The players draft for the inaugural T10 Cricket League was held on Sunday in Dubai with a host of international stars up for grabs.
It was Pakistan’s players who dominated the draft with a total of 26 cricketers from the country picked up by the various franchises.
Five of the participating franchises had already selected one icon player each prior to the draft with Team Sri Lanka Cricket adding its own separate team in the fray.
The icon players selected were Shahid Afridi, Misbah ul Haq, Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed.
Meanwhile, star names such as Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Virender Sehwag, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Eoin Morgan and Kumar Sangakkara have been appointed as ambassadors of the six teams in the league.
Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammad Amir became the first pick in the draft held at the Lotus Yacht in Dubai Marina after being snapped up by Maratha Arabians.
Another Pakistan pacer in the form of Hasan Ali was drafted into the Punjabi Legends squad along with compatriot Fahim Ashraf.
The franchise also picked up England stars Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid along with West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite.
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Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was picked by Kerala Kings along with West Indies’ T20 specialist Keiron Pollard.
The Kerala Kings also acquired the services of Pakistan fast-bowling pair of Sohail Tanveer and Wahab Riaz along with England’s Liam Plunkett.
The Bengal Tigers completed quite a coup after picking up West Indies’ trio Darren Sammy, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine, along with Bangladesh star Mustafizur Rahman.
Pakistan’s explosive opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was selected by the Pakhtoons, along with the pace trio of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Khan.
The inaugural league will be a four-day affair scheduled from December 14-17.
The new concept will see 10-over-a-side matches in an action-packed 90 minutes affair.
England pace spearhead James Anderson claimed four wickets as England’s opening Ashes tour match ended in a draw against a youthful Western Australia XI in Perth on Sunday.
Anderson finished with four for 27 as the second-string WA side reached 342 in reply to the tourists’ 349 for six declared in the two-day warm-up game.
England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker was driven a few times in his first spell of the tour and went for 18 in his five overs, but he tightened things up in his second and third bowling spells.
“I think you could probably see from the first session we were rusty … that was pretty obvious,” said Anderson.
“We didn’t get it right at all.
“(But) we’ve got two first-class games coming up that we want to be fit for, and get those cobwebs out.”
Anderson and his Test pace partner Stuart Broad both struggled to find lateral movement against 20-year-old opener Josh Philippe, who timed the ball beautifully for 16 fours off 92 balls.
“I didn’t have much rhythm first up,” added Anderson.
“It didn’t feel great, and there wasn’t much swing either with the new ball.
“But then I thought I got better as the day went on, and most of the bowlers would probably say the same … I thought we gradually got there in the end.”
Broad, arguably, struggled but did finish the day with a tailend wicket in his 13th and final over.
“There’s going to be guys that are more rusty than others,” said Anderson.
“I thought Broady bowled a really good spell with the (second) new ball, at the back end there – and that spell at 5 or 530 in the afternoon can be just as crucial as the ones first thing in the morning.
“So getting used to coming back and bowling those spells is really useful for us.”
Philippe had a golden day, and revealed afterwards that his string of early boundaries caused Anderson a little frustration.
“I haven’t really opened since under-15s cricket, so it’s good to get back up the order and have a go against the new ball,” he said.
“I thought there was nothing to lose … a great opportunity to play against some world-class bowlers, so I just thought I’d go out and have a bit of fun – and it worked out all right.
“Jimmy Anderson wasn’t too impressed early doors … but I just sort of laughed it off, because it was great to be out there and a great experience.”
England begin their second warm-up match against a cricket Australia XI in Adelaide on November 8.
The Pakistan eves had suffered a close defeat in the first ODI by eight runs before succumbing to a heavy seven-wicket loss in the second match.
On Sunday, New Zealand eves’ skipper Suzie Bates won the toss and elected to bat first at the Sharjah Cricket stadium.
The White Ferns did not get off to the best starts as they were reduced to 4-50 by the end of the 17th over. It took a fighting fifty from middle-order batter Sam Curtis to stabilize the New Zealand innings.
Pakistan however kept striking at regular intervals, never allowing the opposition to get away.
Pakistan’s biggest win in women’s cricket history to date. And today’s victory puts them level with England on the #IWC ladder with 2 pts
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Off-spinner Sana Mir was the star for Pakistan ladies, picking up four wickets as New Zealand were bundled out for just 155 runs in 44 overs.
In reply to the White Ferns’ total, Pakistan openers Nahida Khan and Sidra Ameen put on a strong opening stand of 40 runs which laid the platform for their win.
History today for Pakistan’s women’s cricket team as they beat New Zealand women for the first time ever in any format #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 5, 2017
Skipper Bismah Maroof played the role of an anchor after the departure of the openers as her unbeaten 36 runs off 69 deliveries saw Pakistan across the finish line.
Sana Mir hit the winning runs for her side in the penultimate over to put the icing on the cake of her match-winning bowling performance.
She was duly adjudged as the player of the match as Pakistan celebrated their first win over New Zealand.