MCL is a time machine

Masters Cricket League is this or that. If is flop or success, but I believe it is a type of time machine, which makes my way back to my childhood.

 

Yesterday MCL started with a fantastic opening ceremony featuring many performers along with super stars i-e masters of #Cricket for long. Oh my God I could see Viru, Saqi, Murali, Sanga, Rana of Arabains on ground at one time. It is miracle which is being made possible by GM Sports, & UAE cricket Board.

I was thinking and it is kind of dream but suddenly I woke up and felt that it is real. Viru and Levi are opening the innings, and Viru is facing the ball and he can hit first ball of MCL 2016 out of the park with some ease. His quick burst Gemini Arabians a booster, which was capitalized by Levi and Great Sanga. Sanga came after a flop BBL05, but he looked different on day one of MCL 2020, which is very good thing for Arabians. On the other hand Libra Legend were remain off colour, first when they were bowling & fielding that with the bat. But I can’t blame on their poor batting but this happened due to some quality bowling. I mean if you have Mills, Onions, Rana Naveed, Mural, Saqlain, and Kemp to bowl only 20 overs. You need to bat well till the end.

I believe MCL 2020 gonna achieve many milestones in coming days.

 

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England-Pakistan Women’s series dates confirmed

England last hosted Pakistan in 2013 and will play six games against them next summer

England last hosted Pakistan in 2013 and will play six games against them next summer

England Women will host their Pakistani counterparts for three One-Day and three Twenty20 Internationals between 20th June and 7th July 2016.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Somerset and Worcestershire will all host fixtures with Grace Road hosting England Women for the first time in 10 years.

The ODI series will begin with two matches at Grace Road, and New Road, Worcester on 20th and 22nd June before moving to Taunton on 27th June.

Pakistan Women tour of England 2016

20th June: 1st ODI, Grace Road, Leicester

22nd June: 2nd ODI, New Road, Worcester

27th June: 3rd ODI, County Ground, Taunton

3rd July: 1st T20I, County Ground, Bristol

5th July: 2nd T20I, Ageas Bowl, Southampton

7th July: 3rd T20I, Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

These three matches make up round five of the ICC Women’s Championship and as per International Cricket Council regulations, a reserve day is set aside for all three games.

Bristol’s County Ground, Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and the Essex County Ground will then host the three Twenty20 Internationals on 3rd, 5th and 7th July.

The match at the Ageas Bowl will be a double header with the women’s match played before the men’s T20 International.

Sky Sports and BBC Radio will cover every ball of all six matches in the UK.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Pakistan next summer for a three-match Royal London ODI series and a three-match NatWest IT20 series,” Clare Connor, ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, said.

“The introduction of the ICC Women’s Championship has brought context and meaning to every ODI series that we play.

“As we approach the business end of the competition next year with World Cup qualification the prize, every match and every point carries huge significance.”

Pakistan last toured England in 2013, with the home side winning a T20I series 2-0 while the two-match ODI series was drawn 1-1.

Pakistan Super League and 308 players Draft

308  players sign up with the new T20 league

Lahore – December 10, 2015: A total of 308 top foreign and local cricketers will be available at the Pakistan Super League Draft, scheduled to be held on December 21 and 22, 2015.

Having successfully finalized the sale of commercial rights for franchises, broadcast, and title sponsorship, PSL is now entering the phase that many fans have long been waiting for. At the player Draft event, the five franchise owners will gather to select their playing squads.

By opting for a draft system in place of a player auction, PSL will ensure a level-playing field as each team will have to choose a certain number of players from each category. As a result of this, each team will spend an equal amount on drafting players. Top players will, therefore, play for all five teams.

The PSL player list includes 137 Pakistani and 171 foreign players. These players have been divided into five different categories – Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Emerging. Top names such as Shane Watson, Wahab Riaz, Kevin Pietersen, Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, James Anderson, Shoaib Malik, Darren Sammy, Grant Elliott, Lasith Malinga, Andre Russell, TM Dilshan, Marlon Samuels, Angelo Mathews, and Shakib al Hasan have made themselves available for the Draft.

Each team will be required to pick three players per category from each of the top three categories (Platinum, Diamond, Gold). While drafting two emerging players will be mandatory, a team will be able to pick up to five players from the Silver category in order to complete the squad. Each team will have a minimum of four foreign players in the side. Some leading players who have signed up for other commitments will be available only for a portion of the Pakistan Super League.

In the next few days, all five teams will be finalising their coaching panels. The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League is scheduled to take place from February 4 – 23, 2016 in Dubai and Sharjah.

PSL-Player-List

Do or Die for England

Captain Team England
Cook

Sharjah:

Cook and His men are in a certain condition ahead of last & final Test Match of three test match series. Now their focus is to win this test match and level the series by 1-1.

We believe Pakistan is much stronger than them in this test series. Misbah will come up with some booster before the match as they won Second Test Match at Dubai.

