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India trying to undermine PSL from very first day: Ehsan Mani

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Monday said that from the very first day, India is trying to undermine the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday, he said that Pakistan faced many challenges like terrorism, adding that the protection of cricketers is our top most priority.Terrorism would win if cricket is stopped in Pakistan, he said and added cricket shouldn’t be stopped due to terrorism.The PCB chairman further added that politics has entered regional cricket, adding that politics and sports should be kept separate.
It only damages cricket, he said. Mani, on behalf of the PCB, has paid glowing tributes and thanked the die-hard cricket fans, the 39 foreign international players and all the local stars for making the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 an overwhelming success.He termed the league as a resilient’ event and said it had delivered all event objectives despite tough operational and logistical challenges caused due to reasons beyond the PCB’s control.Mani also thanked all the franchise owners and their players, as well as the Sindh Government and all the security agencies involved in providing a safe and secure environment for the commercial partners, players, spectators, officials, media and service providers for the eight Pakistan-leg matches played at the National Stadium.
The fans made this a truly Pakistan event. Cricket euphoria gripped the entire country as the fans got behind the tournament and made this an overwhelming success, Mani said, adding the fans not only enjoyed and celebrated the festival of cricket, but they also portrayed a very positive image of Pakistan.This is the real power of a nation and I can’t thank the fans enough for the way they got behind the tournament, supported all the teams and applauded good performances, Mani said.The success of any event is gauged by crowd attendances and I am delighted that the overall crowd turnout at the National Stadium over the seven match days was nearly 95 percent.
This reflects the passion and love for cricket here.The PCB chairman said: Despite facing severe mid-series operational and logistical challenges, the league didn’t drop the ball at any stage and continued to maintain its very high standard and quality.The 2019 event has shown how resilient this league is. Having lost the production partner in the first week and then the fallout from last month’s turn of events, to pull everything smoothly, flawlessly and professionally reflects the strength and power of this league.Shane Watson’s decision to come to Karachi after having declined pre-event, is a testament of the confidence he had in the PCB and all the security agencies. It was also a validation that he too considered Karachi as a peaceful and cricket-loving city, while reinforcing his respect and commitment for the league.

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PCB monitoring situation for PSL Pak leg

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) adopts wait and see policy hoping that the situation would get normal for the start of Pakistan leg of PSL IV.
Our every decision regarding the PSL matches here and in Pakistan would be guided by security agents which is the normal case when it comes to organising to quality sports events anywhere in the world, spokesman.We would continue to monitor the situation till the last moment. As of now, there has been no change in our plans that see PSL moving to Pakistan on March 7 when the first match of the last leg is scheduled at the National Stadium Karachi.
Spokesman said: PCB is very much keeps a close eye on the situation and would decide the matter in accordance with the given advice by those experts who usually give guidelines for such important sporting events. The News has learnt from well-placed sources that the Board officials are in no mood to take any hasty decision regarding continuing the PSL action in Dubai.The PSL organizers would wait for the last moment before deciding on any change in the already finalised scheduled that ensures eight matches in Pakistan including the final.As of now, all PSL matches would be held as scheduled earlier.
Eight matches are to be played in Pakistan.
A spokesman of PCB confirmed to The News on telephone from Dubai that PCB was closely monitoring the situation starting from Tuesday in wake of prevailing situation.“Our every decision regarding the PSL matches here and in Pakistan would be guided by security agents which is the normal case when it comes to organising to quality sports events anywhere in the world,” spokesman. “We would continue to monitor the situation till the last moment.
As of now, there has been no change in our plans that see PSL moving to Pakistan on March 7 when the first match of the last leg is scheduled at the National Stadium Karachi.”Spokesman said: “PCB is very much keeps a close eye on the situation and would decide the matter in accordance with the given advice by those experts who usually give guidelines for such important sporting events.
” The News has learnt from well-placed sources that the Board officials are in no mood to take any hasty decision regarding continuing the PSL action in Dubai. The PSL organizers would wait for the last moment before deciding on any change in the already finalised scheduled that ensures eight matches in Pakistan including the final.“As of now, all PSL matches would be held as scheduled earlier. Eight matches are to be played in Pakistan.

