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England set 277 to win first Test as Pakistan add late runs

MANCHESTER: England lost opener Rory Burns before lunch as they set about their 277-run chase for victory on day four of the first test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday. The hosts will need the second-highest successful fourth innings run chase at the Manchester ground to snatch victory, and appear reasonably placed at 55 for one at lunch. Pakistan...

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Haider Ali, Imran Khan Sr, Kashif Bhatti depart to join Pakistan team in England

Haider Ali, Imran Khan Sr. and Kashif Bhatti, along with a masseur Malang Ali, on Wednesday departed for England after testing negative for Covid-19 in back-to-back tests. The quartet will reach London via a connecting commercial flight from Dubai and travel to Worcester by bus. The group will be re-tested when they arrive in Worcester and will only be allowed...

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Afridi makes astonishing claim about Indian team asking for forgiveness from Pakistan

Former Pakistani cricket team captain Shahid Afridi has made a startling claim that Indian cricketers have asked for forgiveness from the men in green on multiple occasions after losing the cricket match to Pakistani players. Afridi in an interview with Cric Cast on YouTube, said that he has always enjoyed playing against the arch rivals and on some occasions in which Pakistan...

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Remaining PSL V 2020 matches to be played in Nov

The franchisees and the PCB reiterated their most preferred option remained the staging of the remaining four matches of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 in November. Having expressed that optimism, they acknowledged there were a number of moving pieces due to the Covid-19 pandemic and agreed to continue to review and monitor the situation internally before making recommendations to...

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6 cricketers cleared to tour England after second coronavirus test comes negative

Six Pakistan cricketers, including former captain Mohammad Hafeez, have been cleared to join rest of the team in England after returning a second negative result in Covid-19 tests, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday. Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz also tested negative for the second time in three days and will join...

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Pakistan squad leaves for England tour

LAHORE: A depleted Pakistan squad left for the tour of England on Sunday to play three Tests and as many T20Is after half the players and some members of the support staff tested positive for the coronavirus. Pakistan's T20 captain Babar Azam tweeted a picture of some of the players from the plane. https://twitter.com/babarazam258/status/1277100199471710210 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive...

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10 players left out of Pakistan squad for England tour over COVID-19: PCB

Pakistan's cricket team will leave for its tour of England on Sunday without 10 players, after they tested positive for coronavirus at least once this week, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said. The board's chief executive Wasim Khan, in a video conference with the media on Saturday, said that players and officials underwent two rounds of testing. "Eighteen players who...

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Hafeez tests negative for coronavirus, a day after being diagnosed positive by PCB

Senior all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has said he has tested negative for the coronavirus a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said he was among seven more players who had tested positive for the virus. "After tested positive COVID-19 according to PCB testing report yesterday, as second opinion and for satisfaction I personally went to test it again along with...

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Tennis star Djokovic says he tested positive for coronavirus

BELGRADE: Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said he has tested positive for coronavirus, joining a slew of other infected players who took part in an exhibition tennis tournament in the Balkans. "Novak Djokovic tested positive for a virus COVID-19," read a statement from his staff. "He is not showing any symptoms," it added. AFP.

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Seven more Pakistani cricketers contract coronavirus ahead of England series in a major setback

KARACHI: Seven more cricketers have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan said Tuesday, a day after three players of the national team had contracted the respiratory illness. The national team has been rocked this week after 10 of its 29 England-bound players as well as the team masseur Malang Ali tested positive for the virus. "Players...

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Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has tested positive for the coronavirus, he announced through Twitter on Saturday. “I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m COVID-19 positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” the 40-year-old tweeted. https://twitter.com/SAfridiOfficial/status/1271720209657630720 Teammates Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal sent best wishes and...

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Pakistan names 29-member squad for England tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced the 29-member squad for the Test and T20 series against England to be played in August-September. Haider Ali, the Pakistan U19 batsman, has been added to the squad after an outstanding 2019-20 season, following which he earned an emerging contract for the 2020-21 season. Besides Ali, Sindh’s Kashif Bhatti is the other uncapped...

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PCB appoints Younis Khan as Pakistan’s batting coach for England tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday appointed Pakistan's most successful Test batsman and former captain Younis Khan as the national team's batting coach for the upcoming tour of England. Along with Khan, the cricket board has also appointed Mushtaq Ahmed as the team's spin bowling coach and "mentor" for the tour, according to a press release issued by the PCB. "The appointments have...

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PCB chairman Ehsan Mani emerges as a strong candidate to head ICC

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has surprisingly emerged as a strong candidate to head the International Cricket Council (ICC) as its chairman. Sources close to Mani confirmed to media on Monday that pressure is mounting on Mani to accept the coveted role of ICC chairman from several of the top Test-playing nations. Indian cricket legend Sourav Ganguly, who...

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PCB reverses decision to terminate employees

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday reversed its decision to terminate 55 employees as a downsizing measure, days after it handed them a one-month notice period ending on June 30. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan in a statement today said "making changes is about timing and, on reflection, the process and communication needed to be better". "As a responsible organisation, we...

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Waqar Younis asks Afridi and Gambhir to end social media feud

The national team's bowling coach and former fast bowling legend, Waqar Younis, has called on Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir to end their social media war, and for India and Pakistan to resume playing cricket. After being fierce on-field rivals, Pakistan's Afridi and former Indian opener Gambhir have become involved in heated social media exchanges over the troubled Kashmir region....

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Waqar Younis leaves social media after Twitter account got hacked

Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis has announced to quit social media on Friday after an obscene video was liked from his verified Twitter handle to which he claimed that his account was hacked. "I have to say with regret that some 'Allah ka Banda' hacked my Twitter account. When I woke up this morning, I found out that an obscene...

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