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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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Quetta Gladiators, Shane Watson, Hasan Ali dominate PSL 2019

The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League, which began at Dubai (UAE) on February 14, has successfully and peacefully concluded in Karachi on March 17 as Quetta Gladiators clinched their maiden title.
In the final, they recorded a convincing eight-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi after defeating them in all the previous encounters in the tournament both the league matches and the Qualifier.On individual basis, Shane Watson’s remarkable performance not only helped his team Quetta Gladiators lift the winning trophy but also he received awards for the Player-of-the-Tournament and the Best Batsman of the tournament.Shane, who appeared in all 12 matches for his team, scored 430 runs (ave 43.00), the most by any batsman in the tournament. He made four fifties, with an unbeaten 91being his highest score.
The award for the best bowler of the tournament went to fast-medium pacer Hasan Ali for taking the most wickets in the event – 25 at an average of 13.64.He grabbed four wickets in an innings on three occasions which is also the most by any bowler in the tournament. The highest total by any team in PSL-4 was 238/3 scored by Islamabad United (vs Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9) while the highest match aggregate (427 in 40 overs) was made in the same match.
The largest victory (by runs) was recorded by Peshawar Zalmi as they defeated Karachi Kings by 61 runs at Karachi on march 11 and the largest by wickets (eight) was achieved on four occasions, as detailed below:1- Quetta Gladiators beat Multan Sultans at Sharjah on February 20,2- Lahore Qalandars beat Quetta Gladiators at Dubai on February 27, 3- Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi at Abu Dhabi on march 4, 4- Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi on March 17.The highest individual score in the tournament was 127 not out, made by Colin Ingram of Karachi Kings against Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah on February 24.
This was the first of the two individual hundreds scored in the event. The second was made by Cameron Delport (117 not out for Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9).
Asif Ali of Islamabad United hit the most sixes in the tournament. He struck 26 sixes in 12 matches as the most sixes in an innings were smashed by Ingram.He hit eight sixes while playing for Karachi Kings against Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah on February 24.The best bowling performance was displayed by pacer Faheem Ashraf of Islamabad United.He captured six wickets for 19 runs in four overs against Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9.The most feats of taking four or more wickets in an innings were achieved by Hasan Ali (thrice).His best bowling was four for 15, which he performed twice. The most dismissals were made by wicket keeper Ronchi.
His victims were 11 (10 caught and one stumped) in 12 matches. He dismissed three batsmen of Quetta Gladiators at Abu Dhabi on March 5, which is the most by a wicket keeper in an innings.The fielder who took the most catches in the tournament, was Kieron Pollard.He held 10 catches in 13 matches. However, the record of taking the most catches in an innings is held by Babar Azam, who took four catches while playing for Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United at Karachi on March 14.

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Pakistan wins: Stars laud PSL’s success on home ground

Pakistan witnessed history Sunday night as Pakistan Super League (PSL) brought cricket back to the country in a glittering closing ceremony.The ceremony featured performances by various artists, such as Fawad Khan (who sung the official PSL anthem, Khel Deewanon Ka), Aima Baig, Shuja Haider and Junoon.

Cricket triumphs: Gladiators clinch first PSL titleFootball legend, Carlos Puyol, who is currently visiting Karachi to promote World Soccor Stars (WSS) also attended the final match. He was joined on stage by the cast of the much-awaited thriller, The Legend of Maula Jatt.The President, Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed cricket back home and promised the whole tournament to happen in the country next year.Apart from the leaders, celebs such as Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mahira Khan, Mawra Hocane and other lauded the security forces for conducting a smooth event.
Heres what the had to say:Mawra Hocane:Hum jeet gaye, Pakistan jeet gaya! (Weve won. Pakistan has won!) Alhumdulillah, shine always my Pakistan!Hum jeet gaye, Pakistan jeet gaya! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #PSLFinal2019#PSL#PSL4Alhumdulillah, shine always my Pakistan!!!!!!
March 17, 2019Hamza Ali Abbasi:Mubarik (Congratulations) Quetta Gladiators for winning the PSL Final and becoming champions! Pakistan has won today! Ya Allah, thank you for this happiness! Pakistan Zindabad!Mubarikkkkkk #QuettaGladiators for winning the #PSLFinal becoming Champions! PAKISTAN has won today! YA ALLAH, Thank you for this happiness! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD ❤️ March 17, 2019Mahira Khan:My city, my country shining bright! Heart swells with pride.Pakistan is winning tonight.My city, my country shining bright! Heart swells with pride.❤️ Pakistan is winning tonight 🙂 #HBLPSL.

