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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Umar Gul, veteran paceman and top wicket-taker for the Multan Sultans in Wednesday's Pakistan Super League (PSL) showdown against the Quetta Gladiators, said his six-wicket haul would have made him happier had his team won the match.

    "I have been focusing on giving a good performance since PSL started, but I am happy that it happened during this match. It still would have been even better if we would have won, but its all part of the game," Gul said in a post-match press conference.

    "I have been trying to perform well [for the team], but that can be tough when you have so many good bowlers [in your squad]," Gul said.

    He added: "I tried to leave the most runs [for the opponents to score] in the last over; however I am disappointed that we did not win."

    Talking about his team's performance in the match, Gul said that he felt the team had lagged in the field today.

    "While we have played well in past matches in all three departments, I feel our fielding lacked today," Gul said.

    He added: "Before the match, we had a team discussion and said that no matter what happens, we will have to control the situation no matter what, and we were unable to do that in the end."

    However, the pace bowler also acknowledged that to defend a small total during the second inning, when the ball is wet, is also hard.

    "After the first over, I started bowling across the seam, since nothing was happening with the seam. Bowling across the seam gives some measure of control in such conditions," Gul said while discussing the technique that yielded six wickets for him.

    Speaking of his fitness and overall performance in PSL, Gul said that his goal is to keep his form for the years that he has left in the game, "I want to give the game my best and keep the reputation I have gained intact during the last two or three years I have left."

    "In domestic cricket and even in PSL, I have been working on my fitness. I have been trying to bowl in the centre during net practice," he said.

  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    'Wasim Akram has helped me improve my fitness' - Irfan

    The world's tallest bowler, Muhammad Irfan, told DawnNewsTV on Wednesday that his fitness has been improving in the past year, since he started taking advice from Multan Sultan mentor and cricket veteran Wasim Akram.

    "The fitness and diet tips Wasim bhai has been giving me have helped me gain my form again. I plan to use them to my advantage and focus more on T20 and one-day (ODI) cricket," Irfan said when asked if he was planning to quit ODI cricket.

    Speaking about the match between the Sultans and the Gladiators, Irfan said that defending a small total is hard but he and his teammates tried their best in the field.

  3. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Multan Sultans coach heaps praise on ‘exciting prospect’ Shaheen Afridi

    Shaheen Shah Afridi destroyed Multan Sultans batting with a five-wicket haul

    DUBAI: Multan Sultans head coach Tom Moody has hailed Lahore Qalandars’ fast bowling sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi as one to look out for and nurture.

    Shaheen’s fiery spell of 3.4-1-4-5 destroyed Sultans’ batting to help Qalandars secure their maiden win in the tournament after six consecutive defeats.

    Moody, speaking to media after the game, said that Shaheen is an exciting prospect and a player to nurture for the future.

    “He had a good day out today, there is no question. He had difficult first three games and was out of the side. But the conditions were favoring him and he took advantage of that,” the former Australian cricketer said.

    “Certainly to me, he is an exciting prospect, he is tall and has got some pace and will get quicker and has the spirit that I like. He is certainly one to look out for the future and to nurture. At this age, he will have some challenges, but he is certainly the one to nurture,” Moody said.

    Multan Sultans head coach Tom Moody (R)

    Talking about his team’s defeat, the Sultans coach said that the game changed dramatically after the first half of the match.

    He, however, didn’t agree with the observation that his team became complacent.

    “We recognise that Lahore had a difficult tournament to date, we also recognise that they have some serious match winners in their team. We need to continue to perform so that we can have momentum throughout the tournament, so complacency doesn't spring to mind,” he said.

    “The game shifted dramatically after the first half or just before the first half, the back half of the batting became difficult. The ball became soft and was also reversing and it was hard to get the ball away.. all that down to the changed ball after Sangakkara hit that six early on, I think that was the fourth over. The changed ball as a replacement was not as hard and new as we were using,” he added.

  4. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    ‘Multan not relying only on Sangakkara or Malik’ - Moody

    DUBAI: Multan Sultans’ coach Tom Moody on Friday denied the impression that his side was relying on senior batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik to win matches in Pakistan Super League (PSL).

