Chelsea’s Abraham inspired by criticism

was a special afternoon for Abraham, who is one of Chelsea’s prized homegrown assets. (AFP)
Updated 25 August 2019
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Chelsea’s Abraham inspired by criticism

  • Abraham’s brace fired Frank Lampard to his first Premier League victory as Chelsea manager
  • Loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa helped Abraham hone his craft

LONDON: Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham admits he used criticism of his difficult start to the season to fuel his match-winning display at Norwich.
Abraham’s brace fired Frank Lampard to his first Premier League victory as Chelsea manager and erased some of the doubts about his misfiring strikers.
None of Chelsea’s forward had scored in the Premier League this term until Saturday when Abraham bagged his first goals for the club in the 3-2 win.
It was a special afternoon for Abraham, who is one of Chelsea’s prized homegrown assets.
Loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa helped Abraham hone his craft, but when he missed his penalty in the European Super Cup shoot-out defeat against Liverpool, the 21-year-old was racially abused on social media.
It was a nasty experience for Abraham, who is aware of the doubters and is determined to silence them.
“I have always believed in myself,” Abraham told Chelsea’s official website.
“I know I have had a bit of a sticky time at the start of the season, but I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me. It drives me on.
“Now I have scored two good goals and hopefully I can keep scoring for Chelsea.
“This is football at the end of the day. You just have to enjoy it as much as you can. It’s not a long career, so while you’re out there you just have to give your best and just enjoy it.”
Abraham opened the scoring with a fine finish on three minutes, with fellow youngster Mason Mount also hitting the back of the net in an entertaining first half which saw Norwich draw level twice through Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki.
After scoring his first goal Abraham, who settled the contest with a well-taken second-half strike, celebrated by embracing Lampard and paid tribute to his new boss.
“It’s always nice to have that support behind you, especially how he supports the young lads,” he added.
“He gives us confidence. When a coach believes in you, you just want to do your best and give 100 percent.”


Hafeez and Malik allowed to skip series against Sri Lanka

Updated 16 September 2019
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Hafeez and Malik allowed to skip series against Sri Lanka

  • Ahmed Shehzad and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal might get a chance to make it to the final squads
  • One day series against Sri Lanka begins at Karachi on September 27

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq named 20 probables on Monday for a short training camp ahead of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka this month, with experienced all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik not included in the list.
Hafeez and Malik were granted permission by the Pakistan Cricket Board to play in the Caribbean Premier League until Oct. 12.
Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain has already been asked by the board to return home from the CPL to compete in the country’s premier first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
The 19-year-old Hasnain, who has played five ODIs, also was called up for the training camp that starts Wednesday.
Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal might get a chance to make it to the final squads for the three-match ODI series and the three Twenty20s against Sri Lanka. Both batsmen were included in Monday’s list.
Shehzad, who has played 81 ODIs, has been sidelined since October 2017, when he played an ODI against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates. Akmal played his last ODI against Australia — also in the UAE in March — but was not selected for the World Cup.
The ODI series against Sri Lanka begins at Karachi on Sept. 27, while the three-match Twenty20 series will be played at Lahore from Oct. 5-9.
The PCB has retained Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain and named middle-order batsman Babar Azam as vice-captain.
The PCB said Misbah will announce the final squads for both series on Saturday at Lahore.
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Training camp probables:
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.