Pakistan Super League

This is the list of the teams competing for the PSL Trophy this year!

The teams are:

  • Multan Sultans
  • Karachi Kings
  • Quetta Gladiators
  • Peshawar Zalmi
  • Lahore Qalandars
  • Islamabad United
  • 17:36 PM

    Ronaldo scores as Al Nassr ease into Asian Champions League quarters


  • 22:02 PM

    Rizwan with another six!


  • 20:12 PM

    Shadab leads Islamabad United to huge win over Qalandars in PSL opener


  • 16:37 PM

    HBL Pakistan Super League: Gladiators start with clash against Zalmi, Kings face Sultans test


  • 21:10 PM

    Debutant Saud, Roy dazzle against Zalmi as Gladiators make flying start


  • 14:44 PM

    Women throng polling stations in twin cities to bring ‘change’


  • 11:31 AM

    PML-N, PPP make ‘first formal contact’


  • 20:40 PM

    ECP declares over 3000 polling stations in Karachi as 'highly sensitive'


  • 12:13 PM

    JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman decries condition of public hospitals in Sindh


  • 17:18 PM

    US says it is not seeking war with Iran after Jordan attack


  • 16:50 PM

    Miscarriages surge in southern Rafah under ‘brutal’ bombardment in Gaza


  • 16:48 PM

    Humanitarian situation in Gaza could not be worse, says EU’s top diplomat


  • 16:46 PM

    23 arrests made overnight: Israeli military


  • 16:43 PM

    25,295 killed in Israeli bombing on Gaza since Oct 7: health ministry


  • 16:40 PM

    Protesters block Knesset entrance: report


  • 16:38 PM

    Now is the time to return the captives from Gaza: Israeli general


  • 13:52 PM

    6,584 immigrants return Afghanistan in 24 hours


4 months ago

Ronaldo scores as Al Nassr ease into Asian Champions League quarters

RIYADH: Cristiano Ronaldo gui­ded Al Nassr into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cham­pions Lea­gue

His compatriot, Ronaldo, looked set to endure a frustrating night personally, with the Portugal captain having a number of penalty appeals turned down and, not long into the second half, a goal disallowed for offside.

Ronaldo, 39 earlier this month, was also booked in first-half stoppage time for a late challenge, with Nassr manager Luis Castro then given a yellow card for protesting the decision too vehemently.

However, the Nassr skipper would have the final say, when four minutes from time, he latched onto yet another Marcelo Brozovic through ball.

Fayha goalkeeper Vladimir Stojk­ovic really should have dealt with the situation but could only kick his attempted clearance off the onrushing Ronaldo. The ball fell invitingly for Ronaldo to tap into the empty net.

It marked the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus forward’s 10th goal in his past nine matches for Nassr. Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the UEFA Champions League, is competing for the first time in its Asian equivalent.

In the night’s other West Asian tie, 2003 champions Al Ain came from a goal behind at home to Nasaf Qarshi to win 2-1 in stoppage time and seal their spot in the quarter-finals.

The UAE side, the only Emirati club to lift the trophy, were a goal down five minutes into the second half at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, when they failed to deal with an inswinging corner, leaving Nasaf forward Bobur Abdikholikov to prod the ball across the six-yard box. Team-mate Akmal Mozgovoy finished at the far post.

With last week’s first leg in Qarshi ending goalless, the Uzbekistan side had stolen a march on reaching the last eight.

Yet Al Ain needed only four minutes to draw level. Togolese striker Kodjo Laba kept his eye on a looping loose ball in the Nasaf penalty area to acrobatically volley home.

The drama, though, was saved for the second minute of injury time. Nasaf goalkeeper Abduvohid Nematov somehow contrived to punch a cross from the left to Sofiane Rahimi. The Al Ain playmaker took one touch before drilling home his effort to take the home team through 2-1 on aggregate.

Al Ain and Nassr, the latter semi-finalists in their past two Champions League campaigns, will meet next month, across two legs, for a spot in the last four.

5 months ago

Rizwan with another six!

@iMRizwanPak with another glorious six!

Former MNA Tahir Iqbal, a PTI-backed independent who was the runner-up in the February 8 polls from NA-158 (Vehari III), has alleged that post-poll rigging was done to make his political opponent, the PML-N’s Tehmina Daultana, win.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Iqbal claimed he was not allowed access to the office of his constituency’s returning officer (RO) on the night of February 8.

