Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir fined 15 per cent of match fee for obscene gesture in CPL

Waseem Ahmed 11/08/2018
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Sohail Tanvir of the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir was fined 15 per cent his match fee for making an obscene gesture during the match against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.

Tanvir, playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors, bowled Patriots’ Cutting after being hit for a six. After castling Cutting with a yorker, Tanvir showed the departing batsman two middle fingers, which resulted in outrage on social media.

Left-arm quick Tanvir accepted the sanction that was handed down to him by match referee Denavon Hayles.

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Andre Russell picks up hat-trick, hits 13 sixes during whirlwind ton in CPL T20

Sudhir Gupta 11/08/2018
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Andre Russell of Jamaica Tallawahs scored 121 not out in the CPL. Image: CPL T20/Getty Images.

West Indies‘ Andre Russell showed why he is considered one of the finest all-rounders in the game as he picked up a hat-trick and scored a match-winning century for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.

Trinbago Knight Riders batted first and amassed 223-6 thanks to 61 from Colin Munro and 56 from fellow Kiwi Brendon McCullum. However, Jamaica captain Russell pulled things back a bit right at the end, picking up the scalps of McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin off successive deliveries.

Those runs saved proved crucial in the end. When Jamaica batted, they seemed down and out at 41-5 but Russell hadn’t given up. He teamed up with Kennar Lewis (51) to stitch together a match-winning partnership of 161 runs.

Russell smashed 121 not out from 49 balls with six fours and a staggering 13 sixes as the Tallawahs reached 225-6 with three balls to spare.

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Former Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir to return to domestic cricket after four year absence

Waseem Ahmed 11/08/2018
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The 36-year-old batsman is making a return after overcoming his illness.

Former Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir is set to make a return to domestic cricket after more than four and a half years out due to tendinitis.

The opening batman has gone on to play eight Tests, 79 ODIs and 25 T20Is with his last appearance for the men in green coming in a T20 clash against Sri Lanka in October 2012.

The 36-year-old has stayed away from the domestic game since 2014 after being struck by tendinitis.

Now, after overcoming the illness, the opener has announced his return to playing competitive cricked and expressed his gratitude to the Shahid Afridi Foundation along with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their support.

“I am fit and resuming cricket after a long time. My fans prayed for me because of which I am standing here and I am thankful for their support. I am also thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Shahid Afridi Foundation for helping me in getting rid of the illness,” Nazir was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.

Nazir is hoping to participate in various franchise T20 leagues.

Nazir is hoping to participate in various franchise T20 leagues.

The swashbuckling opener is targeting playing in various T20 franchise leagues at this stage in his career.

“I am just resuming cricket so I will see how long I can play. I had offers of playing in T20 leagues before as well but I couldn’t participate as I was not fit, but now I am in a good shape and will be eager to play if I get a suitable offer,” he said.

Nazir has accumulated 1, 895 runs for Pakistan in 79 ODIs with a career-best knock of 160 which came against Zimbabwe in the 2007 ICC World Cup. He has registered two centuries each in the ODI and Test format.

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