3 04 April, 2015 Ajmal returns, U. Akmal dropped for Bangladesh tour LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced squads which will travel to Bangladesh for a tour scheduled to begin later this month. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will mark his comeback in all three formats of the game and will display his new modified bowling action. The PCB decided not to include batsman Umer Akmal whose performance with the bat and behind the stumps was the subject of criticism during the World Cup. In other changes, Ahmed Shehzad was only included in the T20 squad while Fawad Alam was included in the ODI squad. Umer Gul who has been battling injuries will also make his return in the T20 squad. The team was announced by newly appointed Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed who said the PCB’s focus was on the ODI squad for the next four years in preparation for the World Cup. Rasheed told journalists that reports of the team management on the World Cup and performance of players were taken into consideration in the selection process. “All players should know that Pakistan comes first,” Rasheed said in a message to players. “Players should contribute towards Pakistan winning…Players will be given full support and we expect them to be professionals and play as a unit.” According to Rasheed consultations were held regarding the team’s selection but the final decision was made by the selection committee ODI Squad: Sami Aslam, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Muhammad Hafeez, Asad Shafique, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali, Muhammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil and Sohail Khan T20 Squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Muhammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Muhammad Rizwan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Saad Nasim, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Umer Gul and Junaid Khan. The News.. Sri Lanka selectors quit amid clean-up efforts COLOMBO: Sri Lanka´s cricket selectors, headed by former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya, quit Friday to allow new management to take over the island´s cricket governing body, which has been mired in allegations of widespread corruption. Jayasuriya, 45, has been accused of politicising the game after he became a member of parliament from president Mahinda Rajapakse´s party following his retirement from the game in 2009. The former batsman also copped criticism for making four changes to the team at last month´s World Cup quarter-finals that Sri Lanka lost to South Africa by nine wickets. Critics took issue with the inclusion of new opening batsman Kusal Perera and paceman Dushmantha Chameera for Sri Lanka´s defeat in the lopsided match. Jayasuriya -- a member of Sri Lanka´s 1996 World Cup- winning team -- said he was bowing out to give the new management an opportunity to appoint a new selection panel but did not rule out a comeback. "I am always available if Sri Lanka Cricket needs me to serve the country in the future," he said in his letter of resignation, a copy of which was seen by AFP. He said the other four members of the selection panel had also stepped down, though their contracts run until the end of the month. "We gave separate letters of resignations and have quit," Jayasuriya told AFP. The mass resignation comes just days after Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake appointed an interim committee headed by former Test player Sidath Wettimuny to manage Sri Lanka Cricket, asking him to "clean up" the administration of the sport. (AFP) The News.. In memoriam: Nazia Hassan was born 50 years ago today Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was more than happy to have shot for his upcoming film "Fan" at the Madame Tussaud's museum in London, ‘Fast and Furious 7' will likely be the next $1 billion movie It’s currently poised to make around $120 million over the Easter holiday.That would easily give “Furious 7? the highest-grossing opening weekend in April, surpassing 2014's $95 million opening of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” According to Fandango, the film’s ticket sales are already outpacing the “Captain America” sequel.Before “Avengers: Age of Ultron” comes to theaters in May, it has a good shot at being the year’s first billion dollar movie. “This is definitely shaping up to be massive,” vice president and chief analyst of BoxOffice.com Phil Contrino tells Business Insider. “With a movie like this, it’s important not to get too carried away with expectations because … in the lead up to a big movie, that’s all people are talking about and it’s easy to keep saying, ‘it’s going to be bigger, and bigger, and bigger.’ That said, I think it has a legitimate shot at becoming the next member of the $1 billion global club.” Contrino notes that would be a huge accomplishment. Look at the box-office numbers for “Fast and Furious 6? and its not difficult to make that case. The 2013 film made $788 million worldwide ($238 million domestic vs. $550 million overseas). Boxoffice.com is tracking “Furious 7? to make somewhere between $275 million and $280 million stateside during its run in theaters. “That’s a $42 million increase right there. The last one did about $550 million overseas. I think that number’s going to go up exponentially.” says Contrino. “If there’s a $40 million increase in North America alone, even if there’s a $10 or $15 million increase in a bunch of key markets like UK, China, Brazil … that’s going to add up really fast. That $550 million number is going to increase quite a bit. [If] you look at it that way and we’re not too far from being in the ballpark of $1 billion globally.” “Furious 7? has already opened to number one in 12 markets overseas. The film will also be Universal Studio’s largest film release ever. Not only will it have the widest IMAX release ever on 810 screens worldwide. “Furious 7? will open in over 4,000 Friday in the US and over 10,500 around the world. In addition to the highadrenaline, action-packed storyline, which has received great reviews, the seventh installment serves as a bittersweet sendoff to the franchise’s co-lead Paul Walker who died in 2013. Walker’s death will be one reason audiences will head out to see “Furious 7.” “This isn’t just another entry into a franchise,” explains Contrino. “It’s got more significance to it. Its success at the box office, many people are going to see that as a tribute to Paul Walker, and what he brought to the franchise.” “They’re going to show up for that reason,” he added. “Even if they maybe have skipped some of the other movies, they’ll show up for this one.” She first appeared in a children’s program on PTV Kaliyon ki Mala in 1975 where she sang the famous ‘Dosti Aisa Naata’. It was her single ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ that catapulted her to fame when she was just 15 after it was taken for the Bollywood flick Qurbaani. Little did anyone know that Nazia would go on to become the first Pakistani to win the prestigious Filmfare award. Read more:Aap Jaisa Koi: Remembering Nazia Hasan Following the success of ‘Aap Jaisa Koi,’ Nazia Hassan, along with her brother Zohaib, went on to release the evergreen album Disco Deewana (1981). This was followed by Boom Boom, Young Tarang (1984), Hotline (1987) and finally Camera, Camera (1992). Her songs ‘Dosti’, ‘Disco Deewane’, ‘Aankhen Milane Wale’, ‘Boom Boom’ and 'Dil ki Lagi'are still timeless. Also read: Nazia Hassan’s legacy lives on Known for her soulful voice, Nazia was not only a singer, but also a notable humanitarian. She worked as a political analyst for the United Nations in New York and became a cultural ambassador for Pakistan in 1991. The singer believed in welcoming new musical trends and spoke to Herald Magazine in July 1980, saying: “Yes some people don’t even consider it music; well it’s the kind of the music we dig, take it or leave it. They say classical music is the only real music. Whenever I’m attending a classical music recital, I feel like I’m attending a funeral. You have to sit grim and still — no coughing, no talking lest people think you are being impolite.” Dawn.. Josh Hamilton avoids suspension; MLB disagrees with decision Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is in such good form that he cannot be dropped, says manager Louis van Gaal. Azhar Ali: Crucified before the battle That's the predicament Pakistan's new ODI captain Azhar Ali is faced with; the proverbial arm band not yet on, the number 79 jersey still folded neatly in the closet. For many, the criticism of Azhar by experts and fans is a continuation of the scorn heaped on outgoing skipper Misbah-ul-Haq. For the past five years the 40-year-old received more flak than all of his predecessors combined and it was so intense that it has naturally been transferred onto the unassuming Azhar. I don't think anyone has a problem with Azhar's elevation as vice-captain of the Test team. He is among the leading run scorers for Pakistan in the longest format of the game in the five years since his debut. Besides Younis Khan, no one has scored more Test centuries for Pakistan than Azhar Ali in that time period. The PCB has been giving a lot of weight to the Pentangular One Day Cup that was held during the first two weeks of January. Rightly so, considering that the country's leading 75 cricketers compete in that tournament; therefore the best 15 should represent the national team. That makes sense, doesn't it? Do people remember Azhar's performance in that Pentangular Cup though? ) demonstrated that the level-headed batsman has worked tremendously hard in improving the fluency of his knocks. Azhar is fairly senior given that he has been around with the Pakistan Test team for half a decade now. He is well respected in the dressing room. The senior statesmen Misbah and Younis Khan speak very highly of him. Waqar Younis, reportedly, also backed his appointment. What more does one need in a captain? Don't we all want a stable, confident, and self-critical person? If Azhar was always the best choice to take over the Test team, does it not make sense to make him the leader of the the ODI team as well? Is it fair that we are passing judgment before he has even taken the team on the field? Only time will tell whether he can live up to the billing of Pakistan's next international captain, but till then I believe it is only fair that we give the man a chance. We must also realise that he would be under already be under the cosh when he walks out to lead the team in greens; such is the pressure we have put on him. Azhar has the confidence of the board. He has the confidence of the team management. More importantly, he has the confidence of his own players. Its time he got the confidence of the public as well. Dawn.. Shereen’s Law: Afghanistan’s daring, taboo-smashing feminist TV drama In a grimy Kabul street, the director gives the order to roll the cameras, and filming starts on a remarkable new TV drama that boldly challenges taboos about women in conservative Afghanistan. Shereen, the star, enters the scene and buys a few things from street vendors when suddenly her husband, a possessive and brutal man, grabs her. But tough, no-nonsense Shereen won’t back down and a row ensues. “It is the first such drama – that is about women, that is about empowering women, that is about the struggles of women in Afghanistan,” Leena Alam, the Afghan actress who plays Shereen, told foreign press. Women in Afghanistan still suffer brutal violence on a daily basis. On March 19 a young woman was beaten to death and her body burned in central Kabul for allegedly burning a copy of Holy Qur’an. Defying entrenched conventions in such a country comes with a risk, as Alam – who moved to the US as a child with her family before returning in 2007 – admits. “It’s a bit dangerous, even for myself. Yesterday we were shooting outside. When… I’m waiting for the shot I’m always scared that somebody may throw acid on me or somebody may hit me with a knife,” she said. “But I think it’s time, after more than 30 years, to move on and educate people and give them the information as bluntly as Shereen.” Apart from the exterior street scenes, the show’s action takes place in a studio with sets decked out to look like a courtroom, Shereen’s house and legal offices. No detail has been missed, from the portrait of President Ashraf Ghani in the courtroom to the stapler on Shereen’s desk. Director and writer Max Walker, an Australian who came to work in Afghanistan, says he took advice in advance on how to avoid drawing too much attention from conservative clerics. “There’s been an enormous consultation, an enormous review of the script and of the whole storytelling process to make sure that it raises these issues, but it doesn’t raise them so bluntly and so offensively that it’s going to make the programme go off air,” Walker said. Pakistan Today.. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's next film Mirziya, a contemporary love story set in Rajasthan is one of the most anticipated films and a launch vehicle for debutants Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. After the MLB Players' Association lobbied for Josh Hamilton, saying his admitted recent drug relapse was not a violation of his treatment program, MLB brought in an arbitrator that ultimately ruled in favor of the MLBPA. Hamilton will therefore not be suspended. "The issue of whether Josh Hamilton violated his treatment program was submitted to the treatment board established under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," read an MLB statement on Friday. with MLB taking the position that Hamilton violated his treatment program and is subject to discipline by the commissioner. "Under the procedures of the programme, an outside arbitrator was appointed to break the tie and the arbitrator ruled that Josh Hamilton's conduct did not violate his treatment program. "The office of the commissioner disagrees with the decision, and will seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the programme in the collective bargaining process." Hamilton had alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012 and is subject to three drug tests per week as part of his reinstatement. The 33-year-old is expected to be on the disabled list until May as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Opera Sports.. Fancy a hot cross bun? Go to Saddar KARACHI: There are only a few bakeries in the entire city that offer hot cross buns and they bake the popular spicy cinnamon bun with currants or raisins and yellow cross on the top made from shortcrust pastry round the clock since the people so fond of having them on and around Good Friday know exactly where to buy them from, too. Most of these bakeries are situated in Saddar. “I would have been baking them, or rather my sister would have if we had a nicer oven at our place but thank God for this bakery,” said Avril Cardoza while grabbing a couple of packets with six puffy hot cross buns each at one such bakery. Two women in blue nuns’ attire walked in also to buy some hot cross buns for their families. “We work at the Army Public School in Saddar. We just cannot find the time to bake ourselves,” said Taj Khatoon. “We have been making the buns since Wednesday as everyone is buying them as soon as they come out of our ovens and also distributing among friends. Hot cross buns sell very well before and on Good Friday and after that there is a demand for Easter eggs. Although the buns need to be warm and fresh, the eggs can be made days in advance as they do not go stale or mouldy quickly,” informed the manager of another popular Saddar bakery. Another bakery and cafe in Zamzama also pointed towards their varieties of chocolate cakes and pastries to make up for the non-availability of hot cross buns. “Oh yes, there’s that name again! This lady on the phone was asking us if we make them or not,” said the man behind the counter of another well-known bakerycum-store off DHA’s Khayaban-i-Shamsheer. “What is a hot cross bun anyway?” He asked next. dawn..
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