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    Quaid-e-Azam Cup National One-day Cricket Tournament

    Younis Khan leads Peshawar against Rawalpindi today

    By Gul Hameed Bhatti

    KARACHI: Peshawar play their first match of the Quaid-e-Azam Cup National One-day Cricket Tournament, at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar today (Sunday), against a Rawalpindi team captained by Pakistanís ace fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. Peshawar themselves are being led by a Pakistani ace - middle-order batsman Younis Khan.

    Of course, Younis is not one of the selectorsí favourite players these days. In a four-year stint, which started in 1999-00, the Mardan-born 26-year-old has appeared in 28 Test matches and 96 One-day Internationals. And, although he was taken with the senior side on its recent tour of New Zealand, he has failed to make the playing elevens in Pakistanís last four Tests and 10 one-dayers.

    Younis has now, however, got a chance to prove his form and fitness for the national selectors as his team begins its programme in the Quaid-e-Azam Cup One-day Tournament and the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Championship. Under a revised format for domestic matches, regions instead of zones/cities are playing in most national tournaments this season, and Peshawar represents the largest cricketing region of the country.

    As many as 16 district associations in the Peshawar region were represented in the recent National Under-19 Inter-District and Inter-Region tournaments, and the National Inter-District Senior Championship. Apart from Peshawar district itself, these teams included the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Mardan, Dera Ismail Khan, Charsadda and a guest team from Afghanistan.

    The other district sides were Swabi, Chitral, Mansehra, Nowshehra, Kohat, Bannu, Swat, Northern Areas, Abbottabad and Haripur. The newly-built cricket stadium in Abbottabad is also set to make its national debut, on March 21, when the Quaid-e-Azam Cup limited-over game and the four-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match are played there between Peshawar and Hyderabad.

    A PCB-constituted selection committee announced a 15-member Peshawar squad on Friday for the regionís opening fixtures. The other international players in the line-up, apart from skipper Younis, are vice-captain Wajahatullah Wasti, batsmen Yasir Hameed and Akhtar Sarfraz and pace bowlers Fazl-e-Akbar, Umar Gul and Kabir Khan.

    The rest of the team comprises opening batsman Rafatullah Mohmand, all-rounders Taimur Khan and Jan Nisar Khan, leg-spinner Hidayatullah Khan, slow left-armer Noor-ul-Amin, fast-medium bowlers Sajid Shah and Mohammad Siddiq and wicket-keeper Ahmed Said.

    The selection committee was headed by former Peshawar captain Maazullah Khan and included international umpire Javed Akhtar, former Test left-arm slow bowler Farrukh Zaman and first-class cricketers Anwar Zeb Jan and Ishtiaq Ahmed. The 15 named include players from only two districts of the region - Peshawar, with 11 representatives, and Mardan.

    Several other cricketers may later join the team, when the national players in the line-up move away to prepare for the forthcoming Pakistan tour by the Indians. Waiting in the wings are men like Arshad Khan, Aftab Khan, Shoaib Khan, Nauman Habib, Waqar Ahmed, Zulfiqar Jan, Mohammad Fayyaz and Zeeshan Mohsin.

    The 25-year-old Shoaib Khan, while playing for Water & Power Development Authority (Wapda) who finished as runners-up to Zarai Tariqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) in the Patronís Trophy Championship that ended late last month, scored 475 runs at an average of 52.77 in seven matches with a highest of 88 among his four half-centuries. He held 11 catches in addition to be declared best fielder of the tournament.

    Another prominent player not yet picked is the leg-spinning all-rounder Mohammad Fayyaz. The 19-year-old who is employed with the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) represented Pakistan at the Under-19s World Cup event in New Zealand two years ago. He is fast turning into a cricketer of the highest class.

