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Amir granted UK visa, to fly out on Wednesday
It is not clear why Amir's visa was issued later than the rest of the squad's, but his arrival will no doubt boost an inexperienced pace attack

Pakistan hit by Mohammad Amir visa delay
There had been confusion as to the reasons of the delay, with some reports suggesting it was because he has also separately applied for a longer-term spouse visa

Squad for England tour 'best of the best' - Sarfraz
Sarfraz Ahmed believes extensive preparation in the lead up to Ireland's inaugural Test and two Tests in England will help team cope up with difficult challenges

Afridi named in World XI for West Indies charity match
Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera were also among the first group of World XI players confirmed for the side that will be captained by Eoin Morgan

The mysterious snubbing of Fawad Alam
A look at Fawad Alam's record since his last Test match for Pakistan in November 2009

Seen 'better players than Fawad' in last three years - Inzamam
The chief selector says the decision to omit Fawad Alam was based purely on merit

Fakhar, Imam receive maiden call-ups for Ireland, England Tests
With Yasir Shah injured, Shadab Khan becomes the lead spinner. Left-arm quick Rahat Ali returns in place of the out-of-favour Wahab Riaz

Wahab has not won us a game in two years - Arthur
The Pakistan coach says Wahab Riaz's "questionable" work ethic is the reason he has been left out of a list of 25 probables for the England tour

ICC appoints three-person panel for BCCI-PCB dispute
The ICC has set October 1-3 for the hearing on the PCB's dispute with the BCCI, and the decision of the panel will be final

Australia and Pakistan to play tri-series in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe will combine tours of Australia and Pakistan into a T20I triangular series, followed by five ODIs against Pakistan

Asia Cup 2018 moved from India to UAE
The six-team tournament is slated for September; PCB to co-host Emerging Team's Asia Cup with Sri Lanka in December

Yasir Shah out of Ireland, England Tests
Pakistan legspinner will miss the Ireland and England tours after being ruled out for 10 weeks with a hip injury - and that will also disturb Derbyshire as they plan their T20 strategy

Jamshed rejects PCB's corruption charges
The PCB has referred the matter for adjudication to a three-member anti-corruption tribunal

No excuse for teams not to tour Pakistan now - Sarfraz
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed urged the world to change its perception about playing international cricket in the country after the highly successful T20I series against West Indies in Karachi

Babar, Fakhar lead Pakistan to 3-0 sweep
Ramdin's 18-ball 42 the lone bright spot for West Indies as they suffer another heavy defeat to round off short Pakistan visit

Shadab Khan fined for verbal abuse
The Pakistan wristspinner was docked 20 percent of his match fee and handed one demerit point for his send-off to Chadwick Walton

Azam defends his T20 approach after missing out on century
The top-order batsman said that T20 is not played with only power shots, and that his role was to "play the anchor while the team plays around me"

Azam, Talat help Pakistan thrash West Indies and seal series
Both batsmen made sparkling fifties to carry Pakistan to their highest T20I total before West Indies surrendered meekly again in Karachi

Jet-lagged West Indies slump to massive defeat
The chasm between the two sides was in full evidence as Pakistan romped to their joint-highest T20 total before they bowled West Indies out for their lowest

In-form Pakistan heavy favourites against inexperienced West Indies
As Karachi gears up for its first international match in nine years, the mood around the game is not so much about the revival of big cricket in Pakistan as much as its normalisation

Javeria, spinners help Pakistan seal 2-1 series win
Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar returned combined figures of 15-0-41-3 as Pakistan, defending 113, restricted Sri Lanka to 75 for 8

Siriwardene leads rout of Pakistan in record SL win
Sri Lanka posted their first home win in a T20I against Pakistan as Shashikala Siriwardene's four-for flattened the visitors to 72 all out in Colombo

'If you can't field, you can't play for Pakistan' - Arthur
The coach was clear in what he expected off his players, as they prepared for international cricket's return to Karachi

Javeria's record fifty helps Pakistan clinch thriller
Pakistan lose 6 for 38 in small chase before No. 11 debutant Fatima hits boundary off the penultimate delivery to seal one-wicket win

Amir likely to cut down on Tests to prolong career
Mohammad Amir has come to an agreement with Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur that is likely to see him play less Test cricket

Asif Ali, Talat and Shaheen Afridi picked for WI T20Is
Left-arm fast bowlers Rahat Ali and Usman Khan also return to the 15-man squad for the upcoming T20I series against West Indies in Karachi

