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PCB hands out new women's contracts after settlement of dues
Umaima Sohail, the 21-year-old batsman, was the only new player to be handed a contract

South Africa look to overturn recent record against Pakistan
The hosts have beaten Pakistan only once since late 2013 and will be bothered by how they've started in a World Cup year

Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez ace chase to put Pakistan 1-0 up
Pakistan survived a wobble at the end as South Africa's Hashim Amla-inspired total was shown to be short

Returning Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez key against resurgent South Africa
Pakistan have never lost at St George's Park in three matches, but they'll have to be wary of David Miller, who returns to his favourite ground in South Africa

Mickey Arthur disappointed at loss, but confident in long-term plans
Arthur said he can't fault the attitude and work ethic of his players, but added that the 0-3 loss was unacceptable

Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada end Pakistan resistance for 3-0 sweep
South Africa demonstrated the ruthless instinct that has brought them seven straight series win at home, rounding up the seven Pakistan wickets they needed before lunch

De Villiers to play PSL matches in Lahore
AB de Villiers felt he has "a role to play in helping international cricket return to Pakistan" and this had influenced his decision to be available for the Lahore Qalandars' matches on March 9 and 10

Azhar Mahmood points out inexperience in Pakistan's attack
The Pakistan bowling coach said that the pitch had flattened out and his was a young attack which, admittedly, could have bowled better

PCB insists discussions are "open" for Australia to play in Pakistan
Cricket Australia has said it is not contemplating moving matches from the UAE to Pakistan, but PCB wants a recce done first

Pakistan fight in pursuit of 381 after Quinton de Kock century
Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq counterattacked to hold up South Africa's charge to a 3-0 series win

Sarfraz Ahmed rues 'three bad shots' in Pakistan's collapse
He included his own dismissal among the avoidable ones that he felt had cost Pakistan the chance of getting close to South Africa's first-innings total

Duanne Olivier, Hashim Amla wrest control for South Africa
Duanne Olivier claimed his third five-for of the series before Hashim Amla helped guide South Africa into a 212-run lead with five wickets standing

'Plan of controlling run rate worked' - Amir
Left-arm fast bowler believes it's still only "50-50" despite Pakistan's outstanding bowling day

Mohammad Amir peeved by Sarfraz Ahmed's criticism
'Leave this question,' the fast bowler said when probed about his captain's remarks. 'Are we done?' Five minutes into his press conference, he walked out

'Probably the best I've batted in a session' - Markram
He put on 126 with Hashim Amla, hitting 14 boundaries before lunch alone to quickly put Pakistan on the defensive

Misbah-ul-Haq to play QEA Grade Two cricket ahead of PSL
This is the second time in the last two years that the former Pakistan captain has turned to the lower level in a bid to extend his playing career

Pakistan seamers hit back after Aiden Markram sets punishing tone
Pakistan's bowlers hauled themselves off the canvas after a lethargic start to the Johannesburg Test, taking seven wickets for 33 runs after tea

Pakistan consider changes after 'disappointment' of series defeat
Azhar Ali admitted Pakistan could alter the balance of their side for the third and final Test

No let up for Pakistan as South Africa eye whitewash
South Africa could include two debutants, in Pieter Malan and Zubayr Hamza, while Pakistan are mulling whether to play allrounder Faheem Ashraf

PCB accepts UAE players' apologies
The three players had been handed eight-week suspensions in December, for their tweets criticising the facilities at the Southend Stadium in Karachi during the Emerging Teams' Cup

Zubayr Hamza's wait could be over and he is ready
As the possibility of a Test debut looms, the Cape Cobras batsman says time off during MSL helped channel his game better

Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan back in Pakistan ODI squad
Allrounder Hussain Talat and batsman Shan Masood, who are both uncapped in ODI cricket, were called up to the squad

Nothing wrong with pitches favouring home team - Ottis Gibson
The South Africa coach defended the preparation of pitches suited to seam and swing after the facilities in the first two Tests came in for criticism from Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur

Shadab's injury didn't let us play five bowlers - Mickey Arthur
The Pakistan coach suggested that the legspinner and Faheem Ashraf could return to the side and bolster the batting line-up at the Wanderers

Pakistan bowling 'not up to the mark', laments Sarfraz Ahmed
Pakistan captain critical of his seamers' lack of pace after his team were beaten by nine wickets in Cape Town

