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RE: Pakistan Super League - VP - 03-04-2017

(03-04-2017, 01:03 AM)McLovin Wrote:  This might be it for our Sangers. Has had a torrid time with the bat this year and will be 40 in a few months time. Very very sad face.

Let's hope so..otherwise clearly evident of money grabbing ......

RE: Pakistan Super League - Bada - 03-04-2017

Lahore prepares for PSL final amid high security

RE: Pakistan Super League - Bada - 03-05-2017

When the high-profile PSL final gets underway on Sunday, among the thousands at the ground will be Meher Muhammad Khalil, the courageous bus driver who drove the Sri Lanka team to safety during the terror attack of 2009

Eight years and two days after he drove a bullet-ridden bus to Gaddafi Stadium, Meher Muhammad Khalil will be at the ground to watch the historic Pakistan Super League final. "I jumped out of my bed when I got a call from the Pakistan Cricket Board [inviting him to the game]," says Khalil, sharing his excitement. "Every year in March, there is a strange sense of despair that grips me but this time around, I hope the smiles don't go away."

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RE: Pakistan Super League - Charu26 - 03-05-2017

Fearless Viv has travelled to Pak.. Viv would've terrorised em terrorists

Pakistan Super League - Real Sanga - 03-05-2017

Time for Sanga to retire. I think he already extended with surrey for one more year. That will be it i guess.


Privilege to watch that decade and half or so.

RE: Pakistan Super League - Bada - 03-06-2017

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RE: Pakistan Super League - Bada - 03-06-2017

Darren Sammy, the Peshawar Zalmi captain, was one of nine overseas players who travelled to Lahore for the PSL final despite the security threat and his reason for doing so was to "bring back the smiles" on the faces of the fans.

Pakistan has hosted only one series of international cricket since the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lanka team and even then there had been the issue of a bombing on the edge of the security perimeter. Moreover, leading up to Sunday's match, there had been worrisome incidents across the country, including one in Lahore's own Defence Housing Authority. A blast had killed at least 10 people and left a dozen injured.

Pakistan did their best to mitigate the situation. The government's paramilitary force was deployed at Gaddafi stadium and the Rangers only made up one part of at least 10,000 security personal, which also included the Punjab police.

Sammy was one of four first-choice overseas players for Peshawar to still make the trip, along with West Indies team-mate Marlon Samuels and England's Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan.

Quetta, however, lost a major part of the reason they made the final in the first place, when Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills, Rilee Rossouw, Luke Wright and Nathan McCullum had pulled out of the match. They had to make do with last-minute changes, bringing in Bangladesh's Anamul Haque, South Africa's Morne van Wyk, Zimbabwe's Sean Ervine and West Indies' Rayad Emrit.

The final was played with more than 22,000 people in attendance, who had assembled outside the ground in the afternoon in order to get through three layers of security before reaching their seats. And with Shahid Afridi out injured, Sammy was the one they cheered for the most.

"To me it was more than just a game," he said after Peshawar won the second edition of the PSL. "It started with the draft. Lala [Afridi] made the big announcement that I would be the captain and one of our mottos was to bring back the smiles so I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar. It is an amazing day and this trophy means a lot."

The Federation of International Cricketers' Association, in January, had warned that safety for the PSL final in Lahore could not be guaranteed and it wasn't until 24 hours before the match that the foreign players taking part in it were confirmed.

"When you have not been in a place you always have your doubts," Sammy said. "You get different views, different opinions. But I spoke to Javed [Afridi, the Peshawar team owner] and Shahid Afridi and they influenced my decision to come here. All the boys just made the decision that we are part of something that we are coming down here for a good cause. The fans here deserve to see their players playing as they haven't seen it for quite a while. I am glad I came here.

"I have enjoyed playing a cricket match [in Lahore] and I have even enjoyed being with the security guys as I have never seen something like this before so it was a good experience. It is hopefully a step in the right direction, where things could happen. What I can say is that being here felt like playing in St Lucia, playing in India or anywhere else in the world. And like I said at the toss, today I felt cricket was the winner."

The PCB had invited security advisors from the ICC and its member countries to watch the PSL final. Reports suggest they are keen to invite Bangladesh to tour Pakistan sometime in the future.

RE: Pakistan Super League - Randy - 03-06-2017

Damn Windies

RE: Pakistan Super League - Bada - 08-02-2017

Once the most feared bowling partnership, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram will be reunited at the PSL's newest franchise Multan Sultans. Younis will be the franchise's mentor and head coach, while Akram will take the role of cricket operations director after deciding to leave Islamabad United. The official signing of the agreement, ESPNcricinfo understands, is expected to take place in Karachi in the third week of August.

