South Africa’s blasters set new T20I record

Centurion: South Africa’s openers on Sunday set a new record by smashing 102 runs in the power play in the second T20I against West Indies. The home side broke the previous record of 98 runs by the West Indies. West Indies set a mammoth target of 259 runs against South Africa but Proteas also showed resistance with 210 runs in 15 overs, dragging the match closer to their side.

Babar Azam becomes youngest cricketer to receive Sitara-e-Imtiaz

Lahore: Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam would be honored with Sitara-e-Imtiaz on March 23. He will become the youngest cricketer in the country to receive Sitara-e-Imtiaz. Besides being an excellent batter, Azam had proven to be a brilliant captain. It was due to his able leadership that Pakistan played in the semi-final of the ICC World T20 2021 and the final of the ICC World T20 2022.

Shahid Afridi clarifies viral opinion about Khan

Lahore: Pakistan cricket team's former captain Shahid Afridi refuted the statement about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan that was purportedly linked to him. Taking to Twitter, he said that he had been seeing an opinion mentioning Khan. He said anyone doing this was involved in dirty politics. A statement linked to Afridi was doing rounds on social media in which he asked Khan to give his arrest so that problems facing the country could be resolved.

Australian surfer breaks record for longest session

Australian Blake Johnston has shredded the world record for the longest surfing session, admitting he felt "pretty cooked" after catching waves for more than 30 exhausting hours. The 40-year-old former surfing pro broke down in tears on Friday after beating South African Josh Enslin's previous record of 30 hours 11 minutes.  

Bangladesh seal series whitewash over England

Bangladesh completed an impressive series whitewash over T20 world champions England on Tuesday after a 16-run victory in Mirpur. The home side reached 158-2 in their innings after losing the toss with opener Litton Das top-scoring with 73, while Najmul Hossain Shanto continued his fine form with an unbeaten 47. In reply, England lost Phil Salt for first ball duck before a 95-run stand between Dawid Malan and captain Jos Buttler gave them hope of avoiding a third defeat in a row but in vain.

Pak vs Afg: PCB announces coaching staff for T20I series

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi announced the staff to coach national team drafted to play upcoming T20I series against Afghanistan. Taking to his official Twitter handle, Sethi announced: "PCB announces Support Personnel for Sharjah T20Is. Abdul Rehman, Head Coach; Umar Gul, Bowling Coach; M Yousuf, Batting Coach; A Majeed, Fielding Coach; Drikus Simon, Trainer; Cliffe Deacon, Physio; Talha Ijaz, Analyst; Mansoor Rana, Manager; Ahsan Nagi, Media."

IU in hot waters as Azam Khan suffers injury

Lahore: Islamabad United (IU) firebrand Azam Khan sustained an injury on the ring finger of his left hand in the IU’s contest against Lahore Qalandars. IU wrote on Twitter, “He will not be available to bat in the second innings of the HBL PSL Match 26, against Lahore Qalandars”. However, the team has not confirmed yet whether he will be able to play upcoming matches or not.

Zalmi storm to fourth highest total in PSL’s history

Rawalpindi: Babar Azam’s quickfire 39-ball 73 and Saim Ayub’s scintillating 33-ball 58 powered Peshawar Zalmi to massive 242-6 against Multan Sultans in the 27th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Pindi Cricket Stadium. After electing to bat, Zalmi skipper Babar Azam and Saim Ayub combined for brilliant 134-run partnership. Azam whacked nine boundaries and Saim Ayub, smashed five fours and four maximums.

PSL 8: Shan, David fire Sultans to 205-5 against United

Rawalpindi: Shan Masood’s blistering 75-ball 50 and Tim David’s blazing 27-ball 60 powered Multan Sultans to 205-5 against Islamabad United in the 24th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). After being put into bat, Sultans’ skipper Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood stitched a partnership of 37-ball 57. Shan Masood and Tim David combined for a blistering partnership. The partnership had flown along to 80 off 38 deliveries and paved way for the Sultans to post a formidable target against the home side.

Cricket star Hafeez robbed of foreign currency

Lahore: It emerged that robbers took away foreign currency from the house of Mohammad Hafeez. Police said that robbers entered the cricketer’s house on Sunday night and took away $20,000, £4,000, €3,000, and 5,000 AED. An uncle of Hafeez’s wife filed a complaint with the Defence police. Hafeez and his wife were not at home at the time of the incident.

Marriage does not affect game performance: Shadab Khan

Lahore: Newlywed Islamabad United (IU) skipper Shadab Khan said that performance in the game had nothing to do with marriage. Addressing a press conference, he said IU was romped by Lahore Qalandars as we committed some mistakes. “The way we are playing cricket produces such results sometimes”, he added. “You have to learn to be patient when you are playing modern-day cricket”, he added.

Pakistan earns direct qualification to ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024

Dubai: Pakistan women’s cricket team qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the automatic qualifiers after the end of the eighth edition of the tournament in Cape Town on Sunday. Overall, eight teams have earned direct qualification while remaining two spots will be identified through a Global Qualifier.

PSL 8: Qalandars romp United by 110 runs

Lahore Qalandars romped Islamabad United with a 110-run victory as the United were chasing a mammoth target of 201 runs. United were wiped out for 90 runs in the 14th over wherein no batsman of the United could play a significant innings. Only three batsmen including Colin Munro, Rehman ullah Gurbaz, and Tom Curran could touch a double figure while others were seen drooping below ten.

