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Sri Lankan delegation to review security arrangements for final T20 in Lahore

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LAHORE: Sri Lankan Security delegation will arrive today to review security measures for the third T20 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Sunday October 29.

The ground staff and authorities are busying in preparation to get the stadium for the much awaited match between the two sides in Lahore.

Spokesperson of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), told media that all the arrangements were finalized for the upcoming much anticipated match between the two sides.

He said that it will be a historic match and PCB is trying to make it successful as it will be the opening of cricket back to Pakistan and adding that the stadium will get a beautiful look in a couple of days.

Security forces and authorities are designing a security plan to further beef up security to make sure to maintain peace on Sunday and provide best possible security to the teams, he added.

Online tickets for the upcoming match went on sale last week. The tickets are also available at designated courier centers.

 

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Usman’s quick 5 wickets helps Pakistan complete Sri Lanka whitewash

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SHARJAH: Pakistann achieve a convincing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final match for a 5-0 clean sweep of the series on Monday.

Shinwari’s 5-34 in seven overs reduced Sri Lanka to 103 all out in 26.2 overs in Sharjah before openers Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq (45 not out) knocked off the paltry target in 20.2 overs. This is Pakistan’s sixth whitewash in a five-match ODI series. They had blanked Zimbabwe (2002 and 2008), Bangladesh (2003 and 2008) and New Zealand in 2003 in the past.

The result was never in doubt once Shinwari assisted by Hasan Ali (2-19) and Shadab Khan (2-24) had destroyed Sri Lanka who had totals of 209, 187, 208 and 173 in the series.
The win is Pakistan’s ninth in a row since winning the Champions trophy in June this year while Sri Lanka plummetted to their 12th defeat in a row, also losing 5-0 each to South Africa and India this year.

Zaman hit seven boundaries in his 47-ball knock before he fell with just 20 needed. Imam hit the winning boundary, finishing his 64-ball knock with four boundaries and a six. But it was Pakistan’s new find Shinwari who rocked the Sri Lankans.

The 23-year-old finished with 5-34 as Sri Lanka, who won the toss and batted on an easy paced Sharjah stadium pitch, never recovered from early jolts of losing four wickets in the first three overs.

Only Thisara Perera (25), Lahiru Thirimanne (19), Seekuge Prasanna (16) and Dushmantha Chameera (11) reached double figures in an abysmal batting performance by Sri Lanka, their second lowest total in an ODI against Pakistan.

Their lowest total of 78 against Pakistan had also come at Sharjah in 2002. Shinwari, who debuted in the fourth one-day of this series, bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama with the fifth ball of the match for nought and then had Dinesh Chandimal next ball, caught behind without scoring.

In his next over Shinwari had skipper Upul Tharanga bowled off a nippy delivery for eight and then trapped Niroshan Dickwella leg before with the fifth to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 8-4. Shinwari completed his maiden five-wicket haul when he had Milinda Siriwardana (six) caught by Fakhar Zaman, his wickets coming off just 21 balls — third fastest to five wickets in an ODI.

Perera hit three boundaries and a six before he became one of two wickets by leg-spinner Shadab Khan in one over. Hasan Ali also took 2-19, 14 wickets in the series. The two teams now play a three-match Twenty20 international series, the first two in Abu Dhabi on October 26 and 27 while the last in Lahore on October 29.

 

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ICC consultant gives security clearance for PSL matches in Karachi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Keeping in view the personal interest and assurance of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah the Internal Cricket Council (ICC) Foreign Security Consultant Mr Reg Dickason has said that he would give clearance to ICC for holding international matches in Karachi, claims spokesman CM House.

The ICC Foreign Security Consultant Mr Reg Dickason, along with his team Arshad Khan GM National cricket stadium, Karachi PCB Security Head Col. Azam held a meeting with Sindh Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by DG Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, IG Police AD Khwoaja, Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Parvez, and Special Secretary to CM Abdul Raheem Shaikh.