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Changing of World Cup 2019 schedule: PCB to take a strong stance over India’s request

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to take a strong but dignified and civilised stance against India’s request of changing 2019 World Cup schedule.
It has been learnt through reliable sources that the PCB will be taking up the issue at the right platform and remind the cricket world that as par the International Cricket Council constitution, sports and politic should and must be kept separate.Sources further stated that the PCB will argue that a qualified team for the World Cup cannot be removed from the event by anybody, and the letter that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (COA) wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) holds no significance. Even the committee does not qualify or have the right on technical ground to write to the ICC, the source added.
The ICC constitution clearly states that it won’t accept the government intervention in cricket which clearly nullify the BCCI’s stance that they wrote to the ICC on their government’s direction, stated another source.Only recently an international shooting event qualification was cancelled by the International Olympic Committee after India refused Pakistan shooters visa.After India’s denial of visas to two Pakistani shooters and one coach for ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol in New Delhi, Pakistan put forwarded two demands to the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). Similarly, the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports (ACBS) also cancelled the Indian leg of the Asian Tour 10 Reds Snooker tournament due to refusal of visas to Pakistani cueists.
PCB will also discuss the issue of the ban that was imposed on captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Furthermore, PCB will hold dialogues with other cricket boards to send their senior as well as junior teams to Pakistan.
Let it be known that ICC has already announced that the World Cup schedule or venues will not be changed.LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to take a strong but dignified and civilised stance against India’s request of changing 2019 World Cup schedule.It has been learnt through reliable sources that the PCB will be taking up the issue at the right platform and remind the cricket world that as par the International Cricket Council constitution, sports and politic should and must be kept separate.Sources further stated that the PCB will argue that a qualified team for the World Cup cannot be removed from the event by anybody, and the letter that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (COA) wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) holds no significance.
“Even the committee does not qualify or have the right on technical ground to write to the ICC,” the source added. The ICC constitution clearly states that it won’t accept the government intervention in cricket which clearly nullify the BCCI’s stance that they wrote to the ICC on their government’s direction, stated another source.
Only recently an international shooting event qualification was cancelled by the International Olympic Committee after India refused Pakistan shooters visa. After India’s denial of visas to two Pakistani shooters and one coach for ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol in New Delhi, Pakistan put forwarded two demands to the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
Similarly, the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports (ACBS) also cancelled the Indian leg of the Asian Tour 10 Reds Snooker tournament due to refusal of visas to Pakistani cueists. PCB will also discuss the issue of the ban that was imposed on captain Sarfraz Ahmed.Furthermore, PCB will hold dialogues with other cricket boards to send their senior as well as junior teams to Pakistan. Let it be known that ICC has already announced that the World Cup schedule or venues will not be changed.

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Nasir to face bribery trial in UK

LONDON: Nasir Jamshed, the banned Pakistan batsman, is set to face trial in the UK after being accused of bribing cricketers in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Nasir, Anwar and Ijaz have been charged with conspiring to bribe players in the PSL to underperform.
The offences are said to have taken place between November 2016 and February 2017. Anwar and Ijaz have also been charged with conspiring to bribe players in the Bangladesh Premier League in late 2016.On Monday, all three defendants entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Crown Court. Their trial is set to take place at the same court, starting December 2.All three were granted unconditional bail and told to attend a pre-trial review hearing on September 6.In August 2018, Nasir was given a 10-year ban by the PCB after being found guilty of five charges under its anti-corruption code.
Five other players also received sanctions from the PCB over corruption charges relating to the 2017 PSL spot-fixing scandal. Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were each banned for five years, while Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan received shorter suspensions.
Nasir and two UK nationals, Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz, were arrested in February 2017 as part of an investigation into alleged spot-fixing by the UK’s National Crime Agency.Nasir, Anwar and Ijaz have been charged with conspiring to bribe players in the PSL to underperform.
The offences are said to have taken place between November 2016 and February 2017. Anwar and Ijaz have also been charged with conspiring to bribe players in the Bangladesh Premier League in late 2016.On Monday, all three defendants entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Crown Court. Their trial is set to take place at the same court, starting December 2.
All three were granted unconditional bail and told to attend a pre-trial review hearing on September 6.In August 2018, Nasir was given a 10-year ban by the PCB after being found guilty of five charges under its anti-corruption code.Five other players also received sanctions from the PCB over corruption charges relating to the 2017 PSL spot-fixing scandal. Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were each banned for five years, while Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan received shorter suspensions.

