Only way to improve Pakistan cricket is to pick deserving players:Mian Azmat Hussain and Ansar Javed Toor

Interview :Syed Qalbe Muhammad

Photos : Shahzad Jafri

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Introduction

Mian Azmat Hussain was born on 22nd August 1947. He started his education at St. Paul School and Islamia College. Later on he qualified as a Chartered Accountant from UK. Mian Azmat has been a Vice President for KCCA on several occasions including treasurer. Mian Azmat promoted other games also like Judo, Karate, Tak Wando. Mian is very famous in all over Pakistan regarding his financial and technical support to organize cricket and run one of the most prestigious clubs “Mian Azmat Professional Cricket Club” and gave a lot of super starts to Pakistan Cricket. Mian Azmat Professionals invited players from all over Pakistan to play in the club. The another patron of his club was Ansar Javed Toor who was born on January 04, 1951 started his education in Govt. High School Punjab and B.Sc. from Karachi. He flew for American Air Force subsidiary Civil Air Petrol in USA. These two gentle man also with Naseer Pasha (Manager, Coordinator MAP), the main source for running the club introduced the legends of Cricket in International Arena without his innovations and enthusiasm MAP would have never achieved the greatness it did. We caught them at Karachi Gymkhana and discussed the lot of cricket and tribute his services for this country.

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Discussion

Mian Azmat Hussain said in 1981 we made one cricket club with the help of six founding members, Capt. Amjad Hussain Faizi, Ansar Javed Toor (Faizi),Mian Shoukat Hussain, Capt. Aijaz ul Haque, Ateed Riaz, called Thursday (Jumairati) Cricket Club. We booked KPI ground and started playing cricket. After that we started net practice in our office plot.Former Sports Minister Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah, Dr.Faiz Muhammad Khan, Qazi Shabbir and various other prominent people played in our team as well also supported MAP club. We started Mian Azmat Professional Club. When we didn’t pay any player at that time but we pormate talent for introducing a healthy competition for young cricketers to promote young talent which was provided by GREAT Ishaque Patel (Advisor MAP) with his keen eye and observation. Our only motive was to produce quality cricketers and we succeeded in that. The only way to improve cricket is to pick the right talent without being bias but self centered motivation is destroying Pakistan Cricket. Our selection criteria at all levels is very weak you can imagine that Leg and Offspinners are the backbone of Indo Pak Cricket. If there action was wrong how they come to International Cricket. Umpires skills from grassroots level till top are not satisfactory. The down fall comes to cricket because our legends want to work only for money which incidentally with respect and fame was given to them because of Pakistan . They don’t want to transfer their talent to groom the young generation. Closing of departments is destroying our Cricket Culture. Professional cricketers based on their salaries how can they survive without income. I personally suggest that Prime Minister should ask Cricket Authorities to revert back to Departmental Cricket and put more emphasis on schools, colleges,universities and club cricket. Mian Azmat and A.J. Toor said discrimination with minorities in Cricket is unbearable. Players motivation is only to play for his country. The darkest era of our cricket is that not a single minority player is selected in any region. There is a need of law to pick two talented minority cricketers in the squads of all regions. Stupid commercialism is dangerous for the game. PCB needs to give respect to former cricketers and invite them in all matches so more crowd will come, see and meet their heroes. Mian Azmat Professionals is the pioneer of Karachi Gymkhana Ramzan Tournament but we are not even invited in the prize distribution ceremony anymore. PSL is not a long time beneficial for Pakistan Cricket because we get only few players for this league and still they do not fulfill the expectations, as well as the good talent is being wasted. We need to establish cricket to bring in people like good Administrator Arif Ali Abbasi and good cricketers, Nadeem Yousuf, Sajid Abbasi and so many others. Wrong decision to removed Sarfraz Ahmed from all sorts of crickets at once he should have been removed if necessary slowly, another wrong decision taken by PCB is appointing Misbah Manager & Coach. Why? Don’t we have other professional cricketers in country to hold and accept the responsibilities without being bias.

