Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Prince Pathan, Dec 14, 2015.
He is old man and can't play every game now. Should play the next one.
Karchi walo ko dho dala
Dawid Malan has been recalled to England t20 squad vs WI
Liam Dawson doing well
Hasan Ali says sticking to basics giving him wickets in PSL
SHARJAH: It was another exhilarating evening for fast bowler Hasan Ali at the iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday as he took his third four-fer in the ongoing fourth edition of Pakistan Super League.
Ali finished with 4-17 as his side Peshawar Zalmi defeated Multan Sultans by 5 wickets. He has now 15 wickets in 5 games at an average of 7.06.
Talking to Geo after his second man of the match award of PSL4, Ali said that sticking to his basics has helped him take wickets in the tournament.
“I’m sticking to my basics and bowling on good line which is helping me getting wickets here. It’s all about bowling according to plan and situation otherwise wickets in T20s usually support the batsmen,” Ali told Geo.
“It’s good that I am in good form and rhythm. So far i am happy with my performance,” he added.
Ali said that every wicket and every game is important for him as he’s preparing for the World Cup.
According to the 24-year-old fast bowler, performing at any level gives him confidence.
“I have enjoyed every single wicket so far, every wicket is important. With World Cup just months away, it is very important for me to gain maximum confidence by performing well in this league,” he said.
“Performing at any level gives you confidence, even if you’re playing on street,” he highlighted.
Replying to a question, Hasan Ali said that he doesn’t have any personal target other than making his team win the Pakistan Super League.
Ali, who’s among the players who came into limelight through the league, stated that the key behind his side’s success is the unity.
“Unity is the main factor behind Zalmi’s success. Management always supports us regardless of what the results are, we won or we lose. They always keep motivating us,” Hassan concluded.
Umar Amin inspired by Younis Khan’s presence in Peshawar Zalmi dugout
SHARJAH: Peshawar Zalmi batsman Umar Amin said on Friday he takes his inspiration from legendary former cricketer and team mentor Younis Khan, whom he credits for his improved batting technique.
“I consider myself very lucky to have Younis Khan in our dressing room. He guides us, he is helping me with technical stuff,” Amin said, adding that he has been getting tips to play the ball more quickly.
The left-handed batsman, who hit 61 not out off 39 balls against Lahore Qalandars to start his PSL campaign on a blistering note, said he is aiming to be among the top three batsmen by the end of this tournament.
“I’m just taking it game by game and trying to live in the present. I want to be better with every passing match,” he shared when asked if he is targetting a spot in the World Cup squad for Pakistan.
“I’m enjoying the PSL. It’s up to the selectors to decide who to pick,” Amin added.
The 29-year old said the players are craving to play in front of their home crowd when the PSL action comes to Karachi and Lahore in the latter part of the tournament next month.
Pakistan and HBL PSL are always welcoming, says Sammy
No other foreign player has become a household name in Pakistan through HBL Pakistan Super League than the double ICC World Twenty20 winning West Indies captain Daren Sammy.
So popular is the Peshawar Zalmi captain that the Zalmi fans call him Daren Sammy Khan, a common surname in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, from where the Zalmi team belongs.
Sammy was overwhelmed by the love he got when he shrugged off security fears to come and play for the HBL PSL franchise in the 2017 final.
His reward was a HBL PSL trophy, but more than that the love of the people in Pakistan enamoured Sammy. He led Zalmi - standing for injured Shahid Afridi – to a win over Quetta Gladiators in the final held in Lahore.
“I feel honored and I think that it is just the love of the people of Pakistan for me that has come through PSL and it’s a lifetime treasure,” Sammy told psl-t20.com.
“I am deeply touched by this notion and I will continue to visit Pakistan.”
Just before the HBL PSl 4 started in UAE, Sammy was in Peshawar for the launch of the team kit and also visited Army Public School to show solidarity to the families of those kids killed in a terror tragedy in December 2014.
“Zalmi family feels like my own family and the love they have given me has always been overwhelming for me. Pakistan is always welcoming and I appreciate the fact that the people of Pakistan treat me as one of their own," said Sammy, who played 38 Tests, 126 ODIs and 68T20Is for the West Indies.
The biggest honour he received in his career was in 2012 when he led the West Indies team to the ICC World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka. He was awarded OBE in his native St Lucia and the cricket ground was named after him.
He was again the captain when West Indies regained the title in India in 2016.
Sammy, who also played in the IPL and the CPL, places the HBL PSL among the top leagues in the world, primarily for its talent production.