    The 22-year-old Jan Nisar Khan, who bowls medium-pace to supplement his useful lower-order batting ability, has played for Peshawar, Redco and Pakistan Customs and was a member of the Pakistan team at the Under-15s World Cup in England in 1996. Later, he visited Australia (1997-98) and took part in two Under-19s World Cup competitions - in South Africa in 1997-98 and Sri Lanka in 1999-00.

    Left-handed batsman Hidayatullah Khan, who is more well known as a right-arm leg-break bowler and is a mere 14 years old according to his given age, toured Sri Lanka with the Pakistan Under-19s last August. He, however, was found overaged when the Pakistan side for the recent Under-17 Asia Cup competition in India was being chosen.
    ~*~Pakistan hamari jaan, sabse pehley Pakistan~*~

    #2
    Nancy Jee...aap cooking waghera nahee kartee?? haar waqt cricket he follow kartee retee hain..hain jee...instead of wasting time on this crappy Pak domestic cricket(which is all flawed) why don't you try to make some Daal Chawal or Allo Gosht??

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      #3
      hey she's only 16. This is the time for her to enjoy life and do what she wants not worry about cooking.

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        #4
        Tum dou Saal saey Junior hou. Aour woo 16 Saal Key Senior Menber hey , Yeah Tumharey Leyaey Sharam Kaa Muqaam haay Jeray.

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          #5
          KARACHI, Feb 8: Test batsman Younis Khan played a sterling captain's knock of 102 on Sunday to guide Peshawar to a four-wicket victory against Rawalpindi in the restricted Quaid-i-Azam One-day Cup tie at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar.

          Peshawar, who were chasing a target of 207, had made 178 for six in 35.5 overs when the match was abandoned because of inclement weather. The home side were declared winners under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

          Younis, who hammered 12 boundaries in his 108-ball innings, put on 166 for the third-wicket with ex-Test opener Wajahatullah Wasti (58 off 86 balls, four fours and one six) after current Pakistan star Yasir Hameed was out for a five-ball duck.

          Earlier, medium-pacer Sajid Shah captured five for 37 as Rawalpindi were bowled out for 206 in 48 overs. Skipper Naveed Qureshi made a gallant 82 off 100 balls, striking five fours and two sixes.

          Scoreboard

          RAWALPINDI:

          Bilal Asad lbw b Sajid 32

          Babar Naeem c A. Said b Umar 8

          Ashar Zaidi c A. Said b Fazle 17

          Bazid Khan b Sajid 1

          Naveed Qureshi c A. Said b Sajid 82

          Shiraz Khalid run out 3

          Azhar Mahmood c Younis b Noor 6

          Yasir Arafat run out 20

          Adnan Naveed c Aftab b Sajid 8

          Rao Iftikhar c A. Said b Sajid 6

          Najaf Shah not out 0

          EXTRAS (LB-2, W-8, NB-7) 17

          TOTAL (all out, 48 overs) 206

          FALL OF WKTS: 1-23, 2-52, 3-62, 4-76, 5-94, 6-111, 7-171, 8-198, 9-205.

          BOWLING: Fazle Akbar 9-0-37-1; Umar Gul 10-1-54-1 (6nb, 2w); Sajid Shah 9-0-37-5 (1nb); Noor-ul-Amin 10-0-30-1; Hidayatullah 8-0-55-0; Aftab Khan 2-0-11-0.

          PESHAWAR:

          Yasir Hameed c Ashar b Azhar 0

          Wajahatullah Wasti c Bilal b Shiraz 58

          Aftab Khan c Shiraz b Azhar 6

          Younis Khan b Azhar 102

          Akhtar Sarfraz not out 2

          Ahmed Said lbw b Najaf 0

          Sajid Shah lbw b Najaf 0

          Umar Gul not out 0

          EXTRAS (LB-3, W-3, NB-4) 10

          TOTAL (for six wkts, 35.5 overs) 178

          FALL OF WKTS: 1-1, 2-9, 3-175, 4-176, 5-177, 6-177.