    Moody shot in denial when asked about over reliance on the duo, “You obviously had not seen Sohaib Maqsood bat so I don’t agree,” said Moody of Maqsood’s 85 against Peshawar Zalmi.

    “Sangakkara has had an outstanding tournament but we do have some very good players in and around Sanga and Malik and as I said Maqsood has batted well and Ahmed Shehzad has got himself in on a number of occasion but has not managed to kick on but we hope that he will take control, kick on and get a good score for us,” added Moody.

    Multan has lost two back to back matches to Quetta and Lahore, the last on Friday. But Moody, also a former coach of Sri Lanka and part of two World Cup winning Australian sides (1987 and 1999) denied any complacency crept in.

    “We recognize that Lahore had a difficult tournament to-date, we also recognize that they have some serious match winners in their team. We need to continue to perform so that we can have momentum through the whole tournament so complacency doesn’t spring to mind,” said Moody, whose team won the first three matches in the PSL.

    Moody reasoned the change of ball shifted the momentum against his team, which derailed from 92-1 to 114 all out thanks to Lahore paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi’s 5-4 in 3.4 overs.

    Moody also disagreed two dropped catches by Saif Badar in the Lahore game typified the way Pakistan players field at international level.

    “If you look at the opposite side, the way Ahmed Shehzad fields. he is a high class fielder. Sadaf has fielded well in the tournament but yes he dropped a couple of chances today and you could argue that they were costly with regards to the outcome of the match.

    “No one needs to drop a catch, he is trying as hard as anyone to improving whether its batting or fielding. he is an exciting fielder, and you can expect him to take those catches more often than not,” said Moody.

    Moody hoped Multan’s paceman Umar Gul- who took a career best 6-24 against Quetta in a lost cause- will recover from a knee injury which ruled him out of the Lahore game.

    “Unfortunately Umar Gul knee has quite considerable swelling but we are managing that, so we are cretainly hoping that as the tournament unfolds he will be back and available for selection,” said Moody.

  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Team has identified areas for improvement, says Malik

    DUBAI: Skipper of Multan Sultans Shoaib Malik said on Saturday that the team's management has identified certain areas which need improvement.

    The statement came after the team lost its match against Karachi Kings by 63 runs.

    "There are a couple of areas where we really need to improve," said Malik in the post-match press conference.

    Elaborating further, Malik said one of the shortcomings has been the team's performance while fielding, particularly dropping crucial catches.

    He also said the team is still working out its bowlers and batmen ratio and expressed hope that it will improve in coming matches.

    When asked about the suspected no-ball which led to Pollard's dismissal, the captain replied that the issue was of a technical nature and was later clarified between the coaching staff and the match umpires.

  6. Del

    Del Tracer Bullet

    Dec 21, 2016
    Its an absolute shame the way MS has handled their emerging player - Saif Badar.

    Zalmi, Qalandars, Kai Kai and KK have given full opportunities to they emerging player, but Misbah and Malik have disappointed big time.
  7. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Multan Sultans have already won hearts: M Wasim

    ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan Test opener and batting coach of Multan Sultans Muhammad Wasim has said that either the team win or lose, it doesn’t matter as it has already won so many hearts .

    In an interview with The Nation, Wasim said: “Consistent performances are highly difficult, as all the teams are also trying to carry on the momentum, but the way Sultans played in all the matches, despite the fact that we did lose a few matches but only Karachi Kings match was one-sided while in all other matches, we played superb cricket and lost closely and that too after playing our hearts out.

    “I feel it is tough schedule for the players as well. Playing cricket on daily basis takes its toll, anyhow, there is a lot to play for Sultans and we will try to give our more than 100 percent,” he added.

    Wasim said in early matches, their top order was doing wonders. “Malik was leading from the front and was giving consistent performances, while Sohaib Maqsood also played well in patches, but we have noted that the middle order is not playing its due role, which is main area of concern for us. Bowling is our main strength, as each and every bowler has given match-winning performances in one or another match.

    “Pressure is mounting now, as almost all the teams are under pressure, so it is time to show character. Overall, it is good performance as a unit. We have established and proven stuff both in batting and bowling and I am sure experience will count in the end and they will click,” he added.

