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England to tour Pakistan for sevent T20Is in September

The England men’s cricket team will tour Pakistan for seven T20Is the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anounced on Tuesday.

The matches will be held between September 20 and October 2 in Karachi and Lahore in what will be their maiden visit of the country in 17 years.

The National Stadium in Karachi will host the matches on September 20, 22, 23 and 25, before the action shifts to the cricket headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium where the remaining three matches will be played on September 28 and 30 and October 2.

Notably, the seven T20Is will be part of the first leg of England’s tour of Pakistan and they will return after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022 for three Tests in December.

The T20I series against the second-ranked side will launch Pakistan’s bumper international season. Following the September and December matches against England, Pakistan will host New Zealand twice — first for two Tests and three ODIs in December/January and then in April for five ODIs and five T20Is –, West Indies for three T20Is in late January and finally the 50-over ACC Asia Cup.

Announcing the development, Zakir Khan, PCB director, International Cricket, said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm hosting England for seven T20Is in Karachi and Lahore as a curtain-raiser to a busy, entertaining and exciting season of home internationals. England is one of the top-ranked T20I teams and them playing the shortest format in the lead up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Pakistan will not only help the team management to finalise their preparations, but will also set the tone for December’s three-Test series.”

“We demonstrated our event planning and operational skills in the highly-successful series against Australia in March/April and I am confident we will be able to replicate these when England visit us for the first time since 2005. We have been able to confirm schedule of the T20Is following a successful tour by the England and Wales Cricket Board recce team, which was pleased and satisfied with all our arrangements. I am confident that the cricket fans, like they did in the series against Australia, will turn up in big numbers to support both the sides and also make our Diamond Jubilee celebration year an unforgettable one,” he added.

On the other hand, Rob Key, ECB Managing Director England Men’s Cricket, said: “We are looking forward to returning to Pakistan and playing these seven T20Is as the team builds up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”

“We have been liaising closely with the PCB over arrangements for this visit and the Tests later in the year, and will continue to work closely with the PCB, British High Commission and other relevant authorities as we continue to prepare for these tours. We would like to thank the PCB and the city authorities for all their ongoing assistance with planning for the tours, including hosting the recent pre-tour planning visit by ECB representatives and the PCA CEO,” he added.

PCB to challenge IPL’s proposed extended window at ICC AGM in July

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who are feeling “short-changed” by the Indian Premier League (IPL) potentially getting a two-and-a-half-month window in the next ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP), will raise the issue and challenge the development at the upcoming ICC AGM, scheduled to be held in July.

The IPL is now ten-team tournament after two new teams — Lucknow Super Giants and winners Gujarat Titans — were added in the 2022 edition and as a result, the number of matches also got increased from 60 to 74. The increase in matches also led to an extension of the duration of the league from 50-odd days to over two months.

In the bid document for the IPL’s recent media-rights auction, the BCCI had also said the number of matches in the IPL could go up to 84 in 2025 and 2026, and up to 94 in 2027.

But, PCB’s comments came after BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s recent remark that the Indian board will be getting an extended window for the IPL in the ICC’s next FTP cycle, which will make sure “all the top international cricketers can participate”.

However, there has been no announcement from the ICC about the window and the FTP for the next eight-year cycle has not yet been finalised.

Notably, the Indian Premier League (IPL) doesn’t allow Pakistan players to take part except in the first season of the league in 2008 due to poor political relations between the two countries. As a result, the IPL window arguably impacts Pakistan’s international season more than other members.

“There hasn’t been any announcement on increasing the IPL window. I have views on it which we’ll raise at the ICC platform in the July meeting,” said Ramiz Raja, the PCB chairman, during a press conference on Friday.

Ramiz also said that his quadrangular T20 Super Series idea — which was passed on by the ICC board meeting in April — was not dead yet.

“My four-nations concept is not yet dead. The media seems to have got the impression that it has been shelved. That’s not true. They were bundling rights for World Cup events, so they said if they announced another property, then all investors would start chasing this,” he said.

“This would become a new challenge, so they thought it better not to introduce it yet. But this will be the only cricket board that will challenge any platform where it believes Pakistan is being short-changed. When we get this development [of the IPL window expanding] formally, we will put across our views in a robust manner,” he added.

