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    "Performing in Pakistan is something I would love to experience" : Moeen Ali

    In an interview with Saj, England all-rounder Moeen Ali has vowed to return to Test cricket stronger after a break from the game to recharge his batteries

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    Moeen was dropped from the England squad after a heavy defeat in the first Test of the Ashes at Edgbaston, having only scored four runs in his two innings and taken three wickets for 172 runs - continuing his poor form for 2019.

    The 32-year-old allrounder then made himself unavailable for selection for England's current tour of New Zealand, but he is adamant his break is with a view to making an international comeback.

    "I am not thinking about that too much at the moment, but the idea is to get back into the Test side at some point," Moeen said. "I've had a bit of a break from Test cricket which has been nice and I am just enjoying my cricket at the moment and we will see how it goes in the future.

    "A break like this is a good idea in my mind as the pressure of Test cricket is always intense and international cricket is very hard as it is, especially when you are playing all three formats.

    "I believe that to go and play some franchise cricket and get away from it all is good for players and allows you to recharge your batteries as well and come back refreshed and stronger."

    While Test cricket hasn't been too kind to Moeen in 2019 - averaging just 10 with the bat across his five matches - in the white-ball format, he was part of England's World Cup-winning squad in the summer.

    The breath-taking finale at Lord's in July, which saw England and New Zealand battle it out in a Super Over finish, was a match that will be remembered as one of the greatest ever games of cricket.

    "Even though a few months have elapsed since our World Cup win, it's still thrilling to reminisce and to watch the videos and pictures of that special victory," added Moeen. "It was just amazing to be part of that victorious side and that winning moment was and will always remain very special.

    Right now, Moeen's attention is on his role as captain of the newly-formed T10 League side, Team Abu Dhabi, in the 10-over-a-side tournament that is underway in the United Arab Emirates.

    "This is perhaps a much more challenging format than the regular T20 format even though both have their similarities," Moeen explained. "You need to be on top of your skills as a bowler and the tempo is much quicker than any other format.

    "From my experience of T10, I can safely say that this format is not as easy as it appears and it's certainly not the mindless slog-fest some people make it out to be."

    Whilst some observers and pundits have expressed their reservations about the utility of yet another format in cricket, Moeen feels that there is a lot to take away from T10 for players and the format could well become an important part of cricket in the future.

    "In T20s, you have the time to knock a few balls around and then get going, whilst in T10 you almost have to get going straight away and there is no ten ball luxury to get settled in," he added.

    "So, if you as a batsman can take that technique into your T20 game, then you can score quicker in that format as well. It's a different style of cricket and I have really enjoyed it, and to me this format is the way forward in terms of entertainment in cricket."

    Next year will see the arrival of The Hundred, a revolutionary new 100-ball format being introduced by the ECB in which eight city-based teams will compete.

    Birmingham-born Moeen will be appearing for his home-city side, the Birmingham Phoenix, and is understandably excited about the opportunity.

    "I am absolutely thrilled by the idea of participating in this tournament on behalf of Birmingham Phoenix and really looking forward to playing in this new format.

    "It promises to be an exciting competition and, personally speaking, I feel that it's the way forward and will be the big thing in cricket in the future."




    Moeen is also hopeful of participating in the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League, which gets underway in early 2020.

    "Playing in the PSL has always been an aim of mine and I am really looking forward to hopefully being picked by a franchise," said Moeen. "I haven't visited Pakistan for a while now, even though my mother's side of the family is from there and so am looking forward to visiting the country.

    "Performing in front of passionate crowds in Pakistan is also something I would love to experience as well and I got a taste of that when we played against them in Dubai a few years ago and I can only imagine what the enthusiasm will be like when the games are played in Pakistani cities.

    "The passion and support for cricket in Pakistan is something else and I will be looking forward to experiencing that if I get a chance to play in the PSL next year."




    The visit by Sri Lanka to Pakistan to participate in three-match ODI and T20I series in September and October seems to have re-energised efforts to bring international cricket tours back to the country. There has been further good news in the shape of Sri Lanka Cricket's agreement to tour Pakistan for a two-match Test series as part of the World Test Championship in December.