“I see HBL PSL as one of the best leagues in the world as it has become such a big brand in such a short span of time. It is always a treat to play in the PSL,” said Sammy.
“PSL has provided great emerging cricketers to Pakistan as well as the world. Players who perform in PSL also get picked in other International leagues. Ibtisam Sheikh and Sameen Gul are the players to look-out for in Zalmi.”
Sheikh is a bespectacled leg-spinner of quality, while Sameen is a burgeoning fast bowler.
Thats seems like Afghan Khorasan Rest near Dubai Bowling Centre... one of the most bakwas desi rest in uae
Love for the game, passion keeps me going, says Misbah
Misbah lifted Peshawar from a struggling 20-5 with an undefeated 55-ball 59 to help them chased down the 125-run target in 19.5 overs. Photo: PSL Twitter
ABU DHABI: Former Pakistan captain and the veteran batsman Misbah-ul-Haq gave a lesson to the young players with his fighting half-century that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for Peshawar Zalmi over Lahore Qalandars, which is to stay at the wicket until the last ball is bowled.
Misbah lifted Peshawar from a struggling 20-5 with an undefeated 55-ball 59 to help them chased the own 125-run target in 19.5 overs. He added 100 runs for the sixth wicket with Daren Sammy who made a brilliant 36-ball 46.
The 44-year-old former captain said love, passion, discipline, and determination are his assets.
"I think I always said that the love of the game and the passion and if they are there you can go to any level," the veteran batsman said while speaking to Geo News.
"If these things are not there then nothing can motivate you. I am still enjoying the game and tough situations and that's why you are playing cricket at this age. The key is to play for the love and passion and take challenges,” he said.
Misbah further said that he featured in grade-II cricket for Faisalabad earlier this year to keep himself ready for the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“If I had not played first-class and grade-II cricket then it would have been difficult. Grade-II helped me as I was in the habit of fielding long overs. When you play regularly then you keep fitness and hunger,” Misbah said.
Talking about how PSL has been helping Pakistan cricket, Misbah named Quetta pacer Mohammad Husnain, Karachi's Umer Khan and Islamabad's Musa Khan as the finds of PSL 4.
"If you look Mohammad Husnain is good. We are getting good bowlers but not good batsmen. Hussnain is bowling at express pace, then Musa is good and spinner Umer Khan of Karachi is also very good and it is difficult to bowl at this stage,” he highlighted.
"If you get two to three players then its good for Pakistan cricket and once they are groomed they reduce the gap of international cricket,” Misbah said.
Misbah said bowling in PSL is the best among the leagues around the world.
"I think if you look at the leagues around the world then here we have bowlers dominating. That is because our bowlers, group of bowlers is good. Every team has a group of a good set of five bowlers and the conditions are helpful for bowlers. Here you can only score after you survive. Unlike other leagues where you start hitting from the start."
Talking about the match against Qalandars, the former Test captain praised Zalmi’s bowlers, led by Tymal Mills (3-29) and Sameen Gul (2-17) to keep Lahore to 124-7 in their 20 overs.
"Credit to our bowling that they restricted them to 124 so it was possible. Our effort was to play till the 20 overs. If we were chasing 160 or 170 then we would have played differently. That situation demanded a different approach and you must play as per the situation and for that you need to have the basics right,” he said.
Tree planting and biryani: Sammy’s adventures in Karachi continue
Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy plants a tree at Governor House Karachi
KARACHI: Fan-favourite Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy continues to win Pakistanis’ hearts with his enthusiasm for the traditions and cultures of the cricket-mad country.
After visiting Quaid’s Mausoleum last night dressed in shalwar kameez and holding the Pakistan flag, Sammy today took part in the Clean & Green drive aimed at planting 10 billion trees across the country.
“Chairman @JAfridi10 & Skipper @darensammy88 visited the Governor House Sindh for the Clean & Green campaign of 10 billion trees. Both of them planted a tree in the governor house and in their message urged everyone else to do the same as well,” Peshawar Zalmi tweeted.
Talking to reporters on the occasion, Sammy said he was enjoying his time in Karachi exploring the local cultures and cuisines.
“I’ve been enjoying the culture from day one. I’m enjoying the experiences. I want to see the fans happy, that’s why I play cricket,” the West Indian cricketer said, adding that he found shalwar kameez really nice to wear and liked biryani.
The skipper also expressed hope that Peshawar Zalmi would win this PSL.
