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Modi, Key draw from cricket to highlight warm ties
The references came on a day when India were taking on New Zealand in the fourth match of a five-game ODI series. Modi was the first to speak in the joint press briefing that followed the exchange of agreements between the two nations.

India presented with ICC Test Championship mace
India captain Virat Kohli was on Tuesday presented with the ICC Test Championship mace for leading his team to the top of the Test Team Rankings.

Virat Kohli generates crowd support
Virat Kohli is known to wear his emotions on the sleeves. As a captain he likes to lead from the front and loves to get in to thick of actions.

With Dhoni in team, I'm a first-aid kit: Karthik
"Look, as far as MS Dhoni is concerned, I am just that small first-aid kit that will travel with the team. If he (Dhoni) gets injured then I will be the band-aid for a day," Dinesh Karthik said in a lighter vein.

We get excited looking at lively pitches: Kohli
"We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches. We understand that we have a bowling attack that can bowl out the opposition now. I hope no more grass is taken off it. We as a team are pretty happy with that," said a confident Kohli. India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. India will bank on the five pace bowlers to score.

Deepika Kumari wins gold at World Cup stage event
Deepika Kumari, a four-time World Cup final silver medallist (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), automatically qualified for the Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey, which will be her seventh appearance at the season-ending event.

Ganguly gets stuck in a lift at Eden Gardens
Sourav Ganguly survived a scare at his very own Eden Gardens when the club house lift of more than 29 years old malfunctioned and the former India captain had to be pulled out using a stool.

Bedi wants Jadeja to get rid of no-ball habit
Former spin great Bishan Singh Bedi heaped praise on left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round show in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand.

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Revised schedule of Australia’s tour to Pakistan announced

Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia today announced the revised itinerary of the 2022 Australia men’s cricket team’s tour of Pakistan for three Tests, three ODIs and one T20I. The tour will now start and end in Rawalpindi with the opening Test to be played from 4-8 March and the four white-ball matches to be played from 29 March to 5 April. The change in the first Test venue means that the second Test will be played in Karachi from 12-16 March and the third in Lahore from 21-25 March.

Also See: Pakistan vs Australia Schedule 2022 (All Match Dates, Venues & Time Table)

PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain: “We are pleased that the Cricket Australia Board has formally approved their side’s five-week tour itinerary and confirmed that their best available players will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years. We are really excited to host Pat Cummins and his players, and look forward to a competitive series that will comprise three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I.”

“While Australia will arrive at the back of strong performances in their home series against England, our team has been playing excellent cricket resulting in our players sweeping the ICC Awards. This braces for a keenly contested series, something that the fans will thoroughly enjoy and remember for a long time.”

The schedule has been revised to ease logistical and operational challenges as well as to avoid Pakistan Day rehearsals, which usually commence in Islamabad in the second week of March.

The two cricket boards have also agreed that the Australia Test side will complete their isolation in Australia, before arriving in Islamabad on 27 February on a chartered flight. After a one-day room isolation, they will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Australia’s white-ball players are expected to arrive in Lahore on 24 March following isolation in Australia. After a one-day isolation upon arrival, they will integrate with other members of the side and travel to Islamabad for the first ODI in Rawalpindi on 29 March.

The Tests will be part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs are linked to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League from which the top eight sides, including hosts India, will qualify directly for the 2023 50-over World Cup.

Revised schedule:

27 Feb – Arrival in Islamabad

4-8 Mar – 1st Test, Rawalpindi

12-16 Mar – 2nd Test, Karachi

21-25 Mar – 3rd Test, Lahore

29 Mar – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi

31 Mar – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi

2 April – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi

5 Apr – one-off T20I, Rawalpindi

6 Apr – Departure

Important Links: Pakistan vs Australia Schedule | PAK vs AUS Live Score | Squads


New Zealand to tour Pakistan twice in 2022-23 to make up for abandoned series

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed it will tour Pakistan for two Tests and three ODIs in December/January 2022-23 as part of the Future Tours Programme and will return in April 2023 for 10 white-ball matches to make-up for the September 2021 abandoned tour, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday. PCB said the arrangement was finalized following meetings and discussions between the PCB and NZC Chairpersons Ramiz Raja and Martin Snedden, respectively. The two Tests and three ODIs will be part of the ICC World Test Championship and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, respectively, while the second visit will include two additional ODIs and will now comprise five ODIs and five T20Is that will count towards the ICC Rankings.