Amla injured but Elgar seals South Africa's fourth-morning victory
Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt as South Africa ticked off the 41 runs required for victory

Pakistan live to die another day after spirited fightback
Pakistan battled through an absorbing third day, but defeat is only a matter of time

Centurion, Cape Town pitches not good enough for Test cricket - Mickey Arthur
South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma, who scored 75 on the second day, said the Newlands surface was 'tricky and challenging', but not 'dangerous'

Faf du Plessis' century leaves Pakistan with mountain to climb
Faf du Plessis bounced back from his pair at Centurion with a captain's innings of 103 as South Africa stretched their lead above 200

Soft signal, hard luck, as Pakistan suffer more third-umpire woe

Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier put South Africa in full control at Newlands
Pakistan's batting subsided meekly for the third innings of the series, in spite of a battling half-century from their captain Sarfraz Ahmed

Pakistan stick with under-fire top six for Newlands examination
Sarfraz Ahmed backed his batsmen to come good as he ruled out changes or the inclusion of an allrounder

Knee injury forces Haris Sohail out of South Africa tour
Haris had missed the Boxing Day Test in Centurion, where Shan Masood was named his replacement in the playing XI just 90 minutes ahead of the scheduled start

PSL franchises incurred big losses in first two seasons
Losses ranging from PKR 200 million to 700 million have led the teams to seek a financial restructuring of the league as well as tax exemptions from the government

Vernon Philander's return amps up pressure on Pakistan's middle order
One source of hope for the visitors is the potential presence of Mohammad Abbas, who missed the first Test with a shoulder injury

'Have seen happier dressing rooms than Pakistan's currently' - Flower
The batting coach spoke about Pakistan batsmen's shot selection, the pressure their captain is under and how the players need to adapt

Azhar took a 'clean' catch, on-field decision should have stayed - Sarfraz
The Pakistan captain drew parallel with the catch that dismissed Virat Kohli in Perth, even as the coach Mickey Arthur got one demerit point for 'showing dissent'

Sarfraz laments "mental challenges" of pressure in second innings
Pakistan's captain said the responsibility to turn things around rested with everyone, including the coaching staff, for a problem that's been recurring for the past two years

Olivier, Amla, Elgar shine as South Africa go 1-0 up
Set 149 for victory, the home side got there before tea on the third day to take an early lead in the three-Test series

Faheem Ashraf set for Northants T20 deal
The Pakistan allrounder is expected to sign a two-month deal to take in the T20 Blast

Arthur gives Pakistan's seniors dressing-room dressing down
Coach's focus on the 'soft dismissals' of Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, with talk emerging of 'big changes' in the next Test

South Africa to chase 149 after Olivier takes 11
Pakistan imploded from 101 for 1 to 190 all out on the second day, with the home team's pacers inducing a post-tea collapse

Steyn record lights up bowlers' day out
Pakistan fought back after being bowled out for 181, reducing South Africa to 127 for 5 at stumps

Injury blow for Pakistan as Haris out, Masood in
The Pakistan team management confirmed to ESPNcricinfo the change would have to be made just 90 minutes ahead of the scheduled start in Centurion

Chasing history, Pakistan seek batting solidity against Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada
Having arrived with a strong bowling attack, this could be Pakistan's best-ever chance to finally win a Test series in South Africa

'World-class' Yasir Shah gives Pakistan an advantage - Sarfraz Ahmed
The conditions are expected to favour the seamers, but Pakistan's captain has singled out his legspinner as a potent threat to South Africa's batsmen

Mohammad Abbas ruled out of Centurion Test
The fast bowler is yet to fully recover from his shoulder injury. Shadab Khan is out too, but Fakhar Zaman is fit to play

Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Amir star in warm-up win
Fifties from Sohail and Imam on the final day of the three-day warm-up fixture helped Pakistanis complete a win against Cricket South Africa Invitation XI in Benoni

PSL secures 358% rise for new broadcast deal
A consortium of Blitz Advertising and Techfront beat five other bidders to acquire the rights from 2019 to 2022

Babar Azam, Azhar Ali centuries rescue Pakistanis
Three wickets from seamer Thandolwethu Mnyaka had overseen a disappointing top-order collapse early, with Pakistan reduced to 112 for five at one point

