GP Pak Stars out to end losing run in 2020 Nasser Memorial Cricket

01Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
GP Pak Stars out to end losing run in 2020 Nasser Memorial Cricket

THE GP Pak Stars A cricketers will be out to bring their losing streak in the 2020 Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML)'s Division A to an end, when they confront Strikers A at the Gymkhana Club oval in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

GP Pak Stars Club's players discuss game tactics when the squad faced one of their opponents in the previous season's GP Gymkhana Shield tournament, which was held in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The GP Pak Stars A have suffered two successive losses in their past two outings in what has turned out to be a less impressive start to their quest for success in the competition.

They lost to Aces A by 116 runs in the first clash, played at the same venue on July 7.

They thereafter suffered a two-wicket loss to Gymkhana A at the same venue on July 19 to eventually hold the last spot in the division's standing with no point.

The two defeats have left GP Pak Stars A with a net run rate of -2.4177 after amassing 183 runs and leaking 303 runs.

Sunday's clash, therefore, is a must win match for GP Pak Stars A, should they wish to bring their campaign back on track.

The club's key players, Abdullah Jabir, Ayaz Mustafa, Zahid Abbas, Goodluck Andrew and skipper, Muzamil Hussain, have a daunting task of motivating the rest of the team to come out firing on all cylinders and post the much needed victory.

Abbas and Jabir were, as it was the case for some of their team mates, below par at the crease when GP Pak Stars A took on Aces A, failing to notch double digit figures. 

The two all-rounders will thus be tasked with making up for their less impressive showing in the previous duel, when their side faces Strikers A.

Medium pacer Andrew and spinner Tambwe Rashid's talent can as well come in handy for the side, when it comes to keeping Strikers A's batsmen in check tomorrow.

Skipper Hussain, Nisar Ahmed and Abbas, further, have the potential to take the game away from Strikers A during the GP Pak Stars A's turn with the bat.

The GP Pak Stars, as described by some of the club's senior players, turn out to be newcomers in the longer format of cricket in domestic competitions.

They though, the senior players noted, are a team with a lot of passion and good competitiveness level that can ensure they excel in the top tier of the KNML.

Strikers A are, nevertheless, not expected to let GP Pak Stars A easily walk all over them, given the former will equally be seeking to improve their pursuit of successful spell.

Strikers A will be depending on such key players like Kishen Kamania, Jatin Darji, Vikram Rathore and skipper Ashish Kamania, who helped them stun Aga Khan SC A in the previous duel, to get the better of GP Pak Stars A tomorrow.

Four clubs will be in action in the KNML's Division B the same day, with K&P Construction team set to lock horns with Malabar Cricket Club (MCC) at Leaders Club in the afternoon.

In the division's other fixture, Patel Brotherhood will confront Lions Cricket Club at Annadil Burhani oval.

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