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Jos Buttler admits that he cannot continue to be picked on “potential” alone at Test level, after being retained in England’s squad for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka despite an off-colour showing during the recent Test series in South Africa.

In the midst of an otherwise upbeat run of performances from England’s new-look Test team, Jos Buttler’s form was a notable exception. He mustered 115 runs in seven innings, with a highest score of 29 – a run that evoked a similar collapse in red-ball confidence on the tour of UAE in 2015-16, after which he played just three more Tests in the next three years.

And in the wake of England’s 3-1 series win, there was inevitable speculation about Jos Buttler’s future as a Test cricketer – especially given his integral importance to England’s white-ball fortunes, both in winning last year’s World Cup on home soil and in challenging for three more titles in the next three years: back-to-back 20-over World Cups in Australia and India this winter and next, before the defence of England’s 50-over title in 2023, by which stage he may well be the white-ball captain.

Jos Buttler himself, however, insists he still has the drive to succeed in Test cricket, which he describes as “the best form of the game”, and says that, despite a Test record that now comprises a solitary century in 73 innings, at an average of 31.74, he retains the “massive self-belief” required to become a world-class player across all three formats.

“I’m very committed to Test cricket,” Buttler said. “It’s the best form of the game, it’s the hardest form of the game. That’s what makes it – when you have good moments – the most rewarding. You want to be a part of that.

“My performances may have meant that decision would be taken out of my hands. But fortunately for me I’m on the tour [to Sri Lanka] and really excited about it. I enjoyed the last tour there that we won back in November 2018. I’ve got good memories from that tour and looking forward to going back.”

Though he finished the South Africa tour on a relative high, with a 23-ball fifty in England’s series-clinching victory in the third T20I, Buttler acknowledged that his form throughout the tour had not been where he wanted it to be. However, he insisted it was an “easy assumption” to put that down to any sense of a post-World Cup hangover.

“I’ve got massive self-belief in myself. I’m too old now to get picked on potential but I feel that I haven’t got to the level I know I can get to, and that’s a big driver for me”

Instead, he insisted that the challenge of “managing your energy” was something that all the world’s top players had to get their heads around as they seek to make the most of their finite years at the top level of the sport.

“Definitely a lot went into the World Cup, not just that summer but for four years,” Jos Buttler said. “Probably the realisation of it coming together and achieving that, it confuses you a little bit – that’s been your clear cut-off for a long time, then that’s done. So you’ve got to quickly reassess.

“But at the same time, I maintain I just haven’t played as well as I’d like and that’s through decision-making, probably.”

There’s no let-up in Jos Buttler’s 2020 schedule. He sets off for Sri Lanka with the Test squad in early March before linking up with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL immediately after the conclusion of the second Test in the first week of April. Then he returns to England for three Tests against West Indies in June, by which stage the inaugural season of the Hundred will be coming into view. Further international engagements against Australia and Pakistan will complete the English summer, by which stage the T20 World Cup will be looming large. It promises to be a lot of chopping and changing if Jos Buttler truly believes he can compete on all fronts.

“I think trying to manage your energy, it’s actually a real skill of the best players around the world,” he said. “Learning how to peak at the time you walk to the middle is a massive skill that comes with experience, but you can learn that from watching guys go about it and trying to work out how you do that authentically for yourself.

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“Of course you need to find breaks in your schedule, because your mind is your biggest asset, and you need to make sure you can bring that to the best place when you turn up to games of cricket. But there’s a crop of guys who are the best players in the world and they’re the best players across all the formats.

“I’ve got massive self-belief in myself, and a lot of it is about fulfilling potential,” he added. “I’m too old now to get picked on potential but I feel that I haven’t got to the level I know I can get to, and that’s a big driver for me. That’s my aim every time I turn up to practice, to try and get better and try and reach that level I am capable of. I’ve always maintained that belief.”

Instead of the prospect of any outright rest, Jos Buttler believes that a change will do him just as much good, and said that the chance to cut loose in the recent T20I series came as a “big relief” after a run of ten Tests in a row against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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“I love T20 cricket and it allows you to go out without as many consequences and you can take more risks and move the game on,” he said. “To play in that white-ball team again was great because that is the most fun team I have played in for a long time, so that was a great change up.