The PCB chief has been in touch with the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly about cricketing ties but acknowledged that the situation was beyond them.

“I’ve spoken on the sidelines to Sourav Ganguly, and I told him now three former cricketers including Martin Snedden are on the ICC board. I said if even we can’t bring about change, then what’s the point? He invited me to the IPL twice, once in Dubai and once this time. I was torn over it. I thought if I went, the fans wouldn’t forgive me, even though it perhaps made cricketing sense to go,” he said.

“But there are issues right now which will take time to resolve because this is a political game. If it was a cricketing issue, we’d sort it out in two minutes. But we did get the Champions Trophy 2025, so we did break the influence to some extent. And people realised Pakistan’s team and fans deserve such a world-class event,” he concluded.

England to tour Pakistan for seven T20Is in September this year: Report

The England men’s cricket team is likely to tour Pakistan in the second week of September thi year for a seven-match T20I series, according to a Pakistan media report.

According to a report by Pakistan television channel Samaa, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are in talks of giving the final touches to the bilateral tour.

“The seven-match T20I series will be played from September 15 to October 02. Matches are expected to be played in three venues — Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore,” the report claimed citing sources.

Last week, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja had met British Commissioner Christian Turner and said that dates for the upcoming tour will be announced very soon.

Initially, the Three Lions were scheduled to play only five T20Is however, former ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison approved the addition of two more T20Is to make up for pulling out of a tour of Pakistan last year, the report claimed.

The two cricket boards have also established a working committee to make the series successful, the report said.

Notably, the relation between the PCB and the ECB got strained after England had cancelled its Pakistan tour in September last year, citing “increasing concerns about travelling to the region”, just days after New Zealand also pulled out of a tour to Pakistan over security concerns.

Later, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison had then flown to Pakistan to re-establish relations with the PCB and after meeting Raja, he had announced that the England men’s cricket team will play two additional T20Is against the hosts when they tour Pakistan in September-October 2022.

Commenting on his meeting with Raja last year, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison had said: “Myself and ECB’s Senior Director Martin Darlow visited Lahore to talk face to face with the PCB around some of the things that have happened over the past few weeks, leading to the cancelation of our tour in October. We also wanted to discuss the future as the two boards have a historic relationship and want to move the agenda towards a forward-looking one as opposed to one looking back.”

“We’re happy to announce that we’ll play two extra white-ball T20Is on our men’s tour of Pakistan in September/October 2022. We will then return after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia to complete the Test match element of that tour. This is just to reaffirm our commitment to Pakistan cricket to getting England teams, men’s and women’s teams, eventually playing in Pakistan at home. I don’t think there’s a cricketer in England who doesn’t want to test their abilities against the huge talent this country has and in the conditions they know best,” he added.

English county club Gloucestershire signs Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir for T20 Blast tournament

English county team Gloucestershire has announced the signing of former Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir for their remaining matches in the T20 Blast tournament.

Amir has been signed as a replacement player for fellow countryman Naseem Shah, who declared his unavailability due to commitments back home.

As oer a statement by Gloucestershire County, the 30-year-old left-arm fast bowler will be available for selection for the county’s remaining T20 Vitality Blast matches.

“Gloucestershire is pleased to announce that former Pakistan International bowler Mohammad Amir is to return to BS7,” the club said in a statement.

“The 30-year-old left-arm pace bowler will be available for selection for The Shire’s remaining T20 Vitality Blast matches and comes in as a replacement for fellow countryman Naseem Shah. Amir is no stranger to T20 cricket having made 50 T20 appearances for Pakistan taking 59 wickets. He recently played for Galle Gladiators in the Lanka Premier League in Sri Lanka where he made six appearances and helped the side reach the final,” it added.

On the other hand, commenting on the development, Steve Snell, Gloucestershire Cricket Performance Director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome back Mohammad to the squad. He’s a proven international performer and to have his experience available to us for the remainder of the Blast tournament will be invaluable.”

“He has spent a lot of time with us this season and he knows the environment well, so for him to join us at this time will greatly help as we look to kick on for the second half of the T20 Blast campaign,” he added.

