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Mohammad Hafeez says to retire from international cricket after World T20

LAHORE: Pakistan all-around Mohammad Hafeez, who was recalled for the Bangladesh series yesterday, said that he will retire from international cricket after the Twenty20 World Cup later this year to end his career on a good note. The 38-year-old was Thursday recalled to Pakistan's Twenty20 series against Bangladesh starting in Lahore from January 24. Hafeez has been one of Pakistan's key...

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World Cup 2019: Pakistan collapses to 105 against West Indies well executed bowling

Nottingham: Pakistan team were all out for 105 playing their first match against West Indies here at Trent Bridge World Cup 2019. The top scorer for Pakistan was Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam who made 22 runs falling to Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas All-rounder Andre Russell exposed Pakistan´s fragile batting with two wickets in the space of 12 balls...

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Pakistan bats first as West Indies elects to field after winning toss

NOTTINGHAM: Pakistan is batting first as West Indies won the toss and elected to field first in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against green shirts. Pakistan have included Haris Sohail in the 11-member squad, while Asif Ali has been left out. Speaking after the toss, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said his team needed to survive the first few...

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World Cup 2019: England defeats South Africa by 104 runs

OVAL: In the opening match of the World Cup 2019, host England defeated South Africa by 104 runs with Jofra Archer taking 3 match winning wickets. The Proteas, chose to field first after winning the toss and managed to dismiss nine of the English batsmen; but Ben Stokes' 89, Jason Roy's 54, Joe Root's 51 and skipper Eoin Morgan's 57...

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Shoaib, Hasnain, Afridi excluded from squad against WIndies

TRENT BRIDGE: Spinner Shoaib Malik, fast bowlers Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi were excluded from Pakistan's squad chosen for the World Cup match against West Indies. The second match of the World Cup will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham starting 2:30 pm (PST) on Friday. The chosen squad is as follows: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Muhammad...

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Shadab Khan’s journey from Mianwali to World Cup

A relentless training routine and "unparalleled" commitment have taken leg-spinner Shadab Khan from club cricket in Mianwali to the World Cup in just a few short years. The 20-year-old, already third in the world Twenty20 bowling rankings, caught the eye of none other than Prime Minister Imran Khan ─ who led Pakistan to their only World Cup win in 1992....

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South Africa VS England: Proteas decides to field first in World Cup opening match after winning toss

OVAL: South African Captain Faf du Plessis decided to field first in the opening match of the World Cup, 2019 being played in the Oval ground against the host England. England, The number 1 ranked ICC team is all set ready to face South Africa, after suffering a 12-run defeat against Australia during the first warm-up match played on Saturday....

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Hasan Ali unafraid of flat pitches at World Cup

Seamer Hasan Ali says he is not worried about the prospect of flat pitches that are likely to favour batsmen during the World Cup in England and Wales. The 24-year-old was Pakistan's star performer in the Champions Trophy win in England two years ago, taking 13 wickets to finish as player of the tournament. But his recent form has been...

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World Cup 2019: Opening ceremony kicks off in London

The opening ceremony of the 2019 Cricket World Cup has commenced at The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace in London. The ceremony, termed "opening party", will be attended by the skippers of all 10 participating teams. The captains got to meet Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom, ahead of the ceremony as tweeted by the royal family....

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PCB retains support for Arthur, Inzamam, counter media reports

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a statement issued on Wednesday strongly countered media reports that suggest the board has decided to part ways with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Mickey Arthur. The news regarding the cricket board's alleged decision to not renew Inzamam and Arthur’s contracts emerged a day earlier after a source in the PCB spoke to the...

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‘PCB to part ways with Mickey Arthur after World Cup’

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to renew chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and head coach Mickey Arthur’s contracts, which ends with the conclusion of World Cup in mid-July, it has emerged. Former captain Aamir Sohail is already being considered as the chief selector in place of Inzamam whose three-year contract will end in July. “Aamir’s name is top...

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2020 Asia Cup to be held in Pakistan in Sep: ACC

LAHORE: 2020 Asia Cup will be held in Pakistan in September, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided in a session held in Singapore, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sources said on Tuesday. In the session, ACC made the decision in light of the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup which will be hosted by Australia in October. Sources said PCB will start preparations...

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World Cup team captains to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham palace

LONDON: The captains of teams that are taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will meet Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday at Buckingham Palace. Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed who was with the team in Nottingham has arrived in London for the meeting with the Queen. Captains will then attend the opening party of the World Cup following the...

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World Cup 2019: Fakhar Zaman, a soldier midst players

Fakhar Zaman was still establishing himself in the Pakistan team when Jasprit Bumrah's no-ball in the Champions Trophy final triggered his unlikely rise from navy sailor to World Cup talisman. India appeared to have made the perfect start in the 2017 Champions Trophy showpiece when Zaman edged to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off Bumrah. However, the Indian fast bowler had overstepped...

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Grieving Asif Ali rejoins Pakistan squad after daughter’s funeral

Grieving Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali on Saturday left for England to join up with his country's World Cup squad following the funeral of his daughter, who he said will continue to be his strength and inspiration. Asif left the team's tour of England and returned to Pakistan following the death last Sunday of 19-month-old Dua Fatima, who had been receiving...

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Politics and sports to mix again in India-Pakistan clash at World Cup

NEW DELHI: The old adage that sports and politics do not mix will ring hollow again when former champions India and Pakistan clash in a World Cup match on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester. Bilateral cricketing ties between the two have remained suspended since 2008 and relations further soured in February this year after an attack that killed...

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ICC warns off ‘corruptors’ from Cricket World Cup

The head of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit said on Friday he had been in direct contact with around 12 “corruptors” to warn them off the World Cup. Match fixing or spot fixing, where gamblers try to influence specific incidents in a game, remains one of the biggest problems facing cricket, particularly in countries such as India, the...

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