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My days of watching cricket, for time being, are over: PM Imran Khan

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  • PM Imran Khan says Pakistanis were excited for Australia’s tour.
  • “I am unable to watch. I follow the matches in the papers,” he says.
  • Australian team is being given Presidential-level security, he adds.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has rejected reports of watching a Pakistan-Australia Test match in-person as he said that his days of watching cricket were over for time being.

Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhary during his visit to Pindi Cricket Stadium a few days back during the historic Rawalpindi Test hinted that PM Imran Khan would witness Australia and Pakistan play a Test match.

However, in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, PM Imran Khan said: “Unfortunately, my days of watching cricket, for the time being, are over.”

Australia have returned to Pakistan after almost 24-long-years and the tour witnessed the first Test at Pindi Cricket Stadium, which did attract a massive crowd on all five days, but ended up in a disappointment due to a dead-flat wicket.

International Cricket Council (ICC) also declared the Pindi Cricket Stadium “below average” for the first Test match between Pakistan and Australia and penalised it with one demerit point.

Terming Aussies tour a “much-awaited moment” for the cricket fans, PM Imran Khan said that Pakistanis are a cricket-loving nation; however, because of the war on terror, they have been deprived of cricket for many years.

The prime minister said Pakistanis were awaiting the Australian team’s arrival with great anticipation and excitement as it is a team that is “admired.”

PM’s take on T20s and Test matches

The premier was of the view that between T20 and Test cricket, the former is “great entertainment” with innovative stroke play and brilliant fielding; however, the premier said that the “true test” of a cricketer will always be the five-day format.

Shedding light on the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), he said the board was and Cricket Australia were in talks for a couple of years regarding the historic Australia tour to Pakistan.

The reservations were added when New Zealand pulled out of their Pakistan tour and England stepped back from touring the country recently.

Overall security has ‘improved’

PM Imran Khan said: “The issue was about security and our government has improved the overall security within the country. The Australian team is being given Presidential-level security and our people have been waiting with excitement for this series.

“Apart from the dead pitches, nothing can dampen the cricket fans’ excitement.”

How does the PM follow cricket?

The prime minister, although does not watch matches at stadium, but he follows cricket through papers.

“I am unable to watch. I follow the matches in the papers. Unless the pitches are more responsive we won’t see results,” he added.

PM Imran Khan is looking forward to seeing a few names performing in the series.

“Looking forward to seeing Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi perform during the tour”.

Reliving memories

PM Imran Khan also relived the memories of playing against Australia. “The 1976 tour of Australia when I was barely 23 years old. This was my favourite tour of Australia. In Pakistan, it was in 1982, the match in Lahore when I took 8 wickets on a dead pitch. Chappell brothers and Dennis Lillee were the toughest competitors.”

Indo-Pak bilateral series

“India right now has a racist Hindutva regime preaching racial superiority and hatred for minorities, especially Muslims,” the prime minister said.

“So, there is no forward movement in our relations and cricket is also affected — has become collateral damage,” he said about a possible Indo-Pak bilateral series.

Are fast bowlers better captains?

Shaheen Shah Afridi recently being captain as a fast bowler lifted the maiden trophy for Lahore Qalandars. Pat Cummins is the Test captain of Australia on tour to Pakistan.

PM Imran Khan also opined that fast bowlers make better captains as they habve an edge over others.

“Theoretically, fast bowlers should make better captains. A good captain must have the ability to judge when to use a particular bowler when to change the bowler and assess the field placings accordingly. Fast bowlers have an edge in making these assessments.”

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A glimpse of Sania Mirza’s relaxed moments

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After a hiatus following her most recent Hajj trip, former Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza returned to Instagram.

The 37-year-old has a large global fan base, and those followers are quite curious to discover what daily errands Mirza runs.

Though she had been away from social media on her trip to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj last month, it had been a while since she had disclosed specifics about her time spent with friends and family.

Mirza was pictured chilling out with family and friends in her most recent Instagram image.

With a caption that read “Unrolling the B-roll,” the athlete shared images of herself, her gorgeous kid, Izhaan Mirza Malik, and pals, along with a few inane but artistically pleasing shots that showcased the star’s passion for the arts.

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Is Sajal Aly returning to Bollywood alongside Prabhas?

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Indian entertainment sources have revealed that Sajal Aly is all ready to make her Bollywood comeback with the historical drama “Fauji.” She may appear on film alongside Prabhas, who stars in “Baahubali,” according to reports.

The information states that “Fauji” would be directed by “Sita Ramam” filmmaker Hanu Raghavapudi, who earlier disclosed that the film is a period action drama with a historical fiction setting. It is said that the “unique love story” is set against the “backdrop of war, taking place before India’s independence.”

Prabhas plays a British soldier in the film, which is supposed to also star Indian actor Mrunal Thakur. The “Sinf-e-Aahan” star was contacted by the filmmakers, who wanted to cast a pan-Asian female actor as the second heroine.

The project has the financial support of Mythri Movie Makers, and massive sets are being built in Hyderabad. September of this year is anticipated to see the release of the title.

A formal announcement about the casting specifics is anticipated in the interim.

It is noteworthy that Sajal Aly’s final Bollywood role was in the crime thriller “Mom” from Zee Studios, which costarred Sridevi, Adnan Siddiqui, Nawazudding Siddiqui, and Akshaye Khanna. Prior to the 2016 Uri attack, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and the Film Producers Guild of India forbade Pakistani artists from performing in their nation. This strained relations between the two nations.Indian entertainment sources have revealed that Sajal Aly is all ready to make her Bollywood comeback with the historical drama “Fauji.” She may appear on film alongside Prabhas, who stars in “Baahubali,” according to reports.

The information states that “Fauji” would be directed by “Sita Ramam” filmmaker Hanu Raghavapudi, who earlier disclosed that the film is a period action drama with a historical fiction setting. It is said that the “unique love story” is set against the “backdrop of war, taking place before India’s independence.”

Prabhas plays a British soldier in the film, which is supposed to also star Indian actor Mrunal Thakur. The “Sinf-e-Aahan” star was contacted by the filmmakers, who wanted to cast a pan-Asian female actor as the second heroine.

The project has the financial support of Mythri Movie Makers, and massive sets are being built in Hyderabad. September of this year is anticipated to see the release of the title.

A formal announcement about the casting specifics is anticipated in the interim.

ThisIt is noteworthy that Sajal Aly’s final Bollywood role was in the crime thriller “Mom” from Zed Studios, which costarred Sridevi, Adnan Siddiqui, Nawazudding Siddiqui, and Akshaye Khanna. Prior to the 2016 Uri attack, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and the Film Producers Guild of India forbade Pakistani artists from performing in their nation. This strained relations between the two nations.

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Lahore dramatist Khalilur Rehman was abducted and robbed.

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Drama writer Amna Urooj claimed to be a great admirer and expressed interest in developing a drama in a letter to him, according to the drama writer’s lawsuit.

I was made to sit in a room when I got to the address the woman gave me. My cell phone, cash, ATM card, and other items were taken away by unidentified armed individuals who broke into my room after a while, according to Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s police report.

As to his police report, he was blindfolded and brought to an unidentified place where the suspects asked for an extra Rs 1 million to free him. If they didn’t get their demand, they threw him at the unidentified place and got away.

Based on Qamar’s complaint, the police have opened a case including robbery and kidnapping.

The CIA police have been given charge of the inquiry, and the authorities have said that they are actively looking for the suspects and are optimistic that they will find them quickly.

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