The club also said that it is awaiting clearance for Mohammad to play from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), but this is expected imminently.

Pakistan vs West Indies ODI series shifted from Rawalpindi to Multan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shifted the upcoming three-match One-day International (ODI) series against the West Indies from Rawalpindi to Multan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday.

The series, which is a part of the Cricket World Cup Super League matches, will be played on June 8, 10 and 12, and all the matches will begin at 4pm local time to avoid the scorching afternoon heat.

The series was originally set to be played out last December, but got postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the West Indies camp. Pakistan claimed the T20I series that was played before that, winning 3-0.

With temperatures expected to touch high forties in the Southern Punjab city, the PCB decided to hold the matches at 4pm local time.

Pakistan will hold their training camp in Lahore from June 1, before moving to Multan on June 5. Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan, both featuring in county cricket, are expected to arrive well in time for the series.

The West Indies squad will arrive in Islamabad on June 6, before travelling to Multan on a charter flight.

Earlier, there was speculation the series would be postponed yet again, and the PCB had to issue a clarification saying, “no proposal is under consideration to postpone the series.”

“Holding any event in Pakistan would not be possible without the support of the local administration. Matches will be held at the venue where the green signal will be received, time is short for decisions,” PCB had said.

Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt appointed Singapore consulting head coach

Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has been appointed to a coaching role with Singapore’s national team, cricket officials said.

The 37-year-old, who was banned over a high-profile spot-fixing scandal, has been named consultant coach and will bring a “wealth of experience” to the side, the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) said.

Butt’s first challenge will be the T20 World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe in July.

Commenting on the appointment of Butt, SCA chief executive Saad Khan Janjua said that he hoped Butt’s abilities and experience would inspire the Singapore players ahead of the qualifiers.

“Butt is an accomplished player with experience that can push the players to the next level,” Saad was quoted as saying in The Straits Times newspaper.

Notably, Singapore are not a top international side but have tasted some recent success as it won the 2020 Asian Cricket Council Eastern region T20 tournament after defeating Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Significantly, Butt was a part of the Pakistan national team between 2003 and 2010, when a spot-fixing scandal erupted on their tour of England.

Butt, who was the captain of the Pakistan team during that time, was charged with orchestrating deliberate no-balls from his pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif during a Test at Lord’s in return for money and was later banned for five years and also jailed by a UK court.

Pak pacer Md Hasnain undergoes official bowling test after three month of suspension

Around three months of remedial work on his bowling action, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain has undergone an official test in a bid to revive his international career.

Earlier in February this year, Hasnain, 22, was suspended from bowling in international cricket as he failed a biomechanics test in which the majority of the deliveries he bowled exceeded the 15-degree tolerance limit for a legal bowling action.

The official outcome of the test is expected to be compiled in two weeks and will be shared with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and all member boards in the world.

Meanhiwle, Hasnain is optimistic that he will be cleared for bowling in international cricket however, if the decision doesn’t come in his favour, he will have to start afresh.

Notably, the Pakistan pacer was first reported in January by umpires in the Big Bash League (BBL), where he was playing for Sydney Thunder.

While awaiting his results, he was allowed to play any cricket and as a result, he participated in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for his franchise Quetta Gladiators in their first three games of the season.

According to the ICC’s regulations on illegal bowling actions, the PCB can allow Hasnain to continue bowling in their domestic tournaments. But the PCB decided against it and sent him back to the High-Performance Centre to rework his action.

Earlier, Hasnain has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after the 21-year-old failed to clear his bowling action, which was reported by umpire Gerard Abood in a match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers at Sydney Showground Stadium on January 2.

Later, Cricket Australia (CA) had issued a statement saying: “This process has been completed, with Hasnain’s action found to be illegal by the PCB’s testing laboratory and the report reviewed and verified by CA’s independent expert.”

On the other hand, Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, had said: “We’d like to commend Mohammad Hasnain, the Pakistan Cricket Board, Cricket NSW and Sydney Thunder for their cooperative and respectful approach to this process – particularly given the logistical challenges around travel and testing.”

“CA’s independent expert is satisfied that Mohammad replicated his bowling action in the controlled environment during testing and that the results are accurate,” he added.