“I am pleased with the outcomes of our discussions and negotiations and thank Martin Snedden and his board for their understanding and support. This reflects the strong, cordial, and historic relations the two boards have and reconfirms Pakistan’s status as an important member of the cricket fraternity,” said PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja in a statement. NZC Chief Executive David White said: “Our respective chairmen, Ramiz Raja and Martin Snedden, had very fruitful and constructive discussions while in Dubai, further strengthening the bond between the two organizations. “The latest announcement means Pakistan will host eight Tests, 11 ODIs, and 13 T20Is against Australia, England, and New Zealand in the period from March 2022 to April 2023.The Blackcaps abandoned their tour of Pakistan in September this year following a New Zealand government security alert.


Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi named ICC Men’s Cricketer 2021

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi on Monday was named as ICC’s Men Cricketer of the Year.

Shaheen took 78 wickets in 36 internationals at an average of 22.20 with best bowling figures of 6/51.
The tall Pakistani quick was on fire throughout 2021, knocking some of the best batters over across all three formats of the game. He especially had a year to remember in Tests and T20Is, reaching his peak during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE where he impressed one and all with his sheer speed and skills.

He would take seven wickets in six matches during the tournament in Pakistan’s run to the semi-final. He ruled the shortest format throughout the calendar year, scalping 23 wickets in 21 matches with his death bowling improving by leaps and bounds.

After a slow start to the year in Test cricket in New Zealand, Afridi burst to life during the home series against South Africa. He continued his brilliant form throughout the rest of the year in the away tours of Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh. Overall, he claimed 47 wickets in only nine matches at a staggering average of 17.06.

A high-pressure encounter against India in Dubai beckoned in October. The T20 World Cup tournament opener for both sides with the history well and truly against Pakistan. But Afridi’s opening burst changed it all and evoked audible gasps from one and all at the wizardry on display.

He would first trap Rohit Sharma with a late in-dipper. This would be followed by the dismissal of KL Rahul, who saw his stumps knocked over with another peach of a delivery. India simply could not recover from this, slumping to their first-ever defeat against Pakistan at a World Cup. Later on, he would also get the prized scalp of Virat Kohli in the death overs.

India opening batter Smriti Mandhana has been named as ICC Women’s Cricketer of 2021.


PSL 2022: Who Will Go on to Lift the Title?

The Pakistan Super League, also known as the PSL, is an entertaining T20 competition that is Pakistan’s equivalent to the Indian Premier League, although it is nowhere near as big and nowhere near as lucrative. It was established back in 2015, and the seventh edition is ongoing now and nearing its conclusion. In this article, we are going to take a look at what has been happening in this tournament and then give our prediction as to who will win the final.

Pakistan Super League 2022: What Has Happened So Far?

In the Group Stage of the competition, the standout team was the Multan Sultans by quite a distance. Each team played ten matches in the Group Stage, playing the other five franchises twice, and the Multan Sultans only lost one of them, finishing top of the table with 18 points, six points above the Lahore Qalandars in second place. They won their Play-Off match quite easily by 28 runs, and will now compete for the title in the final on Sunday the 27th of February. 

It is no surprise that they have been performing so well and have made it to the final because they have two of the top runscorers in the tournament – Mohammad Rizwan has scored 532 runs with an average of 76.00 from 11 matches, while Shan Masood has score 459 runs with an average of 41.72 from the 11 matches that he has played. Anyone who has done a bit of PSL betting on the Multan Sultans over the last few weeks or so would have made quite a tidy profit, that is for sure. 

