Live Cricket Blog: Multan Sultans' PSL franchise agreement terminated

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Welcome to Saturday’s live cricket blog!

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest news from the world in what should be an action-packed day.

We will be looking ahead to the third T20 between India and West Indies, as well as the ODIs between Australia and South Africa and Pakistan and New Zealand – both pivotal games in three-match series.

Get in touch on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day.

9:00pm – Multan Sultans’ PSL franchise agreement terminated

In a major development in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday terminated its franchise agreement with Multan Sultans owners Schon Properties Broker LCC.

With this move, Schon Properties will no longer own the franchise rights for the Sultans with the rights now transferred completely to the PCB.

Read more on this breaking story here.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

8:00pm – Rohit Sharma in sight of four T20I records

When India lock horns with the West Indies in the third and final T20 at Chennai on Sunday, it will be a chance for stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma to break a few more records.

The limited-overs stalwart has been in fine form for India of late and recently went past Virat Kohli to become the country’s all-time leading run-scorer in the T20 format.

See which four records Rohit could break on Sunday here.

The flying 'Hitman'. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

The flying ‘Hitman’. Image – BCCI/Twitter.

7:00pm – Fakhar Zaman backs Pakistan to clinch ODI series against Blackcaps

As Pakistan and New Zealand get ready for their ODI series decider at Dubai on Sunday, one man is confident that the men in green will clinch victory.

That man is in the in-form Fakhar Zaman who smashed a run-a-ball 88 in Pakistan’s six-wicket win in the second ODI.

Read Fakhar’s quotes in full ahead of the series decider here.

Fakhar is backing Pakistan to clinch the ODI series.

Fakhar is backing Pakistan to clinch the ODI series.

6:00pm – Shaheen Afridi gets maiden Pakistan Test call-up

Pakistan handed a maiden Test call-up to teenage pacer Shaheen Afridi as they announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.

While the 18-year-old was rewarded for his outstanding form in the T20 series, where he has picked up eight wickets in two matches, there was disappointment for opening batsman Fakhar Zaman who failed to find a place in the squad.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Shaheen Afridi gets a deserved Test call-up.

Shaheen Afridi gets a deserved Test call-up.

5:00pm – Fakhar Zaman holds key for Pakistan in ODI series decider

As Pakistan get ready to lock horns with New Zealand in the third and final ODI at Dubai on Sunday, they will be glad to have their opening batsman Fakhar Zaman back in form. The left-hander smashed an 88 in Pakistan six-wicket win in the second ODI and he will once again be key for the men in green’s hopes on Sunday.

Find out why Fakhar is so important to Pakistan’s chances here.

Fakhar Zaman bounced back into form in the second ODI.

Fakhar Zaman bounced back into form in the second ODI.

1pm: Steve Smith and David Warner reunite

Smith and Warner were back on the same cricket field for the first time since the sandpaper scandal erupted, and it was all smiles – for the most part.

Check out why they were together again.

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11am: Pakistan provide update on Imam-ul-Haq injury

An injury to opener Imam-ul-Haq clouded Pakistan‘s first win in a one-day international against New Zealand in about four years.

Pakistan have now released a statement regarding his injury and it comes as a huge relief. Click here to read more.

Imam was struck by a vicious Lockie Ferguson bouncer.

Imam was struck by a vicious Lockie Ferguson bouncer.

10am: Joe Root challenges England to become the best in the world

England captain Joe Root believes that the team has a clear path ahead of them and are heading towards becoming the best in the world after a first away Test victory in two years. Click here to read more of Root’s thoughts.

Joe Root.

Joe Root.

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The numerous records in Rohit Sharma's sights ahead of the final India v Windies T20

Sudhir Gupta 10/11/2018
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The flying 'Hitman'. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

When India lock horns with the West Indies in the third and final T20 at Chennai on Sunday, it will be a chance for stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma to break a few more records.

The limited-overs stalwart has been in fine form for India of late and recently went past Virat Kohli to become the country’s all-time leading run-scorer in the T20 format.

The classy right-hander also smashed his fourth ton in the format in the second T20 against Windies as he struck an unbeaten 61-ball 101 in an innings which included seven sixes.

That ton helped Rohit overtake New Zealand’s Colin Munro and become the only batsman in the world to register four T20I centuries to his name.

