Zaheer Abbas fears Pakistan’s WT20 participation in jeopardy

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Reacting to the latest development in Mumbai, the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Zaheer Abbas has feared that if the situation persisted then the participation of Pakistan cricketers in the upcoming World T20 Cup could get jeopardised. “Pakistan and India cricket authorities must work it out otherwise, I fear the Pakistan players could also refuse to tour India for the upcoming World T20 cup, citing security concerns”, said Zaheer Abbas while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.Zaheer Abbas

Earlier on Monday, a bunch of protesters chanted slogans against the visiting PCB chairman Sheharyar at the BCCI office in Mumbai, where he was present on the invitation of his Indian counterpart to talk on bilateral cricket series.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says the BCCI should honour the MoU, signed last year, according to which both the countries will play number of home and away series in the coming years. On the other hand the BCCI is of the view that the fate of bilateral cricket was dependent on their government’s nod.

On the latest threats to the elite-panel umpire, Aleem Dar, the ICC president said the matter will be reviewed in consultation with the Board of control from cricket in India.

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


Sethi upbeat to make PSL second largest extravaganza

Muhammad Asif Khan

Karachi: With the list of international players, ready to participate in the Pakistan Super League, is swelling with every passing day, the in-charge of the project, Najam Sethi hopes to make the event only second to the trendsetter, Indian Premier League (IPL). “The buildup is on the right track and the consent from players like Christ Gayle and Darren Sammy gave it a timely impetus. It will surely entice other big names to join in”, said Najam Sethi, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.psl

“Broadcasting rights and bidding for franchises will be done in the next phase and I see no reason why it [PSL] couldn’t become the second most successful event after the Indian premier league (IPL)”, added Najam Sethi

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced to hold its brand of Twenty20 league in Doha from February 4 to 24 next year. The logo of the PSL will be unveiled on September 20th, however it has also been announced that five teams will take part in the inaugural edition of the T20 league.

“Another two international players will join the PSL in few days to complete this task”, concluded Sethi

One the other hand, a source closed to the development said one of the names is of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakara while the other could be Keven Peterson of England.

The Pakistan Super League recently took on board former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja as its ambassadors. The international players expressed interests in the league thus far are

Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Dwyane Smith, Keiron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree [West Indies], Angelo Mathews, Tilakaratene Dilshan, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera [Sri Lanka], Grant Elliott, James Franklin [New Zealand], Richard Levi, Roben Peterson [South Africa], Brad Hodge [Australia], Michael Carberry, Tim Bresnan [England]

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

Javed Miandad blasts Pakistan Cricket Board over new domestic structure

Javed Miandad has bitterly criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the new Javed_Miandad_17697domestic structure, said cities like Karachi & Lahore (having huge population) deserve more teams in first class cricket.

The legendary batsman says blinds are running cricket in Pakistan. He also apposed voting system among regions.

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Latif questions Srinivasan eligibility as ICC chairman

Latif questions Srinivasan eligibility as ICC chairman

Muhammad Asif Khan

Karachi: Commenting on the latest twist in the IPL corruption saga, former Pakistan captain & the whistleblower against match-fixing in the 90s, Rashid Latif said he was not surprised by the revelations, however added that even after losing the BCCI post due to court order, the presence of N. Srinivasan, as ICC chairman, was questionable. “He [Srinivasan] was barred by the supreme court from holding the SriNivasanpost of BCCI president then how could he continued as ICC chairman?” questioned Rashid Latif, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

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“If one cricket board takes a decision against an individual, all other boards abide-by it and Danish Kaneria’s case is an example then how did the ICC and member boards let Srinivasan chair important ICC meetings?. It is nothing but double standards by the game’s governing body”, stated Rashid Latif

The Supreme Court of India appointed three-member Lodha committee, which found IPL teams Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra guilty and imposed life suspensions on the duo. The committee also suspended both teams from participating in the IPL for a period of two years

On a question regarding Pakistan Cricket Board’s effort to hold an indigenous T20 league in the coming year, Rashid Latif said, in view of the unpleasant instances in T20 leagues by Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Pakistan Cricket Board must remain watchful while handing over teams’ ownership.

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

Samiullah dismisses PHF probe committee, urges PM to take notice

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Hockey captain, Samiullah Khan has criticised the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) upon constituting a ‘parallel’ committee to probe into the dismal performance, of the hockey team, in the recently concluded semi-final round of the Hockey World League.samiullah “The Prime Minister had already formed a high-power committee hence there was no need for any other forum to do the same. The PHF president and secretary should appear before the earlier formed committee and apprise them instead”, said Samiullah while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

“The Prime Minister of Pakistan must take notice of this unnecessary step from the PHF”, urged Samiullah.

Earlier, the Pakistan Hockey Federation announced to form a three-member fact finding committee to look into the humiliating performance of the Pakistan hockey team.

As per the press statement from the PHF, the Committee, comprised of Olympian Shahid Ali Khan, Olympian Mansoor Ahmed and Olympian Muhammad Akhlaq, was constituted under the orders of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Samiullah was of the opinion that confrontation would only lead to further damage of the game of Hockey. He feared that if this situation continued, Pakistan would even lose its place at the Asian level. “The first time in history Pakistan’s hockey team missed the World Cup and the Olympics. If this confrontation continues then I am worried about Pakistan’s standing at the Asian level too”, said the ‘flying-horse’, Samiuallah

After losing badly at the semi-final round of the Hockey World League, the Pakistan Hockey team lost the Olympics birth for the first time in history. Pakistan missed the World Cup, last year and that too was the first time in country’s rich history.

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

PHF sent handicapped outfit to Hockey World League: Hanif Khan

Muhammad Asif Khan

Karachi: Furious over Pakistan’s dismal show in the Hockey World League, former captain Hanif Khan Hanif Khanhas blasted the Pakistan Hockey Federation and questioned the preparations for the important tournament. “Throughout the event, Pakistan’s performance was not impressive. The selectors worked on the right-side and the other wing was left on Rizwan only. Additionally, the inexperienced centre-forward cost the team by panicking in crunch situations”, said Hanif Khan while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

“The team was like a handicapped bird, having only one wing to fly. How can you expect a good performance?”, asked Hanif Khan.

In the Hockey World League, Pakistan lost the fifth position match to Ireland, on Friday, and subsequently failed to qualify for the next year’s Olympics.

Hanif Khan, the former chief selector, said that presence of many aged players, in the team, was indicative of the fact that grass-root level was not producing players. He also called for the dismissal of present hockey federation officials. “Many players are playing for over a decade which means the grass-root level has failed to produce players. New faces should replace PHF officials and drastic measures must be taken at the grass-root level”, said Hanif Khan

“Pakistan Hockey is in dire straits. It will take a few years to bounce back provided, sincere and competent people are given the responsibility”, concluded Hanif Khan

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