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Zaman Khan wants to break through in Pakistan’s World Cup squad



DERBY: Pakistani fast bowler Zaman Khan wants to represent the country in this year’s Cricket World Cup.

“I always think that since I have been doing so well in big games under pressure situations so if I get a chance to play in the World Cup all these experiences of handling the crunch moments will help me perform at my best during such a huge tournament with ease for Pakistan,” Zaman told Geo News.

The pacer was speaking at Incora Cricket Ground in Derby before flying to Canada to play in the Global T20 league.

The 21-year-old right-arm pacer who comes from a humble background in Azad Jammu and Kashmir has been consistently performing well in the last few months. During his stint with Derbyshire, he was among the top wicket-takers in the T20 Blast representing.

Zaman ended up getting 25 wickets at an average of just 16.55 in 14 matches.

“Throughout the Blast I strived to perform my best and do good for the team that was the reason I got so many wickets so it really went well for me and I’ve learnt a lot.”

“The knowledge I’ve gained I will carry forward and do good for my team and in future this experience will help me to do well in any league around the world,” said Zaman.

On the English conditions, Zaman said that it’s not easy bowling in the UK as the batsmen do not play too many dot balls.

He also feels very lucky that he got a chance to work closely with Derbyshire’s Mickey Arthur, who is also working as the team director of Pakistan’s national team.

Arthur had roped him in days before the start of the T20 Blast to represent Derbyshire Falcons in the tournament.

“Mickey Arthur was very glad about my performance in the Blast. He always backed me up and kept on telling me that for him I’m a match-winner and can contribute a lot to the team’s victory. This sort of feedback boosted my confidence,” Zaman said.

Zaman thankful to ‘ammi’

Zaman was representing Derbyshire along with fellow countryman Haider Ali.

Speaking about their time together Zaman revealed that Haider used to make delicious fresh meals for him and took good care of him for that he nicknamed Haider “Ammi” meaning mother in Urdu.

“He took great care of me while we were together, I used to call him “Ammi” as he used to cook fresh food for me whenever I wanted. But his speciality is his very delicious meat curry,” he said.

Zaman all praise for Shaheen

Zaman was all praise for Lahore Qalandars skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi for the support and encouragement he has shown towards him.

“I think fast bowlers generally don’t support another fast bowler a lot. But the way Shaheen Afridi has supported me in my opinion no other fast bowler in the world would support a fellow pacer like that,” said Zaman

Zaman Khan also praised the love and support shown by fans generally everywhere he played in England but particularly at Derbyshire who nicknamed him “ZamZam”.

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Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam get special jerseys from PCB chairman




After the victory over Ireland, Babar Azam surpassed Uganda’s Brian Masaba (44 victories) to become the most successful skipper in T20I history with 45 wins. Since taking over as captain in 2019, Azam has guided Pakistan in 78 games.

In the interim, Shaheen Afridi reached the noteworthy landmark of 300 wickets in international cricket. During the second Twenty20 International, Ireland skipper Paul Stirling became his 300th wicket.

The 24-year-old is also the fifth-youngest bowler to reach the mark.

Since making his international debut in 2018, he has played in 145 matches across all formats for Pakistan. In Test cricket, he claimed 113 wickets, while in ODI and T20I, he claimed 104 and 84 wickets respectively.

Interestingly, in the second Twenty20 International, Pakistan chose to bowl first, and in the fourth over, Afridi dismissed both of Ireland’s openers, bringing the score down to 34-2.

Nonetheless, Ireland reached 193 in their allotted 20 overs thanks to an outstanding 51 runs from 34 balls by Lorcan Tucker, which included five boundaries and two sixes. Gareth Delany also hit a rapid 28 off 10 balls.

Thanks to the half-centuries of Fakkhar Zaman and Muhammad Rizwan, Pakistan was able to successfully chase the 194-run mark with 19 balls remaining.

After early wickets from Babar Azam (0) and Saim Ayub (6), they put up a 140-run partnership in 78 balls to turn the tide of the match in Pakistan’s favour.

With an undefeated 75 off 46 balls that included six boundaries and four sixes, Rizwan top-scored for Pakistan, while Zaman was removed after making 78 runs off of 40 balls.

Another important contributor was Azam Khan, who scored an undefeated 30 off 10 with four sixes. In the seventeenth over, he blasted three sixes off Mark Adair to end the match in spectacular fashion.

Pakistan and Ireland will play their third and final Twenty20 International tomorrow, May 14.

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PCB will install floodlights for PSL matches at Quetta Stadium.




By installing floodlights by September, PCB will keep its word. Following stadium renovations, PSL matches would also be held in Quetta, according to Naqvi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

He stated at a press conference held at Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti Cricket Stadium that the possibility of holding Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Quetta was being considered.

In Gwadar and Quetta, he said, the PCB would do its part to promote cricket.
Quetta Stadium will soon have floodlights installed, as announced by the interior minister, which Chief Minister Bugti congratulated for the news.

The province has a wealth of skills, and installing floodlights will help promote sports and cricket in particular. He responded to a query by saying that chances will be given to the province’s youth at the federal level.

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The women’s team from Pakistan travels to England for a white-ball series.




The national squad left Karachi earlier today to play three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals in the series.

Dr. Muhammad Faisal, Pakistan’s High Commissioner in England, greeted the women’s team and management.

The team will soon depart for Leicester to play a practice match on 9 May against the ECB Development XI. On May 11, in Birmingham, the first Twenty20 International will take place.

Notably, this will be Pakistan’s eighth and final series of the current event cycle. The ODIs in the series are a part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022–25.

Pakistan women squad for England tour

Nida Dar (captain), Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza, Muneeba Ali (wk), Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Rameen Shamim, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Tuba Hassan, Umm-e-Hani and Waheeda Akhtar

Player support personnel: Nahida Khan (manager), Mauhtashim Rasheed (interim head coach), Saleem Jaffar (bowling coach), Taufeeq Umar (batting coach), Hanif Malik (fielding coach), Syed Nazir Ahmed (media manager), Rabia Siddiq (physiotherapist), Zubair Ahmed (analyst) and Hina Munawar (chief security officer)

Tour Schedule

9 May – T20 warm-up game v ECB Development XI, Uptonsteel County Ground (11.00 am local time)

11 May – 1st T20I, Birmingham (2.30 pm local time)

17 May – 2nd T20I, Northampton (6.30 pm local time)

19 May – 3rd T20I, Leeds (1.00 pm local time)

21 May – One-Day warm-up game v ECB Development XI, Northampton (11.00 am local time)

23 May – 1st ODI, Derby (1.00 pm local time) (ICC Women’s Championship)

26 May – 2nd ODI, Taunton (11.00 am local time) (ICC Women’s Championship)

29 May – 3rd ODI, Chelmsford (1.00 pm local time) (ICC Women’s Championship)

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