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  1. chandtara
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    Mahmood gone next ball. Poor game all round for him
    13 off 10
     
  2. WaQaReD!
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    Razzaq would still be useful to Pakistan in limited overs cricket, hes a better batsman than most of our specialists in that form of the game. Problem is Pakistan tend to pigeon hole players, they just cannot seem to understand that a player like Razzaq with 10+ yrs experience in all kinds of conditions can bat at the top of the order and really be useful in T20 especially opening the bat or one down. Dont want to use Imran Khan as an example because Razzaq isnt in that class but Imran as he got older, bowled less but batted higher up the order and Razzaq i believe would be suited for a similar role.
     
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    WaQaReD! I think Abdul Razzaq usually bats better than most of our specialists but even more I think he's been pigeonholed with the ball, nearly every time he's bowled a decent spell--as in 5 or more overs, the sort you'd expect for a medium pace support seamer--I've seen Abdul Razzaq bowl well. Yet he's been messed about more with the ball than anybody

    With the blade I'll admit Abdul Razzaq had a poor 2011 but imho he's still a handy lower-order player--definitely better than Afridi types who usually play above him. I don't really think he's in the top order class though, he always gets bogged down in that role trying to be responsible I guess
     
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    the only reason he tends to get bogged down up the order is because he is usually sent in to stop a collapse happening. If they promoted him up the order and said play your natural game and we'll give you a decent run there too i am pretty certain he would perform better than most of our batsmen.
    Razzaq is older now, he would be better off playing as more of a batsman using that experience who bowls a bit than batting at 7/8 and trying to bowl 10 overs.
    Hes not always bogged down at the top, not many Pakistani batsmen score a century in SA against South Africa like Razzaq did coming in the top 3.
     
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    Not just that, but going by recent performances Abdul Razzaq has nearly always done well with the ball...either taken
    wickets or had a good economy or both. With the bat he's been decent but more inconsistent.

    Imho a No 7 spot and 7 odd overs regularly would be ideally suited especially when you consider that Abdul Razzaq is usually quite thrifty and usually bottles an end up well, while the likes of Gullay and Sami who can win or lose matches on their rhythmare our strike bowlers at the moment.
     
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    Pakistan spin bowler Abdur Rehman is poised to join Somerset later this month.

    Director of cricket Brian Rose has this afternoon confirmed that Rehman has signed a contract to make a switch to the County Ground, and will join up with the county in mid-July, subject to a visa being agreed.

    ​Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose

    Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose has announced the signing of Pakistan spin bowler Abdur Rehman

    Rehman, 32, has played in 16 Tests for Pakistan, as well as 23 One Day Internationals, and Rose hopes he will be available in time for Somerset's Lv= County Championship game against Warwickshire at Taunton on July 18.

    “He has an excellent first class record, with a bowling avarage not dissimilar to Murali Kartik’s," Rose told the official Somerset CCC website.

    "He has played in 16 Test Matches for Pakistan, the latest in Sri Lanka being only last week.

    “Rehman also bats reasonably well, going in around number eight, so that was also a plus point when it came to signing him.

    “The other positive is that he is not currently in Pakistan’s T20 side, so once he joins us he should be available for the remainder of our season.”

    http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Som...-spin-bowler/story-16474118-detail/story.html
     
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    This should be a good experience for him, playing the longer form of the game in foreign conditions.
     
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    It should do him well especially if he gets some spin friendly tracks.
     
  9. NO 1 AFRIDI FAN
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    Good for him. Will be a good experience for him.

    Though I do wish our young batters could get to play more county cricket instead of our bowlers. People like Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq would greatly benefit from such experiences.
     
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    No visa, no county stint for Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir

    Karachi: Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani cricketers, will not feature in this the Friends Life Twenty20 championships in England this year due to visa-related hassles.

    Worcestershire had initially planned to have Tanvir for the entire T20 season, but his recall to the Pakistan squad for the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka last month deemed him unavailable for the first half of the tournament. And now, with visa issues refusing to be resolved, the county will have to do without the lef-arm paceman for rest of the tournament too.