New Multan team owner wants second PSL for youth development
Ali Tareen says he has proposed a 'winter PSL' with teams mostly made up of local talent, played in the actual home cities of the franchises

Wasim Khan hoping to move part of Australia's 2019 tour to Pakistan
Australia are currently scheduled to play five ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE in March

PSL sixth team ownership rights won by Ali Tareen consortium
Ali Tareen, son of businessman and politician Jehangir Tareen, has won the rights to the sixth PSL franchise, formerly known as Multan Sultans

Mixed results for Pakistani bowlers on SA tour's opening day
Fakhar Zaman, who was nursing an injured knee before the tour, batted for the tourists before stumps on the first day in Benoni

PCB to pay nearly USD 2 million to BCCI after losing legal dispute
As is the norm in arbitration cases such as this, the winning party claims legal costs from the losing side, which the BCCI had done

'We now bat better outside the UAE than in the UAE' - Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur
Pakistan's coach has struck up a bullish note upon his team's arrival in South Africa for three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is

PCB reveals PSL franchises' financial accounts in error
Pakistan board issues apology after confidential details meant to be sent to the government in bid for tax exemption are mailed to all franchises too

Sharmeen Khan, pioneer of women's cricket in Pakistan, dies
Along with sister Shaiza, Sharmeen had gone about getting women's cricket in Pakistan officially recognised in the mid '90s

PCB earns rights to 2020 Asia Cup, but no clarity on venue
It will be held in September 2020, a month before the T20 World Cup in Australia

Lahore Qalandars appoint Mohammad Hafeez as captain
After finishing last in the last three editions of the PSL, Lahore Qalandars have turned to Hafeez in a bid to improve their record

Habib Bank lift Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after tense draw
Play was called off due to bad light with HBL six down and needing 83 for an outright win; an unimpressed Misbah skipped the presentation ceremony

Under-fire Sarfraz Ahmed sees possibility of giving up captaincy
'If I make mistakes, or it is because of me that the team is losing then I will definitely think about it, and if there is someone better than me to do the Test captaincy, then he should'

Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan back in Pakistan's Test squad
Bilal Asif misses out, while Shan Masood replaces the retired Mohammad Hafeez. Fakhar Zaman is expected to recover from his knee injury in time to play the Boxing Day Test

After 49 years, New Zealand conquer Pakistan away
William Somerville and Ajaz Patel took three wickets each to help bowl Pakistan out for 156 and seal the series 2-1

Wasim Khan unveiled as PCB's new managing director
Leading light of English cricket administration heads for Lahore with a remit to revamp Pakistan's domestic and international ambitions

Kane Williamson ton, Henry Nicholls 90* put New Zealand in control
Coming together at 60 for 4, the duo added an unbeaten 212 to push New Zealand's lead to 198

Yasir Shah fastest to 200 Test wickets, breaks 82-year-old record
The legspinner took just 33 Tests to reach the landmark as compared to Clarrie Grimmett's 36

Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq tons headline see-saw day
William Somerville's 4 for 75 helped restrict Pakistan's lead to 74 but the hosts struck back with two quick wickets before stumps

Hafeez to retire from Test cricket after ongoing Abu Dhabi game
The 38-year-old allrounder has informed the selectors that he wants to focus on his limited-overs career

Azhar Ali anchors Pakistan in reply to New Zealand's 274
The batsman's unbeaten 62 steered Pakistan to 139 for 3 at stumps after Trent Boult dismissed the openers cheaply

Williamson, Watling hold off Pakistan's surge on even first day
Yasir Shah led the way once again, but the captain's 89 and Watling's resilient 42* have kept New Zealand fighting in the third Test

Starting well the key as series returns to Abu Dhabi for decider
The toss may again prove crucial, lending a distinct advantage to whoever bats first

Leicestershire CEO Wasim Khan frontrunner for PCB MD role
Wasim Khan was understood to have made a favourable impression during interviews and there is a likelihood he could be confirmed as the board's managing director soon

Shaheen Afridi likely to make Test debut in Abu Dhabi
A shoulder injury to Mohammad Abbas in the second Test in Dubai is set to pave the way for the 18-year-old in the deciding Test of the series against New Zealand

Fakhar set to miss Boxing Day Test against SA with knee injury
The opener has aggravated the knee injury that he picked up in October during the T20s against Australia

