Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail, who has been included in the Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad as replacement for unfit Umar Akmal, has insisted that he is ready to give his all in the tournament opener against arch-rivals India.Earlier, Akmal was recalled from England and was removed from the Champions Trophy after he failed to clear two fitness tests during the eight-team tournament’s preparation camp in Birmingham.On Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) called Haris, left-handed batsman Umar Amin and right-handed batsman Asif Zakir at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Lahore to participate in the fitness test, where Haris was adjudged the best among the trio “based on the reports submitted by the trainer”.The 28-year-old, who last played an ODI for Pakistan in May 2015 during Zimbabwe’s landmark tour to Pakistan, said he was very happy to make a comeback to the national side.Middle-order Batsman Haris Sohail is delighted on his return to the national team for #CT17. We wish him the very best. pic.twitter.com/8mdUwSMUD0- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) May 23, 2017″I will try my best to play my role in the team’s success,” Express Tribune quoted Haris as saying.Pakistan open their Pool B campaign with a high-voltage game against arch-rivals India in Birmingham on June 4.Speaking about the high-octane match, “Every player wishes to perform well against India.””If I get a chance to play against India, I will surely try my best to put up a good performance against them,” he added.In the 22 ODIs he has played for Pakistan, Haris has scored 774 runs at an average of 43 with a strike rate of 82.86. In the same number of ODIs, he has bagged four wickets with his left-arm spin.advertisementAfter the India clash, Pakistan will play South Africa (in Birmingham on June 7) and Sri Lanka (in Cardiff on June 12).
ATHENS – Panathinaikos beat back a determined AEK team, 70-62 in the Greek basketball league on Feb. 16 to stay a point behind leader Olympiakos, which had beaten Kolossos Rhodes a day earlier.AEK was supported by 9,000 fans to see the first game between the two rivals in two years but instead saw Panathinaikos win the 500th game of its career with only 86 losses.The Greens and the Reds of Olympiakos have dominated the league for decades with most other teams just playing for sport and little hope of contention.PAOK, which will meet Panathinaikos in the tourney semifinal on Feb. 22, had beaten KAO Dramas, 72-64 on Feb. 13 to stay solid in third place over Aris, which lost 76-60 to Apollon Patras.AGO Rethymnou came from behind to beat visiting Korivos Amaliadas 78-66; Trikala beat down Panionios, 78-69; and Nea Kifissia escaped the lowly Panelefsiniakos 68-67.TweetPinShare0 Shares