Pakistan's Imad Wasim to undergo fitness test again after failing to reach Yo-Yo benchmark

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Pakistan left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim failed to pass the fitness test on Monday and will give another attempt on Tuesday, according to reports from Pakistan.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has set a benchmark of 17.4 for the Yo-Yo fitness test and all players have to reach or exceed it in order to be considered for selection. Coach Mickey Arthur has made it clear that no player, no matter how big, will get selected if he fails to pass the test.

On Monday, all 18 members of the Pakistan team attending a camp in Lahore underwent a fitness test. Seventeen passed it while Wasim fell short of the mark by 0.2 points.

Team across the world have different parameters for fitness. Some teams have set higher Yo-Yo benchmarks than others. England and New Zealand are said to have the highest benchmark in cricket – 19 – while Pakistan are not too far behind with a standard of 17.4.

Interestingly, India has the lowest benchmark for Yo-Yo fitness tests at 16.1. And even with a comparatively low bar, many players have failed over the years including players like Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu.

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PCB says contracted Pakistan players will not be allowed to participate in T20 leagues held in UAE

Waseem Ahmed 13/06/2018
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Pakistan Cricket Board 's Chairman: Najam Sethi

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced that no centrally contracted players will be allowed to participate in any T20 leagues held in the UAE.

This decision from the PCB has come on the heels of UAE announcing their own T20 League despite opposition from Pakistan cricket’s governing body.

The announcement also means that contracted Pakistan players will be unable to participate in the Afghanistan T20 League which is also slated to be held in the UAE for its inaugural edition.

“The Governing Council expressed its concerns over a newly-announced T20 league taking place in the UAE. It was decided that the PCB will not allow any contracted players to take part in any T20 league taking place in the UAE other than Pakistan Super League (PSL),” a statement from the PCB said after a meeting held by the PSL governing council.

While Pakistan players will be unable to play in an T20 leagues held in the UAE, the decision of allowing contracted players to participate in the T10 League has been left to the discretion of head coach Mickey Arthur.

The T10 League was launched in the UAE Last year with PCB chief Najam Sethi throwing his full support behind the endeavor.  The likes of Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman had been made available to the 10-over league in the first edition.

The PSL governing council has also decided to increase the salary cap for PSL squads from the next edition onwards. Meanwhile, continued efforts will be made to increase the number of PSL matches which will held back home in Pakistan from the coming edition.

“All franchises expressed full confidence in the PCB’s attempts to bring more PSL matches to Pakistan. It was decided that at least eight matches will be held in Pakistan next year,” a part of the statement stated.

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Overwhelming support for Pakistan cricket as Twitter reacts to the PSL finals in Karachi

Waseem Ahmed 26/03/2018
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Islamabad United won their second PSL title on Sunday.

Karachi was the centre of attention in the cricketing world on Sunday as the city played host to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) finals.

In what was the biggest cricket match in Karachi in over nine years, Islamabad United pipped Peshawar Zalmi to the title by three wickets in front of a packed house at the National Stadium.

Having not hosted an international cricket match since Pakistan’s ill-fated Test against Sri Lanka in 2009, Karachi was lit up to welcome the return of world-class cricket.

Even hours before the start of play, fans could be seen queuing outside the stadium as droves of thousands turned up to see their favourite stars in action.

A celebratory atmosphere enveloped the stadium as Karachi fans quenched their thirst for international cricket.

The PSL finals was trending worldwide on Twitter as fans shared their reactions to see cricket return to the city. Former Pakistan all-rounder and fan favourite Shahid Afridi was one of the first to chime in with his thanks for everyone involved in making the finals a success.

Legendary Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar congratulated Islamabad for winning their second title, terming the finals as a win for Pakistan cricket.

His sentiments were echoed by many on social media with Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanveer, Junaid Khan and Tymal Mills trumpeting the same thought.

Islamabad United’s hero Luke Ronchi also congratulated his team-mates for their efforts as he praised the tournament.

Even British boxer Amir Khan did not miss out on congratulating the victors on the night.

Elsewhere, Pakistan cricket fans shared their delight in seeing cricket return to Karachi. The theme throughout social media was loud and clear – that Pakistan had been the real winner of the night.

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