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Mohammad Saad becomes first concussion sub in Pakistan domestic cricket | ESPNcricinfo.com – ESPNcricinfo


Mohammad Saad has become the first concussion substitute in the history of Pakistan domestic cricket. The middle-order batsman replaced Usman Salahuddin on day two of Central Punjab’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Southern Punjab.

Salahuddin sustained a blow to the back of his neck on the first day of the match, while fielding at short leg. He was struck by a sweep from the opening batsman Sami Aslam.

Salahuddin appeared in some discomfort, but walked off the field himself, in the company of the Central Punjab physio. Scans confirmed a concussion, but ruled out any major concerns.

“The player was immediately examined for concussion and was taken off the field for an X-ray,” the PCB said in a statement. “Salahuddin had neck pain, headache, and blurred vision immediately after injury.”

Salahuddin was cleared to return to the dressing room but remained under observation. At the start of day two, Central Punjab requested the match referee that Saad be allowed to replace Salahuddin in their XI.

Salahuddin, 28, played two ODIs in May 2011 against West Indies, and got his maiden Test call-up six years later, on another tour of the Caribbean. He had to wait until June 2018 for his Test debut, against England at Headingley, where he scored 4 and 33 in an innings defeat. He has not featured in international cricket since.


Hindu teacher attacked, temple vandalised in Pakistan’s Sindh – India Today


A Hindu teacher was attacked by a mob and a temple was vandalised in Pakistan’s Sindh province over allegations of blashphemy.

The incident took place in Ghotki in Sindh on Sunday.

The mob attacked the teacher after it was alleged that his students had committed blasphemy.

The Ghotki city has been shut down and the Hindu community is under a threat.

Extremists leader Mian Mithu and his men are allegedly involved in the attack against Hindhus in Ghotki.

Trouble was already brewing in the city on Saturday night over blasphemy accusations against a Hindu principal.

Hindu principal of Sindh public school in Ghotki was accused of fake blasphemy. The school was vandalised by religious extremists in the presence of police.


J&K sovereign part of India, Pakistan should vacate PoK: British MP – India Today


British MP Bob Blackman on Sunday slammed Pakistan over its decision to move the United Nations on the Kashmir issue and said that the country should vacate Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) first.

Bob Blackman said that Jammu and Kashmir was part of sovereign India.

“The entirety of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is part of sovereign India and people that ask for UN resolution to be implemented ignore the first resolution which is that Pakistani military forces should leave Kashmir to re-unite the state,” Bob Blackman said.

It comes as Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has maintained that Islamabad will raise the Jammu and Kashmir issue with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and challenge its decision to abrogate Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir.

On Friday, Imran Khan held a rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, to show solidarity with the people in Kashmir.

Imran Khan also said that he was going to address the United Nations General Assembly next week. “And I will not disappoint the people of Kashmir,” Imran Khan said.


Carrying 200 Passengers, Jeddah-bound Pakistan Plane Catches Fire Minutes After Take Off – News18


A couple of weeks ago another Pakistan International Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Lahore airport after a bird hit it.


Updated:September 15, 2019, 5:21 PM IST

Carrying 200 Passengers, Jeddah-bound Pakistan Plane Catches Fire Minutes After Take Off
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Lahore: A major tragedy was averted on Sunday when an agile pilot successfully landed a Pakistan International Airlines flight carrying about 200 passengers onboard after one of its engines caught fire minutes after take off.

The Jeddah-bound flight PK-759 was forced to make an emergency landing back to Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore after one of its engines caught fire during take off.

“One of the engines of the aircraft caught fire during the take off Sunday morning and the pilot alerted the control room about it and sought for emergency landing,” an official of the airlines told PTI. He said the pilot successfully landed the plane and no passenger was injured.

The passengers were sent to Jeddah on another aircraft in the afternoon while the plane has been grounded for repair work. PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar, however, claimed that the plane had not caught fire. “The PK-759 made an emergency landing soon after a technical fault was detected during take off,” he said.

A couple of weeks ago another Pakistan International Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Lahore airport after a bird hit it.

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IMF SOS mission to arrive in Pakistan – Dunya News


  Last Updated On 15 September,2019 05:17 pm

The SOS mission will be headed by IMF Middle East and Central Asia Department Director Jihad Azour

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – International Monetary Fund (IMF) is sending its SOS (Save Our Soul) mission to Pakistan for suggesting ways to the cash-strapped government to curtail the budget deficit being faced by the country.

The IMF expressed concern over Pakistan’s economic performance in the first two months and is sending its SOS mission to Islamabad.

The mission will be vising Pakistan to discuss fiscal issues with special focus to restrict target of primary deficit within the desired limits.

The officials of the ministry of finance and IMF will review the reasons behind the collection of Rs580 billion in pursuance of the tax target of Rs648 billion.

The SOS mission will be headed by IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department Director Jihad Azour and the delegation will hold consultation on energy reforms.

Earlier on Friday, the finance ministry categorically refuted the claims made in certain media reports that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was sending an SOS mission to Pakistan owing to the fiscal outcomes of FY 2018-19 and that programme might be renegotiated.

“It is clarified that both these assertions are completely incorrect and not based on actual ground realities,” said the ministry.

It clarified that the upcoming IMF Mission was a staff level visit and coincides with the visit of the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund.

The Director’s visit to Pakistan had been planned for September soon after the finalisation of the programme, it said adding that as such, it was absolutely erroneous to construe that the IMF staff level mission was any kind of SOS mission as it had already been planned much earlier.

The claim that the IMF programme was being renegotiated was equally misconceived, it added.