    "It has been well documented that obtaining visa for overseas professionals is becoming more and more difficult," said David Leatherdale, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. "We are very disappointed that Sohail won't be joining us. But with just four group matches remaining, and still no guarantee that the visa process has been completed in Pakistan, his stay with the club is no longer practical."
    Sohail's unavailability meant Worcestershire have only one overseas player in Phil Hughes, the Australian opener, for their T20 campaign. The team, though, is on course for a quarterfinal berth after four wins in their first six matches.

    Afridi, the former Pakistan captain, who was supposed to be available for Hampshire's entire T20 campaign, is also unavailable. The delay in obtaining a visa meant that Hampshire stuck to their current set of players for the remainder of the tournament.

    "We are deep into the 2012 competition and the side is settled so we don't feel it is right to change that now," said Giles White, manager of Hampshire County Cricket Club.

    Afridi was one of the shining stars in the county's campaign in 2011. His 17 wickets in ten matches helped the side qualify for the semifinal, which they lost to Somerset in the one-over eliminator. Hamsphire, however, did not rule Afridi out for the future. "The door is still open for him to return to Hampshire in future years should circumstances suit both parties," said White.

    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?newsid=196334&catname=Sports
     
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    Nice to see Abdur Rehman landing a slot.
     
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    No updates NO 1 AFRIDI FAN

    Or was it raining :fp
     
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    Somerset still unsure about Abdur Rehman coming to Taunton

    The Somerset County’s director of cricket Brian Rose on Friday revealed that his county was still unsure whether Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman will get a visa to join the county for the final six LV= County Championship matches of the ongoing 2012 season.

    Speaking to media reporters today, Rose said that they were in touch with the Pakistan off-spinner as well as the British high commission in Pakistan, however he was unable to confirm any proceedings in this regard.
    “The situation with Rehman is still the same – we have got the tracking number on his visa and we have asked the embassy in Islamabad if we can fast-track it,” said the Somerset coach.

    Rehman, the 32-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler from Pakistan, was initially scheduled to join Somerset for the final seven county championship matches of the season. But due to visa issues, he has already missed one of those.

    Rose said that they have been quite patient in this regard and cannot wait too much longer. The county is next scheduled to play Lancashire in the County Championship Division one match, at Liverpool next week, and Rose wants the Pakistan off-spinner in place by then.

    “The paperwork is in place but I don’t think I can wait too much longer, to be honest,” said Somerset’s director of cricket in an irked tone.

    “I want him over for Liverpool. As with a lot of things this season, I have a Plan 15b in place, so I have potential options if he doesn’t come. But I’m not going to let it go – I’m going to pursue it right down the line – because he is the bloke we want,” he added further.

    Meanwhile, good news for the Taunton fans is that Cricket South Africa has agreed to allow hard-hitting opening batsman Richard Levi and experienced all-rounder Albie Morkel to play for Somerset on Friends Life t20 Finals Day next month. Marcus Trescothick-led side will play Hampshire in the second semi-final of the day, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on August 25.

    This will be Somerset’s fourth successive appearance on the finals day, though they have failed to make it count on the last three occasions.

    http://blogs.bettor.com/Somerset-st...coming-to-Taunton-Cricket-News-Update-a175229
     
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    feel sorry for rehman..
     
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    Not been in the loop for a while.

    I know Amir is playing this year for Essex, are any other Pakistanis representing?
     
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    Pakistani paceman Mohammad Amir continued his rich seam of form from the Champions Trophy win over India, striking early for Essex using a pink ball on a landmark day for English county cricket.

    Amir trapped Middlesex Nick Gubbins-lbw as the latest round of county championship matches got underway on Monday. The new day/night format led to the use of the pink ball with a black seam—ideal preparation for England’s Test players for a match with the West Indies from August 17-21 at Edgbaston.

    http://newsweekpakistan.com/mohammad-amir-in-form-at-county/
     
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    Amir praises Cook's role in welcoming him to Essex

    Mohammad Amir hopes to inspire Essex to the County Championship title after revealing the extent to which new team-mate Alastair Cook has attempted to welcome him.

