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India to host Bangladesh, New Zealand and England in 2024-25

India to host Bangladesh, New Zealand and England in 2024-25

21/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31826725

NEW DELHI: India will kick off their home cricket season against Bangladesh in Sept­e­mber before hosting New Zealand in October and England next year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Thursday.

India will welcome Bang­ladesh for a two-match Test series, which will be played in Chennai and Kanpur from September 19-23 and September 27-October 1. It will be followed by three Twenty20s in Dha­ramsala, Delhi and Hyderabad.

They will then host the Black Caps for three Tests, with the first Test starting on October 16 in Bengaluru.

England will visit India in January next year to play five T20s and three One-day Internationals. Chen­nai, Kolkata, Rajkot, Pune and Mumbai will be the venues for the T20s while Nagpur, Cuttack and Ahm­e­dabad will host the ODIs.

England’s tour of India will begin on January 22 and conclude on February 12.

Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2024



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Sibling rivalry fuels Pakistan’s medal rush in Penang

Sibling rivalry fuels Pakistan’s medal rush in Penang

21/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31826724

KARACHI: There was an all-Pakistan squash final in Malaysia over the weekend; two sisters going head-to-head for gold. By the end of it all, Mahnoor Ali overcame the challenge of Sehrish Ali to be crowned the Under-13 champion at the PBA 20th Penang Malaysia Junior Open.

It was a thrilling yet bittersweet victory for Mahnoor, who stormed back from losing the first set 9-11 to win the next three games 11-7, 11-8, 11-8: the 11-year-old showing tenacity beyond her years to solidify her ranking among global prodigies.

Her win in Malaysia — a deja vu moment after winning the U-11 title last year — brought her fourth international title, coming just days after she was crowned U-13 champion in Singapore at the Henry Charpentier Lion City Junior Open.

The cool-headed superstar channeled nerves of steel to forge her way into the finals and then fight for the title, even if it was at the expense of thrashing her own sister.

“I put everything aside to focus on the game and give it my best; I had to remember that I was playing for myself and my country,” she told Dawn.

Mahnoor, Sehrish and their elder sister Mehwish will next be in action at the Asian Juniors in Islamabad, where another sibling showdown on the court could well be on the cards.

Mehwish brought the third medal for her family and her country in Penang — where more than 700 athletes from 16 countries participated — when she picked up the U-17 bronze, earning 12 points and moving up in the PSA world squash rankings.

The number one-ranked senior and U-19 player is headed to the World Junior Squash Championships next month after becoming the first Pakistani woman to qualify for the prestigious event.

Pakistan’s success in women’s squash is becoming synonymous with the Ali sisters as the trio won big at the Australian Junior Open with the U-17 and U-13 titles and a U-15 bronze.

The girls’ athletic brilliance has been harnessed by their coach and father Arif Ali, who seamlessly weaves together coaching oversight with parental love.

Mehwish and Sehrish, as per their father, missed the mark in their Singapore matches as the family ran into visa issues, not uncommon for Pakistani passport holders, barely making it in time for the championship after overnight traveling and just one sleepless day to warm up.

Mehwish’s participation at World Juniors in Houston also lies at the mercy of her visa being granted in time, leaving the 15-year-old uncertain of her dream debut.

Arif’s meticulous planning and execution of every aspect of his daughters’ training, nutrition and competition schedules is borne not just out of parental instinct but from a lack of support from the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF).

“We’ve won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal in Singapore and Malaysia and haven’t received so much as a congratulatory call from PSF or the Pakistan Sports Board,” he told Dawn.

But he doesn’t let the authorities’ indifference rain on the family’s parade.

“I’m immensely proud, not only that they’re playing for Pakistan but also because they have a genuine passion for the sport,” Arif, himself a former squash player, told Dawn over the phone.

He acknowledged that the thrill of both his daughters making it to the finals was overshadowed by the fact that one would triumph while the other conceded defeat.