Another team that performed very well in the Group Stage is the Lahore Qalandars, who were the only team to get a win against the Multan Sultans, and it was a big win at that. The Lahore Qalandars scored 182 runs from their 20 overs, thanks mostly to a wonderful 60 from the competition’s top batsman, Fakhar Zaman – he has notched up 584 runs from 11 matches at an average of 53.09, including one magnificent century. Throughout the Group Stage, they won six matches and lost four to finish with 12 points on the board. They are not yet in the final though because they have to play an Eliminator match against Islamabad United. 

Islamabad United managed to sneak into the fourth and final play-off spot on Net Run Rate. They managed to amass just eight points from the 10 matches that they played, but it was enough, and they now have a chance to make it to the final. There is one person that they can thank for their progression throughout the tournament, and this is Shadab Khan, who has been the best bowler in the tournament, collecting 18 wickets at an average of 10.00 from the seven innings that he has bowled in.

The other spot in the Play-Offs went to Peshawar Zalmi, who finished third in the table with six wins and four defeats to their name. They only missed out on second place due to the fact that they had a poorer Net Run Rate. They have had a couple of stand out performers throughout the competition, and when it comes to their batting, Shoaib Malik has been their best performer with 401 runs from 11 games at an average of 44.55. In the bowling department, Salman Irshad has been a bit of a revolution, collecting 15 wickets from eight matches at an average of 17.60. They will not have a chance to improve on these records and you will not be able to do any more online cricket betting on them though since they were knocked out in the Play-Offs by Islamabad United.

Who Will Win this year’s PSL?

So, with just two matches left of the PSL 2022 schedule, we already know one of the teams that will be competing in the final, and that is the Multan Sultans. The team that they will be competing against in the final will be one of Lahore Qalandars or Islamabad United. 

Obviously, in order to make match predictions on who will win the PSL, we need to know who will be playing in the final.  Since the Eliminator 2 will be played on Friday afternoon/evening, we need to predict the result of this one too. We do not think that there is much of a difference in the teams’ batting strength, but we do feel that the Qalandars have been too reliant on Fakar Zaman throughout the competition – if he fails, then they might struggle to post a solid score to win the game. Islamabad United have a quality bowling attack, and we think this will end up being the difference between the two sides. So, with all of this in mind, we think that the final will be between the Multan Sultans and Islamabad United. 

To be honest, we do not think it matters who makes it to the final to play the Multan Sultans because we think that the Sultans will be too strong for either of the two teams that are left. Yes, the Qalandars managed to beat the Sultans in the Group Stage, but then they met again in the Play-Offs and the Sultans won the match with considerable ease.  

The Multan Sultans won this title for the first time in 2021 and given the way that they have performed throughout this competition, if we were to make a bet on cricket online, we would have to put our money on the Sultans to retain their title. We also took the time to speak to cricketonlinebetting.in, a quality cricket betting website in India, to ask them their opinion and they agreed with us about the Multan Sultans winning the title.


Mohsin Khan comes down hard on Pakistan team’s fitness standards

The former Pakistan cricketer, Mohsin Khan has come down hard on the Pakistan cricket team claiming that eight of their top eleven cricketers don’t meet the fitness standards.

Mohsin, who has played 48 Tests and 75 ODIs for the country, has suggested the name of Sharjeel Khan for the opening slot citing that he is a talented player and his below-par fitness levels won’t matter much as there are already a lot of players in the Pakistan squad who do not match the required fitness standards of international cricket.

READ: World Cup organisers unfazed by potential code clash

He told Daily Express, “Opening has always been an issue for Pakistan. Sharjeel Khan is a talented player. His fitness should not be a major concern because I think eight players in Pakistan’s playing eleven don’t meet the required standards so it does not make much of a difference.

The 65-year-old also made some strong accusations against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and said that he expected everything to be fair and based on merit once former captain Imran Khan had become the Prime Minister of the country. He is also unhappy with the dual role of Misbah-ul-Haq.

Khan said, “When Imran Khan became the Prime Minister, I was expecting that the decisions in PCB will be taken on merit but that does not seem the case. Our cricket is derailing from the right track as there is no consistency in the national team’s performance.