Darren Sammy pays visit to Quaid's Mausoleum in Karachi
KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy on Sunday evening paid a visit to the Quaid's Mausoleum alongside the team owner Javed Afridi.
Garbed in a traditional shalwar kameez, Sammy entered Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's last resting place holding a flag of Pakistan and paid a tribute to the nation's founder.
The Zalmi captain specifically praised the architecture of Quaid's Mausoleum and said it was wonderful. Jinnah, he added, was a great leader and that success in any field was possible with "faith, unity, and discipline" — the national motto of Pakistan as stated by the founder.
Sammy also visited the Quaid-e-Azam Museum and expressed deep interest in items of Jinnah's personal use.
On the other hand, Zalmi owner Afridi said it was a historical moment to have the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in the city of Quaid.
Finished on top of the ladder. Not bad @Prince Pathan @Passionate Pakistani @Don Quixote
Mubarak. But the lengthy tail will cost us. 2 specialist fast bowlers are more than enough.
England fast bowler Chris Jordan will also be returning to Pakistan this year as he rejoins the Peshawar Zalmi squad for the play-off stage. Jordan had to leave the Zalmi squad midway through the season due to national duty where he received the man-of-the-series award during England’s T20I series win over the Windies.
Pollard gives Pakistan a thumbs up after visiting for the first time
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is loving his visit to Pakistan after he travelled to the country with the Peshawar Zalmi for the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Pollard has represented the Zalmi in nine games and scored 184 runs, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 30.66 and a strike-rate of 173.58. He has also taken three wickets at an average of 44, while maintaining an economy rate of 6.71.
The West Indies toured Pakistan in April last year, but Pollard was not part of the squad. However, he is glad that he got the opportunity to visit the country with the Zalmi and play cricket in front of the die-hard fans there.
“I have heard great things about Pakistan and I am definitely loving my visit since I have landed,” Pollard told the PSL website. “The (Zalmi) camp has been super friendly with the management being really supportive. The boys have gelled in almost no time and it was great to have (Darren) Sammy and (Andre) Fletcher in the side as well.”
Pollard also admitted that the PSL has become one of the best Twenty20 leagues in the world due to its competitiveness.
“The PSL is always a great experience for me and I definitely rate it as one of the top leagues in the world in terms of competitiveness,” he said. “It has grown into a great asset and most of the players want to become part of this league.”
Lost back to back Finals. Not good at all. Need some massive changes next year starting from the Captain.
Your captain is a specialist captain who plays 1/2 match winning innings in the tournament.
Otherwise once again Kakmal, Wahab and Hasan your best players. Pollard was a good signing.
Bit harsh on Sammy, he led well and despite his injuries batted well too. Having said that, depends on on his fitness if he will be able to lead Zalmi next year
I’ve always felt Sammy to be a thorn to us (Quetta). He’s a match winner, you guys lost this because of the performance from top order batsman.
Every year I underestimate Sammy thinking he’s finished and every year he’s proved me wrong lol
You don't get anything right. Nothing new
Naraz na hui yaar, ham jeete ya aap aik hi cheez hai.
Expect Sammy, Misbah, and Sohaib Maqsood to play from PZ next year as well lol
Oh come on yaar. Did you see him bat last night. He was horrible. Can't run and can't hit. We appreciate his passion for our team but it's the right time to call it a day.
He has been injured for like 3 seasons now. Was a big flop in CPL last year too and was stripped off his captaincy there due to bad form iirc.
Any player who becomes a liability on field should not play. Misbah played only 3 games whereas Sammy played all 13 just because he was captain and was doing well batting and fielding on one leg.
They haven't groomed any other player for that role too. Afridi and Hafeez are no more there so expecting one of Cobra or Wahab to lead them next year
well played Peshawar Zalmi, they knocked out the defending Champions Islamabad United
I'd like to point out that on this forum there's only one true Zalmi supporter @ASLI-PATHAN
all others jumped ship when the draft didn't go as they wished it to go.
but still I will post this
I haven't jumped ship at all. Been supporting them since the first game
‘I’ll be back’ pledges Sammy, after winning Pakistan’s respect
Peshawar Zalmi skipper Daren Sammy may have lost the final at the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), but won the hearts of Pakistanis for his die hard spirit and love for the country.
In his final message to the Pakistani fans, the Windies ex captain said that he’ll be back again and thanked the people of Karachi for their support of PSL and cricket.
“Pakistan I’ll be back.. thank you for all the love and support… Karachi was electric one of the best atmospheres I’ve played in. Great place to play cricket..,” said Sammy in a tweet post on Monday.