    Moeen, for one, cannot wait for the return of international cricket to Pakistan, adding: "The world needs international cricket to be brought back to Pakistan. Obviously, there are other issues at hand that need to be looked at when we speak of bringing international tours to Pakistan, but the sooner we can do it, the better it is for the game of cricket as a whole.

    "From what I hear, it is an amazing place to play cricket and the following for the game is huge there. I am sure that the Pakistani players would love to play international games in front of their own crowds and the way things are progressing, this will hopefully happen sooner than later on a regular basis."

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    Yes would be great to see Moeen come home.

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    Great work PP.

    I have a felling Mo will be sensational in the next years PSL. He has the skills to smash spinners and bowl spin well himself.


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    hope he plays for Islamabad united!!

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    Good he took that break from Tests - probably saved his career!


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    Got to be a dead cert as a pick for the PSL.

    Lahore Qalandars perhaps?



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    What time does the psl draft start and what channel plz

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    What time does the psl draft start and what channel plz
    At 4:45pm Pakistan Time tomorrow (Friday 6th December)
    Last edited by MenInG; 5th December 2019 at 21:20.

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    Welcome to Multan Sultans Moeen Ali!


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    Moeen Ali is expected to continue his break from Test cricket despite talks with Joe Root and the England management this week.

    Ed Smith, the national selector, will name England’s squad for the series in South Africa on Saturday, with Jonny Bairstow, Jimmy Anderson and Mark Wood tipped to return after missing out on the 1-0 series defeat in New Zealand.

    But Moeen is not expected to be among the touring party. The 32-year-old agreed a spell out of Test consideration at the end of the season after being dropped one match into the Ashes and then omitted from the list of Test central contracts.

    The latter decision by England has had a knock-on effect, with Moeen’s value as an established international cricketer on the global T20 circuit now greater than the overseas tour and match fees earned by a non-contracted player.

    On Friday he was signed on a £150,000 deal to play for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League, the side being run by the former England team director, Andy Flower, and England’s head analyst, Nathan Leamon.

    The PSL runs from 20 February to 22 March, the back end of which coincides with England’s two-Test tour to Sri Lanka. Root and the selectors will likely touch base with Moeen again before that squad is picked, given the off-spinning all-rounder was central to the 3-0 series win there last year with 18 wickets.

    Moeen’s absence means Matt Parkinson is expected to continue as one of two spinners in the England Test squad who depart for South Africa on 13 December, although his Lancashire teammate, Saqib Mahmood, may be the seamer to make way for the returning Anderson and Wood.

    The pair, on the comeback trail from calf and side injuries respectively, are in South Africa as part of a fast-bowling camp, which has been forced to move from Potchefstroom to Cape Town owing to bad weather.

    Bairstow is also on the trip reconditioning his batting against the red ball. His inclusion in the England squad who play four Tests, starting on Boxing Day, will provide proper cover for Jos Buttler behind the stumps even if the management are keen for him to force his way back into the side as a batsman.

    England squad (possible): Sibley, Burns, Denly, Root (capt), Stokes, Pope, Buttler (wkt), Curran, Leach, Archer, Broad, Woakes, Anderson, Wood, Parkinson, Bairstow, Crawley

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    Off-spinner Moeen was granted an indefinite break from Test cricket after being dropped during the Ashes and losing his red-ball central contract.

    The all-rounder missed the recent series in New Zealand and was also left out of a 17-man squad to tour South Africa this winter.

    "We've had to make plans for this tour without Mo," national selector Smith said of Ali, who has taken 181 wickets and scored 2,782 runs in 60 Tests.

    "In an ideal world we would like him to be available but we have to deal with the situation as it is. We respect that and we hope he will return sooner rather than later.

    "It's my hope that he does return to being available for Test cricket but at this stage we don't know when and if that might happen.

    "We all know Mo is a talented and valued cricketer for England. When I spoke with him I was keen to talk about cricket issues, find out where he was at with his cricket.