    The fast bowler has joined his new team after excelling for Pakistan during their Champions Trophy triumph.

    He made his debut for the Championship leaders on Monday against Middlesex, the latest development in a career almost undermined by a conviction for spot-fixing in 2010 that led to a five-year ban.

    When Amir was granted a visa to tour England last summer, then-England Test captain Cook insisted match-fixers should be banned for life to protect the sport’s integrity.

    In November it was then confirmed Amir would join him at Essex, but instead of any potential hostility, the new arrival says their relationship is already “very good”.

    “I met him the first day when I arrived and he was very nice,” said the 25-year-old.

    “He said to me, the funny thing, ‘I want to learn Urdu (Amir’s native tongue), so you have to teach me’.

    “No (there are no issues between us), nothing.

    “He’s always nice and very supportive.

    “Everybody knows he’s a good batsman and a very nice human being, so I think it will be a very good journey with him.

    “The way the people treat me, they are very nice to me; the way they gave me a reception was very, very inspiring for me.”

    Amir got off to the perfect start as he claimed a wicket during his first over as an England bowler.

    But Amir admitted the move has not gone down well in his homeland.

    Amir said: “Some people (in Pakistan) are angry (at this transfer) because they said ‘You should come home first’, but it’s a good opportunity for me, my career.

    “It’s the standard of cricket. County cricket is going up and this standard of cricket you can’t find anywhere else.

    “I can improve my cricket and that was the reason to come here.

    “I do believe (I can help deliver a Championship).

    “When you do the basics right anything is possible. Let’s see what’s going to happen.”

    >Simon Harmer blasted a massive hole in Warwickshire’s batting at Chelmsford to take the first 14-wicket haul of his career and move Essex clear at the top of the County Championship last week.

    Harmer took eight second-innings wickets for 36 runs - career-best figures for an innings - to finish with figures of 14 for 128.

    Essex won by a resounding innings and 164 runs.

    Ravi Bopara hit a stunning 192 for Essex in their innings.

    They are currently playing Middlesex in the County Championship, in the first day/night trial with the pink ball.

    http://www.thurrockgazette.co.uk/sport/15376300.Amir_praises_Cook_s_role_in_welcoming_him_to_Essex/
     
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    Junaid can spark a Red Rose Blast bid

    Karl Brown is hoping Lancashire will benefit from an improved Junaid Khan in this summer’s T20 Blast, with the Pakistan ace set for his third Lightning debut on Friday.

    Junaid, who Brown has described as “one of the best yorker bowlers in the world”, has missed the first two matches due to visa problems.

    But the left-armer’s arrival in England is imminent – a little over a month after leaving with the Champions Trophy under his belt.

    The 27-year-old overseas star was named in the ICC’s Team of the Tournament thanks to eight wickets from four matches.


    His latest debut is expected to come in Friday’s 19,500 sold-out Roses clash with Yorkshire Vikings at Old Trafford (6.30pm).

    “I think Junaid’s going to be a massive player for us this year,” said opening batsman Brown.

    “We know what he brings, and it’s nice to have somebody back that’s played for us before. He’ll be part of the team straight away, which is great for everyone.

    “He’s one of the best yorker bowlers in the world, and that’s massive towards the end in T20 cricket.

    “If you know you’ve got a player like that in your side, you will win the odd game you probably shouldn’t do.

    “You know how tight the games can be. A lot are won within the space of 10 runs. So to have someone like Junaid, who can take wickets up front or at the end, it makes a massive difference.”

    Junaid has taken 31 wickets in 18 Blast matches for Lancashire across two seasons in 2011 and 2014, including a career best 4-12.

    In 2011, he helped the Lightning reach Finals Day but could not play because he was touring Zimbabwe with Pakistan, where he made his Test debut.

    “I can remember one game at Northants a few years ago when we were defending a small target (111 – Junaid took 2-12 in a three-run win), and he bowled one of the best spells I’ve ever seen,” said Brown, who is no fan of facing him in the nets.