“I can’t think of any times I’ve played well in Test cricket and gone out and been really aggressive in the way I do in the white-ball game,” he added. “In white-ball cricket it might look like risky shots but it doesn’t feel like a risk because of the way you break down the probabilities of the game.

“The same is the case in Test cricket, it is about risk management I think. And it is about managing your time when you are waiting to bat. You’ve got to be aware of what is going on in the game but it is about saving energy as well.

“Maybe if I look back to when I first lost my place in the Test team, I probably listened to too many people,” he added. “Everyone’s got an opinion on how you should play, and if you’re not good with how you manage that, you can confuse yourself, which I certainly did four or five years ago.

“Maybe in South Africa I did that a little bit in terms of, after the first game, thinking I’m going to come out and counter-attack. When actually, you’ve just got to play the situation in front of you and react best and, as an individual, play how you see best according to that. I maybe didn’t do that as well as I would have liked.

“The main skill, and the biggest one that I do well when I’m at my best, is making sure that when I walk out to bat I access being in my zone, whether I’ve been waiting for six hours or just have a 10-minute turnaround in a T20.

“When I walk out to bat, if I’m in the best frame of mind, that allows me to perform. And looking forward to Sri Lanka. I will try and do more of committing to my way, whether it’s trying to block 1000 balls or slog 1000 balls. If that’s what I want to try and do, I’ll do it.”

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On May 2, 2018, it rained in Delhi. With a heavy shower reducing Rajasthan Royals’ run chase against Delhi Daredevils to a 12-over thrash, Jos Buttler was sent up the order to open, and promptly bludgeoned 67 runs from 26 balls, smiting seven sixes and four fours.

While that innings came in defeat, it provided a eureka moment for Rajasthan. Buttler continued in that role for his final five games of the season, hitting 361 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 155.60; over the course of that IPL, only the pinch-hitting Sunil Narine scored faster in the Powerplay.

Buttler has opened in 28 of his 29 T20 innings since his promotion in Delhi, averaging 46.88 in the role while striking at 153.72. He is belligerent against seam (70.36 average, 167.50 SR) and still impressive in his supposedly weaker suit, striking at 132.83 and averaging 32.64 against spin. The premise underlying the move was simple – to ensure the side’s best player faced as many balls as possible – but proved to be effective.

There was once a debate to be had about Buttler’s best role for England in T20Is, but those numbers offer little room for negotiation. Like most teams, England find themselves with a surfeit of top-order options and fewer options in the ‘finisher’ role – but they need only ask their opponents this week about the risk of complication.

In AB de Villiers’ T20 international career, he averaged 26.12 with a strike rate of 135.16, compared to 39.95 and 151.23 respectively in the IPL.

His problem for South Africa was a lack of clarity in his role: as Freddie Wilde and Tim Wigmore point out in Cricket 2.0, de Villiers’ longest stretch of consecutive innings batting in the same position was a six-game run at No. 4 back in 2010.

His struggles in T20Is were epitomised by the defeats that effectively knocked them out of consecutive World T20s.

Against India in the 2014 semi-final, he arrived at the crease with only 37 balls remaining in the innings, scant time to make a meaningful impact on the game, and South Africa failed to defend their 172.

In 2016, after starting the tournament as an opener, he strode in at 20 for 3 after three overs in a must-win Super 10 game against West Indies, with the majority of the side’s best players already dismissed.

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Similarly, while England might not have a batsman with the same profile of Hardik Pandya or Andre Russell – a fast-starting hitter, best used at the end of an innings – their captain, Eoin Morgan, is in an outrageous run of T20 form, with a death-over strike rate of 225.83 over the last two years. With Moeen Ali best suited to batting in the middle overs, where his mastery against spin comes to the fore, and Ben Stokes back in the side, it seems those three will fill in at Nos. 4-6 by the time this winter’s T20 World Cup arrives, with Buttler at the top of the order.

But there is less clarity regarding who should partner him. Having been an all-format regular since – and, in part, due to – his stellar IPL run in 2018, Buttler has only opened the batting six times in T20Is, and has been paired with Jason Roy at the top of the order in each of them. But quietly, Roy’s place has become insecure over the past 18 months, in part because his focus has been elsewhere – he has only played 11 T20s since the start of 2019 – but also due to the fact his record in the format pales in comparison to his superlative 50-over one.