    "He did say he thought there were more Test runs and more Test wickets in him. That was encouraging and that's what we believe.

    "At the moment there's no time frame but from my point of view, and the selectors' point of view, the sooner he's available the better."




    James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow were included in the squad to face South Africa in a four-Test series, which gets under way on Boxing Day, live on Sky Sports Cricket.

    Anderson has not bowled in a first-class game since injuring his calf in the Ashes opener against Australia in August but is continuing his rehabilitation as part of a fast-bowling camp in Cape Town.

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow, who is also in Cape Town as he works on his batting with Jonathan Trott, was dropped for the New Zealand series after averaging under 24 during the Ashes.

    "James hasn't completed a game since the injury but the evidence we have seen in front of us is very encouraging that he'll be able to play a full part in the tour," Smith said of Anderson.

    On Bairstow, who could play as a wicketkeeper or specialist batsman, Smith added: "Jonny playing well can get into the England team in a number of different positions.

    "He's a talented batsman who has scored a hundred at No. 3 as well as hundreds lower down the order. And he's kept wicket in many games for England, so he covers both of those possibilities. He knows when he's playing well he has a number of routes.

    "Sometimes in careers it's not bad for players to work on something specific, reset, perhaps have some new goals, perhaps have some time in a new coaching context.




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    He might be a part of the MCC squad touring Pakistan.

    Some discussions are in progress.



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    Not part of the England Test squad for SL as per ECB release:

    “Moeen Ali is still unavailable for Test selection. The selectors are in consistent dialogue with Moeen and he remains a valued player in England cricket.”


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    Moeen Ali says he still has a strong desire to prove himself as a Test player after targeting a return to the England team this summer.

    The 32-year-old is currently on a self-imposed break from international cricket's traditional format stretching back to the Ashes five months ago and last week resisted the chance to tour Sri Lanka in March to fulfil his commitments in the Pakistan Super League.

    But, the man whose assault of 39 from 11 balls earned the man of the match award in Friday night's two-win run over South Africa and set up today's Twenty20 series decider at Centurion, said: 'Yes, I'm looking to target this summer, for sure.

    'I want to give myself a bit more time, go enjoy some T20 leagues. There is a T20 World Cup coming up and I want to give myself as much experience as I can. I've not actually played that much T20 international cricket.

    'I have targets I want to hit still, especially in Test cricket. So I'll have a decent amount of T20 cricket in Pakistan and the IPL and then there's the 100-ball and that sort of stuff.

    'But Test cricket is still the best form of the game and the hardest, and I want to make sure when I come back I'm ready. To prove to myself and to other people that I am not a bad Test player.'

    England used Twenty20s to rest their multi-format players on their run to becoming one-day world champions last July.

    Now the trend has flipped, with the focus on drilling the best XI for a tilt at becoming the first country to unite both limited-overs crowns.

    'That's what we're gunning for. There are players who have won the Ashes and won the 50-over World Cup and this is our target for sure,' Moeen said.

    'We were so close in India in 2016 and that still hurts us as a team. You look back and think we could have won that one, but hopefully we'll win the next one.'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cr...e-himself.html


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    Today Birmingham Phoenix have announced Moeen Ali as captain of their men’s team for the first season of The Hundred.

    The World Cup winner grew up just a short distance from Edgbaston, which will host the men’s Birmingham Phoenix home matches, and remains a much-loved member of the local community.

    Moeen will lead a star-studded team that includes World Cup-winning Birmingham local, Chris Woakes, as well as upcoming England bowler Pat Brown and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

    Moeen said: “Every time that I come to Edgbaston it takes me back to some great first memories of coming here at a very young age.

    “I grew up in this area and to be the first-ever men’s captain of Birmingham Phoenix in a new and inclusive competition that will reach out to communities and welcome them in is very special for me.

    “We’re a tight-knit city in Birmingham. We have so much around us that brings the people together, no matter who you are or your background. I know how much of a uniting game cricket is and as a leader of the Birmingham Phoenix that is something I definitely want to promote.

