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Quinton de Kock likely to play PSL3

KARACHI (PPI): South Africa wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock is likely to play the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

According to sources, de Kock is leading Global T20 League franchise Benoni that is owned Peshawar Zalmi’s Javed Afridi, and the South African might sign a contract with Peshawar as well.

It has also been learnt that former Australia all-rounder Mitchell Johnson, ex-players like Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey and other international stars might also feature in PSL3.

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Coach Arthur trains young talent at NCA High Performance Camp

LAHORE (APP): Pakistan cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur held a morning session with participants of the High Performance Camp underway at the National Cricket Academy here.

Arthur, along with other coaching staff at the NCA, lectured the young players during their camp training at the LCCA Ground. During his session, the coach specifically focused on fitness and lectured the participants on the importance of improving their fitness levels.

Head Coach NCA, Mushtaq Ahmed also briefed the members of the High Performance camp.

The 10-week camp, which commenced on July 3, has been organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board keeping in view the future commitments of the Pakistan team. Players attending the camp are being trained under the supervision of NCA coaches.

27 players were originally named for the camp, of whom some are now abroad due to their cricketing commitments.

Openers: Sami Aslam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Sahibzada Farhan

Middle-order batsmen: Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Asif Zakir, Umar Akmal

Fast bowlers: Usman Shinwari, Sameen Gul, Mohammad Irfan, Mir Hamza, Rumman Raees

Spinners: Mohammad Asghar, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Usama Mir

Fast bowling all-rounders: Amir Yamin, Fahim Ashraf, Ammad Butt, Hussain Talat

Spin bowling all-rounders: Mohammad Nawaz, Agha Salman

Wicket-keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hassan.

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PCB shuns idea of turning PSL into autonomous entity

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to organise the Pakistan Super League (PSL) itself instead of making it an autonomous company.

PSL chairman Najam Sethi had announced in March this year, after the successful second edition of the league, that they were making the PSL an independent body. But the PCB’s Board of Governors had not been ready for that without involvement of the PCB in its affairs.

The existing laws of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) did not allow induction of parent body (PCB) officials into a private company.

The PCB had at last got information from the finance ministry that the latter were changing laws of the SECP after which it would be possible for the PCB to nominate its officials for the PSL.

Hoping for changes in the existing laws, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and Najam Sethi had held a joint press conference, announcing that two officials from the PCB as directors and three from outside would be named in the PSL.

They had been hoping for necessary changes in the laws of the SECP in near future but no change was made.

“Yes, we were hoping for a change in the laws of the SECP but they were not changed because of opposition from different quarters, so, we have now decided to run the PSL ourselves (PCB) instead of making it a separate entity,” Sethi told Dawn, when contacted to comment on the latest development.

There are reports that there were several complications in inducting officials of the PCB as directors into the PSL because several government projects are being run under supervision of independent companies without involvement of government officials.

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Coach Mickey Arthur to meet PCB officials

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): Head coach Mickey Arthur is expected to meet with officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday where he will be consulted in chalking out future course of action for the team.

Arthur, who arrived in Lahore late Sunday night, is set to meet with Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Director of Academies Mudassar Nazar, along with other officials, sources close to the matter said.

The meeting will lay out future course of action to be adopted regarding the team and talent development for the game. Among other topics, matters relating to the training camps at the National Cricket Academy will be brought under discussion, the sources added.

According to the sources, the PCB will consult with Arthur for feedback on the team’s coaching support staff.

The board is believed to be unhappy with the performances of batting coach Grant Flower and fielding coach Steve Rixon, and there are chances the two coaches may be released by the PCB for their supposed failure to produce desired results.

The performances of the coaching staff will be reviewed at the Governing board meeting scheduled for July 29, after which a decision is likely to be made on retaining or releasing the support staff.

Since joining the team in late 2013, Flower, a former Zimbabwean player, has worked with three coaches including Dav Whatmore, Waqar Younis and Arthur.


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PCB receives Champions Trophy prize money from ICC

KARACHI (PPI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) received the Champions Trophy prize money, Rs230 million, from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is ready to distribute it among players.

Pakistan beat India in the final to be crowned the 2017 Champions Trophy winners and bagged a total prize money of $2,200,000 (which is approximately Rs230 million) which was sent by the ICC without any tax cuts to the PCB.

The money will now be divided into 17 parts, where 16 players will receive the money while the last part will be distributed among team management.

According to an estimate, each player is set to receive Rs13.5m. Every person in the team management may receive Rs10,00,000 each.

Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who was sent back to Pakistan after incurring an injury in the first match of the tournament, will also receive one part of the prize money.

Apart from this, the players were also promised Rs10m by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, also the Patron of the PCB.

Meanwhile, many individual performers also received prize money and other gifts from private organisations.

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Manchester United edges Real Madrid on penalty kicks

LONDON (AFP): Anthony Martial offered Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of his attacking prowess Sunday despite missing from the spot in Manchester United’s penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid.

After a hugely impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, Martial struggled to consistently produce the goods under Mourinho last season — prompting speculation throughout the summer that the French international could depart.