“The government of Pakistan remains firmly committed to implement the policies and reforms spelled out in the IMF-supported program,” it added.


Ashes: England’s Stuart Broad dismisses Australia’s David Warner at The Oval – BBC Sport


England’s Stuart Broad has Australia’s David Warner caught at slip – the seventh time in 10 innings he’s dismissed him during the series – in the final Ashes Test at The Oval.

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Ashes: England’s Stuart Broad bowls Australia’s Marcus Harris at The Oval – BBC Sport


England’s Stuart Broad bowls Australia opener Marcus Harris for nine as they chase 399 to win the final Ashes Test and the series at The Oval.

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Stats: Afghanistan completes 50 wins in T20I cricket – CricTracker


Afghanistan’s 28-run win over Zimbabwe was their 50th victory in the T20I format.


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Afghanistan players. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It didn’t take a long time for Afghanistan to get back to success after a forgettable World Cup campaign where they lost all the nine matches they played. The change of captaincy seems to be working for them. The new captain Rashid Khan’s all-round performance inspired Afghans to a huge win in the one-off Test match against Bangladesh in Chattogram. They started off their campaign in the T20I Tri-Series with a 28-run win over Zimbabwe.

It was their 11th consecutive win in T20I cricket and thus equaled their own record for the longest winning streak by any team in Men’s T20I cricket. The Afghans won 11 successive T20I matches between 2016 and 2017 as well. The victory over Zimbabwe on Saturday was their 50th in the Twenty20 Internationals making them the 8th team with as many wins in this format. The Afghans got there in only 72 matches; by far the fewest any team needed for 50 T20I wins.


Pakistan were the first side to win 50 T20Is which they got in 84 matches. Later, their arch-rivals India also won their 50th T20I in the 84th match but South Africa need only 83 matches to complete 50 T20I wins. So far, England is the only team who needed more than 100 T20Is for winning their 50th match. The 2010 WT20 winners got there in 105 matches and won all the four they played since then.

Currently, Afghanistan’s win/loss ratio of 2.272 is the best among the teams with a minimum of 10 wins in Men’s T20I cricket. In fact, no other team even has a win/loss record over 2. Starting from their win against the West Indies in the 2016 WT20, the Afghans have won 22 out of 25 matches they played in the T20I format. The entry of Rashid Khan also played a key role in Afghanistan’s success over the last 4 years.

In 38 T20Is for Afghanistan, Rashid has taken 75 wickets at an average of 11.3 and a strike rate of 11.5. The Afghans ended up winning in 31 of those where the leg-spinner claimed 67 wickets at an average of 10.5 and needed 10.4 balls per wicket. Rashid, alongside Mohammad Nabi, have featured in 36 consecutive T20Is played by the Afghanistan team while the former skipper Asghar Afghan played in each of the last 49.

Fastest team to 50 wins in Twenty20 Internationals:


(Stats as on September 15, 2019)



Pakistanis Not Unhappy, Treat Indians As Relatives, Says Sharad Pawar – NDTV News



Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that people are not unhappy in Pakistan as against a common belief in India and that he received a very warm welcome on his visit to the neighbouring country.

He said the negative perception about Pakistan was a result of propaganda spread in India for political gains.

“People here say Pakistanis are facing injustice and are unhappy but it is not true. Such statements are being made only for political gains without understanding the actual situation in Pakistan,” he said.

The former union minister said that he had visited Pakistan on several occasions where he warmly received as “Pakistanis believe that even if they can’t go to India to meet their relatives, they treat an Indian as their relatives.”

Tension between India and Pakistan spiked this year after the Pulwama terror attack in February in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers were killed. India had hit back at Pakistan with an airstrike on a terrorist base in Balakot.

The revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status also added to the strain with Pakistan raising the issue at several international forums.

Incidents of ceasefire violation, attempted infiltration through the borders of Jammu and Kashmir have only added to the tension.

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Kashmir Issue Won’t Affect TAPI Gas Pipeline Project: Pakistan Assures Turkmenistan – News18


Islamabad: Pakistan has assured Turkmenistan that rising tensions with India will have no effect on TAPI gas pipeline project, a media report said on Sunday after doubts were raised over the future of the USD 10 billion trans-national project in the wake of fresh tension between New Delhi and Islamabad over Kashmir.

Some Pakistani experts raised doubts about the future of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) and other offshore gas pipeline projects following tensions between India and Pakistan after India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

“However, Pakistan has assured Turkmenistan that rising tensions with India will have no effect on the mega project, a government official was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.

The TAPI pipeline project seeks to build connectivity in the South and Central Asian regions through gas pipelines and will help ease energy shortages in South Asia.

The TAPI will pass through war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan to India to boost economic activity and to ensure peace and stability in the region. This project would also help connect two regions through road, rail and fiber cable network.

The construction work has already started in Turkmenistan and is expected to start soon from Turkmen-Afghan border to Herat section, the official said, adding that construction activities in Pakistan are set to kick off during the first quarter of 2020.

There has been tension between Pakistan and India over Kashmir. However, this will not affect TAPI pipeline project, the official was quoted as saying.

Tapi Company is responsible for the execution of this project. However, Pakistani companies are assured to get maximum share in the work within Pakistan, said Mobin Saulat, Managing Director of Interstate Gas Systems (ISGS), which is working on Pakistan’s some big pipeline projects.

He said a delegation of Tapi Company would visit next month to review the progress of the project and finalise the plan for construction. Each Pakistan and India would receive 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) gas.

Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

Asserting that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”, India has defended imposition of restrictions in the Kashmir Valley on the grounds that they were put to prevent Pakistan from creating more mischief through proxies and terrorists.

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