          DID NOT BAT: Hidayatullah, Noor-ul-Amin, Fazle Akbar.

          BOWLING: Azhar Mahmood 6-0-25-3 (3nb, 1w); Rao Iftikhar 8-0-45-0 (1w); Najaf Shah 6.5-0-29-2(1nb, 1w); Yasir Arafat 6-0-31-0; Shiraz Khalid 8-0-37-1; Babar Naeem 1-0-8-0.

          RESULT: Peshawar won by four wickets.

          UMPIRES: Tariq Cheema and Zamir Haider.

          MATCH REFEREE: Ishtiaq Ahmed.

          MAN-OF-THE-MATCH (joint): Younis Khan and Sajid Shah.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Jerablade:
            Nancy Jee...aap cooking waghera nahee kartee?? haar waqt cricket he follow kartee retee hain..hain jee...instead of wasting time on this crappy Pak domestic cricket(which is all flawed) why don't you try to make some Daal Chawal or Allo Gosht??
            hey i got a mom on GS too

            ChthonicPowers and Nikema bhai :biggthumb
            ~*~Pakistan hamari jaan, sabse pehley Pakistan~*~

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              #7
              KCCA asks Rashid to join Karachi team


              By our correspondent

              KARACHI: The Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) have asked former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif to make himself available for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament.

              KCCA secretary Sirajul Islam Bukhari confirmed on Monday that he had asked Rashid to take back his decision of not playing for Karachi in order to give youngsters a chance to play in the Quaid Trophy.

              "Our feeling is that Rashid is still a very valuable player and his guidance would be very important for the Karachi team in this tough tournament.

              "We also feel he remains in contention for a place in the Pakistan team and should play so that he can be considered by the national selectors," Bukhari added.

              Rashid said on Sunday that he would not be playing for Karachi because he wanted to give youngsters a chance to play in the prestigious tournament.

              But Bukhari said there were a lot of chances available for young players and since Moin Khan would not be available after the first round match for the Karachi team, the KCCA wanted Rashid to be there and guide the players.

              Rashid when contacted said he would speak to the selection committee of the Pakistan Board that picked the Karachi squad for the Quaid Trophy.

              "If the KCCA feels I can contribute to the Karachi team I am ready to play for them in the Quaid Trophy.

              "As it is I have made it clear that I am available for Pakistan selection for the India series if the national selectors want to consider me."

              Rashid said he would play for Karachi in the second round match from February 22.

              The former Pakistan captain said he would also inform the Board on Tuesday about his availability since their selection committee had picked the Karachi side.
              ~*~Pakistan hamari jaan, sabse pehley Pakistan~*~

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                #8
                Irfanuddin, Rizwan Qureshi excluded from Karachi region squad

                By Gul Hameed Bhatti

                KARACHI: Off-spinner Irfanuddin missed selection to the Karachi region squad for the Quaid-e-Azam Cup National One-day Cricket Tournament and the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Championship, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)-appointed selection panel named a list of 20 players plus six standbys for the two tournaments on Sunday. Irfanuddinís place went to fellow off-break bowler Tahir Khan.

                A glaring ommission from the squad was that of former Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Rashid Latif who, in fact, declared his non-availablity on his own accord in writing to the selection committee. The 35-year-old veteran of 37 Tests and 166 One-day Internationals believes that the Karachi team wicket-keeperís slot should go to a younger man, although he was still himself willing to play for Pakistan if selected.

                The captainís spot has thus gone to Pakistan wicket-keeper and former skipper Moin Khan, who will in any case join the national camp by February 24 to prepare for the Indian teamís visit to Pakistan. In his place, all-rounder Shahid Afridi - still not required by Pakistan - will lead the side as yesterday he was named the Karachi vice-captain.

