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Triangular series trophy unveiled as Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan set to clash

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The trophy for the triangular series featuring Pakistan, Bangladesh, and New Zealand has been unveiled two days ahead of the first match, scheduled to be played on September 7.

The series will kick off with the match between Bangladesh and Men in Green, who reached New Zealand yesterday (September 4).

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday released pictures from the trophy reveal event in a Twitter post. The pictures featured the skippers of three teams participating in the event. 

The Men in Green will face tough conditions during the matches as chilly weather welcomed them in Christchurch.

The temperature in New Zealand city sometimes drops to 2 degrees celsius and intermittent rains have made things a bit more difficult for the Pakistani players.

The Green Shirts will start practising on Thursday (October 6), after resting today. All the matches of the tri-series will be played in Christchurch, with the first fixture between Pakistan and Bangladesh due on October 7, and the series decider on October 14.

Those slated to play the ICC T20 World Cup will fly to Australia directly from Pakistan.

Following the tri-series, Pakistan’s squad will participate in the highly-anticipated mega T20 event and will travel back to Australia on October 15 for an action-packed World Cup 2022.

The team will partake in a practice session on October 17 and 19, ahead of its games in the World Cup.

The T20 World Cup begins on October 16 with the inaugural matches of the qualifiers to be played between Group A teams Sri Lanka and Namibia, as well as UAE and Netherlands.

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The ICC has approved the budget for Pakistan’s 2025 Champions Trophy.

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The specifics state that on the final day of its yearly meeting, the ICC approved the budget.

High-ranking representatives from various cricket boards, including Mohsin Naqvi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), attended the ICC’s annual meeting.

Ankur Khanna, the chief finance officer of the ICC, and Javed Murtaza, the chief finance officer of the PCB, created the budget for the eight-team competition.

For those who are unaware, the Champions Trophy 2025 is set to take place in Pakistan in February and March. India is expected to participate in the tournament, although this is subject to change as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is awaiting government consent to travel there.

The Indian squad will not be visiting Pakistan for the forthcoming ICC event, according to reports that surfaced in Indian media, which cited a BCCI source.

Additional reports stated that the board intends to formally suggest Sri Lanka and Dubai as possible locations for India’s matches.

However, BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla claimed in a phone interview with an Indian media outlet that the cricket association has not released any information about their team’s Champions Trophy 2025 participation.

The source of this information is unknown to us. Shukla said over the phone to ThePrint that BCCI has not released any formal information on this.

Recall that India declined to go to Pakistan in order to compete in the 2023 ACC Men’s Asia Cup. Consequently, Sri Lanka assumed the role of co-host for the continental event, which was conducted using a hybrid approach.

It is noteworthy that because of the protracted political tensions between the two neighbours, India has not visited Pakistan since the Asia Cup in 2008.

Pakistan, on the other hand, has visited India four times in the previous 16 years. They were in town for the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 last year, which was their most recent visit.

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Babar Azam identifies the most challenging bowler he has encountered.

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Azam made an appearance on AB de Villiers’ official YouTube channel, where he was questioned about the most challenging bowler he has encountered.

The Pakistan captain promptly replied, “Pat Cummins.”

De Villiers concurred with Azam’s statement, affirming, “Indeed, I concur.” He is in close proximity. “He is one of the most resilient bowlers I have ever encountered.”

It is noteworthy that Cummins has dismissed Babar Azam three times in Test cricket and only once in white-ball cricket.

The opening batter also stated that he seeks guidance from Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root to further his batting skills.

“I engage in frequent conversations with Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root.” They consistently offer valuable advise that greatly benefits you. “I have gained a wealth of knowledge from these players,” he declared.

The prominent hitter also said that his family encountered economic difficulties during his early years, but they offered him steadfast encouragement on his path to achievement.

“I come from a modest background, and we didn’t have a constant flow of money.” However, my parents provided me with significant assistance. “During my childhood, I used to engage in street cricket, and I found it quite challenging to play with a hard ball,” he remarked.

Babar Azam is presently preparing for the forthcoming two-match domestic Test series against Bangladesh, slated to take place in August.

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Gary Kirsten’s PCB report comments are criticized by a former Pakistani cricket player.

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In a recent report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), former Test cricketer Atiq-uz-Zaman took issue with comments made by national white-ball men’s head coach Gary Kirsten.

The factors that led to Pakistan’s terrible performance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 were allegedly listed in a confidential report that Kirsten authored for the PCB and had leaked to the public.

After an agonizing loss to archrivals India and an unexpected loss to co-host the United States of America (USA) in the campaign’s opening match, the former champions were unable to progress to the Super Eights stage.

The fitness and discipline problems with the Pakistan cricket team were brought to light in Kirsten’s assessment. But rather than offering a solution, Atiq-uz-Zaman scolded Kirsten harshly for complaining to the PCB.

As soon as Gary Kirsten entered, she began to whine. Why are you complaining to the board if you possess the necessary leadership abilities? During your visit, you ought to have found a solution. In light of this, I hope they perform well and cross my fingers, although Atiq expressed doubt about a speedy resolution.

A similar sentiment was expressed yesterday by former Pakistani captain Salman Butt, who said that management had to be doing rather than whining.

wouldHowever, Butt was questioned about whether Shaheen Afridi’s reported misbehavior will result in any consequences from the authorities during his appearance on ARY News’ Sports Room program.

Reacting to this, the former captain underlined that Shaheen Afridi should have been selected for every World Cup match, but instead the management continued to do so.

“They should have dropped him and gone with another player if he wasn’t disciplined,” Butt said.

“However, I believe anyone can do that if you gave him every chance in spite of all these problems and are now whining. Why give [famous people] such large wages when there’s no real benefit? questioned Salman Butt.

“It is the responsibility of management to act, not to complain,” he said.

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