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Karachi Knights prevail in cliffhanger final of Red Bull Campus Cricket

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Karachi(Cliff News)A hush fell over the crowd as anticipation peaked. Two deliveries left, four runs required, and two wickets in hand.Months of hard work came down to this point and both sides were firm in the belief that theirs was the truer claim to glory.Yet, there could only be one winner and it was Karachi Knights’ Abdur Rehman who came out on top in the battle of nerves, dispatching the second-last delivery of the penultimate over by Peshawar Markhors’ Nazim Hussain to the boundary.The thrilling finish marked the end of yet another highly successful edition of Red Bull Campus Cricket in Pakistan and secured Karachi’s spot at the world finals to be held later this month in Dubai.As the revelry commenced for Karachi, though, no one present at the Moin Khan Academy Stadium was in any doubt that it could have easily been Peshawar’s day too.Both sides overcame stiff competition in the Super Six and semi-finals stages, knocking out Lahore Lethals, Multan Infernos, Islamabad Shaheens, and Quetta Thunders to book a spot in the national final.As has almost become a tradition, this year’s Red Bull Campus Cricket national final was also a low-scoring affair but it was never short on action or suspense.The two contenders were worlds apart in their approach – Peshawar cut a more focused and strategising figure, while Karachi exuded confidence and a certain degree of nonchalance stemming from past triumphs and unwavering self-belief.It was Peshawar’s first-ever appearance in the Red Bull Campus Cricket national final and the team from Islamia University was off to a stumbling start after winning the toss and electing to bat first.Barring their one-down batsman Nawees Muhammad, Peshawar’s top order failed to click and they were soon in deep trouble – first reduced to 13 for 3 and then 34 for 5.At that point, the writing seemed to be on the wall for the Markhors as the dominant Knights’ bowling line ratcheted up the pressure with a disciplined display focusing on line and length.However, the top-scorer Nawees found support down the order in the form of the hard-hitting Awais Ali Shah, and the duo notched up a 40-run partnership to guide the Markhors towards a three-figure total.Their resistance was ended by Karachi’s eventual Man of the Match, Sheraz Hussain, who picked up Shah’s wicket and effectively blocked the flow of runs. Sheraz followed up the vital breakthrough with two more wickets as Karachi bowled out Peshawar for a meagre total of 104.With opener SM Tahami leading the charge, the team from University of Karachi got off to a decent start and at 50 for 2 seemed well on course for a comfortable victory. The Markhors, though, refused to give up without a fight and they had Karachi down on the mat at 81 for 7 after nicking five wickets in quick succession.From that point onwards, it was anyone’s game. While Peshawar’s bowlers went in for the kill, Karachi’s lower order batsmen, Abdur Rehman and Mahmood Ali, held the fort as the chase steadily drew towards a nail-biting finish.That was precisely what an enthralled audience got to witness. Karachi’s composure and confidence never wavered despite the loss of their eighth wicket in the penultimate over.Buoyed by the breakthrough, Peshawar could dare to dream but their hopes for a first-ever appearance at the Red Bull Campus Cricket world finals were shattered as the resolute Abdur Rehman guided Karachi to a hard-earned victory with a ball to spare.  

A fitting finish

The captivating finale once again proved the significance of Red Bull Campus Cricket in Pakistan.The competition has secured its status as the country’s premier varsity-level T20 tournament and that fact was evident by the plethora of current and former international players who lent their support to the teams from Karachi and Peshawar.From Pakistan, two legends of the game – T20 World Cup-winning captain Younis Khan and another former captain Moin Khan – were a source of inspiration for the youngsters competing for glory in Red Bull Campus Cricket.Along with theirs, video messages from current national side players Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan, as well as Sri Lanka’s captain and Red Bull athlete Lahiru Thirimanne, were also played before the final to give Peshawar and Karachi an extra lift for the all-important clash.The fight put up by the two finalists was certainly worthy of support from such big names of the game and it will only continue to grow with such fine displays of cricketing skills.For now, Karachi once again shoulders the responsibility of representing Pakistan in the international arena.Cricket fans across the country will be in high hopes following Karachi’s strong showing in the 2018 world finals, where they managed a third-place finish while also defeating the eventual champions, Sri Lanka, in the group stages.With the finals – starting October 26 – just weeks away, an opportunity has come for Team Pakistan to give the world a glimpse of the young talent that has helped the country remain a powerhouse in international T20 cricket.Here’s wishing Karachi Knights – now Team Pakistan – the best for the world finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019. May the most deserving team win!