As India and Windies prepare for one final T20 showdown, we take a look at the record Rohit could break on Sunday.

LEADING T20I RUN-SCORER IN 2018

With 556 runs from 15 innings, the India man is the third highest run-scorer in T20I cricket in 2018. He sits behind the Pakistan pair of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam who have registered 576 and 563 runs respectively so far in the calendar year.

With Pakistan’s T20 series against New Zealand now concluded, Rohit could top the charts should he score a further 21 runs at Chennai on Sunday. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is in fifth spot in the list currently with 480 runs to his name.

Fakhar and Babar are in Rohit's sights.

Fakhar and Babar are in Rohit’s sights.

ALL-TIME LEADING RUN-SCORER IN T20I CRICKET

Rohit’s overall T20I record currently reads 2,203 runs in 79 innings at an average of 33.89. He is in second spot in the list of the format’s all-time leading run-scorers and only behind New Zealand opener Martin Guptill.

Guptill currently has 2,271 runs to his name in the format from 73 innings. The Blackcaps stalwart was denied the chance to add to his tally in the recent series against Pakistan after being ruled out with injury. Guptill’s loss could now be Rohit’s gain with a further 69 runs on Sunday propelling the India man to the top of the all-time batting charts.

Given his propensity to score big when he gets in, one wouldn’t rule out the possibility of that happening in Chennai.

Guptill's tally could be overhauled on Sunday.

Guptill’s tally could be overhauled on Sunday.

MOST SIXES IN THE FORMAT

The seven sixes Rohit slammed in the Lucknow clash has taken his overall tally in the format to 96.  That helped him overtake former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum to become the batsman with the third-most number of sixes in T20I cricket.

Another four hits over the fence on Sunday will see Rohit become the first Indian batsman and third overall in history to register a century of sixes in the format.

If he does repeat his Lucknow heroics to strike seven sixes, he will tie Windies T20 stalwart Chris Gayle and Guptill to become the joint-highest six hitter in the format.  Both Gayle and Guptill currently have 103 sixes to their names.

A chance for Rohit to leapfrog Chris Gayle.

A chance for Rohit to leapfrog Chris Gayle.

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Fakhar Zaman confident of Pakistan victory in ODI series decider v New Zealand

Waseem Ahmed 10/11/2018
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Fakhar is backing Pakistan to clinch the ODI series.

As Pakistan get ready to lock horns with New Zealand in the ODI series decider at Dubai on Sunday, they will be glad to see opener Fakhar Zaman back to his very best.

After a patchy period in limited-overs cricket which began at the Asia Cup, the left-hander roared back to form with a run-a-ball 88 in Pakistan’s six-wicket win over the Blackcaps in the second ODI.

Fakhar’s excellent knock helped the men in green level the three-match series at 1-1 following their crushing defeat in the first ODI.

Speaking after the game, the Pakistan opener was delighted to help his side overcome the Blackcaps’ challenge.

“Of course it is disappointing to miss out on a ton but I am glad we were able to break our losing run of 12 ODIs against New Zealand. We are also delighted to level the series and the most important thing was the win,” he stated.

The innings was Fakhar’s ODI first half-century on Asian soil and it came at a time when the batsman was feeling the pressure from his dismal form.

A first ODI half-century on Asian soil for the Pakistan opener.

A first ODI half-century on Asian soil for the Pakistan opener.

“Obviously if you’re not scoring runs for four to five matches in a row at this level, your confidence takes a beating. However, the captain and team management has backed me to the core during this phase,” Fakhar explained.

“They are completely backing me and assured me that my place in the side is not under threat. That gives me the confidence to continue.”

The first ODI double centurion in Pakistan’s history is now confident of his side clinching the series against New Zealand on Sunday.

“This win will give us a lot of confidence going into the decider. The confidence is back in the boys after our loss in the first ODI. We are confident that we will capture the series 2-1,” he commented.

Fakhar’s fitness has been the subject of speculation recently with the southpaw not picked in the Pakistan Test squad for the series against New Zealand. The official Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) release on Saturday stated that Fakhar has been handed a rest for the series.

The 28-year-old shed some light on his knee injury on Saturday and explained he was still undergoing rehabilitation.

“I had a knee injury after the second T20 and had a tear in my ligament. So I was resting as I continued my rehabilitation. I am still undergoing rehabilitation for the injury but I am fit enough to play,” he said.

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