Watch: Top 15 Test Batsmen by ICC Rankings (1970-2020)

There is a lack of accountability with Misbah as the team’s head coach-cum chief selector. Who will you hold responsible when the head coach fields a side which he had selected himself?” he added.

However, Mohsin Khan had words of praise for Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam, who has earned T20I captaincy on the basis of consistent performances in international cricket for quite some time now.

He said, “Babar has continued to perform well in all three formats despite the additional responsibility of being the captain of the T20I side. He is a disciplined player and a role model for younger players in the country.


World Cup organisers unfazed by potential code clash

Organisers of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup are confident the men’s tournament will thrive even if it is directly competing with Australia’s football codes, as they consider COVID-19 contingency plans they hope will never be needed.

The world’s health crisis has cast doubt over the men’s T20 World Cup, slated to run from October 18 until November 15 in Australia.

Uncertainty clouds so many elements of life and limitations on international travel loom as a particularly big challenge for the 16-team event, depending on how much the coronavirus continues to spread.

Speculation is rife in India the T20 World Cup could be postponed or cancelled, but at this stage the International Cricket Council (ICC) have instead said they are in a holding pattern.

Watch : Full List of Top 15 T20I Batsmen by ICC Rankings (2004 – 2020) – A Graphical Representation

As with the Olympic Games, things could change quickly.

Nick Hockley, chief executive of the T20 World Cup organising committee, points to the French Open and other major sporting events aiming for a September start as cause for some optimism.

“We’re wanting to give ourselves the best possible chance of going ahead as planned, so there’s no imminent or quick decision,” Hockley told AAP.

“Hopefully it’s all resolved and we go ahead. In the event that it isn’t completely resolved, we are looking at all the different scenarios. Which is only prudent.

“They are collective discussions involving the organising committee, the ICC, all the members. We will keep everyone updated if anything changes.

“But for now, we’re just under seven months away … we’ve got a bit of time.”

Watch : Full List of Top 15 Batsmen with Most Sixes in History of T20I Cricket (2005 – 2020)

The tournament had been near-perfectly placed in Australia’s sporting calendar, after the popular football seasons come to an end and before the traditional summer of cricket begins, to maximise interest.

But the postponed AFL and NRL seasons will now almost certainly last long beyond September if they resume.

The World Cup has contracts, including exclusivity lead-up periods, with the MCG and all its venues.

But the battle for TV viewers and crowds, presuming the COVID-19 pandemic has eased to a point where fans are able to attend matches, will be intense.

“We really feel for the winter codes, obviously they’re doing it very tough,” Hockley said.

“In the event they have extended seasons … we still think the World Cup is a really strong proposition that might not come here again for 10 or 20 years.

“People love a World Cup, cricket is Australia’s national sport. We’re playing all around the country at venues that are some of the best in the world … and T20 is the format that appeals to the broadest possible demographic.

“We’re very encouraged already by the take up in terms of ticket sales.”

Pat Cummins feels the World Cup should be prioritised ahead of the Indian Premier League this year, even if that means he misses out on a contract worth 155 million Indian rupees (approximately $A3.4million) with Kolkata Knight Riders.

“The T20 World Cup is something we’ve spoken about for the best part of two or three years,” Cummins said.

“A home World Cup … the ODI World Cup in 2015 was absolutely a career highlight for me and I wasn’t even playing.”


England vs Pakistan 1st ODI – ENG vs PAK Full Schedule, Full Squads, Live Streaming, Time, Venues – Everything you need to know

Pakistan is currently in England for the tour England where they will play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty-20 Internationals (T20Is) in July. While Pakistani players may already be in the swing of things because to the PSL, England’s match against Sri Lanka could serve as a warm-up for their match against Pakistan.

Where will England vs Pakistan ODI Series be held?
England vs Pakistan 2021 ODI Series will take place in England from July 8, 2021.

When will England vs Pakistan 1st ODI be Started? – Date
England vs Pakistan T20 will start on July 8, 2021.