    “He’s just got a real belief in his game that when he stands at the top of his mark, he’s going to execute what he wants to do.

    “It’s the trajectory he bowls. It’s just different because he isn’t as tall.

    “Even if his yorkers aren’t right on the button, it’s still difficult to hit because he doesn’t get the bounce 
other bowlers get. That helps him.

    “He’s been brilliant for us. If he’s anywhere near where he was the last two times, he’ll be great again.

    “More international experience can only benefit him, and hopefully he comes even as an improved player. If he does, it will be unbelievable.”

    Brown has scored 35 and four at the top of the order in Lancashire’s opening two matches this season - a win at Durham on Friday and defeat against Leicestershire at Liverpool on Sunday.

    He has scored fifties in Roses wins against Yorkshire at Old Trafford in each of the last two seasons.

    “It’s a game I always look forward to,” he added.

    “I find it really easy to get up for and focus in that game.

    “They’re big rivals, and I think that competitive edge comes out a bit more. But I’m sure it does for everybody else in both sides.

    “It’s just a game I really enjoy playing in. And it’s always nice to get one over on the Yorkies. Everybody knows that!

    “We’ll be looking to do it again.”

    http://www.lep.co.uk/sport/cricket/...naid-can-spark-a-red-rose-blast-bid-1-8642645
     
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    Sussex Sharks host Hampshire and Shahid Afridi in NatWest T20 Blast

    Actually, Boom Boom - Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi - went bang, bang, bang, bang as he took four wickets for Hampshire with his leg-spin in their 22-run win over Glamorgan in Cardiff.

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    The 37-year-old will line up for Hampshire in Wednesday's Sky Live game, too, as he, young leggie Mason Crane, skipper James Vince and the rest of the team head to Hove to face Sussex Sharks (6pm, Sky Sports 2).

    Afridi be looking to rip through Sussex - who began their Blast campaign with an eight-run defeat to Glamorgan on Sunday - alongside Crane, who will show Sky Sports a few tricks of his trade before the game starts.

    Reece Topley was Afridi's accomplice against Glamorgan on Friday night, though, with the former Essex paceman taking three wickets as Hampshire successfully defended 167-5.

    Sussex are blessed with another ex-Essex left-armer, too, in Tymal Mills, and although a hamstring injury will prevent him from playing against Hampshire, the quick will be on our commentary team in the Pod.

    We will also be catching up with Sussex's Barbados-born seamers, Joffra Archer and Chris Jordan, ahead of a match which can't come soon enough for Luke Wright, with the former Sussex skipper having smashed 101 from 53 balls against Glamorgan over the weekend.

    Watch Sussex Sharks v Hampshire in the NatWest T20 Blast, live from 6pm, Wednesday, Sky Sports 2.

    http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/sussex-sharks-v-hampshire/18096/10944930/preview
     
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    Imad Wasim to feature for Durham in England’s T20 Blast

    KARACHI: Twenty20 cricket’s top ranked bowler Imad Wasim is all set to feature in the Twenty20 blast in England for Durham county, the all-rounder said on Wednesday.

    The 28-year-old is waiting for his visa and if it is issued he will fly to feature in the Twenty20 blast.

    “It’s a great opportunity to play for Durham in the Twenty20 blast. I am waiting for the visa,” said Imad, who retained his world number one Twenty20 bowler ranking on Monday.

    He has replaced South African Imran Tahir as world’s top ranked Twenty20 bowler.

    Imad also received good news of his elevation to “B” category in the central contracts issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board. H was placed in “C” category in the contracts announced last year.

    Mohammad Amir is representing Essex and Shahid Afridi is playing for Hampshire in the T20 blast in England.

    https://arynews.tv/en/imad-wasim-feature-durham-englands-t20-blast/
     
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    Hampshire win again but Afridi has a quiet game. Scored 5 and went wicketless
     
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    solid bowling by JK for Lancashire

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    Sarfraz looking forward to dream T20 stint with Yorkshire

    KARACHI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said he's looking forward to get maximum advantage from the much-awaited opportunity to play county cricket during his stint with Yorkshire.

