Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir revives IPL memories, hits six to seal CPL final spot for Guyana

Waseem Ahmed 12/09/2018
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Sohail Tanvir of Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Pakistan seamer Sohail Tanvir hit a six off the penultimate ball to help Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Trinbago Knight Riders by one wicket and seal a spot in the Caribbean Premier League T20 final.

Guyana were set a target of 123 after Tanvir picked up two wickets (2-38) alongside new-ball bowler Chris Green (2-8) to peg back Trinbago. In the chase, Guyana lost their way and were down and almost out at 105-8 in the 18th over.

The equation came down to four needed from the final over but Tanvir played out three dot balls against T20 veteran Dwayne Bravo. However, off the penultimate delivery Tanvir hit a six down the ground to send the Warriors into the final.

Tanvir has enjoyed a brilliant CPL T20 so far. In 10 matches, he has picked up 12 wickets at an economy of less than eight an over.

Tanvir’s thrilling six brought back memories of the inaugural IPL final in 2008.

There, the left-arm seamer was playing for Rajasthan Royals under Shane Warne. In the final against Chennai Super Kings, Tanvir was on strike with one run needed from the final ball for the title.

Tanvir then smashed seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji past mid-on to script one of the most memorable chapters in modern cricketing history – Rajasthan Royal’s incredible victory and the success of the IPL model.

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Sarfraz Ahmed credits Pakistan team for reviving cricket in the UAE

Waseem Ahmed 12/09/2018
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said his country’s team and board have played a major role in reviving cricket in the UAE and putting it on the world map.

Sarfraz is in the UAE leading the men in green for the upcoming Asia Cup, which also involves India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

Pakistan are the seen as the favourites to win the tournament as they have been playing in the UAE full-time since 2009 and have a full-strength side for the Asia Cup. India are without talismanic captain Virat Kohli.

The experience of local conditions gives Sarfraz’s team and edge and the captain also believes it’s a matter of pride for him that his country has helped raise the profile of UAE as a cricketing hub.

“There is no doubt Pakistan cricket board has played a major role in promoting UAE cricket. Credit goes to PCB as there was no cricket in Sharjah since 2002-03,” Sarfraz told ARY news channel.

“But ever since Pakistan has come here to play, we now see they are having the Emirates league, Afghanistan T20 league, T10, IPL matches have been held here, PSL is here. It’s because of Pakistan cricket team and board that cricket has been revived in UAE.”

Knowledge of local conditions is what gives Pakistan the edge in the tournament and Sarfraz said his team has prepared for conditions and weather.

“We have trained very well. We had good preparation in Lahore, played a practice match as well. Batsmen look in good nick, bowlers did well. The morale is very high.

“UAE conditions keep changing. At this time, weather is hot and humid. We have prepared for that. Training is very important for this weather.”

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Pakistan star Shahid Afridi picked as Icon player in Afghanistan T20 draft

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Shahid Afridi.

Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has signed up as one of the Icon players for the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board and Snixer Sports held the APL T20 player draft in Dubai on Monday. A total of five teams representing as many regions of Afghanistan – Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Paktia and Balkh – will take part in the tournament.

The tournament, consisting of 23 matches, will take place from October 5-23 in Sharjah.

The player draft saw Afridi picked up as an Icon player for Team Paktia. Team Kabul picked star leg-spinner Rashid Khan as their top player, while Team Balkh went for West Indies icon Chris Gayle.

Team Nangarhar zeroed in on Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell and Team Kandahar went for Kiwi ace Brendon McCullum.  Each team will comprise of a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 20 players.

Speaking at the occasion, Ashish Sethi, CEO Snixer Sports, investment partner for APL, said: “We have seen phenomenal interest from players from around the world.”

“Afghanistan has been growing in stature not just as a cricket loving country but also in serious talent. This league will not just provide long-term exposure to the players but will also be a good source of entertainment for the international audiences.”

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