But a stunning individual run saw Martial lay-on Jesse Lingard’s opening goal in the International Champions Cup tie at Santa Clara before Real Madrid’s young guns produced an energetic second half fightback to earn a 1-1 draw and prompt a penalty shoot-out.

Intensity levels will rise several degrees when these two teams meet in the European Super Cup final in a fortnight, with Real’s big names understandably rusty during the first half, in their first pre-season outing.

After three Stateside games in the previous eight days, United were the sharper outfit, particularly Lingard, who caused Real plenty of problems drifting inside off the right.

The England international went close to opening the deadlock with an early screamer, when he collected Martial’s lay-off and hit a swerving shot from 25 yards that was pushed past the post by Keylor Navas.

In first half stoppage time, Lingard finally got his reward, albeit the goal owed much to the brilliance of Martial.

The Frenchman’s quick feet saw him leave both Daniel Carvajal and Luka Modric for dead as he surged inside from the left, before squaring the ball across the six-yard box. Lingard was ready and waiting at the far post to tap home.

Zinedine Zidane changed his entire 11 at the start of the second half and it prompted a much-improved display from Real, despite the absence of their key figures.

The Spanish giants drew level midway through the half when Victor Lindelof brought down Real summer signing Theo Hernandez in the area and Casemiro smashed the resulting spot-kick down the middle of David De Gea’s goal.

Real came close to going ahead moments later, but De Gea smartly tipped away Luis Miguel Quezaeda’s free kick.

The unmarked Marouane Fellaini should have secured victory for United in the 83rd minute, but produced an appalling finish after being picked out by Scott McTominay’s cross.

In the desperately low quality shootout that followed, only three players converted their penalties — Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind notching the successful ones for United.

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Aisam wins thriller to clinch Hall of Fame Doubles Championship

NEWPORT (AFP): Continuing his superb form this year, Pakistan’s tennis star Aisam ul Haq has added yet another feather to his cap by winning the doubles title of the ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, held in Newport.

The top seeded pair of Aisam and Rajeev Ram – his partner from the US – defeated the Austrian duo of Matt Reid and John Smith in a thrilling final that lasted 75 minutes.

The Pak-US duo won the first set without much resistance, dropping only four frames, but lost the second frame 4-6. In the super tie breaker, Aisam and Ram were better than their opponents, securing a 10-7 victory.

With this win – 6-4, 4-6, and 10-7, Aisam has bagged his fifth ATP title of the year apart from four ATP World Tour ones, all with different partners, and one ATP challenger at Surbiton, UK.

Aisam emerged the victor in ATP World Tour titles at Auckland (with Marcin Matkowski), Barcelona (with Florin Mergea), and Antalya (with Robert Lindstedt). The win at Newport completes 15 ATP world tour double titles for the Pakistani player.

This was also his first title with Ram and Aisam was happy to be paired with him, saying that he looks forward to winning more tournaments with him.

“It’s been a pleasure to play with Rajeev. It’s been a great week. I love Newport and I love coming back here. He’s won so many titles on grass so it was a perfect combination,” he said.

Talking about future, Aisam said, “Hopefully, we can play in the future again. Winning a tournament when playing together for the first time is a great feeling.”

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Ashes series under threat from Australia pay dispute, says players union – report

MELBOURNE (AFP): Australia’s cricketers union is reportedly warning its players this summer’s home Ashes series might be scrapped, even if a new pay deal can be reached tentatively with Cricket Australia (CA).

According to Fairfax Media, the head of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), Alistair Nicholson, sent an email on Saturday to players, warning the Test series against England was under threat.

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Hasan Ali signs up for Caribbean Premier League: sources

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan pacer and Champions Trophy hero Hasan Ali has been signed by West Indies’ popular T20 venture Caribbean Premier League (CPL), sources within the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

According to the sources, the star bowler will be featuring for CPL franchise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, which also boasts the likes of Faf du Plessis, Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Lendl Simmons and Brad Hodge.

Hasan Ali’s latest signing comes on the heels of his agreement with Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) earlier this month, under which he will also be playing for Comilla Victorians in the upcoming season later this year.

The 23-year-old is currently waiting for his US visa, which will enable him to play for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in some matches which are scheduled to be held in Florida in early August.

Hasan Ali is confident of performing his best in his CPL stint and is looking forward to playing cricket during the off-season – an opportunity that would help him stay fit for when national duty calls, the sources said.

The pacer, who burst onto the international scene after successful stints in the Pakistan Super League, bagged 13 wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy, winning the Golden Ball as well as Player of the Tournament awards along with capturing the hearts of his fans with his trademark celebratory style.

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Aisam ul Haq in final of ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

NEW PORT (Web Desk): Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam ul Haq, along with his partner Rajeev Ram of USA, has qualified for the final of ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in New Port .

The top seed of the tournament, Pak American duo faced third seed India-Australia pair of Leander Paes and Sam Groth in the nail biting semi final.

Aisam and Rajeev could win only four games in first set of the match but came back strongly in the second set, saving multiple match points with score of 7-6 to take the game into super tie breaker.

The Pak-US duo continued their battle in the thrilling super tie breaker to win it 11/9 and qualify for the final where they will meet Australian pair of Matt Reid and John Smith.