‘Always tried to make my money Halal by performing’ Rizwan

KARACHI: Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan said he has always tried to make his money ‘Halal‘ by giving his hundred percent on and off the field.  Speaking to Wisden on Thursday, Rizwan said Islam teaches Muslims to make their money ‘Halal‘ by doing their jobs with honesty. “Pakistan pays me $114 as daily allowance whether I play or not so I have always tried to give my hundred percent to make it ‘Halal for me,” he said. “I try to fulfill any given role to me whether it’s off or on the field. I always believed in hard work and left the results on Allah. I knew I was giving my best and one day I will get the reward for it, here I am,” he shared. Rizwan said it was an honor for him to receive the best Test player award last year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “It was an honor for me to receive the best Test player award. My hard work paid off for me and I was really happy for it,” he highlighted. It must be noted here that Rizwan, on Wednesday, was named as one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the Year. He became the 18th Pakistani to receive this accolade.

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WATCH: From Azhar’s garage to field, Babar drives yorker sweetly

KARACHI: After the cover drive, yet another Babar Azam’s shot became his fans’ favorite, this time a drive on Yorker.  Babar, during the ongoing T20I series against South Africa, played a drive on yorker a couple of times and it was the recent favorite of his fans. Last time, people saw him playing this shot in Test cricketer Azhar Ali’s garage. A video went viral on social media of Babar playing with Azhar’s sons.

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Murtaza violates COVID-19 protocols, inaugurates street cricket tournament

KARACHI: Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh on Law & Environment, Murtaza Wahab inaugurated a street cricket tournament in the metropolis despite a complete suspension on all sports activities in the province due to prevailing COVID-19.  In a video received to ARY News, Murtaza can be seen playing cricket with the locals on a street. According to the sources, it was a cricket tournament organized by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers in Karachi’s P&T Colony. It is clear in the video that no SoPs were in place and only Murtaza and just a couple of other individuals were wearing the mask. People were standing closer to each other, ignoring social distancing.

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‘Babar deserves everything he is achieving’ Mickey Arthur

KARACHI: Pakistan’s former head coach Mickey Arthur praised Babar Azam after the young batter became the world’s number ODI batsman. Speaking to this correspondent, Arthur said Babar is an exceptional talent and deserves all the laurels he is achieving. “Babar is a very special talent and deserves everything he is achieving because he works incredibly hard at his game and is a great professional,” he said. It must be noted here that Arthur is considered one of the main men behind Babar’s successful career. He played under Arthur’s coaching in the Pakistan team and Karachi Kings.

READ: WATCH: Pakistan team celebrate Babar Azam’s achievement

WATCH: Pakistan team celebrate Babar Azam’s achievement

KARACHI: Pakistan team members celebrated Babar Azam’s rose to the number one ODI rank and match-winning performance against South Africa in the third T20I on Wednesday. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared a video on Twitter, in which Babar and his teammates alongside supporting staff celebrated his achievement. It must be noted here that Babar dethroned India’s Virat Kohli to become number ODI batsman.

Read: Ton-up Babar, Rizwan smash SA for record-breaking T20I victory

‘What a batting lesson’ Herschelle Gibbs lauds Babar’s knock

Karachi: Karachi Kings head coach Herschelle Gibbs was in awe of Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam after he smashed his first T20I century against South Africa yesterday. Former Proteas batsman Gibbs watched highlights of Babar’s innings and termed it as ‘a batting lesson’ which included every aspect of the batting even in the shortest format of the game. It must be noted Babar led Pakistan to win in the third T20I courtesy of his brilliant 122 off 59 balls. He strokes fifteen fours and four sixes. Pakistan are currently 2-1 up in the four-match T20I series with final match all set to be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion tomorrow.

Read: Karachi Kings’ local talent impresses head coach Gibbs

Influential figures mobilized to resolve PFF’s headquarters dispute

Lahore: Influential federal and provincial government figures have been mobilized to resolve Pakistan Football Federation’s (PFF) headquarters dispute, ARY Sports reported. FIFA suspended PFF last week due to third-party interference and termed it as a serious violation of article 16 of the FIFA Statutes. According to sources, influential figures are trying to reconcile the two groups FIFA’s Normalisation Committee (NC) and Engineer Ashfaq Hussain group. The Normalisation Committee has demanded the return of FIFA House and opined that they will work on the framework of next PFF’s election. On the other hand, Engineer Ashfaq Group demanded a time frame for PFF. The Ashfaq Group has also sought assurances from individuals to implement the time frame. A middle ground is being sought for early reconciliation between the two groups. Matters are expected to reach an understanding in the next one and a half to two weeks.

