Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik crosses 8,000-run mark in T20s

Waseem Ahmed 13/08/2018
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Shoaib Malik of Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Pakistan star all-rounder Shoaib Malik joined a select group of T20 stars as he crossed the 8,000 run mark in the Caribbean Premier League.

During the course of his 38-run knock for the Guyana Amazon Warriors against Barbados Tridents, Malik became just the fourth batsman to score 8,000 runs in the 20-over format.

Caribbean legend Chris Gayle leads the list with 11,575 runs followed by Brendon McCullum (9,188) and Kieron Pollard (8,225).

Interestingly, Malik doesn’t have single century in the T20 format but has 47 fifties.

Also, Malik is also one of only five batsmen to have over 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals.

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Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan gifted signed cricket bat from Indian team

Waseem Ahmed 11/08/2018
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Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan with Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria. Image: Govt of India/Twitter.

Pakistan‘s Prime Minister-elect and former captain Imran Khan was presented a cricket bat signed by the Indian team when India’s High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria visited him at his residence.

Imran’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party in the July 25 election. He will take oath as Prime Minister on August 18.

The Indian envoy met Imran at his Banigala residence in the suburbs of Islamabad.

Bisaria also felicitated Imran on behalf of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed various bilateral matters.

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Out-of-favour Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam pushed to cricketing wilderness

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Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam.

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam must be a confused man nowadays. For nearly a decade, the left-hander has consistently been one of the best performing batsmen in first-class cricket in the country with more than 10,000 runs to his name at an average of 55. But he hasn’t played for Pakistan in Tests since 2009, in ODIs since 2015 and T20s since 2010.

Despite scoring heavily over the years, Fawad had failed to get a look in. In fact this year, selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said even though the 32-year-old has been consistent, now there are others better than him. “I am not sure why Fawad wasn’t picked in the past before me but if you ask me about my tenure as chief selector, I have seen better players,” Inzamam had said in April.

Not only is Fawad well and truly out of favour in the cricketing establishment, he is now not even among the top 33 players in the country.

The Karachi batsman failed to land a central contract in the new list announced by the Pakistan board that saw a big pay hike for all players. That even promising players in domestic cricket have been given a new Group E contract makes it more difficult to ascertain why Alam wasn’t deemed worthy of a contract.

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