What Time England vs Pakistan ODI Will begin? Time
England vs Pakistan T20 Will begin at 5:30/ 3:30 PM IST

What are the venues for England vs Pakistan ODI ? – Venue
England vs Pakistan T20 will be played at England, Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff

How do I watch live streaming of England vs Pakistan T20?
PTV Sports to Live series England vs Pakistan T20 live in Pakistan, you can also catch all the Pakistan tour of England live score, ball-by-by commentary, and  Pakistan tour of England, 2021 live updates at www.Cricket.com.pk

England vs Pakistan 1st ODI: ENG vs PAK Full Schedule, Full squads, Live Streaming, Date, Time, Venues – All you need to know

England vs Pakistan Full ODI and T20 Schedule

England vs Pakistan 1st ODI: ENG vs PAK Full Schedule, Full squads, Live Streaming, Date, Time, Venues – All you need to know

England vs Pakistan Full ODI and T20 Schedule
England vs Pakistan – 1st ODI, July 8th
Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff
6:00 PM PST – 13:00 local 12:00 GMT

England vs Pakistan – 2nd ODI, July 10th
Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
4:00 PM PST – 11:00 local 10:00 GMT

England vs Pakistan – 3rd ODI, July 13th
Edgbaston, Birmingham
6:00 PM PST – 13:00 local 12:00 GMT

England vs Pakistan – 1st T20I, July 16th
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
11:30 PM PST – 18:30 local 17:30 GMT

England vs Pakistan – 2nd T20I, July 18th
Emerald Headingley, Leeds
7:30 PM PST – 14:30 local 13:30 GMT

England vs Pakistan 3rd T20I, – July 20th
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
11:30 PM PST – 18:30 local 17:30 GMT

England vs Pakistan Series Squads

Pakistan ODI squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Usman Qadir
Pakistan T20I squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper) , Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir

England Men’s ODI Squad
Ben Stokes (Durham, captain), Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson, James Vince


Pakistan National T20 Cup: Full squads, NT20 Fixtures & Preview

Pakistan’s best T20 cricketers will be back in action as the much-awaited National T20 Cup First XI tournament kicks off on Wednesday at the Multan Cricket Stadium. The 33-match tournament, which will be broadcast live in its entirety in High Definition on PTV Sports, marks the beginning of competitive cricket in the country after more than six months and, as such, serves as the curtain-raiser for the 2020-21 domestic season.

As per the overhauled structure, six teams will take part in the competition, with each team playing 10 games in the double round-robin leg.

With no international cricket going on for Pakistan currently, until the series against Zimbabwe, some of the top players of the country will be available, which will make the tournament ever more competitive.

These include the likes of Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Kamran Akmal, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Junaid Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Abbas.

The first half of the competition will be played in Multan, after which the teams will move to Rawalpindi. The tournament begins with the clash between defending champions Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Multan on September 30.

Here’s a look at the squads of all teams:

Balochistan – Haris Sohail (captain), Bismillah Khan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Akbar-ur-Rehman, Akif Javed, Ammad Butt, Awais Zia, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Imran Farhat, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Shahzad, Taimur Khan, Umaid Asif, Umar Gul, Usama Mir and Yasir Shah.

Central Punjab – Babar Azam (captain), Saad Nasim (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Ahmed Bashir, Bilal Asif, Ehsan Adil, Faheem Ashraf, Irfan Khan Niazi, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Naseem Shah, Qasim Akram, Rizwan Hussain, Sohaibullah, Usman Qadir and Zafar Gohar.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper), Junaid Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Mohsin, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Zohaib Khan.

Northern – Imad Wasim (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Farzan Raja, Haider Ali, Hammad Azam, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin and Zeeshan Malik

Sindh – Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel (vice-captain), Ahsan Ali, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azam Khan, Danish Aziz, Hassan Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Taha, Rumman Raees, Sharjeel Khan and Sohail Khan.

Southern Punjab – Shan Masood (captain), Hussain Talat (vice-captain), Aamir Yamin, Ali Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali (subject to fitness), Saif Baddar, Sohaib Maqsood, Umer Khan, Umar Siddiq Khan, Zahid Mehmood and Zeeshan Ashraf (wicketkeeper).