Ronchi, Shadab seal Islamabad's second PSL title
Asif Ali's three successive sixes off Hasan Ali in the 16th over tilts the scales in Islamabad's favour after a sensational middle-order collapse

Sarfraz awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz on Pakistan Day
Sarfraz became the youngest cricketer to ever receive the award, with only four cricketers bestowed the honour in Pakistan's cricket history

Exhaustive security preparations headline eve of PSL final
A look at security arrangements ahead of Karachi's biggest cricket event in nearly a decade

Spinners lead Pakistan women to 3-0 sweep
Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof claimed all ten wickets among them to roll over Sri Lanka women for 107 in their pursuit of 216

Islamabad, Peshawar eye second title in historic Karachi clash
The National Stadium is set to host its highest-profile game in nearly a decade, with both sides managing to retain most of their best overseas players

Maroof, Mir seal ODI series for Pakistan
Pakistan climbed to the top half of the ICC Women's Championship table with a resounding win against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, on the back of a half-century from captain Bismah Maroof and a four-for from offspinner Sana Mir

Dominant Kamran Akmal propels Peshawar into final
Opener's 27-ball 77 sets up huge total, before bowlers suppress Karachi's steady surge to give Peshawar an opportunity to defend their crown

Avoid players in draft who won't travel to Pakistan - Moin
"Hurting" after the one-run loss to Peshawar Zalmi, the Quetta Gladiators head coach lamented the loss of Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen, who had led them to the playoffs

Peshawar steal one-run win, Quetta knocked out
The silly and the sublime came together in Lahore for a riveting finish as Peshawar Zalmi booked their place in the second qualifier and increased their chances of becoming back-to-back champions

Javeria's ton puts Pakistan 1-0 up
Bismah Maroof helped Pakistan bowl out Sri Lanka for 181 with figures of 3 for 17, completing a 69-run win in Dambulla

CWI offering players '$25,000 to tour Pakistan'
Cricket West Indies is offering its contracted and non-contracted players major pay hikes as an incentive to play the series of three T20 internationals in Pakistan next month

Ronchi blitz fires Islamabad into second PSL final
Luke Ronchi smashes PSL's fastest half-century in Islamabad United's record win; Karachi Kings to meet winner of Quetta and Peshawar in eliminator

Hand injury leaves Misbah in doubt for Qualifier
The Islamabad United captain has suffered a hairline fracture in the side of his hand, near the wrist

Who will go to Pakistan?
Who from the PSL's foreign contingent will travel to Pakistan for the playoffs and final?

Akmal's 107* powers Peshawar into knockouts
Peshawar Zalmi piggy-backed on Kamran Akmal's fourth T20 century, and second fifty-plus score in as many days, to brush aside Lahore Qalandars by seven wickets

Axed Akmal's Lahore Qalandars future in doubt
It is understood that the batsman has not even been travelling to the stadium ever since he was dropped from the side following a poor run in the tournament

Waqar Younis to coach BPL franchise Sylhet Sixers
The former Pakistan captain and coach has inked a two-year deal as head coach of Bangladesh Premier League franchise

Fakhar Zaman's blitz topples Quetta Gladiators
The opener scored 94 off 50 balls, the highest this season, to give Lahore Qalandars their third successive win

Ronchi, Hales make merry as Islamabad secure playoff spot
Kieron Pollard's fighting 73 was not good enough as Multan finished their league campaign with a loss

PSL newsfile: Imad Wasim suffers mild concussion
A round-up of all the top news from the Pakistan Super League

Narine Super Over gives Lahore season's second win
Usman Khan's final-delivery no-ball set up the Super Over, following which Sunil Narine held his nerve with the ball

Karachi set to host Pakistan-West Indies T20Is
Najam Sethi, the PCB chairman, has announced that the matches will be played on April 1, 2 and 3

Denly and Afridi make short work of Multan
Karachi Kings crushed Multan Sultans, first with an authoritative batting performance, led by Joe Denly, and then snuffing out Multan's pursuit on the back of Shahid Afridi's three-wicket burst

PSL newsfile: Gohar relishes 'magic ball' to Sammy
A round-up of all the top news from the Pakistan Super League

Duminy, Samit propel Islamabad to the top

Shaheen Afridi's 5 for 4 ends Lahore's losing streak
A day after captain Brendon McCullum criticised his team's bowling performance, 17-year old left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi responded with a five-wicket haul to help Lahore Qalandars register their first win of the tournament

