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Babar Azam moves up to career-best position in T20I rankings

According to a media release issued by www.icc-cricket.com on Sunday, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has risen 21 spots to grab a career-best sixth position in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings after his player of the series performance helped complete a 2-1 victory over the World XI in the Independence Cup series played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The 22-year-old started with a fine innings of 86 and followed it up with two other useful knocks of 45 and 48 to finish as the highest run scorer in the series with 179 runs, eight more than his...

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Pakistan beats Thailand to qualify for Group-I of Davis Cup

Pakistan qualified for Group-I of the Davis Cup by beating Thailand 3-2 in the Asia-Oceania Group-II final played at the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex in Isamabad on Sunday. In the first match of the reverse singles Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul outclassed Aisam-ul-Haq by 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 7-6 (3-2). Wishaya took the lead in the first two sets thrashing Aisam by 7-5 and 7-6. But Aisam went on to win the third and fourth sets by 6-4, 7-6 but failed to keep up to the game because of an injury and lost the last set to Wishaya by...

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World XI departs for home after historic Pakistan tour

Players and officials of the star-studded World XI departed from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Saturday morning, following a history-making tour to Pakistan which marked the return of high-profile international cricket to the country. The players and the team staff will head to their respective countries via Dubai. The squad was greeted warmly by the airport staff, who posed with the star players for photos and bid farewell to them. World XI captain Faf du Plessis thanked the airport security officials for all of their efforts and expressed well wishes for the Pakistani people. “I am optimistic other...

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Windies cricket chief hopeful for November series after ‘first-class’ security in Pakistan

With the successful conclusion of the Independence Series between Pakistan and World XI, hopes for more international matches at home in future have received a boost. West Indies cricket boss Dave Cameron believes there is no reason his players will not be convinced to undertake a tour to Pakistan late November for a series of three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). During a press conference here Friday evening with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, Cameron expressed his pleasure following the series, noting that “everything looks good”. “From what I have seen, I am very convinced. Hospitality has been great and...

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PCB finalises 16-member Test squad for Sri Lanka series

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has included young pacer Mir Hamza in the 16-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. The squad, finalised by the selection committee, will be formally announced on Saturday. 25-year-old Mir Hamza from Karachi has an impressive record of 216 wickets in 46 first-class matches which he has played during the last four years. Interestingly, young spinner Shadab Khan and experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez are omitted from the squad. Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad also failed to impress selectors with his performance in first class cricket last season. However, opening batsman Shan Masood...

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