The chief minister said that Karachi city has been made of one of the peaceful cities of the world. The terrorists have been eliminated through a vigorous targeted operation. The important roads of the city leading from Airport to hotels and stadium have been reconstructed. “PCB security In-chage has already held meeting with DG Rangers and IG Police and they both agreed to provide security to the international matches as per ICC standards,” he said.

The ICC foreign security consultant said that the teams should be given a separate dedicated route right from airport to hotel, hotel to stadium and stadium to play ground. On this the chief minister said “done, provision of foolproof security to cricket teams is our responsibility and giving security clearance to ICC is your responsibility,” he said in lighter mood.

The chief minister said that he fondly plays cricket. “I would personally monitor each and every thing- you don’t worry; our Law Enforcement Agencies would follow the SOP of the security arrangements as suggested by ICC.

The chief minister said that Karachi being megopolis city has right to host international cricket matches. “You will find an amazing crowd in the stadium and each and every person living in this city would support you and host you,” he told Mr Dickason.

Mr Reg Dickason said that he was giving clearance to the ICC to hold international matches in the city. He added that he was satisfied with the personal interest and support of the chief minister.

The DG Rangers and IG police also told the visiting consultant that the cricket teams would be given best security during their stay in the city.

It may be noted that Chairman PCB Najam Sethi had called on Sindh chief minister here at CM House and they had agreed to hold four PSL matches in Karachi in Feb 2018. After this decision, the chief minister had held PCB security head Col Azam’s meeting with DG Rangers and IG Police to discuss security requirements and standards. This was the follow up meeting in which international ICC Foreign security consultant visited Karachi met Sindh chief minister and the meeting was attended by DG Rangers and IG Police. This shows the commitment of the Sindh government to bring in international cricket matches to Karachi.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited Consulate of Saudi Arabia and offered condolence with Deputy Consul Naif Muhammad Al Ghamdi on the death of Abdullah Abbu Al Daim Consul General of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Karachi.

The chief minister recoded his condolence message in the visitors’ book. The chief minister said that the Abdullah Abbu Al Daim was a genuine diplomat and loving person. May God grant him rest in the eternal peace.

 

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Foreign security expert in Karachi to discuss arrangements for PSL matches

KARACHI (PPI): A security consultant who works with ICC, FICA and various international cricket boards has arrived in Karachi to discuss security arrangements in the city for proposed PSL matches next year.

Reg Dickason of Eastern Star International, a security firm that advises security on ICC, FICA and various boards, was received in Karachi by Pakistan Cricket Board’s head of security Col Azam.

He was roped in by the PCB in an attempt to regain world’s confidence in security arrangements in Pakistan. He was also involved in security arrangements for World XI team’s recent visit to Lahore.

The security consultant has a law enforcement background spanning in excess of 16 years, during which he worked predominantly in specialist criminal investigation units and national task forces targeting organised crime.

Following his police career, Dickason established companies which provided close protection to diplomats, politicians, international sporting teams and high-net worth individuals globally.

He has been contracted as a security consultant and advisor for numerous international sporting events since 1996 and has managed international teams as well.

Dickason didn’t speak to media at the arrival. He is scheduled to visit Karachi’s National Stadium, which will be followed by his meeting with IG Sindh and CM Murad Ali Shah later in the day.

The PCB last week announced that it is aiming to hold two to four matches of next PSL season in Karachi.

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My family doesn’t want me to travel to Lahore: Nic Pothas

DUBAI (Monitoring Desk): Sri Lanka Head Coach Nic Pothas has said he would not be travelling to Lahore as his family was not happy about him going. He said this justifying his decision of not going to Lahore for the last game of the ongoing bilateral series against Pakistan later this month.

“For me my family comes first,” Pothas told Cricbuzz. “Everyone gets a chance to make their own decisions. No one should be forced to do anything that they are not comfortable with. It was not an easy decision to make. It has to be respected.”

