Monthly Archives: February 2016

Hafeez upbeat to regain top all-rounder slot

Muhammad Asif Khan

Sharjah: Severing a one-year bar on bowling however a prolific Pakistan batsman, Muhammad Hafeez is hopeful of making an impactful return to the international scene as an all-rounder. “I have been working very hard on my bowling action and have doubled the practice lately. I am very confident to exhibit even better show upon return as a bowler. I am eagerly waiting for July to undergo the test”, said Muhammad Hafeez, in an interview to News One TV.

Hafeez PIC“Yes, I am disappointed but it is not in my hands. My aim is to regain the top all-rounder slot, in the ICC rankings, for Pakistan”, added Muhammad Hafeez, who can not apply for a reassessment of his bowling action until his suspension ends.

Bowling action of Muhammad Hafeez was reported twice in one year – in November 2014 & June 2015 – hence as per rules, he is not allowed to undergo ICC-accredited testing within one-year time.

Muhammad Hafeez, 35, also hoped that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would have a positive impact on Pakistan cricket, added that young players would learn to handle pressure during the course of this T20 extravaganza. “Handling pressure situation is a much needed ingredient of international cricket and young Pakistan players are having the taste of it in the PSL”, said Muhammad Hafeez, who is representing Peshawar Zalmi in the 5-team league.

“The positive impact of the PSL, on young players, will start to get effect after a couple of seasons and it will subsequently help the national team”, concluded Muhammad Hafeez.

 

The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif

 

‘Lucky’ Manzoor upbeat to grab golden chance

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: It is said that “fortune knocks once at every man’s door“, but in Khurram Manzoor’s case it’s the second time around. First, when he made his international debut in 2008 and now when he has been recalled after a long time to represent the national team again. 1

Pakistan Cricket selectors announced a 15-member bunch for the Asia Cup and World T20 Cup and Khurram Manzoor’s name caught the most of attention as he has not played a T20 international match as yet, however, the 29-year old opener shrugs the criticism and vows to carry forward his good form.

“What if I have not played a T20i, there is always a first time for everything. In view of my recent performance I am confident of performing well upon getting an opportunity”, mentioned Khurram Manzoor while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

“I am not playing cricket for the first time”, stressed Manzoor

Recalling his recent record, the Karachi-based top-order batsman was of the view that he had earned a slot, in the national squad, through sheer hard work.

“I have earned a place after scoring eight hundreds in the last 13 domestic one-day games along with the domestic T20 performance. I was also amongst the runs during the recent series against England Lions in UAE.”, added Manzoor, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in February 2008.

The Asia Cup is scheduled to begin in Bangladesh from February 19 to March 6 where Pakistan will face the arch-rival, India on February 27. In the World T20 cup, scheduled in India from March 8 to April 3, Pakistan will lock horns with India on March 19th.

Khurram Manzoor expressed the desire to play against the arch-rivals. “I want to play against India and if I get a chance I will try not to let the opportunity goby”, concluded Khurram Manzoor, who has scored 1834 runs in 68 T20 games with two centuries.

 

 

The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif