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This week's highlights (Dec 21-27, 2015)

International Cricket | December 24, 2015

Calls for West Indies cricket to follow New Zealand's lead

West Indies administrators needed to do more to get the likes of fast bowler Andre Russell and batsmen Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo back in the side, rather than playing in the lucrative Twenty20 tournaments around the world, Simmons said.

Source: Radio New Zealand News

International Cricket | December 23, 2015

Steve Smith wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015

Steve Smith has become the fourth Australia player and 11th player overall to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015.

Source: ICC

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

Can PSL do for Pakistan what IPL did for India?

Pakistan cricketers, peeved and frustrated, after being ignored by the the cash-rich and glamorous Indian Premier League for seven years, finally have a league of their own. No Pakistani player was considered in the 2009 auctions since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. Indian authorities had said the perpetrators of the heinous crime were based out of Pakistan.

Source: India Today

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

Exclusive interview with Najam Sethi: PSL will be biggest thing to hit Pakistan cricket

Eight years after it was first discussed at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is as close to fruition as it has ever been. Pakistan watchers may be surprised that the man behind this last push is Najam Sethi, hitherto a well-known journalist.

Source: The National UAE

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

PSL draft: Mushfiqur Rahim snapped up by Shakib’s Karachi Kings

Bangladesh Test skipper and the magnificent wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahman has been added by Karachi Kings to their ranks with a remuneration of USD 25,000, as the second day of the players’ draft for the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) resumed earlier this morning.

Source: BD Cric Team

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

Shane Watson, Brad Haddin join Islamabad in Pakistan Super League draft

Recently retired Australian Test veterans Shane Watson and Brad Haddin have been picked up by Dean Jones' Islamabad side in the inaugural Pakistan Super League draft.

Source: WA Today

International Cricket | December 22, 2015


Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi was picked by Peshawar Zalmi. Karachi Kings bagged Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik. Islamabad United brought Shane Watson in as their iconic player. Quetta Gladiators chose Kevin Pietersen while Lahore Qalandars were left with the choice of Chris Gayle as their iconic player. 

Source: PAK Observer

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

Shahid Afridi says PSL will help the youngsters get confidence

The captain of Pakistan's T20 team and superstar of the nation Shahid Afridi has said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will help the youngsters of the country in getting confidence and it will give them opportunity to share dressing rooms with world class players.

Source: Cricket News World

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

Four lesser-known picks at the PSL draft

Australia-born Jim Allenby played one first-class match for Western Australia towards the end of the 2006 season but has earned his name in county cricket, chiefly for Glamorgan. 

Source: ESPN Cricinfo

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

Sam Billings picked up by Islamabad United in PSL draw

The Kent wicketkeeper-batsman, who has featured in five one-day and five Twenty20 internationals for England this year, was drafted by Islamabad United from the fourth-ranked "silver" category of players.

Source: EURO Sport

International Cricket | December 22, 2015

Franchises finalise squads as PSL draft ends

The franchises in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) finalised their squads for the inaugural edition as the draft process came to an end at the end of day two.

Source: Cricket World