From: Tafheem Printers Pakistan’s legendary former batsman Javed Miandad, in an interview with inews.co.uk, stated that it was too soon to drop veteran batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq after their horrible recent form in Test cricket. The legendary former batsman claimed that the coaching staff needed to earn its salaries by helping the veteran batsmen through this lean patch. “Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have received criticism for their recent performances, but it’s too soon to drop them. The Pakistan coaching staff needs to earn their salaries and work on restoring Azhar and Asad’s confidence and I’m sure better results will follow for both players,” Miandad said. “Azhar Ali has been given the captaincy due to a lack of other candidates which isn’t the right way to go about this,” he added. The 63year-old believed that Pakistan did not groom its leaders while relying on personal choices to fill the role. “The problem is that in Pakistan, captaincy seems to be given to individuals based upon whim and leaders are never groomed as they are in England. The result is that a Pakistan captain learns on the job instead of using his knowledge and experience, which is totally incorrect and people who have poor leadership skills are elevated into this role,” he said. “Our domestic system used to produce good captains but the way the new changes are going, this will become much more difficult to achieve,” he added. Miandad believed that Pakistan had the ability to bounce back in the series if they learn from past mistakes. “Pakistan must not feel that they are out of this series. They made some mistakes in the first Test and lost from a winning position. But, as long as the Pakistani batsmen can learn from their mistakes and put up fighting totals, this Pakistan bowling attack has the edge over England’s batsmen, so don’t be surprised if this series finishes 1-1,” he concluded. Play can begin at 10.30am, half an hour early, during the thrid Test between England and Pakistan if time has been lost earlier in the match to rain or bad light. The revised start times will come into effect during the final match of the three-Test series, starting at the Ageas Bowl on Friday. It follows discussions surrounding the second Test, at the same venue, which ended in a draw when poor weather meant only 134.3 overs were bowled for the match, the equivalent of less than one and a half days' play of the scheduled five, even though the match finished late on the fifth day. Announcing the change on Thursday, the ECB said consideration would be given to having earlier start times during future Test series in England also. "Following positive discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board, (ECB) the International Cricket Council (ICC), led by match referee Chris Broad and various stakeholders including broadcast partners, the ECB and the ICC have agreed to revised start times ahead of the #raisethebat third Test starting on Friday at the Ageas Bowl," the ECB said in a statement. "The flexible approach will enable the prospect of making up time for inclement weather during the morning session of subsequent days rather than at the end of the day. "The match officials will ensure that light is monitored to maximise playing time while it is still safe to do so. The safety of the players is still the number one priority for this protocol." The revised start times have been agreed with the captains and coaches of England and Pakistan. Chris Silverwood, the England head coach, said on Wednesday there would be "no complaints from us" if play start times were brought forward by half an hour in the case of play being lost to bad weather. If early start times are to be used, the match referee, groundstaff and the ECB match manager will meet to discuss the start times for the next day after the conclusion of play on the first day. If the forecast looks good for the next morning, there will be an option to commence play at 10.30am. The final decision will be made by Broad, as match referee, who will confirm the revised playing times, with the most likely schedule being a 10.30am start with 98 overs to be bowled in the day and a 6pm scheduled close, going to 6.30pm for an extra 30 mins to bowl overs with a 7pm cut off for extra time for bad weather during the day. The morning session would last twoand-a-half hours if the start time was adjusted. in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (four-day first-class and threeday non first-class), National T20 Cup (first and second XIs), Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament (first and second XIs) and the National U19 cricket tournament (three-day and one-day). International stars added to the coaching panel are: Abdul Razzaq (46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is), Aizaz Cheema (seven Tests 14 ODIs and five T20Is), Basit Ali (19 Tests and 50 ODIs), Faisal Iqbal (26 Tests, 18 ODIs), Ghulam Ali (three ODIs and 167 first-class matches), Humayun Farhat (one Test and five ODIs), Irfan Fazil (one Test, one ODI) and Zafar Iqbal (eight ODIs). Besides these international cricketers, seven other former first-class cricketers will make their coaching debuts in the upcoming domestic season. They are: Aftab Khan, Aslam Qureshi, Fahad Masood, Habib Baloch, Hafiz Majid Jahangir, Hanif Malik, and Mohammad Sadiq. The coaches, who have been retained for the 2020-21 season, are: Abdul Rehman, Akram Raza, Bilal Ahmed, Fahad Akram, Hussain Khosa, Iqbal Imam, Kamran Khan, Mazhar Dinari, Mohammad Masroor, Mohammad Wasim, Rafatullah Mohmand, Saeed Anwar Junior, Sajjad Akbar, Samiullah