ICC Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan clash great opportunity to become hero, says Azhar Mahmood

first_imgPakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has called on his side’s players to see the upcoming Champions Trophy clash against India as a great opportunity for them to shine and become heroes.Fans from both nations have marked their calendars for June 4 when the two arch-rivals take on each other in their group clash.Recalling his debut against India, Azhar said that he headed into the clash thinking that if he manages to perform well against their arch-rivals he could become a hero.”These matches are a great opportunity for players to shine and become heroes whether they are a veteran or a newcomer. I remember my debut against India and I thought this is the time for me to perform and I thought that if I can perform in this game, then I can become a hero. There is never a dull moment in these matches wherever the match is played and whoever holds their nerve and whoever can take the pressure will come out as the winner,” PakPassion.net quoted Azhar, as saying.The 42-year-old, who retired from international cricket in 2007, insisted that although India have a strong batting line-up, his side’s bowling attack could pose a big challenge against the Virat Kohli-led side.”Expectations are always huge and it’s a game which is usually won in the mind. India’s batting is strong and our bowling is strong. So, it promises to be a great occasion with both teams standing a good chance of winning,” he said.Azhar Mahmood also expressed his views on paceman Hasan Ali, who has been included in the 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.advertisementAdmitting that Hasan has the `perfect attitude` which is required to become a successful player, Azhar said that the pacer’s willingness to perform well for his team reminds him of his own international career.”I like this guy’s attitude. He wants to play, he wants to learn, he wants to do well and he wants to perform well for the team and for himself. He has the perfect attitude and exactly the attitude you want from your players. When I first saw him bowling in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League, he reminded me so much of myself when I came into international cricket,” Azhar said.Azhar, however, said that the team are working on his run-up so that he could deliver more positive results in the coming future.”We are working on a few things with him and I am sure we will see more positive results from him in the future. We are looking to reduce his run-up as he over-accelerates sometimes. His run-up was 86 feet which we reduced to 80 feet in the West Indies and we will be looking to cut it down a bit more so he gets more momentum towards the crease rather than decreasing his speed as he approaches the crease. If this works then I think he will bowl quicker,” he added.Pakistan are slated to play two warm-up games in Birmingham before their clash against India — taking on Bangladesh on May 27 before facing world champions Australia on May 29.They will also attend a week-long training camp from the third week of May in Birmingham to prepare for the eight-team event, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.The tournament will also provide Pakistan a great chance to further consolidate their position in the top eight ODI sides as they look to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The Pakistan squad for Champions Trophy is as follows:Sarfraz Ahmad (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz.last_img

Main supply line of drugs like ‘Chitta’ broken: Pb Minister

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 8 (PTI) Punjab Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today claimed that the main supply line of drugs like ‘Chitta’ had been broken and only petty peddlers, who were also being dealt with, were active now. Every village that turns drug free would get a grant of Rs 5 lakh to purchase gym and sports goods for the youth, he declared. The panchayats and rural development minister, who is the legislator from Fatehgarh Churian assembly seat in the border district of Gurdaspur, appealed to his constituents and others to join hands to make the constituency, the first drug-free constituency in Punjab. “Today, I want to share my thoughts with you on a very sensitive and highly urgent matter. This is about the menace of drugs that is dominating the social media dialogue these days. Several highly concerned people have expressed their apprehension and I believe their worry is justified,” Bajwa said in a statement. This menace must be eradicated from its roots forever, he said adding that blame game was of no use. “Who is responsible for it? Where is it rooted? Rather than indulging in this blame game, we have to firmly join hands to root it out,” Bajwa said in the statement issued through newspaper advertisements today. The minister claimed the main supply line of drugs or “Chitta” had been broken. “With strong will power of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and persistent efforts of his government, the main supply line of drugs like ‘Chitta’ has been broken. Only petty peddlers are active now in supplying small quantity the ‘poison’ which also would be eradicated soon,” he said.advertisement The 16-month old Congress government in Punjab is in a spot after a spate of deaths, allegedly due to drug overdose. Wary of a public backlash if it fails to tackle the menace ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the state Cabinet recently recommended to the Centre to allow death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers, a move some activists dubbed a “knee-jerk” reaction. The state government also announced mandatory dope tests for all government employees. Minister Bajwa too had earlier said he was in favour of a mandatory dope test for candidates contesting the forthcoming panchayat polls in the state. Bajwa today appealed to every panchayat to keep a watch and inform if they get information about addicts or suppliers. Please inform me or the police if you get any information, he said. “Every village that turns drug free would get a grant of Rs 5 lakh to purchase gym and sports goods for the youth. Bajwa also urged the parents to keep a watch on the activities of their children and take appropriate action if they find anything suspicious. “We must focus on our sons the way we are always concerned about the safety, dignity and honour of our daughters. We become apprehensive in case the daughter is late even by five minutes and start making queries. However, we turn careless so far as boys are concerned. We should pay the same attention to sons too,” he said. We should make special efforts to connect our sons to our rich religious, social and historical heritage, he said. He said that the intensification of the anti-drug campaign should start from our Fatehgarh Churian constituency. “I have made commitment to this effect in the cabinet on the basis of the confidence we have in each other to completely eradicate this problem of drugs in Fatehgarh Churian,” he said. Let us join hands to make Fatehgarh Churian, the first drug-free constituency in Punjab, he added. PTI SUN VSD ADSADSlast_img read more