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Daraz and Peshawar Zalmi announce exclusive partnership

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Karachi(Cliff News)The leading e-commerce platform in Pakistan, Daraz has announced their partnership with Peshawar Zalmi. Daraz will serve as the Zalmi’s official e-commerce partner for the Pakistan Super League. The MoU, which was signed in Lahore by representatives of Daraz and Javed Afridi, Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi, signals exciting prospects for both organizations that are giants in their respective fields. As part of this partnership, official Zalmi merchandise and Zalmi membership cards will be available on Daraz.Ehsan Saya, Managing Director Daraz Pakistan, commented, “We are excited to team up with Peshawar Zalmi, the biggest franchise in Pakistan. I am confident that, just like this partnership, they will do well this year. We’ll be celebrating cricket, and Peshawar Zalmi with a mega sale campaign of our own- the Pakistan Shopping League. ”To mark the occasion, Mr. Javed Afridi said that “Daraz is one of the fastest growing companies in Pakistan. They have established themselves as the e-commerce giant in Pakistan and we are happy to have them on board with us. Daraz will make it accessible and convenient for fans from across Pakistan to purchase the official merchandise of Peshawar Zalmi.”This is a testament to Daraz’s growing influence in the sphere of sport and entertainment. The Daraz Shopping League, running from February 7, combines two of Pakistan’s favorite past-times, cricket and shopping. The sale will give customers and sports fans alike, the perfect opportunity to enrich their PSL viewing experience by getting their hands on the latest television sets for prices that hit the ball out of the park! Big discounts also available across all other categories, including mobile phones, computing and games, sports and fitness and home and living

HBL Pakistan Super League-Statistical review

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The HBL Pakistan Super League has grown stronger with every event. This is not only the unanimous opinion of the local and foreign cricketers or the spectators or the pundits of the game, this can be established by carrying out a statistical review of one of the world’s most competitive and challenging leagues on the planet.Below are some statistics for your interest and analysis:

 Most successful team

 The most successful team in HBL PSL’s brief history is Islamabad United, which won titles in 2016 and 2018 and holds a success percentage of 59.67 after winning 19 out of 32 matches.

 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi are the second most successful team, with 19 victories in 34 games. Two-time losing finalists Quetta Gladiator (56.66) are third, with 17 wins out of 31 matches.

 Highest and lowest totals

 203 for eight 8 in 20 overs is the highest total in HBL PSL, which was posted by Gladiators in a successful run-chase against Lahore Qalandars in the first edition of the PSL in 2016. Qalandars batted first and scored 201 for two in 20 overs, but Gladiators chased it on the last ball of the match.

 The lowest total belongs to Qalandars, who were bowled out for 59 against Zalmi in Dubai in 2017.

 Highest PowerPlay score

Gladiators hold the record for the highest total in a PowerPlay – 77 for one against Qalandars during a successful run-chase of 202 in Dubai in 2016.The next highest score at the six-over mark is 75 by Qalandars against Gladiators in Sharjah in 2017 and by United against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2018.

 Most prolific batsman

 With 929 runs at an average of 29.96 and a strike-rate of 133.28, Kamran Akmal is the most successful HBL PSL batsman to date. Zalmi’s Akmal is also the only batsman who has struck two centuries.The most prolific foreign batsman is Australia’s Shane Watson with 684 runs at 29.73. Watson played the first two tournaments for United and the last for Gladiators.

 Centuries in HBL PSL

 There have been only three centuries in the HBL PSL. Two of them by Kamran Akmal and one by Sharjeel Khan of United.

Akmal scored his first hundred (104 off 65 balls) against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2017, while his second (107 not out off 61 balls) was against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2018.

Sharjeel’s century (117 off 62 balls) was against Zalmi in Dubai in the inaugural edition and remains the highest score in the tournament.

 Highest partnerships

 153 runs opening stand between Watson and Sharjeel for United against Qalandars in Sharjah in the inaugural tournament remains the highest partnership for any wicket in HBL PSL to date.The next best is by Zalmi’s pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Dawid Malan against Gladiators, also in Sharjah in 2017.The most successful pair, however, has been Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal, who have together posted 431 runs in nine innings for Zalmi.