    Sarfraz, who led his team to a dream victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, was signed by Yorkshire last week for a short stint in the NatWest T20 Blast.

    The 30-year-old said that he has always wanted to play county cricket and hopes that the spell with Yorkshire will help him become a better professional.

    "I always wanted to play county cricket and when the opportunity to represent Yorkshire came I couldn't say no to this fantastic offer," he said.

    "It's a dream come true for me and hopefully this stint with Yorkshire will help me become even a better professional,” added Sarfraz, who was recently handed Pakistan's Test captaincy.

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    Sarfraz is likely to feature in five T20 Blast matches and join the team on July 27. He is currently waiting for his visa.

    The skipper said he is proud to be part of Yorkshire, a team which was previously represented by legends like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

    "Yorkshire are a big club with a big reputation and I'm proud to be following in the footsteps of other Pakistanis who have played at Headingley such as Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul Haq,” he said.

    Sarfraz, who has led Pakistan to seven victories in eight T20Is as captain, said he is aiming to contribute his part in making Yorkshire victorious in the event, adding that playing in the tournament will also be a learning opportunity for him.

    "I hope I can contribute in as many victories as I can in my five-match stint and provide the crowd the sort of entertainment they are looking for," he said.

    "I am learning every day as a player and as a captain as well, so it would be nice to have a taste of the T20 Blast," he added.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/150222-sarfraz-looking-forward-to-t20-stint-with-yorkshire
     
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    Fakhar all set for NatWest T20 Blast

    Pakistan Champions Trophy final hero Fakhar Zaman has reportedly sign Somerset County for England’s popular domestic cricket competition NatWest T20 Blast.

    Geo News citing its sources close to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the left-hander has signed a deal with the club and will be seen in action during the T20 Blast, which is currently underway in England.

    Fakhar, who made headlines with his blistering match-winning century against India in the Champions Trophy finale in June, will represent Somerset for four weeks.

    He has been issued a No Objection Certificate by the PCB in this regard, the sources informed, the channel added.

    The 27-year-old opener was also drafted into the Caribbean Premier League for the upcoming season, but he preferred to feature in England’s domestic cricket season instead, the media outlet added.

    http://www.brecorder.com/2017/07/27/361709/fakhar-all-set-for-natwest-t20-blast/
     
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    Somerset sign Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman

    Somerset have announced the signing of Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman as a replacement for injured New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson.

    Anderson has been forced to cut short his stay at Taunton after a stress fracture to his back ruled him out of the remainder of the NatWest T20 Blast.

    The 26-year-old has struck 142 runs at an average of 71 in four South Group matches to leave Somerset well placed to qualify for the knockout stages, but will now fly home for treatment on his injury.

    Anderson said: "I am grateful to Somerset for giving me an opportunity to play cricket in England and only sorry that I have been unable to conclude my stay with them.

    "However, I hope that at some point in the future when my back problem has been resolved that I will be able to return."

    Somerset have filled the void left by Anderson by signing Fakhar until the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old, who struck a century in Pakistan's Champions Trophy final win over India earlier this summer, will be available in the Specsavers County Championship as well as the T20 Blast.

    Director of cricket Matt Maynard said: "It's great to have Fakhar joining us and in addition we will have Dean Elgar back for the final three NatWest T20 Blast group-stage games.

    "However, Dean has to return to South Africa for a camp prior to the South Africa v Bangladesh series. As a result, he will play no further Specsavers County Championship cricket for us. This is why Fakhar will be available for us in both formats until the end of the season."


    https://www.sportinglife.com/cricket/news/fakhar-zaman-joins-somerset/92322
     
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    Yorkshire’s new arrival Sarfaraz hoping to inspire Pakistani youngsters

    SARFARAZ AHMED said he wants to be the catalyst for more Asians to watch Yorkshire after fans flocked to greet him in Bradford last night.

