England skipper Cook hails Yasir Shah as one of the "spin greats" before 2nd Test

Haider Ali 02:17 PM | 22 Jul, 2016
England skipper Cook hails Yasir Shah as one of the
MANCHESTER - Admiring the skills of the Pakistani star spinner Yasir Shah and terming him a spin great, England cricket captain Alastair Cook has put forth a strategy to combat the Pakistani batting line up in the second Test match of the series.

The English skipper insisted that Moeen Ali was still England’s first-choice spinner, ignoring the fact that the 29-year-old spinner is regarded as a top-order batsman.

During the first match, Moeen Ali took just two wickets in a 75-run defeat, while his counterpart in the Pakistani side, leg-spinner Yasir Shah, Pakistan’s specialist slow bowler, concluded the test with man-of-the-match figures of 10 for 141.

Moeen Ali who was roped in after the retirement of Graeme Swan has in 27 taken 68 wickets in 28 Tests at an expensive average of over 41 a piece. On the flip side, Yasir Shah has taken 86 wickets in just 13 Tests at an average of 23.

In a bid to tackle the Pakistani spinner, England added 28-year-old leg-spinner Adil Rashid to its 14-man squad named for the match. The English Lions have also kept him in the 12-man squad announced on Thursday, a day before the match. However, England captain Cook made it clear that Rashid would play in addition to Ali, but not instead of him.

“Moeen is our first-choice spinner for this match,” Cook said. “If we go with the four seamers and one spinner Moeen will be that spinner.”

After his extraordinary performance at Lord's, Yasir Shah has clinched to the top position in international Test rankings.



Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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