                The Karachi team, which plays its first match - a Quaid-e-Azam Cup one-day fixture, against Quetta here at the National Stadium next Sunday, to be followed by the four-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Championship match, comprises the following players as named by selectorsí chairman Abdul Raqeeb and members Aftab Baloch, Asif Ahmed and Sadiq Mohammad:

                Opening batsmen - Shadab Kabir, Agha Sabir, Asif Zakir. Middle-order batsmen - Hasan Raza, Naumanullah, Faisal Iqbal, Saeed Bin Nasir, Asim Kamal, Farhan Adil.

                All-rounders - Shahid Afridi (vice-captain) , Arif Mahmood. Leg-spinner - Danish Kaneria. Off-spinner - Tahir Khan. Wicket-keepers - Moin Khan (captain), Atiq-uz-Zaman.

                Fast bowlers - Mohammad Sami, Tanvir Ahmed, Fahad Khan, Nasir Khan, Adeel Malik.

                Standbys: Maisam Hasnain, Mohammad Ghazan, Ahmed Zeeshan, Azam Hussain, Shahid Iqbal, Sharif Asadullah.

                Six players - Shadab, Faisal, Asim, Kaneria, Moin and Sami - have also been included among the 22 probables for the Pakistan team thatíll meet India. The standbys will then move into the main Karachi squad.

                The 21-year-old Irfanuddin, who represented Pakistan in the Under-19s World Cup in New Zealand two years ago, was excluded to make place for Tahir Khan, who is 22 years old. There was really not much to choose between the two and the axe, unfortunately, fell on Irfanuddin.

                In this seasonís Inter-District Senior Championship, Irfanuddin was the highest wicket-taker in the Karachi region round. He bagged 27 wickets in six matches for Zone VI at a mere 15.29 runs apiece. Zone Iís Tahir Khan took 15 wickets in five matches at an average of 27.33.

                In the Inter-Departmental Qualifying Round tournament, both Iranuddin and Tahir appeared for Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC). Hereís where Tahir took the edge. In five matches, he got 13 wickets at 18.76 runs each while, in three appearances, Irfanuddinís return was a mere three wickets for 161 runs.

                The 35-year-old Arif Mahmood has been given the left-arm slow bowlerís slot in the Karachi line-up. Rizwan Qureshi, who was the Karachi Blues limited-over team captain in 2002-03, believes that the place should have gone to him. Rizwan, 29, made 115 runs (ave 28.75) with a highest of 86 for Zone VI in the recent Inter-District Senior Championship beside taking eight wickets at under 27 runs each.

                He was not part of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) team in the Inter-Departmental Qualifying Round tournament but, in the Patronís Cup National One-day Tournament, he bagged six wickets for them at 28.50 runs each although, in the first-class Patronís Trophy, his form slid considerably as his three wickets cost him 93 runs apiece. With the bat though, he contributed 185 runs in five matches at an average of 37.00.
                ~*~Pakistan hamari jaan, sabse pehley Pakistan~*~

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Nancy Drew:

                  All-rounders - Shahid Afridi (vice-captain) ,
                  yeh tumhari aankahin kyon bahar aarhai hian :-|

                  he is the best

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by proudpakistani007:


                    yeh tumhari aankahin kyon bahar aarhai hian :-|

                    he is the best
                    Iss ka to pata nahi...but the reason he is vice captain is because he is the most experienced player next to Moin Khan.
                    Everyone has the right to be stupid. Some people abuse the privilege - Joseph Stallin.

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                      #11
                      so the news so far is that younis hit a 100, youhana 84, ijaz ahmed jr 94 and naveed latif 88....
                      razaq also hit a 50....
                      Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.

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                        #12
                        Go Lahore!!!! Whoooooo.

                        Lahore thrased Multan by 17 runs to take 4 points. Coutresy to Razzaler's 50 off 21 balls.

