Dean Elgar undergoes X-Ray on left hand

Karachi: South Africa’s left-handed opener Dean Elgar underwent an X-Ray on his left-hand after he was hit by Hasan Ali on Day 3.  “Dean Elgar has gone for x-rays on his hand. The bubble is not broken or compromised as the medical team is following the pre-arranged and agreed protocols for such an instance,” the South African management informed. It must be noted here that Pakistan and South Africa are playing the first Test at National Stadium Karachi.

Read: LIVE: South Africa score 37-0 at Lunch

‘Fawad’s struggle story is great’ Ramiz Raja

Karachi: Cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja said Fawad Alam’s determination is a great example for others that there is always a window open for the one who keeps working hard.  Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Pakistan vs South Africa – first test, the former cricketer said Fawad proved himself exceptionally and took Pakistan into a strong position by making the most of his home conditions. “It was a great inning, making the first appearance at home ground and scoring crucial runs for the team was exceptional from Fawad,” he said. “See, he worked hard and his struggle story is very great. He never gave up and is an example that there is always a window open for everyone. If you remember, Roger Federer lost number one ranking but he didn’t take retirement but kept playing. Same is with Fawad, now see he is here,” he maintained. It must be noted here that Fawad scored his third Test century, scoring 109 runs and helping his team to gain 158-runs lead.

Read: LIVE: South Africa score 37-0 at Lunch

LIVE: Yasir gets breakthrough for Pakistan, Elgar walks back

Karachi: Dean Elgar was pushed for a sweep shot off Yasir Shah but he failed to acclimatize and Rizwan took a blinder diving forward. Elgar scored 29 off 45 balls with the help of four boundaries. Aiden Markram and Elgar provided a steady start to South Africa as they scored 37-0 at Lunch against Pakistan. Both scored 48 runs together before Elgar walked back. Resuming at 308-8, Nauman Ali (24) and Yasir Shah (38*) scored 70 runs on Day 3 as Pakistan took a 158-runs lead against the visitors. Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt (Debut), Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, M Rizwan, Nauman Ali (Debut), Yasir Shah, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Faf Du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton De Kock, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi NGini

Read: Series whitewash will take Pakistan to fifth in Test Rankings

Arsenal sign Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid

London: Arsenal completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan until the end of the season to boost their push for a return to the Champions League. Odegaard shone when on loan at Real Sociedad last season, but has struggled for game time since returning to the Spanish champions this campaign. “Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. “Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.” Arsenal won for the fifth time in six Premier League games at Southampton on Tuesday to move up to eighth and within five points of the top four. After 19 consecutive seasons in the Champions League between 1997/98 and 2016/17, Arsenal have missed out on European club football’s premier competition for the past four years. Winning the Europa League offers another path back to the Champions League and Odegaard will also be available for the Gunners’ when they face Benfica in the last 32 next month. At just 22, the Norwegian has already had a nomadic career since signing for Madrid as a 16-year-old. After loan spells at Vitesse and Herenveen in the Netherlands, it was on another loan spell at Sociedad last season that Odegaard began to show the talent that made Europe’s top clubs scramble for him as a teenager. Such was the impact he made in the Basque country that Madrid cut his two-season loan deal in half to bring him back to the Bernabeu. Yet, like many other creative talents, Odegaard has not found favour with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. Arteta, a former Sociedad player himself, was key to convincing Odegaard to come to the Emirates. “I spoke to him before coming here, of course. That was very important for me and he seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is,” said Odegaard. “I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good. “I like the club and I always liked the way that the club wants to play. Everything about the club and now how the manager wants to play, I think it’s a club that really suits me well. So I think it’s a good match.” No option for Arsenal to make the move permanent at the end of the season has been included in the deal.

Read: Arsenal outcast Ozil joins Fenerbahce

‘It takes time to adopt when bowling to Fawad’ SA spinner Maharaj

Karachi: South Africa’s left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj has accepted that it takes time to understand the stance of Fawad Alam. “It’s not something you are used to and it’s not conventional. It does take few balls to adopt to constantly focus on him,” Maharaj said in a post-day virtual presser. “You just stick to the line and lengths and at the end when the ball is about to be delivered, he is in the neutral position,” he added. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old thinks that South Africa is still in the match after Pakistan dominated day two’s proceedings “Obviously Pakistan is in a little bit of a lead. We didn’t let the scoring rate get out of hand, and that’s still under three runs an over. Hopefully, tomorrow we can get the two wickets up and put a substantial score on the board and turn the match around and put ourselves in a position to win this match,” Maharaj added. Note, Maharaj has taken two important wickets of captain Babar Azam (7) and well-settled Azhar Ali (51). He also removed Hasan Ali but the ball was called ‘No-ball’.

