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.


World Islamic Finance Forum starts on 19th March 2018

Wiff Eng CapKarachi(Cliff News)H.E Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman – AAOIFI Board of Trustees, would be the Chief Guest at World Islamic Finance Forum (WIFF) 2018, a unique conference being organized by CEIF-IBA in collaboration with LUMS and INCEIF, to bring together researchers, academicians and practitioners for generating innovative ideas to stimulate Islamic Finance growth while overcoming present day industry challenges. The two-day conference would be held at the Movenpick Hotel, Karachi on 19th and 20th March, 2018.Governor State Bank of Pakistan Tariq Bajwa, Chairman, Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)  Zafar Abdullah, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Chairman, CEIF- IBA, Shaikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Shari’ah Board Chairman, Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI); Chairman Shari’ah Board, Meezan Bank and Deputy President, Dar ul Uloom, Karachi, Pakistan, Presidents of Islamic banks and many other important figures from national and international financial institutions are participating in this International Conference. These views were expressed by Mr. Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, Director, Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance at Institute of Business Administration (CEIF-IBA) while addressing a Press Conference today. Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean and Director, IBA and President, Meezan Bank Limited Mr. Irfan Siddiqui were also present on the occasion.Ahmed Ali informed that prominent Shari’ah scholars, renowned academicians, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Finance News (IFN), World Bank, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) , Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), Deloitte & Touché in addition to key local and global Islamic financial institutions are participating in this mega event.Overall, 17 global and 15 local institutions would be represented by industry experts on the Speaker Panels throughout the two-day conference at Movenpick Hotel. Global Islamic Finance Hubs including KSA, Bahrain, Malaysia and other GCC countries are participating in the conference. Additionally, speakers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, USA, UK, Turkey and China are also participating in WIFF.Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean and Director, IBA said that research papers and case studies presentation at WIFF 2018 would be focused on areas crucial for the expansion of Islamic Finance industry. Around 50 speakers representing regulatory bodies, Islamic finance infrastructure institutions, Islamic banks/windows, asset management companies, advisory firms and Takaful players will be part of the event.Dr. Farrukh informed that research papers / case studies will be appraised by a renowned committee of practitioners and Shari’ah scholars. The 1st position has a hefty reward of $5000, whereas the 2nd & 3rd positions would be awarded $3000 & $2000 respectively. Furthermore, 3 consolation prizes of US$ 500 each will be given in the Conference.President, Meezan Bank Limited Irfan Siddiqui said that World Islamic Finance Forum (WIFF) 2018 is a unique conference being organized by CEIF-IBA to bring together researchers, academicians and practitioners for generating innovative ideas to expand Islamic Finance growth through innovation, Fintech and Regulations. Against this backdrop, the role envisaged for various stakeholders, especially the regulator, to expand the outreach will be discussed by Islamic finance visionaries at the conference.Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Takaful Pakistan, Mr. Rizwan Hussain appreciated the role of IBA CEIF in bridging the gap between industry and academia.Other distinguished guests include Dato’ Dr. Azmi Omar, President & CEO, INCEIF, Mr. Najmul Hassan, Director FIDD, ICD (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Zamir Iqbal World Bank Islamic Finance Development Centre (Turkey), Dr. Muhammad Imran Ashraf Usmani, Group Head Product Development & Shari’ah Compliance and Resident Shari’ah Board Member, Meezan Bank, Mr. Amer Bukvic, CEO, Bosna Bank International (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Mr. Ashar Nazim, Managing Director, Finocracy (Bahrain), Mr. Saeed Ahmed, President & CEO, National Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Necdet Sensoy, Member of Board, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Mr. Farrukh Raza, Founder & Managing Director, IFAAS (UK), Dr. Salman Syed Ali, Senior Researcher, IRTI (KSA), Dr. Aishath Muneeza, Associate professor, INCEIF (Malaysia), Mr. Muhammad Nasir Ali Syed, CEO, Pak-Qatar Family Takaful amongst others.