    He said it doesn’t matter the matches are played in Lahore, Karachi or any other place. “I feel cricket must return to Pakistan. It is a great initiative by PCB chairman Najam Sethi and credit must be given to him. It is a good gesture from the PCB to allocate PSL-3 final to Karachi, which has given so many greats to Pakistan cricket and I feel justice has been done.

    “Gradually, cricket is returning to Pakistan. The more the international cricket is played in other cities of Pakistan, the better it will help flourish in the country. Pakistan has given so many contributions and cricket can’t be completed without it. Karachi has huge fan-following of cricket and I am quite sure the electrifying environment and the stadium buzzing with noise is second to none. The PSL has managed to attract people from all walks of life in very short span of time,” he added.

    He said the main aim of Sultans is obviously to qualify for the semifinals and then play final. “For a new franchise, even playing semifinal will be a huge achievement. The remaining matches are still complicated, so let’s see and hope for the best.

    “We have entered the PSL with an aim of providing quality cricket, give fans something to cheer about and I feel we are highly successful in doing so. We have great bunch of players, a combination of experienced and youth, who are capable of winning matches for their team single-handedly.

    “I want to congratulate Multan Sultan owners, team management and each and every one, who is involved with the franchise. I also want to congratulate PCB chairman Najam Sethi as his brainchild has been fast becoming the world’s one of the best leagues, so credit must be given where it belongs,” Wasim concluded.

  8. Del

    Del Tracer Bullet

    Dec 21, 2016
    Yeah, nice way to satisfy yourself by saying 'Multan Sultans have already won hearts: M Wasim', because deep inside you know that odds are high that you wouldn't be part of final 4.

    Shabah laga raho Wasim.
  9. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Our destiny is not in our hands: Multan coach Moody

    Sharjah: Multan Sultans, who lost to Islamabad United by 33 runs on Tuesday night at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, will now have to depend on a slip-up from Peshawar Zalmi to make it to the knockout stages of Pakistan Super League (PSL). If Peshawar win both their games, then Multan, who started off brilliantly in this tournament and then slumped to four successive defeats, will be out of the tournament.

    Answering to a query from Gulf News as to what had resulted in Multan crashing to successive defeats, coach Tom Moody said: “T20 cricket and tournaments like these are all about momentum and it is great if one is on the positive side of that momentum. We had that share at the beginning of the tournament, but unfortunately, we are on the opposite side of that at the moment. Whatever we have tried, we were coming up second best. Our destiny is not in our hands now.”

    Moody is hoping that they get to play in the knockout stages. “We hope we get another opportunity but we do have to start playing a lot better cricket than what we have done in the recent days. It is probably a blessing if we do get another chance.”

    England’s left-arm spinner Samit Patel, who hasn’t played international cricket since his last Test against Pakistan in 2015 on this ground, showed how deadly a bowler he can be with a double-strike, which included the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, to push Multan onto the backfoot. Patel had also bagged four wickets to ensure victory over Peshawar in the previous match.

    When asked how has he earned such success in T20 despite being a spinner, Patel said: “I have a plan of bowling straight. If they miss a hit, the biggest thing in cricket is if you leave the stump, especially in T20, it could be costly. So I try and bowl straight as possible and I try and change the length according to each batsmen. Being a batsman, I also know what the batter is going to do and then bowl accordingly.”

    Multan would have crashed to a bigger defeat but for Kieron Pollard’s aggressive 71 off 47 balls with six sixes and five boundaries. Pollard’s knock did make Islamabad bowlers nervous too but Patel said: “There is always a bit of panic when he [Pollard] is batting, but we held our nerve and we have lot of experience out there to do it.”

    Even Moody hailed Pollard’s knock. “Credit goes to Pollard the way he played and gave us a glimmer of hope, but one man can’t do it alone. He did his very best but we needed to be going at both ends to overcome that total. Losing early wicket is never easy and is the wrong way to go about chasing big totals.”

    Luke Ronchi, who won the man of the match award after giving Islamabad a quick start with 36-ball 58, said: “You want to win games of cricket and that’s why you play the game. At the moment we’re doing a wonderful job.”

  10. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    Always looked like a team crashing before the playoffs, didn't it?

