Pakistan to host Sri Lanka for three ODIs and T20s in September

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Pakistan are all set to host Sri Lanka for six limited overs matches next month, it was announced on Friday.

In a joint statement from the Pakistan and Sri Lankan boards, it was announced that the ODI series will begin on September 27 in Karachi where the other two games will also be played on September 29 and October 2.

The islanders will then move to Lahore for three T20s starting on October 5 with the remaining games on October 7 and 9.

This will be Sri Lanka’s second tour of Pakistan since their team bus was attacked by militants during a Test match in Lahore in 2009.

Sri Lanka returned to Pakistan for a Twenty20 in Lahore in October 2017.

The teams were supposed to play two Tests but Sri Lanka’s sports minister Harin Fernando said those matches won’t be played in Pakistan.

Pakistan-Sri Lanka series schedule:

Sep 27: 1st ODI, Karachi

Sep 29: 2nd ODI, Karachi

Oct 2: 3rd ODI, Karachi

Oct 5: 1st T20I, Lahore

Oct 7: 2nd T20I, Lahore

Oct 9: 3rd T20I, Lahore

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Pakistan ace Mohammad Amir stars with ball and bat to help Essex clinch thrilling county win

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Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has retired from Test cricket but on Tuesday showed he remains a potent force in red-ball cricket by guiding Essex to a tense three-wicket win in the county championship.

Playing against Kent, Amir took four wickets in the first innings as Kent made 226. But with the bat, Essex batsmen made a meal of their first innings, getting bowled out for just 114. It was Amir once again who made a contribution, top-scoring with 28.

With a deficit of over 100 runs, Essex were staring down the barrel. But then came the most incredible passage of play on Tuesday as the new-ball pair of Amir and Sam Cook decimated the Kent batting line-up. Fast bowler Cook snared seven wickets for just 23 runs from his nine overs – finishing with 12 wickets in the match – while Amir picked up 2-16 to bowl Kent out for just 40 in 18.1 overs.

A target of 153 proved to be tricky as Essex were reduced to 84-6 but they kept their cool to reach the target with three wickets in hand and Amir remaining unbeaten on 4.

Amir thus ended up with six wickets in the game, raising hopes of a change of heart regarding his Test retirement. The left-arm seamer had quit Test cricket after the World Cup in order to prolong his career but with tours to Australia and England lined up, there is hope that Amir will change his mind and lead Pakistan’s inexperienced seam attack.

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Misbah-ul-Haq to head Pakistan pre-season camp, leads to speculation over coach job

Waseem Ahmed 16/08/2019
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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is set to lead a 17-day conditioning camp for the country’s top cricketers, leading to speculation over his possible appointment as head coach.

Misbah will oversee the high-intensity training camp that includes 14 centrally contracted players and six additional players. The pre-season camp starts on August 19 at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore with two days of fitness testing followed by the training camp from August 22 to September 7.

The former batsman will be the “camp commandant” and work with the NCA coaching staff to ensure Pakistan players are in top condition ahead of the new season.

“Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been Pakistan’s most successful captain, understands the arduous demands of the format in this day and age. With the advent of the World Test Championship, the PCB wants Pakistan to turn up with their best red ball game when they face Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series at home,” Zakir Khan, PCB director of international cricket, said.

“Ahead of the Sri Lanka series, these players will be a part of the initial rounds of what will be a highly competitive Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. So, this camp will further benefit them in gearing up for an exciting cricketing season.”

With the Pakistan board not renewing the contracts of almost the entire national support staff, the responsibility given to Misbah has led some to believe he is likely to be made the next head coach. However, he doesn’t have the requisite coaching experience at the highest level, as required by the PCB when they recently invited applications for the post of head coach.

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