Usman khawaja, Marcus stoinis named in australia preliminary squad for england tour
Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis have been named in a preliminary 26-man squad for Australia’s provisional white-ball tour of England in September.
Khawaja and Stoinis were included despite losing their national contracts after falling out of favour with selectors over the home summer.
Veteran paceman Andrew Tye was also a notable inclusion, having been left out of Western Australia’s state contracts list.
Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who both featured in last year’s World Cup squad, were omitted along with Victoria batsman Peter Handscomb.
The squad includes the uncapped trio of Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe following their strong performances in Australia’s Big Bash League.
Left-arm paceman Sams was the BBL’s leading wicket-taker with 30 victims for Sydney Thunder, while Sydney Sixers’ wicketkeeper batsman Philippe made 487 runs in the Twenty20 tournament, including a match-winning half-century in the final against Melbourne Stars.
PFF warns of legal actions if football league takes place without its consent
The Pakistan Football Federation said that no private party will be allowed to host any football league in the country other than itself.
The PFF, in a statement, signed by its secretary-general Manizeh Zainli, referred to recent statements and announcements by “various quarters” about starting a franchise-based league.
“Recently various quarters have made statements in media and social media about running/starting franchise league or women’s league,” the PFF statement read.
“Given that Pakistan Football Federation is the governing body of Football in Pakistan (as recognised by FIFA and AFC) any national league (franchise or otherwise) can only be hosted by the PFF. Therefore, no league can be conducted by any entity other than PFF,” the statement added.
The PFF also warned of the legal consequences of having such unapproved leagues in the country.
“If any entity tries to conduct such a league, the same will be illegal and ...
Babar Azam shares tips with 8-Year-old fan who impressed with her batting
Eight-year-old fan and aspiring female cricketer from Lahore, Samiya Afsar, met her idol Babar Azam via teleconference to learn some batting tips.
Samiya, a left-handed batter, aims to represent Pakistan at the international level. The young talented girl shared her dreams with Babar, also from Lahore, in a video chat.
“I saw your videos and I found you so passionate about the game,” Babar told Samiya. “Your cover drives our more good than mine,” Babar added with a smile on his face.
“I am your biggest fan and I follow you and try to learn from your batting videos,” Samiya talked to her idol. The young fan also asked Babar about playing a pull shot. “Try to open your arms while playing a pull shot,” Babar guided.
Meanwhile, Samiya also presented Babar’s sketch which showed her sketching skills too apart from cricket.