Since the start of 2017, Roy averages 24.71 and strikes at 148.25 in all T20 cricket: a decent record, but hardly an overwhelming case for inclusion ahead of some of his competitors. Most alarming, though, is his record against spin, and legspin in particular: in that period, he strikes at 138.50 at averages 20.83 against all slow bowlers; against legspinners, he has faced 99 balls and been dismissed ten times, leaving him with an average of just 11.80. With the further consideration that Buttler’s record against pace will likely lead teams to use their spinners in the Powerplay against England, that is a cause for concern.

There are reasons to be wary about those figures: the sample size is relatively small, Roy’s recent opportunities in T20 have been somewhat disjointed, and he has a comparatively strong record against spin in 50-over cricket. But given the strength of the chasing pack, he could certainly do with a run of scores in this series.

The alternative candidates are plentiful, and all of them will have opportunities before the World Cup in October thanks to the sheer number of games they will play. Since Buttler’s last T20I, in October 2018, England have used Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, James Vince, Dawid Malan and Tom Banton at the top of the order, while Liam Livingstone, Phil Salt and Joe Denly are further options. After seeing the quality of the queue ahead of him, Joe Root appears to have accepted he is unlikely to make England’s squad for the tournament, admitting last week that he is “probably not in the best XI”.

Much has been made of Malan’s superb T20I record – including by the man himself, who wrote in a recent Sky column he didn’t understand “how you can be under pressure” with an average of 57.25 and a strike rate of 156.31 – but the fact he is a slow starter counts against him. Since 2018, he has scored at 87.54 in his first five balls and 104.84 in his first ten, suggesting he might not be the man to maximise the fielding restrictions; and Morgan’s thinly-veiled criticism about his failure to run a bye off the last ball in Napier in order to boost his average suggests his character might count against him.

Bairstow’s stunning form in last season’s IPL makes him a tempting option to open with Buttler, not least given his strength against spin complements Buttler’s relative weakness against it, but he may be used best as a No. 3: he starts his innings quickly, scoring at 123.40 in his first five balls and 142.28 after ten, demonstrating his ability to both make good use of fielding restrictions in the first six overs and accelerate through the usual post-Powerplay lull. There is a temptation to suggest that England should put their 50-over pair back together, but Buttler’s record in the first six overs demands otherwise.

Banton’s emergence last summer, and his strike rate of 192 against spin in the Powerplay, makes him a clear candidate despite him missing out on this squad, but in truth, that spot is up for grabs with so much time before the tournament itself.

To take Banton as an example, it is possible that he could play more than 40 domestic short-form games before the World Cup, with stints in the Pakistan Super League, the IPL, the Blast and the Hundred lined up, despite the fact England only have another nine T20Is scheduled between the end of this series and the start of the tournament. After that volume of cricket, the picture will become much clearer.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended Quetta’s star batsman, Umar Akmal, with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1* of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.

Defending champions of Pakistan Super League, Quetta Gladiators, have dealt with a huge blow just ahead of their opening game against Islamabad United tonight.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended Quetta’s star batsman, Umar Akmal, with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1* of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, PCB said in a press release today.

The suspension means that the middle-order batsman will not be allowed to participate in any cricket-related activity.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, the PCB will not make any further comments,” the press release said.

On the other hand, PCB has allowed Quetta Gladiators to sign his replacement for the PSL. Quetta Gladiators are set to play their opening game in the Pakistan Super League tonight against Islamabad United.

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The opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be incurring a cost of around PKR 210 million.

Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United, who will play the first match of the tournament, are the only teams guaranteed to be at the event. However, Peshawar Zalmi officials have stated that their team will also be present at the National Stadium in Karachi for the opening event.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials, the teams that are scheduled to compete the following day will not be able to take part in the opening festivities.

WATCH: HBL PSL 2020 trophy unveiled ahead of fifth season

The colorful and extravagant HBL PSL 5 opening ceremony is scheduled to be held at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday. Popular local singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Abrarul Haq, Sajad Ali, Sanam Maarwi, Aima Baig, Abu Mohammad, Fareed Ayaz and Soch band are expected to perform at the event.