PSL newsfile: Will Watson travel to Pakistan?
A round-up of news from the Pakistan Super League

McCullum offers to give up Lahore captaincy
After the Qalandars suffered their sixth defeat in six matches this season, McCullum suggested that a leadership change might be the best way forward

Hasan heroics trump Gul six-for as Quetta win
Pakistan's Under-19 captain launched a last-over six off Kieron Pollard to seal a dramatic win that lifted Quetta Gladiators to fourth in PSL standings

Lahore Qalandars blow it in Super Over finish
With the equation reading 45 off 52 balls with eight wickets in hand, Lahore Qalandars should have won this game easily; but they didn't, and Andre Russell's hitting downed them in the PSL's first ever Super Over

Sammy wins Peshawar a thriller on one leg
They had one win from three matches coming into the game and the captain - despite a bad injury - stepped up to deliver another

Bowlers, Pietersen dazzle in Quetta win
Rumaan Raees' knee injury adds to Islamabad United's woes as they slump to their second loss in three matches

Shahzaib Hasan handed one-year ban
Since the PCB provisionally suspended the batsman on March 18 last year, for his role in the PSL spot-fixing saga, his ban is less than three weeks from its end

Bopara, Afridi consign Lahore to third consecutive defeat
Karachi Kings continued their dominance in the PSL by coming back from behind several times during the game to complete a 27-run victory

Sri Lanka women to host Pakistan in March for ODIs, T20Is
All three ODIs will take place in Dambulla and will count for the ICC Women's Championship. The T20 series will shift the action to Colombo for the three matches

Smith 71* in vain as Karachi post second win
Run outs, poor shots hamper Peshawar Zalmi as they slump to second loss in three matches

Umaid Asif's four-for leads Peshawar to big win
The 33-year-old fast bowler, on PSL debut, carved open the heart of Islamabad's batting and led Peshawar's defence of 176

Mills and spinners help Karachi Kings defend 149
The England quick, captain Imad Wasim and Shahid Afridi sliced through Quetta Gladiators' batting line-up and mitigated Karachi Kings' collapse of 6 for 13

Irfan, Sangakkara fashion Multan win on PSL debut
Captain Shoaib Malik plays the finishers' role to perfection as defending champions Peshawar left to rue lack of runs in tournament opener

Shoaib Akhtar appointed PCB brand ambassador
The fast bowler has also been named as advisor to the chairman on cricket affairs, although the scope of his role is unclear

PCB mulls Malaysia as venue for NZ, Australia series
The move stems from the Sharjah Cricket Stadium becoming a sought-after venue for hosting T20 leagues, which, as a result, is coming in the way of Pakistan's scheduling in the UAE

Cash crunch threatens to derail Zimbabwe's season
Pakistan are due to visit Zimbabwe for an all-format tour over July-August 2018, but there is a distinct possibility that the series may not go ahead at all

Thoroughness of Karachi security 'remarkable' - Dickason
The ICC's security consultant was in the city to inspect a security rehearsal for the Pakistan Super League final, scheduled to be held at the National Stadium in March

Fawad century carries Karachi Whites to title
Fawad Alam's 149 ensured Karachi Whites chased down 348 to beat Islamabad to the Regional Cup title

Khurram Manzoor's 100 leads Karachi Whites to final
Karachi Whites chased 282 with ease to beat Peshawar by five wickets in the first semi-final

PCB slaps corruption charges on Nasir Jamshed
The PCB's anti-corruption unit has formally charged the opening batsman for as many as five breaches of their anti-corruption code, to do with fixing, accepting money to improperly influence games as well as inducing other players to indulge in corrupt ac

Khalid Latif's five-year ban upheld on appeal
However, the independent adjudicator has waived away a fine of Rs 1 million that had been placed on him

Santner, Babar rise to the top of T20I rankings
The New Zealand left-arm spinner and the Pakistan batsman took the top spot from Ish Sodhi and Colin Munro respectively

Pakistan U-19 captain Hasan Khan rues missed chances
Four dropped catches and three missed run-outs - had Pakistan taken a few of them, the semi-final against India could well have taken a different course

Gill and Porel power India into World Cup final
The three-time champions will now face Australia in the final on Saturday

Quetta Gladiators pick Jofra Archer in PSL replacement draft
Two days after being picked up by Rajasthan Royals for USD 1.125 million in the IPL auction, the Sussex allrounder was signed as a replacement for Carlos Brathwaite at the PSL draft