 The most destructive batsman

 The batsman with the highest strike-rate among those who have scored, at least, 200 runs in the tournament is United’s Luke Ronchi. He has piled 435 runs off 239 balls at a scoring-rate of 182.00.Ronchi only played in the 2018 tournament and left a huge mark after clubbing 51 fours and 24 sixes.The next most destructive batsman is Shahid Afridi, with 311 runs off 188 balls at a strike-rate of 165.42.However, the batsman who has hit most sixes in the tournament history is Kamran Akmal (49), followed by Watson (43).

 Fours and sixes

 The HBL PSL is known for big hitting as fours and sixes have galore in the three events to date.Before the first ball has been bowled in the tournament, the tournament has already produced 1892 fours and 920 sixes from the bats of some of the finest players in the world.Kamran Akmal has hit the most fours and sixes. He has struck 85 fours and 49 sixes, a tournament record on both counts.Shane Watson is second on the list of batsmen with most sixes – 43 – whereas Ahmed Shahzad with 74 fours is second on the list of batsmen to hit most fours.

 Fastest fifties

 The fastest 50 in the HBL PSL was scored off just 17 balls and came from the bat of Zalmi’s opener Kamran Akmal in the eliminator against Kings in Lahore in 2018. Akmal finished with 77 off 27 balls as Zalmi qualified for the final.The only other batsman to score 50 in less than 20 balls is United’s Luke Ronchi. He took 19 balls to reach half-century against Kings in the Qualifier in Dubai in 2018.

 Most innings without a duck

Watson has never been dismissed for a duck in the HBL PSL and holds the record for batting most innings without getting out on naught. The next batsman with most innings without a zero is Ravi Bopara, also an overseas player. Among local players, Misbah-ul-Haq and Anwar Ali both have batted 19 innings without a naught.

 Most prolific bowler

The most successful bowler in the history of HBL PSL is Wahab Riaz. He has collected 48 wickets at an average of 16.50, with an economy of 6.75. The left-arm fast bowler has played all the editions for Peshawar Zalmi and was the driving force behind their title win in 2017.The next best is United’s Mohammad Sami with 37 wickets at an economy of 6.55.The overseas player with most wickets is Watson, bagging 22 dismissals.

 Five-wicket hauls

 There have been five five-wicket hauls in the HBL PSL with the first one registered by Kings’ Ravi Bopara. He finished with six for 16 runs against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2016. While four more bowlers have taken a five-for in the tournament, Bopara’s figures have not been bettered.Shahid Afridi (Zalmi) and Mohammad Sami (United) were two other bowlers who claimed five wickets in 2016. No bowler managed a five-for in the 2017 edition whereas two, Umar Gul (Multan Sultans) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (Qalandars), pouched five-wicket hauls in 2018.

 Most maiden overs

 Shahid Afridi, who played the first two tournaments for Zalmi and third for Kings, has bowled five maiden overs in the PSL, which is most for any bowler. Next best is Mohammad Amir, who has delivered four scoreless overs for Kings. The tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has bowled three maidens for United and Sultans.

 Most dismissals and catches

 Zalmi’s wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has inflicted the highest amount of dismissals behind the stumps. He has 30 dismissals (23 catches and 7 stumping).The player who has taken most catches as an outfielder is his younger brother, Umar Akmal, grabbing 15 catches.

Most player of the match awards

Luke Ronchi may have appeared in only one season so far, but his number of player-of-the-match awards is more than anyone else. He has bagged five in 11 games in the United’s successful campaign in 2018.Three players have bagged the award on four occasions – Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal, Gladiators’ Mohammad Nawaz and United’s Mohammad Sami.

