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Kane Williamson hopes Pakistan won’t hold any grudges

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Kane Williamson hopes Pakistan will not hold any grudges over New Zealand abandoning a tour on security fears last month, when they meet in a Twenty20 World Cup match in Sharjah on Tuesday.

Pakistan cricket authorities were left fuming after New Zealand ended the tour minutes before the start of the first one-day international in Rawalpindi, citing an unspecified security alert.

Williamson, not part of the squad in Pakistan as he was playing in the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, played down talk of a grudge match.

“There are a lot of good relations within the two teams. Over the years they’ve played a lot against each other, and a number of players have played with each other, as well,” said Williamson on the eve of the match.

“I am sure the game will be played in the right spirit.”

A week after New Zealand left, England also withdrew their men’s and women’s teams from a tour to Pakistan due to concerns over the physical and mental health of the players.

That prompted newly elected chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Ramiz Raja to proclaim New Zealand will be one of the targets in the T20 World Cup.

“We had one team in our target, our neighbours (India), now add two more teams, New Zealand and England,” Raja said last month.

Williamson, who admitted the decision to abandon the tour was based on New Zealand government advice, praised the Pakistan team.

“I suppose the focus now is here at the T20 World Cup, and no doubt after the performance last night, Pakistan have some momentum and are feeling pretty good about their cricket,” said Williamson.

– Title contenders –

Pakistan thumped arch-rivals India by 10 wickets in the teams’ opening Super 12 match in Dubai on Sunday.

Williamson labelled Pakistan as one of the “favourites”.

“Yeah, I mean, it was a fantastic performance. I think Pakistan have come to the T20 World Cup full of confidence, having played in these conditions more than most,” he said.

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NEPRA likely to increase electricity rates by Rs. 4.33 per unit

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The electricity rate for consumers is predicted to increase by Rs. 4.33 per unit under monthly fuel cost adjustments for November as the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has received a request for the increase from Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA).

The NEPRA will conduct a hearing on the request on December 29.

The CPPA has stated in the application that 8.24 billion units of electricity had been generated in the month of November with a cost of Rs66 billion.

“Diesel and furnace oil generated the most expensive electricity, costing Rs20 to Rs27 per unit, and LNG generated electricity, costing Rs17 to Rs20 per unit.”

It further stated that Pakistan also imported electricity from Iran at a rate of Rs13 to Rs35 per unit price. On the line losses, the electricity of Rs20 was used.

The electricity consumers would have to bear an additional burden of Rs40 billion on account of an increase in the power tariff in case NEPRA approves the hike requested by CPPA.

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COAS, Saudi FM discuss matters of mutual interest, regional security

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says the 17th extraordinary session of OIC is extremely important to channelize international efforts and save Afghanistan from looming security and humanitarian crises.

He was talking to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, who called on him in Rawalpindi.

Matters of mutual interest, regional security, current situation in Afghanistan and bilateral defence relations were discussed during the meeting.

The Army Chief also emphasized that peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute is essential for stability in South Asia.

He reiterated that Pakistan wants cordial ties with all its neighbors in pursuit of regional peace and prosperity.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, specially its efforts for border management and its role in regional stability.

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New Zealand to tour Pakistan twice in 2022-2023

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New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that it will tour Pakistan two times in the year 2022-2023. This was announced by Pakistan Cricket Board’s media release.

“New Zealand Cricket has confirmed it will tour Pakistan for two Tests and three ODIs in December/January 2022-23 as part of the Future Tours Programme and will return in April 2023 for 10 white-ball matches to make up for the September 2021 abandoned tour,” reads a statement by the PCB.

The announcement followed discussions between the NZC and PCB chairmen.

The two Tests and three ODIs will be part of the ICC World Test Championship and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, respectively.

New Zealand’s second outing will feature the Black Caps in two additional ODIs and will now comprise five ODIs and five T20Is that will count towards the ICC Rankings.

The two boards will work together to finalise the dates for the upcoming tours, stated the PCB.

PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja expressed his pleasure at the development. “This reflects the strong, cordial and historic relations the two boards have and reconfirms Pakistan’s status as an important member of the cricket fraternity,” he said.

NZC Chief Executive David White said the bond between the two boards was strengthened courtesy of some “very fruitful and constructive discussions” in Dubai between the chairmen of the two boards.

 

“It’s good to be going back,” he said.

It will be a busy time for Pakistan, at home, from March 2022 to April 2023 as the Men in Green will host eight Tests, 11 ODIs and 13 T20Is against Australia, England and New Zealand.

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