CTP issues traffic plan for PSL cricket matches

Rawalpindi: City Traffic Police (CTP) Rawalpindi issued a comprehensive traffic plan for the convenience of citizens regarding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) cricket matches. The matches would be starting from 01 March to 12 at Double Road Cricket Stadium. On the occasion, Chief Traffic Officer Rawalpindi Taimur Khan said more than 347 traffic police officers and jawans would perform special duties during the PSL, including seven DSPs, 27 inspectors, 206 traffic wardens, and 107 traffic assistants.

Glad tidings for cricket fans in Lahore, Rawalpindi

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi announced that Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023 matches in Lahore and Rawalpindi would be played as mentioned in the schedule. Sethi thanked Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi for agreeing to share the cost of lighting routes during PSL matches in Lahore. The arrangement between the Punjab government and the cricket board is on a "one-off basis," claims a press release afterward published by the PCB.

Messi, Mbappe, Benzema up for FIFA Best award

PARIS: Just like in the World Cup final, Paris Saint-Germain teammates Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe go up against one another for The Best FIFA Men’s Player prize for 2022. Ballon d’Or Karim Benzema is the other contender. The ceremony will take place in Paris, and Messi appears as the favorite to add another individual gong to his collection.

PM Shehbaz assures Sethi of support for PSL 8

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee's Chairman Najam Sethi phoned Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif regarding deadlock with the Punjab government over security expenditures of HBL Pakistan Super League's (PSL) Lahore and Rawalpindi leg. The premier gave Sethi assurance and full support over the issue, sources reported.

South Africa beat England to reach Women’s T20 World Cup final

Cape Town: Tazmin Brits propelled South Africa to an upset six-run win over England. She ended as the top scoring and took four catches at Newlands on Friday as the hosts booked their place against Australia in Sunday’s Women’s Twenty20 World Cup final. South Africa, who won the toss and elected to bat, set an imposing target of 164-4, with Brits scoring 68, and then held on in an exciting finish as England fell short with 158-8 from their 20 overs.

PSL 2023: Quetta Gladiators set victory target of 155 runs against Peshawar Zalmi

Quetta Gladiators gave Peshawar Zalmi a target of 155 runs to chase during the ninth match of Pakistan Super League's (PSL) eighth edition being played today at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi. Earlier, Peshawar won the toss and opted to bowl first. This match is significant for both Quetta and Peshawar since both teams have two points each after two games and are slotted at the fourth and fifth positions on the points table, respectively.

PSL 8: Vince, Imad steer Kings to 185-5 over Qalandars

Karachi: James Vince's blistering 36-ball 46 and Imad Wasim’s quickfire 19-ball 35 steered Karachi Kings to 185-5 against Lahore Qalandars in the eighth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Karachi. After the Kings sent Qalandars into bat, Matthew Wade and James Vince put up a solid partnership of 70 runs. But unfortunately, Wade was run out on 24-ball 36, studded with four boundaries and one six. But Vince and Haider Ali were able to form a partnership.

England thrash New Zealand by 267 runs in first Test

Mount Maunganui: England completed a resounding 267-run win over the Black Caps in the first Test at Mount Maunganui on Sunday. This is their first win in New Zealand after 15 years. The tourists snared the required five wickets in the opening session of day four, dismissing the Black Caps for 126 after they had resumed at 63-5. Pace bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson both finished with four second innings wickets as England took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Brittney Griner re-signs with Phoenix Mercury

New York: Brittney Griner, who was a free agent, re-signed with the Mercury on a one-year contract according to a person familiar with the deal. The 32-year-old Griner had said, in a social media post, that she would return to Phoenix in December after she returned home from her 10-month ordeal in Russia that included time in a Russian jail. Griner had been arrested at an airport just outside of Moscow on drug possession charges.

“Friday’s attack unrelated to cricket”: Najam Sethi

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday vowed to continue the ongoing eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as planned with both Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators. The PCB's statement came to address apprehension regarding the PSL's continuation in the metropolis, as terrorists attacked the Karachi Police Office a day earlier.

PSL-8 starts with star-studded opening ceremony

Lahore: A star-studded ceremony marked the beginning of the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) eighth edition. Breathtaking national anthem was performed by the noted singer Aima Baig. The glitz and glamour besides fireworks captivated the audience at the Multan Cricket Stadium and have been arranged to present the country's soft image the world over.

‘Cricketing professor’ joins Quetta Gladiators

Lahore: Good news finally came for the fans of Pakistan's former all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez. Hafeez, cricketing professor, joined the Quetta Gladiators for the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Sources privy to the development said on Monday the 42-year-old replaced Ahsan Ali, who was out of the domestic premium tournament due to injury.

Ravindra Jadeja found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was fined 25% of the match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Test against Australia in Nagpur. “Jadeja was found to have breached Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to displaying conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game,” the ICC stated in a press release.

Premier League donates one million pounds to earthquake fund

The English Premier League (EPL) said that it would be donating one million pounds in response to the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. “The Premier League is deeply saddened by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, which have killed thousands of people,” a statement from EPL read. “The League will make a £1 million [$1.2m] donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Appeal to deliver humanitarian aid directly to those in need,” it added.