Roach had further said that the CA has full confidence the PCB will support Mohammad to rectify his action.

“We wish Mohammad the best over coming months and look forward to welcoming him back to Australia in the future,” he had added.

Meanwhile, the PCB confirmed that the pacer will remain suspended and a bowling consultant will be appointed to work with him.

Pakistan to play just two Tests in Sri Lanka as ODI series scrapped: Report

The Pakistan cricket team will only play a two-match Test series against hosts Sri Lanka during their upcoming tour of the island nation as the three-match One-day International series has reportedly been cancelled.

The Pakistan cricket team is scheduled to tour the island nation in July-August this year, with the series being a part of the 2021-2023 ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

The final dates of the tour are yet to be announced by the two boards.

Notably, the three-match ODI series was not a part of the ICC World Cup Super League. As per a report in Cricket Pakistan, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to remove ODIs as they were planning to stage the Lanka Premier League (LPL) “one week before the scheduled time”.

The report quoting PCB director, media, Sami-ul-Hasan Burney, said that, “Sri Lankan board wants to start their league a week ago to reduce the financial deficit, so they asked us to remove the ODI series, which was accepted. Since the ODIs were not part of the World Cup Super League, we did not object.”

“The final schedule of the series is still being discussed and will be released soon,” it added.

The report further added that the month-long Australian tour of Sri Lanka in June-July could well decide the future of international cricket in the island nation as it is witnessing the worst economic crisis in the recent times.

Australia are scheduled to begin the tour with the first of the three T20I in Colombo on June 7, which will be followed by a five-match ODI series and finally the two Tests in Galle.

As per reports, if Cricket Australia (CA) denies to play the series due to the current economic and political crisi in the island country, the hosting of the Asia Cup in August-September in Sri Lanka will also be in ‘jeopardy’.

The report said that only 12 hours of electricity was being provided to households in the country and due to the power cuts, hosting day-night matches could become a severe poblem as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) could face a fuel shortage to run the generators of the stadium.

SL women’s team to tour Pakistan for white-ball series in May

The Sri Lanka women’s team will tour Pakistan for three T20Is and as many ODIs between May 24 and June 5, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.

The three ODIs will form a part of the ICC Women’s Championship in which Pakistan finished fifth in the last cycle, ahead of New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka. It will also be the first series to kickstart the third edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, to run from 2022 to 2025.

All the matches will be played at Karachi’s Southend Club — Pakistan’s first international series at the venue since they hosted West Indies for three T20Is in December 2018.

Speaking on the upcoming series, Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof said she was looking forward to playing the Women’s Championship games for the first time on home soil. “It is a great privilege for us to play the ICC Women’s Championship on our home soil and the side is very excited to welcome Sri Lanka. This edition provides us with an opportunity to start fresh and make the most of the home advantage,” said Maroof.

“I am sure the team will perform to its full potential and the Pakistan cricket fans, who have extended us great support, will get to see better and consistent results,” she added.

Both the teams will arrive in Karachi on May 19 and will have three days of practice ahead of the three T20Is.

“This will also be the first international series in Pakistan that will be played outside the hard Managed Event Environment since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020,” a PCB statement said.

Schedule:

May 24 – 1st T20I

May 26 – 2nd T20I

May 28 – 3rd T20I

Jun 1 – 1st ODI

Jun 3 – 2nd ODI

Jun 5 – 3rd ODI

Pakistan to tour Sri Lanka for two Tests, three ODIs in July

After successfully hosting Australia for a Test, ODI and T20I series on its home ground, the Pakistan cricket team will now tour Sri Lanka between July-August to play a Test and ODI series against the home team, The News has reported.

As per reports, the tour will comprise two Tests and three ODIs and the respective cricket boards of the Pakistan and Sri Lanka will announce the dates and venues of the series after holding consultations.

Pakistan will extend their visit to Sri Lanka for the T20 Asia Cup.

However, before touring the island nation, the Green Brigade will host West Indies in June for a three-match ODI series.

Earlier this month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had decided to remove all COVID-19 curbs, including the bio-secure bubble during the West Indies series following the dreastic fall in the infection rate across the nation.

After completing the Sri Lanka tour, Pakistan will be back in its home soil to host England for seven T20I matches.