Pothas added some Pakistani media earlier today reminded him that several South Africans had gone to Lahore last month for the World XI games. “It was their decision, which does not influence mine,” he said. “Ideally the board wanted everyone to go. But no one pressurised me to do anything.”

The former South African wicketkeeper, batsman and the team’s physiotherapist, Nirmalan Dhanabalasingham, joined seven other Sri Lankan players in not touring Lahore for the T20I.

The players’ decision to not to travel to Lahore made them ineligible for the entire series as Sri Lanka Cricket had earlier announced that one squad will play the all three games of the T20I series. The first two games will take place in Abu Dhabi.

However, Pothas is expected to stay with the team for the Abu Dhabi game and someone within the coaching staff is expected to take charge for the last game. Fast Bowling Coach Rumesh Ratnayake had a brief stint as Sri Lanka’s head coach in 2011. There is also former captain Hashan Tillakaratne, currently the team’s batting coach, who could take over the side in Pakistan.

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Arthur praises Pakistan player over spot fixing case

DUBAI (Monitoring Desk): Mickey Arthur, Pakistan head coach, on Sunday praised an unnamed player for reporting a spot fixing approach as “a real example to our team”.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday confirmed a player was approached with a fixing offer during the ongoing one-day series with Sri Lanka but he reported the matter to the Board’s anti-corruption unit. Pakistani media named the player as skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

“To be honest the player reacted unbelievably well,” Arthur told media at Sharjah stadium. “He did everything required of him and we had a chat straight afterwards.”

“It was handled brilliantly and I think that is a real example to our team and to the cricket world that a really important player was approached and acted to the letter of the law and did exceptionally well as a true ambassador of the game,” he added. PCB said the matter was also referred to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Arthur was confident any of his players would act in the same manner in future. “I am very comfortable with our players, they are outstanding and they are intelligent young men and individuals and I have no doubt that if anyone is approached they will do the same way as the individual did,” said Arthur. As per the anti-corruption rules a player is required to instantly report a fixing offer, failing to which will result in a minimum of six months to a maximum life ban.

Pakistan cricket received a jolt in February when two of their players — Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif — were caught in a spot-fixing scandal which rocked their Twenty20 league held in the United Arab Emirates. Sharjeel was banned for five years (two and a half years of which were suspended) while Khalid was banned for five years and fined $10,000.

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Ajaz’s hat trick in Pakistan’s 6-3 win over Korea in 3rd place game

DHAKA (NNI): In what was their best display of the event, Pakistan outplayed South Korea 6-3 in the 3rd place match of 10th Hockey Asia Cup at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhashani Stadium.

Though, it was a good team effort but Ajaz Ahmed was the star of the show with three beautiful open play goals.

The tempo wasnt very fast in the first quarter and there were only a few circle penetrations and shots on the goal. In the 10th minute, Ajaz showing superb opportunism, cashed in on a crush ball sent from Korean 23′ by skipper Irfan, deflecting into the goal with a soft touch.

The pace picked up. Korean equalised in the 15th minute courtesy Azfar Yaqoob blunder who inexplicable lost the ball just inside Pakistan’s circle. Cho Sook Hun capitalised with a strong hit.

Soon, Pakistan had their first penalty corner. Misunderstanding at top led to the ball go out of the circle. But Ali Shan’s pass from left was well received by veteran Rashid at circle’s top. His powerful flat reverse hander struck the left corner of the goal and Pakistan were back in the front.

Very next minute, Amjad made a spectacular diving save off a ferocious Korean back hander.

In the last minute of the first half, Ajaz extended Pakistan’s advantage. The youngster sprinted into the circle. After beating the goal keeper and the last defender with a lovely 1-2 with Atiq Arshad, Ajaz pushed the ball in to make it 3-1.