A sibling showdown is rare but not unheard of in the sport. Only recently, Mohamed and Marwan El-Shorbagy clashed at the CIB PSA World Championships in Egypt while Belgian sisters Nele and Tinne at the ESF European Team Cham­pionships in Zurich.

Sibling rivalry perhaps grants an extra layer of internal competition that most stand-alone athletes don’t have. It is perhaps the reason why the Ali sisters are so ahead of their competition.

Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2024



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Germany ease past Hungary to reach last 16 at Euros, Albania hold Croatia

Germany ease past Hungary to reach last 16 at Euros, Albania hold Croatia

20/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31824659

STUTTGART: Jamal Mus­iala and Ilkay Gundogan scored as hosts Germany became the first team to qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2024 on Wednesday after beating Hungary 2-0 in Stuttgart while Albania snatched a stoppage time equaliser for a stunning 2-2 draw against Croatia.

Musiala struck for the second game running midway through the first half, much to the anger of Hungary players who felt a foul should have been awarded in the build-up to the goal.

Gundogan grabbed his side’s second on 67 minutes as Germ­any eased to a second successive win in Group ‘A’, making sure they will progress to the knockout phase at least as one of the best third-placed sides.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men can wrap up the top spot when they play Switzerland in Frankfurt in their final group fixture on Sunday.

Hungary are staring at elimination after back-to-back defeats and must beat Scotland if they are to stand any chance of reaching the last 16.

In Wednesday’s other fixture, Klaus Gjasula proved both hero and villain for Albania, bagging the added time leveller after having earlier netted an own goal that saw Croatia go 2-1 up in the Group ‘B’ clash at the Volksp­arkstadion.

The two countries now have a single point after their opening two matches and are left effectively needing to win their last group games on Monday if they are to progress into the knockout stage.

Albania had taken an early lead but the Croats scored twice in the space of two minutes to revive their hopes in a match full of twists and turns and played to a backdrop of ear-splitting noise.

Andrej Kramaric grabbed a 74th minute equaliser and then followed an own goal from Gjasula 120 seconds later as an increasingly dominant Croatia, who lost 3-0 to Spain in their opening game, clawed their way back.

They had pounded away at the Albania goal in the second half after looking anxious and frustrated at halftime as their unfancied opponents went into the break ahead.

Qazim Laci’s 11th minute header had Albania in an early lead before Gjasula sidefooted into the net with five minutes of additional time already played for a dramatic conclusion to the contest.

Portugal win opener, Turkey beats Georgia

On Tuesday, Portugal beat the Czech Republic 2-1 to claim a Euro 2024 debut victory but they needed to come from behind with a 92nd-minute winner from youngster Fran­cisco Conceicao.

Earlier in the section’s other clash, Turkey bested Georgia 3-1 in a pulsating match in Dortmund.

Roberto Martinez’s Portugal qualified at a canter with a 100 per cent record, but only just scraped victory in Leipzig in their first match, under driving rain.

 HAMBURG: Albania’s Klaus Gjasula (R) scores the equaliser during the Group ‘B’ match against Croatia at Volksparkstadion on Wednesday.—AFP
HAMBURG: Albania’s Klaus Gjasula (R) scores the equaliser during the Group ‘B’ match against Croatia at Volksparkstadion on Wednesday.—AFP

The Czechs went ahead against the run of play through Lukas Provod’s fine strike from the edge of the box after the hour mark, but Robin Hranac’s own goal soon pulled Portugal level before Conceicao’s winner.

Ronaldo was thrice denied by goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek on a record Euros appearance and headed against the post, but was offside.

Diogo Jota put the rebound into the net but the goal was disallowed after VAR highlighted Al Nassr striker Ronaldo’s infringement.

It did not matter for Portugal in the end as 21-year-old Porto winger Conceicao, son of former Portugal international Sergio Conceicao, struck from close range.

Meanwhile, a well-supported Turkey started the Euros in entertaining fashion with an end-to-end win over debutants Georgia.

Real Madrid playmaker Arda Guler scored a brilliant goal, along with strikes by Mert Muldur and Kerem Akturkoglu, to delight the masses of Turkish supporters.