Singers Arif Lohar, Ali Azmat, Asim Azhar and Haroon, who sang the official HBL PSL 5 anthem, will also be present at the event. Fireworks will also light up the Karachi sky during the festivities.

A new company is set to organise the opening ceremony. Rehearsals for the event have been going on for a few days at the National Stadium in Karachi. The sound system is checked every day.

Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators are set to compete in the first day of the tournament. The other teams will, most likely, be represented by their respective owners in the opening ceremony.

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For what was the first-ever trophy unveiling ceremony on the Pakistani soil, squash icon Jahangir Khan brought the HBL PSL 2020 trophy at the National Stadium, Karachi, on Wednesday, 19 February, for its unveiling.

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Jahangir, in an international-styled ceremony, brought the silverware to the field of play and handed it over to the defending captain Sarfaraz Ahmed – of Quetta Gladiators – after which the brand new trophy was unveiled by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani in the presence of six franchise owners and captains.

Jahangir Khan said: “It is truly a remarkable moment for me to play a role in the unveiling of the HBL PSL 2020 trophy. I am looking forward to the ceremony.

“The PCB has done a wonderful job in the resumption of top-flight cricket in the country and the success of the HBL PSL 2020 is going to send a profound message to the world that Pakistan is safe. I hope that with the success of this event, international teams belonging to other sports will also travel to Pakistan and this will spark a sporting culture which we have been missing over the last few decades.

“I wish the PCB all the best for what will be an exciting tournament. HBL PSL keeps every Pakistani glued to their TV sets and I will be following it keenly.”

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Pakistan’s all-rounder and captain of the Karachi Kings franchise in the upcoming Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 Imad Wasim, in an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan on Wednesday, claimed that there was no problem between him and the national team captain Babar Azam.

The 31-year-old claimed that both cricketers offered each other advice and shared a good relationship.

“Our preparations are going great. We are practicing and playing games as well. We played a match today as well. So we are happy that the players have started performing,” he said. “Obviously Babar Azam is number-one in the world rankings while Mohammad Amir is a great bowler but it depends on the players performances on the day. Whoever performs on the day is the most vital. T20 is a format where you have to play aggressively and you have no other option.”

Imad praised the legendary former pacer Wasim Akram, the president of the franchise, for his big impact on the team.

“He [Wasim Akram] has had a big impact on the team. The way he has served the game and the way he understands it, I think there aren’t any who get it better than him. We learn from him and we constantly seek their advice,” he said. “I have been with the new coaching staff for only a few days. They know all the players and the PSL itself. They have an attacking mindset which will give Karachi Kings the much-needed boost.”

The all-rounder expressed sadness over the Kings’ inability to make it to the final of the PSL in the past, but claimed that this new-look team could prove to be the difference.

“It was really unfortunate to not make it into the final the last time. It is a part and parcel of the game. This time it is a very different side,” he said. “We are very excited to play in front of our home crowds. Pakistan is our home but Karachi has a special place in our hearts. The way that the people of Karachi shower us with love, we are yet to repay them by winning the title or reaching the final. I don’t think most fans support their teams as much as our fans support us. We will try to put on a good show for them and will work hard to not let them down.”

Imad believed that all teams in the upcoming HBL PSL were stacked with talented players who could win matches for their teams.

“In the draft we discussed how all teams are very equal in terms of talent. They all have great batsmen and bowlers. It is very hard to name just one. I can honestly say that all teams in the tournament are very good,” he concluded.

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PSL 2020 is just a day left to start and everyone is looking for buying PSL 5 tickets.

So the good news is PSL 2020 tickets are now available and you can easily purchase them. In fact, PSL 2020 final tickets are also available at a different place and online sites. If you want to receive PSL 2020 tickets at your doorstep then order your ticket online.

Here you will get all the relevant information related to PSL 5 tickets. Also, from where you can buy the cheapest PSL 5 tickets would be covered over here.  Furthermore, if you want to buy PSL 2020 tickets all free, then keep reading this article.

However, please note that the matches scheduled at night prices would be comparatively high. And the daytime matches prices would be low as the trend of night cricket has always been a great interest of Pakistani. Thereby, let us give you important information regarding Pakistan Super League 2020 tickets prices with respect to matches.