Players returned in worse shape after time off - Mickey Arthur
The Pakistan coach said he did not want his players to stop playing T20 and other competitions, but they had to take better care of their fitness while away from the national team

Pakistan clinch series 2-1, claim No. 1 spot on T20I rankings
In a high-pressure, series-deciding, tour-shaping, third and final T20I, Pakistan overpowered New Zealand by 18 runs, setting them a daunting 182 to win and then constricting them in the field

New Zealand, Pakistan battle to end series on a high
Pakistan have the opportunity to secure the world number one T20I ranking with victory in the decider against New Zealand

Najam Sethi backtracks on five-year agreement with West Indies
Najam Sethi has said a five-year plan which sees West Indies tour Pakistan each year is off, but a three-match T20I series in Lahore will go ahead as planned

Fakhar, Babar fifties keep series alive
Pakistan's best batting performance of the tour helped them end New Zealand's 13-match winning streak against them

Jalal-ud-Din appointed head of Pakistan women's selection committee
The PCB also confirmed the appointment of Mark Coles as head coach on a full-time basis

Ruthless New Zealand look to seal series win
New Zealand go into the second T20I looking to stretch their unbeaten run. Can Pakistan keep the series alive?

Zaryab the 'wall' of Under-19 team - Pakistan captain
The opposing captain also praised Ali Zaryab, saying he showed "great maturity" in a tense chase

Zaryab 74* sees Pakistan through to semi-finals
Chasing 190, Pakistan were wobbling at 111 for 5 before Ali Zaryab scored an unbeaten and patient 74 off 111 balls to see his side through

Munro, Southee and Rance dismantle Pakistan
With a seven-wicket win, New Zealand took a 1-0 lead on a surface that wasn't altogether straightforward for T20 cricket

Pakistan hope change in format brings change in fortunes
They are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in T20Is, but New Zealand have a clear psychological edge going into Monday's game at the Westpac Stadium, having won 12 matches on the bounce against Pakistan across formats

Top order batsmen didn't do their jobs this series - Mickey Arthur
Pakistan's coach said that with the World Cup not far away, they needed to become a team that could shake the tournament up

Leicestershire sign Abbas, Sohail as overseas players
Leicestershire have made a double Pakistan pace bowler signing for the 2018 season, with Paul Nixon beginning his tenure as head coach by bringing in Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan to share overseas player duties

Pakistan seal quarter-final berth, Sri Lanka knocked out
A slim and slightly tense chase helped Pakistan seal a three-wicket win and a quarter-final berth, led by a combined five wickets between their quick bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Suleman Shafqat

New Zealand overcome late surge to seal 5-0 sweep
Martin Guptill's 13th ODI century and Matt Henry's four-wicket haul led the way as New Zealand endured a late attack from Pakistan's lower order to seal the series

New Zealand eye whitewash against wilting Pakistan
Can Pakistan end the five-match ODI series with something positive to take into the T20s, or will a sizzling New Zealand hammer the final nail in the visitors' coffin?

Shoaib Malik suffers delayed concussion signs
The Pakistan allrounder was struck on the back of the head while batting in Hamilton and, after suffering signs of delayed concussion, did not take the field for the second innings

Shaheen Shah Afridi razes Ireland U-19 with six-for
Pakistan Under-19 needed less than 40 overs to beat Ireland Under-19

De Grandhomme and Munro overcome Pakistan's fight
It was a contest between the sophistication of Pakistan's bowling attack and the raw power of two New Zealand batsmen named Colin. And as with all other games on this tour, it was the home side who emerged victorious

Pakistan's bid to salvage pride against red-hot NZ
They have been outplayed over the first three ODIs on the tour, and now with the series gone, perhaps they might finally bat with a little more freedom

Pakistan blown away in first 10 overs - Flower
Grant Flower says Pakistan's lack of footwork has been the main reason for their struggles in the New Zealand tour, but it's still not too late to turn it around

Afghanistan U-19s upset Pakistan with Rasooli's 76*
Just like the senior side on Saturday, the Pakistan Under-19 team also suffered a match-changing collapse, losing 7 for 42 as Afghanistan cruised to a five-wicket win

Boult takes five-for, Pakistan routed for 74 in huge loss
In a batting performance so listless that even New Zealand appeared to be embarrassed by the ease with which Pakistan's innings crumbled, the home side rubberstamped their superiority with a mammoth 183-run win

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