Read: ‘Highly painful’ IPC Minister Fehmida Mirza on PFF’s suspension

Javelin Throw World Rankings: Arshad Nadeem claims third spot

Lahore: Pakistan athlete Arshad Nadeem has claimed the third spot in the Javelin Throw World Rankings while he is at the second spot in Asia. Recently, Arshad registered a new national record by managing an 86.38m throw, leading him to bag a gold medal in Imam Reza Athletics Cup, at Mashhad, Iran. India’s Neeraj Chopra tops the world and Asian rankings with a throw of 88.07 meters. Germany’s Johannes Vetter is second in the world with a throw of 87.27 meters. It must be noted Arshad is currently in Turkey where he is training under the supervision of Kazakhstan’s javelin throw coach Viktor. He has already qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Read: Arshad Nadeem wins gold medal in Imam Reza Athletics Cup

‘Thank you for making me feel blessed and honored’ Babar’s message for fans

Centurion: Captain of the national men’s cricket team Babar Azam was thankful to the fans and the people of Pakistan for their support and trust. The 26-year-old Babar appreciated his admirers for constant love and support as he became the fourth Pakistani to reach at the top of ICC ODI Batsmen Rankings and also scored an excellent century (122 off 59 balls) in the third T20I against South Africa. “Words cannot define the gratitude I have for my fans & especially the people of my country. This couldn’t have been possible without your unwavering support & trust,” Babar tweeted. “Thank you for making me feel blessed & honored. Keep supporting. Keep praying. Keep believing,” he added. It must be noted here that Pakistan beat South Africa by nine wickets in the third T20I to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Babar and Rizwan scored a record-breaking 197-runs partnership to drive Pakistan to a record run-chase.

Read: ‘Ultimate goal is to top ICC Test Rankings now’ Babar Azam

Real Madrid frustrate Liverpool to move into Champions League’s last four

Liverpool: Real Madrid moved into the semi-finals of the Champions League after their makeshift defence held on for 0-0 second-leg draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.

The Spanish side will face Chelsea in the last four as they search for their fifth Champions League title in eight years.

Liverpool, the 2019 Champions League winners, created enough chances in the opening 45 minutes to have turned the tie around but they ran out of ideas in the second half.

Juergen Klopp had hoped that a disappointing Premier League campaign could be compensated for with some end of season European excitement but his side still look well short of the thrills they produced in the past two seasons.

“You always need the key moments. We didn’t lose the tie tonight, we lost in Madrid. We didn’t score and then the experience of Real Madrid played the tie out,” said Klopp.

“We love this competition and for other reasons it is very important we are back in it. We can now concentrate on the Premier League and we will.”

With no crowd at Anfield, this was never going to be a dramatic and emotional night like the memorable comeback victory over Barcelona two years ago but Klopp will surely feel that a chance of progress was missed against a weakened Real without skipper Sergio Ramos and his central defensive partner Raphael Varane.

Liverpool came out with intent and aggression and soon had Real on the back foot. Sadio Mane fed Mohamed Salah for an early chance but the Egyptian shot straight at Thibaut Courtois, who saved with his legs.

Klopp had clearly targeted Real’s stand-in right-back Federico Valverde as a potential weak spot and the Uruguayan struggled to cope with Mane in the opening stages.

A flowing attacking move, reminiscent of Liverpool at their best, ended with a curling shot from James Milner which Courtois did well to tip wide.

But Liverpool had their own defensive vulnerabilities exposed in the 20th minute when Nathaniel Phillips was robbed by Karim Benzema and the Frenchman weaved his way into the box before his deflected shot struck the post.

Salah then had another opening but scooped his shot, from a promising position, high and wide and then the best chance of the half fell to Georginio Wijnaldum — after good work from Trent Alexender-Arnold, the Dutchman leaned back and put his shot well over the bar.

The home pressure continued after the break with Roberto Firmino testing Courtois at the near post with a fine shot on the turn.

Klopp threw on Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara on the hour in search of the breakthrough but it so nearly came at the other end — Alisson Becker doing well to race off his line to foil Vinicius Jr and then smother Benzema’s follow-up.

Real were in no mood to cave in and Liverpool did not have the inspiration needed to open them up and while their display was creditable, they could not do enough to make up for their defensive errors in the first leg loss.

Neither of these sides were at their peak in these two-legs, both showing the effects of injuries and the tough schedule this season, but it is the 13-times European champions who deservedly progressed.

Klopp has been without Virgil van Dijk throughout this campaign and he will not miss the irony in losing out to a team also missing their top defenders.

“We had some huge absences, Ramos and Varane are two pillars of this team,” said Real’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.

“But Nacho and (Eder) Militao showed they are good enough to play for us too, they keep proving they have what it takes to play for Real Madrid.

“We knew it was going to be difficult considering who we were playing, we know how hard it is to play here, but the team did a fantastic job and every player played their part.”

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