The green shirts didnt take the foot of the gas after the resumption. Abubakr converted the second PC with a flick past Korean net minder’s left shoulder into the top netting. In the 36th minute, it was 5-1 and irrepressible Ajaz had completed his hat trick.

Receiving a good pass from Tasawwar in his own half, Ajaz ran like a hare. On entering the circle, he beautifully side stepped the defender who had caught up with him. Then he wrong footed the goal keeper and sent the ball into the goal, both in a single action; later declared goal of the match.

Undaunted by the scoreline of 1-5, the Koreans opted for an offensive approach. After missing a couple of chances, they managed to get their second goal. A measured pass from just outside the circle reached Lee Namyong, surprisingly left unmarked in the middle of the scoring zone. Lee deflected the ball into the cage with a deft touch.

With a three goal cushion, Pakistan began the last quarter with good possession hockey.

They made circle penetrations and also had a couple of attempts. However, Korea again came back well applying good pressure. Having wasted two back to back penalty corners, they availed the third PC via a good two touch drill. Ball was pushed to Soo Inwoo in the middle of left side of circle, who deflected in with a flat sick.

It was 3-5 but only five minutes left. Now, Pakistanis went on attack. Abubakr blasted a PC over the bar and Atiq, after a good solo run, made a poor attempt. They managed to make it a tennis score. Rashid, burst inside from left. His attempt after a 1-2 came off the right pole. Off the rebound, Azfar easily flicked in.

Koreans had two PCs in the last minute but couldn’t go past the rock solid Amjad.

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Aguero’s milestone goal leads Man City to easy win

MANCHESTER (Agencies): Manchester City remain on top of the Premier League, Sergio Agüero is now their joint-top all-time goalscorer, but this workmanlike victory over a predictably solid Burnley side refuted the theory that Saturday afternoons here are going to be one long carnival of fantasy football.

This was just football. Burnley made City work for the points and that was exactly what they did, securing victory only in the final quarter and playing impressively without putting on a show. It was entertaining enough on a wet and windy day, and as most people in the crowd were following the score in Manchester United’s game, absolutely no one was complaining.

“If people think they are going to see five-zero scores every week that’s not going to happen,” Pep Guardiola said. “Some matches are more difficult. Burnley have great physicality and a strong work ethic, and coming into such a game after playing in the Champions League makes life complicated.”

Burnley were not given much chance here, some bookmakers were quoting the ludicrous odds of 30-1 for an away win, though it was clear from an early stage City were not going to find their opponents quite as accommodating as Stoke in last week’s 7-2 romp. For one thing the scores were still level as the game entered its 30th minute, whereas Stoke had shipped three goals by then.

For another, Burnley created the first goalscoring opportunity, when Chris Wood judged the bounce of the ball better than Kyle Walker, went on to beat Nicolás Otamendi and brought a brave save from Ederson, injuring himself in the process. Unfortunately for Burnley, by the end of the 30th minute they had fallen behind. Nick Pope initially made a good save from last week’s hero, Kevin De Bruyne, but he could not keep hold of the ball and showed his inexperience by trying to recover it from Bernardo Silva when the City player was moving away from goal.

The goalkeeper just about got a glove to the ball but Silva took the opportunity to go down under the contact, leaving Burnley to reflect on their own naivety as Roger East pointed to the spot. Agüero naturally scored, equalling Eric Brook’s 78-year-old club record of 177 goals. While it was inevitable the Argentina striker would reach the mark sooner or later, it was in keeping with a low-key match that the big moment should arrive with a penalty, and a soft penalty at that.

“There was contact and I wouldn’t even say it was a defining moment because we still might have lost,” Sean Dyche said. “It’s still frustrating though, because it was minimal contact, and to get that high off the floor with your arms above your head was impressive. It can’t be just me who thinks there ought to be more honour in the game.” Agüero, in fairness, spent the rest of the first half attempting to add another from open play, only to roll one shot wide and be denied twice by Pope in the Burnley goal. On the second occasion, Bernardo Silva had the chance to follow up, but his venomous shot was blocked when James Tarkowski unflinchingly stuck his face in the way.

