By Khurram Zia Khan Published: February 13, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email These players have what it takes to shine brighter than the sun and make the most of this tournament. The best thing about the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is that the franchise remains active throughout the year. They work all year scoping for talent that is in abundance in our country. Case in point: Lahore Qalandars run an intense players’ development program. It was due to their efforts that fast bowler Salman Irshad was discovered from Azad Kashmir and inducted to play in the third season of PSL. Pakistan’s national team has so far scored six to seven players from the first three seasons of PSL, including Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi, while many players are on the fringe of breaking into the national side. I hope that this trend continues and we welcome new talent into our national side. Many young players will get the opportunity to showcase their talent on the biggest … [Read more...] about Emerging talent: 6 players to look out for in PSL4
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By Zaid Hassan Published: December 25, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Another thing which Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needs to work on with regards to the A team is to have permanent coaches and staff members like the national team instead of appointing new ones for different tours. PHOTO: PCB It is often said that the gap between International cricket and Pakistan domestic cricket is way too wide for new youngsters in the Pakistan team to bridge. Pakistan Super League (PSL) tries to minimise that gap when Pakistani domestic cricketers not only compete with international cricketers but also learn how international cricketers prepare themselves for a match by sharing the dressing room with them. But is that enough exposure to prepare them for international cricket? Indian Premier League (IPL) takes centre stage in the world of cricket every year during which no or very little international cricket takes place. Even though many Pakistanis deny watching it or watching only … [Read more...] about In order to bring their A-game, Pakistan needs to concentrate on their A team
By Haroon Ahmed Published: December 19, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The Pakistani team during day four of the Second Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 19, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. PHOTO: GETTY The last time the Pakistan Test team toured South Africa was in 2013, the year Pakistan, to everyone’s surprise, lost the Test series. The main problem was with the batting which seriously failed to live up to peoples’ expectations. Almost six years later, not much has changed, aside from the exclusion of Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq. This time, Pakistan has a slightly younger squad, with Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman at the forefront. In spite of the younger players, the Pakistan team batting line-up still remains a major concern. Pakistan’s recent Test form hasn’t been great. In Pakistan’s last two Test series, the team hasn’t looked at all impressive, continuously losing key moments of … [Read more...] about Do we have the right squad for the #PakvsSA Test series?
By Haroon Ahmed Published: November 15, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Throughout the three seasons of PSL thus far, many talented cricketers have been left out. I was always envious of the Indian Premier League (IPL); I loved the fact that it projected young Indian talent to the world, and I wanted something similar for Pakistan. Enters Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, while PSL has brought numerous young talent, I also feel that throughout the three seasons thus far, many talented cricketers have been left out. In this blog, I focus on the top six talents PSL teams should pick in the upcoming draft, and why I believe they would be a good fit for the team.Saif Badar A product of the Under-19 (U19) system, Badar, so far in his young career, has been mistreated. Whilst he has been given opportunities, most of them have come in a hopeless scenario. In domestic cricket back in Pakistan, he is often sent in to bat at number seven, and he hardly ever has a fixed … [Read more...] about A Pakistan full of talent: 6 impressive players who rightly deserve a spot in PSL 2019
By Abdul Basit Sayeed Published: October 6, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Australia's Josh Hazlewood (L) is congratulated by teammate Nathan Lyon after dismissing Pakistan's Wahab Riaz (R) during Day 2 of the first Test on December 16, 2016. PHOTO: AFP How do we even assess the embarrassing performance exhibited by Pakistan at the 2018 Asia Cup? If we briefly sum it up, we can definitely detect complacency, lack of mental durability and a mismanagement of human resources. Now, after its heart-wrenching exit from the event, Pakistan cricket’s next adventure is a two-match Test series against Australia, which starts tomorrow. The Inzamamul Haq-led selection committee has announced a 17-member squad to face the team that ranks third in Test rankings. However, it seems the selection committee hasn’t learned from past mistakes and has picked players that are either inexperienced or unsuitable for the longest format of the game. The following is an assessment … [Read more...] about Men in Green vs Mighty Australia: Has Pakistan selected the best team for the job?