PSL franchises asked to clear their dues by December 3
Setting aside the ongoing negotiations, the PCB CFO asked the teams to fulfil their outstanding financial obligations, failing which they stand to lose their bank guarantees

Mohammad Abbas set to miss third Test with shoulder injury
The injury, however, is not as serious as initially thought and the seamer could be fit in time for the first Test against South Africa

'Some of the best legspin bowling you'll see' - Arthur on Yasir
The legspinner ripped through New Zealand in the second Test with 14 wickets in the match, returning the second-best figures for Pakistan in a Test

PSL franchises urge PCB to revisit revenue-share model
One of their main demands is to be exempted from government taxes, at least until they break even on their investments

Rabada reclaims No. 1 ICC bowling ranking from Anderson
Yasir Shah has returned to the top ten after his 14-wicket haul, while Jonny Bairstow and Mominul Haque made gains in the batting rankings

Yasir Shah bags 14 as Pakistan wrap up innings win
The legspinner took his second five-for of the game as Pakistan completed a series-leveling win with more than three sessions to spare

'Everyone expects me to pick wickets in UAE' - Yasir
Forget being the world No. 1, being Pakistan's best will do for the 32-year old legspinner

Azhar Ali agrees Somerset return in 2019
Somerset have confirmed the return of Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali as overseas player for the whole of the 2019 season

Yasir Shah's 10-wicket day leaves New Zealand with uphill battle
The legspinner sent New Zealand packing for 90, and followed up his first-innings eight-for by striking twice in the follow-on

There was no pressure of scoring a Test hundred - Babar Azam
For a man with a supposed inaptitude to Test cricket, Babar Azam does end up with an awful lot of big scores in the format

Pakistan declare at 418 after Haris marathon, Babar ton
They had a night's sleep, but Pakistan and New Zealand might well have just carried on unbroken by stumps last night, so similar was the tempo today

Azhar and Sohail make 81 each on attritional first day
Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail summoned the spirits of what had made this Pakistan side so hard to beat on UAE soil

Will Abu Dhabi debacle haunt Pakistan in Dubai?
Pakistan and New Zealand meet in Dubai a few days after an astonishing implosion saw the visitors take a 1-0 lead in this three-match Test series

Abid Ali, Usman Salahuddin show teeth as Pakistan A see off England Lions
Abid Ali and Usman Salahuddin masterminded an impressive run-chase, as Pakistan A chased down 312 to see off England Lions

Arthur confident of Pakistan channeling Abu Dhabi hurt
Pakistan coach believes time off after the shock loss will help side refocus ahead of the Dubai Test

'Oral tradition' of government clearance defines PCB-BCCI verdict
No law requiring government's okay, but ICC dispute panel 'confident' that Indian government would not have cleared series with Pakistan given the political climate

The hits and misses from a low-key PSL 2019 player draft
Ian Bell, who last played for England in 2015, proved to be a surprise pick, while Shahid Afridi found a new home and Brendon McCullum was overlooked

How the six PSL teams stack up after the player draft
AB de Villiers and Misbah ul Haq were picked up by Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi respectively, but what about Steven Smith?

PCB's case against BCCI dismissed by ICC dispute panel
The ICC said the judgement was "binding and non-appealable"

PSL 2019 could herald a homecoming for Fawad Ahmed
Picked by Quetta Gladiators, the spinner could play high-profile cricket in Pakistan for the first time since having left the country, fearing for his life

Live blog - 2019 PSL player draft
The PSL franchises fill up their rosters ahead of the 2019 season

Abu Dhabi win ranks as 'one of our best' - Williamson
Kane Williamson was delighted with the fighting spirit his charges showed as they snatched a dramatic four-run win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi against Pakistan

Struggling Sarfraz laments "soft, cheap dismissals"
The Pakistan captain pointed to Babar Azam's run out as the turning point, while admitting to being disappointed with the shot he himself played to get out

Pakistan to set scene for Smith, Warner comebacks?
PCB and CA mulling pushing ODI series from March to April, with World Cup in mind, even while Pakistan push for games in Pakistan

Debutant Ajaz Patel scripts stunning four-run win for New Zealand
The left-arm spinner took five wickets as Pakistan collapsed spectacularly around Azhar Ali in a chase of 176

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