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Mystery bowler Abrar takes seven-for as Pakistan bowl England out at 281

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  • Abrar Ahmed spins magic in Multan Test.
  • Abrar 13th Pakistani bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings on debut.
  • Zahid Mahmood takes three wickets.

MULTAN: Pakistan debutant Abrar Ahmed mesmerised England on Friday, grabbing seven wickets as the visitors were bowled out at 281 soon after lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Multan.

The 24-year-old — nicknamed “Harry Potter” by friends because he wears glasses similar to those of the fictional boy wizard — spun magic of his own after England won the toss and decided to bat on a turning pitch.

He dismissed Zak Crawley (19), Ben Duckett (63) and Joe Root (eight) in the first two hours, before sending Ollie Pope (60) and Harry Brook (nine) on their way.

Ahmed became the 13th Pakistan bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings on debut.

  • Abrar Ahmed spins magic in Multan Test.
  • Abrar 13th Pakistani bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings on debut.
  • Zahid Mahmood takes three wickets.

MULTAN: Pakistan debutant Abrar Ahmed mesmerised England on Friday, grabbing seven wickets as the visitors were bowled out at 281 soon after lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Multan.

The 24-year-old — nicknamed “Harry Potter” by friends because he wears glasses similar to those of the fictional boy wizard — spun magic of his own after England won the toss and decided to bat on a turning pitch.

He dismissed Zak Crawley (19), Ben Duckett (63) and Joe Root (eight) in the first two hours, before sending Ollie Pope (60) and Harry Brook (nine) on their way.

Ahmed became the 13th Pakistan bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings on debut.

At the break, Ben Stokes and Will Jacks were at the crease with 14 and zero respectively after the first session was extended for Friday prayers.

It was in complete contrast to the first Test, when England smashed 174-0 by lunch on the opening day.

Despite losing wickets regularly, England scored at a brisk pace, with Duckett knocking nine boundaries and a six and Pope cracking five to the rope.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam employed spin as early as in the ninth over, and Ahmed bowled Crawley with a sharp incoming delivery with his fifth Test ball.

He then trapped Duckett and Root leg-before — both given out only after Azam reviewed the on-field calls.

Ahmed made it 167-5 when Pope and Brook miscued aggressive shots and were caught.

Pakistan, aiming to level the series after losing the first Test by 74 runs, included three spinners in the line-up after paceman Naseem Shah was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

The hosts are already without pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, who misses the series following appendicitis surgery, and further injuries have forced them to make three changes.

Fast bowlers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf are out, along with top-order batsman Azhar Ali.

The home side have replaced them with all-rounders Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf and uncapped spinner Abrar Ahmed.

England, on their first test tour of Pakistan since 2005, won the opening match in Rawalpindi by 74 runs.

The final test is scheduled in Karachi from Dec 17.

Teams:

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (captain), Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Zahid Mahmood, Abrar Ahmed, and Mohammad Ali 

England: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (captain), Will Jacks, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, and James Anderson

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Shaheen Afridi’s potential absence from the Bangladesh Test match is attributed to personal circumstances. Jason

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Jason Gillespie, the head coach of the Pakistan Red Ball team, may not be able to attend the Bangladesh Test owing to personal issues, as discussed informally with Shaheen Shah Afridi.

“Shaheen Afridi has accumulated a considerable amount of experience in the game of cricket,” remarked Jason Gillespie.

Jason Gillespie stated that Shaheen had bowled three times as much as Starc in a year. “Shaheen Shah Afridi is also involved in playing leagues across all three formats,” he stated.

The coach of the Pakistan cricket team emphasised the importance of effectively managing the workload of the fast bowlers from Pakistan. He specified that Shaan Masood will be leading the test crew.

“Although I have not yet had the opportunity to meet Shaan in person, I have been maintaining regular communication with him over the phone,” stated Jason Gillespie. Jason Gillespie stated that he encountered captain Babar Azam in Lahore.

The Pakistan team’s training camp for the upcoming series against Bangladesh is scheduled to commence in the first week of August.

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The captain for the Pakistan Shaheens team for the Darwin tour has been announced.

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Sahibzada Farhan, a prominent batsman, has been appointed as the captain of the Pakistan Shaheens’ team for the upcoming four-day matches against Bangladesh A in Darwin, Australia.

The Pakistan Shaheens will engage in two four-day matches against the Bangladesh ‘A’ team, after which they will participate in a tri-series with the Northern Territory team and Bangladesh in Darwin. In addition, they will also take part in the Top End T20 Series, which consists of nine teams.

However, the tour has seen the unfortunate absence of the promising fast bowler Hunain Shah, who has been unable to participate due to an injury. As a result, Qasim Akram has been selected as his replacement in the squad.

The Pakistan Shaheens will depart for Brisbane early on Saturday morning via Dubai. They will journey from Brisbane to Darwin at a later time.

Pakistan’s red-ball head coach, Jason Gillespie, will be traveling to Darwin to serve as the team’s head coach for the two four-day matches.

The Pakistan Shaheens squad

The team consists of Sahibzada Farhan (captain), Haseebullah, Qasim Akram, Kamran Ghulam, Kashif Ali, Khurram Shahzad, Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Huraira, Mubasir Khan, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Omair Bin Yousuf, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tayyab Tahir, Umar Amin, and Mohammad Ali.

The layer support personnel for the team include Jason Gillespie, who serves as the head coach for red-ball matches and will also oversee the camp from 8-13 July. Abdul Rehman is the head coach for white-ball matches and will join the team on 28 July. Mohammad Masroor is the assistant coach-cum-manager and camp commandant from 24 June-7 July. The team also has Mohammad Asad as the physiotherapist, Imranullah as the trainer, and Usman Hashmi as the analyst.

Timetable (all games in Darwin)

On July 14th, we will arrive in Darwin.
19-22 July: Four-day match against Bangladesh ‘A’
26-29 July: Four-day match against Bangladesh ‘A’
On August 4th, there will be a 50-over cricket match against the Northern Territory (NT).
On August 6th, there will be a 50-over cricket match against the Bangladesh ‘A’ team.
From August 9th to August 18th, there will be a nine-team event. High-level T20 Series

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An ex-cricketer proposes Mohammad Rizwan as the skipper for white-ball cricket.

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Mohammad Rizwan, the wicketkeeper batter, has been proposed by former Pakistani bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz to lead the team in white-ball cricket.

The former fast bowler backed Rizwan, who took the Multan Sultans to three straight PSL finals, in an interview with a local news source.

“[Mohammad] Rizwan has demonstrated his leadership abilities by assisting KPK in winning all local competitions in the past, and his record as Multan Sultans’ captain has been steadfast over time. He is the ideal candidate for the position. He declared, “Babar Azam lacks confidence and shouldn’t be considered for the position.

For those who don’t know, Babar Azam, Pakistan’s current white-ball captain, has come under fire after the country’s men’s squad exited the T20 World Cup 2024 early.

In addition, Sarfaraz Nawaz offered significant suggestions for enhancing the selection process in response to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) recent decision to remove former players Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq from the national selection committee.

The former footballer stated, “The selection committee has worked collectively, as was evident during the pre-World Cup press conference, with every member admitting that the team was constituted after consensus.”

“Since every committee member was in charge of the choice, they should all be fired. The whole selection committee failed to live up to expectations.

“If we hope to get the system back on track at all, major surgery is necessary. The removal of Wahab and Abdul Razzaq alone would not be sufficient; a three-person selection committee is required.

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