Mbappe breaks nose, Slovakia stun Belgium**

In the Group ‘D’ matches on Monday, Kylian Mbappe came off late with a broken nose as France edged Austria 1-0 in their opening game, after Slovakia inflicted a surprise 1-0 defeat on Belgium and Romania beat Ukraine.

France, the runners-up at the 2022 World Cup, did not entirely convince against a hard-running Austria side and needed a Maximilian Woeber own goal to claim the victory.

Defender Woeber diverted Mbappe’s cutback into his own net seven minutes before half-time in Duesseldorf to decide the Group ‘D’ game and leave France level on three points at the top of the section with the Netherlands.

Mbappe had to come off in the 90th minute after being left with a bloodied nose in an accidental collision with Austrian defender Kevin Danso. A source close to the France captain confirmed to AFP shortly after the game that his nose was broken.

The French team will hope that does not prevent him from playing in Friday’s second group match in Leipzig against the Netherlands.

In Monday’s other fixture, Belgium started their Euro 2024 campaign with a defeat against Slovakia in Frankfurt, where Ivan Schranz of Slavia Prague scored the only goal.

Schranz struck in the seventh minute, firing home the rebound after Belgian goalkeeper Koen Casteels had saved from Juraj Kucka.

It was an especially frustrating day for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who missed a host of chances and had a late equaliser controversially disallowed by VAR.

Belgium’s first defeat since the 2022 World Cup puts Domenico Tedesco’s team under pressure going into their second Group ‘E’ match against Romania on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Romania won at a major international tournament for the first time in 24 years as they beat Ukraine 3-0 with the help of two errors from goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.

In Sunday’s Group ‘C’ matches, Bellingham header helped England edge Serbia 1-0 while Denmark were held 1-1 by Slovenia.

Published in Dawn, June 20th, 2024



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Kane Williamson steps down as New Zealand captain after T20 World Cup debacle

Kane Williamson steps down as New Zealand captain after T20 World Cup debacle

19/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31822756

Kane Williamson has stepped down as captain of New Zealand’s white-ball teams and opted out of a national contract for the 2024/25 season following the Black Caps’ early exit from the T20 World Cup.

Williamson’s decision marks the end of an era for a New Zealand team which made the semi-finals of the previous three T20 World Cups and the 2021 final but ultimately missed out on a maiden white-ball title.

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has also indicated he will not take up a national contract, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Wednesday, following the team’s failure to make the Super Eight phase at the ongoing tournament.

One of the world’s top batsmen and a campaigner of more than 350 internationals in tests, one-day and T20 cricket, Williamson will continue to play for New Zealand in all three formats.

However, he has opted to take up a contract outside of New Zealand in January, meaning he will be unavailable for part of the home summer.

“Pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I’m unable to accept a central contract offer,” the 33-year-old said in a statement.

“Playing for New Zealand is something I treasure, and my desire to give back to the team remains undiminished.

“My life outside cricket has changed however — spending more time with my family and enjoying experiences with them at home or abroad is something that’s even more important to me.”

Williamson’s likely destination in January is a T20 franchise league, with competitions running in several countries including Australia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

He gave up the test captaincy to Tim Southee in 2022, and there will be another changing of the guard as New Zealand look to rejuvenate before the next T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka and India in 2026.

Fast bowler Trent Boult, who opted out of a national contract in 2022, confirmed last Friday he had played his last T20 World Cup following the team’s elimination from the tournament.

NZC said Williamson would be available for eight tests leading into Christmas and the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan in February-March.

The board said Williamson’s decision to opt out of a contract would not hurt his chances of selection, a departure from its usual policy which favours contracted players.

“We’re happy to make an exception for our greatest ever batter — especially as he remains so committed to the team,” said NZC CEO Scott Weenink.