March 17, 2019Fahad Musrafa:Mera Karachi, Mera Pakistan. Hamesha aisay roshan rahay.(May Karachi and Pakistan shine like this. Always!) Ameen.Mera Karachi Mera pakistan Hamesha aisay roshan rahay Ameen.March 17, 2019Humayun Saeed:Congrats Quetta Gladiators! Undoubtedly the best and most deserving of this title! Well-played Peshawar Zalmi but tough luck! Overall a fantastic tournament. Thank you PSL, the govt and Pak Army for bringing so much joy to Karachi and hopefully to entire country next year In Sha Allah!Congrats Quetta Gladiators! Undoubtedly the best most deserving of this title! Well-played Peshawar Zalmi but tough luck! Overall a fantastic tournament.
Thank you PSL, the govt Pak Army for bringing so much joy to Karachi hopefully to entire country next year insha Allah! 6lMarch 17, 2019Mehwish Hayat:It is so magnificent to see the roads covered in celebration to see Karachi so alive and festive and to have cricket back in my city again! Whoever wins or loses we as a nation have won today

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Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandar by five wickets

DUBAI (Agencies) – All-round performance from Iftikhar Ahmed helped Karachi Kings to beat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in the 20th match of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL-4) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Karachi and Lahore are the two largest cities in Pakistan, boasting a population in excess of 25 million.These are gigantic numbers, but when the two meet in the PSL, big numbers are in short supply. The two played out an edgy low-scoring contest for the second time in ten days, but this time Karachi Kings prevailed, thanks to an all-round performance from Iftikhar Ahmed helping them to a five-wicket win.Karachi s need was greater, and they propel themselves back in contention for the playoffs.It was a subdued batting performance from Lahore, who never seemed to get the lift-off they needed to put up a more testing total.Fakhar Zaman was well contained at the top, while Haris Sohail could manage no more than a start. Even AB de Villiers couldn t be his destructive self, and even though the South African was at the crease for the better part of Lahore s innings, they would have been hoping for more than a somewhat plodding 32-ball 33.
Iftikhar was the pick of Karachi s bowlers, oddly bowling just two overs, but conceding just four runs and taking the wickets of Fakhar and Haris in the process. It meant they put up 133, left needing another big performance from their bowlers on a track that had begun to slow.The bowlers did give it a right go, with Sandeep Lamichhane continuing his dazzling form. He took 2 for 17 in his four, with David Weise impressively economical and Haris Rauf irrepressibly valiant.But not everyone was able to deliver in the way they needed to defend a low total.Yasir Shah was disappointing and expensive, and when Aizaz Cheema bowled a no-ball that went for four, Imad Wasim thumped the ensuing free hit for another boundary.That was it for the Lahore fightback, and impressive as it had been, the flawlessness necessary to defend 133 wasn t quite there.Iftikhar s first over was the stuff of dreams for Imad s side.He bowled wide to the left-hander, frustrating Fakhar, who skied his second ball straight to a fielder. Two balls later, he had de Villiers sweeping straight to Babar Azam, who dropped a simple catch.
Off the last ball, there was a run-out chance, de Villiers surviving by inches. Iftikhar s day had just begun, and Lahore would never get on the front foot again.
Fakhar opened the bowling in defense of a low total. There was little margin for error in the Powerplay, and the gamble did not work.Karachi carted him around for 14, and they were already off and running.He won t get the plaudits today because there was just so much happening, but just when Karachi seemed like they might lose their way, Liam Livingstone s calm head set them back on course.Coming in during a time when Karachi had scored just 10 runs in four overs, he began his innings by taking six singles in Lamichhane s third over. In the next two overs, he found a four and a six off Weise and Yasir to keep the asking rate in check.
That fifty-run partnership with Colin Ingram may not be the most explosive, but it was precisely what Karachi required in a moment when Lahore threatened to undo all their good work. Livingstone ensured that wouldn t happen, scoring 38 off 34 to become the tournament s leading run-scorer, and more importantly, keep his side in real contention.
It might have been conjectured that bowling with Yasir would give Lamichhane an invaluable learning experience, but on the evidence of their performances, much of the advice may be heading the other way. While Lamichhane has thrived after a rough start, Yasir s game looks like it has fallen away badly.He never looked in control of the spinning deliveries, and whenever he tried the googly, he invariably ended up dragging it short. The batsmen appeared to pick him out of the hand far better than they did the Nepalese teenager.The 11th over saw Livingstone mete out the toughest punishment, smashing him for two fours and a six on an over that cost 18. That brought the asking rate from 7.5 to almost a run a ball, with Yasir conceding 21 off 3.1 overs.The contrast of Lamichhane s success gives the more experienced Yasir plenty to ponder with regards to adapting his game for the shortest format.Karachi and Lahore now both have three wins in seven games, occupying fourth and fifth positions respectively.

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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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