    However they surprised most during the earlier days.

    Bowling lineup always looked questionable with many old faces like Gul, Tanvir, Junaid, Abbas, Irfan. There was no variety and most of these are a big liability on field.

    Even the batting lineup apart from Malik and Sanga looked very weak.

    Gave no exposure to any of their emerging players.

    They enjoyed their success as long as Tahir and Sanga were running hot.
  11. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Multan Sultans' manager blames 'older' players for dismal performance in PSL

    Multan Sultans team manager Nadeem Khan on Monday said "older" players were the reason for the team's dismal performance in Pakistan Super League's (PSL) third edition.

    Speaking to DawnNewsTV upon arrival at Karachi airport, Nadeem Khan said, "The average age of our players was the highest if compared to other PSL teams, and some of them also suffered injuries because of the hectic schedule that the team had.”

    Being the newest addition to the roster, Sultan had no other option but to pick their first 10 players from the released ones and they also had the last pick in all categories during players draft.

    “All other teams retained their best 10 players and we had to take our pick from the players released by other teams, so we had fewer choices," the manager explained while further reasons for Sultan's failure to qualify for the playoffs.

    "We are not blaming anyone because we accepted things as they were, but those were the reasons that we were not able to make the best squad,” he told DawnNewsTV.

    "Another reason," Nadeem said, "is that Sultans’ match schedule was the toughest among all."

    "We got a good start but as we played matches in quick succession some of our players got tired and suffered injured, thus we failed to keep the momentum going,” Nadeem explained.

    Nadeem also said that not being able to give Shan Masood a chance was also unfortunate of the part of Sultans.

    “On the other hand, although Ahmad Shahzad had a low strike rate, his opening partnership was going fine with Kumar Sangakkara. The proof of this lies in the fact that we still have the record of highest opening-wicket partnership in this season," said Nadeem.

    "He [Masood] is an amazing player but I would say that he was a little unfortunate,” he said.

  12. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Imran Tahir hails quality of PSL, Pakistani youngsters

    South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has hailed the impact of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Pakistan cricket, stating that it has the potential to groom Pakistani youngsters who already have the potential to become world-class talents.

    “A league such as the PSL is crucial for any country and especially for Pakistan as it allows their youngsters an opportunity to improve their skills,” said Tahir in an interview with PakPassion. “They get a chance of playing alongside international cricket stars and if they can perform well in the PSL, then the doors for selection for international cricket can also open for them. What the PSL provides now is a systematic and proper way for young talent to be judged and then to be given a chance to represent Pakistan.”

    The Lahore-born spinner believes Pakistan have a whole host of youngsters who have the potential to reach the cusp of greatness.

    “There are quite a few youngsters in the PSL who have the potential to become world-class players later on in their careers,” he said. “The PSL is an arena and the perfect place for them to become even better players. When they play against the world’s best players, then they will gain a lot of experience. That knowledge, in turn, will probably make the transition to international cricket easier for them at a later time.”

    ‘Moody, Akram great to work with’

    Multan Sultans disappointed in their opening PSL campaign as they failed to finish in the top four despite being atop the league at the halfway mark.

    Tahir, however, was quick to praise the two minds in the dugout — Tom Moody and Wasim Akram.

    “It’s an absolute pleasure working with such big names of international cricket,” he said. “When I was a youngster, it was my wish to meet a legend like Wasim Akram. Whilst I have met him before in recent times, to be able to work with him is a dream come true. Both Wasim and Moody are great to work with. What I really appreciate is the manner in which they welcomed me into the team and the respect that they have shown me.”

    ‘PSL is incredibly tough’

    Tahir lit up the PSL in his debut season, claiming the first hat-trick by a spinner in the league as well as bamboozling some of the best players of spin around. However, the 38-year-old feels the tournament is one of the toughest around.

    “This is the first time I am playing in the PSL and I feel that the standard of this tournament is outstanding, which is why it is not that easy to perform well in this league due to the quality of competition,” he said.

    So impressed is Tahir by the league that he sees little room for improvement. “I have absolutely no complaints about the quality of arrangement for this tournament,” he said. “From what I see, this is an excellent tournament with great facilities and grounds which are of a high standard.”

  13. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011

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