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Afridi the true star of PSL

DUBAI: He is one of the most colourful cricketers ever, he is the heart-throb of the crowds around the world, he is Boom Boom Afridi, says a PCB press release.
Arguably, it is one of the most eye-catching sights in modern day cricket, besides his towering sixes and boundaries.
The PSL in its fourth year has become a top brand and is placed among the top of the leagues around the world, opines Afridi.I think from the first year in 2016 to the fourth year, the PSL has become our brand and our identity, said Afridi.It is our respect. Whatever the talent is there in the Pakistan team mostly in Twenty20s and ODIs have been groomed in the PSL.Afridi rose to fame with a 37-ball hundred in a One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996 a world record then and since has become a crowd favourite around the world. Despite retiring in 2016, Afridi has continued to play in PSL and is a crowd-puller to the core.In a glittering career, Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 One-Day Internationals (Pakistan record) and 99 Twenty20 internationals and helped Pakistan win the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England.Such is his demand that he has played for a record number of teams around the world, including Pakistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Australia, Canada and the West Indies.Fresh from guiding Comilla Victorians to the title in the Bangladesh Premier League, Afridi is now playing for Multan Sultans after featuring for Peshawar Zalmi in the first two editions of the PSL and then representing Karachi Kings in the third.The leagues around the world are doing that purpose of finding talented players and then polishing their skills, opined Afridi.
So far, so good, I would say for the PSL and since talent is coming to the fore I can say that the PSL is successful.Afridi urged fans to come and watch PSL in big numbers.I want crowds to come in big numbers and PCB must also chalk out some plans to bring more and more people to the PSL matches, advises Afridi. This is our league so we have to make this successful by coming to the grounds.It would be a big support for the league. It’s a big entertainment for the people, so I request people to come in big numbers.I am sure matches in Karachi and Lahore will be full-houses and we players enjoy the game when the grounds are packed.Afridi believes some three to four players will shine and make their mark from PSL 4.I can see three to four players who can come and break into the national team from this year’s PSL, said Afridi.It’s the start so let them show more skills in tougher matches and before bigger crowds, so I could see how they do in that, then only I would be able to tell the names.The evergreen Shahid Afridi is one of the most sought after cricketers in the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) as people come to watch him, for his sixes and boundaries and for his lively style of celebration on getting a wicket — arms-raised-fingers-pointing-towards-the-sky-feet-apart.Arguably, it is one of the most eye-catching sights in modern day cricket, besides his towering sixes and boundaries.The PSL in its fourth year has become a top brand and is placed among the top of the leagues around the world, opines Afridi.“I think from the first year in 2016 to the fourth year, the PSL has become our brand and our identity,” said Afridi.“It is our respect. Whatever the talent is there in the Pakistan team — mostly in Twenty20s and ODIs — have been groomed in the PSL.”Afridi rose to fame with a 37-ball hundred in a One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996 — a world record then — and since has become a crowd favourite around the world. Despite retiring in 2016, Afridi has continued to play in PSL and is a crowd-puller to the core.
In a glittering career, Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 One-Day Internationals (Pakistan record) and 99 Twenty20 internationals and helped Pakistan win the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England.Such is his demand that he has played for a record number of teams around the world, including Pakistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Australia, Canada and the West Indies.Fresh from guiding Comilla Victorians to the title in the Bangladesh Premier League, Afridi is now playing for Multan Sultans after featuring for Peshawar Zalmi in the first two editions of the PSL and then representing Karachi Kings in the third.“The leagues around the world are doing that purpose of finding talented players and then polishing their skills,” opined Afridi.“So far, so good, I would say for the PSL and since talent is coming to the fore I can say that the PSL is successful.”Afridi urged fans to come and watch PSL in big numbers.“I want crowds to come in big numbers and PCB must also chalk out some plans to bring more and more people to the PSL matches,” advises Afridi. “This is our league so we have to make this successful by coming to the grounds.“It would be a big support for the league. It’s a big entertainment for the people, so I request people to come in big numbers.
I am sure matches in Karachi and Lahore will be full-houses and we players enjoy the game when the grounds are packed.”Afridi believes some three to four players will shine and make their mark from PSL 4.“I can see three to four players who can come and break into the national team from this year’s PSL,” said Afridi.“It’s the start so let them show more skills in tougher matches and before bigger crowds, so I could see how they do in that, then only I would be able to tell the names.

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