Player retention list and remaining picks: PSL 7

Islamabad United (8) – Asif Ali, Hasan Ali (both Platinum), Faheem Ashraf (Diamond), Shadab Khan (Diamond, Brand Ambassador), Alex Hales (Gold, Mentor), Azam Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr (both Gold) and Paul Stirling (Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 4, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.

Karachi Kings (8) – Babar Azam, Imad Wasim (both Platinum), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi (both Diamond), Joe Clarke (Gold, Brand Ambassador), Aamir Yamin, Sharjeel Khan (both Gold) and Mohammad Ilyas (Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 4, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.

Lahore Qalandars (8) – Rashid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi (both Platinum), Haris Rauf (Diamond, Brand Ambassador), David Wiese, Mohammad Hafeez (both Diamond), Ahmed Daniyal, Sohail Akhtar and Zeeshan Ashraf (all Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 0, Gold – 3, Silver – 2, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.

Multan Sultans (7) – Mohammad Rizwan, Rilee Rossouw (both Platinum), Imran Tahir (Diamond, Mentor), Sohaib Maqsood (Diamond), Khushdil Shah (Gold, Brand Ambassador), Shahnawaz Dahani and Shan Masood (both Gold). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 5, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.

Peshawar Zalmi (8) – Liam Livingstone, Wahab Riaz (both Platinum), Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik (all Diamond), Hussain Talat (Gold), Saqib Mahmood (Gold, Brand Ambassador) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 0, Gold – 1, Silver – 4, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.

Quetta Gladiators (7) – James Vince, Sarfaraz Ahmed (both Platinum), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz (both Diamond), Shahid Afridi (Gold, Mentor), Mohammad Hasnain (Gold, Brand Ambassador) and Naseem Shah (Gold). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 5, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.

Head, Starc make Australia’s XI for Ashes opener

The Australia cricket team is finally taking shape as they lock in their playing personnel three days out from the Ashes opener at Brisbane. Travis Head and Mitchell Starc have been named in Pat Cummins’ first XI, while Usman Khawaja will likely slot into third Test batsmen role alongside middle-order duo Steve Smith (captain) and David Warner who play together for NSW against South Australia tomorrow.
The squad was announced on Wednesday morning ahead of Friday’s training session with Joe Root leading England to Nine Networks ratings victory over Channel 7 by 1% last night…even if he did end up cuddling a cat!

Australia XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Usman Khawaja has been deserving of his place as the fifth opener in Australia’s Test side. With two centuries each from five games, he was chosen over current captain Michael Clarke and opening batsmen David Warner to retain a strong lineup against any opposition bowling attack.

Head pipped Usman for No 5 slot after both left handers made case for selection with impressive performances early rounds Sheffield Shield before Brisbane Test match -Both scored hundreds during most recent clashes between them; 101* by Jhye Richardson v Qld last week & 103(!) dash Jamie Marsh.

Pak Vs WI 1st Test 2021


Mohammad Abbas struck twice in an over to reduce WI to 2/2 before bad light stopped play with the hosts 215 behind.

Day 01 stump

Pak 217/10

WI 2/2

West Indies dominated the opening day of the first Test after Pakistan lost wickets in a hurry to be bowled out for 217. That, until Pakistan struck back fiercely in the third over as Mohammed Abbas sent back Kieran Powell and Nkrumah Bonner for ducks in successive deliveries to peg West Indies back. Bad light forced Pakistan an early close to Day 1 in Jamaica with the hosts ending the day on 2 for 2 in four overs.

The only reason Pakistan got to a total of over 200 was thanks to Fawad Alam, who kept West Indies at bay with a more-than-handy 56 after his side were reduced to 123 for 5 at one stage. Faheem Ashraf and Alam settled into a sixth-wicket stand that was worth 85 keeping West Indies at bay. They scored at a quick pace with boundaries flowing at will.

Anything pitched outside off, they put away as the pair revived Pakistan’s innings that seemed to be going nowhere. Ashraf fell against the run of play on 44 when he was caught short of his crease when going for a quick run as West Indies broke the resilient stand. Alam fell soon after and the rest followed as Pakistan lost their last five wickets for 31 runs.

West Indies vs Pakistan: Head to Head ahead of first Test

The first of Pakistan’s matches in the ICC World Test Championship is against West Indies. This will be their and West Indies’ first match together, with each team playing three home series to compete for victory. However, before they start competing as a part of this championship, both teams have other commitments: Pakistan plays Bangladesh after the T20 world cup (where it won) while its next opponent at home are Australia, New Zealand and England all throughout 2022.

Head to Head

In the last meeting between these two, Pakistan ended their win drought in the Caribbean by clinching a 2-1 victory. In 17 series played so far, they enjoy a 6-5 edge over West Indies with 4 of those victories coming at home and 1 on neutral ground.

This series between Pakistan and the West Indies was a nail-biting, exciting affair. In it, Yasir Shah won player of the series honors for his heroics in both bowling Shannon Gabriel on what would have been last ball to seal victory at Dominica as well as picking up 16 wickets that included four five-wicket hauls.

Misbahul Haq was Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in that series with 271 runs. He is presently the head coach and will aim to achieve the rare distinction of winning in the West Indies, both as captain and coach.


12-16 August: 1st Test match, Sabina Park, Jamaica

20-24 August: 2nd Test match, Sabina Park, Jamaica

International teams are only fielding weaker sides against Pakistan: Inzamam

Former Pakistani batsman Inzamamul Haq has gained the internet’s attention as of late, after making a new YouTube video. He argues that international cricket teams are only fielding weaker players against Pakistan because they know how good we’ve become in recent years and don’t want to lose! This is why he cites examples such South Africa and England when discussing New Zealand Cricket’s decision not to tour us this year due to IPL obligations instead.

Pakistan’s former legendary player Innzi-Haq (Inzy) recently made an interesting YouTube video about his country which garnered significant buzz across social media channels on Wednesday night, with many agreeing with him out right away or calling for more evidence before judging whether it was true yet.

“Inzamam is not sure why the NZ team was sending players to IPL when they were supposed to be playing a series in Pakistan. He said, “I can’t understand this. When we went to South Africa at April, they sent their players for the IPL and with New Zealand coming up next month it’s surprising again that eight of them have opted out due Covid-19.”

“I feel that the Pakistan team is not getting proper practice because they are not playing against some of the top players. We got to play West Indies, but then we couldn’t play most matches due to rain. Do other teams view us as a B-level side and refuse to face us? What’s ICC doing? Are they sleeping on their jobs?” he added.”

The captain of Team Pakistan feels like his squad isn’t being given adequate opportunity for training purposes, which means no games against higher ranked opponents—and when it does get a chance at an international match with another country (West Indies), there was bad weather in both countries so nothing came out from this game either! He fears that other nations see them as second.

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