Lahore Qalandars Back Out of Plan to Buy Franchise in South Africa T20 League

The owners of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise, Lahore Qalandars, have changed their plans of buying a team in the new South African T20 League due to scheduling conflicts.

Lahore Qalandars had previously shown interest in buying a franchise in the South African T20 League. The tournament is scheduled to be held close to the start of the PSL. The scheduling conflict will not give them enough time to prepare for Pakistan’s premier T20 tournament.

Cricket South Africa announce details of their new franchise T20 tournament. Details of the teams will be revealed by the end of the month. The first edition of the inaugural tournament is set to be played in January 2023, it was announced earlier this week.

CSA forfeited 3 matches in the ICC ODI World Cup Super League, resulting in the loss of 30 points. This may have a drastic impact on their hopes of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in India. CSA also back out of their ODI series against Australia in January 2023 due to the new T20 tournament.

Qasim Akram Earns Another Major Franchise Contract After PSL

Qasim Akram has been roped in by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). This will be Qasim’s first stint in an international franchise T20 league. Pakistan’s Under-19 captain will represent his country at all formats of the game.

Qasim Iqbalder played for Karachi Kings in the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League. The 19-year-old represented Pakistan at the 2022 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

He will replace Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, who is due to international commitments with Sri Lanka. The 29-year-old will be available for the first half of the tournament.

Qasim Qasim is regarded as one of the most talented young players in Pakistan. He has a T20 career strike rate of 153.08 with one half-century in 18 innings and boasts an economy rate of 7.42 with 15 wickets in as many innings.

Shoaib Akhtar Shares Beautiful View of Holy Kaaba [Video]

Shoaib Akhtar is currently in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage as a state guest of the kingdom. The former Pakistan pacer has been keeping his fans updated on his trip since arriving in the Middle East’s holiest city, Jeddah.

Shahid Afridi has posted a picture of the Khana Kaaba from the top of Makkah Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. The world’s fastest bowler is seen looking out at the landmark from atop the clock tower.

He is staying at the Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel, which is one of the tallest hotels in the world from where he will deliver his message to pilgrims.

The former Pakistan all-rounder will be the state guest of Saudi Arabia. He will deliver a speech at the event titled “Hajj after the Pandemic: Rituals and Care”.

FIFA World Cup 2022 to Use ‘Made in Pakistan’ Footballs Again

Pakistan is supplying footballs that will be used for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Doha, Qatar, in the winter of this year.

The official ball for this year’s World Cup is called ‘Al-Rihla’, which translates to ‘the Journey’ in Arabic. Adidas prevents Forward Sports from revealing the exact number of footballs that it will supply for the World Cup, “not in thousands but millions”.

Qatar Football Federation president Akhtar Al Akhtar has revealed that the official footballs for the 2022 World Cup finals will be ‘thermo-bonded’ and water-based inks and glues have been used for the first time, he said.

Thermo-bonded footballs were first introduced in the 2014 World Cup. Their panels do not have stitches but are made by attaching the panels through heat.

Forward Sports was also the official football provider of the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. It currently produces footballs for the German Bundesliga, French League, and the Champions League. Rising inflation, energy tariffs, and labor costs have not hindered business. Its Chairman stated that “everything is running smoothly”.

Pakistan makes $1 billion a year by exporting sports goods, of which $350 million to $500 million come from footballs alone. Meanwhile, Sialkot also exports sports goods such as cricket bats, hockey sticks, shining (cricket and hockey), and accessories.

Pakistan Moves Up on ICC WTC Points Table After Australia’s Win Against Sri Lanka

Pakistan have moved up to fourth place on the ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023 points table. Australia maintained their top spot, while South Africa and India are still in second and third place. Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the first Test of two-match series.

West Indies, England, New Zealand, and Bangladesh currently hold the top five positions on the current list of teams in the game’s six powerhouses.

Pakistan will tour Sri Lanka in August, while South Africa will visit England in September. Australia and the West Indies will meet in November-December as part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) autumn fixtures schedule for Test teams to boost their World Cup chances.