“This is a good way to help keep Kane in the international game so that he continues to play a major role for the Black Caps — both now and in the years to come.”



https://www.dawn.com/news/1840606/kane-williamson-steps-down-as-new-zealand-captain-after-t20-world-cup-debacle
Remarks attributed to Gary Kirsten on disunity within Pakistan team not shocking at all if true: Ahm

Remarks attributed to Gary Kirsten on disunity within Pakistan team not shocking at all if true: Ahm

19/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31822025

Cricketer-turned-analyst Ahmed Shehzad has said that Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten’s alleged remarks on disunity within the squad in the aftermath of the team’s humiliating exit from World Cup 2024 were “not shocking at all”.

According to a Geo Super report based on sources, Kirsten reprimanded the team for their poor performance at the tournament where Pakistan, the 2009 champions and runners-up in 2007 and 2022, made a swift exit after losing their first two matches from winnable positions.

A stunning super-over humiliation at the hands of the United States was followed by a six-run loss to bitter rivals India in a game where they failed to chase down a paltry 120-run target.

Subsequently, after rain distributed equal points in the match between Ireland and the USA, Pakistan were indirectly knocked out of a T20 World Cup tournament’s group stages for the first time in their history.

Kirsten reportedly offered his blunt assessment of team unity in a meeting with the squad, and said that the players was separated left and right, adding that he had not seen such a situation despite having worked with several teams.

Dawn.com has reached out to the Pakistan Cricket Board for a comment.

Commenting on Kirsten’s alleged remarks, Shehzad, an outspoken critic of the cricket board and the current team leadership, said on Monday: “If Gary Kirsten’s team talk is true, it’s not shocking at all. We have been saying this throughout the World Cup. It’s time for accountability, this team is plagued with grouping and crackdown is the only option.”

“The players involved must be punished and an example should be set for [the] next generation of cricketers. PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] chairman must take notice,” he added.

Commentary great Harsha Bhogle also offered his take on the development, saying that “when a private conversation within a dressing room is leaked, with a few embellishments […] it exposes the insecurity within.”

“It will be a learning curve for Gary Kirsten but he is a good man and Pakistan will do well to seek the benefits of his knowledge,” he said in a post on X.

“When he was with India, he was surrounded by some tough people but also players of impeccable character,” he said.

“It created a fabulous combo,” he added.

England captain Michael Vaughan deemed the remarks “strong but … very true”.

Sports presenter Fakhr-e-Alam deemed the unconfirmed remarks “deeply disturbing”, adding that “if it is true the players responsible must be taken out of the team irrespective of their stats and star status.”

Meanwhile, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh invited Kirsten to “come back to coach” team India, whom he lead to victory in the 2011 World Cup on home soil.

In his post on X yesterday, Singh said Kirsten was one of the rare gems of cricket.

“A great coach, mentor, honest and very dear friend to all in our 2011 Team. Our winning coach of [the] 2011 World Cup. Special man Gary.” Singh said.

Current Indian head coach Rahul Dravid is set to vacate the position at the end of the month once his contract expires, with Gautam Gambhir in pole position to take over.



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Remarks attributed to Gary Kirsten on disunity within Pakistan team not shocking at all if true: Ahm

Remarks attributed to Gary Kirsten on disunity within Pakistan team not shocking at all if true: Ahm

19/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31821937

Cricketer-turned-analyst Ahmed Shehzad has said that Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten’s alleged remarks on disunity within the squad in the aftermath of the team’s humiliating exit from World Cup 2024 were “not shocking at all”.

According to a Geo Super report based on sources, Kirsten reprimanded the team for their poor performance at the tournament where Pakistan, the 2009 champions and runners-up in 2007 and 2022, made a swift exit after losing their first two matches from winnable positions.

A stunning super-over humiliation at the hands of the United States was followed by a six-run loss to bitter rivals India in a game where they failed to chase down a paltry 120-run target.

Subsequently, after rain distributed equal points in the match between Ireland and the USA, Pakistan were indirectly knocked out of a T20 World Cup tournament’s group stages for the first time in their history.