PSL eliminator tickets available at TCS Express Centers

Karachi (Cliff News)Tickets for the two eliminator matches of Pakistan Super League 2018 to be played in Lahore are  available exclusively at TCS Express Centres from today.The tickets will be available at 78 TCS express centres in Karachi, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Raiwind, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Hyderabad. Details of the locations of these TCS Express Centers are available on the website.Due to security reasons, there is a maximum cap of five tickets per CNIC and buyers will have to be present with their original CNICs at the time of making the purchase.Expressing his views, M.A. Mannan, President and CEO, TCS Holdings said, “We are delighted to be part of the Pakistan Super League. Cricket, as we know, has huge fan following in the country and we thank the PCB for entrusting us with the responsibility of sale of tickets. We are confident that we will facilitate cricket fans by offering smooth and hassle free delivery of tickets to let them enjoy thrilling moments of PSL in Pakistan.The tickets for the two eliminators are already available online on Yayvo.com.Announcement for the sale of tickets for the final of PSL to be played in Karachi will be made soon.






Hareem Farooq to host PSL Opening Ceremony


Karachi(Cliff News)After giving us the blockbuster Parchi at the beginning of the year, actress & producer Hareem Farooq is all set to host the opening ceremony of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) on February 22, 2018 in Dubai.One of the biggest cricketing events in the world, Pakistan Super League is all set to kick off in Dubai. Various celebrities are flying to attend the event and to cheer their favorite team, the event seems to be one of a kind and has already created a lot of hype among the masses.It’s not the first time that Hareem will be hosting any event, she previously received tremendous accolades for her performance as a host for Hum Awards 2017 held in Lahore.“It’s a moment of great pride for me to represent our great nation Pakistan at such a huge platform and that too on international ground! PSL is one of the biggest sporting events for our amazing nation, bringing us together and hosting the opening ceremony is an honor for me as a actor, as a producer and most importantly a Pakistani.” stated Hareem Farooq when talking about hosting the PSL opening ceremony.The news was announced on the official Pakistan Super League platforms.

About Hareem Farooq:

Hareem Farooq is an award-winning stage, television & film actress, along with a producer behind the blockbuster films Parchi (2018) & Janaan (2016). Farooq began her career with theatre, playing the lead role of Fatima Jinnah in Pawnay 14 August and Kiran in AanganTerha. The following year, she made her big screen debut with a lead role in the 2013 horror thriller film Siyaah, and then established her big screen presence as the protagonist in Mehreen Jabbar’smagnum opus Dobara Phir Se in 2016 and the first hit of 2018 – Parchi. Farooq has also appeared in many hit television dramas including Mausam, Mere Humdum Mere Dost, Dusri Bivi and Diyar-e-Dil to name a few.



FPCCI apppints Kamran Saleem as Chairman of Takaful Standing Committee

Karachi(Cliff News)The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) appointed the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Company Secretary of Pak-Qatar Takaful Group (PQTG), Muhammad Kamran Saleem, as Chairman of (Central) Standing Committee on Takaful & Window Takaful. The appointment for this designation was conferred to Muhammad Kamran Saleem through a special letter by the President of FPCCI, thus adding another milestone in the company’s rapid progress. PQTG is a leading enterprise offering Takaful products (Family and General) across Pakistan. Muhammad Kamran Saleem expressed his gratitude, and stated, “I am very pleased and excited to represent the Takaful industry as the Chairman of FPCCI’s (Central) Standing Committee on Takaful & Window Takaful. As the Pak-Qatar Takaful Group is committed to lead this promising sector and enrich the Islamic Financing models with innovative and more competitive products, this position will enable me to promote Takaful among the masses, encompassing education and awareness, while presenting an image that is consistent with our ideology and values.”He further added, “The Pak-Qatar Takaful Group adheres to best ethical practices and complete transparency in all aspects of its operations, while abiding by the Shariah rules and law of the land. With this additional responsibility, I will strive to deploy more resources and support for the community to deliver excellence. Customer satisfaction and protection is the primary objective of the Takaful business, so we will develop more quality products and offer excellent services to our valuable consumers.”Muhammad Kamran Saleem has previously served as the Vice-Chairman of Islamic Banking and Takaful Committee of the FPCCI. He has risen to the position of CFO by successfully managing multi-dimensional assignments and heading all the major functions in the company over the years. With an illustrative career and strong knowledge-base in Finance and Law, Mr. Saleem will play a key role in ensuring rapid growth in the Takaful industry, as integrity and transparency is the hallmark of Islamic finance.Pak-Qatar Takaful Group is the pioneer of Takaful products in Pakistan, with presence in all major cities of the country. The Group is engaged in providing need-based, practical and profitable financial services to its members and participants throughout Pakistan.


