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T20 World Cup: Two Pakistanis make it to ‘Team of the Tournament’

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The most valuable team of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has been announced following the completion of the tournament, which includes players from semi-finalists Pakistan.

England won the T20 World Cup Sunday — becoming the sport’s first dual white-ball champions, holding both the 50 and 20-over titles — after beating Pakistan in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Among 11 players, two are included from the Pakistan team, two from India, four from England with one each from South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Let’s take a look at the Upstox Team of the Tournament: 

Shadab Khan – Pakistan

Pakistan’s all-rounder nailed throughout the tournament with 98 runs coming at a strike rate of 168.96. Shadab took 11 wickets at an average of 15 with his economy rate of 6.34 which kept things tight for the team through middle overs. 

Shaheen Shah Afridi – Pakistan

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi started the tournament strong after his knee injury but the setback in the final sent him back to the pavilion and he failed to bowl his final two overs. 

Shaheen helped the team when it needed him the most by dismissing Finn Allen in the opening over in the semi-final against New Zealand and Alex Hales in the first over of the final. 

Virat Kohli – India

The India batter produced a major tournament by finishing as the highest run-scorer in the tournament. He scored 296 runs with an average of 98.66. The star batter hit four fifties and scored 82 against Pakistan in Super 12. 

Suryakumar Yadav – India

India’s Suryakumar Yadav had a great outing just like Kohli, with 239 to his name at a strike rate of 189.68.

Alex Hales – England

England’s opener made it to the XI with two magnificent knocks including an 86 in the semi-final against India. He became the team’s second-highest run-scorer in the tournament. 

He amassed 212 runs with an average and a strike rate of 42.40 and 147.22 respectively.

Jos Buttler – England

The skipper played a great part in winning the T20 title with two match-winning knocks. He scored 73 against the Black Caps and 80 against India. He is also the highest run-scorer with 225 runs in hand at an average of 45 and a strike-rate of 144.23.

Sam Curran – England

Englishmen Sam Curran became the Player of the Match in the final and Player of the Tournament. He has 13 wickets to his name in the tournament with an economy rate of 6.52.

Mark Wood – England

England’s pacer Mark Wood’s injury forced him to miss the two main matches — the semi-final and the final. However, he already made a mark in the tournament by bowling at a speed of 150kph and dismissing good players. The player took nine wickets. 

Glenn Phillips – New Zealand

Glenn Phillips played a huge role in taking his team to the semi-finals with a century to his name in the tournament. The batter scored 201 runs with an average of 40.20 and a strike rate of 158.26.

Sikandar Raza – Zimbabwe

The veteran all-rounder shined in both bat and ball in the tournament by being Zimbabwe’s highest run-scorer. He amassed 219 runs at a strike rate of 147.97 and added 10 wickets to his name at an economy rate of 6.50. 

Anrich Nortje – South Africa

South Africa’s Anrich Nortje’s pace bowling caused players to face issues throughout the Super 12 stage. He has 11 wickets to his name with an economy of 5.37.

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Terrorist who martyred two ISI officials in Khanewal gunned down in IBO

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  • Terrorist was at large after killing security officials.
  • Security forces conduct joint operation to nab militant.
  • Niazi succumbs to injuries after being injured in fire exchange.

A terrorist who martyred Naveed Sadiq and Nasir Hussain — the director and inspector of the Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) Counter-Terrorism Wing — was gunned down by law enforcement agencies on Monday in an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Kurram Agency.

The slain terrorist, identified as Umar Niazi, was at large after he martyred the two ISI officials on January 3.

The security agencies arrested the terrorist with serious injuries following an exchange of fire. Niazi succumbed to his injuries after a while.

Intelligence agencies nabbed the terrorist before he could slip into Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the terrorist martyred ISI officials Sadiq and Hussain when they were at a local hotel in Khanewal, Punjab.

Sadiq, meanwhile, was martyred in Khanewal at a time when he was on a mission to take down the network of a banned outfit operating from Afghanistan.

South Punjab Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Sahabzada Shahzad Sultan said the perpetrators were on a motorcycle.

Both officials were posthumously awarded the Hilal-e-Shujaat and Tamgha-e-Shujaat.

Sadiq, who headed the ISI’s CTD wing, was awarded the Sitara-e-Shujaat on March 23, 2021, in recognition of his bravery and courage against anti-national elements.

He joined the police force as a sub-inspector in 2002. After appearing for a high-level exam in 2009, he was appointed to the ISI, the premier intelligence agency, as the assistant director.

During his tenure, the spy agency official exposed key networks of banned outfits. After months of efforts, he gained access to the high command of Daesh. He also neutralised the terrorists after raiding and finding their ambush site in Faisalabad.

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Islamabad court decides to indict Imran Khan in Toshakhana case

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ISLAMABAD: A local court in Islamabad has decided to indict Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.

The court has set February 7 as the date for the indictment of the PTI chairman. 

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Blast in Balochistan’s Kachhi leaves one injured

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  • Blast takes place in Kachhi district.
  • Police say explosives were placed on roadside.
  • Balochistan under constant terror attacks recently.

In yet another terror incident in the restive province of Balochistan, at least one person was injured after an explosion took place in the Kachhi district of the province, police said on Monday. 

The police told media persons that the explosives were placed on a roadside.

Balochistan has been under constant terror attacks recently with several incidents taking place in the province. 

Bolan incident

Recently, at least 18 people were injured after a remote-control bomb detonated on a railway track in Bolan, forcing the train’s engine and seven carriages off the track.

Railway authorities said that the injured had been shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Sibi.

The Jaffer Express train was travelling from Machh to Sibi, when the blast occurred, local authorities said.

“A relief train was dispatched from Sibi to rescue passengers of the train and bring them to Sibi safely. Passengers on the Jaffer Express coming from Peshawar to Machh were stopped at Sibi and are now being brought to Quetta via buses,” they added.

According to Deputy Commissioner Kachhi Agha Samiullah, the blast was carried out by a remote-control device.

On the other hand, the carriages of the derailed train are being lifted from the railway track.

Terror attacks

In the annual report issued by the Centre for Research & Security Studies (CRSS), Balochistan suffered from 110 attacks last year, becoming the second most vulnerable province in the country.

Over 250 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks and counter-attacks, whereas over 200 sustained serious injuries in the province.

The last month of the year witnessed over two dozen attacks in quick succession, and that became one-fourth of the total fatalities that occurred in Balochistan, a province which has just 6% of the country’s population.

According to reports, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA), the terrorist organisations, are mainly involved in terror incidents in the area-wise largest province of the country. In Balochistan, at least 14 major attacks took place mostly on security forces targets.

Security forces remained the primary target of terrorist attacks in the province.

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