Pakistan left-arm quick Mohammad Irfan replaces Junaid Khan in Barbados Tridents side for CPL

Waseem Ahmed 30/07/2018
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Irfan will line up for the Barbados Tridents.

Pakistan‘s left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will replace fellow pacer Junaid Khan in the Barbados Tridents side for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Irfan will feature in the tournament which runs from August 8 to September 16 after Junaid became unavailable.

At 36 years of age, Irfan is closer to the twilight of his career but the experience he brings to the tale is of great value. He recently featured in the Global T20 Canada tournament for Edmonton Royals.

“It is a disappointment not to have Junaid available but the experience of another left-arm quick like Mohammad Irfan will be an asset to the our campaign,” Tridents head coach Robin Singh said. “He is no stranger to international cricket and this know-how, coupled with his unique ability with the ball, means he will be a key part of the Tridents attack and a handful for opposing batsmen.”

Tridents open their season against Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 12 in Providence.

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Pakistan decide against hosting day-night Tests in the UAE this year

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No day-night Tests at Dubai this year.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has reportedly decided against hosting any day-night Tests in the UAE this year.

Pakistan are due to take on Australia and New Zealand at their alternative home in September and October and according to a report by the Express Tribune, none of the Tests with the two sides will be a day-night affair.

The Men in Green have already hosted two day-night Tests previously at Dubai. They were victorious by 56 runs in their first-ever day-night Test against the West Indies in October 2016 while their second outing under lights in Dubai ended in a 68-run defeat to Sri Lanka last year.

According to the report, the reason there won’t be any day-night Tests in Pakistan’s home calendar this year is due to reservations expressed by the team management who believe that the late dew affects spinners.

Pakistan have previously played two day-night Tests in Dubai.

Pakistan have previously played two day-night Tests in Dubai.

The PCB is said to have accepted the reasoning and as a result, none of the five slated Tests against Australia and New Zealand will be played under lights.

Pakistan are due to host Australia for two Tests and three T20Is before taking on New Zealand in three Tests, three T20Is and as many ODIs.

The matches are slated to take place in September and October although the full schedule has not been announced yet.

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Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman breaks into top-20 of ICC ODI batsmen rankings

Waseem Ahmed 29/07/2018
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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman’s meteoric rise continued as he moved into the top 20 of the ICC ODI batsmen ranking for the first time in his career.

Fakhar scored 515 runs in the recently concluded series in Zimbabwe and jumped 22 places to move into 16th position. After the first three ODIs against Zimbabwe, Fakhar was in the 24th spot and his innings of 210 not out in the fourth match and 85 in the final game helped him move up eight more spots.

Fakhar is now the second Pakistan batsman to feature in the top-20 after Babar Azam, who reclaimed the second spot after finishing the series with 184 runs. Azam (825 points) leads England’s Joe Root by seven points with India’s Virat Kohli on top of the pile (911).

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