Sport Khawaja, Burns to play Pakistan T20 comp
Prominent Pakistani journalist Absar Alam shot and wounded
Police say motive behind shooting not immediately clear, investigation team formed to probe the attack. “[A senior police officer] is at the location of the attack and they are gathering evidence,” said Bajwa, shortly after the shooting. In a video shared on Twitter that was recorded as he was being taken to hospital, Alam confirmed the attack. “I was walking outside my house and someone has shot me,” he says in the video. “This is my message to those [who attacked me]: I am not one to lose my spirit.
Usman Khawaja will travel to Karachi in June and take part in the rescheduled Pakistan Super League, having been snapped up in the competition's 'replacement draft'.
Khawaja and fellow Australians Joe Burns, James Faulkner and Callum Ferguson were recruited for the second phase of the Twenty20 competition.
The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was halted earlier this year, when Australian legspinner Fawad Ahmed was among several players to contract COVID-19.
Pakistan's government is reportedly considering a nation-wide lockdown because of growing coronavirus cases.
The 'hard part' of radical selection move
England's decision to axe its national selector opens a can of worms, according to a former Australian captain.England this week announced the axing of national selector Ed Smith, with the team to now be picked by head coach Chris Silverwood, who will work in consultation with captains Joe Root (Test) and Eoin Morgan (ODIs and T20s).
But PSL organisers are currently pushing on with plans for the season's remaining 20 matches to be played at Karachi's National Stadium between June 1-20.
England's domestic season is also underway, with Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head set to start their county stints soon.
Khawaja, who was born in Islamabad then shifted to Australia at age five, feared a clash between Australia's domestic season and the PSL meant he would never play in his country of birth.
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"I'd love to go over there and play," he told cricket.com.au earlier this month.
"To go home to where it all began for myself, my family.
"I love cricket returning to that region, too. Because I think they're doing some really, really good stuff over there; doing some really hard work to get people to come over.
Zimbabwe hand Pakistan 'painful' defeat in landmark T20 win
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan for the first time in a Twenty20 international Friday, with four-wicket Luke Jongwe the star of a shock 19-run triumph at Harare Sports Club. A maiden victory in 16 attempts seemed unlikely when the tourists restricted the hosts to a meagre 118-9 with Tinashe Kamunhukamwe (34) the only batsman to impress. But right-arm medium pacer Jongwe (4-18) wreaked havoc and Zimbabwe bowled out Pakistan for 99 in 19.5 overs. It wasA maiden victory in 16 attempts seemed unlikely when the tourists restricted the hosts to a meagre 118-9 with Tinashe Kamunhukamwe (34) the only batsman to impress.
"I'd love to see an Australian team tour to Pakistan in the not too distant future ... but I guess it needs a bit of buy-in from the players too."
Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998, but there is growing hope they will travel to the country for a multi-format series in early 2022.
England are slated to end their own 16-year absence in Pakistan, having signed up for a tour in October that will precede the T20 World Cup.
International sides have slowly but surely returned to Pakistan in recent years, having initially refused to do so in the aftermath of an attack by gunmen on Sri Lanka's team bus in 2009.
Shane Watson headlines the list of Australians to have travelled to Pakistan for the PSL, while Tim Paine, George Bailey and Ben Cutting toured the country as part of a World XI in 2017.
Cricket Australia and the Pakistan Cricket Board were in talks for a 2019 tour to be staged, at least partly, in Pakistan but they amounted to nothing.
Pakistan wants the IMF to ease ‘tough conditions’ on $6bn loan .
Pakistan entered a $6bn loan agreement with the IMF in 2019 that included targets for narrowing the budget deficit.“The targets they have given us, that is tough … We have talked to them and they are very sympathetic,” Tarin said, referring to a loan agreed in an IMF programme that Pakistan entered in 2019.