    “We are lucky to have some of the best players in the country in our squad but also some amazing overseas players, so we know that the cricket is going to be really exciting.”

    Moeen has an excellent record as a captain having led Worcestershire Rapids to the past two Vitality Blast finals at Edgbaston, including their victory in 2018.

    Moeen added: “Worcestershire is where I have developed as a player and as a leader and captaining them in high-profile games like at Finals Day will shape the way I will lead the Birmingham Phoenix.

    “It will also help that I’ve got my Rapids team-mate Pat Brown too because he is one of the best young white-ball bowlers in the country and when you add players like Chris Woakes, we have a strong local flavour that I’m sure can bring home the title.”

    Andrew McDonald, Birmingham Phoenix head coach – men’s competition, said: “Moeen is a fantastic all-rounder and has the experience and temperament to lead the team.

    “He started his cricket journey here at Edgbaston from a young age so it feels fitting that he will captain the men’s Birmingham Phoenix team.

    “He’s involved in the local community in Birmingham and I know how much of a popular figure he is at Worcestershire too so I’m sure his efforts on and off the field will help inspire the next generation from our region and beyond to get involved in cricket.”

    The Hundred will be one of the unmissable events of the summer with family-friendly pricing to attract a new generation of cricket fans.

    The initial priority window is now open until February 28 so fans need to act fast to secure the early-bird offers and grab the best seats to watch the world’s biggest cricket stars go head-to-head.


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    Lad can give good balance to the team

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    Seems to be fitting right in



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    I suppose for Moeen, playing in Pakistan must be a great feeling given his roots.


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    Moeen Ali has moved a step closer to a return to Test cricket after being named in England's training group for the series against West Indies.

    The all-rounder, 32, took a break from the longest format after being dropped during last summer's Ashes series.

    There are eight uncapped players in a 30-strong group that will begin training in Southampton on 23 June.

    They will play a three-day practice game from 1 July, after which a squad will be chosen for the first Test.

    The three-match series against West Indies, which will be played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment, starts on 8 July at the same venue.

    England training group: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Somerset), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Amar Virdi (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

    After the coronavirus pandemic forced the start of the season to be delayed, England invited 55 players to return to training at the end of May.

    "It's a really good opportunity to look at players who have had very good Lions tours, for example," national selector Ed Smith told BBC Sport.

    "It will be great to see them rubbing shoulders and locking horns with England incumbents."

    Gloucestershire's James Bracey is one of four wicketkeepers in the group, which also features Essex batsman Dan Lawrence.

    It includes pace bowlers Saqib Mahmood of Lancashire, Sussex's Ollie Robinson, pace bowler Jamie Overton and Somerset team-mate and all-rounder Lewis Gregory.

    Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, who toured South Africa with England during the winter, has a place, as does Surrey off-spinner Amar Virdi.

    They will join Dom Bess and Jack Leach in competing with Moeen for spin-bowling spots in the final squad.

    Mooen, who has 60 Test caps, lost his place in the one-day team during the successful World Cup campaign, and struggled with bat and ball in the Test against Ireland and the first match against Australia.

    He continued to play limited-overs internationals but made himself unavailable for the Test side.

    "He feels refreshed and he's looking forward to rejoining the England environment," said Smith.

    "The principle was he had stepped back from Test cricket. That is no longer the case and he is available for selection.

    "That is good news because he is a valued and trusted player across all formats, and he is a big part of England cricket, full stop."

    Captain Joe Root could miss the first Test because his wife is due to give birth to their second child in early July.

    Root has endorsed the leadership qualities of vice-captain Ben Stokes, and Smith said England have "plans in place" if Root is unavailable.

    For the West Indies series, England have asked Lancashire coach Glen Chapple to work as fast bowling coach, while Gloucestershire's Richard Dawson will lead on spin bowling and Kent's Matt Walker will work with current assistant Graham Thorpe on batting.

    Paul Collingwood, another regular England assistant coach, will take charge of the one-day side in place of head coach Chris Silverwood later in the summer, for three matches against Ireland, the dates of which have not been confirmed.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/53080932


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