) before ending the third and penultimate day on 50 for two, leaving them needing a further 393 runs to win on Wednesday.

    “I’m really happy. It is my first game for Somerset and I’ve been made welcome,” Azhar told the county’s website.

    “I really enjoyed batting out there and it was really pleasing to get some runs in the first game and hopefully I can build on that.”

    Reflecting on his innings, Azhar, who played in Pakistan’s drawn Test series in England earlier this season, added: “Moeen started to turn the ball out of the rough so I thought attacking him early on was the right option because if you are bogged down, they can bring a short leg into play so, I had to go after him to start with.”

    “We wanted to score runs as well to be in a position to boss the game. That is why I played positively and it paid off,” explained Azhar, who was eventually caught off a reverse-sweep against Moeen.

    Somerset have had a superb return from their overseas batsmen so far this season after deciding not to go ahead with bringing Cameron Bancroft to Taunton following the Australian’s role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.

    They signed Matt Renshaw, a fellow Australia batsman, in his place and he went on to make three hundreds, while averaging 51.30, before breaking a finger against Surrey last month — an injury that paved the way for Azhar’s arrival.

    http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/century-for-azhar-ali-on-somerset-debut-728916
     
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    Great stuff from Azhar.
     

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