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Babar Azam becomes player with second-highest T20I hundreds

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After Babar Azam scored his third T20I century during a five-match series against New Zealand at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday, the Pakistan skipper is close to beating the record of Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma, who currently tops the International Cricket Council (ICC) list with four centuries.

Babar is the only Pakistan batter with more than one ton in the format. The hundred puts Babar close to the top of the list of batters with most T20I tons.

Following Rohit and Babar are Czech player Sabawoon Davizi (3 tons and 5 fifties), Australia’s Glenn Maxwell (3 tons and 10 fifties), New Zealand’s Colin Munro (3 tons and 11 fifties) and Indian Suryakumar Yadav (3 tons and 13 fifties).

Helping his side to a 2-0 lead, the Pakistan skipper put on a 99-run opening stand with wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan.

However, Rizwan was dismissed by Matt Henry, who also bowled out Fakhar Zaman in the next ball.

During the match, Babar managed to score his half-century on merely 36 balls and then slammed 51 runs off the next 22 deliveries, including 36 runs off the last three overs.

Babar smashed James Neesham for two fours and a six in the last over, completing his 100 runs off the final ball of the innings.

The performance of the skipper — who also shared an unbeaten 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed — helped his side restrict their opponents to 154/7.

It is pertinent to mention here that both Babar and Rohit have 33 scores of fifty or more in T20Is, second only to Virat Kohli, who has 38 such scores.

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PSL 9 match security details released

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The PSL will see over 16,000 police officers handling security responsibilities since matches in Rawalpindi and Multan will have a security strategy in place.

Colin Munro and Tymal Mills of Islamabad United landed in Lahore, and the team will play Lahore Qalandars to open the season.

Mohsin Naqvi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announced that the PSL’s ninth season will start on February 17.

He stated that the duration of the traffic closure would be limited and that the public would be notified about other routes through the media in a timely manner. He also directed that effective management be made to preserve fluency for the convenience of the people.

The Lahore DIG Operations Police announced that around 7000 people will be assigned to a security strategy that would guarantee spectators, including cricket players, complete security.

According to the security plan, residents would be permitted entry after completing four levels of security, and 13 SPs, 36 DSPs, and 81 inspectors would be stationed. The situation would also be continually monitored by the Punjab Safe City Authority’s cameras.

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PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi requests an in-depth spending report.

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Mohsin Naqvi, the recently elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has started a thorough investigation of the organization’s spending.

The request, which is aimed at the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), highlights the organization’s careful attention to financial management.

Information obtained from people with knowledge of the situation reveals that the scope of the spending report includes all aspects of PCB’s business.

These consist of funding for the Pakistan cricket team, expenditures for sports personnel, and match-related costs. Furthermore, the report will give information on the PCB’s yearly budget and player compensation.

Chairman Naqvi’s decision is more than just a formality; it reflects a deeper desire to link spending to the national cricket team’s results.

It is believed that Chairman Naqvi is eager to examine the monetary outlays in comparison to the results achieved on the field, suggesting a calculated approach to resource distribution.

Chairman Naqvi is scheduled to call a briefing with the PCB’s senior brass after the comprehensive report has been prepared.

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Cyberattack on PSL 9 ticket purchasing website

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The franchise league announced that a hack occurred on Tuesday night on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 online ticketing site.

The league revealed that the PSL ticket partners’ technical staff is working to resolve the issues brought on by the website hack.

PSL stated, “The [HBL PSL 9] ticketing website (http://pcb.tcs.com.pk) has been the target of a cyberattack.”

“The ticketing partners’ technical staff is effectively resolving the issue. We anticipate a prompt resolution and hope that the service provider’s website will soon be back up and running.

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