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Fakhar Zaman bags ICC Men’s Player of the Month award after stunning ODI streak

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Some recent scintillating performances by Pakistan’s opening batter Fakhar Zaman have bagged him the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Player of the Month award for April 2023, the cricket governing body announced on Tuesday.

The in-form batter had been named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month after a stunning month in April.

“He [Zaman] beat out tough competition from Sri Lanka spin wizard Prabath Jayasuriya, and emerging New Zealand batter Mark Chapman,” a press release by ICC stated.

The ICC said that Fakhar led the charge for Pakistan as they pulled off their second-highest ODI run-chase in Rawalpindi late in the month.

The opener smashed an unbeaten 180 to help Pakistan chase down a target of 337 against the visiting New Zealand side to go 2-0 up in the series.

Fakhar’s knock came with 17 boundaries and six massive sixes as Pakistan won with 10 balls to spare in a high-scoring contest. 

This was the left-hander’s second ton in as many matches during April with his 117 off 114 balls helping Pakistan chase down 289 in the first game at the same venue.

Fakhar led the run-chase from the onset, only being dismissed in the 43rd over, by when Pakistan were well on their way to chase down the winning score. He won the Player of the Match award for his efforts.

The left-hander started the month with a rapid 47 in the first T20I in Lahore against New Zealand, playing a part in the home side’s thumping 88-run victory. While he didn’t click in the next two T20I matches, Fakhar stormed into form in ODIs, a format he has always thrived in

Fakhar now has 3,148 ODI runs at an average of 49.71 and a strike-rate of almost 95 during his 67-match career and the Pakistan opener said it was a great thrill to claim the coveted award.

‘Truly an honour’

“It is truly an honour for me to be named ICC Player of the Month for April,” Fakhar said.

“This month has been one of the highlights of my career and it was an amazing feeling to play in front of my own people in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi,” he said.

Sharing his personal favourite: the hard-hitting batter said: “I really enjoyed scoring back-to-back centuries in Rawalpindi, but my favourite was the 180 not out in the second match.

“I hope to continue the momentum leading into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and make Pakistan cricket fans happy and proud with my performances.”

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Gary Kirsten’s PCB report comments are criticized by a former Pakistani cricket player.

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In a recent report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), former Test cricketer Atiq-uz-Zaman took issue with comments made by national white-ball men’s head coach Gary Kirsten.

The factors that led to Pakistan’s terrible performance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 were allegedly listed in a confidential report that Kirsten authored for the PCB and had leaked to the public.

After an agonizing loss to archrivals India and an unexpected loss to co-host the United States of America (USA) in the campaign’s opening match, the former champions were unable to progress to the Super Eights stage.

The fitness and discipline problems with the Pakistan cricket team were brought to light in Kirsten’s assessment. But rather than offering a solution, Atiq-uz-Zaman scolded Kirsten harshly for complaining to the PCB.

As soon as Gary Kirsten entered, she began to whine. Why are you complaining to the board if you possess the necessary leadership abilities? During your visit, you ought to have found a solution. In light of this, I hope they perform well and cross my fingers, although Atiq expressed doubt about a speedy resolution.

A similar sentiment was expressed yesterday by former Pakistani captain Salman Butt, who said that management had to be doing rather than whining.

wouldHowever, Butt was questioned about whether Shaheen Afridi’s reported misbehavior will result in any consequences from the authorities during his appearance on ARY News’ Sports Room program.

Reacting to this, the former captain underlined that Shaheen Afridi should have been selected for every World Cup match, but instead the management continued to do so.

“They should have dropped him and gone with another player if he wasn’t disciplined,” Butt said.

“However, I believe anyone can do that if you gave him every chance in spite of all these problems and are now whining. Why give [famous people] such large wages when there’s no real benefit? questioned Salman Butt.

“It is the responsibility of management to act, not to complain,” he said.

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In lifting and table tennis matches with India, Pakistan won both gold medals.

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After overcoming his Indian opponent in the World Strength Lifting Championships held in Kazakhstan, Muhammad Usman of Pakistan took home the gold medal in the 85 kg weight class.

In the category for inclined bench press, Muhammad Usman also took home a silver medal.

At the 11th World Strengthlifting Championship in Kazakhstan in 2024, Muhammad Usman, a Pakistani strength lifter, makes history!”
Muhammad Usman, a Pakistani athlete, dedicated his competition victory to the Palestinian people, who are subjected to ongoing brutality at the hands of the Israel Defence Forces. (IDF).

After defeating Indian player Akshak in the Sharjah final of the TTC Open International Table Tennis, Pakistan’s Arham bin Farrukh took home the gold medal in the Under-21 category.

At the TTC Open International Table Tennis in Sharjah, Pakistan’s Arham bin Farrukh won the gold medal in the Under-21 division after defeating Akshak, an Indian player, in the playoffs.

The winner of the open division was Arham bin Farrukh. When she defeated her Indian opponent in the championship game, she exclaimed, “I won the bronze medal.”

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Chairman, PCB Heads Meeting: Jason Gillespie, Gary Kirsten and the Committee for Selection

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PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi declared that the National Cricket Team will not include any player involved in misconduct and that there would be a zero-tolerance approach on disciplinary matters.

Chairman PCB announced during a thorough discussion on cricket matters that all players would need to play domestic cricket and that a fitness test would be required every three months.

He claimed that a new process would be developed for players looking to obtain a Nod of clearance for overseas leagues, and that N.O.C. would only be granted to those who satisfy the requirements.

The selection committee’s inclusion of head coach Gary Kirsten and bowling coach Jason Gillespie was also approved by the meeting.

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