Lahore Lions Summarized by Hamadullah Sohu

Lahore Lions is a Pakistani cricket team representing the city Lahore and is one of the 19 domestic teams. The team was established by Lahore Regional Cricket Association in 2004/05 in its home ground Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Domestically, the team plays in the Haier T20 Cup. The team won its first title in 2010 where they defeated Karachi Dolphins by 37 runs in their home ground Gaddafi Stadium.

1 Only once they played in CLT20 and went to group stage won their matches against Express Southern of Sri Lanka and giants of Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians. Imran Tahir current South African premier spin bowler led this side in 2006, tournament and won that single match as a captain of Lahore Lions.

2 Times remained runner-up in Pakistan’s national t20 cup 2009 and 2014-15 tournaments, under the captaincy of Abdur Razzak and Azhar Ali respectively.

3 Azhar Ali and Salman Butt both won 3 matches for Lahore Lions as captains. They also won 3 games out of 6 played in their first CLT20 tournament. Also they won 3 times National T20 Tournaments in 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively.

5.65 is the economy rate of Professor Muhammad Hafeez , who bowled minimum 20 overs in his career with Lahore Lions, but Hafeez bowled 90 overs and maintaining this type of economy rate is something which any other spinner bowler dreamt of it.

6 duck inning played by Ahmed Shahzad in overall his career with Lahore Lions which is most by any Lions player.

8 total numbers of captains who led the side, till today includes, Muhammad Yousuf, Imran Farhat, Abdur Razzak, Imran Tahir, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Muhammad Hafeez, and Azhar Ali.

24 is the number of matches in which Professor Muhammad Hafeez led the side till last year’s CLT20 in India.

29 is the number of catches taken by Ahmed Shahzad in 49 matches at total he played for Lions.

36 is the number of extras they concede in a single T20 match against Karachi Dolphins in 2005 tournament.

60. Most T20 matches played by Nasir Jamshed for Lahore Lions from 2005 till today with highest score of 71 not out

72 is the number of wickets taken by Aizaz Cheema in only 42 matches played for lions with the best figure of 4/17 in 4 overs.

98 is the lowest score of Lions against Northern Knights in last year’s CLT20 edition.

109 is the highest individual score by Lahore Lions belongs to Abdur Razzak , he mad this in 2009 against Quetta bears in only 51 balls with the help of 8 sixes and 8 fours.

151 is the strike rate of Abdur Razzak at minimum 500 runs from Lahore Lions which is most by any batsman, next is Umar Akmal whose strike rate is nearing 140.

162 runs made by Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal which is the highest partnership by runs against Quetta on 26 May 2009.

234 is the highest score in an inning by Lions they made this score with the loss of only four wickets against Islamabad Leopard at Karachi in 2006.

391 is an individual score by any Lions Player in a single edition of National T20 competition. He did this 2012/13 Faisal Bank Cup.

1460 this number belongs to Ahmed Shahzad he holds the highest position in runs list. He made these runs in only 49 T20 matches.

The most important thing, which I should mention here, that from this year Pakistan Cricket Board decided to change their name from Lahore Lions to Lahore Whites, This name is their brand but PCB decided to change names of all teams who are currently participating in Haier T20 Cup 2015-16 at Rawalpindi. Now their careers will be for Lahore Lions would never add up, but for a new team called Lahore Whites.

Hamadullah Sohu is a freelance sports journalist

Do follow him on Twitter @hsohu

Pakistan Super League 2016

 

                        Pakistan Cricket Board finally announced its prime domestic event “Pakistan Super League”. By this announcement a long wait is over now, in a detailed Press Conference by Mr. Najam Sethi (Chairman Governing Council-PSL) at HQ of Pakistan Cricket Board, Lahore. He announced Doha, Qatar is the venue for first Pakistan Super League. It will be held in between 4th Feb, to 24th Feb next year. Mr Sethi also announced that PCB is starting with five teams for this edition; further expansion will be done in future. Teams from Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad will take part in this event.

PSL team has consent from over 40 international players. In addition, top foreign coaches are also being roped in for the first edition of the PSL. Which is very good news for our Cricket. The tournament will carry collective prize money of up to $ 1 million.

In line with the tournament commercial plan, rights for broadcast, sponsorship, and franchise ownership will be sold over the next three months. With the event venue locked, the formal PSL launch will take place in Lahore in the third week of September.

The inaugural 2013 season was supposed begin on 26 March 2013 but has since been postponed due to tight bidding schedules and cricket boards not handing out No Objection Certificate to players. The Pakistan Super League logo was officially unveiled to the public in an event organized by the PCB in Lahore. Top Pakistan cricketers including the Ex-PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and former ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat were among those who attended the event. But event remained a mystery for cricket supporters in Pakistan. Finally it is going to be organized by a new team of Pakistan Cricket Board.

Hamadullah Sohu is a Freelance Sports Journalist

Do Follow Him on Twitter @hsohu

This article published on Independent Sports Journalists Website