    The club’s new overseas signing was officially unveiled at Park Avenue after joining for the rest of the NatWest T20 Blast.

    The Pakistan captain, who debuts against Derbyshire at Headingley tomorrow in his first game since leading his country to Champions Trophy glory against India at The Oval on June 18, said that he was proud to follow in the footsteps of former Yorkshire players and fellow countrymen Younus Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq.

    And although he is only here for the final five group matches, plus up to three knockout fixtures, Sarfaraz believes that his presence can help Yorkshire towards their first T20 trophy and also fuel added interest in their activities among the Asian population.


    “There are lots of Pakistani people living in Leeds and Bradford and hopefully they will go and watch Yorkshire,” said the wicketkeeper/batsman, who replaces Peter Handscomb after the Australian was called up for his country’s tour to Bangladesh.

    “Bradford almost looks like a Pakistani community, and when I got the contract to play for Yorkshire I got lots of messages from people on things like Twitter and Instagram saying that they were happy.

    “Hopefully, the youngsters among them will go on to play for England or Pakistan in the future.

    “Lots of Pakistanis play in the Sunday league, or the Saturday league, and hopefully I can help encourage more youngsters as well.”

    Sarfaraz, who met local local cricketers and mingled with around 200 fans at a Park Avenue ground undergoing redevelopment, is a marquee signing for a club committed to engaging with people of all ethnicities.

    Yorkshire have worked hard in the past decade and more to rid themselves of a reputation that was perhaps not as impressive in this area as it might have been, and they recently entered into a ground-breaking partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and Bradford Council to restore Park Avenue to its former glory and encourage more participation in cricket among Bradford’s South Asians.

    The signing of the Karachi-born Sarfaraz can only help in that respect, with the player yesterday pronouncing himself impressed with the ground’s new state-of-the-art eight-lane net facility and willingly chatting to youngsters present.

    As Yorkshire paraded him to the press and public on Yorkshire Day, a symbol of the county’s pride and togetherness, Sarfaraz said that he hoped his immediate impact would be to inspire the club to on-field success.

    “The position is very good (in the table),” he said.

    “I’ve met the players and they are a very good bunch, and hopefully we will qualify for the finals.

    “I’ve also talked with Younus Khan and he said it’s a very good county with a very good management.

    “Younus said it’s very professional and hopefully I will learn a lot.”

    Sarfaraz, 30, will be the fifth Pakistan overseas player to represent Yorkshire after Younus, Inzamam, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Imran Tahir, the leg-spinner who now plays for South Africa.

    Like Younus, whose name suddenly changed from Younis after arriving at Headingley a decade ago, Sarfaraz has suddenly gone from “Sarfraz” after he insisted that Sarfaraz, in fact, is the correct spelling.

    It is not the spelling of his name that matters, of course, but his cricketing ability, with his T20 record standing at 1,626 runs from 120 games at an average of 28, with a strike-rate of 126 runs per 100 balls.

    Sarfaraz also averages 40 from 36 Test matches and 36 from 75 one-day internationals, and he hopes to bring various qualities to Yorkshire’s T20 team.

    “I’m a middle order batsman and can strike the ball,” he said.

    “I can also rotate the strike and play some tricky shots – late cuts, reverse sweeps – and I will try my level best to help us qualify.

    “I feel very lucky to play for Yorkshire, and I’ve always enjoyed playing in England.

    “I’m very excited about playing my first game.”

    Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s first-team coach, is equally excited to have Sarfaraz on board.

    “He’s someone that we had our eye on for a while, knowing that there might be a chance that Pete would go during the Twenty20s,” he said.

    “We wanted to go down the route of replacing Pete like-for-like because we believe that the balance of the team is just right, and that if we’d brought in another batter, it would have meant that we’d have had to drop a bowler.

    “I think he’s a fantastic guy, and we spoke to a few coaches who have worked with him and the feedback was really good.”