 Balochistan captain Haris Sohail: “We are really excited and want to give a better performance than last year when we lost the final. Our aim is to win the trophy and we have worked hard in the build-up. Last year, we played great cricket and it was only a passage of five to six overs in the final where we could not play good cricket and that is where I feel we lost the final.

“We have a strong top and middle-order while in Yasir Shah and Kashif Bhatti we have quality spinners, we have a strong pace attack with the addition of Umaid Asif.”

Saad Nasim captain Central Punjab: “It is a big opportunity for me to lead Central Punjab in the first leg of the tournament; we have some exciting U19 talent that has given new energy to our squad. We are determined to put the disappointing performances of last year behind us and target a semi-final spot, of course with an eye on the tournament trophy by playing the final. We have good combination of youth and experience. Kamran Akmal and Abid Ali will lead the batting charge with their experience and quality.

“Bilal Asif and Naseem Shah are quality bowlers in our ranks and we have upcoming players like Rizwan Hussain, Abdullah Shafiq, Qasim Akram and Sohaibullah. We also have quality all-rounders in Zafar Gohar and Usman Qadir. We have a balanced side full of talent and youngsters who have a bright future. Our aim is to play positive cricket and make it all the way in the tournament.”

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Mohammad Rizwan: “Our team has all bases covered as we have strong batting and bowling departments. We are known for playing an aggressive brand of cricket and many people are rating us as favourites.

“We play Northern, the defending champions, in the opening match of the tournament and it is going to be good competition as both teams are highly competitive.”

Northern vice-captain Shadab Khan: “Leading Northern in the Multan-leg is a big opportunity for me, which I am aiming to grab with both hands. We are the title defenders and our team and the combination is pretty much the same as the last year. The boys are preparing hard and are looking in good shape despite returning to cricket after some time, which makes me confident that we will be able to defend our title.

“Two youngsters I am looking forward to making a mark in this tournament are Zeeshan Malik, who played with me at the U19 level, and Haider Ali, who could not play last year but is all set to play a vital role in our team this season.”

Sindh captain Sarfaraz Ahmed: “I think in our team, Sharjeel Khan will play a key role. He is a dashing batsman and stroke player and when he plays well he makes a match one-sided. In T20 format, you need to perform in both batting and bowling departments, we have balance and experience in both departments.

“We would aim to gain and then sustain momentum with an eye on the semi-finals; T20 is a kind of format where momentum is the key and if we get that early we can go a long way in the tournament.”

Southern Punjab captain Shan Masood: “We are well-aware that this tournament is going to be highly competitive as all the top T20 players in the country are participating in it. With this tournament being played on double-league basis, what matters the most is how the teams finish and carry the momentum from here to the Rawalpindi-leg.

“I am very happy with the core of our team, which might not include big names but comprise youngsters who will be empowered and will be designated responsibilities in all departments. Our coach Abdur Rehman has put in a lot of thought in selecting this team, which provides us ample options depending on what side we play in which stadium. I am very confident that if we stick to our plans, we will play the final in Rawalpindi.”

Here’s the full schedule and timings of National T20 Cup 2020:

30-SEP-2020, 03:30 PM

1st Match, Multan, Sep 30 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

30-SEP-2020, 08:00 PM

2nd Match, Multan, Sep 30 2020, National T20 Cup

Central Punjab v Southern Punjab

01-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

3rd Match, Multan, Oct 1 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Sindh

01-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

4th Match, Multan, Oct 1 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Southern Punjab

02-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

5th Match, Multan, Oct 2 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

02-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

6th Match, Multan, Oct 2 2020, National T20 Cup

Central Punjab v Sindh

03-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

7th Match, Multan, Oct 3 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Central Punjab

03-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

8th Match, Multan, Oct 3 2020, National T20 Cup

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab

04-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

9th Match, Multan, Oct 4 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Southern Punjab

04-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

10th Match, Multan, Oct 4 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Sindh

05-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

11th Match, Multan, Oct 5 2020, National T20 Cup

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh

05-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

12th Match, Multan, Oct 5 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Central Punjab

06-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

13th Match, Multan, Oct 6 2020, National T20 Cup

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab

06-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

14th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 6 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Northern

