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Mariners announced 11 players for official World Baseball Classic rosters

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The Mariners will have 11 players, including Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez, contributing in the World Baseball Classic.

The official rosters for the World Baseball Classic were announced on Wednesday afternoon on MLB Network. As expected, the Mariners will be sending a sizable contingent of players to represent their respective countries in the international competition.

Seattle’s three biggest superstars — Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez will participate in the WBC, something they confirmed before the end of last season.

Cruz and Cano will try to defend their WBC title that they won with the Dominican Republic in 2013. Both players played pivotal roles in the DR’s run to the title.

Hernandez will suit up for Venezuela and likely be their No. 1 starting pitcher. Hernandez chose/was asked to sit out the 2013 WBC after signing a five-year, $135.5 million contract in extension in February of 2013. Hernandez pitched for Venezuela in the inaugural WBC in 2009.

Closer Edwin Diaz will serve in the same role for Puerto Rico. Diaz attended WBC games as a fan in 2013 and made a personal vow that he would play for his home country if given the chance.

Two other members of the Mariners’ starting rotation are also on WBC rosters. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who was acquired from the Orioles in a trade this offseason, will pitch in the starting rotation for Mexico. Gallardo pitched for Mexico in the 2013 WBC.

Left-hander Drew Smyly, also acquired via trade in the offseason from the Rays, is one of 10 pitchers in Team USA’s designated pitching pool. Smyly won’t pitch in pool play, but could be activated in later rounds.

Pitcher James Paxton (Canada) and Danny Valencia (Israel) decided not to play in the WBC after initial offers.

Five Mariners’ minor leaguers were also chose for rosters.

Top outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill will represent Canada. The young slugger has been adamant about his desire to represent his country any time he’s given the chance. O’Neill played for Team Canada in the Pan-Am Games and Premier 12 tournament in 2015.

Right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan will also pitch for Puerto Rico with Diaz. The two were teammates at Class AA Jackson last season.

Switch-pitching reliever Pat Venditte and right-handed starter Sam Gaviglio will pitch for Italy. Venditte pitched for Italy in 2013. Both pitcher are predictable to be in Class AAA Tacoma this season.

Sebastian Valle, a minor league free agent catcher, who signed with the team this offseason, will play for Mexico.

Former Mariners Alex Liddi (Italy), Ryan Rowland-Smith (Australia), Travis Blackley (Australia), Wlad Balentien (Netherlands), Joel Pineiro (Puerto Rico) and Dae-Ho Lee (Korea)  will participate in the WBC.

PSL 6TH MATCH PESHAWAR ZALMI WON BY 3 WICKETS

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Peshawar Zalmi won the sixth match of Pakistan Super League 2017 against Lahore Qalandars, who were bowled out for 59 runs in their innings at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Yasir Shah picked up four Zalmi wickets while Sunil Narine got two as Zalmi managed to cross the line in 17th over.

Zalmi lost David Malan, Muhammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi and others early and it was up to Wahab Riaz and Chris Jordan to get their team to the small target.

Yasir Shah was declared the man of the match for his brilliant performance.

Batting first, Qalandars batsmen were never able to recover from the early setbacks by Hasan Ali, who picked up three top-order wickets.

Chris Jordan also picked two wickets while Muhammad Asghar, Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz picked on each.

For Qalandars, only Fakhar Zaman put up some fight as he scored 33 runs in 19 balls.

This is the lowest Pakistan Super League total so far.

ROY BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE FOR QALANDARS TO THEIR FIRST WIN OF PSL 2017

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Wonderful half century by Jason Roy, Lahore Qalandars unlocked their victory account in second edition of P

PSL 4TH MATCH : LAHORE QALANDARS WIN BY 6 WICKETS

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Lahore Qalandar easily protected a win against Islamabad United by chasing a target of 158 runs in fourth match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Jason Roy did 60 off 51 and helped Lahore Qalandars reach the target of 159 runs with 10 balls to spare. Roy was well supported by Umar Akmal who scored 35 off 26 deliveries with the help of two sixes and three boundaries. Both Akmal and Roy added 71 runs for the third wicket.

Captain Brendon McCullum scored 25 off 10 deliveries while Sunil Narine scored 26 runs to help Qalandars reached the target in 18.2 overs.

Earlier, sent into bat, the scandal-hit Islamabad went off to a good start as Sam Billings Dwayne Smith provided an opening stand of 73 runs in 9.1 overs.

