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Inam, Bismah proud to carry Pakistan flag

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Pakistan’s top wrestler Muhammad Inam believes the honour of bearing the flag for the country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is huge for him and he wants to make sure he also finishes the games with that flag, as the honour goes to the player with the best performance in the Games.

Along with Inam, Pakistan women’s team captain Bismah Maroof will also be carrying the flag among women.

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Pakistan is fielding a contingent of 104 players in 12 sports.

“I feel it is a huge honour when a player represents the country out of more than 220 million Pakistanis in one’s own weight and sport,” Inam told The Express Tribune. “Then to bear the flag from among the entire contingent in the opening or closing ceremony and that becomes even bigger of an honour. I can’t thank Allah enough for keeping me among his chosen few who to do the honours for the country.”

Inam will be representing Pakistan in wrestling’s 86kg freestyle event that will begin on August 5, Friday in Birmingham.

“There are two types of flag bearing that happen,” explained Inam. “One is at the beginning and one is at the closing. The one at the closing is a lot closer to my heart because usually the athlete that gives the best performance carries the flag at the closing ceremony. I want to perform so well for my country in my event that I raise the flag at the end too.”

Inam has been one of the best athletes that Pakistan has produced. The three-time World Beach Wrestling Champion and the 2019 World Beach Games gold medallist has been the flag bearer for the country on numerous occasions.

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Each time he said it was special. He also won the Commonwealth Games gold medals twice, once in 2010 and then in 2018.

“My target will be to do my best and carry the flag in the end too, just like I did at the World Beach Games and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I have carried the flag five to six times before and each time it has been a huge honour. Even now I am praying that Allah helps me, he has been kind and if I get to carry it at the closing that will be such good fortune for me,” said the 2016 Asian Beach Games gold medallist.

On the other hand, Bismah highlighted that the women’s cricket team is being featured at the Commonwealth Games for the first time and hence it is a huge honour for the girls. They will be playing in the Twenty20 format.

“Carrying the flag at the Commonwealth Games is a very proud moment for me. This is the first time we are participating at the Commonwealth Games so we are all very excited. We want to do well, and definitely our aim is to win the gold medal.

“I want to send my best wishes to all the athletes participating for Pakistan in the game,” Bismah said in a 30-second video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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Pakistan is competing in athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket, hockey, gymnastics, judo, squash, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling and para-athletics.

So far Pakistan has won 75 medals in the Commonwealth Games since their debut in 1954, with 25 gold, 24 silver and 26 bronze medals. Pakistan is ranked 15th among the nations on the all-time medal tally.

This time 72 nations are competing at the Commonwealth Games.



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Babar Azam reveals why Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim are not part of Asia Cup squad

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Pakistan men’s cricket team Babar Azam has opined that the best available players have been picked to represent the Men in Green at the 2022 Asia Cup, starting from August 27.

There has been debate over adding veteran Shoaib Malik and all-rounder Imad Wasim in the squad, however, Babar Azam believes other performers are performing well ahead of the above-mentioned players.

“After consultation with the coach and selectors, the best team has been selected. The Asia Cup is immediately after the Netherlands tour, so there is no possibility of a change in the team,” Babar said.

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“Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will be missed in the upcoming Asia Cup but Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed are players of these numbers and they have performed well. We will utilize Shadab Khan’s batting form and will look to have strong batting depth,” he added.

When asked about Imad Wasim’s return to the team, the captain said that the doors of the team are not closed for anyone but Mohammad Nawaz is performing well.

“Currently, Mohammad Nawaz is performing well in white-ball cricket and has won us matches, the way he is performing, he must continue, however, Pakistan will definitely include him in the team whenever required.

He also backed the Pakistan team’s bench strength while also hoping that star pacer Hasan Ali makes a strong comeback after being dropped from the side for the ODI series against the Netherlands and the Asia Cup.

“The bench strength of Pakistan is very talented. Naseem Shah and Shahnawaz Dahani have got the opportunity to perform against the Netherlands,” he said. “Hasan Ali is a match winner. Hopefully, he performs well in domestic cricket and makes a comeback for Pakistan.”

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Meanwhile, Babar Azam confirmed that Shaheen Afridi will only play against the Netherlands if he is fully fit.

“We are carrying him because both of our doctors are traveling with us and they will look after them. Asia Cup and T20 World Cup are also after the series, we are trying to make him ready as soon as possible. If fit, we are trying him to play one game of the Netherlands,” he maintained.

The side will depart for Amsterdam in the wee hours of August 12.The T20I players will join the squad in Dubai for the ACC T20 Asia Cup on August 22.



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Jayawardena thinks Babar will soon dethrone Root as top Test batter

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Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardena has used the latest episode of The ICC Review to declare which batter he thinks is best placed to overtake England’s Joe Root at the top of the ICC Test Batting Rankings.

