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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."

    https://www.skysports.com/cricket/ne...-from-the-game


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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 22:20.

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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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