Ranking  Team  Matches Wins  Loses PCT % Points
1 Australia 9 6 0 77.78 84
2 South Africa 7 5 2 71.43 60
3 India 1 6 3 58.33 77
4 Pakistan 7 3 2 52.38 44
5 West Indies 9 4 3 50.00 54
6 Sri Lanka 7 3 3 47.62 40
7 England 15 4 7 28.89 52
8 New Zealand 9 2 6 25.93 28
9 Bangladesh 10 1 8 13.33 16

Fans Forced Me Not to Accept IPL Invitation: Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja believes that India-Pakistan bilateral cricket is a political game. PCB chairman stated that it would be unfortunate if 2-3 cricketers who are board presidents or chairmen could not resume bilateral cricket with their respective countries after resigning from their positions.

I’ve had conversations with Sourav Ganguly on the sidelines, and he has his concerns, unfortunately. Since their white-ball series in 2012–2013, Pakistan and India have only met at ICC events. PCB brought up the issue on various platforms but didn’t get a favorable response because of political interference.

Ramiz Raja has revealed that he did not accept the BCCI’s invitation to play in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) because of pressure from cricket fans. Ramiz: I thought if I went there, fans would be spared, and I didn’t want to disappoint them.

He also said that accepting the invitation could lead to the resumption of bilateral cricket with Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Climbs to 3rd Spot in ICC ODI Rankings After 15 Years

Pakistan’s cricket team has climbed to third place in the ICC ODI rankings after 15 years. New Zealand and England stay in the 1st and 2nd position respectively. Pakistan displaced Australia from the third spot after losing to Sri Lanka in the first ODI.

This is Pakistan’s second jump in the ODI rankings this month. The Babar Azam-led ODI side has won four series out of five this year.

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 New Zealand 12 1,505 125
2  England 19 2,353 124
3  Pakistan 19 2,005 106
4  Australia 20 2,102 105
5  India 22 2,304 105
6  South Africa 19 1,872 99
7  Bangladesh 24 2,275 95
8  Sri Lanka 25 2,143 86
9  West Indies 32 2,306 72
10  Afghanistan 18 1,238 69

Umar Akmal Files Complaint Against Police Officer in Rs. 11 Lakh Fraud Case

Umar Akmal has filed a complaint with the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation regarding the progress of the Rs. 11 lakh fraud case.

But the investigating officer Tariq has removed the accused’s name from the case file, police said.

The batsman was arrested years ago for allegedly thrashing a traffic warden, Zeshan, and tearing his uniform after being stopped for violating a signal.

PSG’s Muslim Star Refuses to Play After Being Forced to Wear Rainbow Flag

As indicated by reports, Paris Saint Germain’s protective midfielder, Idrissa Gana Gueye, would not play in their Ligue 1 match against Montpellier in light of the fact that he would have rather not played in a shirt highlighting the rainbow banner.

The rainbow banner is an image of the LGBTQ+ people group and as indicated by sources, Gueye would have rather not supported the local area because of his Muslim confidence.

As per the media, Gueye was completely fit and accessible for choice for the French heroes yet as later explained by their mentor, Mauricio Pochettino, “Gueye needed to pass in the group sheet because of individual reasons.”

The Senegalese star’s nonappearance from the crew brought up issue marks in the French media as they named him as a homophobe.

French media distributions additionally called attention to that Gueye missed the installations same time last season for what the club revealed the player to be experiencing ‘stomach issues’.

In spite of the shortfall of the previous Everton star from the line-up, PSG got a 4-0 win against Montpellier. Argentinian football hotshot, Lionel Messi, scored a support as PSG raised their 25th win of the mission. They have previously gotten the Ligue 1 title, their eighth title over the most recent 10 years, and tenth title by and large.

New Govt Delays Islamabad Stadium Project for 2025 Champions Trophy

The adjustment of the national government has deferred the development of the cutting edge cricket arena project for Champions Trophy 2025 in Islamabad as the cricket board hasn’t got any reaction from Capital Development Authority.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Ramiz Raja, recently got endorsement from that point Prime Minister Imran Khan for building an innovative arena in Islamabad before ICC Champions Trophy.

As of late, the cricket board had composed a letter to Capital Development Authority for the designation of land for the arena yet because of an adjustment of the central government, CDA is to yet to answer.

Last year, the International Cricket Council named Pakistan as the host country for the ICC Champions Trophy, the principal major worldwide cricket competition in the country beginning around 1996.

Recently, the Pakistan Cricket Board began work on the contributes the National Stadium, Karachi, and Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The cricket board was reprimanded for giving sluggish pitches during the Australia series.

The cricket board has likewise intended to develop 70 rooms every inside arenas of Karachi and Multan to prepare for facilitating groups. These rooms will have five-star offices close by safe travel to the ground for matches.