He said that the Forms-45 of “26 polling stations were edited and that too, in a very strange way”. The PTI-backed candidate went on to allege that his votes were decreased while those of Daultana were inflated during the result tabulation process.

Recalling another alleged incident of post-poll rigging, Iqbal said the votes cast at a polling station for the MNA-elect were greater than those cast for the MPA-elect there.

 

5 months ago

Shadab leads Islamabad United to huge win over Qalandars in PSL opener

LAHORE: Leading from the front, experienced all-rounder Shadab Khan steered Islamabad United

Chasing a big total of 196 on a batting-friendly track under lights, United were home in the 19th over when Shadab cracked a six off leg-spinner Salman Fayyaz.

Qalandars rued several missed chances, including two dropped catches of Shadab, who had made a bold move of promoting himself to number three.

Shadab smashed an unbeaten 74 off 41 balls, studded with six fours and five sixes, while Salman Ali Agha scored a breezy 64 not out off 31 (seven fours and three sixes). The two built a match-winning 138-run stand after Qalandars lost openers Colin Munro (five) and Alex Hales (28-ball 36), with 62 on the board in the eighth over.

5 months ago

HBL Pakistan Super League: Gladiators start with clash against Zalmi, Kings face Sultans test

LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi take on Quetta Gladiators

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The day match will see for the first time a new captain for Gladiators, South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw, after the mantle was taken back from long-time skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who led the franchise team in all the eight editions of PSL held so far.

The 34-year-old Rossouw is ready for the tough job and has high hopes from his team.

“The opportunity to lead a side in the PSL doesn’t come around often and it’s such an honour for me. My expectation this season is obviously to win the league,” the left-handed batter said.

5 months ago

Debutant Saud, Roy dazzle against Zalmi as Gladiators make flying start

LAHORE: Quetta Gladiators stunned the favoured Peshawar Zalmi

The match witnessed an electrifying display of batting prowess, primarily led by Quet­ta openers Jason Roy and Saud Shak­eel, who was also making his PSL debut.

Quetta set a challenging target of 207 runs, largely fueled by the explosive batting of Roy (75) and Saud (74), who orchestrated an impressive opening partnership of 157 runs.

Initially, Peshawar’s chase seemed promising, with skipper Babar Azam (68) and Saim Ayub (42) providing a solid foundation by amassing 91 runs in just 8.4 overs.

However, a crucial run-out and a subsequent dip in the run-rate derailed Zalmi’s momentum, restricting them to 190 for six in their allotted 20 overs.

In the tense final over, with Zalmi needing 25 runs for victory, Asif Ali and Dan Mousley faced the challenge from Quetta pacer Mohammad Wasim Jr. Despite expectations of big hits, Asif could only manage a single before Mousley was caught by Akeal Hosein. Aamer Jamal briefly contributed with a boundary, but Zalmi fell short of the target, leaving Asif stranded disappointed at the crease.

“Our bowling attack was perfect for the situation but unluckily we could not finish the match well and credit goes to Jason Roy and Saud Shakeel for their great knocks,” Babar told reporters after the match.

In the preceding match, defending champions Lahore Qalandars had suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Islamabad United, highlighting the dominance of batsmen in the early stages of the tournament.

Saim and Babar provided a strong start for Zalmi, with Saim hitting the first six of the Peshawar’s chase in the second over. Babar’s elegant stroke play, coupled with Saim’s powerful hitting, posed a significant challenge to the Gladiators’ bowlers. Howe­ver, the partnership was short-lived, with Saim departing for 42 runs, followed by a series of quick wickets that hindered Zalmi’s progress.

Quetta’s innings began with a blazing start from Saud and Roy, who exhibited exquisite stroke play. Their partnership flourished, reaching the 100-run mark in just 10 overs. Despite losing Saud and Roy early, Gladiators managed to surpass the 200-run mark, finishing at 206-5 in their allotted 20 overs.

Pacer Salman Irshad emerged as the standout bowler for Peshawar, claiming three crucial wickets, while Luke Wood and Mohammad Zeeshan provided support with a wicket each.