Kirsten reportedly offered his blunt assessment of team unity in a meeting with the squad, and said that the players was separated left and right, adding that he had not seen such a situation despite having worked with several teams.

Commenting on Kirsten’s alleged remarks, Shehzad, an outspoken critic of the cricket board and the current team leadership, said: “If Gary Kirsten’s team talk is true, it’s not shocking at all. We have been saying this throughout the World Cup. It’s time for accountability, this team is plagued with grouping and crackdown is the only option.”

“The players involved must be punished and an example should be set for [the] next generation of cricketers. PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] chairman must take notice,” he added.

Commentary great Harsha Bhogle also offered his take on the development, saying that “when a private conversation within a dressing room is leaked, with a few embellishments […] it exposes the insecurity within.”

“It will be a learning curve for Gary Kirsten but he is a good man and Pakistan will do well to seek the benefits of his knowledge,” he said in a post on X.

“When he was with India, he was surrounded by some tough people but also players of impeccable character,” he said.

“It created a fabulous combo,” he added.

Meanwhile, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh invited Kirsten to “come back to coach” team India, whom he lead to victory in the 2011 World Cup on home soil.

In his post on X yesterday, Singh said Kirsten was one of the rare gems of cricket.

“A great coach, mentor, honest and very dear friend to all in our 2011 Team. Our winning coach of [the] 2011 World Cup. Special man Gary.” Singh said.

Current Indian head coach Rahul Dravid is set to vacate the position at the end of the month once his contract expires, with Gautam Gambhir in pole position to take over.



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Gary Kirsten’s reported remarks on disunity within Pakistan team not shocking at all: Ahmed Shehza

Gary Kirsten’s reported remarks on disunity within Pakistan team not shocking at all: Ahmed Shehza

18/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31821630

Cricketer-turned-analyst Ahmed Shehzad has said that Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten’s alleged remarks on disunity within the squad in the aftermath of the team’s humiliating exit from World Cup 2024 were “not shocking at all”.

According to a Geo Super report based on sources, Kirsten reprimanded the team for their poor performance at the tournament where Pakistan, the 2009 champions and runners-up in 2007 and 2022, made a swift exit after losing their first two matches from winnable positions.

A stunning super-over humiliation at the hands of the United States was followed by a six-run loss to bitter rivals India in a game where they failed to chase down a paltry 120-run target.

Subsequently, after rain distributed equal points in the match between Ireland and the USA, Pakistan were indirectly knocked out of a T20 World Cup tournament’s group stages for the first time in their history.

Kirsten reportedly offered his blunt assessment of team unity in a meeting with the squad, and said that the players was separated left and right, adding that he had not seen such a situation despite having worked with several teams.

Commenting on Kirsten’s alleged remarks, Shehzad, an outspoken critic of the cricket board and the current team leadership, said: “We have been saying this throughout the World Cup. It’s time for accountability, this team is plagued with grouping and crackdown is the only option.”

“The players involved must be punished and an example should be set for [the] next generation of cricketers. PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] chairman must take notice,” he added.

Commentary great Harsha Bhogle also offered his take on the development, saying that “when a private conversation within a dressing room is leaked, with a few embellishments […] it exposes the insecurity within.”

“It will be a learning curve for Gary Kirsten but he is a good man and Pakistan will do well to seek the benefits of his knowledge,” he said in a post on X.

“When he was with India, he was surrounded by some tough people but also players of impeccable character,” he said.

“It created a fabulous combo,” he added.

Meanwhile, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh invited Kirsten to “come back to coach” team India, whom he lead to victory in the 2011 World Cup on home soil.

In his post on X yesterday, Singh said Kirsten was one of the rare gems of cricket.

“A great coach, mentor, honest and very dear friend to all in our 2011 Team. Our winning coach of [the] 2011 World Cup. Special man Gary.” Singh said.

Current Indian head coach Rahul Dravid is set to vacate the position at the end of the month once his contract expires, with Gautam Gambhir in pole position to take over.



