Balochistan extend S.Punjab’s losing run as Azam fails again


Southern Punjab just can’t get it right in the ongoing National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi as pressure mounted on their underperforming wicket-keeper/batter Azam Khan.

Change on the leadership front didn’t work ei-ther on Friday when Sohaib Maqsood relinquished the captaincy after four straight losses at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Incoming skipper Aamir Yamin met the same fate as Balochistan bulldozed South-ern Punjab by eight wickets.

Balochistan’s second triumph in five outings was marred by a horrific injury to their captain Imam-ul-Haq during the first half of the match when he crashed into a commercial hoarding while trying to stop a flick by Sohaib.

Imam, clearly grim-acing in agony, was immediately taken to hospital with the extent of the injury yet to be confirmed.

Sohaib — who along with Azam and Khushdil Shah are in the Pakistan squad for this month’s Twenty20 World Cup — top-scored for the second game running as he followed his knock of 75 against Northern on Wednesday with another half-century; the swashbuckling right-hander struck six fours and two sixes in making 54 off 34 deliveries.

While the left-handed Khushdil managed a 22-ball 25 (three boundaries), Azam’s wretched form with the willow continued when the burly right-hander fell for just 2 while missing an arm ball from part-time spinner and out-of-favour Pakistan batter Haris Sohail in a futile attempt to play an overambi-tious sweep.

The wicket-keeper/batter, who has been surpris-ingly picked as Mohammad Rizwan’s understudy for the World Cup, has mustered just 55 runs from five innings.

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