5 months ago

Women throng polling stations in twin cities to bring ‘change’

In NA-48 and NA-53 constituencies of Islamabad and Rawalpindi

According to several veteran voters, the turnout in their constituencies was higher compared to previous elections, with an elderly voter terming the response of the youth and the senior citizens ‘commendable’ for their active participation in the polls.

It may be noted that in 2018 polls, the women’s turnout was 47 per cent compared to 56pc of their male counterparts.

There were some administrative problems, however. For instance, reportedly there were no arrangements by the Election Commission of Pakistan to facilitate elderly citizens and some voters had faced problems reaching their designated polling stations, besides sluggish polling pace.

5 months ago

PML-N, PPP make ‘first formal contact’

PPP leaders Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari meet a PML-N delegation

• Insiders say PML-N offers PPP ‘president, Senate chairman, NA speaker’ slots
• PPP central executive committee meets today; huddle between N-League, PML-Q also expected
• Shehbaz takes Fazl into confidence over PPP talks, seeks JUI-F support

LAHORE: As political wheeling and dealing has reached its peak in the aftermath of the Feb 8 vote in which not a single political party could secure a simple majority, the PML-N and PPP have formally started consultations to form a government in the Centre with the help of their allies.

Against the backdrop of the dialogue with the PPP, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif contacted JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman to take him into confidence regarding the meeting with the PPP and also sought his support in the formation of the federal government. Maulana Fazl said he would get back to the PML-N on Wednesday.

Similarly, a meeting with the MQM was also held in Lahore, whereas a meeting with the PML-Q led by Shujaat Hussain in Islamabad is due today (Monday).

5 months ago

ECP declares over 3000 polling stations in Karachi as 'highly sensitive'

A polling stations list issued by the electoral body's Sindh chapter showed only 128 polling stations as 'normal'.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) declared 3,038 polling stations in Karachi as highly sensitive from a total of 5,342 polling stations across the provincial capital. 

A polling stations list issued by the electoral body's Sindh chapter showed only 128 polling stations as 'normal'.

According to the ECP, in the District West of Karachi, 676 polling stations are being considered 'highly sensitive'.

The authorities established at least 655 polling stations in District Central of which 600 were declared as 'highly sensitive'. In District Korangi, 582 polling stations were described as 'highly sensitive', while 170 were categorised as sensitive. 

Moreover, 471 polling stations of District East were highly sensitive while 311 were added to the list of sensitive. 

In District Kemari, out of 596, 251 polling stations were termed as highly sensitive.

However, Karachi’s District South has 306 sensitive and 279 highly sensitive polling stations.

In order to maintain the law and order situation in Karachi, 46,000 personnel will perform duty on polling day, of which 16,264 will be deployed at the most sensitive polling stations while 18,048 will remain at sensitive polling stations.

The guidelines provided by the ECP said that 'security personnel are to be present at the place of duty at all times to maintain law and order situations'.

The securitymen will not be allowed to leave the place of duty until the completion of the electoral process.

5 months ago

JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman decries condition of public hospitals in Sindh

JI leader Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has decried the condition of public hospitals in Sindh.

JI leader Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has decried the condition of public hospitals in Sindh.

Addressing a ceremony in Karachi, the party’s Karachi emir said the entire province relied on two hospitals — Jinnah and Civil — in Karachi.

“The condition of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital is very bad,” he said. “Many departments do not operate. The gynecology department has been closed for three months,” he said.

5 months ago

US says it is not seeking war with Iran after Jordan attack

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday vowed the US would take “all necessary actions” to defend its troops after a deadly drone attack in Jordan, even as President Joe Biden’s administration stressed it was not seeking a war with Iran.

The attack on Sunday killed three US soldiers and wounded more than 40 troops. It was the first deadly strike against US troops since the Israel-Hamas war erupted in October and marks a major escalation in tensions that have engulfed the Middle East.

“Let me start with my outrage and sorrow (for) the deaths of three brave US troops in Jordan and for the other troops who were wounded,” Austin said at the Pentagon.

 

“The president and I will not tolerate attacks on US forces and we will take all necessary actions to defend the US and our troops,” Austin added at the start of meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon.