Pak-Qatar Takaful Group is Pakistan’s pioneer and largest Takaful group. The core vision of the group is to provide Takaful as a Shari’ah compliant alternative of insurance to everyone across Pakistan. The Group companies are comprised of Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited (PQFTL), the first and largest dedicated Family Takaful Company in Pakistan and Pak-Qatar General Takaful, a progressive and innovative Takaful providing Shari’ah compliant Non-Life solutions in Pakistan.An independent Shari’ah Advisory Board chaired by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani certifies all products and operations for Shari’ah compliance. The Group companies’ shareholders include some of the strongest financial institutions in the state of Qatar such as Qatar Islamic Insurance Company (QIIC), Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB), Masraf Al Ryan with a combined asset base of more than US$37 billion and equity over US$5 billion.Pak-Qatar Takaful Group has one of the largest Takaful branch networks across Pakistan (over 60 branches in 41 cities). With more than 550,000 covered members and over 1100 corporate members, the company believes in technological advancement and has presence on all digital mediums thus enabling the customers to keep in touch 24/7 via modern web portals and mobile applications.

Uber Airlifts Trophy of Pakistan’s Biggest Cricket Gala PSL

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Dubai(Cliff News)In a bid to promote the upcoming third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), the tournament’s trophy was airlifted in an Uber chopper from Atlantis Lounge to Me’aseim, Dubai. This initiative highlights Uber’s commitment as PSL’s official transport partner. As the trophy touched down in Me’aseim, captains of all six PSL teams transported the trophy via Uber to Dubai International Cricket Stadium, where Darren Sammy, Captain of Peshawar Zalmi unveiled the trophy to the media. Talking about the initiative to airlift the PSL trophy to Dubai, Safee Shah, GM – Uber Pakistan, said, “As partners of the upcoming edition of PSL, we believe it is our duty to fully support this wonderful initiative as it ignites the love for the game amongst Pakistanis. As the official transport partner of PSL, we at Uber are looking forward to deliver an ultimate experience to fans with safe and reliable rides.”

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PSL has played a huge role in bringing cricket back to Pakistan and Uber is supporting the third edition to ensure it becomes a bigger success. As the cricket fever takes over the nation, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers in more than 600 cities worldwide is ready to showcase its love for the game through various promotions and offers.
After being announced as PSL 2018’s official transportation partner, Uber kicked off its #HoJaoUnstoppable campaign by bringing together Darren Sammy, Pakistan fast bowling sensation Hasan Ali and International Women Cricketer from Pakistan, Kainaat Imtiaz in an engaging anthem to promote its affiliation with the tournament.
Moreover, Uber plans to send some of their top driver partners and riders in Pakistan through a treasure hunt program to watch PSL 2018 live in Dubai. There are promo codes, mystery bags with cricket-themed goodies, match tickets and all-expense paid trip to Dubai if you take a ride with Uber in the coming week.
What is Uber?
Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry 7.

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Uber gets on the cricket pitch for HBL PSL 2018

Lahore(Cliff News)Uber, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers operates in more than 600 cities  is set to become a partner for the upcoming HBL Pakistan Super League 2018 after partnership signing with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). This signing marks the brand’s commitment to enter the cricket arena for further support in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (HBL PSL) 2018.For this purpose, a signing ceremony took place between Uber Pakistan and TransGroup – the sports agency, which has rights to cricket in Pakistan and abroad.Speaking about this partnership, Safee Shah, GM – Uber Pakistan, said, “We are thrilled to be partners of the upcoming HBL PSL 2018, we are humbled to be part of the journey of bringing cricket back home. This one of its kind partnership will see us bring safe, reliable and convenient rides to match goers and hope we are able to deliver an amazing experience to the fans.”“HBL PSL provides brands one of the biggest promotional platforms, and I am glad Uber is keen on supporting the tournament and Team Pakistan’s journey. We are delighted to associate with Uber for a one-of-a-kind partnership in the transportation category to provide an unmatched viewing experience to fans,” added Sohaib Sheikh, SGM – PCB.Apart from helping millions of Pakistanis move around the seven cities by offering access to reliable and safe rides, Uber is utilizing its platform to support the community on a greater level. As a responsible corporate organization, Uber works on the fundamental of giving the community back with every opportunity that comes its way. Currently, over tens of thousands of drivers are using the app to be connected to part time work, and the number keeps growing every month.

What is Uber?

Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry 7, or sign up at uber.com/app.
For more information, please visit: uber.com/cities.

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