ShoaibAkhtar has opined that Hasan Ali is more dangerous than Mohammed Amir and WahabRiaz.
The world’s fastest bowler made the comments whilst being interviewed by a private TV station. Akhtar reportedly said the young Ali was bowling very well and he was not taking wickets.
Akhtar said Ali was managing the attendant fame very well and that it was motivating him to do better. Shoaib rated the young pacer above his seniors in Riaz and Amir, claiming Ali bowls with good rhythm and is getting wickets regularly.
Statements credited to Akhtar blames the head position of Amir for his average bowling. Akhtar added that his position affects his delivery, his run up as his right shoulder falls more than required. He added that the lack of energy in the bowler’s run up affects his bowling. Read More
Imran Khan is of the opinion that the Pakistani Cricket administrators need not be too happy with the fact that they not only managed to organise the grand finale of PSL on their own land, but, they also got the players of other countries to take part in it.
As per Imran, whoever the overseas players were, they had no pedigree. It would have been a success only if the players who were originally in the squad of the two finalist sides had accompanied the sides to Pakistan for the finale, but, many of them denied doing that and opted to leave the competition creating a need for the recruitment of the new players who agreed to fly to Pakistan, but, the withdrawal of the first choice players shows that there is still fear among the players about travelling to Pakistan.
Imran might have displeased his compatriots with these words of his, but, the fact is that he is not being too far away from the truth. If Chris Jordan is barred, none of the players who were present for the finale are in the first choice XI of his national team right now, be it Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels or whoever. Read More
WasimAkram, the Pakistan bowling legend recently announced his decision not to continue with the team, as he mentioned that he won’t be a part of the team for the 2017 season of the Indian Premier League, the IPL.
The unsure thing however, is whether the bowling legend will ever return for the side co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood superstar.
The 50 year old Akram, the bowling coach of the KKR gave his reasons for quitting as being related to time constraints, and personal reasons. This would not be the first season Akram would be absent from the camp as in 2013, he decided not to take part as he wanted to spend time with his family.
However, a lot of opinions are of the notion that the recent cross-border tension between Pakistan and India could be the major reason behind the decision of the bowling coach.
And through a press note released on Saturday by the KKR team, Akram had said, Read More
Ajay Shirke had the duty to see which of the applications made for the post of India coach are valid and should be forwarded to the Advisory Panel and the shortlist that the secretary of the Indian board prepared did not contain the name of the man who was at last given the job.
Yes, Shirke had excluded Anil Kumble citing that the candidate had no degree of professional Cricket coaching. But, when the matter reached the advisory panel, they said they couldn’t ignore the desire of an ex Indian skipper to coach the team and they would like to see what he was offering to bring on the table.
So, not only the application made by Jumbo was given to the panel, the further deliberations saw Kumble being called for the final round of the process as well, the presentation-round where the candidates had to display their plans for Team India through PPT.
Kumble in that round, moved rapidly ahead of most of the others. The only person who could compete to him to some extent was the former Kangaroo all-rounder Tom Moody.
Ahmed Shehzad has been left out of the Pakistan squad for the upcoming twenty 20 World Cup.
Khurram Manzoor, the 30-year old Karachi opening batsman, has been preferred to Shehzad.
Manzoor has represented Pakistan in the test matches and in the One Day Internationals in the past, but, he is uncapped so far in the shortest format of the game.
He would be opening the batting alongside Mohammad Hafeez.
The other picks in the squad are on the expected lines.
Umar Akmal, who was speculated to be dropped, has been backed by the selection committee and has been given another opportunity to revive his career.
Leaving Akmal was a little tough actually as there was no perfect substitute available for him.
He is one player who is immensely powerful and can change the whole course of the game in a matter of minutes through his big hitting.
And, he has been scoring runs in the ongoing Pakistan Super League. So, that helped his cause as well.
However, one player whom, some people might believe, should have been there in the squad is Umar Gul.
Gul has been the best death bowler for the men in Green in the modern era and was the key contributor in their title win in England in 2009.
His experience could have been handy despite the fact that his form has not been the greatest in the recent times. Read More
Shoaib Akhtar is in his forties now, but, he can still bowl faster than many of the modern day bowlers. He is showing that currently in USA.
He has been the only bowler from both the sides in the All Stars series who has bowled at ninety miles per hour and has hurried almost everyone up.
He has hit a couple of people on the helmets as well and mind you, the games have taken place on the slow drop in pitches. Still, he has managed to generate that sort of heat. So, you have to give it to the Rawalpindi Express.
Shoaib was one of the quickest of his generation, but, having left Cricket four years back and not being in practice at all thereafter, he was not supposed to be bowling at that same clip going into this series.
Seeing him cranking it up has been a bit of a surprise for the Cricket pundits.
However, despite Shoaib’s spells, his team, which is being captained by the Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, has lost both the games and with that the series as well.
The third and last game scheduled to be played tomorrow is nothing but an opportunity to restore pride for the Blasters. Read More
Shoaib Akhtar reckons England will be the underdogs in the upcoming series against Pakistan despite having beaten the World Champions Australia by 3-2 in the Ashes.
According to Akhtar, the pitches in the Emirates will be prepared to Pakistan’s strengths and the weather will be hot and humid as well. So, England will find it quite hard to tackle those conditions.
Pakistan has been very consistent in test match Cricket over the last few years and their spin bowling performance has a lot to do with that.
Yasir Shah, in particular, has been one bowler who has been getting wickets in heaps for them.
He is currently at the top of the pile as far as the world rankings of the spinners are concerned and he will be a real threat for England.
Apart from him, there is the veteran Zulfiqar Babar as well. He also has been instrumental in Pakistan’s successes in red ball Cricket in the recent times. His numbers might not look that mind boggling, but, he has done his job perfectly well in the supporting act for Yasir.
Expressing his views on the much awaited series that is starting next month, Akhtar said, “We all know how the pitches will be like. There will be a lot of turn and the reverse swing will come into play as well.” Read More