Tickets have been available for sale since 28th January for the Cricket fans at different websites. The price was also announced. Pakistan Cricket Board announced PSL 5 tickets price for 2020.

Moreover, in order to entertain the entire Pakistan PSL 2020 tickets are distributed among 38 Pakistan’s cities.

Opening Ceremony PSL 2020 Ticket Price

The ticket price for PSL 5 opening ceremony ranges from 1000 to 6000 PKR.

Lahore Match Final for PSL 2020 ticket is priced from 500 – 5000 PKR

Semi Final Lahore Match for PSL 5 ticket is priced from 500 – 4000 PKR

The price is kept affordable for different classes so each Pakistani can enjoy the Pakistan Super League 2020 to their fullest. Like before, 2020 will also make amazing memorable cricket memories and increase the love for cricket of Pakistanis.

 

PSL 2020 Live

A total of 8 thrilling matches would be played in the biggest cities of Pakistan Karachi and Lahore. Thereby, cricket fans will get an ample amount of time and chances to witness their favorite cricket stars live playing on the pitch. Thereby, joy and excitement of cricket is amplified when it is played in one’s home country so Pakistanis are super excited and eagerly waiting to witness PSL 2020 matches in the field.

Thereby, hurry up and do not miss the chance to watch PSL 2020 Live on the field. Else, all the tickets would be sold out and you would need to watch matches on TV.

 PSL 2020 TICKETS

The PSL 2020 tickets selling were started till the start of February. However, you still have time and you can buy tickets. If you don’t get the ticket for PSL 2020 opening ceremony then buy tickets for advance matches now.

PSL 2020 Tickets For Opening Ceremony

Some renowned stars including Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, Aima Baig, Sanam Marvi, Abrar-ul-Haq, Sajjad Ali and Soch the rock band will perform at the opening ceremony. These stars’ performance along with PSL 2020 craze will heighten the fascination and attraction of the PSL  2020 opening ceremony. Surely, it would be a grand evening worth attending.

None would want to miss it out and everyone is eager to get the ticket for PSL 2020 opening ceremony. Its price ranges from 4000 PKR to 8000 PKR.

Furthermore, the opening match is between Lahore Qalandars Vs Islamabad United.

The grand evening would be full of enthusiasm, love, joy, fun and stress as well. Because the peak moments of match always gives Pakistanis goosebumps.

 

Retailers Selling PSL 2020 Tickets

You can also buy the tickets for the PSL 2020 from different retailers. However, know that these retailers are only in Karachi and Lahore where the live matches would be played. You can get the tickets from TCS Express as well.

PSL 2020 Ticket Price In Karachi

The final would also be played in Karachi and the price for ticket starts from 500 and goes till 3000 PKR.

PSL 2020 Final Ticket

The final match is always much more excited than other matched and it would be played in the city of lights Karachi. Karachities would be getting the chance of around 5 matches as 5 matches will be played in Karachi at the National Stadium.

However, final would be held on 17th March 2020.

Thereby, the most in demand match of PSL 5 final and its ticket are making people craving to get the tickets. Also, with the heavy demand, the price of PSL 2020 final is talking to skies. Let’s see who can afford this ticket.  For General enclosure the ticket price is 1000 PKR.

For first-class you can get the ticket for 4000 PKR

Premium ticket price is 12000 PKR

Apart from their high prices, you still need to hurry to get tickets before they are sold. As entire Pakistan is looking for buying tickets and National Stadium is not that much spacious.

PSL 2020 Online Tickets

You can also get the tickets for PSL 2020 from different online websites like Yayo.com and many else. You have various options for making a purchase online as you can pay via your credit card. Else, you can also pay in cash when the ticket is delivered at your place.

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India’s former cricketer Aakash Chopra, in a Youtube video on Saturday, suggested a new list of fab four batsmen, keeping in mind the performances across all three formats of the game, while including Pakistan’s prolific batsman Babar Azam.

The 42-year-old claimed that Babar stood shoulder-to-shoulder with India’s batting maestro Virat Kohli in terms of performances and could no longer be ignored in the fab four list.

“I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” said Chopra.

The former cricketer believed that a remake was required to the fab four list keeping in mind the performances of the batsmen across all formats.

