PCB chief Najam Sethi says international players will be required to play in country for Pakistan Super League

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PCB chairman Sethi spoke on a variety of issues.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi has gone on record to say that all players who are part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will need to play in the country if the matches are held there.

The recently elected PCB chairman made these remarks in an exclusive interview with Pakpassions.net.

Speaking on the topic of foreign players being required to play in Pakistan for the PSL, the chairman said: “All players, regardless of nationality, will have to play PSL games in Pakistan if they are held there. The contracts will clearly state the number of matches to be played in Pakistan and the players will sign these contracts.

“Of course, all games to be played in Pakistan will be subject to satisfactory security conditions but then, to be clear, even Pakistan players will not play at home if security is an issue. So, there will be no issue of PSL games being played in Pakistan without overseas players.”

The statement does make it clear that the foreign recruits will be informed of the venue for the T20 extravaganza in advance before they pen their contracts.

The second editions of the PSL saw the final being staged at the Gaddafi stadium in Pakistan after a satisfactory security review which led to the participation of several international players.

The other matches were held in the UAE.

A host of internationals including Darren Sammy had taken part in the PSL 2017 final.

A host of internationals including Darren Sammy competed in the PSL final.

Sethi also gave an update on the ongoing legal battle with the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) after their failure to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to stage a bilateral series between the two countries.

The BCCI remains opposed to any bilateral matches between the two arch-rivals currently owing to a Government of India directive.

Sethi said: “There has been excellent progress on this matter. We held three meetings in the past few months with the BCCI to address the issue but all three meetings were inconclusive with the BCCI sticking to the position that the government of India did not allow the bilateral series to proceed.

“The matter is now with the ICC’s disputes resolution committee. Now the situation is that I will be travelling to London to record my statement on this case with our lawyers and we will proceed from there.”

At the moment, Pakistan and India clashes is restricted to ICC tournaments like the Champions Trophy earlier this year. In England, Pakistan shocked one and all in a dream run to capture the trophy, beating India handsomely in the final.

Sethi also said that a farewell ceremony would be organised soon for recently retired greats like Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi depending on the schedules of the legends.

Sethi said that a farewell ceremony for the three Pakistan legends would be organized soon.

Sethi said that a farewell ceremony for the three Pakistan legends would be organised soon.

Pakistan is currently gearing up to host the ICC World XI in an historic series comprising of three T20 clashes beginning on September 12.

The monumental clashes, renamed as the Independence Cup, could open up the floodgates for international cricket to return to Pakistan in a big way after years of isolation owing to the terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore during 2009.

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Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi fails miserably with the bat as Hampshire are knocked out in T20 Blast Finals Day semi-finals

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Afridi contributed with the ball but was out for a golden duck in the chase.

Off the back of his maiden T20 ton (42 balls) last time out in the quarter-final, much was expected from the Pakistan cult hero at Edgbaston for finals day.

While he was effective with the ball, Afridi went for a golden duck – in the very first ball of Hampshire’s run chase – as his team failed to chase down their 170 target, losing by 23 runs.

It meant Notts set-up a final meeting with the Birmingham Bears.

Here, we look at how Afridi’s T20 Blast Finals Day unfolded on Saturday.

WITH THE BALL

Afridi – along with promising England spinner Mason Crane – was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 1-22 from his four overs.

Indeed, the Green Army legend has acted as a mentor for the 20-year-old for most of his summer stint with the Ageas Bowl club.

While his ability to contribute with the bat (more on that later) has waned over the past decade, he is still a huge threat with the ball in his hands.

He picked up the wicket of Brendan Taylor and bowled tight, measured leg-spin lines – making him very difficult to get away on a slow track.

In the field, when often found at gully, he took two comfortable catches.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Shahid Afridi of Hampshire celebrates taking the wicket of Brendan Taylor of Notts Outlaws during the NatWest T20 Blast Semi-Final match between Hampshire and Notts Outlaws at Edgbaston on September 2, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Pakistani cult hero was a menace with his bowling.

WITH THE BAT

Well, what to say.

Afridi lasted just one ball – holing out a full length delivery from Samit Patel (that in truth wasn’t really there to hit to the fence) – and got caught comfortably on the boundary.

His heave out to the leg-side and subsequent first baller is something we’ve seen time and time before. That’s just the way he has and always has played – pure attacking intent from ball one.

In recent years, it hasn’t gone well and his form with the bat has been pretty dire – his maiden T20 quarter-final hundred aside – earlier this month.

But Hampshire felt he could cause some carnage as an opener again – much like he did against Derbyshire – but this time it didn’t work.

The Yellows needed him to occupy the crease for much longer and provide some fireworks at the top of the order in their 170 chase.

There’s nothing wrong with going for it in T20 cricket, but off the very first ball of the innings, he just couldn’t help himself trying to smash the spin of Patel out of the park.

His soft dismissal set the tone for a series of poor shot selection throughout the Hampshire innings – which ultimately ended in their downfall.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR AFRIDI?

The 37-year-old will return to Pakistan and gear-up for the Afghan T20 League – Shpageeza – which runs from September 11 to 22.

Given his participation in the fifth edition of that event, it’s unlikely he will be in Lahore for a scheduled farewell ceremony the PCB had organised on September 14, paying tribute to Afridi, Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan.

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Anticipation continues to build in Pakistan ahead of historic Independence Cup

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Cricket fans in Pakistan to get a taste of international cricket once again.

The excitement in Pakistan in anticipation of the visit of the ICC World XI continues to grow with each passing day as international cricket makes a return to the country after years of isolation.

The three-match Twenty20 series named as the Independence Cup has been scheduled to get started on September 12 in Lahore.

The teams have been announced and the Gaddafi stadium is ready with the Pakistan players going through their motions in the training camp at the National Cricket Academy.

Tickets for the historic visit of the World XI went on sale on Friday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have also released the first television commercial for the highly anticipated series.

The World XI are being led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis and will arrive in the country on September 11 after attending a two-day training camp in Dubai.

The ICC has also appointed former West Indies skipper Richie Richardson as the match-referee for the historic contest. This is the first time an ICC official will supervise the proceedings for any match in the country ever since the 2009 terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus.

All of the three T20 clashes will be played in Lahore within a span of three days, with the final encounter taking place on September 15.

The ICC has thrown its complete support behind the event as Pakistan hopes that a successful completion of the Independence Cup could open the doors for more teams to visit the country.

Sri Lanka and West Indies are scheduled to visit Pakistan for T20 clashes later this year and if everything goes smoothly, international cricket could be back in a big way for the Asian giants.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) final was held in the country earlier this year with several international stars making the effort to participate in the extravaganza in a watershed moment for the PCB.

The passionate supporters of the national team who have been deprived of quality cricket in their own backyards will get their share of the action in a bumper second-half of the year.

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