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Andrew Symonds reveals Harbhajan Singh’s emotional apology over ‘monkeygate’

PERTH: Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh "broke down crying" when he finally made up with Andrew Symonds after the infamous "monkeygate" scandal had sent the Australian all-rounder into a downward spiral, he revealed Sunday. A decade on from the ugly incident in the 2008 Sydney Test, where Singh was accused of calling Symonds a "monkey", the Australian said they emotionally called...

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Yasir Shah, fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets

Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah has become the fastest bowler to reach 200 wickets in Test cricket breaking Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett record set 82 years ago. Shah made the record in just his 33rd Test match surpassing Grimmett’s who took 36 Tests to reach the milestone against South Africa in 1936. Yasir reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests, second only to...

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Abu Dhabi Test: New Zealand to start day four on 26-2

ABU DHABI: New Zealand will start day four of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Centuries by Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq helped Pakistan overhaul New Zealand’s total of 274 but a lower-order collapse saw their lead restricted to 74 on day three in Abu Dhabi. The men in green nevertheless regained control of...

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Azhar’s ton strengthens Pakistan’s position in critical juncture of 3rd Test

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq resumed Pakistan’s innings on day three of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. Azhar struck a fighting half century to help Pakistan recover to 139-3 at close on the second. It marked a good recovery from 17-2 after Kiwi pace bowler Trent Boult ripped out openers Imamul Haq and Mohammed...

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Pakistan face Malaysia in Hockey World Cup today

BHUBANESHWAR: Pakistan face Malaysia in the second match of the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India today (Wednesday). A must win match for both the sides, Pakistan lost their opening match 1-0 to Germany while Malaysia were thrashed 7-0 by Netherlands. Both sides have met four times in the World Cup with Pakistan winning each time. 1973: Pakistan beat Malaysia...

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Zalmi Madrasa League 2 kicks off in style

Web Desk: After success in KP, Zalmi Madrasa League has reached the city of Quetta. Former Captain Younis Khan was present at the opening ceremony which was held in the Iftikhar Stadium. Younis Khan greeted the players and uplifted their spirits. The players were so amazed to see their cricketing hero. Nine teams are participating in ZML 2. The final...

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Muhammad Hafeez announces retirement from Test cricket

Web Desk: Pakistan all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from Test cricket after an indifferent run of form in the series against New Zealand. The 38-year-old Hafeez, who averaged just over 38 in a 55-Test career that spanned over 15 years, scored 20, 10, nine in the three innings before the third Test in Abu Dhabi. "I feel time...

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Luka Modric beats French World Cup stars to Win Ballon dOr

PARIS: Luka Modric saw off competition from Frances World Cup stars as the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder won the Ballon dOr on Monday to end a 10-year stranglehold on the award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Modric, 33, was announced as the winner of the prestigious prize in a glitzy ceremony held in Paris at the Grand Palais,...

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Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja’s brother arrested over fake terror ‘hit list’

SYDNEY: The brother of Australia Test cricketer Usman Khawaja was charged by police Tuesday with framing a love rival for a "hit list" that sparked a major counterterrorism investigation. Arsalan Khawaja, 39, was released on bail after appearing in a Sydney court on charges of forgery and attempting to pervert justice. For months he appears to have convinced Australian police...

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3rd Test: New Zealand all Out for 274 as five-Wicket haul for Bilal Asif

ABU DHABI: New Zealand were bowled out for 274 in the opening session of day two of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Spinner Bilal Asif took a five-for off 65 runs, cleaning up the tail of New Zealand batting after the tourists resumedat 229-7. Leggie Yasir Shah, who has 198 wickets in his...

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Zalmi Madrasa League to kick off tomorrow

Web Desk: The league is a brilliant initiative. Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Umaid Asif and Ibtisam Sheikh gave their well wishes for the players of ZML. Pakistan's first Madrasa League's 2nd edition will start from tomorrow in Quetta. The opening ceremony will be held at Iftikhar Stadium which is arranged by the Zalmi Foundation. Legendary Cricketer Younis Khan will be...

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Chris Gayle wins Australia masseuse defamation payout

West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a Aus$300,000 (US$221,000) payout from an Australian media group which claimed he exposed himself to a massage therapist. The all-rounder was accused by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, in a series of stories in the newspapers in 2016. They alleged he exposed himself and indecently propositioned...

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Yasir closes on record as New Zealand struggle in final Test

ABU DHABI: Yasir Shah dismissed three New Zealand batsmen to come within two wickets of becoming the fastest man to 200 wickets in Test cricket on day one of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The leg-spinner trapped opener Jeet Raval on 45, bowled Ross Taylor for nought with his next ball and then Henry Nicholls...

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Fast bowler Mohammad Asif, family injured in car accident

LAHORE: Fast bowler Muhamamd Asif and his family were injured early Monday morning as their car rammed into a footpath due to over-speeding, rescue sources informed. The fast bowler’s wife and daughters sustained minor head injuries. The family was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital for CT scans. Asif, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, was banned for five...

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Record-seeking Yasir holds key in Pakistan-NZ decider

ABU DHABI: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is set to become the fastest to reach 200 Test wickets as he holds the key for Pakistan to win the series-deciding third and final Test against New Zealand starting in Abu Dhabi from Monday. The 32-year-old needs just five wickets to shatter Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmettt´s record of completing 200 wickets in 36 Tests,...

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Shaheen Afridi set for Test baptism

ABU DHABI: Teenage pace sensation Shaheen Afridi is all set to cap his meteoric rise with a Test debut for Pakistan in the third match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi starting on Monday. A shoulder injury to medium pacer Mohammad Abbas in the second Test in Dubai has paved way for Shaheen to make his mark in the last...

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Blind Pakistani Cricketer marries visually impaired Brittney Montgomery in Bahawalpur

LAHORE: A visually impaired girl flew all the way from the United States to tie the knot with a former Pakistani visually impaired cricketer in Bahawalpur. According to details, Brittney Montgomery and Mujeebur Rehman met on Facebook and became friends. Two years ago Montgomery embraced Islam before flying to Bahawalpur and tying the knot with the fast bowler. However, this...

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