Misbah ul Haq, the United skipper, smashed a brilliant half century, with five sixes and three fours for 37 ball 61, which boosted Islamabad’s score to 158 for 7 in 20 overs. Misbah’s heroic innings helped United score 56 runs in last five overs.

Sam Billings scored 37 off 28 runs, while Smith added 31 off 29. For Lahore Qalandars, Grant Elliot got four wickets for 23 runs, while Sohail Tanvir and Sunil Narine got one wicket separately.

ISLAMABAD, PESHAWAR OPENING MATCH TONIGHT

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PSL 2017

The first match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) second edition would be played between defending champions Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi tonight.

The opening ceremony would take place just before the first match, in which Shaggy, Ali Zafar and Shehzad Roy would perform and entertain the gathering. The ceremony will be hosted by none other than the popular TV anchor and movie actor Fahad Mustafa.

In a video message posted at the official Facebook page of PSL, Shaggy invited his fans to watch him perform at the PSL second season opening ceremony.

QALANDARS HAVE FUN PLAYING PAINTBALL

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Brendon McCullum’s Lahore Qalandars went to play paintball on Wednesday in Dubai onward of Pakistan Super League 2017, in order to get the players to gel with each other before the mega-event.

Qalandars captain McCullum valued the session and termed it as awesome.

Lahore Qalandars Chief Operating Officer and Team Manager said that they went to play paintball for team construction process.

He said that The Qalandars had a lot of fun and it was a great session.

After the session former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott and current player of Qalandars said, Boys showed so much friendliness and this is the spirit we need in the matches.

Meanwhile Umar Akmal and Azhar Ali have also joined the team in Dubai.

ZALMI PLAYERS AGREE TO PLAY PSL FINAL IN LAHORE

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Peshawar Zalmi Owner Javed Afridi publicised on Monday that his entire squad, including the international players, were ready to play Pakistan Super League 2017 final in Lahore if his team qualifies.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already announced that it will stage the final of this year’s PSL in Qaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore.

I want to share a good news with media that all Peshawar Zalmi players are ready to go to Pakistan, Afridi said while talking to the media in Dubai.

He said his province has been suffering since the last 30 years due to terrorism and extremism, but now he has launched his team for the positive image of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

PSL 2017 COUNTDOWN BEGINS

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The arrangements are in full swing for the final game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore just two days before the opening of the event in Dubai.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) guaranteed foreign cricketers of inflexible security as five teams are all geared up to compete for a trophy.

PSL Chairman said the players will be given comprehensive security in the country.

Yesterday afternoon, the trophy for 2nd edition of the Pakistan Super League was officially launched at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The trophy dazzles with the advanced crystal fine rocks by using over 50,000 double pointed crystals.

The trophy has taken a total of four months to make from the renderings and mock ups to the final product.

Chairman PSL Najam Sethi, captains of the five participating teams and franchise owners disclosed the trophy.

Later, addressing a press conference, Najam Sethi said that cricket viewers would watch more sensational matches than PSL 1st edition.

Second edition of Pakistan Super League will kick off on Thursday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Finaly Cameroon Win The Final Of AFCON 2017

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Finaly Cameroon Win The Final Of AFCON 2017, Evereyone

is waiting for the champion of Afcon 2017 , Here It comes in a

face of Cameroon, Final Match of Africa cup of nation 2017

has played between Cameroon vs Egypt , In first half egypt

has scored one goal and everyone was thinking, Egypt will win

but in the second half cameroon have scored a goal, and in extra

time Cameroon have scored another goal, So Cameroon Win Africa

cup of nation by 2:0 , You can watch match heighlights on Watch free

Afcon 2017.

SARFRAZ DISCLOSES ‘TOP-SECRET WEAPON’ AHEAD OF PSL 2017

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Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Monday greeted the signings for this year’s Pakistan Super League, saying that in Tymal Mills, they have the fastest bowler of the tournament.

Talking to Geo News, he said that they have four days to gel before the start of the tournament, including five different teams from Pakistan.

We have a stable side with some really quality players. In Tymal Mills, we have the fastest bowler of the tournament. In Rilee Rossouw, we have a good middle-order batsman”, Sarfraz said.

Appreciating PSL 2017’s trophy, he said that it is more attractive than the last one. When I looked at it, I wished to win it. We’ll do our best to lift it, he said.

To a question, Gladiators captain said that they were aiming on all team and don’t consider any particular team a threat.