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Babar, Rizwan add another record to their name dethroning Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul

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Pakistan’s attacking opening pair Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan overtook India’s Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to get another record to their name.

The duo provided a 158-run opening stand to help Pakistan chase a record 208-run total at the National Stadium Karachi against West Indies on Thursday.

This was the sixth-century stand between the pair — the most by any batting partners in T20Is.

Previously, the record was held by India’s batting pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who had five-century stands to their credit.

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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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PCB appoints Faisal Hasnain as new Chief Executive

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Faisal Hasnain as its new Chief Executive following the resignation of Wasim Khan earlier this year in September.

Faisal is UK-qualified Chartered Accountant and has had a professional career of over 35 years in high-profile finance and sports administration roles with some of the world’s leading blue-chip organisations.

He was the former International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Chief Financial Officer in Monaco and Dubai and was working as the Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).

The PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja is also delighted with the appointment of Hasnain and is eager to work alongside him.

“I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Faisal Hasnain as the PCB’s Chief Executive and welcome him to Pakistan cricket family,” Raja was quoted as saying in the PCB press release.

“Faisal is a familiar figure in world cricket and is highly regarded, respected and trusted for his excellence in corporate governance, financial management and commercial acumen,” he said. “With the plans, I have for the PCB, Faisal will be a perfect fit as he can utilise his vast experience and knowledge to help us achieve our commercial and financial objectives of making Pakistan cricket bigger and stronger,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hasnain stated that he is “honoured and privileged to have been awarded with this once in a lifetime opportunity to serve Pakistan cricket”.

He also thanked the PCB Chairman and the Board of Governors for “having the confidence” in his capabilities.

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Sajjid Khan claims historical bowling figures in Dhaka Test

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Sajid Khan has achieved fourth best test bowling figures for Pakistan in test cricket after he got 8 wickets for 42 runs.

This was the first time an off-spinner took eight wickets of more in an innings since Muttiah Muralitharan’s 9-51 against Zimbabwe in Kandy in 2002.

“We have been told to bowl heart out in an effort to get result in two possible days and that is what we are doing. We are making sure that we keep Bangladesh under pressure. We have been successful in reducing hosts to 76-7.” Sajid Khan said

The right-arm spinner hoped to dismiss Bangladesh cheaply in both innings.

“We would definitely go for a win when the play resumes early Wednesday. Though almost three days of play have been lost, we would go for a win by bowling all out Bangladesh twice on the final day.”

Sajid praised Nauman Ali for boasting his morale. “He is a senior partner and kept me guiding throughout my stay at the wicket.”

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