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Veteran World Cup: Pakistan knock out England in semifinal

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Sydney(Cliff News)Sajid Ali’s unbeaten century helped Pakistan register five-wicket victory over England in the semifinal of the Over-50 World Cup Cricket Tournament 2018 at the Rosedale Oval in Sydney on Monday.Pakistan, having finished second in the points table at the end of the preliminary rounds, will now be taking on hosts Australia in the final, who edged out New Zealand by four runs in the other semifinal at the Hurstville Oval. The final will be played on Wednesday.Batting first, after winning the toss, England was forced to bat defensively after losing three wickets upfront. They rallied back through half centuries from Foster (71 off 97 balls) and Mo Hussein (56 off 92 balls) to finish with a fighting total of 184 for five in the allotted 45 overs.Pakistan’s spearhead Dastagir Butt claimed a couple of wickets in his opening spell of five overs while the pressure was sustained by the spin quartet of Jaffer Qureshi, Zafar Ali, Javed Hafeez and Imran Tarar.Chasing a target of 185 in 45 overs, Pakistan’s innings was held together by Sajid Ali who remained undefeated on 102 off 127 balls, hitting six boundaries. He was adjudged Man of the Match.The English bowlers kept the match alive with their steady line and length but Sajid Ali received useful support from Ghaffar Kazmi (29 off 53 balls), Javed Hafeez (19 off 28 balls) and Ghulam Ali (17 off 36 balls) to reach the target with an over to spare.It may be recalled that Pakistan had also downed England in their last league encounter just a day earlier.

Pakistan win fourth consecutive match in Veterans World Cup

Karachi(Cliff News)Pakistan Veterans won its fourth round Consecutive Match against Sri Lanka Veterans at the Joe McAleer Oval Ground in Sydney by 32 runs. Pakistan Skipper Ghulam Ali won the toss and elected to bat. Unlike the last three matches Pakistan Veterans Team could only score 178 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 45 overs. Pakistan medium pace bowler Amir Tousif batting at No. 10 was the highest scorer with 34 runs in which he hit 2 fours and one six. Sajid Ali scored 29 runs with 3 fours Mazhar Hussain 27 runs and Dastagir Butt with 23 runs were the other notable batsman to score runs.From the Sri Lankan Bowlers M. Labrooy was the most successful bowler with 3 wickets for only 26 runs in his 9 overs. S. Fernando, D. De Silva and R. Ismail took 2 wickets each for 17, 30, and 33 runs respectively.Batting second the Sri Lankan Veterans Team were all out in 42.1 overs for 146 runs. S. Fernando was the top scorer with 40 runs with 3 fours. S. Rahim scored 22 runs.For Pakistan Veterans off Spinner Imtiaz Ahmed bowled superbly by taking 3 wickets for 26 runs. Jaffer Qureshi, Shahid Anwar and Javed Hafeez took 2 wickets each for 28, 29 and 31 runs respectively.At the conclusion of the Match Mr. Lal Wickrematunge Consul General of Sri Lanka gave the Man of the Match award to Amir Tousif. Mr. Abdul Majid Yousfani Consul General of Pakistan was also present in the Ceremony.In the points table Pakistan is at No. 2 position with Australia at the top England at No. 3 and New Zealand at No. 4. Top four teams out of 8 teams will qualify for Semi Finals. Now Pakistan needs to win atleast one more match out of its remaining 3 league matches to qualify for the Semi Finals.The final of the Tournament is on 5th December. Pakistan’ next round match is against Australia on 28th November.Consul General Sri Lanka Lal Wickrematunge presenting Man of the Match award to Amir Tousif. Seen from left to right Ghulam Ali, Noor Ahmed, Amir Ilyas Butt, Kamil Khan, Ashiq Qureshi and Abdul Majid Yousfani.

KCCA Zone 1 Challenge Cup:Al Karam Sports reached into quarter finals

Karachi(Cliff News)Outstanding performance by Zainul Hoda and Farish Karim helped Al Karam Sports to move into quarter finals of KCCA Zone One Challenge Cup T-20 Cricket Tournament after beating their opponent here at TMC Ground.Al Karam Sports beat Nazeer Hussain Gymkhana by 30 runs.Al Karam Sports made 154 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 Overs.Zainul Hoda Scored 65 runs,Abdul Ghafoor 28 and Farish Karim 15.Madni Zubair took 2 wickets for 23 runs.In reply Nazeer Hussain Gymkhana failed to achieved the target scored 124 For all in 18.5 Overs.Farhan Mohsin Scored 29 runs, Saqib Siddiqui 24 and Shahrukh Asim 21.Farish Karim took 3 wickets for 20 runs, Babat butt Khan 2 wickets for 23 runs and Saad ul Hasan 2 for 12.Farish Karim declared Man of the Match.