Niazi, Saqib Faqir, Shahid Anwar, Shoaib Khan, Tahir Mahmood, Tanvir Shaukat, Wasim Haider and Zahoor Elahi. The coaches, whose contracts The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced a starstudded line-up of coaches for the National High Performance Centre (HPC) and six Cricket Associations for the 2020-21 domestic cricket season. The list of coaches is headed by Pakistan’s fourth highest Test run-getter and second most runs scorer in ODIs, Mohammad Yousuf, who has been appointed as the batting coach at the National High Performance Centre (NHPC) in Lahore. Joining Yousuf at the NHPC is former wicketkeeper Atiq-uzZaman and tear away fastbowler Mohammad Zahid. With Mushtaq Ahmed already working as spin bowling consultant, the NHPC is now fully loaded with experienced coaches to hone the skill and talent of promising young cricketers and prepare them for challenges at the highest level. Mohammad Yousuf, former Pakistan captain: “My ambitions in making a career in coaching are an open secret but it was all about the timing and a proper roadmap for our future cricket in which I could contribute effectively. I believe this is the right time for me to start my second innings as I can sense the intent and optimism in the approach. This will be an exciting and challenging task but I am up for it and look forward to making a meaningful contribution.” Cricket Association coaches The PCB has also confirmed 36 coaches for the six Cricket Associations, which will feature will not be renewed for the 2020-21 season, are: Arshad Khan, Raj Hans (both Balochistan), Ijaz Ahmed Junior, Naveed Anjum (both Central Punjab), Kabir Khan, Sajid Shah (both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Manzoor Elahi and Tahir Mahmood (both Northern), Azam Khan, Tauseef Ahmed, Shaukat Mirza (all Sindh) and Javed Hayat (Southern Punjab). National Men’s Selection Committee reshuffled Following changes of first XI head coaches, there has been a reshuffle in the men’s national selection committee. Abdul Razzaq (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Basit Ali (Sindh), Faisal Iqbal (Balochistan) and Shahid Anwar (Central Punjab) will now join Abdur Rehman (Southern Punjab) and Mohammad Wasim (Northern) in Misbah-ul-Haq’s men’s national selection panel. National High Performance Centre coaches Atiquz Zaman (fielding/wicketkeeping coach), Mohammad Yousuf (batting consultant/coach) and Mohammad Zahid (fast bowling coach). Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling consultant/coach, retained) Cricket Association coaches (2020-21 domestic season) Balochistan First XI – Faisal Iqbal (coach), Wasim Haider (assistant coach) Second XI – Habib Baloch (coach), Shoaib Khan (assistant coach) England’s former cricketer-turnedcommentator Michael Vaughan, in an interview with Cricbuzz on Wednesday, backed Pakistan to surprise teams during the ongoing World Test Championship. The former cricketer believed that the Men in Green would be very hard to beat particularly in familiar conditions such as Pakistan and the UAE. “I just wonder whether that last day at Manchester is going to hurt them [Pakistan] because they are an exciting team. They are going to surprise a few teams particularly when they are playing in their own conditions or in the UAE. I think they are going to be very difficult to beat because all their players look like they have got a little bit of something about them. They have got a great deal of character,” Vaughan said.The 45-year-old claimed that he enjoyed watching the Pakistan side perform during the ongoing series against England while praising the Men in Green’s skills and determination. “I really enjoyed watching them even though we didn’t get a great deal of play in the second Test. I thought they showed skill, determination and lots of attrition with the bat. This is not generally what I have seen from Pakistan in English conditions particularly when the ball is zipping around. They have always been fine when it has been flat but when the ball has been swinging around, I have always felt that the batting unit could collapse in a heap,” he said. “In that second Test I thought they showed great determination and skill. You have got Misbahul Haq, Younis Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed and Waqar Younis in the coaching department; it is no surprise that they are showing all the strong traits of a good side,” he added. Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir has asked the team management to be patient with Naseem Shah as the rookie pacer is still at the learning stage in his Test career. While speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Tanvir said that Naseem still requires improvement in his limited-overs game. “I rate Naseem very highly in red-ball cricket. However, he still needs to work on his game in white-ball cricket. At a very young age, he knows the art of bowling and has the ability to swing the ball both ways. But still he is immature and you can’t expect him to win Test matches for Pakistan right now,” said Tanvir. “International cricket is a different ball game. However, Naseem has all the elements required in a good fast-bowler. I hope he serves Pakistan for a long time,” The left-arm pacer is disappointed after being ignored for national selection despite performing consistently in the domestic competitions. “I don’t find a logical reason for selectors to ignore me. As far as age is concerned, Sohail Khan is older than me and Wahab Riaz is also there with the team. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are also playing, who are much older than all the names I mentioned. Performance should be the criteria for selection and not age. The goal is to win matches for Pakistan, so any player who can contribute should be preferred regardless of his age,” he said. “An experienced player will be beneficial for the team as he can share his experience with the younger players in the team. Coaching staff can’t help you on the field, so you need seniors in the team to help the youngsters. Performance has never been an issue with me. I have performed consistently in the last two seasons of PSL as well as National T20,” he added. The 35-year-old is still hoping for a national recall after a change in the coaching setup last year. “I have been out of the national side for last three years. Mickey Arthur had a different mindset and wanted to have a young team. I understand every coach has a different point of view, but I was hoping to be considered by the new setup and still hopeful,” he said. The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was postponed indefinitely due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, before the playoffs stage. Tanvir wants the remaining matches to take place, as the competition deserves a proper end and it was best if the result was decided on the pitch. “Ideally, the matches should take place. Although winning the title is an achievement but we want PSL to be more successful and the fans should get to enjoy cricket. It is more fulfilling to lift the trophy after winning the final. Bayern Munich's astonishing form under Hansi Flick has taken them to the brink of a treble after they dispatched Lyon 3-0 in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, and the stage is now set for a fascinating final battle between the German giants and Paris SaintGermain. "This is what you dream of as a footballer –- playing against the best in Europe. And we're able to do that, I'm excited," Bayern's Canadian full-back Alphonso Davies told BT Sport. Flick's team once again confirmed what an unstoppable attacking force they can be at the Estadio Jose Alvalade as Serge Gnabry's first-half brace took the Germany winger to nine in nine Champions League appearances this season and Robert Lewandowski's late goal left him on 55 altogether for the campaign. The Bavarians are the first team to win their first 10 matches of a Champions League campaign and now hope to make it 11 out of 11 when they face PSG. They exude confidence, as you would expect for a side on a run of 20 straight victories overall. "Nobody scares us, we are Bayern Munich. We have had a great season and now we need to finish it off by winning the Champions League," said defender Benjamin Pavard. But Bayern are clearly vulnerable. They play with a such high line that there is always a risk they will be caught out. Memphis Depay and Karl TokoEkambi both missed glorious chances to put Lyon ahead before Gnabry opened the scoring. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar or Angel Di Maria may not be so profligate come Sunday. "We know that there is an element of risk in the way we play. We play a very high line and it's not easy to defend, but we will analyse it and try to do better against Paris," admitted David Alaba. It promises to be a fascinating final, between two super-clubs who gorge on winning everything domestically to the extent that one defeat in Europe can become an all-consuming drama. PSG have won seven of the last eight French titles and have just completed a fourth domestic treble in six seasons. Bayern are fresh from winning the German league and cup double. They have won the Bundesliga in the last eight seasons. These are the fourth and fifth-richest clubs in the world, according to the most recent Deloitte Football Money League. Bayern's turnover last season was 660.1 million euros ($781.9m). PSG, propelled to the forefront of the European game under Qatar's ownership, were just behind with 635.9 million euros. Only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United stood above them. The stage is set, then, for a super-club showdown between two teams not used to failure. - Lyon set to sell stars - Bayern have won the trophy five times before although they have also been losing finalists on five occasions, including twice in the last 10 years. They know how painful defeat in a Champions League final is. PSG, on the other hand, are preparing for their first ever final in the competition. But they will not be there just to enjoy the occasion. Even super-clubs cannot take getting to a Champions League final for granted. But both are powerful enough to know they will probably get the chance again in future. For Lyon, in contrast, such a stage is maybe just beyond them. Twice now they have got to the semi-final only to be well beaten by Bayern. The biggest consequence of their exit is that, having performed poorly in Ligue 1, they will not be in Europe at all in the new season. Even for a club ranked 17th on Deloitte's rich list, that is likely to spell trouble, and they will be tempted to sell some prized assets. The transfer window in Europe will be open until early October this year and the continent's giants are well aware of the talent in Rudi Garcia's team. Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele were already being linked to moves elsewhere before starring in Lisbon. "We have the basis of a good side. There will be departures but I am not worried about that," said Lyon sporting director Juninho. "When you have players who have played really well in the competition like Houssem and Moussa, you risk losing some players." National Herald Tribune, Friday, August 21, 2020
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