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T20 World Cup: Pooran turns on the power as West Indies pummel Afghanistan

T20 World Cup: Pooran turns on the power as West Indies pummel Afghanistan

18/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31821097

West Indies left-hander Nicholas Pooran combined elegance with power to score 98 with eight sixes on Monday and propel his team to a 104-run win over Afghanistan in the final first-round match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Gros Islet in St Lucia.

Pooran was run out by a direct hit on the stumps by Azmatullah Omarzai attempting a second run in the final over as West Indies amassed 218 for five, the highest score of the competition.

In reply, Afghanistan reached 114 from 16.2 overs although the result was academic as both teams had already qualified for the Super Eight round which starts on Wednesday.

West Indies went instantly on to the attack after being asked to bat first on an excellent pitch in front of an exuberant crowd.

Brandon King guided the first ball from left arm paceman Fazalhaq Farooqi through the leg side for four and Johnson Charles struck another four through square leg, with 13 coming off the first over.

Charles square drove the first ball from Omarzai to the boundary then sliced to third man for four. King was clean bowled before Pooran, the most prolific six hitter in T20s this decade, crashed a six and a four to bring up the team’s 50 in less than four overs.

Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan brought himself on in the fifth over to try to exert some control with his wrist spin only to concede 12 runs, and at the end of the powerplay West Indies were 92 for one, the highest score after six overs in a T20 World Cup.

Afghanistan’s slow bowlers managed to wrest back some control but the score was still 113 for two after 10 overs and 148 for three after 15. The 200 came up after 18.5 overs off medium pacer Gulbadin Naib, the seventh man asked to bowl.

The Afghans were never in the hunt as the West Indies bowlers imposed a stranglehold from the start, with left arm paceman Obed McCoy, playing his first game of the tournament, varying his length and pace from a relaxed action to take three for 14.

Pooran, in his other role as wicketkeeper, took a spectacular leaping catch before the innings finished.

“I had to take responsibility,” said Pooran after smashing the highest individual score at this year’s tournament.

“In West Indies people want four and sixes. You can’t do that every time but when conditions allow you should capitalise.”



https://www.dawn.com/news/1840537/t20-world-cup-pooran-turns-on-the-power-as-west-indies-pummel-afghanistan
Pakistan’s World Cup failure down to poor batting, Babar says

Pakistan’s World Cup failure down to poor batting, Babar says

17/06/2024, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 31819300

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said on Sunday the team’s batting let them down at the Twenty20 World Cup and apologised to fans for failing to reach the Super Eight stage.

The Green Shirts fell to the tournament’s biggest upset when the United States, a tier-two member of the game, beat the 2009 champions via Super Over. Defeat by arch-rivals India then left Babar’s side with a mountain to climb to advance.

India and the US bagged the two Super Eight slots from Group A while Pakistan finished third after Sunday’s laboured three-wicket victory against Ireland.

“Thank you so much for supporting us, and sorry for that performance…,” Babar said after the match in Florida.

“I know the fans and the team are saddened by this. It is not any one player’s fault. We all made a mistake.”

Babar had stepped down as captain of all three formats after Pakistan failed to make the knockout stage of the 50-overs World Cup in India last year, but was reinstated as white-ball skipper ahead of the 20-overs showpiece in the US and West Indies.

Amid sub-par performances at the tournament, talk of rifts within the camp surfaced, while Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief promised “major surgery” on the team after their exit was confirmed last week.

The team’s batting was a huge disappointment as they failed to make the most of the powerplay overs and could not get partnerships established.

“The pitches here helped the fast bowlers a little but I think overall our batting did not click,” said Babar.

“We lost two crucial matches even when we were in charge.”

All-rounder Imad Wasim has said the team needed a complete reset of their approach to white-ball cricket and Babar agreed.

“Every player has to think, because cricket has become very fast. With modern cricket, you must have game awareness,” he said.

“You know that the strike rate here is (low)… I think it’s about game awareness and common sense.”



https://www.dawn.com/news/1840458/pakistans-world-cup-failure-down-to-poor-batting-babar-says
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