Read: Never blamed anyone in past, was waiting for my time: Fawad Alam

Never blamed anyone in past, was waiting for my time: Fawad Alam

Karachi: Centurion Fawad Alam has stated that he has no regrets about missing 10 years of international Test cricket as he now only looks forward to doing wonders for Pakistan. The 35-year-old Fawad scored 109 off 245 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes. He rescued Pakistan after they were struggling at 33/4 at the start of the second day’s play. “My aim has always been to avail the opportunities. I always prayed to Allah to give that is better for me and was waiting for my time,” Fawad said in a post-day virtual presser. “I don’t think like that (10 years have been wasted) because If I would, the number of runs I made in domestic cricket and piled up records couldn’t have been possible,” he added. On the other hand, Fawad praised team management for awarding him the opportunities after he failed in two innings in England. “Team management encouraged and believed in my potential. They are supporting me and that confidence has allowed me to do well in the middle. Misbah Bhai said that I know you will do it and I have full faith in you.” he added.

Read: Fawad scores third test century, Pakistan takes 88-runs lead

India’s domestic legend Wasim Jaffer praises centurion Fawad Alam

Karachi: India’s domestic legend Wasim Jaffer has praised Pakistan’s Fawad Alam after he smashed his third Test century against South Africa at National Stadium, Karachi. The 35-year-old Fawad scored 109 off 245 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes. He rescued Pakistan after they were struggling at 33/4 at the start of the second day’s play. Wasim, who has 19410 runs in first-class cricket, took a dig at Fawad’s critics who have questioned his unusual batting stance. “You don’t need to change your stance but the detractors might soon change their stance about you!” Wasim tweeted. The 42-year-old Wasim added that he always believed Fawad had all the ingredients to shine at the highest level. “Well batted, Always believed you have what it takes to perform at this level.”

Read: Every time Fawad Alam score runs, my heart rejoices: Ian Bishop


Every time Fawad Alam score runs, my heart rejoices: Ian Bishop

Karachi: Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop has expressed his true emotion after Pakistan’s Fawad Alam scored his third Test century in the ongoing first Test at National Stadium. The renowned commentator took to Twitter and wrote that his heart rejoices every time the gutsy left-hander score runs. “What a gratifying story. Every time I see Fawad Alam score runs, my heart rejoices,” Bishop wrote. Bishop added that the 10 years Fawad missed in international cricket will never came back but now it’s time to celebrate the highest point of his career. “10 years denied him will never be returned, but all we can do is celebrate these apogee moments with him. Well played,” he added. Note, Fawad reached his third Test ton with a six off spinner Keshav Maharaj. He is currently batting at 109* while Faheem Ashraf is at 51*. Pakistan has a lead of 55 and is going strong 275/6.

Read: Live: Fawad resuces Pakistan, scores third Test century

One Pakistani nominated as ICC introduces ‘Player of the Month’ awards

Karachi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the introduction of the ‘ICC Player of the Month’ awards to recognise and celebrate the best performances of both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year. Cricket’s governing body in its media release stated that an independent ICC Voting Academy comprising former players, broadcasters, and journalists from around the world, will team up with fans to vote for the ICC men’s and women’s player of the month respectively. For the month of January, India’s Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, T. Natarajan, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin are nominated for ICC Men’s Player of the Month award. England’s Joe Root, Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Steve Smith are also nominated.

Read: Stokes takes a dig at Test Team of the Decade cap

For the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award, Pakistan’s Nida Dar and South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp and Nadine de Klerk are nominated. Meanwhile, the three nominees for each of the categories will be determined by the ICC Awards Nominations Committee based on on-field performances and overall achievements during the period of that month (the first to the last day of each calendar month.) The Voting Academy will have a share of 90% of the vote while fans will have a 10% share of the vote. The winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels.

Read more: No Pakistani in ‘ICC Teams of the Decade’

Zahid, Yamin likely to be named in Pakistan squad for SA T20Is

Lahore: Leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood and all-rounder Amir Yamin are likely to be named in Pakistan squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. According to sources, the selectors have started initial consultation as the squad is expected to be announced in the coming few days. Limited-overs vice-captain Shadab Khan will not be considered for the selection due to an injury in the left thigh. Meanwhile, Amad Butt, Sharjeel Khan and Azam Khan are also strong candidates to be named in the squad. Men in Green will play three T20Is at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on February 11, 13 and 14. The players of T20I squad will enter the Bio-Secure Bubble in Lahore on February 3.

Read: Pakistan squad for SA T20Is likely to be announced during first Test