Batsmen shine in RCL Al-Khalifa T20 Cup
Batsmen shine in RCL Al-Khalifa T20 Cup
Javid of Diamond II stroked a well-made 105 against Deccan Knights Glory in the Premier Blue League while Salman Nisar of Riyadh Gladiators scored an unbeaten 105 against Al-Momin in the Premier Green League
Briefs scores (Super League):
Mughal 228 in 18 overs: (Asghar 60, Sajjad 48; Fazal 2 wkts) beat Shouraim 171: (Waqas 39; Sajjad 3 wkts) by 57 runs.
Man of the Match: Asghar Afridi.
EverGreen Sixers 148 in 18 overs: (Adeel 40; Shoaib 3 wkts) lost to Khalili 149 in 14.4 overs: (Aziz hammered 58; Fizan 1 wkt) by 8 wkts.
Man of the Match: Aziz Khalili.
Premier Blue League
Hyderabad Boyz 197 in 18 overs: (Ismail 41, Adil 46; Osman 1 wkt) beat Dhirab Golf 161: (Malin 50 n.o; Selem 2 wkts) by 36 runs.
Man of the Match: Ismail.
Gujranwala 205: (Waqar 46; Fouzan 2 wkts) beat Royal Fighters 155: (Madani 32; Taha 4 wkts) by 50 runs.
Man of the Match: Taha.
Deccan Knights Glory 181: (Ahmed 46, Sameer 36; Javid 2 wkts) lost to Diamond II 182 in 14.5 overs: (Javid 105; Ahmed 1 wkt) by 8 wkts.
Man of the Match: Javid.
Finfa Warriors 208: (Salam 74; Waqar 3 wkts) beat Cricketers 200: (Fayaz 65; Sami 4 wkts) by 8 runs.
Man of the Match: Sami.
Premier Green League
Riyadh Gladiators 213: (Salman Nisar 104 n.o; Nasrallah 1 wkt) beat Al-Momin 171: (Imran 65; Salman & Ali 3 wkts each) by 42 runs.
Man of the Match: Salman Nisar.
Fakhre Afghan 235 in 18 overs: (Altaf 56; Jerin 3 wkts) beat Sanad Aster 144: (Asad & Altaf 3 wkts each) by 91 runs.
Man of the Match: Altaf.
Eleven Stars 182: (Almeem 43; Mohsin & Waseem 2 wkts each) lost to Pak CC 183 in 18.4 overs: (Waseem 97 n.o, Shireen 67 n.o) by 9 wkts.
Man of the Match: Waseem Khan.
Pak Gladiators 195: (Ismail 48; Ashwant 3 wkts) beat Punjab Lions 153: (Khaleem 29; Noushad 3 wkts) by 42 runs.
Man of the Match: Asad.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir ‘100 percent ready’ to face England, says coach
- Left-armer is fit after a knee injury
- “He’s fine, he’s ready to go,” says team coach Mickey Arthur
LONDON: Pakistan spearhead Mohammad Amir is “100 percent ready” for the first Test against England at Lord’s starting on Thursday despite a knee injury, according to team coach Mickey Arthur.
The left-arm fast bowler was seen stretching out his right knee as Pakistan beat Test debutants Ireland by five wickets during a one-off match in Malahide, Dublin concluded last week.
Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood suggested Amir had suffered a recurrence of a “chronic” problem.
But head coach Arthur, speaking to reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday, had no qualms about the fitness of Amir.
“He’s perfect, 100 percent,” Arthur insisted. “He’s fine, he’s ready to go.”
As for Amir, missing Pakistan’s final warm-up match ahead of the two-Test England series, last weekend’s drawn match against Leicestershire, Arthur added: “It was his rotation. (Mohammad) Abbas sat out the first (tour) game, Hasan (Ali) sat out the second, so he sat out the third.”
Amir was the hottest property in world cricket after bursting on the scene as a teenager in 2009 and at 18 he was the youngest bowler to have taken 50 Test wickets.
But his world was turned upside down in 2010 when he became involved in a spot-fixing scandal after deliberately bowling no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England — an incident that would eventually see him sent to prison by an English court and given a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council.
Amir’s first 14 Tests saw him take 51 wickets at just a fraction over 23 apiece, figures that had him on course to be an all-time great.
But the 17 Tests since his comeback two years ago have seen him take 49 wickets at a more expensive average of 34.91
Amir, and Pakistan for that matter, have not been helped by the fact that those 17 Tests since 2016 have also seen 16 catches dropped off his bowling.
The stigma of his spot-fixing exile has started to fade, with Amir playing for Pakistan during their 2-2 draw in a four-Test series in England two years ago.
He also starred for Essex as they won English domestic cricket’s first-class County Championship title last season.
Now the 26-year-old Amir is set to be the leader of an inexperienced Pakistan attack.
England, who didn’t manage a single win during their recent seven combined Tests in Australia and New Zealand, collapsed to 58 all out in Auckland in March as Kiwi left-arm quick Trent Boult took six wickets.
And Arthur backed Amir to do similar damage
“I think Mohammad Amir is the finest exponent of pace and swing when he gets it 100 percent right,” Arthur said.
“We’ve used that spell that Trent Boult bowled in Auckland. We’ve had a look at his lengths.
“We believe he (Amir) bowls incredibly well at left-handers and there will be three left-handers (Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan) in the (England) top four.
“He’s ready, I just hope it goes really well for him because he’s been unlucky at times with the amount of dropped catches.
“He’s ready, he’s determined, he’s fit, he’s strong, he’s excited, he’s in a very good place at the moment.”
Arthur is unusual in having served as the head coach of three leading nations — his native South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.
But he was adamant he had no desire to replace Trevor Bayliss when the Australian steps down as England coach next year.
“No, I’m very happy,” Arthur said. “I’d like to keep going with Pakistan for as long as they will have me because it’s unfinished business for us at the moment. This is a very young cricket team and I worry if we move on what happens to these guys. Their fitness regime is outstanding, they are training hard and they are enjoying their cricket. I’m very, very happy with where I am at the moment,” he insisted.