Burnley initially came out fighting for the second half and managed to put some pressure on the City goal, though they probably realised it was not going to be their afternoon when penalty appeals against Fabian Delph were waved away, the defender having kicked the ball against his own arm in attempting a clearance.

That impression was finally confirmed when City scored their second goal from a set piece. After their early flurry of attacking intent Burnley had reverted to keeping every man except Ashley Barnes behind the ball in an attempt to make City’s life more difficult, a plan that was working until Leroy Sané swung over a corner from the left and Otamendi outjumped Ben Mee at the far post to place a firm header downwards.

Even then Burnley had a man on the post to deal with such an eventuality, but Steven Defour could not move his feet quickly enough and the ball trickled past him. There was clearly no coming back from that and just to make sure De Bruyne took advantage of the only time Burnley lost their shape by slipping Sané into miles of space for a third goal two minutes later. There could have been more: Sané, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus missed late chances to boost the City goal difference still further, but the scoreline was already emphatic enough. Even on a day when rain continually poured from the greyest of Manchester skies, City never came close to slipping up.

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Pakistan bowling attack one of best in the world: Sarfaraz Ahmed

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SHARJAH: Pakistan Cricket Team Captain, Sarfraz Ahmed has said Pakistan has one of the best bowling attacks in the world and in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka it proved its effectiveness and giving Pakistan 4-0 lead in the five matches’ series.

Pakistan continue their winning streak after becoming ICC Champions Trophy and in the fourth match against Sri Lanka Pakistan handsomely took 4-0 lead in the series and now eyeing on the whitewash against islanders.

Sarfaraz said that the way our bowling is performing very well and adding that since the Champions Trophy, no team has scored more than 240 against our bowling attack which is the biggest example that we have the best bowling attack in the world.

Sarfaraz praised the performance of Hasan Ali and said that the way he is performing is outstanding and very helpful for the team and also because of his performance he is now the number one ICC ODI bowler.

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Asia Cup: Pakistan humiliated 4-0 against India

DHAKA (Agencies): India beat Pakistan 4-0 in the Super Four match at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

Gurjant Singh goal in the 57th minute cemented India’s place in the Asia Cup final. Lalit Upadhyay gave India 3-0 lead after scoring a minute after Harmanpreet Singh. The first goal of the match was scored by Satbir Singh.

Pakistan will play in the third position match tomorrow (Sunday). The highly-awaited Super 4 face-off between arch-rivals Pakistan and India was delayed due to heavy rainfall on Saturday.

Earlier, the Hero Hockey Asia Cup match was delayed by 90 minutes. The game is crucial for Pakistan while India just needs to draw to cement its position in the final. The top two teams at the end of the second round will reach the final while the teams finishing third and fourth will vie for the bronze medal.

India is currently on the top of the table with four points from one win and a draw, followed by Malaysia which secured three points after their win against Pakistan. South Korea have two points, from their two draws, and Pakistan is at the bottom with one point from the draw against South Korea. In their last face-off, India won 3-1 against Pakistan. The goals were scored by India’s Harmanpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh and Ramandeep Singh, while Ali Shan scored for Pakistan.

Pakistan are three-time Asia Cup champions Pakistan while India have lifted the cup twice. It is interesting to note that Pakistan won all the first three editions of the cup in 1982, ’85 and ’89. While India’s victories were achieved in more recent times, in 2003 and 2007

In all of Pakistan’s three Asia Cup wins, India were the runners-up. In 1985 and ’89, Pakistan defeated their neighbours in the final. The inaugural 1982 competition was played on a single league basis.

There also the Green Shirts defeated India in the decisive last match. India’s first win, in 2003, came at Pakistan’s expense in the final and then again in both countries’ last pool match in 2017. In total, the traditional rivals have met seven times in the tournament.