RE: Pakistan Super League - Bada - 09-27-2017

From vegetable shops in Pakistan to Lord’s – raising stars through Rising Stars

The unearthing of Yasir Jan, the ambidextrous bowler, highlights the success story of Lahore Qalandars’s talent-hunt program.

Plucked out of a vegetable vendor’s shop, Yasir was recently sent to United Kingdom for a six-week training program by the Pakistan Super League franchise. He hit the headlines immediately, bowling to the Windies batsmen in the Lord’s nets.

“I owe my progress to Lahore Qalandars’s talent-hunt program,” said Yasir. “Had it not been there, I would still have been selling vegetables in the day and dreaming of becoming a cricketer in the night.”

Yasir could be one of many who will progress from this program, a near-requisite for Pakistan to match the efficient talent-hunt factory in neighbouring India, who through the Indian Premier League have reaped a great harvest of talented cricketers.

Cricket is a unifying factor in Pakistan, just like it is in other sub-continent countries. It is, perhaps, the only sport in Pakistan that has been providing superstars, and children here grow up watching cricket stars performing and bringing laurels for the country.

And, while watching superstars perform and earn rewards for their performances, many dream to be one of them. Many, undoubtedly, have potential to be one of them, but they remain in oblivion only because they didn’t get any forum to show what they’ve got.

For all such aspiring players, the opportunity of a lifetime came when Qalandars announced their player development program – ‘Rising Stars’. Fair to say that the program has set a new trend.

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Last year, for the first edition of Rising Stars, around 113,000 players turned up in an attempt to achieve their dreams, and after several phases, a few got the opportunity to do what they’ve been aiming for since childhood.

The Rising Stars continued for a second year in 2017 and attracted around 160,000 aspiring cricketers from all over in the first phase, that included open trials at nine different cities of Pakistan: Lahore, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Layyah, Gujranwala, Mirpur and Muzaffarabad.

The massive response by aspiring cricketers in these trials was evidence that young cricketers in Pakistan are eagerly waiting for opportunities to prove themselves.

As the trials were an open-for-all opportunity, they saw players from various cities traveling to the host city to try their luck. They also saw international cricketers like Nauman Anwar making an attempt to stage a comeback.

Even the organisers were not expecting such massive response to the call, resulting in incidents of gate-crashing in at least three venues.

“We are overwhelmed by the response. Our aim was to provide aspiring cricketers a forum where they can showcase their skills,” said Atif Rana, the CEO of Lahore Qalandars.

According to Rana, the selected players will not only play a tournament in the second stage of the trials, but will also get opportunity to become a part of the Lahore franchise for the third edition of PSL.

Last year, Qalandars picked Usman Qadir, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Irfan jnr and Saif Badar at the conclusion of the first edition of Rising Stars.

“Imagine the confidence these players would have got after sharing dressing room with likes of Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine and Grant Elliot,” said Rana.

The franchise has the same plan this year as well. The selection panel, led by former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed, has shortlisted 128 players – 16 from each venue – to represent their respective regions in the Rising Stars tournament.

After the tournament, which will be played in Muzaffarabad and Lahore from September 26, a team of 16 will be picked to represent the Lahore Qalandars Rising Stars team. The team will undertake a tour of Australia to participate in a triangular tournament in Sydney later this year.

Javed, who is also Qalandars’s Director of Cricket, said these open trials have delivered some significant talent and promised the franchise will ensure the players are not lost in oblivion.

“We are not here just to pick these boys and make them play one or two tournaments, we are aiming and trying to transform the raw talent into proper performers that can serve Pakistan cricket in future,” he said.

“The best talent, naturally, was in fast bowling. There was a bowler who bowled at the speed of 92mph. Then there’s a fast bowling allrounder who was solid with bat and notable with bowling, so talent is there,” he added.

When asked, Javed mentioned Haris Rauf, Mohammad Zahid and Salman Arshad as few of the potential talent he spotted during the month-long open trials at various stations.

“If you ask me for a number, I would say I have 20 such players who, after little bit of fine-tuning, can be handed over to PCB for further training at National Cricket Academy,” he said.

The program is, indeed, a great step towards development of Pakistan cricket, and the franchise deserves all appreciation for showing the bravery to even conduct a talent search of that magnitude.

One hopes that other PSL franchises also take a leaf out of Qalandars’s book to promote talent in their respective regions.