“As the president said yesterday, we will respond and that response could be multi-leveled, come in stages and be sustained over time,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

But officials across the Biden administration said they did not want the situation to escalate. The Pentagon suggested Iran didn’t want a war either.

“We certainly don’t seek a war and frankly we don’t see Iran wanting to seek a war with the United States,” Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh told reporters. She added that the Pentagon believed Iran did not want a war either.

“We are not seeking a conflict with the regime in the military way,” White House national security spokesman John Kirby said, adding that Biden was working his way through response options.

The United States is trying to determine exactly why the nearly 350 troops at the base in Jordan, known as Tower 22, were unable to stop the drone.

5 months ago

Miscarriages surge in southern Rafah under ‘brutal’ bombardment in Gaza

About 50,000 pregnant women in displacement camps in southern Rafah city suffer from a lack of food and medicine, threatening their unborn babies along with their own health, Al Jazeera reports.

Dr Haider Abu Sunima, medical director of Tal Al-Sultan Hospital for Women and Obstetrics in Rafah, says there’s an increased number of miscarriages because of the difficult conditions amid the onslaught.

In the past few days, Gaza’s health ministry said it recorded hundreds of miscarriages and premature births as a result of “panic and forced flight under brutal bombardment in Gaza”.

5 months ago

Humanitarian situation in Gaza could not be worse, says EU’s top diplomat

The humanitarian situation in the Gaza strip, currently besieged by Israel in its military campaign against Hamas, “could not be worse”, European Union chief diplomat Josep Borrell said, Reuters reports.

“From now on I will not talk about the peace process, but I want a two-state-solution process,” Borell told journalists ahead of a EU foreign ministers’ meeting.

5 months ago

23 arrests made overnight: Israeli military

Overnight Israeli forces, Shin Bet (internal security service) and Special Forces arrested what they described as “wanted persons” across the occupied West Bank, Al Jazeera reports.

In a post on X, the Israeli military said they had also destroyed explosive devices and “terrorist money” was confiscated.

5 months ago

25,295 killed in Israeli bombing on Gaza since Oct 7: health ministry

The health ministry in Gaza said that at least 25,295 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory since Oct 7, AFP reports.

The toll includes 190 fatalities over the past 24 hours, a ministry statement said, while some 63,000 people in Gaza have been wounded in the conflict since October 7.

5 months ago

Protesters block Knesset entrance: report

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports dozens of people are blocking the entrance to the Israeli parliament, Al Jazeera reports.

They are calling for “elections now” while police are reportedly removing them from the area by force.

5 months ago

Now is the time to return the captives from Gaza: Israeli general

Israeli Major General Noam Tibon has told an Israeli public radio station that now is the time to make a deal with Hamas and bring bank the Israeli captives of the armed group, Al Jazeera reports.

“Otherwise, they will all come back in coffins or not at all,” he added.

“We will have sent for generations to come a message to the citizens of Israel that they live in an insecure state, and a message to mothers who send their children to the army, that if your child falls into captivity, he will probably not return, and this is not overlooked, so it must be concluded. A deal now,” Tibon said.

8 months ago

6,584 immigrants return Afghanistan in 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: Undocumented Afghan nationals returning to Afghanistan as 6,584 returned to home in last 24 hours, authorities said.

Thousands of immigrants, continuously leaving Pakistan from Chaman and Torkham border crossings with Afghanistan.

The authorities have established temporary transit camps for illegal immigrants in various districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

 

Hordes of Afghan immigrants crossed into Afghanistan on Sunday, while thousands present at Torkham border, waiting for their turn for entry in Afghanistan.

 

Pakistan’s authorities after passing of the deadline of illegal immigrants stay in the country are facilitating safe exit of the foreign nationals.

 

On Saturday 7,135 Afghan citizens returned to Afghanistan from Torkham border crossing, Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees (CAR), earlier said in a statement.

 

Mostly Afghan nationals staying in Pakistan as undocumented immigrants. Repatriation of the illegal Afghans through the Chaman and Torkham borders has been underway.

 

Earlier, Caretaker Minister for Interior Sarfraz Bugti directed the authorities concerned to formulate a comprehensive strategy for the repatriation of foreigners residing illegally in Pakistan.

 

During a meeting, the caretaker interior minister vowed to tackle the illegal immigration issue and provide foolproof security to foreigners.