09-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

15th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 9 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Central Punjab

09-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

16th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 9 2020, National T20 Cup

Sindh v Southern Punjab

10-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

17th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 10 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

10-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

18th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 10 2020, National T20 Cup

Central Punjab v Sindh

11-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

19th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 11 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Southern Punjab

11-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

20th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 11 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Sindh

12-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

21st Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 12 2020, National T20 Cup

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab

12-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

22nd Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 12 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Central Punjab

13-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

23rd Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 13 2020, National T20 Cup

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh

13-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

24th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 13 2020, National T20 Cup

Central Punjab v Southern Punjab

14-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

25th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 14 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Sindh

14-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

26th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 14 2020, National T20 Cup

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab

15-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

27th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 15 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Northern

15-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

28th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 15 2020, National T20 Cup

Sindh v Southern Punjab

16-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

29th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 16 2020, National T20 Cup

Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

16-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

30th Match, Rawalpindi, Oct 16 2020, National T20 Cup

Balochistan v Southern Punjab

17-OCT-2020, 03:30 PM

1st Semi-Final, Rawalpindi, Oct 17 2020, National T20 Cup

TBA

TBA

17-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

2nd Semi-Final, Rawalpindi, Oct 17 2020, National T20 Cup

TBA

TBA

18-OCT-2020, 08:00 PM

Final, Rawalpindi, Oct 18 2020, National T20 Cup

TBA

TBA

Pakistan T20 Cup 2020 Telecast and Live Streaming:

PTV Sports has the broadcasting rights for the tournament in Pakistan but it will not be aired in other countries. The live streaming is expected to be available on PTV Sports app.


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Jonny Bairstow wins Cricket Writers' Club Bob Willis Trophy
Jonny Bairstow wins the Bob Willis Trophy after being voted as England's player of the year by the Cricket Writers' Club.

England in Pakistan: Moeen Ali rules out return for Test series
All-rounder Moeen Ali rules out a Test comeback for England's tour of Pakistan in December, saying he is "done" with Test cricket.

Shimron Hetmyer: West Indies batter ruled out of Men's T20 World Cup after missing flight
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Tim Paine: Former Australia captain set to play first high-level match for 18 months
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Jonny Bairstow: England batter out until 2023 after surgery
England batter Jonny Bairstow successfully undergoes surgery on a broken leg and dislocated ankle, and confirms he will not play again this year.

Jasprit Bumrah: India bowler ruled out of T20 World Cup
India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is ruled out of the 2022 men's T20 World Cup with a back stress fracture.

T20 World Cup 2023: England drawn with India, West Indies and Ireland in South Africa
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Men's T20 World Cup: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler & Alex Hales among England's conundrums
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ODI tickets worth Rs 52.36 lakh went unsold: Khanna
"Tickets worth Rupees 52,36,000 were unsold. Why all the tickets were not sold-out? DDCA started online ticket sale quite late that too without proper advertisement," Khanna claimed in a media release.

Axar Patel breaks into top-10 ODI bowlers
Axar Patel has become the highest placed India bowler in the latest ICC ODI rankings after breaking into the top-10 bowler's list while legspinner Amit Mishra has vaulted 25 places to enter the top-20.

India ODI series report card: Kohli, Mishra and then some
TOI Sports runs the rule over the performers for India during their 3-2 ODI series win over New Zealand. A report card on the players who featured in India's first ODI series win at home in two years, over NZ across five matches.

Wasn't easy sitting out of Test matches: Mishra
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Talking points: Mishra magic snaps India's home drought
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5th ODI: Mishra five-for spins India to series win
Amit Mishra finished with 5/18, his second ODI five-wicket haul as India beat New Zealand by a whopping 190 runs at Visakhapatnam to clinch the five match ODI series 3-2. Mishra was named both Man of the Match and the Player of the series.

Dhoni describes bowlers performance as one of the best
Dhoni lavished praise on his bowlers for the resounding series-clinching win over New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI, describing the effort as "one of the best performances by the bowlers".

Kumble's support during lean phase helped me: Mishra
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