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/spor...ing-to-inspire-pakistani-youngsters-1-8681422
     
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    Amir takes five for Championship leaders Essex

    LONDON: Pakistan's Mohammad Amir took five for 18 as English County Championship leaders Essex had the better of the opening day in a First Division encounter away to Yorkshire at Scarborough on Sunday.

    The left-arm fast bowler's first 'five-for' for Essex in just his second Championship match was instrumental in Yorkshire being skittled out for a meagre 113.

    Essex ended the first day on 188 for five, a lead of 75 runs, with captain Ryan ten Doeschate 61 not out.

    Amir, speaking after joining Essex following his Champions Trophy campaign, insisted in June that he had no problems with his new team-mate.

    "I met him the first day when I arrived and he was very nice," said Amir of Cook.

    "No (there are no issues between us), nothing. He's always nice and always very supportive."

    http://www.brecorder.com/2017/08/07/363424/cricket-amir-takes-five-for-championship-leaders-essex/
     
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    Mohammed Amir is a legend

    This spell with Essex is massive for him and with two 5fers and a 10fer he has improved over the last 6 months especially after that unforgiving Aussie Tour.
     
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    Mohammad Amir shatters records as he leads Essex to victory with 10-wicket match haul

    Unbeaten Division One leaders Essex thumped Yorkshire inside two days to strengthen their bid for a first County Championship title in 25 years.

    Captain Ryan ten Doeschate's 88 took Essex from 188-8 to 231 all out before lunch - a first-innings lead of 118.

    A second superb spell of pace bowling in the match from Mohammad Amir (5-54) then saw Yorkshire bowled out for 150, and Essex eased to 34-2 for victory.

    Pakistan paceman Amir was unplayable at times on a seamer-friendly pitch at Scarborough, finishing with career-best match figures of 10-72.





    The Pakistan 'King of Swing' strikes again! @iamamirofficial bowling Kohler-Cadmore for 4. #YORvESS pic.twitter.com/rpq8IeRFR8

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 6, 2017

    WICKET and Mohammad Amir has a 10 wicket match haul. His latest victim Coad caught at 2nd slip by Simon Harmer for 28. 131-9. #YORvESSpic.twitter.com/YmrkRu6hz2

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 7, 2017

    There it is for @iamamirofficial! He has 5 in the second innings and 10 for the match as Coad finds Harmer at slip. #YORvESSpic.twitter.com/y3dwW8kBMX

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 7, 2017

    @iamamirofficial is making it swing a mile as Tom Kohler-Cadmore is his latest victim! #YORvESS pic.twitter.com/4rrrozOp0Y

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 7, 2017

    What a performance from @iamamirofficial on Day One today in the @CountyChamp as he gets his first 5-wicket haul for the Club! pic.twitter.com/f4R2uFT0qL

    — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 6, 2017

    Essex now lead second-placed Lancashire by 49 points with five games left.

    Amir's match figures of 10/72 are the best in his first-class career. This is only the 2nd time he has ever taken 10 wickets in a first-class game. Amir had match figures of 10/97 for National Bank of Pakistan against Lahore Shalimar way back in 2009.

    Amir has taken in 203 wickets first-class cricket so far; he completed his 200 first-class wickets milestone during the 2nd innings of this game. Amir has played 51 FC matches so far and averages 22.96 with the ball.

    http://zeenews.india.com/cricket/wa...ictory-with-10-wicket-match-haul-2030947.html
     
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    Bachera Tom Kohler-Cadmore
     
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    Boom Boom blasts 42-ball century

    Pakistan's Shahid Afridi has blasted 101 from only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire's huge win over Derbyshire in the quarter-finals of England's T20 competition on Tuesday.

    Afridi hit seven sixes and 10 fours to power Hampshire to 8-249, their highest T20 score and the equal-eighth highest of all time.

    Skipper James Vince made 55 from 36 balls and Aussie George Bailey 27 from 11 as Hampshire passed their previous best of 2-225 and, faced with an improbable target of 250, the Falcons crumbled in reply as Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott took three wickets each.

