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KPL will happen this year, Shahid Afridi snipes at BCCI

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KARACHI: Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi, who often raises his voice for Kashmir, gave a clear message to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) will happen to take place this year.

Speaking to the press, after being signed as the brand ambassador of KPL 2 at a local hotel on Thursday, Afridi said the league is an opportunity for young cricketers and no one can take it away.

“Would you like to give any message to BCCI and Indian cricket fans about KPL season 2,” Afridi was asked during the press conference. “I just want to tell them, ‘KPL 2 is happening’,” Afridi replied.

Last year, BCCI threatened foreign players and asked them to pull out of the KPL. As a result, a couple of foreign cricketers withdrew from the event at the very last moment.

Meanwhile, the cricketer announced to play a couple of matches in the upcoming edition of the league from Jammu Janbaz.

“They [KPL management] are not letting me retire,” said Afridi, who was signed as a mentor of the newly-introduced franchise.

“I will try my best to play a couple of matches. It’s the love of my fans who still want to watch me playing,” he added.

It must be noted here that KPL season 2 is planned to take place from August 1 to 14 in Muzaffarabad. 

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PSL 2023: Islamabad United win toss and put Multan Sultans to bat

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In the 24th fixture of the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Islamabad United have won the toss and opted to bowl against Multan Sultans.

At the moment, United are in the second spot on the points table with 10 points, having lost only two of the seven matches they have played during the tournament so far.

The Sultans, with eight points, rank at number three — having won four of the seven matches they have played so far.

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Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (c), Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Ilyas, Ihsanullah

Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan (c), Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mubasir Khan, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Fazalhaq Farooqi

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Hamza Ali Abbasi to make TV comeback in serial ‘Jaan-e-Jahan’

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Renowned Pakistani film and television actor Hamza Ali Abbasi is all set to stage his come-back on the tv screen with upcoming drama serial “Jaan-e-Jahan”, the actor announced on Tuesday. 

Abbasi informed his followers regarding his return to the TV screen on his official Instagram handle by sharing a teaser of an upcoming project.

He wrote in his post: “Happy to introduce you to the captivating world of our upcoming project Jaan-e-Jahan written by Rida Bilal, directed by Qasim Ali Mureed,”.

He further wrote that “the drama is produced by Samina Humayun Saeed and Sana Shahnawaz coming soon on a TV screen near you.”

The actor has showcased his acting talent in many well-known dramas before but had announced his decision to withdraw from the showbiz industry over a year ago to devote more of his time to religion.

The actor’s last performance as Noori Natt in Bilal Lashari’s ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt‘, one of Pakistan’s highest-grossing films of all time, had his fans gripped to the screen. He had starred alongside Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan in Lashari’s magnum opus.

In an exclusive interview with Geo TV earlier, Abbasi had spoken of his role in “The Legend Maula Jatt” project that was touted as the game-changer and saviour of Pakistani cinema while dishing on the challenges he faced in the process of transforming into the barbaric Noori Natt.

“It takes a lot of guts to handle the kind of pressure that comes with such projects but you eventually get the courage to deal with it,” Abbasi had said.

Abbasi had further added that if one chooses to do such projects then they must ‘learn to tackle the challenges that come with it’ while adding: “As for us; me and Bilal [Lashari], we have become immune to it now.”

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In pictures: PSL trophies over the years

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A brand new trophy was unveiled for the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.

The 24-carat “Supernova Trophy” was revealed at the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore and has left fans reeling. 

The PSL trophy is more than just an award, it is in many ways the biggest trophy a cricket team can win in Pakistan, given that in the last 8 years, PSL has come to be deeply loved by fans. 

At such a time, let’s take a look at the journey of PSL trophies over the years. 

PSL 2016

The trophy was taken home by winners of the first-ever PSL tournament, Islamabad United, in 2016. —  Facebook/LIVEPSL4
The trophy was taken home by winners of the first-ever PSL tournament, Islamabad United, in 2016. —  Facebook/LIVEPSL4

PSL 2017

The trophy of the second edition of PSL, won by Peshawar Zalmi in 2017. — Facebook/LIVEPSL4
The trophy of the second edition of PSL, won by Peshawar Zalmi in 2017. — Facebook/LIVEPSL4

PSL 2018

A photograph of the trophy won by Islamabad United in 2018 after being crowned champions for the second time. — Facebook/LIVEPSL4
A photograph of the trophy won by Islamabad United in 2018 after being crowned champions for the second time. — Facebook/LIVEPSL4

PSL 2019 

The trophy was won by Quetta Gladiators in 2019. — Facebook/LIVEPSL4
The trophy was won by Quetta Gladiators in 2019. — Facebook/LIVEPSL4

PSL 2020-2022

It must be noted that in 2020, the PCB announced that the PCB trophy revealed that year was here to stay. Therefore, between 2020 and 2022, the same trophy was used, and the winning team’s name was embossed on it each of the three years.

The trophy was taken home by Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively. — Twitter
The trophy was taken home by Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively. — Twitter

PSL 2023

It is yet to be seen who will win this years Supernova Trophy revealed on February 9, 2023. — PCB/@TheRealPCB
It is yet to be seen who will win this year’s “Supernova Trophy” revealed on February 9, 2023. — PCB/@TheRealPCB

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