The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to impose a 15% fine on salary of players who will fail their fitness tests. PCB has stepped up its efforts to ensure that all players are well-conditioned for the upcoming tours. The players will be tested in five major areas namely fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed endurance and cross-fit, with all five areas carrying equal marks.
Pakistani cricketers went viral worldwide for their generosity after sharing their dinner table with an Indian cab driver after he refused to accept the taxi fare from the players in Brisbane, Australia. The incident garnered a great deal of praises after it was narrated by ABC radio presenter Alison Mitchell, in which she narrated the story about the heartwarming gesture of Pakistani players to former Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has filed damages claim against IMG Reliance, an Indian firm, which pulled out of a deal to broadcast Pakistan Super League (PSL) in India. IMG Reliance pulled out the deal because of deteriorating political ties between India and Pakistan after Pulwama attack. PCB then had to scramble for another broadcaster at last moment.
Humaira Farrukh is Pakistan’s first-ever female umpire who has officiated in more than 170 matches at different levels, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board. In order to highlight fruitful effects of efforts to promote the game, the PCB website highlighted the achievements of Humaira Farrukh in an article. Humaira is the only one in her family to pursue a career in sport.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named former Pakistan captains Misbahul Haq and Waqar Younis as the head coach and bowling coach of the Men in Green. Misbah has also been given the added responsibility of being chief selector of national side. Misbah was confirmed as Pakistan men’s national team head coach in all three formats on a three-year contract.
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella and all-rounder Thisara Perera are not keen on traveling with the team to Pakistan for 3 ODIs and T20I series. Both players have sought permission for their participation in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which will be played from 4th of September, clashing with the dates on which the Sri Lankan team will be touring Pakistan.
The playoffs and final of fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held in Lahore while Karachi will host opening ceremony on February 20. A meeting between franchise owners and PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani concluded with decision to play the entire fifth season in Pakistan. Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi have been picked as four cities to host entire tournament.
In order to bring high fitness standards in Pakistan’s cricket team, Wasim Khan, the managing director of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has pledged to discourage the culture of Biryani and Daal Chawal in players’ diets. While speaking in a PTV Sports’ TV show, Khan said the board will hire qualified nutritionists to keep a close watch on cricketers’ daily diet.
According to reports by a local news channel, following Amir’s decision, Wahab Riaz has also decided to retire from Test cricket. The 34-year-old left-arm fast bowler, who is currently playing the Global T20 League in Canada is expected to formally announce the decision upon his return to Pakistan. Wahab’s decision, like Mohammad Amir, seems to be taken to prolong his limited-overs career.
Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s franchise Multan Sultans’ owner Ali Tareen has clarified on the issue regarding team’s annual franchise fee. Tareen said that the team was bought close to the start of HBL PSL4, which is why the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked them to pay a portion of the franchise fee upfront and the remainder after the tournament.