                        The table so far is:
                        1. Lahore 4pts
                        1. Peshawar 4pts
                        1. Faisalabad 4pts
                        4. Sialkot 0pts
                        4. Multan 0pts
                        4. Rawalpindi 0pts
                        Haven't played: Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta

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                          #13
                          Younis played well

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by yaasir:


                            Iss ka to pata nahi...but the reason he is vice captain is because he is the most experienced player next to Moin Khan.
                            exactly
                            ~*~Pakistan hamari jaan, sabse pehley Pakistan~*~

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                              #15
                              Ijaz Jr, Naved Latif put Faisalabad in happy position

                              From our correspondent

                              FAISALABAD: On the second day of their first-round, four-day 46th Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Cricket Championship match against Sialkot, here at the Iqbal Stadium on Tuesday, Faisalabad ran up a total of 351 runs for eight wickets although a full dayís play was not possible again due to the poor light conditions on the ground.

                              On the opening day on Monday, only eight overs could be bowled due to rain and inclement weather, in which Faisalabadís openers had scored 22 runs without being separated. Sialkot skipper Shoaib Malik :biggthumb, the Pakistan all-rounder and off-spinner, had earlier won the toss and put the hosts in first.

                              In the 75 oversí play on the second day yesterday, Faisalabad added as many as 329 runs to their first innings score. And, at the centre of this happy position, was an immensely valuable 164 runs fifth-wicket stand between Pakistan players Ijaz Ahmed Junior and Naved Latif.

                              Only four runs were added to the overnight 22-0 when Jaffer Nazir got through the defences of Mohammad Ramzan, who failed to make any more runs since making seven on Monday. His partner Mohammad Hafeez, however, contributed a worthy 47, that came off 78 balls in just short of an hour and a half and included four boundaries.

                              Three wickets fell with only 71 runs on the board, before Asif Hussain (26) was joined by Ijaz and the two added 56 runs for the fourth wicket. Then, Ijaz took the score to 291 in partnership with Naved.

                              The 35-year-old Ijaz, who played in two Tests and as many One-day Internationals for Pakistan seven years ago, batted a little over four hours, facing 165 deliveries and hitting 12 fours in a fine knock of 94. He was tricked into holing out to Faisal Naved by left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman six runs short of what would have been the 28th hundred of his first-class career.

                              Naved Latif from Sargodha, who turns 28 on the February 21, has appeared in a solitary Test in addition to 11 one-dayers for Pakistan. He went on to make 88 off 180 balls with 15 fours and two sixes. If he had got into three figures, it would have been his first-class careerís eighth century.

                              With half the match already completed, and more bad weather suspected to arrive on the last two days, eventually the issue may be decided only on the basis of which team gets the first innings lead.

                              Scoreboard

                              Sialkot won toss

                              Faisalabad 1st inns (overnight 22-0)

                              Mohammad Hafeez c Khalid b Zahid 47

                              Mohammad Ramzan b Jaffer 7

                              *Misbah-ul-Haq c Khalid b Naved 10

                              Asif Hussain c Imran b Naved 26

                              Ijaz Ahmed Jr c Faisal b Rehman 94

                              Naved Latif c Zahid b Shoaib 88

                              ÜMohammad Salman c Zahid b Shoaib 1

                              Ahmed Hayat not out 13

                              Faisal Afridi lbw b Rehman 22

                              Shahid Nazir not out 12

                              Extras (lb8, w2, nb21) 31

                              Total (8 wkts, 83 overs) 351

                              To bat: Saeed Ajmal

                              Fall: 1-26, 2-48, 3-71, 4-127, 5-291, 6-294, 7-302, 8-335

                              Bowling: Naved-ul-Hasan 20-3-74-2 (1nb, 2w); Jaffer Nazir 21-3-84-1 (6nb); Zahid Saeed 11-0-61-1 (8nb); Abdul Rehman 19-1-73-2 (3nb); Shoaib Malik 12-2-51-2 (3nb)

                              Umpires: Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf. Match referee: Musaddaq Rasool. Official scorer: Tahir Suhaib
                              ~*~Pakistan hamari jaan, sabse pehley Pakistan~*~

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