Joe Root has been ruling the roost at the top of the Test batter rankings since June this year, with the Englishman enjoying a fine World Test Championship, and in a rich vein of form under new coach Brendon McCullum.

The former England captain has scored more runs than any other player since the turn of the decade, and deservedly claimed the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year award in 2021. 

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But Jayawardena knows how many world class batters are lining up to usurp Root at the top of proceedings and has nominated Pakistan captain Babar Azam as the player most likely to claim the top ranking in the future.

When host Sanjana Ganesan put Jayawardena on the spot during the latest episode of The ICC Review, the Sri Lankan great tipped Babar to dethrone Root at the top of the Test Rankings.

“Tough one!” Jayawardena exclaimed. “I would say Babar Azam has an opportunity. He’s been consistent in all three formats and it shows in his rankings. He’s a naturally gifted player, plays in all conditions, he’s got the game to adapt as well.

“It depends on the amount of cricket, who’s playing when and how much but the Babar might be the guy.”

Babar is the only player in the top three in the batters’ rankings in all three formats, occupying the top spot in each of the white-ball formats and currently ranked No.3 in Tests. 

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With his recent rise on the Test charts, Babar has been vocal about being the undisputed No.1 in all formats of the game and Jayawardena said the Pakistan skipper is capable of achieving the difficult feat. 

“T20Is and ODIs, it is tough one to hold on to because there are a lot of good players who have to be consistent,” Jayawardena said. 

“As long as he can be that, because he has a very good role to play in that Pakistan setup – they have batters to bat around him, so he can play his own game – he should be able to hold on to that and at the same time, push himself to get better.

“He batted really well in Sri Lanka. I think Prabath (Jayasuriya) was his nemesis – he got him three times out of the four innings. That was a very good battle to watch. Babar got a really good hundred in the first Test match.

“He’s always going to push himself to get better. Seen in a couple of his interviews recently that it is his goal as well to be No.1 across the table. There’s no harm in challenging yourself to get there. 

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“Being the captain as well, he has taken responsibility and performed, which is great to see. (It’s) Not an easy thing to do. 

“I would put my money on him at least for a little while to hold to all three but there are some good quality players around who will keep pushing him.”

Jayawardena then went into detail when quizzed about what makes Babar such a special player, with the former Sri Lanka captain indicating he was most impressed by the amount of time the Pakistan skipper has while at the crease. 

“(I) think it is just the technique, the time that he has and the composure that he has out there in the middle,” Jayawardena said in praise of Babar. 

“He’s not rattled at any time, whether he plays T20Is, ODIs or Tests, he adjusts quite brilliantly.

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“Joe (Root) in Test cricket is the same. He knows what he needs to do, he can the tempo when he wants to, bats to what the conditions offer. Babar has that same quality, so that’s why he’s been so consistent in all three formats.”

The two stars will come face to face later this year when England tour Pakistan for a three-match Test series in December. 

Root could further solidify his No.1 spot in the upcoming series against South Africa, while Babar will have to wait until the series against England later in the year to make a charge for the top.



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Few players yet to sign central contracts, asks PCB for more time

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The fees of Pakistan cricketers in all formats have been increased by 10 per cent compared to last year.

According to details, a copy of the central contract was handed to the players during the camp in Lahore. Many have signed it while some have asked for more time to study it.

PCB released the list of 33 players on June 30 for the new central contracts, starting from July 1. Players were included in different categories of red and white contracts.

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All cricketers of categories A, B, C, D and Emerging category will be paid the same match fee across formats.

The Test match fee has increased to PKR 8,38, 530. Earlier, players received PKR 7,62,300 for this format. ODI match fee has increased to PKR 5,15,696 from PKR 4,68,815.

For the shortest format, the match fee has moved to PKR 3,72,075 from PKR 3,38,250.

Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam, along with Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi has been awarded both red and white-ball contracts. Babar, Shaheen and Rizwan are in the A category of both contracts.

Hasan Ali is in the B category of the red ball and the C category of the white ball. Imamul Haq is in the C category of red ball and B category in white ball.

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Amongst the 10 players who have received red-ball contracts, Azhar Ali is Category A, Abdullah Shafique, and Naseem Shah have been placed in Category C for the first time along with Saud Shakeel, who has been awarded Category D.

Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali have been retained in Category B and C, respectively, whereas Abid Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah have been handed Category D contracts.

Eleven limited-over specialists were awarded white-ball contracts.

Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan, who were in Category B in 2021-22, have been awarded Category A contracts, while Haris Rauf has been promoted to Category B. Mohammad Nawaz has been retained in Category C.

Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir have been promoted from Emerging to Category D where they are joined by first-timers Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Zahid Mehmood.

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In the Emerging Category, the PCB has increased the number of players from three to seven. Players in the Emerging Category are: Ali Usman, Haseebullah, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Huraira, Qasim Akram, and Salman Ali Agha.



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