“When we talk about the fab four of the world we talk about Australia’s Steve Smith, England’s Joe Root, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and India’s Virat Kohli. Everyone around the globe believes that these are the most talented batsmen in the world. That is why they are the current fab four of international cricket. But is this right?” he said. “In Test cricket you could maybe agree but there are challengers as well. But why don’t we look across three formats? I think if we look across all three formats a new fab four can be made.”

He added India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson because of their extraordinary skills and consistency across all formats.

“You would have to start the new fab four with India’s Virat Kohli because he is the number one batsman in two formats. He is number one in ODIs and Tests which makes him a shoe-in for the fab four. He is in the top ten in T20I cricket as well but is in the bottom half,” he said. “You would have to keep New Zealand’s Kane Williamson in the fab four because of his consistency. He does great in ODIs and is formidable in Tests. You can’t even say that he is not good at T20Is either. He is a fairly good player.”

The former cricketer was conflicted between Australia’s David Warner and India’s Rohit Sharma but chose the latter because of his rising statistics.

“I thought about Australia’s David Warner but he struggles in some Test matches so he doesn’t make the cut. Lastly I would go with Rohit Sharma. He is great in ODIs and is on the rise in T20Is and Test cricket,” he concluded

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Pakistan’s former hard-hitting all-rounder Shahid Afridi, in a press conference on Monday, threw weight behind batsman Shan Masood as the captain of the Multan Sultans franchise in the upcoming edition of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The former Pakistan captain revealed that the Multan Sultans team was expecting great results under the new captain

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“Shan Masood is in great form. I hope that he can perform well as captain of the franchise. We are expecting great results under Shan Masood. My full support is with him,” said Afridi.

The 45-year-old also stated that the HBL PSL was providing Pakistan with its future stars while vowing to perform to the best of his capabilities during the upcoming event.

“PSL is giving Pakistan its future stars. I am enjoying my cricket. The combination for Multan Sultans is very good. The team has many skillful players. I have never thought about mentorship. As a player I have many responsibilities. The captain and coach have high expectations from me. I will try to perform to the best of my capabilities in the PSL,” he concluded.

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New Delhi: Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been sentenced to 17 months in jail for his role in the spot-fixing scandal in which he conspired to bribe fellow cricketers in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The 33-year-old, who was arrested along with British nationals Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz, had originally denied being involved in a plan to encourage players to underperform deliberately in the PSL 2018 game between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai.

However, Jamshed pleaded guilty during a court hearing in Manchester last December. Anwar, 36, and Mohammed Ijaz, 34, also had admitted to offering financial advantages to PSL players with the intention of inducing them to perform improperly following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Jamshed, who was handed a ten-year ban by the PCB in August 2018, copped 17 months, while Anwar was sentenced to 40 months in prison and Ijaz 30 months.

After the Manchester Crown Court handed the sentence, Jamshed’s wife Samara Afzal issued a statement, narrating the “pain and humiliation” that her husband’s actions had caused to their family.

“Nasir could have had a bright future had he worked hard and been committed to the sport than gave him so much, but he took a short cut and lost everything, his career, status, respect and freedom,” she was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“He would have got UK nationality and played county cricket, and he threw his chance away.

“He would do anything to turn the clock back and not lose everything, especially his daughter who he is very close to, but it’s too late for him. I hope all cricketers look at his example as a deterrent against corruption.”

In December last year, it came to light that it was an undercover police officer, who had unearthed evidence by pretending to be a member of a corrupt betting syndicate.

The policeman’s efforts then led to the discovery of an attempted fix in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) late in 2016 and an actual fix in the PSL in February 2017.

In both cases, an opening batsman in the Twenty20 tournaments had agreed to not score runs from the first two balls of an over in return for payment.

Jamshed was said to be the target of bribery in Bangladesh before turning perpetrator as a go-between urging other players to spot-fix in a PSL match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai on February 9.

He had persuaded Sharjeel Khan to play out two made-to-order dot-balls off the first two balls of Islamabad’s second over. Sharjeel was later banned for five years by the PCB, as was Khalid Latif, another player whom Jamshed had recruited for a subsequent fix.

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) also said how Anwar and Ijaz had developed a system by which they would charge USD 39,450 per fix with half of the sum going to the player.

Jamshed has played 2 Tests, 48 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals for Pakistan.

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