Hafiz Kaleem scored a quick-fire 93 as Phoenix Medicines thrashed Mir CC by 147 runs to win the Al Dhaid Ramadan Cup.
Put in to bat first, Phoenix Medicines made a fine start with Rohan Mustafa (25) and Kaleem adding 79 runs for the first wicket.
Kaleem was joined by M Wasim and the duo again put on 86 runs for the second wicket to put Phoenix Medicines in a great position.
While Wasim faced 38 balls to hammer 73 supported by six boundaries and five sixes, Kaleem hit a 38-ball 93 including seven hits to the fence and nine over it.
Some small contributions from the middle order meant Phoenix Medicines posted a superb 263 for eight in 20 overs.
Chasing Mir CC found the going tough as Mir CC collapsed to 116 in 12.3 overs. Taswar Ali, Rohan Mustafa and Tahir Lateef all claimed two wickets each for the winners.
Other award winners:
Player Of The Final – Hafiz Kaleem,93 Runs
Best Batsman – Dawood Ejaz (Mir CC) 213 Runs
Best Bowler – Tahir Lateef, 10 wicket
Player Of The Tournament – Waqas Raja
Touring captain Tim Paine has asked England counterpart Eoin Morgan if both sets of players can indulge in the football-style ritual, as part of the visitors’ charm offensive.
Morgan has agreed to the request, but the practice will only happen for Wednesday’s opening encounter of the five-match series.
“They don’t have to do it but it’s something we want to bring in at the start of a series, not before every game,” said Paine, of the handshake idea.
Captain Steve Smith and deputy Warner were banned for a year over the ball-tampering incident in March’s third Test against South Africa that shamed Australian cricket.
Cameron Bancroft – who doctored a ball with sandpaper amid South Africa’s 322-run win in Cape Town – was also banned for nine months by cricket Australia, with head coach Darren Lehmann also paying with his job.
Morgan confirmed England will agree to Australia’s request, with the hosts ready to help advance a positive view of the sport.
“I’m absolutely happy with that, it doesn’t bother me,” said Morgan.
“They are trying to turn around the image of the game in their country, and we’re all for that.
“We want cricket to be as popular as ever.”
Australia know they must build bridges across the cricketing world in order to repair reputations and trust.
New Australia coach Justin Langer has vowed his team will respect the line between banter and abuse in the series against England.
Former captain Adam Gilchrist has insisted it would be “business as usual” for Australia on the sledging front as soon as they come under pressure.
But new skipper Paine continues to insist Australia must prove they can turn over a new leaf, not just discuss it.
“I can’t talk about it any more to be honest, we’ve talked about what’s acceptable from our team and what people are saying from outside our team doesn’t really matter,” said Paine.
“Internally we know what’s right and what’s wrong, and that’s what counts.
“Again we’ve spoken about this a lot in the last few months; we are aware that words are just words. We’ll be judged solely on our actions going forward.
“It’s now about living our actions, we’ve spoken about internally about our values as a team and how we want to be perceived by the Australian public and by the cricket public in general.
“Words are words, come Wednesday, it’s time for us to act on those words and show it by actions.”
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8:30 pm – What cricket can learn from football World Cup
Cricket’s decision to restrict next year’s World Cup to ten teams is looking increasingly short-sighted, especially after Scotland’s famous win over England.
The football World Cup, meanwhile, will have teams from Iceland and Panama.
Here’s why cricket needs to take a leaf out of football’s book.
6:30 pm – Pakistan take on Scotland
Scotland sent shockwaves throughout the cricketing world as they defeated World No1 ODI side England by six runs in Edinburdg.
Now they have another opportunity to stun another top-ranked side – Pakistan – as the teams clash in a two-match T20 series.
Read all the talking points from the match here.
5:45 pm – Shami declared unfit
India pacer Moahmmed Shami was ruled out of the Afghanistan Test after failing to prove his fitness.
The Indian board announced that Shami had failed to reach the minimum standards required to play for India and named Delhi quick Navdeep Saini as his replacement.
Read the full story here.
3.04pm Wins for women’s and men’s Australian Aboriginal XI squads in Derby
The women crushed the National Cricket Conference by 137 runs while the men defeated hosts Derbyshire by 7 wickets with 17 balls to spare.
For full reports click HERE.
1.34pm: Sanju Samson dropped from India A squad for tour of England after reportedly failing Yo-Yo test
Samson, who was initially named in the squad, was left out at the last minute after reportedly failing the Yo-Yo test – an endurance-specific running workout, similar to the beep test, which monitors overall fitness.
According to a report by the Times of India, the 23-year-old fell some way short of the benchmark for the Yo-Yo test which has been set at the 16.1 mark.
To read more click HERE
Hugely disappointed with the reports coming out on sanju samson. Seriously can't believe that he failed Yo - Yo test. He's very fit probably fitter than many other in the squad but don't know what has happened. No official confirmation yet so hope it's a false information 😑— Sreenath Sreekumar (@cheta_sree) June 11, 2018
11.37am: Eoin Morgan not ‘hugely disappointed’ after England ODI defeat to Scotland
Morgan’s side went into the one-off one-day international as the number one-ranked ODI side in the world, but suffered a shock defeat for the first time in their history to Scotland.
For Scotland, it was a famous win and the greatest in their history having only recently failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in controversial circumstances and it served as a reminder for Morgan’s side, who are considered favourites for the tournament next year.
Read the full story HERE
10.02am: A new chapter for Australia as Justin Langer’s men prepare to take on old foes England
Eoin Morgan‘s side will play five matches in the space of 15 days against the tourists, who are back in action for the first time since the calamitous tour of South Africa earlier this year.