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    Afridi cleared the rope seven times at the County Ground // Getty

    Afridi is the fifth man in T20s to score a century in 42 balls, the equal 12th fastest ever, but he fell well short of Chris Gayle all-time record of a 30-ball ton in 2013.

    Afridi revealed that he had managed to convince skipper Vince to move him up to opener having spent most of the season in the lower order.

    "I asked the captain and coach yesterday if I could bat higher up the order because seven or eight is not my position," Afridi said after his maiden T20 century.

    "In crucial games you have to take chances. The first six overs are important and you need batters who play aggressively like me to utilise this.

    — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 22, 2017
    "I wanted to put pressure on them from the start although it was not easy because the new ball was seaming. The first six overs are important and I tried to start on the attack.

    "The last time I opened the batting for Hampshire was finals day in 2011 but the main thing is confidence and I felt confident today."

    Hampshire promoted Afridi to opener against the county he played for in 2003 and he hit four boundaries from Wayne Madsen's first over before Calvin Dickinson took two fours from Hardus Viljoen.

    Afridi's previous high score this season was just 18 but he pulled Ben Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-storey media centre.

    He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six but after driving Imran Tahir for another huge six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen.

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    Afridi's 42-ball ton is the 12th fastest in T20 history // Getty

    It proved expensive as the man known as Boom Boom dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a blistering hundred before he top-edged another big pull shot and was caught at long-leg.

    He was dismissed in just the 13th over but the late fireworks from Vince and Bailey pushed Hampshire's total into record territory.

    And Afridi's 101 proved to be literally the difference as Derbyshire were all out for 148 to fall 101 runs short.

    http://www.cricket.com.au/news/matc...rbyshire-george-bailey-james-vince/2017-08-23
     
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    Afridi takes pleasure in opening gamble that paid off

    Hampshire's match-winner Shahid Afridi revealed that he had to persuade director of cricket Giles White and skipper James Vince to let him open the batting against Derbyshire - even though he had not done so in a Twenty20 for Hampshire since finals day in 2011.

    "I asked the captain and coach yesterday if I could bat higher up the order because seven or eight is not my position," Afridi said, after his brilliant 101 - his first century in the shortest form of the game - set Hampshire on their way to a seventh finals day in eight seasons.

    "In crucial games you have to take chances. The first six overs are important and you need batters who play aggressively like me to utilise this.

    "I wanted to put pressure on them from the start although it was not easy because the new ball was seaming. The first six overs are important and I tried to start on the attack.

    "The last time I opened the batting for Hampshire was finals day in 2011 but the main thing is confidence and I felt confident today."

    As it happens, that innings - against Somerset - produced Afridi's next highest T20 score of 80, although it was not enough to win the semi-final for his team.

    Although Hampshire were well on the way to a substantial score, one of the key moments of the match came in the eighth over of the Hampshire innings after Derbyshire captain Gary Wilson had chosen to bowl first, as Wayne Madsen - so often Derbyshire's hero in reaching their first quarter-final since 2005 - dropped the catch at long-on that would have seen Afridi out for 65.

    "I saw it all the way and I thought it was coming straight in, to be fair," Madsen said, having manfully agreed to front up and discuss the moment.

    "I would probably catch those 98 times out of 100. It was just one of those things, it just hit me straight in the middle of the hand and popped right out again.

    "He had already done us quite a lot of damage but that cost us another 40 runs and it was very disappointing obviously."

    Madsen also conceded four boundaries to Afridi in his only over - the first of the innings - but explained that he and skipper Wilson thought it was the right tactic, even if the sight of the explosive Pakistani all-rounder coming out to open was a surprise.

    "We thought about giving Hardus the first over but I was bowling pretty straight at the stumps. Both those sweep shots he played in the first over - if he had missed it would have hit the pads and he was out lbw.

    "Today it has come off for him and, although I have had success bowling at the top of the innings, today it wasn't to be."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/20421095/shahid-afridi-takes-pleasure-opening-gamble-paid-off
     
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    Be Adrifi, Be very Adrifi

    And you know what I met him the other day aswell and took a pic wth him

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